Posts Tagged ‘Marco Rubio’

#SOSVenezuela: Marco Rubio’s speech

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Rubio Delivers Floor Speech On Crisis In Venezuela (emphasis added)

In fact, it is now known that the Interior Ministry of Venezuela authorized snipers to travel to Táchira state and fire on demonstrators. Here is a picture of a government official, of a law enforcement or army or National Guard individual, or Interior Ministry individual, on a rooftop with a rifle and a scope aiming into a crowd. Here is a picture of a sniper. It doesn’t end there. Those aren’t the only pictures we have. Here are more pictures of more snipers on rooftops. Here is another sniper aiming into the crowd, with a spotter next to them. Here is another picture of the same sniper blown up.

These are government-sponsored individuals. What civilized [country] on Earth sends the National Guard and the Interior Ministry of their own government, of their own country, with snipers to fire on their own people who are demonstrating because of the lack of freedoms and opportunity and economic degradation that exists in a country? They cannot deny this. Here are pictures taken by demonstrators themselves of the snipers ready to shoot down people. In fact, 36 people have lost their lives.

But it doesn’t end just with the government snipers. Because what the government is trying to do here to hide their involvement is they have organized these pro-government militia groups, basically, these militant groups that they hide behind. These groups don’t wear uniforms. They’re called ‘colectivos.’ They drive around the city in motorcycles, and they assault protesters, they break in and vandalize their homes, they have weapons that they use to shoot into the crowds and kill or harm people.

There are three main groups. By the way, these groups began under Hugo Chavez’s reign, and these groups are actually organized around a concept that has existed for years in Cuba — these committees to defend the Revolution. These are neighborhood groups, so they know your family, they know who you are, they’re always watching, and they organize themselves into armed militias. The government’s claim is, ‘Well, these groups are on their own, we’re not coordinating with them,’ but in fact, there have been multiple reports that these groups coordinate with the National Guard to take down barricades set up by protesters, to break into the homes of protesters, to vandalize homes, to terrorize people, and to kill.

There are three main groups that I want to point out, these ‘colectivos.’ La Piedrita is one of them, it’s based in a working class neighborhood of Caracas. It has a far-left ideology, it is armed, it is comprised of radicals, who claim to be willing to die for their revolutionary ideals, whatever those are. In January, this group, by the way, tweeted that Henrique Capriles, the opposition party’s nominee for president in the last elections, is a racist and a fascist and accused him of intending to launch attacks on the poor and on impoverished neighborhoods.

Read the whole thing.


Marco Rubio at #CPAC2014: “America must be involved in leading the world”

Friday, March 7th, 2014

My latest article at Da Tech Guy blog, Marco Rubio at #CPAC2014: “America must be involved in leading the world”

Rubio’s speech on Cuba and Venezuela

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Let me tell you what the Cubans are really good at, because they don’t know how to run their economy, they don’t know how to build, they don’t know how to govern a people. What they are really good at is repression. What they are really good at is shutting off information to the Internet and to radio and television and social media. That’s what they’re really good at. And they’re not just good at it domestically, they’re good exporters of these things. And you want to see exhibit A, B, C and D? I’m going to show them to you right now. They have exported repression in real-time, in our hemisphere, right now.”
Marco Rubio

I posted the YouTube here, but this is worth reading in full while listening:

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Venezuela: Tweeting the barricades #SOSVenezuela

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Finally, a CNN reporter on the job,

Since when does the National Guard wear white sneakers?

A woman was brutally beaten by female operative of the People’s Guard in Valencia” The perpetrator was later identified as Josneidy Castillo.

Marco Rubio’s speech on Cuba and Venezuela,

SOS Venezuela video:

El Carabobeño daily’s Flickr photos of the National Guard attacking civilians.

Alex Beech explains media indifference to Venezuela on her Facebook page.

Caracas Gringo: Maduro Must Resign Now! translates the following video,

Monica Showalter‘s Facebook page: Cuban troops instructing Venezuelan goons how to build barricades. Venezuela’s freedom fighters are up against the muscle of Castro

Also via Monica, an article from 2005, Hugo Chávez Enlists a Kennedy for Anti-U.S. Campaign

WSJ: Venezuela’s Maduro Faces Internal Criticism
Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro encountered the first criticism from within his ruling coalition when a state governor criticized the government’s crackdown on a growing student movement.

Devil’s Excrement:
Tachira Governor Distances Himself From Venezuelan Government and A Confusing Day: Confession, Repression And Backtracking In Venezuela

I don’t know, but when two such dissimilar political figures act the same way, something is afoot. Some crack in the facade is showing. Some weakness is being perceived and they both want to take advantage of it.

Breitbart: 500 ATTACKED BY POLICE, TEN DEAD IN VENEZUELA AS WORLD UNITES TO PROTEST MADURO REGIME

Caracas Chronicle: The Full Scale of What’s Happening in San Cristóbal Isn’t Getting Through Because of the Media Blackout

NYT slideshow

Victoria Henderson writing at PanAm Post, Chavismo Apologists: The Long Arm of the “Official” Story
Canadian Media Extends Olive Branch to Venezuelan Regime

There’s a women’s protest scheduled for tomorrow. There’s also an initiative to cancel the upcoming Carnival festivities,

Special thanks to my former classmate Doris for her Facebook posts.

Argentina: Burning down the house

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Hold tight wait till the party’s over
Hold tight
We’re in for nasty weather

Argentina Warehouse Blaze Kills Nine Firefighters
The Argentine government launched an investigation into a fire that killed nine firefighters and destroyed a warehouse that stored banking and corporate documents here on Wednesday.

Investigators are looking into why the “substantial fire-prevention system” failed to control the blaze, which injured at least seven others, said Security Secretary Sergio Berni.

