Breaking: Hugo Chavez is dead; Update: Democratic rep mourns; Update: So does Jimmy Carter

posted at 5:21 pm on March 5, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Well, that’s that: Chavez’s lieutenants have been insisting for months that the Venezuelan president would be making a full recovery from his cancer-related operations and that Venezuelans had no cause for alarm — but they’ve been getting notably less vociferous about the whole thing recently, and that charade is officially over. The Associated Press is reporting that the longtime socialist-Marxist leader died on Tuesday afternoon:

Vice President Nicolas Maduro, surrounded by other government officials, announced the death in a national television broadcast. He said Chavez died at 4:25 p.m. local time. …

Chavez underwent surgery in Cuba in June 2011 to remove what he said was a baseball-size tumor from his pelvic region, and the cancer returned repeatedly over the next 18 months despite more surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. He kept secret key details of his illness, including the type of cancer and the precise location of the tumors. …

Two months after his last re-election in October, Chavez returned to Cuba again for cancer surgery, blowing a kiss to his country as he boarded the plane. He was never seen again in public. …

After a 10-week absence marked by opposition protests over the lack of information about the president’s health and growing unease among the president’s “Chavista” supporters, the government released photographs of Chavez on Feb. 15 and three days later announced that the president had returned to Venezuela to be treated at a military hospital in Caracas.

Update: So, what’s next for Venezuela now that their corrupt, destructive, America-hating, socialist leader is no more? Either Vice President Nicolas Maduro or National Assembly leader Diosdado Cabello will become interim president for thirty days while the country engineers a special election — and without Chavez to figurehead his “Chavismo” movement, the outcome isn’t necessarily a sure thing.

[A]lthough his cronies and their Cuban handlers are maneuvering to hold on to power, a Chavista succession is neither stable nor sustainable. With more audacious leadership among Venezuela’s democrats and intelligent solidarity from abroad, Chávez’s legacy might be buried with him.

The foundations of Chavismo are being shaken by an impending socioeconomic meltdown, a faltering oil sector, bitter in-fighting in his own movement, complicity with drug-trafficking and terrorism, rampant street crime, the inept performance by Chávez’s anointed successor, and growing popular rejection of Cuban interference, corrupt institutions, and rigged elections. Beset by these challenges and with Chávez no longer at the top of the ballot, the regime will use every advantage to engineer a victory in a special election to choose a new president.

Update (AP): Speaking of Maduro, he’s a low-rent anti-American populist crank from the same mold as his former boss. If you thought that Chavez shoving off might make way for detente between the U.S. and Venezuela, think again:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was infected with cancer by “imperialist” enemies, his No. 2 alleged on Tuesday, adding that the socialist leader was suffering his hardest moments since an operation three months ago…

“We have no doubt that commander Chavez was attacked with this illness,” Maduro said, repeating a charge first made by Chavez himself that the cancer was an attack by “imperialist” foes in the United States in league with domestic enemies.

“The old enemies of our fatherland looked for a way to harm his health,” Maduro said, comparing it with allegations that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who died in 2004, may have been poisoned by Israeli agents.

Read this old Hitchens piece from 2010 about seeing Chavez’s crankery up close. Even his lackey Sean Penn couldn’t break through the wall of paranoia, which included skepticism about the moon landing.

Update (AP): The main plot right now is Chavez’s death and the subplot is creepily affectionate reminiscences from some of his fellow travelers on the left. (John Sexton notes on Twitter that Chavez ultimately proved too tyrannical even for Noam Chomsky.) Soon, though, as the shock of the news about his demise recedes, those two will reverse positions. Here’s your early leader for useful idiot of the day. He’s a congressman, of course:

Update (AP): No surprise here:

Update (AP): David Frum points to this piece from a few years ago estimating that the Man of the People had amassed a private fortune of $2 billion.

Update (AP): Michael Moynihan’s acidic obit at Newsweek is the one you’ll want to read. As he reminds us, there was no monster Chavez wasn’t willing to hug in the name of anti-American camaraderie. He was a proud supporter of Saddam, Mugabe, Qaddafi, and of course Bashar Assad, not because they overlapped much philosophically beyond authoritarianism but because they were all antagonists of the United States. That was Chavez’s core shtick — anti-colonialist vaudeville at the expense of the west’s superpower.

