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calendar   Sunday - September 24, 2006

Barking Moonbat Trophy: Lifetime Achievement Award


Hugo Chavez On Venezuelan TV

Don’t you love farce?
My fault I fear.
I thought that you’d want what I want.
Sorry, my dear.
But where are the clowns?
Quick, send in the clowns.
Don’t bother, they’re here.
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Send In The Clowns
From “A Little Night Music” (1973)
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/24/2006 at 06:04 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - September 23, 2006

The Shadow Knows

He’s back home in Venezuela ... and he hasn’t stopped babbling yet. I certainly hope Jimmy Carter, Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte and Cindy Sheehan are real proud of their little buddy. It’s funny, but I haven’t heard a word out of any of them in the last few days. Have they finally realized their South American friend is a certified loon? I doubt it - because then they would have to admit that they are just as insane themselves for befriending this crackpot.

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John Darkow — Columbia Daily Tribune (Missouri)

Chavez Says President Bush Should Resign
CARACAS, Venezuela - September 23, 2006, 1:45 AM EDT

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez launched yet another verbal assault against President Bush upon returning from a highly charged U.S. visit Friday, calling on the American leader to resign. “He should renounce the presidency if he has any dignity. The president of the United States has failed completely,” Chavez said at the inauguration of a natural gas project in northwestern Venezuela.

It was Chavez’s first appearance since returning from the United States, where he called Bush “the devil” at the United Nations’ General Assembly and later criticized him in a speech to supporters at a church in Harlem. “The imperialist government of the United States says we have failed but they are the ones that have failed in everything you see,” he said Friday.

He accused the Bush administration of fueling terrorism, claimed that both the CIA and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration were “infiltrated” by drug traffickers, and urged people to divest their dollars because new bills were being “fabricated.” In an interview broadcast Friday Chavez kept up his attack.

“I think it was a rather humorous speech,” Chavez told TV and radio host Tavis Smiley in a PBS broadcast. “People were smiling.” But then added, “(Bush) considers himself a god. And that is a terrible manipulation, since this is obeying interests that are against God. And since he considers himself like God, when you call him the devil, it is just to strike a balance.”


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/23/2006 at 10:38 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - September 21, 2006

Satanic Verses

par·o·dy (păr’ə-dē), n., pl. -dies. def: Something so bad as to be equivalent to intentional mockery; a travesty. Hugo Chavez is a self-parody. Every time he opens his mouth, he demonstrates a complete lack of rationality and merely succeeds in mocking himself. A clown. No less, no more.

He belongs to a select group of people with the same affliction, most noteably Cindy Sheehan, Howard Dean, Barbara Streisand, Kim Jung Il, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and last but not least Al Gore. These people listen to the voices in their head and shut off all communication with the outside world.

The problem is not that they won’t listen but that they won’t shut up. They are surrounded by sycophants who serve only to reinforce any and every ridiculous thing they say. This is not healthy - either for them or for us. Their minds have wandered off into another dimension and we can laugh at them only for a brief time before our own brains begin to hurt.

Like the 9/11 conspiracy theorists who continue to hammer us with absurd conjecture, these people like Chavez just keep spouting nonsense day after mind-numbing day. Their main delusion seems to be that they think the rest of us will start believing them - eventually.

How much longer must we continue to laugh at them before they wake up and realize what complete fools they have become? Odds are they will continue no matter how much ridicule is heaped on them. Why? Because, to a clown, laughter is the same thing as applause.

ig·no·ra·nus (ig-n&-’rA-n&s), n., pl. -nus·es also ig·no·ra·ni. def: An individual who is not only stupid as hell but is also a colossal asshole. From the latin: ignorare - “do not kow” and anus - “the terminal point of the rectum”. In other words, unable to find their ass using both hands and a road map.

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Calvin
: Do you believe in the devil? You know, a supreme evil being dedicated to the temptation, corruption, and destruction of man?
 
 
Hobbes: I’m not sure that man needs the help.

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Mike Lester - The Rome News-Tribune (GA)

Chavez: Bush ‘Devil;’ U.S. ‘On The Way Down’
UNITED NATIONS (CNN) - 7:40 p.m. EDT, September 20, 2006

“The devil came here yesterday,” Chavez said, referring to Bush, who addressed the world body during its annual meeting Tuesday. “And it smells of sulfur still today.” Chavez accused Bush of having spoken “as if he owned the world” and said a psychiatrist could be called to analyze the statement.

“As the spokesman of imperialism, he came to share his nostrums to try to preserve the current pattern of domination, exploitation and pillage of the peoples of the world. An Alfred Hitchcock movie could use it as a scenario. I would even propose a title: ‘The Devil’s Recipe.’ “

Chavez also blasted the United Nations, calling the General Assembly “merely a deliberative organ” that meets once a year. “We have no power, no power to make any impact on the terrible situation in the world,” he said.

