History

MY STRUGGLE

A short story, a long tale…

In the private Berlin study of the Rabbi for the largest Jewish Temple in Germany, late-evening tea is being served. In five years’ time, this country will be the centerpiece of the first of two great wars. These dual conflagrations will be separated by a generation, and they will have a single human connection that will result in an impact upon the world with a severity that cannot even be imagined in the serenity of this 1909 vesperal scene. As the blond, liveried butler pours tea for the Rabbi and his wife, an apparently benign smile of imperceptible...

Go and Build No More

January 31, 2017

My earliest and most vivid memories of elementary school were when we would gather together in a single classroom and watch a rocket take off with a man aboard. I grew up with the Mercury Seven Astronauts, the Gemini program...

The Real Camelot

I am thankful for…

As we stare into the abyss of an unknown political future, let’s take a moment and appreciate what we have. I was born during the administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower, arguably the last good Republican President. That year segregation...

Better Angels

simply, about right vs. wrong.

    "We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every...

The Towers

9/11

        My stepfather was an iron worker and as a kid I ran coffee and donuts for his crew. Most jobs were only a few days, but work on the Twin Towers seemed to go on...

What exactly are we “celebrating”?

Columbus Day

          Cristoforo Colombo - Italian, Cristobal Colon – Spanish version, Christopher Columbus - English translation... by any name, was a complicated man.   A genius, a man of and ahead of his time, a great...

RED, WHITE, BLUE and the, "GREEN BOOK," TOO

The "Green Book" flashed, "Go" for travelers of color

(Elie Wiesel has died. He survived a Nazi concentration camp, and ever since spread the Jewish mantra, “Never Again!” He added, “Never remain silent in the face of oppression.” Elie Wiesel and this writer were born in the same year....

CESAR CHAVEZ’S WIDOW – REQUIESCAT IN PACE

Richard Ybarra eulogizes mother-in-law Helen Fabela Chavez.

Helen Fabela Chavez, the widow and activist-partner of farmworkers champion Cesar Chavez, was laid to rest last week. Following is an obituary by her son-in-law Richard Ybarra, who apart from having married his daughter, marched beside Cesar Chavez in...

The Second Amendment

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state...

Once again we find ourselves in the midst of a tragedy carried out by use of firearms. The true shame of this horror is that it surprised no one, except those in the crosshairs. For most Americans it now seems...

Dancing in the Street

1964 Bedford Stuyvesant riots

    August 22, 1964 - Martha and The Vandellas debuted at No. 68 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with their single, "Dancing In The Street." I was only 10 at the time. Bed-Stuy was still a "mixed" neighborhood back...

NATIVE AMERICANS FORCED TO HOST WWII INTERNMENT CAMPS!!!

Narrative on the Poston Japanese Relocation Camps

In 1942, while innocent San Diego citizens and legal residents of Japanese ancestry were being held under guard at Santa Anita’s stinking horse stables, in Orange County. Del Webb (who later built Arizona’s “Sun City”) was busy constructing, “Camp Poston,”...

El Morro

Undefeated symbol of Puerto Rico

The Castillo San Felipe del Morro, once the most formidable fortification in the Caribbean and its companion Fortín de San Gerónimo del Boquerón that protect the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico, were never taken by force of arms. ...

KEN BURNS’ JACKIE ROBINSON EVOKES APARTHEID AMERICA

A personal echo from the Jackie Robinson era

America, thou art Hypocrisy. Thy promise was fairness to all. Instead, ‘twas planted a bitter-fruit tree – Today, yet, we still taste the gall! Generally, Ken Burns’ excellent filmings of the American story are so remote...

Terrible Knowledge Part 9

A work of historical 'fiction'

For Part 8 click HERE I walked endlessly through the city. I'd arrive back at my office in the evenings and I would sit there in the dark watching the light of the flames outside which...

Terrible Knowledge Part 8

A work of historical 'fiction'

For Part 7 click HERE I am sitting in this office in a burnt out Berlin while my men are going to the wall. I am powerless to do anything at all. They would expect...

Terrible Knowledge Part 7

A work of historical 'fiction'

I am an old man but I am not too old to forget their scent. I am being sought by a race that stole its sense of community from my homeland. While at home what they call a nation is...

Notes

Facebook Notes, posts, history, religion, comedy

  Idiot Free Zone® is the culmination of a long and at first unplanned, process. Of course it represents the totality of my life experience, but more to the point it is really the result of long debates and outright arguments...

I’m Spartacus

Slavery, Racism, Struggle

    It is 71 BC and I'm Spartacus You are Marcus Licinius Crassus   It is 60 AD and I'm Boudica You are Gaius Suetonius Paulinus   It is 415 and I'm Hypatia You are the christian mob  ...