A birthday soiree for a corpse


What is an appropriate gift to bring to a birthday party in which the honoree is dead?

Why, tons of fireworks, a cake, live music, national TV, and the resurrection of Sabado Sensacional, apparently. Leave your sense of shame, and your pitch, at the door.

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    • Lo primero que pensé al saber de esto fué “qué montón de lambucios lamec***s”
      Lo segundo fué que ya vamos a ser como norcorea.

  1. Reminds me of Christopher Hitchens about North Korea,

    Kim Jong Il, incidentally, has been made head of the party and of the army, but the office of the presidency is still “eternally” held by his adored and departed dad, who died on July 8, 1994, at 82. This makes North Korea the only state in the world with a dead president. What would be the right term for this? A necrocracy? A thanatocracy? A mortocracy? A mausolocracy?

    It looks like we have a second thanatocracy in the world.

  2. You gotta love the lack of…outrage…surprise…anger…shock…people feel towards these things in benesuela. You know whats shocking? Nothing except the imbecile.

  3. Well, Venezuelans celebrate the 24 of July because a guy they keep calling “Libertador” was born on that day.
    I am sure most educated people living in Venezuela in 1830-1842 would have found that completely silly and most people didn’t care and just wanted to be left in peace.
    Is this caudillo worse? Definitely, but the pattern started there.

    I think Mr Lovera really expressed what Germán Carrera Damas didn’t dare to write:

    • Well, hold on a minute. It’s one thing to commemorate Bolívar’s birthday, quite another … to have a party for him with cake and everything! Aside from that, Chávez is no Bolívar…

      • Back in 1842 it was not customary to hold birthday parties and have a cake for anyone.
        Chávez is definitely no Bolívar.
        You know we disagree on the greatness of Bolívar. Even so, I simply can’t understand why
        Venezuelans might consider any one dead personality needs a yearly birthday celebration
        to a point where that becomes a HOLIDAY and there HAS to be ofrendas florales and all that crap
        in every school etc of the national territory. I remember how many times we had to go through the motions because of that at school when I was a child…it was plain stupid and no one else does that.

        Have a speech, a coin, whatever to celebrate the 80th, the 100th, the 200th birthday of Mandela, Papapa, XXX? Fine. Have a national holiday? That is sick and shows how bad the personality cult is.

  4. You know what’s creepy? The presence of his daughter there. I mean, don’t they have any sense of what’s appropriate? If my parents were to die, I wouldn’t want to participate in a spectacle such as this. “Happy birthday dear dead guy…” ugh.

  5. Circo.

    It pays wel to have collaborators get in with some money on fireworks and cake overprices, and for some followers to partake in parties and tomadera on public funds.

    It also helps to piss off the majority of Venezuelans who see no need for it all!

    Its a win/win/win move to keep the myth up and the critical mindset low.

    At the end of the day, all they need is submissive poor and weak populace which is easier to appease and control.

    Welcome to 1984!

  6. There is visibly a great mass of people for whom Chávez’s death still tightens up a sensible fiber. That manifests itself in ways that may seem bizarre. What mocking those feelings brings you or this blog, I am afraid I don’t see.


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