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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

SACERED FIRE


The No.1 National Best Seller written by Peter A Lillback with Jerry Newcomb...

This book is a must read for those who question weather the founding
father of our nation George Washington was a man who lived by strong
unwavering christian values.....

For the most part the founders of this nation have become mere
bookmarks in history as we tend to focus more on the present historical
data of today's leaders.

The book a rebut of arguments made by current scholars in today's
academia that George Washington had long stepped away from
the values of this country and traveled along the lines of a deist.

It questions with detailed research over a period of 15 years or more
every aspect of Washington's life from friends who knew him, through
his writing, journals, manuscripts, and letters....

This book is long overdue in correcting the many falsehoods that
Washington lacked pure christian faith.....

The mountain of evidence speaks for itself from beginning to end
that his character lent to absolute patriotism with a strong belief
in God......

For Sacred Fire click on title link above......

(CORNER TALK REPORT)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

FIRST LOVES


New CD release First Loves featuring The Bell/Arista Drifters..

It was the early 70s when the Drifters left there original recording home Atlantic Record and signed with Bell/Arista in the UK and created these classics......

To purchase these great classics log into the title link above....

(CORNER TALK REPORT)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

BUTCH LEAKE PHOTOGRAPHY


You can now visit my new photographic business page over on facebook........

Butch Leake Photography.... special events, documentary, port folio, head shots, portrait, and Digital imaging specialist...

Currently highlighted are photos depicting the cultural, ethnic people
who frequent the city and the Times Square area of Manhattan....Street Life

Recently uploaded.... Memorial Day photos 2010 on the Iwo Jima Aircraft
Carrier over on the Hudson River......

(CORNER TALK REPORT)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

NEW ALBUM FROM STEPHANIE MILLS


C.T.R. update......from sources

A new album soon to be released from the beautiful song stylist
Stephanie Mills titled "Breathless"

Stephanie Mills who gave you such classics as "Home", "Secret Lady", and
"Never New Love Like This before" is set to grace the air waves once again...

A new Fan Page is currently up and running over on Facebook so
that she may stay closer to her fans who have supported her over the years.

There is also a new tribute song to the late great Michael Jackson which can be
downloaded over on Itunes...

What can be said this is one of the most dynamic singers to ever grace the
entertainment world of the likes that has not been seen for a long while.....

(CORNER TALK REPORT)

Monday, July 12, 2010

PROJECT MIDAS

It is called Project Midas a new device which allows city police
to take finger prints in the street..

The device has been use in the UK and is now being widely distributed
there.

It will be soon be operational on the streets of New York....

The technology will allow police to check identity, receive thousands
of picture downloads, scan passports, DNA etc. cross federal and
state data bases throughout the country...

To address fears about mass surveillance and random searches, the police insist fingerprints taken by the scanners will not be stored or added to databases.

The police claim that the technology will speed up and make criminal
investigation more efficient.

Civil rights group are currently cautioning on what the use of these devices could
mean to the ordinary citizen if used in an improper manner. Such as collecting
data of an individual on random checks and searches...

For more information log into http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/oct/27/project-midas-fingerprint-scanner-liberty or click on title link above....

(CORNER TALK REPORT)

Monday, July 5, 2010

BORN ON THE 4TH OF JULY


Just wishing everyone a Happy belated 4th of July.......

For those of you who are skaters, we here in New York brought in the countries
birthday with our skating bash at the city's Central Park......

Hosted by the Central Park Dance Skaters Association.....

The weather was hot and the turn out was great....

The music was to the sounds of DJ Ricky Rivera.....

For a peek in at the weekends event log into http://www.facebook.com/BUTCHLEAKE
or click on the title link above..

(CORNER TALK REPORT)

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

BIBLE/ASTROLOGICAL TEXT

DENDERA ZODIAC

Both Egyptian and Sumerian/Babylonian cultures were star gazers,astrologer, Mystic and priest etc. There cultures were based on the study of nature and the order of the heavens. These observations went on for thousands of years much longer than what modern science and today's organized religious bodies would like to reveal..

