It is with a heavy heart that I report on a recent marital break-up amongst America’s celebrities and with an even heavier heart the dissolution of ties that once bound philosophical allies. 

Actually, I’m not experiencing any compassion at all for either the celeb in question, L.A. Laker shooting guard Kobe Bean Bryant or for America’s president since both are getting their just desserts.  Bryant’s dessert is especially sweet and Obama’s specially ironic. 

Let’s start with the ironic rift which is pertinent to the upcoming election year and which must represent a crushing blow to President Barack Hussein Obama. 

Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro  The bloom is off the Hugo-Barack rose. 

As if he hadn’t noticed before, playing to America’s center-right electorate Obama dared criticize President Hugo Chavez’ dismal human rights record in Venezuela and the dictator’s chumminess with Cuba and Iran.  An audacious attack made in a Caracas newspaper, his well-founded criticism proved incendiary and evoked a spirited rejoinder from the South American leader.   

With both presidents up for re-election in 2012, Chavez shot back by characterizing his North American counterpart as a “clown,” admonishing his fellow socialist, “Now you want to win votes by attacking Venezuela.  Don’t be irresponsible.  You are a clown, a clown.  Leave us in peace . . . Go after your votes by fulfilling that which you promised your people.” 

As if that put-down were not harsh enough, Chavez added, “Focus on governing your country, which you’ve turned into a disaster.”

Of course, for those of us who have closely followed Obama’s meteoric, inexplicable rise to political stardom, the clown reference, the failed promises, and the national disaster comment aren’t revelations but, still, it’s awkward to witness birds of a feather getting so ruffled. 

Chavez also threw in, “If I could be a candidate there in the United States, I’d sweep you away.” (  

How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to be trashed by one of your own kind!    

  In less earth-shaking but more titillating news, accused rapist and notorious man-about-town Kobe Bryant will probably be taken to the financial cleaners by his estranged wife, Vanessa. 

Kobe beat the Eagle, Colorado rape rap/sexual assault charge when his white accuser refused to testify.  He subsequently apologized for a crime he swore he didn’t commit and paid her off in 2004.  That tawdry incident temporarily cost him a few endorsements and an 8 carat diamond ring he used to salve Vanessa’s hurt.  

That will all seem like pocket change now that Mrs. Bryant is suing Mr. Bryant for divorce.   Apparently,  Kobe isn’t nearly as well-equipped with brights as he is with basketball skills. 

After multiple incidences of marital infidelity and finally ratted out by wives of his temmates, Vanessa is set to reap a bundle because Kobe never bothered to get her to sign a pre-nuptial agreement.  

As compensation for ten years of marriage to the L.A. Laker star, Vanessa Bryant stands to gain up to 50% of Kobe’s earnings over that period, or $75 million plus child support and the right to maintain her standard of living, which is opulent.   

For a guy who must have known he wasn’t adept at keeping his pants on, no pre-nup was tantamount to no brains.  It all also goes to show the consequences of disappointing your daddy; Kobe’s father disapproved of his marrying a Latina girl instead of an African-American, according to Fox News. (

Break-ups and splits aren’t uncommon nowadays in Celebrity World.  Good grief, even Chaz (formerly Chastity) Bono just broke up with his/her main squeeze so the Kobe-Vanessa divorce isn’t unsurprising.   The Hugo Chavez-Barack Obama rift is a shocker though.  How often do we see like-minded socialists quarreling?