Breaking: Hugo Chavez is dead; Update: Democratic rep mourns; Update: So does Jimmy Carter

posted at 5:21 pm on March 5, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Well, that’s that: Chavez’s lieutenants have been insisting for months that the Venezuelan president would be making a full recovery from his cancer-related operations and that Venezuelans had no cause for alarm — but they’ve been getting notably less vociferous about the whole thing recently, and that charade is officially over. The Associated Press is reporting that the longtime socialist-Marxist leader died on Tuesday afternoon:

Vice President Nicolas Maduro, surrounded by other government officials, announced the death in a national television broadcast. He said Chavez died at 4:25 p.m. local time. …

Chavez underwent surgery in Cuba in June 2011 to remove what he said was a baseball-size tumor from his pelvic region, and the cancer returned repeatedly over the next 18 months despite more surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. He kept secret key details of his illness, including the type of cancer and the precise location of the tumors. …

Two months after his last re-election in October, Chavez returned to Cuba again for cancer surgery, blowing a kiss to his country as he boarded the plane. He was never seen again in public. …

After a 10-week absence marked by opposition protests over the lack of information about the president’s health and growing unease among the president’s “Chavista” supporters, the government released photographs of Chavez on Feb. 15 and three days later announced that the president had returned to Venezuela to be treated at a military hospital in Caracas.

Update: So, what’s next for Venezuela now that their corrupt, destructive, America-hating, socialist leader is no more? Either Vice President Nicolas Maduro or National Assembly leader Diosdado Cabello will become interim president for thirty days while the country engineers a special election — and without Chavez to figurehead his “Chavismo” movement, the outcome isn’t necessarily a sure thing.

[A]lthough his cronies and their Cuban handlers are maneuvering to hold on to power, a Chavista succession is neither stable nor sustainable. With more audacious leadership among Venezuela’s democrats and intelligent solidarity from abroad, Chávez’s legacy might be buried with him.

The foundations of Chavismo are being shaken by an impending socioeconomic meltdown, a faltering oil sector, bitter in-fighting in his own movement, complicity with drug-trafficking and terrorism, rampant street crime, the inept performance by Chávez’s anointed successor, and growing popular rejection of Cuban interference, corrupt institutions, and rigged elections. Beset by these challenges and with Chávez no longer at the top of the ballot, the regime will use every advantage to engineer a victory in a special election to choose a new president.

Update (AP): Speaking of Maduro, he’s a low-rent anti-American populist crank from the same mold as his former boss. If you thought that Chavez shoving off might make way for detente between the U.S. and Venezuela, think again:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was infected with cancer by “imperialist” enemies, his No. 2 alleged on Tuesday, adding that the socialist leader was suffering his hardest moments since an operation three months ago…

“We have no doubt that commander Chavez was attacked with this illness,” Maduro said, repeating a charge first made by Chavez himself that the cancer was an attack by “imperialist” foes in the United States in league with domestic enemies.

“The old enemies of our fatherland looked for a way to harm his health,” Maduro said, comparing it with allegations that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who died in 2004, may have been poisoned by Israeli agents.

Read this old Hitchens piece from 2010 about seeing Chavez’s crankery up close. Even his lackey Sean Penn couldn’t break through the wall of paranoia, which included skepticism about the moon landing.

Update (AP): The main plot right now is Chavez’s death and the subplot is creepily affectionate reminiscences from some of his fellow travelers on the left. (John Sexton notes on Twitter that Chavez ultimately proved too tyrannical even for Noam Chomsky.) Soon, though, as the shock of the news about his demise recedes, those two will reverse positions. Here’s your early leader for useful idiot of the day. He’s a congressman, of course:

Update (AP): No surprise here:

Update (AP): David Frum points to this piece from a few years ago estimating that the Man of the People had amassed a private fortune of $2 billion.

Update (AP): Michael Moynihan’s acidic obit at Newsweek is the one you’ll want to read. As he reminds us, there was no monster Chavez wasn’t willing to hug in the name of anti-American camaraderie. He was a proud supporter of Saddam, Mugabe, Qaddafi, and of course Bashar Assad, not because they overlapped much philosophically beyond authoritarianism but because they were all antagonists of the United States. That was Chavez’s core shtick — anti-colonialist vaudeville at the expense of the west’s superpower.

