Venezuela starts blocking Twitter users as widespread protests continue

posted at 5:01 pm on February 16, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Stuff really started hitting the fan in Venezuela this week, as public discontent with the ongoing crises of basic goods shortages, runaway inflation, and high crime rates has finally come to a head and protests have started popping up all over the country. Even with the “emergency decree powers” President Nicolas Maduro was granted and started wielding late last year, the economic situation in the oil-rich country has only continued to deteriorate, and the fact that armed motorcycle vigilantes showed up and started shooting to try and break up the protest in Caracas on Wednesday so far hasn’t deterred Venezuelans from keeping it up.

Which means things are going to start getting even more Orwellian in short order. Cue the beginning of a social-media crackdown:

Twitter Inc. said the Venezuelan government blocked users’ online images as opposition groups marched through Caracas for a third day, demonstrating against record shortages and the world’s fastest inflation.

Nu Wexler, a Twitter spokesman, confirmed yesterday in an e-mail that the government was behind the disruption. …

In the absence of information from the government or local television outlets, Venezuelans have turned to foreign reporters and social media for news. Twitter users had been posting their photos of demonstrations that started in provincial towns earlier this month, providing an alternative to state-controlled media. It’s unclear if photos were blocked for users of all Internet providers in Venezuela, Wexler said. …

“We are having a media blackout,” Josefina Blanco, a freelance science journalist and social media user, said in an e-mail from Caracas. Only because of Twitter, NTN24 and radio station RCR 750 “ can we know what is really going on in our streets,” she said.

And the leaders of the political opposition movement know their freedom is no longer guaranteed.

A Venezuelan opposition leader wanted by police in connection with deadly street protests told supporters via Twitter to keep demonstrating, but peacefully, and armed police visited his father’s home, apparently seeking to arrest him.

Authorities accuse Leopoldo Lopez of murder and terrorism in connection with violence around four days of sporadic anti-government protests that have left three people dead and both sides blaming each other for the bloodshed.

The demonstrators have vowed to stay in the streets until Maduro resigns, although there is no sign of that happening.

And on Friday, Maduro introduced a “program of peace and tolerance,” during which he denounced the protestors as “fascists.” I’m not sure how just saying that you’re going to bring about peace and tolerance somehow means that peace and tolerance are going to happen (socialism, for the win?), and Venezuelans don’t sound ready to be convinced. Via Juan Nagel at the Daily Beast:

Venezuelans are accustomed to their government using Orwellian language. Indeed, this is a government that claims the scarcity and inflation caused by its own disastrous economic policies is somehow the consequence of an “economic war” engineered by the opposition. It is a government headed by a man who claims his predecessor died of cancer because his enemies—namely, the U.S.—“inoculated” him with the disease. The feeling that lunatics have taken over the insane asylum is what is driving much of the protests. …

The young are restless, and they have had it. They want solutions to their problems, and an end to the mayhem that chavista Venezuela has become. Their strategy is not clear, and so far they are outnumbered and outgunned.

But they are not going anywhere.


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and the fact that armed motorcycle vigilantes showed up and started shooting to try and break up the protest in Caracas

Caracas or Tehran? And guess which two countries are best buddies. What a coinkydink.

rbj on February 16, 2014 at 5:03 PM

I hope President Nicolas Maduro ends up like Sadam.

whbates on February 16, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Venezuela is a hellhole…

OmahaConservative on February 16, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Lean Forward

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Even with this clear evidence that Socialism is a nation’s death sentence, the idiots in this country keep on trying it……

Hmmm….. could it be that is actually their goal?

Answer: YES!

Fathom on February 16, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Friggin’ Bush

307wolverine on February 16, 2014 at 5:08 PM

so far they are outnumbered and outgunned.

And the American Left wants to take your guns away. Fancy that!

OldEnglish on February 16, 2014 at 5:12 PM

…JugEars is taking notes!

KOOLAID2 on February 16, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Coming soon to a country near you …

ShainS on February 16, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Fausta’s Blog
Faustam fortuna adiuvat

American and Latin American Politics, Society, and Culture.

Cuba Training Venezuelan Armed Groups

In the video below (or click here), former Cuban intelligence official, Uberto Mario, describes (in Spanish) how the Castro regime is currently training Venezuelan armed groups.

Mario defected during his “service” in Venezuela.