Update (AP): You outdid yourself on this one, Jimbo. I want to say “unbelievable,” but no, it’s quite believable.

Statement From Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Death of Hugo Chavez

Rosalynn and I extend our condolences to the family of Hugo Chávez Frías. We met Hugo Chávez when he was campaigning for president in 1998 and The Carter Center was invited to observe elections for the first time in Venezuela. We returned often, for the 2000 elections, and then to facilitate dialogue during the political conflict of 2002-2004. We came to know a man who expressed a vision to bring profound changes to his country to benefit especially those people who had felt neglected and marginalized. Although we have not agreed with all of the methods followed by his government, we have never doubted Hugo Chávez’s commitment to improving the lives of millions of his fellow countrymen.

President Chávez will be remembered for his bold assertion of autonomy and independence for Latin American governments and for his formidable communication skills and personal connection with supporters in his country and abroad to whom he gave hope and empowerment. During his 14-year tenure, Chávez joined other leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean to create new forms of integration. Venezuelan poverty rates were cut in half, and millions received identification documents for the first time allowing them to participate more effectively in their country’s economic and political life.

At the same time, we recognize the divisions created in the drive towards change in Venezuela and the need for national healing. We hope that as Venezuelans mourn the passing of President Chávez and recall his positive legacies — especially the gains made for the poor and vulnerable — the political leaders will move the country forward by building a new consensus that ensures equal opportunities for all Venezuelans to participate in every aspect of national life.


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Chavez, in assuming room temperature, has relocated to a warmer climate.

kingsjester on March 5, 2013 at 6:09 PM

He will have his choice of upper or lower bunk bed, leaving Obama to take what’s left.

VorDaj on March 5, 2013 at 6:12 PM

“Michelle, Hugo did me a big favor. He died just in time to divert the sequester fiasco I got maaself into” –Lilliput in Chief

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Van Jones just can’t keep a job.

Bishop on March 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM

You are one of the reasons I love reading this site… LOL

vamp57mw on March 5, 2013 at 6:12 PM

It’s times like these I miss Christopher Hitchens. His Chavez obituary would’ve been the only one worth reading.

Mark1971 on March 5, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Would it be safe to assume that the US will not be sending any official diplomatic contingent to that turd’s funeral?

JetBoy on March 5, 2013 at 6:13 PM

We say “Chavez dead”

Obama says “opportunity for career advancement”

CycloneCDB on March 5, 2013 at 6:13 PM

I guess to them Hitler would have been a ‘fiery & controversial socialist’ too.

VorDaj on March 5, 2013 at 6:10 PM

He was. We need to begin calling the left socialist nationalists – they are none other.

Proviso – “nationalist” now means “globalist”.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Not likely. The regime tried to keep up the facade that Chávez was alive and well for months, even to the point of issuing obviously photoshopped pictures of Chávez the other week. For whatever reason, the jig was up.

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 5:36 PM

When they were positioning the body for a photo op today the head fell off the corpse.

Aviator on March 5, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Poco después, el ministro de Defensa venezolano, Diego Molero, ha leído un comunicado a través de la televisión nacional para dejar clara la postura del Ejército y confirmó que la FANB está ya desplegándose para el operativo. “Nos encontramos cohesionados para cumplir los preceptos constitucionales y la voluntad de nuestro líder Hugo Chávez”, ha dicho.

In case anyone doubted that Venezuelans live under a military dictatorship, the Defense Minister got on television to give a cadena reminding the people that the Army is “united to fulfill [...] the will of our leader Hugo Chávez.”

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Analyst estimates Chávez’s family fortune at around $2 billion

Criminal Justice International Associates (CJIA), a risk assessment and global analysis firm in Miami, estimated in a recent report that the Chávez Frías family in Venezuela has “amassed a fortune” similar to that of the Castro brothers in Cuba.

According to Jerry Brewer, president of CJIA, “the personal fortune of the Castro brothers has been estimated at a combined value of around $2 billion.”

