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  • Resurgent Communism in Latin America (Drug Cartels)

    08/02/2014 5:42:40 AM PDT · by mgist · 9 replies
    The New American ^ | 3/2010 | Written by Alex Newman
    In light of the recent "Child" immigration show brought on by Obama, it is interesting to look at what has been happening in Latin America under Obama's watch. El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras are over their heads with gangs and cartels in the drug trafficking trade that Obama helped install --------------------------------- 2010-Resurgent Communism in Latin America Many Cuban refugees risked everything to escape the murderous regime of Fidel Castro. Oftentimes they made treacherous voyages aboard rickety rafts, hoping only to reach the free shores of Florida with their lives. Many died along the way. But communist rule was vicious and...
  • Cesar Chavez removed from ballot

    06/17/2014 10:29:55 PM PDT · by Rabin · 5 replies
    politico ^ | 6/17/14 | Staff
    A relative of labor leader Cesar Chavez, filed a legal challenge on Tuesday to have a man using his grandfather's name stricken from the ballot in Arizona. The challenge, alleges that the man who changed his name to Cesar Chavez from Scott Fistler should be removed from the primary election ballot for misleading voters in the largely Hispanic seventh congressional district.
  • Poverty Shoots Up in Venezuela

    06/05/2014 11:37:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | June 4, 2014 | Juan Nagel
    When the Venezuelan government defends itself from its critics, it usually points to declining poverty rates as proof of its success. For a while, this worked; poverty figures indeed improved during a portion of the chavista years. But the days when poverty was a winning issue for chavismo are over. Official statistics now show that poverty is rising rapidly. Venezuela's official statistics office (INE) mostly spends its time producing reports charged with political language -- but it still manages to report actual data once in a while. A few weeks ago, the statisticians published proof that one in three Venezuelans...
  • Opinion: Cesar Chavez ... Who? [Hagiographic Film on Alinsky Disciple]

    03/28/2014 6:17:35 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Fox ^ | 3/25/14 | Raoul Lowery Contreras
    ....Hollywood has finally discovered Mexican Americans and turned its attention to Cesar Chavez as if all Mexican Americans adore Chavez. A movie partly based on fact will open this week in 400 theaters. I predict it will fail at the box office. Why? Fact: only 5 percent of all American Hispanics are rural, thus 95 percent are city people who could care less about Mexican or Mexican American farm workers.
  • Media Ignore César Chávez’s Opposition to Illegal Immigration, Racial Advocacy

    03/27/2014 7:29:18 PM PDT · by celmak · 34 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 03/27/2014 | Sean Long
    Rather than dismissing his contrary views as sour grapes, the media simply ignore César Chávez’s opinions that stray from liberal orthodoxy. Chávez was a 1960s and 70s union leader who promoted unionization and Californian farm workers’ strikes. The farm workers of the time were predominantly Latino. He is particularly famous for the Delano grape strike: a five-year strike and boycott against Californian grapes. Liberals seized on this boycott, as well as several high profile hunger strikes, to promote Chávez as a symbol of immigrant and Latino rights. Even today, prominent media outlets often praise Chávez, just as they lauded his...
  • Failures of socialism on tragic display in Venezuela. How can people be so blind?

    03/18/2014 7:53:08 PM PDT · by d_focil · 29 replies
    AND Magazine ^ | 3/15/2014 | David Focil
    It takes a certain kind of fool to fall for the economic death trap that is socialism after a 20th century filled with death, oppression, stagnation and eventual collapse at the hands of those who fought for Marx's flawed vision of human history and progress. Such a fool, while probably motivated by the noble ends of eradicating poverty and inequality, ultimately lacks the courage to see the world as it is and fight within the confines of reality to better it. Rejecting a sober and honest appraisal of what works and what does not work given human history, he seeks...
  • Venezuela breaks ties with Panama over 'conspiracy'