So the phrase as you might read in these text: (as above so below, On earth as in heaven) there culture,edifices, temples, monument, pyramids etc. embodied the reflection of the natural order of things....

The people who fashioned both the old testament and The Koran were the Hyksos Shepherd Kings pharaohs who lived in the delta area of Egypt in and around the 18th dynasty under the pharaoh Akhenaton who started monotheism...These were your so called Jews of the bible who came out of Egyptian captivity. They migrated to both the Sinai region and into Yemen. These people were the authors of both eventual text....

For the most part there is no real record that there was any migration of people under the tyranny of pharaoh that fit a true time line under the biblical record reported in the bible.

According to historians, Egyptologists place the exodus at the time of Ramesses II (c. 1280 BC),
which is some 400 years later than the era which Jacob decribes..

There is very persuasive arguments that the biblical Moses was, in fact the Egyptian pharaoh
Akhenaton...

Akhenaton reign was still 300 years later than the reign of pharaoh Jacob..

In looking at the era of Jacob we can see there is a documented historical biblical exodus,
but also a documented Hyksos exodus from Egypt... A very large event with some 24,000
families fleeing Egypt according to the historian Manetho who gave one of the most accurate
records of the Egyptian dynastic kings list...

Genesis of which most think is the creation of the heavens and earth story is really "the coming forth by day" wrongly call the Egyptian Book Of the Dead.

It is the story which depics the rising of the (Sun) not the (Son) that Christians try to propagate which the Egyptian observed daily.

This rising of the Sun is the central mystery in all what you read in these text that they try to hide.... It was the Egyptians and Sumerian/Babylonian who invented the calendar based on the Zodiac the 12 houses in astrology.... So the symbolism of the 12 deciples that you see in the Jesus stories and much more throughout both the old and new testament, Koran and many of the other religious text weather in India, China etc....

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time born, and a time to die; a time to plant and time to pluck up what is planted,,,(Ecclesiastes 3:1-2)

The Gnostics knew the allegorical and astrotheological nature of the life of Christ" as admitted by Christian father Irenaeus which was at the root of their denial of the "historical" Christ Irenaeus said:

"The Gnostic truly declared that all the supernatural transactions asserted in the gospels were counterparts of what took place above." The bible is the greatest astrological/astronomical text and story ever told. The worship of the Creators heaven.....

(CORNER TALK REPORT)

Friday, June 25, 2010

THE ART OF BUTCH LEAKE

Here is a brief collection of some of the paintings by the Artist....

Fine illustrations in pastels done over the years featuring the
many looks of The Drifters as they evolve over the years
since 1953....

Most of these art samples, paintings and photography's by the artist
can be downloaded over at Payloadz by clicking on the Payloadz
link to the right.....

(CORNER TALK REPORT)


Thursday, June 24, 2010

DRIFTERS THE LEGACY CONTINUES

Butch Leake & the Drifters
The Drifters "Glasgow Scotland" 2009

The Drifters as you know are in their 6th decade with an incredible record
of 200 thousand singles and 100 thousand albums sold to date....

The history of this legendary group and organization has been a product
of much mis-understanding filled with facts and laced with myth.

To the mom and pops of the early 50s the Drifters came and went with
the group headed by the late crooner Clyde McPhatter along with Bill
Pickney and the Thrasher brothers....

Yet with the success of those years this was not the lineup which was
responsible for many of the memorable hit songs that we are accustomed
to associating with the Drifters.

In looking at the act on the surface you might say there were five significant
groups from 1953 through the mid 1970 which were responsible for
most of the known hit songs on both sides of the Atlantic...

In all of that there were more than 60 singers that have come through
the lineups ranks.

The single most mainstay individual being Johnny Moore who passed away
in 1998.

The other mainstay the Treadwell family who have held the rights to Drifter
trademark since the early 50s.

Much of the formula which was the mainstay of the group was situated in
the lead singers in the early years Mcphatter, Moore, Lewis, and King. and to
complimented and lock in the sound Pickney, the Thrasher Brothers, Terry, Thomas,
Piersen, Green, Hobbs, Fredricks, Sheppard, Leake, Kitchings, Brown and Blunt..

