Monday, May 15, 2017

Souls Into Shadows - By Carroll Bryant

SOULS INTO SHADOWS - By Carroll Bryant



They're looking for a body down by the river
Some one died of a broken heart
Took a leap from atop of a bridge
Ripping the world apart

Nobody heard a scream or a yell
Not even a quiet cry out for help
Man or beast, they all find their god
And only time can tell

Lurking in the darkness, a glimmer of a light
Turning souls into shadows that fade into the night
A madman disease that burns in the fire
A token of desire

It feels like I'm falling, but the drop never ends
It feels like I'm living in the zone where we are friends
Maybe this is the time when I lose my mind

They're searching for something to make them all shiver
They never did find that body by the river
The current surely played a huge part
In ripping up the heart

Hear my scream, hear my yell
Listen to the quiet cry out for help
A man of beast suddenly finds his god
At the bottom of her hell

Lurking in the darkness, a glimmer of a light
Turning souls into shadows that fade into the night
A madman disease that burns in the fire
A lost bloom of a flower

It feels like I'm falling, but the drop never ends
It feels like I'm living in the zone where we are friends
Maybe this is the time when I lose my mind

Maybe this is the night that I lose my mind




Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Fantasy Football: 2017

And hello to everyone today. I just got done drafting my eleven teams this past weekend for fantasy football. As you may recall, last year was such a great season for me. I played 16 teams and all of them made their league playoffs. Thirteen of those teams went on to play in their league championship game and twelve of those teams won their league championship.

Do I expect to repeat that this year? No. I actually don't. And yet, I do. lol

What I mean is, in my heart, I always expect to win, but in reality, well, you know how it goes. You can't win all the time. It would be nice though to do as well again this year as last year. That would be nice. Anyhow, I played a record 16 teams last season and this season, I decided to just go with eleven. I was just going to play ten, but then I figured I wanted to play one of my new teams from last year and I decided on Dak Dynasty, seeing how I am a Dallas Cowboys fan and for as long as Dak Prescott is their quarterback, I will play the Dak Dynasty team. But once he is traded, resigns with another team or retires, I will retire the Dak Dynasty team.

Lets take a look at this years teams!


 I always open every year of Fantasy Football with drafting Piketon first. They were the first team I ever played (2006). In my first year of playing FF, I played just one team to see how I was going to like it. Of course, I loved it and year two and beyond, I have played more teams in more leagues.

Piketon's career record is 80 -62-1. I have won three championships with them and lost a couple. Their playoff record is 8-3.


 Chillicothe has a career record of 73 -64. I have played in four league championships with them, winning two, the last two years back to back in fact. Their playoff record is, 6 - 4.

Some people have asked why I name my teams after the cities and towns that I do. These are places I have been or lived and they hold a special place in my heart so I honor them in this way. The only teams I have played that I never lived or visited are Utah Cougars and London Tigers. (I played both last season). I played those two teams in honor a couple of friends of mine who live in or near those places.


 Columbus has an amazing record of 81 wins- 41 defeats, and - 1 tie.

I have played in 4 league championship games over the years with the Bandits, but only winning one of them.

Their playoff record is, 5 wins and 5 losses.






 The Kingston Kings are 85-31-1 in their career. I started them in 2008. They have been a kick-ass team in the regular season, but have only played in 3 league championships, winning one (2015).

They have qualified for the playoffs every year except one (2011).

Their post-season record is, 4 - 7.




The Scorpions sport a record of, 85 - 43 - 2.

They have played in 5 league championships over the years, winning 3 of them, including back to back championships the past two years.

With 8 playoff wins and 4 losses in their history, they are one of, if not the most, successful team I play.





 Ohio Wildcats clock in with a record of 90 wins, 45 losses and 2 ties. They have won more regular season games total than any other team. They have also won 4 league championships in their history, which is tops among my teams. They have also played in more championship games than any of my other teams, (7). They also have more playoff wins, too (11).

I first played them in 2007, in Yahoo! leagues before moving them to ESPN in 2014.



 Ross County is 85 - 48 - 3 in their history. They are 2 - 1 in league championship games. They sport a playoff record of 6 wins and 4 losses.











Roswell is 85 - 44 - 1 in their career. They have played in five championship games and won two of them. Their playoff record is, 7 wins and 6 defeats.

They're aliens. They're from outer-space. They are also one of  the teams that won a championship last year.





The Santa Fe Eagles court a career record of 65 wins and 46 losses.

I did not play them in 2014 or 2015.

They have played in three championship games (including last season) and won two of them (including last season).

They are 5 - 3 in their playoff history.




Waverly is 61 - 34 in their history, which spans a mere seven years. In this time, they have accumulated 8 playoff wins and two losses. This includes 5 league championship appearances where they won three of them. The only two years they did not appear in the their league championships were 2012 and 2013. Both of those years they failed to make the playoffs. However, the other five years, they made the playoffs and went on to play in their league championship games. They are my most fickle team.



I started Dak Dynasty last year to honor Dak Prescott, the quarterback of my Dallas Cowboys. I had no idea that he would end up starting the year as the starter and would go on to QB the Cowboys into the playoffs. However, this team also did very well, going 9-4 in the regular season and 2 - 0 in the playoffs, winning their league championship game.

I hope for a repeat this year.





And there you go, the eleven teams I am playing this year in Fantasy Football. I can't wait for the season to start. 





