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  • The Greeks Invented Mathematics, and Now It’s Bankrupting Them

    07/02/2015 7:39:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/02/2015 | Kevin Williamson
    In the short term, the world runs on words; in the long term, the world runs on numbers. It is as though the Muses came to an agreement: In the here and now, mankind is subject to rhetoric, but mathematics gets the final say. In Athens, in San Juan, in Detroit, in Sacramento, in Springfield, and, soon enough, in Washington, Mathematics is arousing herself from her torpor, and she is cranky as hell. The long term is here. Greece has defaulted on its sovereign debt, and its banks have been shut down. Television viewers accustomed to watching a few odd...
  • ‘This Is An Insult’: Ann Coulter and Geraldo Rivera Clash Over Illegal Immigration and Crime [VIDEO]

    07/01/2015 7:53:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 07/01/2015 | Billy Hallowell
    Ann Coulter and Geraldo Rivera clashed on Tuesday night over illegal immigration and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s controversial claim that Mexico is ”sending people that have lots of problems” to America. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Trump said when announcing his candidacy. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” Coulter, who takes a hard line on illegal immigration, didn’t defend Trump directly but said she believes the government should be using...
  • How will the National Socialist Left’s excuse the failure of socialism in Greece?

    07/01/2015 2:37:24 PM PDT · by Voice of Reason1 · 37 replies
    It’s axiomatic that when a socialist regime hits the skids, the left will generally try to claim that such regime is ‘right wing’ somehow. Such claims can and will be completely irrational on their face, but for the national socialist Left it’s all about talking points and a simplistic ( but ‘superior’) mentality that favors headlines and shallow thought on the subject And before you complain that I dare use the word ‘national’ next to the word ‘socialist’ I would ask that you please explain in detail (with documentation) Just how in Hades’ the word national modifies the meaning of...
  • Obama urges Congress to pass law letting Puerto Rico declare bankruptcy, time to let Illinois...

    07/01/2015 11:02:05 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 28 replies
    Illinois Policy Institute ^ | June 30, 205 | Mike Shedlock
    Puerto Rico is bankrupt. The key problem is that while municipalities can declare bankruptcy, states and territories cannot. President Barack Obama recognizes the problem. “No federal bailout for Puerto Rico” is the White House’s position. Instead, he urges Congress to pass a bill allowing Puerto Rico to declare bankruptcy. The Associated Press gives details: “The White House threw cold water Monday on the notion of bailing out Puerto Rico from its financial crisis, instead urging Congress to consider changing the law so the island can declare bankruptcy. “On the heels of a dismal economic report, Puerto Rico’s governor has warned...
  • Obama Promises That Events In Greece And Puerto Rico Will Not Cause A Global Financial Crisis

    07/01/2015 7:36:28 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 43 replies
    End of the Amercian Dream ^ | 06/30/15 | Michael Snyder
    Barack Obama says that we shouldn’t be alarmed by what is happening over in Greece. On Tuesday, he told reporters that this “is an issue primarily of concern to Europe” and that “I think the markets have properly factored in the risks involved“. And apparently Obama is not too concerned about the debt crisis in Puerto Rico either. In fact, the Obama administration has already completely ruled out any sort of federal bailout for the island. Barack Obama is assuring us that everything is going to be just fine and that we are not headed for another global financial crisis....
  • Puerto Rico's Financial Crisis Is U.S.' Crisis, Too

    07/01/2015 6:33:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    IBD ^ | 07/01/2015
    With the financial world transfixed by Greece's debt-driven meltdown, Puerto Rico announces it can't pay its $73 billion in debt. Once again, we're learning that welfare statism is no replacement for fiscal responsibility. Compared to Greece's $353 billion in debt, Puerto Rico's $73 billion doesn't sound so big. On a per capita basis, it's about a third less. But appearances deceive. Puerto Rico is in deep, owing actually much more than that amount. We learned this after a report on Monday, co-authored by former International Monetary Fund No. 2 Anne Krueger, revealed the island's finances are a shambles. The devastating...
  • Puerto Rico's Crushing Debt Is Unpayable – And The Fallout Will Hit Florida

