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Posted: 9/29/2012 4:24:40 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/29/2012 4:26:27 PM EDT
[#1]
Yes - with 102.3% voter participation.
 
Link Posted: 9/29/2012 4:27:37 PM EDT
[#2]
Chavez isn't long for this world anyway - he might play fair...



might.






 
Link Posted: 9/29/2012 4:28:44 PM EDT
[#3]


Henrique Capriles is hoping to give Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez a run for his money.

In Venezuela's presidential elections on Sunday, Mr Capriles faces one of the toughest challenges in global politics - defeating Hugo Chavez.

The socialist autocrat dominates the airwaves and is tapping the state's deep oil coffers to fund his campaign and "buy" votes with a calculated explosion of investment in populist social programme in the weeks before the vote.

But despite its energy riches, the country is mired in debt and unemployment as state-imposed price and exchange rate controls shackle the economy. And violent crime is so endemic that Caracas has the unenviable ranking of the murder capital of the world.


Now, with the long-divided opposition united for the first time behind a charismatic state governor who is already a veteran of Venezuela's rough-and-tumble politics despite his youthful years, President Chavez is facing his most serious competition at the ballot box since he came to power in 1998.

At stake is the grip on power of an anti-Western firebrand who embraces Iran and China and is seeking to use the nation's oil wealth to export his dream of a socialist revolution across Latin America.

It is a "David and Goliath" battle, Mr Capriles told The Sunday Telegraph during a wide-ranging interview in which he pledged a number of radical breaks from the policies of the former paratrooper officer know by his fervent supporters as "El Comandante".


Link Posted: 9/29/2012 4:34:55 PM EDT
[#4]


"The crowds appeared to demonstrate a near-religious fervour, several
women fainting in the scrum, but many of their ranks were bused in
direct from jobs at state enterprises and handed red T-shirts to wear
for the occasion."



"He has also accused Mr Capriles of planning a "savage" programme of
privatisation and cuts that would benefit the old elite and spark "civil
war"."
seems....familiar






 
Link Posted: 9/29/2012 4:39:27 PM EDT
[#5]
When I lived in Venezuela, my girlfriends parents had a huge framed picture of Chavez in their living room.

If he loses, there is going to be A LOT of unhappy people.
If he wins, there is going to be A LOT of unhappy people.

The situation in the USA and in Venezuela is eerily similar and has been for the last 4 years.

Obama wins votes with things he gives away, so does Chavez.

Chavez gives away:
food
cellphones
houses
land
transportation
schooling
internet access
etc
etc
etc

Sound familiar?
Link Posted: 9/29/2012 4:40:47 PM EDT
[#6]
Quoted:

"The crowds appeared to demonstrate a near-religious fervour, several women fainting in the scrum, but many of their ranks were bused in direct from jobs at state enterprises and handed red T-shirts to wear for the occasion."

"He has also accused Mr Capriles of planning a "savage" programme of privatisation and cuts that would benefit the old elite and spark "civil war"."



seems....familiar

<a href="http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/231/smileythinking.gif/" target="_blank">http://imageshack.us/a/img231/332/smileythinking.gif</a>
 


Mid-80's flashback maybe?
Link Posted: 9/29/2012 4:42:33 PM EDT
[#7]
Despite my previous flippant response, I do seriously hope Venezuela can dump (or at least moderate) the socialism theme.
 
Link Posted: 9/29/2012 4:44:14 PM EDT
[#8]
I really hope they get rid of him ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.
Link Posted: 9/29/2012 4:54:28 PM EDT
[#9]



Quoted:



Quoted:



"The crowds appeared to demonstrate a near-religious fervour, several women fainting in the scrum, but many of their ranks were bused in direct from jobs at state enterprises and handed red T-shirts to wear for the occasion."



"He has also accused Mr Capriles of planning a "savage" programme of privatisation and cuts that would benefit the old elite and spark "civil war"."
seems....familiar



<a href="http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/231/smileythinking.gif/" target="_blank">http://imageshack.us/a/img231/332/smileythinking.gif</a>

 




Mid-80's flashback maybe?


busing in supporters, claiming your opponent is going to privatize/cut social programs, only help the wealthy



see? familiar





 
Link Posted: 9/29/2012 7:16:08 PM EDT
[#10]
Quoted:
Despite my previous flippant response, I do seriously hope Venezuela can dump (or at least moderate) the socialism theme.  


