May 25, 2017 at 8:24 pm #51898
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged Tuesday to march in the city’s Puerto Rican Day parade June 11 that will honor a terrorist leader.
“I believe this parade is a very, very important part of the life of our city,” de Blasio told reporters at a press conference in the Bronx.
According to the New York Post, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito came up with the idea to honor Oscar Lopez Rivera, a leader of the Puerto Rican terrorist organization known as the Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN).
“This is a historic moment because we are seeing convergence and a momentum on the campaign for Oscar that really gives me a lot of hope and inspiration,” Viverito said at a press conference last Thursday.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not decided if he will partake in the parade as he has done in the past.
When asked by reporters last week if he would, Cuomo said, “This is something that I’m reviewing right now. I just heard about it, so I’m going to look at the situation.”
The New York Yankees, Coca-Cola, AT&T, the union representing officers of the New York Fire Department, and the FDNY Hispanic Society announced Tuesday they are withdrawing their support.
Goya Foods and Jet Blue had already pulled their support. Goya, the largest Latino food company in the U.S., had been sponsoring the event for 63 years prior. New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill declared he would not march.
“I cannot support a man who was a co-founder of an organization that engaged in over 120 bombings, six people killed, and seriously injured four police officers,” O’Neill said.
Lopez Rivera was sentenced to 35 years in prison for his involvement in the FALN, a group that is responsible for more than 100 bombings in New York, Chicago, Washington and Puerto Rico during the 1970s and 1980s.
Four people were killed in 1975 when an explosion occurred at the historic Fraunces Tavern in New York City, an attack the FALN was responsible for. The organization was also responsible for seriously injuring three NYPD officers in a series of bomb attacks on New Year’s Eve in 1982.
Although Lopez Rivera was never convicted of any of the bombings, a former FALN member testified against him saying he taught members how to make bombs. He was convicted again while serving his sentence after he was caught planning an escape from the prison using explosives and a helicopter.
President Obama commuted his sentence immediately before leaving the White House back in January.
“Oscar Lopez Rivera’s actions led to the death and serious injury of innocent civilians and Police Officers,” said Uniformed Fire Officers Association president Jake Lemonda in a statement to the press. “He is a convicted felon, plain and simple, and one who has not apologized or repented for his cowardly attacks.”May 26, 2017 at 2:22 pm #51900
I believe that the majority of the US population is either somewhat to the right or to the left of center, yet it is the extreme left side that seems to have taken control of our cities, schools, major media, and govt bureaucracies. The extreme right would do the same if they figured out how to grab control but they haven’t so it is really only the extreme left that those of us in the middle have to worry.
The big question is how far will it go before the pendulum starts swinging back towards the center?May 26, 2017 at 4:17 pm #51901
Until conservative minds return to the halls of academia and justice, there is unlikely to be a change.May 27, 2017 at 2:16 am #51909
“President Obama commuted his sentence immediately before leaving the White House back in January.”
The fact that he did it, coupled with the fact that it has received almost zero national coverage, coupled with the fact that he (Obama) got away with it, tells us all that we need to understand.
I used to think that we’d about reached “the last straw,” and that the next one would be “the one” that triggered the uprising. It feels to people like us that this SHOULD have been the last straw, but so have other straws seemed like they should have been the last one even before now. The fact that none of them were, and the further fact that it seems unlikely that the uprising will be large enough or widespread enough to make any difference if it even happens, also tells us the condition of our nation, and the world. I’d be clinically depressed and in despair if I didn’t have something more to lean on. I’m just so very thankful I don’t have to live in NY, CA, Chicago, DC, or any number of other so-called blue states and cities.
Interestingly, my wife and I were watching TV together earlier this evening and saw a commercial with Mark Wahlberg. My wife suggested we look to see if “Shooter” was one of our available “freebies” in our paid subscription plan (unfortunately it was not, and it was getting a bit late to start it anyway after a long day – maybe tomorrow evening as a rental). A very satisfying piece of fantasy, and richly symbolic given that it starts with a person who just wants to be left alone to live his own life, in peace. But he had two things going for him: skills and no one else dependent on him (except his dog, and they took “care” of that for him), and at that point, he had nothing left to lose. Oh that we had more than a few Bob Lee Swaggers…. (and Mr. Rates).
