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FOX and Friends imply Chavez and supporters getting high together

Reported by Chrish - January 25, 2008

In a quickie smear segment this morning 1/25/08 on FOX and Friends, the hosts discussed the revelation that Hugo Chavez chews coca leaves and ingests coca paste, allegedly sent to him by Bolivia's dictator (is he a dictator too? asks Carlson of herself) and Fidel Castro. Maybe, smirks Carlson, that's the attraction for "certain people" to visit him.
With video.

From Wikipedia:

"Unprocessed coca leaves are also commonly used in the Andean countries to make an herbal tea with mild stimulant effects similar to strong coffee.

[snip] Since ancient times, its leaves have been used as a stimulant by some of the Andean people of Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, where unprocessed coca remains legal and popular today as a common herbal tea with mild stimulant effects. In the highlands, coca tea and chewed leaves are used as a breathing aid to combat the effects of altitude sickness.

[snip] The activity of chewing coca is called mambear, chacchar or acullicar, borrowed from Quechua, or in Bolivia, picchar, derived from the Aymara language. The Spanish masticar is also frequently used, along with the slang term "bolear," derived from the word "bola" or ball of coca pouched in the cheek while chewing. Doing so usually causes users to feel a tingling and numbing sensation in their mouths, similar to receiving Novocaine during a dental procedure. Even today, chewing coca leaves is a common sight in indigenous communities across the central Andean region, particularly in places like the mountains of Bolivia, where the cultivation and consumption of coca is as much a part of the national culture similar to chicha, like wine is to France or beer is to Germany."

Brian Kilmeade is frequently kidded about his coffee consumption and just this morning (or was it yesterday?) they teased that he'd hold up "Will work for coffee" sign or something to that effect.

What an ignorant segment, meant only to smear the unpopular leader and his admirers from the US.


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