“The Chávez Frías family in Venezuela has amassed a fortune of a similar scale since the arrival of Chávez to the presidency in 1999,” said Brewer in an analysis published in their website.

Brewer said that Cuba is receiving about $5 billion per year from the Venezuelan treasury and in oil shipments and other resources.

“We believe that organized bolivarian criminal groups within the Chávez administration have subtracted around $100 billion out of the nearly $1 trillion in oil income made by PDVSA since 1999.”

“Oh, They all do it.”

Fleuries on March 5, 2013 at 6:15 PM

I will not be shocked at all, if our socialist dictator sends Kerry to the funeral.

kingsjester on March 5, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Courtesy RWM

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Jon Passantino ‏@passantino

ABC: Chavez was ‘fiery & controversial socialist’ http://abcnews.go.com/International/hugo-chavez-dead-president-venezuela-58-died-cancer/story?id=16198379NBC: Chavez a ‘charismatic leftist’ http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/05/17135772-venezuelas-comandante-hugo-chavez-dies?lite

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Yeah… and Auschwitz was really just a day spa…

dpduq on March 5, 2013 at 6:17 PM

The AP (Administration Press/American Pravda)and CNN would have praised Hitler in April 1945 as a “Socialist, who led the rebuilding of his nation following the devastation of WWI.”

……AND made Churchill and the Brits the cause of WWII.

PappyD61 on March 5, 2013 at 6:17 PM

I will not be shocked at all, if our socialist dictator sends Kerry to the funeral.

kingsjester on March 5, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Now if he would only stay there.

squint on March 5, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Michael Moore must be wetting his corpulent pants.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Well that’ll keep the oceans from rising for a decade or so.

Oldnuke on March 5, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Will Chavez body be ready for the Capitol Rotunda for Democrat and Hollywood mourners. Where is Sean Penn and Danny Glover?

jjnco73 on March 5, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way to Hell.
Also, in the US did give him cancer like the ignorant, corrupt POS’s claim, I day do much the better.

kwbrownie2003 on March 5, 2013 at 6:18 PM

dicktators are a dime a dozen, we have one.

phatfawzi on March 5, 2013 at 6:18 PM

I will not be shocked at all, if our socialist dictator sends Kerry to the funeral.

kingsjester on March 5, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Yeah, I was just asking that…I just got home so I know none of the details. I can’t imagine that even Obama would actually send an official US rep to the Chavez send-off. If he does he’s gonna get a lot of shiz for it.

Although, I like to imagine what gaffe-tastic soundbytes Biden might come up with.

JetBoy on March 5, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Jose E. Serrano:
Hugo Chavez was a leader that understood the needs of the poor. He was committed to empowering the powerless. R.I.P. Mr. President.

“On January 3, 2013, Serrano proposed the repeal of the 22nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which would remove the restriction on the number of terms a President may serve.”

Hmmm….

MichaelGabriel on March 5, 2013 at 6:20 PM

The New York Times:

Mr. Chávez, 58, changed Venezuela in fundamental ways, empowering and energizing millions of poor people who had felt marginalized and excluded.

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Most furious is god-king “Barack” Hussein I Soetoro who will be jealous of all the left’s adulation of Chavez, knowing (or should know) that he’s doomed to live out most of the rest of his life in exile and is destined to be buried anonymously in “potter’s field” in a pine box, with only a few aging “journalists” and Sandra Fluke to mourn him.

wildcat72 on March 5, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Jose E. Serrano:
Hugo Chavez was a leader that understood the needs of the poor. He was committed to empowering the powerless. R.I.P. Mr. President.

Heh, Chavez stole 2 billion from said poor. What fools the world has got.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 6:22 PM

And watch Obama make a hash of what follows after.

sharrukin on March 5, 2013 at 5:25 PM

“..hey, it’s a corpse, man!”

The War Planner on March 5, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Holla, TWP

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 6:23 PM

The New York Times:

Mr. Chávez, 58, changed Venezuela in fundamental ways, empowering and energizing millions of poor people who had felt marginalized and excluded.

