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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 03:15 PM
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Ecuador Candidate Calls Bush 'Dimwitted'
Edited on Wed Sep-27-06 03:45 PM by Judi Lynn
Ecuador Candidate Calls Bush 'Dimwitted'
By GONZALO SOLANO , 09.27.2006, 03:53 PM

The leftist presidential front-runner in Ecuador said Wednesday that the devil should be insulted by comparisons to President Bush, whom he called a "dimwitted" leader who has done "great damage" to the world.

Rafael Correa, speaking to Channel 8 television, referred to a U.N. speech last week by his friend, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who caused an uproar in the United States by calling Bush "the devil."

"Calling Bush the devil is offending the devil," said Correa, a U.S.-trained economist who leads 12 other candidates in polls ahead of the Oct. 15 election. He said "the devil is evil, but intelligent."

"I believe Bush is a tremendously dimwitted president who has done great damage to his country and to the world," Correa said.

Rafael Correa Delgado
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Greeby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 03:16 PM
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1. LIke I keep saying
I do not believe Shrub is the Antichrist because that'd be too obvious and he's too stupid :evilgrin:
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 03:18 PM
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2. I wonder what word translated as "dimwitted."
Poor Shrub, more insults in Spanish!

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aggiesal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-28-06 01:00 AM
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11. Pendejo (Pen-de-ho) n/t
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 03:21 PM
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3. Well, at least he had the good taste to
criticize "our" President in his own country . . .
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 03:35 PM
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4. Ecuador Candidate Says Bush Inept
Ecuador Candidate Says Bush Inept

Quito, Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) Rafael Correa, Ecuadorian presidential candidate for the leftist Pais Alliance, affirmed Wednesday that George W. Bush is a highly incompetent president who has caused too much damage to his country and the world.

"I think Bush is an extremely limited person, and I was in the US when he won the first election by cheating," Correa told a local TV channel.

He highlighted one thing is his opinion about Bush, and "another thing is what I think of the US people, whom I appreciate a lot," Correa said.

The candidate noted he has the right to give his personal opinion, but if he wins the presidential elections on October 15, he will fully respect relations between the States and with the president.

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bluerum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 04:11 PM
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5. Dimwitted is --- being kind. nt
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Anakin Skywalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 07:18 PM
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6. This Dude Speaks the Truth!
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beltanefauve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 09:58 PM
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7. If the shoe fits...
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 11:33 PM
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8. cool
he's right, you know, if i were the devil, i'd be a little peeved to be compared to such a dimwit
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lpbk2713 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 11:40 PM
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9. Obviously this guy knows what he's talking about.

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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-28-06 12:46 AM
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10. It's just amazing to me what's happening in Latin America.
I think it was Greg Palast who first pointed out the COLOR of Hugo Chavez: BROWN! Venezuela, Bolivia and now Eduador (for Delgado will probably win) elected on a revolutionary platform of national and regional self-determination, and fairness and equity for the poor, led by people who are BROWN, representing the vast poor and brown population--the majority--who have for so long been brutalized and oppressed, and excluded from government.

These politicians are grounded in the experience of the poor, the underclass, and the disempowered, the poor middle class, the intellectuals, the academics, the teachers, the thinkers and artists--the left--whom our government has sought to destroy. In Chile, they elected their first women president, Michele Batchelet, who was tortured by the U.S. backed dictator Pinochet. In Bolivia, a 100% indigenous Andes Indian elected president--Evo Morales. In Brazil, a former steelworker elected president. In Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, part indigenous, part Spanish, part black African. I was just reading an interview posted at DU today, in which Chavez talks about his motivations. He was talking about using Venezuela's oil revenues to renovate and build baseball diamonds and provide sports equipment all over Venezuela in poor areas, and mentioned that, when he was a kid, he couldn't afford baseballs. He proudly stated that, now, Venezuela has the best sports facilities in all of Latin America. The context was education (from 50% to 99% literacy in five years--due to oil funded adult literacy classes and other schools; and other initiatives such as a free university education, and successful programs to attract truants back into high school) but the filament to his own past was baseballs, and being so poor you couldn't afford even such a basic item.

