January 23rd, 2013
05:27 AM ET

Cubans pray for a Chavez recovery

Reliant on Venezuelan oil, Cubans worry how Hugo Chavez's health will affect the country. Patrick Oppmann reports.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Cuba • Prayer

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  1. SoCal Reggae

    Jah Rastafari

    January 23, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
  2. lionlylamb


    January 23, 2013 at 6:40 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Loser just figured out how to embed a video clip.

      January 23, 2013 at 6:43 pm |
  3. Guliver Perevin

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    January 23, 2013 at 6:22 pm |
  4. lionlylamb


    January 23, 2013 at 5:53 pm |


    January 23, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Obviously not an adherent of the maxim "Don't just do something! Sit there"

      January 23, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
    • realbuckyball

      Because the lord of the universe, and creator of 600 se'xtillion stars needs some human ant to tell her what she, (an omniscient being), already knows what she is going to do anyway. Yes indeed. Waste your time praying.

      January 23, 2013 at 7:10 pm |
  6. truth be told

    Rule #1 for these blogs
    Recognize all atheist type communication as lies.
    Treat accordingly.

    January 23, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      And acknowledge that ants eating breakfast are likely to have droopy ears due to the negative inversion of a beef pie.

      January 23, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
    • realbuckyball

      Prerequisite for rule #1 : realize that all believers generalize about "all" atheists, even though they don't actually know even one.

      January 23, 2013 at 7:12 pm |
    • Science

      TBT what digit do you use on the remote control for your TV ???

      January 24, 2013 at 7:52 am |
  7. Comunismo

    En Cuba no falta nada!

    January 23, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
  8. Henry Jones Jr.

    For those dingbats who claim atheism is responsible for the failings of communism, do note that Chavez is devoutly Catholic, and still embarked on the same repression.

    Because that's what totalitarian dictators do, Christian or atheist.

    But of course, truth and reality will never get in the way of a good lie, so you can be sure the zealots will post it again and again and again.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Saying the failings of communisim is like saying the failings of capitalisim.

      In truth, neither have ever actually been tried, either here OR in the USSR.

      We both have the same form of government, Kleptocracy!

      January 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
    • Henry Jones Jr.

      Actually, if the result of any attempt to create communism is that a brutal repressive dictatorship always results, then it actually has been tried.

      Capitalism has been tried, and it too perverts into a nasty system of exploitation and greed that mandates some force like government steps in and limits its excesses.

      Want to see an example of pure free market capitalism at work? The drug trade. What is the result? Dangerous products, violence, intercartel war, attempts at monopoly, lousy work conditions, ruthlessness and so on. Just like the heavy deregulation of banks and derivatives resulted in an emphasis on extreme risk that slammed the whole economy into the toilet.

      January 23, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      But much of the problems in the drug trade come from the fact that drugs are illegal globally. It's hardly an example of a completely free market when the central product is illegal.

      January 23, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      communism, capitalism, or socialism are nothing more than economic models developed based on social political living conditions. It is always asking for disaster to adopt someone else model in your place, because it worked some place else.

      January 23, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
    • Henry Jones Jr.

      Unregulated capitalism always has led to unsafe products, unsafe and unhealthy work conditions, exploitation of labor, and a strong tendancy to monopolize and end the free market. It is socially negative, and self-destructing.

      Anarchism runs onto the same problem. As theoretically desirable as total freedom is, it is incredibly vulnerable to any organized force trying to take power – which is very inate in humans.

      January 23, 2013 at 4:59 pm |

    they pray to a hindu fabrication called Jesus as their lord, the one never existed, hinduism fabrication of hindu pot head hindu sanatas, crocked goons, deny human equality ordained truth absolute , creator of universe and LORD of the world. obeying hinduism racism of hindus, racist of hindu dark ages.

    January 23, 2013 at 2:21 pm |

      KKK , clueo clux clan is hinduism corruption of truth absolute 360*, word of Sanskrit language, meaning noble limitations, based on hinduism illegality of hindu racist Pharaohs of Egypt of hindu dark ages, invented by hindu sanatans, filthy goons Plato etc, foundation and justification of hinduism , criminality of existence of kings and their hindu criminal prophets, fortune tellers as hindu sanatans, filthy man gods of hinduism dark ages.

      January 23, 2013 at 2:23 pm |


      January 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm |

      she is making me worried too Dad. Let's see, she left home around five to entertain a Arab party. I saw her packing couple of Trojan magnums so thought she would be late again. But yes, it is 2:00 AM Dad and I am hungry. Let me text her up to bring party left over food. Thanks Dad I almost forgot it's 2:00 AM !

