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Archae Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-03-10 01:59 AM
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Bizzare belief? Crass political stunt? Antics from someone insane?
Or maybe all three? :shrug:

Upon Julius Caesar's murder, a struggle erupted over who would control his legacy. Octavius, Caesar's great-nephew, manipulated his position as Caesar's heir to wrest power from his rivals. He made Caesar a god and raised a temple, using Caesar's remains to underscore their connection. Symbolism was crucial, and to dispel any doubts about his legitimacy, Octavius added "Julius Caesar" to his name.

Shortly after midnight on July 16, Venezuelan President Hugo Chvez reached back in time. He presided at the exhumation of the remains of Simn Bolvar -- Latin America's greatest independence hero, who helped liberate the region from Spain in the 19th century, and the object of Chvez's personal and political obsession.

The skeleton was pulled apart. Pieces were removed, such as teeth and bone fragments, for "testing." The rest was put in a new coffin with the Chvez government's seal. Chvez, who also tweeted the proceedings, gave a rambling speech in which he asked Christ to repeat his Lazarus miracle and raise the dead once more. He also apparently conversed with Bolvar's bones.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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Ken Burch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-03-10 03:31 AM
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1. Well, they do sometimes get a bit "out there" in Latin American politics
Mind you, a lot of Tea Party types would pay good money to see Reagan re-animated.
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Archae Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-03-10 01:13 PM
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2. Yes, and we call them fringe, or nutso.
Not El Presidente...

(Well, Smirky was an exception.) :eyes:
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Lance_Boyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-03-10 01:18 PM
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3. Every American President in my lifetime has made a public show of talking
to a zombie carpenter and/or to an invisible sky presence they claim to be the father of the aforementioned zombie carpenter. Some have taken part in ritual symbolic cannibalism of the zombie carpenter.

I don't think we're that far separated from our neighbors to the South.

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Archae Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-03-10 05:43 PM
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4. But no US presidents have dug up George Washington or Abe Lincoln.
Edited on Tue Aug-03-10 05:43 PM by Archae
And "conversed" with them.

Face it. Chavez is becoming a nutsoid banana republic dictator.

And the "Hugo can do no wrong, even when he embraces vicious Iranian and Zimbabwean dictators" groupies will jump all over anyone who says Chavez is going off the deep end.
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Hawkeye-X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-03-10 05:49 PM
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5. I'd destroy every single bones of Raygun including the luz
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-03-10 06:28 PM
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6. Canadian PM McKenzie King talked to his dead dog
Attended seances and chatted with the dead FDR. Beat that, Chevez!

"Privately, he was highly eccentric with his preference for communing with spirits, including those of Leonardo da Vinci, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, his dead mother, and several of his Irish Terrier dogs, all named Pat except one named Bob. He also claimed to commune with the spirit of the late President Roosevelt. He sought personal reassurance from the spirit world, rather than seeking political advice. Indeed, after his death, one of his mediums said that she had not realized that he was a politician. King asked whether his party would win the 1935 election, one of the few times politics came up during his seances. His occult interests were kept secret during his years in office, and only became publicized later, and have seen in his occult activities a penchant for forging unities from antitheses, thus having latent political import. In 1953 Time Magazine stated that he owned and used both a Ouija board and a crystal ball."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Lyon_Mackenzie_Kin...
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