Monday, August 29, 2005

Chu Delirious!

I've had the flu since yesterday morning. The flu, or monga, affects me in a particular way. I become delirious, rambling on and on about nothing. Sometimes I even sing. My mom says I act like a tecato on the street. I take pills which usually puts me in a drugged out state. I don't move, stay in one spot for hours and occasionally I start rambling. It's crazy. I'm feeling better though.

Yo Xavi, that's the life a law student. Study, study, study. It's a full time job. But, I still maintain a decent social life. Friday night, I saw a plena jam and a live salsa band. Saturday night I saw a movie with my boy Luis. And next weekend, I'm going to check out the Salsa, Bomba y Plena jam in Aguas Buenas. Tru!

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Chu's Weekend

Friday I had class until 3PM, hung out with Susset a little bit, then studied until 9PM. Went to El Boricua to hear plena with my boy Tomas. Then we went to Viejo San Juan, saw some salsa at Rumba and chilled at La Cubanita.

Saturday, I woke up went to the library about 11AM and studied to about 8PM. Called my boy Luis up and we went to catch a movie (40 yr old Virgin). The movie is mad funny. I recommend it to everybody.

Woke up this morning, sweating but freezing and feeling like shit. It felt like I was being poked with a thousand pins all over my body. Took some pills and went back to sleep. Woke up feeling ok, studied a little bit, and then I started to feel like shit again. I am on my way to Wal greens to get some pills for monga (flu)(Wal greens is the only pharmacy opened on Sundays around here). Stopped by to check my mail and post. I feel like shit, and I dont know if I'll go to class tomorrow.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Chu Robbed!

Yesterday I arrive home, to find a whole in my window. I open the door, and see a mess. I look around, and see that my laptop is missing. Fuck, I've been robbed! I tell the owner of the house, she's sad and offers to give me her computer. I am enraged at the world. The police better find the crook before I do. This can't happen to me, not in Puerto Rico. I feel like leaving, going back to New York. I call my friend.

My good friend comes over. She calms me down. She tells me good things. She makes me happy. I get to know her better. I've crepted closer and closer to falling head over heals for her. She's wonderful.

I wake up the next day depressed. My pictures are all gone, my writings are gone, my music is all gone. I'm lonely. I need my mom's love and care. I think of my friend and her advice. I feel better. In abscence of a reason, she would why I stayed in Puerto Rico. She gives me hope. I have no laptop, but I feel good. She gives me hope. Me da esperanza.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

When "I Don't Know" is the Correct Answer

Profesor: Why did Marbury go straight to the Supreme Court instead of the Federal District Court?

Chu: Well (pauses to think) You see, Marbury was thinking... (pauses to rethink)...Cause during that time...(pauses again)...Honestly, Profesor, I don't know why he didn't go straight to a District Court first.

Profesor: Correct! Muy bien!

Chu and other classmates: Huh?...(laughter erupts)

Profesor: You see, no one knows why.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Walgreens Is Treated Differently in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN (EFE) – The president of Farmacias Plaza, Jose Perez de Gracia on Sunday denounced that the local government has given a preferential treatment to Walgreens multinational pharmacy chain, which could have negative consequences for the rest of the drugstores in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico Wow
Not only does the government treat them differently, but Walgreens gets away with breaking local laws(Ley de Cierre).

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Guess who?

Rossello="Inmates shouldn't vote"

SAN JUAN (EFE) – New Progressive Party (NPP) President Pedro Rossello on Friday said he is in favor of taking away the inmates’ right to vote in an election.

Puerto Rico Wow
Sure, 'cause they didn't vote for you in the last elections. LOL. He was governor for 8 years. Why didn't he do it then?

Friday, August 19, 2005

End of first full week of law school

Today marked the end of my first full week of law school. My mood: exhausted but satisfied.

Law school "ain't no joke." In terms of reading, its just how I imagined. In terms of time required, more than I expected. In terms of difficulty, its not what I expected (its hard, but not as hard as some people make it). I've probably spent more hours in the library this past week then I did my whole senior year of college.

Some things I've learned thus far:
- What a Contract and Obligation is.
- The difference between Civil Law and Common Law.
- The structure of the Judiciary System.
- The Constitutions of the US and PR.
- Some important articles in the Codigo Civil de Puerto Rico.
- How to brief a case.
- How to read a case (read it over and over, lol)
- What a Hipoteca is.

My network of friends has expanded. I slowly began realzing that a lot of the students were children of well to do families and with statehood tendencies, which by the way depressed me a little. However, I began to meet people who think more along the lines that I do, thus giving me renewed hope. Interestingly, being from New York, I've found it easy to make friends. People come up to me and we usually hit it off. They seem interested in where I'm from, and why I was studing in Puerto Rico. And most don't hesitate to lend a hand. Puerto Ricans are very compassionate.

I found that peoples motives for studing law are distinct from mine. One thing I don't like about the law school is the air conditioning system. They blast the A/C are full throttle. So, think about it, I walk to class and arrive hot, I sit in class for 2 hours and leave cold, then I get outside where its hot again. These are the groundworks for pneumonia.

Tomorrow there is a party in Condado for the UPR law students. It's in a fancy club, $10 cover, and medallas are $3, and you got to dress in white. I don't think I'll go.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Domingo Quinones Off to Jail, Again.

Un juez en el tribunal de Carolina encontró hoy causa para arresto contra el cantante de salsa, Domingo Quiñones relacionado a una intervención ocurrida en Carolina hace cinco meses.

El Nuevo Dia

Domingo Quiñones, one of the best soneros of salsa, has been arrested again. Salsa singers have historically had drug problems. Most of the great soneros have have run ins with the law or been jailed because of drugs - Ismael Rivera, Hector Lavoe, Marvin Santiago, Lalo Rodriguez, Ismael Miranda, Pete Rodgriguez. But, it makes me wonder if some of there best peformances, and even their ability to sonear, has come out while they were high. They reach that state of ectasy and and created memorable and awe-ispiring phrases and verses.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Fernando Ferrer & Lalo Rodriguez

I was surfing the net and found a picture of a younger Ferrer. He sort of looks like Lalo Rodriguez. no?

I'll be damned.....Mr. October is Puerto Rican

Reginald Martinez "Reggie" Jackson (born May 18, 1946) was a professional American baseball player from 1967 to 1987. His father Martinez Jackson was a Puerto Rican who played for the Negro Leagues.

One of the greatest players in the history of baseball is Puerto Rican. A classmate of mine told me today and I googled him and wouldn't you know it, he's one of us. He's even more like us because he was raised by his dad, a Puerto Rican who played in the Negro Leagues. I'll be damned. Tru!

Ley de Cierre

Recently, I posted a blog about not being able to buy bread on Sundays in Puerto Rico You Can't Buy Bread After 5PM on Sundays in Puerto Rico). Now I know why. There is a law called Ley de Cierre passed a few years back to protect small businesses. It's a very good law indeed. The part that affected me was:
Apertura dominical: Los establecimientos comerciales podrán abrir al público los días domingo, solamente durante el horario comprendido entre las 11:00 hasta las 5:00 p.m.

The law states who it applies to and when. Included in the list are Pharmacies like El Amal and Walgreens. But, when Luis and I went to buy bread, El Amal obeyed the law and Walgreens didn't. Penalties for breaking the law is a fine between $1,000 to $25,000. So, you know how much I love American companies in Puerto Rico. . . I shall call DACO (Puerto Rico's version of the Better Business Bureau) tomorrow! Walgreens is going down!

UPR Bureacracy...oh brother!

I don't know what is up with the University of Puerto Rico administration. Most don't know the answers to simple questions like "where do I go to change classes," or "where do I go to change my address" or "where is the registrar's office located." I believe their inefficiency has caused students to go unprepared well after the start of classes. For example, we started law school last week, yet we haven't received our financial aid. When we ask them when the $ is going to come in, everyone gives us different dates "finales de agosto; principios de septiembre; mediados de septiembre." How the heck are we suppose to buy books, school supplies, pay rent, travel expenses! All of us have had to come out of our pockets to pay for tuition, buy books, make copies, etc. It's like they say "For the first few weeks of class, you're on your own." What the f*ck?! Man, they should give us a break. Better yet, they should get their asses to work. We haven't even signed our award letters! Sh*t, so their are delays after delays after delays.

On top of that, there are professors who don't show up to class, others who have cancelled class, the library hasn't followed it's schedule and has closed early or for entire days. And plus, the air conditioner is broken at the law school. So it's hot as hell.

But, I guess these are the sacrifices we have to make for a cheap and excellent education.

The PRFAA from an Insider

One of my readers, who prefers to stay anonymous, worked in the offices of the PRFAA this summer. Below is what he has to say about that office.

I have just returned from working at the PRFAA offices in Washington D.C. It angers me to know that an office as important and necessary for the advancement of the Puerto Rican community as PRFAA is has become nothing more than a country club, where the sons of friends of whichever party leader is in power are given positions which should belong to the island's truly talented and devoted. The only real reason Bhatia, who is an honest, likeable individual, got the position for which he recieved such a bonus is because in PR, he could not defeat anybody and the governor rewarded (That's right, REWARDED) him with this position for having helped with the governors campaign. However, this is not a problem that has just surfaced. This is a problem that has been going on for quite some time now, and BOTH parties are guilty of using this office as a mere political rubber chicken. Having been there, I know that the money that PRFAA has in it's budget IS wasted on amenities (Limos, Drivers, Park Avenue offices that are not in use...) and not on what the offices main mission is. I know for a fact that the washington office, which occupies a floor and a half of an extremely expensive building only physically uses HALF OF ITS OFFICES!!! PRFAA, in my opinion, should be a separate entity, operating in the interests of the island, not the interests of X or Y political party.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Mixed Emotioncs

This past week was filled with so many emotions.

