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#1 Hostile

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 04:39 PM

From Times Online October 17, 2009

For decades, wealthy Venezuelans have luxuriated in the vistas of the Caribbean from the terrace of the Caraballeda Golf Club, relaxing with a whisky before teeing off amid tropical palms, above a marina filled with gleaming yachts. It is a way of life that is under threat, however, with President Chávez deriding the game as lazy, bourgeois and the antithesis of his Bolivarian Revolution.

Thick with Louis Vuitton handbags and luxury vehicles, Caraballeda, north of Caracas, is a symbol of everything Mr Chávez detests. He launched his attack on the sport on his weekly TV show, Hello Mr President, branding players selfish elitists who annexed acres of prime land while the poor suffered in slums.

"Golf is a bourgeois sport," he spat, citing the use of golf carts as evidence of the laziness of the "little Yankees".

Officials have moved to seize two of Venezuela's prime courses, at Caraballeda and Maracay. However, the move has divided local supporters of the President, with many warning of a detrimental impact on surrounding communities.

function slideshowPopUp(url) { pictureGalleryPopupPic(url); return false; } Gian Carlos Pérez, the manager of the Caraballeda course, said the club had the support of the area's communal councils — set up by Mr Chávez. "They agree it should not be expropriated because it is a very important source of work and supports tourism," he told The Times.

The expropriations would bring to nine the number of courses closed in the past three years — part of a drive to eradicate activities deemed contrary to the principles of Mr Chávez's socialist revolution. Hotels and yacht and beach clubs have also been threatened with closure, while whisky drinking has been hit with increased taxes and limits on consumption at state functions.

After hosting a summit recently at the Hilton on Margarita Island, the President decided to seize the hotel — with its golf course, casino and marina — because the owners dared to "impose conditions" on its use by the revolutionary Government. "No way," he said. "So now it has been expropriated."

To many impoverished Venezuelans, the campaign against golf is a welcome assault on the legacies of elitism and American domination that accompanied the discovery of oil in the 1920s. To others, it is an example of the economic damage that Mr Chávez has wreaked as he pursues his revolutionary ideology.

Alejandro Calles, who has worked as a caddy at Caraballeda for almost 50 years, said the seizure would hurt the communities Mr Chávez professed to want to help. "It would be like cutting the arm off the people," he said.


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#2 Rattuskid

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 08:24 PM

What's so wrong about this? A few missiles falling on the course may actually make golf exciting again!
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Posted 18 October 2009 - 08:51 PM

The world doesn't need any more Hugo. It needs less of him. He's trying to make a war. He's trying to have enough reason to attack his capitalist neighbors that he will be justified to do so.

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 09:20 PM

And even more jobs get lost as a result of mr Chavez's 'war against poverty and capitalism'... Words can't describe how much I HATE this guy.
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Posted 18 October 2009 - 09:29 PM

I like how you snuck a picture of Obama in there.

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 09:42 PM

Well, I've got a feeling Obama and Chavez are going to be great friends...
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Posted 18 October 2009 - 09:53 PM

I like his style. Stay in a hotel, decide to keep it for himself. Very Henry VIII. :good:
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Posted 18 October 2009 - 10:16 PM

I like how you snuck a picture of Obama in there.

Honestly, the picture was part of the article. I swear... :good:

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 10:17 PM

Well, I've got a feeling Obama and Chavez are going to be great friends...

I've got a feeling you don't know what you're on about, and have forgotten the proximity of your position on that political compass to Obama.

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 10:22 PM

I dunno what's worse. Shutting down Guontonimo Bay and releasing killer terrorists back into the public or bombing a golf field, one of the most desolate of urban areas.

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 11:11 PM

I fully support this. Golf is shit. Chavez can fuck polo's shit up next. And then fox hunting. Yeah, none of you right-wing fucks would have anything to say if he was cracking down on fox hunting. How's that for putting a magnet next to your moral compass?


But ohh yes, be warned, Premier Comrade Vladimir Illiych Obama, Leader of the Glorious Communist Socialist Democratic Revolutionary Party, Magnificent Bastard Xanatos Extraordinaire, whose manifesto and policies includes attempting to bring about the Union of American Soviet Socialist Republics and the downfall of all things that make America great, consorting with the Devil, eating children, funding terrorism (Al-Qaeda Al-Qaeda terror terror terrorism 11/9, Osama Bin Laden terror), signing a mutual defence pact with North Korea and China, summoning the purest of evils that is the darkspawn, marrying Cthulhu, has also made it his Party policy to steal your golf courses because his bezzy mate Chavez is doing it! This is the future of Amerikuz!!1111

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 12:23 AM

Actually I just thought the government taking stuff on Chavez's whim was totally out of line. Have you been drinking again? :xcahik_:

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 12:56 AM

Not since yesterday. :xcahik_:

I sarcasm because to do different would go against my idiom.

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 08:31 AM

I don't mind the fox hunting part so much as all the faggotry they go through to hunt the fox...

I think old Hugo marching troops on golf courses is about the best place they could march if any, and it'll keep him from declaring war on anything useful.
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