The tyranny of the deadline

Dang it, I’m on deadline today so I really don’t have the time to give full flight to the furious, disgusted, downright marialejandralopezesque rant I have brewing inside of me over the simply incredible, puked-half-in-my-mouth-when-I-heard-it case of María Corina Machado’s 23 de Enero campaign stop.

Turns out Machado first got shot at while trying to throw the first pitch in a softball match, then had her phone call to tell her mom about it illegally recorded, then, when that tape proved innocuous, had that conversation maliciously edited, then had the not-only-illegally-taped-but-deceitfully-tampered-with thing splashed all over the TV station you and I pay for with our share of the oil revenues and then, after all that, la guinda de la torta, actually had the illegal-and-tampered-with clip endlessly promoted through the hacked twitter account of a prominent oppo-linked pollster!

The entire episode, every miserable little twist in it, is sordid enough to make even a militant comeflor like me just about lose it and start muttering unprintables about the rrrrrrrrrregimen forajido under my breath. I mean, the scale of the abdication of even the most rudimentary standards of decency, the sheer, titanium-plated sinvergüenzura on display, it really is incredible.

And yes, I know full well this is hardly the first time, or in any way novel, but something about the way layer after layer of sheer unadulterated thuggery gets piled one on top of another in this episode just got to me…¡en serio, a La Haya hay que mandar a esos coños!

Not that I can really get into it…I’m on deadline, y’know…

38 thoughts on “The tyranny of the deadline

  1. ya pa’ la haya se van… don’t worry! diego arria will take care of them rotting apples. i understand your ( and our) extreme frustration, impotence and anger with this case… and everyday life here in caracas, which adds to everything ( no harina pan, no coffee, no milk, no listerine, lot’s of traffic jams and impunity everywhere)
    it just shows how low theses creeps are willing to slither to try to get the MUD’s precandidates muddied. the fact that they don’t even mind showing all their stiches ( las costuras) just shows how terrified they are to hold on to power. i know they are eating each other up trying to get hold of as much $$$ as possible before “jabba the hug” departs for the hades! but remember, everything comes back in this lifetime, not another…the one’s that ended with mud, ejem, to be elegant, in the face… is them. they just made a big favor to MCM placing her as a victim of their slimy slithering ways….


  2. These people are politically wounded and desperate, that makes then more dangerous.

    Tough times ahead, but we must go forward. Calma, cordura, cautela y coraje.


  3. Why do we keep kidding ourselves, decade after decade? The majority of our people are simply uneducated, corrupt and stupid. Nothing new. Except the Chavista crap is more radical and absurd .Lately, what do we see? 20 more murders per week than with the adecos or copeyanos in the 70’s or 90’s/ Did we stop for red lights then? Thus, this is just another sad occurrence. The root of our problem remains the same. It just got even worse with this lunatic named Chavez, a reflection of the most part of our pueblo: “avispao, pero sin ninguna educacion, corrupto,. ” Democracy at its worst. CI.


    • Not sure why Carlos got a negative vote. It may not be the most pleasant truth to hear, but the truth it remains.

      To borrow from Kepler, Venezuela has cultural AIDS, Chavez is just the pneumonia that comes with it.


      • As a young Venezuelan, I cringe whenever I read arguments like these. These prejudices are so widespread and accepted they almost precludes even the possibility we may one day have a functioning country.

        I’m not saying we aren’t a bunch of ‘vivos’, with an awful sense of citizenship and little cultura ciudadano. I’m just saying we are really no worse than, Brazilians, Colombians or any other Latin American country where the population is mostly uneducated, avispada and easily swayed (read:most).

        We just happened to have a self-absorbed, demagogic lunatic with a hateful and divise national project that happened to bring out the worst in our nature… For 13 YEARS.

        Brazil, Colombia, Panama, and even Peru, are generally better today than they were ten years ago, and I refuse to believe it is because they are any more honest or hardworking than your average Venezuelan.

        After thirteen years of daily crises, scandals and daily harassment, you can’t really blame us for becoming desensitized in order to cope.


        • Lo divertido es que los mismos reaccionarios que le echan mierda al pueblo en comentarios así después se ruborizan con el “resentimiento social” del chavismo. ¿De dónde vendrá?

          Ugly, hateful stuff…


          • I’m not saying we aren’t a bunch of ‘vivos’, with an awful sense of citizenship and little cultura ciudadano. I’m just saying we are really no worse than, Brazilians, Colombians or any other Latin American country where the population is mostly uneducated, avispada and easily swayed (read:most).

            I think we should strive to be the best we can be, regardless of what our neighbors are like.

            After thirteen years of daily crises, scandals and daily harassment, you can’t really blame us for becoming desensitized in order to cope.

            I can blame us for going with the flow and “no vale, yo no creo que…” our way into the current status quo.

