Chavez Entertains and Distracts Even at Christmas Time

December 28, 2011

While Hugo Chavez has patted himself on the back for working through Christmas, I am not sure he has really worked. The problem is that he calls talking, work. One of the dangers of talking too much is, however, that you may say absurd things as you try to entertain and distract the country from its problems. Many things he says are things that would make you laugh anywhere, but in Venezuela we have practically heard it all, from Chavez saying that men never walked on the moon, to inventing the number of housing units that have been built in the last year.

But Hugo clearly wants to close the year with a new bang in entertainment prowess. First, in a ceremony (see picture above) that looked taken out of a communist country in the 50’s, Chavez thanked his Russian friends for allowing Venezuela to have the strongest military power in its history, as if this was some sort of achievement or due to hard work and not thanks to all of the oil billions misspent in weapons, rather than on people. And the Russians, of course, have laughed all the way to the bank, with all of the stuff Hugo has purchased.

And to insure that we are all awed with is intellect, Hugo then begins speculating about the strange coincidence that four Presidents in Latin America contracted cancer roughly at the same time. Never mind that Lula was no longer President when he got his. Or that each of the cancers is different and in a different part of the body. Chavez’ perceptive mind has noted the coincidence and like everything, he wants to pin it down on the old USA, the source of all our problems, including, I guess, his terrible and ineffective Government.

And after saying he has learned to administer the resources of the country better, not bad after being thirteen years on the job, we learn that after more than 1,000 expropriations and nationalizations and eighteen cases in arbitration at the World bank’s ICSID, the Government has now issued two decrees creating advisory councils to deal with both. These advisory councils have, as their main goals, such things as “respecting the constitutional rights of people”, which have been violated right and left since Chavez began expropriations eight years ago. They would also establish mechanisms to determine the fair price to pay for expropriated properties. They would also advise on new expropriations that they feel like doing. It would also create, don’t laugh, a registry of all expropriations, because clearly the Government has no clue as to what it has taken over on the orders of the man who “has learned to admiisiter the country’s resources better”

And the Advisory Council on Arbitration is even funnier, more so given the fact that the Government itself has been saying some of these processes are close to being decided upon. But this new body will determine “strategies for the planning and coordination that State institutions have to follow to defend the country in front of foreign institutions, particularly those of arbitration”

Of course, this is all the work of the new Attorney General, Carlos Escarra, who is no dummy and realizes, a bit late, how illegal and arbitrary most expropriations have been and how the defense of the country’s position in arbitration panels has been carried out on a case by case basis and managed by various institutions. This could all be turned back, were PSUV to lose the next Presidential election, due to the myriad violations of the Venezuelan Constitution involved.

But maybe, just maybe, one day Chavez will learn that administering those resources better, should have involved appointing people who know that they are doing and not the mad whirlwind rotation of 180 Ministers (134 different people) that have “helped” him run the country in the last thirteen years.

And maybe, just maybe, if he stopped talking all the time, he could accomplish something.

26 Responses to “Chavez Entertains and Distracts Even at Christmas Time”

  1. bbb Says:

    Interesting theory….I suppose you could do it with a radiation gun that concentrates its output at a specific distance, the victim wouldn’t feel anything and if the radiation is strong enough a single exposure of less than a minute could be enough. The “assassin” could mingle with crowds and nobody would suspect a thing. I bet the CIA would love a weapon like that…

    • moctavio Says:

      Sure, a radiation gun pointed at Mrs. Kirchner’s thyroid gland that would only affect that and ignore the rest.

      As for Hugo, we dont know, he hasn’t told us what he has.

  2. bruni Says:

    Miguel, I wrote a post about the cancer status. I checked out the age of diagnosis and the smoker status. If I were not lazy, I would get into the cancer statistics of each country and do some statistical tests…but I have other things to do…I am sure that any oncology that reads my list is not very surprised by the outcome.

    Here’s my post:

    http://cuentosintrascendentes.blogspot.com/2011/12/de-cancer-inducido-y-otras-pistoladas.html

    • moctavio Says:

      Not worth it. His ignorance is truly amazing, how he can tout his war toys as some sort of accomplishment is truly a sign of ignorance.

  3. Kepler Says:

    Just this:

    “en jefe a su FANB”

    El general enjefe a SU FANB? He really needs it, doesn’t he?

