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Venezuela seizes oil rigs owned by US company
Associated Press ^ | June 24, 2010 | FABIOLA SANCHEZ

Posted on 06/24/2010 3:32:30 PM PDT by jackspyder

CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuela's government has seized control of 11 oil rigs owned by U.S. driller Helmerich & Payne, which shut them down because the state oil company was behind on payments.

Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez announced that Venezuela would nationalize the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based company's rigs. He said in a statement Wednesday that Helmerich & Payne had rejected government demands to resume drilling operations for more than a year ...

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chavez; farginwar; hugoland; oil; oilrigs; seize; venezuela; war
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1 posted on 06/24/2010 3:32:34 PM PDT by jackspyder
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To: jackspyder

I bet Obama’s disappointed that Chavez got to them first. Or maybe he is just taking notes on how to do it.


2 posted on 06/24/2010 3:33:34 PM PDT by bboop (We don't need no stinkin' VAT)
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To: jackspyder

At one time, marines were used when foreign governments seized our property.


3 posted on 06/24/2010 3:35:07 PM PDT by edcoil (Kingdoms have never survived. Don't let any new ones be formed.)
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To: jackspyder

At one time, marines were used when foreign governments seized our property.


4 posted on 06/24/2010 3:35:13 PM PDT by edcoil (Kingdoms have never survived. Don't let any new ones be formed.)
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To: edcoil

At one time, American politicians had brains and balls.


5 posted on 06/24/2010 3:35:54 PM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be purchased and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: jackspyder

Sounds like Obama. When I was young, and we had a functional government, the president would order the navy to seize the rigs and protect U.S tax payer property. I miss those days.


6 posted on 06/24/2010 3:36:53 PM PDT by WHBates
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To: jackspyder

Hello, Obama? A foreign company just took over rigs from a US company? Sitting on your ass doing nothing? Doing the takeovers you don’t want to do? Too busy f-ing around playing golf?

Unprecedented magnitude of ineptness in the White House these days.


7 posted on 06/24/2010 3:37:43 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: jackspyder
"Helmerich & Payne: We stated repeatedly we wanted to return to work, just not for free," he said. "We are surprised by yesterday's announcement only because we have been in ongoing efforts in a good faith attempt to accommodate a win-win resolution, including a willingness to sell rigs."

No sale....They just took them....

Looks like Helmerich & Payne got screwed.....

8 posted on 06/24/2010 3:39:21 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: jackspyder

Hey Obama, here is yet another 3 am call.


9 posted on 06/24/2010 3:39:23 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: jackspyder

A wink and a nod from one illegitimate ‘leader’ to another


10 posted on 06/24/2010 3:39:32 PM PDT by allmost
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To: jackspyder

Coming soon to an Obamanation near you!


11 posted on 06/24/2010 3:40:14 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: jackspyder

That is an act of war. But 0 will do nothing and Chavez knows it.


12 posted on 06/24/2010 3:40:17 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: jackspyder

Hmm, where’s Ellis Wyatt and Francisco d’Anconia when you need them.


13 posted on 06/24/2010 3:40:51 PM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be purchased and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: jackspyder
It will not be long before Chavez is “seized” and it won't be pretty. Hugo is a fool. Obama, take note.
14 posted on 06/24/2010 3:42:03 PM PDT by JPG (Mr. Gore, or is it Mr. Stone or Mr. Woody? Whatever, you're under arrest.)
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To: BitWielder1

0 probably called and congratulated him on his initiative.


15 posted on 06/24/2010 3:42:08 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: WHBates

Except for the Panama Canal 1964 & 1977 - guess which Presidents?


16 posted on 06/24/2010 3:42:14 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption)
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To: jackspyder

keep boycotting Citgo


17 posted on 06/24/2010 3:42:23 PM PDT by PMAS
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To: bboop
Or maybe he is just taking notes on how to do it.

He's warming up for his takeover of BP.

18 posted on 06/24/2010 3:44:08 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron ("Because without America, there is no free world" - Canada Free Press - MSM, where are you?)
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To: dragnet2

Following in castro’s footsteps. fidel did the same stuff!


19 posted on 06/24/2010 3:44:19 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: PMAS

keep boycotting Citgo and ZX


20 posted on 06/24/2010 3:44:36 PM PDT by Cyclone59 (I ROCK, Guitar Hero said so........)
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To: jackspyder

From one communist to another, Chavez showing Obama how to get around the blocked deepwater moratorium.


21 posted on 06/24/2010 3:45:11 PM PDT by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: jackspyder

Maybe H&P can sue and get the keys to a whole bunch of CITGO stations.


22 posted on 06/24/2010 3:45:42 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The real death threat is their legislation" Rush Limbaugh, 3/25/10)
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To: jackspyder
I know they took the oil wells, but did they say anything bad about obama?

No?

Oh well....
23 posted on 06/24/2010 3:46:44 PM PDT by FrankR (Standing against tyranny must start somewhere, or the future belongs to the tyrants.)
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To: RWB Patriot; edcoil
At one time, American politicians had brains and balls.

At one time, America was not overrun with tens of millions of illegal aliens, aided and abetted by our own government.

24 posted on 06/24/2010 3:47:16 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: wally_bert
I suspect 0 and Hugo were in agreement before it was announced.
However, since 0 wants to do the same thing here, I suggest he starts with CITGO.

25 posted on 06/24/2010 3:49:09 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: allmost

Pirates.