Known as the Venezuelan Tupamaros, these are the groups who are violently and lethally attacking student protesters.

In other words, old habits die hard for the Castro brothers.

Why is the Castro regime not being scrutinized for its military presence and incursions in Venezuela?

Yet another reason why Cuba remains a “state-sponsor of terrorism.”

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 5:17 PM

This Maduro fellow sure reminds me of someone much closer to home. He seems to have a very similar personality, almost identical. Who is it that I’m thinking of? It will come to me.

VorDaj on February 16, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Fascist tweets

There are some tweets that illustrate the fascist nature of the Venezuelan regime.

The first one is from the minister of jails, the ineffable Iris Valera, one of the most violent members of the regime, who made friends with the jail leaders, those inmates that are the ones running the show in jails, directing from the comfort of their cells of sorts of extortion rings and mafia like business. True to character she admits of the role of the chavismo storm-troopers on bike and glorifies them.

#TROPA los guarimberos les tienen culillo a los colectivos organizados! Los colectivos somos pilar fundamental para la defensa de la Patria!
— maria iris varela (@irisvarela) February 14, 2014

The[opposition protester, pejorative] are scared shitless from the organized “colectivos” [paramilitary chavista organizations, those caught shooting from their motor bikes]! The colectivos are fundamental pilar for the defense of the fatherland!

No further comments needed on that one.

The next one is from a democrat, not a fascist, but he tells of what they did to his daughter. He has been accused of conspiring with Carratu Molina, a man he claims he does not know. From a recorded phone call he denies ever taking place. He is into hiding while he puts together something with his lawyers. It did not matter, they ransacked his apartment, they took his daughter for questioning and they are not letting his wife in. The real reason, besides looking for a pretext to justify current repression? Gerbasi was a frequent international expert on Globovision while Maduro was the incompetent foreign minister.

@NicolasMaduro Respetas a la familia? Por què se llevan obligada a mi hija a declarar al MP?
— Fernando Gerbasi (@fernandogerbasi) February 15, 2014
Nicolas Maduro Do you respect family? Why are you forcing my daughter to go declare to the prosecutor office?

He just posted another tweet that his daughter had been released.

The third one reflects what fascism does to media, any media. The target here is Venevision who has collaborated with the regime closely since Jimmy Carter sponsored an encounter between its owner, Gustavo Cisneros, and Chavez. The opposition point of view is not absent but rare and censored as needed. VVsincensura is apparently a tweeter account held by former or hidden Venevision journalists.

Venezuela tiene derecho a ver esto por las pantallas de Venevisión @cisnerosadriana #ElSilencioDeHoyTeCondenaráMañana pic.twitter.com/guWj1WLhmv
— VVSincensura (@VVperiodistas) February 15, 2014

Venezuela has the right to see this on the screens of Venevision #todaySilenceWillCondmenYouTomorrow

And by the way, Twitter has trouble showing pictures in Venezuela…… Acknowledged by the very own company. OK, that could also be communism….

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Friggin’ Bush

307wolverine on February 16, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Stuff Bush didn’t do

VorDaj on February 16, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Le Oops!

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/venezuela-political-protests-february-2014/

Venezuela political protests, February 2014
Caracas, Distrito Federal, VE

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Photo: Anti-government demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela – @Fbrusa
see original on twitter.com
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Caracas, Distrito Federal, VE
21h
Riot police reportedly use tear gas in Caracas, Venezuela, in clash with student protesters – @nycjim
end of alert
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Caracas, Distrito Federal, VE
21h
Photo: Students join protest of Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas, Venezuela – @nycjim

canopfor on February 16, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Sean Penn, close friend and confidante of the late Hugo Chavez, issued the following statement about the protests:

myiq2xu on February 16, 2014 at 5:22 PM

…JugEars is taking notes!

KOOLAID2 on February 16, 2014 at 5:15 PM

If the Venezuelan peasants get too uppity, and get away with it, Pharaoh Obama is concerned that American peasants might get the same idea. So we have to understand his position.

VorDaj on February 16, 2014 at 5:23 PM

canopfor on February 16, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Hope I’m not stepping on your feet with all the linkys. :)

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 5:24 PM

The feeling that lunatics have taken over the insane asylum is what is driving much of the protests. …

Given the Orwellian pap coming out of Washington and the Obama Administration, wonder how long we have until…….