9 die in fire destroying Argentine bank archives

The destroyed archives included documents stored for Argentine corporations and banks, said Buenos Aires security minister Guillermo Montenegro.

Dear IMF,

We would really love to show you the documents and records of how wonderfully our economy is doing, and specifically my keen grasp of economic reality and policy, but unfortunately we can’t

Robert Menendez and Marco Rubio, Two leading US Senators anticipate an economic crisis in Argentina, soon
The current Argentine economic situation reached the US Capitol during the hearings to consider President Obama’s nomination for future ambassador in Buenos Aires, and what was said was not encouraging.

No respect shown by Obama for Argentina; but don’t worry, the new American ambassador’s going to fit right in with the ambassadors to Norway, China, and Hungary:
Obama nominee for ambassador to Argentina says he’s NEVER been to the country
- Noah Mamet bundled at least $1 million in campaign donations to President Obama’s two presidential election campaigns, and now he’s in line to be the U.S. ambassador to Argentina
- When Sen. Marco Rubio asked him during his confirmation hearing if he had ever visited the South American country, he admitted that he hadn’t
- Last month the Obama nominee for a similar post in Norway demonstrated a lack of knowledge about that nation’s political structure and said he had never been there
- Newly minted ambassador Max Baucus, now headed to Beijing, freely admitted in his own hearing that he’s ‘no real expert on China’
- The new ambassador to Hungary is a soap opera producer and prolific Democratic fundraiser who couldn’t tell senators what America’s strategic interests are in that country

Sing it, fellas!

Yoani Sanchez meets Marco Rubio

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

In Washington, Yoani Sánchez speaks with senators, Obama aide

Sánchez, 37, met at the White House with presidential advisor for the Western Hemisphere Ricardo Zúñiga. And earlier she had held a meeting with Cuban-American U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Bob Menendez of New Jersey.

Sánchez wanted to clearly describe the difficulties the internal opposition faces, including the consistent harassment from the Cuban government.

Her agenda included a visit to the State Department in the afternoon to pick up her 2011 International Women of Courage Award, an honor she won in absentia two years ago. The award recognizes her commitment to integrity and the defense of human rights.

She later visited Georgetown University to speak at a forum with students and academics.

Sánchez said the meeting with the U.S. senators was positive and also highlighted the spirit of opening, despite the fact that she has expressed her opposition to the embargo the United States has maintained since 1962.

“We talked about relevant issues, of course, the support, the help and solidarity we can have from abroad,” said Sánchez, founder of the blog Generación Y. She added that there was also a touch of typical Cuban humor.” She said jokingly that she had invited the senators to have coffee “on the 14th floor of my Yugoslav-style building, where I hope someday they can go visit.”

In a different article, the Guardian points out,

Sanchez, whose attempts to travel abroad have been rejected more than 20 times in the past five years, is currently on an 80-day tour across Europe, Latin America and the United States

Yesterday, also in Congress, House Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere: Joint Statement on Cuban Government’s Continued Human Rights Abuses, Babalu has the post.


When did ethnicity become race?

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

When liberals want you in the minority plantation:

They’d be attacking him no matter what just because he’s a rising star from the other party, but yes, of course it’s true that a rising star who’s Latino complicates Democratic plans for a permanent majority in a way that some other Republican wouldn’t.

Listen to this incoherent rant, calling Rubio “brownface” for liking Tupac,

The motive for the attacks on Rubio is the threat he may pose as a rising star. The Dems would attack him regardless of why he appears to be a rising star. But there’s no doubt that Rubio’s ethnicity is a factor in the perception that he’s someone whose momentum needs to be slowed.”

It gets more interesting, as Ted Cruz is also under fire:

Cruz is under attack because he’s outdebating Democrats and making the likes of Chuck Hagel look bad. The Dems are used to dealing with Republicans who don’t forcefully take them on in debate or who, though willing to engage, have difficulty making well thought-out arguments (e.g., John McCain, the ipse dixit king).

However, I disagree with Paul Mirengoff when he says that

Cruz is something new in town, and the Dems don’t like it. But their problem with Cruz has no relation, not even an indirect one, to his ethnicity.

I know from experience that liberals will not accept a “minority” that doesn’t toe the victimization line.

After all, that’s their main industry.


The water bottle goes global

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

After raising $160,000 for his Reclaim America PAC, Marco Rubio’s shaking water bottles with Prime Minister Netanyahu in Israel:

Stay thirsty, my friends!

(h/t Babalu)

Stay thirsty, my friends

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Members of the media can’t notice Joe Biden’s brain farts malapropisms, but they’re outraged that Marco Rubio sips water.

Behold the Marco Rubio water bottle,

“Send the liberal detractors a message that not only does Marco Rubio inspire you. … He hydrates you too,”

Salud!

UPDATE,
Linked by Bits Blog and Peach Pundit. Thank you!
Linked by Georgia Slate. Thank you!


Note to Chris Rock: It’s a President, not a Tsar

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

It wouldn’t be worth noting, if there weren’t so many who share his opinion:

You’d think that he was making a joke and that he would understand that we live in a Constitutional Republic, but it wasn’t a comedy routine:

I’m just here to support the president of the United States. The president of the United States is, you know, our boss. But he’s also, you know, the president and the first lady are kind of like the mom and the dad of the country. And when your dad says something, you listen. And when you don’t, it usually bites you in the ass later on. So, I’m here to support the president.

Back in the days of Tsarist Russia people – including Lenin – referred to “our father the Tsar“. How did that work out?

Luckily, we can still poke fun at the idiocy,

I wonder what Oleg would say to this…

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In other news, TIME mag named Marco Rubio “savior”,

Marco has the good sense to not be amused,

Amen!