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A chat with Daniel Duquenal, the editor of “Venezuela News & Views”

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Guest:  Daniel Duquenal, editor of Venezuela News & Views………we will discuss the latest vote in Venezuela………Senator Rubio’s televised speech……President Trump’s sanctions…..the OAS and reaction from Latin America………………………..and other stories…….Click to listen:

Source: A chat with Daniel Duquenal, the editor of Venezuela News & Views 08/02 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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August 2, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Too much of the media gave Obama a pass….now they’re trying to make up for it by being hyper curious about everything Trump

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Sadam never expected Bush to invade him

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On this day in 1990, we woke up to the news that Iraqinvaded Kuwait.   It set off a chain of events that led us to The First Gulf War in 1991 and the invasion of Iraq in 2003.     In both cases, Saddam Hussein did not believe that the US would kick him out of Kuwait and then later out of power.

Saddam met justice in 2007.     Aren’t you glad that we removed him now that you see what’s happening in North Korea?    Can you imagine Saddam with nuclear capabilities?   

A few years ago, CBS interviewed George Piro, the FBI agent assigned to interrogate Saddam Hussein after his capture.    This is a portion of that interview:

“The Iraqi dictator revealed this thinking to George Piro, the FBI agent assigned to interrogate him after his capture.

Piro, in his first television interview, relays this and other revelations to 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley this Sunday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Piro spent almost seven months debriefing Saddam in a plan based on winning his confidence by convincing him that Piro was an important envoy who answered to President Bush.

This and being Saddam’s sole provider of items like writing materials and toiletries made the toppled Iraqi president open up to Piro, a Lebanese-American and one of the few FBI agents who spoke Arabic.

“He told me he initially miscalculated… President Bush’s intentions. He thought the United States would retaliate with the same type of attack as we did in 1998…a four-day aerial attack,” says Piro.

“He survived that one and he was willing to accept that type of attack.”

“He didn’t believe the U.S. would invade?” asks Pelley,

“No, not initially,” answers Piro.” (CBS)

Saddam came to the conclusion that the US did not have the stomach to take casualties.

Why did he arrive at such point?   Let us remember the 1990’s:

1993–Saddam tried to assassinate President Bush in Kuwait and President Clinton reacted by bombing Iraq that summer;

1994-98—Saddam made a mockery out of UN resolutions;

1998—Saddam kicked out the UN inspectors.   Eventually, President Clinton ordered a 4 day air war against Iraq and signed into law The Iraq Liberation Act

During the Clinton years, Saddam Hussein shot at US and UK airplanes enforcing the “no fly zone”.

Last, but not least, billions of dollars from The Oil for Food Program went missing rather than going to the Iraq people.

No wonder! Saddam thought that we would never invade him!    

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August 2, 2017 at 1:00 pm

President Trump’s merit based immigration idea is what most countries do…the “open borders” crowd needs to look around the world

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August 2, 2017 at 12:00 pm

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1992: Tom Seaver inducted Hall of Fame

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On this day in 1992, Tom Seaver was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Tom Seaver broke with the Mets in 1967 at 22.     Along with Jerry Koosman and Nolan Ryan, he was part of the team’s young pitching staff that took the team to the 1969 World Series.    

Seaver started fast in first full year of 1967:   16-13, 2.76 ERA and 18 complete games pitching for the 61-101 Mets that finished in last place.    He was the NL Rookie of the year!

Two years later, or 1969, Tom was the NL Cy Young with a terrific 25-7 & 2.21 ERA.      
Tom’s career stats got him to the Hall of Fame in 1992.:  311-205 & 2.86 ERA.    He played in 3 post season series with the Mets in 1969 & 1973 plus the Reds in 1979.

This is a partial list of his accomplishments:

1) one of only two pitchers in Major League history with 300 Wins, an ERA under 3.00 & 3,000 Strikeouts.   The other is Walter Johnson; and, 

2) he pitched twenty-seven 3-hitters, ten 2-hitters, five 1-hitters and a no hitter in 1978 wearing the Reds uniform.  

Just a great pitcher!

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August 2, 2017 at 11:00 am

A so-called ‘election’ to destroy democracy

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Like a lot of you, I get my news from Venezuela by checking the media and interacting with friends down there. To be honest, the power shortages have literally put many of Maduro’s critics out of business. How can you blog when the internet is down or the electricity is off?

Nevertheless, my friend Daniel Duquenal, the editor of Venezuela News & Views, has done his best to get around the problems.

This is what he wrote about “the fraud” on Sunday:   

The electoral fraud. It was openly visible. International journalists reported on it even before the voting centers closed. 
Pictures comparing centers of July 16th and yesterday were posted and the difference in attendance was obvious. 

Voting centers were empty to lightly attended, or outright closed. 


Only the one at the Poliedro had people that supposedly accounted from the all the “violence areas that did not allow people to vote”. And yet, the attendance there looked like the normal one at a regular major voting center, not the one that was supposed to welcome dozens of voting centers. 

Well, it seemed like that if you have a scientific and critical mind which is something that the lumpen chavismo does not have. Otherwise they would not be chavistas.

The electoral fraud was concrete. I have told you the experience of my S.O. and that by itself is enough for me. Simply put, there was NO control. Simply put, people could vote wherever they wanted. Simply put people could vote as often as they wanted. Simply put there were no witnesses so voting table attendants could activate voting stations and fill up the boxes with as many ballots as they wanted.

The electoral fraud started from the start. I have listed already all the parameters that made this vote a fraud. You just need to add what I have written above.

The results themselves were deliberately proclaiming the fraud. The results were simply unbelievable. So unbelievable that one cannot fathom the need of the regime for such an atrocious lie…

The results are meaningless and aim only at the chavista lumpen and brain washed. Think of it this way. Maduro claims that 8 million people voted for his fraud in the middle of the major economic crisis that we have experienced in our history. No food, no jobs, no medicine, violence from crime skyrocketing, etc, etc…  And he gets almost as many votes as Chavez was getting ten years ago at his prime of massive flux of dollars and cash payment to “el pueblo”.  Gimme a break! The other results that are meaningless are who won what. That is, when the injection of votes is so flagrant, so abusive that whoever won whatever seat somewhere it is because votes were allocated to that person according to the regime wishes. 

We will soon find out, I guess, what section of chavismo has come on top, not through votes but through counting the votes in the greatest Stalinist dictum. 

You know, the one where he says that elections do not depend on the votes but on who counts them.    

Daniel is exactly right. This is an election that Stalin, Lenin, Fidel Castro, and Hugo Chavez would love. The objective of this so–called election was to crush the opposition, or anyone not lined up behind the regime. By the way, two opposition leaders were arrested after the vote.

The bad news is that they did it. The good news is that the U.S. has already announced sanctions. The U.S. will freeze Maduro’s assets and prevent U.S. citizens or companies from doing business with Venezuela.   

A total fraud in Venezuela is all you can say about what just happened! Where is the UN when we really need them?

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August 2, 2017 at 6:36 am