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Not even doped, they are able to play…

Mexico is playing the Copa Oro tournament for CONCACAF right now in the US. They play high powered rivals, like El Salvador, etc. Sorry, that was a joke..

 

 

Today, 5 of the first line players – including goalie Guillermo Ochoa (Memo Ochoa) – were kicked out for failing doping tests. Seems they failed due to having somehow ingested Clenbuterol.

According to Wikipedia: Clenbuterol has also been used as a performance-enhancing drug. In 2010, a number of athletes were banned after using the drug, including Polish canoeist Adam Seroczynski, British hurdler Callum Priestley and Chinese Olympic judo champion Tong Wen. Three cyclists were also accused of taking the drug. Three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador of Spain tested positive for the drug at the 2010 Tour de France. The news came out during the UCI Road Cycling World Championships held in Geelong, Australia.[3] In May, the UCI suspended Italian cyclist Alessandro Colo, and Chinese rider Li Fuyu, a member of Team RadioShack, was suspended after testing positive for the drug during a Belgian race.

American swimmer Jessica Hardy tested positive at the U.S. trials in July 2008. She served a one-year suspension, having claimed she unknowingly took the drug in a contaminated food supplement. Former New York Mets clubhouse employee Kirk Radomski admitted to distributing clenbuterol to dozens of current and former Major League Baseball players and associates in his plea deal.[4]

Polish sprint canoer Adam Seroczyński was disqualified for taking this drug after he finished fourth in the K-2 1000 m event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and Chinese cyclist Li Fuyu tested positive for it at the Dwars door Vlaanderen race in Belgium on March 24, 2010.[5]

In the 2010 Tour de France, Alberto Contador tested positive for clenbuterol. He claims it was due to food contamination, citing the 50 picogram (5 × 10−11 g) per millilitre concentration of the drug in his sample. He was handed a one-year suspension from competition by the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC). On February 14, 2011, Contador was cleared of doping by the Spanish cycling federation, which canceled its January 26 proposal for a one-year ban.[6] Traces of the amine from meat in the diet is regularly turning up in athletes’ blood.[7]

In September 2010, St. Louis Cardinals minor league shortstop Lainer Bueno received a 50-game suspension for the 2011 season as a result of testing positive for clenbutero

Child abuser – what will happen?

A few days ago, in the state of Veracruz, left wing politician Celestino Rivera Hernandez was caught in the act of sodomizing and raping a 12 year old boy that he had picked up on the street. Celestino is a “respected” pillar of his community, but he had done this before. No less than 5 times – that police know of. Every time getting off the hook by threats or offering money to his victims. To one indigenous girl he gave a cell phone and 3000 pesos (around 270 USD) for her silence.

This time around, when caught in the hotel room with a crying 12-year old boy, Rivera offered the arresting officers a whole lot more. With him, in a rucksack, he had 250 thousand pesos (23 thousand dollars) in cash. He even offered his pickup truck to the officers. The officers decided to go ahead and arrest him any way. Then he started flashing his different ID cards. You see, in Mexico when you are a political figure and in some kind of congress (local, state or federal) you have immunity against prosecution. In this case, his immunity had expired back in 2010, but he still tried to sell it to the arresting officers.

He also said he was a national counsel to the PRD (3rd biggest party in Mexico, left wing) and he should go free, because he had powerful friends. Still, the officers did not budge, and not even letting him put on his clothes, they took him to the police station to book him. At the same time they took a statement from the frightened and recently raped 12-year old boy.

It appears Rivera approached the boy while in his car. The boy was cleaning windshields in a street corner, trying to make some money. Rivera lured him into his pickup truck promising him money and then took him to a hotel.

What will happen to this beast? I sincerely hope he will be raped violently for the rest of his days by his inmates. And I hope he will die a painful death.

Election time in Sweden means… desperate measures

… especially from the left-wing parties. Their popularity has been dwindling in the last years, and the ruling right-wingers, have in many occasions eclipsed the left with reforms that some years ago would have been left-only.

