Puerto Rican Activists Launch Campaign to Protect Students From U.S. Military Recruiters

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From the Associated Press:

    A coalition of non-governmental groups launched a new campaign Sunday aimed at stopping high schools in Puerto Rico from giving student information to U.S. military recruiters.

    The Citizen Coalition Against Militarism will visit high schools around the U.S. Caribbean territory this week to urge students and parents not to allow schools to release students’ names, addresses, phone numbers and other data to military recruiters, the group said in a statement.

    “Parents of students … have the moral responsibility to defend the life and privacy of their children,” said the coalition, a mix of anti-war groups, human rights organizations and teachers’ unions.

    The group plans to distribute forms that students and parents can send to schools asking them to withhold personal data from military recruiters, as allowed under the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, the group said.

    Last year, nearly half of parents of high school students in Puerto Rico asked schools not to release such information to recruiters.

34 Responses to “Puerto Rican Activists Launch Campaign to Protect Students From U.S. Military Recruiters”

  1. Army Soldier 05 Says:

    Good. If Puerto Rico decides not to support the military, the CONUS should let their fledgling territory support itself.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I have always supported Puerto Rican independence. Whenever there is a vote for independence it always seems that Puerto Ricans decide that they like the idea of not paying any federal taxes, but receive a lot of money in return. I wonder how much money a soldier in the “Puerto Rican” Army would get paid after Puerto Rican independence.

  3. merc Says:

    Puerto Rico always has something to complain about, hell look at their crime rate about 1/3 of their police force is or has been in the National Guard. They need an army just to combat the crime rate. My opinion is for as much complaining they do make them serve in the U.S. military and then maybe they’ll understand what it means to be an American.

    They get off pretty fucking easy considering they pay “no taxes” and they reap all the benefits of being a protectorate. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate Puerto Ricans I just think they need to know what it mean to be an American what it cost in human lives.

  4. JOSE MEDINA Says:

    Puerto Rico gets it pretty fucking easy…
    First…
    Puerto Rico does not pay Federal Taxes, but at what cost?…Puerto Rican “Americans” under the current status can not vote for President…That means voting power…we got none…
    Second…
    Puerto Rico does not have representation in the senate…ok so Puerto Rico misses Billions of Federal monies for infrastructure, education and most other monies allocatted to every union territory…which leads to high crime – less prospority…
    Puerto Rico does not pay taxes…
    Puerto Rico gets it pretty fucking easy…

    Puerto Ricans serve in the U.S. Military without a vote for president…
    Puerto Rico gets it pretty fucking easy…

  5. Dave M Davis Says:

    Hey, Jose,
    It is up to the people of Puerto Rico to become a state, NOT the U.S. Congress. EVERYTIME there is a vote on statehood in Puerto Rico, they always vote for the “middle ground” of remaining a territory, instead of choosing statehood or independence. That makes me think that Puerto Ricans are very happy where they are at. Puerto Ricans serving in the U.S. Army pay no federal taxes, either, and they don’t have to go to Iraq to get the exemption, either. I wonder if I can become a citizen of Puerto Rico? It looks like a nice place to live for retirement.

  6. miss Says:

    I’m doing an essay for my spanish class on Puerto Rican citizenship. I wanted to find out peoples opinions, but I never thought I would be reading some of these comments. From my point of view, there are many similarities and differences amongst americans and puerto ricans but if you look up the facts, puerto rico does not have it as easy as some people might think. I think the harsh commentators should read before posting comments.

  7. Eddie Says:

    For all those ignorants, that are always saying “Puerto Ricans don’t pay Federal Taxes” LET ME SCHOOL YOU IN THIS AREA.

    1) Puerto Rican don’t pay federal taxes, because Puerto Rico is not part of the U.S.

    2) All Puertoricans that live in Puerto Rico and work for the US Government pay Federal Taxes.

    3) I don’t know why in the hell people say that US gives a ton of money to Puerto Rico when in fact US makes tons of money from
    Puerto Rico. Thats why we will never be independent. We are not a state but we can’t make any bussiness transactions with any other coutry. In other words we do not have “FREE COMERCE”. We don’t pay dederal taxes but we have to use the most expensive
    merchandise carriers in the world (US CARRIERS) and we have to pay whatever they want. Thats why a gallon of milk in Puerto Rico is almost $5.50. We do not have the luxury of bargaining for better prices because we have to buy from the US.
    4) I would like to know from all of you people that say that US provides a lot of help to Puerto Rico. WHAT HELP DOES US PROVIDE TO PUERTO RICO?????