Update (AP): You outdid yourself on this one, Jimbo. I want to say “unbelievable,” but no, it’s quite believable.

Statement From Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Death of Hugo Chavez

Rosalynn and I extend our condolences to the family of Hugo Chávez Frías. We met Hugo Chávez when he was campaigning for president in 1998 and The Carter Center was invited to observe elections for the first time in Venezuela. We returned often, for the 2000 elections, and then to facilitate dialogue during the political conflict of 2002-2004. We came to know a man who expressed a vision to bring profound changes to his country to benefit especially those people who had felt neglected and marginalized. Although we have not agreed with all of the methods followed by his government, we have never doubted Hugo Chávez’s commitment to improving the lives of millions of his fellow countrymen.

President Chávez will be remembered for his bold assertion of autonomy and independence for Latin American governments and for his formidable communication skills and personal connection with supporters in his country and abroad to whom he gave hope and empowerment. During his 14-year tenure, Chávez joined other leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean to create new forms of integration. Venezuelan poverty rates were cut in half, and millions received identification documents for the first time allowing them to participate more effectively in their country’s economic and political life.

At the same time, we recognize the divisions created in the drive towards change in Venezuela and the need for national healing. We hope that as Venezuelans mourn the passing of President Chávez and recall his positive legacies — especially the gains made for the poor and vulnerable — the political leaders will move the country forward by building a new consensus that ensures equal opportunities for all Venezuelans to participate in every aspect of national life.


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Update (AP): You outdid yourself on this one, Jimbo. I want to say “unbelievable,” but no, it’s quite believable.

O_o

Seven Percent Solution on March 5, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Although we have not agreed with all of the methods followed by his government, we have never doubted Hugo Chávez’s commitment to improving the lives of millions of his fellow countrymen.

-Jimmy Carter

O_o

WTF

Pol Pot once had a commitment to “improve” the lives of his people too.

Bishop on March 5, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Now we need ImaNeedaJob to die in one of those centrifuge explosions that are occurring in his country.

Hammie on March 5, 2013 at 7:04 PM

So Long, Chávez
Where Does This Leave Venezuela?
Michael Shifter
February 18, 2013
==================

Two decades ago, following the end of the Cold War, the United States and Latin America seemed more prepared than ever before to forge political and economic partnerships. Latin America was emerging from an era of stagnation and economic crisis and appeared to be moving toward market economies and liberal democracies. In the early 1990s, building on U.S. President George H. W. Bush’s widely applauded vision of a hemisphere-wide free-trade zone, Mexico, Canada, and the United States negotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement. At the Organization of American States’ conference in 1991, which brought together 34 countries, a landmark agreement codified collective pro-democracy actions. Continuing this trend,

the hemisphere’s democratically elected leaders gathered for the first-ever Summit of the Americas in 1994 and confirmed their deepening commitment to democratic principles,

growth-oriented economic policies, and broad U.S.–Latin American cooperation.

Words like

“consensus” and “community”

were used to capture the sense of good will.

Since 1999, however, when the recently deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez came to power, the sense of community in the region has dissipated. Policy divergences among Latin American countries have become sharper; free trade and liberal democracy are no longer popular goals; and Latin America and the United States have, albeit cordially, gone their separate ways. Admittedly, generalizations about Latin America are risky;

after all, for every country that has deviated from democratic norms, another has moved toward them. And Chávez was not single-handedly responsible for deflating the hopeful spirit that prevailed two decades ago.

But his relentless defiance of Washington and its chief allies –

often accompanied by aggressive, even belligerent, rhetoric — polarized the region…

(More……)
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http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/139014/michael-shifter/so-long-chavez

canopfor on March 5, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Let this mark the beginning of the end of socialist utopian empires and their megalomaniac white knights who profess to save us all…

Skywise on March 5, 2013 at 7:05 PM

jimmeh…what the what?

can_con on March 5, 2013 at 7:06 PM

They will be saying the same things about Obama:

Farewell Comandante Obama champion of the poor the oppressed everywhere. Modern day Spartacus. Rest in Peace.