Got my own place: excited
Started law school: nervous, anxious
Second day of law school: overwhelmed
Watched Deuce Bigalow 2: funny
Saw live Bomba: proud
Saw live Rumba: spirited
Saw many old friends: connected
Learned of a friends recent death: sad
Got sick: lonely

Friday, August 12, 2005

$14 million for Jews - Still Not Impressed.

JERUSALEM, Aug. 12 - A consortium of wealthy Americans has put up $14 million to compensate Jewish settlers for their Gaza Strip greenhouses, and the facilities will be handed over to the Palestinians as soon as the Israelis leave, participants in the agreement said today.

New York Times
Although I am pleased that enough Americans care about other people around the world, I am forced to think that American compassion is selective and discriminatory at times. Americans raised $14 million for the Jews that are being forced to leave their homes (which, by the way, is what their ancestors did to the Palestinians decades ago - tables are turned), but so what? Those settlers are already getting between $200,000 to $400,000 in compensation from the Israeli government. Women and children are starving in the Sudan, child labor is prevalent in Asia, Indian tribes in the Americas are ignored by governments and live in utter poverty. When Americans don't hesitate to raise money for people of color, then I'll be impressed.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

1st Day of Law School

We all arrive, early, well-fed, enough coffee in us that if we perspired it would be of caffeine. Some of us were so anxious that we had little hours of sleep the night before. No one wanted to be late. We were all thinking the same thing: this is it! We are about to start our law school careers. Our days of long hours of jangueo were over. Our library would be our new home now. Some of us were thinking about the professor: is he/she strict, does he give a lot of work, will he call on me? The time came, enters the professor. Everyone is quiet. The silence is so sharp that it could cut like a machete. "Hola, Soy Profesora Matenzo. Bienvendios a la Escuela de Derecho de la Universidad de Puerto Rico." Sighs of relief could be heard thoughout the classroom. It's not as bad as I heard. Professors are human! I think I can do it.

But, my second class was just like what I had read. Enters professor decked out in a suit, very intimidating, "Hola Soy profesor Diaz. . .Que es el Derecho?. . .Dime, tu, que es el derecho para ti?(as he points to a student) . . . and so begins the Socratic method of teaching law.

Happy Anniversay Verde Luz!

Today is Verde Luz's first anniversary. i can't believe its been one year since I started this blog. Below is the first post of Verde Luz. As you will see, my thoughts and convictions haven't changed.

Puerto Rican Justice: How SOUR it is!

Wouldnt it be great to live on a beautiful tropical island where at anytime you could go to the beach, hike through a rainforest, tour historical colonial sites and get away with murder!? Well amigos, now you can. Bienvenidos a Puerto Rico.

Yes folks, you can now add "murdering" to the list of many things to do while in Puerto Rico. It may sound crazy or even far-fetched, but homicide is the new fad in Puerto Rico. Or at least it seems that way. You see, a few days ago a man by the name of Melvin Mendez Roldan had murder charges against him dropped. He was accused of killing a young trumpet player a few months ago by the name of Ricardo Morales Saez. Now I remember that day very well. Some kid with a nice car who has it pretty much made drives through a ghetto while blasting his stereo and is killed. The funny thing about this whole thing is that Melvin confessed to the murder. He even led the police to where he stashed the body. I know what you're thinking: how could a confessed muderer be freed of the charges? Well, the judge who ordered the charges lifted, Lourdes Velázquez Cajigas, said that even though Melvin confessed, his lawyer wasn't present during the police interrogation or signing of the confession statement. What the fudge?!

Where is the Puerto Rican justice system going? I'll tell you where: straight down the toilet. It is a sad day when the system lets a confessed murderer go. I feel so safe right now. No wonder there are so many gated communities in Puerto Rico. People just dont feel safe anymore.

This happens to often in our legal system where a lawbreaker is freed from his charges through some sort of technicality. I believe in the principle of innocent until proven guilty and that everyone should be treated according to the rules and regulations of the system but damm, this guy confessed, and according to the police department, they followed every procedure in the book Miranda rights and all. The technicality was that Melvin's lawyer was MIA during his signing of the statement. Well, boo-hoo Melvin and Lourdes.
It's things like this that make Puerto Rico look bad to the world. This is probably why Congress doesn't even want to touch on the status issue. I can here them now "Independence?! Hell, you can't even take care of you're own damn selves or protect your own damn citizens. Statehood?! We aint taken no uncivilized murderers into are great union of civilized, law-abiding citizens."

Some Puerto Ricans want to blame the police. But I doubt it was their fault. Sure some may be corrupt and some may be ignorant and others illiterate, and yes they do look like they came of the set of Star Troopers, but most cops are good. Personally I believe, as my good friend Luis does, that what exists in Puerto Rico is a political and legal system that is not compatible to the social system. No matter how hard we try, we just won't be like Americans. The political and legal system on the island is an American duplicate. It's not working guys. Time to change it. We need a system that reflects the society. Its not a hard thing to do. Almost all Puerto Ricans are the same ethnically and culturally. We're not a multi-ethnic or diverse country like the US.

It just makes my nipples-hard just thinking about how defunct our legal system is. Its crazy that the system will drop charges on a murderer but makes sure you pay your traffic tickets. This system of ours is sour like a can of medalla beer.

On a sad note. I see no future for Melvin. Yes, he's a murderer, but he's still Puerto Rican. I feel for all my boricua brothers. He's not a walking the streets yet because he still has other charges pending against him but he'll be out on the street in no time. Personally, I see him as another victim of our defunct and decaying social system. Maybe Melvin had a reason to kill Ricky. Maybe it was anger, or revenge. Maybe it was stupidity. Or maybe it was that when Melvin saw a young kid from a good home with a nice car drive into his ghetto blasting his radio he wondered why that kid had it made but he was doomed to fail and a life of struggle. Unfortunately, Melvin will get what is coming to him. He may be free, but he is a bigger outcast than he was before. Knowing how are social system is presently, someone's going to get him back.

This being my first blog entry, I thought it appropiate to begin with a topic that deeply concerns me. I love Puerto Rico and seriously think its the Garden of Eden, Heaven on Earth. That is why I want the best for my island. I will be the first to defend her and the first to critize her. This entry lays out the frame work of how I like to think and approach issues. I hope you guys enjoy reading this as I enjoy writing it.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Final Day of Orientation

Exciting! Today we had our first lecture (classes start tomorrow, may I remind you.) But the lecture was interesting and was given by one of the professors at the law school - Julian Alvarez. He talked about Civil Law and Common Law, their differences, historical background and its application in Puerto Rico. It was cool because not only did we learn about both systems but the professor added his 2 cents and one could tell that his political tendencies were leftist. Anyways after the lecture, we were given an hour long talk about plagirism. That was interesting, funny and awakening at the same time. The professor gave us a hypothetical case and asked us if it was plagirism. We spent like 10 minutes arguing for and against it, like lawyers, only to find out at the end that we were both right. The point of that exercise was to teach us that in law, everything is grey. Nothing is white or black, good or wrong, right or left. Everything is up for grabs, and left to one's interpretation.

Earlier today I watched made copies of the assigned reading and watched an assigned movie for one of my classes. The movie is called The Merchant from Venice and I recommend that film to anyone. Al Pacino is in it and the plot has this amazing twist.

Anyways, tomorrrow I start regular classes. Some would say tomorrow is the beginning of the end to my social life, but you know what, I say tomorrow is just the beginning of my life! For all you lawyer wanna-bes, stay posted, travel with me as I journey through the roads of the life of a 1L and see how hard, fun and satisfying studying law can be.

Cause of Death = Computer Game

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A 28-year-old South Korean man died of exhaustion in an Internet cafe after playing computer games non-stop for 49 hours, South Korean police said Wednesday.

Lee, a resident in the southern city of Taegu who was identified only by his last name, collapsed Friday after having eaten minimally and not sleeping, refusing to leave his keyboard while he played the battle simulation game Starcraft.

The New York Times

So my moms was right - video games can be harmful. I'd hate to have my obituary read - "Chu, beloved by all, left the world doing what he loved, playing video games." Man, people would be like - "poor kid, he had no life." And I like Starcraft. LOL.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

2nd Day of Orientation

Today was better. I met a few peeps, exchanged a few numbers and emails and so forth. We sat through like 2 hours of stuff that we needed to know. Stuff like where rooms were located, who profesores where, where to go for certain needs, etc. They gave us the whole spiel about how studying law can be scary but fun at the same time. They also through in how we were the best in the country, etc. The precise words were "Uds son los caballos de este pais." The meeting was long, but the guy given the orientation was mad funny. We got our schedules today and believe it or not I already have homework. School hasn't even started!

We also were given nice tote bags with the name of the school on it. I'ma carry that bad boy around to represent! Law

Iraq and Puerto Rico

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Armed men entered Baghdad's municipal building during a blinding dust storm on Monday, deposed the city's mayor and installed a member of Iraq's powerful Shiite militia.

New York Times

My question is - Who is running the show in Iraq? The US has hundreds of thousands of troops in Iraq yet the Iraqi's are able to defy the American imposed democratic institution and execute a municipal coup d'état. But what is the problem, that their is an American imposed democratic institution or that the institution is imposed by Americans?