+1
Link Posted: 10/2/2012 6:49:27 AM EDT
[#11]



Hugo Chavez says rival's campaign gets drug trafficking funds







Venezuela President Hugo Chavez has stepped up attacks against rival
Henrique Capriles, accusing the opposition candidate's campaign of
receiving mafia and drug trafficking funds.







http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/venezuela/9580701/Hugo-Chavez-says-rivals-campaign-gets-drug-trafficking-funds.html
Only a few more days until Venezuela elections.  This guy Hugo reminds me of someone, I just can't place who.
 
 
 
Link Posted: 10/2/2012 6:54:55 AM EDT
[#12]



Quoted:


When I lived in Venezuela, my girlfriends parents had a huge framed picture of Chavez in their living room.



If he loses, there is going to be A LOT of unhappy people.

If he wins, there is going to be A LOT of unhappy people.



The situation in the USA and in Venezuela is eerily similar and has been for the last 4 years.



Obama wins votes with things he gives away, so does Chavez.



Chavez gives away:

food

cellphones

houses

land

transportation

schooling

internet access

etc

etc

etc



Sound familiar?


Lol, Chavez tries forcing grocers to sell food at a loss, Obama tries forcing energy producers to sell electric at a loss...

...we could go on with this





Speed



 
Link Posted: 10/2/2012 6:58:42 AM EDT
[#13]
That mad dog needs to be put down. Just another thief and murderer.
Link Posted: 10/2/2012 6:59:35 AM EDT
[#14]
Even if Chavez were to lose the "vote" he won't leave office.
Link Posted: 10/2/2012 7:11:48 AM EDT
[#15]
Anyone that stood a chance at unseating him would have a bullet in their head by now.

It's theater.  Pay attention, it's our future.
Link Posted: 10/3/2012 4:42:25 PM EDT
[#16]
Chavez insinuates if he loses, the military goes with him.





http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/10/03/venezuela-election-chavez-military-loyalty-tested/#ixzz28GEYJtmS





Venezuela's military is constitutionally neutral but Chávez has packed its leadership with loyalists. That has raised questions about whether the armed forces would stay put if the results of Sunday's elections end up jeopardizing Chavez's rule.
Meanwhile, the "polls" supposedly suggest a "dead heat race" - sound familiar?
 
Link Posted: 10/3/2012 4:46:56 PM EDT
[#17]
Comrade Chavez is a decent leader for his own country.
Link Posted: 10/3/2012 4:56:41 PM EDT
[#18]



Quoted:


Comrade Chavez is a decent leader for his own country.


Incorrect, he isn't a decent leader for any country.



 
Link Posted: 10/3/2012 4:58:50 PM EDT
[#19]







Quoted:




Comrade Chavez is a decent leader for his own country.




yeah, and lukashenko (the last dictator in Europe) is a decent leader for his own country
lol
 
Link Posted: 10/3/2012 5:07:04 PM EDT
[#20]
Quoted:
I really hope they get rid of him ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.


Hopefully it's execution style with a .22LR to the back of the noggin'.
Link Posted: 10/3/2012 5:10:15 PM EDT
[#21]
Quoted:
Quoted:
I really hope they get rid of him ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.


Hopefully it's execution style with a .22LR to the back of the noggin'.


A couple years back, as Chavez was sitting in a jail cell after he was ousted, no one put anything to the back of his noggin... if he goes out "with a bang", his supporters will go into a frenzy and destroy the country.

If he loses, Chavez goes into exile somewhere with his pockets thoroughly lined with the money he pilfered from the people of VE.
Link Posted: 10/3/2012 5:12:25 PM EDT
[#22]
FBHO and FHRC.
Link Posted: 10/3/2012 5:35:17 PM EDT
[#23]
Chavez > Zero.

I have no love for Chavez either.
Link Posted: 10/3/2012 5:38:14 PM EDT
[#24]
I would love to "take care" of Fidel...then Chavez.
Link Posted: 10/3/2012 5:47:46 PM EDT
[#25]
Quoted:
Quoted:
I really hope they get rid of him ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.


Hopefully it's execution style with a .22LR to the back of the noggin'.


I would have proprosed a wood chipper.

Link Posted: 10/4/2012 3:36:00 PM EDT
[#26]
Sunday is the day.
 
Link Posted: 10/4/2012 3:37:46 PM EDT
[#27]
oh boy the excitement of who will win is palpable
Link Posted: 10/4/2012 3:38:36 PM EDT
[#28]
Quoted:
Comrade Chavez is a decent leader for his own country.