Obama was a leader that understood the needs of the poor. He was committed to empowering the powerless.

redguy on March 5, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Daniel Duquenal’s blog is a good source of info on Venezuelan politics. His personal reaction:

My feelings, if anyone care.

I am rather numb. I am not sad because I always disliked the man, since 1992, always knowing he was bad news. But also I know that whatever damage he has done, it is done, and his passing does not change anything to that as the worst is ahead of us, with or without him. And thus I experience neither sadness nor joy because I am afraid to tell you the truth, afraid for the country. And so far there is nothing reassuring me.

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 7:08 PM

O_o

WTF

Pol Pot once had a commitment to “improve” the lives of his people too.

Bishop on March 5, 2013 at 7:04 PM

So did Stalin, Lenin, Hitler, Mao…..

Galt2009 on March 5, 2013 at 7:08 PM

The Funeral Music has been picked.

portlandon on March 5, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Great image Bmore! You are on a roll!!

So, the biG uglY is deaD…

Good riddance…

Watch out for the hot spots!

Scrumpy on March 5, 2013 at 7:10 PM

The Funeral Music has been picked.

portlandon on March 5, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Would “Hit The Road Jack” be applicable here?

squint on March 5, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Now, when will Sean Penn weigh in?

BigWillieStyles on March 5, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Obama is just like him.

For that matter so is Mitt Romney. So is almost all the leadership of the GOP, if not all.

Steveangell on March 5, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Now, when will Sean Penn weigh in?

BigWillieStyles on March 5, 2013 at 7:12 PM

He’s too busy crying in $20 lattes.

Liam on March 5, 2013 at 7:15 PM

The Funeral Music has been picked.

portlandon on March 5, 2013 at 7:09 PM

What is it, Some like it hot and some sweat when the heat is on?

VorDaj on March 5, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Chavez share the same death day as Comrade Stalin.
http://www.thepeoplescube.com/peoples-blog/a-moment-of-silence-for-uncle-joe-t10819.html

onlineanalyst on March 5, 2013 at 6:32 PM

I thought you were kidding, but nope.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Stalin

I guess I should learn to trust The People’s Cube.

Axion on March 5, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Jimmy says Hugo is en fuego!

Heh. Indeed.

Christien on March 5, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Obama is just like him.
For that matter so is Mitt Romney. So is almost all the leadership of the GOP, if not all.
Steveangell on March 5, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Wow, class act.

Rusty Allen on March 5, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Food for worms.

I’m sending King Putt a carton of Kool’s.
Might help Him get over the loss of another ‘Man of the People’ … kinda like Stalin.

Missilengr on March 5, 2013 at 7:18 PM

The foundations of Chavismo are being shaken by an impending socioeconomic meltdown, a faltering oil sector, bitter in-fighting in his own movement, complicity with drug-trafficking and terrorism, rampant street crime, the inept performance by Chávez’s anointed successor, and growing popular rejection of Cuban interference, corrupt institutions, and rigged elections.

Kinda sounds like the d’Ohbama regime.

Solaratov on March 5, 2013 at 7:19 PM

In South Florida, Venezuelans react to Hugo Chávez’s death

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/05/3268693/in-south-florida-venezuelans-react.html#storylink=cpy

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 7:19 PM

6:41 pm ET March 5, 2013
Rep. Ed Royce on the Global Impact of the Death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

What does the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez mean politically? Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told Bret Baier that it’s a “blow to socialism.”

He said, “It’s also potentially a blow to Iran because Hugo Chavez used that position to help Iran skirt sanctions.”

In the absence of Chavez, Royce said socialist governments in Bolivia, Ecuador and Cuba could lose ground and there’s the possibility that they could follow the more positive framework of Colombia.

Royce said Chavez had essentially become a dictator by scrapping the constitution, seizing assets and controlling means of communication.

