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Flag Flap in Houston (CITGO lowers United States, Texas and Venezuelan flags)
Mega 949 ^ | 3/7/2013

Posted on 03/07/2013 10:18:39 AM PST by llevrok

If you drove by CITGO’s corporate headquarters yesterday you would have seen what many consider a disturbing sight.

Many Houstonians are up in arms after driving by CITGO's Eldridge Parkway headquarters and noticing the U.S., Texas and Venezuelan flags being flown at half staff, and you let your feeling show on Matt Patrick's afternoon show.

“I gave them a call, and the operator told me that it was in observance and respect of the death of Hugo Chavez,” Teddy told Matt Patrick on his afternoon show on The 9-5-0 yesterday.

Teddy wasn’t satisfied with the company’s explanation.

“I told the person that answered the phone that if she had a problem with raising the flag back up that I could come down and do it for her,” he said.

And it wasn't just at the corporate headquarters. Flags were at half staff at a refinery in Corpus Christi as well.

A caller named ‘Doc’ told Patrick, “I called their facilities manager and led a march of about 800 patriots from one of my Facebook pages.”

Doc also said he would head down to the corporate headquarters and take matters into his own hands if necessary.

“I’m ready to go down there. Eldridge isn’t far from my house. I’ll either remove the flag or I will put it at full mast,” he stated.

CITGO, a Venezuelan owned company, released a statement explaining why the flags were lowered, confirming it was to honor Chavez, who died on Tuesday from cancer.

The flag may only be lowered for the death of foreign dignitaries if indicated in Presidential instructions.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: boycottcitgo; chavez; communismkills; houston; procommunist; prodictator; texas; usefulidiots
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1 posted on 03/07/2013 10:18:43 AM PST by llevrok
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To: llevrok

simple, boycott for a month


2 posted on 03/07/2013 10:19:46 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: llevrok

Disgusting. I used to fuel up at 7-11 but haven’t since I started using Hess. Now that Hess is going away, I’m afraid my choices my be limited since Hess and 7-11 are the predominant fuel providers in the area.


3 posted on 03/07/2013 10:19:53 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Doogle

I can’t remember last time I went to a Citgo.

I’d rather run out of gas and call AAA.


4 posted on 03/07/2013 10:20:33 AM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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I’d love to see that Citgo sign in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood removed. Upsets me every time I watch a Red Sox game


5 posted on 03/07/2013 10:21:54 AM PST by llevrok (Keep your arms out. It makes it harder for them to throw a net over you.)
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To: llevrok

The Texas flag should never fly at half mast for a Tyrant..


6 posted on 03/07/2013 10:22:47 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Doogle

Boycott.


7 posted on 03/07/2013 10:24:18 AM PST by nagdt ("None of my EX's live in Texas")
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To: Doogle

A month? I haven’t bought gas there in the last several years.


8 posted on 03/07/2013 10:24:21 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: DesertRhino

On Alamo Day no less.


9 posted on 03/07/2013 10:24:43 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: DesertRhino
Damn right. Neither should a U.S. flag. They are not props for a private corporation to demonstrate political correctness. They are symbols of a state and nation which should be lowered only if the respective CEO or legislative body deems it appropriate.
10 posted on 03/07/2013 10:26:01 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: llevrok

Just incredible

I feel like I read alot of fictional stuff now. Can’t be real.


11 posted on 03/07/2013 10:27:50 AM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: driftdiver

..some people might not have a choice....but I don’t use CITGO and LUKOIL


12 posted on 03/07/2013 10:28:22 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: llevrok

Citgo, a place I do not do business and will never do business.


13 posted on 03/07/2013 10:28:31 AM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: llevrok

ugh

Why do people put up with crap like this?


14 posted on 03/07/2013 10:32:31 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Doogle

We’re on a PERMANENT boycott of CITGO; were already on it before this.


15 posted on 03/07/2013 10:33:12 AM PST by Twinkie (JOHN 3:16)
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To: Vigilanteman

Chavez nationalized (stole) oil industries and they are bowing to the dead god.


16 posted on 03/07/2013 10:35:23 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: llevrok

Texas, sure. But why the other two?


17 posted on 03/07/2013 10:36:53 AM PST by x
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To: nagdt

I will not buy their gas anymore.


