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Joe Kennedy Once Again Cozies Up To Hugo Chavez, And Once Again Mack Says Enough Is Enough
Red Orbit ^ | December 22, 2011 | PR Newswire

Posted on 12/31/2011 3:00:39 AM PST by Darkwolf377

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In what has become an all too predictable pattern, former Massachusetts Congressman and Hugo Chavez sympathizer Joe Kennedy has once again launched television and radio advertisements praising Venezuela’s socialist dictator, Hugo Chavez. And once again, Congressman Connie Mack (FL-14), Chairman of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee and Congress’ leading critic of Chavez’s dictatorship, has admonished Kennedy for continuing to publicly laud the Venezuelan strongman.

Mack stated: “It’s beyond shameful that Joe Kennedy continues to line his pockets with a salary from CITGO and use our nation’s less fortunate as a PR mechanism for Hugo Chavez. If Joe Kennedy really wanted to help those who need it, he should support the building of the Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada and the 20,000 good-paying private sector jobs that would result from it.”

The full text of Chairman Mack’s letter is below:

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: chavez; communiesymps; kennedy
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To: jazzlite

Spot on, absolutely. It is why liberals constantly use academia (truly stupid academia who can be manipulated by the purse strings of grants & stipends to say what is needed) to push their “more intelligent” ends, always with an eye to their greater power and lining their pockets in the bargain. To be fair to the prior poster, along with this manipulation comes groupthink narcissism of stupid liberals, who are then consoled by their “superior” knowledge as exhibited by the “science” they say support them. It’s how stupid actors get held up as “expert witnesses” when normally they would be assigned things to say emotively.

The modern usage for this approach has now matured to “Statism”, academia AND govt fiefdoms, aided by crony market capitalists with their hands in the till (and don’t forget the hedge funds) controlled by...liberals.

Case study: global warming-using academia, Goldman Sachs to create a “carbon commodity” market (that has been closed!) and it’s government hack—al gore. Making millions with our money and a totally contrived fake system. Revived today with a discussion of “my how warm this winter is-—wonder why....well, its....”

41 posted on 12/31/2011 6:59:22 AM PST by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother
Yes, Joe readily admits that he pulls a nice salary from his non profit.

Joe Kennedy started Citizens Energy Corporation and paid himself a modest salary, which wasn't enough to maintain his lifestyle, so he turned over the reins to his brother Michael and ran for Congress. Michael was a dirtbag in the Kennedy family style but, unlike a typical Kennedy who just leeched off of the family name, he was a very good businessman. It was he who turned CEC into a successful business and raised the salary for running it so high that Joe left Congress after Michael was killed so he could make his fortune as the head of CEC. So Joe is now back to doing what Kennedys do best -- living off of the efforts of others.

42 posted on 12/31/2011 7:01:24 AM PST by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: ronnie raygun

Dorothy Rabinowitz did an extraordinary expose of the whole sleazy Citizen Energy Corp - this was just before Joe’s brother and (then) successor Michael killed himself on New Year’s eve back in the 90’s: The piece was in the wall street journal and I’m sure it can be googled. Read it - then imagine how much worse Citizen’s has become in the passing years. Igor - it’s worth reposting if you have the tools...The kennedys are wedded to corruption and all the money in the world can’t slake their thurst for more...

43 posted on 12/31/2011 7:01:39 AM PST by Anti dote
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

This Joe Kennedy - shouldn’t he be drinking himself to death by now?

44 posted on 12/31/2011 7:08:27 AM PST by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: Darkwolf377
Take your point, and know quite a few of these. As in all hierarchies there are those who feel they are “chosen” to lead— as opposed to problem solvers who might genuinely start out trying to fix something— only using tools that have been proven completely wrong by prior results.

The moron liberals as you stated well, become the "useful idiots" of these "leaders". Especially if the morons have generational wealth (like trust fund red doper diaper babies come to mind or 3rd generation wealth and a lot of guilt)-- a major component of the occupy "movement" (aside from those whose student loans are due for a useless education) that is a function of obamunista street thuggery morphed from the ACORN people.

