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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Ah, yes, he’s smelling sulfur. Finally. ; )

Bmore on March 5, 2013 at 10:03 PM

But earlier they released a picture showing the rosy-cheeked, smiling Chavez with two young women. How could he have gone downhill so fast?

claudius on March 5, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Dennis Miller:
Chavez has an All-Access laminate from Dante.

cptacek on March 5, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Chavez is dead? That means he won’t be at CPAC, right?

joejm65 on March 5, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Just because the wretched leach–Hugo–is now an maggot infested blob of pulp rotting in the ground is no reason to rejoice.

Yes he was rampant serial murder, heartless dictator, and a slithering stink stain but he prolly had a lovable side to him and was a decent family man.

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Sic Semper Tyrannis

famous amos on March 5, 2013 at 10:12 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

Yes, true, there are far too many in the Let it burn crowd whose words fail to recognize the greatness of this country and do a great disservice to the incredible sacrifices made to achieve it.

bayam on March 5, 2013 at 10:12 PM

I must tell you that I am shocked at how low some of you have sunk.

Sure we all wish Hugo had fallen nuts first into an industrial wood chipper filled with battery acid but lets not get carried away.

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 10:14 PM

The most bestest thang evah ’bout Jimmah Cartah? He gonna die wif plenty time left for me to pi** on his grave.

And I will.

M240H on March 5, 2013 at 10:14 PM

“¿Por qué no te callas?” asked the King of Spain to Chavez.

Dear King Juan Carlos, he has, he finally has.

thebrokenrattle on March 5, 2013 at 10:14 PM

The sweet, sweet smell of Sulfur

SouthernGent on March 5, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Frankly I’m ashamed at some of you.

Yes I have tried to put a curse on the soul of Hugo so that he might accidentally get caught in the path of a freight train and be dragged though a cactus field for 30 miles but come on, lighten up people.

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 10:16 PM

May his soul be lit afire forever and no one, not even his fellow travelers, spend the time to piss on it.

TXUS on March 5, 2013 at 10:18 PM

… the greatness of this country and do a great disservice to the incredible sacrifices made to achieve it.

bayam on March 5, 2013 at 10:12 PM

And we our all quite confident that none of those sacrifices were yours.

M240H on March 5, 2013 at 10:19 PM

OMG, its highly likely that Hugo will be the recipient of prosthetic Butt sex at whim of Satan for all perpetuity but lets not act like we are all happy about it.

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 10:20 PM

‎@chrislhayes: So many Venezuela experts among America’s right-wing commentators! I had no idea.

libfreeordie on March 5, 2013 at 10:22 PM

The most bestest thang evah ’bout Jimmah Cartah? He gonna die wif plenty time left for me to pi** on his grave.

And I will.

M240H on March 5, 2013 at 10:14 PM

We might just have to organize a national Piss-In for that, my friend. A Woodstock gone wet.

TXUS on March 5, 2013 at 10:22 PM

While many of you have fantasized that a noxious can of mustard gas would find its way up Hugo’s colon and explode that I think is quite severe and you might want to dial it back a bit.

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

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.

Hard to argue with facts huh right-wingers.

libfreeordie on March 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

“!Chavez! !Me te de la lengua en el culo de tu madre!”

Roast in Hell for an Eternity, you Communist, vote-stealing, hijo de puta!

Join your pals Mohammed, Allah, Salal Al-Din, Rousseau, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov Lenin, Josef Vissarionovich Dzugashvili Stalin, Hirohito, Mao Tse Tung, Chao En Lai, Ho Chi Minh, William Jennings Bryant, Pol Pot, Adolf Schickelgruber Hitler, Woodrow Wilson, Juan Peron, Frank Roosevelt, Alger Hiss, Osama Binladen, Ayatollah Khomeini, Yasir Arafat. HISTORY’S GREATEST MONSTERS.