    5) WE DO NOT HAVE “FREE ECONOMY”, EVERYTHING COMES FROM THE U.S. AT THEIR PRICE. SO BELIEVE US IS MAKING A TON OF MONEY FROM PUERTO RICO. SO SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!!

    6)IF YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALING ABOUT DONT SAY A FUCKING WORD. BECAUSE THAT IS IGNORANCE.

  8. Eddie Says:

    I forgot, for all those that wrote some shit about making puertoricans serve in the US Army so they know what is to be an American:
    SHUT THE FUCK UP! AGAIN IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT DON’T SAY ANYTHING. BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF PUERTO RICANS IN THE US ARMED FORCES, WITH A GREAT NUMBER IN THE SPECIAL FORCES. GO TO CNN.COM/CASUALTIES OF WAR, AND COUNT THE # OF PUERTO RICANS.
    BY THE WAY I HAVE SERVED IN:
    PANAMA
    DESERT STORM
    SOMALIA (75TH RANGERS)
    BOSNIA
    SOUTH AMERICA (COLOMBIA)
    OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM
    OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM (TWICE..I AM A
    PUERTO RICAN SOLDIER SERVING IN THE US ARMY. I HAVE LOST 15 SOLDIERS FIHGTING FOR DEMOCRACY. SO SHUT THE FUCK UP……BECAUSE I DON’T THINK THAT YOU HAVE EVER FIRED A WEAPON IN THE DEFENSE OF THIS COUNTRY.

  9. Sebian Says:

    I’M CONFUSED!!!!!!I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHY PUERTO RICO HAS IT EASY? AND WHAT DOES THE UNITED STATES PROVIDE PUERTO RICO? I’M NOT GETTING ANY HELP, EVERYTHING I OWN OR USE I PAID WITH SWEAT!!!!!!! LET ME KNOW IF WE HAVE TO STAND IN A LINE OR WHAT WE HAVE TO DO TO GET THIS HELP.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Dude, so vote to be a state. Dumbass Puerto Ricans are the ones not doing anything about the currect structure. They can change it anytime they want, but they do not.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    And to Eddie: so dude… um… stop buy milk from the U.S. Tell your lazy ass people to grow some cows and create your own system of farming/economy. Or are you afraid all the cows will be stolen by all the criminals?

  12. Anonymous Says:

    buy = buying

  13. Anonymous Says:

    Eddie: you don’t own or use any roads or highways? You didn’t go to school? If the U.S. doesn’t give you any handouts then you must hover above Puerto Rico in a sphere, in the jungle somewhere, never eating or traveling.

    Puerto Ricans have a very good deal from the U.S. government the way it is. They pay no federal tax on income earned in Puerto Rico . There are tax incentives to American companies to locate on the island. The federal government pays all Social Security and welfare to Puerto Ricans, 60 percent of whom qualify for it even though the island has the highest per capita income in Latin America.

    Statehood would undoubtedly result in more financial responsibilities devolving to the island’s population. That in return for two senators and a congressman? Whatever for? Independence might be fun — a president, a U.N. seat, embassies in San Juan. But with that would come financial and other responsibilities that Puerto Ricans don’t have now. Only an estimated 5 percent of Puerto Ricans think independence is the way to go.

    Our government is obliged for political reasons to pay attention to Puerto Rico . There are 4 million Puerto Ricans on the island; but 2.7 million live on the mainland. Roberto Clemente was among them; Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin are famous examples today.
    http://www.puertorico-herald.org/issues/2003/vol7n13/OnceYouGetThere-en.shtml

  14. nano Says:

    I want to have an independent Puerto Rico. That would be a gift that I would REALLY apreciate from the US. If we are still not either a state or an independent country it is because the United States don’t want either option.

