Update March 5, 2013: Yes it is!
Another rumor about the death of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chaves is circulating which brings my thoughts to poor Joe Kennedy!
Now why would I relate the eventual death of the Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez to a story about Joe Kennedy?
Because Joe Kennedy has consistently elevated the Venezuelan dictator to a position of goodness that most likely few people living under his reign would necessarily agree with.
In fact, in a 2010 IBD article, Hugo Chavez was describes in this way:
'...Ever since Chavez became president in 1999, Venezuelan cities have become hellholes in which murder rates have more than quadrupled. At 233 per 100,000, or one murder every 90 minutes, the rate in Caracas now tops that of every war zone in the world, according to an official National Statistics Institute study released Wednesday.
In fact, crime is the defining fact of life in today's Venezuela. About 96% of all murder victims are poor and lower-middle class, the very people Chavez claims to represent. "Don't venture into barrios at any time of the day, let alone at night," warns the Lonely Planet guide to Venezuela to hardy adventure travelers.
By contrast, the murder rate in cartel-haunted Juarez, Mexico, is 133 per 100,000, with Mexico's overall rate 8 per 100,000, about the same as Wichita, Kan. Colombia, fighting a narcoterror war since 1964, has an overall rate of 37 per 100,000, slightly higher than Baltimore at 36.9. The overall U.S. rate is 5.4.
Make no mistake, a murder rate like Caracas' is a crime against humanity. The absence of personal security renders all other human rights moot. By coincidence, that's just what Chavez seeks to eliminate as he turns his country into a Cuba-style socialist state. Instead of Castroite firing squads or Stalinesque gulags, Chavez outsources the dirty work of socialism to criminals while throwing dissidents in jail and threatening to censor newspapers...'
So Joe, thank the people of Venezuela for how you perceive their shipments of oil, but do not waste your kind words on a dictator who was discussed using the words in the article above.
And, if the rumors of the death of Hugo Chavez are in fact accurate, poor Joe is going to have to reshoot this commercial!
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