Soon to join you will be Fidel Castro, Raul Castro (maricon), Bashir Assad, Robert Mugabe, Vladimir Putin, Ahmedinehjad, Kim Jong Un, B Hussein Obama (maricon), Greezy Joe Biden, Nanci Pelosi, Hairy Reid, Hu Jintao, the House of Saud. God has a way of erasing History’s Mistakes.

Didja notice that ALL the scum were either Communists, Socialists, Moslems, or fascists?

CatchAll on March 5, 2013 at 10:27 PM

The most bestest thang evah ’bout Jimmah Cartah? He gonna die wif plenty time left for me to pi** on his grave.

And I will.

M240H on March 5, 2013 at 10:14 PM

I don’t think the wait in line will be worth it.

Take heart, Jimmah will be partying it up with Hugo when Jimmah finally takes the ‘dirt nap’, the sooner the better.

belad on March 5, 2013 at 10:27 PM

If Hugo had been burred up to his neck in death valley and we all took turns using his head to practice ours golf swings with a barbed wire 2 iron perhaps only then would you be satisfied that justice had been served.

But honestly that shows violent tendencies for revenge. A thing that should be shunned at all cost.

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Hitler made the trains run on time.

Hard to argue with facts huh right-wingers.

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 10:29 PM

libfreeordie on March 5, 2013 at 10:22 PM

…I see your butt hurt…I mean your ears hurt!

KOOLAID2 on March 5, 2013 at 10:30 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.

Carter must have copied and pasted here his comments from his prior statements on the deaths of Stalin, Mao, and Kim Jung Il. One can only imagine what he’ll say should he outlive Obama.

TXUS on March 5, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Hard to argue with facts huh right-wingers.

libfreeordie on March 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Yep, just a modern day Robin Hood. I somehow missed the part about the man in tights being a billionaire though.

CTSherman on March 5, 2013 at 10:35 PM

the obits are rolling in. The Nation is pretty broken up

I’m what they call a useful idiot when it comes to Hugo Chávez, if only because rank-and-file social organizations that to me seem worthy of support in Venezuela continued to support him until the end. My impressionistic sense is that this support breaks down roughly in half, between voters who think their lives and their families’ lives are better off because of Chávez’s massive expansion of state services, including health care and education, despite real problems of crime, corruption, shortages and inflation.

The other half of Chávez’s electoral majority is made up of organized citizens involved in one or the other of the country’s many grassroots organizations. Chávez’s social base was diverse and heterodox, what social scientists in the 1990s began to celebrate as “new social movements,” distinct from established trade unions and peasant organizations vertically linked to—and subordinated to—political parties or populist leaders: neighborhood councils; urban and rural homesteaders, feminists, gay and lesbian rights organizations, economic justice activists, environmental coalitions; breakaway unions and the like. It’s these organizations, in Venezuela and elsewhere throughout the region, that have over the last few decades done heroic work in democratizing society, in giving citizens venues to survive the extremes of neoliberalism and to fight against further depredations, turning Latin America into one of the last global bastion of the Enlightenment left.

Chávez’s detractors see this mobilized sector of the population much the way Mitt Romney saw 47 percent of the US electorate, not as citizens but parasites, moochers sucking on the oil-rent teat. Those who accept that Chávez enjoyed majority support disparaged that support as emotional enthrallment. Voters, wrote one critic, see their own vulnerability in their leader and are entranced. Another talked about Chávez’s “magical realist” hold over his followers.

http://www.thenation.com/article/173212/legacy-hugo-chavez

r keller on March 5, 2013 at 10:38 PM

btw, i meant to add…note that the model is 1/2 welfare in various forms and 1/2 social justice/liberation.

and the ‘corruption’ etc. is just something that needs to be ‘fixed’ and importantly

Voters, wrote one critic, see their own vulnerability in their leader and are entranced. Another talked about Chávez’s “magical realist” hold over his followers.

r keller on March 5, 2013 at 10:42 PM

r keller on March 5, 2013 at 10:38 PM

His analysis of the right wing misinformation campaign around Chavez is spot on.

libfreeordie on March 5, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Hard to argue with facts huh right-wingers.

libfreeordie on March 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

I’ll have to remember to tell my friends who had all their wealth taken and their brothers killed. I’m sure it will help. In the mean time get your sorry ass back down to Morehouse and get those fine folks straight.

