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  • Charley Levine, Israeli PR Legend, 1952 – 2014

    11/16/2014 10:56:19 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 3 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | November 17, 2014 | Joel Leyden
    By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem, Israel — November 16, 2014 … With deep sorrow, the Israel News Agency announces the passing of Charley Levine. Beloved husband to Shelly Levine, father to Daniel Levine, Dori Levine Schiowitz and Zvi Levine and grandfather to many. Levine, a Jewish activist for the State of Israel and one of the most respected Anglos living and working in Jerusalem, made Aliya in 1978. Charley Levine served as an IDF Spokesperson with the rank of Captain and as a senior media consultant to several Israeli Prime Ministers. He represented global PR giant Ruder Finn in...
  • PR Firms Take a Stand on Climate Change: Will No Longer Represent Firms Denying Climate Change

    08/15/2014 6:44:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Triple Pundit ^ | 08/14/2014 | RP Seigel
    Public relations (PR) is a powerful but unseen force in our society. Companies hire PR firms to make them look as good as possible. When the companies do something they are proud of, they do everything they can to make sure everyone hears about it (including, sometimes contacting reporters like us). When the companies do things that are not so great, they “spin” the news to make it sound harmless. PR firms make their money from fees paid by their clients and have typically been value-neutral, meaning that they promote whatever their clients want them to promote. So it’s a...
  • PR Giant Edelman Apologizes for Calling Robin Williams' Death an 'Opportunity'

    08/14/2014 1:24:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    AdWeek ^ | 08/14/2014 | David Griner
    Edeman is usually tapped with helping brands avoid or disentangle themselves from public backlash, but the global PR firm instead found itself in the hot seat this week. At issue was a blog post from media relations strategy evp Lisa Kovitz, who said the suicide of comedian Robin Williams created a PR opportunity for groups advocating for better treatment of mental illness. "As we mourn the loss of Robin Williams to depression, we must recognize it as an opportunity to engage in a national conversation," she wrote. "His death yesterday created a carpe diem moment for mental health professionals and...
  • Israel PR - We Need Your Help!

    07/14/2014 5:52:22 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 6 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | July 14, 2014 | Joel Leyden
    By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem --- July 14, 2014 ... I have worked in Jewish PR and public affairs since the 1980's. Have worked directly for and with the Israeli government since the 1990's. There's very little that I have not seen. Today, Israel is engaged in defending herself once again from Islamic Jihad. It's a war of bullets and words. The war of words define public opinion and Israel can do much better. Many will say that Israel's PR is weak, ineffective and just plain bad. I totally disagree. This may have been the case before Internet arrived....
  • US Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Prepares to Default (in Spanish)

    07/13/2014 6:10:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 7/13/2014 | Chriss W. Street
    Municipal bond mutual fund investors are panicking this weekend after the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s Legislature passed a new law allowing public agencies to default on their debt.  Although part of the United States, Puerto Rico in the 1990s made Spanish the official language and now about 86% of the island does not speak English in the home.  Democrat Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla, who has difficulty speaking English, told Bloomberg News last year that Puerto Rico had a constitutional and moral obligation to not default on the island’s $73 billion of debt.  But he just passed a law giving local court proceedings the power...
  • Why The Palestinians Have Better PR Than Israel

    06/28/2014 12:58:56 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 34 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | June 28, 2014 | Joel Leyden
    Why The Palestinians Have Better PR Than IsraelBy Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem --- June 28, 2014 ... If you asked me this question a year ago or ten years ago, my knee jerk response would be money. The Palestinians and the Arab world have oil dollars, millions of them to make us look bad while slamming our towns and cities with rockets and missiles. But the real answer is actually two fold. Yes, money is one part. But we also have access to money. The Palestinians (when I say the Palestinians it means the Arab world) are more creative...
  • The Pope, Israel PR And Christ Killed By Jews

    05/21/2014 5:12:03 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 44 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | May 21, 2014 | Joel Leyden
    The Pope, Israel PR And Christ Killed By JewsBy Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyAfter living in Israel for over 25 years and consulting the government on both public relations and public affairs, I may have truly found the major source of conflict against the Jews and Israel. It took coming to the US for three years and seeing the United States as an Israeli and as an American. You see, we don't have anti-semitism in Israel. We only have war. Anti-semitism is much more covert. Much like an iceberg, only a very small part is visible to the eye. In...
  • PR firms cash in on health rollout woes [Good Bad Example!]