Friday, May 5, 2017

Power Of Orion - By Carroll Bryant

POWER OF ORION - By Carroll Bryant



I'm still receiving messages
Which could only mean I'm still in the loop
I still believe in miracles
I bow to the temple of the moon

I'm not fit to be placed inside your silly little box
My vision can only be seen at the Equinox

I'm not talking about living where there isn't no dying
No need to get Sirius if you're not even trying
Put your faith in the outer-space
Maybe then you will find your place
(In the sun)
Be the one who finds the power of Orion

They still own the deepest thought in my mind
Some would claim that's dangerous, and perhaps a curse
I still partake in the rituals
I bow to the stars of the universe

It's not fair to judge me in the middle of the dark
No one cares to be true to another lonely heart

I'm not talking about living where there isn't no dying
No need to get Sirius if you're not even trying
Put your faith in the outer-space
Maybe then you will find your place
(In the sun)
Be the one who finds the power of Orion

The world's aglow, and don't you know
That some goodness can be found
All through the night, and a meteorite
Can come crashing to the ground
So, you have to be strong if you want to belong
To something greater than yourself

I'm still receiving messages
Which could only mean I'm still in the loop
I still believe in miracles
I bow to the temple of the moon

I'm not talking about living where there isn't no dying
No need to get Sirius if you're not even trying
Put your faith in the outer-space
Maybe then you will find your place
(In the sun)
Be the one who finds the power of Orion








Sunday, April 30, 2017

Heal - By Carroll Bryant

HEAL - By Carroll Bryant


This world is living on the edge
Swallowed up by their poverty
I've never seen them this angry

Their hate refuses to go away
It's in the eyes of those who seek
To burn and riot in the streets

It's the opposition they wish to silence
Not using words, but violence

Heal
I have the right to tell you exactly how I feel
But sometimes I forget that 
Your intelligence is limited
Your life is in dire need of a thrill
But sometimes all you really need is to heal

The news is always sad to read
Absorb it from a different view
And it will mean much more to you

Caution is not the way that you take heed
Emotions that are running thin
Don't look now, but here you go again

It's a pain you say that never goes away
Have to find a way to fill the day

Heal
You have the right to live before you're killed
But sometimes it's hard to leave
Politics is how you breed
Your mind's controlled by their daily pill
But what you really need is to heal

I often wonder where it's all coming from
George has a lot of cash to throw around

An evil plot by the bloggers is for fun
And everything falls apart without a sound

It can get so unreal

It's the opposition they wish to silence
Not using words, but violence
 
Heal
I have the right to tell you exactly how I feel
But sometimes I forget that 
Your intelligence is limited
Your life is in dire need of a thrill
But sometimes all you really need is to ...

Heal
You have the right to live before you're killed
But sometimes it's hard to leave
Politics is how you breed
Your mind's controlled by their daily pill
But what you really need is to heal

Your life is in dire need of a thrill
But sometimes all you need is time
Time to rest a wicked mind
Time to figure out how you really feel
Sometimes all you really need is to be healed

Just to heal



 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Make Love - By Carroll Bryant

MAKE LOVE - By Carroll Bryant



Well, I can't think straight half of the time
I can't seem to get you out of my mind
I can't seem to do even the simplest things
I can't even sleep to enjoy the dream

I can't believe that it's this bad
I know what I want is what I can't have
I can't seem to do quite enough
But girl, I can make love
Make love, make love
I need you and all that stuff
Make love

No, I can't drink to get a dizzy head
And I can't remember everything I've said
Meeting you, I can never be sure
I can't do much of anything anymore

I can't believe this is so sad
To know what you want but you can't have
Anything I do is just never enough
But baby, I can make love
Make love, make love
My world's a wreck but what the heck
Make love

People keep running me down in the dumps
I take a licking and I still take my lumps
People keep pushing me far enough
All I want to do with you is baby, make love

No, I can't stop it to save my life
I can't even seem to draw a line
I can't even sing to get the damn blues
I don't know of anything that I can do

I can't believe that it's this bad
I know what I want is what I can't have
I can't seem to do quite enough
But girl, I can make love
Make love, make love
I need you and all that stuff
Make love

I want you and all that junk
Make love



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Carroll Bryant Quote: March, 2017



"Live your life as though somebody else is living it for you."


- Carroll Bryant

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Never Satisfied - By Carroll Bryant

NEVER SATISFIED - By Carroll Bryant



I keep pushing the pedal to the floor
When I feel something missing I keep wishing for more

You can see desperation living in my eyes
There's no consolation for wanting to feel alive

I'm never satisfied
Looking for more love into the night
It's a feeling that I can't deny
I can't fight
I can't hide
I can't change my mind
Never satisfied

There's no remission when you can't find your way
Only subscriptions to the magazines that like to lead you astray

You can feel the temperature rise
There's no relief at the far end of your life

I'm never satisfied
Looking for more love into the night
It's a feeling that I can't deny
I can't fight
I can't hide
I can't change my mind
Never satisfied

You know to knuckle under
She gives you her number
You work so hard to try

It's all for fun
She thinks she's the one
You shake your head, not tonight

Never satisfied
I'm never satisfied
You can feel the temperature rise

I'm never satisfied
Looking for more love into the night
It's a feeling that I can't deny
I can't fight
I can't hide
I can't change my mind
Never satisfied

Running for my life
Never satisfied
Running deep into the night
Never satisfied
Desperate look in my eyes
Never satisfied

I'm never satisfied



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Influences: Franke And The Knockouts

They were not the greatest band in the world by any means, and as short-lived as their career was in music, they had a huge influence on me and my writing. I simply loved their music.