  4. m_astera Says:

    I’m getting the impression in my day to day conversations with neighbors, taxi drivers etc that people really have had enough of the Chavez and chavista BS. They are just tired of it and ready for something different, because this is not working.

    One of the better conversations was with a taxi driver who supports L Lopez. He didn’t say much about Lopez as a candidate, he just wants someone who will bring the people together, rather than divide them.

    • moctavio Says:

      I get the same feeling, but I am not sure if my sample is correct geographically. People seem tired of the BS and seem to be looking for change and Chavez just wants to give them more BS.

    • CharlesC Says:

      Yes. Having some meals and visits during the holidays with students visiting from Venezuela -I was impressed and relieved to know their views were very well-informed now.(Previously, I was saddened by the lack of awareness.)
      And, older Venezuelans who are approaching retirement are equally very informed.Yet, every one feared that next year will be difficult to get rid of Chavez
      when he is defeated-if he is and does not win by cheating…
      I actually felt blessed to have friends around who were/are “like-minded” that
      live there.

      • Kepler Says:

        Let’s be cautious. There is a world of difference between the minority (less than 15% of the population?) who has a tourist visa for the US or a green card or an EU passport and all the rest in Venezuela.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    I decided to play a game with the Headlines from Noticias 24 here it is.

    1.Chávez: “¿Sería extraño que hubieran desarrollado una tecnología para inducir el cáncer y no se sepa?”

    Translation: US is behind all the cancer cases for Lat American presidents.

    2. Ramírez anuncia el cumplimiento del 82% de la meta de entrega de viviendas para 2011.

    Translation: Even with unlimited funds, resources and expropriations of half built housing complexes all over venezuela….the government is still only running at 80% efficiency.

    3.”La economía venezolana no está acabada, eso está demostrado científicamente”, aseguró Chávez

    Translation: Although the entire economic community knows the truth of the actual state of our economy…one of my 86 ministers has told me we are ok.

    4. Chávez: “Es imposible que la oposición logre llegar a Miraflores por la vía electoral”

    Translation: No way I will accept the results of an election…you want it, you will have to take it by force.

    5.Chávez: “El sistema electoral venezolano es el mejor del mundo. Aquí es imposible hacer fraude”

    Translation: We are going to commit fraud and there is no way you can prove it!

    6. Chávez entregó casas y vehículos a oficiales de la Fanb. “Tienen precios y créditos socialistas”

    Translation: I just handed over cars and houses for free to the military to keep them on my side!

  6. Dr. Faustus Says:

    Er, speaking of ICSID, does anyone have a clue as to when the first case will be decided? PDVSA put out a statement two months back that it would be 2011. In three days? The clock is ticking…..

  7. George Best Says:

    HI – the clock is not only ticking – it is already 12:00 HIGH NOON…. ANY TIME FROM NOW….

    THANKS GOD !

  8. Dr. Faustus Says:

    High Noon?

    Gary Cooper walking down Main Street all alone?

    “…Oh, don’t forsake me oh my darling….”

  9. Ira Says:

    I finally figured out why Chavez won’t reveal the nature of his cancer:

    If he did, the Americans would then know which setting to next use on that cancer ray gun.

  10. Ira Says:

    And if the Americans really COULD infect him with cancer, I’m sure it would be testicular.

  11. Roy Says:

    This is all coming from the same guy who claimed that the U.S.was responsible for the earthquake in Haiti a couple of years ago. If the U.S. really could cause earthquakes whenever and wherever they wanted and could selectively induce cancer in whoever they wanted, I certainly wouldn’t go out of my way to pick a fight with them. So, Chavez is either paranoid, a fool, or both.

  12. Deanna Says:

    As they say in Venezuela, Chavez is “loco de remate”. He needs to be institutionalized and put in a straight jacket!!!!

  13. Stephanie Says:

    Yes Chavez, you have caught onto our plan. While you were throwing the first pitch at that Yankee Baseball game in 2001, we gave you cancer. We also made you stupid. We hope you enjoy your 10 year delayed Christmas gift.

    Love, Former President of the United States, George W. Bush

  14. Carolina Says:

    Somebody should suggest Chavez to start using a steel helmet. That would be awesome.


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