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December 29, 2006

Dems to Step up Spying on Chavez

Buried in an AP story on incoming House Intelligence Chair Silvestre Reyes priorities for next year is this inscrutable, yet ominous line:

Reyes also hopes to renew the committee's focus on diversity in the spy agencies and on Latin America, particularly Venezuela.

So on the heels of yet another democratic election in Venezuela, the new Democrat-controlled Congress plans to… spy more on Chavez. So much for promoting democracy. Or perhaps AP is saying that the Intel Committee is simply focusing on bringing more minorities to Venezuela.

Don’t Let the Door Hitcha…

After years of treating readers to bizarre conspiracy theories, torture fantasies and general right-wing commentary, Alek Boyd hangs up the gloves and retires his freaky VCrisis website. Returning to live in Venezuela after a decade abroad, Boyd realized that he’d been listening to a bunch of whack jobs all along and, um… “there’s no crisis here” after all. Boyd notes:

Many opposition folks, for all their bitching, lead a life that certainly is above regular European middle class standards, surely way above mine.

Oh, and his wealthy relatives are enjoying the fruits of the Social Missions, even while railing against the government. Viva la BoRev.

Still, Boyd has teased us with this sort of thing before. Last summer, he “retired” from blogging, citing personal issues. A year ago, he did the same, blaming his loss of hope in the Venezuelan people. So he’ll probably be back, but we can enjoy the respite in the meantime.

January 6, 2007

Uncovering the Evil Behind the Banal

As Chavez begins his new term, the English language Venezuela bloggers are breathlessly typing away to expose the sinister plots behind routine administrative changes. This perennial exercise follows two primary rules:

1) Incoming officials are evidence that the still-democratic Venezuela is surely now on the path to despotic Cubo-fascist autocratic totalitarianism, and

2) Outgoing officials, who were previously bringing Venezuela to the brink of tyrannical kleptocratic Stalo-authoritarian caudillismo, have been mercilessly cast aside because they were, in fact, moderates.

Here’s the word on the Vice Presidential transition, as brought to you by the wingnut brigade, Zagat-style.

Out: Jose Vicente Rangel, the “Prince of Darkness” with the “smug glare brimming with contempt and boredom and schadenfreude all rolled up into one,” and his “barely concealed delight at the way power allowed him to piss all over the truth.” Folks are ecstatic to see the last days of this “Macchiavellian” “evil genius”, who was probably shoved aside out “for opposing the move to shut down RCTV.”

In: Even before his swearing in session, incoming Vice President Jorge Rodriguez is already among “the top five as far as toxic regime personalities go.” A “a failed shrink, a failed public servant,” this “lackey” brings to the job “his intolerance, his vileness, his complete lack of ethical or moral values.” “A psychiatrist in the same sense Mengele was a doctor,” Rodriguez “will not bat an eye to fulfill any of the desires of his master, no matter how reprehensible those might be.” Clearly, this is all “another sign that the revolution is about to deepen and will be more radical.”

Whew. I’d like to see these guys’ take on the Bush Administration’s appointment of Dr. Death Squad to be Condi’s #2.

January 15, 2007

Welcome to Our Huffington Post Readers

Welcome! Come in. Make yourself at home. Can I fix you a drink?

To the non-Huffingtonians: please check out the always-excellent column by Mark Weisbrot & Robert Naiman that posted this evening. They were generous in linking to our site, and we are grateful.

February 2, 2007

Ego-Googling, the BoRev, and the Internets

It’s been a fun week for BoRev.Net throughout the worldwide series of tubes.
It’s Friday, so here’s some of the fun ones:

The Financial Times finds us linkable.

Marc Cooper calls us “slavish,” but we’re totally certain he means it in the nicest way possible.

The New Standard thinks we’re “keen,” and the feeling is mutual.

The Venezuelan oppos call us “sycophants” and a “shills,” take yer pick. (They even label us with a little red fish, presumably implying that we smell. They’re so clever.)

A Swedish website says this about us: “Av utländska bloggar kan jag starkt rekommendera den här från USA för den som vill hålla sig updaterad och få en motvikt mot den dominerande borgerliga mediebilden.” What’s it mean? Who the hell knows? But we’re grateful.

By the way, we are getting a ton (a metric ton) of Swedish traffic to the site, so I’d like to take a moment to give a big Bolivarian välkomnande to our friends from the land of Death Metal and Sugar Pop. Tack! And skål! And Jag skulle lik till göra tokig passionerad djur älska till var en av du!!

How’s our Swedish? Write www dot BoRev dot net. We’ll publish the most libelous translations soon!

February 3, 2007

That Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy

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So yesterday, in a speech before the DNC, Hillary Clinton proposed that we tax record-high oil profits and put them into an alternative energy fund. The right-wing blogosphere immediately, inexplicably, and no doubt organically all made the exact same comparison: that she was announcing her engagement to Hugo Chavez or something. Apparently in their circles this is meant to be a slur.