Their biggest hit was their debut song "Sweetheart" off their debut album called, "Franke and The Knockouts". The song peaked at number 10 on the U.S. Billboard charts in 1981. It was followed up quickly by their second release off the same album, "You're My Girl", which peaked at #27.

I knew the songs, but never bought the album / CD until after I bought their second album, "Below The Belt", a 1982 release. (It was recommended by a friend). I enjoyed each and everyone of the tracks on that album. Their third charted song came from that album called, "Without You (Not Another Lonely Night)". It reached as high as 24 on Billboard's Top 100.

Their third album was released in 1984 called, "Makin' The Point". They released the song "Outrageous" but it did not hit in Billboard's Top 100, even though I thought it was a pretty good album.


In 1999, they would release their fourth album, a collection of their best songs called, "The Sweetheart Collection".

The band was made up of Franke Previte, lead vocalist, co songwriter (and founder). He was with the band from 1980 to 1986.

Leigh Foxx was on bass, and was with the band from 1980 to 1986.

Billy Elworthy was on lead and rhythm guitars, as well as a co-songwriter. He was with the band from 1980 to 1984.

Claude LeHenaff was the drummer from 1980 to 1982.

Blake Levinsohn was the keyboardist and was with the band from 1980 to 1982.

Tommy Ayers was keyboardist and back-up vocals from 1981 to 1986. He was a session musician on the bands debut album, and officially joined the band after the release of the album.

Tico Torres was the drummer from 1982 to 1984.

Bobby Messano was on lead and rhythm guitars, and back-up vocals from 1984 to 1986.

There were other session players that include: Charlie Dominici, who supplied back-up vocals on their debut album. Dominici would go on to front the band, "Dream Theater."

Al Wotten was a session musician (drummer) on their second album, "Below The Belt".

John DeNicola played bass on several demos, including a bonus track on their third album, "Makin' The Point". He also co-wrote the songs, "Hungry Eyes" (sung by Eric Carmen and released in 1987) and "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life" (featured in the 1987 film, "Dirty Dancing") with Franke Previte, the original versions of which were recorded during his (DeNicola) tenure with the band but went unreleased, until they both later appeared on "The Sweetheart Collection".


I was fortunate enough to go see them once in concert. Had a great time. It would have been nice if they could have had better success as I always thought they were awesome. They still made a lasting impression on me that I still carry with me today.

The group disbanded in 1986.  

I still have all of their songs / albums / cassettes / CD's. I continue listening to them on a somewhat fairly regular basis. It takes me back to my Navy days in Norfolk, Virginia. Fond memories of a time that I wish would have never ended. Friends and girls that I cherish, and nights that last forever. Everything about my time in the Navy comes back alive when I listen to Franke and The Knockouts. Even a few memories from when I was in / and came back home from Fort Dix when I was enlisted in the Army Reserve.

Great times.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mannequin - By Carroll Bryant

MANNEQUIN - By Carroll Bryant



It means everything
Your eyes looking into mine
I can feel the heat from your breath
It thrills me every time 

Don't say, don't say, don't say no to me
Don't walk away like this or that 
Don't think about leaving me
Don't leave, don't leave

Nothing is nothing 
Your hand is the touch that awakens me
I can feel your heart rip apart
It chills me to the bone

Don't know, don't know, don't know what to do
Don't even think twice, don't even blink
Everything freezes and believe me
Nothing ever changes again

I'm just another mannequin

I captured a merry-go-round
Plastic horses running in the wind
I listen to the sound of another one
As distant as a friend 

Don't cry, don't cry, don't drop the tears
It's a paradox hiding in sin
Don't even think about it
You can never win

Something is something
I've the fastest legs to runaway 
I can sense the end of time
Watch you destroy my brains

Don't know, don't know, don't know what to do
Don't even think twice, don't even blink
Everything freezes and believe me
Nothing ever changes again

I'm just another mannequin

Nothing is nothing 
Your hand is the touch that awakens me
I can feel your heart rip apart
It chills me to the bone

Don't know, don't know, don't know what to do
Don't even think twice, don't even blink
Everything freezes and believe me
Nothing ever changes again

I'm just another mannequin

I'm just another mannequin








Saturday, February 18, 2017

Democrat Hate: Past And Present

Like so many Americans, I, too, am getting very frustrated by what I see on my television screen. So many democrats rioting (under the guise of protesting) and watching them destroy property and start fires in the streets and shutting down other people's right to free speech. It sickens me greatly. To observe so much hatred from so many people for unknown reasons can drive you up the wall. Criminal behavior beyond normal comprehension. I get it. Enough already, right?

Well, sure, however, there is a part of me that tries to always look on the bright side. I mean, let's face it, the democrats have a long history of hate that extends far beyond reasonable measures. When I see their hate in the here and now, since around 2014 to 2017, I think how lucky we are that we're not back in the 1960's or something. Back then, that hate by the democrats was targeted at the African-American community, and the results from that was black people being murdered and killed at a record pace by democrats. They were beating them senseless and hanging them in trees. It was horrible. But that's what democrat hate is all about, taking other people's rights away by any means necessary. Even by murder!

