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  • Sending Out Request to Louisiana Freepers: David Vitter Needs Our Help to Stop Hate Campaign

    10/28/2009 6:11:16 PM PDT · 10 of 11
    StJacques to trumandogz
    Yes; both of your points are unfortunately true. But right now our house is on fire and the arsonists will reap the benefits if we permit Melancon to win. Obama must be stopped.

  • Sending Out Request to Louisiana Freepers: David Vitter Needs Our Help to Stop Hate Campaign

    10/28/2009 12:28:56 PM PDT · 8 of 11
    StJacques to panzerkamphwageneinz; trumandogz; Saltmeat; SAJ
    I've taken a first step towards setting up the piece I want to do on the racial animosity campaign that is about to be launched against Vitter by posting a blog on the recent Southern Media and Opinion Research poll of last week which shows just how negative Melancon must become to have any chance against Vitter and why he must depend upon outside help to launch that campaign.

    http://blogginglouisiana.blogspot.com/2009/10/smor-poll-and-melancon-vs-vitter-where.html

    This is not the piece I will need to get circulated, but it will be a first step.
  • Sending Out Request to Louisiana Freepers: David Vitter Needs Our Help to Stop Hate Campaign

    10/27/2009 7:52:43 PM PDT · 3 of 11
    StJacques to SAJ
    I have been away too long SAJ. I have worked at my Latin American Left watch duties aiding the Venezuelan resistance to Chavez quite a bit. I need to give everyone an update on that. I became practically a partner of Martha Colmenares, the principal resistante and even published works originally in Spanish on her site, Colombian news sites, and more. I also was published in Diario de America on the FARC narco-guerrillas. I was awarded a prize by the Cuban exile community for my work outing the Castroite repression of Cuban bloggers and more. But this fire is in my own house now, and I cannot stand aside. I must get back into Louisiana politics whole hog here. I have seen what the consequences of race baiting can be in Louisiana and, well, I think you understand. Stephen Sabludowsky is an Internet Legal Services attorney working in New Orleans who owns BayouBuzz.com, a very successful "news" web site that primarily focuses on Louisiana. He is very web savvy and achieves some of the best Google Search Engine and Google News Results anywhere. There's more, but that's the jist of it.
  • Sending Out Request to Louisiana Freepers: David Vitter Needs Our Help to Stop Hate Campaign

    10/27/2009 7:39:35 PM PDT · 1 of 11
    StJacques
    Please forgive me everyone for even posting an excerpt from this vicious hit piece aimed at David Vitter. But I have to do it in order to make clear to Louisiana Freepers -- and I used to have a ping list for them -- what is going on.

    Simply put, the Obama Hate Machine is gearing up to launch a vicious campaign of race baiting hatred on behalf of Vitter's opponent Charles Melancon.

    I have already been at work contacting other bloggers and Louisiana conservative commentators up on the web now to let them know what I am doing, and I am definitely going to get a little help from them, and it's very valuable, but this is only just now getting started and I will take my first step tomorrow when I publish an analysis of the recent SMOR poll on the race published last week, in a blog I just opened. I intend to make sure that Stephen Sabludowsky of BayouBuzz.com does not get a free ride for the venomous attack he has launched on Vitter, which you can read in the article I just linked. That poll analysis will essentially be a reference source to frame both what Sabludowsky is doing and why he is doing it.

    For those who only know me as StJacques, my real name is Jacob Sulzbach, and you will be able to see in the long list of comments underneath that article that I became more than a little angry at what Sabludowsky is doing. This is just awful!

    After I publish the analysis of the SMOR poll, I will then proceed to address Sabludowsky's outright deceit and purposeful venom. I have been looking into his contacts as indicated by links revealed in the Alexa.com site analysis tools, and I want everyone to know that this guy is in league with some of the worst of the leftist bloggers now up on the web. No need to go any further, if you read the article you will see what I mean.

    I'm still debating the title of that upcoming article, but it will be something like "Playing the Hate Card for Charles Melancon" or "The Obama Hate Machine and Charles Melancon," or maybe even something else I have yet to conceive of at this moment. I think you get my drift though.

    Can someone please start pinging the Louisiana Freepers and ask them to either Freepmail me or contact me directly via e-mail at:

    jacobsulzbach@gmail.com

    We must stand up to this venomous hate campaign now underway. I am going to need help circulating what follows.

    The Obama Hate Machine is about punish Louisiana. We must respond.

    Thank you everyone.

  • Hugo Chavez Desecrates Bolivar ... (Freeper's Blog Published)

    05/21/2008 10:43:52 AM PDT · 2 of 11
    StJacques to Founding Father; ElCapitanAmericaLives; El Conservador; Alia; livius; proud_yank; Kenny Bunk; ...
    Latin American ping here.

    I haven't been in much because I've been working on getting my blog going, which I opened April 5. It is at:

    http://stjacquesonline.blogspot.com
  • Hugo Chavez Desecrates Bolivar ... (Freeper's Blog Published)

    05/21/2008 10:41:39 AM PDT · 1 of 11
    StJacques
    I am posting this article exactly as it is published in the Diario de America website, even though there are three slight errors in what is published. One, my internet alias "StJacques" is misspelled "StJaques"; two, there was a problem evidently when they copied and pasted one of the paragraphs in which what was originally posted in my blog as $480,000 found in the FARC safe house in Costa Rica came out "0,000"; and three, they have omitted a translator's note I posted that identifies the 3rd to last paragraph as a quote from Simon Bolivar's famous "Decree of War to the Death" of 1813.
  • Attn McCain Haters: SHUT Your Stinking TRAP! (Vanity)

    04/01/2008 7:52:00 PM PDT · 762 of 976
    StJacques to Cinnamon Girl

    You go Cinnamon Girl!