GarandFan on February 16, 2014 at 5:27 PM

El Zorro
@ PK2noticiosos

Contra toda forma de totalitarismo y opresion

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Imgur photo album of the violence. ***WARNING*** some graphic images.

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 5:31 PM

TP will ultimately be blamed.

Bmore on February 16, 2014 at 5:32 PM

The feeling that lunatics have taken over the insane asylum is what is driving much of the protests. …

The main difference, and about the only significant one, between their lunatic rulers and our lunatic rulers is that our lunatic rulers are better dressed and eat far more expensive meals.

VorDaj on February 16, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Venezuelan security forces raid homes as part of manhunt for Leopoldo López
President Nicolás Maduro blames opposition leader for three deaths at recent anti-government protests
The Guardian, Sunday 16 February 2014 18.38 GMT
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Venezuelan security forces raided the homes of the opposition leader Leopoldo López and his parents, looking to arrest the man blamed by President Nicolás Maduro for three deaths at recent anti-government protests.

López, who hasn’t been seen since a press conference on Wednesday, was not at either of the homes in Caracas’s leafy eastern district when groups of national guardsmen and military intelligence officials arrived late at night. Aides said neighbours banged on pots and pans to protest what they consider an arbitrary detention order.

“Maduro, you’re a coward,” López said in a message posted on Twitter

after security forces left the premises early Sunday.

“You’re not going to force me or my family to bow down.”

The midnight manhunt capped another night of protests during which security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets to break up a group of 500 students who have vowed to remain on the streets until all anti-government demonstrators are released. Authorities said 23 people were being treated for injuries, none of them life-threatening.

Earlier on Saturday, Maduro said authorities were searching for the 42-year-old López, who he accuses of leading a US-backed “fascist” plot to oust him from power just two months after his party’s candidates won mayoral elections by a landslide. López “ordered all these violent kids, who he trained, to destroy the prosecutor’s office and half of Caracas and then goes into hiding,” Maduro told thousands of supporters at a rally on Saturday. “Turn yourself in, coward.”
(More………………………..)
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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/16/venezuelan-security-forces-raid-homes-manhunt-leopoldo-lopez

canopfor on February 16, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Twitter routinely blocks users who post negative things about Obama.

Welcome to the club Venezuela.

lorien1973 on February 16, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Heavy clashes continue in Venezuela between protesters and police

Heavy clashes between protesters and police in Venezuela. Several cars where set on fire by protesters and gunshots fired by police forces could be heard at least 3 people died.

Added: 4 hours ago Occurred On: Feb-16-2014
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http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=219_1392571527

canopfor on February 16, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Will someone in the Obama administration tell South America to F*CK OFF already?

chris0christies0donut on February 16, 2014 at 5:47 PM

have been watching events in Venezuela for quite a while. There is an uncanny resemblance between Maduro’s action and those of Obama’s. For example, both are demonizing others for the failings of their own policies. I fear that Venezuela is a ‘leading indicator’ of what we’ll be seeing here in the USA in a few years.

AtTheRubicon on February 16, 2014 at 5:48 PM

If Obama had a twin brother, he might not look a whole lot like him, but he would be a whole lot like him.

VorDaj on February 16, 2014 at 5:51 PM

If Obama had a twin brother, he might not look a whole lot like him, but he would be a whole lot like him (Maduro).

VorDaj on February 16, 2014 at 5:52 PM

If the Venezuelan peasants get too uppity, and get away with it, Pharaoh Obama is concerned that American peasants might get the same idea. So we have to understand his position.

VorDaj on February 16, 2014 at 5:23 PM

…he’s ok!…he has the DOJ and all of his people in place in the departments that matter…controls all the social media guru’s…he just needs more time…and a pen and a phone!

KOOLAID2 on February 16, 2014 at 5:52 PM

AtTheRubicon on February 16, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Obama has used “government-affiliated groups”, like the IRS, DHS, TSA and NSA, right here in the United States, to conduct reprisals against peaceful opponents of Imperial Government.

VorDaj on February 16, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Israel News ‏@IsraelNewsNow 3h

#BreakingNews Attackers kill 2 religious workers in Venezuela http://dlvr.it/4xcN9v
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https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BreakingNews&src=hash

canopfor on February 16, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Somebody in Venezuela needs to start voting from the rooftops. Start with those motorcycle gangsters.