Bmore on March 5, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Cuban Medicine…

FAIL

Michael Moore unavailable for comment…

workingclass artist on March 5, 2013 at 10:48 PM

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.

Hard to argue with facts huh right-wingers.

libfreeordie on March 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

The anti-poverty warrior, somehow, had a personal fortune of $2 billion. His country achieved the 4th highest murder rate in the world (U.S. ranks 101) after the people who were allowed to “participate more effectively in their country’s economic and political life” had their guns taken away. And, Venezuelans in Miami are currently doing the Snoopy dance because this sh*t-stain finally bought the ranch. Go tell them your facts! Never mind, that would take a pair. Happy spinning, though. Sorry your comrade died. Hey, there’s still Castro. Heh.

joejm65 on March 5, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Leftists are always tyrants or tyrant lovers.

These people look/act even more stupid than the N. Koreans.

libfree you don’t deserve to do so. You are the biggest dictator lover of them all, for utter shame. You should promote freedom and liberty, not its subjugation.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Carter and Sean Penn, libfreeordie are incredible dicator-loving rats, who don’t give a damn what happens to others. May one of them get you. Sooner or later they will.

Carter is certainly an old fool, who lived to take second worst place in history.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 11:01 PM

libtard, Chavez stole 2 billion, 2 billion smackers from other people. This is an example for the poor?

Modesty is not for leftards.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Perfect fit, right after DBear, ; )

Bmore on March 5, 2013 at 5:34 PM

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DBear on March 5, 2013 at 11:03 PM

He stole the 2 billion for himself, not for the poor. He stole that dough in addition to stuffing his pockets.

If hypocrisy and stupidity would hurt, leftists would scream incessantly.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 11:03 PM

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 Obama. Look around. Obama, in Friday’s presser said “the people have suffered in the last 4 years”. For once the fool told the truth.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Obama appointee Mark Lloyd:

Video: FCC ‘Diversity’ Czar on Chavez’s Venezuela: ‘Incredible…Democratic Revolution’

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/seton-motley/2009/08/28/video-fcc-diversity-czar-chavezs-venezuela-incredible-democratic-revol#ixzz2MjH6f4dJ

These are the types of extremists that are useful in reminding low-info voters that Obama is not, nor has ever been, a “moderate.”

visions on March 5, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Libfree you dipstick…

The entire South American continent reduced poverty during Chavez’s lengthy rule. Panama, Peru and Brazil reduced poverty even more than Venezuela during that time, during which Venezuela lagged behind other South American countries in economic growth, Venezuelan currency lost 2/3 of its value, went from 4% inflation to 23%, and the murder rate has doubled.

Now what were you saying about facts?

bernverdnardo1 on March 5, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Hard to argue with facts huh right-wingers.

libfreeordie on March 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

You sound like Marge Schott on the greatness of Hitler.

sentinelrules on March 5, 2013 at 11:10 PM

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.

Hard to argue with facts huh right-wingers.

libfreeordie

You really are one dumb a**hole!

Gothguy on March 5, 2013 at 11:13 PM

libfreeordie on March 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

I’ll have to remember to tell my friends who had all their wealth taken and their brothers killed. I’m sure it will help. In the mean time get your sorry ass back down to Morehouse and get those fine folks straight.

Bmore on March 5, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Oh he works overtime getting them straight Mr. B.

arnold ziffel on March 5, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Today is a good day. All the good commies are dead. Welcome to the Good Commie Club, Hugo! We should all work to make certain more of your comrades become as good as you are.

woodNfish on March 5, 2013 at 11:15 PM

SparkPlug, you’re doing a fine job.

