Another dictator bit the dust today. Are any of you going to be crying a river of tears about this? You can be sure there will be plenty of leftists in this country that will be deeply saddened by the news of his death, no doubt about that. Some of those being in right in good old D.C. itself…as well as some in the La-La-Land of Hollywood too.

Here’s a report from the AP…and keep in mind it is the AP:

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez, the fiery populist who declared a socialist revolution in Venezuela, crusaded against U.S. influence and championed a leftist revival across Latin America, died Tuesday at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer.

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.

During more than 14 years in office, Chavez routinely challenged the status quo at home and internationally. He polarized Venezuelans with his confrontational and domineering style, yet was also a masterful communicator and strategist who tapped into Venezuelan nationalism to win broad support, particularly among the poor.

Chavez repeatedly proved himself a political survivor. As an army paratroop commander, he led a failed coup in 1992, then was pardoned and elected president in 1998. He survived a coup against his own presidency in 2002 and won re-election two more times.

The burly president electrified crowds with his booming voice, often wearing the bright red of his United Socialist Party of Venezuela or the fatigues and red beret of his army days. Before his struggle with cancer, he appeared on television almost daily, talking for hours at a time and often breaking into song of philosophical discourse.

Chavez used his country’s vast oil wealth to launch social programs that include state-run food markets, new public housing, free health clinics and education programs. Poverty declined during Chavez’s presidency amid a historic boom in oil earnings, but critics said he failed to use the windfall of hundreds of billions of dollars to develop the country’s economy.

Inflation soared and the homicide rate rose to among the highest in the world.

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.

“El Comandante,” as he was known, stayed in touch with the Venezuelan people during his treatment via Twitter and phone calls broadcast on television, but even those messages dropped off as his health deteriorated.

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.

Throughout his presidency, Chavez said he hoped to fulfill Bolivar’s unrealized dream of uniting South America.

He was also inspired by Cuban leader Fidel Castro and took on the aging revolutionary’s role as Washington’s chief antagonist in the Western Hemisphere after Castro relinquished the presidency to his brother Raul in 2006.

Supporters saw Chavez as the latest in a colorful line of revolutionary legends, from Castro to Argentine-born Ernesto “Che” Guevara. Chavez nurtured that cult of personality, and even as he stayed out of sight for long stretches fighting cancer, his out-sized image appeared on buildings and billboard throughout Venezuela. The airwaves boomed with his baritone mantra: “I am a nation.” Supporters carried posters and wore masks of his eyes, chanting, “I am Chavez.”

Chavez saw himself as a revolutionary and savior of the poor.

“A revolution has arrived here,” he declared in a 2009 speech. “No one can stop this revolution.”

Chavez’s social programs won him enduring support: Poverty rates declined from 50 percent at the beginning of his term in 1999 to 32 percent in the second half of 2011. But he also charmed his audience with sheer charisma and a flair for drama that played well for the cameras.

He ordered the sword of South American independence leader Simon Bolivar removed from Argentina’s Central Bank to unsheathe at key moments. On television, he would lambast his opponents as “oligarchs,” announce expropriations of companies and lecture Venezuelans about the glories of socialism. His performances included renditions of folk songs and impromptu odes to Chinese revolutionary Mao Zedong and 19th century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.

Chavez carried his in-your-face style to the world stage as well. In a 2006 speech to the U.N. General Assembly, he called President George W. Bush the devil, saying the podium reeked of sulfur after Bush’s address.

Critics saw Chavez as a typical Latin American caudillo, a strongman who ruled through force of personality and showed disdain for democratic rules. Chavez concentrated power in his hands with allies who dominated the congress and justices who controlled the Supreme Court.

He insisted all the while that Venezuela remained a vibrant democracy and denied trying to restrict free speech. But some opponents faced criminal charges and were driven into exile.

While Chavez trumpeted plans for communes and an egalitarian society, his soaring rhetoric regularly conflicted with reality. Despite government seizures of companies and farmland, the balance between Venezuela’s public and private sectors changed little during his presidency.

And even as the poor saw their incomes rise, those gains were blunted while the country’s currency weakened amid economic controls.

Nonetheless, Chavez maintained a core of supporters who stayed loyal to their “comandante” until the end.

“Chavez masterfully exploits the disenchantment of people who feel excluded … and he feeds on controversy whenever he can,” Cristina Marcano and Alberto Barrera Tyszka wrote in their book “Hugo Chavez: The Definitive Biography of Venezuela’s Controversial President.”

Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias was born on July 28, 1954, in the rural town of Sabaneta in Venezuela’s western plains. He was the son of schoolteacher parents and the second of six brothers.

You can read the rest of the report here.

Hmmm…anyone wonder if our Dictator-in-Chief will be having a news conference about the death of Chavez?

Throw in your two-cents…Fire Away – Inquiring Minds Want to Know!