    12/09/2013 12:21:02 PM PST · by SES1066 · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/9/13 | Hadas Gold
    It may have been a debacle, but there is one upside to the glitch-plagued rollout of the health care website: It’s become a powerful case study for crisis management consultants and their clients of what not to do.
  • Another Reason They Should Have Read the Bill: The $8 Billion ObamaCare PR Budget

    12/02/2013 7:33:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/02/2013 | Morgan Brittany
    Obviously no one read Section 4002 in the Affordable Care Act, because if they had they would have seen that this little section created a fund to promote Obamacare.Here are the staggering numbers allocated to promote this monstrosity.In 2010 it is $500 million, in 2011, $750 million, 2012, $1 billion, 2013, $1.25 billion, 2014, $1.5 billion and in 2015 and on, $2 billion! “The Prevention and Public Health Fund will provide for expanded and sustained national investment in prevention and public health programs to improve health and help restrain the rate of growth in private and public sector health care...
  • White House Easter Egg Roll sustained by corporate donors, sales of souvenirs [Media Helps Clown]

    04/01/2013 6:20:51 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/1/13 | Juliet Eilperin
    In a time of severe budget constraints, two factors explain why the White House can afford to welcome more than 30,000 people Monday for the 135th annual Easter Egg Roll: corporate sponsors and souvenir eggs. Nearly a century ago, Congress empowered the National Park Service, which oversees the Easter Egg Roll, to accept private donations for its operations. So when her twin boys came home from kindergarten and told her the Easter Egg Roll might be canceled, Victoria Knight-McDowell, owner and chief executive of Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops, wrote a check for $25,000 to make sure that would not...
  • AIPAC: Stop Iran From Wiping Israel Off Map

    03/07/2013 8:21:05 AM PST · by IsraelBeach · 4 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | March 6, 2013 | Joel Leyden
    AIPAC: Stop Iran From Wiping Israel Off MapBy Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyWashington, D.C. --- March 6, 2013 … If you are an Israeli, never feel alone. Over 13,000 Americans converged on the Washington Convention Center for the AIPAC Policy Conference this past Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. A sea of people proudly wearing American Israeli pins on their suits and carrying grey, plastic AIPAC pens came to hear from both Israeli and American Jewish leaders. As one who has dedicated over 20 years of his life to Israel, to Israeli advocacy. Having worked with American Jewish organizations, the IDF as...
  • UN, Global Media Silent As 80 Hamas Gaza Rockets Slam Israel - Bad PR?

    10/25/2012 5:06:33 AM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 9 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | October 24, 2012 | Joel Leyden
    UN, Global Media Silent As 80 Hamas Gaza Rockets Slam Israel - Bad PR?By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem, Israel --- October 24, 2012 ... Over 80 rockets launched by the Hamas terror group in Gaza rained on Israel today. At least 4 Israelis were injured, with one in critical condition. One rocket that slammed into a kibbutz in the Eshkol region of southern Israel blew away the wall of a house, leaving a large crater in the ground and coming within feet of murdering a woman who managed to make it to the air raid shelter in time. As...
  • Report: Chick-fil-A's public relations director dead of heart attack

    07/27/2012 12:02:56 PM PDT · by Ranald S. MacKenzie · 100 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 27, 2012 | Alex Pappas
    The head of public relations at Chick-fil-A died Friday morning of an apparent heart attack, according to a local news report. WBRL News 3 in Georgia identified the employee as Donald A. Perry, the company’s vice president of Corporate Public Relations. His death comes as Chick-fil-A finds itself embroiled in a public relations fiasco with the gay community and supporters of same-sex marriage protesting the company because of statements made by company president Dan Cathy. Perry joined Chic-fil-A in 1983, according to information posted on the website of Hillcrest Church of Christ. He became an elder of the church in...
  • Of Israel, Passover, Palestine, Apartheid and PR