Tom Servo on February 16, 2014 at 5:55 PM

MeanWhile in Egypt,..the South Korean Tour Bus bought it:

Israel News ‏@IsraelNewsNow 1h

#BreakingNews Egyptian presidential spokesman calls Egypt bus blast ‘cowardly act’ http://dlvr.it/4xfl32
Expand

canopfor on February 16, 2014 at 5:56 PM

The young are restless, and they have had it. They want solutions to their problems, and an end to the mayhem that chavista Venezuela has become. Their strategy is not clear, and so far they are outnumbered and outgunned.

But they are not going anywhere.

imagine that. I wonder what would happen if their constitution had a 2nd amendment.

phatfawzi on February 16, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Venezuelan Riot Police Flees From Raging Mob Of Protesters

Lol they gave up their positions and simply ran away. They can shoot people but not hold their ground…
Added: 17 hours ago Occurred On: Feb-16-2014
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Video:(4:58)

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=032_1392527684

canopfor on February 16, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Why so little news coverage of what’s happening in Venezuela? It appears to be no different than the early protests in Iran, Libya, etc. Too close to home? Is Maduro a FOO?

slickwillie2001 on February 16, 2014 at 6:08 PM

I’m extremely skeptical that what’s happening in Venezuela represents a majority reaction against the terrible policies of Maduro and the socialists/all-but-communists there. Instead, I think those of us who are hoping that Venezuelans would wake up to the failures of socialism are interpreting events through the filter of our own perceptions of the failures of Chavez and Maduro.

In other words, I think what the majority in Venezuela want is MORE socialism, in the same way that progs in the US think that the failures of their policies mean they need to double-down on them. Because…next time is different!

A foolish perspective on their part, I know, but you can’t persuade gangrene to get better. You have to surgically remove it or let the host die. One or the other.

xNavigator on February 16, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Imgur photo album of the violence. ***WARNING*** some graphic images.

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Murphy9:Excellent Linkys,

and the more info linkys the better, so no matter
what the subject, …let er’ rip————-:0

canopfor on February 16, 2014 at 6:11 PM

I fear that Venezuela is a ‘leading indicator’ of what we’ll be seeing here in the USA in a few years.

AtTheRubicon on February 16, 2014 at 5:48 PM

A few years? We’re seeing this now. You’ll see more jack boots as more people become aware and start to protest.

crankyoldlady on February 16, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Joe Kennedy praises Maduro in his free oil commercials. He is responsible for the death of his ex wife. Part of the War On Women waged by the Kennedy Klan. The Democrats control the media. Our country is lost. How could anyone ever get away with the lies Obama told about Benghazi?

alanstern on February 16, 2014 at 6:20 PM

I haven’t followed the situation very closely in Venezuela. What do the protestors want? Do they want whatever government they had before Chavez and his gang took over or do they just want a different dictator?

crankyoldlady on February 16, 2014 at 6:21 PM

I haven’t followed the situation very closely in Venezuela. What do the protestors want? Do they want whatever government they had before Chavez and his gang took over or do they just want a different dictator?

crankyoldlady on February 16, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Check out some of the links I made upthread.

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 6:26 PM

zerohedge commenter Beam Me Up Scotty

How come students in Venezuela are fighting against government oppression and here students are fighting FOR government oppression?

Good question BMUS!

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Students protested in Iran in 2009 and now in Venezuela over corruption and power grabs; yet in the US we see nothing. This US administration is following the Cloward-Piven Strategy of overloading the system until it collapses and it is working very well.

This President has 29 times illegally and unconstitutionally changed ObamaCare’s rules without going through Congress. Like it or not that is the way our Constitution is written. The remedy is a constitutional amendment, not authoritarian rule. Even very liberal constitutional expert Jonathan Turley believes Obama is violating the rule of law and the Constitution and has said so publicly in TV interviews. He said he agrees with many of Obama’s ideals, but that he is illegally going about it. Yet the American people, in particular young people, seem willing to accept what is happening.

In Germany the people stood still as the government took away freedom. As Pastor Niemöller wrote: “In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.”