So many Venezuela experts among America’s right-wing commentators! I had no idea.

libfreeordie on March 5, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Expert on dictatorships here. You are free to yap/write the stupidities that you produce, due to the sacrifices of much better men/women than you are.

Every single (still) free person has a right to their opinion, expert or not. It only takes a naive and moronic leftist to excuse dictators’ actions and blame those who don’t. You never disappoint, you incredible hypocrites. May it consume you all.

You are never, ever, truly liberal or progressive, you liars.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Hard to argue with facts huh right-wingers.

libfreeordie on March 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

You sound like Marge Schott on the greatness of Hitler.

sentinelrules on March 5, 2013 at 11:10 PM

This twit of a man promotes this baloney in speeches and lectures, paid for by your taxes.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 11:20 PM

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

LOL!

Sometimes it pays to read…I thought the headline and thought it meant that Jimmy Carter also had died!

I then realized it was just Jimmy Carter had said something stupid again. Really is that news anymore? It has not been news in over 30 years…come on the headline is a tease.

William Eaton on March 5, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Hard to argue with facts huh right-wingers.

libfreeordie on March 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Actually, it is hard to argue with facts. Which is why you ignore the facts and pretend that inaccurate, self serving rhetoric and propaganda is fact. Unfortunately for you, it is not. Unfortunately for us, however, it appears that you have convinced a majority that it is.

besser tot als rot on March 5, 2013 at 11:25 PM

DBear on March 5, 2013

libfreeordie on March 5, 2013

…together again!……..how cute!

KOOLAID2 on March 5, 2013 at 11:31 PM

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

I’d read about Hugo’s date with the devil earlier. When I saw the update “So does Jimmy Carter” I thought that the original headline was “Hugo Chavez dies” and the “so does” referred to the two of them perhaps arriving for their date together. Then I realized it just meant that President Peanuts was making himself into a useful idiot again. Oh, well.

(William Eaton, I see you and I were on the same page. I agree, Carter spouting lunacy is dog bites man. Tell me when Jimmy says something intelligent!)

SoRight on March 5, 2013 at 11:33 PM

His analysis of the right wing misinformation campaign around Chavez is spot on.

libfreeordie on March 5, 2013 at 10:42 PM

LOL! Misinformation? Oh brother…

Well old Hugo is going to be pushing up daisies or orchids in Venezuela’s case. Oh…don’t tell me he is going to have a massive mausoleum loaded with all his personal crap like all good Commie leaders get?

William Eaton on March 5, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Chavez died on Stalin’s 60th death day.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Yes, true, there are far too many in the Let it burn crowd whose words fail to recognize the greatness of this country and do a great disservice to the incredible sacrifices made to achieve it.

bayam on March 5, 2013 at 10:12 PM

You’re Funny.

Del Dolemonte on March 5, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Hard to argue with facts huh right-wingers.

libfreeordie

right. If you want to read a sad tale of socialism rising up and crushing a country, read the Obama’s State department’s statement on investing in Chavez’s country

http://www.state.gov/e/eb/rls/othr/ics/2011/157383.htm

i know that social justice is more important than property rights or economic growth to the left, but please, just say so without making aspersions to the ‘right-wing nuts’.

Economic and political uncertainties, a recent history of actual and threatened nationalizations, increasing state intervention in the economy, and an increasingly restrictive legal framework make Venezuela’s investment climate considerably less welcoming than it once was. As a result of these risks, foreign direct investment in Venezuela has been lower in recent years than in most other Latin American countries. According to the Central Bank of Venezuela, foreign direct investment in Venezuela decreased by USD 1.5 billion from January-September 2010, following a decrease of USD 3.1 billion in 2009. The investment climate began to decline in 2009 because of increasing political and economic uncertainty although many companies decided to maintain their investment position in Venezuela in the expectation that the economic environment would eventually improve. Strict labor and environmental laws coupled with the difficulty investors face in moving dividends out of Venezuela have also increased the costs of withdrawing from the Venezuelan market. A flurry of new laws passed by the Venezuelan National Assembly in a marathon session at the end of 2010 may adversely impact future investment in the country. In 2011, Venezuela’s economic outlook is for continued recession or anemic growth.

r keller on March 5, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Rest, Mr Chavez, while your peeps fix what slight and innocent damage you did to your country. Bon Voyage. Say hello to Che and Stalin around the fire.