45 posted on 12/31/2011 7:10:19 AM PST by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Condor51

The wikipedia site on Joseph Kennedy,Sr. reveals a good bit of this weird history of the family.

The connection to chicago politics was through his purchase of the Chicago Merchandise Mart. Another really annoying fact is that he was first head of the Securities and Exchange Commission— a thief to catch a thief, or so FDR said.

It is much easier to think of this family as a criminal enterprise involved in government. And like all political family dynasties, they have an end. Somehow the real people of free America survive all the political family machinations (kennedys,bushes), despite continual generational theft of their earnings.

46 posted on 12/31/2011 7:19:00 AM PST by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Can you dilineate catholic from protestant irish in the milieu? Seems that this features prominently in current anglo-irish politics. Somehow Scotland has separated.

47 posted on 12/31/2011 7:21:58 AM PST by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Darkwolf377

One distinguishing feature of the Kennedy family is that they are only loyal to themselves - not the country they live in.

48 posted on 12/31/2011 7:31:51 AM PST by popdonnelly (Socialism isn't going to work this time, either.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

And there are stories that Ted Kennedy snuggled up to the Soviet Union. Again, the Kennedys main loyalty is to the family and the family myth.

49 posted on 12/31/2011 7:35:22 AM PST by popdonnelly (Socialism isn't going to work this time, either.)
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To: halfright

Great pic of Deady Kennedy!

50 posted on 12/31/2011 8:03:17 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Thank you, but I can not take credit for it. One of the sicko Freepers had it posted a few years ago and being a photo phreak I right clicked and saved it. It is simply brilliant and to the point. I hated all the Kennedys, but Deady had a special place in my heart. It takes a real slime ball to leave a girl alive in an over turned car and walk away then lie about it. I hope he was a closet muslim and got these 72 virgins. Photobucket
51 posted on 12/31/2011 8:26:07 AM PST by halfright ("Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading". -TJefferson)
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To: Darkwolf377
the only Sh!tgo near me just got sold and will become a Dandymart...
52 posted on 12/31/2011 8:27:05 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: jmacusa
"He worships Fransisco Franco."

I used to visit Spain during the last few years of Francisco Franco's regime. The middle class small business owner that I knew liked him for keeping Spain stable in the post World War years: Communism was identified as the enemy. Tourism was booming and the economy was growing fast. The Guarda Civile had a lot of power but generally left people alone.

53 posted on 12/31/2011 9:21:58 AM PST by I am Richard Brandon
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To: Cowboy Bob
Didn’t Joe’s grandfather (Joesph Kennedy) snuggle up to Hitler?

Yep, Kennedys sure do love them some dictators.

54 posted on 12/31/2011 9:26:38 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: jmacusa

Franco wasn’t Hitler....not even close....Franco saved over 200,000 Jews.....not saying he was perfect by any stretch, but considering the straits Spain was in before he took power, he was certainly better than the alternative.

55 posted on 12/31/2011 9:29:24 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: I am Richard Brandon

I met Spainards who lived under Franco , tradespeople, farmers who were able to emigrate to America. They hated him. Until any native-born American has lived in a real dictatorship none of us can know what tyranny is really like. For my money Franco was a murdering leftist thug.

56 posted on 12/31/2011 9:35:58 AM PST by jmacusa
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To: Darkwolf377
Politics and Joe's family aside:

- Thousands of Americans buy Citgo gas everyday, is Connie Mack going to write to all of them?
- Each year Joe asks dozens of US and other oil companies to participate in this charitable program and none do, except Citgo.
- Lots of rich people try to help others in need, do we begrudge them all? If Joe wants to help people in need, good for Joe.

