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Bloviating Zeppelin: 7-11 Takes A Stand

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

7-11 Takes A Stand

And an amazing one at that.

In partnership with Citgo for over 20 years as its sole-source petroleum provider, 7-11 has severed its ties with the Venezuelan-owned company on Wednesday the 27th -- and had the balls to additionally indicate the reason was partially "due to politics."

For those just tuning in, harken back to the toad-frog-faced Hugo Chavez making his pronouncement last week at the UN that the smell of sulfur remained on the podium at which he spoke due to President Bush's presence there prior -- and at that point crossed himself and declared Bush to be el diablo -- the Devil.

Apparently 7-11 decided to make their own stand and distance themselves from Citgo gas and, in the process, moved to Tower Energy Group of Torrance, Calif., Sinclair Oil of Salt Lake City, and Houston-based Frontier Oil Corp.

And to this I say: bravo.

If I had a 7-11 anywhere near me, I'd purchase gas at their pumps just on principle.

There used to be a 7-11 on darned near every corner.

In today's pussified environment, it took testosterone to say:

Regardless of politics, we sympathize with many Americans' concern over derogatory comments about our country and its leadership recently made by Venezuela's president," said 7-Eleven spokeswoman Margaret Chabris.

"Certainly Chavez's position and statements over the past year or so didn't tempt us to stay with Citgo," she added.

God bless 7-11 for that.

Even if 7-11 decided to pull this off for political reasons, fabulous. The timing couldn't have been better.

Incidentally, for those interested, Chavez rules over Venezuela's state-owned tar sands -- an environment that requires much technical expertise, heavy work and consultation. It is estimated that, due to Chavez's presence and overall inefficiency, Venezuela is experiencing a 15% diminishment of its oil capabilites each year.

Things are not as easy as they seem on the surface.

Where is Cindy now that we need her?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm originally from Alberta and a number of the talented people Chavez stupidly fired from the state-run oil company are finding their way up to the frozen north, where their skills are very much in demand. (The workers got sick of Chavez went on strike and got fired. Who's replaced them?) Venezuela is giving no incentives for foreign companies to help exploit its oil and company's oil debt to Cuba must be enormous by now.

Wed Sep 27, 10:36:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reportero: welcome aboard and thanks for stopping by and commenting! And yes, I understand Alberta is going to do something about the oil underneath. You make a good point about the Venezuelan petro brain drain which will likely have a devastating effect on its drilling and extraction capabilities.


Thu Sep 28, 11:21:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Gayle said...

Yes, I posted about this too. I was really glad to hear it. I would even be happier to hear that Chavez fell into one of his own oil wells and drowned, but I guess one can't have everything. *sigh*

Thu Sep 28, 07:27:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

09 29 06

Good! I am happy that they had the guts to say NO MORE of Mr. Chavez's madness. After all, a friend is known by the company they keep. He sounds like an egotistical jerkwad to me, which is what I thought he was not supposed to be. Funny how actions and words can be orthogonal sometimes!

Fri Sep 29, 12:40:00 PM PDT  

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