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2/3 of Puerto Ricans may flee to U.S. and overwhelm govt services

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Puerto Rico is an incorporated U.S. territory in the Caribbean with a current total population of around 3.6 million people, 12.5% of whom are black or sub-Saharan African. As such, people born in Puerto Rico are natural-born citizens of the United States.

Three days ago on June 29, 2015, Puerto Rico’s governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla admitted the island is broke and asked that the commonwealth be allowed to restructure its debts under U.S. bankruptcy code. But Puerto Rico is not eligible for debt restructuring under the U.S. bankruptcy code because it is not a municipality.

Puerto Rico’s debt is $73 billion, while its GDP in 2012 was $103.5 billion, which means the U.S. territory’s debt is an astounding 70.5% of its GDP!

Alan Yuhas reports for The Guardian, July 2, 2015, that unable to pay its debt, Puerto Rico has begun rationing water, closing schools and watching its healthcare system collapse. Already, 45% of Puerto Ricans are living in poverty, and that percentage is sure to increase.

Puerto Ricans, being already U.S. citizens, are moving to America. Even before the bankruptcy, emigration to the mainland has accelerated in recent years. From 2003 to 2013, more than 1.5 million people had left Puerto Rico. Today, 60% of Puerto Ricans live in the States and 40% on the island according to a 2014 Pew report, with most moving to Florida. Cuny professors Edwin Meléndez and Carlos Vargas-Ramos predict that by 2020, it’s likely that two-thirds of Puerto Ricans will reside in US states.

Edgardo González, coordinator of the activist group Defenders of Puerto Rico, said that most Puerto Ricans are arriving in central Florida, but many cannot find jobs or even housing. González said, “Some might stay with family for a few weeks, but for those who don’t have family, people end up homeless because of the lack of services. People end up living in hotels, living in cars or on the street. Then you have people who are homeless with kids, who get in trouble with the law, and you have to get into it with childcare and welfare services.”

Making matters worse is the fact that professionals with higher degrees are leaving the island in search of work, draining Puerto Rico of the talent it needs to resuscitate its economy and healthcare sector.

In New York, fears of the wave of new immigrants have seeped into the city’s sizable Puerto Rican communities. On Wednesday the Bronx borough president, Rubén Díaz Jr, warned on NPR that the surge would sap the city’s services, especially in the cash-strapped parts of his borough.

The Bronx is poorest of New York’s five boroughs, with almost 30% of its population living below the poverty line. Almost 300,000 Puerto Ricans live in Bronx County, more than any other in the country, according to 2010 data; Brooklyn’s Kings County and Orange County, Florida, follow at second and third.

Puerto Rico continues to have people leave to the tune of 100 individuals on a daily basis,” said Díaz, who is himself of Puerto Rican descent. “We’re losing a doctor a day that is leaving the island and coming over here. The local governments here in the United States, we have to then absorb the added cost to our localities in order to provide services.

Díaz urged action by the federal government, saying Congress should give Puerto Rico the power to declare bankruptcy and restructure its debt. As a US territory, the semi-autonomous island does not have the same authorities that allow others to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, as Detroit did to cope with its own disastrous finances. “We’re not asking for a bailout, we’re not asking for the federal government to give Puerto Rico a dime,” he said.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said this week that the Obama administration is not considering any form of bailout for the island.

The island’s non-voting delegate in Congress, Pedro Pierluisi, called for Congress to address the island’s political status, and introduced a bill that would grant Puerto Rico the powers to declare public enterprises bankrupt. Pierluisi advocates statehood for Puerto Rico, and characterized the island’s non-statehood in a letter to the New York Times as inequity: “No people have ever prospered while being treated unequally, and it is not reasonable to expect Puerto Rico to be the exception to that rule.”

But María Enchautegui, a senior fellow at the research thinktank Urban Institute, explains that the problem is probably more intractable than simply bestowing statehood or bankruptcy powers on the territory. Chapter 9 authorities “would be only for municipal debt, which is very small in the whole of Puerto Rico. So I don’t think that is going to solve a lot of the problem.”