    04/13/2012 9:55:19 AM PDT · by IsraelBeach
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | April 12, 2012 | Joel Leyden
    Of Israel, Passover, Palestine, Apartheid and PRBy Joel Leyden Israel News Agency Jerusalem, Israel --- April 12, 2012 .... It is often said that we sometimes can't see the forest for the trees. So it goes for Israel's PR efforts. Israel suffers everyday. We suffer from a lack of global understanding of the true facts. And this suffering transcends into threats to our very physical survival. The war of words is overlooked by Israel and the Jewish community for the war of bullets. Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Hamas and Islamic Jihad backed Palestine (there is no entity as Palestine -...
  • The Man From La Fortaleza (Luis Fortuno, possible VP nominee)

    03/24/2012 8:56:20 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 50 replies · 1+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | February, 2012 | John Fund
    But there is another intriguing possibility. Luis Fortuño is the 51-year-old governor of Puerto Rico, whose four million people have all been U.S. citizens since 1952, making their governor eligible to become vice president. Mr. Fortuño made history in 2004 by being elected the island's lone delegate to the U.S. House as a conservative and followed up that feat in 2008 by being elected governor with the largest margin of any predecessor since the 1960s. His party not only won control of the legislature by historic margins but also won the power to name three supreme court judges, giving that...
  • Obama: Not Hesitant On Force To Defend Interests (NPR Creates MILITARY WARRIOR OBAMA PR Propaganda)

    03/04/2012 11:34:18 AM PST · by lbryce · 21 replies · 1+ views
    NPR ^ | March 4, 2012 | Staff
    President Barack Obama said Sunday that United States will not hesitate to attack Iran with military force to prevent it from acquiring a nuclear weapon, but he cautioned that "too much loose talk of war" recently has only helped Tehran and driven up the price of oil. Speaking to a powerful pro-Israel lobby, Obama appealed to Israel for more time to let sanctions further isolate Iran. He sought to halt a drumbeat to war with Iran and hold off a unilateral Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear facilities. "For the sake of Israel's security, America's security and the peace and security...
  • GORDON: Obama’s deadly new PR firm- Whatever happened to SEAL Team 6 being a ‘secret’ weapon?

    01/30/2012 9:23:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/31/12 | J.D. Gordon
    The dramatic rescue of an American aid worker and her Danish colleague in Somalia by Navy commandos was a terrific encore to the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan nine months ago. However, all the White House-driven publicity for both events has helped turn the once-secret SEAL Team 6 into a household term, with likely negative consequences. Although SEAL Team 6 and its official successor, the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, have been around since the 1980s, their missions always were kept secret to shield their members’ identities and protect operational security. Every president since the team’s founding has...
  • Marketing Gilad Schalit

    10/21/2011 10:51:22 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Caroline Glick
    Gilad Schalit is home. And that is wonderful. The terrorists Israel released in exchange for the IDF soldier held hostage by Hamas for more than five years are running around Judea, Samaria and Gaza promising to return to terror. And that is a nightmare. But so far, the Israeli public is happy with the outcome. Indeed, the polling data on the government’s decision to swap 1,027 terrorists for Schalit are stunning. According to the New Wave poll carried out for Makor Rishon, for instance, 75.7 percent of the public supported the deal and only 15.5 percent opposed it. In a...
  • The Manchild President Cracks Up

    07/14/2011 3:35:51 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 62 replies
    EIB Network ^ | 14 July 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: The Republicans remain very nervous, ladies and gentlemen. These idiots at Moody's, or as Stuart Varney says, "Moodis," the rating service clearly joining with the Democrats to put pressure on the House Republicans, the Senate Republicans as well by claiming if we don't raise the debt limit then all is lost, the US reputation gone forever. So the pressure mounts on the Republicans in the House, and so far they're standing firm. I think Obama's cracking, folks, I think he's cracking up. The way I interpret this, this guy's had the road paved for him from the get-go, he's...
  • Osama Wanted New Name for al-Qaida to Repair Image

