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Crybaby presidential loser — sound familiar?: Ed O'Connor

Posted 5/3/17

And the winner is ... Lenin Moreno, the new president-elect of Ecuador.

Finally! After the initial election and then the run-off election between the two top candidates, Moreno emerged victorious …

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Crybaby presidential loser — sound familiar?: Ed O'Connor


And the winner is ... Lenin Moreno, the new president-elect of Ecuador.

Finally! After the initial election and then the run-off election between the two top candidates, Moreno emerged victorious by a margin of 2.3 percent. To paraphrase the late Paul Harvey, “Now for the rest of the story.”

With much weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth the loser bitched, moaned, whined and complained that there was voter fraud and corruption. Sound familiar?

There were three international organizations monitoring the election process and they found no problems or irregularities, but that was not good enough for the loser. He and his followers marched and protested demanding a vote recount. Sound familiar?

So, there was a recount of the areas of the country where the loser claimed that voter fraud occurred — which accounted for 11.4 percent of the total vote. After the recount, the loser actually had less votes in the disputed areas and the margin of victory was increased to 2.4 percent. Does any of this sound familiar?

The election board has now certified that Moreno is officially the new president-elect. Believe it or not, the Russians weren’t blamed for anything. Now the loser is demanding a full vote recount of the entire country. Guess the occupation of the loser. A millionaire banker — who has been accused of financial irregularities. As an interesting side note, the new president will be the only president in the world confined to a wheelchair. He was shot and paralyzed 20 years ago and is a big advocate for the disabled.

And now some more thoughts:

• Since January, the Cuenca International Chorale, of which I am a member, has been rehearsing Antonin Dvorak’s “Requiem.” Along with two other choruses and the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra, we did three performances of this work during Holy Week. The musical score was 225 pages, written in Latin and the performances were 1.5 hours long. It was the most difficult thing in which I have ever participated musically.

• We just celebrated the 460th anniversary of the founding of Cuenca with a myriad of activities around the city. On a more somber note, it was the first anniversary of the 2016 earthquake that devastated Ecuador’s northern coast. It killed hundreds, left thousands homeless and cost the country $3.5 billion.

• A friend of ours here lives in a three-bedroom, three-bathroom condominium that he bought two years ago in one of the nicest buildings in the city. I would have to estimate that the condo is in the $175,000 to $200,000 range. He recently received his yearly tax bill, which was exactly the same as last year’s bill — 52 cents. That is not a mistake or misprint – 52 cents! Why so low? He is a senior citizen. He told me if he was not a senior the amount would have been around $450. He paid the tax in cash.

• Another friend of ours has diabetes and must use insulin. For the exact same brand of insulin from the same pharmaceutical company he is paying 85 percent less here than he paid in the USA.

• Olga and I eat all fresh products — nothing from cans, boxes or anything frozen, except ice cream. We have had no fast food since 2012. We buy a lot of our fruits and vegetables from street vendors. The country folks come into the city, bring their produce and sell it on the street. The other day we bought what turned out to be three large bags of fruits and veggies and spent $9.50. Among the items were 20 lemons for $1 and 10 avocados for $2. Most produce is natural and raised without pesticides. I might have to think hard about continuing to eat natural. I keep reading in the obituaries that people are dying from natural causes.

• We were walking along a big street the other day and saw characters painted on the wall of a business. I recognized Bert, Ernie, Big Bird, etc. I thought it must be a day care center. I was not quite correct. It was the Sesame Street Liquor Store and Bar. We definitely weren’t in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood!

• Yes, I get TV down here. I watch a few programs, mostly the local central Pennsylvania stations for the news. I can’t understand why those TV stations keep interrupting the lawyer and drug ads with the news. “Call the 2’s, the 3’s, the 7’s the 8’s”. What happens when they run out of single digits? You will have to call Dewey, Scruem & Howe. They have lawyers on duty 24 hours a day. One of the plethora of drug ads was for a shingles vaccine. Fortunately, I never had shingles, but I did develop a helluva case of aluminum siding.

• I received three Easter cards and they were in Russian. I assume my cards were hacked. I’m tellin’ ya, ya just can’t get away from the Russkies.

• Pennsylvania keeps racking up the honors. The latest? PA was rated No. 5 as one of the five worst states in which to do business and No. 11 of the states that have the highest property taxes. The Wolf keeps shearing the sheeple.

• I might have to rethink my politics. A new book on Amazon, (the website, not the river), by author Michael J. Knowles, is one of their best sellers and has received a five-star rating. The book is titled “Reasons To Vote For Democrats: A Comprehensive Guide.” The book is 266 pages long. Upon opening the book one finds that all the pages are blank!

Until later from beautiful Cuenca ... Eddy the Expat

Ed O’Connor, a former resident of Middletown and Lower Swatara Township, is an expatriate living in Cuenca, Ecuador.