Enchautegui suggested that Puerto Rico should restructure its varied debts not just to cut losses but to overhaul the government. “While we are looking at what agencies to eliminate or change, we could actually make a more efficient government,” she said. Restructuring public-private arrangements, as with electrical companies and utilities, could also bring in precious revenues.

Such changes would not require Congress’s intervention, although Washington would have to get involved to bring Puerto Rico’s Medicaid and Medicare systems to the same level as the rest of the states.

Enchautegui points out that the out-migration from Puerto Rico to America “is now more than 5 million people, most who keep relations with Puerto Rico, have family there they go and visit. Those could be human resources, capital and knowledge that can bring back investments, businesses, networks. They left the island, that’s the way they have dealt with the crisis, but they are very connected to it.”

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~Éowyn

When your enemies kill each other

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Give them space to work.


The LORD answers SCOTUS

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Psalm 12

For the director of music. According to sheminith.
A psalm of David.

Help, Lord, for the godly are no more;
the faithful have vanished from among men.

Everyone lies to their neighbor;
their flattering lips speak with deception.

May the Lord cut off all flattering lips and
every boastful tongue that says,
“We will triumph with our tongues;
we own our lips—who is our master?”

“Because of the oppression of the weak and
the groaning of the needy, I will now arise,”
says the Lord. I will protect them from those
who malign them.

And the words of the Lord are flawless,
like silver refined in a furnace of clay,
purified seven times.

O Lord, you will keep us safe and protect us
from such people forever.

The wicked freely strut about
when what is vile is honored
among men.

FBI warns of July 4th terror threats

The FBI has issued a warning about a heightened level of threats from terrorists, including the Islamic State, for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday and weekend. The federal agency has even sent out a request to militia groups to be on the lookout.

Admittedly, 9/11 and subsequent “terrorist attacks,” especially the new ISIS bogeymen, are tailor-made for a power-hungry government bent on taking more and more freedoms away from the people in the name of protecting and ensuring our security. So you should consume the following news at your discretion.

That being said, we should err on the side of caution. Crowds and mobs have a peculiar psychology that is prone to irrationality. If I were you, I would stay away from crowds this July 4 . . . and other days.

FBI command centers except Alaska, Hawaii & PR

FBI field offices will be July 4 command centers for terrorist watch

The Daily Mail reports, June 30, 2015:

The FBI is setting up command centers at all of its 56 field offices across the country ahead of the July 4 weekend, to monitor any potential terrorist threats, law enforcement sources have revealed.

Sources told Fox News that local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. will be reporting any information about possible attacks to these command centers – where officials will decide how to respond.

The move comes amid growing fears that the terror group ISIS is working to awaken sleeper cells in Western nations, after sympathizers were linked to three back-to-back attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia last Friday.

While the FBI says there has been no specific credible threat so far, it seems to be more active in its warnings and actions ahead of Independence Day this year than previously.

From American National Militia, June 29, 2015:

ALERT!!!!! ATTENTION ALL MILITIA, OATHKEEPERS and PATRIOT GROUPS.

As of 9:00 A.M. Central time I was contacted by the FBI to activate every Militia and Patriot groups in the U.S. for a eyes and ears OP over the 4th of July holiday for possible terrorist attacks( ISIS in nature). The threat level is very high. We need people to monitor the internet and groups to monitor all activities nation wide. This is the procedure in which we participate. I have already contacted many prominent Patriot and Militia leaders
1. Wear plain cloths.
2. Carry local Sheriffs Departments and local FBI contact numbers. If we see anything suspicious call the Sheriff first and then the FBI. Do not engage. Just monitor the situation until the Sheriff and FBI get to the scene.
3. If you are faced with an eminent attack and you are legally armed please protect life.. Be in groups so at least someone can get the Sheriff and FBI to the scene.

I want to note that this is the first time in our lifetimes the FBI has reached out for the help of every Militia unit and Patriotic groups to help guard our Nation. Please conduct yourselves as the Patriots we all are and do this with honor and integrity.. Another stepping stone for us all.

