Meanwhile, In The Looney Quadrant

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Hugo Chavez has apparently gone off his meds. He is now telling voters in Venezuela that he has a source inside the White House. This supposed source has informed Chavez that president Bush has ordered Chavez assassinated before the end of 2008. In the same speech he openly revealed that he plans on becoming dictator for life.

Citing what he said were warnings from an alleged White House informant, Chavez told thousands of supporters at a campaign rally that President Bush has ordered him to be killed before he leaves office in 2008.

Bush "has said that before he goes, Hugo Chavez shouldn't be the president of Venezuela," Chavez told the crowd. "The president of the United States has said it, especially in recent days. What he doesn't know is that I have friends in the White House."

The Venezuelan leader has claimed before that the U.S. government is out to kill him — allegations that U.S. officials deny.

The latest accusation came a day after he alleged that there had been a recent attempt to assassinate him and said those responsible had since fled to neighboring Colombia.

Chavez appeared to link the alleged plot to his main rival in upcoming presidential elections, Gov. Manuel Rosales of Zulia state, claiming that he is in constant danger from opponents seeking to get rid of him.

He said a sniper had waited with a long-range gun and planned to shoot him after he debarked a helicopter, he said. He did not elaborate further on the alleged plot.

Chavez vowed to win the Dec. 3 vote and continue governing this South American nation until 2021. "Fourteen more years, that's what's coming," Chavez said.

Since Venezuelan law does not allow another term as president beyond the on he is running for, to rule past 2012 Chavez will have to change the constitution. Which he just signaled that he will do.

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