    Translation: I’m with you.

  • Colombia said to kill rebel leader (Ivan Rios, member of FARC's ruling junta, 2nd whack of the week)

    03/10/2008 3:49:28 PM PDT · 73 of 74
    StJacques to Kenny Bunk; shield; Founding Father
    ". . . Imagine how they'll scream at coup time in Caracas!"

    There is a Venezuelan expatriate blogger named Gustavo Coronel who has been predicting in his blog, las armas de coronel (which is mostly, though not all, in Spanish), that a coup is in Chavez's future. Coronel is absolutely the hardest-hitting commentator on Chavez you will find anywhere. He is a petroleum geologist and a veteran of the oil industry in Venezuela. I wish more Americans could read what, and how, he writes. They guy is a true blogger-hero in my opinion.
  • Colombia said to kill rebel leader (Ivan Rios, member of FARC's ruling junta, 2nd whack of the week)

    03/10/2008 2:10:38 PM PDT · 71 of 74
    StJacques to Kenny Bunk; shield
    ". . . Idiot though he may be, Chavez has achieved a bit of a media coup and by acting on behalf of Ecuador, who after all is the only aggrieved party in the case, he has established himself, or tried to, as the heir apparent of Castro. He is seen to be leading the Marxists of Latin America in united action against US interests."

    In terms of explaining Chavez's motivations for acting as he did, I am convinced you are right.

    But this may be an instance of "be careful what you wish for" because you just may get it.

    Chavez's actions appear to have been greeted with incredulity in Venezuela. The El Universal (Caracas) and Tal Cual (Caracas) newspapers took him to task, especially Tal Cual, which has now emerged as a true opposition voice, and the word from bloggers and newspaper sources in Colombia, Mexico, Spain, and the U.S. is that the Venezuelan army did not take Hugo very seriously in public, which suggests there must have been more to the story behind the scenes. Former Defense Minister General Raul Baduel lambasted Chavez openly in the press for "playing a dangerous game for personal political gain." In sum -- it all backfired on Chavez. His country is facing a serious problem with shortages of basic foods at supermakets and smaller grocery stores -- there have been riots; yes, riots over these shortages -- and to cut off Colombian trade, from whence they get a lot of their food, was about as smart as shooting holes in your sinking boat. Tal Cual is referring to the whole affair quite derisively as "Chacu's War" (La guerra de Chacu) in today's paper. Their editorial is a one paragraph satire that smacks of Rabelais and Garcia Marquez and finishes with the flourish of "What a great Leader!" Note: "Chacu" could be translated as "big mouth," "motor mouth," and perhaps even "trash talker."

    The real genius in this whole affair was Uribe, who understood that he needed to speak directly to the Venezuelan and Ecuadoran people in friendly, courteous, even apologetic tones while simultaneously taking Chavez and Correa out to the woodshed in international affairs (remember Colombia's call for an indictment of Chavez for planning mass murder [for his aid of the FARC] before the Court of International Justice when this story broke?). Uribe made clear from the start that he wouldn't even bother sending troops to the border because he knew "the Venezuelan people are our friends." Chavez and Correa blinked, and very quickly.

    Give Uribe his due. The man understands how to play the game. Chavez was taken down a notch or two in front of his own people in this affair. So what if he does have the lead role for the internationalized Latin American Left? The man is in trouble at home.
  • Hugo Chavez Phone Call Allowed Colombians to Locate FARC Camp (Translation)

    03/10/2008 1:12:06 AM PDT · 119 of 127
    StJacques to traviskicks
    The FARC not only engage in murder, extortion, kidnapping, and, on rare occasions, armed confrontation with the Colombian army; they also export hundreds of millions of dollars of cocaine to the U.S. each year. Turning our backs on these narco-thugs will only send the signal to every other drug export gang in South America that the cocaine business will be safe.

    The U.S. Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security list the FARC as the number one terrorist threat in the Western Hemisphere. There is no "keeping us out."
  • Dennis Hastert's seat lost in Special Election today

    03/08/2008 10:27:05 PM PST · 154 of 381
    StJacques to The_Republican

    All I can tell you is that we WILL take a Senate seat away from the Dems this fall in Louisiana. The post-Katrina fallout, which led to the Republicans more than doubling their representation in the state House of Representatives coupled with the seizure of the Governor’s chair and much more last Fall, will continue. Mary Landrieu is going down.

  • Hugo Chavez Phone Call Allowed Colombians to Locate FARC Camp (Translation)

    03/08/2008 8:45:50 PM PST · 116 of 127
    StJacques to Army Air Corps

    I’ve put you on it Army Air Corps.

  • Colombia said to kill rebel leader (Ivan Rios, member of FARC's ruling junta, 2nd whack of the week)

    03/08/2008 2:49:53 PM PST · 68 of 74
    StJacques to Founding Father
    Well my first comment is that Cory Fischer-Hoffman is just shivving for Chavez. Some of those comments are really outrageous.