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Yeah, I’m sure they feel much better now.

squint on March 5, 2013 at 6:23 PM

From the NYT:

With his voice cracking and close to tears, Vice President Nicolás Maduro said that he and other officials had gone to the military hospital where Mr. Chávez was being treated, sequestered from the public, when “we received the hardest and most tragic information that we could transmit to our people.”

Damn. I knew the GOP was to blame. Effin’ sequestration.

CycloneCDB on March 5, 2013 at 6:24 PM

The dictator-loving scum at the AP

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Hugo Chavez reporting for duty!

VorDaj on March 5, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Evil Clown Passes; Parrot Now Homeless

BobMbx on March 5, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Hugo Chavez reporting for duty!

VorDaj on March 5, 2013 at 6:24 PM

doodie

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 6:25 PM

The Communist Parrot,is no more…………………..
(sarc)

The Parrot Sketch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npjOSLCR2hE

canopfor on March 5, 2013 at 6:26 PM

The New York Times:
Mr. Chávez, 58, changed Venezuela in fundamental ways, empowering and energizing millions of poor people who had felt marginalized and excluded.
steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Cattle prods will do that.

Marcola on March 5, 2013 at 6:27 PM

So is it OK to start going to Citgo gas stations again?

Mark1971 on March 5, 2013 at 6:27 PM

The New York Times:

Mr. Chávez, 58, changed Venezuela in fundamental ways, empowering and energizing millions of poor people who had felt marginalized and excluded.

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 6:20 PM

The New York Times:

Mr. Hitler, fortyish, changed Germany in fundamental ways, empowering and energizing millions of poor people who had felt marginalized and excluded.

VorDaj on March 5, 2013 at 6:27 PM

The New York Times:

Mr. Chávez, 58, changed Venezuela in fundamental ways, empowering and energizing millions of poor people who had felt marginalized and excluded.

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Heard a flaming lib say something like that to a Venezualan expat at a party last year. We just about had to hold the Venezualan woman back. Her land, family farm and business were taken from her by Chavez. How on earth do libs dress themselves in the morning?

Fallon on March 5, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Can’t wait for the youtube video “Hitler finds out Chavez bit the dust”

Erich66 on March 5, 2013 at 6:29 PM

I wonder if Chavez will join Hitler in enjoying Hell’s fruit of the month club.

Oldnuke on March 5, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Politically Chavez was to the right of Obama but, I guess, we all can’t be perfect.

MaiDee on March 5, 2013 at 6:29 PM

So is it OK to start going to Citgo gas stations again?

Mark1971 on March 5, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Too soon.

Fallon on March 5, 2013 at 6:29 PM

So is it OK to start going to Citgo gas stations again?

Mark1971 on March 5, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Sucks to be Joe Kennedy, huh?

22044 on March 5, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Txt Msg “Hey Kim, lost my mentor today, you kewl to fill in? Barry”….

hillsoftx on March 5, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Estadao ‏@Estadao

Lula diz ter ‘orgulho’ de Hugo Chávez: ‘Seu exemplo de amor à pátria e dedicação continuarão’ http://migre.me/dxNUs

Former Brazilian President and Foro de São Paulo puppetmaster Lula da Silva says he is “proud of having lived and worked with [Chávez] for the integration of Latin America and for a fairer world,” and that he has “confidence that [Chávez's] example of love of country and his dedication to the cause of the underprivileged will continue illuminating the future of Venezuela.”

The Brazilian papers are reporting that Lula will take part in Chávez’s funeral.

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Can’t wait for the youtube video “Hitler finds out Chavez bit the dust”

Erich66 on March 5, 2013 at 6:29 PM

If I would have had a son, he would have looked just like Dear Hugo. – AH%Hell

VorDaj on March 5, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Obama, in statement after death of Chavez, says US reaffirms interest in developing constructive relationship with Venezuela – @Reuters

17 secs ago by editor

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/venezuelan-president-hugo-chavez-dies

canopfor on March 5, 2013 at 6:31 PM

So is it OK to start going to Citgo gas stations again?

Mark1971 on March 5, 2013 at 6:27 PM

I haven’t seen one of those around here in years. And, no, I still wouldn’t buy crap from there. Chavez is dead but the communist regime he started is still in power.