Elections must be held within the next 30 days. Chavez had tried to lay the groundwork for Vice President Nicolas Maduro to be his successor, a man who Royce says lacks the same enthusiasm.

VIDEO:(3:37)

In an official statement, Royce said:

“Hugo Chavez was a tyrant who forced the people of Venezuela to live in fear. His death dents the alliance of anti-U.S. leftist leaders in South America. Good riddance to this dictator.

“Venezuela once had a strong democratic tradition and was close to the United States. Chavez’s death sets the stage for fresh elections. While not guaranteed, closer U.S. relations with his key country in our Hemisphere are now possible.”

http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/03/05/rep-ed-royce-on-the-global-impact-of-the-death-of-venezuelan-president-hugo-chavez/

canopfor on March 5, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Steveangell on March 5, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Wow, class act.

Rusty Allen on March 5, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Ol’ Steve’s kind of obsessed…if you catch my drift.

Solaratov on March 5, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Hugo Chavez’s first words in hell after seeing his room with bunk beds, “Oh good, I get to take my choice and my dear fraternal twin, Barack, will have to take the other one”.

VorDaj on March 5, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Fuck Chavez and his supporters.

beatcanvas on March 5, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Maybe Honduras can help the opposition as payback for Zelaya and Chavez’s coup attempt.

Christien on March 5, 2013 at 7:23 PM

The Funeral Music has been picked.

portlandon on March 5, 2013 at 7:09 PM

portlandon:Dis it:)
====================

Black Sabbath – Electric Funeral

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsLkL8DTHeg

(sarc).

canopfor on March 5, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Harry Belafonte inconsolable…

Seven Percent Solution on March 5, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Royce said Chavez had essentially become a dictator by scrapping the constitution, seizing assets and controlling means of communication.

o_O

The similarities to Obowma are staggering…

Seven Percent Solution on March 5, 2013 at 7:29 PM

He said, “It’s also potentially a blow to Iran because Hugo Chavez used that position to help Iran skirt sanctions.”

canopfor on March 5, 2013 at 7:20 PM

A blow to Iran, Hezbollah, the Assad regime, the FARC, the ETA, etc., etc.

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Hollywood celebs are going to have to find a new source of cocaine.

You don’t think they were kissing up to him because they actually liked the guy, did you?

MichaelGabriel on March 5, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Who replaces Chavez? His son, Hugo Chavez Un? lol

Resist We Much on March 5, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Understood and committed to the poor? He understood poor, and how not to be. Steal about $2 billion. Guess his daughters will get chubbier. Hugo has finally discovered the great equalizer.

StevC on March 5, 2013 at 7:35 PM

The Peruvian congress actually suspended its proceedings to offer a moment of silence for Chávez..

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 7:02 PM

It would have been nice to be there. To give them a loud raspberry over the PA system exactly in the middle of it.

No, I’m not respectful toward people who deserve none. And Comrade Hugo was practically the poster boy for the type.

clear ether

eon

eon on March 5, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Oooops, link correction. Still if you don’t like gross, don’t click. Maggot Brain.

Bmore on March 5, 2013 at 7:39 PM

While we are all having fun dancing on this a-holes grave let’s not forget that there are millions of halfwits in Venezuela that voted for him.

Mark1971 on March 5, 2013 at 6:55 PM

There seems to be a lot of that going around in the past few years.

Maybe it’s an epidemic…imbecillus socialisticus.

Solaratov on March 5, 2013 at 7:39 PM

And they say there’s no good news in the world…

Dopenstrange on March 5, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Jimmy Carter……..still the “useful idiot”.

GarandFan on March 5, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Although we have not agreed with all of the methods followed by his government, we have never doubted Hugo Chávez’s commitment to improving the lives of millions of his fellow countrymen.

-Jimmy Carter

Jimmy, our enemies will be mourning YOUR death too (may it come soon) for your efforts to WORSENING the lives of millions of Americans.

wildcat72 on March 5, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Steveangell on March 5, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Wow, class act.

Rusty Allen on March 5, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Ol’ Steve’s kind of obsessed…if you catch my drift.