18 posted on 03/07/2013 10:37:58 AM PST by Dante3
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To: llevrok

19 posted on 03/07/2013 10:38:51 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: llevrok

No more soup for Citgo.


20 posted on 03/07/2013 10:40:58 AM PST by hummingbird
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To: a fool in paradise

Outrageous. Citgo no longer a choice for fuel.


21 posted on 03/07/2013 10:43:38 AM PST by hummingbird
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To: llevrok
I wonder when CITGO will announce changing the “C” in Citgo to a hammer and sickle....
22 posted on 03/07/2013 10:51:34 AM PST by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: PATRIOT1876

I stopped patronizing CITCO Stations years ago.


23 posted on 03/07/2013 10:53:17 AM PST by sport
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To: llevrok

A worm goes to join the other worms. That calls for a celebration.


24 posted on 03/07/2013 10:55:36 AM PST by I want the USA back
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To: llevrok

It’s their property, their company, their flags and their flagpole.

And you can boycott Citgo but being that oil in fungible, you likely cannot avoid buying Citgo oil products.


25 posted on 03/07/2013 11:00:44 AM PST by OKRA2012
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To: rarestia

7-11 stopped using Citgo as a supplier in 2006


26 posted on 03/07/2013 11:04:30 AM PST by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: llevrok

Citgo used to have a handful of gas stations in my town some years back. After the word got out they were using Venezuelan oil, enough people boycotted the stations that they all closed down within a year. Haven’t seen on in the area since.


27 posted on 03/07/2013 11:05:06 AM PST by Marko413
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To: Mount Athos

Good news then! Thank you for that information, Athos.


28 posted on 03/07/2013 11:05:20 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: llevrok; Nachum; Gay State Conservative; StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; ...
CITGO lowers the American flag??!! to "honor" the dictator thug Hugo Chavez?!

Eff CITGO! They are all over our area - including only a couple of miles from our house... my husband and I will NOT use their gas. We've been boycotting 'em for many years now, and the boycott continues.

29 posted on 03/07/2013 11:09:42 AM PST by nutmeg (Who and WHERE are the Benghazi survivors??)
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To: llevrok
Too bad they don't lower this one.

Kenmore Square, Boston

30 posted on 03/07/2013 11:10:02 AM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: PATRIOT1876

Just about every picture of Fenway Park shows the Citgo sign behind The Green Monster.

Disgusting !

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31 posted on 03/07/2013 11:12:36 AM PST by Mears
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To: Marko413
Citgo used to have a handful of gas stations in my town some years back. After the word got out they were using Venezuelan oil, enough people boycotted the stations that they all closed down within a year. Haven’t seen on in the area since.

You live in a great area with a lot of good patriots! Unfortunately, here in the People's Socialist Republik of Connecticut, Citgo stations are thriving... people are always at the pumps, getting their "cheap" gas (selling their souls to the Devil, IMO).

My husband and I have been boycotting Citgo for many years, even though their stations are all around us...

32 posted on 03/07/2013 11:12:55 AM PST by nutmeg (Who and WHERE are the Benghazi survivors??)
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To: Doogle
simple, boycott for a month

A month? My husband and I (and everyone we educate about Citgo) have been boycotting Citgo every since Dictator Hugo Chavez took it over.

Those damn Citgo stations are all over our area, and their gas is usually the least expensive, but we always drive right past 'em...

33 posted on 03/07/2013 11:16:01 AM PST by nutmeg (Who and WHERE are the Benghazi survivors??)
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To: Twinkie
We’re on a PERMANENT boycott of CITGO; were already on it before this.

Same here, Twinkie!

34 posted on 03/07/2013 11:16:54 AM PST by nutmeg (Who and WHERE are the Benghazi survivors??)
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To: llevrok

Citgo’s not owned by the US or TX government, last I checked. It’s owned by the Venezuelan governemt. If they want to fly their flag at half-staff, that’s their business. But they shouldn’t have lowered the US and TX flags as well. I would caution anybody intending to go there and raise the two flags by force, that would be trespassing and criminal mischief.

Does anyody know? Do they normally fly the US flag below the Venezuelan flag?


35 posted on 03/07/2013 11:18:37 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Cyber Liberty
Separate Poles.


36 posted on 03/07/2013 11:23:56 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

I see. And I see they follow the correct protocol of the US flag being on the left, when facing the building.