For the most part the magic which you might say that made the act what it was to
become was in the impromptu style that could only be understood by those who were
close to it's inner workings.

Non like other acts who had a manufactured polished approach to there performances.

The Drifters for the most part was very improvised and free in it's style..

Known much for it's simple choreography but flair in individual dancers like Butch Leake
and Rick Sheppard who top the act in dance moves during the latter 60s and early 70s.

It was in this improvised approached that the group became so notorious in it's smooth
and high energy on stage.

Today we are in a new era with the Drifters for a new and younger generation and also
for the older generation 35 and up we have the Drifters Legends.

Both groups under the direction of PMG (Prism Music Group UK) continue in the
tradition of the 56 year year history of the organization owned by the Treadwell
family.....

For more information on both The Drifters and The Drifters Legends log into
http://www.prismmusicgroup.com or http://theofficialdrifters.com

(CORNER TALK REPORT)






Wednesday, June 16, 2010

DRIFTERS LEGENDS REUNION

From left to right- Rick Sheppard/Joe Blunt/Butch Leake

June 14 2010 Drifters Legends Rick Sheppard, Joe Blunt and Butch Leake
came together for a reunion at the New Yorker Hotel in downtown Manhattan.

For those who are unfamiliar with The Drifters history these three men
are the link between two of the Golden periods of the Drifters history...

It was in 1972 that the Drifters then under the management of Drifters
incorporated left the original home Atlantic records and signed with UK
Record company Bell/Arista.

It was in early 1970 that Butch Leake replaced Rick Sheppard who was featured in
the 60s lineup to bring in the next golden period of the group.

Christmas 1975 Butch Leake leaves the group to embark on a solo career and
in steps Joe Blunt to carry on the Bell/Arista years.....

Recently in 2009 both Butch and Joe received Life Time Achievement Awards
from Sony Music for there contribution to the Bell/Arista Label during the 70s.

(CORNER TALK REPORT)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

SOCIOLOGY/HISTORY A DISCIPLINE

MAAT-TRUTH/JUSTICE/ORDER

Belief is the psychological state in which and individual holds the
proposition or premise to be true.

The truth is that much of what we claim to be true
gospel so to speak lacks credible evidence within
general understanding of the subject matter in focus.

History as a prime example is a discipline which is the underlining factor
of who and what we are as beings on this planet we call earth.

It contains a number of disciplines which sociology
leads in in establishing the evidence which is
crucial in ascertaining factual stability.

Looking at religion as another example, belief within these disciplines has
been one of the most degenerating factors in human
suffering since ancient times......

Though the underlining factor in each of the religious dogmas
has it's roots far back in antiquity when man lived
his life in accord with the natural laws which he found that surrounded him.

  1. Christianity: 2.1 billion ........33%
  2. Islam: 1.5 billion .........21%
  3. Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist: 1.1 billion .........16%
  4. Hinduism: 900 million ........14%
  5. Chinese traditional religion: 394 million ........6%
  6. Buddhism: 376 million .........6%
  7. primal-indigenous: 300 million ........6%
  8. African Traditional & Diasporic: 100 million......... 6%
  9. Sikhism: 23 million ........0.36%
  10. Juche: 19 million .......other 0.22% [%POPULATION]
  11. Spiritism: 15 million.......other 0.22%
  12. Judaism: 14 million ........0.22%
  13. Baha'i: 7 million ........other 0.22%
  14. Jainism: 4.2 million .......other 0.22%
  15. Shinto: 4 million .......other 0.22%
  16. Cao Dai: 4 million .......other 0.22%
  17. Zoroastrianism: 2.6 million .........other 0.22%
  18. Tenrikyo: 2 million ........other 0.22%
  19. Neo-Paganism: 1 million ........other 0.22%
  20. Unitarian-Universalism: 800 thousand .........other 0.22%
  21. Rastafarianism: 600 thousand .......other 0.22%
  22. Scientology: 500 thousand ........other 0.22%
We have perverted, hid and destroyed most of these truths in our pursuit of self
indulgence and political greediness.