Solaratov on March 5, 2013 at 7:20 PM

…he’s off the meds again!

KOOLAID2 on March 5, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Ding dong, the a-hole’s dead.

Dave Rywall on March 5, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Joe Kennedy hardest hit.

Dopenstrange on March 5, 2013 at 7:41 PM

The White House Flag has been lowered to half staff.

portlandon on March 5, 2013 at 6:57 PM

You’re kidding…?

Solaratov on March 5, 2013 at 7:42 PM

The Funeral Music has been picked.

portlandon on March 5, 2013 at 7:09 PM

portlandon:Lol,and how appropriate!:)

canopfor on March 5, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Fuck Chavez and his supporters.

beatcanvas on March 5, 2013 at 7:22 PM

That kind of language is never acceptable here. You better hope HotAir staff doesn’t see it.

Axion on March 5, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Oooops, link correction. Still if you don’t like gross, don’t click. Maggot Brain.

Bmore on March 5, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Bmore:Lol,ahem,….

…Now thats what happens,when ya get drunk,pass out,and the
Bot Eggs get embedded,and then,hatch!Haha:)

canopfor on March 5, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Now he can REALLY smell the devil.

Jabberwock on March 5, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Wonder where our favorite nutbag libree is?

itsspideyman on March 5, 2013 at 5:51 PM

The poor dear is just devastated, don’tcha know.

Prostrate with grief, poor thing.

Solaratov on March 5, 2013 at 7:49 PM

And I doubt he thinks it funny.

Jabberwock on March 5, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Steveangell on March 5, 2013 at 7:14 PM
Wow, class act.
Rusty Allen on March 5, 2013 at 7:18 PM
Ol’ Steve’s kind of obsessed…if you catch my drift.
Solaratov on March 5, 2013 at 7:20 PM
…he’s off the meds again!
KOOLAID2 on March 5, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Indeed

Rusty Allen on March 5, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Wonder where our favorite nutbag libree is?

itsspideyman on March 5, 2013 at 5:51 PM
The poor dear is just devastated, don’tcha know.

Prostrate with grief, poor thing.

Solaratov on March 5, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Nope. Libfree is trying to figure out ways to make the Sequester more painful. Obama needs some help there.

Jabberwock on March 5, 2013 at 7:52 PM

I just go ahead and say it, Jimmah I hope you join him very shortly.

Does that make me a bad person? Too bad. I don’t care.

This song is blaring from my speakers quite alot lately.

D-fusit on March 5, 2013 at 7:53 PM

More: Venezuela declares 7 days of mourning for Hugo Chavez, foreign minister says – @Reuters

1 min ago by editor

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dies

Hugo Chavez’s funeral scheduled for Friday, foreign minister says – @Reuters; more updates -

4 mins ago from http://www.breakingnews.com by editor.
===================================================

http://live.reuters.com/Event/World_News

canopfor on March 5, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Fuck Chavez and his supporters.

beatcanvas on March 5, 2013 at 7:22 PM

WIN.

Polish Rifle on March 5, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Apparently Cuba’s cure for cancer is death.
In case you don’t recall, one of the “news shows’ at ABC did a segment claiming that Cuba had discovered the cure for cancer and that their medical facilities were among the best in the world.

My Venezuelan employee’s are crying tear of joy.
I will enjoy a Makers Mark on the rocks … cheers!

kregg on March 5, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Jimmy Carter…..the genius with no common sense.

The man who took Leonid Breshnev at his word that the Soviets wouldn’t invade Afghanistan (ignore those satellite pictures of those tanks, Mr. Carter).

The man who deposed the Shah and gave us the 35 years and counting of Radical islam in Iran and really started the fire of Jihad against the West.

Yes, the America-with-Power loathing Jimmy Carter.

We remember your completely failed Presidency, with a particular fondness.