    03/05/2014 3:11:26 PM PST · by mandaladon · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5 Mar 2014
    CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday he was breaking diplomatic and commercial relations with the Panamanian government due to a "conspiracy" against him. "We're not going to let anyone get away with interfering with our fatherland, you despicable lackey, president of Panama," Maduro said in a speech to commemorate the anniversary of late socialist leader Hugo Chavez's death. (Reporting by Andrew Cawthorne and Eyanir Chinea; Editing by Chris Reese)
  • Obama needs to do more, not less, on his own

    02/24/2014 4:17:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 24, 2014 | E.J. Dionne Jr.
    Republicans are unhappy that President Obama is invoking his executive powers to govern in the face of a do-nothing-in-2014 House of Representatives. To hear them talk, you would think our chief executive is modeling himself on the late Hugo Chavez and wants to seize dictatorial control. This, of course, is nonsense. In fact, Obama has in many ways been less aggressive in his use of executive authority than his predecessors. Take the matter of executive orders. According to the American Presidency Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Obama issued 147 executive orders in his first term. This...
  • On the March in Caracas - The silence on the subject is awkward

    02/23/2014 1:48:36 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | February 23, 2014 | Editors
    The protesters in Venezuela do not seek anything extraordinary: They demand to be secure in their homes and their persons, they demand an end to current shortages of staple foods and other goods in the country, and they demand the right to free speech. That these things should be considered a challenge to the Maduro regime is what is extraordinary, along with the regime’s brutal response to the protests — both speak to the character of the current Venezuelan government. If honoring such basic human decencies requires a regime change in Caracas, that is more a reflection on the current...
  • Hugo Chavez’s Daughters Refuse to Leave Presidential Party Palace

    02/21/2014 9:08:51 AM PST · by RightGeek · 47 replies
    Vocativ ^ | 2/21/2014 | Jan-Albert Hootsen
    It’s hard times in Venezuela these days. The economy is in shambles, crime is spiraling, and the opposition is leading increasingly strident protests on the streets. To make matters worse, President Nicolás Maduro can’t even deal with the crisis from the comforts of the presidential palace. Constitutionally, of course, Maduro has been able live in La Casona, a luxurious villa in the heart of the capital, since he was sworn in last year. The only problem: Almost a year after Maduro’s predecessor, Hugo Chávez, passed away, his three grown children—Maria Gabriela, Rosa Virginia and Hugo Jr.—are still living in the...
  • Venezuela and Hollywood; Axis of Stupidity

    02/19/2014 10:43:48 AM PST · by Starman417 · 8 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-18-14 | DrJohn
    Sean Penn is an idiot. But you knew that. There are more idiots in Hollywood. But you knew that too. Here is a who's who of Hollywood idiots who were supporters of Hugo Chavez. Oliver Stone, Danny Glover, Kevin Spacey, Harry Belafonte and Don King. Belafonte has claimed that millions of Americans support Chavez. Of Chavez government King once said "To see what is happening here makes me feel good all over." If only someone would shove a microphone up his in his face and in the faces of all these idiots and see what they have to say about...
  • Protests in Venezuela May Shake Balance of Power

    02/17/2014 10:31:43 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    Fusion ^ | Updated 02/17/2014, 11:17AM | Mariana Atencio
    Young Venezuelans have been rallying for two weeks, despite a security crackdown, a local media blackout, and attempts by the government to censor the web and the airwaves. President Nicolás Maduro remains in control, but without Hugo Chavez’s as the unifying behind "Chavismo," there is a chance the unrest may shake the balance of power in Caracas. Wondering why Venezuelans are protesting in the first place? Watch our video:
  • Obama “Going Dictator” - a Brief How-To Course

    02/06/2014 9:31:35 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Did you hear what El Presidente said now? "I make an appeal to the country economic sectors, for work and self-regulation of commodities and prices. You have time until next Monday; otherwise, I will take the most radical measures. I am determined to make an economic revolution. Nobody, nothing will stop me!" No, that wasn’t Big Guy; that was Nicolás Maduro, Hugo Chavez’s successor and president of the other most dubiously democratic country in the Western hemisphere. Hugo (RIP) presents BHO with a book documenting 5 centuries of American and European Imperialism: BHO’s response, “ I wrote one of them...
  • JOBS! JOBS! JOBS! or, “If you like your job, let’s HOPE you can keep your job.”