26 posted on 06/24/2010 3:51:08 PM PDT by 4Liberty ( we have a rat problem.)
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To: jackspyder

Is this an act of war? Will there be any consequences for Chavez at all?


27 posted on 06/24/2010 3:51:25 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 ( Two-state solution: A bad idea whose time has gone.)
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To: jackspyder

I don’t have much sympathy for companies that continued to do business with Chavez after he nationalized the first batch of companies.


28 posted on 06/24/2010 3:51:36 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Build a man a fire; he'll be warm for a night. Set a man on fire; he'll be warm the rest of his life)
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To: Cyclone59

What’s ZX ?


29 posted on 06/24/2010 3:53:11 PM PDT by PMAS
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To: jackspyder

We need to send Nobel Prize winners to talk to Hugo. /crap


30 posted on 06/24/2010 3:53:58 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: bboop

Chavez can probably do a better job of enforcing regualations that keep oil from gushing. It’s in Florida now and there is no stopping it with 0bama at the helm. The best he can do is rearrange the deck chairs and play some McCartney.


31 posted on 06/24/2010 3:54:28 PM PDT by Boardwalk
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To: PMAS

32 posted on 06/24/2010 3:54:42 PM PDT by 4Liberty ( we have a rat problem.)
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To: sodpoodle

Yes, just what I was thinking both losers. At least Obama is making even Carter look good at this point.


33 posted on 06/24/2010 3:55:06 PM PDT by WHBates
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To: Secret Agent Man; All
It's way past time to do a "Noriega" on Chavez...

Hell! It's way past time to do a "Noriega" on our purple lipped peacock as well!

34 posted on 06/24/2010 3:57:34 PM PDT by JDoutrider
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To: WHBates

0bama had better grow a beard and stop shaving because if his daughter has to ask daddy if he plugged the hole every time she is going to have major issues one day.


35 posted on 06/24/2010 3:57:49 PM PDT by Boardwalk
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To: Cyber Liberty

36 posted on 06/24/2010 3:57:49 PM PDT by 4Liberty ( we have a rat problem.)
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To: JDoutrider

Venezuela needs a Pinochet.


37 posted on 06/24/2010 4:01:12 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: edcoil
At one time, marines were used when foreign governments seized our property.

That was when we had leaders worth a damn.

38 posted on 06/24/2010 4:01:37 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (If I don't like you, it's most likely your culture or your ideology that pissed me off.)
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Email for corporate at Helmerich & Payne, in case you wish to give advice on how to sabotage the rigs’ equipment as chavez takes over:

webmaster@hpinc.com


39 posted on 06/24/2010 4:02:52 PM PDT by dynachrome (Barack Hussein Obama yunikku khinaaziir!)
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To: jackspyder

This would have been all over the media in the old days, and people would be demanding that the government do something about it.

Now, Chavez isn’t doing anything that Obama wouldn’t do.


40 posted on 06/24/2010 4:03:47 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: dynachrome

I expect some snake and nape from an airplane suited for such delivery devices might be effective in neutralizing those rigs would work!


41 posted on 06/24/2010 4:09:32 PM PDT by RVN Airplane Driver ("To be born into freedom is an accident; to die in freedom is an obligation..)
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To: RWB Patriot

We got our Ellsworth Toohey and he’s making sure the d’Anconias of the world are put in their place!

http://www.robdiego.com/obama.htm


42 posted on 06/24/2010 4:11:16 PM PDT by FrdmLvr ( VIVA la SB 1070!)
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To: 4Liberty

Don’t they call Citgo “Valero” now?


43 posted on 06/24/2010 4:12:45 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Build a man a fire; he'll be warm for a night. Set a man on fire; he'll be warm the rest of his life)
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To: jackspyder
Biggest and most ignored story of the day. This should be huge, embarrassing, and a provocation that should not be tolerated whatsoever. Instead.... crickets.
44 posted on 06/24/2010 4:14:41 PM PDT by Shqipo (I stand with AZ!)
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To: jackspyder

The Obozo has made the US a weakling in the world.


45 posted on 06/24/2010 4:15:07 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: jackspyder

You all should be concerned about your own property. They tax you, and tax you, and tax you, and you don’t flinch. Why wouldn’t foreign governments believe us weak and easy prey when Americans seem to be quite comfortable, and quite passive in their new place as pawns and slaves.

It’s the beginning of a free-for-all socialist feeding frenzy. Guess who’s for dinner?


46 posted on 06/24/2010 4:15:17 PM PDT by Boucheau
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To: jackspyder

an act of WAR, for a real president...for our pres__ent it is an act of Marxist love.


47 posted on 06/24/2010 4:18:12 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

No, Valero is an American company. I believe “Valero” refers to the formal name of The Alamo.

Regards,


48 posted on 06/24/2010 4:18:47 PM PDT by VermiciousKnid (Sic narro nos totus!)
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To: Cyber Liberty

No no no Valero is a Texas based company! Corpus Cristi home to Valero and Whataburger


49 posted on 06/24/2010 4:19:39 PM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: jackspyder
Dallas-based Ensco International Inc. said last year that it had suspended oil drilling operations off Venezuela's Caribbean coast because Venezuela owed it $35 million — prompting PDVSA to take over the company's operations.

If were an investor in Ensco, I'd be bailing out right now.

50 posted on 06/24/2010 4:21:50 PM PDT by dragnet2
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