Puerto Rico: Trouble In Paradise?

If you have never been to Puerto Rice then get off your ass and visit……it is the tropics, gorgeous beaches, friendly people and you do NOT need passport……..BTW it is a girl watchers paradise….just saying……

But what brought me out to post on Puerto Rico?  It seems they are having a bit of a monetary problem…..

There’s something about Puerto Rico that has caused many commentators to describe it as “America’s Greece,” and it definitely isn’t yogurt. Instead, it’s the terrible state of the US commonwealth’s economy, which has caused Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla to admit that its $72 billion debt is “not payable,” the New York Times reports. “This is not politics, this is math,” he says. The island’s rate of debt to GDP is higher than that of any US state, and its government could run out of cash as soon as July, triggering a government shutdown and other measures, reports the Wall Street Journal, which notes that Puerto Rico’s deep recession began after corporate tax breaks expired in 2006 and manufacturers started to leave the island.

The governor says Puerto Ricans are already struggling with issues such as government austerity, rising crime, and high unemployment and that it’s time for creditors to share the pain by deferring repayments. “If they don’t come to the table, it will be bad for them,” he tells the Times. “What will happen is that our economy will get into a worse situation and we’ll have less money to pay them. They will be shooting themselves in the foot.” Some 24% of Puerto Rico’s bonds are held by so-called “vulture funds” that specialize in high-risk efforts and have opposed efforts to restructure the debt, the Guardian reports. The Times notes, though, that many Americans may have Puerto Rican investments tied up in mutual funds and not be aware of it.

Wait a minute!  Is Puerto Rico a US “territory”?

This country can force feed our cash and stuff to Israel but it cannot find a way to help to help out in Puerto Rico?  Wassup with that?  We accepted this “territory” after the Spanish American War so we are responsible for its upkeep and security.

Time for this country to start acting like the country we were promised back in 1776 and stop helping only those countries that think killing is the only answer……or cut them loose and let them be their own nation.

Congressional Democrats Introduce an Ambitious New Bill to Restore the Voting Rights Act | The Nation

I apologize for the number of press articles….I am re-doing my War Room, as my daughter has called the den, and it is more daunting than I had anticipated…..I promise to be back soon with more original stuff……please bear with me……

After the landslide win the GOP had in 2010 they set about trying to re-write the act of voting….and for the most part have been very successful…….they hid the attack on voting rights under the guise of Voter IDs and went in through the back door once they got that approval from an uneducated electorate…….

And then SCOTUS help the GOP with iots gutting of the Voting Rights Act of 2 years ago……

Noe the Dems have found a backbone and is trying to overturn what the Court has done……

But will they be successful?  thoughts?

 

Congressional Democrats Introduce an Ambitious New Bill to Restore the Voting Rights Act | The Nation.

An ISIS Terror Attack on US Is Coming

Before I go any further I want to point out that the magazine, Commentary has been the flagship of the NeoCon movement…so take this prediction with the grain of salt……

But after I read this piece I saw a report …….

U.S. intelligence and law enforcement authorities share a growing concern of an ISIS-inspired attack in the country through the July 4 weekend, sources told NBC News.

The threat “is based on both intelligence and analysis,” the intelligence and law enforcement sources said, declining to go into detail.

The analysis of the threat is based in part on the “new normal” of ISIS planning, which uses social media to encourage followers worldwide to attack on both small and large scales.

Information regarding the Fourth of July threat came before Friday’s terror attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait, the intelligence and law enforcement officials said.

Was this report issued after the op-ed or is there truly a chance of an attack…I mean a coordinated attack?

And NO cares enough to read this……..but have an opinion after the fact…….typical laziness!

Read and let me see your thoughts………

 

An ISIS Terror Attack on US Is Coming.

The Islamic State Is Here to Stay | VICE News

Today is the one year anniversary of the establishment of the Islamic State…….since the US wading ass deep into this situation we have been told that we can defeat ISIS and send them packing to whatever hole they crawled out of……..

I have been analyzing the conflict and the situation from the beginning and to tell you the truth …..the if the US does not change its strategy then I fear that ISIS will be part of the world for some time…….nothing we are doing is actually leading to the defeat of this vicious machine…

We may have to learn to live with ISIS……..

 

The Islamic State Is Here to Stay | VICE News.

Isis: A year of the caliphate – The Unz Review

In for a recent history lesson…….

Today, 29 June 2015, is the one year anniversary of the proclamation of the establishment of the Islamic State…….so what has really happened in the spans of that year?

We have had it all….all out war, humanitarian crisis, successes, failures, sectarian violence and death and destruction…..but read it for yourself.

Hopefully Americans will care enough to educate themselves…..but I am NOT holding my breath!

 

Isis: A year of the caliphate – The Unz Review.

800 Hundred Years Ago!

It is the weekend and how about a little history that you probably never heard?

This year the world is celebrating the signing of the Magna Carta, 800 years ago…..we all have learned that simple date and fact in every world history class and political science class we have ever taken, right?

But do you know what happened after that famous, ground breaking signing?

Hint….not what you would think!

King John Butchered Authors of Magna Carta « Antiwar.com Blog.

Does Your Internet Suck?

The weekend and I usually post on something different from my normal postings…..today I want to talk about the internet service.

We all have had problems with our service and/or our providers, right?  For me it is a slow service at times usually in the early morning hours or a loss of service at critical times in my postings…….usually it comes with me ranting and swearing profusely…..and my blood pressure going through the roof…..after I calm down I try to look at it rationally which usually makes the blood pressure rise again…….

But what could be causing the problems that I and many others have to deal with….regularly?  There may be a good answer to that question……

Thanks to new FCC rules put out this year to ensure net neutrality and keep all online data equal, major Internet service providers (think Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner) aren’t supposed to hold our Internet speeds hostage. But that’s exactly what’s happening, per a study by an Internet activist group, causing a hefty slowdown to 75% of wireline businesses and residences, the Guardian reports. Battle for the Net’s study, which checked out results from 300,000 Internet users, found what the paper calls “significant degradations” on the networks of the five largest ISPs, which means we’re paying for traffic speed we’re just not getting. “There is widespread and systemic abuse across the network,” says a rep from one of the groups that comprises Battle for the Net.

The ISPs are already being forced to react to these net neutrality rules: AT&T was hit with a $100 million fine last week for slowing down Internet speeds of customers with supposedly unlimited data plans, per the Washington Post, while Sprint cut out its “data-throttling” procedure of slowing down speeds of customers also believed to be using an excessive amount of data, CNET notes. But the ISPs don’t think they should be regulated as public utilities are, which is effectively what the FCC decided back in February, and AT&T in particular is fighting back against the “unprecedented” and “unjustified” rules it says is damaging its business, CBS Washington reports. (“Radical” changes are needed to fix our antiquated Internet, a Gizmodo writer says.)

CRAP!  There goes my pressure again!

TAKE THAT YOU SOUL-LESS SON OF A BITCH!