Yet self evidence is embodied within the sociological structure of early man as he climbed
from individual, family, clan, tribe on to civilization....

The world is currently in conflict with it self because we fail to except the truth of our
origin as far as the true sociology structure and teachings as what we like to characterize
as primitive man & woman and what they taught us....

There can be no God without there being a Goddess. Both masculine and feminine
principals or laws are constant in the universal structure of all things in and out of
existence....

So our Bibles, Korans and other text we currently hold as a testimony of the living truth and
way to our so called salvation has failed us.

(CORNER TALK REPORT) Butch Leake........6/5/2010

Monday, May 3, 2010

DANGEROUS REMINDER


We are living in dangerous times as Saturdays potential bomb scare
reinforced in our minds.

Americas cities with no exceptions are potential targets for growing
terror tactic.

Crude in it's design, the car bomb place in the busy Times Square
area Saturday evening had the potential to kill dozens if not more innocent
people.

A stark reminder that we are not exempt from this kind of murder and
mayhem which we see in other parts of the world.

Security services have reported preliminary signs suggested that this was
not part of any Al Qaeda or other known terrorist organization operating
in our backyard, yet that possibility could become a reality.

Currently a man hunt is going on for the driver of the SUV parked in the
mid Times Square area.

The question has become for many has the day of the car bomb or the suicide
bomber reached our shores.

Butch Leake for...... (CORNER TALK REPORT)

Monday, April 5, 2010

STREET VIOLENCE




Violence as roving street gangs battle in the Times Square district of
the city Easter Sunday into Monday morning.

Police blocked Broadway and closed shops after 2 people were shot.

On 41street a man was reportedly shot in the ankle and 30 minutes
later a woman was shot on 51street...

A total of four people were reportedly injured from gunshot wounds
during the night........

(CORNER TALK REPORT)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

C.T.R. NEWS BRIEF

C.T.R. NEWS BRIEF....
Police in Italy have launched an investigation after body of woman was pulled from water near George Clooney's. home at Lake Comp.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010

THE POLITICS OF HATE

The Question? Where were they during the eight years of the George Bush
Cheney administration.

Where was all the righteousness and patriotism during this period.

Or was it that the country was during so good that there was no need
for this Tea Party activism, but now they have convinced themselves that
President Obama who must be stopped at all cost didn't just inherit this
America and all it's problems but created it.

This has nothing to do with political dissent but smells only of bigotry, hate
mongering and a form of Nazism.

Sarah Palin on Twitter in her outrageous statement "Commonsense
Conservatives & Lovers of America Don't Retreat, Instead-Reload"

So it seems according to her anyone on the other side of the debate of health
care is not such a good American as she is...

Then there are the Republican strategist who speak on the issue as if
they are the voice for the whole of the country.

Unfortunately for the public who listen to this smut that is being peddled
and can't discern the issues and are lead like cattle, corralled in this illusion
of political smoke and mirrors is another sad day in the history of this nation.

When is it that a health care bill becomes unconstitutional? when poor people
have the right to the same care that wealthy Americans have for so long enjoyed
and had a monopoly on.

What of Palin, this so called political Pit Bull the fighter of our American cause
who left her job as Governor of Alaska, obviously seeing there is money to be
made ranting her anti health care and European socialism nonsense.

This president has taken more flak in one year of his presidency than all
of the men who have held that office over the pass sixteen year.

Yet they dare try to drag us back to the dark days of racial poison which has for
so long been the thread of fabric in this country.....

No thank you..... I look forward to the change

(CORNER TALK REPORT)

Monday, March 22, 2010

C.T.R. NEWS BRIEF#4

C.T.R. NEWS BRIEF#4 Hosted by Butch Leake
Copyright 2010 Butch Leake Productions....

(CORNER TALK REPORT)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

C.T.R. NEWS BRIEF#3

This is a C.T.R. news brief...Hosted by Butch Leake
Copyright 2010 Butch Leake Productions..

