Celebrity Chef Who Closed Down Trump Hotel Restaurant Provides Thanksgiving Meals for Puerto Rico

As a part of his #ChefsForPuertoRico movement, celebrity culinary artist Jose Andres has provided the still-struggling island territory thousands of meals for Thanksgiving. “Our great team in Vieques cooking 2,000 thanksgiving meals! Thank you to Carlos and Eva! They are the leaders of an impossible dream… #ChefsForPuertoRico,” tweeted Andres. According to another one of his tweets, Continue reading "Celebrity Chef Who Closed Down Trump Hotel Restaurant Provides Thanksgiving Meals for Puerto Rico"

WATCH: Trump Gets Dinged By The Simpsons Over His Paper Towel Tosses in Puerto Rico

In a short video posted online, the hit FOX series The Simpsons took aim at President Donald Trump for his much-maligned paper towel tosses when he visited hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico last month. In the clip, character Moe Szyslak is shown looking at a tweet from San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz thanking The Simpsons for “keeping Puerto Rico in your hearts.” After wiping away a tear, the normally hard-hearted bartender walks out of his bar to directly address Cruz. And that’s when he dinged the president. “I personally know how it feels when somebody comes and throws paper towels at you,” the character said. “In my case, it was flaming toilet paper but the principle is the same. It is humiliating.” The clip ended with Szyslak going back into the bar and demanding barfly Barney pay up his $25,000 bar tab so that it could be donated to Continue reading "WATCH: Trump Gets Dinged By The Simpsons Over His Paper Towel Tosses in Puerto Rico"

Puerto Rico Governor Calls For Cancellation of $300 Million Whitefish Energy Contract

This morning, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello stated that he wants the controversial no-bid $300 million contract awarded to tiny energy company Whitefish Energy canceled. Quite a bit of attention has been paid to the contract, with speculation that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was involved in the decision as the company is based in his hometown of Whitefish. Montana. The Trump administration has denied the claim. CBS News’ David Begnaud provided additional details on the governor’s request.

Convicted Terrorist Rejects Puerto Rican Day Parade’s Honor, Will Still March

2017-05-18-YouTube-CBS_Chicago-Oscar_Lopez_Rivera Oscar López Rivera — who led the FALN and served 35 years in prison for his role in the Puerto Rican nationalist group’s terrorist campaign in the 1970s — decided to not accept an honor from the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, after major sponsors withdrew from the event due to the resulting controversy. Rivera is still planning on marching in the annual event in New York City as a “humble Puerto Rican,” according to a Friday report from NBC News. The convicted terrorist revealed his intentions in a Thursday column published by the New York Daily News. The newspaper also disclosed that the New York City government had apparently been calling for “López Rivera to step aside.” Days earlier, top sponsors of the parade — including Goya, the New York Yankees, Coca-Cola, JetBlue, AT&T, and the Daily News itself — all dropped their sponsorship in the wake of the Continue reading "Convicted Terrorist Rejects Puerto Rican Day Parade’s Honor, Will Still March"

Sponsors Drop Out As NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade Honors Convicted Terrorist

2017-05-18-YouTube-CBS_Chicago-Oscar_Lopez_Rivera Top sponsors of the annual National Puerto Rican Day parade in New York City have pulled out in recent days due to the parade board’s decision to honor a convicted criminal who was part of a group that conducted multiple bombings in New York City in the 1970s. Former President Barack Obama commuted the sentence of Oscar López Rivera, a member of the Puerto Rican nationalist group FALN, just before he left office in January 2017. López Rivera was released from detention on May 17, 2017, after serving 35 years of a 55-year prison sentence for “‘seditious conspiracy’…attempted robbery, explosives and vehicle-theft charges,” as detailed in a January 2017 article published by Politico. The FALN, as part of its Marxist-Leninist campaign for Puerto Rican independence, killed four and wounded 63 during a January 1975 bombing attack at Fraunces Tavern in Manhattan, the historic site of George Washington’s farewell to Continue reading "Sponsors Drop Out As NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade Honors Convicted Terrorist"

Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda Doesn’t Like Mike Pence, But Sure Loves Convicted Terrorists

Lin-Manuel MirandaHamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda might not be the biggest fan of vice president-elect Mike Pence, but maybe that’s only because Pence never took part in a bombing campaign against the United States government that murdered five people and maimed countless others. There’s no point in spending too much time rehashing the entire Pence-Hamilton controversy here, so I’ll just highlight two important aspects to keep in my mind. The first is that it was Miranda himself who wrote the speech and asked his friend and co-star to deliver it. The second is that it’s largely irrelevant whether the speech was intended to condemn Pence (they insist it wasn’t, even though, c’mon, it certainly was). The result of their display was to make it perfectly clear to Pence and anyone who shares his views that the price of admission was condescension. Which brings us to Miranda’s stance on another man that others might find…
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Bernie Sanders Campaign Denies Suppressing Polling Places in Puerto Rico

1thumb1The Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, which doesn’t seem to have ever met anyone who wasn’t trying to rig the election against them, now stands accused of slashing the number of polling places for the Puerto Rico Democratic primary, from a planned 1,510 stations to only 432. On Sunday night, MSNBC’s Tony Dokoupil reported that National Committeewoman of the Democratic Party of Puerto Rico and Superdelegate Liza Ortiz claimed that the rduction in polling places came at the request of the Sanders campaign, which did not have enough volunteers to staff poll watchers at 1,500 stations:
Dokoupil later posted a full statement by Ortiz: As reported by MSNBC, the lack of polling places contributed to Continue reading "Bernie Sanders Campaign Denies Suppressing Polling Places in Puerto Rico"