Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $44,961
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 51%!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Keyword: puertorico

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • A Puerto Rican "white supremacist"?

    08/16/2017 11:37:00 AM PDT · by cll · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 8/15/2017 | Michael Ramos
    WARNING: FOUL LANGUAGE An alleged UTR Charlotesville participant doxed by the left explains himself. Identifies as Puerto Rican. Apparently caught on video beating up an antifa. One hour long.
  • The Barrio Congressman: Vito Marcantonio and the Puerto Rican migration

    08/14/2017 5:50:51 AM PDT · by cll · 14 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 08/14/2017 | Jay Maeder
    What with a depression and a war and federal quotas, the great waves of the tired, poor and huddled had dried to a trickle, and in the late 1940s there was a full generation of New Yorkers quite unaccustomed to immigrants. It was at this moment that the city suddenly found itself overwhelmed by the largest influx of human beings in 40 years. They came from the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico catastrophically overpopulated, desperately impoverished, devastated by decades of sugar company plantationism. All at once there were many thousands of them in the city, where it was said a...
  • As Others Pack, Some Millennials Commit to Puerto Rico

    08/07/2017 5:01:14 AM PDT · by cll · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 08/05/2017 | Lizette Alvarez
    SAN JUAN, P.R. — Two young graduates from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology did the unthinkable last summer: They quit enviable jobs in New York and moved back to beleaguered Puerto Rico, bringing their plan for a start-up with them. “People were like: ‘Are you crazy? Why would you ever do that? Go back way later; you’re basically going into a hellhole right now,’” said one of the graduates, Eric Crespo, 25, who helped create Lunchera, a fast-growing online food delivery and logistics company in Puerto Rico. As the tide of Puerto Ricans leaving the island continues unabated, Mr. Crespo...
  • Action On Puerto Rican Bankruptcy Could Give Trump A Much Needed Win

    08/03/2017 7:30:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | August 3, 2017 | Derek Hunter
    President Donald Trump is in need of some political wins. Congress is stuck in procedure and partisanship, with no real hope for an end in sight, so the odds for legislative victories are long…at least right now. But like everywhere else in life, people love a winner, and a few victories, even small ones, can go a long way toward rallying more people (and more Congressional support) toward his legislative goals.The office of the President is unique in the world, in that it matters very little what its occupant does - people want to see their president doing “something.” President...
  • Puerto Rico oversight board to investigate debt and fiscal crisis

    08/03/2017 6:31:57 AM PDT · by cll · 16 replies
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico's federally appointed financial oversight board said on Wednesday it will investigate the U.S. commonwealth's debt "and its relationship to the fiscal crisis" which has left it with $72 billion in debt and a 45-percent poverty rate. The board, a creation of the 2016 federal Puerto Rico rescue law known as PROMESA, said in a statement that the investigation will review the fiscal crisis, examine the debt and how it was issued, including disclosure and selling practices. "The Oversight Board considers this investigation an integral part of its mission to restore fiscal balance and economic...
  • Puerto Rico betting on medical marijuana to help ease crisis

    08/02/2017 1:30:53 PM PDT · by cll · 35 replies
    AP ^ | 08/01/2017 | Danica Coto
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Jesus Aponte pushes a door open to reveal hundreds of aromatic, spiky green plants, a crop that Puerto Rico hopes will help it ease a grinding economic crisis by generating millions in revenue and tens of thousands of jobs. Aponte, a 29-year-old biologist and chemical engineer, had been thinking of joining the wave of young Puerto Rican professionals heading to the U.S. to seek work — an exodus that has aggravated the U.S. territory’s woes. But then he saw the saw the island’s medical marijuana industry start to expand, and found one of the...
  • President Trump, There’s One Island That Could Form A Pacific Wall Against Chinese Influence

    07/07/2017 5:13:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | July 6, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    Where America’s Day BeginsTumon–While the rest of the country debates President Trump’s Twitter use, health care reform, tax reform, border security, the war on terrorism, and the 2018 midterms, it’s easy for some stories to fall by the wayside.The 2016 election was dominated by many issues, but trade was a key factor that helped push Donald Trump over the top. The main villain was China. Yet, trade isn’t the only arena where we’re going to do battle with this Asian economic powerhouse.In the Pacific, China is spreading dollars, subsidizing building projects across Tonga and the Federated States of Micronesia. The...
  • Fiscal board requests corrective actions to Puerto Rico budget