I wouldn’t have lowered the non-Venezuelan flags if I were in charge there. Probably would the Citgo flag, being a governmentowned company.

But there are a lot more things to be pi$$ed at Citgo for.


37 posted on 03/07/2013 11:27:43 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: llevrok

From Wiki article:

The first sign, featuring the Cities Service logo, was built in 1940, and replaced with the trimark in 1965. In 1979, Governor Edward J. King ordered it turned off as a symbol of energy conservation. Four years later, Citgo attempted to disassemble the weatherbeaten sign, and was surprised to be met with widespread public affection for the sign and protest at its threatened removal. The Boston Landmarks Commission ordered its disassembly postponed while the issue was debated. While never formally given landmark status, it was refurbished and relit by Citgo in 1983 and has remained in operation ever since.

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38 posted on 03/07/2013 11:30:16 AM PST by Mears
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To: Twinkie

CITGO was previously known as Cities Service and was headquartered in Tulsa. Their choice to take the HQ to Houston left many disgruntled here in Tulsa, resulting in a significant loss of business for those local CITGO-branded stations.


39 posted on 03/07/2013 11:32:04 AM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Doogle

I’ve seen Lukoil stations, but didn’t realize they were Russian owned until I googled it after your post.

According to Wikopedia they have also purchased Getty Oil and some stations selling other brands:

“In 2000, Lukoil purchased Getty Oil and converted a number of Getty stations in the US to Lukoil in 2003.

“In 2004, Lukoil acquired Schlotzmeyer Bros., who formerly owned the Mobil stations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Many of these stations had Circle K stores, which Lukoil converted to its own Kwik Farms brand. However, many Mobil franchisees in the area did not want to convert their stations to Lukoil, because it sold its fuel at the same prices as more established brands.”


40 posted on 03/07/2013 11:34:12 AM PST by John Galt's cousin (WTF? We couldn't rescue four men in Benghazi? Is our military IMPOTENT? ( /s ))
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To: llevrok

The NAS Jacksonville gas station took down its CITGO sign several years ago. I don’t know if they still buy their gas FRom CITGO, but I haven’t bought gas there since Chavez stole Venezuela.

I haven’t been anywhere near a CITGO station since then, come to think of it, and I get a large grin when I see a closed CITGO station.


41 posted on 03/07/2013 11:43:40 AM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: llevrok

I’ve avoided Citgo since Chavez showed up on the world stage but I wonder if he was really any worse than the arab states that provide so much of the other gasoline.


42 posted on 03/07/2013 11:44:46 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: muir_redwoods

CITGO pulled a name change to try and hide the fact they are owned by a Marxist. Their retail centers were are under the Valero name. Don’t be fooled, same anti-American crew there.


43 posted on 03/07/2013 11:54:03 AM PST by Rogerf
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To: llevrok

I have a love hate relationship with that sign. It has been around so long it has become a part of the area. I hate what it stands for, but would miss it if removed.


44 posted on 03/07/2013 11:55:20 AM PST by matt04
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To: Marko413

I know of several that closed in my area. The ones that remain open are in small towns as the only station.


45 posted on 03/07/2013 11:57:44 AM PST by matt04
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To: llevrok

The 7-Elevens in mt state switched from Citgo to another brand after Chavez’ “sulfur” remark.


46 posted on 03/07/2013 12:10:48 PM PST by tsowellfan
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To: Mears
Yup, I know about that and was not surprised. It is The People's Republic of Massachusetts after all.
47 posted on 03/07/2013 12:10:57 PM PST by llevrok (Keep your arms out. It makes it harder for them to throw a net over you.)
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To: nutmeg

I thought most people got wise to CitGo way back in the early Bush years. Most of them only managed to survive because of their convenience stores, but we caused enough business impact in our area to force one to sell out the petro vendorship to ARCO.


48 posted on 03/07/2013 12:11:01 PM PST by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
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To: Rogerf
CITGO pulled a name change to try and hide the fact they are owned by a Marxist. Their retail centers were are under the Valero name. Don’t be fooled, same anti-American crew there.

That's true! CITGO = Valero

49 posted on 03/07/2013 12:12:09 PM PST by tsowellfan
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To: llevrok
Those girders are mighty OLD!

I'll bet the city inspector of signs would find them to be half rusted thru and need to be taken as a hazardous condition now exists.

50 posted on 03/07/2013 12:13:17 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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