    Take this one for instance:

    " . . . This attack is the continuation and escalation of an on-going war in Colombia that has persisted for 40 years due to US military funding and training of Armed Forces in Colombia. . . ."

    Really?

    I thought the attack was the result of the Colombian government's desire to defeat a terrorist/kidnapping/extorting/narcotrafficking group of so-called "guerrillas" who are a genuine threat to their national security. I could also go on and on about what was left out of Cory Fischer-Hoffman's article, but I'm not going to waste my time.

    Let me put up something from Martha Colmenares' web site (Wow! Does this woman ROCK!!!) on the recent murder of a group of young boys by the FARC in Colombia. I'm just translating her first paragraph.



    Translation of first paragraph:

    "Young boys also have been victims of the FARC terrorists, they are recruited and trained to kill, their throats are cut or they die by their bullets. When it is a case of very powerful images, it is a personal decision to look at it or not, for that reason they are compiled in this pdf, that opens when you click HERE. The original source, Secretos de Cuba, contains expansive reporting with images and reports about the crimes of this terrorist band, which can be accessed directly. These are documents which confirm acts of barbarism of these murderers who attempt to classify themselves as the "Army of the People" and they deserve to be shown. . . ."

    Put that up against Cory Fischer-Hoffman's take.

    I'm just soooo sick of these ignorant, uncaring, mean, deceitful leftists who keep trying to tell us that the "revolution" is for the good of humanity, we just don't see it because we're weak or god-knows-what.

    The murder of young boys is murder plain and simple. Anyone who says differently can take the rest and shove it.
  • Colombia said to kill rebel leader (Ivan Rios, member of FARC's ruling junta, 2nd whack of the week)

    03/07/2008 10:59:31 PM PST · 59 of 74
    StJacques to StJacques
    Everyone;

    In case you're interested, you can see the list of the FARC Commandantes, most with pictures, as well as a map containing the intelligence information as to their whereabouts at:

    http://www.elespectador.com/archivos/cabecillasfarc.jpg
  • Colombia said to kill rebel leader (Ivan Rios, member of FARC's ruling junta, 2nd whack of the week)

    03/07/2008 10:47:55 PM PST · 58 of 74
    StJacques to shield
    Colombia could actually take both Venezuela and Ecuador at once.

    The one thing that was left out of the above article, and thanks for posting it by the way, is that the Colombians have dispatched three guerrilla armies going back to the 1970's -- the M-19, the ELN, and the various paramilitary groups known as the MAS -- and they have a history of combatting political violence going back to the 1940's, a period known as La Violenta. They are the most experienced and successful counterinsurgency force in all of Latin America. And now they're coming close to dispatching the FARC.

    One side note ... Don't rely upon the Colombian history on Wikipedia. It was written by some unknown leftist idiot who either knows nothing or does know something and spins it so wildly that it comes across as a polemic. Yecchhh!
  • Colombia said to kill rebel leader (Ivan Rios, member of FARC's ruling junta, 2nd whack of the week)

    03/07/2008 9:17:05 PM PST · 55 of 74
    StJacques to Founding Father
    Founding Father, if you decide to post this somewhere, paragraph 2 should read "there are no more than scrub ..."; paragraph 5 needs to have quotes closed and reopened; and the last paragraph should read "comment on Messi's bad luck." I got a little sloppy there, it's late.
  • Colombia said to kill rebel leader (Ivan Rios, member of FARC's ruling junta, 2nd whack of the week)

    03/07/2008 9:07:12 PM PST · 54 of 74
    StJacques to Founding Father; ElCapitanAmericaLives; El Conservador; Alia; livius; proud_yank; Kenny Bunk; ...
    Here is the translation Founding Father requested:

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    Venezuela, The "Military Deployment" of Hugo Chavez at the Border 10:47 a.m. | 06 Mar 2008

    "Are you going to war? Of what war are you talking to me about?," I sarcastically ask a Venezuelan emigration agent while transferring to the border post with Colombia at Paraguachón. "He is not believable, no one will fire a shot here. These are only the vanities of Presidents, we are very calm, we're all friends," the civil employee said. This is the chronicle of Joaquim Ibarz for the Vanguard of Barcelona.

    The truth is that in this arid border zone, where military analysts have already foretold that there will be tens of combat vehicles deployed, there are no more scrub and ramshackle vehicles of who knows what dark origin.

    Instead of soldiers the Chivos and Wayúu proliferate, indigenous ethnic groups who do not recognize borders and only admit of their own laws.

    It seems an almost ridiculous situation that Venezuela mobilizes thousands of men to promise a warlike conflict that nobody either wants or supports. Here they do not sound military drums, they only hear the calls made by the border guards to the normal transit of merchandise, especially Colombian foods that are indispensable to softening the shortages. The Venezuelan military deployment in a sparsely-populated sandy region will not have to face seasoned Colombian soldiers, only an army of small smugglers of the two countries who subsist in dealing gasoline, foods and merchandise of all types.

    "The enemy is not Colombia, only poverty and shortages - affirms Luisa Cortés, a seller of empanadas and arepas. Look for yourself, there is no progress here, only promises and promises that are not fulfilled. Why are they sending us more soliders?," she asks without hoping for a response.

