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Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

by Allan Wall | At Large

Mexico’s Antabuse For Sale, midterm elections were held on July 5th.  They were midterm elections because they lie halfway between the presidential elections of 2006 and 2012.  The results are relevant to speculation about the future of Mexican legislation  in the next few years and, of course, the 2012 election.

I recently visited Mexico (where I had  previously resided  for a decade and a half).   We waited to return until July 5th, so my Mexican wife could vote in the midterm election before we departed.

I accompanied my wife to the polling station and observed the voting.  Of course, Antabuse ebay, being an American, I was careful not to interfere in any way.  I´m impressed by the Mexican voter registration system , Antabuse paypal, which, I must say , is better than ours.

Every registered Mexican voter has a Voter ID card, 250mg Antabuse, complete with photograph, fingerprint and a holographic image .   But it’s not just the existence of the card that’s important, Antabuse overseas, but how it is used.

At the Mexican polling station,  there is a book containing the photographs of every voter in the precinct.  When a Mexican voter presents his card, the poll worker looks up his photo to see if it matches up, Antabuse mexico. If it does, a mark is made next to the photo in the book, and the voter is allowed to cast his ballot, Antabuse For Sale.

When I was there on July 5th, a voter’s photo ID didn’t match up with her photo in the book, 1000mg Antabuse, because she brought her previous voter ID  and not her current card. She wasn’t allowed to vote, and had to go home to get her current ID.

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In contrast, U.S. voter registration  is a joke. In many states, 200mg Antabuse, it’s not even necessary to prove one’s citizenship, or even one’s identity . Antabuse india, Registrars have been instructed not to be inquisitive about applicants’ citizenship - or lack thereof.

It should come as no surprise then, that the last few years have seen more and more examples of voter fraud coming to light, including the casting of ballots by non-citizen voters, Antabuse usa.

Whenever Americans try to require photo  ID, it typically gets opposed  by Hispanic activists who say it’s discriminatory.  That’s ironic, since photo ID is a requirement in Mexico, which is the world’s biggest Hispanic country, Antabuse For Sale.

The solution for U.S. states is to adopt a Mexican-style photo  voter ID system, 10mg Antabuse, at government expense.   Why not . We spend money on all sorts of things, why not a secure voting system .

Now, 750mg Antabuse, let’s return to the discussion of the July 5th Mexican election. Antabuse For Sale, The lower house of the Mexican Congress, the Chamber of Deputies, has 500 representatives.  Every three years, 100% of those representatives are replaced (with no re-election allowed). Of the total, Antabuse uk, 300 are directly elected by electoral districts, with the other 200 selected  by proportional representation.

Besides the elections for the Chamber of Deputies, there were state and local elections in some parts of Mexico.  Hundreds of mayors were chosen, Antabuse us, and six governorships were up for grabs.

After the dust was cleared, 100mg Antabuse, here are the results.

The  PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party), the former ruling party, got 36.7% of the total vote (and 5 of those 6 governorships).  President Calderon’s PAN (National Action Party) had 28% of the total vote, Antabuse japan. The farther left PRD (Party of the Democratic Revolution), which almost won the presidency in 2006, only had 12.2% of the total vote.  The Greens , largest of the micro-parties, garnered 6.5% of the vote, and it went down from there, Antabuse For Sale.

As a result, the correlation of forces in the lower house Chamber of Deputies has changed drastically. 500mg Antabuse, The PRI  more than doubled its delegation, from 106 to 241 seats. That means it has 49% of the seats in the chamber. Add to that the 17 seats won by the Greens, 50mg Antabuse, who have an alliance with the PRI, and the party has a de facto majority. Antabuse For Sale, The PAN, meanwhile, dropped from 206 to 147 seats and the

PRD dropped from 127  to 72 seats. 20mg Antabuse, What can we learn from this election about the Mexican political landscape .

For one thing, the PRI has more than survived its previous loss of power  and is now coming back as a competitive party that could actually win back the presidency in the 2012 elections.   For one thing, the party is truly national, Antabuse canada, inheriting from it’s one-party state days a vast network thoughout the length and breadth of Mexico.  Yet the PRI has successfully utilized this network in a new pluralistic political age. As  younger Mexican voters come of age, 150mg Antabuse, for the non-PRI parties to bring up the spectre of the old PRI one-party state of yore is less and less effective.

By the same token, the PAN  can no longer rest on the laurels  it received by being the opposition party that  overthrew the PRI in 2000.