PappyD61 on March 5, 2013 at 8:01 PM

But of course there is no 5th column in our country destroying it from within. None at all.

bgibbs1000 on March 5, 2013 at 8:02 PM

canopfor on March 5, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Really love it when the government declares a week of mourning…

How NORK of them…

BigWyo on March 5, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Venezuela is such a long way to travel, just to pee on a grave. I guess I’ll just wait for Nancy or Harry to keel over. Hell, if Harry goes, I can stop in Vegas on the way home.

arik1969 on March 5, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Now he can REALLY smell the devil.

Jabberwock on March 5, 2013 at 7:48 PM

WINNER!

alchemist19 on March 5, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Uhh buh bye.

jake49 on March 5, 2013 at 8:11 PM

He may be gone but I can still smell the sulfur.

Dollayo on March 5, 2013 at 8:11 PM

All the same I hope Venezuela’s pre-Chavez elite has learned its lesson. In other dysfunctional countries the traditional upper classes were often simply exterminated.

Seth Halpern on March 5, 2013 at 8:14 PM

I’m thinking that he now knows what that brimstone stuff really smells like.

MikeA on March 5, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Death to Tyrants

WisCon on March 5, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Is Obama aware there’s a dictator job open?

IndieDogg on March 5, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Although we have not agreed with all of the methods followed by his government, we have never doubted Hugo Chávez’s commitment to improving the lives of millions of his fellow countrymen.

-Jimmy Carter

I’m not shocked and dismayed by this quote from Carter as some people on this blog seem to be. Carter is just saying what all liberals really believe. At least he’s being honest.

Burke on March 5, 2013 at 8:24 PM

OH my damn GOD. The’s libtards are praising dead communists now!

TX-96 on March 5, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Excellent, the world is certainly better with one more evil communist dictator dead…

mnjg on March 5, 2013 at 8:34 PM

The White House Flag has been lowered to half staff.
portlandon on March 5, 2013 at 6:57 PM
You’re kidding…?
Solaratov on March 5, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Seriously, Solaratov…does it take that little?

verbaluce on March 5, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Seriously, Solaratov…does it take that little?

verbaluce on March 5, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Unfortunately, this White House has earned quite a reputation.

Jabberwock on March 5, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Ding dong, the a-hole’s dead.

Dave Rywall on March 5, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Good on you Dave. It’s refreshing to see that not everyone on the left is a fraud.

Kataklysmic on March 5, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Was it rectal cancer? Man, i hope it was rectal cancer.

lorien1973 on March 5, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Update: So does Jimmy Carter

Jimmy trying to re-establish his creds as the worst ex-President ever.

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Update (AP): You outdid yourself on this one, Jimbo. I want to say “unbelievable,” but no, it’s quite believable.

I was just into my second national election when “the people” put this moron into the WH. I never thought that this nation could make such a mistake ever again until 2008. Now I’m resolved that the liberal media and our public educational system is complicit in the dumbing-down sans illiteracy of this country. And Jimmy Carter is still living proof.

Rovin on March 5, 2013 at 9:02 PM

‘In these difficult moments, Ecuador reiterates our friendship and ties that unite us to Venezuela. Our friendship and ties and the legacy left behind by this memorable revolutionary will continue to strengthen between these two countries.’ – Ecuadorian president’s statement on Chavez via @NBCNews

8 mins ago by editor
===========================

Video: Celebration of Hugo Chavez death in Doral, Florida – @miamicrime

14 mins ago from twitter.yfrog.com by editor

http://twitter.yfrog.com/1xq68dnddxtqoksbhhupihfhz

canopfor on March 5, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Seriously, Solaratov…does it take that little?
verbaluce on March 5, 2013 at 8:43 PM
Unfortunately, this White House has earned quite a reputation.
Jabberwock on March 5, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Ha, Well yea…a reputation for not doing 90% of what the fantasists think they do…e.g. lowering the flag for Chavez.

verbaluce on March 5, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Flucke Chavez and his supporters.

beatcanvas on March 5, 2013 at 7:22 PM

KOOLAID2 on March 5, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Wonder where our favorite nutbag libree is?

itsspideyman on March 5, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Perhaps HE was Chavez.

can_con on March 5, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Is Carter trying to get back into the discussion as the worst living human being who is/was President now that Obama has passed him?