    06/30/2015 12:36:02 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 32 replies
    WLRN ^ | 6/30/15 | Tim Padgett
    As WLRN has reported this year, the U.S. commonwealth of Puerto Rico is staggering under $73 billion in debt. The Caribbean island’s governor is giving a speech this afternoon to announce it’s unpayable. And that could have a significant economic impact here in South Florida. How bad is Puerto Rico’s financial crisis? Its debt load equals three-fourths of its entire economy. Governor Alejandro García Padilla has conceded that Puerto Rico can no longer make payments on a debt that massive. Annual trade between Florida and Puerto Rico is about $2 billion. Bankruptcy attorney Charles Tatelbaum of the Fort Lauderdale law...
  • Greek PM proposes a union with San Juan: New nation to be called "Puerto Greco"

    06/30/2015 8:01:37 AM PDT · by ken5050 · 11 replies
    one man's opinion...
    In a surprising last minute effort to solve his country's overwhelming financial crisis, Greek PM Tsipris proposed that his nation merge with US protectorate Puerto Rico. Tsipris said this would immediately solve Greece's financial problems, as Obama will no doubt soon move to bail out Puerto Rico, and Greece would, as part of the new nation, be included.
  • Puerto Rico’s governor on need to postpone debt payments for years: ‘It’s about math’

    06/29/2015 4:16:46 PM PDT · by mojito · 18 replies
    WaPo ^ | 6/29/2015 | Michael A. Fletcher
    The governor of Puerto Rico said in a televised address Monday that the island cannot pay back more than $70 billion in debt, setting up an unprecedented financial crisis that could rock the municipal bond market and lead to higher borrowing costs for governments across the United States. “This is not about politics,” said Puerto Rico’s governor, Alejandro Garcia Padilla. “It’s about math.” “The first step is to revive economic growth...We will never get out of this vicious cycle,” said Garcia Padilla. “But we need to do more—much more—to return to riches and to become more competitive and have an...
  • Jeb Bush Supports Chapter 9 for Puerto Rico

    06/29/2015 1:40:36 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 6/29/15 | Courtney Coren
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has said that he supports Puerto Rico filing for bankruptcy in the face of the massive debt the Caribbean island is facing. When Bush visited Puerto Rico, which is a U.S. territory, on a campaign stop in April, he told a crowd that the public agencies in Puerto Rico should be able to seek bankruptcy under Chapter 9, according to the Puerto Rico Report.
  • It's Not Politics, It's Math

    06/29/2015 11:19:04 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 15 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | June 29, 2015 | Karl Denninger
    No, really? (smiley face) “The debt is not payable,” Mr. García Padilla said. “There is no other option. I would love to have an easier option. This is not politics, this is math.” Well I'll be damned. On the other side of the table, of course, are hedge funds that bought the debt when Puerto Rico got in trouble at a deep discount and expect 100 cents on the dollar. They're not inclined to bargain, and will now (of course) look to the government to hand them a gun to use on Padilla. Unfortunately that doesn't change the math either....
  • Puerto Rico now belongs to Wall Street [Governor Admits Debts Cannot be Paid]

    06/29/2015 9:27:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/29/2015 | LINETTE LOPEZ AND SHANE FERRO
    The governor of Puerto Rico has admitted that it can't keep paying down the over $72 billion worth of public debt obligations. As a result, it finds itself in a uniquely awful position. It can't go into bankruptcy according to its own laws, so now it has to deal exclusively with its creditors to restructure its debt. That means it has to deal with Wall Street. "I think the surprise was that it happened this quickly," said Brian Kelly, CEO of Connecticut-based fund Brian Kelly Capital. "We thought it would take 6 months to a year... the solution is a...
  • If you like the Greek debt crisis, you'll love the Puerto Rico meltdown

    06/29/2015 6:43:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/29/2015 | Rick Moran
    The governor of Puerto Rico told the New York Times that the island cannot pay back it's $72 billion debt and will seek permission from its creditors to defer payments. The news precedes an address by Governor Alejandro Garcia to the Puerto Rican legislature, where he will unveil a budget that cuts about $670 million from a $9.8 billion budget, while setting aside another $1.5 billion to pay the debt. Fox News: Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla's spokesman, Jesus Manuel Ortiz, confirmed that the island's government is seeking to defer payments while negotiating with creditors. He confirmed comments by Garcia that appeared...
  • Puerto Rico governor warns public debt not payable

