Friday, September 16, 2011

New Bart Sign Causes an Uproar.

New Bart Warning Sign
might be a little blunt but at least it is owning up. After recent protest at several stations over the past months Bart has finally come to terms to meet the public half way. "With these new signs we are reiterating that public transportation is a rider beware service. Our officers will shoot you without probable cause. We won't discriminate , although the percentages seem to go up the darker your complexion". This type honesty reminds me of my time in the south. Where the confederate flag is still the state flag for some states. Why beat around the bush. "We are Bart. We will shoot you". Ride at your own risk. We are not responsible for any of our actions, or your safety while you ride. "You people are lucky that we even run in your neighborhood. So please stop with all the protest inconveniencing people that have work to go to. We have money to make and officers to train." I ask why do bart officers even have guns in the first place. Fare Evaders must die, why else. Deadly Force and Transportation business as usual.

(bart sign is a parody. mass confusion is not responsible for any confusion this causes.)

Monday, August 29, 2011


micheal jordan hit a his
very first jumper
you knew what mary jane was
magic johnson retired all of a sudden
mick jagger got so damn old
monster jams were concieved
micheal johnson crossed the finish line
it was and always will be MJ....

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Top 100 Economies of the World

there are unofficially 195 countries in the world. Taiwan which is nicknamed " the roc " is considered a providence of China key word being considered. The Vatican City is considered a country which i did not know. It has some pretty interesting infrastructure that makes it pretty "untouchable " and kinda gangsta in my opinion. Anyhow the point of this post is that out of the unofficial 195 countries in the world 51 of the top 100 economies are corporations....the world is being pimped on a grand scale. to think a simple boycott of some buses in 1955 started a revolution of change we cannot allow ourselves to feel helpless about the direction that things are going in.

i feel everyone in the world is beautiful and has something beautiful to offer. It is not fair that some have a quality of life of excess while others live in total poverty. It is absolutely shameful that half of the worlds top 100 economies are corporations. this has to change. This is the list of pimps from pimp of the year to new pimp on the block. The funny thing is that in our obessive greed we have been programed to think this is cool. we kill for it and we are proud of it. to me it is kinda embarrassing. we claim to be civilized. we claim to be helpers of the world, but in the end we really only help ourselves. i think we can be a much stronger country if we actually stood by our values instead of using them as a sales pitch to our own people. God Bless America

Of the world's 100 largest economic entities, 51 are now corporations and 49 are countries.

compiled by Sarah Anderson and John Cavanagh of the of the Institute for Policy Studies in their Report on the Top 200 corporations released in December 2000

(Corporations are in bold italics)

RankCountry / CorporationGDP / sales ($mil)
1United States8,708,870.00
5United Kingdom1,373,612.00
13Korea, Rep.406,940.00
16Russian Federation375,345.00
23General Motors176,558.00
26Exxon Mobil163,881.00
27Ford Motor162,558.00
32South Africa131,127.00
33Saudi Arabia128,892.00
39Toyota Motor115,670.90
40General Electric111,630.00
43Royal Dutch/Shell105,366.00
45Iran, Islamic rep.101,073.00
48Nippon Tel & Tel93,591.70
49Egypt, Arab Republic92,413.00
56BP Amoco83,556.00
59Nippon Life Insurance78,515.10
66Matsushita Electric Ind.65,555.60
67Nissho Iwai65,393.20
68ING Group62,492.40
70Philip Morris61,751.00
73Deutsche Bank58,585.10
76Czech Republic56,379.00
77Dai-Ichi Mutual Life Ins.55,104.70
78Honda Motor54,773.50
79Assicurazioni Generali53,723.20
80Nissan Motor53,679.90
81New Zealand53,622.00
84Bank of America51,392.00
87SBC Communications49,489.00
88Credit Suisse49,362.00
94Sumitomo Life Insur.46,445.10
96Tokyo Electric Power45,727.70
98Total Fina Elf44,990.30
100State Farm Insurance44,637.20

Sources: Sales: Fortune, July 31, 2000. GDP: World Bank, World Development Report 2000.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


i know a am kinda late on this, but i am sure i am not the only one. this video is over a year old.
i might need to buy some stock in toyota before this technology comes out.
it can and will be very helpful and useful, but we will probably just play video games with it like dude says.

