Chavez Shuts Down 34 “Bourgeoisie” Radio Stations

200px-Hugo_Chavez_in_Brazil-1861250px-The_PVRVenezuelan President Hugo Chavez continues his authoritarian crackdown in Venezuela with the closure of 34 radio stations for alleged violations of government regulations. Despite the reluctance of some liberals to denounce an obvious dictator in the making, Chavez continues to consolidate power and punish critics — particularly in attacks on the free press.

Media groups have denounced the move by the government as an obvious crackdown on critics of the Chavez, who has previously threatened to shutdown television, radio, and print operations that do not adhere to government dictates.

Chavez offered a curious defense: “We haven’t closed any radio stations, we’ve applied the law. We’ve recovered a bunch of stations that were outside the law, that now belong to the people and not the bourgeoisie.”

For the next attack on the free press, Chavez may find this clip of “You, Me and the Bourgeoisie” to show the other side of the issue:

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61 thoughts on “Chavez Shuts Down 34 “Bourgeoisie” Radio Stations”

  1. Jill writes: Instead, GE is now openly and proudly boasting of their editorial control over the news organizations they own, and publicly rubbing it in the faces of NBC News journalists that they’re subservient to GE’s corporate agenda. Look at this smug, creepy quote from GE executive spokesman Gary Sheffer explaining in The New York Times why GE issued its gag order preventing Olbermann from criticizing Fox and O’Reilly, all but mocking NBC and MSNBC journalists as nothing more than GE’s office of corporate spokespeople:”

    last night Keith featured O’Really & Murdoch in Worst Persons in the World and hardly a day goes by without his mentioning something hilarious about Glen Beck.
    so it isnt much of a gag order. not really.
    I’m not criticizing you…. just, sayin’ is all.

  2. Thanks Mike S and mespo, I appreciate your support.

    And, yes, BIL, I sense you have a serious issues with women ie ie ‘Life’, generally, and with me in particular because of my education, and/or profession, AND/OR my heritage. You have made snide unprovked comments on all three categories related to my personal history on more than one occasion.

    AND I know that AY despises medical doctors from his comments, as well.

    While mespo, has been working on his kitchen, my partner, who is also a physician and I have been going ‘green’ in our determination to repair and update structures and systems on our farm, and which has been particularly difficult given all the rain lately.

    I do still pop on from ‘Shore Leave”, occasionally, as I said I would, though, I too have had the experience of reading past snide remarks posted by AY and ‘others’-in my absence and behind my back AND even posted under my handle without my knowledge or permission, as you all know. What’s more babyish than that?

    It annoys me, I admit it. If I wanted to hang out with five year olds, I’d adopt them. As it is, we still have 9 dogs and a menagerie of other pets and foster visitors.

    BTW, I didn’t call GWLS a liar. I simply do don’t believe a male officer fondled her while doing a security check and I’ll say it again.

    ‘PULEEZE’…

    Have a nice summer, everyone! And be sure to contact your Congressmen and women, in person if you can, during their August break. It’s more important than ever!

  3. “Now if you can draw attention to anything that I have commented on in the last 30 days as an attack on anyone other than the subject matter at hand, Please show me. I will apologize.”

    AY,
    I have read every post on every thread that you have made between July 18th and July 31th. Had I a way I would post a picture of myself with egg on my face covering the bright redness. You have my unequivocal apologies on two counts.

    1. You made no gratuitous insults on anyone during the course of many, many posts.

    2. You were a model of coherence and entirely comprehensible.

    Beyond that I would also say that you were a credit to the blog in that your comments moved the dialog along in every case and many times your were the one who started the discussion going.

    “How can I say, you have to know my humor. It is dry, Macabre and even Morbid at times.”

    In terms of your last post this is the one area where I disagree with you, but only because you had no need to defend your humor. Which in every post I read from that period was on point and clearly comprehensible.