    Colombia, the most militarized country of South America, does not have even a single soldier in this Guajira border zone with the Venezuelan state of Zulia. Even though the two countries share 2,050 kilometers of border, the major part of the terrain is jungle or very mountainous. The Zulia zone is the only one apt for Venezuelan tanks to operate against a thus far nonexistent enemy. President Alvaro Uribe has not distracted even one uniformed soldier on the border from his labor of militarily defeating the FARC.

    In Fort Páez, a small quarter in which we found in a corner of the great plaza of Paraguaipoa (about 15 kilometers from Colombia), soldiers and sergeant majors mount guard duty with a certain indolence.

    They receive the journalist with military affability. They remark that they have no special mobilization orders, that everthing is normal. "In the capital they say a lot of things, here everything is different, the patrols we make are the regular ones," a sergeant explained without giving credibility to the alarmist news about the conflict with Colombia. "I saw in a newspaper that there will be a movement of tanks here, when in reality the photos are of the little armored cars with which we make our regular rounds," the lower-level official added.

    Neighbors listen with a certain skepticism to the televised interruption of the Minister of Defense, General Gustavo Rangel, who assures everyone that this is an ending point to the military deployment ordered by Hugo Chavez. General Jesus Gonzalez, chief of operational strategy control, said at noon yesterday that they were reaching their objectives in the states of Zulia, Tachira, and Apure of almost the totality of the eight thousand men mobilized.

    Although Chávez announced Sunday morning the immediate shipment to the border of ten battalions with armored cars and warplanes, the deployment did not begin to be undertaken until Tuesday night. In fact, an official of Venezuelan military intelligence said to us at dawn yesterday in Paraguaipoa: "They have not yet ordered me into any mobilization."

    The official version is that in the last few hours events have accelerated. General Gustavo Rangel reiterated that the ten battalions were at the point of completing the foreseen plan. The first contingent of 150 soldiers went up to Tachira by the Santo Domingo airport. No one has said a word of the deployment of the modern Russian Sukhoi airplanes.

    Accordion ballads in place of martial music

    Life has not changed on the border; here no one breathes any tension. There is only the getting around the obstacles imposed on the transport of merchandise. Venezuelans and Colombians, above all the ethnic Wayuu, pass from one side to the other without perceiving they are arriving in another country. They only hear the love ballads instead of the martial music that it would be possible to hear in the incendiary speeches of President Chavez. In an improvised uncultivated field, merchants and government functionaries of the two countries play soccer. The billiard parlors are full of boys who comment Messi's bad luck. "It does not make much of a case for what Chavez says. Every day he invents something to get attention," a policeman explains.

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    Sorry I'm a little past my deadline. I've got this horrible habit of munching a midnight snack right about now.
  • Colombia said to kill rebel leader (Ivan Rios, member of FARC's ruling junta, 2nd whack of the week)

    03/07/2008 8:12:55 PM PST · 52 of 74
    StJacques to Founding Father

    Translation is coming. Come back at about 10:30-10:45 p.m. Central (today).

  • Colombia said to kill rebel leader (Ivan Rios, member of FARC's ruling junta, 2nd whack of the week)

    03/07/2008 4:27:57 PM PST · 45 of 74
    StJacques to ElCapitanAmericaLives; El Conservador; Alia; livius; proud_yank; Kenny Bunk; Founding Father; ...
    A Latin American Left Watch ping.

    Here's a photo of the guy from today's El Espectador:



    I do have a comment. This guy was not killed in an area of the country where the FARC has been active. He was killed about 250 miles west of Bogota in the Colombian Department (i.e. state) of Caldas, which is the center of the coffee-growing region of the country and is quite prosperous, which makes it infertile breeding ground for FARC activity. I know this region of Colombia very well, it is where I lived for about 11 months. Rios was obviously trying to hide in an unsuspected location away from FARC activity.
  • Hugo Chavez Phone Call Allowed Colombians to Locate FARC Camp (Translation)

    03/06/2008 4:22:09 PM PST · 94 of 127
    StJacques to happinesswithoutpeace
    "Hey! Good to see ya posting, I thought you left us."

    No; but I have been away for a while. But I did put my online work to good use.

    I did a lot of posting at BayouBuzz.com last year as I followed the Governor's race here in Louisiana. Our man Bobby Jindal blew everyone out of the water, winning our "open" (a.k.a. "jungle") primary with almost 55% of all votes cast on the first ballot, no runoffs. We also more than doubled our Republican representation in our state House of Representatives (the Speaker is now a Republican) and picked up a couple of seats in the state Senate, where we were already strong.

    The mainstream media can try to spin Katrina against Bush all they want. The verdict here in Louisiana is that Kathleen Blanco was an outrage and the state just jumped on the Dems at the voting booth.

    I did put my time to good use.
  • Hugo Chavez Phone Call Allowed Colombians to Locate FARC Camp (Translation)

    03/06/2008 4:15:16 PM PST · 93 of 127
    StJacques to Founding Father
    RE your #81 ...

    I think you must have the biggest set of worthwhile international and especially Latin American blogger sites bookmarked of anyone I know. I think over half of my "LatAmBlogSites" folder contains sites I got from you either directly or indirectly.

    You ought to put up a vanity post with your sites. I'll ping everyone.