    01/11/2014 6:29:57 AM PST · by NOBO2012
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-11-2014 | MOTUS
    Announcing the 2013 finalists in “The World’s Most Dubious Recovery” Contest: 1. Barack ObamaFor his “economic recovery” which is, by his admission, now into it’s fifth year. Unfortunately it has proved to be a “jobless recovery.” With 92 million Americans now “officially” deemed to be out of the workforce, we have a labor force participation rate of just 62.8% – the lowest since 1978. With only 74,000 jobs created last month, the fewest in five years, the economy managed to create just 1 job for every 5 people who abandoned the American Dream and gave up all HOPE of ever...
  • 'Chávez ideas will solve crisis': Antonio Banderas

    11/23/2013 4:46:35 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 29 replies
    The Local (Spain) ^ | 20 Nov 2013 11:05 GMT+01:00
    Spanish actor Antonio Banderas surprised CNN viewers when he criticized US President Barack Obama and suggested Europe and the US should apply the same economic policies as Venezuela’s late president Hugo Chávez. During his talk with Spanish journalist Ana Pastor, Banderas was asked several questions about the current financial crisis and possible solutions to it. The Malaga-born star pointed the finger of blame at “the markets, the lobbies, the big corporations” and suggested they didn’t have to take responsibility when countries and governments had problems. “We’re not being governed by the people we voted for,” he told Pastor. “How do...
  • Chavez-linked group crafted 'keep your health plan'

    11/15/2013 11:23:46 AM PST · by upbeat5 · 7 replies
    WND ^ | November 15, 2013 | Aaron Klein
    A little-known group called the Herndon Alliance has been the driving force in branding Obamacare to the public. It was this group that advised President Obama to say Americans can maintain their choice of doctors and insurers under his health-care plan, WND has learned. The Herndon Alliance is openly partnered with a number of radical groups, including MoveOn, the National Council of La Raza and a slew of George Soros-funded activist organizations. It is also partnered with a “direct action” group dedicated to the teachings of radical Saul Alinsky. Aaron Klein’s “Impeachable Offenses: The Case to Remove Barack Obama from...
  • Venezuela president seeks power to rule by decree

    10/08/2013 5:38:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 8, 2013 6:10 PM EDT
    Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has asked Congress to give him special decree-making powers that he says he needs to fight corruption and economic sabotage. The opposition says Maduro is simply following the playbook of his late mentor, Hugo Chávez. …
  • This is who the Liberals epitomize

    07/25/2013 10:23:50 AM PDT · by ProudFossil · 10 replies
    E-mail to me | July 25, 2013 | vanity
    Margaret Thatcher's funeral You probably already know this, but in case it slipped your mind, here’s a reminder of some current history.... President Obama was a no-show at Margaret Thatcher's funeral despite being invited to attend and thus snubbing England's invitation as a representative of the American people. Joe Biden also refused, as did Hillary Clinton. (By the way, former Secretary of State George Schultz went to the funeral……) The British took note of the fact that the Obama administration chose not to send a single senior member of the Cabinet. In fact, no actively serving, elected Democrat attended Lady...
  • Gold, Australia, Chavez and Sean Penn (Perils of NOT Diversifying)

    07/04/2013 9:32:16 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 4 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 07/04/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    According to an article on Bloomberg.com, “Chavez’s 70% Gold Bet Unravels on Reserves Plunge”. Chavez, who argued that Venezuela should move away from the “dictatorship of the dollar,” stockpiled more than 70 percent of Venezuela’s foreign reserves in gold by 2012, the highest percentage among all emerging-market countries and more than 50 times that held by neighbors Colombia and Brazil, … gold5year Chavez must have received his investment advice from Sean Penn. But Penn is an expert on bailing, not investment. sean_penn_bailing And my Aussie colleague Buddy Rojek sent me this story about the deteriorating gold mining situation in Australia...
  • Ahmadinejad to return with the Twelfth Imam, says government spokesman.

