Archive for November, 2009

Honduras: Pepe Lobo Wins

Monday, November 30th, 2009

My latest article, Honduras: Pepe Lobo Wins, is up at Real Clear World. Please go read it.

The Honduran election Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, November 30th, 2009

LatinAmerWelcome to the Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean. Today the Carnival’s dedicated to the Honduran election.

Here’s a roundup of links:
Good news from Honduras

Honduras election results in decisive win for democracy

Don’t miss Daniel’s two posts: Honduras and the US win; Chavez and Lula lose and Recognizing Honduras elections

Congratulations, Honduras

Was the Election in Honduras a referendum on Socialism?

Honduran Voters Defy Leftist Thug Zelaya – Record Turnout Reported in Today’s Elections …Update: Conservative Lobo Wins

The tribunal say more than 60 percent of registered voters had cast ballots.


Morning Bell: A Victory for Democracy in Honduras

The Supremacy of Honduras

The Honduran vote

In-country reports from the Heritage Foundation:

Zelaya Opponent Wins Honduran Election by Large Margin

On his knees and other candidate news

Zelaya fans flames of discontent in Honduras also at This ain’t hell

Another must-read: Distorting Honduran History at the New York Times

Honduras Holds Presidential Election…Chavez And Obama Hit Hardest

The Mouse That Roared: Congratulations, Honduras

Ley seca en Honduras para elegir presidente “con ayuda de Dios”

Alone, and right, on Honduras

Honduras Votes Amidst Bomb Attacks as Police Seize More Explosives

Obama Backing of Honduras Election Crimps Latin Ties

Obama and Chavez Backed Zelaya Repudiated in Honduras election

More links on Honduras, via Larwyn:
Congratulations to the Little Country That Could

Thank You, Honduras

Honduras Elects Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo As President

Welcome, Andrew’s readers. Please visit often.

Summit of Amazon Countries Want Rich Nations to Pay Them for Global Warming

Ahmadinejad visit wrap-up


If I Were Lula’s Political Rivals

A hug from Lula
Why Brazil’s president offered a red carpet to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

18,000 miles to Washington
Motorcyclist rides from Brazil in hopes of getting patent case heard

UK police settle over de Menezes shooting

Maletines a Yoani: Te felicito, pero discrepo

Reading the fine print

That Blockheaded bloqueo means U.S. companies miss out on THIS.

Bastion and distraction

Arnaldo Márquez Gil, Cuban Political Prisoner of the Week, 11/29/09

Our Neighbor to the South and Do We Care?

The best home defense

Dubai, Greece and Venezuela, three countries, three different debt profiles

Chávez pays a ‘lightning’ visit to Raúl, Fidel after talks with a high-level Cuban mission

Chávez’s achievement

Bolivia: Nurses forced to wear veil

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Semanario Verdad Latinoamericana reports that nurses in a Bolivian hospital are forced to wear a hijab veil at their jobs.

The article, Bolivia: enfermeras son obligadas a llevar velo, says that state newspaper Cambio (link to their website here, but no link to their report on the hospital) reported that following a donation of $1.2 million USdollars by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his visit Wednesday last week, the nurses at a hospital in El Alto have to wear a veil due to conditions set by Iran.


The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean will be up later today.

Honduras: Porfirio Lobo elected new president

Monday, November 30th, 2009


In today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern,
Honduras elects Porfirio Lobo as new president
Rival Elvin Santos concedes defeat as ousted president, Manuel Zelaya, declares vote illegitimate

Profile of Porfirio Lobo (in Spanish).

Electoral map results at El Heraldo.

La Gringa‘s election day post.

In other presidential elections in the hemisphere, Uruguay elected a former Tupamaro:
“Pepe” Mujica es el nuevo presidente de Uruguay
Mujica, dirigente histórico de la guerrilla Movimiento de Liberación Nacional-Tupamaros (MLN-T), recibió nueve balazos, estuvo preso en 1970 y participó en una masiva fuga en setiembre de 1971.

Mary O’Grady at the Wall Street Journal:
In Elections, Honduras Defeats Chávez
The tiny country beats back the colonial aspirations of its neighbors.

Mr. Zelaya had already showed his hand when he organized a mob to try to carry out a June 28 popular referendum so that he could cancel the elections and remain in office. That was unlawful, and he was arrested by order of the Supreme Court and later removed from power by Congress for violating the constitution.

It is less well-known that as president, according to an electoral-council official I interviewed in Tegucigalpa two weeks ago, Mr. Zelaya had refused to transfer the budgeted funds—as required by law—to the council for its preparatory work. In other words, he didn’t want a free election.

Mr. Chávez didn’t want one either. During the Zelaya government the country had become a member of Mr. Chávez’s Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA), which includes Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua. If power changed hands, Honduran membership would be at risk.

Last week a government official told me that Honduran intelligence has learned that Mr. Zelaya had made preparations to welcome all the ALBA presidents to the country the night of his planned June referendum. Food for a 10,000-strong blowout celebration, the official added, was on order.

ALBA has quite a bit of clout at the Organization of American States (OAS) these days, and it hasn’t been hard for Mr. Chávez to control Secretary General José Miguel Insulza. The Chilean socialist desperately wants to be re-elected to his OAS post in 2010. Only a month before Mr. Zelaya was deposed, Mr. Insulza led the effort to lift the OAS membership ban on Cuba. When Mr. Zelaya was deposed, Mr. Insulza dutifully took up his instructions sent from Caracas to quash Honduran sovereignty.

