Friday, April 28, 2006

Chu and Joelys

Isn't she so cute?! That's my baby.

El Pueblo Responde!

Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans arrived Friday to the Capitol in the march "Puerto Rico Grita (Shouts)" to demand an agreement between the Legislature and the governor to put an end to the crisis that the island is going through that will leave some 100,000 public employees without a paycheck in the next two months.Puerto Rico WOW

Bush, national anthem and English

When the president was asked at a Rose Garden question-and-answer session whether the anthem should be sung in Spanish, he replied: "I think the national anthem ought to be sung in English, and I think people who want to be a citizen of this country ought to learn English and they ought to learn to sing the national anthem in English."New York Times

This coming from a guy who can't speak English that well. LOL.

But on a serious note, I kinda agree with him. National anthems should be sung in their national language. Can you imagine the Puerto Rican national anthem in English? "The Land of Borinquen, where I was born..." LOL. Sure it's feasible, but it's just not right, and on top of it, it sounds horrible.

Experts from emails to Emily

Recently, I've restablished contact with my best friend Emily Foss. She is currently a graduate student at UC-Davis. Here are some exerpts from emails that I thought interesting to post.

....Well, I'm doing great. This semester is easier, the
classes are more interesting, and I have a Mrs. Chu in
my life. Yup. You heard right. She's cool and I really
like her.

Anyways, I spend less time in the library and more
time at home. The library is cold and there are too
many distractions (friends, classmates, women). And my
house is cozy. Plus I have cable, so when I get bored
I just tune into Discovery channel. haha..

...La isla del encanto is doing well. She says hi. It's
currently raining but hey I don;t complain. Politics
are crazy like always. The other day a group of people
entered the Capitol Building and broke windows and the
glass encasing the Constitution. I've stayed away from
politics and have been focusing on my studies.
However, being at the law school makes it difficult to
separate one from the other. Why? Well, because alot
of my classmates are sons and daughters of
politicians, and others are family of famous
independentistas. So, you can imagine the debates that

...I spent the entire weekend travelling the island. That
was my girlfriends gift to me. It was fun. Wish you
could have come along. PR is beautiful. School ends in
a few weeks and my last final is on the 31 of may. I'm
going to be working this summer, but i'm also going to
have plenty of free time. i was thinking about doing
some internal vacation, maybe even going to Florida
w/my girl, or to Nyc for a few days or so...

...My only interesting class is Criminal law. I guess b/c i've
watched to much law and order, and the practice. haha.
The other classes are boring or depressing. For
example, property law is basically about how rich
people protect themselves from other rich people
(cause poor people don't have property haha). And
Family Law is all about what to do after getting a
divorce. It's like the law promotes divorces haha...

Second Semester Catch up

Second semester of law school ends in a couple weeks. Time really flies by here. This semester has been fun, boring, and redundant. Fun because my band has been gigging, getting exposure and paid! Also, I got to travel the island during spring break, something I havent been able to do because of time constraint and having no car. Also, fun because I got me girlfriend! She's great and so is love! Boring because after a while the act of studying law gets redundant and eventually boring. I wake up, drink coffee, read a little, go to class until 3, go to the weight room, eat dinner, study unitl 11 -!2. Every now and then I get to watch TV, hurray for cable!

Second semester of law school is more calming than first. The novelty is gone, the stress of uncertainty is gone, we enter a certain pace, and we learn how to utilize shortcuts (Repasos!!). Currently, I'm filling out my financial aid form, selecting classes for next semester and planning my study days until the end of May.

At least at the end of the tunnel there is something good. I head back to the states on June 1 to visit my family. And coming along with me is my linda jibarita, my half orange, my future baby's momma!

Good job, bad work!

House approves $114 million for 12 agencies

SAN JUAN (EFE) – The House of Representatives unanimously approved a measure that assigns $114.577 million to 12 agencies in order to maintain their operations, guaranteeing the service to the citizenship and complying with the payment of the employee payroll.