            PS– Quico,

            I’d rather be a reactionary than an enabler.

            Venezuela won’t crawl out of the hole as long as the notion that we as a people have no defects, but have only been hard done by, disappears. That you attempted to taint my post with classist undertones says more about you than it does me.


    • Pathetic country. Pathetic society, if we can call it that. The problem lies in a failed ethnicity. It will always amount to nothing. You can be uneducated, but all the same have common sense. With venezuelans (that’s right, with lower case) everything is backwards, twisted, and bizarre. There is no hope. They are always in conflict. I laugh at the so called positive features of venezuelans. It is an exercise in wishful thinking because they are simply NOT true. Oh yeah, blame the Spaniards who conquered them – as always. The truth is that for 12,000 years, “natives” never did anything of worth. And, of course, present day inhabitants of that mining camp, known as Venezuela, never will. We all have to expect without a thread of doubt a new Somalia or Haiti when oil loses its current demand level in the next few decades. Oh! It will, don’t doubt it for a second. Violence, stupidity, ugliness, laziness, arrogance, ignorance and so on … you fill the remaining blanks. They are all in their genes.


      • Ah, *now* I remember why I usually try to keep the vitriol under control…it’s to avoid eliciting crazy self-loathing racist crap like this!


        • Exactly. Thai is why you left the country and became a Canadian with an blog in English. because you are so proud to be a venezuelan. Don’t make me laugh.


      • “failed ethnicity”….???

        Wow! That is new twist on racism. I have argued that Venezuelans are culturally immature, but to claim that it is genetic…??? I reject such a claim with all the vigor I can muster.


  4. A huge majority of Venezuelan are victims of the hatred generated by Chavismo.

    It does not matter if you are for or against Chavismo, hatred is the name of the game, and Chavez is the king of CIZAÑA.


  5. Well as soon as we keep buying weapons and sending oil and giving away this piece of land, nobody gives a fuck.Not The Hague,not UN,not OAE,nobody.

    And i only mention the international organization for obvious reasons. I don’t think Luisa Estela or the folks at the UN (both oppo and seals) are losing any sleep over this.

    You,me, and many venezuelans are losing sleep and are “fritandose de la arrechera”,but we are not pueblo,we are nobody.

    Dirty politics are dirty.


  6. We are all suffering from the boiling frog syndrome. We lost our ability to react because the changes have been occurring gradually. Occasionally we have these sudden attacks of outrage and impotence, but then they go away when we compare ourselves with Libya or Zimbabwe. The truth is that the more I look at the case presented by DA at ICC, the more I realize how we have tolerated the intolerable and got used of a virulently aggressive and violent president that uses intimidation as a tool for manipulation. A president that continuously and openly calls political opponents excrement, traitors and even worse epithets should not be taking lightly, especially when those opponents represent close to half of the population.


  7. I’m with you on this one Quico, and I am amazed that the (Venezuelan media or nobody else for that matter) but MCM is making a big deal of the series of abuses.
    Delincuentes caraduras es lo que son.
    In any other country these open and manipulated attacks could easily be responded by a lawsuit, but since in venezuela there is no rule of law except that the president’s gut, nothing will happen.
    Sad, very sad that the people is not even noticing how outrageous this is.


  8. The worst part about this is that it forces MCM to talk about herself and not about the problems of the voters. Talk about deflating any momentum she got from her strong debate performance…


  9. Review your history books! Not a single autocratic government has survived. Sooner or later the people awaken! The important thing is not to forget, and I don’t mean vengeance I mean justice.
    AMANECERA, tarde o temprano!


    • Si a eso vamos, no one survives life. We all die in the end.

      No autocratic government is eternal, but some last for decades before the people wake up, or they collapse under their own weight.


    • Excelente comentario Eduardo.

      That is so true. Chavez, like PJ and JVG and many other autocrats elsewhere, know that the realities of day to day living for an emigree/ exilee take a large toll on the person’s capacity to keep adtive against the regime. Deep arraigo issues, homesickness, rage, relief, fera for relatives behind, and many as each indivisual case, mount up for the person and eventually the heat dies of.
      It is also very easy to control large numbers with consular people and even planted spies. Think Miami, MAdrid, Bogota, and the other important hubs of Venezuelians abroad. A handful of spies among us, and they can know a good lot of waht is going on.

      Kudos to Quico, Alek, Miguel, and many, many others, taht keep our fight ahead. Adn most importanly kudos to those who are in Venezuela doing the same.

      Like I said on a previous post, hay que bailar Y mascar Chicle! los bloggers a sus blogs, los politicos a su campana, los empresarios y ciudadanos a financiar!, and the empleados publicos a ponerse las pilas, luego no diran yo no sabia nada.!!!!

