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  • Mayor Of Fort Hood Shooter's Hometown In Puerto Rico Identifies Ivan Lopez In Photo

    04/03/2014 11:11:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | April 3,2014 | Bryan Lienas,Carmen Liona
    DEVELOPING The mayor of the Fort Hood shooter’s hometown confirmed to Fox News Latino that Ivan López is the soldier pictured in a photo posted on his Facebook page. López opened fire Wednesday at Fort Hood, killing three people and injuring 16 others, before turning the gun on himself and ending his life.
  • Medal of Honor Ceremony Connects Generations

    03/18/2014 11:47:15 AM PDT · by cll · 18 replies ^ | 3/18/2014 | Richard Sisk
    Army Sgt. Ashley Randall never knew her grandfather, never knew of his heroism in Korea, until President Obama told her that she was next of kin to a Medal of Honor recipient. "I didn't know anything, not even his name," Randall said of her grandfather, Army Pvt. Demensio Rivera, who was killed at age 18 in Korea during an enemy assault. ~ snip ~ Rivera, originally from Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, was drafted into the Army from New York City. He was an automatic rifleman serving with Company G, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, when his platoon's...
  • Watch Delightful Iguana at Puerto Rico Open Attempt to Eat Andrew Loupe's Ball

    03/16/2014 12:33:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Bleacher Report ^ | Mar 10, 2014 | Gabe Zaldivar
    According to a picky iguana roaming the greens at the 2014 Puerto Rico Open, Andrew Loupe's golf ball, as interesting as it may be, isn't all that delicious. Next Impulse Sports' Kiley Kmiec spotted this rather hilarious video posted to the PGA's YouTube page. It features a curious iguana moving Loupe's ball before scurrying off, as iguanas are wont to do. As for details, the YouTube description states, the moment comes as Loupe played through the 16th hole over the weekend. As the announcer mentions, this isn't the first time an animal tried to pull some shenanigans at a tour...
  • Belated Medal of Honor for 24 Soldiers Overlooked Due to Race

    02/21/2014 4:56:27 PM PST · by kristinn · 35 replies
    ABC News ^ | Friday, February 21, 2014 | Luis Martinez
    Twenty-four Army soldiers who fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam will receive the Medal of Honor next month, correcting oversights that prevented many of them from receiving the nation’s highest award for valor because of their Hispanic, Jewish and African-American backgrounds, White House officials said today. The awarding of 24 Medals of Honor — most of them posthumously — will be the largest number to be awarded at one time since World War II. The process began in 2002 when Congress mandated that the military services review the cases of hundreds of Hispanic and Jewish service members who...
  • Gov. Chris Christie goes to Puerto Rico as New Jersey digs out of Nor’easter

    02/17/2014 5:39:13 AM PST · by cll · 8 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 2/15/2014 | Tim O'Connor
    As New Jersey dug out Friday from the Nor’easter and braced for more snowflakes on Saturday, Gov. Chris Christie jetted off to Puerto Rico for some sun and fun, CNN reported on Friday. “After the storm had passed, the governor left the state [Friday] morning for a long weekend away with his family, and he will return Monday night,” Christie spokesman Colin Reed told the network.
  • Prouty: I believe in a PR renaissance and the ‘smart money’ does too

    02/14/2014 11:37:02 AM PST · by cll · 6 replies
    Caribbean Business ^ | 2/142014 | Nicholas Prouty
    tor Nicholas Prouty, who is betting at least $750 million on Puerto Rico through his firm Putnam Bridge, remains bullish on the island’s potential despite credit downgrades and marathon economic doldrums. Putnam Bridge is spending $450 million to overhaul its Puerto del Rey Marina complex in Fajardo and spending hundreds of millions more at its La Ciudadela housing and commercial complex in Santurce, a project that includes plans to create a sprawling public park in the historic heart of San Juan. Prouty’s passion for Puerto Rico, and his confidence that an economic rebound is in the works, was evident in...
  • To Avoid Becoming The Next Detroit, Puerto Rico Needs Growth, Not Taxes

