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Saturday, November 24, 2007

In The News- 11/24/08

Due to my vacation that starts tomorrow, posting will be light today, but while I am gone the Wake up America contributors will be posting current news and opinion, so there will be plenty to read.

In the news today I see Australian Prime Minister John Howard lost in the election, and others talking about can be found here, here, here, here, here and here.

Gateway Pundit brings us news of fireworks in Lebanon as the pro Syrian president steps down, more on that here and here.

In the meantime, Hugo Chavez is calling anyone that votes against his being allowed to rule for life, a traitor.

President Hugo Chavez warned his supporters on Friday that anyone voting against his proposed constitutional changes would be a "traitor," rallying his political base before a referendum that would let him seek unlimited re-election in 2012 and beyond.

Brandishing a little red book listing his desired 69 revisions to Venezuela's charter, Chavez exhorted his backers to redouble their efforts toward a victorious "yes" vote in the Dec. 2 ballot.

"He who says he supports Chavez but votes 'no' is a traitor, a true traitor," the president told an arena packed with red-clad supporters. "He's against me, against the revolution and against the people."

His speech followed the recent high-profile defection of his former Defense Minister Gen. Raul Baduel, a longtime ally who called the president's proposed reforms a "coup." Others have also broken with the Chavista movement in recent months, including politicians of the small left-leaning party Podemos.

Chavez's opponents accuse him of concentrating power and seeking to be president-for-life like his close friend Fidel Castro of Cuba. Chavez insists he will only stay on as long as Venezuelans continue to vote for him.

"If you don't approve (the referendum), maybe we'll have time for a parachute jump in five years," Chavez, a former paratrooper, told the crowd. "But if you wish—if you approve the referendum—I will stay as long as God wills! Until the last bone of my skeleton dries out!"

The proposed revisions would do away with presidential term limits, extend terms from six to seven years, let Chavez appoint regional vice presidents and eliminate Central Bank authority, among other changes.

Jammie Wearing Fool says:

Of course, this beast will always enjoy the support of Hollywood and other assorted idiots here in America, even if his own people turn on him.

Hollywood does love tyrants.

Just a quick run down of what the buzz is today...more to come after I am done packing.