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Hugo Chavez isn't in New York this week for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly. He's staying home.
It's not that he's given up his anti-imperialist credentials. He changed the time in Venezuela to not be on imperialist time. He moved the clocks forward one-half hour. So when it's noon in imperialist New York, it's 12:30 in Caracas. Go figure.
He also called his new best friend, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and congratulated him on telling off the "Great Satan," which would be us in general and President Bush in particular.
He's also spending time with actor Kevin Spacey, who has come to Venezuela to check out the movie industry. Spacey and Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte are thinking of making movies there. Why, god only knows. Has Hollywood suddenly gotten not leftist enough? Once again, go figure.
Chavez is an annoyance to the United States, and he works hard on it. Unfortunately for the Western world he's sitting on a lake of oil. Bad luck. So like other dictatorships elsewhere in the world which make themselves at home floating on oceans of oil, we smile, buy their stuff, and try to ignore their more outrageous behavior.
I don't need to name these guys, do I? You know who they are. Sure, we'd all like to go to work with a beanie with a propeller, but we're in cars instead, which need gas, which is made from oil. So we play kissy face with some bad guys.
But does Kevin Spacey need to remind us of our predicament every time we go see one of his movies? Ahh, right, Hugo's buddy. Do I really want to watch this movie?
I guess not.
That's My Word.
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