    02/11/2014 5:32:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    IBD ^ | 02/11/2014 | Editorial
    Tax And Spend: Puerto Rico's debt has been cut to junk by two credit rating agencies, prompting an outcry from officials of the recession-hit island that, after all, they've hiked taxes. Well, that's the problem right there. It's hard to not feel some sympathy for Puerto Rico's new governor, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, who upon entering office last year inherited a hog-wallow of $70 billion in debt, according to a long piece in the weekend's New York Times. The governor cut spending by 2%, balanced his budget a year ahead of schedule, reformed public pensions and reduced the territory's deficit by...
  • Spain grants right of dual nationality to Sephardi Jews

    02/10/2014 5:13:52 AM PST · by cll · 19 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | 2/09/2014 | Eli Leon
    More than 500 years after the Spanish Inquisition, the Spanish government has voted to facilitate the naturalization of Jewish families of Spanish descent, without demanding they give up their other citizenship. Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain must be rolling in their graves: The government in Madrid on Friday approved legislation that would allow descendents of Jews who were exiled from Spain to be naturalized in the country without having to give up their former citizenship, which had been the law until now. Spanish Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon said that Spain "is indebted to Spanish Jews for spreading the...
  • Economy and Crime Spur New Puerto Rican Exodus

    02/10/2014 1:19:01 AM PST · by Kartographer · 18 replies
    NYT ^ | 4/8/14 | LIZETTE ALVAREZ
    A sense of pessimism pervades on the island. Streets are lined with empty storefronts in San Juan and in smaller cities like Mayagüez; small businesses, hit hard by high electricity, water and tax bills and hurt by drops in sales, have closed and stayed closed. Schools sit shuttered either because of disrepair or because of a dwindling number of students. In this typically convivial capital, communities have erected gates and bars to help thwart carjackers and home invaders. Illegal drugs, including high-level narcotrafficking, are one of the few growth industries. Puerto Rico, about 1,000 miles from Miami, has long been...
  • Puerto Rico: The Next Detroit? (Downgraded and out of options)

    02/07/2014 8:32:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 02/07/2014 | Arnold Ahlert
    On Tuesday, credit ratings agency Standard & PoorÂ’s downgraded Puerto RicoÂ’s general-obligation bonds to BB+, a level that is considered junk status. Similar action by rating agencies MoodyÂ’s and Fitch appears virtually certain, as the island territory copes with a staggering $70 billion of debt, all of which needs to be repaid with interest. Unfortunately, Puerto Rico has been in what amounts to a continuous recession since 2006, and its economy is currently shrinking at a 6 percent pace. The official unemployment rate is 14.7 percent, and its debt-to-GDP ratio is 93 percent.Furthermore, the island is experiencing the largest population...
  • Obama launches 'climate hubs' to help farmers, communities

    02/05/2014 1:59:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 5, 2014 | By Laura Barron-Lopez
    The Obama administration will announce the establishment of regional hubs focused on mitigating climate change on Wednesday. The hubs are the first-ever regional centers that will focus solely on risk adaptation and climate change solutions at seven locations across the country. "On the heels of passage of the farm bill, the administration will take executive action to help farmers, ranchers and rural communities combat climate change and adapt to extreme weather and other damage it causes," a White House official said in an email ahead of Wednesday's announcement. Dubbed "climate hubs," the new centers will address issues like increasing risks...
  • S&P downgrades Puerto Rico's credit to junk status

    02/05/2014 3:46:29 AM PST · by cll · 10 replies
    Caribbean Business ^ | 2/04/2014 | Kevin Mead
    Standard & Poor’s cut Puerto Rico’s credit rating by one notch on Tuesday, becoming the first of the Wall Street credit ratings agencies to downgrade the debt to junk level. S&P lowered the commonwealth government’s general obligation rating to ‘BB+’ from ‘BBB-’. At the same time, it downgraded commonwealth appropriation secured debt and Employee Retirement System (ERS)debt to ‘BB’. All of S&P’ ratings remain on CreditWatch with negative implications. “My administration isn’t to blame for this. But it is my responsibility to get us out of it,” Gov. Alejandro García Padilla said during a hastily convened press conference at La...
  • Family props up, poses with dead boxer