    The American citizenship was rejected unanimously by the Puerto Rican legislature in 1917, but the American government at that time imposed the American citizenship anyways because they felt afraid of loosing Puerto Rico to the Germans during World War I. Moreover, the rejection of the American citizenship by the Puerto Rican legislative branch was the result of knowing that the United States government did not consider the possibility of granting full anexation to Puerto Rico as a state of the union. The Puerto Rican people just realized that theUnited States was just replacing the old tyranic Spanish empire with colonial ruling. The United States government directly caused the nationalistic sentiment in the Puerto Rican population early in the 20th century.

    The United States government have also done a LOT to prevent Puerto Rico from becoming an independent country, for both its military interests [13% of the Puerto Rican territory is/or was devoted to military bases and/or exercises (that land percentage is more land destined for military purposes than in any other US jurisdiction in the United States)] and its economic interests (most of the big businesses are American).

    The United States repressed the independence movement since the 1930’s up to nowadays. Even though nowadays the people that support the independence party are about 5 percent of the population (and it is very important to distinguish the people that support the independence party and the people who actually supports independence for Puerto Rico, which are much more than 5 percent) many people would vote for independence if it was not by the fear imposed purposely by the American colonial rule against the independence for Puerto Rico. In the 1950’s around 45% of the Puerto Rican population supported independence for Puerto Rico.

    The United States fought decisively since the 1950’s to convince the United Nations that Puerto Rico was no longer a colony of the United States (even though the relation/domination of the United States over the island of Puerto Rico has remained basically the same way, and even though actual Puerto Rican governors have come one after the other dennouncing USA colonial rule over Puerto Rico). And they (USA government) were successful because the United Nations took of Puerto Rico from the lists of colonies that still have to go through a process of self-determination. It seems like the USA does love the actual colonial relationship!

    The congress of this country can at any time declare unanimously the independence for Puerto Rico. They don’t legally need the consent of the Puerto Rican people in orther to do that. As a result, if you really think that Puerto Rico is taking advantage from the USa or that we have it too easy put preasure in your government to do that! They are going to pay more attention to the will of the American population than to the will or concerns of people living in a colony with no real power to change Amarican policies because we don’t have any power to change the policies of the US, its president, or its laws. Ask them for our independence (which is my favarite option), I will be more than glad if the USA give my country that gift!

  15. biker billy Says:

    who cares what the current state of PR is?
    You know when the europeans came here. If you didnt have money to feed your kids. They died. Unlike yourself who thrives on welfare. And if the US didn’t give it to you’ Thousands of you would have died.

  16. Laura Says:

    Enlight me People.. Do you know how are congressmen elected?

    What would happen if PUERTO RICO finally decide to become a state?

    “The legislative branch of the federal government consists of the Congress, which is divided into two chambers — the Senate and the House of Representatives. Each member of Congress is elected by the people of his or her state. The House of Representatives, with membership based on state populations, has 435 seats, while the Senate, with two members from each state, has 100 seats. Members of the House of Representatives are elected for two-year terms, and Senators are elected for six-year terms.

    There is a formula in this link that explains how many representatives each state are assigned to the US Congress.
    http://www.rules.house.gov/archives/RL31074.pdf

    The number of house representatives per state is based on the population identified by the last census (2000). Right now the cap is @ 435 representatives.

    One of the many issues to allow any US territory to be part of the union is the
    admission to the US CONGRESS AKA..STATE POLITICAL POWER.

    From an island of 4 millions people in area 100 x 35 miles….
    How many Puerto Ricans representatives can be appointed if Puerto Rico become a state?

    Let’s put it this way if 99.9% of Puerto Rican population tomorrow vote to become a state, will Puerto Rico automatically become a state? No a Fat chance..The constitution has to be ammended to balance the house.
    So yes AMIGOS… CONGRESS HAS THE FINAL VOTE TO DECIDE IF PUERTO RICO, VIRGIN ISLANDS, GUAM and any other US Territories can be PART of THE UNION..

    Most People think that all minorities are DEMOCRATS, which is not the case.

    The house will assume that there will be an INFLUX of DEMOCRATS in the house..

    The Republican party will lose its powerful control in congress. Do you think that politicians will welcome Puerto Rico or any other territory with open arms to be members of Congress? I DON’T THINK SO.

