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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
My Patriotism is Two Inches Longer than Your Patriotism
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:
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.
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.
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)
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.
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!