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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Crime Bulletin: Abusing Hugo Chavez's Corpse

     Shortly after Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela, died of cancer, officials of that country made a startling announcement. The dead president's embalmed corpse will be on permanent display in a glass casket in the Museum of the Revolution not far from the Presidential Palace where Chavez ruled for fourteen years.

     While Americans Sean Penn and Jesse Jackson mourn the death of the dictator, my thoughts about Chavez's death concern what they are doing to his corpse. In Venezuela, abuse of corpse must not be a crime. In the United States it is, and putting a dead person on permanent display would violate the law.

     I like living in a country where you're not allowed to abuse dead bodies. However, I imagine that Mr. Penn and Mr. Jackson both approve of the display. It will allow them to continue visiting the dictator. Roy Rogers, the singing cowboy, had his horse Trigger stuffed. Trigger never had much to say. Hugo Chavez won't either. 

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