Hollywood Stars’ Statements on the Protests in Venezuela

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USA Today:

Protests turn violent in Venezuela amid growing anger

Shots rang out and tear gas clouded the air of a wealthy Caracas district Saturday night as protests against the government continued for a fourth consecutive day.

Rioters burned trash and threw stones at police in the city’s Plaza Altamira. In return, authorities used water cannons and tear gas to disperse crowds numbering more than 1,000.

There is growing anger here at soaring inflation — which is up to 56.3% over the past 12 months — and a murder rate that, according to local NGOs, is one of the world’s highest.

“The government is taking us into the slaughterhouse,” said Valentina Ortiz, a 33-year-old pediatrician in Plaza Altamira. “We’ll just be able to get food and water soon.”

Like Ortiz, other protesters vowed to rally until things change.

“It doesn’t matter how long it takes, a week, a month. We’ll be here every single day,” said Jose Pérez, 34. “We are at war.”

The protests are the largest faced by President Nicolás Maduro since he came to power last year after the death of Hugo Chávez.

Saturday night’s violence erupted after tens of thousands turned out for government and opposition marches during the day, both of which remained peaceful. There was a joyous, festival atmosphere at the pro-government march.

“The Revolution is love, is peace,” read many placards, denying claims the government was to blame for the violence.

Maduro has vowed to put an end to the violence.

“I’m not giving up a single millimeter of the power invested in me by the Venezuelan people,” Maduro told the crowds, from a brightly-colored stage peppered with the words, “People of Peace.”

The 51-year-old president has called the protesters “Nazi fascists” who want to see him toppled from power. He blamed them for the violence.


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


To which Danny Glover added:


Good luck finding television stories about the unrest in Venezuela. Remember the wall-to-wall coverage in Tahir Square? Apparently the television media are too busy covering Michael Sam’s and Ellen Page’s coming out celebrations and don’t have time for Caracas.

Besides, who wants to visit a country with a toilet paper shortage?


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101 Responses to Hollywood Stars’ Statements on the Protests in Venezuela

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  8. votermom says:

    The Sean Penn & Danny Glover statements are not showing up?

  9. The Klown says:

    Police Shoot, Kill 80-Year-Old Man In His Own Bed, Don’t Find the Drugs They Were Looking For

    In the early morning hours of June 27, 2013, a team of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies pulled up to the home of Eugene Mallory, an 80-year-old retired engineer living in the rural outskirts of Los Angeles county with his wife Tonya Pate and stepson Adrian Lamos.

    The deputies crashed through the front gate and began executing a search warrant for methamphetamine on the property. Detective Patrick Hobbs, a self-described narcotics expert who claimed he “smelled the strong odor of chemicals” downwind from the house after being tipped off to illegal activity from an anonymous informant, spearheaded the investigation.

    […]

    Deputies approached the house, and what happened next is where things get murky. The deputies said they announced their presence upon entering and were met in the hallway by the 80-year-old man, wielding a gun and stumbling towards them. The deputies later changed the story when the massive bloodstains on Mallory’s mattress indicated to investigators that he’d most likely been in bed at the time of the shooting. Investigators also found that an audio recording of the incident revealed a discrepancy in the deputies’ original narrative:

    Before listening to the audio recording, [Sgt. John] Bones believed that he told Mallory to “Drop the gun” prior to the shooting. The recording revealed, however, that his commands to “Drop the gun” occurred immediately after the shooting.

    When it was all over, Eugene Mallory died of six gunshot wounds from Sgt. John Bones’ MP-5 9mm submachine gun. When a coroner arrived, he found the loaded .22 caliber pistol the two deputies claimed Mallory had pointed at them on the bedside table.

    Mallory had not fired a single shot. The raid turned up no evidence of methamphetamine on the property.

    • 49erDweet says:

      I blame over-preparation. They go through intense training for “worst case scenarios” but not for “what if we are wrong?” cases, thus have no clue how to dial it back when actual threat situations turn out to be low. They need classes on how to read situations and turn off their attack switch. Won’t happen, though.