    06/24/2011 2:00:17 AM PDT · by lbryce · 29 replies
    AP via Google News ^ | June 24, 2010 | Matt Apuzzo
    As Osama bin Laden watched his terrorist organization get picked apart, he lamented in his final writings that al-Qaida was suffering from a marketing problem. His group was killing too many Muslims and that was bad for business. The West was winning the public relations fight. All his old comrades were dead and he barely knew their replacements. Faced with these challenges, bin Laden, who hated the United States and decried capitalism, considered a most American of business strategies. Like Blackwater, ValuJet and Philip Morris, perhaps what al-Qaida really needed was a fresh start under a new name. The problem...
  • Is This the Poster Food for a Radiation Menace?(banana)

    04/12/2011 7:36:21 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    NYT ^ | 04/11/11 | DENISE GRADY
    April 11, 2011 Is This the Poster Food for a Radiation Menace? By DENISE GRADY One of the many endearing things about my husband is that he has five Geiger counters. /snip Recently, one of my interviews took a turn for the weird. I asked a scientist about possible health effects from radioactive materials leaking out of the plant, and he started talking about bananas. “Why, we ingest radioactive material every day,” he said in a tone of wonderment. “Bananas are a most potent source.” They contain a naturally occurring form of radioactive potassium, more than other fruit, he explained....
  • Spinning for Qaddafi(Joseph Nye, Anthony Giddens)

    03/07/2011 8:36:14 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    CBS News ^ | 03/06/11 | Jonathan M. Wiener
    March 6, 2011 Spinning for Qaddafi What to make of academics paid by Qaddafi to provide "positive public relations" By Jonathan M. Wiener (The Nation) Joseph Nye of Harvard's Kennedy School wrote in The New Republic in 2007 that Muammar Qaddafi was interested in discussing "direct democracy."Anthony Giddens of the London School of Economics wrote in the Guardian the same year that Libya under Qaddafi could become "the Norway of North Africa." Benjamin Barber of Rutgers University wrote in the Washington Post, also in 2007, that Libya under Qaddafi could become "the first Arab state to transition peacefully and without...
  • Planned Parenthood to Retrain Public Staff

    02/08/2011 10:13:40 AM PST · by La Lydia · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 8, 2011 | Eric Eckholm
    Reacting to the release of videotapes in which its staff members advise an apparent sex trafficker, Planned Parenthood said Monday that it would retrain thousands of staff members across the country on its rules for reporting possible dangers to minors, and would automatically fire anyone who violated them.All employees who have contact with the public will attend special training sessions, tailored to local laws, in coming weeks, said Stuart Schear, vice president for communications of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.... With the announcement, Planned Parenthood hoped to blunt the public impact of what it called a misleading string of...
  • How SEO, Web 2.0, Social Media is Changing PR

    02/03/2011 6:07:31 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 3 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | February 3, 2011 | Herb Brandon
    How SEO, Web 2.0, Social Media is Changing PR By Herb Brandon Israel News Agency Tel Aviv, Israel ---- February 3, 2011 ...... There used to be a time when professional public relations and public affairs consisted of typing up a news release and placing it into a fax machine. One can remember taking dozens of news releases packed neatly into elegant, clean white envelopes addressed to AP, Reuters, TIME and UPI and dropping them off at their central post office in New York, London or Paris. "If you were smart, you would follow up with a call to the...
  • China to Air Pro-China Ad in U.S. During Hu Visit

    01/15/2011 8:30:30 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | 01/14/11 | Loretta Chao
    January 14, 2011, 9:55 PM HKT. China to Air Pro-China Ad in U.S. During Hu Visit. Sellers of Sinophobia in the U.S. have started stepping up their game, as last year’s Chinese Professor ad lushly demonstrated. Now it appears the Chinese government is launching a counter-offensive. China’s State Council Information Office, or SCIO, confirmed to China Real Time yesterday that it has hired a local advertising agency, Shanghai Lintas Advertising, to produce a commercial to be aired in the U.S. ahead of President Hu Jintao’s visit to Washington, D.C. next week as part of a broad effort to soften China’s...
  • The Jewish Agency And Why Does Israel PR Fail?

