#1 Posted by Goldenboy_Prime (172 posts) - - Show Bio

Puerto Ricans faced a fundamental question on Election Day: Should they change their ties with the United States?

Citizens in the U.S. island territory cannot vote in the U.S. presidential election, but many were excited to participate in a referendum on whether to push the territory toward statehood, greater autonomy or independence.

Car horns blared and party flags waved after polling stations closed following what election officials said was a high voter turnout. During the day, many voters carried umbrellas against the blistering tropical sun as temperatures neared 90 degrees Fahrenheit (31 degrees Celsius).

The two-part referendum first asked voters if they wanted to change Puerto Rico's 114-year relationship with the United States. A second question gave voters three alternatives if they wanted a change: become a U.S. state, gain independence, or have a "sovereign free association," a designation that would give more autonomy for the territory of 4 million people.

65% favor statehood which is pretty awesome!

http://www.nevadaappeal.com/article/20121106/API/1211060708&ParentProfile=1058

#2 Posted by Goldenboy_Prime (172 posts) - - Show Bio

So I was on the reddit thread and someone said:

Look. The goal is 53 states, because it's a prime number.

One nation, indivisible.

#3 Posted by Nefarious (22905 posts) - - Show Bio

Good stuff.

#4 Posted by Shotgun (900 posts) - - Show Bio

Not sure if the U.S.A.would want them as a state.

#5 Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER (2899 posts) - - Show Bio

@Goldenboy_Prime said:

So I was on the reddit thread and someone said:

Look. The goal is 53 states, because it's a prime number.

One nation, indivisible.

This is usually the part where I would make fun of you for being on Reddit, but that was beautiful.

#6 Posted by Living_Monstrosity (435 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd like to see more sexy Puerto Rican women in the east coast, so I'm in favor of this.

#7 Posted by _Zombie_ (10448 posts) - - Show Bio

@Goldenboy_Prime said:

So I was on the reddit thread and someone said:

Look. The goal is 53 states, because it's a prime number.

One nation, indivisible.

I shouldn't be giggling this hard over such a lame joke.

#8 Posted by Goldenboy_Prime (172 posts) - - Show Bio

@NlGHTCRAWLER said:

@Goldenboy_Prime said:

So I was on the reddit thread and someone said:

Look. The goal is 53 states, because it's a prime number.

One nation, indivisible.

This is usually the part where I would make fun of you for being on Reddit, but that was beautiful.

Lol well in my defense it was in the upper percentile of my bing search for PR voting to join the US

#9 Posted by Goldenboy_Prime (172 posts) - - Show Bio

@Shotgun said:

Not sure if the U.S.A.would want them as a state.

Well we, as in US, already give them economic assistance and they already pay most federal taxes... Congress will have to vote to allow statehood and they can schedule it whenver it is convenient for them, so nothing will probably happen until 2014 since those are midterm elections.

#10 Posted by Shotgun (900 posts) - - Show Bio

@Goldenboy_Prime said:

@Shotgun said:

Not sure if the U.S.A.would want them as a state.

Well we, as in US, already give them economic assistance and they already pay most federal taxes... Congress will have to vote to allow statehood and they can schedule it whenver it is convenient for them, so nothing will probably happen until 2014 since those are midterm elections.

Cool then. The bigger the better.

#11 Posted by Izaiah (5256 posts) - - Show Bio

I wonder how the stars on the flag should be arranged then.

#12 Posted by Fiery (145 posts) - - Show Bio

GOOOOOOOOOOOO PUERTO RICO!!! <3

#13 Posted by moywar700 (2775 posts) - - Show Bio

Puerto Rico -" We're ready to become the 51th state, accept us as your rulers."

USA-"We change our minds, you can't join.It'll make our flag look uneven and 51 doesn't sound as good as 50."

Puerto Rico-">.<"

#14 Posted by Wolfrazer (7682 posts) - - Show Bio
@moywar700 said:

Puerto Rico -" We're ready to become the 51th state, accept us as your rulers."

