Doctors say famed Puerto Rican boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho is clinically “brain dead” after being shot in the face.
Dr. Ernesto Torres said at a news conference Thursday that doctors are still performing tests on Camacho before meeting with his family. Torres had said late Wednesday that Camacho was showing irregular and intermittent brain activity.
The 50-year-old Camacho was shot as he and a friend sat in a Ford Mustang parked outside a bar Tuesday night. Police spokesman Alex Diaz has said officers found nine small bags of cocaine in the friend’s pocket, and a 10th bag open inside the car.
Camacho was considered a volatile but popular and skilled boxer who battled drugs, alcohol and other problems. He had a career record of 79-6-3.
Back in January, when Newt Gingrich was still a GOP hopeful, he presented the idea of making the moon into the 51st member of the United States. Fast-forward a few months: Gingrich did not win the nomination, the moon remains uncolonized, but the notion of another state was in fact a very real part of the 2012 election. In Puerto Rico, a clear majority of citizens voted for the island’s statehood.
This doesn’t mean that Puerto Rico will be promptly admitted to the union. A number of factors and decisions still stand between the vote and the final outcome. However, it does beg the question: What would a 51-star flag look like? And, for that matter, what was the design process at other moments in history when the US scaled up its territory?
The crime wave devastating Puerto Rico left 19 dead over the weekend, police said Monday.
The murders occurred immediately after the Friday visit to San Juan of U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Napolitano came to Puerto Rico after the island’s government demanded that Washington impose tougher measures to control the increase in drug trafficking, which authorities here blame for the sharp rise in murders over the past few years.
The secretary acknowledged in San Juan that Puerto Rico is suffering an unacceptable level of violence and said that measures will be taken to control the problem, though she added that no details will be announced so as not to alert the international drug rings operating in the area.
She said that the two interrelated problems plaguing Puerto Rico are drug-trafficking plus money laundering, and the violence inflicted by local criminal outfits.
A Puerto Rican man faces up to 10 years in federal prison after a jury found him guilty of selling thousands of counterfeit erectile dysfunction drugs.
Luis Garcia Torres, 41, of Patillas, Puerto Rico, was convicted on Friday of 12 counts of trafficking in counterfeit products, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Prosecutors presented evidence during the 4-day trial that Garcia used the Internet to buy Viagra and Cialis pills for 45 cents each, and sold them for $2.
During this time the retail price for Viagra and Cialis was $15 to $20 a pop.
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won Puerto Rico’s winner-take-all Republican primary on Sunday, the AP projected, taking the state’s 20 GOP convention delegates.
The AP called the race with only 11 percent reporting, with Romney taking an overwhelming 82 percent of the vote.
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Friday. (Ricardo Arduengo - AP)
Despite spending time campaigning on the island on Wednesday and Thursday, former senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania fell far behind Romney in returns.
Romney probably got a boost from his unqualified support for Puerto Rican statehood, the top issue in the race. Santorum, on the other hand, faced a backlash after suggesting that statehood be contingent on Puerto Rico making English its main language. (Former House speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul largely ignored the territory and took a very small share of the vote.).
Romney also had the support of most of the state establishment, including Gov. Luis Fortuno (R).
In 2008 the state GOP held a caucus; only 208 people participated.
Republican presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are campaigning in next-up primary states of Illinois and Louisiana, while Puerto Ricans get their say in picking the GOP’s presidential nominee.
Puerto Rico’s residents cannot vote in general elections, but are set to award 20 delegates in their Sunday Republican primary.
Meanwhile, Romney was hoping to cement his lead in Illinois ahead of Tuesday’s primary, with chief rival Santorum in Louisiana ahead of that state’s vote on March 24.
The former Massachusetts governor and former Pennsylvania senator both campaigned in Puerto Rico ahead of the voting.
But Romney dramatically curtailed his trip to the U.S. territory Saturday in favor of spending more time in Illinois, where polls have shown him slightly ahead of Santorum.
Rick Santorum’s contention that in order for Puerto Rico to become a state English must be its principal language drew criticism Thursday from the U.S. territory’s sole representative in Congress.
“Santorum’s view is narrow and a limiting view of what America is all about,” said Pedro Pierluisi, a Democrat, on CNN’s “Starting Point.” “English is the predominant language in the U.S. and will continue to be so, whether Puerto Rico becomes a state or not.”
Puerto Rico will vote in November on a referendum regarding possible statehood.
While campaigning Wednesday ahead of the island’s primary on Sunday, Santorum told a newspaper that for Puerto Rico to become “a state of the United States, English must be the principal language.”
There is currently no law declaring an official language of the United States, though several attempts have been made to give English that designation. Thirty-one states have passed laws mandating English as their official language. The Constitution also makes no mention of a language test for territories or properties that wish to become states.
Rick Santorum is clearly in the Tanton/Nativist camp that has created all of the poorly crafted and xenophobic ‘anti-immigrant’ laws lately.
SPLC on Tanton
Today on WallBuildersLive, right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton proved once again why no one should trust what he says about American history, as he denied that the United States has “never been a colonialist nation” and “never gone out to conquer others and make ourselves bigger.” Surely, this must come as a surprise to the Native Americans and Mexicans, along with the people of the Philippines, Guam, Puerto Rico and Hawaii. While he is correct to note that George Washington spoke out against an interventionist foreign policy, Barton appears to gloss over America’s wars of aggression and acquisition
Quick mental image: if major fraudster James O’Keefe had an aide appointment to any Governor office, what would his tasks be? Perhaps something like these two brain dead aides in Puerto Rico [translation]. These two aides, María Sánchez Bras and María Fullana Hernández, have been on a mission to check on public employee’s quality of service while undercover.
As a general principle, I wouldn’t object to that. However, it’s not the what, but the how: these two aides go to an unsuspecting office to apply for a governmental program similar to food stamps, sloppily dressed, and a badly done hair bun, wait several minutes, and then start screaming, demanding to be attended immediately in a hostile way. When the employees try to calm them, and ask them to take a turn, they ratchet up the scandal and the problems. They continue to escalate the situation until they want to talk to the supervisor. When the supervisor appears, they reveal (ta da!) that they are Aides from the Governor Luis Fortuño investigating the treatment public employees gives the public, still acting hostilely. When asked why sloppy dressed and acted out, they answered that they wanted to look and act like the people that go to get services. [PDF illustrating what happened]
 Translations aren’t perfect, but you should get the main idea.
 If not food stamps per se.
Gutierrez denounces the current Civil Rights violations in Puerto Rico. They include:
* Restricting access to the Senate floor to citizens.
* Student protests have been restricted to only certain areas outside the campus.
* Student protests have been attacked by the police.
* The current government is trying to dismantle the Puerto Rican Bar Association.
These are been committed by the ruling party, the New Progressive Party (PNP by its Spanish acronym). What makes these crass violations ironic is that this is the party whose stated goal is to make Puerto Rico a state of the USA.
Would anyone be surprised that the PNP leadership is currently aligned with the Republican Party in the US?
Seems like I can’t get the video to work. Here’s the link to the Youtube Video.
Edit 2: Ok, finally got it right.