    BTW this information is easily found in WIKIPEDIA or you can do a search in GOOGLE.

    If Puerto Rico and any other US territory decides to become independent..will that be
    automatcally given?

    THINK of the IMPLICATION this will have in the world? US is diminishing its powerful presence in the world..

    Remember What Happen when we lost the PANAMA CANAL?

    The indepence of the US territories will be Great news to those
    groups and countries that want to expand their political kingdom and/or religious supremacy.

    Please People think before you continue insulting each other.

  17. Anonymous Says:

    It is disgusting to see the amount of mindless garbage that some of you are writing here.

    Some of you gringos should spend time here, or at least read a book or two before you feel entitled to talk about the situation in Puerto Rico.

    We don’t officially pay FEDERAL income taxes because we’re not a FUCKING STATE! Why should we be taxed the same as YOU while we have a second-class citizenship? And I say we do not “officially” pay Federal income taxes because part of the taxes we file do go to the Federal government.

    And where do you shitheads get off talking about this colonial government as beneficial or even benevolent towards Puerto Rico? We have seen our culture, our language, our national symbols and our way of life assaulted by the United States.

    Puerto Rico has been crudely managed by the needs of North American capitalism from the beginning. They take more money away than they give us. Pharmaceuticals operating in the island alone take a yearly averege of 15 THOUSAND MILLION dollars, TAX-FREE. WE pay about 60% of the Federal Funds that we are “given”! It is not a gift!

    By 1895 we had one of the most dynamic economies of the caribbean. We had our own currency, alot of autonomy and through centuries of blood and struggle we were almost free from Spain.

    Then we are invaded by the US in 1898 and all that hard work was blown to shit. We are immediately sunk into misery. Puerto Rico never saw such poverty before the American invasion. For a good part of the first half of the 20th century, Puerto Ricans would ilegally migrate to the Dominican Republic because they were so fucking poor!

    How dare you be so ignorant as to suggest that we should be thankful to the United States?

    Upon your arrival here, our flag and anthem were immediately outlawed and a military dictatorship was imposed, which lasted for 54 years. Then you changed our flag and anthem.

    40% of our population live on crumbling public housing projects and pay practically nothing while the middle class break their backs to pay for most of it, then you have the blatancy to call it Federal funds or simply a handout.

    Our rainforest El Yunque, or by it’s official name, “Luquillo EXPERIMENTAL FOREST”, has been repeatedly used by the Armed Forces to test chemical such as agent orange and other radioactive weapons. Your Navy bombed our island municipality of Vieques for 60 years, people living there are are about 5 times more likely to get cancer than people living in the main island as a result.

    So you invaded us. You took away our identity. You took away our rights. You impose the dollar. You shove your citizenship down our throats in 1917 so you could send us off to WWI. You crush down anybody who dares question the intentions of the United States here. You rewrite history. Then you declare this a “free assosciated state” in 1952 and call it a democracy! Fuck that!

    I am not willing to be the passive bystander and let this become a federal state where most people live on welfare and vote democrat while you exploit our resources, our land, our workers.

    We deserve better. We deserve complete and total independence from you fucks, by any means necessary. If that means armed confrontation, so be it.

    Where ever you opress and terrorize, you will find resistance. The countries you unleash wars on like Iraq are an example. And rest assured, we are no exception.

    With brutal violence and force you invaded, colonized and enslaved this country; and with the same brutal force and violence you are going to get kicked out.

    Fuck the USA.

  18. Anonymous Says:

    Honestly, fuck you, and fuck Puerto Rico. I, and hopefully a majority of Americans don’t give a fuck about you. I’m so sick of you fuckers crying.

    Let’s take a look at the history of the world. You’re a bitch ass little country down off our southern coast. Why make you all citizens in 1917? Hmm… Well, if Hitler had gone in after that, we can claim an invasion on our soil, plus it allowed us to use it as a military base. We have a country at war, do you think anyone gave a shit that some tiny ass little country didn’t want us there? Too bad!

    Want to know what else, whether or not you like it, you became a part of the U.S. Maybe not a state, but still part of it. What happens when you become part of a country, hmm… Oh yeah, you take their language and their flag! That’s the way the fucking world has worked for thousands of years! You don’t like being a colony? Fine, start a revolution, do something. What was that other country that was pissed and started a revolution, was it, oh yeah, America!