So, yeah, when I see what the democrats are doing with their hate in today's world, I shudder, but for now, at least they are not murdering people. YET!

By yet, I mean, who knows what tomorrow will bring. Hate is a powerful drug that brings about insanity. The manner in which democrats are spewing their hate, it appears to be growing and expanding. Let us not forget that during the campaign for president, outside of many of his rallies, Trump supporters were attacked physically at times. Even after the election, Trump supporters were being attacked. So maybe we are witnessing the evolution of this democrat hate and perhaps, they will soon begin killing people again.

We have already heard some of them, like Madonna, threaten to blow up the White House so, who knows, we could be sliding into history again like back in the 1960's. The only question is, will they (democrats) start targeting black people again? Or will it just be republicans in general, regardless of their skin color? Or gender?

One can only wonder.

This could mean that republicans, or independents like myself that voted for Trump, might want to consider carrying their firearms with them for protection. Let's be honest here, these democrats have a tremendous amount of hate in their hearts. They have shown themselves to be extremely violent when they want to be. It is only wise to protect yourself from these liberal criminals.

So yes, when I see democrats acting in such a violent manner, with disregards towards property, laws, and life, I do become somewhat annoyed and concerned. But when I reflect to the ways democrats used to show their hate in the 1960's, I am grateful that they progressed somewhat slightly. But I also worry for how long? How long before we start to see them reverting back to those days in the 1960's, and how long before they start going on their murderous rampage again?

And who will they target this time?


Sunday, February 12, 2017

William Dampier: The Pirates

William Dampier (baptised 5 September 1651; died March 1715) was the first Englishman to explore parts of what is today Australia, and the first person to circumnavigate the world three times. He has also been described as Australia's first natural historian, as well as one of the most important British explorers of the period between Sir Walter Raleigh and James Cook.

William Dampier was born at Hymerford House in East Coker, Somerset, in 1651. He was baptised on 5 September, but his precise date of birth is not recorded. He was educated at King's School, Bruton. Dampier sailed on two merchant voyages to Newfoundland and Java before joining the Royal Navy in 1673. He took part in the two Battles of Schooneveld in June of that year.

Dampier's service was cut short by a catastrophic illness, and he returned to England for several months of recuperation. For the next several years he tried his hand at various careers, including plantation management in Jamaica and logging in Mexico, before he eventually joined another sailing expedition.

In 1679, Dampier joined the crew of the buccaneer Captain Bartholomew Sharp on the Spanish Main of Central America, twice visiting the Bay of Campeche, or "Campeachy" as it was then known, on the north coast of Mexico. This led to his first circumnavigation, during which he accompanied a raid across the Isthmus of Darién in Panama and took part in the capture of Spanish ships on the Pacific coast of that isthmus. The pirates then raided Spanish settlements in Peru before returning to the Caribbean.

Dampier made his way to Virginia, where in 1683 he was engaged by the privateer John Cooke. Cooke entered the Pacific via Cape Horn and spent a year raiding Spanish possessions in Peru, the Galápagos Islands, and Mexico. This expedition collected buccaneers and ships as it went along, at one time having a fleet of ten vessels. Cooke died in Mexico, and a new leader, Edward Davis, was elected captain by the crew.

Dampier transferred to the privateer Charles Swan's ship, Cygnet, and on 31 March 1686 they set out across the Pacific to raid the East Indies, calling at Guam and Mindanao. Spanish witnesses saw the predominantly English crew as not only pirates and heretics but also cannibals. Leaving Swan and 36 others behind on Mindanao, the rest of the privateers sailed on to Manila, Poulo Condor, China, the Spice Islands, and New Holland. Contrary to Dampier's later claim that he had not actively participated in actual piratical attacks during this voyage, he was in fact selected in 1687 to command one of the Spanish ships captured by Cygnet's crew off Manila.

On 5 January 1688, Cygnet "anchored two miles from shore in 29 fathoms" on the northwest coast of Australia, near King Sound. Dampier and his ship remained there until March 12, and while the ship was being careened Dampier made notes on the fauna and flora and the indigenous peoples he found there. Among his fellows were a significant number of Spanish sailors, most notably Alonso Ramírez, a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Later that year, by agreement, Dampier and two shipmates were marooned on one of the Nicobar Islands. They obtained a small canoe which they modified after first capsizing and then, after surviving a great storm at sea, called at "Acheen" (Aceh) in Sumatra.

Dampier returned to England in 1691 via the Cape of Good Hope, penniless but in possession of his journals. He also had as a source of income a slave known as Prince Jeoly (or Giolo), from Miangas (now Indonesia), who became famous for his tattoos (or "paintings" as they were known at the time). Dampier exhibited Jeoly in London, thereby also generating publicity for a book based on his diaries.

The publication of the book, A New Voyage Round the World, in 1697 was a popular sensation, creating interest at the Admiralty. In 1699, Dampier was given command of the 26-gun warship HMS Roebuck, with a commission from King William III (who had ruled jointly with Queen Mary II until her death in 1694). His mission was to explore the east coast of New Holland, the name given by the Dutch to what is now Australia, and Dampier's intention was to travel there via Cape Horn.

