Saturday, April 20, 2013

Patsy Cline tonight

Sorry, but I could not take it today. The idea that this band of thugs was taking a revered national holiday to symbolize their renewed hold on power (at least they hope) was more than I could endure.  So, besides a little bit of tweeter and a few minutes of Alo Ciudadano that was all I could take as far as news (and Boston, of course).

So tonight it is Patsy Cline while I prepare some pasta, open a bottle of Ventisquero Grey Syrah 2005 and on to the DVD of Game of thrones, season 2 of which I have not watched a single chapter. See you tomorrow with renewed energy and lots of ideas under cogitation.


  1. Anonymous3:53 AM

    Daniel, drink the whole bottle....

  2. Anonymous6:51 AM

    Hppe you enjoyed your evening !"sweet dreams"

  3. Michel Garcia6:57 AM

    Actually, I think the date is quite fitting. Contrary to what is taught at school, April 19, 1810 wasn't the date of the Declaration of Independence, but the date when Vicente Emparan (an "afrancesado", bonapartist) asked the people after numerous revolts if they wanted for him to keep on governing. Friar Madariaga, standing behind him, signaled people with his finger to say "no", and the people said "no". But it was a "no" to France, and a "yes" to Spain. That's why, immediately after, those people got together and founded the "junta for the conservation of right of Ferdinand VII". That event inspired Bello and Gallardo to white the first stanza of the "patriotic song" (later mutilated and altered by Salias and Landaeta). The first stanza says:

    "Pensaba en su trono
    que el ardid ganó,
    darnos duras leyes
    el usurpador.
    Previó sus cautelas
    nuestro corazón,
    y a su inicuo fraude
    opuso el valor."

    "Thinking in his throne
    that the trick he won,
    to give us harsh laws
    the usurper.
    Foresaw his reserves
    our hearts,
    and to his iniquitous fraud
    opposed bravery."

    Quite fitting to what is evolving, don't you think?

  4. Hope you enjoyed the enjoy the second season of Game of Thrones, for me it was amazing.

  5. Daniel,bon apetit et bon repos you really deserve it.There is a very interesting article from AFP in Globovision and twiter here is the link.Los "traidores" del #chavismo piden #seguridad y respeto a la memoria de #Chávez #AFP,10db13b261e1e310VgnCLD2000000dc6eb0aRCRD.html …I hope they translate into french

  6. I bet you wish you could 'walk after midnight'

    maybe some day.

    f. pigette

  7. margareth3:25 PM

    “El señor excandidato de la derecha acaba de ofender a los presidentes que vinieron a la toma de posesión del presidente Maduro dijo Villegas al referirse a unos tuits que escribió Capriles en su Twitter, el cual le pedía a los Presidentes que estuvieron en la juramentación de Maduro pagaran lo “le deben al pueblo venezolano“.
    Villegas Noticias24

    Good move from Capriles, Villegas fell for it.:) Daniel just trust Capriles. :)

  8. I am a bit tired of the 100 % faith and trust in Capriles.

    That is the kind of mentality that leads to dictatorship.

    One thing is to allow him to lead, and the other is to trust him more than one trusts oneself.

    Responsibility begins when we take charge of our own opinions.

    Whether or not he knows what he is doing will only be seen in hindsight.


    1. kernel_panic7:08 PM

      Firepig, I'm also not comfortable just being in the passenger seat, but capriles can't give away his game, so we either:

      a) distrust him and don't do anything but whine because we got our behinds handed to us
      b) distrust him and take legal actions from part of NGOs
      c) distrust him and attempt to take power violently
      d) trust him and hold our breaths

      a = accomplishes nothing, so no point take this path

      b = like if they're going to pay attention, they'll dismiss the case and that's it, it's easier to cover up local things instead of nationwide

      c = precisely what the government wants. that way, they can use as much violence as they want, they can purge everything, claim that poor them cuz they have been attacked, the international community gets behind maduro and the oppo is completely discredited as radicals

      d = altough it's not good, it's the least bad of the four.

      Anyways, parallel to this, the opposition has to keep exposing the government, not only if there is/was electoral fraud, but with everything else.

    2. Here we go again. The morality spiel. Tiresome.
      Firepigette: are you comparing people's trust in Capriles to your blind faith in Ma Corina Machado, time and again, in the past, even though, in spite of her good qualities, she was the more inexperienced politician?

      If people want to put their faith in God, in Capriles, in Chávez, or in whomever, who the hell are you to put a damper on them?

    3. Anonymous6:26 AM

      "I am a bit tired of the 100 % faith and trust in Capriles."


      Can you please tell me of any specific actions you have undertaken, other than post in blogs, that have done anything to try to get the oppo votes? Or to unseat Chavez or Maduro by legitimate means?

      Anon 242

    4. anon242: she doesn't vote in Vzlan elections, but is the ultimate authority, doncha know?

  9. margareth6:18 PM

    Did I write somewhere 100%? I trust what he is doing right now.....playing with the "Ilegitimo and Co." instead of keeping quiet.