    But don't do it until at least Monday, because this weekend I'm going to hook my old PC back up and get my old ping lists.
  • Hugo Chavez Phone Call Allowed Colombians to Locate FARC Camp (Translation)

    03/06/2008 4:11:17 PM PST · 92 of 127
    StJacques to I got the rope; nw_arizona_granny

    I got the rope and nw_arizona_granny; I have added you both to the ping list.

  • Hugo Chavez Phone Call Allowed Colombians to Locate FARC Camp (Translation)

    03/06/2008 1:11:43 PM PST · 75 of 127
    StJacques to All
    Just saw this up on a Colombian web site:

  • Hugo Chavez Phone Call Allowed Colombians to Locate FARC Camp (Translation)

    03/06/2008 12:57:33 PM PST · 73 of 127
    StJacques to Grampa Dave
    "Money from $oreA$$ is probably a very safe bet.

    Now the big question is how much money came from the enemies of America?
    "

    I'm not sure I can tell the difference.
  • Hugo Chavez Phone Call Allowed Colombians to Locate FARC Camp (Translation)

    03/06/2008 12:55:11 PM PST · 72 of 127
    StJacques to Caipirabob

    Got you too Caipirabob.

  • Hugo Chavez Phone Call Allowed Colombians to Locate FARC Camp (Translation)

    03/06/2008 11:28:58 AM PST · 58 of 127
    StJacques to Recon Dad

    Got you down Recon Dad.

  • Hugo Chavez Phone Call Allowed Colombians to Locate FARC Camp (Translation)

    03/06/2008 11:21:56 AM PST · 54 of 127
    StJacques to cll
    I got you cll.

    Sorry 'bout this. I need to retrieve my full ping list from my old PC and I'm going to get around to it.
  • Hugo Chavez Phone Call Allowed Colombians to Locate FARC Camp (Translation)

    03/06/2008 11:20:27 AM PST · 52 of 127
    StJacques to FewsOrange
    Fews;

    Forgive me, I take my previous comment back. El Universal did mention Marulanda.

    That's what I get for reading and then going somewhere else then coming back to post. My bad!
  • Hugo Chavez Phone Call Allowed Colombians to Locate FARC Camp (Translation)

    03/06/2008 11:18:52 AM PST · 51 of 127
    StJacques to FewsOrange
    Do you notice that El Universal, which is a Caracas newspaper, does not mention the portion of the story that Manuel Marulanda is hiding in Venezuela and that Chavez sent the troops to the border to protect him?

    Viewing intimidation by Chavez is often more a matter of noticing what is not stated, more often than noticing what is put up.
  • Hugo Chavez Phone Call Allowed Colombians to Locate FARC Camp (Translation)

    03/06/2008 10:56:23 AM PST · 36 of 127
    StJacques to Tailgunner Joe
    "US played role in rebel strike - March 04, 2008 - A highly placed official in the Colombian defence ministry said it was a US intelligence agency which first told Bogota several weeks ago Reyes was sporadically using a satellite telephone, whose signal could be pinpointed. "The US handed over the identification of the satellite telephone to (Colombian) police intelligence units, which in turn processed the information and was tasked with finding the location of the telephone,'' the official said."

    Thank you for this Joe. It's the first I've heard of our role in the matter.

    And I submit it offers further evidence that Plan Colombia is working.
  • Hugo Chavez Phone Call Allowed Colombians to Locate FARC Camp (Translation)

    03/06/2008 10:42:35 AM PST · 29 of 127
    StJacques to brazzaville

    I got you down brazzaville.

  • Hugo Chavez Phone Call Allowed Colombians to Locate FARC Camp (Translation)

    03/06/2008 10:16:01 AM PST · 2 of 127
    StJacques to ElCapitanAmericaLives; El Conservador; Alia; livius; proud_yank; Kenny Bunk; Founding Father; ...
    A ping for some who are interested.

    I still have not retrieved my "Latin American Left Watch" ping list from my old PC yet, but I'll get to it soon.

    If any of you know some who may be interested, and especially those I've left out, send them a ping for me.
  • Hugo Chavez Phone Call Allowed Colombians to Locate FARC Camp (Translation)

    03/06/2008 10:13:55 AM PST · 1 of 127
    StJacques
    Apparently the aid we are giving Colombia in their fight against the narco-trafficking FARC terrorists extends to radio intercept training for their intelligence services. If taking Reyes down is an example of my taxes at work, I'm rather pleased right now.

    I love the comment from the Colombian intelligence official about the "irony" of the fact that it is Hugo Chavez who gave up the location of the FARC encampment. Hugo got sloppy here and didn't scramble the call. Shame on you Hugo!

    And if I may post a message to other bloggers with whom I am in contact, you are welcome to copy the translation and use it as you wish.

    This is my favorite news story of the year thus far.
  • McCain Wraps It Up (Mike Huckabee Drops Out!)

    03/04/2008 10:53:46 PM PST · 67 of 137
    StJacques to SoldierDad
    "With three members of my family currently serving in the Armed Forces (one in Iraq right now, one will be going for a second tour - my son, and one we don’t yet know about) there is only one choice IMHO. I’m voting for McCain."

    I have two 1st cousins in Iraq right now, one more just returned, and a fourth waiting for orders. I was answering e-mails to the two in Iraq earlier today.

    It has got to be McCain. Otherwise we dishonor everyone who has served there by handing them a defeat when they have just about settled the issue in our favor.

