Puerto Rico’s History …. “🇵🇷 September 23, 1868 …. ‘Grito de Lares’ 🇵🇷…. “!!

~~September 23, 2019~~


Today is a very important day in the history of my country, Puerto Rico. Nevertheless, this is history that isn’t really taught in school. I’ve learned more and researched as a retired adult, a senior citizen.

If only I was younger, if only I had lived during these turbulent times, if only I had participated in these events.

Would the history of my country be different had it been allowed to be a sovereign, independent nation?

I will always wonder!

~151 Años Aniversario de El Grito de Lares~


The Grito de Lares (Cry of Lares) – also referred to as the Lares uprising, the Lares revolt, the Lares rebellion, or the Lares revolution – was the first major revolt against Spanish rule in Puerto Rico.

The short-lived revolt was planned by Ramón Emeterio Betances and Segundo Ruiz Belvis.

It began on September 23, 1868, in the town of Lares, for which it is named, and spread rapidly to various revolutionary cells throughout the island.

In the 1860’s, the government of Spain was involved in several conflicts across Latin America. It became involved in a war with Peru and Chile, and had to address slave revolts in Cuba. At the time, Puerto Rico and Cuba also suffered a severe economic crisis, due to increasing tariffs and taxes imposed by the Spanish central government on most import and export goods – the Spanish crown needed these funds badly, to subsidize its troops in the Dominican Republic.
In mid-19th century Puerto Rico, many supporters of independence from Spain, as well as others who did not support independence from Spain, but who simply called for liberal reforms, were jailed or exiled. However, in 1865, the central government in Madrid, finally attempted to appease the growing discontent in all its overseas provinces by setting up a “board of review” to receive complaints from provincial representatives. This board, the Junta Informativa de Reformas de Ultramar (Informative Board on Overseas Reforms) would be formed by representatives of each overseas province, in proportion to their collective population.

The board would meet in Madrid, then report to the Minister of State (Ministro de Estado), Emilio Castelar.

Although the revolt failed to achieve its main objective, the Spanish government granted more political autonomy to the island.


The Grito de Lares: The Rebellion of 1868
Frustrated by the lack of political and economic freedom, and enraged by the continuing repression on the island, Puerto Rico’s pro-independence movement staged an armed rebellion in 1868. Known as the Grito de Lares (the “Cry of Lares”), the rebellion broke out on September 23, 1868. It was planned by a group led by Dr. Ramón Emeterio Betances and Segundo Ruiz Belvis, who on January 6, 1868, founded the Comité Revolucionario de Puerto Rico (Revolutionary Committee of Puerto Rico) from their exile in the Dominican Republic. Betances authored several proclamas, or statements, attacking the exploitation of the Puerto Ricans by the Spanish colonial system and called for immediate insurrection. The proclamas soon circulated throughout the island as local dissident groups began organizing. Secret cells of the Revolutionary Committee were established involving members from all sectors of society, including landowners, merchants, professionals, peasants, and slaves.

“As it appears in … full read/full credit” https://www.loc.gov/collections/puerto-rico-books-and-pamphlets/articles-and-essays/nineteenth-century-puerto-rico/rebellion-of-1868/

La Borinqueña is the critically acclaimed and best-selling graphic novel series by writer and creator Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez.

This Fine Art Edition, conceived and art directed by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, features illustration by Will Rosado and painting by Sophia Canning. The artwork captures an historic moment in Puerto Rico on September 23, 1868, when independence leader Mariana Bracetti lead a revolutionary movement against the Spanish Empire to free the town of Lares, Puerto Rico. She would create what would be the first flag of Puerto Rico and this day would be known for years to come as El Grito de Lares (The Cry of Lares). This exclusive Fine Art Limited Edition celebrates that 150 year anniversary, in a strict worldwide edition of 150. 
The artwork also features Lola Rodriguez de Tió, the original author of the national anthem, La Borinqueña alongside Iris Morales, Dr. Marta Moreno Vega and Felícita Mendez all Puerto Ricans from the diaspora who have fought for social justice over the decades.
Flying above them all is the fictional character, La Borinqueña, shining as a beacon of hope for a brighter and stronger Puerto Rico.

La Borinqueña created by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez Facebook Page


~~Published on Sep 19, 2015~~

Por qué conmemoramos … El Grito de Lares

Ignacio Peña

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Greta Thunberg to World Leaders …. ‘🌎 How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood’ 🌎 …. “!!


~~September 23, 2019~~


A child doing the work of adults! Fighting for the rights of humans on this planet to have a ‘clean home’.

Strong words! A ‘much-needed’ message.

Will those in positions to change this listen?


UN Climate Action Summit 2019

Greta Thunberg excoriates inaction on climate change at #UNGA summit:

“We are at the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth.

How dare you!”

Greta Thunberg to world leaders: ‘

How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood

‘You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,’ climate activist Greta Thunberg has told world leaders at the 2019 UN climate action summit in New York. In an emotionally charged speech, she accused them of ignoring the science behind the climate crisis, saying:

‘We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth – how dare you!’

