New York’s Puerto Rican Day parade continues to lose sponsors after NY City Council Speaker Melissa Viverito named unrepentant terrorist Oscar López Rivera a “National Freedom Hero” who will be honored at the June 11th parade.

First Goya Foods, the parade’s largest sponsor throughout its 60-year history, pulled its $200,000.

The NYPD Hispanic Society and the Rafael Ramos Foundation have pulled out. Also dropping out,

the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, and the other police unions representing the NYPD senior ranks.

NYPD commissioner James O’Neill, while acknowledging he would likely be at the parade overseeing thousands of cops stationed there, refused to march in honor of a terrorist.

Jet Blue, AT&T, and the New York Yankees won’t be there, either,

The Yankees’ boycott particularly stings. Bronx Bombers who have graced the parade include Puerto Rican native Bernie Williams.

“The New York Yankees are not participating in this year’s Puerto Rican Day parade,” the team said in a statement.

Instead, both Jet Blue and the Yankees will continue their scholarship programs helping “Puerto Rican students in both New York and Puerto Rico” by totally bypassing the parade organizers.

Gov. Cuomo is still waffling on whether he’ll attend the parade.

Univision continues to sponsor terrorism, never mind that

it wasn’t the belief in independence that got López Rivera locked up; it was the six pounds of dynamite and four blasting caps found in López Rivera’s apartment.

The network is set to air an exclusive interview on Sunday’s edition of Al Punto where U.S. Representative Luis Gutiérrez compares López Rivera to George Washington.

Viverito has dug in her heels and last Monday held a “rally to defend the parade,” conflating the parade with the terrorist. Seth Baron reports (emphasis added),

When a reporter asked her why López Rivera had dynamite, blasting caps, and bomb-making diagrams in his apartment when he was arrested, Mark-Viverito said, “in regard to the specifics of that situation you are talking about, I don’t know everything that was presented in the court proceedings.”

Just for clarity’s sake: the FALN claimed responsibility for more than 100 bombings, including the one at Fraunces Tavern that killed four people and injured 50. At his trial, Lopez Rivera refused to participate in his defense on the grounds that he was a combatant in an anti-colonial war against the United States and thus a prisoner of war; he demanded to be tried by an international tribunal. He was tried in open court and convicted of “seditious conspiracy, use of force to commit robbery, interstate transportation of firearms and ammunition to aid in the commission of a felony, and interstate transportation of stolen vehicles.” López Rivera refuses to take responsibility for the consequences of his acts, nor has he renounced violence, conceding only that other means are “more effective.” When asked about the surviving family of his victims, he told an interviewer in 2011, “If you don’t respect me, why should I reciprocate? I wasn’t there to tell them, ‘Hey, listen, I’m sorry.’ That’s not me.”

I do not exaggerate when I say that López Rivera set his apartment as a bomb-making facility.

Lopez-Rivera had been in federal prison since 1981, serving a 55-year sentence which was extended an additional 15 years following two failed attempts to escape, where

he conspired with others inside and outside his prison to kill his way to freedom, attempting to procure grenades, rifles, plastic explosives, bulletproof vests, blasting caps, and armor-piercing bullets.

Three days before leaving office, then-President Barack Obama commuted López Rivera’s 70-year sentence. López Rivera was released on May 17th.

No word on whether Obama will attend the parade.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes in U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog.

The first female candidate for President of the United States celebrated her 69th birthday by dancing salsa with a dwarf and getting a bottle of tequila,

On Tuesday, the Democratic presidential candidate paid a visit to El Gordo y La Flaca, the popular variety chat show on Spanish-language channel Univisión – and it was one of the most unrestrained appearances of her campaign. Clinton was personable, relaxed and, thanks to the nature of the show, fully committed to having some fun. During the show, Clinton danced to Marc Anthony, practiced her Spanish and was even serenaded by Bronx-born singer Prince Royce and a mariachi band for her 69th birthday, on Wednesday

You can (if you must) watch her practice Spanish,

Since that is not enough,

After her interview with the hosts, Clinton revealed that Puerto Rican power duo Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony were joining forces, again, for a free concert in support of Clinton in Miami.

Puerto Rican Marc Anthony had already endorsed Clinton in a prior concert and he was booed, but never mind that; ‘Abuela’ Clinton panders for Latino votes on the tabloid TV show of Cubans Raúl De Molina, aka El Gordo, and Lili Estefan, aka La Flaca, as Dominican Prince Royce sang happy birthday, while she declares Mexican food her favorite.