Limerick on March 5, 2013 at 11:39 PM

Hard to argue with facts huh right-wingers.

libfreeordie on March 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

2012 Presidential Election Winners by Education Level:

College Graduates: Romney

High School Dropouts: O’bama

Discuss.

Del Dolemonte on March 5, 2013 at 11:40 PM

BOSTON (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy II is mourning the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, saying he cared deeply about the poor.

Kennedy, who heads Citizens Energy, said Chavez and the people of Venezuela donated about 200 million gallons of heating oil to Citizens Energy, which distributes oil to lower income families in 25 states and Washington D.C.

Del Dolemonte on March 5, 2013 at 11:41 PM

Del Dolemonte on March 5, 2013 at 11:41 PM

I figured Kennedy the II, Duke of Camelot would chime in soon about a fellow noble. I thought he was on a crusade to stop people from smoking pot out in Colorado and he was using himself as an example of what drugs can do to a person.

William Eaton on March 5, 2013 at 11:46 PM

lfod – MLK would not approve of Chavez. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, your racist homophobe.

22044 on March 5, 2013 at 11:50 PM

I’ll have to remember to tell my friends who had all their wealth taken and their brothers killed. I’m sure it will help. In the mean time get your sorry ass back down to Morehouse and get those fine folks straight.

Bmore on March 5, 2013 at 10:43 PM

If you want someone to set folks straight, I don’t think libfree is the man for the job. /just saying

cptacek on March 5, 2013 at 11:56 PM

BOSTON (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy II is mourning the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, saying he cared deeply about the poor.

Just like teddy did, long as it didn’t affect his lifestyle.

arnold ziffel on March 5, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Say “Hi” to Chez, for us.

listens2glenn on March 6, 2013 at 12:03 AM

the left is going nuts…it is really a little scary

this is an entire article about why the right hated Chavez….it all has to do with Boooooosh. The seriously weird thing is that they have a pix of chavez and Quadafi…and that pissed off the right…but barry killed Quadafi, so wtf? And with Assad. Very bizarre…full on H8

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2013/03/hugo-chavez-pictures/62796/

and we have the grieving from the out and proud socialists..the cult of personality, it burns

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151775204044745&set=a.446979169744.221196.33773324744&type=3&l=c0c082780f&permPage=1

r keller on March 6, 2013 at 12:08 AM

Chavez was a self aggrandizing Dictator, a wannabe enemy of the United States, and a hypocrite who stashed billions for his family in the name of the poor but…he ain’t going to hell.
He was Catholic and openly professed his faith, last time I checked believing is all it takes to get you past the gate.

notalemon on March 6, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Yes, true, there are far too many in the Let it burn crowd whose words fail to recognize the greatness of this country and do a great disservice to the incredible sacrifices made to achieve it.

bayam on March 5, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Well, I wish I had a buck for every time I’ve seen the left demonstrate against a war I was send to fight. You guys “Let It Burn” by making it very dangerous for your military with your dissent while we’re facing foes abroad. You not only do a disservice to this country, you get us f@cking killed.

Got a little blood on your hands there Slappy.

PS, Syria is a blood bath and your president is to blame.

hawkdriver on March 6, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Farewell Comandante Hugo Chavez champion of the poor the oppressed everywhere. Modern day Spartacus.