So to win these elections, the Social democrats are trying to win the popular vote by offering personal “butlers” for people living in Stockholm. Their idea is that the time they take to commute on subways and trains to their work, shouldn’t be wasted time. So they want to set up laundromats, grocery stores, kindergardens, etc very close to the subway/trainstations, and that way people can do several things at once… shop in the morning, and get the groceries when you get home, etc. Mobile broadband would be extended into subway tunnels so that people can work during their commute.

Like socialism in itself, it is a romantic idea. Did they ever think of what it would look like at rush hour coming home from work when hundreds of people are queuing to get their kids from the kindergarden, clean laundry or grocery bags?

Did they ever think that subway during rush hour barely gives you standing space in a subway train? Work?

Another “no can do” from Obama

I liked Obama from the start. He seemed to be a person with a will to really do something.

It was all wrong. The oil spill in the Mexican Gulf – over 1 month later hasn’t been stopped. Not implying he is able to physically stop it, but he could at least put some pressure on BP to do it – which he isn’t because he owes his presidency to oil companies. As would McCain. BP seem to think “this is something that happens… so what. We will try to stop it.” It is the biggest environmental disaster in US history. And still nothing.

Then the whole Israel/Gaza thing blows up. Israel violently board a ship carrying medicines to Gaza. Many dead people later, Israelis say they were attacked with weapons. They boarded the ship with drawn weapons – and fired. The “weapons” they found were slingshots, marbles, some knives (that would exist in boats since they need to eat food). No guns or anything else. According to people on the boat – among them a famous Swedish author whom I believe tells the truth – there were no weapons on the ships. Obviously, if you want to see a marble as a weapon, you will find lots of them. The author said the Israeli soldiers came out with his razor and said it was a weapon!!!

Besides, Israelis took prisoners and took them from International waters into Israeli territory saying they entered “illegally”. WTF? Forcing somebody into your territory does not constitute illegal entry. More likely, it constitutes kidnapping.

If this doesn’t fuel antisemitism in the world, I don’t know what will. But it seems Israel want that to happen. And Obama? Who knows. He is just hiding somewhere playing with wife, daughters and dog. What a huuuuuge disappointment he has been so far. “Hope” is what I have that they vote him out of his office soon. He has actually done everyone wrong. African Americans that voted for him, just see another white guy. Hispanics that voted for him just see another white hillbilly. Whites that voted for him just see a disguised George Bush…. when is it time to see what promises he has delivered?

Haiti – awful disaster… we all need to help

The awful earthquake that devastated most of Haiti’s populated areas was a revenge from God, according to revered evangelist Pat Robertson.

Robertson weighed in on Haiti’s history on his Christian Broadcasting Network show “The 700 Club” on Wednesday, the day after the quake.

Haitians were originally “under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon the third, or whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, ‘we will serve you if you will get us free from the French’. True story. And so, the devil said, ‘okay it’s a deal’. Ever since they have been cursed by one thing after the other.”

What can a thinking, sane person say about this? I saw it as another proof that whatever people call God doesn’t exist… at least not the God that has power and is benevolent. A country stricken by so many disasters, as well as political massacres during most of the last 50 years… To say that “God works in mysterious ways” is just bullshit. I think that even the Devil would fail in bringing misery to the people the way that ‘God’ has brought misery to the people of Haiti the last 50 years. Hitler would be in awe.

Pat Robertson is – besides being a man of God – known for the following failed predictions:

1982: Doomsday

In late 1976, Robertson predicted that the end of the world was coming in November or October 1982. In a May 1980 broadcast of The 700 Club he stated, “I guarantee you by the end of 1982 there is going to be a judgment on the world.”

2006: Pacific Northwestern tsunami

In May 2006, Robertson declared that storms and possibly a tsunami would hit America’s coastline sometime in 2006. Robertson supposedly received this revelation from God during an annual personal prayer retreat in January. The claim was repeated four times on The 700 Club.