    I just cannot imagine any true Conservative who loves his country settling for a defeat in Iraq just because he doesn't like McCain.
  • Obama mentioned among documents recovered by Colombia from slain FARC leader Raúl Reyes

    03/04/2008 7:52:25 PM PST · 106 of 114
    StJacques to magellan; ElCapitanAmericaLives; El Conservador; Alia; livius; proud_yank; Kenny Bunk; ...
    "Marxists support Obama.

    This is news?
    "

    Not really magellan, but why don't you and everyone else take a look at this.

    From our perspective the prospect of ties between the FARC and the Obama campaign is signficant and of great interest to us for the obvious reasons of its relevance to our current election cycle.

    But the Colombians have a different take on the letter from which the extract is quoted at the beginning of this thread.

    The website of the Colombian newspaper El Espectador, who I trust, has put up a list of all the FARC documents taken from Raul Reyes' computer. They entitle this one, and we are only viewing one clause of it in the introduction to this thread, "Official Alliance FARC and Government of Ecuador" for list item no. 2 (I'm going to post the English translation from the first link above):

    ". . . 2. A summary of the meeting with President Correa's Envoy follows:

    a) He asked for a personal meeting in Quito with the Secretariat. He offered assurances and transportation from the border to the meeting place.
    b) He expects us to send back a reply as soon as possible, including the meeting date.
    c) He asked whether we would like to make this with military support of with support of his minister of state security.
    d) He wants to talk to the FARC about the humanitarian agreement, the border policies, the political solution, Ingrid, and Chávez's role. He wants to establish communications with us over the bilateral border.
    e) He wants to explain the purposes of Plan Ecuador, through which he intends to offset the harmful effects of Plan Colombia and which is to be implemented over the border.
    f) For the purposes of Plan Ecuador, they are asking us for courses on mass organization for people living in the border, which the government would later designate to coordinate work in the border. The advantage in this is the fact that these people are part of the Clandestine Army or in the Bilateral Committee oriented by Front 18.
    g) He insisted he is interesting in cooperating with the swap of prisoners, for which he is calling for the release of Moncayo's son or any other prisoner. . . .
    "

    Now it might not get too many of us excited to hear that the government of Ecuador has formed an "official" alliance with the FARC, but I can promise you it strikes a nerve among Colombians.

    We're going to hear a lot more about this in the future. This is not going away quickly. I can smell the coffee boiling all the way up here.

    And by the way magellan, good to see you. I've been away a while, my bad!
  • Obama mentioned among documents recovered by Colombia from slain FARC leader Raúl Reyes

    03/04/2008 2:25:12 PM PST · 93 of 114
    StJacques to ElCapitanAmericaLives
    Re your #89 above ...

    Regarding translation of "gringos," I think you are correct that it only refers to as-yet-unidentified "Americans," at least that is the way I always remember Colombians using the term. By my recollection, they didn't even apply it to Canadians. But I also want to point out that the FARC has a history of supplying campaign cash to foreign candidates so as to influence the outcome of elections in their favor. Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, and Nicaragua have all had elections in which FARC contributions have become an issue, especially the Mexican presidential election in 2006, a subject on which I posted several threads from translated sources here at FreeRepublic, but especially the following (these are pop-up links):

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1730311/posts

    And since you evidently read Spanish, the Mexico City newspaper El Universal wrote a lot on the Chavez-FARC-Lopez Obrador connection:

    http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/notas/315945.html

    Since the entire effort to undermine Mexico was obviously to protect the international cocaine pipeline to the U.S., why shouldn't the FARC also contemplate going right to the end of that pipeline and getting some help there? Campaign cash is such a necessary component of politics in the U.S. that it might not be so surprising as one would think that the FARC has found a way to funnel funds into the Obama campaign.

    I'm going to get all over this soon. You will hear from me.
  • Obama mentioned among documents recovered by Colombia from slain FARC leader Raúl Reyes

    03/04/2008 1:47:21 PM PST · 87 of 114
    StJacques to ElCapitanAmericaLives; El Conservador; Alia; livius; proud_yank; Kenny Bunk; Founding Father; ...
    Sorry for the immediate double-ping, but I just saw the El Unviersal English link above and that IS authoritative.

    Never mind the official citation, I've got what I need.
  • Obama mentioned among documents recovered by Colombia from slain FARC leader Raúl Reyes

    03/04/2008 1:44:12 PM PST · 86 of 114
    StJacques to ElCapitanAmericaLives; El Conservador; Alia; livius; proud_yank; Kenny Bunk; Founding Father; ...
    I've looked through the Colombian web sites to find the full text of this letter reported either on a government-sponsored site or a Colombian news media site with no success. I would especially like to see it on the El Espectador newspaper site, but have not yet found it there.

    If anyone can verify that the text of this letter is reported from an official Colombian source -- and let me be clear that I tend to believe Martha Colmenares is reporting truthfully here -- please let me know via a ping or Freepmail.

    This is important. It implies that Obama is getting support from cocaine traffickers in a way not entirely dissimilar from that which the Mexican leftist presidential candidate of 2006, Lopez Obrador, received.

    I really want to see the official copy here. We can make REAL hay out of this document if it's authenticated. Just let me get my hands on it and I can circulate its importance via the Venezuelan bloggers, many of whom I have corresponded with in the past and who know that I have done their resistance movement a favor or two in my translations postings.