Now that’s just plain stupid.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 6, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Hard to argue with facts huh right-wingers.

libfreeordie

Yep. The facts are that libfreeordie condones child molestation.

hawkdriver on March 6, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Say “Hi” to Chez, for us.

listens2glenn on March 6, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Awesome comment.

hawkdriver on March 6, 2013 at 12:23 AM

Yes, true, there are far too many in the Let it burn crowd whose words fail to recognize the greatness of this country and do a great disservice to the incredible sacrifices made to achieve it.

bayam on March 5, 2013 at 10:12 PM

At the rate things have been going for many years now, it’s only a matter of time. Better to get it over with before it gets even worse. But many of us suspect that’s the plan-float the economy/Wall Street long enough so when the crash comes it will be harder, if not impossible, to recover.

I think the focus of all this is truly the Communists, but they are getting a lot of help from Capitalists who are willing to play ball if they can get theirs before the whole thing goes belly up.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 6, 2013 at 12:24 AM

I hope the next time Bush is interviewed, he works the word “sulfer” into the conversation.

cptacek on March 6, 2013 at 12:24 AM

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.

Hard to argue with facts huh right-wingers.

libfreeordie on March 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Hugo Chavez leaves Venezuela in economic muddle
By Robert Plummer Business reporter, BBC News

Time and again, the president would make major decisions on an ad hoc basis, often during the course of his rambling and unscripted weekly TV broadcast to the nation, known as Alo Presidente.

He was particularly prone to quick-fix solutions in economic policy, resorting to regular currency devaluations, expropriations of private firms and inflation-busting public-sector pay rises rather than tackling the economy’s underlying structural problems.

As a result, Mr Chavez bequeaths a nation beset by crumbling infrastructure, unsustainable public spending and underperforming industry.

Thanks to his social programmes, poorer Venezuelans have certainly benefited from the country’s oil wealth more than they did under what he called the rotten elites that used to be in charge.

But there are strong suspicions that much money has been wasted – not just through corruption, but also sheer incompetence.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20795781

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 6, 2013 at 12:29 AM

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20795781

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 6, 2013 at 12:29 AM

You cannot beguile a liberal from their dogmatic talking points.

hawkdriver on March 6, 2013 at 12:34 AM

Chavez is still dead.

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2013 at 12:42 AM

I hope the next time Bush is interviewed, he works the word “sulfer” into the conversation.

cptacek on March 6, 2013 at 12:24 AM

He’s too classy for that…

But we aren’t (evil grin).

thebrokenrattle on March 6, 2013 at 12:45 AM

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20795781

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 6, 2013 at 12:29 AM

You cannot beguile a liberal from their dogmatic talking points.

hawkdriver on March 6, 2013 at 12:34 AM

True, but I personally see little value in simply berating and insulting them.

Dedicated to “Alo Presidente” and the other Little Hitlers out there:


Squirrel Nut Zippers “Hell”

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 6, 2013 at 12:50 AM

I think that God is keeping Jimmy Carter alive just to show us how vile the man is.

rokemronnie on March 6, 2013 at 12:52 AM

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 6, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Bows

hawkdriver on March 6, 2013 at 1:10 AM

He was Catholic and openly professed his faith, last time I checked believing is all it takes to get you past the gate.

notalemon on March 6, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Check again.

Vince on March 6, 2013 at 1:23 AM

Hard to argue with facts huh right-wingers.

libfreeordie on March 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Fact: In 2012, Venezuela had 21,692 murders with a population of only 27.1 million.

Fact: 1998 (no Chavez): 4,450 murders

Fact: 2012 (with Chavez): 21,692 murders

Fact: Homicide rate is over 73 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Fact: Homicide rate in Caracas is more than 200 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Fact: The price of food and drink rose by 21% in the first five months of 2010, according to the Central Bank.

Fact: The inflation rate in Venezuela was recorded at 22.18 percent in January of 2013.

Fact: Infant mortality rate: total: 20.18 deaths/1,000 live births

Fact: The Chavez government allowed 75,000 tonnes of food to rot in 2010 as the country was experiencing massive food shortages.

Fact: Basic food stuffs, such as flour, milk, bread, sugar, poultry, dairy products and cooking oil are in chronic short supply and have been for years.