    You want to know why you should be greatful? Because if we didn’t take you over, some other country would have during WWI or WWII, most likely to try and attack America, and then you would see what a serious bombing of your country would look like.

    As for now, you want independence, fuck, take it. I’m tired of you whining little bitches, I’m tired off all you fuckers migrated to the U.S., and I’m tired of everything in AMERICA, where the official language is ENGLISH, being offered in both English and Spanish.

    Just fuck of Puerto Rico.

  19. Jose Says:

    Fuck USA.

    They’re all obese, ugly, depressed and lazy, with easy girls who get pregnate easily.

  20. Anonymous Says:

    eddie remember it says hispanic not puerto rican or are you forgetting you are not the only people with a spanish speaking background in the u.s.

  21. Anonymous Says:

    Puerto Ricans need milk to survive you asshole, stop buying milk? Fuck you you fat American, we should milk Americans, cause they look like fucking cows.

  22. TECO Says:

    HOW ARE YOU GOING TO CALL AMERICANS FUCING COWS WHEN THEY SUPORT YOUR COUNTRY BY SENDING YOUR COUNTRY MONEY EVERY YEAR

  23. Last Laugh-Ultima Risa Says:

    Hey check it out,
    I’m actually laughing at the ignorant statements made by both (I) or whatever and Laura. Let me tell you what the majority of My people think, I and Laura. I come from a second generation of puertorican familia living in the US, “Not by Choice” Although I was born in Puerto Rico (living in the US since 10 years old). Worked my behind off to better my financial status. Embraced my heavily influential puertorican culture. I speak both languages fluently. The reason why I say that I laugh at the slanders of some of you and the ignorance of political status from others, is that both of your points are useless. I have an outstanding statistic for all of you. Want it or not, the innevitable will happen. Hispanics now are the largest minorities in the US, LOL. Why laugh? Easy it all comes down to this… Market-Investement-Target Customers-and International Relations. So… My Point? ok here we go… A National statistic was launched amongst puertoricans living here in the US and in the island asking what political status would they like to Puerto Rico to be in? They’re response 84.9% chosed for the Island to become a State. WOW! Surprised..hmmm maybe. Being a professional in Statistics and veru familiar with my “arroz con habichuelas” in the Island Puerto Rico is becoming a Target for the United States, (now more than ever) because many US companies are aiming to make more money targeting hispanics… WHAT!!!… Did I just say that? Oh boy!!! Yes, like it or not US is being influenced by the spanish language. Puerto Rico is now in its primal stages of being part of a commodity that the US will start administring to partake a chance to not only enrich it-self but at the same time give more opportunities for hispanic minorities to enter a competetive market. And Puerto Rico is right in the middle of it so (I) YES!!! You need us. Can’t live without us. Perfect example I worked for one of the US’ biggest telecommunications companies, SPRINT. And do you know what Sprint is doing? I know because I was part of this. Sprint is hiring BILINGUAL Customer Service Representatives because their statistics have shown that the hispanic customer will buy/invest in their company now more than ever. So who do you think they are hiring? Well my friend let me tell you that Sprint stopped hiring english only reps and who are the majority of their hires? PUERTO RICANS!!! Thats right! So I believe we have a pretty good chance of becoming a state now! more than ever and if we do don’t get surprised if the United States of America implements two Official languages due to the High financial backup provided by hispanics and the probable cause of spanish speaking influence by Puerto Rico. Remember culture cannot be broken, is part of human relations and it is what makes America what it is. So my friends, Stop being ignorant, babies, arguing over presently meaningless points. Puerto Rico is destined to become a State with High Financial Influence. It has taken a while to get there, thanks to both the US/and some of my puertorican people, but its coming… Oh by the way! The US government is getting ready for a major move politically and culturally that will better somewhat and strengthen the $ even more. So Puerto Rico plays a very important role in the next few years as a standard for Anglo speaking Americans whom are also partaking action to learn a second language, Spanish! I got the last laugh. Enough said ¡¡¡Puerto Rico, Estado 51/51st State!!!…

  24. Anonymous Says:

    Fuck that nasty island, and it’s smaller ones too
    lazy fucks who want all of our tax dollars
    SPEAK ENGLISH IN THE USA!!!!