On May 8, 2006, Robertson said, “If I heard the Lord right about 2006, the coasts of America will be lashed by storms.” On May 17, 2006, he elaborated, “There well may be something as bad as a tsunami in the Pacific Northwest”. While this claim didn’t garner the same level of controversy as some of his other statements, it was generally received with mild amusement by the Pacific Northwest media. The History Channel’s initial airing of its new series, Mega Disasters: West Coast Tsunami, was broadcast the first week of May.

2007: Terror attack

On the January 2, 2007, broadcast of The 700 Club, Robertson said that God spoke to him and told him that “mass killings” were to come during 2007, due to a terrorist attack on the United States. He added, “The Lord didn’t say nuclear. But I do believe it will be something like that.” When a terrorist attack failed to happen in 2007, Robertson said, in January 2008, “All I can think is that somehow the people of God prayed and God in his mercy spared us.”

2008: Worldwide violence and American recession

On the January 2, 2008, episode of The 700 Club, Pat Robertson predicted that 2008 would be a year of worldwide violence. He also predicted that a recession would occur in the United States that would be followed by a stock market crash by 2010.

2008: Mideast Meltdown

In October 2008 Robertson posted a press release on the Georgian Conflict speculating that the conflict is a Russian ploy to enter the Middle East,  and that instability caused by a predicted pre-emptive strike by Israel on Iran would result in Syria’s and Iran’s launching nuclear strikes on other targets. He also said that if the United States were to oppose Russia’s expansion, nuclear strikes on American soil are also pending. “We will suffer grave economic damage, but will not engage in military action to stop the conflict. However, we may not be spared nuclear strikes against coastal cities. In conclusion, it is my opinion that we have between 75 and 120 days before the Middle East starts spinning out of control.”

General strike – corruption and unions

A few weeks back, president Calderón shut down one of the two state run electricity companies in Mexico, Luz y Fuerza del Centro. It was shut down because of its inefficiency. More than 40% of the electricity sold by this company was never paid for by its customers. Yearly subsidies reach some 4 billion USD/year and still they lose money.

One of the answers to its poor efficiency rate is the worker’s union. All workers have the right to free electricity for himself and family, school allowance, rent allowance, etc. At 55 years of age, a worker has the right to retire with 100% of his salary until the day he dies. When Calderón shut it down, 44 000 people were employed. Another 20 000 were retired (but with worker’s benefits, e.g. employed). Service has always been dismal. Corruption incredible. It’s a good thing that moneyhole was shut down.

Today a huge demonstration took place in downtown Mexico City. The worker’s union marched together with the telephone company worker’s union and the state university worker’s union. They call for a general strike. A general strike? For cutting off a cancer that is eating the society from within? Problem is, in Mexico nobody really wants to work. People want it all and want the government to pay for it. Recently, in a measure to save state finances, the government proposed a 1% hike to the VAT. From 15% to 16%. An additional 3% to telecommunications (except Internet). People are going crazy over this now. But what they don’t think about is that only 20% of the economically active Mexicans actually pay any kind of income tax. Incidentally, the people that complain the most about these tax hikes are the ones that don’t pay income tax.

At least something good came out of the demonstration today. AMLO wasn’t allowed (by the union workers) to speak to the people. That’s a victory for all of Mexico.

Corrupt unions – Mexico’s destiny

Comision Federal de Electricidad, Mexico’s largest state power company, will take over Luz y Fuerza del Centro, the smaller money-losing state power company, Interior Minister Fernando Gomez Mont said in a press conference in Mexico City.

“This is a measure to preserve responsibly the fiscal resources of all Mexicans,” Gomez Mont said. Luz y Fuerza provides power to a metropolitan area of 20 million people and several states surrounding Mexico City, transmitting 30 percent of the entire country’s electrical output.

President Felipe Calderon issued a decree today ordering the liquidation of Luz y Fuerza, according to a notice published today in the nation’s official gazette. Local media outlets reported that federal police officers seized the power company headquarters and other facilities by 11 p.m. yesterday.

Calderon is seeking to bolster Mexico’s fiscal position as it faces the threat of a lower credit rating from Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings, both of which have a negative outlook for Mexico’s sovereign ranking.