Fact: In the Andean Region, Venezuela is the only net importer of food; in contrast, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru are all net food exporters.

Facts are stubborn things, chump.

Resist We Much on March 6, 2013 at 1:35 AM

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.

Hard to argue with facts huh right-wingers.

libfreeordie on March 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

This quote from the super right-wing USA Today:

Like almost all socialist experiments, Chavez’s “Bolivarian Revolution” was pointless and harmful. It has left Venezuela with a basket-case economy. Venezuela’s currency, the bolivar, suffers from 20% inflation and has been devalued five times in a decade. Chavez increased economic equality by spreading the poverty around. His attempts to promote nutrition through price controls resulted in food shortages and malnutrition. He spent millions on unfinished or never started public works projects. Chavez kept Venezuela afloat by exploiting the guaranteed income from the nationalized oil industry, which accounted for over half of government revenue. Nevertheless, he ran up massive budget deficits and increased foreign debt holdings, principally by China.

http://www.usatoday.com/s…vez-death-column/1965715/

You actually lecture people, eh. Like to try again? Better yet, why not actually go to Venezuela, learn something, and then you can tell us all about now Socialism works outside of the academic environment of controlled reality and easily ignored contrary variables of human behavior.

First hand.

98ZJUSMC on March 6, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Maggot Brain new and improved with more maggots. Maggots love the smell of sulfur too.

Bmore on March 6, 2013 at 1:54 AM

Good riddance, Chavez… hope you enjoyed your BRIEF meeting with St. Peter…

Khun Joe on March 6, 2013 at 3:27 AM

Greg Grandin, writing for Katrina vanden Heuvel’s The Nation:

the biggest problem Venezuela faced during his rule was not that Chávez was authoritarian but that he wasn’t authoritarian enough.

steebo77 on March 6, 2013 at 3:39 AM

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.

Hard to argue with facts huh right-wingers.

libfreeordie on March 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Do you mean the fact that that he expropriated any private property he saw fit to re-distribute it to “the people”? Or the fact that due to his policies there were food shortages around the country outside the major cities? Or maybe that Venezuela had the highest inflation in the world thanks to him? Or that the Bolivar devaluated tremendously over the same period? Or maybe the fact that he crushed any person or media with a different opinion than him? What about providing financial resources and weapons to the terrorist group FARC in neighboring Colombia?

And the identification “received by millions”? A classic tactic of South American socialists is to open the borders and give illegals residency or citizenship with the promise of receiving full public benefits as long as they vote in the elections. It is easy to pad the numbers that way. And it is easy to say that “poverty rates were cut” when the government redistributes wealth in order to reach a minimum point above the old poverty rate and call it a success, while the middle class got crushed and private property taken away.

ptcamn on March 6, 2013 at 3:51 AM

No pun intended but I see that we’re venting here at HotAir today.

“When the wicked perish there are shouts of joy.”

Mojave Mark on March 6, 2013 at 3:51 AM

How long do our political leaders, save Ted Cruz, have to play along with the sophists on the left who sympathize with communist dictators while denying any alignment with respect to their own political ideology (and ridiculing the observer)?

crrr6 on March 6, 2013 at 5:34 AM

Del Dolemonte on March 5, 2013 at 11:41 PM

Wow, The left has sunk to an all time low.

dogsoldier on March 6, 2013 at 6:00 AM

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.

Hard to argue with facts huh right-wingers.

libfreeordie on March 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Yeah… I mean, it’s not as if capitalism has delivered all that and more, all without murdering tens of thousands of people and confiscating their property.

UltimateBob on March 6, 2013 at 6:24 AM

Chavez died on Stalin’s 60th death day.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 11:35 PM

He should have died on his 10th death day.

UltimateBob on March 6, 2013 at 6:25 AM

bayam on March 5, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Well, I wish I had a buck for every time I’ve seen the left demonstrate against a war I was send to fight. You guys “Let It Burn” by making it very dangerous for your military with your dissent while we’re facing foes abroad. You not only do a disservice to this country, you get us f@cking killed.