Times are rough in Puerto Rico. It hasn't gotten to the point where people are blowing themselves up, but as my friend Luis and I were discussing today, Puerto Rico is at the brink of collpase. Could a municipal, or even state, coup d'état occur in Puerto Rico. Rossello has the people to do it. Enough Puerto Ricans from all parties are pissed enough to support one. Time will tell.

Chu's Moment With The Credit Card Company

Credit Card Representative: How may I help you?

Chu: I want to apply for the Student Card your company offers.

CCR: Where do you go to school?

Chu: University of Puerto Rico Law School?

CCR: Give me one moment. (puts me on hold) Sorry sir, our company doesn't offer student cards in Puerto Rico.

Chu: Well, why not?

CCR: Sorry sir for the inconvenience, we just don't have that offer for schools in Puerto Rico.

Chu: But a school here is just as good and accredited as a school in the states.

CCR: (puts me on hold) Yea, sorry we just dont sir, But what I can do is help you register for a regular credit card.

Chu: huh? No sir, I wanted the student card so that I can build credit, not a regular card to mess it up.

Credit Card companies are sneaky. i bet you this is how many Puerto Rican students get caught up in debt.

Viva Frankie Ruiz

Today is the day that one of the greatest salseros passed away. The interpreter of numerous hits like Mujeres Como Tu, Mi Libertad, Bailando, La Cura, Ironica, Desnudate Mujer, Salsa Buena, Viajera and of ocurse, Puerto Rico. Though he may not be with us physically, he is never too far away from the hearts of every Puerto Rican in the world. Que viva Frankie!

A new car for Chu??

Check out my new car!! Just kidding, it's my boy Justin's new ride. My marine brother in arms is pimped out with the 2005 Chevy Colorado Pick up.

PR: You Gotta Love It to Be Here

I woke up this morning to take a shower and there was no water. So I went out, ran some errands and came back around noon - still no water. Brother, you gotta love puerto rico to be here. LOL

Monday, August 08, 2005

Chu's First Day of Law School Orientation

The letter in the mail said reception-gala, so I bust out my cool tan guayabera and some black slacks. I look good as if I'm going on stage to perfrom. I stroll through Rio Piedras on my way to the university happy and nervous but looking good. As I arrive to the law school, I see a long line of people waiting to get their name tags. I get in one and wait...and wait...and wait. Damn, there are tapones everywhere in Puerto Rico. As I'm in line I notice that most of the students aren't dressed to impress as I was. People were in jeans, t-shirts, shorts, dressed as if they were going to class or the beach. I begin to feel a little out of place. The paper said gala. Man, I wss right, they were wrong.

I began to notice another characteristic of the students while in line. Most were white boricuas. Most looked like rockeros, and MTV followers. Wierd I thought. As I get my name tag and go into the meeting room, again I notice that most people are dressed casually and most were white Ricans. I took my seat and scanned the room. I counted 3 mulatos, 4 triguenos (including myself), and no blacks. The rest were white, European descent boricuas and some even looked Anglo. I did happen to notice that the ratio of male to female was about even.

I talked to my neighbors and said hello. But conversation with them was short. Interestingly, everyone there knew someone. Why not? 63% of the incoming class graduated from the UPR. This made it hard for me to conversate with people. Most were in groups talking about their summers. I sat there quiet, then at the reception I tried again to meet peeps, but it never went beyond the salutations. Hmm, I thought, is it the way I'm dressed, or is it that people are shy.

I did see several of my classmates from the year I was studying in Puerto Rico. Awkardly I sat right next to a girl who was in one of my classes and whom I had a crush on way back when. Simutaneously we turn to see each other and smile and give each other greetings and chat a little bit. But then it got wierd because she looks good and the crush began coming back. I think she knew.

The Dean of the Law School spoke to us. The guy was mad funny and is a cool cat. He made us crack up the whole hour he was speaking.

I didn't stay long during the reception because it looked like rain was coming and I was on foot. Luckily I made it home just as ir began to pour.

Today I felt out of place, like a minority once again. I hated that feeling in the states and I won't take that crap here. One of the reasons I came to Puerto Rico was because of that feeling of acceptance of being part of the majority. Tomorrow will be another day, I'll dress casusally with my yankees hat and represent. Hopefully, I can meet some classmates and professors.

Rossello's Debt Paid Off by Supporters

"Amigos contra el Abuso" entregaron hoy un cheque por $81,000 para pagar la deuda que el senador Pedro Rosselló tiene con los Sistemas de Retiro.

El Nuevo Dia
Rossello's support group, the so-called "Friends Against the Abuse" have gathered $81,000 to pay off the debt he has with the Puerto Rican government. Why would anyone do that? Let's not forget that Rossello lied to the government about his tenure in public service. It's scary to think that enough people are willing to support this guy. So what if he's a statehooder like them. The fact is that he lied to the government, he lied to the pueblo, he has no respect for democracy, he occupies a senatorial district in which he doesn't reside, and let's not forget the 8 years of bad administration of public funds and the milliones of dollars still missing. If those guys think that Rossello is being abused, then what he did and has done to Puerto Rico is blatant torture! Celso Barbosa is turning in his grave.

Puerto Rico's Legislature Most Paid in US

Puerto Rico es el que mayor asignación da a las oficinas de los legisladores, según las estadísticas de 2003 de la Conferencia Nacional de Legislaturas Estatales de Estados Unidos. En el caso de la Cámara de Representantes, la práctica es que a la mayoría parlamentaria se le da más dinero.

El Nuevo Dia

According to statistics of the 2003 National Conference of US State Legislatures, Puerto Rico assigns the most monies to its representatives in terms of compensation and funds for carrying their duty.

Senators get a basic $16,000 a month apart from salary. The three highest ranking senators are assigned $31,000 a month. Other ranking senators receive from $26,000 to $18,500 a month.

In the House of Reps, members of the majority party recieve $25,000 while the minority party members receive $17,000. The president of the Senate gets $80,000, the vice president gets $60,000, the portaveces receive from $25,000 to $60,000, presidents of commisiones receive $30,000.

The state of Conneticut, with a similar population size, assigns only $5,500 to senators and $4,500 to representatives a month.

My question is: Why so much? This legislature is the most paid and produces the least. Every Puerto Rican knows and has witnessed the inefficiency of the legislature. This year best exemplifies that. The legislature spent more time fighting over leadership positions than attending to the needs of Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico is in a fiscal crisis and the governor is talking about cutting wages to public employess. I say start with the legislature. Their assigned funds are ridiculous and Puerto Rico could easily get back a few million dollars with cuts to spending on the legislature.

Ibrahim Ferrer died on Saturday

The lead singer of the Buena Vista Social Club, Ibrahim Ferrer, passed away on Saturday in La Habana, Cuba. His voice was unique and the charism he carried on stage was awe-inspiring. I had the opportunity to see him perform live at the Teatro Nacional de Cuba in January of 2003. He was amazing, and all of us were moved by his interpretation of "Ay, Candela." He will be missed.

My Email to the Senators

Posted below is the email I sent to several Senators in Puerto Rico (Fas Alzamora, de Lourdes Santiago, Hernandez Mayoral, McClintock, Gonzalez Calderon, Arango Vinent, and Diaz Sanchez). I am telling them about what happened to me at the Pharmacies today and asking them to explain the logic of that law that prohibits the sell of items such as bread at certain times and at certain stores. And, of course, I'm asking them to do something about it. Let's see how many of them respond back, hell, I don't know if they even check their emails. Let's hope so.
Distinguidos/as Senadores y Senadoras,

Hoy no pude comprar pan ni jamón en la Farmacia Amal en Rio Piedras. La razon no era por falta de dinero sino por una supuesta ley que nunca había escuchado.

Hola, me llamo Jesús Hernández García y vivo en la Urb. Santa Rita de Río Piedras. Soy recién llegado a la isla de Nueva York y esta semana empiezo mis estudios en la Facultad de Derecho de la UPR.

Hoy tuvo una experiencia sorprensiva e injusta a la vez. Fuí a la Farmarcia Amal para comprar unas cositas para mi apartamento. Cuando voy a pagar, el cajero me dice que no me va a poder vender el pan por una ley que supuestamente dice que no se puede vender algunos articulos despues de la 5PM los domingos. Por esa misma ley, tampoco pude comprar jamon, un abanico, y un lint roller.

Estaba yo con mi amigo Luis y nosotros estabamos "shocked" y buscabamos la lógica de dicha ley. Entonces, fuimos a Wal-Greens a ver si alla podiamos comprar los mismos articulos. Pueden Uds creer que en Wal-Greens nos vendieron el pan, el jamon, el lint roller y el abanico sin problema.

Al salir de Wal-Greens estuvimos Luis y yo más confundidos y molesto. Si es verdad que exista una ley que prohiba la venta de ciertos articulos, ¿porque esa ley aplica en Farmarcia Amal y no en Wal-Greens? Ambas son Farmacias, ambas estan ubicadas relativamente en la misma area. ¿Será que las compañias americanas no tienen que obedecer las leyes de Puerto Rico? ¿O será que esa ley existe para beneficiar a las compañias americanas?

Yo entendería una ley que prohibería la venta de alcohol los domingos, pero no me explico porque exista una ley que prohiba la venta de pan!! En que pais estamos viviendo si ni el pan ni el jamon se puede comprar a ciertas horas en tiendas locales.

Por eso les escribo a Uds, representantes del pueblo de Puerto Rico, para que primero me aclare si en verdad exista una ley de tal forma, segundo, la lógica de esa ley (si existe), y tercero, el porque esa ley no aplica a todo el mundo.