USA-"We change our minds, you can't join.It'll make our flag look uneven and 51 doesn't sound as good as 50."

Puerto Rico-">.<"

Tbh it would look weird seeing 51 stars instead of 50 lol, I guess its cause it would be an odd number.
#15 Posted by Matchstick (565 posts) - - Show Bio

Interesting, this could spur the creation of more states. I recall hear various talks of Chicago, NYC and D.C. becoming official states, not to mention California splitting into 2 states or the rest of the territories like Guam and Virgin Islands.

Guess we'll have to wait and see.

#16 Posted by PowerHerc (85335 posts) - - Show Bio

I doubt our corporate masters would allow Puerto Rico to become a state.

#17 Posted by VercingetorixTheGreat (2823 posts) - - Show Bio

Kick California out to keep it even

#18 Edited by krilling (2488 posts) - - Show Bio

Puerto Rico should try to be a souvereign and independent state.

#19 Posted by Goldenboy_Prime (172 posts) - - Show Bio

@VercingetorixTheGreat said:

Kick California out to keep it even

If anything we should sell Alaska to Canada to try and help payoff some of our debt.

#20 Edited by Goldenboy_Prime (172 posts) - - Show Bio

@Wolfrazer said:

@moywar700 said:

Puerto Rico -" We're ready to become the 51th state, accept us as your rulers."

USA-"We change our minds, you can't join.It'll make our flag look uneven and 51 doesn't sound as good as 50."

Puerto Rico-">.<"

Tbh it would look weird seeing 51 stars instead of 50 lol, I guess its cause it would be an odd number.

: Here are to examples of 51 star flags. The first flag original is likely a tribute to the original flag design. I prefer the second flag though, as it isn't that much different from our current look.

#21 Posted by Mercy_ (91871 posts) - - Show Bio
@Goldenboy_Prime

So I was on the reddit thread and someone said:

Look. The goal is 53 states, because it's a prime number.

One nation, indivisible.

Love this.
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#22 Posted by jobiwankenobi (1462 posts) - - Show Bio

I thought England was gonna be the 51st state.

I also hear that New Hampshire votes every year on whether to secede from the union or not. Not sure how true it is, though, just heard it from a friend.

On topic, it's good to hear, and it's about time.

#23 Posted by Goldenboy_Prime (172 posts) - - Show Bio

@Mercy_ said:

@Goldenboy_Prime

So I was on the reddit thread and someone said:

Look. The goal is 53 states, because it's a prime number.

One nation, indivisible.

Love this.

Lol I wish I came up with it. Regardless it was too funny not to share.

@jobiwankenobi said:

I thought England was gonna be the 51st state.

I also hear that New Hampshire votes every year on whether to secede from the union or not. Not sure how true it is, though, just heard it from a friend.

On topic, it's good to hear, and it's about time.

Hey people have been speculating if Canada should join the US, there have even been polls conducted in Canada for it so I could imagine England may have the same. I personally don't see any benefits for Canada or England by joining. Anyway I think Texas is the only state that actually has some type of provision in their state constitution that would legally allow them to secede from the Union, though I doubt the US would ever allow it.

#24 Posted by VercingetorixTheGreat (2823 posts) - - Show Bio

@Goldenboy_Prime said:

@VercingetorixTheGreat said:

Kick California out to keep it even

If anything we should sell Alaska to Canada to try and help payoff some of our debt.

No Alaska has oil reserves. California just sucks up our money.

#25 Posted by Goldenboy_Prime (172 posts) - - Show Bio

@VercingetorixTheGreat said:

@Goldenboy_Prime said:

@VercingetorixTheGreat said:

Kick California out to keep it even

If anything we should sell Alaska to Canada to try and help payoff some of our debt.

No Alaska has oil reserves. California just sucks up our money.

The Cali boys just decided to raise their taxes so they can start paying for their own crap. Alaska has value hence the reason we sell it. Obviously we factor in the oil reserves when we come up with the price.