The expedition set out on 14 January 1699, too late in the season to attempt the Horn, so it headed to New Holland via the Cape of Good Hope instead. Following the Dutch route to the Indies, Dampier passed between Dirk Hartog Island and the Western Australian mainland into what he called Shark Bay on 6 August 1699. He landed and began producing the first known detailed record of Australian flora and fauna. The botanical drawings that were made are believed to be by his clerk, James Brand. Dampier then followed the coast north-east, reaching the Dampier Archipelago and Lagrange Bay, just south of what is now called Roebuck Bay, all the while recording and collecting specimens, including many shells. From there he bore northward for Timor. Then he sailed east and on 3 December 1699 rounded New Guinea, which he passed to the north. He traced the south-eastern coasts of New Hanover, New Ireland and New Britain, charting the Dampier Strait between these islands (now the Bismarck Archipelago) and New Guinea. En route, he paused to collect specimens such as giant clams.

By this time, Roebuck was in such bad condition that Dampier was forced to abandon his plan to examine the east coast of New Holland while less than a hundred miles from it. In danger of sinking, he attempted to make the return voyage to England, but the ship foundered at Ascension Island on 21 February 1701. While anchored offshore the ship began to take on more water and the carpenter could do nothing with the worm-eaten planking. As a result, the vessel had to be run aground. Dampier's crew was marooned there for five weeks before being picked up on 3 April by an East Indiaman and returned home in August 1701.

Although many papers were lost with the Roebuck, Dampier was able to save some new charts of coastlines, and his record of trade winds and currents in the seas around Australia and New Guinea. He also preserved a few of his specimens. In 2001, the wreck of the Roebuck was located in Clarence Bay, Ascension Island, by a team from the Western Australian Maritime Museum. Because of his widespread influence, and also because so little exists that can now be linked to him, it has been argued that the remains of his ship and the objects still at the site on Ascension Island – while the property of Britain and subject to the island government's management – are actually the shared maritime heritage of those parts of the world first visited or described by him. His account of the expedition was published as A Voyage to New Holland in 1703.

On his return from the Roebuck expedition, Dampier was court-martialled for cruelty. On the outward voyage, Dampier had his lieutenant, George Fisher, removed from the ship and jailed in Brazil. Fisher returned to England and complained about his treatment to the Admiralty. Dampier aggressively defended his conduct, but he was found guilty, docked his pay for the voyage, and dismissed from the Royal Navy.

The War of the Spanish Succession had broken out in 1701, and English privateers were being readied to act against French and Spanish interests. Dampier was appointed commander of the 26-gun ship St George, with a crew of 120 men. They were joined by the 16-gun Cinque Ports with 63 men, and sailed on 11 September 1703 from Kinsale, Ireland. The two ships made a storm-tossed passage round Cape Horn, arriving at the Juan Fernández Islands off the coast of Chile in February 1704. While watering and provisioning there, they sighted a heavily armed French merchantman, which they engaged in a seven-hour battle but were driven off.

Dampier succeeded in capturing a number of small Spanish ships along the coast of Peru, but released them after removing only a fraction of their cargoes because he believed they "would be a hindrance to his greater designs." The greater design he had in mind was a raid on Santa María, a town on the Gulf of Panama rumoured to hold stockpiles of gold from nearby mines. When the force of seamen he led against the town met with unexpectedly strong resistance, however, he withdrew. In May 1704, the Cinque Ports separated from St George and, after putting Alexander Selkirk ashore alone on an island for complaining about the vessel's seaworthiness, sank off the coast of what is today Colombia. Some of its crew survived being shipwrecked but were made prisoners of the Spanish.

It was now left to the St George to make an attempt on the Manila galleon, the main object of the expedition. The ship was sighted on 6 December 1704, probably the Nuestra Señora del Rosario. It was caught unprepared and had not run out its guns. But while Dampier and his officers argued over the best way to mount an attack, the galleon got its guns loaded and the battle was joined. St George soon found itself out-sized by the galleon's 18- and 24-pounders, and, suffering serious damage, they were forced to break off the attack.

The failure to capture the Spanish galleon completed the break-up of the expedition. Dampier, with about thirty men, stayed in St George, while the rest of the crew took a captured barque across the Pacific to Amboyna in the Dutch settlements. The undermanned and worm-damaged St George had to be abandoned on the coast of Peru. He and his remaining men embarked in a Spanish prize for the East Indies, where they were thrown into prison as pirates by their supposed allies the Dutch but later released. Now without a ship, Dampier made his way back to England at the end of 1707.

In 1708, Dampier was engaged to serve on the privateer Duke, not as captain but as sailing master. The Duke beat its way into the South Pacific Ocean round Cape Horn in consort with a second ship, the Duchess. Commanded by Woodes Rogers, this voyage was more successful: Selkirk was rescued on 2 February 1709, and the expedition amassed £147,975 (equivalent to £19.9 million today) worth of plundered goods. Most of that came from the capture of a Spanish galleon, the Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación y Desengaño, along the coast of Mexico in December 1709.