    12/17/2010 9:38:39 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | December 17, 2010 | Joel Leyden
    The Jewish Agency And Why Does Israel PR Fail? By Joel Leyden Israel News Agency Jerusalem, Israel ---- December 17, 2010 ...... Just a few days ago I applied for the position of VP Marketing Communications for the Jewish Agency. Within 48 hours I was told that I that I was too late to apply. They were interviewing "finalists". Is one ever too late to apply for a job? That is until someone is actually made an offer and signs a contract? No. It was an excuse. Was I disappointed? Yes. Was I angry? Yes. But not for the obvious...
  • How Facebook, The Social Network, Has Redefined PR, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, SEO, Jobs

    12/09/2010 8:48:13 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 7 replies · 2+ views
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | December 9, 2010 | Joel Leyden
    How Facebook - The Social Network - Has Redefined PR, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, SEO, Jobs By Joel Leyden Israel News Agency New York ---- December 9, 2010 ...... There used to be a time when PR consisted of faxing out a well written news release to CNN, FOX, AP, Reuters, BBC or TIME Magazine. When print advertising consisted of front covers, inside full color bleed ads, back covers and classifieds in both trade and general media. When radio talk shows and TV late night advertising were king - dominating all media 24 / 7. Then came the Internet. In...
  • Obama to sign education executive order (Educational Excellence for Hispanics initiative)

    10/19/2010 9:38:34 AM PDT · by maggief · 18 replies
    UPI ^ | October 19, 2010
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama keeps education in the spotlight Tuesday when he signs an executive order for the Educational Excellence for Hispanics initiative.
  • Puerto Rico extends deadline for voiding (all) birth certificates

    09/24/2010 7:34:22 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 9/23/10
    PR extends deadline for voiding birth certificatesPosted on Thursday, 09.23.10 SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico is giving islanders one more month to use their original birth certificates before they are no longer recognized, as offices struggle to handle a flood of applications for new, more secure documents. Thursday's announcement comes a week before the birth certificates were to be voided under a new identity fraud law affecting about 5 million people - including some 1.4 million on the U.S. mainland. Puerto Ricans commonly use their birth certificates for a variety of everyday uses such as enrolling in schools...
  • Conservatism's Extreme Makeover

    09/08/2010 4:39:22 AM PDT · by Scanian · 10 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | September 08, 2010 | J.R. Dunn
    It will come as news to no one that conservatism has long had a PR problem. The political question of 2010 is this: do America's voters finally "get" conservatism? For a half-century or more, conservatism's public image has covered a vast spectrum ranging from the Neanderthals on one end to Genghis Khan on the other. Conservatism has been depicted as the political doctrine of Klansmen, inbred backwoodsmen, paranoids, and religious fanatics. (Timothy McVeigh, an atheist and anarchist, is almost always characterized as a "right-wing Christian.. I know of no case where this assertion has been corrected.) Joe McCarthy (a former...
  • Yes, It’s 2010: Muslim Group Releases Video Promising Not To “Take Over Country”

    09/01/2010 1:13:22 AM PDT · by lbryce · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Mediaite.com ^ | August 31, 2010 | Jon Bershad
    Ok, what’s more depressing? The fact that, in the year 2010, a group of Muslims (ie. practitioners of the second largest religion in the world) have to film a video where they seriously and without irony promise not to take over the country or the fact that the video succeeds in making them seem less like terrorists but accidentally makes them look like the aliens from the remake of V. Seriously, if any Fox News personalities start filing reports that Muslims like to hide in their space ships and eat gerbils, I’m going to lose my mind. > Yes, an...
  • The word according to Frank