Obama, I’m sure, is working hard to figure out how to keep it that way.

wildcat72 on March 5, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Chavez share the same death day as Comrade Stalin.
http://www.thepeoplescube.com/peoples-blog/a-moment-of-silence-for-uncle-joe-t10819.html

onlineanalyst on March 5, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Holla, TWP

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 6:23 PM

..howdy, bro! This pig had cancer but you ever wonder why the guy kept expanding? Well, it was colon cancer and he hadn’t taken a decent dump since 2011. What the Caracas Commies aren’t telling you is that he actually exploded and there are brown-colored pieces of this slime bag all over the presidential palace.

Forget S. Weasel’s dead pool, I was going with Chavez versus Dick Morris as to which one would explode first. Morris got so bad that Mrs War Planner and I used to watch Hannity whenever he did a guest shot with plastic sheets draped all over ourselves like a couple of people with front-row seats to a Gallagher’s concert.

The War Planner on March 5, 2013 at 6:32 PM

How on earth do libs dress themselves in the morning?

Fallon on March 5, 2013 at 6:29 PM

An intricate system of wheels, pulleys, and Mexican maids.

squint on March 5, 2013 at 6:33 PM

How on earth do libs dress themselves in the morning?

Fallon on March 5, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Teamwork. One knows how to put on pants, one knows how to put on socks, and so on and so forth.

VorDaj on March 5, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Her land, family farm and business were taken from her by Chavez. How on earth do libs dress themselves in the morning?

Fallon on March 5, 2013 at 6:29 PM

First the brown pants, then the brown shirt, thick socks, and finally hobnailed boots.

Bishop on March 5, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Can’t wait for the youtube video “Hitler finds out Chavez bit the dust”

Erich66 on March 5, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Whoever makes such a video better watch out. If Hillary finds out she will blame Dear Hugo, Man of the Peoples, death on him/her and send him/her to prison.

VorDaj on March 5, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Say “hi” to Ted Kennedy…

dpduq on March 5, 2013 at 5:59 PM

You’re a caution…..

itsspideyman on March 5, 2013 at 6:37 PM

The War Planner on March 5, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Ewww.

22044 on March 5, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Good riddance, and none too soon. He deserved worse.

Midas on March 5, 2013 at 6:39 PM

More: Obama says Venezuela starting new chapter; US committed to promoting democracy, rule of law, respect for human rights – @Reuters

3 mins ago by editor

canopfor on March 5, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Michael Moore must be wetting his corpulent pants.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM

For some reason, Michael Moore flew into Omaha yesterday. A good friend has had the unfortunate experience of flying on the same plane as Moore, twice. The first time he sat behind her and she put her seat back as far as it would go to try to make him as uncomfortable as possible, lol. Yesterday, she said he didn’t pick up his own bags, he had a minion get them. I told her he was incapable of doing any kind of actual “work” without getting winded.

Fallon on March 5, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Say “hi” to Ted Kennedy…

dpduq on March 5, 2013 at 5:59 PM

You’re a caution…..

itsspideyman on March 5, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Are you from Alabama?

VorDaj on March 5, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Very gross. Do not click if you get grossed out by maggots infesting Hugo Chavez’s Skull. Song included.

Bmore on March 5, 2013 at 6:42 PM

So I wonder,will Hopey,scratch Chevaz,off his “Kill List”,
er wait,Hugo is not an American,oops,my bad!
(snark)

canopfor on March 5, 2013 at 6:42 PM

How on earth do libs dress themselves in the morning?

Fallon on March 5, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Teamwork. One knows how to put on pants, one knows how to put on socks, and so on and so forth.

VorDaj on March 5, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Wait, wait – *one* of them knows how to put on *both* socks? And not on the same foot?

I’m sorry, I’m going to need a citation or photographic evidence – I’ve yet to come across one with the minimum IQ required to avoid being distracted and committing lewd acts upon one of the socks, eating one of them, or wiping their butts with it – and frequently all of those in the span of a few minutes.