      • The Klown says:

        It was allegedly a drug case. Would it be the worst thing in the world if the suspect managed to flush his dope down the toilet?

        Drug dealers keep guns to protect themselves from robbers, not cops.

        • 49erDweet says:

          Right. Or in that area of the high desert in LA County lots of folks have guns for self-protection against break-ins. Houses are not close together so people are on their own.
          And in this case there was absolutely no forensics trace of meth – which means techs swabbed the place high and low afterwards and came up with zippo, and the only “drugs” they found were two immature weed plants in another trailer (of a guy that had a California medical marijuana card).
          The shooting cop changed his story. The victim never got out of bed, and the timing shows the cop shot first and then warned him. I think the cop is dead meat and will end up doing state time.

  10. votermom says:

    To his credit, RINO Marco Rubio has been tweeting about Venezuela

  11. The Klown says:
  12. The Klown says:

    Fucking idiots:

    • 49erDweet says:

      Considering the high mortality rate in crimes against themselves, apparently Seth Michaels values black life higher than their own compatriots.

  13. The Klown says:
    • fif says:

      Such a lame line of attack. Did they miss that it had zero traction in 2007-08? If that’s all they are going to use, say hello to Madame President.

  14. DeniseVB says:

    I’m not a scientist, but WTF?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2560494/Worlds-largest-solar-farm-SCORCHING-BIRDS-fly-it.html

    Not just about the birds, but if you’re throwing 1000 degree heat into the air, how’s that helping global warming? 5 square miles of fugly panels for every 140,000 homes, will we have to cover the California desert to provide solar power to the entire state ? Wouldn’t it be cheaper to just stick a solar panel on every house? Ok, I’m not a math whiz either 🙂

  15. votermom says:

    Reposting this from a few days ago – Venezuelan blogger describing the situation leading up to the protests

    http://blogalagua.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/civil-protests-government-violent-repression-and-killings-in-venezuela-february-2014/

  16. mothy67 says:

    D a m n you all to h e l l. Had not drank in over a year. BUT because one of you rodents slipped a Mickey into a post I Ended up making snow angels in the high school stadium singing Waterloo. Had I stopped there I could live with myself but no had to climb a tree and sing Bye Bye Bye to dawn. Appears that I also did row row row your boat down the main street.

      • mothy67 says:

        IT only gets worse as you sober up. I should be extinguished for some reason I was compelled to run down the street singing afternoon delight. And at some point I found it necessary to hang upside down from a tree branch and sing loving you. FREAK.

        • The Klown says:

          One time I was at a Van Halen concert in Germany and the next thing I knew it was Thursday.

          The last thing I remember was David Lee Roth asking “Do any of you motherfuckers out there speak English?

          • mothy67 says:

            I can beat that try being a gay man in Philly talking to the most exotic woman about blow much I love swing out sister doing break out. Next thing I know I am in San Franisco in an elevator making two female porn stars sing Sitting on the dock of the bay. Gay and slept with both at the same time

        • foxyladi14 says:

          😯

      • mothy67 says:

        HOLEY GUACAMOLE BAT Girl Is that Cat Stevens playing guitar on LOving You? I Love him.

  17. votermom says:

    Youtube from a Venezuelan American

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  19. elliesmom says:

    Completely off-topic rant- I belong to an online sewing group, and sometimes the topic wanders. Friday was Valentine’s Day, right? Someone is still ranting because her kid got a Valentine with some Reese’s pieces in it from one of the other kids, and he’s allergic to peanuts. Nothing happened to him, but his mom is afraid to let him touch his other Valentines. Know whose fault this is? The teacher. She was supposed to go through and check every kid’s Valentines before they gave them out. She did go through this kid’s. Before he touched them, but not before the Reese’s pieces touched his other stuff. She has 25 first graders and no aide in her classroom and yes, she has sent home several notes telling all of the parents about this kid’s allergy. Consensus in this very large group- she has no right to be a teacher because she doesn’t care enough about the kids and should be fired. Another mom is livid because she sent her kid in with some doodad she made for the teacher. When she picked up her kid after school, the teacher had not yet written a thank you note and didn’t seek the mom out to be properly grateful. She must only be in teaching for the money. Consensus in the group- Teachers aren’t properly grateful for all of the candles, homemade bath salts, Christmas ornaments, handprints, etc. kids bring in for gifts, and it’s nervy of them to suggest they’d rather have tissues, pencils, hand soap for their classroom so they didn’t have to buy those things out of their own pocket. We wonder why 46% of teachers never make it to 5 years.

    • wmcb says:

      The degree of utter “you owe me/everything bad is someone’s fault” attitude of society is getting much much worse. It has been shocking just in the past 10 to 20 years, how badly it’s spread.

      • 49erDweet says:

        AFAWK it is nobody’s “fault” when someone has an allergy. But I’m seeing more and more parents of kids with allergies act as if the world owes them an allergy free environment, so everybody else has to give up what their child’s system can’t handle. They don’t even hear themselves, how ludicrous that reasoning is.

    • 1539days says:

      The peanut allergy stuff is pretty excessive. I was in school with a kid who had a chocolate allergy. He had to sit in a class full of boxes of chocolate we had to sell. He might have even had to take one, I’m not sure.

      If your kid will go into shock by touching food residue, they need to be in a quarantine.

      • The Klown says:

        I once knew a girl who would get pregnant if you gave her a dirty look.

      • wmcb says:

        I have a dear friend who has an extremely severe latex allergy after years as a peds ICU nurse. Like, beyond allergic. Had to quit nursing. Hospitalized several times. She can, indeed, start wheezing from minimal contact.

        And you know what? She is the sweetest person, and has never once come across with the attitutude that all of society has to rearrange itself to protect her. She finds out, politely, on her own, if her sammich got made by latex-glove-wearing staff. She’s the one that has to adapt, get up and move when the table next to her in a restaurant brings in 50 latex birthday balloons, etc. She realizes that she is an outlier. And while it’s good to be nice and accomadating to minority outliers in some reasonable fashion, it is pure silliness to demand we rearrange the whole world for them.

        • 1539days says:

          It’s ultimately ineffective as well. I’ve heard now that kids with peanut allergies are subject to bullying with peanut butter. We’re not teaching kids that everyone should be treated with respect, we’re teaching that some people are special snowflakes and its screwing everyone up.

          • wmcb says:

            To me it’s a form of political Pharisee-ism. The original intent of the sabbath rule was rest from your labors, and worship, which is fine. They turned it into nitpicky, legalistic BS to the point that you couldn’t pull your ox out of the ditch if he fell in on the Sabbath.

            Progs are political Pharisees, straining at gnats while swallowing camels.

    • west coaster says:

      I’ve seen the opposite as well- people that force their children to take allergy medication so they can have cats (plural) in the house.

  20. The Klown says:

    Did you ever have a dream so vivid and weird that when you first wake up you have to sit there for a few minutes and try to remember who you are?

    This is like the time I came to in the back of an ambulance, only there is nobody asking me “What did you take?”

  21. angienc says:

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  22. The Klown says:

    Ima gonna go back to bed and try to recapture that dream.

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  24. DeniseVB says:

    Something to feel good about, not only about our country, but the world ! Read through the posts at….

    https://www.facebook.com/Coliniseleven

    His mom was hoping to get about 50 likes to share with her special needs child on his birthday, it’s almost 2 million now ! Comments, videos, photos from all over the world.

  25. The Klown says:

    I DON’T FUCKING BELIEVE IT!

    TWIT’MO AGAIN!!!

    • The Klown says:

      AND I’M FREE!!!

      The twitter gulag that can hold me hasn’t been built!

