December 31, 2017 …. “🎉🎉 The Last Day of this Year …. Welcoming 2018 🎉🎉 …. “!!


~~December 31, 2017~~ 



Usually, at this time, we sit down and reflect about the good things that happened during the year that is ending. Then we go on to hope and wish that the new year will be one bringing only good things our way.

I must confess that 2017 has been quite the difficult year for me.

It is no secret that I’m not aligned with the current administration. I’ve been quite vocal about it. I didn’t need to give this ‘so-called president‘ a chance. I wasn’t blinded by his street corner magic tricks. I knew from the start where he was headed and what his intentions where. The sad thing for me is that I never thought that Americans could be so gullible.

Drumpf pulled the wool over the eyes of his bigoted supporters, and now, he’s robbing them blind. Unfortunately, they’re taking the rest of us down with them …

After the inevitable inauguration, I tried to deal with it and was filled with the “resistance spirit”. I think I was doing a fairly good job. I felt strong, I wanted to participate, I wanted to be counted.

Then, on September 20, Hurricane María battered and destroyed my country:

Puerto Rico.

Prior to the hurricane, I had been at a crossroads. My feelings for the USA were in flux. The turning, decisive point came after the hurricane and the botched, indifferent response to the basic needs of 3.4+ million American citizens living on the Island.

Today, I’m more Puerto Rican than ever. My main focus, my main concern, is the welfare of my Island.

I will return someday, somehow … I don’t know how long it will take but I will go back home.

It is with these thoughts in mind that I wish all who stop by, the best that a new year can bring.




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We ALL are ONE!! 


~~Auld Lang Syne~~

~~Published on Dec 31, 2011~~

2011 … My Version


Uncle Sam …. “🇵🇷 Re-Educate Them while They are Young 🇵🇷 …. and so it began …. “!!


Louis Dalrymple (January 19, 1866 – December 28, 1905) was an American cartoonist, known for his caricatures in publications such as PuckJudge, and the New York Daily Graphic.

Born in Cambridge, Illinois, he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Art Students League of New York, and in 1885 became the chief cartoonist of the Daily Graphic.



🇵🇷 … right on target … 🇵🇷

🎯 … the mighty, imperialistic U.S. of A. is treating its colony as a foreign territory! 🎯
Puerto Rico, sadly … whether you/we like it or not … is part of the USA.
✊🏽 Let go of Puerto Rico … it’s time to be on our own!!  ✊🏽



Three Months After Maria, Roughly Half of Puerto Ricans Still Without Power

AT LAST … The truth, at least some of it, is finally coming out …
‘For the first time in the 100 days since Hurricane María slammed Puerto Rico, the government finally knows how many people still don’t have power: about half.’
Just imagine and try to put yourself in their shoes. It’s day 102 today without power after María. 14 days after Irma … grand total: 116 days without electricity!!

Repeating Islands


A report by Frances Robles and Jess Bidgood for the New York TImes.

For the first time in the 100 days since Hurricane Maria slammed Puerto Rico, the government finally knows how many people still don’t have power: about half.

The figure released Friday by the island’s governor and power utility company indicates that more than 1.5 million people on the island are still in the dark. Experts say some parts of the island are not expected to get power back until next spring.

“We understand how difficult it has been for the people for Puerto Rico who have been without power for so long,” said Ricardo Rosselló, the governor of Puerto Rico, as he announced a request for up to 1,500 more restoration workers from the mainland’s electric industry.

In its statement on Friday, the authorities said power restoration has been slow because of the sheer scale and…

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Año Nuevo …

“You can be part of the problem or you can be part of the solution … your choice.”

From my house to yours … with somewhat decreased enthusiasm an a dose of reality! Yet hoping … With sadness and with calm joy! indeed, hoping, hoping …

Filosofa's Word

As the clock of the year that was 2017 winds down, I asked myself whether to focus on bidding adieu to 2017 or greeting 2018, or some combination of the two.  Someone very close to me advised me to drop my usual cynicism and try to embrace hope for the coming year.  That person was one of my two alter-egos and she has now taken up residence elsewhere.  I wondered what I had written last year at this time, and went back to see, for I cannot remember yesterday, let alone a year ago.  What I found was that I had re-posted my 2015 year-end post, and on reading it, I concluded that what I wrote two years ago says it all as well as anything else I could write, especially given my current outlook on the state of the world.

And so, back, with a few minor changes, for…

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Puerto Rico Crisis Continues …. “🇵🇷 December 29: 100 Days In 🇵🇷 …. “!!

~~December 30, 2017~~ 

San Juan Mayor Says Trump Lacks ‘Good-Hearted’ American Values
Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz spoke out 100 days after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico

One-hundred days after Hurricane María struck Puerto Rico, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz again slammed President Donald Trump’s response to a disaster the president says wasn’t a “real catastrophe,” even though it left at least 64 dead.
“He was disrespectful to the Puerto Rican people, he was disrespectful to the American people who were leaving their homes to come help us here,” Cruz told ABC News on Friday.
“Where he needed to be a commander-in-chief, he was a disaster-in-chief,” she added. “President Trump does not embody the values of the good-hearted American people that have make sure that we are not forgotten.”




David Begnaud

Puerto Rico



~~Puerto Rico crisis lingers as Trump Moves On~~


~~Published on Dec 29, 2017~~

Puerto Rico crisis lingers as Trump administration moves on THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 12/28/17 Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico, talks with Joy Reid about the challenges the island is still dealing with months after catastrophic hurricanes, problems made worse by the Trump administration’s bungling of the response and the new Republican tax law.

Demi Kirby