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    Re: AP: VP of Venezuela Has Announced Hugo Chavez has Died

    Quote Originally Posted by jmotivator View Post
    Oh good. Now we have an all new murderous douche bag to put on T-Shirts! Guevara was getting old.
    I wouldn't celebrate just now. Knowing the Venezuelan people, Chavez's successor will be no different.........................

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    Re: AP: VP of Venezuela Has Announced Hugo Chavez has Died

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonzai View Post
    I wouldn't celebrate just now. Knowing the Venezuelan people, Chavez's successor will be no different.........................
    Well, Yeah.

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    Re: AP: VP of Venezuela Has Announced Hugo Chavez has Died

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonzai View Post
    I wouldn't celebrate just now. Knowing the Venezuelan people, Chavez's successor will be no different.........................
    We live in hope.
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    Re: AP: VP of Venezuela Has Announced Hugo Chavez has Died

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    We live in hope.
    Another person who's never been to Venezuela............................

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    Re: AP: VP of Venezuela Has Announced Hugo Chavez has Died

    My condolences to those who grieve for him.

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    Re: AP: VP of Venezuela Has Announced Hugo Chavez has Died

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    I wonder if the Obamas will attend the funeral.
    The White House plans to send one of it's other official red diaper babies to represent America, Sean Penn.

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    Re: AP: VP of Venezuela Has Announced Hugo Chavez has Died

    There was no immediate reaction to news of Chavez’ death from the White House or State Department, but House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) in a statement eschewed sympathy, describing Chavez as “a tyrant who forced the people of Venezuela to live in fear.”

    “His death dents the alliance of anti-U.S. leftist leaders in South America,” Royce said. “Good riddance to this dictator.”

    He voiced the hope that, “while not guaranteed, closer U.S. relations with his key country in our hemisphere are now possible.

    In the event of an election pitting the pro-Havana Maduro against Capriles, the stakes are high for the U.S., and for a region which Chavez sought to mold into an anti-American bloc with close ties to Iran, using Venezuela’s oil revenues as a sweetener.
    “If Capriles is victorious, he is all but certain to end Chavez’ policy of shipping oil to countries like Cuba and Nicaragua on extremely favorable financial terms,” he said. “In the case of Cuba, the end of Venezuelan petroleum shipments would cripple the country’s already struggling economy.”

    In the election last fall, the 40 year-old Capriles campaigned on a platform of pursuing business-friendly policies while making social programs more sustainable, citing the Brazilian model which, he said, “combines the public and the private sectors with social responsibility.”

    A devout Catholic, Capriles is the grandson of a Jewish Holocaust survivor who migrated to Venezuela from Poland. During the campaign the Chavez camp sought to smear him by associating him with “Zionism.”.....snip~

    Chavez

    Lets hope Caprilles can win this next election. Although he may want to pick up some extra security.

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    Re: AP: VP of Venezuela Has Announced Hugo Chavez has Died

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonzai View Post
    Another person who's never been to Venezuela............................

    No, but Wilson Ramos is my favorite Washington National, and my dentist is from Venezuela. He likes it better here.
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    Re: AP: VP of Venezuela Has Announced Hugo Chavez has Died

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    No, but Wilson Ramos is my favorite Washington National, and my dentist is from Venezuela. He likes it better here.
    Trust me, Venezuela, like Florida, is one schithole I plan on never revisiting.........................

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    Re: AP: VP of Venezuela Has Announced Hugo Chavez has Died

    Quote Originally Posted by Homer. View Post
    The lives of the poorest in Venezuela improved a hell of a lot under Chavez thanks to the Bolivarian missions.

    infant mortality fell by 18%
    poverty was cut by 50%, extreme poverty was cut from 21% to 10%
    more than 1 million Venezuelans became literate

    and of course, he was democratically elected and elections met all international standards.
    I wasn't happy with the direction Chavez was going. I thought that any day elections would be suspended and opposition parties outlawed. He had confiscated thousands of businesses without compensation -- outright theft. And then he without fail ran those businesses into the ground, mindlessly and needlessly depriving people of those goods and services. No one can say that his administration was just in that respect, except perhaps those who think like criminals.

    He seemed to have the support of the majority of the people, but he ran roughshod over the human rights of the minority.

    "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." --HL Mencken

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