(CORNER TALK REPORT)

Friday, March 19, 2010

C.T.R. NEWS BRIEF#2

This is a C.T.R. news brief hosted by
Butch Leake for Corner Talk Report....
Copyright 2010 Butch Leake Productions.....

(CORNER TALK REPORT)

C.T.R. NEWS BRIEF#1

This is a C.T.R. news brief featuring the debut release the Drifters
new single recording "DO YOU DREAM OF ME" produced at
Bomark studios England UK....
For information log into www.theofficialdrifters.com

(CORNER TALK REPORT)

Monday, March 15, 2010

THE ROCK N ROLL HALL OF FAME


Who will roll into the halls ledger this year? surely not the Pointer Sisters
who are greatly underrated, yet had two distinct periods of success during
the 70s & the 80s.....

Then there is Linda Ronstadt and Joe Cocker who are greatly at a disadvantage
because they don't write there own songs....

Barry white comes to mind, but it seems he caught in a disco era tag.

Then there groups like the Ohio Players, Donovan another highly underrated
artist.....

Along list of artist whom never seem to make it for one reasons or the other or
simply the halls rejects....

Politics seems to show it's hand again in these events as with the Oscars in the
past......

Tonight the inductees will be AbbA, Jimmy cliff, the Hollies, Genesis and the stooges..

For those who were nominated yet did not have enough votes to make the grade,
Donna Summer, Darlene Love, Kiss, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LL Cool J and the Chantels.

(CORNER TALK REPORT)

Monday, March 8, 2010

MASTER MUSIC KIT



Now available for purchase and download are our Master Music Kit
for music industry administration.

Standard contracts and agreements for independent companies
and individuals who need a jump start developing the infrastructure
of there music business.

You may obtain the kit and other products over on our product page at Payloadz e-store
by clicking on the Payloadz link to your right in the link section of this blog site or
by clicking on Master Music Kit above....

(CORNER TALK REPORT)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

C.T.R. NETWORK


Corner Talk Report is soon to go Live....

After the positive response that we have received over the past
couple of years, we have decided to broadcast a live version
of the blog.

You can watch both pre-recorded and live broadcast in the coming
months.

You can follow our C.T.R.mobile links at http://qik.com/butch_leake or
check us out at our C.T.R. Network Channel over at http://www.livestream.com/ctrnetwork
Also scheduled C.T.R. live at BlogTV http://www.blogtv.com/people/BUTCHLEAKE

At the bottom of this page you can watch us at both our Mobile viewer and our channel
viewer for your pleasure......

The written blog will continue as usual...... Thank you for the support.

(CORNER TALK REPORT)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

SLAVE ECONOMY/Black History Month

Wood Plank House, St. Vincent, West Indies ca. 1898
Image Reference NW0022 Source Robert T. Hill, Cuba and Porto Rico New York,1898
Virginia Foundation of Humanities University of Virginia Library
This type of thatched house was probably found during the late slave period 19th century.


The reorganization of the French empire began under Colbert and was finallybrought under direct control of the Crown in 1774.


Silver production on the Spanish-American mainland declined significantly;
with a drop in domestic Spanish industries and their subsequent demise;
Spanish merchant shipping greatly declined in Caribbean ports.

By 1686 more than 90 percent of the capital and goods handled on
the legal Seville-to-the -Indies trade was controlled by French, Dutch,
Genoese, English and German businessmen (mostly through Spanish
intermediaries).

In the Caribbean the whole of the region by this time had been experiencing
a revolutionary reorganization of it society structure. This was to include
it's agriculture and commerce.

With the delay in Spanish possessions, and the subsequent exploitation, domination
of settlers and removal. The age of sugar and slavery had arrived.

The introduction of African slaves was instituted on a massive scale. It soon was
was to be use as a main source an form of employment and reflected a major
change in the status and role of the colonies in the Caribbean.

In the 1640s a semi-feudal European settler frontier slowly gave way to a
organized and commercially structured society of masters and slaves.