Your words and thoughts have physical power - Will Smith

for some reason or another i have let myself go down and unhealthy path of late. funny thing is i know better. i think it is very interesting that when you know better but you still allow yourself to fail yourself. my thoughts of late have kept me trapped in a cycle that hasn't allowed me to grow or shine. i have been pointing fingers at others that i should just point at myself. i have gone from a very vibrant upbeat person to someone not fun to be around, questioning how i got here. the questioning part is not so bad, its the thinking i have no control over it that sucks. i haven't been taking care of my body, haven't been taking care of my mind and i haven't been feeding my soul. therefore everything around me that i love has turned its back on me and i find myself alone. it is a hard pill to swallow that we create our own experiences when our experiences seem to be one negative thing after another. i have decided to stop asking why and i am taking back control of what floats around in my head. i am eliminating the words don't, not and no from my everyday use. i am replacing them with can will and yes. it's funny the opposite of the word not and no is the same thing....yes. our manifestations are instant waiting for it is optional. you just have to believe and claim it as yours. i think will smith is such a wonderful person, he said some things to me last night that, like said i knew, but i guess i had to hear it again. take back control of your life and circumstances and shine baby.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

ripple effect

this is an unauthorized colab piece i did with a doodle that was left in my journal that i never write in. doodle + photo+ photoshop

Saturday, February 5, 2011


Henri Christophe: the first black King in the Western Hemisphere

In 1767, Henri Christophe was born on the island of Grenada, a British colonial acquisition. His parents were slaves brought to Grenada with thousands of other west Africans to work in the sugar industry. The Africans that the English used as slaves in the sugar industry were known for their fierce and determined nature to resist the institution of slavery. The revolutionary nature of Henri Christophe has its roots deeply embedded in his African ancestry.

Henri's obstinate, argumentative, and obdurate nature led his father to sell his services to a French ship's Captain as a cabin boy, before had reached the age of ten. The ship's captain sold Henri to a French sugar planter in the French province on the island of Saint Dominique called Haiti, which was a Carib Indian name meaning "the land of the mountains." The brutality of the French planters led to much discontent among the slaves in Haiti. These acts of brutality were witnessed by Henri and set the stage for his role in the Haitian revolution.

Christophe participated in the American Revolutionary War in the French contingent. Sergeant Henri Christophe was among the five hundred forty-five Haitian free Negroes known as the Fontages Legion. Fighting to make men in another country free from oppression created a thirst for freedom within Christophe.

In June 1794, Haiti was threatened with the threat of the Spaniards and the English who wanted to share the wealth created by the sugar industry. The Spaniards constituted the greatest threat and a battle for control of Haiti ensued. The three principal figures in the Haitian revolution were Toussaint L'Overture, Jean Jacques Dessalines, and Henri Christophe. Toussaint joined the French forces against the Spaniards and became a general of the slaves and marched to several villages, liberating his brothers who immediately joined his forces. After having distinguished himself in battle, Christophe was made a sergeant by Toussaint and later made a General by Dessalines. The French forces were defeated and Haiti was declared an independent republic on November 27, 1803. The republic of Haiti was divided into two states and Christophe was elected president of the Northern State in February of 1807, and Alexandre Petion was elected President of the Southern Repbulic of Haiti in March. The division between the republics was to last for a decade.

President Christophe set out to improve all aspects of life in the northern province. One of his major concerns and preoccupations was the defense of his country form internal and external aggression. He had a huge fortress built on a mountain peak overlooking the Le Cap harbor, three thousand feet above the sea. The citadel was named "la Ferriere," which means the blacksmith's pouch. The huge stronghold, which still exists today, was built in the shape of a ship, covering sixteen acres, with some of the walls soaring 140 feet high.

The education of the Haitians was Henri Christophe's second priority. He solicited teachers from the United States and Britain to build schools, which would ultimately raise the former slaves to a literacy level unequaled in the western hemisphere. To continue the improvement of Haitian life, Christophe decided to create the first black kingdom in the western hemisphe. At a council of state on March 28, 1811, he declared Haiti a kingdom, with himself as King Henri I. Christophe offered the ruler of the south, Alexandre Petion, the opportunity to be absorbed. Petion refused and the relationship between the two men and their respective countries remained strained until Petion's death in 1818.

In August 1820, Christophe suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed. When the news spread of his infirmities, the seeds of rebellion began to grow. On October 2, 1820, the military garrison at St. Marc led a mutiny that sparked a revolt. The mutiny coincided with a conspiracy of Christophe's own generals. Some of his trusted aides took him to the Citadel to await the inevitable confrontation with the rebels. Christophe ordered his attendants to bathe him and dress him in his formal military uniform, place him in his favorite chair in his den and leave him alone. Shortly after the attendants left his side, Christophe committed suicide by shooting himself in the heart with a silver bullet. To prevent Christophe's body from being mutilated by the rebels, several of his aides buried him in quick lime. Henri Chrisophe, the former slave had risen to become the king of Haiti and sought to create a kingdom that would rival any that existed in nineteenth century Europe.