    This exercise though has once again taught me my need for humility, in that it clearly showed that my presumptions about you, were not aligned with your actual recent work. What I did, which in no way exculpates me from my errors, was freeze frame you in the period of your sorrows and rather than make a reassessment as to the change in you as you healed, kept that picture in my conceptions. This was personally inexcusable on my part. I pride myself on keeping my mind open and ready to evolve based on further data. In your case I didn’t and that was my loss.

    A(bjectly) Y(ours)

    Mike

  4. Mike S.,

    I have not commented on anything since I thought that we had had a cease fire. That was about 26 days ago, right before another full moon. Think about it. It appears that this is turning in to a cycle for her. Period.

    I read the statements that were posted by you and against you. Did you notice I stayed out of it? I will say that sometimes I don’t really understand what you have had to say as well. I either will ask a question of what do you mean or just say oh well. I will offer that I have not attacked you about anything that you have stated. I do not want to change your beliefs, because you are entitled to the same.

    I don’t care if anyone voted for Obama or McCain. That does not matter to me. So what if someone likes Michale Jackson. I don’t care for him or her or it. Whatever the case may be. I voted for Nader and I need say no more.

    What this site does not give anyone is the right to do is critique my spellin, my edUmacuaTion or my family. That is clearly where I draw the line. See UT above?

    You said: “The other thing with you AY, please understand too that I like you, many of your ideas/sensibilities, but sometimes your comments do border on not being comprehensible.”

    I responded: How can I say, you have to know my humor. It is dry, Macabre and even Morbid at times. If you feel the need for clarification on something, just ask. I will fill you in on the loose ends.

    You said: “Such are the vicissitudes of the cyber world that friendships and loyalties constantly shift. In this I am not talking about disagreements on beliefs, but on the questioning of motives.”

    I Responded: I am not in a dream world and believe that only a few on here that have any motive except to speak what is on the mind or behind.

    You said: “On most other sites the flame wars dominate, on this one they don’t, but that makes their occurrence an uncomfortable one.”

    I Responded: I do not comment on anything anyone has to say personally until I am attacked. Then I feel the need to defend myself. And when I feel the need to respond off of my cellphone I must be pretty ticked.

    Say what you might but do what you say. Please do not let this polarize what you feel the need to get out. SO LONG AS YOU ARE NOT ATTACKING ME PERSONALLY.

    Mike S. If you need clarification just ask. if not please see the comments on the Airline section. No One has the right to call another on here a LIAR.

    I thank you for your statements, comments and feelings on the subject. Now if you can draw attention to anything that I have commented on in the last 30 days as an attack on anyone other than the subject matter at hand, Please show me. I will apologize.

    or

    I stayed out of the polarization

  5. “I will close in knowing that I am viewed by her as a threat and this is why she attacks style rather than substance. A Lee Atwater, Karl Rove tactic. That is why I presume she is still a Republican.”

    AY,
    Patty C is hardly a Republican. If anything she has been attacked by others here because of her support for President Obama. As for her drawing “first blood” on this particular thread it is true. However, I’ve noticed you at other times making gratuitous references to her out of nowhere. These things seem to happen between people and it is clear that you each have little use for each other.

    Forgetting for the moment that Patty C is one of the longest term regulars here, even though that earns her points, she has continually been attacked because she has defended President Obama against what she and I’ve also felt were unfair attacks upon him. It seems with some here, though they should know better,they have established a line of “political purity” which the President can never live up to and have thus dismissed him. Much of the trouble Patty C and I have run into has been in debunking that “political purity” line and the attacks have been vicious.

    This is difficult to write also since other than Patty C, Buddha has been one the people I’ve felt closest with here and they clearly have enmity between them.

    In the “Obama Political Appointees….” thread I was called
    “abusive” and by one of the people I felt closest with on this site:

    “You are as biased and partisan as any other ideologue, Republican or otherwise. You treat all contrary evidence as tainted, you twist facts, and you use ad hominem attacks more than any other regular does.”