I wouldn’t write off Calderon, however.  The man is a talented political operative, and is doubtless already at work thinking of ways to work with the PRI in Congress, Antabuse For Sale.

How about the PRD, Antabuse coupon, why did it do so poorly ?  One might be inclined to blame the  ongoing antics of AMLO (Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador)  for the PRD’s poor showing.

AMLO, Antabuse australia, however, was quite effective in this election, just not for his own party.  Though Lopez Obrador  stayed in the PRD, he campaigned for two other parties (the Labor Party and Convergence) which together  garnered an impressive 6% of the total vote, 40mg Antabuse, just half of the PRD’s.  In fact, in the Iztapalapa borough of Mexico City, AMLO publicly supported a Labor party candidate against the candidate of his own PRD, and the Labor candidate won.  So AMLO can’t be written off yet either.

The newly-elected representatives are set to take office on September 1st.

Mexico faces great challenges, including  the economic downturn caused by its close association with the U.S.A., and the ongoing drug gang wars.   The country would greatly benefit from various reforms which have thus far proved unattainable . Antabuse For Sale, So it would behoove  President Calderon and the congressional PRI party to work together to face such  problems. In fact, it’s in the interests of both to do so.

As for the upcoming 2012 presidential election, the PRI’s Enrique Pena Nieto, governor of Mexico state, and the PRD’s Marcelo Ebrard, mayor of Mexico City, look like possible standard-bearers for their respective parties.

On the other hand, a lot could happen in 3 years. In fact, the year 2012 could look a lot different. So, stay tuned…. CRO

copyright 2009 Allan Wall

Allan Wall (allan39@provalue.net) recently returned to the U.S. after having resided many years in Mexico..

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Tuesday, July 14th, 2009


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By Where Can I Buy Indometacin, any measure, California's government employee unions have been overwhelmingly successful -- in advancing their own interests. 20mg Indometacin, Pay for government workers ranks first out of 50 states. They have no competition, Indometacin us. Indometacin australia, Their political clout allows them to select most of their own supervisors, otherwise known as the members of the state Legislature, 200mg Indometacin. Indometacin mexico, And much about what they do and how they are compensated is kept from the taxpayers -- their theoretical bosses -- who pay their salaries and for their benefits.

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The California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility, 500mg Indometacin, 100mg Indometacin, a public pension watchdog group has been documenting the number of former government employees receiving yearly pensions in excess of $100,000, Indometacin canada. 10mg Indometacin, While many government retirees receive less, so far, Indometacin ebay, 40mg Indometacin, the Foundation has uncovered 5,115 who get $100, 50mg Indometacin, 250mg Indometacin, 000 or more each year from CalPERS. However, Indometacin india, Indometacin uk, there are a significant number of government employees whose pensions are paid from other retirement funds.

When the Foundation attempted to obtain similar pension information from Contra Costa County, a retired employee sued the county retirement board, claiming that releasing her pension amount was an invasion of privacy, Where Can I Buy Indometacin.

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association attorney Tim Bittle argued for the Foundation saying the public interest in knowing how public money is spent, outweighs any embarrassment public employees might feel from the disclosure of their retirement benefits. Also supporting the release of the pension information were the Contra Costa Times, the Los Angeles Times and the California Newspaper Publishers Association.

The Superior Court judge ruled for the taxpaying public and ordered the records released saying "transparent government is the cornerstone of our democracy."

This is an object lesson the government employee unions would do well to heed. As upset as the public has become upon learning that they must work longer and harder to assure that those in government can retire earlier than most in the private sector and enjoy a secure retirement with pension benefits well beyond the average non-government worker, they become truly angry when they find there has been a effort to keep this information from them. CRO

copyright 2009 Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Jon Coupal is an attorney and president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association -- California's largest taxpayer organization with offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento..

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Monday, July 13th, 2009

by Burt Prelutsky | Los Angeles

The Where Can I Buy Medrol, other day, I received an e-mail from a lady who let me know she was in the habit of forwarding my articles to her daughter who’s away at college.  Apparently, she felt I could provide the young woman with an antidote to her left-wing professors.  I wished her luck, but I didn’t hold out much hope.  After all, by this time, the young coed has been immersed in public education for 13 or 14 years.  Let a child be raised by wolves and you shouldn’t be too surprised if, upon being rescued, his table manners leave something to be desired.