    06/27/2017 3:31:47 PM PDT · by cll · 6 replies
    Caribbean Business ^ | 6/27/2017 | Luis J. Valentin Ortiz
    SAN JUAN – The fiscal control board notified the Puerto Rican Legislature on Tuesday of changes it needs to make to its newly approved budget in order to be certified by the panel created by Promesa. For this, the board granted a period of 48 hours. The list of corrections includes cutting $119 million from budgetary allocations that would cover expenses related to the legislature, sports, municipalities and payroll, among others. Specifically, the board requested that the Capitol’s allocation again be of $31 million, according to the budget presented by Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. The legislature raised the appropriation by $16...
  • For Sale: Puerto Rico

    06/26/2017 11:59:50 AM PDT · by cll · 31 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 06/26/17 | Heather Gillers
    Puerto Rico has no cash and can’t borrow money anymore. So it is looking to sell itself off in parts. The troubled U.S. territory is preparing to seek bids in coming months from private companies willing to operate or improve seaports, regional airports, water meters, student housing, traffic-fine collections, parking spaces and a passenger ferry, according to a government presentation reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. The goal is to attract more than $500 million in investment starting this summer, according to a spokesman for the Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority. Future possibilities include the island’s power utility, water and...
  • Many interests are upset at Trump’s new Cuba policy. Puerto Rico isn’t one of them

    06/23/2017 6:52:17 AM PDT · by cll · 10 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | 6/22/2017 | Jessica Campisi
    Puerto Rico government officials, struggling with a mounting bankruptcy crisis across the island, see some optimism for their problems in President Donald Trump’s new Cuba policy. Trump announced in Miami last week that he would roll back some of former President Barack Obama’s previous regulations, including a new policy directive that Americans traveling to Cuba for educational person-to-person education trips do so with groups joined by a company representative. Puerto Rico officials say this shifted U.S. relationship with Cuba could in turn increase tourism in their nearby island and help save its suffering economy, which declared bankruptcy in May and...
  • Cal Thomas: Puerto Rico's sorry state

    06/22/2017 6:19:18 AM PDT · by cll · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/22/2017 | cal Thomas
    “Puerto Rico, my heart’s devotion. Let it sink back in the ocean.” — West Side Story The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is drowning. The island, so popular with tourists, is $123 billion in debt. That’s more debt than the $18 billion bankruptcy filed by the city of Detroit in 2013. In May, San Juan declared a form of bankruptcy after creditors filed lawsuits demanding their money. A federal district judge appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts will handle the case. How did this happen? Luis Fortuno, former governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, who served as president of the...
  • Puerto Rico deserves its star: Alaskans should supporting statehood

    06/21/2017 6:34:42 AM PDT · by cll · 128 replies
    It has been nearly 58 years since the last star was added to the U.S. flag when Hawaii joined the union in August 1959. In a referendum 10 days ago, Puerto Rico residents voted to become the next. The matter isn’t up to residents alone, of course — Congress and the president would have to sign off on the admission of a new state, and there are many political hurdles that stand in between America’s closest possession and statehood. But those obstacles existed for Alaska, too, and we had allies who helped us gain entry to the U.S. As Puerto...
  • Puerto Rico upholds statehood demand in contentious vote

    06/12/2017 2:12:51 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 50 replies
    Fox News World ^ | 6/12/2017 | DANICA COTO
    Puerto Rico's governor is vowing to make the U.S. territory the 51st state after statehood won in a non-binding referendum hit by a boycott and low turnout that raised questions about the vote's legitimacy. Gov. Ricardo Rossello told a couple hundred supporters waving U.S. flags late Sunday that he will soon create a commission to appoint two senators and five representatives to demand statehood from the U.S. Congress, which has to approve any changes to the island's political status.
  • So What Happened In That Puerto Rican Statehood Vote? (Does a 23% Turnout tell us anything?)