    06/29/2015 4:51:26 AM PDT · by cll · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/29/2015
    Puerto Rico's governor believes the U.S. territory will not be able to pay back its $72 billion public debt, a spokesman told the Associated Press late Sunday. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla's spokesman, Jesus Manuel Ortiz, confirmed that the island's government is seeking to defer payments while negotiating with creditors. He confirmed comments by Garcia that appeared in a report in The New York Times published late Sunday, less than a day before Garcia is scheduled to deliver a public address amid debate on a $9.8 billion budget that calls for $674 million in cuts and sets aside $1.5 billion to...
  • Puerto Rico is America’s Greece

    06/23/2015 4:41:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 06/23/2015 | By Richard W. Rahn
    Like Greece, the Puerto Rican government has more debt than it can service, and some are calling for a bailout by U.S. taxpayers. The major Puerto Rican state-owned or controlled enterprises are all losing money, including the power authority which is insolvent. Puerto Rico is an American territory that was acquired from Spain in 1898 during the Spanish-American War. The island has a population of about 3.6 million, which is declining as many Puerto Ricans emigrate to the U.S. mainland or elsewhere because of the continuing economic stagnation. Puerto Ricans are American citizens, but their per capita income is about...
  • Judge’s ruling threatens upheaval of Puerto Rico gun laws(Open-carry, no permit for purchase, CCW)

    06/22/2015 12:26:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Guns.com ^ | June 22, 2015 | Chris Eger
    local court in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico this month issued a stern ruling that could end some of the strongest gun laws in the country. Taking control of Puerto Rico’s strict firearms statutes is Judge Lugo Anibal Irizarry, sitting in the Court of Salinas, who found the U.S. territory’s Ley de Armas unconstitutionally prohibitive and in violation of the Second Amendment as part of a class action lawsuit brought by 850 plaintiffs. As Irizarry’s 42-page (Spanish) ruling reads, explained by the Second Amendment Foundation, Puerto Ricans in the Commonwealth may now carry openly or concealed without a permit, and...
  • Judge rules key parts of Puerto Rico's Weapons Law unconstitutional

    06/19/2015 7:38:04 AM PDT · by cll · 10 replies
    NotiCel ^ | 06/18/15
    I apologize but the article is in Spanish, since Puerto Rico courts conducts business primarily in Spanish. Everything gets translated into English but it takes time. I have not found an English language news source that has covered this yet. So I'll give you a summary. The court that has handed the decision is a Puerto Rico Superior Court, which is two notches below the Puerto Rico Supreme Court. Puerto Rico has a very restrictive weapons permit legal scheme. The administrative requirements to obtain a permit even contradict the law itself, by keeping certain onerous requirements that existed prior to...
  • Pope: Marriage between man and woman is threatened by gender ideology

    06/08/2015 4:02:18 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies
    https://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | June 8, 2015 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    This morning Pope Francis told the bishops of Puerto Rico, in Rome on their ad limina visit, that the beauty of marriage between man and woman is threatened by the ideology of gender. He also urged them to emphasize family pastoral ministry in order to counteract serious social problems resulting from the assault on traditional family values. Noting that "so-called gender ideology" is challenging the complementarity between a man and a woman under the guise of seeking a more just society, the Holy Father said, "Let me to draw your attention to the value and beauty of marriage. The differences...
  • Huge Lava Lake Spotted on Moon Orbiting Jupiter

    06/06/2015 3:54:11 PM PDT · by lbryce · 24 replies
    Business Standard ^ | June 7, 2015 | A US radio telescope has captured images of an enormous lava lake on the surface of Io, one of the
    A US radio telescope has captured images of an enormous lava lake on the surface of Io, one of the moons orbiting the planet Jupiter, the Puerto Rico Astronomy Society (PRAS) reported. "The new images clearly show an enormous lake of lava, fed from the subsoil and which exists permanently," PRAS vice president, professor and scientist Armando Caussade said in a statement. The Large Binocular Telescope Observatory in Arizona was the one that spotted the mass of lava in the region known as Loki Patera, a volcanic pit measuring approximately 200 kilometers (124 miles) in diameter. PRAS spokesman Juan Villafańe...
  • Eight Things We Think We Know About Puerto Rico