57 posted on 12/31/2011 10:15:46 AM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: blueunicorn6
"One hundred Swedes ran through the weeds,
Pursued by one Norwegian."
58 posted on 12/31/2011 10:38:46 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: John S Mosby
The overwhelming majority of Irish immigrants to the U.S. were Catholic, both on a numbers basis and because Ulster (the primarily Protestant area) wasn't hit as hard by the Famine (due to differences in the land tenure laws and more varied agriculture). The Ulster immigrants mostly came earlier, in the colonial and Revolutionary period, and they also mostly self-identified as Scots or "Scotch-Irish".

My people mostly came over in that earlier wave or were very much later (1860s), although on my father's mother's side there are some Great Hunger-era immigrants with Irish rather than Scots names (but they got out early and moved west quickly, so were not the stereotypical Irish immigrant of the 1840s). They went straight back to farming as soon as they got here, so they had few pretensions to gentility.

The whole clanjamfry of them were a contradiction -- they farmed always, but sent younger sons to college (my gg grandfather was University of GA Class of 1843 in Civil Engineering). And by the time anybody was paying attention they were all Methodist or Baptist, with a few Episcopalians. Not a Presbyterian in the bunch. Not sure where that fits in the social scheme of things.

59 posted on 12/31/2011 10:55:32 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: DTogo
This will be a bit long, since it isn't clear from the posting. CITGO is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect WHOLLY OWNED subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the National oil company of Venezuela-- which is NOT a private company but owned by the current government of Venezuela. That government is a lifetime brutal dictatorship of Hugo Chavez and his communist cronies (can you say Swiss bank account? The money does NOT go to Venezuelan poor, unless they are on Chavez's thug payroll).

Since Chavez is also closely aligned with Cuba, and the terrorist state of Iran as well as the narco-terrorists in nearby Colombia, it becomes RATHER much different than simply "rich people helping people in need". To try to compare this to "other oil companies", US or otherwise, completely misses the connections or the point of interfering from US national policy and the threat from Iran (nuclear and oil supply). This is pure obamanista statist oil money (BP is included in THAT lot)to help the neo-socialist agenda. While it is true Chavez ships oil to the US-- to/from his OWN refinery, taking advantage of all that entails, that is--he is buying political sway through this outfit run by ultra lefties.

Here's how it works (in MA): The Citizens Energy Oil Heat Assistance Progam (in MA) is a joint "effort" of Citizens Energy Corporation, CITGO Petroleum, Massachusetts fuel oil dealers, fuel assistance agencies, and the MASSCAP Directors Association. The "poor" get a one time delivery of 100 gallons heating oil for free.

Only it's NOT for free. The entire operation is a tax dodge, for the non profit, the distributors, CITGO and most especially MASSCAP Directors Association (the purely political machine, underwritten by this scheme-- part of the kennedy machine). The US Federal govt. subsidizes this through a program for the "poor" in the state, administered by MASSCAP's member organizations as the clearing houses. It is MASSCAP that is the liberals dream machine organizations. The template for the teddy machine (and certainly deval patrick).

So, you, me and every taxpayer is SUBSIDIZING Hugo Chavez for his "charity" and paying a large salary to one greedy little leftie- Joe Kennedy. As of 2010, Kennedy's Citizens Energy CEO salary was $596,988 per year! This for a former congressman who has a FULL pension- again from US Taxpayers, and a lifetime kennedy family trust paying him. A nice sweet bigtime self righteous SCAM.

Hopefully this explains why this is WRONG? Connie Mack is acting in the interest of the US, away from the Saudis, the Iranians and certainly that asshat Chavez. Joe Kennedy is a liberal fascist, lining his pockets. The answer is to stop the democrat driven welfare subsidies-- then you'll see how "charitable" Chavez is with OUR own damned money. And maybe then Joe Kennedy will lift his head up from his free cocaine as he "helps" the poor for their voting bloc machine. Deo Vindice.

60 posted on 12/31/2011 12:09:13 PM PST by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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