    06/12/2017 9:42:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/12/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    I clearly didn’t anticipate just how lopsided the vote in Puerto Rico’s referendum was going to wind up being yesterday. When the polls closed, headlines began showing up in social media calling it a “landslide” in favor of abandoning the island’s territorial status and taking their place as the USA’s 51st state. And at least in terms of the percentages involved it wasn’t even close. (Associated Press) Puerto Rico’s governor is vowing to turn the U.S. territory into the 51st state after statehood won in a non-binding referendum hit by a boycott and low turnout that raised questions about...
  • Puerto Rican voters back statehood in questioned referendum

    06/11/2017 3:58:08 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 113 replies
    AP ^ | 11 Jun 17 | DANICA COTO
    Puerto Rico's governor announced that the U.S. territory has overwhelmingly chosen statehood in a nonbinding referendum Sunday held amid a deep economic crisis that has sparked an exodus of islanders to the U.S. mainland. Nearly half a million votes were cast for statehood, more than 7,600 for free association/independence and nearly 6,700 for the current territorial status, according to preliminary results. The participation rate was just 23 percent with roughly 2.26 million registered voters, leading opponents to question the validity of a vote that several parties had boycotted. Gov. Ricardo Rossello shows his ballot at the San Jose Academy during...
  • NYC Mayor: Maybe honoring a terrorist in the parade wasn’t such a great idea

    06/02/2017 4:40:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Hot ^ | June 2, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    The evolution of the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City this month, as well as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s position on it, has come full circle. The original decision to honor convicted FALN terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera as a hero of the people or whatever honorific they had in mind immediately sent sponsors scurrying and resulted in many prominent figures refusing to march with him. Not the Mayor, however, who claimed to understand the nuances of the situation, even though he “disagreed” with some of the things the bomb maker had done. But as the list of those...
  • Oscar López Rivera won’t be honored at Puerto Rican Day parade after all

    06/02/2017 2:53:19 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 6 replies
    Former terror leader Oscar López Rivera will not be honored at this year’s Puerto Rican Day parade, after the ex-FALN chieftain decided to turn down the award in the face of a widespread parade boycott. Organizers of the June 11 march said the freed terror boss will forgo the “National Freedom Hero” honor and instead just march as a “humble” grandfather. “He declined the honorary title at the parade. We respect that decision,” parade spokesman Andres Chavez said.
  • NYC Council Speaker: 'Right-Wing Forces' Trying to Undermine Parade Honoring Terrorist

    05/28/2017 12:16:57 PM PDT · by cll · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/28/2017
    New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-East Harlem) said "ultra right-wing forces" in Puerto Rico are trying to undermine this year's Puerto Rican Day Parade. The city's parade made national headlines with its decision to designate Oscar Lopez Rivera, a convicted terrorist, as its "National Freedom Hero." Lopez Rivera led the FALN, a left-wing liberation movement in Puerto Rico, which bombed several sites across the United States - including NYPD barracks. "A lot of the campaign putting pressure on the sponsors to withdraw... is being manipulated and organized and orchestrated from an ultra-right wing element on the island [of...
  • Washington provided Puerto Rico with all the wrong incentives; disaster ensued.

    05/09/2017 7:50:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    City Journal ^ | 05/09/2017 | Steve Malanga
    Last week, Puerto Rico took another step in its long, mostly futile attempt to stabilize its economy and budget when it filed for a modified version of municipal bankruptcy. It was the latest chapter in a 20-year struggle that began when an odd coalition of budget hawks, statehood advocates, and critics of corporate giveaways convinced Congress to phase out tax benefits that businesses could garner by locating operations in Puerto Rico. Since then, efforts to make Puerto Rico’s economy more independent and sustainable have come to little, in part because the 1996 reforms were incomplete, leaving in place tax advantages...
  • Paradise In Peril: Puerto Rico Shows Governments Do Go Bankrupt

    05/05/2017 4:13:53 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/4/2017 | Staff
    Fiscal Folly: Tired of wrestling with his creditors, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselo is taking the unprecedented step of moving his dispute to federal bankruptcy court, where he hopes to get a favorable solution to his government's desperate debt situation. It's not exactly bankruptcy, but it does set an ugly precedent that poorly run, financially strapped U.S. states are likely to follow. All told, Puerto Rico owes close to $123 billion in total liabilities, according to The New York Times, including $73 billion in bonded indebtedness and $50 billion in unfunded pension liabilities. Let's be clear here: Puerto Rico, with...