    02/01/2014 4:21:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 50 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/31/14 | Tara Palmeri
    He refused to be knocked out, even in death. The family of a Puerto Rican boxer — who was shot to death last week — honored his dying wish on Friday by propping up his corpse in the corner of a fake boxing ring to memorialize his career. Like an ashen wax figure, Christopher Rivera’s pale, embalmed body was positioned in the corner of the ring decked out in boxing gloves, a hoodie, shades and sneakers.
  • Puerto Rico approves measures to manage debt load

    01/23/2014 6:30:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 23, 2014 8:57 PM EST | Danica Coto
    Puerto Rico’s Senate approved several measures late Thursday aimed at helping the U.S. territory take on new loans and better manage its ability to repay an existing $70 billion public debt, an issue that has worried investors. One measure would create a corporation responsible for issuing bonds to help pay and refinance some of the $590 million in debt held by the island’s municipalities. The corporation would use a portion of revenues generated through an existing sales and use tax to guarantee payment. As a result, municipalities would see a slight drop in revenues they receive through the tax. Another...
  • Puerto Rico judge's son convicted of murder

    01/23/2014 8:29:49 AM PST · by cll · 10 replies
    <p>SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The son of a U.S. district court judge has been found guilty of killing his wife at their home in a wealthy suburb in Puerto Rico.</p> <p>Pablo Casellas Toro also was found guilty late Wednesday of weapons offenses and destroying evidence. His 46-year-old wife, Carmen Paredes, was killed in July 2012, her body riddled with about a dozen shots, including one to the forehead, forensic officials testified.</p>
  • Puerto Rico creditors meet on growing fears of default

    01/15/2014 12:45:16 PM PST · by Kartographer · 5 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 1/15/14 | Henny Sender
    High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email to buy additional rights. Creditors to Puerto Rico are meeting in New York on Thursday with lawyers and debt restructuring specialists as a moratorium on payments on the territory’s $70bn in public sector debt and an additional $40bn of unfunded pension liabilities appears increasingly likely, these specialists say. A possible suspension on payment of the debt comes despite the progress Puerto Rico’s governor Alejandro Garcia...
  • Quake - 6.5, Puerto Rico

    01/12/2014 8:35:54 PM PST · by djf · 36 replies
    Just happened a few minutes ago...
  • Obamacare Pushing Puerto Rico Further Into Social Welfare State, Doctors Warn

    12/14/2013 11:08:00 AM PST · by oblomov · 25 replies
    Fox News LAtino ^ | 13 Dec 2013 | Bryan Llenas
    People in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico may not be grappling with the botched Obamacare website rollout, but the program could spell disaster for the island, which is facing a financial crisis and where half the population already is dependent on free health insurance, members of the island's medical community warned. Puerto Ricans, who are born U.S. citizens, do not enroll on the because their government decided not to offer health-insurance exchanges, which offers private plans. Instead, the Affordable Care Act, commonly dubbed Obamacare, has mostly arrived on the island in the form of a $6.3 billion social...
  • Historic Space Images From The Arecibo Observatory

    11/01/2013 2:51:24 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Popular Science ^ | November 01, 2013 | Francie Diep
    Happy 50th birthday to the telescope that brought us the first map of Venus, revealed ice on Mercury, and more. When Cornell University built the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico -- near the equator, so it could observe the planets without needing to move its 1,000-foot-wide reflector -- people hadn't even set foot on the moon yet. They wouldn't for another six years. Since its construction, Arecibo has contributed to generations of astronomy. Researchers first set its radar and radio instruments to discover basics, such as the speed of Mercury and Venus' rotations and the surface features of the moon...
  • Puerto Rico Follows Detroit Into Fiscal Abyss