Greater profits were to be made in the new economic structure to private and public
proponents than had been in the old and former European farming communities.

The adoption of slavery came about because of the severe economic crisis of the
seventeenth century Caribbean and it's particular need to establish a more
competitive, marketable commodity than tobacco as the basis of colonial economy.

(CORNER TALK REPORT)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

SOCIETIES/Black History Month

A NUBIAN REBEL (Artist Unknown)

The seventeenth century witnessed some fundamental changes in the
political, economic, and social structure of the Caribbean.

During this period you saw a dramatic shift from being mere settler
communities to exploitation colonies within the non-Hispanic sphere.

There marked a startling political change of imperial divisions when
the Dutch, French and English successfully defied the might of Spain
and established permanent strongholds which for more than a century
had been the sole and private possession of monarchs of Castille.

After 1700 Caribbean possessions change hands among European powers,
but for the most part remain cosmopolitan.

It were somewhat difficult, to give you an exact account, of the number of persons
upon the Island; there being such store of shipping that brings passengers daily
to the place, but it has been conjectur'd by those that are long acquainted, best seen
in the knowledge of the Island, that there are not less than 50 thousand souls, beside
Negroes; and some them who began upon small fortunes, are now risen to very
great vast estates.
The Island is divided into three sorts of men, Masters, Servants, and Slaves.
the slaves and their posterity, being subject to their masters for ever are
kept and preserved with greater care than the servants,who are theirs but for
five years, according to the law of the island. So that for the time, the servants
have the worse lives, for they are put to very hard labor, ill lodging, and there
diet very sleight.


Richard Ligon
True and Exact history..... of Barbadoes, 1657

The 1700 found two distinct societies living side by side. The first type were loud,
violent society of struggling settlers, prospering farmers or planters of such,
officials, merchants, suffering slaves and ambivalent free persons
of color.

These would have been considered the true colonists, who for the most part
excepted the conditions they found themselves under albeit under duress, rules
regulations and adhering to varying degrees of political design of
different imperial systems.

The second social type generated by socio-political movement of the times were
groups of individuals commonly know as trans-frontier men.

Communities of Maroons or escaped slaves, defiant and stateless Buccaneers
who represented an alternative to colonial social structure but not a threat to
organized society.

The Maroons were the most successful alternative to European colonial society.

The Maroons came about in a climate of resistance to slavery and were a
essentially communities of Africans who escaped individually and collectively.
They continued the tradition begun by the indigenous Indians.

(CORNER TALK REPORT)

Monday, February 8, 2010

CARIB - RESISTANCE/Black History Month

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS

The last migrant group to settle in the Caribbean prior to the arrival
of the Europeans in 1492 were the Kalinago.

The Columbus mission found three native groups all of different derivation
and cultural achievements.

All three groups had entered the Caribbean from the region of South
America know as the Guianas.

These were the Ciboney, the Taino (Arawaks) and the Kalinago.

On record the Ciboney arrived about 300 B.C. followed by the Taino, ethnic
relatives, about 500 years later who by 650 A.D. had migrated northward
establishing large communities through the islands in the Greater Antilles.

Migration for the Kalinago started around 1000 A.D. and they continued to
arrive by the time Columbus's landfall.

When the Spanish arrived in the northern Caribbean, they found the Tainos already
in a defensive posture, yet later encountered the Kalinago who were much more
prepared for aggression and to wage a protracted war against the imperialist.

Both Kalinago an Tainos were well prepared for survival having inhabited the
islands for such a long time.

European colonial forces from the offset were more technologically prepared for
violent conflict due to determined maritime mobilization, capitalist finance, science
and technology and to further imperialist goals.

In the Greater Antilles, the Tainos waged a spirited military resistance campaign
although ineffective against Spanish forces. They were supported by the Kalinago.

In 1494 Columbus led a force of 400 armed men into the interior of Hispaniola
in search of gold, food and slaves. Taino Caciques mobilized for resistance.

Guacanagari, a leading Cacique marched with a few thousand men in 1494
against the spanish but was unsuccessful in the attempt.