In January 1710, Dampier crossed the Pacific in the Duke, accompanied by the Duchess and two prizes. They stopped at Guam before arriving in Batavia. Following a refit at Horn Island (near Batavia) and the sale of one of their prize ships, they sailed for the Cape of Good Hope where they remained for more than three months awaiting a convoy. They left the Cape in company with 25 Dutch and English ships, with Dampier now serving as sailing master of the Encarnación. After a further delay at the Texel, they dropped anchor at the Thames in London on 14 October 1711.
Dampier may not have lived to receive all of his share of the expedition's gains. He died in the Parish of St Stephen Coleman Street, London. The exact date and circumstances of his death, and his final resting place, are all unknown. His will was proven on 23 March 1715, and it is generally assumed he died earlier that month, but this is not known with any certainty. His estate was almost £2,000 in debt.






Source(s) Wikipedia

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Donald Trump Is "MY" President

I remember the first time I was eligible to finally vote. I think everyone remembers that. I was so excited. However, as excited as I was, the man I voted for was not "MY" president. It was my mothers president. I voted for Ronald Reagan's re-election. I wasn't quite old enough to vote for him the first time around.

My mother was a huge Reagan fan. He was her second "MY" president. Her first "MY" president was JFK. It was also her first time she ever voted. Her third "MY" president was Bill Clinton. Donald Trump is her fourth "MY" president.

Lucky her.

Like I said, even though I voted for Reagan, he wasn't "MY" president. I merely voted for him because of my mother. I was also registered as an Independent.

After that, I skipped the next election. Even though George H. W Bush won, I wasn't inspired by either candidate. And then came Bill Clinton. I was not a huge fan of 'Willy'. My mother was. Instead, I was inspired by Ross Perot. Old Ross was my first "MY" candidate, but because he ended up losing to Bill Clinton, he never made it to becoming "MY" president.

When it was time for Bill's re-election, I ended up voting for him. First off, he didn't do anything to fuck up anything, except sign the NAFTA trade agreement, which I later determined to be horrible for the future of America. (Which turned out to be true.) That action would later cause me to doubt the democrat party.

Second, he came through my hometown, Chillicothe, Ohio, by train. He held a campaign speech where the "Fiesta" drive-in used to be. A drive-in that my mother used to take us kids often during the summers. I got to watch many Elvis Presley movies on that gigantic outdoor screen. It was also where I saw "Exorcist" for the first time.

But, I was there to hear his speech, shake his hand and since my mother was crazy for Willy, I voted for his re-election. But make no mistake, I liked him a little, he still wasn't "MY" president. When Bill was done, it came down to Al Gore and George W. Bush, I passed. Neither was winning me over. For Gore, he basically had no chance of my vote anyway because he was a democrat, and by this point, I learned the truth about democrats. (They are socialists.)

There is nothing American about being a socialist.

I also stayed away from the voting machines with George's re-election.


Then came Obama. I sat out his two elections, as I was not sure about him the first time around. I remained quiet and three years later, determined he was a big suck ass and thus, he began to earn the nickname, Obamatard. (That's what I call him now-days.)

He did great bringing the country together during his first campaign, and throughout the first couple of years, but after the killing of Usama Bin Laudin, it was all down-hill after that. His socialist agenda more than shined through and that was a huge turn-off for me. But after the IRS targeting of republicans, and no one was held accountable for it, and then the Benghazi murders and Hillary Clinton, then secy of state, blamed it on a video when we all knew, and later found out through Wikileaks, that it was terrorists, well, it wasn't long before Obama became Obamatard to me. I think it finally came when he lied about his health care law. 1) Keep your plan. (Lie) 2) Keep your doctor (Lie) 3) Smaller deductibles (Lie) 4) Smaller premiums (Lie) - You get the drift.

But there are so many more reasons why Obamatard earned the nickname, Obamatard.

Then came 2015, and suddenly, the candidates were mounting for the GOP primary. Everyone knew the golden boy was Jeb Bush. I myself was eyeing John Kasich, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz. Then something amazing happened. Trump tossed his name into the mix. The evening he announced he was running for president, and he gave his speech, I was hooked. "Build a wall?" I said out loud, "Count me  in!"

That was when Donald Trump became "MY" president. And finally! I felt that American pride so many have spoken of so many times before. I do believe it was the first time I ever felt it.

I have long since stopped celebrating the 4th of July. With democrats destroying my country and its freedom(s), I no longer felt it was worth celebrating because thanks to the democrats, we have lost many of our freedoms in America since the day I was born. Their stupid war on tobacco is just one of many examples.

Donald Trump is the only one who can fix this broken America. This divided America. (Thanks Obamatard.) And I knew he was the only one who could have any chance of surviving the hate attack the GOP candidate was going to receive by the hate group known as the democrat party. (Now I call them a terrorist organization.)

I was right.

And now he is President Trump. The universe is righting itself as we live and breathe. Not only did Trump WIN / EARN the presidency, but the GOP took over and kept the majority of the House and Senate. As well as gaining an advantage with governor's by the rate of 31 to 19. And because of the continued hate, violence, bullying and intimidation of the democrat party, I am hopeful it will remain like this for quite some time to come.

The continued violence and intolerance of the democrats, along with their evil hate, tells me that Donald Trump was the right choice and will continue to keep democrats on the losing end of mid term elections, and beyond. That's just fine with me. I may have been an Independent that leaned left when I was young, but now I am an Independent that leans anti-democrat party, PERIOD!

Their protests / riots have pushed me to ensure I do everything I can to keep democrats (and get them) out of office at every level. By any means. Especially after John Lewis, a man who got the crap beat out of him by white racist democrats, then joined them after he recovered from his wounds, called Trump "not a legitimate president". John Lewis made a career in politics ensuring that the black community would be uneducated, unemployed and living off that government cheese, and living in poverty. That is not a hero to me, or an icon. He is really an "Uncle Tom".