Yo confio en Uds, y sé que sus convicciones para servirle al pueblo puertorriqueño sobre pasa sus respectivos partidos políticos.

Favor de dirigirme a cualquier página de web, u enviar cualquier documentos a:

Jesus Hernandez Garcia
Calle Celis Aguilera Num. 14
Urb. Santa Rita
San Juan, PR 00925

Un montón de gracias y esperaré sus repuestas attentativamente.


Jesús Hernández García

Sunday, August 07, 2005

You Cant Buy Bread after 5PM on Sundays in Puerto Rico

Cashier: Sorry sir, I can't sell you this item.

Don Chu: (surprised) Why not?

Cashier: Because its the law.

Don Chu: huh?.(pause to ponder).. It's bread!

I can't believe what just happened to me today! I was doing some shopping at the local Farmacia Amal in Rio Piedras with my boy Luis when I go up to the register to pay. The Cashier tells me that he can't sell me bread!! I ask why and he says that its some law. He was also unable to sell me ham, a lint roller and a fan for the same reason.

So Luis and I are just stunned. We get to his car and ponder on the whole thing, trying to find the logic. I ask myself what kind of dumb law is that in which a comsumer cant buy bread. Then Luis asks "I wonder if that law applies to Wal-greens?" A very good question since Farmacia Amal was local.

So we roll over to Wal greens down the street and low and behold, they sold us the same items that Farmacia Amal couldn't.

Luis and I get even more enflamed. "How come that supposed law only applies to local companies and not American companies? Why the hell did legislators pass a law prohibiting the sell of bread and ham!!?? There is no logic to it!"

It's colonialism up-close and personal. Dammit!

Saturday, August 06, 2005

To Vik

Yo Vik, yea I was in Carrion's class about a year and a half ago. Were you in it too? Tru. Hit me up.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

4th Rejection on Presidential Vote

BOSTON (AP) - El Primer Circuito de Apelaciones de Boston determinó por cuarta ocasión que los residentes en Puerto Rico no tienen derecho a votar en las elecciones presidenciales de Estados Unidos.

En una votación 5-2 emitida anoche, la corte rechazó un pedido del abogado estadoísta Gregorio Igartúa, señalando que la Isla debe enmendar su Constitución o convertirse en un estado para que sus residentes puedan votar por el presidente.

El Nuevo Dia
For the fourth time, First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston has ruled that residents of Puerto Rico cannot vote in presidential elections. There would either have to be an amendment to the US Consitution or Puerto Rico has to become a state. Some Puerto Ricans (like Igartua) just don't get it.

The Amendment isn't coming and Puerto Ricans have rejected statehood in all three referendums. What a dilemma!

I say that the presidential vote should be given to at least soldiers and veterans of the military who reside in the island. Why not? They should have a say in picking their boss. Hell, they have every right to pick the person that has the power to send them to fight and put their lives on the line. Dont you think?

"Seguro sueñas que estas en Puerto Rico.."

Wassup peeps. I haven't blogged in days because I've been busy registering for classes, settling in and enjoying the island. It's good to be back. Things have changed. The most evident thing is the Tren Urbano. You know, for all the bickering and politicking that has been donw for last 8 years, I'd have to say that the Tren is a awesome thing. One can see Puerto Rico from a different point of view. And besides, its a cheap mode of transportation and gets you into the city in less than half an hour. My props go out to Rossello and the fine Puerto Rican engineers and construction workers.

Anyways, I've been dealing with the UPR bureacracy for the past few days. Man, they are inefficient and stress causing people. But, beyond all that administration stuff, the UPR is great. Stay tuned for more postings and pictures of Puerto Rico.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

"Yo Me Voy Pa Puerto Rico, Vendiendo..."

Tomorrow I will head off to Puerto Rico to begin my law school career. I'm excited like a little kid at Chuck E Cheeze's. As Marvin Santiago's famous song says, "Yo me voy pa Puerto Rico vendiendo vasos en colores." O-fi-cial!

Thursday, July 28, 2005

CAFTA bad for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON, Thursday, July 28 - The House of Representatives narrowly approved the Central American Free Trade Agreement early Thursday, allowing President Bush to put his signature to the nation's biggest reduction of trade barriers in more than 10 years.

New York Times
As if NAFTA wasn't a big blow to the island, now this. More jobs will leave Puerto Rico and go to those countries. Those countries have cheaper raw materials, cheaper labor and now zero trade barriers. It's like Puerto Rico was up until NAFTA. This means less jobs for Puerto Ricans and more competition for Puerto Rico.

More Signs of Colonialism

Two articles today in El Nuevo Dia add to the indignant flame of coloniaism. The first deals with removing signs from highways. Legislators want to remove the famous Ponce letters and the Luis A Ferre monument. These signs have been on highways for decades, but people want to remove them "in order be in accord with federal highway regulations."

The second deals with water from El Yunque. The US Park Service is denouncing the AAA of stealing water from El Yunque with out clearance or permission from the US. Damn, so now Puerto Rico has to ask the US to get water from their own island! BLAH!

Tainos Protesting

Los representantes del Consejo General Taínos Borincanos, el Caney Quinto Mundo y la Confederación Unida del Pueblo Taíno volvieron a manifestar ayer su indignación por la destrucción y saqueo de yacimientos y lugares sagrados, como ocurre durante algunos proyectos de construcción.

Lo que estas organizaciones buscan es que se garantice la protección de los hallazgos y que los restos óseos no sean sacados y trasladados a ninguna parte.

El Nuevo Dia

A group of Tainos have gone on a hunger strike in response to the destruction and theft of indian remains caused by workers on several construction sites in Puerto Rico. They demand the Governor to step in and protect remains and artifacts from such vandalous acts.

To many skeptics, this is proof that Taino's still exist in Puerto Rico.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

PR to Rossello - Pay up B*tch!

A partir de la segunda quincena de agosto, el senador Pedro Rosselló comenzará a pagar su deuda con la Administración de Sistemas de Retiro (ASR) a razón de $2,229 mensuales durante 3 años, cuando el Senado deduzca de su ingreso mensual el importe.

Precisó que la orden se ejecuta hasta que se salde la deuda, que en el caso de Rosselló asciende a unos $80,248, o si llega una nueva orden de la ASR revocando la vigente o por medio de la orden de un tribunal.

El Vocero
Pedro Rossello, the infamous, corrupt, malicious, terrible administrator, ex governor of Puerto Rico will have to re-pay over $80,000 of pension money he illegally stole from the people of Puerto Rico. Pay up fool!

Tuesday, July 26, 2005


I found a site of caricatures on Puerto Rico. They're mad funny like the one above. Check all of them out at Planeta Kike.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Anniversary of the ELA - blah!!

Today marks the 53rd anniversary of the creation of the Estado Libre Asociado (The Free Associated State) of Puerto Rico, or as I like to call it, El Engaño mas grande del siglo (the biggest lie of the century.) Puerto Rico isn't free, it isn't associated, it isn't freely associated and it isn't a state in any sense. The ELA is just another name for colonialism. And thumbs down to Muñoz Marin for picking July 25th to establish the ELA. Why would he pick the same day that the Americans landed in Puerto Rico to establish the ELA? It seems like he wanted us to forget that the Americans invaded us on that day. Oh, and by the way, on this day in 1978 occurred the cold blooded murders of 2 pro independentistas by the police of Puerto Rico. But many seem to forget that too.

I say blah! to the ELA and blah to the lies and neglect in Puerto Rican history!

Overpopulation in Puerto Rico?

Aunque somos muchos en un espacio confinado rodeado de agua por todas partes, Puerto Rico está lejos de tener un problema de sobrepoblación, sino de distribución de habitantes y recursos.

La población puertorriqueña apenas está creciendo, y si se nota algún incremento de personas en la Isla se debe, en parte, a las oleadas migratorias principalmente desde la República Dominicana y también de boricuas en Estados Unidos que al llegar a su edad de retiro regresan al terruño a pasar sus últimos años.

El Nuevo Dia
There is a great article in EL Nuevo Dia today about overpopulation in Puerto Rico. Basically, the article argues that the population of Puerto Rico is growing, but the island isn't overpopulated. Rather, the problem with population is the bad distribution of housing, infrastructure and governmental neglect.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

PRFAA and Expenses

WASHINGTON - Al comenzar el año, el gobernador Aníbal Acevedo Vilá decidió aumentar el salario del Administrador de Asuntos Federales de Puerto Rico (PRFAA) a $150,000.

PRFAA tiene unos 70 empleados. Los directores de sus oficinas regionales devengan salarios que fluctúan entre los $66,000 y $86,000. El salario más alto de un director regional lo tiene Manuel Benítez, responsable de la oficina de Miami, con un sueldo de $85,575.

PRFAA, a su vez, mantiene cuatro automóviles arrendados en Washington -uno de ellos utilizado por el comisionado Fortuño (la misma guagua Ford Expedition que le daba servicios a Aníbal Acevedo Vilá)-, a un costo mensual de $3,095. Fortuño tiene otros dos vehículos en San Juan que fueron adquiridos por PRFAA, un Gran Marquis de 2003, que aparentemente ya no está en buenas condiciones, y la nueva Toyota Sequoia que PRFAA le compró a Fortuño en abril pasado, a un costo de $35,934, y que recientemente causó polémicas entre Bhatia y el Comisionado Residente.

El Nuevo Dia
The PRFAA has a budget of $10.2 million. Bhatia just got a raise. With a Resident Commissioner already in Congress representing Puerto Rico's interests, what does the PRFAA do anyways. Waste Puerto Rican tax dollars!

Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

LONDON, July 23 - Scotland Yard admitted Saturday that a man police officers gunned down at point-blank range in front of horrified subway passengers on Friday had nothing to do with the investigation into the bombing attacks here.

The man was identified by police as Jean Charles de Menezes, a 27-year-old Brazilian, described by officers as an electrician on his way to work. "He was not connected to incidents in central London on 21st July, 2005.

After the shooting, Sir Ian Blair, the police commissioner, said the man was "directly linked to the ongoing and expanding antiterrorist operation," and the police issued images from closed-circuit cameras of four suspects in the failed attacks. They said the man they shot may not have been one of the four, but he was still being sought in their inquiry.

New York Times
The guy they killed wasn't Arab or Muslim, he wasn't even Asian as the police said he was. He was wearing a coat in the summer, so they decided to shoot. Where's the logic in that?

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Trump, the model 21st Century Philanthropist

WASHINGTON - Donald Trump is the only person standing between an honest deal to rebuild the aging U.N. headquarters and a massive waste of public money. He told senators so on Thursday.

"This is a bigger version of the Wollman Skating Rink, that's all it is to me. ... I don't want any money. I want nothing," said the star of NBC's "The Apprentice" and author of "Trump: The Art of the Deal."

Trump's estimate for the work: $600 million to $700 million. He appealed to members of a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee to let him do it. He would manage the project, and waive his fee.

Associated Press

Donald Trump has offered to fix up the UN Headquaters in NYC for free! To me, this is what rich people should do - give back to the community. But Trump is not only given back to his community, but to the world. Bravo! Hats off to "The Donald."

72.6% of Puerto Rico in Poverty

Se entiende que un área está bajo los niveles de pobreza cuando refleja una incidencia de pobreza de más del 20 por ciento.

En el caso de Puerto Rico, el 72.6 por ciento de la población, unos 2.8 millones, vive en áreas de pobreza de más del 40 por ciento. Visto de forma más amplia, al sumar todos los que viven en áreas con más del 20 por ciento de pobreza, el 94.3 por ciento de los puertorriqueños (3.5 millones) vive en áreas de pobreza, según las define el Censo.

Primera Hora

For my english readers, a study done by the US Census Bureau shows that 72.6% of Puerto Ricans are currently living under the poverty level.

New NYPD Searches: Random or not?

New York City will begin tomorrow morning randomly checking bags at subway stations, commuter railways and on buses, officials announced today in the wake of the terrorist bombings in London.

New York Times
As a New Yorker myself, I'm all for new security measures and I'll be damned if some idiot wants to get on a train and blow it up. But, we all know that the searches won't be "random" as the NYPD says. They'll be picking out a specific profile, probably something like this - bronze skin, Arab-looking, maybe having a beard. They may have some ground for it but they should just be honest and say to the public "Look, if you are a middle-easterner, and you're carrying a bag, we are picking you out." 'Because that's how its gonna be.

My concern is that since Latinos and Arabs look a lot alike, how many Latinos will be picked out in this so called "random?" Better yet, how many times will "I" be picked out "randomly" on the trains. LOL

Economic Nationalism

PARIS (Reuters) - President Jacques Chirac pledged to defend French food group Danone on Thursday, saying he was "vigilant and mobilized" should U.S. drinks firm PepsiCo mount a takeover bid.

"France's priority is to defend its industrial competitiveness and the strength of its businesses," Chirac added.
- Reuters
Chirac is set to defend a French company from being bought out by an American company, if so need be. Talk about economic nationalism. If Puerto Rican leaders had that kind of Chirac-style resolve, Amigo Supermarkets would have never been bought out by Wal-Mart. As the saying goes, "Boricua, defiende lo suyo." (Defend what's yours)

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

American Justice - Blah!!

(COURT TV) -- Former Harvard grad student Alexander Pring-Wilson was ordered to be released from prison Friday.

Pring-Wilson was convicted last year in the stabbing death of a Cambridge, Massachusetts, teenager. He was granted a new trial Friday by Middlesex Superior Court Judge Regina Quinlan based on a recent higher court decision that allows defendants who claim self-defense in murder trials to bring in evidence about the victim's alleged history of violence.

To refresh your memory, this was the guy who stabbed another guy to death with a pocket knife a couple years ago after being called a name. First he was convicted of "manslaughter" and now he's getting a new trial because of some new court decision that seems to allow murderers who plead self-defense to see if they can put the blame on their victims. By the way, he's white, rich and an ex-Harvard grad student. His victim was a poor minority and a high school dropout. Where's the justice?

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Alexia, July 2005

Check out some pictures of my little neice. She's so cute y traviesa. She's smart as hell, is bilingual, and talks like a parrot - non-stop. I love her to death.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Native Hawaiians to Get Sovereignty

Now, 112 years after United States troops helped overthrow the independent Kingdom of Hawaii and 12 years after Congress apologized for it, that Hawaiian distinctiveness appears close to being formally recognized by the United States government. A bill that for the first time would extend sovereignty to the native Hawaiian people is poised for a vote - and likely approval - in the United States Senate despite opposition from many Republicans who denounce the measure as unworkable and as promoting racial Balkanization.

The bill, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, is considered the most significant development for native Hawaiians since statehood in 1959. The measure would give them equivalent legal standing to American Indians and native Alaskans and lead to the creation of a governing body that would make decisions on behalf of the estimated 400,000 native Hawaiians in the United States.

The New York Times
Native Hawaiians are about to get their sovereignty recognized by Congress, though with limitations. When will Puerto Rico get their sovereignty recognized?

Somos Tainos

I just finished watching a great documentary on the History Channel about Tainos. The hosts from Deep Sea Detectives were trying to figure out what happend to the Tainos. They were curious to how a once numerous and vibrant people just suddenly dissapeared. They travelled throughout the Dominican Republic, studied bones, explored caves, and discovered numerous artifacts. They ruled out natural disasters, disease, genocide and came to the conclusion that the Tainos hadn't dissapeared - they were living among us through modern day Dominicans, Cubans and Puerto Ricans.

They mentioned the study done by Puerto Rican scientist Dr Juan Martinez Cruzado who proved through DNA testing that 61% of Puerto Ricans are of Taino ancestry. I remember when that study came out a couple of years ago. But to me it seems that although science has altered history, man (probably politicians) have been a little slower in changing history books.

In any event, science doesnt lie, and neither does DNA testing (we've all watched Maury "You ARE the father!") We are Tainos first! But then again, we've known that all along, every time we stared in the mirror! Sh*t we (Puerto Ricans) look indian.

Click on the link above and read about the study.

Reggaeton in the New York Times

Reggaeton, the hip-hop sung in Spanish and some English that is laced with Caribbean rhythms and has fanned out from Puerto Rico, has reached critical mass in the past year by conquering Los Angeles County, home to the nation's largest Latino population. It is not only heard in Latino nightclubs and on Latino radio, but also reaches English-language stations and hip-hop clubs and extends to weddings and bar mitzvahs.

While reggaeton is influencing mainstream tastes - MTV and BET broadcast videos of the music - this dance music's remarkable crossing over among various Latino groups is fueling its power, music industry experts say. Although its original fans were Puerto Rican, it is now popular with Mexican-Americans, Central Americans and others who have not always danced to the same beat.

The New York Times
While I'm no fan of modern reggaeton (I like more playero and nico canada) I do have to admit that the impact of reggaeton on the world cannot be ignored. I've read articles on the genre in magazines and have seen news reports on tv, but to read an article in the New York Times, my main new source, the newspaper of my city, the journal of the world, is pretty impressive.

Though I may not be a fan of reggaeton, (I remember when it wasnt called reggaeton)I am really proud of my fellow Puerto Ricans for doing it again. They 've given back to the world through their music and culture. Vaya boricua!

Friday, July 15, 2005

Mexico City's Public Transportation System

Mexico City's Metrobus consists of 80 double-length articulated buses that travel along 12 miles each way of dedicated lanes along Insurgentes, one of the city's most congested streets. To speed up boarding, riders pass their fare card through a turnstile as they enter special stations built along the median and then step onto the bus from a raised platform. . .

By separating the bus from the rest of the traffic, the idea goes, the bus travels more quickly, luring some commuters from their cars. Taking the lawless minibuses off the streets reduces congestion and lets the traffic flow more freely. The intended result is fast, orderly public transportation, fewer traffic jams and lower emissions. . .

City officials have spent three years planning the Insurgentes bus line, with financing from the World Bank and support from the World Resources Institute, an environmental organization based in Washington. . .

"Our system costs a tenth" of what a subway would cost, said Dr. Lee Schipper, research director of Embarq, the World Resources Institute's Center for Transport and the Environment, which helped Mexico City develop the system. He estimates that 50 cities in the world are constructing or studying some version of the system.

New York Times

Mexico City is doing what Puerto Rico should have done. They are solving traffic problems in a more efficient and economic way - by expanding their public bus system. Other cities are copying their strategies. But no, Puerto Rico had to go and spend millions on a train system, that goes practically no where and most people wont use. And by the way, Mexico used funds from the World Bank for this project. Puerto Ricans had to use their own money and some federal funds as well. Thats more wasted money and botched projects. Puerto Rico needs to spend more time looking south to their latin brothers to help solve problems. They spend too much time looking north trying imitate, and impress, their american neighbor (ruler).

Chu's views on Sunday's Referendum

On Sunday, Puerto Ricans went to the polls to vote on what kind of legislative system they wanted for the island. The vast majority voted for a unicameral system. But, only about 22% of the electorate voted. Consequently, this has created a lot of controversy, divided down party lines. There are those who say the results should be respcted and there are others who say that the results should be disregarded.