This will take a lot of team work so do not let personal feelings get in our way.

We got work to do Patriots so lets get to work protecting this nation in a coordinated effort with Law enforcement local, State and Federal.. We got a job to do Patriots.. Salute..

PLEASE SHARE this must go viral..

Note: Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oathkeepers, denies his organization was contacted by the FBI. Scroll down to the first comment for details.

H/t tina

~Éowyn

Photog captures amazing pics of crow hitching a ride on eagle

Phoo Chan, a talented bird photographer whose photos have been featured by National Geographic, captured a stunning once-in-a-lifetime series of photos of a crow hitching a ride on a bald eagle’s back.

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The eagle was hunting in the skies over Seabeck, Washington, when the crow spied an opportunity. The encounter lasted only a few seconds before the birds parted and went their separate ways.

Chan told the U.K.’s Daily Mail, “Crows are known for aggressively harassing other raptors that are much bigger in size when spotted in their territories and usually these ‘intruders’ simply retreat without much fuss. However, in this frame the crow did not seem to harass the bald eagle at such close proximity and neither did the bald eagle seem to mind the crow’s presence invading its personal space. What made it even more bizarre was that the crow even made a brief stop on the back of the eagle as if it was taking a free scenic ride and the eagle simply obliged. I think the crow decided to land on the eagle because the eagle did not respond to its harassment so it landed briefly and then left. Eventually the crow flew away and the eagle continued to hunt for its breakfast. They both flew in different directions and it looked like they became friends.”

Source: EarthPorm

~Éowyn

Young people not aware of the massive mansions Hillary can afford

With a State Run Media that covers for Hillary, is there any reason to doubt that young people aren’t aware of what kind of money Hillary “for the middle class” Clinton can spend on mansions?

I’ll bet these young people believe that Mitt Romney never paid taxes and are aware of Rubio’s “luxury speedboat“.

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Proof that “liberalism is a mental illness” in one sentence

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Liberals live in a world of make belief.

The country of Greece is officially in default as of 12:01 AM today.

Greece’s midnight deadline passed Tuesday for repaying $1.8 billion to the International Monetary Fund and other international creditors, deepening a financial crisis that threatens the country’s membership in the European Union.

Despite an 11th-hour effort by Greek lawmakers yesterday to secure a new 2-year debt deal before the deadline, European finance ministers reviewing Greece’s proposal concluded their conference call without offering a bailout extension.

After the deadline passed (at 6 pm ET), Greece has the distinction of joining Zimbabwe, Sudan and Somalia in being in arrears to the IMF. Fitch Ratings has downgraded Greece’s government debt further into junk territory.

From a Wall Street Journal article on June 28, 2015, “Greece Orders Banks Closed, Imposes Capital Controls to Stem Deposit Flight“:

“How can something like this happen without prior warning?” asked Angeliki Psarianou, a 67-year-old retired public servant, who stood in the drizzle after arriving too late at one empty ATM in the Greek capital.

How can something like this happen without prior warning?

Greece has only been in a financial crisis for the past FIVE years, since the end of 2009.

Greece’s retirement age is 61. That means the clueless Psarianou, being 67 years old, has been retired, living on government pension, for the past 6 years.

But wait!

Psarianou was a public servant government employee, which means he probably had retired even earlier, when he was 58, which means he’s been “retired” for the past 9 years! (“Civil servants” in Greece employed before 1992 can retire after 35 years service, if they have reached 58, and retire on 80% of their final basic salary.)

In contrast, years ago, Germany — the economic powerhouse that alone is sustaining the European Union — had raised its retirement age from 65 to 67.

Psarianou has all those German workers/taxpayers to thank for his government pension of the last 9 years. Suckers!

With news that Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy carries serious implications for the U.S., when the U.S. economy finally implodes from the $18.288 TRILLION national debt, which is now 103% of our GDP, and Obama’s continuing reckless spending, expect millions of Americans to whine like Psarianou:

“How can something like this happen without prior warning?”

By the way, the Obama regime is rigging the national debt because it has stayed frozen for the past 15 weeks.

H/t Powerline

~Éowyn