Friday, September 16, 2011
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
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)
|Rank||Country / Corporation||GDP / sales ($mil)|
|45||Iran, Islamic rep.||101,073.00|
|48||Nippon Tel & Tel||93,591.70|
|49||Egypt, Arab Republic||92,413.00|
|59||Nippon Life Insurance||78,515.10|
|66||Matsushita Electric Ind.||65,555.60|
|77||Dai-Ichi Mutual Life Ins.||55,104.70|
|84||Bank of America||51,392.00|
|94||Sumitomo Life Insur.||46,445.10|
|96||Tokyo Electric Power||45,727.70|
|98||Total Fina Elf||44,990.30|
|100||State Farm Insurance||44,637.20|
Sources: Sales: Fortune, July 31, 2000. GDP: World Bank, World Development Report 2000.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Henri Christophe: the first black King in the Western Hemisphere
Friday, February 4, 2011
Revolutionary and First Ruler of Independent HaitiDessalines 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.
"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)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 DeathA 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 DessalinesOn 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
- William Wells Brown - Dessalines - 1863 perspective from an African-american writer from the book The Black Man, His Antecedents, His Genius, and His Achievements.
- The History and Present Condition of St. Domingo (1837) - Excerpt of 1837 book describing Jean-Jacques Dessalines.
- The Struggle for the Recognition of Haiti and Liberia as Independent Republics - 1917 article from The Journal of Negro History outlining some of the reasons behind the U.S. delay in recognizing Haiti.
- Haitian Revolutionary Battles with decisive participation of Dessalines:
- La Dessalinienne - Haitian national anthem named in honor of Jean-Jacques Dessalines.
- Poem: "Mèsi Papa Desalin" (Thank You Father Dessalines) by Felix Morrisseau-Leroy.
- List of Saint-Domingue Rulers
Documents and Letters
From Toussaint Louverture
- Memoir of Toussaint Louverture, Written by Himself - Includes several passages dealing with Jean-Jacques Dessalines.
- Toussaint Louverture letter to Jean-Jacques Dessalines - 1802 Letter by Toussaint Louverture asking Dessalines to burn down Port-au-Prince.
- 'Show no mercy' letter by Leclerc (1802) - Refers to Dessalines, which Leclerc presumes to be on his side.
- French Capitulation in Saint-Domingue (1803)