Not supporting terrorist Oscar López Rivera:
- Goya Foods
- The NYPD Hispanic Society
- NYC police commissioner
- Jet Blue
- New York Yankees
Read all about it.
Add Corona Beer and Coca-Cola to the list.
“The Cuban Party, government and people send our fraternal congratulations,” Castro told Lopez Rivera. “We share the joy of your liberation.”
López Rivera would reunite with fellow FALN bomb maker William Morales, who is thought to have lived in Cuba since June of 1988, according to the FBI.
First Goya Foods pulls its $200,000 from the parade.
after it was announced that former FALN kingpin Oscar Lòpez Rivera will be honored as a “National Freedom Hero” at the event.
. . .
The Sergeants Benevolent Association joined the Hispanic groups in calling for a parade-sponsor boycott.
Gov. Cuomo’s waffling on whether he’ll attend the parade.
An insult to anyone who loves freedom.
Read my article. NYC to honor convicted terrorist as “National Freedom Hero”
The guy is an unrepentant terrorist who used his own apartment as a bomb-making factory. López Rivera was involved directly or otherwise in at least 146 bombings.
Joseph Connor, son of one of the nine people López Rivera killed, writes in the NY Post (emphasis added),
The words “disgrace” and “outrage” do not come close to describing the insanity, insult and pain that honoring this terrorist thug brings to our family, the families of all FALN victims and all Americans. The idea is truly sickening.
In the early ’80s, 11 FALN members were arrested, tried and convicted of (among other serious felonies) weapons possession and seditious conspiracy. Lopez was convicted in 1981 and sentenced for crimes including seditious conspiracy, interference with interstate commerce by threats or violence, carrying firearms during the commission of those two crimes and interstate transportation of stolen vehicles.
There was testimony by a cooperating FALN insider that Lopez was personally involved in bombing and incendiary attacks, trained members in bomb-making techniques and had been a prime recruiter for the FALN.
In 1987, he was sentenced to an additional 15 years for participating in a conspiracy to escape.
Yet [NY City Council Speaker Melissa] Viverito and her ilk call Lopez a “National Freedom Hero.” They are deranged.
Some claim he is a “freedom fighter” for Puerto Rican independence against US colonialism of the island. But aside from being a terrorist, what has he done to support “freedom” in Puerto Rico?
The FALN’s first attack, in December 1974, targeted the NYPD, severely maiming Angel Poggi, a young NYPD officer of Puerto Rican descent on his first day on the job. Is this the act of a hero of the Puerto Rican people? Lopez has never represented Puerto Ricans.
López Rivera will never represent me.
Barack Obama commuted López Rivera’s sentence unconditionally. Under Obama’s commutation order, Lopez Rivera’s prison sentence expires on May 17, less than a month from the Puerto Rican Day parade.
Move over, Detroit,
Puerto Rico to File Largest Public Sector Bankruptcy in History.
A headline on Monday;
Puerto Rico Debt Gains After Bondholders Reject Governor’s Offer
– Commonwealth may get $295 million in Medicaid funding
– Prices on GO bonds are below island’s best-case 77-cent offer
Puerto Rico Creditors Sue Over Debt-Cutting Plans. Lawsuits naming Puerto Rico, oversight board filed after legal freeze expires (emphasis added)
Bond insurer Ambac Assurance Corp., which has $10 billion in guarantees on the line in Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, filed lawsuits in federal court challenging the territory’s debt-cutting plan. Hedge funds holding sales-tax bonds called Cofina s also sued to prevent Puerto Rico from spending their collateral for other purposes.
. . .
Meanwhile hedge funds led by Aurelius Capital Management LP sued Puerto Rico in New York state court, seeking to recoup past-due payments on $1.4 billion in defaulted general obligation bonds. Creditors holding Cofina bonds and general obligation bonds were already battling in another case for top priority.
The mounting legal claims signaled a collapse in restructuring negotiations, heightening the likelihood that the federal board overseeing Puerto Rico’s finances will place the territory under bankruptcy protection, though no such filing appeared to have been made by Tuesday evening.
The fact is,
A legal shield protecting Puerto Rico from lawsuits expired Monday. Without having invoked Title III or signed standstill agreements with creditors, Puerto Rico for the moment is exposed to debt-related claims stemming from its fiscal plan, which allocates roughly $800 million a year over the next decade for debt payments. Creditors are owed more than four times that amount annually.
Now the lawyers are needing to get paid, too.
For decades Puerto Rico funded its overspending by issuing bonds. Investors ignored the disastrous spending even after the bond ratings collapsed because they were betting on high yields.
On Monday demonstrators protesting austerity measures vandalized the business district in Hato Rey, threw pepper spray canisters at the police, and blocked access to the airport,
VIDEO: Manifestante encapuchado lanza lo que parece es gas a agentes de la Policía en la Milla de Oro.