The Spanish under Ponce de Leon were attacked frequently byTaino warriors
and many Spanish settlers were killed but the Taino and Kalinago were eventually
crushed in the counter assaults.

Taino fatalities were high and thousands were publicly executed and or killed
in the many battles.

However in the lesser Antilles Kaliinago were more successful in there campaigns
against the Spanish, and then the English and French thereby preserving their
freedom and maintaining control over their land and territory.

The Kalinago an their anti-colonial communities on the outskirts of the imperialist
slave plantations, constituted a major problem for slave owners and threatened
the very existence of colonizing missions......

(CORNER TALK REPORT)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

THE PORTUGUESE/Black History Month


Twenty-five years would elapse between the first Portuguese voyages
along the northwest coast of Africa and the taking of captives at Rio do
Ouro (modern Rio de Oro) byAntao Goncalves and Nuno Tristao during
there voyage of 4141.

The Portuguese recognizing that voyages of the sort could be self-financing
and revenue generating accelerated the rate of exploration along the west
African coast.

Portuguese activities took an aggressive commercial and political turn.

By the 1450s and 1460s trade in goods and people had become commonplace.

Portuguese contacts with Africa, from Mauretania to Kongo, were primarily
commercial ventures.

The Portuguese entered a half century of peace and friendship with leaders
in sub-Saharan Africa. They established cooperative working relationships
with African middlemen and suppliers of slaves and other goods.

In the beginning being far removed from the Mediterranean supply and demand
cycle to obtain slaves from the Black Sea, Crimea, or the Caucasus, the Portuguese
were on the lookout for alternative sources for labor.

Soon attacks on Moorish vessels in the Straits of Gibraltar, transits between
Morocco and Granada and raids on Guanches, indigenous to the Canaries,
provided the Portuguese with labor.

Acts of piracy in the guise of armed offensives against non-Christians first exposed
the Portuguese to sub-Saharan blacks in transit from the Maghreb to Granada.

The African presence in Portugal

Much information has been lost due to an earthquake in 1755 which destroyed the
Casa dos Escravos de Lisboa (founded 1486) which was the section of Casa de Guine
responsible for the administration of the slave trade from West and Central Africa
the collection of duties, and the farming out of royal contracts.

Evidence which is available indicates that the number of slaves exported from upper
Guinea in the latter part of the century varied from year to year.

According to Portuguese historian Vitorino Magalhaes Godinho between 1,000 and
2,000 slaves were exported from Mauritania and the Sahel in the period 1441-48.

Establishing relations with Sudanese traders and later with traders between Senegal
and Cape Verde, these numbers increased dramatically.

The period 1450-60, there were 800 and 1,000 exports annually through Arguim.

Exports through Argium for the period 14500-1505 were not less than 25,000
or as high 40,000.

Some 5,000 slaves were estimated to have been exported from between Senagal
and Sierra Leone in the decade 14450-60 and the number doubled in the
following decade.

From 1480s 3,500 slaves were exported from the region annually, with numbers
declining in the 1490s.

Estimate number of slave exports from Africa prior to 1492 about 1,500 for
coastal Sahara; 25,000 through Arguim; 55,000 for Senegal-Sierra Leone
and 2,00 for Elmira.

Exports of 80,000 persons as slaves from areas between the Saharan littoral
and Kongo in the half century preceding Columbus's landing in the Americas.

(CORNER TALK REPORT)




BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Toussaint L'Ouverture

As a matter of record there has been many slave uprisings in history throughout South America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

It was on the plantation of Christopher Columbus's son, Diego on the island
of Hispaniola in 1522 that the first large-scale revolt of African slaves took place.


In 1546 slaves revolted in Mexico.

In Venezuela there were uprisings between 1552 and 1556.

Slavery in the Caribbean a
nd in South America served as models for the
flesh industry that developed here in North America.



It also planted the seed for the eventual slave revolts here in North America
as many of those that were
shipped here had first hand knowledge of the
uprising in the Caribbean..

Slavery officially began in the British Colonies in North America, August
1619.