    07/19/2010 4:16:45 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | DAVID HOROVITZ
    By the time I met Frank Luntz over coffee (for me) and a large serving of vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce (for him) one recent Jerusalem evening, he was plainly exhausted. One can only empathize. It’s tough work when you’re advising Israeli political leaders on how to craft their English sentences. He had been in the country for two days, and reeled off a list of the local notables he’d seen that was fit for a visiting monarch. Which I suppose is what he is. Frank Luntz, communications king. The tubby Jewish kid – well, he makes incessant jokes...
  • It’s all defense, all the time

    07/19/2010 11:26:01 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | SARAH KASS
    Because Israel’s story is compulsively defensive, the IDF is set up to offend the ordinary person even when it executes its mission flawlessly. Why do decent, ordinary people support Hizbullah? Because Hizbullah has a winning story. Why can Hamas fire rockets at Israel with impunity? Because Hamas has a winning story. Why are Turkish blockade runners international heroes? Because they, too, have a winning story. In each case the winning story is a variation on a single theme: “Israel, Israel, big bad Israel.” In each case, the winning story is an example of a public relations offensive, where the interested...
  • DoD, Guard establish eight Homeland Response Force units

    07/15/2010 11:19:48 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 1+ views
    NG.mil - THE NATIONAL GUARD ^ | July 12, 2010 | Jim Garamone
    NOTE The following test is a quote: DoD, Guard establish eight Homeland Response Force units By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, (7/12/10) - Eight more homeland response force units will be established in fiscal year 2012, Defense Department and National Guard Bureau officials said here today. The units are regional forces that will cross state lines when needed. They are part of a restructuring of the nation's chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive consequence management enterprise. Massachusetts (supported by Connecticut and Vermont), New York (supported by New Jersey), Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas, Missouri, Utah and California each will...
  • State of alert throughout Israel. "Brink of war or new Intifada"

    05/31/2010 5:54:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 108 replies · 3,051+ views
    Asia News ^ | 5/31/2010
    Jerusalem (AsiaNews) - Israeli police and security forces have raised a state of alert across the country after the attack on a group of ships off the coast of Gaza, leading to at least 19 dead and dozens injured (see Israel attacks ships carrying aid to Gaza. At least 10 dead). An Israeli policeman tells AsiaNews that "We are on the brink of war or a new Intifada."Here and there in Israel, particularly in Nazareth, there are demonstrations against the attack on the ships carrying humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza, forcing the Israeli blockade on the Strip....
  • Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli Speaks at the Puerto Rico Task Force Public Hearing

    05/26/2010 2:07:08 AM PDT · by Cindy · 166+ views
    justice.gov/asg - speech ^ | May 25, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli Speaks at the Puerto Rico Task Force Public Hearing Washington, D.C. ~ Tuesday, May 25, 2010 Good afternoon and welcome to the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico’s Status’s public hearing in Washington, D.C. My name is Tom Perrelli, and I am the Associate Attorney General at the Department of Justice. But I am here today also as co-chair for the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico’s Status. And as co-chair, I am honored to be here with all of you. As many of you know, it has...
  • DULLES CBP ARRESTS ALLEGED BOLIVIAN IMPOSTOR WITH PUERTO RICO BIRTH CERTIFICATE

    05/15/2010 1:32:14 AM PDT · by Cindy · 15 replies · 975+ views
    Note: The following text SNIPPET is a quote: Sterling, Va., - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Bolivian man at Washington-Dulles International Airport on Thursday on allegations that he was an impostor pretending to be a U.S. citizen. Officers arrested Juan Condori Sejas, 51, after he attempted to use a Puerto Rico birth certificate and a U.S. Social Security Card to acquire a Customs seal on his Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport employee ID. A Customs seal allows bearers access to restricted security areas. “Customs and Border Protection officers are proficient at detecting fraudulent identity documents and suspected...
  • San Juan Police helicopter shot down, co-pilot dead

