Venezuela’s vice president caused a stir Thursday night by saying that an announcement on president Hugo Chavez’s health would be made at 9 p.m.

Sounds big, especially since Chavez recently returned to Venezuela. However, when 9 o’clock rolled around, there was not much to report. Chavez is still having “breathing problems” and things have “not been favorable.”

This sounds like another non-statement that doesn’t actually disclose anything about the ailing dictator. However, the fact that he is back in the country and doesn’t seem to be getting better is an ominous sign — and for state television to admit that his health is unfavorable is unusual.

Here’s some Spanish language reaction (which we ran through a translation program). Rumors are flying around about Chavez possibly being paraplegic according to the opinion of a doctor in Florida, but there’s nothing official on that.

“Hugo Chávez would be paraplegic, according to doctor @marquina04”

“Hugo Chavez is completely paraplegic according to Dr Marquina!”

“Very sad that thing about Hugo #Chavez … And sadder as they are using it those who want to steal the POWER from themselves in #Venezuela”

“With the last medical report it is possible to deduce that Hugo Chávez went so far as to #Venezuela to wait his last days.”

“‘The Venezuelan president stays grasped to crucifix’: Villegas”

(Editor’s note: Ernesto Villegas is the minister who made the announcement. That language doesn’t sound terribly encouraging.)

“According to newspaper ABC the doctors of Hugo Chàvez have considered to be ‘useless’ to continue with the treatment.”

“My lord Jesus Christ I request help Hugo Chávez, who more than a president, is a brother of the people, to overcome the illness … amen”

“if instead of his name was Hugo Chavez was Carlos A Pérez: would you believe an illness and evolution as secret as this? I doubt”

Whatever happens, it will certainly be interesting to see if there are more of these “announcements.” It’s starting to look pretty grim, but the Venezuelan authorities clearly don’t want to give out a whole lot of information.

  • Maxx

    The irony of being a dictator is you always lose your last battle.

    Father time remains undefeated.

  • Spatial Awareness

    “Hugo Chavez still having breathing problems”? Put a pillow over his face.

  • HARP2

    Hugo Chavez still having breathing problems

    Not enough.

  • GaryTheBrave

    Bring him to America and let him become the first patient under Obamacare. He’ll be dead in 24 horas.

  • crosspatch

    He was probably sent home to die with friends and family. If his cancer has gone metastatic then it will most likely spread to where the blood supply is greatest such as liver, lungs, and brain. “Breathing problems” are not likely to get any better.

  • CatHerder

    Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead. Doctors are unable to speculate how long he can remain in this condition.

  • Tangchung

    Trouble breathing …. Tell Sean Penn to get his tongue out of Hugo’s mouth.

    • Laura Thompson

      You go, Tangchung…maybe they should shoo Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte out of his breathing space as well…

  • Evil Otto

    I trust they’ll let us know if there is any change in his condition.

  • $2346491

    Well. He’ll get to smell real sulfur soon!

    • NachoCheese (D)

      Great reference! Well Played.

  • peteee363

    wow, i doubt if any angel will visit caracas any time soon, but there will be a fitting for pitchforks! will hugo like being told he is no longer in charge when dear old satin serves him up fireballs? no pearly gates for you!

  • Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

    mark my words, there ill be a civil ar BUT it’ll be among chavez supporters. The MUD ill then come as the victor as the dived ‘chavists’ end each other

  • Randi Starr

    Then push harder on the pillow.

  • Randi Starr

    Then push harder on the pillow.

  • Barack Hussein Sharpton

    The problem is that he’s still breathing.

  • AlertUpUSA

    El Tonto! Every one converts at the Gates? Oh, please, I was just kidding, I was only trying to help

    help myself to the oil production, panna

    help myself become the Dictator of South America just like Khadafi my hero