The life experience of these politicians--being brown and poor and feeling bigotry, being an ordinary steelworker, being tortured for being a leftist, being an indigenous Indian (the most disregarded of all)--has turned out leaders who not only have profound connections to the people whom they serve, and therefore have a groundedness that is rare among our corporate-pampered political leaders, but who are truthtellers, with a strong sense of right and wrong. And from this seering platform--the truth--the word "diablo" issues to describe the Bush Junta. They know a junta when they see one. I think it was Hannah Arrendt who described the "banality" of evil. It is not glorious or heroic. Nor is it clever. The portrayals of the "devil" as clever have merely been the projections of clever men, clever writers. Evil is dull and stupid and boring. Its motives are the basest human instincts--greed (wanting it all, at the expense of others), and power (wanting to kick others around). There is nothing attractive about it. And that is Bush and his regime. Dull, stupid, boring greed and powermongering. Imagine wanting to torture and degrade other human beings. It is ultimately the product of a bored and stupid mind. Human beings are infinitely more interesting and subtle than the degradations of torture can ever demonstrate. It is easy to reduce a human being to a pile of quivering, tortured flesh. Try truly communicating with that person, and truly reaching that person, and truly caring for that person, and all your faculties come alive. This is something that dull and stupid "diablo" can never know. Torture is cheap. Bombing people is the behavior of little bullies kicking over an ant hill. But persuading, and reaching for the best in others, and seeking enlightenment--trying to be the best human being you can be--these require real courage, moral courage, intellect and love.

The question that we have to ask is how we, as a society, ended up with the "banality of evil"--the dullness and stupidity of "el diablo"--at the pinnacle of our government. It is not us. I don't believe that for a minute. Given free elections, we would elect something else--something far better--as they are doing in Latin America. We have our faults, but we also have our beauties as a people. No people on earth has ever existed side by side in peace amidst such a variety of cultures, religions and beliefs. We are a marvel, in that respect. And our belief in a government of laws not men is very strong. Bush is an insult to us--a violation of our most cherished beliefs. We are also an immensely clever and industrious people, and a country with a big heart--very generous--with love of the underdog in any race or game. How did we end up with this bullying little "devil" as emperor? It doesn't suit us at all. It is a misrepresentation of us. It is unfair. (One thing that has been pointed out is that, in Latin culture, mothers often call misbehaving children "diablo." It means mean and uncivilized. It does not mean "clever Lucifer.") I know that Bush didn't come out of nowhere--he is the result of a long trend of corporate bullying and other wretched behaviors of our government and our corporate rulers. But I also think that the current Junta is driven to control us because we have such great potential as a progressive people and as a positive force in the world. And when we restore transparent elections in this country, we will show who we really are.

And a round of applause and thanks is due these Latin American leaders who put the right word on what we are not.

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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-28-06 08:24 AM
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15. Great post!
"Bombing people is the behavior of little bullies kicking over an ant hill. "

And if you start kicking around an anthill of FIRE ants, you can end up in a world of hurt.

Looks like in Chile, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Brazil, any boy or girl can grow up to be President.

Not in the USA!
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Dem2theMax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-28-06 01:24 AM
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12. Maybe the folks in Latin America will come and save us.
One could hope. The Dems in office sure aren't doing anything about it.
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-28-06 08:30 AM
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16. We got to save our own asses. Relying on elected officials to lead
the fight for liberty is anti-historical.Relying on latin Amerisa to save us is a pipe dream. This is our fight and the people in the trenches here will have to keep up the fight. I have faith that they/we will! We do not have a choice, except slavery and degradation.
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-28-06 02:51 AM
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13. Reuters! Ecuador front-runner joins Chavez's Bush-bashing
Ecuador front-runner joins Chavez's Bush-bashing
Wed Sep 27, 2006 5:24pm ET

QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - The front-runner in Ecuador's presidential election joined his leftist backer, Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, in bashing George W. Bush on Wednesday, saying the devil should be offended that Chavez compared him to the U.S. president.

