Neither Rain Nor Snow nor Honoring Bombmakers will keep Mayor De Blasio from the PR Day Parade

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Neither Rain Nor Snow nor Honoring Bombmakers will keep Mayor De Blasio from the PR Day Parade

Both Fausta and I have writ­ten about the upcom­ing Puerto Rico Day Parade in which the orga­niz­ers, not con­tent to have the island in the news for fis­cal bank­ruptcy decided to add moral bank­ruptcy to the list by hon­or­ing an unre­pen­tant ter­ror­ist bomb­maker involved in the killing and maim­ing of Amer­i­cans.

Fausta noted the long list of those who had pulled out over the hon­or­ing of the Ter­ror­ist whose sen­tence was com­muted by Obama and I added that the Man­ches­ter Bomb­ing had aug­mented the list by turn­ing on the heat for com­pa­nies who, in my opin­ion were not so much both­ered by the ter­ror­ist as but con­sid­ered their asso­ci­a­tion with one right after a bunch of kids get­ting blown up for watch­ing a con­cert bad for their bot­tom line.

You can add Andrew Cuomo, the son of Mario the Pious, to that list as well:

The governor’s sup­port and long-​term affec­tion for the Puerto Rican com­mu­nity remains unwa­ver­ing. Unfor­tu­nately, he will not be march­ing in this year’s parade,” Cuomo’s spokes­woman, Dani Lever, said with­out elaborating.

and WNBC and Tele­mu­ndo too

Both WNBC and WNJU hold a long-​standing com­mit­ment to the Tri-State’s Puerto Rican com­mu­nity, a fact exem­pli­fied through our con­tin­ued sup­port for the National Puerto Rican Day Parade’s schol­ar­ship pro­gram. Our sta­tions have decided to limit this year’s sup­port to the Parade’s schol­ar­ship pro­gram, and have respect­fully informed the com­mit­tee that we will not be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 2017 Parade,” they said in a statement.

as did Uni­vi­sion who, like Cuomo, WNBC and Tele­mu­ndo didn’t bother to give the rea­son why they or the oth­ers had left in their report News­busters tells the tale:

Univision’s news­casts hadn’t said a peep about the exo­dus of parade spon­sors since Goya Foods first jumped ship last week and now, all of a sud­den, mul­ti­ple spon­sors are sud­denly out. View­ers are left to assume that these major spon­sors just ran­domly aban­doned the Parade, with­out any con­text what­so­ever as to why…But López Rivera’s name is men­tioned nowhere in the report. Embar­rass­ingly, Uni­vi­sion pre­ferred to leave that knowl­edge gap unfilled, rather than to admit it had made a mis­take by giv­ing so much air­time to the pub­lic reha­bil­i­ta­tion of a con­victed terrorist.

Of course in fair­ness to Uni­vi­sion and Tele­mu­ndo Reuters also decided to white­wash that lit­tle old bomb­maker:

Spon­sors have been flee­ing next month’s National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City since orga­niz­ers decided to honor an activist recently freed after more than three decades in prison for ties to a nation­al­ist group that car­ried out more than 100 bomb­ings in the 1970s and 1980s.

Oscar Lopez Rivera, 74, was con­victed in 1981 of numer­ous charges, along with other mem­bers of the Armed Forces of National Lib­er­a­tion (FALN), who sought to secure Puerto Rican inde­pen­dence from the United States.

The Ter­ror­ist becomes a “nation­al­ist” and rather than men­tion the bomb­mak­ing he is con­victed of “numer­ous charges”

But in the end no mat­ter how many oth­ers decide, for what­ever rea­son, they don’t want the blood on Lopez’s hands stain­ing them one man still stands alone in sup­port.

Bill De Blasio

“The orga­ni­za­tion he was affil­i­ated with did things I don’t agree with, obvi­ously, and they were ille­gal,” the mayor said at a press con­fer­ence this week. “I don’t agree with the way he did it. But he did serve his time,” adding that López Rivera “renounced violence.”

He did? Here is what López Rivera, quoted in yesterday’s New York Times, said upon his release from a halfway house in Puerto Rico on Wednes­day: “We are a col­o­nized peo­ple, and accord­ing to inter­na­tional law, that says all col­o­nized peo­ple have a right to strug­gle for its inde­pen­dence, using all meth­ods within reach, includ­ing force.”

And out­rage by the sur­viv­ing vic­tims of Lopez’s actions notwith­stand­ing this hasn’t hurt him and might in fact have helped him.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s approval rat­ing has just bal­looned to 60 per­cent, up 10 per­cent since Feb­ru­ary. The lat­est Quin­nip­iac poll also tells us he’s likely to hand­ily trounce his oppo­nents for re-​election.

Which only goes to show that all pol­i­tics is local.