    05/12/2015 6:44:14 AM PDT · by cll · 14 replies
    Summary •Puerto Rico's borrowings represents an exceptionally complex set of credits in the (already arcane-enough) municipal bond market. •The Legislature's recent rejection of the Governor's tax reform proposal leaves fewer options to balance the budget and raises liquidity concerns. ~ snip ~ Puerto Rico released its most recent quarterly financial report on May 7. The report's list of risk factors includes the possibility of the Commonwealth running out of cash and defaulting on debt payments as soon as September. As organizations go, state and local governments are hideously illiquid. Even in the best of times, their political constituents do not...
  • After setback, Puerto Rico governor lays out recovery agenda

    05/01/2015 6:25:31 AM PDT · by cll · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/30/2015
    Fresh off a setback on his tax reform plan, Puerto Rico's governor laid out a recovery roadmap on Thursday for the U.S. commonwealth's struggling finances. In his state of the Commonwealth address, Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla chastised the Puerto Rico House of Representatives for rejecting tax changes critical to his financial recovery plan, saying it made recovery harder but not impossible. Padilla said he will form a group of financial experts charged with improving Puerto Rico's liquidity and another to take on a reorganization of the government. He also released an agenda that calls for spending cuts in all government...
  • Sorry, Jeb, Puerto Rican Statehood Is an Awful Idea

    04/30/2015 8:21:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/30/2015 | The Editors
    ‘Puerto Rican citizens — U.S. citizens — ought to have the right to determine whether they want to be a state,” Jeb Bush said this week. But they have had the right to determine that several times, and they seem to have determined the answer: No. The former Florida governor also said he thought statehood was a good idea on the merits, which it plainly is not. The most recent occasion for Puerto Ricans to weigh in was 2012, when they technically did end up voting for statehood — in a ballot process that would make Vladimir Putin blush. Voters...
  • Puerto Rico on the Brink (Leftists wail for more money)

    04/30/2015 8:03:04 AM PDT · by pabianice · 28 replies
    Puerto Rico is in trouble, after years of bad policies, mismanagement, excessive debt and bad luck. Its economy has been shrinking or stagnant for a decade and the unemployment rate sits at nearly 12 percent. The commonwealth and its utilities have a debt of $73 billion, its public pension funds are woefully underfunded and one state agency has warned that the government could be forced to shut down soon because it might run out of money. Lawmakers in Washington and San Juan need to come up with a plan that addresses the financial and economic problems of the territory, which...
  • Puerto Rico bank warns of imminent government shutdown

    04/23/2015 11:01:54 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 25 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 4/22/15 | DANICA COTO
    Puerto Rico's Government Development Bank warned Wednesday that it is very likely the U.S. territory's government could be forced to shut down in the next three months because of a lack of funds. The bank made the warning in a letter made public a day after it was sent to Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla and the presidents of the island's Senate and House of Representatives. "The island's financial state is extremely uncertain," the letter said. "A government shutdown would have a devastating impact on the economy, with salary and public service cuts, and a long and painful recovery."
  • Puerto Rico officials: Our government is likely to shut down and it will be devastating

    04/23/2015 7:58:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/23/2015 | EDWARD KRUDY, REUTERS
    Puerto Rico's top finance officials said the government of the US territory will most likely shut down in three months because of a looming liquidity crisis, and they warned of a devastating impact on the island's economy. In a letter to leading lawmakers, including Gov. Alejandro Padilla, the officials said a financing deal that could potentially salvage the government's finances looked unlikely to succeed. It warned of laying off government employees and reducing public services. "A government shutdown is very probable in the next three months due to the absence of liquidity to operate," the officials said. "The likelihood of...
  • Stop Letting the Rich Move to Puerto Rico as a Tax Haven

