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Old 07-04-2017, 09:37 PM
 
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Citgo is the state owned oil company of Venezuela a socialist dictatorship where the people are starving. Yet, I am watching the citgo sponsored fourth of July show hosted by the city of Houston. This is sickening that "freedom over texas" is paid for by a country that can't even provide food for its own citizens. Venezuelans have to go to Columbia for groceries, that is if they don't first get murdered by their own government.

There was a chronicle editorial about this. It's unbelievable that Sylvester Turner didn't pull the plug on citgo' s sponsorship!

What in the world is our mayor thinking? He needs to be impeached for this.

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Old 07-04-2017, 10:06 PM
 
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Old 07-04-2017, 10:06 PM
 
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This would be like if Russia or China sponsored our 4th of July celebration. This is nauseating. Our mayor is awful letting this happen. Does he have any conscience at all?
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Old 07-05-2017, 08:53 AM
 
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Money talks. Half of Washington DC is funded by self interest groups and hostile countries with all sorts of human right violations being represented by our senators/congressmen via their lobbyists firms. These firms are charging millions of dollars to represent the interests of all these hostile countries. Same goes for the corporations. They pay lots of $$ for such think tanks. As long as the money is being pumped into US economy and supporting federal, state or city infrastructure I personally don't see any harm in it. Thats the American way of doing business.
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Old 07-05-2017, 09:39 AM
 
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Prior to Citgo, Freedom Over Texas's sponsor was a Dutch-British multinational...
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Old 07-05-2017, 10:37 AM
 
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Why are you surprised about this?
Venezuela enjoyed $100/barrel oil prices for the last decade and now has nothing to show for it
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Old 07-05-2017, 10:58 AM
 
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Prior to Citgo, Freedom Over Texas's sponsor was a Dutch-British multinational...
I'm guessing that multinational company SHELLed out a lot of money for the event?
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Old 07-05-2017, 01:06 PM
 
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There was a chronicle editorial about this. It's unbelievable that Sylvester Turner didn't pull the plug on citgo' s sponsorship!

What in the world is our mayor thinking? He needs to be impeached for this.
Now conservatives are freaking out about this,
I didn't see any conservative freaking out when the Supreme Court in 2010 in "Citizens United vs Federal Election Commision" giving corporations "Personhood" and protection under the First Amendment and giving them the right to give political donations to presidential candidates.

What does that mean?
Citgo was given the right to give political donations to a presidential candidate.
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Old 07-06-2017, 07:30 AM
 
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This isn't about partisan politics - it's about the fact that our fourth celebration was cynically used as a pr campaign by an authoritarian government. It was nauseating seeing the citgo logo accompanying the star spangled banner. Had to turn it off because they bought every other commercial, too.

Maybe our mayor admires this socialist government so he thought it was okay???
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Old 07-06-2017, 08:17 AM
 
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This isn't about partisan politics ...
Maybe our mayor admires this socialist government so he thought it was okay???
I guess you don't see your own contradiction
You are very quick to criticize the Democrat mayor of Houston for taking money from Citgo

But you call "Partisan politics" when I tell you that Republicans (Citizens United) and the rightwing side of the Supreme Court ruled in favor of foreign corporations like Citgo to be able to give political donations to presidential candidates.
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