    1. Margareth,

      whether it is 100 % or even 80 %, my point is that we should always be making our own evaluations, and that is where our primary responsibly lies.

      I am beginning to see an adulation of Capriles that reminds me of when Chavez first won, and I don't think it is good.

      A leader is not someone whom we blindly follow, and so far I have seen many mistakes made by Capriles in the past.

      Does that mean I don't think we should generally support Capriles? No....I think we have to accord him some trust....but when people assume that he always knows what he is doing, then it points to blind trust.


  10. Dr. Faustus6:45 PM

    Sorry to interrupt Patsy Cline, but I have a question pertaining to the upcoming recount next week:

    Before the election you wrote

    "Now the best for Maduro is 7.2 to 6.6, and the best for Capriles is 7.2 to 6.9. Recent trends seem to be pointing to a 7.2 to 6.9 result but I doubt it will be better than that. Or rather, since we cannot predict abstention at this point though we can be sure it will be higher than in October, Maduro cannot expect to win by more than half a million votes with an abstention no more than 25% while Capriles can hope to win by half a million if the abstention reaches 30%.....Note: this is not a prediction; after my last burn in October even my better guess for December does not give me the confidence to predict a Capriles victory just yet."

    If the voting data from April 14th showed a 700,000 vote switch from Maduro to Capriles, how do you account for the Chavista numbers to go UP from 2.2 million on O7 to 2.8 million on A14? An increase in the totals? How is that possible when October 2012 was their BIG day? Did they register half of Cuba as well? Very confused.

    1. Dr. Faustus6:47 PM

      ooops, sorry.

      I meant from 7.2 to 7.8. My apologies.

    2. Boludo Tejano10:06 PM

      I meant from 7.2 to 7.8

      Dr. Faustus: I don't know where you got those numbers. I am looking at spreadsheets from ESDATA on the October and April elections. They may be off some from what has been reported elsewhere, but fairly close.

      October: 8,185,172 Chavez
      April: 7,575,506 Maduro

      Regarding Daniel's predictions, they look pretty good in retrospect. He and nearly everyone else predicted higher abstentions than occurred.

  11. margareth8:40 PM

    Not a good move if they put him in jail. Could stir up the country even more.

  12. Anonymous1:03 AM

    Wie man inzwischen erzählt soll CAPRILES 68%
    bekommen haben.
    Aktuell auf Twitter und Facebook von insidern der CNE.

    Cómo convertirse Capriles dijo que el 68%
    Recientemente, en Twitter y Facebook insiders de la CNE.

    1. du sprichts alles Kvatch.

    2. Daniel, calma y cordura, porque todavía falta mucha tela por cortar. Just remember, there are those at a worse breaking point. Por ahí dicen que los oficialistas están mostrando comportamiento rarísimo, empezando por Diosdado. Hay que seguir aplicándoles la presión. Es la única manera. Capriles sabe lo que está hacienda, de eso no me queda ni la más mínima duda. Como dice Willie Colón: "Ataca, Flaco!"

      No te tragues todo el vino, o haz un coq-au-vin con el remanente, si dado caso encuentras un pollito por ahí.

  13. margareth1:56 PM

    Firepiguette: "Does that mean I don't think we should generally support Capriles? No....I think we have to accord him some trust....but when people assume that he always knows what he is doing, then it points to blind trust".

    Hola Firepiguette, every time I see your nick I have to sing Fire in me wire from Calypso Sorry I didn´t notice your answer, I always look at the last post, thats why I think I missed yours.
    About Capriles I understand you, but what he is doing now is apretar el Ilegitimo y Compania. Ofcourse he makes mistakes, who not.

    Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times. ~Winston Churchill

  14. Is there any truth to the rumour that Venezuela's national anthem is being changed? At the suggestion of Maduro's niece? And that the new one will be the Patsy Kline hiit: "I fall to pieces?"

  15. Milonga3:53 PM

    I'm beginning to become increasingly worried. Where art thou?

    1. Blogger is dead. Impossible to post anything since Saturday.

  16. Daniel what are you hearing about people being fired for voting or supporting Capriles? I read this morning that some government agencies are reviewing social networking such as facebook for signs of Capriles support and firing these people. Is that really happening?

  17. Anonymous11:23 PM

    It was done after the Oct. 7 vote, with some pdvsa managers or snithes "friending" coworkers just to access their photos and comments, and yes there were people fired for that. They will surely do it again as long as maduro remains in control. The longer this drags out, the more risk to the government employees who supported Capriles. That is but one of the ugly tactics used by these SOB's.

  18. Not sure what to say about Patsy Cline, but I approve of the wine choice. (No comment on GoT: I've never watched it, mainly because I've decided not to watch non-episodic series I find interesting until the series is completely over. Partly because in my itinerant life, it's extremely hard to keep up, and also because if a series ends lamely - a la "Lost" - I never have to watch it at all and won't feel like I wasted my time.) At any rate, be refreshed.


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