    And just so you know, I'm writing Martha Colmenares and asking for the official source citation.
  • Colombian government accuses Chavez of collaborating with the FARC, shows evidence

    03/03/2008 5:14:27 PM PST · 40 of 48
    StJacques to El Conservador
    "Bring it on.

    Just bring it on!!!
    "

    I think someone's ready to go FARC hunting.

    ¡No se olvide de mí cuando usted va EL Conservador!
  • Colombian government accuses Chavez of collaborating with the FARC, shows evidence

    03/03/2008 5:06:41 PM PST · 39 of 48
    StJacques to davidosborne; lapster; bboop; kidd; okie01; California Patriot; A CA Guy; peggybac; 3AngelaD; ...
    A Latin American Left Watch ping for #37 above to those I can remember.

    I'll retrieve my list soon.
  • Colombian government accuses Chavez of collaborating with the FARC, shows evidence

    03/03/2008 4:41:18 PM PST · 37 of 48
    StJacques to ElCapitanAmericaLives; El Conservador; Alia; livius; proud_yank; Kenny Bunk; Founding Father; ...
    ¡Bueno Pues, El Capitan!

    I have another translation to post here if I may.

    This is from the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, which is hosted on the Terra.com portal:

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    Colombian Government Denounces Supposed Contacts between the FARC and the Ecuadoran Government

    The Colombian government denounced the supposed nexus between Ecuador's government and the FARC guerrillas. The announcement was made as the result of a preliminary analysis of three computers found in the encampment where [FARC1 guerrilla leader] Raul Reyes was killed on the Colombian-Ecuadoran border.

    "We are presenting two revealing and very serious documents, which affect Colombian security and will demand a prompt response from Ecuador of its relation with the FARC terrorist group," explained the Director of the Police, General Oscar Naranjo, who at the same time announced that the two communications found were signed the 18 of January and the 28 of February, 2008.

    General Oscar Naranjo assured [everyone] that the Government of [Ecuadoran] President Rafael Correa put itself in contact with the same Raul Reyes, by the intermediary of the Minister of Security of the neighboring country, Gustavo Larrea: "Larrea, in the name of President Correa, has the task of officializing relations with the FARC," Naranjo explained citing the found documents.

    The General of the Police said about these reports, [which were] directed to the Secretariat of the FARC and signed by a "Raul," that the facts "merit concrete responses, which make clear what is the state of relations of the FARC with Ecuador," arguing that the government of [Colombian] President Alvaro Uribe did not have knowledge of these contacts.

    He stated, moreover, that Ecuador offered the [FARC] Secretariat the option of giving up the son of [Colombian] Professor Gustavo Moncayo, [Colombian] Army soldier Pablo Emilio Moncayo, who actually is the hostage who has been held longest by the FARC, totaling more than 10 years of captivity.

    Among various points made by the General, he made clear that the Government of Ecuador [had a policy of] relieving military commanders and police in the border zone "taking into account possible hostile actions of the Ecuadoran military and police against the FARC," he said.

    In the information found on the computers, the General stated that the Ecuadoran government, represented by Minister Larrea, carried out a number of contacts with the FARC, to whom he offered the status of belligerency, being in agreement with the policies displayed by the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

    The found communications were directed to the Secretariat of the FARC and signed by "Raul" (presumably Raul Reyes) who pressed for a prompt response on the part of the Secretariat of the guerrilla group to the offer and [stated] position of the Ecuadoran government.

    According to the words of the General, spoken from the Casa de Nariño2 in a press conference, Larrea expresses to the FARC that "the Ecuadoran policy is to refuse to take part in the Colombian conflict and not to try to collaborate with the Government of President Uribe."

    Furthermore, Larrea announced that his government would try to strengthen commercial relations with China, Vietnam, and North Korea, according to the information found in the intelligence.

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    Translator's Notes:

    1 "FARC" is the acronym for the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) founded in 1964 as the military wing of the Colombian Communist Party. They are considered a terrorist group by the U.S., Canada, the E.U. and much of the rest of the civilized world, who abhor their policy of political kidnapping, extortion, and heavy involvement in cocaine trafficking.

    2 The Casa de Nariño is the official residence of the President of Colombia, or the "Colombian White House."

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    Most of this information has been reported in the American press, but I do notice a little more detail in the Colombian report, especially regarding the exact nature of what the Ecuadoran Minister of Security Gustavo Larrea said to the FARC. If Ecuador's President Rafael Correa is treating the FARC as a legitimate belligerent -- which obviously is the case -- then he needs to come out into the open and say so, because support for cross-national guerrilla movements is frowned upon by the Mercosur group (an attempt at South American integration) and others who would want to know, including the significant opposition Correa faces within Ecuador, who have already managed to turn back many of his proposed constitutional "reforms."

    I lived in Colombia for a year and right now I'm very proud of the Colombians for standing up and doing their part in the War on Terror. The U.S. Department of State rates the FARC as the number one terrorist group indigenous to the Western Hemisphere. Keep in mind that we should all expect to see Colombia pay a price when the FARC retaliates.

    And everyone, I'm going to have to go hook up my old PC to retrieve my "Latin American Left Watch" ping list. For those of you who recognize me -- I'm not dead yet! -- please send out a shout to those you remember.
  • Colombian FARC Guerrilla Convicted of Drug Trafficking in U.S. Court (Translation)

    02/21/2007 5:31:04 PM PST · 15 of 16
    StJacques to El Conservador
    ¿Es Barranquillero usted El Conservador?

