Sunday, March 26, 2006


News from Jorge

Originally published here

While Miguel is away swimming somewhere in the middle of the Indian Ocean, your friendly ghost will be reporting on-and-off. I am quite busy these days trying to start my tomato plants. You see, bloggers grow orchids and ghost bloggers grow tomatoes. It is a fact of life and an Internet law. Actually, I have been thinking that while Miguel is away on his extended vacation among Polynesian sharks I should take advantage of his absence and open a new The Devil’s Section devoted to growing tomatoes…

So if you want me to keep ghosting as long as Chavez is in power ( I’ve got the most secure job anyone can dream of!) please prepare your messages of support for the new tomatoes Section and keep them handy. I’ll let you know if I need an outpour of spontaneous support when Miguel gets back.

As usual, there are many interesting news in the Chavista kingdom of Venezuela:

* a new Petrochemical company that we do not know how it differs from the previous one and that will develop Petrochemical technology in Venezuela (didn’t we already have one in place?);

* the Minister of Interior calls for a corruption investigation against an ex National Assembly member and now Supreme Court judge;

* an ex putchist; Chavez 1992 coup comrade and ex presidential candidate against Chavez is named Venezuela’s UN Ambassador.. .

but since I do not have much time to keep you posted on everything, I will start with the one that concerns me the most: the news that my tocayo, Jorge Rodriguez, is not running for the CNE.

This is sad news for this ghost blogger since Jorge Rodríguez is one of my favorite government characters, in particular because we share the same name. So I would like to propose to the 20 people that are electing the new CNE directive that the next President of the CNE is called Jorge as well.

What? Do you think that that is a totally arbitrary requirement? Why? If the new president is elected to follow strict Chavista rules we may as well impose that he has at least a charming first name. It should not be too difficult to find a good number of devoted Chavistas called Jorge. I would even think that it could be possible to find one called Jorge Miguel or Jorge Daniel but I do not want to push too much.

Of course, of course, I know I am being too pessimistic. Maybe the people that are electing the new CNE will find someone that is competent and truly independent. The problem is that out of the 20 members, 11 are members of the National Assembly, that is 100% Chavista. BTW Sumate has asked that those members have voice but would abstain from voting….In any case I will forgive them for not imposing the Jorge name if they truly elect an independent Council.

The interesting thing now is to know why Jorge Rodriguez is really stepping down. For weeks he was a sure bet for the new CNE and, all of a sudden, he says that he does not want to be a roadblock in the presidential elections. He does not want to be an excuse for the opposition to decide not to run in the forthcoming election.

You know what? I believe him. I think that Chavez is desperate to get any opposition candidate against him in December to avoid the international image that he is holding a plebiscite. So, in my humble ghost opinion, the order probably came from Chavez himself.

There have also been rumors about Jorge Rodríguez being a candidate to be the next Vice president.

Personally, I don’t believe those rumors. Chavez wants to preserve the idea that the CNE that has been running the last elections and the RR was fair and independent. If he nominates Rodríguez as a Vice president there is no way he can say that.

(Sorry Jorge, I know I just blew your possibilities for Vice president. When the MINCI guys read this they will be so convinced by my ingenious interpretation that, upon being informed, Chavez will change his mind on your nomination. But do not despair, keep reading, I’ve got a better idea for you).

This ghost blogger also learned that before leaving, Jorge Rodríguez put in place the list of all the Venezuelan voters by district in the web page of the CNE. However, in the VTV article cited above it is said that the personal data of the voters will not be made available in order NOT TO VIOLATE ARTICLE 60 OF THE CONSTUTUTION! So now, after the Tascón list and the Maisanta Program where the personal information of millions of Venezuelans voters was and is still used for blacklisting by the government, and is available from street vendors in Caracas, the same government says that it cannot reveal the voters’ personal data. Funny that now they discover there is an article 60 in the Constitution, which BTW is the same article 60 mentioned in this post….

Before finishing the post, I read that Chavez had some nice words for Jorge Rodriguez in today’s Alo Presidente, lamenting that he had to step down because of the bad publicity that he has been unjustly the object of and that was directed of course from the Empire…

So poor Jorge will have to step down with just a warm congratulation from the President, no goodies, unless we quickly forget about him and concentrate on the new CNE President. Maybe then, Chavez can give him more than his heartfelt congratulations for a job well done.

BTW, Jorge, here is the tip: I heard that the Paris embassy is now available.

You know, discussing and tasting the virtues of Moet Chandons, Foie Gras and Chateau Lafitte is much more interesting than dealing day in and day out with Maria Corina, the oligarchic media and stubborn bloggers and ghosts.

So go for it, tocayo, you deserve it!

Reporting from Cyberspace,

Jorge Arena
Distinguished Ghost.

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