Got a little blood on your hands there Slappy.

PS, Syria is a blood bath and your president is to blame.

hawkdriver on March 6, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Excellent comment. Thanks!

More importantly, thank you for your service to our country and to the cause of freedom around the world.

UltimateBob on March 6, 2013 at 6:28 AM

From Jimmah Carter’s statement:

During his 14-year tenure, Chávez joined other leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean to create new forms of integration.

I swear, when I first read that< I thought it said "interrogation.”

Hard to argue with facts huh right-wingers.

libfreeordie on March 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

It’s very easy for feeble-minded people to confuse propaganda for “facts.”

UltimateBob on March 6, 2013 at 6:33 AM

Darn, and he never got a chance to meet Dennis Rodman.

percysunshine on March 6, 2013 at 7:43 AM

These posts always end the same way….

libfree says something stupid and parochial…..

……gets b1tchsl@pped by the commenters…

Then runs away, to selectively post again…..

Libfree, don’t get mad and go away.

Just go away.

itsspideyman on March 6, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Quick! Someone give Jimmy Carter a Snickers Bar! He’s at it again!

pilamaye on March 6, 2013 at 8:14 AM

“Concentration of executive power, unless it’s very temporary and for specific circumstances, such as fighting world war two, is an assault on democracy. You can debate whether [Venezuela's] circumstances require it: internal circumstances and the external threat of attack, that’s a legitimate debate. But my own judgment in that debate is that it does not.”

Chomsky, a linguistics professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, spoke on the eve of publishing an open letter (see below) that accuses Venezuela’s authorities of “cruelty” in the case of a jailed judge.

The self-described libertarian socialist says the plight of María Lourdes Afiuni is a “glaring exception” in a time of worldwide cries for freedom. He urges Chávez to release her in “a gesture of clemency” for the sake of justice and human rights.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jul/03/noam-chomsky-hugo-chavez-democracy

ebrown2 on March 6, 2013 at 8:19 AM

“”First, undermine checks and balances. You can use it to eliminate any separation between party and state, so as to make government social programs a privilege of the loyal, not a right of all deserving citizens. Create a very large civilian army of political activists that are handsomely compensated by the state for their party work. Limit individual rights, expand controls on everything, including prices and access to foreign currency, and give yourself the power to nationalize any business you choose. That way, people will not want to get on your bad side. “Judicialize” politics by using the courts to put your enemies in jail or threaten them with prosecution. Make it really costly for people to oppose you. Let your collaborators steal generously, and make sure that they know you know about it. That way, they will never dare to betray you.

Second, dominate the airwaves. Limit the airing of critical views with carrots, such as government spending on ads, or by threats of fines, jail or expropriation. Act on these threats with some regularity to refresh people’s memory. Leave some room to your adversaries but make sure you achieve a 30-to-1 balance of airtime. That way you can create your own narrative and prevent them from creating theirs.

Third, in choosing your narrative, be creative. Don’t be limited by truth, reality or common sense. If your country does not have an external enemy, invent one. Whenever you fail, blame a conspiracy. Given your control of the airwaves, by the time people find out there is no truth to your old lies, you will have created 20 new ones.

Fourth, dehumanize your adversaries. Don’t debate them or grant them any form of moral recognition. Never extend the phrase “my fellow citizens” to include those that don’t vote for you. Borrow a page from the 1930s and adopt a worldview in which institutional formalities only lead to gridlock, to the benefit of the enemy. Ask for complete delegation of power from the “people” to their “dear leader” so that he can crush the enemy. Dispense with other complicated formalities.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/feb/25/hugo-chavez-venezuela-legacy?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487

ebrown2 on March 6, 2013 at 8:22 AM

The sad part is that I’m not sure Chavez was the cause or just a symptom. Will Venezuela get better, or just continue down the same dark path with a new face in charge?

Count to 10 on March 6, 2013 at 8:38 AM

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