      January 23, 2013 at 3:23 pm |

      hinduism, absurdity of a hindu ID thief from hindered gutter of hinduism denial of truth absolute india. Best a hindu ignorant can do, spew his hinduism, filth.

      January 23, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
  10. abraham0delacey0giuseppe0casey0thomas0o0malley

    i can help t think that America has something to do with his health

    January 23, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
    • Johnny Blammo

      I kind of suspected a series of low-grade radiation doses myself. Zap him, all radioactivity gone by the time symptoms show up, and cancer is very plausible deniability.

      It's illegal, but when has that ever stopped the CIA?

      January 23, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
  11. Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

    Lets hope the people in the picture get mental help.

    January 23, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
    • Reality

      Clearly you have no idea what you are talking about when it comes to mental illness.

      January 23, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
    • Reality

      Not from the original Reality

      January 23, 2013 at 10:35 pm |
  12. Teapatriot

    We should send liberals and all those who support Prez. B. Hussein to cuba / venezuela for a month each. After all they support the government being in charge of every area of our life. Lets take them to a place where socialism is actually practised rather than preached.

    January 23, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
    • New Athiest

      You are the stereotype of the Tea Party members.
      How shallow and idealistic of you.

      January 23, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
    • Four More Years . . . BWA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!

      Conservative groupthink is definitely the dumbest, most obviously perverted lies imaginable.

      The only surprising thing is that there is no lie too obvious and stupid for a conservative not to believe.

      The Tea Party is the "Hug-A-Lie" club.

      January 23, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Liberal groupthink is just as bad. I'd rather spend time with those Tea Party d.ouchebags than those Occupy d.ouchebags.

      January 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
    • Teapatriot

      Rational, thanks for the backhanded compliment. We support self reliance and pulling yourself up rather then whining about that this and everything, like the 'Occupy' crowd.

      January 23, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      I agree with all that Teapatriot but the Tea Party movement was hijacked by religious crazies who claim to support freedom but who would also make being gay a capital offence.

      January 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
    • Teapatriot

      fourmoreyears and newatheist, other than namecalling, what do you have?

      I say that B. Hussein is a socialist. can you disprove me? I have my data points : Obamacare, tax and spend, all big gub-mint ideas, take way peoples guns ideas.

      January 25, 2013 at 8:43 am |
  13. wow

    The one in blue T shirt has big ones 😛

    January 23, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Yes she does. She also doesn't seem to suffer from the condition I like to refer to as 'droopy Hispanic boobies', a debilitating condition caused by Hispanic women not having breast support.

      January 23, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Cubans are one inbred crew right now!

      Some are stunning, many howl at the moon.

      Once that island opens up, their worlds will be swept away within weeks

      People still drive cars from the 1950's! Talk about culture schock! All their imposed value systems will begin collapsing with weeks.

      Probably end up in another revolution!

      January 23, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
    • New Athiest

      I almost complained about how childish and pointless your comment was, then I read some of the stuff the rest of us are posting here.
      Carry on. At least we can all agree on something.

      January 23, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
    • Johnny Blammo

      The real question, William, is how it's going to open up. Once the Castro brothers keel over, which shouldn't be too long, who takes over? Probably part of the military, and that might mean something like China after Mao. However, if the economy collapses, you might see something like Russia, where a few people get super-rich as the average people stay relatively impoverished. And the Cubans in America are sure to muckup the process with their vehement demands to be given back the stuff their families stole fair and square years ago.

      It will be interesting, and probably a bit messy. But I doubt it will be a revolution.

      January 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
    • William Demuth


      Cuba is not Haiti

      Natural resources, incredible beach fronts, strategic military implications and former ties to organized crime pretty much guarantee some struggles for power.

      Might have a very happy ending for some, but bloodshed will be involved for sure, UNLESS we apoint a puppet, as I suspect we shall.

      Hamid Karzai will need a warm place to live quite soon!

      January 23, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
  14. Roger that

    Praying for oil? I wonder if it will be as effective as the rain prayer?

    January 23, 2013 at 11:51 am |
    • Zingo

      The oil dance is a wonder to behold. The girls do it on Wild Wednesday down at the Sizzlin' Kitty strip club. That's the club the Southern Baptist Convention leaders hang out at.

      January 23, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
  15. Reasonably

    Please pray. Pray hard. Meanwhile folks here I'm sure will be praying for the opposite. The great prayer circle.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:37 am |
  16. Rational Libertraian

    Commies and Religion; is there a worse combination possible?

    January 23, 2013 at 10:24 am |
    • Ex-Christian

      Fascists and Religion could be worse depending on the leader and religion followed... Still, Commies and Religion is a very bad combination.

      January 23, 2013 at 10:28 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Just noticed I spelled Libertarian wrong. I'm on my work computer. Yes Ex-Christian, both those combinations are potentially disastrous.