But Donald J. Trump is "MY" president, and I know he will make America great again. I also hope that his presidency destroys the evil democrat party. There is nothing American about socialism.

NOTHING!




   

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Flag Of Haiti

The national flag of Haiti is a bicolour flag featuring two horizontal bands coloured blue and red, defaced by a white panel bearing the coat of arms. The coat of arms depicts a trophy of weapons atop a green hill,ready to defend freedom, and a royal palm symbolizing independence. The palm is topped by the Cap of Liberty. The motto L'Union Fait La Force ("Unity Makes Strength") appears on a white ribbon below the arrangement.

The first purely Haitian flag was adopted on May 18, 1803, on the last day of the Congress of Arcahaie, about fifty miles north of Port-au-Prince. Haitian lore holds that the newly appointed revolutionary leader Jean-Jacques Dessalines created the flag by taking a French tricolor and ripping out the white center, which he discarded. He then asked Catherine Flon, his god-daughter,[5] to sew the remaining bands together. The white pale removed, the blue was taken to represent Haiti's black citizens and the red the gens de couleur. The story is widely known in Haiti: the anniversary of the date is celebrated as the Haitian Flag Day and images of Catherine Flon have appeared on Haitian currency and stamps.





Following his proclamation as Emperor Jacques I, Dessalines promulgated a new constitution on May 20, 1805. In it, the colors of the flag were altered to black and red. This flag being subsequently adopted by Henri Christophe, the republicans under Alexandre Pétion returned to the colors blue and red, subsequently turning them horizontal and adding the newly adopted Haitian coat of arms.

During the period of the Haitian Empire of Faustin I, his coat of arms was used on the flag and for official functions, but it was subsequently abandoned upon his removal from office.

Between 1964 and 1986, the family dictatorships of François "Papa Doc" and Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier returned to Dessalines' black and red design. They included the national coat of arms, but altered the flags in its trophy to black as well.

Because the coat of arms is only used for national and military flags, whereas the civil flag consists solely of the two unaugmented horizontal bands, it was discovered at the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics that Haiti and Liechtenstein were using the same flag. This led to the addition of a crown to the design of the flag of Liechtenstein.



Source(s) - Wikipedia

This work is released under CC 3.0 BY-SA: Creative Commons


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Blow My Mind (Jessica) By Carroll Bryant

BLOW MY MIND (JESSICA) - By Carroll Bryant


Well, Jessica, you talk a really good game
You say you dig my style
You say you dig my name

The look in your eyes caught me by surprise
I didn't know you cared so much

You ought to know right now that
I'm not the kind of guy to fall in love

Just blow my mind 
If you want my attention
I love imagination 
Don't waste my time
With homemade stuff inventions
Just show me something real tonight
Talk to me real deep inside
And baby just blow my mind 

Well, Jessica, maybe it's best that you should go
I know that you have two kids
I know you're only twenty-five years old

The dance in your shoes is your attitude 
I didn't know you taste so good

You ought to think before you blink your eyes
In the manner that you always should

Just blow my mind 
If you want my attention
I love imagination 
Don't waste my time
With homemade stuff inventions
Just show me something real tonight
Talk to me real deep inside
And baby just blow my mind

The landscape I'm standing on
Lives inside a dream
Playing in black and white
On a big ass movie screen

I don't think you can handle it

Well, Jessica, I guess it all comes down to this
You know I really like to hold you
You know I really like to kiss your lips

The hump in my heart's a good place to start
Things like that will fade away 

You ought to move to another place and
Pay taxes to another state

Just blow my mind 
If you want my attention
I love imagination 
Don't waste my time
With homemade stuff inventions
Just show me something real tonight
Talk to me real deep inside
And baby just blow my mind 

Blow my mind
Blow my mind

Well, Jessica, maybe I won't say good-bye


Friday, January 20, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

Carroll's Journey: Told You So

I told you so!

For the past few years I have been on certain political media / news sites informing people that democrats suck at math. Mostly I said this just to piss democrats off or otherwise, get under their skin. I got a big kick out of it.

Most people responded with the "where's your proof" comment if not their classic "F you" remarks that clearly demonstrate their "intelligence" level.

However, now I have my proof.

Just the other day, the California Department of Education released their statistics of which showed that only 29% of students were able to satisfy the basic standard requirements of their specific grade level in ....... drum roll please ..... math!

Of those 29%, only 18% of African Americans were able to reach the basic standards of math in their grade level.

This means that 79% of kids in California failed to reach their basic standard requirements in math. Which means, and it's official now, that democrats suck at math. So thank you the State of California for proving what I have been saying for two or three years now.

I told you so! LMAO

I have also been saying during these past few years that democrats are not very bright in general. So what do the politicians do in light of these horrible math results? They decide to get together to push an agenda and encourage teachers to teach kids how to "spot" fake news. LMAO AGAIN!

Democrats are not very bright. lol I would think that instead of teaching kids how to spot fake news, you might want to teach them, oh, I don't know ....... MATH!?

Hey, California kids! I can teach you how to spot fake news, but unfortunately, you may not understand it because you suck at math. But here goes .....

