He’s dead anhd buried, but if you believed some of his sympathizers, he’s still parting the seas and spitting down upon the United States from up on high. H/T Blazing Cat Fur
Hugo Chavez just died, and many of us said “good riddance” to a tyrant who defrauded his own people, intimidated his political opposition and left his economy and country in disarray. Senator Rand Paul seemed to be reminding us: “Why would we want a tyrant in America, too?” Wayne Allyn Root from Personal Liberty Digest weighs in.
Sorry, Barry, but the Capitol is a “no-fly” zone. Hugo drops dead. And: Locusts/Gadflies, 2016! All this — plus — assault pastries in this edition of The Great Eight with Ben Crystal.
Petroleum engineer Gustavo Coronel wrote articles about the corruption of Hugo Chavez’s regime, and for that he was named an enemy of the state. Appearing on Talk Radio Network’s The Andrea Tantaros Show, Coronel speaks out on what Chavez’s death might mean to Venezuela and America. H/T PJTV
Love him or hate him, the late Hugo Chavez was unarguably the most powerful Latin American politician to emerge over the past few decades. David Luhnow, Mexico City bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, takes a look back at the Venezuelan president’s rule and his legacy. Although expected for some time, Chavez’s death came with a hint of irony, falling upon the anniversary of Stalin’s death.
This just in. The founder of Wikipedia is demanding that a Wikipedia page about himself be edited because of false information. “According to Wikipedia, its founder is a 10-time Wimbledon champion who is an astronaut in his spare time,” says Jodi Miller. She also touches on Sean Penn’s man-crush on Hugo Chavez, the inflated cost of a penny and school condom machines in this edition of NewsBusted.
In this Wall Street Journal documentary, reporter David Luhnow looks at Venezuela President Hugo Chavez. Now undergoing treatment for cancer, Chavez has named a possible successor, raising the question of whether his “21st century socialism” can outlive its founder. Luhnow finds many strong critics of Chavez, as well as fervent supporters, but no one’s neutral about the deeply polarizing and radical leader.
This just in…During protests in Michigan last week, a pro-union protester punched Fox News contributor Steven Crowder in the mouth. “But as the liberal media reported it, conservative Steven Crowder hit a union worker in the fist with his face,” says Jodi Miller. She also opines about Hugo Chavez, the Mayan calendar and Quentin Tarantino’s new film Django Unchained in this edition of NewsBusted.
Sunday’s Presidential election in Venezuela pits Socialist strongman Hugo Chavez against the most formidable opponent he has faced in his 14 years in office. Coalition opposition leader Henrique Capriles has gained ground by waging an aggressive door-to-door campaign. But even Capriles describes himself as a David facing a Goliath, and recent polls show him trailing by about 10 percent. Chavez enjoys clearcut advantages, including billions of dollars in oil-funded handouts to court key voter blocs. Al Jazeera reports from Venezuela on the run-up to the election.
Richard Beales and Raul Gallegos with Reuters discuss how Chavez raids the treasury of PDVSA, the Venezuelan state oil company, to bankroll his political and social programs. As a result, PDVSA is now a debt-ridden enterprise, forced to pay its suppliers with IOUs.
Sean Penn fist-pumps as he campaigns for Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela, at a campaign rally in Valencia. Penn is a buddy of Chavez, who was rumored to be on his deathbed earlier this year, but seems to have fully recovered. Chavez is seeking a new six-term in an election scheduled October 7, and pundits predict this will be his toughest fight yet. Penn did not address the rally, but hugged Chavez and also rode with him in a truck before cheering supporters.
Any chance that the next time Penn travels to Venezuela on Chavez’s behalf, he can borrow John Travolta’s Qantas 707, and take along a pack of Hollywood celebrities with him? Better yet, maybe they could all move permanently to South America. Wonder how long before they get bored with trying to influence socialist Banana Republic politics, or else someone gets too snarky, like the always-discreet Roseanne Barr, leading all of them to be banished by Chavez to, say, Tierra del Fuego? H/T NewsBusters