    10/14/2013 12:41:34 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 8 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/14/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    In the film “West Side Story,” Puerto Ricans sing “America” and pronounce that “Puerto Rico Is In American Now.” If they redid “West Side Story,” they would have to sing “Detroit Is In Puerto Rico Now.” Puerto Rico has a negative outlook from ratings agencies and is rated Baa3 by Moody’s. prcwdes Puerto Rican municipal bonds are collapsing in price. Puerto-Rico-commonwealth-2033 While the Puerto Rican municipal bond 20 year yield has popped to over 10%. PR-20-year-yield Puerto Rico credit default swaps have increased recently (note the “Batman ears”). prdcs At least Puerto Rico isn’t in the Argentina area of CDS...
  • Shutdown 2013: Tourism Takes a Big Hit in U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico

    10/05/2013 10:35:58 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 9 replies via AP ^ | 10/2/13 | Danica Coto (AP)
    Frustrated, sweating tourists with hands on their hips stood in front of a seaside 16th-century fortress on Tuesday after discovering it was one of several sites in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico closed by the partial federal government shutdown. The majority of Puerto Rico’s 10,000 federal employees were affected by the shutdown, which led to closure of the imposing San Felipe del Morro fort in San Juan, along with other tourist destinations including El Yunque, the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. National Forest system. Also affected are national wildlife refuges in the nearby islands of Culebra and...
  • If you live in Puerto Rico, you’re not eligible to use the Marketplace to apply for health insurance

    10/01/2013 8:12:32 PM PDT · by cll · 4 replies
    HealthCare.Gov ^ | 10/01/2013 | cll
    "If you live in Puerto Rico, you’re not eligible to use the Marketplace to apply for health insurance. Check with your territory’s government offices to learn about health coverage options". That's the message you get if anyone would want to enroll from Puerto Rico or any of the other U.S. Territories. Why? Because we have been exempted from many of Obamacare's requirements to include the individual and employer mandates and the exchanges. So, I could hook you up with a real good real estate agent in Puerto Rico if you would be inclined to escape this bit of tyranny that...
  • US to target high-level criminals in Puerto Rico

    09/26/2013 10:15:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 26, 2013 12:14 PM EDT | Danica Coto
    Federal agents will start targeting high-level drug traffickers in Puerto Rico with intelligence gathered during a three-month blitz on criminal activity in the U.S. territory, the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday. The campaign is part of a federal operation that began in July 2012 with help from local authorities that focuses on the smuggling of drugs, weapons, money and migrants. The agency says agents have seized a total of 53,000 pounds (24,000 kilograms) of drugs, confiscated hundreds of firearms and arrested more than 320 suspected criminals who will be prosecuted at federal and local levels. …
  • Security Fail: TSA Agent Smuggles Illegal Aliens

    09/14/2013 9:34:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Gateway ^ | September 14, 2013 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    A TSA agent and 5 others were caught red-handed bringing Brazilian nationals across our border illegally: ... a group of Brazilian nationals were smuggled through the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Díaz-Torres allegedly allowed the Brazilians through a TSA security checkpoint without questioning them. The group then flew to New York, Boston, and Philadelphia on commercial flights. The corruption is widespread and getting worse, ushering in not only illegals, but terrorists. An ‘event’ that rocks the US is not a matter of if, but when. We are essentially borderless with no real security protecting our...
  • Massive Waves Pound Enclosed Beach

    Playa Puerto Nuevo is an enclosed beach in Puerto Rico with huge limestone rocks that provide a barrier from the sea and create an awesome natural pool.
  • Congress spars with Puerto Rican governor opposed to statehood

    08/01/2013 11:23:35 AM PDT · by cll · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/01/2013 | Julian Pecquet
    Key lawmakers told Puerto Rico's governor on Thursday that it's time for the island to choose between statehood and independence. Gov. Alejandro García Padilla has been fighting to retain the island's status as a U.S. territory without voting rights, arguing that it provides the economically troubled island with an advantageous tax status. Leaders of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which has jurisdiction over U.S. territories and insular possessions, said that's unacceptable. “After 115 years, it is clearly time for Puerto Rico to determine what political path it will take,” said committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). “The current status...
  • Puerto Rico Senator: Obama is the whitest and most elitist President ever