90% of liberal media is fake news while only 60% of republican media is fake news, thus, you're more likely to get the real news from republican media. (If you watch "The Blaze", you will get fake news, just as if you watch CNN, MSNBC and if you go to BuzzFeed or read The New York Times or the Washington Post, you will get fake news by the truck load.)

Always remember, kids, to be a democrat you have to be one of the three, 1) a socialist, 2) a communist, or 3) a terrorist. (What kind of democrat are you?) But to be a democrat, you will always be a liar, a cheater, a fake, a fraud, a bully, rig elections, and a non-American because there is nothing American about being a socialist, a communist and or a terrorist. It's called the land of the free, not the land of the "ist".

I hate to say it, but ... I TOLD YOU SO!

Okay, I don't hate to say it. lol

This could also explain why democrats don't understand the difference between the "electoral" voting process / system, and the "popular" vote. Our founding fathers were very good at math, and reasoning, as well as fair play.










To all the kids in California ..... good luck.

(You're so gonna need it.)  




Thursday, January 12, 2017

Just Another Damn Girl - By Carroll Bryant

JUST ANOTHER DAMN GIRL - By Carroll Bryant



Every word you say becomes an adjective 
Maybe we're alive, but did we ever really live?
Then I meet you
Who met who?
This is another day we'd like to forget
Then you saw me
It was that easy 
A place that we had to be
Two American victims
Two American suspects

You're just another damn girl
You're out to capture the whole damn world
And break my heart to pieces 
Start another world war 
Just another damn girl
Shaking me down for another fight
Keeping me up the whole damn night
You want to own my life and I know this for sure
You're just another damn girl 

I would never listen to kiss your mouth
There are moments I lie to you to get my feelings out
I come unglued
Always so fooled
This is a one way trip that I don't want to take
Then love is free
We broke the whole damn thing 
A mystery that was destiny 
Two American sleepers
Two American dreams

You're just another damn girl
You're out to capture the whole damn world
And break my heart to pieces 
Start another world war 
Just another damn girl
Shaking me down for another fight
Keeping me up the whole damn night
You want to own my life and I know this for sure
You're just another damn girl 

Then I meet you
Who met who?
This is another day we'd like to forget
Then you saw me
It was that easy 
A place that we had to be
Two American children
Two American dreams

You're just another damn girl
You're out to capture the whole damn world
And break my heart to pieces 
Start another world war 
Just another damn girl
Shaking me down for another fight
Keeping me up the whole damn night
You want to own my life and I know this for sure
You're just another damn girl




Friday, January 6, 2017

Fantasy Football 2016 Champs! Carroll Bryant

WHAT A SEASON IT HAS BEEN!

I posted earlier about how all 16 of my fantasy football teams made the playoffs in their respective leagues. None of my teams finished less than 3rd place in the regular season.

Well, 13 of those teams went on to play in their league championship game and 12 of those 13 won their league championship.

Let me say that again, but only with a lot more vinegar. Twelve of those thirteen teams WON! their league championship game!

I AM SPARTACUS

Anyhow, I have had the "dream" season in fantasy football. When you consider that the average player gets 30% to 40% of their teams into the playoffs, for me to get 100% of mine is mind blowing. Especially when you consider that the last two years I got 9 of 10 teams into the playoffs and the year before that, I got 9 of 12 teams into the playoffs, then you can see how I have hit "The Zone" when playing this game. 

I am on fantasy football fire. 

I am just going to sit back and enjoy this feeling. I am also contemplating if I want to play next year. You see, I am kind of bored with it now. lol It just doesn't get that much better than this. 

While there are plenty of people, friends and strangers, handing out the compliments and insults, I just can't see how this game is challenging anymore. And believe it or not, winning has gotten a little bit stale. Especially when everyone was "coming for me" this season. They were trying to draft "my favorite players" in the draft, not realizing that I have a lot of favorite players. Ha-ha

I have draft plans, and then I have back up draft plans, and then I have back up draft plans to my back up draft plans. lol And yet, I still managed to manage my teams into the playoffs. There was also a lot more activity this season in the fight for free agents. On some of my teams I made more than 25 transactions and a few were in the 30's and a couple in the 40's. I had a lot of injuries again this year, as every year, and I had to fight like a dog to get quality replacements onto my teams, but I did it. I made it through the process and came out of it with 12 of 16 teams league champs. 

And now below, are the snapshots of the champion banners. 








































Sunday, January 1, 2017

Hottest Bikini Video Shoot EVER!

Everyone knows I don't post porn or nudity, unless it's artistic and artistically done, and or projects a specific message. However, a friend sent me this video proclaiming the most awesome girl, by the name of Sherri, modeling in bikini's. He said it was the best photo shoot he ever seen. "Best ass ever!" He says.

So I took a look see for myself and was a little bit impressed. 

Now, I have at times posted some "hot" pictures of male and female models looking sexy, but again, never completely nude. But where non-nude sexiness is concerned, this Sherri girl isn't half bad. She's okay looking but man, she sure is quite sexy. So after many weeks of contemplating, I decided to post the video. Hopefully, it will warm you guys up during a cold winter night. lol

If you're offended then I don't know what you would be offended about because you are not seeing anything here that you wouldn't see at a public beach, or a public pool.

I have been assured the girl, Sherri, is at least 18 years old.  Also, by the music, it sounds like it was filmed some ten years ago.

Nothing left to say except, enjoy, I guess. 


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