  25. usa!!!! Says:

    THIS COMMENT IS FOR LAURA!!!!! LISTEN UP YOU SAID IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A STATEMENT ABOUT PUERTO RICO YOU SHOULD FIRST LIVE HERE SO U KNOW THE TRUTH! WELL LAURA I’M FROM THE U.S AND I’M CURRENTLY LIVVING IN THE SHIT HOLE YOU THINK IS SO GRAND, PUERTO RICO. I’VE BEEN LIVING HERE A FEW MONTHS NOW AND COME TO NOTICE YOU ALL ARE NOTHING BUT LAZY SLOBS TRYING TO BE LIKE US U.S AMERICANS. YOU CARE MORE ABOUT FANCY CARS AND APPEARANCES THAN HAVING A CLEAN HOME. YOU’RE VERY RUDE PEOPLE AND ARE 20 YEARS BEHIND ALL OTHERS IN TECHNOLOGY MAYBE BECAUSE U PEOPLE ARE TOO LAZY AND SLOW TO GO TO WORK! DID YOU GUYS JUST NOW STARTED GETTING CARS, LACKING IN DRIVING SKILLS REALLY!! LEARN TO DRIVE, ALSO YOU ARE A COMMENWEALTH OF THE U.S SO GET THAT FUCKING PUERTO RICAN FLAG OUTTA MY FACE. TO THE ONES THAT SAY U.S IS FULL OF FAT UGLY PEOPLE WHO ARE LAZY! WHERE U BEEN , ALL THE LAZY FAT PEOPLE U SEE IN THE U.S.A ARE PUERTO RICANS. HERE THEY’RE ALL FAT OR AT LEAST EVENTUALLY GET FAT STARTING AT EARLY ADULTHOOD. YOU DON’T WANT TO BE CONCIDERED APART OF THE U.S BUT ENJOY TAKING FINANCIAL HELP OR MOVING TO THE U.S TO TAKE ALL OF THE WELFARE AND WIC AND HOUSING ASSISTANTS FROM PEOPLE WHO WERE ACTUALLY BORN THERE. YOU ALL LACK COMMON SENSE AND ARE STUPID. FUCK PUERTO RICO. I’M FINALLY MOVING OUT OF THIS RUNDOWN STATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. c@ngr! Says:

    h@H@ DIZ MESSAGE GOES 4 EVERYM0TH3A FUCKER IN DIZ FUCKIN P@G3! Y@ FUCKERZ TALKIN ALL DAT BULLSHIT 60UT PUERTO RICO W3N YA DONT KNOW SHIT 6OUT IT! ALL DAT SHIT YA TALKIN G0 2 DA GANGSTA PLAC3Z IN PUERTO RICO LA PELA…SINCE YA BITCHZ TALKIN ALL DAT SMACK P0PPIN LIP 60UT PU3RT0 RIC0 G0 AGAINEST DA ISLAND G0 AH3AD ND ITZ P30PL3Z..Y3A DATZ WAT I FUCKIN THOUGHT YA FUCKERZ JUST P0PP ALL DA FUCKIN LIP THROUGH DA INTERNET! PUERTO RICO IS 10X DA B3TTA D3N FUCKIN UNITED STATEZ! FUCK US!!! YA M0TH3A FUCKERZ WH0 LIK3Z TALKIN SHIT C0M3 2 PU3RT0 R!C0 ND G3T YA GAY AZZ FUCKIN KILL3D! Y3A PUERT0 RIC0 MIGHT B SMALL B Y3A IT WILL KILL YA M0THEA FUCKEAZ!!! WAT EVEA BITCH GONNA TALK 6@D 60UT MA COUNTRY RIT3 2 M3 ON MA EMAIL IZ PIMPKD23@AIM.COM CAR3FUL IF I C U IN PERS0N YA GETTIN SH0T!!! PUERTO RIC0#1!!!!!!