Few know that according to Senator Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, the president wanted in the 2013 and 2014 National Defense Appropriations Act a clause where the military could arrest, without charges and hold for an indefinite term, people who the government declared were potential domestic terrorists; something that an Executive Order could declare. And such an Executive Order would be legal, constitutional and enforceable, even if it isn’t, until challenged in court. The SCOTUS has no enforcement power and the Constitution relies on the rule of law controlling actions declared unconstitutional. The addition to the NDAA of 2013 was stayed by a federal court judge in PA. I have yet to hear the results of these legal actions and I have talked to my US Representative about this. The media is compliment with the direction of this administration and are keeping as much information away from the people as possible. They are useful idiots as Lenin said about the Left in the West which supported the USSR.

President Nixon was called a crook and he never implemented his thoughts about using the IRS against his perceived enemies. So what then is Obama who did use the IRS to go after his “enemies? And has done much, much more than Nixon even contemplated since we have Nixon’s tapes with his innermost thoughts. We know little about Obama and why is that?

amr on February 16, 2014 at 6:32 PM

And on Friday, Maduro introduced a “program of peace and tolerance,” during which he denounced the protestors as “fascists.”

“Peace and tolerance” leftist style.

Remember this whenever a leftie says that he wants “peace and tolerance”. In his mind, “tolerance” means the elimination of the opposition.

SubmarineDoc on February 16, 2014 at 6:32 PM

http://www.opec.org/opec_web/en/data_graphs/330.htm

Look who is at number 1.

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 6:32 PM

What’s going on in Venezuela in a nutshell (English version)

youtube video

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Great video. But I’m not sure I should feel sorry for them. They voted in this awful government and most of us knew then it wouldn’t end well. Of course, the kids aren’t respnsible.

crankyoldlady on February 16, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Venezuela political protests, February 2014
14m
Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who is wanted by police, says he will march Tuesday in Caracas; says ready to face arrest – @Reuters
read more on trust.org
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Latest

Venezuela’s Lopez to march Tuesday, says ready to face arrest
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Venezuela’s Lopez to march Tuesday, says ready to face arrest
Source: Reuters – Sun, 16 Feb 2014 11:23 PM
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CARACAS, Feb 16 (Reuters) – A Venezuelan opposition leader wanted by police in connection with deadly street protests said on Sunday he will march with his supporters in the capital Caracas on Tuesday, and that he is ready to face arrest if necessary.

“I will be there showing my face, I have nothing to fear,” the opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez, said in a brief video posted to his Twitter account. “If there is any illegal decision to jail me, then I will accept that decision and that infamous persecution by the state.”

http://www.trust.org/item/20140216230340-1k2yy

canopfor on February 16, 2014 at 6:45 PM

No article here about the Trans=Pacific Partnership?

Obama Pushes TPP Negotiations Despite Mounting Opposition at Home and Abroad

and

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 6:47 PM

http://www.opec.org/opec_web/en/data_graphs/330.htm

Look who is at number 1.

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Murphy9: And they can’t keep bread on the shelves!:0

canopfor on February 16, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Tha difference between them and us is we won’t use protest and martyrdom. We’ll use guns.

crankyoldlady on February 16, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Blog about Venezuela.

The Devil’s Excrement
Observations focused on the problems of an underdeveloped country, Venezuela, with some serendipity about the world (orchids, techs, science, investments, politics) at large. A famous Venezuelan, Juan Pablo Perez Alfonzo, referred to oil as the devil’s excrement. For countries, easy wealth appears indeed to be the sure path to failure. Venezuela might be a clear example of that.

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Go figure, Socialist Santa’s Venezuelan workshop isn’t working out so well…

drfredc on February 16, 2014 at 7:21 PM

“Peace and tolerance” leftist style.

Remember this whenever a leftie says that he wants “peace and tolerance”. In his mind, “tolerance” means the elimination of the opposition.

SubmarineDoc on February 16, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Ahoy shipmate.

wolverine,HM1(SS), USN(Ret.)