    Viví en Caldas por un año cerca de la ciudad de Manizales.
  • Colombian FARC Guerrilla Convicted of Drug Trafficking in U.S. Court (Translation)

    02/21/2007 4:30:36 PM PST · 13 of 16
    StJacques to Kenny Bunk
    So I'm pulchritudinous now?

    LOL! I've been called far worse.

    I suppose I should confess to the world that every time I hear a guy bad mouth Latin America I say to myself "he hasn't seen the Latinas I have." On my very first day in Colombia, after I landed at Medellin airport I was immediately taken by a friend to the most fabulous outdoor orchid garden underneath an open-air building framework that reached up to form a ceiling about 100 meters overhead and there were tables set out underneath where you could order coffee, Colombian hot chocolate (an experience in and of itself), fresh juices and such. They could have sat over 250 people in the seating area underneath the orchids to give you an idea of how large a place this was in fact. And there were literally dozens of the most beautiful women in the world everywhere. And I was about 10 days past my 20th birthday to give you an idea of my interest. And that was within three hours of landing and I saw the sight repeated in other variations over the ensuing 11 months or so again and again.

    It's impossible for me not to associate my memory of Colombia with its women. I was treated very well there.
  • Colombian FARC Guerrilla Convicted of Drug Trafficking in U.S. Court (Translation)

    02/21/2007 9:35:28 AM PST · 11 of 16
    StJacques to Kenny Bunk
    "Factoid: Colombia has many areas that were settled by Lebanese and Syrians."

    Yes; and some of the Colombian women of Lebanese/Syrian descent -- these are overwhelmingly Maronite Christians who observe their faith in the Roman Catholic Church -- are among the most stunning women anywhere.

    Nawal Ayoub, Señorita Bogota, 2004

    The "community" within Colombia the Lebanese and Syrian Christians constitute also includes a rather large contingent from Greece as well.
  • Proof Of Life In A Latin American Ally

    02/20/2007 9:11:55 PM PST · 12 of 16
    StJacques to Kitten Festival
    There were reports after that famous photo session with Chavez -- a bunch of pics were taken and you can locate some of them via Google Image Search -- that María Consuelo Araújo said she needed to go back to her room and bathe. I did a couple of searches but couldn't find anything, but I did read that.

    She's really been about the only babe holding a position as high as Foreign Minister in quite a while:

         
  • Proof Of Life In A Latin American Ally

    02/20/2007 7:15:34 PM PST · 8 of 16
    StJacques to Alia; livius; proud_yank; Kenny Bunk; Founding Father; Kitten Festival; chilepepper; Fiddlstix; ...
    A Latin American Left Watch ping on thread article.

    It's worth reading for the human side of the confrontation with the FARC. Remember when you read about Araujo's personal story as a kidnapped hostage, that he is by no means alone in this type of tale. President Alvaro Uribe's father was killed by the FARC in a foiled 1983 kidnapping attempt also.

    These men will go after the FARC.

    Thunder90, I don't know which thread to use, but I saw you got this one too. At least you're on top of things.
  • Colombian FARC Guerrilla Convicted of Drug Trafficking in U.S. Court (Translation)

    02/20/2007 4:12:14 PM PST · 6 of 16
    StJacques to Thunder90

    What I hope is that the U.S. government holds open the door to Gitmo for her to see her fate in order to get her to talk. If she delivers, make it basic federal prison. If she doesn't, then off to Gitmo and lose the key.

  • Colombia's foreign minister resigns (Guy who escaped FARC 6 weeks ago named her replacement)

    02/20/2007 3:52:35 PM PST · 11 of 12
    StJacques to California Patriot
    "We need a picture of Ms. Araujo. She is one fine-looking lady."

    Babe in the Ministry ...

         

    I note with amusement at the El Espectador article on her resignation, that the first guy commenting criticizes her but the second one comes back to tell the first guy that "this woman has more balls than you" which I think speaks to her reputation as being tough.
  • Colombian FARC Guerrilla Convicted of Drug Trafficking in U.S. Court (Translation)

    02/20/2007 3:40:59 PM PST · 2 of 16
    StJacques to El Conservador; Alia; livius; proud_yank; Kenny Bunk; Founding Father; Kitten Festival; ...
    A Latin American Left Watch ping for the list and a special Colombia ping to El Conservador.

    Anyone wishing to be included on the Latin American ping list may either ping me from this thread or contact me via Freepmail.
  • Colombian FARC Guerrilla Convicted of Drug Trafficking in U.S. Court (Translation)

    02/20/2007 3:39:43 PM PST · 1 of 16
    StJacques
    I'm not going to post any links, but at least a couple of IndyMedia leftie sites are portraying this woman as a victim, freedom fighter, etc. We're going to get back to reality here.

    It appears that one of the biggest mistakes the FARC ever made was in 1983 when they killed the father of Alvaro Uribe, now President of Colombia. Uribe has earned a genuine and positive reputation for himself for standing up to the FARC, and there is no more final result that can ever be obtained against a FARC member than securing their conviction in a U.S. court. There are other trials of FARC members to come.

    I'm wondering if Señorita Rojas is thinking about talking to the prosecutors as her sentencing date approaches.