Chavez, who has tapped anti-American sentiment in Venezuela to boost his popularity, last week branded Bush the devil at the U.N. General Assembly, drawing laughter and applause from the audience, but widespread condemnation in the United States.

Rafael Correa, who has surged in Ecuadorean polls this month and boasts Chavez is his friend, said Bush was less intelligent than Satan and only entered the White House through fraud.

"For that comparison, the devil should be really offended," he told a local television station. "The devil is evil, but at least he is smart."

Correa opposes U.S. free trade deals with poor Latin American countries and has said, if elected, he would "cut his arm" before extending a contract that allows Washington to use an air base in Ecuador to combat drug trafficking.


An earlier story some may find interesting:
Ecuador's Correa eyes Argentine-style debt reform
Tue Sep 12, 2006 2:50pm ET

By Manuela Badawy

NEW YORK, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Ecuador's presidential candidate Rafael Correa said on Tuesday he would consider an Argentine-style debt restructure to slash its obligations to around 3.5 percent of gross domestic product.

Ecuador, which holds presidential elections on Oct. 15, has foreign debt worth about $10.37 billion, or around 7 percent of its gross domestic product, Correa said.

Correa, who currently runs third in polls and has spooked Wall Street with his talk of debt reform, said that cost of servicing Ecuador's external obligations was too high.

"We cannot dismiss an Argentina solution," Correa said during a conference call in New York.

"Ecuador has resources to pay until the last cent, but at our own rhythm. We have to pay Ecuadoreans first, especially their social needs," he told investors attending an Ecuadorean American Association meeting.

The resignation of Rafael Correa, Ecuadors Economy Minister: an example of IFIs influence?

Source: IFIs Latin American Monitor
Mon Aug 22 2005

The now former Economy Minister of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, submitted his resignation after having carried out an economic policy not aligned with guidelines from multilateral credit institutions and having strongly criticized their requirements. This may probably explain how the story of the most popular Minister in President Palacios administration came to an end.

Rafael Correa submitted his resignation as Economy Minister last August 4 (resignation letter) alleging differences with the President over the last decisions in terms of economic policy. Alfredo Palacio accepted his resignation without stating reasons and appointed Government Minister Mauricio Gndara to fill the post first, followed then by Economy Vice-Minister, Magdalena Barreiro.

Based on the latests polls, Correa was the most popular Minister of Palacios administration, with a level of credibility of 57.4 per cent, almost 20 points higher than the President himself, whose approval rating barely stood at 38.1 per cent. These figures show the support that Correas economic policy aroused among social organizations, the public sector and unions.

Correa, in his 106 days in office, promoted projects that brought controversy both within and beyond Ecuadoran borders. In 2004, he launched the restructuring of an oil stabilization fund, which since its creation had been reserved to debt servicing and as of that time started to divert half of its profits towards social spending. At the same time, upon the denial of credits by international institutions, Correa promoted the sale of $300 million in Ecuadoran bonds to Venezuela. Being strongly critical of credit institutions guidelines he tried by all means to diminish Ecuadors dependence on loans granted by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.


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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-28-06 04:24 AM
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14. Bravo Correa!
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corporatemedia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-28-06 08:35 AM
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17. I wish these foreign leaders would SHUT UP about bush....
Edited on Thu Sep-28-06 08:36 AM by corporatemedia
until after the election.

It's not helping us here.

It only serves to mobilize wnuts.

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RedEarth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-28-06 08:36 AM
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18. I
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-28-06 08:36 AM
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19. We're starting to see a consensus emerge
Looks like Bush is going to have to do a whole lotta bombin' in his last two years.
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