    07/02/2013 11:56:50 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 33 replies
    Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog ^ | 6/25/2013 | Joel C. Rosenberg
    “An Iranian government spokesman has said that outgoing President Mahmud Ahmadinejad will return with the Hidden Imam, who according to Shi’ite belief went into hiding in the 10th century and will reappear to bring justice to Earth,” reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. “God willing, with the manifestation of Imam Mehdi, Ahmadinejad will also return and work for the establishment of pure Islam,” spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham was quoted as saying by Iranian news agencies. “Ahmadinejad and his close aides have been criticized in Iran over their repeated references to Mahdi and signs of his imminent coming,” reports RFE/RL. “Ahmadinejad came...
  • Oliver Stone Prepping Hugo Chavez Film

    06/21/2013 1:41:02 PM PDT · by drewh · 26 replies
    Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | 21 Jun 2013, 9:35 AM PDT | by Christian Toto
    Far-left filmmaker Oliver Stone is mourning the loss of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as only the director can. He's making a movie about the failed socialist leader. Chavez, who died earlier this year after a long battle with cancer, will be the subject of Stone's next film, according to AFP. Oliver Stone is making a very beautiful film about our commander Hugo Chavez... that he will likely finish in the next months," [President Nicolas] Maduro said on Thursday, at an event in the northwestern state of Lara.... Maduro said that one of Stone's producers informed him about the film...
  • Maduro admits to knowing “the IDs and all” of the 900.000 Chavistas who did not vote for him

    05/18/2013 12:30:23 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 11 replies
    MercoPress ^ | 18 May 2013
    Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro admitted to knowing ‘with IDs and all’ who are the 900.000 Chavistas who crossed lines and did not vote for him in the 14 April election which anointed him as the successor of deceased Hugo Chavez. “When there is a man fallen in combat as was our commander (Chavez) strength must prevail. Instead of feeling defeated by sadness, we must defeat that sadness and overcome the lethargic feeling. We have identified the 900.000 compatriots with IDs and all…which meant that the gap was smaller, when the gap could have been good”, said Maduro during one of...
  • Obama is Putin or Chavez, Not Nixon

    05/16/2013 2:50:38 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 17 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com/ ^ | May 16 2013 | Rush
    RUSH: This Obama comparison to Nixon, you hear it now and then. In fact, it was asked about at the press conference this afternoon with the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason said, "How do you feel about comparisons by some of your critics of this week's scandals to those that happened under the Nixon administration?" OBAMA: I'll let you guys engage in those comparisons, and you can go ahead and read the history, I think, and -- and draw your own conclusions. My concern is making sure that if there's a problem in...
  • Socialism Leads to Toilet Paper Shortage in Venezuela

    05/16/2013 10:52:59 AM PDT · by villagerjoel · 17 replies
    InsightSur.com ^ | 5/16/13 | Editor
    The Venezuelan government was forced to begin importing 50 million rolls of toilet paper this week, due to massive shortages in consumer goods, and food in the country. Alejandro Fleming, Venezuela’s Minister of Commerce reportedly addressed the shortage of toilet paper, stating that, “the ‘Revolution’ will bring the equivalent of 50 million rolls of toilet paper to our country to calm things down.” He went on to address the perceived insidious nature of the shortage, asking citizens that they “please understand that we should not allow ourselves to be manipulated by a media campaign portraying shortages.”
  • L.A. Archbishop Gomez urges lawmakers not to delay on immigration (4-24-13 Chavez mentioned)