I usually try and take up for you to some degree in the Russian threads, but that post is just .  Fuck Chavez!
Link Posted: 10/4/2012 3:41:47 PM EDT
[#29]
Saw a press conference with one of the Generals in Venezuela today. He basically said the Army will oppose electoral violence. What he didn't mention is that Chavez has a partisan militia armed with Russian rifles.



My prediction is that it goes down as follows:



1) Chavez loses

2) Chavez refuses to step down

3) The Army refuses to remove Chavez because they know that Obama will come down on them just like he did in Honduras

4) Opposition leader flees to Honduras or Colombia

5) Chavez stays in power

6) Chavez calls Obama and thanks him for his support.






 
Link Posted: 10/4/2012 3:42:06 PM EDT
[#30]



Quoted:


Comrade Chavez is a decent leader for his own country.


You best be trollin



 
Link Posted: 10/4/2012 5:01:57 PM EDT
[#31]
Link Posted: 10/4/2012 5:04:38 PM EDT
[#32]




Link Posted: 10/4/2012 5:07:18 PM EDT
[#33]
No Irony with the NY Yankees hat in that picture.... Commies are such asswipes.

Link Posted: 10/6/2012 2:34:12 PM EDT
[#34]
So how you going to vote tomorrow?




 
Link Posted: 10/6/2012 2:44:52 PM EDT
[#35]
Quoted:
So how you going to vote tomorrow?

 


azul or rojo-rojito
Those are your choices
Link Posted: 10/7/2012 6:38:06 AM EDT
[#36]
Link Posted: 10/7/2012 6:40:48 AM EDT
[#37]

Link Posted: 10/7/2012 6:43:27 AM EDT
[#38]
Fuck Chavez.
Link Posted: 10/7/2012 6:45:24 AM EDT
[#39]





Funny pole.



Should have just had Hugo 10x though.



 
Link Posted: 10/7/2012 6:47:06 AM EDT
[#40]
Quoted:
Chavez isn't long for this world anyway - he might play fair...

might.


 


I work with a former Venezuelan who has family there.  Hugo will win, and if he doesn't, he will declare the election results to be fraud perpetrated by enemies of the people trying to stage a counter-revolution.  Heck, when his doctor said his time was short Chavez fired him and had him forcibly expelled from the country (he lives in NOLA now, as we have a decent sized Venezuelan expat population.)

There is a big hopeful party/convention today at our convention center for Venezuelan expats from all over the U.S. to watch the election and protest the inevitable Chavez victory.
Link Posted: 10/7/2012 6:51:11 AM EDT
[#41]
There are a shit ton of Venezuelans in New Orleans today to vote because its the only consulate left in the South. Bus loads of people all wearing Capriles stickers were everywhere yesterday. Anyone want to bet the votes cast at the consulate never get counted?
Link Posted: 10/7/2012 6:54:21 AM EDT
[#42]
Quoted:
There are a shit ton of Venezuelans in New Orleans today to vote because its the only consulate left in the South. Bus loads of people all wearing Capriles stickers were everywhere yesterday. Anyone want to bet the votes cast at the consulate never get counted?


Not taking that bet.  Just waiting to get called in tonight if they riot because of it.
Link Posted: 10/7/2012 6:56:21 AM EDT
[#43]
I voted.  Walked into the booth with an AK47 stuck into my back and went down my choices,  Chavez or Ross Perot.  I was a little surprised to see Perot and was wondering where he went.
So I voted for Perot.
Link Posted: 10/7/2012 7:07:26 AM EDT
[#44]
Chavez has this one in the bag, body bag if it comes to it.
Link Posted: 10/7/2012 7:10:02 AM EDT
[#45]
That is a lot of people.  Do they believe that he has helped them out?
Link Posted: 10/7/2012 7:24:50 AM EDT
[#46]
Small world,  I work with capriles' brother.
Link Posted: 10/7/2012 7:29:20 AM EDT
[#47]
To be honest, I am surprised that elections are even allowed. Is it safe to assume they are completely rigged? Or is there any chance for the challenger?
Link Posted: 10/7/2012 7:46:31 AM EDT
[#48]
Screen shot of the Ballot:

Link Posted: 10/7/2012 7:49:31 AM EDT
[#49]
Voting Process in VE (compare with the current US standard)...
Link Posted: 10/7/2012 7:57:59 AM EDT
[#50]
Quoted:
Voting Process in VE (compare with the current US standard)...
http://s3.thingpic.com/images/Fk/BP44jq5R618ihYYtAUwj.png


Looks freaking through.

More thorough than the state's, at least based on those pictures.
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