    05/06/2010 5:33:01 AM PDT · by cll · 28 replies · 1,407+ views
    Puerto Rico Daily Sun ^ | 5/06/2010 | Jose Alvarado Vega
    The civilian co-pilot of a San Juan municipal police helicopter attacked by gunmen Tuesday night died of his wounds Wednesday afternoon at the Río Piedras Medical Center, a Daily Sun source said. The co-pilot, Jesús Fernando Quiñones Santiago, was injured Tuesday night along with Municipal Police officer Eduardo Meléndez Alvelo, when gunmen fired at least 31 shots at the helicopter they were riding during a high-speed chase over the San José sector of Río Piedras. Doctors had to remove a bullet lodged in Quiñones Santiago, who was shot in the back. Meléndez Alvelo, who police said had bullet fragments near...
  • W.H. launches Israel P.R. offensive

    05/03/2010 7:53:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 427+ views
    Politico ^ | 5/3/10 | Laura Rosen
    The White House is engaged in an aggressive effort to reassure Jewish leaders that the tense relationship between the Obama administration and the Israeli government that has played out in public in the past few months does not signify any fundamental change in U.S. policy. Concern within the administration over the domestic repercussions of the recent clashes with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government reached a critical point about 10 days ago, as Israel was about to mark its 62nd year of independence.
  • Top Puerto Rican Government Leaders Argue for Statehood on Capitol Hill

    05/01/2010 5:39:44 AM PDT · by opentalk · 32 replies · 1,067+ views
    cnsnews ^ | April 30, 2010 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Top leaders in the Puerto Rican government, including the governor, speaker of the House, and president of the Senate told CNSNews.com on Capitol Hill that they want Puerto Rico to become a U.S. state. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure on Thursday that will permit Puerto Ricans to vote on a ballot that, as one option, would allow the process to statehood to commence. “Even though this is not a statehood bill, yes, I believe we should become a state -- we have been natural born citizens since 1917,” Luis Fortuño, the Republican governor of Puerto Rico (R-Puerto...
  • My Congressional Rep tells why he voted YES on Puerto Rico

    04/30/2010 9:11:14 AM PDT · by patriotgal1787 · 29 replies · 992+ views
    The Radio Patriot ^ | April 28, 2010 | Andrea Shea King
    Following the U.S. House of Representatives voted on HR 2499- Statehood for Puerto Rico, my Congressional representative Bill Posey (R-FL 15) wrote to me. Rep. Posey was one of 181 cosigners to the bill, and voted for it when it was brought up late Thursday afternoon.Andrea, Now that the smoke has cleared a little.... Numerous callers to my office today referenced 5 bullet points, which they called “Quick Facts” as reasons to vote against H.R.2499. Below in bold type are responses to the “quick facts” in relation to the actual bill which passed today: Here are some quick facts:...
  • Puerto Rico could become fifty-first state

    04/30/2010 7:27:13 AM PDT · by paltz · 98 replies · 3,056+ views
    Washington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 4/29/10 | Kerry Picket
    The House passed on Thursday night the Puerto Rico Democracy Act (H.R. 2499). This would mandate the U.S. territory to vote on its status with the United States. The bill, though, is created in favor of the island becoming the 51st state. Every eight years, a plebiscite on the issue of the territory’s status would be held for Puerto Ricans living on the island and for non resident Puerto Ricans living in the United States to vote on. This will happen until statehood is finally achieved for Puerto Rico.
  • Playing The Puerto Rico Card

    04/29/2010 7:10:52 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 34 replies · 1,205+ views
    Investors.com ^ | April 29, 2010 | INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: Faced with losing Congress, the Democrats want to make Puerto Rico a state whether the people want it or not. The Democrats would get two new senators, new congressmen and a campaign issue. Throw in voting representation for D.C., amnesty for illegals and voting for felons, all items on the Democrats' agenda, and in their cookbook you have a recipe for Democratic majorities as far as the eye can see. It's a plan to retain control at all costs and counteract a Tea Party movement that threatens to throw their big-government liberalism on the ash heap of political history....
  • GOP Rep. Steve King Speaks Against Statehood for Puerto Rico - Video 4/29/10

    04/29/2010 5:17:33 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 4 replies · 280+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | April 29, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of GOP Rep. Steve King speaking on the House Floor today in opposition to the H.R. 2499 which is designed to move Puerto Rico toward statehood. King pointed out the problem that English is treated as a "second language" in Puerto Rico. King said there needs to be a process of education in Puerto Rico whereby they learn English, which could provide a way for them to be unified to the rest of America with a common language. The House approved the bill, which provides a two-step process by which Puerto Ricans can vote to say they...
  • Puerto Rico's statehood would benefit republicans!!!