    The only people who came to my defense, I don’t mean agreeing with my premises, but the unfairness of the characterizations
    were Buddha, Patty C and Gyges. Considering that the attacks on me were in my opinion unfair and hurt my feelings to the point where I contemplated not continuing here, those few who stood up for me were a comfort.

    I’ve said before that the regulars here, you have certainly become one, should try to deal with each other fairly. I have to say that through a period where Patty C had pulled back from posting frequently, recently, you continued to drop in gratuitous jabs at her even in threads she hadn’t posted on.
    The other thing with you AY, please understand too that I like you, many of your ideas/sensibilities, but sometimes your comments do border on not being comprehensible.

    Such are the vicissitudes of the cyber world that friendships and loyalties constantly shift. In this I am not talking about
    disagreements on beliefs, but on the questioning of motives.
    On most other sites the flame wars dominate, on this one they don’t, but that makes their occurrence an uncomfortable one.

  6. mespo,

    Thank you. Maybe per chance you may convince one other of the same. I have largely ignored anything she has had to say unless it was personal and therein lays how the line in the sand has shifted.

    If attention she seek she will do better to seek it elsewhere.

    She has no right to attack anyone personally for what they write. Disagree with the substance. I will close in that she has polarized this list/blawg and for that she should be ashamed.

  7. AY:

    Why not accept the simple truth so eloquently stated by Adlai Stevenson,”that he who throws mud loses ground.” Every reader knows when some post or attack is fair and when it is not. You need not feel the urge to defend yourself from every sling and arrow. You gain more respect by brushing it off, and carrying on. That does not mean you must ignore egregious breaches of your dignity, but some perspective and judgment might serve you better. Accept people for what they are, you will never convert or change them with invective. A little gentle prodding, appealing to their better angels, or a polite put down seems to work best.

    Sermon over.

  8. Threatened?

    roflmao

    I missed that the first time around as I generally skip her postings now, but that’s just funny.

    Oh yeah. You’re a real threat alright, Patty. Right up there with cancer and the IRS.

    You read my posts and it apparently annoys you. Why you would continue to do so is between you and your therapist. I read your’s, even in passing quotation, and I am far from annoyed. Amused and a little sad is more like it. One can tell a lot about a person by their reactions and interactions with others. And if it makes you feel better, Patty, yeah, you’re a great big threat. I’m running to go hide under the porch right now. Woooo. Scary.

    That about sums it up.

  9. mespo727272 said:

    I will agree to a cease fire if, Patty C or Patty Cp stops the personal attacks and rants on my comments. Others can take care of themselves. I have yet to see Patty C as you call her list anything positive to this site other than compliment you, which in of itself I have no problem with.

    In life as the site we are all just “temporary sojourners.” I have no such knowledge of her connection to the radio industry.

    I agree that I am garnering any credit to myself by launching into any tirade against Patty C speaks. Please see her first comment on what I said August 3, 2009.

    I can leave her alone so long as she does not attack me personally. If you will read the posts a number of people have taken aim and hit her with her remarks.

    I do not care what she had to say, I can scroll over it until I am referenced.
    ******************************
    Patty C said:

    Once again, thanks mespo for coming to my rescue. Your are my dearest turlee ally – always and forever.We are ‘butt-buddies’(per Wayne) for sure – always and always to THE END – no pun…:)

    AY gets on my nerves just as BIL does most times. They both hate intelligent successful women like myself and in that way they are both ‘pigs’, in my view.

    But you are right, I need not engage.

    They are such easy targets though-like fish in a barrel…
    Hah! 😉
    ~ P

    p.s. How are your new culinary digs?

    *****************************

    Please ask her again to cease. She complains it is about all of the other people all the time.

    What has she contributed positively since March 2009? I have yet to see anything of substance. If you mespo can reference me to a date I will research it. The one that get me is attacks for misspelling. OMG this site should not be open as the host acknowledges he makes errors.

    I will close in knowing that I am viewed by her as a threat and this is why she attacks style rather than substance. A Lee Atwater, Karl Rove tactic. That is why I presume she is still a Republican.