    04/14/2015 6:23:43 AM PDT · by cll · 46 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 04/14/2015 | Edward Kleinbard
    Now that you’ve created the next great app and your investment in your startup is worth a billion dollars, at least on paper, it’s time for a really difficult challenge: how to cash out without paying capital gains taxes anywhere in the world? With no U.S. or Puerto Rican tax on much investment income of new residents, U.S. citizens now can pay zero tax on capital gains. For several hundred affluent Americans over the last couple of years (including Toby Neugebauer, a key financier to Ted Cruz) the answer has been to establish a principal residence in Puerto Rico, and...
  • Treasury Officials Increase Efforts With Finances of Puerto Rico

    04/14/2015 6:12:19 AM PDT · by cll · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 04/13/15 | Michael Corkery and Mary Williams Walsh
    Antonio Weiss, the former Wall Street banker who became a top adviser to the Treasury secretary this year, has made two trips to Puerto Rico in recent weeks. Kent Hiteshew, who runs the Treasury Department’s office of state and local finance, has also met with government officials in San Juan multiple times this spring. The Treasury Department is quietly stepping up its involvement in Puerto Rico, indicating that the island’s financial problems, which have been simmering for years, are reaching a critical point. High-ranking officials have been shuttling between Washington and Puerto Rico, advising commonwealth officials as they try to...
  • Puerto Rico exports its drug addicts to Chicago

    04/11/2015 5:51:50 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 14 replies
    WBEZ ^ | April 10, 2015 | Adriana Cardona-Maguigad
    It all started about a year ago when I began noticing more homeless men in the Chicago neighborhood where I work. Back of the Yards is a community that faces some of the city’s toughest problems: joblessness, crime, drug use. Many of these men would be sitting in doorways or shuffling along, many times asking for money. One day, I asked one of them: “Where are you from?” He told me a story that I later heard again and again and again. The men told me they were from Puerto Rico. They were addicted to heroin and they ended up...
  • Feds Consider Puerto Ricans Disabled Because They Speak Spanish

    04/06/2015 12:56:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | April 6, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    95 percent of Puerto Ricans speak SpanishThe Social Security Administration (SSA) approved disability benefits for hundreds of Puerto Ricans because they do not speak English, despite the fact that Puerto Rico is a predominantly Spanish-speaking territory.According to a new audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the agency is misapplying rules that are intended to provide financial assistance to individuals who are illiterate or cannot speak English in the United States. Under the rules, Puerto Ricans are allowed to receive disability benefits for their inability to speak English as well.“We found the Agency did not make exceptions regarding the...
  • The Eternal Love of The Father

    02/24/2015 8:15:54 AM PST · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    bible , ^ | Jedediah
    THE Eternal Love of The Father Virtue upon virtue , line upon line of My Word is truly a River of Life as you walk in My Love and not your own for as your Father in Heaven I AM with you always even onto forever but it is My desire you carry My Heart and not your own for your love can be injured But My Love for you ,in you and through you is an unstoppable Truth that sheds off the lies of the enemy and before which all condemnation Must Fall! For My Love is Sovereign and...
  • Puerto Rico Presbyterian Church Exits Denomination Over Homosexuality

    02/17/2015 6:15:53 AM PST · by cll · 11 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 2/17/2015 | Milly Negron
    In an act of full obedience to biblical authority, this past Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, the congregation of Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana en Bayamón (First Presbyterian Church in Bayamón), located in Santa Rosa Community, resigned in plenary from the Presbyterian Church of United States of America (PCUSA) and declared itself an independent Reformed Presbyterian congregation, under the name Iglesia Presbiteriana Westminster (Westminster Presbyterian Church), seeking to join the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). This action, which included over 250 signers, was taken mostly due to the arbitrary and repressive positions assumed by the Commission for Evaluation, Education and Resolution of the Presbytery...
  • Governor proposes overhaul of Puerto Rico tax structure

