May 14, 2015


Don't rule out working with your hands. It does not preclude using your head.
Andy Rooney



[to Johnny Ringo, after shooting him in a duel] "You're no daisy! You're no daisy at all. Poor soul, you were just too high strung."
— Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer), Tombstone (1993)



After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.
Edith Wharton



MOVIE TRIVA
Amistad (1997) (part 2 of 4)
  • Beginning during Cinque's lifetime, rumors circulated that he himself became a slave trader after his return to Africa. ('Oxford History of the American People', 1965 states: "The court with a majority of Southerners, was so impressed by the old statesman's eloquence that it ordered Cinque and the other Negroes set free, and they were returned to Africa. The ironic epilogue is that Cinque, once home, set himself up as a slave trader.") However, recent research disproves these rumors (Joseph Yannielli, 'Cinque the Slave Trader: Some New Evidence on an Old Controversy', Common-Place, Vol. 10, October 2009). It is believed that Cinque and the other freed prisoners from the Amistad returned to Africa in 1842, at which time Cinque's home country of Sierra Leone was being torn apart by civil war. Cinque and his companions from the Amistad kept in contact with members from the local Christian mission, and this contact provides today's researchers with pieces of information regarding his later life. After a while, Cinque left the area to trade along the coast of West Africa. Most stories of his later life are simply rumor. George Thompson's 'Thompson in Africa: or, An account of the missionary labors, sufferings...' (1852) puts forward the idea that Cinque had moved to Jamaica. Others held that he had become a merchant or a chief, perhaps trading in slaves himself. However, this rumor of Cinque himself engaging in the slave trade has been seriously disputed. The origin of these claims appears to be statements made by early 20th-century author William A. Owens who claimed to have seen letters from AMA missionaries suggesting Cinque was a slave trader. While it is likely that some of the freed Amistad prisoners probably did engage in the slave trade upon their return to Africa, today most historians agree that Cinque was not among them, and these claims are false.



  • A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.
    Edmund Burke



  • Mario Puzo wrote "The Godfather."
  • The first American in space was Alan B. Shepard Jr.
  • IBM's motto is "Think."
  • Mr. Boddy is the murder victim in the game "Clue."



  • Dead on the field lie ten soldiers in white, felled by three eyes, black as night. What's going on here?



    Benjamin Franklin
    “The good Paymaster is Lord of another man's Purse”



    “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”



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