Calderon is increasing taxes and closing three ministries, while also cutting some government spending. On Sept. 8, Calderon submitted to Congress tax law changes that would generate 176 billion pesos ($13.2 billion) in additional revenue next year and spending cuts of 218 billion pesos.

Unsustainable Situation

The financial situation of Luz y Fuerza is unsustainable, Gomez Mont said. If Luz y Fuerza were left to continue, the federal government would have to transfer to the company about 300 billion pesos by 2012, he said.

Between 2003 and 2008 Luz y Fuerza generated sales of 235.7 billion pesos, while its costs reached 443.2 billion pesos, according to the decree. By June of 2009 the company reported a loss of 30.6 percent of the power that it distributed.

“Almost no other power company in the world shows a percentage of power loss registered by Luz y Fuerza,” the decree said.

The severance costs for the federal government could reach 20 billion pesos, Finance Minister Agustin Carstens said at the same press conference.

The federal government will absorb the pension liabilities from Luz y Fuerza, Labor Minister Javier Lozano said at the conference. Mexico Anticipates to rehire “an undefined number” of Luz y Fuerza workers, Lozano said.

CFE, as the Mexico City-based company is known, and Luz y Fuerza are the only companies allowed to sell and distribute power in Mexico. Private companies are allowed to generate power and sell it to the state-owned distributors or export the electricity.

Under the government decree, the Secretary of Energy will have three days to publish the legal conditions to start liquidating Luz y Fuerza del Centro.

Reactions to this shutdown have been many. Positive reations from most if not all of Luz y Fuerza’s clients, tired of the corruption and the low quality of service. Negative reactions from the left and the union. The Electricity Worker’s Union have been protesting and do not agree with this decision (of course). AMLO and his gang are jumping on the wagon as well to denounce this action, which in my eyes seems to be pretty just. They claim it is against the constitution to dissolve this company, since – according to the constitution – only congress could do this. Problem is that Luz y Fuerza was conceived as a presidental decree, and as such it has no protection from the congress to be dissolved.

In order to enforce this shutdown, police and military took Luz y Fuerza’s installations in Mexico City, Cuernavaca and other places – to ensure the continuity in electricity supply – since the union said they would not be at fault if Mexico City and nearby communities ended up without electricity during this conflict.

Mexico has the worst electricity supply in the western hemisphere, and probably the highest prices. It is time somebody did something about it. Way to go, Calderón!

AMLO bitten in the ass, by himself!

His emblem is a headband dyed the red, green and white of Mexico’s flag and emblazoned with his one-word stage name, “Juanito.” From the working-class streets where he peddles used clothing and holiday decorations, he muses about running for president.

If anyone has spiced up the drab aftermath of Mexico’s July 5 legislative elections, it is Rafael Acosta, an exuberant hawker-turned-activist-turned-politician-turned-spoiler who may end up in charge of Mexico City’s most populous borough, which has more people than metropolitan Las Vegas.

For two months, Acosta has been the lead character in an odd political drama that has made Juanito a household name, while providing enough cautionary lessons to rival Aesop’s fables.

In the July elections, Acosta was elected chief of the teeming Iztapalapa borough, a kind of mayor in miniature, thanks to a maneuver orchestrated by Mexico’s main leftist figure, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Acosta was supposed to be only a bit player in Lopez Obrador’s plan, whose main purpose was to block the election of a candidate from a rival wing of the Democratic Revolution Party, or PRD, after a disputed nomination process in the fractious party.

Under the plan, Lopez Obrador urged his supporters in the PRD to vote for Acosta, an ally who ran as a candidate of the fringe Labor Party. The script then called for Acosta to step down, if elected.

According to the plan, Clara Brugada, a former congresswoman in Lopez Obrador’s faction, would be put forward as a replacement. Brugada had been disqualified as the PRD candidate less than a month before the election by a federal electoral tribunal that found “irregularities” in the party’s primary.

The strategy seemed to work. With Lopez Obrador’s backing, Acosta won easily in Iztapalapa, a PRD bastion. Acosta publicly promised to step down after winning.