Holy enchilada! Four countries pandered to in one show!

The South Americans must be pale with envy. Jaime Bayly, who has spent months praising Hillary in his MegaTV show, must be having the vapors.

Mercifully, no cigars were lit.

Where Hillary shows up, the Clinton Foundation must not be far: Indeed, La Flaca is a cousin of Emilio Estefan, who hosted with his wife Gloria a Clinton Foundation fundraiser in 2014,

A spokeswoman for the Estefans said the Clinton Foundation brings together businesses, governments, NGOs and individuals to improve wellness and global health, increase opportunity for women and girls, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change.

Yes, money can buy you Clinton’s love: Univision‘s Executive Chairman and Clinton Foundation megadonor Haim Saban had emailed on April 12, 2015

both Clinton campaign chair John Podesta and Univision’s then-President of News and Fusion CEO Isaac Lee- a follow-up from prior phone conversations- and directs them to contact each other. Lee (set to deliver his infamous “Nazis” talk at UT-Austin the very next day) agrees to meet with Podesta “ASAP”, and the two ultimately agree on a breakfast meeting.

The purpose of this breakfast meeting is revealed in a later email from Fusion Senior VP and Chief Strategy Officer (now President) Boris Gartner, who joined Lee and Podesta for breakfast at the Four Seasons

As Newsbusters puts it, Univision is a liberal special interest group with a news division.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

California born-and-raised Maria Elena Salinas, an anchor for Spanish language network Univision, was invited to give a commencement speech at California State University, Fullerton. She spoke to the College of Communications after the ceremony, which did not go well: Univision’s María Elena Salinas Gets Booed at Cal State Fullerton Grad Speech

Salinas’ speech was well-received until it became a little too Latino-centric for some and blatantly anti-Trump. The Univision broadcaster began specifically congratulating Latino journalism graduates for what seemed like a large chunk of her speech. She then began speaking in Spanish and asked the crowd to repeat a few inspirational words after her, in Spanish. This left non-journalism grads and non-Latinos/non-Spanish speakers feeling excluded. Parents in the audience and even students in the ceremony began demanding Salinas switch to a more inclusive tone by shouting phrases such as, “What about us?!”

I am not surprised that Salinas would do that. After all, Univision, the raunchy soap opera and game show outlet, uses its daily news programs for full open-borders advocacy, starting with its leading “newsman”, Jorge Ramos, the guy who made $75million (US dollars, not pesos) in combined earnings in 2014 alone, whose daughter works for Hillary’s campaign, and is as white as the next Swede.

Of course, Salinas

began offering advice to journalism students to use the tools of media to rebut political figures such as Donald Trump

She was booed, and blamed racism for those who rejected her comments – not missing of course, the That’s not the “America” we want cliché:

I am not getting paid millions of US dollars by Univision to be an open-borders advocate, therefore I am free to tell you the truth: There’s no such thing as a “Hispanic” race.

Repeat: There’s no such thing as a “Hispanic” race.

I have been saying it for years, and will say it again:

There are two dozen Spanish-speaking countries in the Americas. Each one of those countries is as unique as countries can be. Their histories are different, their customs, foods, music, traditions, and even their slang, are different. Every “Hispanic” country has peoples of every ethnic origin, race, religion, economic status, family size, educational background, physical size and build, level of work skills, and intellectual and mental ability. You will find this to be the case even more dramatically in all cities with large ports, and in resort areas. A lot of people from other countries who come for trade and pleasure return to settle permanently in those areas.

You want diversity? Let’s look at real diversity:

There are Peruvians of Japanese ancestry (and one of them became president of Peru – his daughter is now the frontrunner for the presidency). There are Chinese Cubans. There are English Puerto Ricans (my mother’s high school teacher’s family, for instance) – and Puerto Rico has a significant illegal alien problem from people from adjacent islands. There are German Venezuelans. There are Irish Argentinians. The Africans that were brought to Latin America from the slave trade are not all from the same areas of Africa and did not follow the same traditions. Even among the native peoples, the Peruvian Quechua are not the Chilean Mapuche who are not the Mayans of Apocalypto.

Within countries there are significant differences. For example: Among the millions of legal and illegal immigrants to the USA, there are hundreds of native associations, particularly in the South West. Do a google search for asociacion Oaxaca and you’ll find 966,000 results. The Mexicans who come from Oaxaca will tell you that they are not the Mexicans from the capital (Distrito Federal), and that they enjoy getting together with their friends from their corner of the old country, hence, the asociaciones Oaxaqueñas.