Those two should be on a Mount Rushmore made of poo overlooking Washington DC.

alecj on March 5, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Ding dong, the a-hole’s dead.

Dave Rywall on March 5, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Good on you Dave. It’s refreshing to see that not everyone on the left is a fraud.

Kataklysmic on March 5, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Kataklysmic… even ‘they’ have to fart once in a while!

KOOLAID2 on March 5, 2013 at 9:12 PM

canopfor on March 5, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Really love it when the government declares a week of mourning…

How NORK of them…

BigWyo on March 5, 2013 at 8:04 PM

BigWyo:True dat,trying to find Chavez supporters,on video like the NK
video,back when!:)

canopfor on March 5, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Wonder where our favorite nutbag libree is?

itsspideyman on March 5, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Perhaps HE was Chavez.

can_con on March 5, 2013 at 9:11 PM

…does Sean Penn have a sore butt?

KOOLAID2 on March 5, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Reading Carter’s brain dead remarks actually gave me a smile. It reminded me that this country has been down this road before — electing itself a bat-shit crazy leftist president — and we corrected course. God willing, we’ll correct again.

Rational Thought on March 5, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Ha, Well yea…a reputation for not doing 90% of what the fantasists think they do…e.g. lowering the flag for Chavez.

verbaluce on March 5, 2013 at 9:07 PM

It’s actual actions regarding the sequester cuts expose how much it thinks of America and Americans.
It lays itself bare to such ridicule.
Do I think the flag would be lowered ? No.
But, it’s fun to poke fun. You do as well. And do it well.

Jabberwock on March 5, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Sean Penn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Actor Sean Penn on Hugo Chavez’s death: ‘I lost a friend’ – @THR

1 min ago from todayentertainment.today.com by editor

http://todayentertainment.today.com/_news/2013/03/05/17199986-sean-penn-on-hugo-chavezs-death-i-lost-a-friend?lite

canopfor on March 5, 2013 at 9:18 PM

JUST IN — Abu Musab al-Zarqawi takes a break from having sex with Hitler to give Hugo Chavez his turn.

J_Crater on March 5, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Axion on March 5, 2013 at 7:42 PM

It would appear that the tight moderation is not like that anymore.

Bmore on March 5, 2013 at 9:26 PM

I bet Sean Penn, Danny Glover and Oliver Stone hardest hit..they must be devastated today.

sadsushi on March 5, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Mark Twain said it best “I never wished another man to die but I have read a lot of obituaries with a great deal of glee.”

deimos on March 5, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Ha, Well yea…a reputation for not doing 90% of what the fantasists think they do…e.g. lowering the flag for Chavez.

verbaluce on March 5, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Indeed.

Next thing they will tell me is that Obama considered Rev. Jeremiah Wright a mentor.

And then they will tell me Obama launched his political career from Bill Ayer’s living room.

Or that Jimmy Carter will wax poetically about Chavez.

sentinelrules on March 5, 2013 at 9:27 PM

O_o

WTF

Pol Pot once had a commitment to “improve” the lives of his people too.

Bishop on March 5, 2013 at 7:04 PM

So did Stalin, Lenin, Hitler, Mao…..

Galt2009 on March 5, 2013 at 7:08 PM

And so does that socialist Obama.

davidk on March 5, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Breaking: Hugo Chavez is dead; Update: Democratic rep mourns; Update: So does Jimmy Carter

Tells you all you need to know about this wing of the Dem party.

Where stand you, Obamacreep?

petefrt on March 5, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Burn in hell hugo. Burn in hell.

HondaV65 on March 5, 2013 at 9:34 PM

But what will the people of Venezuela do? This is the major question. Are they the lap dogs that the liberals in our country are?

MNDavenotPC on March 5, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Do you remember when we considered communist enemies of the United States and fought and killed many. Now we have thousands of faux-Americans that actively support, blatant anti-American agendas and all we can do is mock them on an isolated blog.

Sad days for the country…

ClassicCon on March 5, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Sulfur?

Bmore on March 5, 2013 at 10:02 PM

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