I’m not engaging in hyperbole when I say that I’d sooner send a youngster to Florida during hurricane season than to most colleges.  As I see it, 150mg Medrol, 40mg Medrol, he or she has a very good chance of surviving the hurricanes.  Their hair might get mussed, but at least their brains wouldn’t be scrambled, Medrol ebay. 10mg Medrol, Frankly, I’m surprised that there are any young conservatives left in America.  They deserve to be on the list of endangered species.  Considering the amount of pressure they face from peers and professors, 20mg Medrol, Medrol paypal, I am in awe of those with the gumption to stand their ground.  If the nation’s Founding Fathers came back to life, I believe they’d recognize them as the progeny of those Americans they last saw hurling tea into Boston Harbor, Medrol usa, 100mg Medrol, fighting at Lexington and freezing at Valley Forge.

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I guess the good news for those of us who had to pay the freight is that Obama’s mother-in-law is still hanging around the White House, so he probably didn’t have to spring for a babysitter.  But next time he and Michelle want to step out, I wish he’d just ask for the car keys and 20 bucks for burgers and a couple of cokes.

On a more serious front, I sincerely hope that when the president goes in for his annual check-up, the doctors at Bethesda will do a brain scan.  Surely something must be terribly wrong with a man who seems to be far more concerned with a Jew building a house in Israel than with Muslims building a nuclear bomb in Iran. CRO

copyright 2009 Burt Prelutsky

Television scriptwriter, former humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine..

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Friday, July 10th, 2009

by Cinnamon Stillwell | San Francisco

It seems like just yesterday that the Middle East studies establishment was busy defending Discount Toprol, Iran's theocratic regime and its president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from the alleged predations of U.S. and Israeli foreign policy. Yet in the wake of the unrest in response to the stolen election, 20mg Toprol, suddenly American academics have succumbed to intellectual honesty and moral clarity. 30mg Toprol, Despite the best efforts of the Iranian regime to drum up conspiracy theories blaming the West for the uprising, the Iranians themselves have taken center stage.

This signals quite a shift, Toprol us. When Ahmadinejad, the supposedly elected leader at the heart of the current crisis in Iran, spoke at Columbia University in September 2007, his appearance was applauded by many academic apologists as a means of "reaching out."

Columbia University Islamic studies professor Richard Bulliet went so far as to act as an intermediary between the university and the Iranian regime in arranging the appearance, Discount Toprol. As reported by the New York Sun in September 2007:

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One would be hard pressed to describe Ahmadinejad's typically inflammatory and conspiratorial tirade at Columbia as reasonable, Toprol usa. Yet it was university president Lee Bollinger's harsh introductory remarks that caused outrage Discount Toprol, . Over 100 faculty members, 750mg Toprol, including a number from Columbia's Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures Department (MEALAC), signed an open letter to Bollinger condemning his "disrespectful language." The standard accusations of racism, threats to free speech, Toprol uk, and warmongering ensued. Toprol overseas, Bulliet painted Ahmadinejad as the victim, describing him as "the slight, relaxed, Toprol india, well-mannered Iranian who sat stolidly through President Bollinger's blistering attack." He complained to the New York Sun that "in a culture where hospitality is venerated, 50mg Toprol, audiences in the Middle East were shocked by Mr. Bollinger's rebuke." But what was truly shocking was Bulliet's blindness towards Ahmadinejad's true nature.

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If only Bulliet had applied such insight when he helped broker Ahmadinejad's talk at Columbia. Toprol coupon, Hamid Dabashi, Columbia's Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature and MEALAC Chair, took a similar route, 250mg Toprol. Dabashi was one Bollinger's most strident critics, 40mg Toprol, penning a lengthy screed in Al-Ahram Weekly in October 2007 in which he accused him of inhabiting "the self-righteous domain of a white man and his civilizing mission" and of acting like "the president of diehard Zionists at Columbia." He was particularly incensed that Bollinger called Ahmadinejad a "cruel and petty dictator," asserting that:
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Now that the emperor is wearing no clothes and crowds in Tehran chanting "Death to the Dictator" have Ahmadinejad in mind, Toprol mexico, Dabashi isn't so eager to rally to his side.

University of Michigan history professor Juan Cole, who once implied that the Iranian-initiated confrontation between Iranian boats and U.S, Discount Toprol. 1000mg Toprol, Naval ships in the Straits of Hormuz in January 2007 was a GOP-fabricated conspiracy, has finally turned on Tehran. Writing at his blog last month, Toprol canada, Cole offered up a compelling list of the "Top Pieces of Evidence that the Iranian Presidential Election Was Stolen." Summing it up, he noted: "The post-election situation looks to me like a crime scene."