First of all, I am against referendums. They just dont work in Puerto Rico. In the last status referendum, Puerto Ricans voted for "none of the above" as a political status. In the summer of 2001, the people of Vieques voted to expel the Navy. But, people voted and no one cared. Nothing was done afterwards. Again, referendums dont work because at the end of the day, no one respects them.

I think the real controversy here aren't the results but rather the response from the US Congress. Puerto Rico cant change its political system without consent from Congress. Any change to the Puerto Rican Constitution, and this referendum has to do with just that, has to go through Washington first. That's where the controversy is. Even if everyone voted on Sunday, the real concern would have been the reaction of Congress. My point is that Puerto Ricans are disillusioned with the idea that they have control of their own political destiny. They dont! And post-referendum reactions are proof of that.

That being said, I think there should have been a "none of the above" option on Sunday' referendum. This year's legislature sucks, for lack of a better word. They are ineffective, haven't done much legislation, and have been spitting on democracy from day one. (Thanks to Rossello and his hot headed secretary.) If you were to ask me which type of legislature is better for Puerto Rico, unicameral or bicameral, I would have said "ninguno." (neither!)

"White" is the Standard

WASHINGTON - The scores of black and Hispanic 9-year- olds on a national math and reading test are getting closer to the traditionally higher marks of white students, according to results released Thursday.
All 9-year-old students, on average, earned the highest scores in three decades in both reading and math. . .

Some educators said the improvement was a sign that schools are beginning to help minorities reach the test- achievement level of white students, who typically do better on national examinations.

Tampa Tribune

It's funny how this article wants to portray an image of improvement among the black and latino communities in regards to test scores. But look how the article is worded. It makes it seem that the standard of intelligence is "white." That for some reason we all should be proud that minority students are reaching the scores of white students. No matter how much we try to eliminate it, racism is still a huge problem in America.

Wassup peeps. I am back! It's been months since my last blog but I've been busy with graduation and stuff. So much has happened since my last time here. Rossello is f*cking up the island some more, the San Juan metro area has a train and Puerto Ricans voted to get rid of its bicameral system.

On a personal note - I graduated from college! Yes sir, I am a Hunter College, CUNY alumnus now with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Africana/Puerto Rican and Latino Studies. So dont mess with me fool. That's me on the left with some friends. Also, I've decided on which law school to attend this fall. And the answer is - La Escuela de Derecho de la Universidad de Puerto Rico. That's right, I turned down all the big name schools in New York to return to my island paradise. Aint nothing better than to be educated by your own people.

There's so much to comment on that I dont know where to start, but stay posted cause this Neo Rican has a laught to say. Peace.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

More Pics from Concert

These are some pics of the concert held by Orquesta Fiebre at Wesleyan University. It is my boy Justin's band (he's the one on bongo) and he invited me to play with them. As you can see, there I am jamming the guiro and doing coro. The night was awesome with a turn out of hundreds of people. We played classics like Guaguanco de los Violentos, Trucutu, Lloraras, Nada de Ti, El Negro Bembon, Maquinolandera, El Preso, among others. It was a night to remember and one of the greatest times I've had in my college career.

Chu el Salsero

This is yours truly at the concert up at Wesleyan University. Im doing chorus and playing guiro. Ill post more pictures later.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Finally..the strike is over

Los estudiantes del Recinto de Río Piedras aprobaron hoy levantar el voto de huelga que mantuvo paralizado el campus más grande de la Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR) por un mes. Tras conocerse la votación con 481 estudiantes a favor y 80 en contra, los universitarios se pusieron de pie, comenzaron a aplaudir y algunos se abrazaron.

Phew! The month long strike is over. Hopefully normality can return to the university. Though I am happy for this outcome, I am a bit concerned about the tuition hikes. Under the agreement signed b/w CUCA and the administration, a junta will be formed to see if there are other ways to raise funds and shrink the defecit. But, what if after all effort and anlayzing, tuition hikes seem necessary? I mean, the prez of the UPR already said that the hikes were needed. If this is the case, will the UPR go on strike again?

Anyways, I think what the UPR students need to do next is organize themselves and go protest President Bush and his policies. He's the man cutting programs and shrinking funds to education.

The Presidential Vote for Puerto Rico

Boston - El abogado puertorriqueño Gregorio Igartúa pidió ayer al Tribunal Federal de Apelaciones de Boston que otorgue a los boricuas residentes en la Isla el derecho a votar en las elecciones presidenciales de Estado Unidos.

Igartúa señaló que dejar a los ciudadanos de la Isla sin derecho a voto viola varios tratados internacionales y condena a los puertorriqueños a “un estado de servitud”.

. . . Igartúa presentó una primera demanda en 1994 en el Tribunal de EE.UU. en Puerto Rico, que fue denegada, así como el año 2000 en el Primer Circuito de Apelaciones de Boston.

El año pasado, Igartúa volvió a presentar otro recurso que también fue rechazado.


This guy Igartua just doesn't seem to get it. How many times must his petition be rejected to realize that Puerto Ricans won't get the vote under the current status or through the courts. I too feel that it is unfair that Puerto Ricans are obligated to serve in the military and pay taxes but arent allowed to vote or have representation. But the courts are not the way to go.

Igartua's approach is wrong. You can't sue for the vote. And you can't ask the courts to exert a power that they don't have - namely by giving Puerto Ricans the vote, they would be legislating, a clear violation of the doctrine of separation of powers.

There are only two ways that Puerto Rico can get the vote - through a Constitutional amendment or if Puerto Rico becomes a state. The latter may not happen, but the former probably could. I believe that those who support the vote need to organize themselves and massively lobby for it in Congress. At least they can work hard to get the vote for the thousands of military veterans residing on the island and those currently serving. But the courts can't legislate, they can only interpret laws. And the laws say that voting is a state right, and thus Puerto Ricans residing in (the colony of) Puerto Rico can't vote.

That's the sad truth.

Response to Vicky

This was a comment sent by one of my readers.

Ouch! Vicky, wassup with the attitude? And the ridiculous comments? Take a breather chica. First, let me make it clear that I am no PNP. Obviously, if you would have read other posts on my site, you will notice that I distaste Rossello and all those right wing motha fuckers. Second, I DO care about each and every one of those 4 million Puerto Ricans on the island. That's why I have this site, and that's why I want to go to the island - to work for them.

Egoista? me? Before throwing the first stone, you should sit back and analyze those members of the CUCA who have prolonged the strike. I know a couple of people in CUCA. But, shit, where the hell does the CUCA come from assuming powers of the CGE? Also, if I am egoista, so too must be the leaders of the CUCA. I mean, I don't know Chevere personally, but for some reason he was removed as president of the CGE. Dont you think?

I'm all for the strike. But, there comes a time when one must get his shit straight before worrying about others. What I said was that if I got the letter of acceptance, then i dont care how long the stike lasts. You try being an aspiring law student, whose spents hours of study, hours of filling out papers, tons of money on applications, tests, reports, and countless days awaiting word from law schools. That shit is stressful amiga. And this extended strike doesnt help ease the anxiety.

Anyways, the strike is over, CUCA got what it wanted and the students will get what they want eventually. And, shit girl, so many motha fuckers insult Borinquen bella, so many leave the island, and so many trash it here in the US. Its motha fuckers like me, Neo-Ricans, who are in the frontlines defending that beautiful island with words and punches against some of the most racist people in the world. So, do not tell me what I must do. True, I have a street attitude and dont take crap from anybody, but shit, last time I checked, PR needs motha fuckers like me. Motha fuckers who arent afraid to blow the whistle, who arent afraid to send nonsenscial people to carajo, and who are deeply in love with Borinquen, here people and cultue.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Latin America is moving left

MEXICO CITY, May 3 - He is mayor of the largest city in the hemisphere, and this country's latest political phenomenon.

He can summon tens of thousands into the streets at will. In a whirlwind three weeks he staged the biggest protest in Mexico's recent history and turned back a legal challenge from the Mexican president and Congress that threatened to end his political career.

Now Andrés Manuel López Obrador is considered the favorite to be elected president next year.

New York Times

With the dawn of the new mellenium, it is becoming more apparent that Latin America is moving left. Venezuela has Chavez, Brazil has Lula da Silva, Argentina has Kirchner, Panama has Torrijos, Domincan Republic has Fernandez, Uruguay recently elected Tabare Vazquez, and of course, Cuba has Castro. Also, the growing populist movements in Bolivia and Peru will probably breed a leftist government as well. Ecuador, who just ousted a leftist-turned-moderate president, will probably put another leftist in power. One must also mention the leftist movement that has plagued Colombia with civil war for 40 years. And, although Puerto Rico does not admit it, it too has a left wing, social democracy. A few days ago, the Organization of American States elected a Chilean socialist, Jose Miguel Insulza, as head of that organization. This as evidence, the odds are that next year Mexico will move left by electing populist and front-runner Lopez Obrador as their president.

Of course, this is all occuring with Washington biting its nails. But is this really surprising? Latin America tried to move left during the 50s and 60s but US intervention stopped that attempt. Now, Latin America is doing it again, via democratic ways and with a tongue sticking out at the US. What is the US to do? Frankly, I am all for expressing the will of the people and believe that the US should sit back and allow those countries to act as they please. It's about time Latin American countries defy the US and affirm their own power and independence.

Sammy Gonzalez

SAMMY "EL ROLO" González es una de las voces más emblemáticas de la salsa.

