Chavez is making geopolitics interesting again. Just as it looks like the Fidelissimo is riding off into a khaki sunset, along comes Hilarious Hugo with his attacks on Bush. According to The Australian:
VENEZUELAN President Hugo Chavez has taken his anti-imperialist rhetoric to New York's Harlem overnight and ridiculed US President George W. Bush as a puffed-up John Wayne wannabe. And a supportive crowd loved it.
Mr Chavez stunned delegates at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday by calling Mr Bush "the devil himself" and saying he left the smell of sulfur hanging in the chamber from his appearance the previous day.
He received an ovation at the United Nations, but nothing like the raucous and upbeat receptions later Wednesday at a free university and again overnight at a Baptist church in the predominantly black neighbourhood of Harlem.
Crowds soaked up his critique of the Iraq war, his interpretation of the history of US military interventions and his stories about visiting Cuban President Fidel Castro, who is recovering from surgery.
You have to love this guy. He doesn't just stay home and slag Bush. He goes to New York muthafraking City and says it. This is a man of the people. He's also doing almost as much for Noam Chomsky's book sales as his appearance on G'Day World:
Mr Chavez began his speech by displaying a copy of American writer Noam Chomsky's 2004 book Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance, and recommended it to UN delegates and US citizens.
By yesterday, the book had risen from backlist obscurity to the No. 3 bestseller at Amazon.com
And the reason why the Democrats won't win another election? They denounced Chavez! They should be getting this guy tattooed on their freaking skulls. He's doing what they (and the US media) seem too scared to do - criticize Bush in a way that gets people's attention.
Grandma Funks by the way is a terrific café in Richmond (Melbourne) that I'm having breakfast in this morning and I've just discovered they have FREE WI-FI. I've been coming here for years because I love the vibe of the joint (and the quality of their latte) but the big free wifi sign on their wall makes it a clear winner for "best Melbourne cafe 2006".