  27. Ed Says:

    O.K. after reading most of this drizzle I find it neccesary too put in my 2cents.
    Anyone with a measurable I.Q should consider researching the facts before demonstrating their stupidity here.
    Right now the people of Puerto Rico (or I should say the “government” of P.R. recieves 5.6 billion dollars annually from the U.S. govt…….Any time you have a senator who makes more money than the President of the United States, there is something drastically wrong….such is the case here in P.R.
    Yes, I am in P.R. have spent 10 years of my life here.
    My daughter is in public school here and has to carry her own toilet papet too school since the school never has any….Problem is, when the delivery trucks show up at the school to deliver supplies, you will see teachers carrying garbage bags full of supplies out too their cars, I have PERSONALLY witnessed this.
    In sixth grade my daughter is being taught what on the mainland would be taught too students of the third grade…But enough about the schools for now.
    The first thing a visitor too the island will notice is that almost EVERY home and business has bars on all of their doors and windows….to protect them from who???? From their friends, family and neighbors, thats who.
    The majority of the population adamatly refuses too learn the english language even though they were born as American citizens…Insisting that Spanish is the native language…Well let me set you straight, the language of the Taino indians is the native language, the Spanish language was forced down the throats of the true Puerto Rican people at the point of a gun,(or more precisely the point of a sword), by the Spanish conquerers.
    Here you have coffee crops which will rot in the fields because Puerto Ricans seem too think it is beneath their dignity to do such “menial” labor.
    I enjoyed the earlier comment about producing your own cows and milk here….but once again farming is too menial.
    For more than 50 years the U.S. government has been saying that It will give P.R. either statehood or independance, all they have too do is ASK!
    The U.S. is not holding P.R hostage for Gods sake!
    Oh yeah, since I seem to be rembling on, let me say this, Puerto Rico is the ONLY place I have been where making an “appointment” means that you have to get there by 6 or 7 in the morning and put your name on a list in order too be seen…maybe in 3,4 or 5 hours.
    Oh and one more thing, I am ex military and find no warmth in seeing our soldiers go into harms way but when I joined the service I did it knowing full well that should the need arise I could be called into action,(which I subsequently was by the way).

  28. ed Says:

    Oh and by the way that ignorant puke whose statementsare 2 up from this one,His email addy is pimpkd23@aim.com
    If he had any REAL balls he’d post his REAL name, I for one would ENJOY teaching him the english language!

  29. luis rivera Says:

    Hey Counterrecruiter-

    You are a racist and you are prejudiced against Puerto Ricans. You slur our fucxxking damn good name and forget we fuxxxing served in every conflict since world war one and paid for what you call benefits with our fuxxxing blood so that you and our other “fellow americans” can turn around and call us spickks.

    The other fact you leave out is the tremendous exploitation that US corporations have been prepetrating against Puerto Rico by getting tax breaks by the US government. You also ignore the fact that corporate payments made to the US treasury by Puerto Rico based companies who tend to pay little more or the minimum wage and that these amount to a sum greater than what is sent to Puerto Rico by the US congress.

    You also mention nothing of how the US spends billions on countless other white dominated countries such as Israel, Ireland and others. But that is ok, because those people are the RIGHT color.

    Dont piss against the wind and expect not to get you pants wet.

  30. Robert Says:

    sadgewrg

  31. Your worst nightmare Says:

    What happened here folks is that the last posters mom, wife, aunt, cousin, sister and faggot brothers were blowing a Puerto Rican who dumped them for the whores and faggots that they are and he is mad because he missed his own opportunity. Lick shit it will make you feel better my brother american.

  32. Anonymous Says:

    there are way too many racial assumptions and nonsense on this page. i lived in puerto rico for half my life and its not really the easiest place to live in considering all the poverty and most americans dont know what thats even like. so i suggest you both learn more before talking shit.

  33. Anonymous Says:

    You could not have lived there because you would appreciate the anger expressed by Mr. Fuentes to that racist who was expressing all that vile. So check your own self before trouncing on people defending their dignity. Dont be so f-ing self righteous.

  34. WhiteboyfromTennessee Says:

    Hey Doug- just because your mama is a used ho and only dates Puerto Ricans, and your dads a homo, there’s no need for hatin.

    Dont worry dude, when you divorce your wife she’ll still be your sister.

    Keep eating excrement if shows your brilliance.

    Take care.

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