      • The Klown says:

        They always say the same damn thing:

        MReyes, Feb 16 02:38 PM:

        Hello,

        This account was suspended for sending multiple unsolicited @replies or mentions. Twitter monitors the use of these features to make sure they’re not abused. Using either feature to post messages to other users in an unsolicited or egregious manner is considered an abuse of its use, which results in account suspension.

        You can find more information about @replies and mentions here: https://support.twitter.com/articles/14023-what-are-replies-and-mentions

        I have now unsuspended your account. Please note that it may take an hour or so for your follower and following numbers to return to normal.

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        • wmcb says:

          Someone is spam-blocking or fucking with your account. Because I tweet to ppl more than you, and don’t get this ALL the time like you do. And you are not rude or abusive or snarky any more than I am, either. This is deliberate on someone’s part.

        • DeniseVB says:

          And yet they let the “porn girls” hang out ? So annoying when they spam the #hashtag games.

  26. The Klown says:

    This is the worst part of returning from Twit’mo:

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    • 49erDweet says:

      Who cares if a well thought out and very expensive water conservation plan was gutted and thrown away? The important thing is they MAY have possibly saved one sub-sub-sub-species of a junk fish that provides up to 2% of the food for the birds that make their home on the Sacramento Delta and SF Bay. And a fish that also impedes a valuable but delicate Herring fishery. So it’s all good,

  30. wmcb says:

    The baby Judith is ALIVE on Walking Dead!! YAAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!

  31. mothy67 says:

    I tried to post this earlier but WordPress rejected me . I was in my local pub talking to a young couple . He said no woman has ever covered a rock song well. I said are you kidding me how about Tina,? Somehow the cops were called and I was accused of trying to sell meth. Tina being I learned a term for gay drugs. I was talking about proud Mary.

    • Somebody says:

      Tina is a code word? Wow what if that’s your name or a friend or family member’s name? Sheesh, imagine calling you child for dinner and ending up in the back of a squad car!

  32. helenk3 says:

    new movie site for my roku. warner bros archives. free for two weeks.
    did not know there was a sequel to The Dirty Dozen. I am going to have a field day with all these movies and tv shows

    • 49erDweet says:

      Apparently all are safe, the responsible person is in Swiss custody and Swiss airspace has been reopened. LSM struggled out of Obama’s bed but excitement seems all over so decided to ignore it

  33. mothy67 says:

    Tomorrow I am having myself committed. Took the demon dog out and ended up doing cartwheels and singing the theme from the greatest American hero to her. Believe it or not….. What the Freud? Just not right .

    • Somebody says:

      It happens even the worst pets have endearing qualities. I have a bichon that is the most stubborn dog you’d ever meet, even now that the old fellow has gone blind he’s still as alpha and stubborn as ever. Our vet hooked us up with a semi-retired trainer that used to train animals for movies, he only takes special cases and he charges an arm and a leg. He couldn’t train this dog, neither could several other trainers before that or us. They all said our dog was the most stubborn animal they’d ever worked with. This dog gets into any and everything, even now that he’s blind. He has a mind of his own and he wants what he wants when he wants it. On top of that despite being neutered at a young age he humps everything in sight and marks everything. Oh and he’s also a very expensive dog we’ve spent a bundle on him, several medical issues plus as I said he gets into stuff……like open the cabinets and closets even with child proof locks on them and even now that he’s blind the little shit. It’s not his name, but I call him butthead on a good day and f*ck face most days, LOL!

      However when my daughter was diagnosed with cancer that dog didn’t leave her side when we were home. She was on chemo for two and a half years too. If he felt she was in need of something he’d bark his head off until he was satisfied that she’d been taken care of. To this day if we pack a suitcase he goes nuts and won’t calm down until he sniffs her to make sure she’s OK. So yes he’s a little turd, but I have a soft spot for him because he was so faithful to my daughter. That’s why I keep paying his vet bills and tolerate him, because somewhere in there is a sweet dog!

      I’m sure demon dog has some redeeming qualities too.

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