    08/01/2013 8:51:41 AM PDT · by cll · 20 replies
    NotiUno Radio ^ | 8/01/2013
    SAN JUAN - Past Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Senate President and current Senator-at-large Thomas Rivera Schatz asserted today on the talk-radio program "En Caliente con la Jovet" (680 AM Radio) that President Obama is the "whitest" U.S. President and along with Congressional Democrats, the most elitist politicians in U.S. history for calling for amnesty and a path to citizenship for illegal aliens, while maintaining four million current U.S. Citizens in a second-class citizenship status. Residents of the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico are considered natural born citizens, but are not allowed to participate in Presidential elections nor are they afforded...
  • Baseball Fans SUPER ANGRY Hispanic American Superstar Sang ‘God Bless America’ at All-Star Game

    07/18/2013 2:54:06 AM PDT · by Caipirabob · 94 replies ^ | 07/16/2013 | Public
    Last night was the 2013 MLB All-Star game. Ah, America’s pastime! Who doesn’t love a good baseball game? And what better way to open up America’s game then with a heartfelt rendition of ‘God Bless America’? And…wait, a minute. Who is this guy coming out to sing God Bless AMERICA?
  • FBI: Woman accused in Puerto Rico murder-for-hire scheme arrested in Spain

    07/01/2013 7:49:11 AM PDT · by cll · 3 replies
    A woman accused of hiring someone to kill her wealthy Canadian husband on the U.S. Caribbean island of Puerto Rico was arrested Sunday by police in Spain after being sought for five years in the alleged murder-for-hire scheme, according to the FBI. Moises Quinones, the FBI’s spokesman in Puerto Rico, said Aurea Vazquez Rijos was arrested by the Spanish police at an airport in Madrid. The Puerto Rican suspect was taken into custody as she was getting off a flight from Italy, where she has lived for years and gave birth to another man’s twins. A U.S. grand jury charged...
  • ANALYSIS-Puerto Rico: Vacation oasis, muni-market trouble spot

    06/28/2013 8:08:36 AM PDT · by Sergio · 7 replies
    Reuters via CNBC ^ | 25 Jun 2013 | Tiziana Barghini and Michael Connor
    But beyond its shoreline, U.S. investors see a threatening view, a tropical version of a near-bankrupt industrial city - Detroit, whose stressed finances...
  • NJ state of affairs Menendez wooed married gal: source

    06/23/2013 12:39:52 AM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 47 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 6/23/2013 | ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN
    Sen. Robert Menendez wooed a married newspaper publisher, taking the attractive brunette on a romantic getaway to the Caribbean, a tipster alleges. The New Jersey Dem and Cecilia Reynolds jetted to Puerto Rico, where they stayed at the isolated beach retreat of the island’s then-governor, Anibal Acevedo Vila. In a photo provided by the anonymous informant, Reynolds is sitting naked on a beach and suggestively smiling at the camera. In another set of pictures, they take turns posing against the same sunset backdrop. The happy couple, dressed in shorts, also appeared to tour a national park and pose for a...
  • DEA agent killed in Colombia during apparent robbery attempt

    06/21/2013 10:11:55 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 10 replies
    CBS News ^ | 06/21/13
    A DEA agent has died in an apparent robbery attempt in Colombia, U.S. Ambassador Michael McKinley said Friday. Colombian authorities said the American agent was stabbed four times.
  • [Washington State] Area residents alerted to flooding - in Puerto Rico