Cortesía: Telenoticias pic.twitter.com/xQu6D85Mcd
— NotiUno 630 (@NotiUno) May 1, 2017
— Alerta Progresista (@aprogresista) May 1, 2017
The University of Puerto Rico has been closed due to a strike; now it is losing its Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation (link in Spanish). Losing this accreditation means students will find it near-impossible to transfer to colleges and universities in the U.S. and overseas without losing all their credits, even if they completed a high school international baccalaureate.
Spanish was declared Puerto Rico’s official language in 2015, providing a disincentive for English-language multinationals to establish businesses in the island.
Mary O’Grady was in the Batchelor Show talking about Venezuela and Puerto Rico:
The governor noted that he does not support the PROMESA bill, nor do many on the island since many say it reeks of colonialism. In truth, the board is acting in a function that is no different from the various state takeovers of American cities (Harrisburg, Detroit) we’ve seen who were in disastrous financial condition. Still, even here, the notion of an unelected board overruling the representative body is disconcerting. Regardless, despite his opposition, the governor understood that this is the law and the new reality.
Roselló wants to cut spending by 25%.
Good luck with that. When Republican Luis Fortuño was governor, he was voted out after his first term because he tried to cut expenses.
The governor said he would petition Puerto Rico’s federal oversight board to invoke a quasi-bankruptcy law that puts its standoff with creditors before a judge. His decision marks the start to what could be a lengthy legal fight as Wall Street watches closely to see how other indebted municipal governments may fare in confrontations with investors.
The slide into bankruptcy would mark a new low in Wall Street’s relations with Gov. Rosselló, a political newcomer who pledged as a candidate to repay the territory’s debts, shrink the government and strengthen ties with the U.S.
. . .
A bankruptcy filing by the board, which creditors lobbied Congress to create, could mean deeper losses on bonds than they anticipated. Puerto Rico will face off against angry hedge funds, mutual funds and bond insurers in the court-supervised proceeding known as Title III, a legal mechanism created by Congress to restructure debts by force if negotiations broke down
This is going to wind its way through the courts, since as Matthew Wirz explains, “key provisions of Title III have never been interpreted by the courts, and the law includes protections for creditors that chapter 9 doesn’t.”
The Democrats want to shut government if we don't bail out Puerto Rico and give billions to their insurance companies for OCare failure. NO!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2017
Democrats have been pushing to help Puerto Rico cover a Medicaid shortfall. The U.S. territory is currently facing a multi-billion dollar debt crisis.
Prior posts on Puerto Rico here.
This article was submitted by Vicente Longo.
The Puerto Rican Colony
By Vicente Longo
A few days ago I watched on Fox News Tucker Carlson’s interview of Ricardo Roselló, Puerto Rico’s current governor.
Ricardo Roselló is the president of the Partido Nuevo Progresista (New Progressive Party, or PNP), which promotes statehood for Puerto RIco. Tucker asked Roselló about some of his statements to the Miami Herald, where Roselló mentioned that Puerto Rico’s current financial crisis is largely due to the island’s colonial status.
I would like to comment on Puerto Rico’s colonial situation.
In 1898, Americans arrived in Puerto Rico as a result of the Spanish-American War. Up to that moment, Puerto Rico had been Spain’s colony. Americans were well received by the Puerto Ricans.
Later, in 1917, the Jones Act enacted by the United States Congress granted U.S. citizenship to all Puerto Ricans. At that time, Puerto Rico’s governors were appointed by the U.S.
In 1940, the people elected the first Puerto Rican governor, Luis Muñoz Marin, president and founder of the Partido Popular Democrático (Popular Democratic Party, or PPD). The PPD is Puerto Rico’s version of the national Democratic Party.
In 1952, President Harry S. Truman signed Law 600, which purported to resolve the island’s colonial status. The law, which governor Muñoz Marín called the ELA (Estado Libre Asociado, literally “Free Associated State”, but officially “Commonwealth” in English) was presented to the people of Puerto Rico for vote in 1952.
By then, the PPD and Muñoz Marín dominated the media (radio, press, etc.) in puerto Rico. As expected, the people supported Law 600.
Law 600 effectively perpetuated the colony. Puerto Rico’s American citizens could not vote for the President of the United States nor did they have Senator or Representatives as other American citizens have. Hence, 3.4 million American citizens in Puerto Rico have continued to be second-class citizens.
The “ELA” promulgated by the PPD and supported by the Democratic Party has only served to defend the Democratic Party’s interests (and those of multinational companies), and likewise, those of their friends in the PPD. Colonialism is what is convenient, and Puerto Ricans’ rights are not a priority.
In 2012, Puerto Ricans held a plebiscite with gathered over 80% voter participation. Three options were presented:
Statehood prevailed by a 58% majority.
Presently, moving to the 50 states is the only means by which Puerto Ricans can attain all their rights as American citizens. An estimated 5.5 million Puerto Ricans live in the states.
We Puerto Ricans value, treasure and love our American citizenship, but now, after a century of second-class citizenship, is the time for Puerto Rico to become a State of the great American Nation with full duties and rights.
We Puerto Ricans are proud of our American citizenship and it is fair that it be first-class.