Have a few pounds you need to shed? Those love handles not looking too lovely anymore? Try this hot new Hollywood diet, endorsed by everyone from Cindy Sheehan:

O’Donnell asked: “Why go stand by side by Hugo Chavez in Venezuela? Why do that? Would you rather live under him than George Bush?

Sheehan: “Yes. Hugo Chavez is not a dictator like you introduced him. He’s been democratically elected eight times. He is not anti-American, he has helped the poor people of America.

Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte, and others agree as well. This is fantastic diet plan.

Mr Finlayson said his delegation ignored such voices because the goal was to express solidarity, not investigate. But the group did encounter some Chavez critics: walking through a wealthy district of Caracas, it was pelted with eggs.

So what is this new fabulous diet that has Hollywood abuzz? Socialist utopianism, commonly known as starvation!

Meat cuts vanished from Venezuelan supermarkets this week, leaving only unsavory bits like chicken feet, while costly artificial sweeteners have increasingly replaced sugar, and many staples sell far above government-fixed prices.

President Hugo Chavez’s administration blames the food supply problems on unscrupulous speculators, but industry officials say government price controls that strangle profits are responsible.

No meat, no sugar? The no-carb diet people will love this. It’s a brand new tourist enticement. Venezuela – come and starve.

Gonzalo Asuaje, president of the meat processors association Afrigo, said that costs and demand have surged but in four years the government has barely raised the price of beef, which now stands at $1.82 per pound. Simply getting beef to retailers now costs $2.41 per pound without including any markup, he said.

“They want to sell it at the same price the cattle breeder gets for his cow,” he said. “It’s impossible.”

You don’t need to eat when you live in a socialist utopia. That’s the lesson people never seem to learn. Perfection has its price; and that price is starvation.

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