    06/13/2013 9:06:11 AM PDT · by cll · 6 replies
    The News Tribune ^ | 6/13/2013 | Alexis Krell
    It wasn’t clear if residents of Puerto Rico got the warning about possible flash flooding in parts of the U.S. territory Wednesday, but at least some Pierce County residents did. Cellphones across Western Washington warned users of flash flooding, though the National Weather Service said the local forecast called for nothing of the sort, and that the warning seemed to refer to some areas of Puerto Rico. How widespread the alert was is not known, but at least several Tacomans said they got it about 1:40 p.m. “Flash flood warning this area til 6 p.m. AST. Avoid flood areas. Check...
  • Briton in Central Park sex attack wins £80,000 payout

    07/19/2004 1:13:22 PM PDT · by ijcr · 54 replies · 1,640+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 19/07/2004 | A.N.Other
    A British student who was sexually assaulted by a gang in New York and then ignored by police when she begged for help has received £80,000 in compensation. The 22-year-old accepted the out-of-court settlement even though she could have received millions if she had taken the case to a jury. The woman was attacked near the gates of Central Park by about 15 men after the Puerto Rican Day Parade in June 2000. She was among dozens of women who were attacked by roving gangs during the day, suffering the worst assault. Many of the victims were doused with water,...
  • Coors angers some Puerto Ricans by placing flag on beer cans

    05/31/2013 6:26:21 AM PDT · by xp38 · 33 replies
    PIX11 ^ | May 2013 | PIX11
    Cold beer has the blood boiling from the City Council to the Bronx. The Puerto Rican Day Parade is only weeks away, and once again, parade officials along with Coors Light are serving up controversy for the community Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito is furious that the parade and MillerCoors would actually place a Puerto Rican flag on a Coors Light can and include a similar patriotic image as part of the campaign logo. “My initial reaction is that this is unacceptable,” Mark-Viverito said. RELATED: Controversial Puerto Rican Day Parade Coors Light ads taken down “Anybody that sees that image, on that...
  • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Post 9-11 Memorial Wall

    05/27/2013 10:10:58 AM PDT · by cll · 5 replies
    5/27/2013 | cll
    SPC Wilbel A. Robles-Santa, USA, KIA April 6, 2013, Zabul, Afghanistan SGT Luis A. Oliver Galbreath, USA, KIA August 16, 2012, Kandahar, Afg. SGT Jose J. Reyes-Cruz, USA, KIA July 18, 2012, Afghanistan SGT Louie Ramos-Velázquez, USA, KIA May 26, 2011, Kandahar, Afg. SGT José M. Caraballo-Pietri, USA, KIA April 10, 2011, Badghis, Afghanistan SGT José M. Cintrón-Rosado, USA, KIA January 2, 2011, Taji, Iraq SPC José A. Delgado-Arroyo, USA, KIA January 2, 2011, Taji, Iraq PVT Francheska Velez and her unborn child, USA, KIA, November 5, 2009, Fort Hood, Texas SPC Israel Candelaria Mejías, USA, KIA April 5, 2009,...
  • Ponce De Leon Never Searched for the Fountain of Youth

    05/25/2013 5:47:56 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Smithsonian magazine ^ | June 2013 | Matthew Shaer
    The real story goes something like this: In 1511, messy political squabbling forced Ponce to surrender the governorship of Puerto Rico, an appointment he had held since 1509. As a consolation prize, King Ferdinand offered him Bimini, assuming the stalwart conquistador could finance an expedition and actually find it. J. Michael Francis, a historian at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg who has spent decades studying the Spanish colonies in the Americas , says no mention of a Fountain of Youth occurs in any known documents from Ponce’s lifetime, including contracts and other official correspondence with the Crown. In...
  • Make Puerto Rico a state handing Dems 4 new House seats and 2 new Senate seats forever? No thanks

    05/23/2013 9:21:11 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/23/13 | Derrick Hollenbeck
    The number of scandals and the speed at which they are both multiplying and growing in seriousness portends difficulties for Democrats in the near future. Nevertheless, they are a slippery bunch and never without a trick or two up their sleeve. All indications are that these scandals will end Democrat dreams of having useful idiots like Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan help them erase our borders thus giving them a fresh supply of voters. When that scheme ends, they will have to look elsewhere and that elsewhere is Statehood for Puerto Rico. A movement for statehood for Puerto Rico is...
  • Pope Francis' First Crisis? Defiant Archbishop Refuses to Quit