Anyway, we were struck by the exceptional consistency between a zillion different mind-meld blog postings in the last 24 hours. Read the uncanny listing after the jump.

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February 4, 2007

Help Alek Boyd Get a Book Deal!

Over at the Blog that refuses to retire, right-wing funnyman Alek Boyd publishes the first draft chapter of his treatise on Venezuelan politics. The point, you see, is to “unravel” whether “Chavez is the most successful politico the modern world has seen or that his electoral victories are direct consequence of a power-hoarding model of governance similar to those encountered in dictatorships.”

I wonder which side he’s going to come down on?

Alek is asking his fans to advise him whether he should finish the manuscript. What do you think? Does America Need To Read his riveting prose/historic documentation/Freudian exploration?

Our answer: Yes! Yes yes yes yes yes. Send him a word of encouragement!

February 13, 2007

You Too Can Become a Hack Blogger in 6 Easy Steps

Colin Delany’s blog, e.politics, is usually a font of cogent, insightful commentary. Not so today. He’s gone off the deep end by profiling BoRev.net as an example. Clearly, the blogosphere is in deep trouble.

February 16, 2007

“Under-exercised Pre-diabetic Flabby Blobs”

The Oil Wars Blog is all snarky today, and we love it. Check out their take on the over-hyped Venezuelan food “shortages” and what may be a heavier problem.

February 23, 2007

My Patriotism is Two Inches Longer than Your Patriotism

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The internets are one weird place, to be sure. It’s not the pervy pedophillic Congressmen that freak us out so much as the mind-meld cult of the burn books for Jesus and Robert E. Lee crowd.

Por ejemplo: for once, somebody says something normal about Venezuela, and clickity clack go the tubes as the Shepherds of History furiously explain how you feel about Sheila Jackson Lee. If you’ve got the stomach for it, join us for the review:

Apparently, J-Lee is a “nutcase” “in league with our foreign enemies. A veritable card-carrying member of the “world communist conspiracy." This “ignorant twit” “should be deported”. After all, "It wasn't that long ago, we would have called this 'TREASON'." Her “Marxist roots run deep,” and “Democrats like her do everything they can to make it impossible for the US to win the wars it fights.”

Queen Shelia” “should loosen the Velcro on her tutu a notch” because “Getting Cozy” with the “Communist genocidal dictator Hugo Chavez of Venezuela” is “postively reprehensible, even for a piece of garbage like Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.”

To conclude: “Is there no gutter in which you will not crawl for votes, Madam Representative?”

There’s crazy people out there. Parents, please. Monitor what your kids are reading.

March 1, 2007

At Least One Journalist Takes His Job Seriously

I think I just read the most interesting and profound analysis of Venezuela’s gaping class divide ever published in the U.S. media. The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Miami Herald all have reporters that cover Venezuela nearly full-time, so of course this comes from a movie review on a pop culture website.

March 30, 2007

Curses! They’re On To Us

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And we would've gotten away with it too! If it wasn't for those meddling kids and their pesky dog.

We thought we’d done everything right. We thought we’d covered our tracks. But we were no match for one tireless blogger who successfully combined the mighty powers of Google with that cool Power Point flow-chart function. In retrospect we were such fools to think we could keep up the charade forever.

Now the world knows: BoRev.Net is a sophisticated plot hatched by high-ranking officials at the University of Michigan. Please, though, don’t be too hard on Arianna Huffington. Was she in on it? Sure, but to be honest we got to her while she was going through a very public divorce with her gay Republican husband. She was vulnerable, and we took advantage of that. Bless you, Huff. I never meant to hurt you.

February 2, 2008

Who Wants to Overthrow a Democratically Elected Government?

I actually received the following job announcement in my inbox from the super-shadowy Office of Transition Initiatives:

New OTI Position - Country Rep. Venezuela in Caracas, Venezuela (US Citizens Only)

Greetings,

USAID/OTI has just posted a new position for a Country Representative - Venezuela located in Caracas, Venezuela. Applications are due not later than February 22, 2008, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

This is a full-time Personal Services Contract (PSC) position at the GS-14 equivalent level. The position is open to U.S. Citizens only due to security clearance requirements.

For full information about the position and for instructions on how to apply, please visit www.globalcorps.com.

Please be sure to use both the OF-612 application form and as many OF-612 continuation sheets as necessary to fully document your work experience in detail. Submission of a resume in lieu of the OF-612 form will not be accepted. Both forms are available on the GlobalCorps website.

Cheers,
Jaimee

I say we all compete against each other for this great job and let the invisible hand decide! I’ve already submitted my letter of interest, posted after the jump. Feel free to use it as a model for your own!

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