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LLStarks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-28-10 02:10 PM
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Conservatrolls continue to lament DC Voting Rights and new efforts at Puerto Rico statehood
Racist rhetoric aside, the primary reasons for opposing both are because both places would be free seats for Democrats.

Well boo-fucking-hoo.

If they were GOP-friendly, conservatives would jump on statehood for both in a heartbeat.
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-28-10 02:13 PM
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1. 52 states would mess-up the nice neat rows of stars.
:shrug:
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LLStarks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-28-10 02:16 PM
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3. Uh... No it wouldn't...
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-28-10 02:18 PM
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4. Whoa!
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The Northerner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-28-10 02:15 PM
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2. I think it would be better if Puerto Rico were independent
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-28-10 02:18 PM
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5. Does anyone have polling data on what Puerto Ricans think about it? nt
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harry_pothead Donating Member (752 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-28-10 02:20 PM
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6. 51 stars makes for a circular star arrangement
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-28-10 02:30 PM
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7. My memory could be fuzzy, it being so last century, but didn't Jerry Ford
sign a proclamation of sorts encouraging Puerto Rican statehood?????
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-28-10 02:32 PM
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8. O, yah it looked something like this, But Gerry wasn't a true Republican
1041 - Statement on Proposed Statehood for Puerto Rico.
December 31, 1976





Gerald R. Ford
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IN OCTOBER 1975 the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Puerto Rico, appointed jointly by the President of the United States and the Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, recommended a new Compact of Permanent Union between Puerto Rico and the United States, to provide maximum self-government and self-determination for Puerto Rico.

The proposed Compact would institute fundamental and far-reaching changes in the relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States, and its provisions would affect a wide array of Federal programs and interests.

Members of my Cabinet have thoroughly analyzed the proposed Compact and made recommendations to me. After studying their comments and recommendations and giving deep thought to this important proposal, I have concluded that the proposed Compact, significant and important though it is, does not advance as rapidly as it might freedom and opportunity for the American citizens of Puerto Rico.

I believe that the appropriate status for Puerto Rico is statehood. I propose, therefore, that the people of Puerto Rico and the Congress of the United States begin now to take those steps which will result in statehood for Puerto Rico. I will recommend to the 95th Congress the enactment of legislation providing for the admission of Puerto Rico as a State of the Union.

The common bonds of friendship, tradition, dignity, and individual freedom have joined the people of the United States and the people of Puerto Rico. It is now time to make these bonds permanent through statehood in accordance with the concept of mutual acceptance which has historically governed the relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States.


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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-28-10 02:34 PM
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9. But there was this FALIN thing doing terror to liberate PR
Armed Forces of Puerto Rican National Liberation
Fuerzas Armadas Liberacion Nacional Puertoriquena (FALN)
Popular Boricua Army
Ejercito Popular Boricua
Macheteros
Throughout the late 1970s and mid-1980s the Armed Forces of Puerto Rican National Liberation ("FALN" or in Spanish, Fuerzas Armadas Liberacion Nacional Puertoriquena) and the Popular Boricua Army (Ejercito Popular Boricua), commonly known as the Macheteros, claimed responsibility for numerous bombings and robberies, causing a reign of terror in both the United States and Puerto Rico. The FALN operated in the continental United States, while the Macheteros were active mostly in Puerto Rico.
United States law enforcement first learned of the existence of the FALN on October 26, 1974, the date the group issued a communiqu taking credit for five bombings in New York. . Ultimately, over the next decade, FALN activities resulted in 72 actual bombings, 40 incendiary attacks, 8 attempted bombings and 10 bomb threats, resulting in 5 deaths, 83 injuries, and over $3 million in property damage.


Similar to the FALN, the existence of the Macheteros became publicly known when the group sent a communiqu to the United Press International in which they claimed credit for the death of a Puerto Rican police officer on August 24, 1978. The goals of the Macheteros were complete autonomy and sovereignty for Puerto Rico. In order to achieve their goals, the Macheteros conducted an armed struggle against the United States Government, mainly represented through attacks on military and police, in several cases causing the death of U.S. servicemen. In a January 1981 attack, Macheteros commandos infiltrated a Puerto Rican Air National Guard base and blew up 11 planes, causing approximately $45 million in damages.

The capture and conviction of the individual members of the FALN and Macheteros brought an end to the reign of terror in Puerto Rico and the United States. Although a few random assaults may have occurred, mostly in Puerto Rico, the continual assaults on New York, Chicago, and law enforcement and Naval officers in Puerto Rico virtually came to a halt.

On August 11, 1999, President Clinton extended offers of clemency to sixteen terrorists incarcerated in federal prison. Prior to these offers, he had offered clemency to only three federal prisoners.
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