Midas on March 5, 2013 at 6:42 PM

We need to get over there and start throwing billions of US taxpayer dollars around. The US can’t retreat into a fearful isolationism. If we don’t spend your money over there, the Chinese will, and that won’t be good for anybody.

/McCain/Graham/Rubio

boko fittleworth on March 5, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Well this time he will truly know what sulfur smells like.

jaboba on March 5, 2013 at 6:43 PM

More: Obama says Venezuela starting new chapter; US committed to promoting democracy, rule of law, respect for human rights – @Reuters

3 mins ago by editor

canopfor on March 5, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Oh crap, that’s not gonna end well.

squint on March 5, 2013 at 6:43 PM

More: Obama says Venezuela starting new chapter; US committed to promoting democracy, rule of law, respect for human rights – @Reuters

3 mins ago by editor

canopfor on March 5, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Just not in the United States. Does Hugo Obama even know what rule or law is? He certainly shows no signs of it.

VorDaj on March 5, 2013 at 6:44 PM

verbaluce, you should celebrate the demise of dictators. Your side is against tyranny, right?
Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Oh I wish he’d left office long ago.
But isn’t it your side that misses Mubarak?

verbaluce on March 5, 2013 at 6:46 PM

We need to get over there and start throwing billions of US taxpayer dollars around. The US can’t retreat into a fearful isolationism. If we don’t spend your money over there, the Chinese will, and that won’t be good for anybody.

/McCain/Graham/Rubio

boko fittleworth on March 5, 2013 at 6:43 PM

The Three Wackadoodles.

VorDaj on March 5, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Sadly, Bobo the Fascist Parrot was put down soon after so he could join his master on his journey into the Netherworld.

Bishop on March 5, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Pity, that. I was hoping he would be at the funeral wear a black wingband and his trademark red beret. Will he be buried with or alongside?

Christien on March 5, 2013 at 6:47 PM

More: Obama says Venezuela starting new chapter; US committed to promoting democracy, rule of law, respect for human rights – @Reuters

3 mins ago by editor

canopfor on March 5, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Hugo was democratically elected – so it’s all good, right?
-Sec. John Kerry

CycloneCDB on March 5, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Poor Joe Kennedy…beat me to it Del

DanMan on March 5, 2013 at 5:33 PM

If you go to the Citizens Oil web page, you’ll see that they now have an offshoot-Citizens Wind.

Highly ironic, considering that Joe’s Uncle, Chappaquidick Fats, opposed wind turbines off Hyannis.

Del Dolemonte on March 5, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Obama, in statement after death of Chavez, says US reaffirms interest in developing constructive relationship with Venezuela – @Reuters

17 secs ago by editor

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/venezuelan-president-hugo-chavez-dies

canopfor on March 5, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Right after Venezuela kicks out U.S. diplomats? Smart Power!

Bishop on March 5, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Why did God just grant favor to Venezuela and not to America?

VorDaj on March 5, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Heh, Chavez stole 2 billion from said poor.

Schadenfreude on March 5, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Most likely that $2 Billion is just about every penny we and the rest of the countries of the world sent to help the Venezuelan poor, so he mostly stole the money from us and our humanitarian efforts.

RJL on March 5, 2013 at 6:49 PM

H. Chavez champion of the poor who insured that the poor will stay that way.

Dasher on March 5, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Was Venezuela just for practice?

VorDaj on March 5, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Sean Penn and Michael Moore hardest hit.

bw222 on March 5, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Send Biden and Spicoli to the funeral.

Christien on March 5, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dies

Photo: Chavez supporters wailing in the streets of Caracas – REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins via @nycjim

8 mins ago from twitter.yfrog.com by editor

http://www.breakingnews.com/item/ahZzfmJyZWFraW5nbmV3cy13d3ctaHJkcg0LEgRTZWVkGIrjwg0M/2013/03/05/photo-chavez-supporters-wailing-in-the-streets-of-caracas-reutersc

canopfor on March 5, 2013 at 6:52 PM

While the smell of sulfur settles, they’re trying to talk traumatized Sean Penn off the bridge.