Unfortunately for him, the leftist claims that Honduras could not hold fair elections flew in the face of the facts. First, the candidates were chosen in November 2008 primaries with observers from the OAS, which judged the process to be “transparent and participative.” Second, all the presidential candidates—save one from a small party on the extreme left—wanted the elections to go forward. Third, though Mr. Insulza insisted on calling the removal of Mr. Zelaya a “military coup,” the military had never taken charge of the government. And finally, the independent electoral tribunal, chosen by congress before Mr. Zelaya was removed, was continuing with the steps required to fulfill its constitutional mandate to conduct the vote. In the aftermath of the elections Mr. Insulza, who insisted that the group would not recognize the results, presides over a discredited OAS.


Almost 400 foreign observers from Japan, Europe, Latin America and the U.S. traveled to Honduras for yesterday’s elections. Peru, Costa Rica, Panama, the German parliament and Japan will also recognize the vote. The outpouring of international support demonstrates that Hondurans were never as alone these past five months as they thought. A good part of the world backs their desire to save their democracy from chavismo and to live in liberty.

Hugo & A’jad: BFFs, part 2

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Warm sentiments from a religious fanatic who wants to bring about the mahdaviat, to a power-hungry tinpot dictator:

Ahmadinejad to Chavez: ‘We’re going to be together until the end’

“We feel at home here and among our brothers … we’re going to be together until the end,” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez during a visit to Latin America on Wednesday.

Makes you wonder, what does Ahmadinejad have in mind when talking about “the end”?

But hey, maybe he’s talking about baseball. Yes, that must be it!

Both leaders roundly denounced US “imperialism,” and Chavez also called Israel “a murderous arm of the Yankee empire.”

Steinbrenner be damned; Go Dodgers!

Chavez said he had just returned from an unannounced visit to Cuba, where he met with his mentor Fidel Castro as well as President Raul Castro. “They asked me to give you a hug for them,” he told Ahmadinejad.

Makes you go all warm inside, doesn’t it?


Previous post: Hugo and Mahmoud, Best Friends Forever!


Today is the presidential election in Honduras. Will be posting on that later.

“By January, he will have accomplished more than any first-year president since Franklin Roosevelt,”

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

… says Jacob Weisberg about Obama:

Obama’s Brilliant First Year
By January, he will have accomplished more than any first-year president since Franklin Roosevelt.

Day By Day illustrates exactly what Obama has accomplished in his first ten months (click on image for full size):


But hey, there’s still two more months to go!

I’m Not Sure We Can Afford This Much “Brilliance”.

UPDATE, Monday 30 November
Roger Kimball has A word of homage to Chris Muir

If the data won’t fit, dump it!

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

The University of East Anglia scientists found the shortest distance between the facts and the results they were looking for: when the data didn’t fit, they dumped it.

Climate change data dumped

SCIENTISTS at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have admitted throwing away much of the raw temperature data on which their predictions of global warming are based.

Why does this matter?

It means that other academics are not able to check basic calculations said to show a long-term rise in temperature over the past 150 years.

How come?

The data were gathered from weather stations around the world and then adjusted to take account of variables in the way they were collected. The revised figures were kept, but the originals — stored on paper and magnetic tape — were dumped to save space when the CRU moved to a new building.

So much for the scientific method.

No science is possible, then:

So, basically we are being asked to restructure the entire economy of the planet on the say-so of a few “scientists” whose work cannot be verified or even reconstructed. Is there any intellectually honest person who thinks that is a good idea?

Well, Obama’s heading to Denmark.

Honduras: Elections tomorrow, Zelaya talking of leaving

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

My latest post, Honduras: Elections tomorrow, Zelaya talking of leaving is up at Real Clear World.

Time to thrash Twilight

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

Haven’t read the books, haven’t seen the movies, but this is funny,

Top 20 Unfortunate Lessons Girls Learn From ‘Twilight’, with the stress on prepping up for abusive relationships:

1. If a boy is aloof, stand-offish, ignores you or is just plain rude, it is because he is secretly in love with you — and you are the point of his existence.
2. Secrets are good — especially life-threatening ones.
3. It’s OK for a potential romantic interest to be dimwitted, violent and vengeful — as long as he has great abs.
4. If a boy tells you to stay away from him because he is dangerous and may even kill you, he must be the love of your life. You should stay with him since he will keep you safe forever.

Go through enough of that and you’ll be ready for the Church of Oprah when you’re older and want to blame all that self-inflicted victimization on some guy.

Over at Big Hollywood Alicia Colon writes about Appreciating True Erotica in Cinema, as opposed to putting yourself through any sort of Twilight.

EM on Oprah, Christmas and Obama

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

EM writes on the cult of Oprah hosting the Obama Christmas special:

Don’t get me wrong, I envy her a little. Who wouldn’t want to be the person millions of gullible people turn to for advice on all the wrong things?

Indeed, and Oprah ought to be credited for having made more marriages miserable than most anyone else in history.

Which reminds me of Peter Drucker’s phrase,

The only reason the word guru is so popular is because charlatan is so hard to spell.