Coke, The Yan­kees, Jet Blue, Goya, Uni­vi­sion and Tele­mu­ndo are all national and inter­na­tional com­pa­nies that whose busi­ness mod­els extend far beyond the con­fines of New York City and can’t be openly asso­ci­at­ing them­selves with a ter­ror­ist bomber no mat­ter how pop­u­lar he might be in a loud niche mar­ket in a par­tic­u­lar city

But in the end Bill De Blasio’s ambi­tions for elected office, are con­fined to the five bor­oughs of NYC, so even if a mil­lion cit­i­zens, includ­ing those who keep the city safe, object strongly, they are dwarfed by the mul­ti­ple mil­lions of lib­eral left­ists who either don’t know, don’t care or approve of Lopez’s terrorism.

No amount of pub­lic sham­ing will move a man with no shame.

Exit Ques­tion: Since Andrew Cuomo’s is elec­torally depen­dent on huge mar­gins in the city can we assume that his deci­sion to pull out means he still has national ambitions?


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Both Fausta and I have written about the upcoming Puerto Rico Day Parade in which the organizers, not content to have the island in the news for fiscal bankruptcy decided to add moral bankruptcy to the list by honoring an unrepentant terrorist bombmaker involved in the killing and maiming of Americans.

Fausta noted the long list of those who had pulled out over the honoring of the Terrorist whose sentence was commuted by Obama and I added that the Manchester Bombing had augmented the list by turning on the heat for companies who, in my opinion were not so much bothered by the terrorist as but considered their association with one right after a bunch of kids getting blown up for watching a concert bad for their bottom line.

You can add Andrew Cuomo, the son of Mario the Pious, to that list as well:

“The governor’s support and long-term affection for the Puerto Rican community remains unwavering. Unfortunately, he will not be marching in this year’s parade,” Cuomo’s spokeswoman, Dani Lever, said without elaborating.

and WNBC and Telemundo too

Both WNBC and WNJU hold a long-standing commitment to the Tri-State’s Puerto Rican community, a fact exemplified through our continued support for the National Puerto Rican Day Parade’s scholarship program. Our stations have decided to limit this year’s support to the Parade’s scholarship program, and have respectfully informed the committee that we will not be participating in the 2017 Parade,” they said in a statement.

as did Univision who, like Cuomo, WNBC and Telemundo didn’t bother to give the reason why they or the others had left in their report Newsbusters tells the tale:

Univision’s newscasts hadn’t said a peep about the exodus of parade sponsors since Goya Foods first jumped ship last week and now, all of a sudden, multiple sponsors are suddenly out. Viewers are left to assume that these major sponsors just randomly abandoned the Parade, without any context whatsoever as to why…But López Rivera’s name is mentioned nowhere in the report. Embarrassingly, Univision preferred to leave that knowledge gap unfilled, rather than to admit it had made a mistake by giving so much airtime to the public rehabilitation of a convicted terrorist.

Of course in fairness to Univision and Telemundo Reuters also decided to whitewash that little old bombmaker:

Sponsors have been fleeing next month’s National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City since organizers decided to honor an activist recently freed after more than three decades in prison for ties to a nationalist group that carried out more than 100 bombings in the 1970s and 1980s.

Oscar Lopez Rivera, 74, was convicted in 1981 of numerous charges, along with other members of the Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN), who sought to secure Puerto Rican independence from the United States.

The Terrorist becomes a “nationalist” and rather than mention the bombmaking he is convicted of “numerous charges”

But in the end no matter how many others decide, for whatever reason, they don’t want the blood on Lopez’s hands staining them one man still stands alone in support.

Bill De Blasio

“The organization he was affiliated with did things I don’t agree with, obviously, and they were illegal,” the mayor said at a press conference this week. “I don’t agree with the way he did it. But he did serve his time,” adding that López Rivera “renounced violence.”

He did? Here is what López Rivera, quoted in yesterday’s New York Times, said upon his release from a halfway house in Puerto Rico on Wednesday: “We are a colonized people, and according to international law, that says all colonized people have a right to struggle for its independence, using all methods within reach, including force.”

And outrage by the surviving victims of Lopez’s actions notwithstanding this hasn’t hurt him and might in fact have helped him.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s approval rating has just ballooned to 60 percent, up 10 percent since February. The latest Quinnipiac poll also tells us he’s likely to handily trounce his opponents for re-election.

Which only goes to show that all politics is local.

Coke, The Yankees, Jet Blue, Goya, Univision and Telemundo are all national and international companies that whose business models extend far beyond the confines of New York City and can’t be openly associating themselves with a terrorist bomber no matter how popular he might be in a loud niche market in a particular city

But in the end Bill De Blasio’s ambitions for elected office, are confined to the five boroughs of NYC, so even if a million citizens, including those who keep the city safe, object strongly, they are dwarfed by the multiple millions of liberal leftists who either don’t know, don’t care or approve of Lopez’s terrorism.

No amount of public shaming will move a man with no shame.

Exit Question: Since Andrew Cuomo’s is electorally dependent on huge margins in the city can we assume that his decision to pull out means he still has national ambitions?


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