"Ye hear of wars in far countries, and you say that there will soon be great wars in far countries, but ye know not the hearts of men in your own land."
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BingoJuly 8, 2017 at 3:33 am #52062
Komrad de blasio goes to Hamburg to join with the anti capitalist protestors. Welcome to the fall of the west.
/ Gotterdammerung…. Hard to tell with the invasion of migrants by the shipload coming thru Italy. Austria closing border to them with troops.
At the Brenner Pass 750 troops and 4 Apc.
The G20 meeting better have something else to talk about than america taking refugees.July 8, 2017 at 5:47 am #52066
Siding with protesters hours after one of his officers is murdered?
My opinion of him actually got lower, I didn’t think that was possible.July 8, 2017 at 11:16 am #52067
And yet he’ll likely be reelected being there isn’t any serious opposition at this point from either party.July 8, 2017 at 5:33 pm #52068
Whirlibird, you missed the thing that makes it all better (read the rest of this sentence with EXTREME sarcasm, of course): Mr. Mayor checked the schedule and plans to be back in time for the funeral – what’s the problem?!?
He skipped the swearing in of 500+ new cops. I hope somebody bars him from the funeral.
He claims the visit was a relatively short notice decision – but he ended up being a keynote speaker for the Marxists. Uh, yeah, right, Mr. Mayor. Like that decision was also a last minute decision? And this guy wants to be President….
"Ye hear of wars in far countries, and you say that there will soon be great wars in far countries, but ye know not the hearts of men in your own land."July 9, 2017 at 8:34 pm #52071
I am tempering my online responses when it comes to certain subjects..
Some here and other places don’t appreciate LE, but mostly because my responses about
hizzonner and other of his ilk are such that it gets my blood pressure into a range I don’t need.July 9, 2017 at 10:52 pm #52072
WB, I fully understand. Having been in contact with you for these many years (a year or so here, and many before that in the other place), I fully recognized the “tempering” – and appreciate it greatly (and what it must take to accomplish that at times!). ‘Nuf sed. there.
I don’t think I even want to KNOW if he even attempts to attend the funeral. My thoughts about what I wish would happen are best kept within the confines of my id. But I guess now days even people’s thoughts are prosecutable, so my id would be deemed worthy of same, and I guess that means I’d have to go with it to the slammer – or worse. Since they stopped doing frontal lobotomies years ago, and we don’t know where the id is located anyway, I guess they wouldn’t just extract it out of my head and send it away…. LOL
With that said, I’m actually quite surprised, especially with all the violence on the “left” (whatever that means anymore), that we haven’t seen some right-wingers finally go off – especially with all the vets that Miz Janet once warned us about after attacking Waco. But I will not be surprised when we finally see those on the “right” (whatever that also means anymore) finally have enough buttons pushed that their ids explode into action.
Stay cool, protect your family, and enjoy being out of either of the two coasts. And enjoy what you enjoy to the fullest!
"Ye hear of wars in far countries, and you say that there will soon be great wars in far countries, but ye know not the hearts of men in your own land."July 10, 2017 at 2:38 am #52073
WB & GS, I think Trump is the main reason we haven’t seen “right-wingers finally go off.” Not that he’s the ideal to many who want the Constitution honored and enforced, but he’s at the very least, a reprieve from the forced march into Socialist Hell that we would clearly have suffered under the Hildabeast, and to his credit, a president who proclaims pride in his nation, and optimism about its future, as opposed to the open displays of shame, apology, and promises to run it further into the ground of global mediocracy, from the previous occasional occupant of the Executive Mansion. So most “right-wingers” are, for the time being, sufficiently on the ascendancy to be able to hold fire out of a somewhat tenuous optimism, while the Left is in despair, their less stable troops feeling desperate, while being hyped to “do more.”
Generally, the political Right grows out of thought and reflection on how the world and the people in it ought to be, and to act, while the political Left has always been about getting what one wants, immediately, irrespective of the rights of others, which often impels its adherents to act impulsively out of greed and fear. Komrade diBlahBlah is the current “hero-in-process” of that side, Ms. Pantsuit having become a little stale to screech her way back to center stage. Doesn’t mean the Right won’t shoot back, but for the moment, most of them (us?) don’t need to … yet.
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