    02/11/2015 8:29:37 AM PST · by cll · 11 replies
    NIMB ^ | 02/11/15 | Michelle Kantrow
    Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro García-Padilla offered a televised speech Tuesday in which he outlined his proposal for overhauling the island’s current tax system to what he described as a “simpler and fair one.” Although he stopped short of saying it, the new structure would be based on a 16 percent value-added tax that would eliminate the current sales and use tax structure that seeks to “dissuade tax evasion head-on and dramatically reduce income taxes for citizens.” This will leave more money in people’s pockets, and give them the power to decide how much they contribute to the system through their...
  • Flu Epidemic Declared in Puerto Rico

    02/06/2015 12:06:50 PM PST · by rrstar96 · 7 replies
    NotiUno.com ^ | February 6, 2015 | NotiUno
    (English translation) Given the alarming number of persons infected with the disease, Health Secretary Ana Rius declared yesterday that Puerto Rico is facing an influenza epidemic. The decree was released given the number of cases reported in January which totaled 3,124, a figure very close to the one reported for the last six months of 2014. Most of the hospitalized patients have been pregnant women, children under 19, and elderly, [which are] the highest-risk populations. In fact, an 85-year-old woman already died of the disease. Along with the declaration, the Secretary signed an administrative order for health-insurance companies to cover...
  • As middle class flees, Puerto Rico tries luring rich people

    02/06/2015 7:15:20 AM PST · by cll · 16 replies
    AP via Yahoo! Finance ^ | 02/06/15 | Danica Coto
    PALMAS DEL MAR, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Bond trader Ben Eiler swapped life in suburban Georgia for an island in the Caribbean, and he didn't even have to apply for a visa. The towering 38-year-old native of Arkansas is one of at least 250 people who've accepted Puerto Rico's invitation to well-heeled U.S. citizens to move to the island and enjoy life without taxes on capital gains, an enticing offer for those whose income is derived from investments. Eiler lives in a gated community on Puerto Rico's southeastern shore, making a commute of less than 5 minutes from house to...
  • Left claims GOP is trying to destroy Social Security on day one of new congress

    01/09/2015 3:05:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/07/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Some new media critics really need to make up their minds. It’s either a Do Nothing Congress or a Do Something Awful Congress. If you ask the folks at Talking Points Memo, we’ll be leaning toward the latter because the House was getting busy taking care of business before half of the new members had located the bathrooms. A minor rules change was put in place which modifies the way tax revenues are occasionally shuffled between the Social Security trust fund and the Social Security disability program. There’s a reason for this, as we’ll get to below, but to...
  • More than 200 ‘Run Warren Run’ events planned for Super Bowl weekend

    02/01/2015 2:38:58 AM PST · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 29, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    Liberal activist groups have more than 200 “house party” events planned across the country this weekend as part of an effort to get Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, to run for president in 2016. The “Run Warren Run” campaign, comprised of members from the groups MoveOn.org, Democracy for America and Ready for Warren, is planning more than 200 “organizing house parties” in 46 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam to try to develop ideas for how they can convince her to run.
  • In Puerto Rico, Undocumented Immigrants To Get The Right To Vote

    02/01/2015 6:31:29 AM PST · by OddLane · 20 replies
    Latino USA ^ | January 30, 2015 | Marlon Bishop
    A few weeks ago, Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla made a surprise announcement that soon he would submit legislation that would give undocumented immigrants and other non-citizens the right to vote in island-wide elections. The move has been commended by immigrants’ rights groups, but is viewed by many on the island as a cheap move by an unpopular governor to try and fix the next election. It’s also left many people on the island asking: can the governor legally do it? The answer, it turns out, seems to be “yes.” Federal law doesn’t stop states or cities from allowing...
  • The mystery signal from a galaxy far away:Brief pulse from deep in outer space baffles astronomers

    01/27/2015 3:32:02 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 30 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Tuesday, Jan 27th 2015 | Mark Prigg
    Is it a message from far beyond out own galaxy? A brief mysterious pulse detected by Arecibo telescope has baffled boffins. The discovery of a split-second burst of radio waves by scientists using the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico raises major new questions over what caused it. The finding by an international team of astronomers, published July 10 in The Astrophysical Journal, marks the first time that a so-called 'fast radio burst' has been detected using an instrument other than the Parkes radio telescope in Australia.
  • Puerto Rico's member of Congress gives 5-minute floor statement on the fight for statehood