    05/01/2013 8:49:25 PM PDT · by haffast · 15 replies
    L A Times ^ | April 24, 2013, 2:22 p.m | By Evan Halper
    SACRAMENTO -- Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archbishop Jose Gomez and several other Catholic Church officials in California took time from their retreat in Sacramento on Wednesday to make a push for Congress to keep up the momentum on changes to the country’s immigration laws. In a gaggle with reporters, Gomez said reform of the country’s immigration laws is “long overdue.” Gomez, who was joined by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, as well as several bishops from around the state, urged Congress not to delay in passing a bill, saying the bipartisan package of legislation that has come together offers hope...
  • Ruling Regime Refuses Recount in Venezuela

    04/23/2013 10:57:14 AM PDT · by villagerjoel · 5 replies
    USBC News ^ | 4/22/13 | USBC News Wire
    According to reports by the ruling regime, Hugo Chavez’s hand picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, barely managed to squeak by opposition candidate, Henrique Capriles, in a highly criticized special presidential election. Those figures were provided by the administration Chaves controlled, and were out of the ordinary for the official press organs who routinely claimed staggeringly high support for the president. Yet even by their own official count Maduro barely pulled off the victory. Critics doubt whether he won at all, citing evidence of widespread fraud and voter intimidation.
  • Funeral Sermon for Kevin Michael Chavez

    04/17/2013 1:46:00 PM PDT · by lightman · 1 replies
    LutheranCORE ^ | 15 April AD 2013 | Bishop John Bradosky
    The following sermon was preached by Bishop John Bradosky of the NALC at the funeral service given for Kevin Michael Chavez, the son of NALC General Secretary Mark Chavez. Mark served many years as founding director of Lutheran CORE. Kevin died on April 8, 2013, on his way home from college. Lutheran CORE extends its prayers of condolence to the Chavez family. Read below or download a copy here. April 13, 2013 First Lesson: Isa 40:28-31 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will...
  • Nicolas Maduro Wins Venezuela Presidential Election (50.7%): Opposition Gets 49.1%

    04/14/2013 9:17:30 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    BBCNews ^ | April 13, 2013
    Nicolas Maduro Wins Venezuela Presidential Election (50.7%): Opposition Gets 49.1% Socialist candidate Nicolas Maduro has won a narrow victory in Venezuela's presidential poll. Mr Maduro, who was chosen by the late Hugo Chavez, won 50.7% of the vote against 49.1% for opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. The electoral commission said the results were "irreversible". There has been no comment from Mr Capriles, who earlier on Sunday has suggested there was an attempt to doctor the result. Mr Maduro told a rally of supporters in the capital Caracas that he had won a "just, legal and constitutional" victory. However, the margin of...
  • Official: Maduro wins Venezuelan presidency (likely voter fraud)

    04/14/2013 9:45:35 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | updated 12:11 AM EDT, Mon April 15, 2013 | Catherine E. Shoichet
    (CNN) -- The man former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez handpicked to be his successor has won the country's presidential vote, officials said late Sunday. With 99% of votes counted, Nicolas Maduro won 50.66% of votes, National Electoral Council President Tibisay Lucena said, calling the results "irreversible." Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles won 49.07% of votes, she said. "I have won by nearly 300,000 votes. It is the decision of the people," Maduro told cheering supporters late Sunday, calling on Venezuelans to respect the results and respond peacefully.
  • Will the United States Make the Fantasies of a Young North Korean Come True?

    04/01/2013 11:12:42 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 7 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | April 1, 2014 | Dan Miller
    How close are we to becoming what the young girl in this North Korean video thinks all countries should become? The Religion of Kim in North Korea The North Korean propaganda video presented below was released several years ago and was apparently designed to show the life of a family in (comparatively privileged and tightly controlled) Pyongyang. In it, a girl studying to become a teacher praises her and her family's happiness granted by a government that provides everything for them. They in turn give the government their full devotion; it appears to own them. She compares their happy existence...
  • Your Tax Dollars at Work: Propping Up Commies and Socialist Youth Groups