‘We Have Not Come Here to Beg World Leaders to Care,’ 15-Year-Old Greta Thunberg Tells COP24

“We Have Come to Let Them Know Change is Coming
“We can no longer save the world by playing by the rules,” says Greta Thunberg, “because the rules have to be changed.”



Striking her mark at the COP24 climate talks taking place this week and next in Poland, fifteen-year-old Greta Thunberg of Sweden issued a stern rebuke on behalf of the world’s youth climate movement to the adult diplomats, executives, and elected leaders gathered by telling them she was not there asking for help or demanding they comply with demands but to let them know that new political realities and a renewable energy transformation are coming whether they like it or not.

“Since our leaders are behaving like children, we will have to take the responsibility they should have taken long ago,” said Thunberg, who has garnered international notoriety for weekly climate strikes outside her school in Sweden, during a speech on Monday.

Thunberg said that she was not asking anything of the gathered leaders—even as she sat next to UN Secretary General António Guterres—but only asking the people of the world “to realize that our political leaders have failed us, because we are facing an existential threat and there’s no time to continue down this road of madness.”



Are we really in a race we can win?


~~Published on Sep 23, 2019~~

Guardian News

‘You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,’ climate activist Greta Thunberg has told world leaders at the 2019 UN climate action summit in New York. In an emotionally charged speech, she accused them of ignoring the science behind the climate crisis, saying:

‘We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about it money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth – how dare you?’

UN secretary general hails ‘turning point’ in climate crisis fight.

#GretaThunberg #ClimateActivist #WorldLeaders #HowDareYou #StoleMyDreams #StoleMyChildhood #EmotionallyChargeSpeech #MuchNeeded #WhoWillListen #UnitedNations #ClimateActionSummit2019 #NewYork #TurningPoint #BeginningMassExtinction #Money #FairyTales #EternalEconomicGrowth

#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #HortyRex #hrexachwordpress

Happy Autumn! Happy Mabon!

Awesome … Happy Autumn/Happy Mabon!!

charles french words reading and writing



The beginning of fall has arrived, and I am delighted! This is my favorite season of the year, followed by winter! I know many will disagree with my love of winter, but I hope you do enjoy the autumn season.

So I wish you all a happy Fall Equinox and a happy Mabon, the Celtic/Wiccan/Druidic celebration. Decorate your homes, talk a walk, and when the crisp weather sets in, go outside and breath deeply.



I love the foods of fall and the wearing of sweaters, flannels, and sweatshirts, not to mention ice hockey! The colors of autumn fill me with happiness. This is a joyous season.



By the way, if you are worried, there is NOTHING Satanic about this celebration. Wiccans and Druids do not recognize the existence of Satan, so if you are Christian, please welcome this season also!



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‘Confounds the Science’…. “🤔 Parody of ‘Sound of Silence’ … “!! 🤔… “!!


~~September 23, 32019~~


I’d seen this parody a while ago but found it again today.

The only way that I can deal with the ‘dumbfuckery‘ that sits in the Oval is by making fun of ‘you know who’, ‘he who shall not be named’.

I hope that this brings a smile/smirk to your face if you share my feelings.


A key element to the administration of ‘45‘ is to dismantle the role of science in decision-making going so far as to attempt the elimination of the use of the terms “science-based” and “evidence-based” from the CDCs reporting structure.

Yes, I know that was denied, and of course they denied it. What else would they do when they got busted for it?

Sound of Silence/Confounds the Science



~Published on Oct 26, 2017~

Confounds the Science … (Parody of) Sound of Silence REMIX

Don Caron/LindaGower

#ConfoundTheScience #Parody #SoundOfSilence #DonCaron #LindaCower #Remix #Dumbfuckery #Humor #Sarcasm #ElectAClown #ExpectACircus

#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #HortyRex #hrexachwordpress

Motivational Monday …. “🙏🏽 ‘Today is a New Day’ 🙏🏽 …. “!!

~~September 23, 2019~~


Louise Lynn Hay was an American motivational author and the founder of Hay House. She authored several New Thought self-help books, including the 1984 book, You Can Heal Your Life


Mary Fab Facebook Page


#MotivationalMonday #MaryFab #LouiseHay #Quote #TodayIsANewDay #CreateALife #LoveToLookAt

#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #HortyRex #hrexachwordpress

My Momoa Monday Moment …. 🌺 ‘My Man’ in Hats 🌺 …. “!!

~September 23, 2019~~


MY Mondays have become a hunt for good pictures of Jason.

This first one is quite special for me. He’s wearing a Puerto Rican ‘pava‘ hat!
Feast for our female (and male) eyes!!


Jason Momoa is big.  We’re not just talking about his 6’4″ stature.
The latest big name in Hollywood is blowing up following his performances as Aquaman.
Prior to that, Momoa made himself a household name following his turn on ‘Game of Thrones‘ as the Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo.

Momoa’s full name is Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa.

Jason was raised by his mother in Norwalk, Iowa and moved back to Hawaii in his late teens.

Momoa appeared as the popular character Ronon Drex on ‘Stargate: Atlantis‘ where he had a huge following.

#MyMomoaMondayMoment #GalleryOfPhotos #AemricanActor #AwesomePhotos #MyManInHats #FunFacts

#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #HortyRex #hrexachwordpress