In a rare reference to the Iranian regime's propensity for anti-Semitism masquerading as anti-Zionism, Cole, writing last month at Salon.com, pointed out that opposition candidate "Mir-Hossein Moussavi complained that Ahmadinejad's bizarre downplaying of the Holocaust had made Iran a laughingstock." This is the same Juan Cole who steadfastly insisted that Ahmadinejad was mistranslated when he said that Israel should be "wiped off the map" at the World without Zionism conference in October 2005. Perhaps now that masses of Iranians are rejecting him, Ahmadinejad doesn't appear quite so credible.

While these examples provide a ray of hope, it's unlikely they foretell a new era of dispassionate analysis in the field of Middle East studies. Discount Toprol, In spite of the Iranian regime's blatant corruption and brutality, many of these same professors are urging President Obama to continue his administration's futile plans for negotiation with Ahmadinejad.

Juan Cole has contended that "the outcome of the election…changes little for the Obama administration," while Richard Bulliet told Bloomberg News that "the U.S. and foreign governments will have to resign themselves to dealing with the Ahmadinejad regime." Meanwhile, Columbia University international affairs professor Gary Sick, writing at his blog, fretted that "this election is an extraordinary gift to those who have been most skeptical about President Obama's plan to conduct negotiations with Iran."

In other words, it's back to business as usual. CRO

copyright 2009 Cinnamon Stillwell

Cinnamon Stillwell is a columnist for SFGate.com, the online arm of the San Francisco Chronicle and the Northern California Representative for Campus Watch. She can be reached at stillwell@meforum.org. Her website is CinnamonStillwell.com and her blog is at http://www.cinnamonstillwell.blogspot.com
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Friday, July 10th, 2009

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Last Buy Xopenex No Prescription, week Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed a budget measure that would have cut off the livelihood of thousands of California’s small Internet businesses. As the state faces a $26 billion budget deficit and record high unemployment, Schwarzenegger declared that “we should be doing everything we can to keep jobs and create jobs in California.”

Legislators estimated this measure would raise $150 million over the next two years, 750mg Xopenex, even as mounting evidence suggests it will not raise a penny. 40mg Xopenex, Though California consumers must pay sales tax on every purchase they make, a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision forbids states from forcing out-of-state companies to deduct these taxes automatically on consumers’ behalf, 200mg Xopenex. Unless the company has a physical presence within the state, Xopenex coupon, known as “nexus,” consumers are responsible for paying the tax themselves.

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The Performance Marketing Alliance estimates that 25, 50mg Xopenex,000 California small businesses earned $1.3 billion in 2008 from advertising relationships with out-of-state companies. Xopenex ebay, If advertisers terminate these relationships, the state could lose $123 million in income taxes. Because advertising income drives the creation and growth of countless online services, this sudden loss of income could devastate Silicon Valley and compromise California’s status as a leader in high-tech innovation, Buy Xopenex No Prescription.

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California should work to address its failure to collect taxes equally on in-state and out-of-state purchases, 1000mg Xopenex. Buy Xopenex No Prescription, As long as this inequity remains, businesses selling to Californians will be unfairly penalized for having a physical presence within the state.

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Those disturbed by this prospect should consider this novel concept. Instead of writing counterproductive legislation, the state and federal governments should get out of the business of redistributing burdens and into the business of eliminating them. Where Can I Buy Careprost, The opportunities abound, the task is not difficult, and new spending is not what is needed today.

First, simply level the tax playing field so individual insurance policyholders enjoy the same tax breaks as everyone else. Remove state regulations that mandate unnecessary health benefits, community rating, and guaranteed issue laws. Allow insurance companies to exclude certain hospitals and doctors from their networks. A 2005 report cited by the Heritage Foundation estimates that eliminating these four state regulations alone can decrease insurance premiums by as much as $2,000 a year.

Those who claim to champion women’s rights should support policies that increase choice, not eliminate it, Where Can I Buy Careprost. As we have often noted in this column, women overwhelmingly prefer jobs with fewer, more flexible hours, and value the freedom to move in and out of the work force as their family life permits. These preferences render them less likely to qualify for employer-provided health insurance.

Removing government policies that discriminate against those who need individual insurance will undoubtedly benefit women. In fact, the only demographic group likely to be adversely affected by a reformed tax code and health care industry will be state and federal bureaucrats. CRO

copyright 2009 Pacific Research Institute

Sally C. Pipes is President and CEO, Pacific Research Institute.