Friday, February 4, 2011


Revolutionary and First Ruler of Independent Haiti

Jean-Jacques Dessalines.
Dessalines fought with Toussaint Louverture against the British and French. After turning against Toussaint and joining Leclerc, Dessalines eventually became the leader of the revolution. A fierce warrior, his motto was "Koupe tet, boule kay" - "Cut off the head, burn down the house." (Wilentz) Dessalines declared Saint-Domingue's independence on January 1, 1804, and became the Black republic's first leader: the self-declared Emperor of Haiti (1804–1806 under the name of Jacques I; French:Jacques, Empereur Ier d'Haïti). For an English translation of the Independence declaration see: Act of Independence.

"A handsome, 'red-skinned' Negro from Senegal 1, fearless in the field and unscrupulous off it." (Parkinson, p. 67)

"In a battle near Cape François, Rochambeau took five hundred black prisoners, and put them all to death the same day. Dessalines, hearing of this, brought five hundred white prisoners in sight of the French, and hung them up, so that the cruel monster could see the result of his own barbarous example. (Wells-Brown p. 112)

"Nearly all historians have set him down as a bloodthirsty monster, who delighted in the sufferings of his fellow-creatures. They do not rightly consider the circumstances that surrounded him, and the foe that he had to deal with." (Wells-Brown p. 111)

"Insofar as we can talk intelligibly about a caste system in post-colonial Haiti, Dessalines was it's adversary." (Nicholls, p. 39)

Jean-Jacques Dessalines letter to Thomas Jefferson, 1803.
On declaring independence, Dessalines is reported to have created the Haitian flag by tearing out the white out of the French tricolor. The Haitian national anthem La Dessalinienne is named in Dessalines honor.

Dessalines is widely regarded by Haitians as one of the outstanding heroes in the struggle against slavery and colonialism, in this spirit he is also affectionately called: 'Papa Desalin' (lit. Father Dessalines). He was the Governor-General of Saint-Domingue from November 30, 1803 to December 31, 1803, the day before the Haitian Declaration of Independence. In contrast many non Haitian observers have focused on Dessalines treatment of French colonialists and less on his achievements in the freedom struggle.

Dessalines Marriage and children

Note 2: Dessalines was married to Marie-Claire Heureuse Félicité (1758 Léogâne - August 8, 1858), they had four daughters and three sons together, including a pair of twins. She was buried in St. Marc.
Jean-Jacques Dessalines had also six children from other relationships.

The Haitian Constitution of 1805

After becoming the ruler of Haiti, Jean-Jacques Dessalines promulgated the Haitian Constitution of 1805 on May 20 of that year. This constitution included the following important provisions:

  • Freedom of Religion (Under Toussaint Catholicism had been declared the official state religion);
  • All citizens of Haiti, regardless of skin color, to be known as "Black" – including the Poles and Germans (This was an attempt to eliminate the multi-tiered racial hierarchy which had developed in Haiti, with full-blooded Europeans at the top, various levels of light to brown skin in the middle, and dark skinned "Kongo", referring tho the region of Africa where most of the slaves had arrived from, from Africa at the bottom).

Dessalines Death

Pont-Rouge, site of Dessalines assassination
A conspiracy to overthrow Dessalines included Henry Christophe and Alexandre Pétion, who both succeeded him. Dessalines was assassinated north of Port-au-Prince at Pont Larnage, (now known as Pont-Rouge) on October 17, 1806 en route to battle the rebels.

Défilée, a woman, took the mutilated body of Jean-Jacques Dessalines to bury him.

The Tomb of Jean-Jacques Dessalines

Former Dessalines tomb at the Cimetière Intérieur.
On Dessalines tomb, in Port-au-Prince near the Palais National (Seat of Government), the inscription states: "At the first canon shot, giving the alarm, cities disappear and the nation stands up". (Péralte)

Note 1: Various sources give different birthplaces and/or dates for Jean-Jacques Dessalines, but respected Haitian historians such as Madiou come to the conclusion that Dessalines was born in the North of Haiti

See Also

Documents and Letters

From Toussaint Louverture

French Documents

Haitian Documents