    01/08/2015 10:18:29 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 47 replies
    House.gov ^ | January 7, 2015 | Pedro Pierluisi
    Mr. Speaker: As the new Congress begins its work on behalf of the American people, I rise to address my colleagues about an issue of national importance, namely Puerto Rico’s quest to discard its status as a U.S. territory and to become a U.S. state. Puerto Rico has been a territory since 1898. If Puerto Rico does not desire to remain a territory, it can follow one of two paths. The territory can become a state or it can become a sovereign nation, either fully independent from the U.S. or with a compact of free association with the U.S. that...
  • Puerto Rican migration to the U.S. mainland triples

    01/07/2015 7:04:07 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 17 replies
    NotiUno.com (Spanish) ^ | January 7, 2015 | NotiUno
    (English translation) The Puerto Rican exodus is at its height. And to judge from Transport Statistics Bureau data, over 72,000 Puerto Ricans left the island during the first 6 months of 2014, El Nuevo Día reports. This number is triple what was recorded for the same period in previous years. For example, over 24,000 people left Puerto Rico during the first 6 months of 2013. According to demographer Judith Rodriguez, the numbers are alarming and prove what was suspected, namely that Puerto Rican emigration to other places in search of a better quality of life is increasing at a huge...
  • Obama Pick for Salvador Post Withdrew Prior Nomination Over Cuba Concerns

    12/17/2009 2:02:53 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 8 replies · 392+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | DECEMBER 17, 2009 | FOXNews.com
    President Obama's recent nominee for ambassador to El Salvador was forced to withdraw her nomination to another diplomatic post a decade ago following concerns about ties to Cuba, raising red flags as her name heads to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee once again for approval. President Obama's recent nominee for ambassador to El Salvador was forced to withdraw her nomination to another diplomatic post a decade ago following concerns about ties to Cuba, raising red flags as her name heads to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee once again for approval. The White House announced the nomination of Mari Del Carmen...
  • Bill de Blasio kept 100 passengers waiting at JFK Airport for flight to Puerto Rico...

    12/16/2014 12:29:13 PM PST · by cll · 33 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 12/15/2014 | Mia De Graaf
    Bill de Blasio kept more than 100 people waiting for a commercial flight from JFK Airport to Puerto Rico because he was running late. The revelation will do nothing to alleviate New York's mayor of his reputation for tardiness. Passengers including city officials and holidaygoers had no idea why the boarding gate remained closed for 20 minutes after it was due to open on November 6. Finally, de Blasio arrived with an entourage of security, and the JetBlue flight was deemed ready for boarding. The mayor and his security were seated first before others were allowed to board. It has...
  • The perfect human is Puerto Rican

    12/03/2014 7:25:49 AM PST · by cll · 35 replies
    Bits of DNA ^ | 12/02/2014 | Lior Pachter
    Results - After restricting the SNP set from SNPedia to those with green painted alleles, i.e. “good”, there are 4967 SNPs with which to construct the “perfect human” (available for download here). A dataset of genotyped individuals can be obtain from 1000 genomes including Africans, (indigenous) Americans, East Asians and Europeans. The PCA plot (1st and 2nd components) showing all the individuals together with the “perfect human” (in pink; see arrow) is shown below: ~ snip ~ The nearest neighbor to the “perfect human” is HG00737, a female who is… Puerto Rican. One might imagine that such a person already...
  • Is a Puerto Rico municipality thinking about seceding?

    10/24/2014 8:02:46 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 32 replies
    (English-language translation) San Juan - A group of residents of Vieques, which was used by the United States Navy for six decades, plans to convene a referendum to propose its independence from Puerto Rico, of which it is a municipality. "We don't need the government of Puerto Rico. What we want is our own constitution and government under the United States Constitution," said today Yashei Rosario, who is proposing this initiative along with her husband Julián García. Rosario and those who second this idea complain that the Puerto Rican authorities "have not promoted the economic development of Vieques" since the...
  • Puerto Rico Gay Marriage Ruling Sets up a Potential Federal Conflict