    03/30/2013 5:11:44 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 5 replies
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com ^ | March 26, 2013 | jim hoft
    Watchdog.org reported: Thanks to your generous support, the New York City-based People’s Rights Fund has been able publicize the great work of Karl Marx and dictators Kim Jong-Il, Hugo Chavez and Saddam Hussein. Don’t remember writing that check? If you paid federal taxes after 1997, some of your money went to Tides, a San Francisco-based clearinghouse that collects and distributes about $251 million every year to hundreds of leftwing organizations. Much of the money flowing into Tides comes from wealthy benefactors who use Tides as a clearinghouse — a way to help finance left-liberal organizations without leaving any fingerprints. But...
  • Obama Delivers 117 Word Statement for Easter – 664 Word Statement for Cesar Chavez Day

    04/01/2013 7:33:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Gateway ^ | March 31, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Easter was on March 31st this year. So was Cesar Chavez Day. ... Everyone has their priorities.
  • Chavez's Legacy Gains Religious Glow In Venezuela

    04/01/2013 5:54:19 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    http://apnews.myway.com/ ^ | April 1,2013 | Jack Chang
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Holding a Bible in her arms at the start of Holy Week, seamstress Maria Munoz waited patiently to visit the tomb of the man she considers another savior of humanity. The 64-year-old said she had already turned her humble one-bedroom house into a shrine devoted to the late President Hugo Chavez, complete with busts, photos and coffee mugs bearing his image. Now, she said, her brother-in-law was looking for a larger house to display six boxes' worth of Chavez relics that her family has collected throughout his political career.
  • Google Celebrates Their Religion

    03/31/2013 1:56:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    American Catholic ^ | March 31, 2013 | Donald R. McClarey
    Ed Driscol notes that Google has a predictable manner of observing Easter. Ironic, since whatever else you could say about Cesar Chavez he was a devout Catholic: “While two billion Christians around the world celebrate Easter Sunday on this 31st day of March, Google is using its famous ‘Doodle’ search logo art to mark the birth of left-wing labor leader,” Twitchy.com notes, adding that “Google’s Easter insult sparks Twitter backlash, mockery,” as well it should.  The timing of latest in-your-face politically correct homepage is oddly appropriate. As Dennis Prager has written, “You cannot understand the Left if you do not...
  • HUGO CHAVEZ: Champion of the Poor

    03/26/2013 10:56:43 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 5 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 27 March 2013 | Reaganite Republican
  • Three Articles About Venezuela Today

    03/22/2013 2:48:56 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 2 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 22, 2013 | Dan Miller
    One suggests some basis for hope, another writes about oppression by Chavistas and the third pursues the same theme.El Presidente for Life, THugo Chávez, died on or before March 5, 2013. He may have died in Cuba, in Venezuela or perhaps elsewhere. There has been much speculation but nobody who knows for sure seems to be talking. In any event he is almost certainly dead now, a good thing -- or at least I hope it is good -- for Venezuela. Before proceeding further, here are some points that should be kept in mind about Venezuela: 1. Venezuela has a...
  • Heart Ache. Chavez can’t be permanently embalmed and displayed

    03/17/2013 6:19:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | March 17, 2013 | JAZZ SHAW
    This will probably come as a crushing blow to Chris Hayes, (the legacy of Hugo Chavez is “complicated” donchaknow…) but it seems that the dictator may miss out on his chance to become a permanent national monument in corpse form. It turns out that the process to permanently embalm and display the now room temperature leader would take a bit more work than can be managed. Venezuela’s information minister says the government has decided that the body of Hugo Chavez will not be embalmed for permanent display, as officials had said it would be.Ernesto Villegas’ tweet Friday night says the...
  • Esperanza......Venezuela of Today

    03/18/2013 12:11:06 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-18-13 | DrJohn
    At first glance it seems like a reasonably decent airport. Then after a while you notice the dilapidation, the inoperative urinal, the broken floor tiles. A surprisingly pretty Immigration Agent waves me over, inspects my documents, asks a few questions in passable English and allows me into the country. I retrieve my bag and then pass both the bag and the carry-on through the x-ray machine just before the the exit. This is my first trip to Caracas and I was not without anxiety given the tumultuous events of the last few weeks. I had been invited to come and...
  • An Excellent Summation of the Situation in Venezuela Today

