Robertson Calls for Chavez Assassination

Pat Robertson has lost it. Here he calls for the assassination of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. Robertson calls Chavez a “strong-arm dictator” and Venezuela is “a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism.” Maybe Pat is just frustrated because it costs so much for him to fuel up his SUV?

This is all news for me. Last time I checked, Hugo Chavez was democratically elected and current polls indicate his popularity in his country is at about 70%. He’s a strong opponent of the U.S’s foreign policy and has made no bones about it, especially after a U.S-backed coup briefly removed him from office. His party is a socialist-democratic who have made sweeping reforms in Venezuela (land reforms, new constitution, removing political corruption). Not such a bad guy if you read about what he has done for his country.

I guess when your the worlds 5th largest oil exporter and have strong ties to Castro, your going to be high on the U.S’s hitlist. Already, for the 1st time ever too, the U.S defense minister is visiting Paraguay and Peru to persuade those countries to isolate Venezuela and Cuba.

Pat Robertson –

“We don’t need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator,” he continued. “It’s a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with.”

“You know, I don’t know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it,” Robertson said. “It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war … and I don’t think any oil shipments will stop.”

Thou shall not kill, Patty….

Heres the official article.

Garibaldi / Black Tusk

This past weekend myself, Jem and Jason backpacked it up to Garibaldi Provincial Park. It was all uphill on the way to the Park of course and I had a bit of a time getting up it with the all the weight in my pack (8 tallboys didn’t help) but we finally made after about 3-3.5hrs.
The park has wickedly nice landscaping with a big glacier in full view behind the lake. After arriving and setting up camp we took it easy on the beach-shore area and on the dock where we enjoyed some booze 😉 On Sunday we hiked up to the ridge of Black Tusk and had lunch. I had freeze-dried cheese enchilada’s – they weren’t too bad at all. Rest of Sunday we chilled on the Park Rangers dock. Jem struck up an interesting conversation with some Americans – maybe hoping to wind them up a bit over their Government but they were pretty liberal and actually worked for the John Kerry party. We shared some thoughts etc and it was pretty evident of what we all thought of Bush. We also met a couple of cute Park Ranger ladies and I think Jem is now checking out the pre-requisites to become a Park Ranger.

Check out the pics.

I somehow messed up the email list, so I’ve added most people back on, sorry for the hassle.