    05/10/2013 5:44:53 AM PDT · by cll · 44 replies
    ABC/Univision ^ | 5/0/2013 | Santiago Wills
    The new pope's first crisis is not related to the Church's controversial position on contraceptives or proposals for female clergy. Rather, Pope Francis' first major quandary is getting rid of a Puerto Rican archbishop who, despite the Vatican's numerous requests, has repeatedly refused to step down. The source of Pope Francis' current ordeal is Roberto Octavio González Nieves, the outspoken Archbishop of San Juan, who has been accused by Vatican emissaries of allegedly protecting pedophile priests, abusing his power, promoting Puerto Rican independence from the U.S., and supporting a law that could grant same-sex couples living together hereditary rights and...
  • Doctors flee Puerto Rico for US mainland

    04/17/2013 8:39:23 PM PDT · by Sergio · 11 replies
    Associated Press via Yahoo News ^ | 4/17/2013 | DANICA COTO
    Per rules, AP stories cannot be posted. Rundown is that the lack of payments from insurers and Medicare is causing doctors to leave the island and leaving residents in a serious situation where there are not enough doctors to provide services.
  • Puerto Rico Creates Tax Shelters in Appeal to the Rich

    03/26/2013 5:20:28 AM PDT · by cll · 10 replies
    Known for its white-sand beaches and killer rums, Puerto Rico hopes to stake a new claim: tax haven for the wealthy. Since the beginning of the year, the island has gone on a campaign to promote tax incentives that took effect last year, marketing its beautiful beaches, private schools and bargain costs in an effort to lure well-heeled hedge fund managers and business executives to its shores. So far, Puerto Rico’s pitch has attracted a handful of under-the-radar millionaires. Several American executives of mostly smaller financial firms say they have already relocated to the island, and Puerto Rican officials say...
  • Shock Audio: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Says He's Waiting On Presidential Eligibility Case

    WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer seemed to indicate Thursday they'd consider a U.S. citizen born in Puerto Rico "natural-born" and eligible to run for president. Their comments, directed at Puerto Rican-born Rep. José Serrano (D-N.Y.), came during a House Appropriations Committee hearing on the Supreme Court's budget
  • Cuomo Announces Temporary Tax On High-Earning New Yorkers To Be Extended

    03/21/2013 6:16:44 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 25 replies
    CBS 2 New York ^ | March21 , 2013
    But that’s not Cuomo’s only pull back. “This state has no future if it is going to be the tax capital of the nation,” Cuomo during his inauguration. Cuomo then passed a supposedly temporary tax on high-earning New Yorkers that was due to end next year, but now, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday, that’s not going to happen. “There will be an extension of the surcharge set to expire next year,” Cuomo said Thursday. And when asked at if that wasn’t hypocritical, given his prior no-new-taxes positions, Cuomo tried to paint the tax hike as a tax cut, since...
  • Puerto Rico now America's team in World Baseball Classic

    03/18/2013 12:07:12 PM PDT · by cll · 7 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 3/18/2013 | Jon Paul Morosi
    SAN FRANCISCO - After Team USA was eliminated from the World Baseball Classic, we heard the usual lines about the inability of Americans to meet expectations in the tournament. That’s not entirely accurate. Team Puerto Rico — comprised of U.S. citizens — is one victory away from stunning the baseball world. After unexpectedly eliminating Venezuela in the first round and the U.S. in the second, the Puerto Ricans pulled off an even bigger upset Sunday night. Behind starting pitcher Mario Santiago, who spent last season with SK Wyverns of the Korean Baseball Organization, Puerto Rico stunned twice-defending champion Japan, 3-1,...
  • Puerto Rico Advances to World Baseball Classic Final