Salinas’s premise that she needed to especially address the Hispanic/Latino graduates is condescending and insulting. She assumes that it is extraordinary that they could graduate, that all those students are by definition oppressed and underprivileged, and can not get out of an oppressed, underprivileged situation on their own. Additionally, speaking in Spanish in that setting excludes anyone in the audience who does not – how would she like it if she was in the audience and the speaker carried on in Mandarin? After all, more than twice as many people in the world speak Mandarin than Spanish.

I won’t expand on her political advocacy, other than point out that she is not a journalist, she’s an advocate. An advocate who was not invited to give a political speech.

As an American born and raised in Puerto Rico, native speaker of both English and Spanish (with a passable reading knowledge of French and Portuguese), who attended the University of Puerto Rico and graduated from the University of Georgia and later Fairleigh Dickinson University, let me tell you about the “America” I want: an America (no quotes) where every child is expected to graduate through his/her own work from academically rigorous schools that foster American values and a work ethic, and where hard work, not Hispandering, is the key to success.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

Yesterday Instapundit linked to a piece at Newsbusters suggesting the Univision’s attacks on Donald Trump failed miserably:

Aside from the fact Trump was accurate, if uncomfortably so? As detailed here in this space just last week, not to mention in Ann Coulter’s new book Adios, America  Now? Now Univision – which – hello? – has a contract with Trump – has abruptly broken their contract in a fit of pique.

Prompted, according to Trump, by the Mexican government itself. Not satisfied with just doing that, one Alberto Ciruana, Univision’s President of Programming and Content at Univision, cleverly (??) took to Instagram to post a dual wanted-poster-style photo that features Trump paired with the accused Charleston racist murderer Dylann Roof captioned: “No comment.”

The inevitable backlash arrived and Ciruana had to apologize, saying: “I’m Mexican who was very upset by Mr Trump’s recent comments about Mexican immigrants, but I should not have re-posted the photo.” Ya think? Trump replied. His response will be to sue.

Question. Is Univision trying to elect Donald Trump President of the United States?

Answer? Yes, apparently.

However that statement, in fact the entire piece has one flaw.  It works under an assumption implies that Univision does NOT want Donald Trump to be the GOP nominee.

But DaTechGuy, you say, why on EARTH would they want a GOP nominee who has so much money that he could , if he wished, single handedly outspend Hillary Clinton and furthermore has the potential to attract the totally disinterested into the electoral process?

For God’s sake why wouldn’t they?

You have a man who will chase social conservatives away, a man who has spent no little time over the years lionizing Hillary Clinton a man that people who do opposition research for a living dream about every night before they go to bed.  You have a man who is the living embodiment of  everything the left has tried to paint the right as when it comes to attitude toward lations.  He’ s a one man “get out the vote” campaign for the Democrats.

And if that’s not enough there is one more decisive reason here:

Trump is the anti-LeBron — popularity is performance in politics, and Trump is the first candidate in modern presidential primary history to begin the campaign with a majority of his own party disliking him. A whopping 57 percent of Republicans have an unfavorable view of Trump, according to an average of the three most recent polls. That beats former record holder Pat Buchanan, who had a 43 percent unfavorable rating at this point in the 2000 election cycle.1 Buchanan, of course, ended up running as an independent.

And seriously can you picture the judicial picks of a Donald Trump?

I think Trump is the only candidate in the field more likely to lose to Hillary Clinton than Jeb Bush, I think the longer Trump stays in the race the more candidates who could win will be forced out and if the GOP pisses him off enough he goes Ross Perot on them an Hillary wins 400 electoral votes with 40% of the popular vote

 

That’s why Univision is willing to play chump for Trump, their eyes are on the prize and that prize is Hillary 2016

One of an occasional series of articles comparing the Bush Years vs the Obama Years:

Barack Obama’s administration has described itself as a “Strong Defender of the First Amendment” Meanwhile the left routinely called George Bush a foe of the 1st Amendment  Let’s take a look at the two:

 

In 2001 Comedy Central premiered a series called That’s My Bush.  It starred Timothy Bottoms , Carrie Quinn Dolan, Marcia Wallace, Kurt Fuller John D’Aquino and Kristen Miller and was created by the South Park Team of Trey Parker & Matt Stone.