The bill stipulates the manner in which the resources will be distributed so that the agencies can operate until May 30, except the Education Department, which only has money to operate until May 15.Puerto Rico WOW!

I'm glad to see that the legislators could get their heads out their asses. Moeny was approved to operate agencies until the end of May. But, what will happen come May 30? Workers wont be out on the street on Monday, but they will be on June 1? What good has been done solving the fiscal crisis partially?

A new legislation by the New Progressive Party legislators was approved that imposes a special additional tax of 4% over the 2.5% of net income.

The disposition would apply to societies, commercial banking, international banking entities, small personal loan companies, mortgage institutions, investment companies, leasing companies, financing companies, real estate, and investment agents and advisors.

On a brighter note, I'm glad that the legislators approved a 4% tax on the banks and corporations. I would have liked it to been like 10% but as long as those money makers are paying something to the coufers I'm cool.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

We own you biatch!

Rechazan en EE.UU. status "mejorado" para Puerto Rico

Jueves, 27 de abril de 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) - La idea de que Puerto Rico puede mejorar su relación con Estados Unidos con un plan de "nueva mancomunidad" no tiene sustento constitucional y cualquier promesa que Washington pudiera hacer en ese sentido no le significaría obligación de ninguna naturaleza, declaró hoy un funcionario del Departamento de Justicia.

"Puerto Rico puede mantener su actual status de mancomunidad o territorial, indefinidamente, pero siempre estará sujeto a la autoridad final del Congreso para alterar los términos de ese estatus, como dice la Constitución", dijo C. Kevin Marshall, subsecretario asistente de Justicia para asuntos legales. ENDi

So then why have the status hearings? Basically Subsecretary Marshall is saying "it doesn't matter what you call yourself, or what kind of status you have, we still own you, biatch!"

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Chu's view on the Crisis de Puerto Rico

If you're following Puerto Rican affairs, then you know that we are currently experiencing a crisis that will soon materialize on Monday, May 1, with the closing of the government, which includes the closing of the schools, executive branch, the courts and the legislative branch. Only the police and hospitals will stay open.

First of all let me say that this isn't surprising. I'm surprised the government hasn't closed before. The reason for the closing is that the government is bankrupt. But PR has been bankrupt for decades. The difference now is that the legislature doesn't want to approve a loan that will cover the last 2 months of this fiscal year.

LEt me tell you how silly this all looks. The PNP blame the governor for this, the Populares blame the PNP dominating legislature, civil groups blame past administrations including Rossello, and the PIP blame the colonial status. Enough with the blame game.

What we need now are solutions. We can go on and on with pointing th finger, but the bottom line is that a divided government in PR is ineffective. Maybe the PNP want this crisis to happen so that Acevedo Vila looks bad. Maybe Rossello has personal interests and is in favor of this crisis. But that doesnt matter now. What matters is that come Monday, hundreds of thousand of puerto Ricans will be without a paycheck.

I tend to agree with the idea that the solution is to tax the banks and corporations. currently the pay nothing but reek all the social benefits of the government, i.e., police, fire protection, they use the streets, and other infrastructure, etc. In a social democracy all who benefit from the system should aport to the system. A 5-10% tax on the banks and corporations would solve the current crisis and add millions to the coffers of the government. We wouldn't even need to implement the sales tax.

The sad part of this is that the legislators seem to only care about blaming the other party. I've always said that revolution begins when a pueblo can't maintain his day to day survival. Come Monday, we will see change in PR. Come Monday, we may see revolution!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Law School - Repasos

2nd semester is a whole lot easier, though I can't pinpoint exactly why. It's a mixture of things I suppose. First semester of law school is filled with mixed emotions. The study of law isn't like anything else. There is so much material and so little time. It get's so stressful that one begins to question why even study law. During the first semester, so many nights are spent in the library, on the computer, reading cases, briefing cases, memorizing doctrines, rules and regulations, on the phone with mom or dad. We are pushed to near mental suicide. But then.....we discover the famous "Repasos." In english I guess they are called summaries. A law student begins to realize that there is no need to read every page or brief every case b/c someone has already done it for you. The summaries are a life saver. Not only do they save time, but they make law school life enjoyable.