    03/18/2013 11:25:24 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 4 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | 3/18/13 | Staffer
    The surprising Puerto Ricans first eliminated the star-studded United States, then took care of two-time World Baseball Classic champion Japan two days later with a 3-1 victory in Sunday night's semifinal. Puerto Rico needs just one more win to be WBC champions. "We totally showed we can be the new team, the champion nobody expected," said Angel Pagan, center fielder for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. "It means a lot, but not everything, because we're still missing one more win." Alex Rios hit a two-run homer, Mike Aviles singled twice and drove in the game's first run, and...
  • Billionaire John Paulson may be eyeing move to Puerto Rico to pay lower taxes: report

    03/12/2013 6:04:36 AM PDT · by cll · 24 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 3/11/2013 | Erik Ortiz
    Could big-money billionaire John Paulson be ready to bolt from New York and into a palatial Puerto Rico penthouse in the name of lower taxes? A Bloomberg News report says the Queens-born hedge fund heavyweight — worth $11.2 billion — has looked at property in the wealthy Condado neighborhood of San Juan. The $5 million penthouse he reportedly eyed is 8,379 square feet, occupies three floors and includes six underground parking spaces, according to the Trillion Realty Group listing. ~ snip ~ Paulson’s potential move to the commonwealth would save the 57-year-old from paying tax gains on the $9.5 billion...
  • Who is William Arkin, and why does it matter?

    02/26/2007 5:38:10 PM PST · by Interesting Times · 37 replies · 1,133+ views
    The New Dominion ^ | Feb. 26, 2007 | Max Friedman
    As most of you have read or seen by now, a journalist and NBC/MSNBC media consultant named William “Bill” Arkin has created quite a stir by viciously insulting American soldiers in Iraq. He wrote at his Washington Post blog, “Early Warning: William M. Arkin on National and Homeland Security” column (1/30/07), that “… this NBC (Nightly News) report is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary - oops sorry, volunteer force that thinks it is doing the dirty work” re Iraq. The “report,” according to Arkin, featured “a number of soldiers (who) expressed frustration with...
  • Hundreds of thousands march in Puerto Rico against gay rights

    02/22/2013 7:18:11 AM PST · by cll · 16 replies
    RT ^ | 2/20/2013
    More than 200,000 religious Christians marched against gay rights in Puerto Rico on Monday in the largest such demonstration in the history of the US commonwealth. Gathering in front of San Juan’s Capitol building, hundreds of thousands of Christian Puerto Ricans stopped traffic while defending “traditional marriage” and protesting against the idea of granting gay couples legal rights. “Traffic was snarled for miles leading toward the San Juan islet as buses packed with marchers headed toward the north side of the Capitol,” described the Puerto Rican-based Caribbean Business. The mass demonstration, which took just three weeks to organize, drew in...
  • Puerto Rico bans gay adoptions

    02/22/2013 7:10:14 AM PST · by cll · 15 replies
    RT ^ | 2/21/2013
    Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court on Wednesday voted 5-4 to ban gay couples from adopting children, with judges claiming that a child’s dignity, stability and well-being can only be ensured if raised in a “traditional” family. The vote comes two days after 200,000 religious Christians held a rally against granting same-sex couples any sort of legal rights. As the largest anti-gay rally in the history of the US commonwealth, the gathering portrayed the immense opposition gay couples continue to face in Puerto Rico. Although some lawmakers support granting gay couples with certain legal rights, many public figures remain starkly opposed to...
  • Opinion: Is Puerto Rican statehood the next “Latino” issue for conservatives?

    01/30/2013 2:12:35 PM PST · by cll · 42 replies
    NBC Latino ^ | 1/30/2013 | Juan Ricardo Varela
    With the Washington news cycle being dominated this week by a bipartisan comprehensive immigration framework that includes an earned path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants, a group of conservative heavy hitters are trying to push another issue that affects over 3.5 million second-class U.S. citizens. Yesterday morning at the National Press Club, the topic was Puerto Rican statehood, as the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles announced a new education campaign to convince fellow conservatives that making Puerto Rico the 51st state of the Union is the most American thing one can do. The LPCP rolled out an A...