Su trabajo artístico ha trascendido con su participación en las orquestas de Tommy Olivencia y Roberto Roena, junto a la que ha consignado éxitos como "La china", "La ramera", "El nacimiento de un guaguancó", "Viva la paz", "Cui cui", "Avísale a mi contrario", "El que se fue", "Traición", "Fea", "No lo corras" y "Apollo Zuky", entre otras.
Primera Hora
Sammy Gonzalez has probably one of the greatest voices in salsa music. Along with lending his voice to all the songs mentioned above, his vocals are associated with the memorabla and classic song, and one of my favorites, La Fiesta de Soneros. Read more about him and many other salseros at Primera Hora

Monday, May 02, 2005

La situación política y económica de Puerto Rico está “bastante mal” y “muy mal” como resultado de los aumentos de precios, la incapacidad de los “funcionarios electos” para afrontar adecuadamente los problemas del País y, particularmente durante estos primeros cuatro meses del año, la falta de efectividad del “gobierno compartido”.

- El Nuevo Dia

Duh! Are they just figuring that out now. Blah!

I think the strike is over

It better be over, sh*t. I've waited patiently for my letter of acceptance from the UPR Law School. Once I get that, I dont care how long the UPR goes on strike. Man, I promise that when I get to the UPR this fall, I'm going to change things around so that undergrads aren't representing grad/professional students. . .and I'm going to start a salsa band!

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Hawaiians trying to eradicate the Coquis

Senate and House conferees agreed to appropriate $300,000 to the counties to try to eradicate the invasive, noisy coqui frog, but an official from the most heavily infested island says it's not enough.

The DLNR controlled the tiny coqui frogs in the East Ridge area of Schofield Barracks by spraying citric acid on their breeding grounds.
Advertiser library photo • Sept. 8, 2003

Under the compromise agreement reached yesterday, the Big Island and Maui each will get $100,000, and O'ahu and Kaua'i each will get $50,000. The largest concentrations of the frog are on the Big Island and Maui.

Honolulu Advertiser
The hawaiians cant seem to appreciate the beautiful sounds of nature. Of course, they will fail in their attempts to elimnate the frogs. The coquis are master of their domain, small, with the ability to throw their voices. Many Puerto Ricans have never even seen a coqui in their lives. But their sound is well known and pretty that it has become one of the representations of the Puerto Rican nation.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

The strike isn't working. Those for it have no shame. How the hell do you throw a mike stand at someone? If she was illegit, then why even go to the damn meeting in the first place. Let's go back to school man.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Rossello vs. McClintock

I'm no statehooder, nor am I a PNP. But I got to throw my support over to Kenneth McClintock for president of the Senate. Rossello is such a douchebag and is beginning to self-destruct. First, he runs for governor without residency, then he is appointed to a senate district in which he doesnt live in, then he says that the Senate will govern the country, now he's declaring war on McClintock. Oh please! Rossello, save face and leave the island my man. As they say in New York, "put a fork in him, he's done!"

Chu's Views on the UPR Strike

La ceremonia de graduación del recinto de Río Piedras de la Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR) quedó suspendida como resultado de la huelga indefinida que mantiene cerrados los portones de esa institución desde hace dos semanas.

- El Nuevo Dia

As the strike lingers on at the University of Puerto Rico, we are beginning to see the first signs of its negative effects on the students. The graduation for the class of 2005 has been cancelled. The next thing to go are summer classes, and then who knows. I even think the phones have been cut off because I have been trying to call the UPR School of Law and the phones come up with a disconnected dial tone. The prez of the UPR doesn't look like he's letting down, despite negotiations. The Consejo General is suppose to have a meeting on Monday about the strike. Do those guys plan on extending the strike, even if they fail to persuade the prez? My question is: Why?

As one of my readers commented, Why didn't the UPR students protest when Bush cut educational spending a few months ago? That's the man in charge of the budget.

And what about the 20% of students who don't recieve any form of federal aid and are paying for their classes? Is it fair to deprieve them of getting an education that they are paying for? Is it fair for a small percentage of students (only a little over 5% of the UPR students actually voted for the strike)to run an entire campus?

And what about the graduate and professional school students? There is no way that 2nd or 3rd year kids can say they represented the interests of law students.

Although I am against the strike, I feel that the UPR students have it to easy to be complaining about $10. When my school in NYC raises tuitions, its usually by hundreds of dollars the credit. So, I say to the UPR students: $10 tuition hike, so what? It's not like you guys can't afford it, cause you can. The issue is that you know that that would take money away from supporting your social life - car payments, shopping at Plaza, trips to Culebra, etc.

Stop beating around the bush. Drop the strike. Let students learn, and fight the administration through dialogue. I think the real fight is not to eliminate this tuition hike, but to prevent others from occuring.

Monday, April 18, 2005

100 days of nothing

A esta Asamblea Legislativa se le fueron los primeros 100 días del cuatrienio sin lograr aprobar una sola medida de las prometidas en el programa de gobierno del Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP) o del Partido Popular Democrático (PPD) a pesar de que, como mínimo, coinciden en más del 70% de ellas.

Sólo cinco proyectos han sido enviados al gobernador Aníbal Acevedo Vilá.

- El Nuevo Dia
The Puerto Rican legislature apparently has done little, practically nothing in the first 100 days of this year. With a divided congress, the continuous fight over the presidency of the Senate, and the various proposals of a status bill, its no wonder the legislature has done nothing. So much could have been done, or at least begun - crime, the economy, housing, education, etc. But these inept politicians cant seem to move beyond their status ideologies. They get paid ridiculous wages and produce nada. Why are they even there?

Conferences, conferences, blah!

WASHINGTON – La situación territorial de Puerto Rico y el “costo de la dependencia” de Estados Unidos centrará la discusión que se desarrollará el miércoles en un foro organizado por la American University en Washington D.C.

La conferencia reunirá como oradores al estadolibrista Pedro Ortiz Álvarez, al estadista Carlos Chardón y al independentista Manuel Rodríguez Orellana.

La convocatoria de la American University invita a un análisis sobre “el futuro económico y político” de Puerto Rico. Coloca como línea de discusión que “Puerto Rico está en búsqueda de su plena democracia”.
What purpose do conferences like these have in the US? What good for Puerto Rico comes out of these events? These politicians will defend their ideologies, bash other ones and make Americans wonder about their sanity. The one sure thing that will happen is that Americans will see how polarized and divided Puerto Ricans are.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Rosselló makes another sloppy comment

"Que el senador y ex gobernador Pedro Rosselló señale que el país será gobernado desde la Legislatura demuestra su total ignorancia sobre la “estructura del poder decisional” del sistema de gobierno que el dirigió por ocho años, opinó el ex presidente del Colegio de Abogados, Harry Anduze.

“Una persona que es senador de Arecibo, que llegó allí bajo las circunstancias que todos ustedes conocen, expresarle al pueblo de Puerto Rico que él va a gobernar a Puerto Rico es desconocer, uno, cuál es la verdadera estructura del poder decisional del gobierno de Puerto Rico, y segundo dónde es que reside verdaderamente el poder en términos presupuestarios”, expresó Anduze.

- El Nuevo Dia
How can such an intelligent man make such an ignorant comment. Yesterday, Pedro Rosselló, president of the statehood party and ex governor of the island, said that the country would be governed by the Legislature. This of course would be in clear violation of the doctrine of separation of powers. He had to had known this, he was governor for 8 years! Rosselló is obviously power hungry. He ran for governor - lost; tried to take of the presidency of the Senate - is losing; and is now trying to lead the country as a mere (and even illegal) senator. Rosselló is destroying the image of the PNP party and I believe that his days in Puerto Rican politics are numbered.

No A La Huelga en la UPR!!

Los estudiantes del Recinto de Río Piedras de la Universidad de Puerto Rico (RRP-UPR) decidieron ayer continuar con la huelga indefinida, decretada hace 8 días, como mecanismo de presión hacia la derogación de la certificación #70, que ordena un aumento de 33% en el costo del crédito académico.

-El Vocero
I am all for demonstrations, marches, strikes, etc. All are signs of a healthy democracy. But, when these things are unnecessary, do more bad then good, and have a strong opposition, then I think they shouldn't be done. The students at the UPR who voted to continue the strike are hurting everybody, including myself all the way in New York. At this point, the threat of a strike is stronger than actually striking. I urge all students to say "No A La Huelga!"

Monday, April 11, 2005

Get my history right, fool!

BEIJING (Reuters) - A snap survey conducted in a week of violent anti-Japan protests in China shows an overwhelming majority of citizens outraged by a controversy over Tokyo's approval of a new history textbook.

Anti-Japan sentiment has been running high since last Tuesday, when Japan approved a textbook which critics say glosses over the brutal Japanese occupation of China from 1931 to 1945, including the Nanjing massacre of 1937.

Japan isn't the only country that glosses over history textbooks, and China isn't the only country that has been unjustly done by history books. We don't have to go far to acknowledge how our own history books in the US wrongly portrays (or lack their of) the black man and glosses over slavery. "White men landed at Plymouth Rock, White men revolted, white men founded a country, white men freed the slaves, white men civilized savages." The list can go on. How about mentioning how white men travelled to Africa and enslaved black men, how white men abused black men, how black men built this nation with its sweat, how black men are an essential part of this nation's history.

