A boycott of CITGO is a no-brainer. I don't know why on earth Americans would support Hugo Chavez, but I believe many people don't realize CITGO is owned by Chavez. The blogosphere to the rescue.
Via Michelle, bloggers calling for the boycott, GOP and the City, The Jawa Report, Hyscience . I'm sure many others are doing the same. Follow the trackbacks.
Yes, CITGO is headquartered in the United States and many Americans could be affected if we can get this boycott off the ground, BUT, what is more important here? Keeping millions of dollars (hopefully) out of the hands of a lunatic dictator or keeping a job?
Chavez, dressed in his signature red shirt, was introduced at the podium by activist actor Danny Glover.
At one point Chavez told the crowd, "sometimes the devil takes human form," a comment that drew some boos — and applause — from the crowd who interpreted the reference to mean President Bush.
Chavez was visiting the church as part of ceremonies to announce the sale of discounted home heating oil to qualified low-income families.
The appearance came after reports circulated early Thursday morning that the Venezuelan president had left the country overnight after delivering an insult-riddled speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday in which he called President Bush the 'devil.'
The crowd chanted "Chavez, Chavez, the people are with you" in Spanish as he walked into the Mount Olivet Baptist Church on Lenox Ave. in Harlem.
The event, one of a series designed to boost the Venezuelan leader's popularity in the U.S., was organized by Citgo, a Houston-based energy company that is owned and controlled by the Venezuelan government. Under a Citgo program, and in partnership with Citizens Energy, a program started and run by former Congressman Joe Kennedy II, families from low-income neighborhoods in New York, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia have the ability to purchase discounted home heating oil over winter months.
Venezuelan officials and Citgo employees handed out T-shirts prior to the event with the name of the program — "From The Venezuelan Heart To The U.S. Hearths" — printed across the front.
I'm fortunate enough not to need help paying my heating bill so maybe I have no dog in this fight. But to beg for help from a thug dictator who hates America just makes my skin crawl.