    10/24/2014 1:03:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/23/14 | Richard Wolf
    Gay marriage may be sweeping the nation, but in Puerto Rico it remains against the law. A federal district judge late Tuesday rejected the reasoning used in at least 14 other decisions and said his hands were tied by a 1972 Supreme Court ruling that upheld a Minnesota same-sex marriage ban “for want of a substantial federal question.” “This court is bound by decisions of the Supreme Court that are directly on point,” District Court Judge Juan Perez-Gimenez ruled. “Only the Supreme Court may exercise the prerogative of overruling its own decisions.” The ruling marks only the second time that...
  • In passionate ruling, federal judge upholds Puerto Rico’s marriage protection law

    10/23/2014 7:30:09 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 20 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/22/14 | Kirsten Andersen
    'Recent affirmances of same-gender marriage seem to suffer from a peculiar inability to recall the principles embodied in existing marriage law,' wrote Perez-Gimenez In a rare court victory for supporters of true marriage, a U.S. District Judge this week upheld the legality of Puerto Rico’s marriage protection law, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.  In his 21-page decision, Judge Juan Perez-Gimenez passionately defended true marriage and delivered a scathing rebuke to his colleagues across the nation who have overwhelmingly ruled to overturn state bans on same-sex “marriage” in the wake of the U.S. Supreme...
  • Bucking trend, judge upholds same-sex marriage ban in Puerto Rico, citing ‘procreative potential’

    10/22/2014 12:55:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 22, 2014 | Gail Sullivan
    On Tuesday, a federal judge in Puerto Rico bucked the trend towards marriage equality, upholding a ban on same-sex marriage. The commonwealth romantically defined marriage in a 1999 law as a “civil contract whereby a man and woman mutually agree to become husband and wife.” “Because no right to same-gender marriage emanates from the Constitution, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico should not be compelled to recognize such unions,” U.S. District Judge Juan Perez-Gimenez wrote in his opinion, which will now move to a federal appeals court. Adding his own two cents, Perez-Giminez concluded: “Traditional marriage is the fundamental unit of...
  • Puerto Rico's Gay Marriage Ban UPHELD by Federal Judge

    10/22/2014 7:45:38 AM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 46 replies
    LA Slimes ^ | 21 Oct 2014 | Lauren Raab
    Puerto Rico’s ban on same-sex marriage remains in place after a federal judge dismissed a challenge to the ban Tuesday, saying the U.S. Supreme Court established a precedent four decades ago. U.S. District Judge Juan M. Pérez-Giménez said in his decision that by dismissing an appeal in Baker vs. Nelson, a 1971 case in which two men sought to marry in Minnesota, the Supreme Court bound all lower courts to assume bans on same-sex marriage do not violate the Constitution. The high court could choose to overrule itself but has not, he said. Document Puerto Rico same-sex marriage decision Puerto...
  • Puerto Rico's gay marriage ban upheld by [US] federal judge

    10/22/2014 4:54:50 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 23 replies
    LA Times ^ | 10/21/2014 | Lauren Raab
    Puerto Rico’s ban on same-sex marriage remains in place after a federal judge dismissed a challenge to the ban Tuesday, saying the U.S. Supreme Court established a precedent four decades ago. U.S. District Judge Juan M. Pérez-Giménez said in his decision that by dismissing an appeal in Baker vs. Nelson, a 1971 case in which two men sought to marry in Minnesota, the Supreme Court bound all lower courts to assume bans on same-sex marriage do not violate the Constitution. The high court could choose to overrule itself but has not, he said. Pérez-Giménez went on to say that legalizing...
  • "Reunification with Spain Movement" Established in Puerto Rico

    09/02/2014 10:13:23 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 59 replies
    (English-language translation) San Juan, Sept. 1 - Starting today, the Puerto Rico Reunification with Spain Movement (MRE) is an officially-constituted group after its first assembly was attended by less than 40 people whose common interest is to make the Caribbean island a Spanish province. "Reunificationists, 116 years ago, the Spanish province of Puerto Rico was invaded and militarily occupied by the United States, causing the separation from the mother country Spain against its will," said José Nieves, the driving force behind this initiative, during the assembly held on Sunday during the long weekend in Puerto Rico and the United States...