But, I just want to make a few things clear to those of you planning on studying law. You can't get by solely on summaries. You need to read the material assigned (or at least most of it ;). The summaries are good for explaining and for strategy (in terms of using your time efficiently). Even with the summaries law school is hard as hell.

In any case, God bless the Repasos!

Semana Santa

This week is semana santa (the holy week). I feel no different, the days don't feel different, the people act the same, the trash still stinks. What's so holy about this week?

Thursday, April 06, 2006

yeah, so?!

SAN JUAN (EFE)- El presidente del Senado, Kenneth McClintock, informó hoy de que varios congresistas estadounidenses se comprometieron a estudiar el proyecto de estatus presentado en la Cámara federal por el comisionado residente de Puerto Rico en Washington, Luis Fortuño.

So a few congressman promised to study the status project. so, what?!

Besides, I doubt "studying" the status project is big priority for US congressmen. They care more about Congresswoman McKinney's slap of the officer than the status of Puerto Rico.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

AAV: "Don't blame me...blame him!"

On Monday, April 3, the governor gave is buget proposal speech to the nation. As expected, he said much of the same stuff we already know - PR is in debt, education is bad, the streets are bad, crime is high, politics sucks, etc. But, his speech soon turned into a blame game. During his speech, Acevedo Vila named Pedro Rossello as the blame for Puerto Rico's mess, which consequently led to PNP legislators getting up and leaving the rotunda.

Now, while some of us may agree with the governor, I don't think personifying PR's problems is the correct path to go. On the island people were shocked, others happy, that Acevedo did this. But I think his comment really had no productive purpose other than to let out some emotion. Sure, Rossello may have the legislature in his back pocket, but Acevedo Vila is the governor - shouldn't he be blaming himself as well? Pointing Rossello out demonstrates a) that Acevedo is putting the blame on someone else (to save his ass) b) that he has no control over the government.

If Acevedo Vila wants to play the blame game, then we should include the real culprits - like the American corporations and their subisidaries that are exempt from paying taxes, the Puerto Rican politicians who are overpayed and unproductive, our colonial status.

Acevedo has proposed a 7% sales tax, which I'm all for, and interestingly so was Rossello. But since the comment, Rossello has switched his support to the 4% sales tax. Sure, this may prove correct what Acevedo Vila was trying to tell us on Monday. But, you know, PR would generate alot more money from taxing the American companies who dont pay a dime to PR's coufers, then we wouldnt need to be talking about no sales tax.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Guess Who's Back!!

WASSUP!!!!! How's it going me gente!? I've been gone for a long time but I'm back with energy to comment!! Hellz yea. One of my professor's happened to stumble upon my site and mentioned it to me. At first I was like "what site" then I was like damn! I totally forgot about this blog. Let's see, the last time I blogged was back in August when I had the flu. That makes it 8 months since my last blog!!! Damn!

Well, I'm back. So much has happened since my last entry. I survived my first semester of law school, second semester is smooth sailing, my band is gigging every week,I went home for christmas, oh and I got my a special someone in my life. She so cute! Ill post a pic of her soon.

There's so much to comment about Puerto Rico it aint even funny! (excuse my ebonics). Just to name a few: the FBI killed Ojeda, they beat up on some journalists, the White House relesed its status report, the island's economy is in shambles, the legislature is worthless, Ray Barretto died, the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer. I promise to keep my public informed.

It's good to be back. I'll keep posting on current issues while at the same time I'll try to do some catching up. See you guys in the realm of blog. Thanks Myrta.