307wolverine on February 16, 2014 at 7:34 PM

I’m sure the problem is that whoever passes for rich in Venezuela just aren’t taxed enough.

clearbluesky on February 16, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Oh yeah, socialism works. They just haven’t spent enough money or created a big enough bureaucracy. This is what you get when you try to explain to them that socialism has never worked anywhere it has been tried.

crankyoldlady on February 16, 2014 at 7:54 PM

That’s the funny thing about choosing communism, once you have it it’s really hard to get rid of it.

lel2007 on February 16, 2014 at 7:55 PM

That’s the funny thing about choosing communism, once you have it it’s really hard to get rid of it.

lel2007 on February 16, 2014 at 7:55 PM

That’s what I keep telling politicians about Obamacare. They think they can wait for it to collapse on its own. I hope that works for them but the longer you wait the more entrenched it becomes. The longer you let it go on the harder it is to get rid of it and the more it costs in money and lives.

crankyoldlady on February 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

SubmarineDoc on February 16, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Ahoy shipmate.

wolverine,HM1(SS), USN(Ret.)

307wolverine on February 16, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Greetings HM1 (for the non-navy types on the thread, HM1 is the rank abbreviation for Hospital Corpsman First Class – the SS means he is a qualified submariner)

What boats were you on? When I was active duty, I was on USS Sea Devil (SSN-664). When they decommissioned her (sob) I cross decked to USS West Virginia (SSBN-664). Went reserve, and went to med school, and subsequently transferred to the Medical Corps (Internal Medicine, with a rating in diving and undersea medicine). 27 years active and reserve service.

Sorry about being off topic – had to give a greeting to a shipmate.

SubmarineDoc on February 16, 2014 at 9:13 PM

What boats were you on? When I was active duty, I was on USS Sea Devil (SSN-664). When they decommissioned her (sob) I cross decked to USS West Virginia (SSBN-664). Went reserve, and went to med school, and subsequently transferred to the Medical Corps (Internal Medicine, with a rating in diving and undersea medicine). 27 years active and reserve service.

Sorry about being off topic – had to give a greeting to a shipmate.

SubmarineDoc on February 16, 2014 at 9:13 PM

USS SAN FRANCISCO (SSN 711). Retired in ’98. Ah, so you were a UMO. You were the dude I had to plead with to clear someone for sea in order to get the XO off my back. Fortunately the two UMOs I worked with understood the game. If I asked nice, they’d even call the boat for me to deliver the bad news in order to get me out of the middle.

307wolverine on February 16, 2014 at 9:35 PM

The young are restless, and they have had it. They want solutions to their problems, and an end to the mayhem that chavista Venezuela has become.

1.) Stop your bitching, Socialist candy-asses…*you* caused this.

2.) America has shown you the solution to your ‘problem’ of tyrannical despotism as government. Get crackin’.

a5minmajor on February 16, 2014 at 9:38 PM

But how will the Chavistas tweet Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey, or Danny Glover to inform them all is well?

StubbornGreenBurros on February 16, 2014 at 9:48 PM

SubmarineDoc on February 16, 2014 at 9:13 PM

True story: I had an XO who thought he was the second coming of Rickover… “Doc (me) I need So-and-so to go to sea. You go up to squadron and tell that doctor to clear him immediately and don’t come back without it.”

The XO never quite understood the limits of his power. Glad those days are over.

307wolverine on February 16, 2014 at 9:53 PM

USS SAN FRANCISCO (SSN 711).

307wolverine on February 16, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Cool.

During the last open registration, we did pick up a few trolls. However, we also got a ton of great new folks. You are one of the latter. I love your posts.

SubmarineDoc on February 16, 2014 at 10:00 PM

During the last open registration, we did pick up a few trolls. However, we also got a ton of great new folks. You are one of the latter. I love your posts.

SubmarineDoc on February 16, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Thanks and a BZ to you too.

307wolverine on February 16, 2014 at 10:04 PM

If you like your tweets, you can keep your tweets.

corona79 on February 16, 2014 at 10:14 PM

So, say your a commie leader of the Cuban kind, a Castro family thug and you got your thugs cutting heads off in Venzoolala Land.

You have a 50 year hate on for “conservatives” in the U.S.A..

You know the border of Mexico / U.S.A. is wide open and or under the control of the Mexican drug cartels ie Zettas.

You see the chance to take advantage and you have sleeper agents ready to join the “ones who escape” the trouble in Venzoolala Land.

Only question is how many will get in, and then to what use the commie buddies in the unAmerican Democrat party will put them to.

Obama knows, Kerry knows, Ms Clinton knows.

They will use them for more power.

The RINO’s are so filled with greed for the wage slaves they do not know how they tune up the rope that will hang them later.

It is up to U.S. to get control of our country.