  10. Once again, thanks mespo for coming to my rescue. Your are my dearest turlee ally – always and forever.We are ‘butt-buddies'(per Wayne) for sure – always and always to THE END – no pun…:)

    AY gets on my nerves just as BIL does most times. They both hate intelligent successful women like myself and in that way they are both ‘pigs’, in my view.

    But you are right, I need not engage.

    They are such easy targets though-like fish in a barrel…
    Hah! 😉
    ~ P

    p.s. How are your new culinary digs?

    .

  11. mesp-
    With me only having sucky dial-up and with the sweet jazzy-soul coming in another window, (it will take about 50 minutes to complete), i’m figuring, too, with the late-ish hour, i will be checking out Ruben come breakfasttime. and i’m so excited!
    thanks!

  12. Mercie:

    Come on an comment. Like ideas, you don’t push out the bad ones with anything but the good ones. How do you like my Ruben Blades selection?

  13. Mespo: I agree with you! AY’s messages to Patty are getting more and more frightening, as they are so full of fate. I read this site daily and always want to comment more but often feel like it’s futile due to off-topic rants like that of AY. He has high-jacked the discussion yet again!

  14. pardon me?:

    “Mespo-
    I hope you’ll play Ruben Blades.”

    ***************

    No Reuben Blades! Do I look crazy?

  15. AY & Patty C:

    Patty C has long credentials on this blog, and everyone here more than a temporary sojourner such as yourself knows her connection to the radio industry. You garner no credit to yourself launching into a tirade every time Patty C speaks. While you may not enjoy her commentary most of us do – me, especially. I suggest you ignore what you do not like and let the rest of the world choose for itself. Patty C certainly needs no help from me, but I relish the opportunity to give it.

    And Patty C, just a mild criticism, why trouble yourself with triflings when there are so many substantive adversaries to parry with and friends to enjoy?

  16. Patty C or Patty Cp aka Numb Nuts,

    Not only can you not spell, you obviously cannot read nor comprehend simple English. much less recall basic details of succinct narratives.

    Hah…!

    … ‘L’

    *********************

    Is that “L” short for Lew Cypher?

  17. Not only can you not spell, you obviously cannot read nor comprehend simple English. much less recall basic details of succinct narratives.

    Hah…!
    … ‘L’

  18. Patty C aka Numb Nuts,

    Don’t you remember telling everyone here you fool that your family lost everything? Go back where you came from you Old Sea Hag.


    I was talking about our ‘grand’ parents, numb nuts…

    Life goes on, and fortunately, I and a couple of my sibs, have been quite successful in our own right… 🙂

    I am not a Republican in the least and never was – ask anyone here!
    *************************

    Numb Nuts who cares if you still vote Republican or not. Go back to your swill. The Sea Calls you by name, don’t you hear the Sirens? Hemingway awaits your arrival.

  19. Don’t you remember telling everyone here you fool that your family lost everything? Go back where you came from you Old Sea Hag.


    I was talking about our ‘grand’ parents, numb nuts…

    Life goes on, and fortunately, I and a couple of my sibs, have been quite successful in our own right… 🙂

    I am not a Republican in the least and never was – ask anyone here!

  20. Patty C 1, August 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm aka Patty Cp aka Numb Nuts

    Told off by whom?

    My family is in the Radio business – AM/FM and FCC licensed rock n’roll Radio stations, numb nuts…

    We are NOT in the ‘telecommunications’ business! The term wasn’t even in use when we started.
    **********************

    Apparently you are the NUMB NUT. Don’t you remember telling everyone here you fool that your family lost everything? Go back where you came from you Old Sea Hag.

    If you are going to lie, at least recall what you said.

    If you are going to keep adding to this post, remember you have been warned.

    Please contribute something complementary to this Blawg. Do you at least have that within you or are you like all of your Republican Cronies and tear down what you don’t understand either figurative or literally, you fool take your choice. Patty Cp aka Numb Nuts.

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