RdLake on March 5, 2013 at 6:53 PM

H. Chavez champion of the poor who insured that the poor will stay that way.

Dasher on March 5, 2013 at 6:49 PM

He will be missed—by liberals.

squint on March 5, 2013 at 6:54 PM

canopfor on March 5, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Right after Venezuela kicks out U.S. diplomats? Smart Power!

Bishop on March 5, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Bishop:Yup:)

canopfor on March 5, 2013 at 6:54 PM

While we are all having fun dancing on this a-holes grave let’s not forget that there are millions of halfwits in Venezuela that voted for him.

Mark1971 on March 5, 2013 at 6:55 PM

El expresidente de Honduras Manuel Zelaya ha dicho que “Chávez está en el corazón del pueblo”. dijo a Efe, tras conocer el deceso del gobernante de Venezuela y añadió que su fallecimiento “enluta a Latinoamérica”.

Manuel “they’re trying to kill me with Jew beams” Zelaya, former President of Honduras, weighs in:

“Chávez is in the heart of the people.” “Latin America is grieving.”

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Sean Penn must have slipped cancer into his drink…

burserker on March 5, 2013 at 6:57 PM

The White House Flag has been lowered to half staff.

portlandon on March 5, 2013 at 6:57 PM

In 2012, Venezuela had 21,692 murders with a population of only 27.1 million.

There are more murders in Venezuela than in the United States and the 27 countries of the European Union combined. It’s murder rate is over 73 per 100,000 inhabitants. In the country’s capital, Caracas, the murder rate is more than 200 per 100,000 inhabitants.

In 1998, the year before Chavez came to power, there were 4,450 murders.

1998 (no Chavez): 4,450 murders

2012 (with Chavez): 21,692 murders

Socialist Utopia!

Resist We Much on March 5, 2013 at 6:57 PM

While we are all having fun dancing on this a-holes grave let’s not forget that there are millions of halfwits in Venezuela that voted for him.

Mark1971 on March 5, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Our halfwits are better than theirs.

squint on March 5, 2013 at 6:58 PM

There’s a FARC joke in there, somewhere.

Christien on March 5, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Obama’s hero gone? How sad.

Axion on March 5, 2013 at 6:58 PM

A monster is dead.

A good day.

blue13326 on March 5, 2013 at 6:59 PM

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague ‘saddened’ at death of President Hugo Chavez who left ‘lasting impression’ on Venezuela – @BBCNews

Is it fair to say that Adolf Hitler left a “lasting impression” on Germany?

CycloneCDB on March 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Jimmy misspelled his name. It’s Chavez Fritas.

Christien on March 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM

The White House Flag has been lowered to half staff.

portlandon on March 5, 2013 at 6:57 PM

The stars and stripes or the black one?

Bishop on March 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM

In 2012, Venezuela had 21,692 murders with a population of only 27.1 million.

There are more murders in Venezuela than in the United States and the 27 countries of the European Union combined. It’s murder rate is over 73 per 100,000 inhabitants. In the country’s capital, Caracas, the murder rate is more than 200 per 100,000 inhabitants.

In 1998, the year before Chavez came to power, there were 4,450 murders.

1998 (no Chavez): 4,450 murders

2012 (with Chavez): 21,692 murders

Socialist Utopia!

Resist We Much on March 5, 2013 at 7:01 PM

While we are all having fun dancing on this a-holes grave let’s not forget that there are millions of halfwits in Venezuela that voted for him.

Mark1971 on March 5, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Our halfwits are better than theirs.

squint on March 5, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Our halfwits envy theirs.

CycloneCDB on March 5, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Manuel “they’re trying to kill me with Jew beams” Zelaya, former President of Honduras, weighs in:

“Chávez is in the heart of the people.” “Latin America is grieving.

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 6:55 PM

If they know what’s good for them.

squint on March 5, 2013 at 7:01 PM

The Peruvian congress actually suspended its proceedings to offer a moment of silence for Chávez.

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala and Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner cleared their schedules to mourn.

Bolivian President Evo Morales is flying to Caracas as I type.

The Leftists of Latin America remain firmly united.

steebo77 on March 5, 2013 at 7:02 PM

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