    04/29/2010 4:29:47 PM PDT · by RED SOUTH · 79 replies · 1,789+ views
    The New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico (NPP) is a political party that advocates for Puerto Rico's admission to the United States of America as the 51st state. Following the 2008 general elections, it currently holds supermajorities in the Commonwealth's House of Representatives and Senate. The NPP also won the Puerto Rico's sole delegate to Congress seat and the Governor's office at La Fortaleza. Forty-eight of Puerto Rico's 78 mayoral seats are now also occupied by NPP. The majority of the PNP leaders are also members of the US Republican Party, with only two PNP governors, Carlos Romero Barceló, and...
  • Congress approves referendum on Puerto Rico future

    04/29/2010 4:13:34 PM PDT · by Syncro · 128 replies · 3,854+ views
    AP-Google ^ | April 29, 2010 | By JIM ABRAMS (AP) – 14 minutes ago
    <p>WASHINGTON — The House has approved legislation that could set in motion changes in Puerto Rico's 112-year relationship with the United States, including a transition to statehood or independence.</p> <p>The bill gives Puerto Ricans a two-step path to expressing how they envision their political future.</p>
  • Dems vigilant on Puerto Rico bill [Hispanic Dems want to kill it]

    04/29/2010 11:08:50 AM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 98 replies · 3,612+ views
    Politico ^ | April 29, 2010 | Jake Sherman
    Dems vigilant on Puerto Rico bill Two of the most prominent Hispanic Democrats in Congress are continuing their all-out offensive to kill a bill that would mandate a vote on Puerto Rico’s political status. And they’re taking direct aim at their leadership. Democratic Reps. Nydia Velazquez (N.Y.) and Luis Gutierrez (Ill.) sent out an e-mail to members of Congress Thursday morning urging them to vote no on the Puerto Rican Democracy Act, which would allow the island’s residents to vote yes or no on whether they want to continue their political status. If that vote garnered a majority who didn’t...
  • Puerto Rico politics and Glenn Beck.

    04/29/2010 9:12:54 AM PDT · by rightbrained · 11 replies · 387+ views
    RHP ^ | 4/29/2010 | Timothy Knight
    Wouldn't the State of Puerto Rico lead to millions of new Democratic votes? The idiot would yell "yes!" from rooftops, but Puerto Rico isn't a simple commonwealth. Like our other territories, Puerto Rico has a mixture of the two national major political parties and three local parties, one of which is called theNew Progressive Party. Sounds like a radical progressive bunch? You'd be mistaken, see the New Progressive Party was established when several local Republicans were agitated with the Republican Party of Puerto Rico over a lack of firm commitment for statehood. It might surprise some, but the party was...
  • Puerto Rico/Tennessee Plan

    04/29/2010 9:03:08 AM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 48 replies · 2,878+ views
    Glenn Beck radio show/me ^ | April 29, 2010 | me
    Glenn Beck just talked to the Refounder who tipped him off on the Puerto Rico/Tennessee Plan. The Refounder says that the House is planning to vote on the resolution in about 45 minutes. Call your Congressman! Puerto Rico can already vote on statehood. They’ve done it 4 times.
  • The White House PR offensive on Israel

    04/23/2010 1:58:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies · 889+ views
    politico ^ | 4/23/10 | LAURA ROZEN
    The White House is engaged in an aggressive effort to reassure Jewish leaders that the tense relationship between the Obama administration and the Israeli government that has played out in public in the last few months does not signify any fundamental change in U.S. policy. Concern within the administration over the domestic repercussions of the recent clashes with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government reached a critical point about ten days ago, as Israel was about to mark its 62nd year of independence. Since then, administration officials have mounted what amounts to a public relations blitz trying to rectify what they...