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44 Comments

  1. bigtimer
    Mama always said If you cant say anything good about the dead don’t say anything, well Chavez is dead.

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    • pointy end out says:

      sorry, but I just cant hold it in !

      Rot in hell you Mother F**KER !!!
      Lets hope ol’ hopey dopey catches whatever chavez regal had !

      now I almost feel bad…but I’ll get over it.

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  2. Desert Rat says:

    Just popped the top on another round of cold ones. Good luck in hell Chavez….

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  3. charles w says:

    Anything that makes Sean Penn sad makes me happy.

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  4. Bet Sean Penn is crushed.

    Btw… think Obummer got a tingle up his leg with that smooch.

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  5. Mr. Grumpus says:

    That’s correct Steve, he’s dead. Next.

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  6. Mr. Grumpus says:

    Happy Birthday BT! I kinda wish it had been a different dictator for your birthday present, but Chavez will have to do this year. Maybe next year, who knows?

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    • Hey there Mr. G…thanks so much.

      As to the vast pick of dictators out there, we’ll just have to let nature take it’s course…if ya know what I mean. ;-)

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  7. Spurwing Plover says:

    Leftists film director OLIVER STONE will be devistated over this he made a crappy movie SOUTH OF THE BORDER all about CHAVEZ.

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  8. tominmontana says:

    Hugo…be sure and say howdy to teddy Kennedy…..

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  9. Spurwing Plover says:

    Satans throwing a big time celebration all his demons are dancing and their preparing a special section in hell along with HITLER,STALIN,MAO,SADAM and BIN LADEN

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  10. Burn in hell you worthless pos.

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  11. Snake Oiler says:

    Mr. Potato Head has bought the farm. Sic semper tyrannis

    http://utoons.com/images/portr.....ez_280.jpg

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  12. Hope ole Hugo dressed lightly, for where he’s going. ;-)

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  13. work on his memorial has begun.
    http://westernrifleshooters.fi.....chavez.jpg

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  14. Snake Oiler says:

    Dark comedy? Some of the comedy is so dark that it can only be illuminated by a 50-megaton nuclear explosion.

    It has been the intention of the United States to assassinate Chavez since 1941. However, Chavez’ wily tricks and councelship from his alto pana, the gangsta hiphopper K-stro, have always outsmarted George W. Bush and his line of always thinking-too-fast ancestors. In the past Chavez has narrowly avoided numerous falling pianos, anvils, boulders, as well as sticks of TNT and 19th century blunderbluss blasts. These exploits have been dramatized in the popular Hispanic TV show The Dukes of the Caribbean, where Hugo and Fidel Duke constantly outwit Boss Bush and his sidekick Roscoe P. Cheney whilst driving their supercharged 1969 Volkswagen Beetle The General Bolivar. You know, ‘cuz Bush and Cheney have actually been paying attention to this oil-rich and oil drilling expertise-poor blowhard, in between bouts of being ignored by everyone.

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  15. Check this out! I told ya some congress-critters would mourn his loss…well folks, here ya go!

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.co.....go-chavez/

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  16. “Por que no te calle?” indeed.

    Well, he’s shut up for good now.

    Oh yeah.

    This was the only way were ever going to be rid of him, the “lil’Hitler of South America”, short of an invasion of Venezuela. He’d a never let go of power.

    What an evil, self-centered, pompous, egotistical buffoon we now no longer have to worry about in this world.

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  17. This group isn’t shedding any tears either. ~

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/the.....y-anybody/

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  18. SPURWING PLOVER says:

    I,ll bet the sulpher smell is quite strong with him now

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  19. SPURWING PLOVER says:

    HUGO CHAVEZ HE IS DEAD,LYING IN HIS COFFIN BED,BEAT THE DRUM AND TOLL THE BELL,HUGOS HEADING STREIGHT FOR HELL

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  20. Here’s good ol’ Jimmah Carter…

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.co.....go-chavez/

    …and for good measure, we’ll throw in Michael Moore and friends.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.co.....evolution/

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  21. They need to dig this piece of shit up and kill him again.

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  22. carter slade says:

    i see his death with mixed emotions.
    ok, one fat red rat less on this planet, excellent!
    but: one red saint more.
    leftist journalists everywhere are already busy working on his gospel,
    tyring to make some kind of che guevara out of him.
    it would have been much better, if he had been kicked in the ass and hanged in the next tree by the people of venezuela, some sweet day.
    and this day wouldn’t have been very far away, because the country is already quite ruined.
    (as far as i know, venezuela is one of two oil-exporting countrys where gasoline is difficult to get for the people.
    the other one is nigeria, a country that can only be considered a failed state. ^^)

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    • I just heard on the news that good ol’ Jesse Jackson is going to poor ol’ Chavez’s funeral. – That speaks volumes!

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