      TO finish, I sadly have to agree with batshit VEUm on something, violence will be needed to get these guys out. Furthermore, I see that venezuelians do need to go through major pain, if there is a lesson to be learned. Sorry but that is what i see.


  10. I’m sure that Chavismo’s fearful dirty tactics (which are not vetting, mind you: they have not shown me anything crucially negative about a candidate so far) are repellent for most of the voters. I’m unsure which are the Hojilla’s ratings, but the point here is not to make self-sufficient programming: is to intimidate and to smear. Much like Vladimiro Montesinos’ videos and a myriad of examples from authoritarian regimes. And denouncing them as illegal, not only to international law or human rights, but even offensive to our very own Constitution (art. 48) and laws

    Centro Gumilla’s SIC published through the year a number of studies -part of a larger research project- regarding Venezuela’s political culture. A recent paper was devoted mostly to society’s lower strata: it revealed itself to be democratic, not at all authoritarian, almost equally interested in fairness as in opportunity, and concerned with the state of the economy (as a group, they seem to be more vulnerable to any slight fluctuation). Moreover, and quite revealingly, a large number of people polled said that they felt fear in voicing their political opinion (although it is not clear why, but the authors inferred it was due to fear of economic reprisal: and who can inflict them the most harm?)

    Having said that, the notion that there’s something of a natural limitation to our culture (or that of our conquerors’, natives’, founders’, immigrants’, and so on…) is the backbone of all of our reactionary thought (and not only ours, of any historical reactionary thought; re: Albert Hirschman’s works). The great political revolution of the XXth Century, that which brought us civil liberties and, finally, a national republic to speak of, stemmed from both the newly assumed belief amongst the elite that the “people” were not to be feared, and that political enfranchising could and should go on ahead, and from the fact that the people demanded it, repudiating authoritarian regimes time and again (while some in the elite, still living the inherited nightmares inflicted by Boves and its ilk, fear “the masses” and long for “mano dura”). That we have a myriad of public protests everyday, and do not have a Socialist Constitution, is due to the qualms of this very people (who either abstained from voting for it or voted against it, not to go back…). Chavez, to many still, has not crossed the authoritarian threshold, but there seem to be an outright rejection of allowing him to do just that: most polls suggest fatigue for his regime; but many in the elite dismiss this by focusing on “how many people like Chavez” and “his religious-magical-irrational powers”. Not that Chavismo doesn’t appeal to fanaticism and mumbo jumbo, but to say that this explains everything and is very efficient (as that tenacious fraud called Oscar Schemel has sold us for the last year or so) is a heaping pile of trash.


    • Interesting tira-la-piedra-y-esconde-la-mano on Schemel at the end there, GTAVEX…

      It’s funny, I keep hearing variations on the theme of Schemel-is-an-obvious-huckster from people I trust and respect, but I never ever seem to get a proper explanation about WHAT it is that makes him fraudulent exactly. Guest post?


      • “Exactly”, I wouldn´t venture to say. but submit that bad news, high profile and VTV interviews contribute to the accusation (though I find those factors hard to believe in GTA´s case). Remember that until recently, Schemel was a darling, among other pollsters, on Globo and Union Radio, etc.,; no one seemed to consider him a huckster or mind if he was. And that, much longer ago, Luis Vicente Leon was accused of having sold out to Chavez when Datanalisis results were perceived as bad news.

        We all know there are scam polls and even more serious ones can be suitably tailored. That´s one issue.

        Another one is that, in Venezuela, pollsters have become *the* news, as much or even more than the poll itself. That makes them prominent and/but more open to personal attacks (as, e.g., “hucksters” [albeit “hustlers” might be more appropriate]). Not good.

        What a much needed evaluation of Schemel’s Hinderlaces results requires is a close look at the methodology, technical specs, questions, sequence, etc. And the relation of the polls to the parallel reliance on focus groups.

        As I recall (and I may be wrong), they were focus group pioneers among pollsters in Venezuela. A valuable complementary method, focus group analysis goes beyond cut and dry questions (closed and even open ended) and can delve deeper and encompass emotions, etc. My hunch (reread: hunch, because I haven’t done the legwork) is that it is this method that led Schemel to place so much emphasis on the emotional/magical component of Chavez’s tie to voters.

        Be that as it may, it still remains to be seen whether emotions translate into votes. And whether it makes any sense or is even remotely realistic exhort the oppo candidates to mimic Chavez. (Hey, Diego may be right, after all!)

        Pending more data and analysis, I lack technical reasons for dismissing Hinderlaces as a fraud and, porsia, have no personal or economic reasons for defending Schemel.


  11. Absolutetly this is disgraceful behaviour against MCM. But lets be honest, she’s only gone to the Chavista heartland to stoke this kind of trouble in the first place. If she didn’t then she’s dangerously naiive.


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