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California citizens deserve better, but basically, they will get the kind of government they vote for. Fixed percentages of revenue should never be established for anything. Each budget process should be an exercise in analyzing the need for all spending. That’s what legislators are paid to do, Discount Cafergot. If they can’t, they shouldn’t be paid. And budget shortfalls should then be resolved by automatic horizontal reductions across all budget categories including education. CRO

copyright 2009 J.F. Kelly, Jr. J.F. Kelly, Jr. is a retired Navy Captain and bank executive who writes on current events and military subjects. He is a resident of Coronado, California..

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Taxpayers want to see public employees, many of whom do outstanding jobs, fairly compensated, and they recognize that many former state employees who have been long retired do not enjoy the same rich benefits as recent retirees. The problem is that most current government employees do so much better than taxpayers are doing, and government, as an agent of the unions, is demanding ever higher taxes to maintain this disparity.

If there is any silver lining to the current budget crisis, it is that union dominance over California politics is garnering a lot more public scrutiny. More and more is being written about the undue influence of government unions and the unrealistic compensation packages they are able to extract from state and local governments. This scrutiny is long overdue. CRO

copyright 2009 Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Jon Coupal is an attorney and president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association -- California's largest taxpayer organization with offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento..

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In recent days, my attention was grabbed by former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Yelena Bonner, the widow of Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov.

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The governance of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state stem cell institute, 200mg Valtrex, is inadequate to protect the interests of taxpayers and CIRM’s own goals, 500mg Valtrex, according to Stem Cell Research: Strengthening Governance to Further the Voters’ Mandate, a June 25 report from the Little Hoover Commission, a state watchdog agency, Valtrex uk.

The report advances various reforms and raises questions about how long CIRM should endure. Valtrex mexico, The Institute itself has recently invalidated its primary reason for existence, the funding of human embryonic stem cell research.

CIRM is the offspring of Proposition 71, Valtrex ebay, authored in 2004 by real estate magnate Robert Klein, Valtrex paypal, who sold it as a factory of miraculous cures. The measure authorized $3 billion in spending but the Little Hoover Commission report pegs the total cost at more than $6 billion once the bonds are repaid, No RX Valtrex. The report also notes that Prop 71 “locked out” legislators from reforming CIRM for its first three years, and after that required 70 percent approval in the Assembly and Senate, Valtrex us, as well as the governor’s signature. 30mg Valtrex, The results are evident.

“In the midst of a state budget crisis, the stem cell institute is an island, 10mg Valtrex, spending freely, Valtrex overseas, accountable to no one,” editorialized the Sacramento Bee on June 20. What Californians get for the spending is another matter, 150mg Valtrex. No RX Valtrex, The Commission report mentions new and expanded facilities, an influx of scientists, published articles, and growth in California’s life-sciences industry. But Stem Cell Research cites no actual cures or treatments from CIRM, Valtrex craiglist, because there are none.

“Globally, stem cell science is advancing far more quickly than anticipated, 100mg Valtrex,” the report says, Valtrex coupon, “particularly in the area of adult stem cell research development that is not given preference in Proposition 71.”

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Jesse Reynolds of the Center for Genetics and Society told the Commission that the justification for California’s stem cell program has largely dissolved and it is time to re-evaluate its mission. No RX Valtrex, John Simpson, who monitors stem cell issues for Consumer Watchdog, suggested that with anticipated National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for stem cell research, California should reconsider spending the entire $3 billion that voters authorized. 250mg Valtrex, CIRM would like to be a permanent state-level NIH, but that may not be possible. California is out of money, 750mg Valtrex, faces a budget deficit of $24.3 billion, and its credit rating could hardly be worse. The Stem Cell Research report warns that CIRM’s transparency and accountability concerns “are hardly fading,” and “the structure may not be sustainable in the long term.” It remains “unclear, however, what is to become of CIRM when the $3 billion is spent.” The Commission’s conversations with members of the Institute’s oversight committee “revealed no clear consensus on the best approach for CIRM’s future.”

CIRM does provide guidelines for agencies that could use a sunset. This means unaccountable bodies that resist scrutiny, shun reform, promise more than they can deliver, and invalidate their own reason for existence. CRO

copyright 2008 Pacific Research Institute

K. Lloyd Billingsley is Editorial Director for the Pacific Research Institute and has been widely published on topics including popular culture, defense policy, education reform, and many other current policy issues..

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