Even in Puerto Rico, history books fail to do Puerto Ricans justice. Apart from painting the Americans as saviors and even God-sent, history books ignore such independence and pro-Puerto Rican movements like the numerous revolts under Spain (including Lares), the Nationalist movement of the 1930's, the Ponce and Rio Piedras Massacre, the Nationalist Revolution of 1950, the persecution of independence sympathizers throughout the 20th century, the machetero movement of the 1970's, and probably now, the Vieques movement. This list can also go on.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

UPR Strike affecting me, all the way in NYC

For the past month I've been awaiting word from the UPR School of Law to see if I have been offered admission or not. On Friday, I decided to call the UPR when no one was picking up the phone. Odd I thought, it was only 1:30PM, people should still be at work. I tried again several times, but nada. When I get home to read the El Nuevo Dia newspaper, I learned why no one was picking up my calls - the UPR had gone on strike. Unfortunately for me the School of Law is located on the Recinto de Rio Piedras campus. God knows when I will be receiving word from them, but this whole huelga better get settled soon. Or else they will be hearing from a disgruntled Neo-Rican.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Democracy at Work

Decenas de estudiantes están desde esta mañana frente a los portones del Recinto de Río Piedras de la Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR), luego que los estudiantes aprobaron un voto de huelga "inmediata" e "indefinida" para protestar en contra del alza en la matrícula.

Although Puerto Rico is a colony of the US, no one can deny that democracy exists. The decision to go on strike by the UPR Student Council demonstrates that democracy is strong in PR.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Unicameral vs. Bicameral Legislature

This debate isn't new in Puerto Rico but Puerto Ricans probably know little about the issue. I personally think a unicameral legislature wouldn't be a bad idea for Puerto Rico.

To get a compartive analysis of both forms of legislature, check out a report on the Minnesota House of Representatives website.

Reggaeton Explosion

I remember when reggaeton had no name and was simply called melaza, musica underground, or reggae de Puerto Rico. It was an urban movement begun by young kids in the barrios of San Juan. The lyrics had a social base and the rhthyms were diverse and electrifying. The music videos were homemade, songs were over 30 minutes long and the best music was made by DJ's. Times were fun. . .Now, reggaeton has evolved. Artists rap about love, perreo, and tiraera. Image is important and the rhthyms are all alike. Is this good or bad? Well, does it matter? This new reggaeton is sweeping through the US and the world, putting the boricuas in the lime light once again. I'm good to see that we've done it again - appropriate other afro-caribbean rhtyhms, mix them with ours, and popularize it worldwide.

To check out a fresh video of Don Omar's Reggaeton Latino, click here.

Farewell to a true Jibaro

“Si tuviéramos la mitad de amor que tuvo Tony por este país, seríamos mejores puertorriqueños (...) Estoy seguro que el legado que deja Tony este pueblo va a saber apreciarlo”.

Aníbal José Torres, secretario de la Gobernación

One of the greatest Puerto Ricans passed away on Sunday. Tony Croatto, born in Italy, grew up in Argentine, and jibaro to the bone died of cancer. Tony feel in love with the island and became one of Puerto Rico's best known folklorist. His love for Puerto Rico should teach us all a lesson - Home is where you feel most wanted, home is not where you were born, but where you die, home is not where your body lives but where your soul resides. If we were all like Tony, Puerto Ricans would definitely be better off in all aspects.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Las Memorias de Luis Muñoz Marin

I've been reading the Memoirs of former Puerto Rican governor and strongman Luis Muñoz Marin. It is an impressive account about the first years of the Popular Party's rule. Before reading these memoirs, I thought LMM as a sell-out and an idiot for creating the ELA. But, I now have a newfound respect for this ingenious political mastermind. LMM was very aware of the status issue, but his idea of putting off the status issue and worrying about economic issues was a good move. The island could have acheived independence under his rule. Hell, nearly all of the popular leaders (even himself to a certain degree) were independentistas. However, LMM makes clear, and I believe is the main focus of his memoirs, that what Puerto Rico needed to focus on was economic independence first rather than political independence. What good is it to have political sovereignty if economically a country is dependant?

However, I still am trying to figure out this man. He tries to explain alot of his actions and situations of the time. But the one question I constantly ask myself is why he rejected independence when it was so close? Why settle for adminstration of a colony?

The woes of a JD Candidate

Picking a law school is tough and causes a lot of stress. What sucks even more is when deadlines are coming up for some schools and other schools have yet to respond. So far I've gotten into Cardozo Law, Brooklyn, wait listed a Columbia. I'm still awaiting word from Cornell, Fordham, Howard, Temple and UPR. I'm leaning towards UPR. Got until next week to figure it all out.

Monday, February 28, 2005

Vamonos Pal Monte, Pal Monte a Guarachar

Este mundo esta perdido,
y aunque eso me importa a mi
yo no puedo remediarlo
y sigo contento y feliz.

Aqui en las grandes ciudades
se ve mucha congestión
pero allá en el monte mio
hay espacio y facinación.

Dicen que poquito a poco
se acerca la depresión
si no se goza mi amigo
nos tumban el vacilón, vacilón

This is how I feel right now.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Unconstitutional for Rossello to be Senator

Section 8. The term of office of Senators and Representatives shall begin on the second day of January immediately following the date of the general election in which they shall have been elected. If, prior to the fifteen months immediately preceding the date of the next general election, a vacancy occurs in the office of Senator or Representative for a district, the Governor shall call a special election in said district within thirty days following the date on which the vacancy occurs. This election shall be held not later than ninety days after the call, and the person elected shall hold office for the rest of the unexpired term of his predecessor. When said vacancy occurs during a legislative session, or when the Legislative Assembly or the Senate has been called for a date prior to the certification of the results of the special election, the presiding officer of the appropriate house shall fill said vacancy by appointing the person recommended by the central committee of the political party of which his predecessor in office was a member. Such person shall hold the office until certification of the election of the candidate who was elected. When the vacancy occurs within fifteen months prior to a general election, or when it occurs in the office of a Senator at Large or a Representative at Large, the presiding officer of the appropriate house shall fill it, upon the recommendation of the political party of which the previous holder of the office was a member, by appointing a person selected in the same manner as that in which his predecessor was selected. A vacancy in the office of a Senator at Large or a Representative at Large elected as an independent candidate shall be filled by an election in all districts.

Puerto Rican Constitution, Article III, Section 8

What's the big fuss about Rossello being senator. He can't. If it were a senator at large that had resigned then the Senate leader can appoint a replacement. But, since the senator that resigned is from a district in Arecibo, a district in which Rossello doesn't live, then the Governor has to hold a special election. Rossello could get appointed now, but his appointment will only last until the new senator from the district is elected and certified. In this special election, Rossello can't run either because of Section 6 of the Constitution, which reads
Section 6. No person shall be eligible to election or appointment as Senator or Representative for a district unless he has resided therein at least one year immediately prior to his election or appointment.

Rossello is trying his hardest to get a job. But the reality is that he can't, unless the Constitution is violated, and the PNP have a history of doing that.

"Yo no tengo ninguna animosidad con el compañero Kenneth McClintock. Pero las motivaciones tienen que ver con lo que entiendo yo podría aportar para agresivamente llevar a cabo todos estos compromisos y muy especialmente el compromiso de definir el status político de Puerto Rico, finalmente"

Pedro Rosselló

Rossello says that he needs to be president of the Senate so that he can agressively push the PNP agenda especially to resolve the status issue. Bull. He was governor for 8 years! He had plenty of time to push the status issue, and he did. And everytime he pushed it, he lost. Rossello is a sham and clutz.

Monday, January 03, 2005

Juramentacion Colonial

La ceremonIa de juramentación comenzó, con sólo ocho minutos de atraso, con la presentación de los himnos, a cargo de la Banda de Puerto Rico, dirigida por Cucco Peña, y la presentación de los colores de las banderas de Puerto Rico y Estados Unidos, a cargo del secretario de Estado saliente, José M. Izquierdo.


The inaguration began with both national anthems being played. I ask myself why? The US has nothing to do with insular politics. Puerto Rico is even a part of the US. I think this is another sign of Puerto Rico's colonial mentality. AAV gives off mixed signals because even though both anthmes were played in the picture above he is only waving one flag - la monoestrellada. I think he's a melon.

PNP's Stir Up Violence, Again

. . .en la Avenida Roosevelt, en Hato Rey, simpatizantes del derrotado ex gobernador y presidente del Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP), Pedro Rosselló, protagonizaban otro incidente violento con los medios de comunicación del país.

Allí, el camarógrafo de Telemundo, Ricardo Ortiz, fue agredido en la cabeza con una bandera por simpatizantes que, al igual que en otras actividades del PNP, insultaron verbalmente y trataron de intimidar a la prensa que hacía su trabajo en el lugar.

Rodeado de varias decenas de fanáticos del partido que agitaban insistentemente banderas de Estados Unidos, Casillas exaltó que los simpatizantes habían llegado al lugar respondiendo a “un grito de guerra para defender la estadidad”.

Sympathizers of Pedro Rossello and the statehood party have stirred up violence again in Puerto Rico, this time injuring people from the media. I don't get it. These people are suppose want statehood, yet they go there actions are unorthodox and not even democratic. They beat up the press, insult non-statehooders, and ignore the very democratic principles they are suppose to be defending. Statehooders are hipocrits and liars, and in the words of G.W. Bush, "evil."

Sunday, January 02, 2005

AAV on pivazos

"Ser el gobernador electo por miles de votos mixtos es un orgullo, una fortaleza y no una debilidad, como mucha gente piensa, porque representa la confianza de los puertorriqueños de otros partidos en mi persona."

Aníbal Acevedo Vilá

Let's hope he shows that same "confianza" in those people that voted for him.