A Dutch vessel traveling from the Caribbean, brought twenty black
indentured servants to Jamestown Virginia. The Virginia House of Burgesses
that same year met in Jamestown an approved indenture servitude.

Eventually the trade of both white and black indentured servants spread to
Charleston (South Carolina) and New Amsterdam (New York).

During the eighteenth century, the revolutions that took hold in France
and America set forth the concept that liberty and equality were the rights
of all men.

These ideas were of cost dangerous concepts in slave holding societies.

It was such Ideas that motivated a slave who lived most of his life at Breda
plantation 15 miles from the capital of the port city, Cap Francois.

Born May 2, 1743 which was the feast of Saints he was named
Francois Dominique Toussaint.

Toussaint led a revolution that began on the French colony of Saint-Domingue
and ended with the abolition of slavery there.

He wanted to overthrow slavery as a social system.

Due to that revolution the formation of Haiti, the first black nation in the
Western Hemisphere was established....

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Sunday, January 31, 2010

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

THE STATE OF THE UNION

We do not give up! We do not quit! was the message that was echoed by president
Obama in his first State of the Union address.

In his usual elegant tone that has become a hallmark of Obama oratory the
president spelled out his agenda for 2010.

Recapturing some of the hope that help put him in to office he said what
the American people hope, what they deserve is for all of us, Democrats and
republicans, to work through our differences, to overcome the numbing weight
of our politics.

What American want is the simple security knowing that tomorrow will be better
than today. Putting on defense for the middle class which he champions...

It's all about economy, jobs and health care which he reminded everyone he
campaigned on an which he has not backed down from.

Mentioning the word "jobs" 29 times, he asked Congress to join with him
and make 2010 the year of jobs...

That the people are out of work an hurting. They need our help and he wants
a bill on his desk right away with out delay...

He pointed out that his administration had some political setbacks pointing to
the poll numbers which slid downward and voters rebelled against Democrats
in Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial races also the lost by a successor to
the late Sen. Edward Kennedy seat to a populist republican.

Much of the presidents speech was showing that he gets it and that he understands
the underlining factors rolling out a number of proposals showing that the White
House has it's sights locked on the economy issues....

He asked that $30 billion in repaid Wall Street loans be funneled in to small business
lending, energy and tax incentives to encourage infrastructure spending.

A new middle class tax cut and eliminating capital gains taxes on small businesses
went down well with New Yorks junior senator. "I liked that he talked about a
middle-class tax-cut said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

He stuck by health care reform push even though it took about 25 minutes for
him to get to the topic...

He pointed out by the time he finished speaking this evening more Americans will
have lost their health insurance. Pointing out that he will not walk away from these
Americans and neither should the people in this chamber.

"By now it should be obvious that I didn't take on health care because it's good
politics" "I took on health care because of the stories I've heard from Americans.

On the terrorist issue! I've bagged more terrorists, sez prez

He said the long and painful Iraq war "is ending" after 4,692 US and coalition
troops - so far have perished on it's dusty battle fields, "and all of our troops
are coming home"

Troops from Afghanistan will start coming home by 2011....

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

WHEN THE EARTH MOVED 2010

As we currently know, there is much needed help in Haiti due to the dire
circumstances that prevail on the ground in wake of the most devastating
Eartquake that has hit this hemisphere.

On January 12, 2010, a massive earthquake struck the nation of Haiti, causing catastrophic damage inside and around the capital city of Port-au-Prince

Thousands of people have been killed, maimed, and displaced in wake of this terrible
natural tragedy.

Relief efforts are on the way from around the world with 3 million dollars donated
to the Red Cross through the Twitter & Facebook social networks.

On January 15, the U.N. issued a flash appeal requesting approximately $562 million to support populations affected by the January 12 earthquake in Haiti. The appeal prioritizes food aid, health, logistics, nutrition, shelter and settlements, and water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions, as well as emergency recovery activities.

As this tragic story unfolds lets all be reminded how fragile we all are on this planet we call home.

Our support is urgently needed in the weeks ahead in this humanitarian cause....

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