    03/17/2013 3:04:29 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 8 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 17, 2013 | Dan Miller
    Chavez is dead. Is Venezuela?h/t Devil's Excrement Daniel, one of my two favorite bloggers on things Venezuelan, published this article today. It summarizes what's wrong with Venezuela today and does not raise any false hopes for her immediate future. Her future is bleak. Here's the first paragraph. The wake is suspended, Chavez rests for the time being in a military museum, an old barrack to ensure past presidential safety at Miraflores, now unable to ensure safety in an area that has been overcome by slums. For a military that was never able to understand what the civilian world and democracy...
  • Maduro claims Chavez swung race for Argentine pope (Yeah right)

    03/14/2013 11:09:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    France24News ^ | March 14, 2013
    AFP - Venezuela's acting president Nicolas Maduro joked on Wednesday that late leftist president Hugo Chavez's recent death must have played into the selection of the first Latin American pope. "We know that our commander has risen up there and is face to face with Christ," Maduro said, to an outburst of laughter at a political event, just over a week after Chavez died following 14 years in charge of Venezuela.
  • Venezuela's Hugo Chavez unlikely to to be preserved 'for eternity'

    03/13/2013 7:16:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies
    NBC News ^ | 3/13/13 | Mario Naranjo
    CARACAS — Venezuela's government said on Wednesday it may not be possible to embalm the remains of late leader Hugo Chavez as planned because the process should have been started earlier. Chavez died last week aged 58 after a two-year battle with cancer. His body has been on display in a glass-topped coffin at a grandiose military academy in the capital Caracas, where millions of people have filed past to pay homage. The government had said it planned to embalm Chavez's remains "for eternity" in much the same way as was done with the remains of Soviet leaders Lenin and...
  • Did Venezuela's Chavez nudge Christ to pick South American pope? (Hugo Helped Christ Pick The Pope!)

    03/13/2013 6:53:08 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 113 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/13/2013 | Yahoo News
    CARACAS (Reuters) - Late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez may have had a hand in Christ's decision to opt for a Latin American pope, acting President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday. "We know that our commander ascended to the heights and is face-to-face with Christ," Maduro said at a Caracas book fair. "Something influenced the choice of a South American pope, someone new arrived at Christ's side and said to him: 'Well, it seems to us South America's time has come.'" Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected in a surprise choice to be the new leader of the Roman Catholic...
  • Chavez tattoos. Chavez underwear. Chavez action figures: Money to be made as myth takes hold

    03/13/2013 12:49:39 PM PDT · by tje · 22 replies
    theSpec.com ^ | Tue Mar 12 2013 17:36:00 | Paul Haven
    CARACAS, VENEZUELA — Business has never been better for Eudis Carrillo. Sure, he’s heartbroken over the death of his hero Hugo Chavez, but there’s precious little time for sentiment: Hats and T-shirts of the late Venezuelan president are flying off the shelves at his streetside stand faster than he can keep them in stock. Ditto demand for Chavez tattoos, Chavez earrings, Chavez mugs and talking Chavez action figurines. One can even buy Chavez boxer shorts and panties, part of a cult of personality that began while the former paratrooper was still alive, but exploded in the week since he succumbed...
  • On the Idiotic Posthumous Cult of Hugo Chávez

    03/12/2013 7:32:24 PM PDT · by tflabo · 6 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 3/12/13 | Bernard-Henri Lévy
    Leaving aside his antisemitism and his dictator allies, why would the left celebrate a man who repressed his people and wrecked the economy? It’s an insult to Venezuelans, says Bernard Henri-Lévy. The death of Hugo Chávez, followed by his elaborate funeral, has unleashed a wave of political idiocy, and thus of disinformation, of a magnitude not seen in some time.
  • What Is The U.S. Doing At Chavez's Funeral?