Now consider this news from last week via the Huffington Post

Univision host Rodner Figueroa was fired Wednesday after comparing first lady Michelle Obama’s appearance to that of someone from the cast of the “Planet of the Apes.”

The Emmy-winning host was dismissed over the racist remark said during his live segment on the entertainment news show “El Gordo Y La Flaca,” HuffPost Voces first reported. Univision confirmed the news via e-mail earlier today.

Figueroa’s comment came while talking about make-up artist Paolo Ballesteros’ viral undertaking of transforming himself into female celebrities. The fashionista, known for his critical “Fashion Police”-style remarks, analyzed Ballesteros’ transformation for Michelle Obama with an original photo of the first lady beside it.

“Mind you, you know that Michelle Obama looks like she’s part of the cast of ‘Planet of the Apes,’ the film,” Figueroa said.

Even more interesting is this update (emphasis mine):

UPDATE 3/12 6:00 p.m.: In an extensive open letter to the first lady, Figueroa offered a formal apology for what was said but explained that it had been taken out of context. He also said he was verbally notified that he was being fired because of a complaint from Michelle Obama’s office and that he felt Univision had publicly humiliated him.

Now consider the following.  Mr. Figueroa made a single remark, perhaps in poor taste,  poking fun at Mrs. Obama’s appearance, and it drew a complaint from the First Lady’s office and resulted in his dismissal.

On the other hand That’s My Bush mercilessly poked fun at the President & the first lady.  As you might guess from a series made by the creators of South Park a lot of these jokes were not what one would consider tasteful.

Yet despite the cries of the left about the repressive Bush years not only did the show run a full season but if you click on the names of the actors in every episode you will find that with a single exception all have continued to work regularly since the end of the series to the present day or until their death and South Park has completed its 18th season on the air.

Tell me given this comparison which administration respects the first amendment right to make fun of the president & his family and which one does not?

 

 

If you google “RNC Univision” you get 229,000 results, most of them criticizing the GOP’s decision last month to not include Spanish-language TV channel Univision on its presidential debate schedule. “Republicans need Univision”, decries Adrian Carrasquillo. “Univision is the country’s fifth-largest TV network, reaching 94 million households,” rattles off Raul Reyes, and on and on.

The simple truth is that Univision is a soap opera and game show outlet, and quite raunchy at that. On World Cup years they score big on soccer, too, which they did last year, hence “reaching 94 million households.”

“But Fausta, Mitt did well in the 2012 Univision debate,” you’ll say. Indeed he did, but not without being interrupted multiple times by Jorge Ramos, Univision’s Mexican anchorman and pro-illegal immigration/open borders advocate.

You may recall that Ramos was asking Pres. Obama about white privilege last December, thereby piling on the irony, considering how Ramos made $75million (US dollars, not pesos) in combined earnings in 2014 alone, and is as white as the next Swede.

The Univision news shows feature sensationalist headlines read for the most part by young nubile women showing a lot of leg and cleavage, for which I am in the wrong demographic. Lots of gruesome photos and videos, too, and, when possible, the perpetrator’s mother tearfully declaring “he’s such a good son.” In fact, the last time I sat through an entire news program from Univision was during the 2012 presidential debate.

“But the RNC should reach out to Latinos,” goes the argument. Again, Univision fails, as Ruben Navarrete points out,

Univision has long tried to have its flan and eat it too. It pretends to be the network “for” Hispanics, but it’s not owned or controlled “by” Hispanics. In 2006, Univision Communications was acquired for $13.7 billion by a consortium led by Saban Capital Group. Its founder, billionaire Haim Saban, is a prominent supporter of Hillary Clinton, and his wife, Cheryl, was appointed by President Obama as a U.S. representative to the United Nations.

Of course Univision spokesman Jose Zamora would have you believe that “Anyone who wants to reach and engage Hispanics will have to do it through Univision,” ignoring the fact that, as Navarrete mentioned, 80 percent of Latinos consume their news in English. Saban and his partners are now asking $20 billion for Univision (an amount higher than the GDP of a dozen countries in our hemisphere, if one is to believe Wikipedia); no wonder they want to be perceived as the gateway to engaging the Latino audience.

Yes, the RNC must reach out to Latinos, but they must do it in the communities, and emphasizing the positive, American values that we all share, not while being browbeaten by advocates passing as newsmen when Univision is not showing soaps and soccer.

If all the RNC wants is top ratings, they’d do better at ESPN.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.