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simply, about right vs. wrong.

Better Angels

    "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 living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."        The words are those Abraham Lincoln used to wrap up his First Inaugural Address, delivered on March 4, 1861   Just a little over...
Columbus Day

What exactly are we “celebrating”?

          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...
9/11

The Towers

        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...
A short story, a long tale…

MY STRUGGLE

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...
January 31, 2017

Go and Build No More

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...
I am thankful for…

The Real Camelot

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

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

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

CESAR CHAVEZ’S WIDOW – REQUIESCAT IN PACE

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

The Second Amendment

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...
1964 Bedford Stuyvesant riots

Dancing in the Street

    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...
Narrative on the Poston Japanese Relocation Camps

NATIVE AMERICANS FORCED TO HOST WWII INTERNMENT 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,”...
Undefeated symbol of Puerto Rico

El Morro

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. ...
A personal echo from the Jackie Robinson era

KEN BURNS’ JACKIE ROBINSON EVOKES APARTHEID AMERICA

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...
A work of historical 'fiction'

Terrible Knowledge Part 9

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...
A work of historical 'fiction'

Terrible Knowledge Part 8

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...
A work of historical 'fiction'

Terrible Knowledge Part 7

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...
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Notes

  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...
Slavery, Racism, Struggle

I’m Spartacus

    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  ...