    03/11/2013 1:52:31 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 52 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 8 March 2013 | Editorial
    Amateur Diplomacy: Somebody explain to us why an official U.S. delegation was sent to Caracas for the funeral of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez. It only boosts our enemies while diminishing America. The death of Chavez this week should have been an opportunity for the U.S. to rally global support for Venezuela's battered democrats and make a stand for democracy. Instead, the Obama administration has done all it can to validate and bolster Chavez's gangsterly minions desperate to perpetrate their Marxist kleptocracy. Already these surviving Chavistas have made clear who they are and what the U.S. can expect: President Obama called...
  • Deceased Leader Is Idolized Like His Own Idol, Bolívar

    03/10/2013 12:18:57 PM PDT · by tflabo · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | March 8, 2013, | JOSÉ DE CÓRDOBA and SARA SCHAEFER MUŃOZ
    Mr. Chávez would have enjoyed the comparisons to Christ and Mr. Bolívar. "He wanted to be the Bolívar of the 21st century," said Enrique Krauze, a leading Mexican historian and author of "Redeemers," about Latin America's messianic caudillos, or charismatic political leaders. The late president often saw himself as a reincarnation of the 19th-century patriot who liberated five countries and sought to unite the former Spanish colonies, say former colleagues.
  • 20 consequences of Hugo Chavez’s economic policies that led to poverty

    03/10/2013 7:47:36 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 7 replies
    http://economiccollapsenews.com ^ | march 9, 2013 | Andrew Moran
    1. Production quotas on all forms of food, including rice, the country’s primary food item. 2. Price controls on anything from cooking oil to sugar to coffee. Rice, for instance, was only allowed to be sold for 2.15 bolivars ($0.34USD), but cost 4.41 bolivars ($0.70USD) to produce. 3. Both of these policies led to extreme food shortages. For most families, especially the lower- and middle-classes, grocery shopping was a hit or miss. They would be lucky enough to grab a roll of toilet paper. 4. Prior to Chavez’s death, the oil-rich Latin American nation struggled with the worst food shortage...
  • Jesse Jackson Compares Hugo Chavez to Founding Fathers

    03/09/2013 3:35:46 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 42 replies
    conservative videos .com ^ | 3-9-13 | conservative videos
    Wolf Blitzer: “What do you say to the Venezuelans, not only in the opposition but those who have fled the country, who considered Hugo Chavez a vile dictator?” Jesse Jackson: “Well, you know, democracies mature, Our first 15 presidents owned people. They owned slaves. Democracies mature.” Read more: http://conservativevideos.com/2013/03/jesse-jackson-compares-hugo-chavez-to-founding-fathers/#ixzz2N5Yp4HNE
  • The agony of Hugo Chavez: details emerge of his final days

    03/09/2013 10:57:44 AM PST · by libstripper · 64 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mar. 9, 2013 | Marianna Parraga
    Venezuela's Hugo Chavez slid into a coma the day before he died of respiratory failure after cancer spread into his lungs, sources say. Chavez's precise condition was one of the world's best-kept secrets since his cancer was announced in June 2011. Since his death this week, however, details have emerged of the 58-year-old president's battle with cancer and the last moments in the hospital with close family and senior aides.
  • Hugo Chavez died 'in the bosom of the Church': Catholic News Agency (CNA)

    03/08/2013 9:01:51 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 262 replies
    Catholic news agency ^ | Mar 6, 2013 | Catholic news agency
    Caracas, Venezuela, Mar 6, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA).- A source in Venezuela has revealed to CNA that President Hugo Chavez died “in bosom of the Church” and received spiritual direction and the sacraments in his last days. In announcing Chavez’s death to the nation on March 5, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said the Venezuelan leader died “clinging to Christ.” The source in Venezuela told CNA that during the last weeks of his life, Chavez requested spiritual direction and asked to receive the sacraments. Ever since he assumed power in 1999, Chavez butted heads continuously with the Catholic Church over...