But it wasn’t long before the plan went awry: Acosta started having second thoughts about leaving.

He blamed Brugada, saying she wouldn’t answer his condition that at least half the key borough jobs go to his backers. Lopez Obrador warned him not to fall prey to the “siren song” of power.

The Mexican press was there every time Acosta got to mulling whether he should keep the job for himself. The street vendor was suddenly a media sensation. He has assumed the role with gusto.

During a television interview last month, Acosta declared that he didn’t need Lopez Obrador or Brugada.

“I would have won with any party by running only as ‘Juanito,’ ” he said. (He adopted the nickname years ago after coaching a youth soccer team in which 11 players were named Juan.)

Acosta said he planned to run for mayor of Mexico City in 2012, and hinted at a possible run for president. “If the people elect me, why not?” he told one journalist.

The drama over whether Acosta would relent — and the spectacle of a scheme blowing up in the faces of its makers — has been delicious grist for pundits eager to find a moral to the story.

“Juanito is the little Frankenstein who disowned his creator,” commentator Raymundo Riva Palacio wrote.

Acosta is new to electoral politics but long a fixture at leftist protests, including those supporting the claim that the 2006 presidential election was stolen from Lopez Obrador. Acosta noted proudly during the recent campaign that he had appeared, stripped to his underwear, in a Mexican fichera movie, a once-popular genre full of scantily clad women.

If Acosta keeps the job of running Iztapalapa, a crowded place of 1.8 million, he would inherit some of the most difficult problems in Mexico City, including deep poverty, infrastructure in disrepair and frequent water shortages. But the budget is big, about $280 million this year, and the borough chief makes about $90,000 a year.

Acosta sounded resolute about retaining the job the other day. The swearing-in is Oct. 1.

“The people have spoken,” he said during a visit to pray at the famed Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe, with a battalion of news cameras in tow.

But then Thursday, Acosta stoked the intrigue by meeting with Brugada over lunch. He said the two ate well, but did not reach a deal.

Juanito, vendor-activist-politician-spoiler, also played master of suspense: He promised more news in a few days.

Source: Ken Ellingwood/LA Times

The Looney goes after it again

AMLO – Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the looney that lost the presidential election in 2006 to Felipe Calderón just said he is going for it again in 2012. According to a speech he held in Oaxaca, he said “We won the presidency in 2006, but were robbed. We will seek the presidency in 2012 and win it once again”… “We” refers to him, obviously.

I just wonder how it all will pan out after his successor as Mexico City mayor, Marcelo Ebrard, was dubbed by him as his successor when he claimed victory in the 2006 elections. Ebrard still wants to run for president in 2012…

The fact that AMLO is about to get kicked out of the PRD party won’t help him either. He is (hopefully) going to be kicked out since he fought his own party – the PRD in the local elections 2009 by setting his own candidate in a Mexico City township. The party, PRD, presented one candidate democratically elected by the party. Not to his liking (since this candidate goes against AMLO’s different ideas), AMLO campaigned for another candidate, running for another party (PT). He made a deal with the guy, that if he won, he would step down and let AMLO’s candidate take his place… In essence, AMLO is playing games with democracy – just as long as he gets what he wants. Like this delusional character did in 2006, when he kidnapped the main avenue in Mexico City for months by paying people to protest, set up tents and live there. That little stunt amounted to nothing, except financial breakdown for thousands of business owners along the avenue that lost all due to no sales.

AMLO is like a Hugo Chavez on steroids – but without a country to run (thankfully)

Another stupid attempt of hiding the pope’s Nazi history

The Pope’s spokesman, Rev. Federico Lombardi, said a couple of days ago that Joseph Ratzinger (alias: Benedict the 16th) had never been involved with Hitler or the Hitler Youth… some hours later, he retracted and said that he had been forced into the Hitler Youth…

How can one believe in the church? The Catholic church’s highest representative was (provably) member of a party portrayed to have killed 6 million Jews… simply amazing…

Who can believe in the Catholic church? Who can believe in ANY church?