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  •  LOL (3+ / 0-)

    Venezuela has made a shitload of money off of high oil prices, and Chavez has spent a lot of that money fighting poverty in his country - and he should be praised for that.  Imagine what Chavez could do if he wasn't an authoritarian dickhead.  Its just embarassing that progressives here look up to this clown while ignoring real progressive leaders in Latin American.

    Oh, and Chavez banned the Simpsons from Venezuelan TV last week.

    The Simpsons has been ordered from television schedules by President Hugo Chavez after being deemed unsuitable for children. Controversial enough, but in an even more curious move its 11am timeslot has been handed to Baywatch, the show that launched a thousand adolescent dreams.
    David Hasselhoff and his aerodynamic life-saving cohorts began their slow-motion jog across the nation’s screens on Friday morning, after a ruling that The Simpsons was in danger of breaching the Law of Social Responsibility in Radio and Television.
    The National Telecommunications Commission said the show pushed "messages that go against the whole education of boys, girls and adolescents". So far the regulatory agency, which reports to the government, has failed to explain why the cartoon family from Springfield poses more of a threat to the minds of Venezuelan children than a lifeguard falling out of her swimsuit.

    •  It hasn't been banned, it's just been moved (2+ / 0-)
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      to nighttime TV.  Parents had been complaining that the Simpsons wasn't suitable for children.  I don't agree, but I remember the Simpsons generating some controversy over here when it came out.  It doesn't run during the daytime here, either.

      •  Johnny (1+ / 0-)
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        You seem like a pretty reasonable guy, so I'll explain my position to you.

        I agree that Chavez was democratically elected and I absolutely condemn the Bush involvement in the coup attempt.  And I agree that Chavez has done a lot of good for the poor of Veneuzeula.  The money comes from oil and not any skill of Chavez's, but I guess he could have spent it on building palaces for himself or shoes for his wife, so I won't complain.

        My problem, obviously, is Chavez's authoritarian tendencies, and it drives me nuts that people are willing to overlook them because Chavez is a leftist and doesn't like Bush.  What he was seeking in the defeated referendum was absolutely ridiculous.

        Can't our analysis of someone be a little more complex than just good or evil?  Can we praise Chavez for the good work he was done, while also critizicing his thirst for power?  I know there is a lot of propaganda from the right, but can't we be better than that?

        •  I disagree with you about his thirst for power (0+ / 0-)

          I don't think he is a saint, I think he has a loud mouth, and I'd actually rather not he make provokatory remarks about Bush, but I disagree with you that he has some sort of thirst for power that is any different from any other president around the world.

          I think he is just fed up, and he wants to make real change happen, and he rightly sees the un-democratic right wing in his country as an obstacle that will refuse to work with him under any circumstances.

    •  The Swedish government... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...did the same thing with the "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" show a few years back because they didn't want Swedish children getting the impression that violence is a good way to solve conflicts...from a supposed "children's TV show".

      Are the Swedish politicians who did that "authoritarian dickheads"?

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