      January 23, 2013 at 10:34 am |
    • Reasonably

      Jihad. Fundamentalist killers with no fear of death or reprisal.

      January 23, 2013 at 11:38 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      That's not actually what Jihad means. Christian self-rightousness and Jihad are practically the same except for the fact that Western Europe and America benefited from an enlightenment and a reformation, which limits Christian expansion to mostly non-violent means.

      January 23, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
    • Reasonably

      Rat.Lib – have a gander at wikipedia "jihad" then pop back in with your response. I stand by my previous one.

      January 23, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
  17. William Demuth

    Is prayer just a metaphysical form of democracy?

    If I pray for A, and you pray for B, do our prayers offset each other?

    Or do they have PAC's (Prayer Action Committies?)

    Does prayer require a super majority?

    If I pray to Christ for A, and to God against A, which vote carries more weight?

    Do non Christian prayers only count for 2/3's of a Christians?

    Am I allowed to sell my prayer?

    January 23, 2013 at 10:09 am |
    • VanHagar

      Is prayer just a metaphysical form of democracy? NO.

      If I pray for A, and you pray for B, do our prayers offset each other? NO.

      Or do they have PAC's (Prayer Action Committies?) WHO IS "THEY" OTHERWISE NO

      Does prayer require a super majority? NO, BUT IT DOESN'T HURT.

      If I pray to Christ for A, and to God against A, which vote carries more weight? NEITHER. ITS THE SAME PRAYER

      Do non Christian prayers only count for 2/3's of a Christians? NO. SAME WEIGHT.

      Am I allowed to sell my prayer? WHAT IS YOUR INITIAL OFFER?

      January 23, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
  18. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    How can they keep praying for the recovery of someone who is already dead? This fiction of continuing to claim Chavez is still alive is almost as idiotic as believing he actually won his reelections without fraud. It's just that Chavez never publicly named a "successor" so the fight is on between the Chavistas to determine who will actually take over and how they will do so, and can they make sure the army recognizes them.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:30 am |
    • William Demuth

      I guess you are saying Jesus didn't hear Chavez praying?

      Well, alive or dead I am confident a great deal of suffering was involved.

      The end times of another two bit tyrant!

      I hope they connected his colostomy bag to his IV drip!

      January 23, 2013 at 10:00 am |
  19. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Pray without ceasing in 2013
    Prayer changes things

    January 23, 2013 at 8:00 am |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Leave a Reply to Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your repeated assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded.

      Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE), the expression that best matches the degree to which your repeated unfounded assertions may represent truths is: "CHRONIC TOTAL FAIL". Perhaps the following book can help you cope with the problem of repeating unfounded assertions:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...

      January 23, 2013 at 8:03 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      January 23, 2013 at 9:34 am |
    • Elmer Fudd

      How come my haaw won't gwow? I pwayed and pwayed and pwayed and not a thingle stwand of haaw gwew. And why do I thtill have thith speech impe, imped, impediment? I pwayed and pwayed and pwayed.

      January 23, 2013 at 10:31 am |
    • Reasonably

      I would ask to you pray without ceasing – even to the exclusion of eating and drinking. Let me know how that works out for you.

      January 23, 2013 at 11:40 am |
    • lionlylamb


      January 23, 2013 at 6:10 pm |
  20. Reality

    Free Will and Future are inherent to all the thinking beings in the Universe. This being the case, it is not possible to alter life with prayers. Statistically, your request might come true but it is simply the result of the variability/randomness of Nature..

    So put down your rosaries and prayer beads and stop worshiping/revering cows or bowing to Mecca five times a day or revering H. Chavez. Instead work hard at your job, take care of aging parents, volunteer at a soup kitchen, donate to charities and the poor and continue to follow the proper rules of your religion or any good rules of living as gracious and good human beings.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:25 am |
    • Bill Deacon

      Some people who work, hard, take care of others, volunteer and donate find that prayer brings them into closer communion with the spirit which animates their actions and refreshes them from the trials of the world. To claim that prayer is ineffective diminishes the restorative and inspirational affect that it has on practiitioners.

      January 23, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
    • Reality

      "which animates their actions and refreshes them from the trials of the world." So does playing the lottery that is until you lose.

      January 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Yeah, that's called a temporal illusion.

      January 23, 2013 at 5:48 pm |
    • lionlylamb


      January 23, 2013 at 6:05 pm |
    • Reality

      A temporal illusion is a distortion in sensory perception caused when the time between the occurrence of two or more events is very short (typically less than a second). i.e. said illusion does not fit playing the lottery but might fit prayer at times..

      January 23, 2013 at 10:40 pm |
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