All countries should dispose of their nuclear bombs, he said, but he would like to tap the technology for energy purposes because Venezuela’s oil reserves are nonrenewable and finite. He ended the news conference by saying, “I have a meeting with the axis of evil somewhere around here, so I have to go.”

John Bolton, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, dismissed the speech, saying, “I think that [Chavez’s] rhetoric today shows exactly what kind of man he is. We’re not going to address that sort of comic-strip approach to international affairs. The real issue here is he knows he can exercise freedom of speech on that podium and, as I say, he could exercise it in Central Park, too. He’s not giving the same freedom to the people of Venezuela.”


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/21/2006 at 05:35 AM   
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calendar   Friday - August 11, 2006

The Real Cuba

Enough of Iran, Lebanon and nukular war for one day. Let’s take a look South Of The Border and see what’s going on in Castro’s Cuba, the home of Jimmy Carter and Dan Rather’s favorite Commie - who is wheezing his last breath by now - if we’re lucky.

Bill Steigerwald takes in in depth look at what life is really like in this “worker’s paradise”. Workmen of the world, UNITE! Throw off your chains - at least that’s what Karl Marx decreed. It’s too bad those laborers’ chains were merely exchanged for chains of another, more miserable kind ...

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Mike Keefe - The Denver Post


What It’s Really Like In Fidel’s Cuba
By Bill Steigerwald

Your average income is $15 a month. Your meat ration is 3.3 pounds a month. Owning a car is forbidden unless you are among the ruling elite. Computers are illegal. So is Internet access. The prices of the basics you need to live on are low. A decent-size urban apartment rents for $10 a month. But everything is also extremely scarce—food and gasoline to bicycles and bank loans. To get by, you must supplement your income by moonlighting, working in the black market or getting remittances from relatives abroad. Bath soap, shampoo and chicken are luxuries.

Welcome to the Republica de Cuba, the 1950s police state and time warp that Fidel Castro and his fellow goons have spent the last 47 years “perfecting” for the 11.3 million souls who’ve had the misfortune to be born there.

Welcome to the politically abused country American leftists have slavishly adored, defended and given excuses for since Fidel took absolute power in 1959. One of only five communist anachronisms left on Earth, Cuba today is a nice place to visit but unless you subscribe to The Nation magazine or belong to the Communist Party you don’t want to live there.

One political party, Partido Comunista de Cuba, runs the government, owns everything of importance, sets wages and prices, controls all the media, makes all the plans, writes all the rules, puts up all the candidates, wins all the elections and kills or jails the dissidents.

Fundamental human freedoms—to speak, act, own property and trade—are paper promises or nonexistent in Fidel’s paradise of government-coerced equality and shared misery. In a form of apartheid, Cubans are forbidden to mingle with tourists. Cuba’s command economy is overtaxed, over-regulated and pathetically unproductive. The Cuban peso—equal to about 4 U.S. pennies in Havana—is worthless beyond Cuba’s shores.

Fidel and his fellow travelers in America blame Cuba’s sorry state on the trade embargo the United States slapped on the country in 1959. And they never fail to point out that though Fidel isn’t perfect, at least he’s made sure everyone gets free health care and a good education. And that’s more than any U.S. president has done, the casual socialist sniff.

Last week, when word broke that Fidel was sick and had handed off control to his brother Raul, Cuban exiles in Miami were dancing in the street and planning their returns. If the Cuban people get lucky, by now the favorite dictator of the American left will be dead.

But unless the Bush administration’s neocons have prepared an expeditionary force we aren’t privy to, Fidel’s death isn’t likely to immediately bring freedom or capitalist prosperity to Cuba. Some experts think it’s more likely that Cuba under Raul will slowly evolve into a communist-free market hybrid like China or Vietnam.

Anything would be better than what Fidel has created—an impoverished, crumbling, living museum to the evils, idiocies and inefficiencies of unfettered Soviet socialism. The more you read about daily life in Cuba, the more obvious it becomes that it is a victim of too little Yankee imperialism, not too much.

Unfortunately, Fidel’s demise may not be enough. What Cuba’s beautiful people desperately need to liberate them and vault them into the 21st century—political and economic freedom, billions in American investment capital, Nike factories, Wal-Marts, a Major League Baseball franchise in Havana—may still take decades to arrive.

Bill Steigerwald is a columnist at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
E-mail Bill at bsteigerwald@tribweb.com. ©Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, All Rights Reserved.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 08/11/2006 at 06:13 PM   
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