Fight or die.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 16, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Venezuela political protests, February 2014

United States
1h
More: Venezuelan president says 3 US embassy officials met university students organizing anti-government protests – @BBCNews
read more on bbc.co.uk
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United States
1h
Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro expels 3 US consular officials – @AP
read more on bigstory.ap.org

canopfor on February 16, 2014 at 10:55 PM

too

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 16, 2014 at 10:58 PM

also

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 16, 2014 at 11:05 PM

http://www.opec.org/opec_web/en/data_graphs/330.htm

Look who is at number 1.

Murphy9 on February 16, 2014 at 6:32 PM

All the more reason for Iran to take over Venezuela by force. It’s a match made in hell, especially when Iranian nukes are all pointed at our shores.

Myron Falwell on February 16, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Maduro : Off with the fascist` s heads !

Swedish Patriot on February 17, 2014 at 4:18 AM

And on Friday, Maduro introduced a “program of peace and tolerance,” during which he denounced the protestors as “fascists.”

“The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism.”
-Karl Marx

Suddenly, Maduro’s “peace & tolerance: you protestors are all fascists” makes more sense.

Teleros on February 17, 2014 at 7:07 AM

The dictators of Venezuela are Hollywood heroes.

Never forget that.

hawkdriver on February 17, 2014 at 8:09 AM

So now the same people who cheered and helped ring in the era of socialist dictators, state confiscation and redistribution policies doesn’t like the way things turned out?

Let them eat cake.

Marcus Traianus on February 17, 2014 at 8:54 AM

SubmarineDoc and 307wolverine, nice to see a few common sense SS vets aboard. I usually don’t look at handles around here. Aft ETR2 SS on the USS Von Steuben, SSBN 632. I was on board when she “sank” the Sea Lady off Rota, Spain. That kind of dates me a bit, I guess.

amr on February 17, 2014 at 12:15 PM

I hope President Nicolas Maduro ends up like Sadam.

whbates on February 16, 2014 at 5:04 PM

I was thinking Ceaucescu, but same idea.

ajb3 on February 17, 2014 at 12:19 PM

#SOSVenezuela

latina on February 17, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Great video. But I’m not sure I should feel sorry for them. They voted in this awful government and most of us knew then it wouldn’t end well. Of course, the kids aren’t respnsible.

crankyoldlady on February 16, 2014 at 6:42 PM

But they didn’t vote for this government, at least not in the past two elections. Too bad the OAS, UN, etc., couldn’t give a mierda about communists stealing elections, looting public treasuries and natural resources, and sending the proceeds to Cuba.

steebo77 on February 17, 2014 at 1:09 PM

I suspect there is far more “We want solutions to our problems…better socialism! More freebies!” to the instability than anything else, just like I suspect the growing disapproval numbers for Obama represent a substantial number of people who don’t think his socialistic policies have gone far enough.

In other words…NOT HOPEFUL at all.

xNavigator on February 17, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Venezuela: Another wonderful legacy brought to you by James Earl Carter.

BigAlSouth on February 17, 2014 at 5:21 PM

SubmarineDoc and 307wolverine, nice to see a few common sense SS vets aboard. I usually don’t look at handles around here. Aft ETR2 SS on the USS Von Steuben, SSBN 632. I was on board when she “sank” the Sea Lady off Rota, Spain. That kind of dates me a bit, I guess.

amr on February 17, 2014 at 12:15 PM

So you were a Reactor Operator? My God, I am getting old too. I can’t recall the name of the division that does that.

307wolverine on February 17, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Maduro has physical characteristics vaguely similar to a young Uncle Joe Stalin, don’t you think ?

Appalacher on February 17, 2014 at 5:47 PM

We have all of the ingredients in this country to replicate what is happening in Venezuela. If Barry accelerates his decrees and the GOP continues to keep its head up its arse all bets are off.

Appalacher on February 17, 2014 at 5:57 PM

So you were a Reactor Operator? My God, I am getting old too. I can’t recall the name of the division that does that.

307wolverine on February 17, 2014 at 5:30 PM

RC Division – Reactor Control. Age does odd things to your brain.

307wolverine on February 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

The clock is ticking on the Venezuelan doughboy. Timing will depend on whether he is just incompetent, or evil as well.

Watch your back, Little Nicky.

dissent555 on February 17, 2014 at 10:04 PM