Richard-isms Dubbed "OB", the "Original Blogger", because of a web presence
since the 1990s before BLOGGING was called Blogging. Friends and associates were apprised of my travels, commentaries
Perusal of the REFLECTIONS
and FANTASTIC JOURNEYS depicts 'where I have been'. Analysis of the POETRY, COMMENTARY and COMPLETED WORKS would reveal 'who
I am', and 'where I am going' is a step away. I have been married, presently terminally single, and successfully managing
Depression while resisting the inevitable sentence of senescence
"The watchdog that barks only when someone steps on its tail "
Reuniting the United Nations
The United Nations rejuvenated a World on the verge of self-destruction. The 50 Charter countries had stable
States, identifiable adversarial nations and countries on the precipice of economics and military destruction The
UN was the right organization for tranquility thru diplomacy to enact the principles of civility.
This international entity has grown to 193 members with diverse problems in multiple regions. Therefore
flexibility in directions and operations is crucial to maintaining order, healthy nutritional environments, au courant
educational systems, as well as balanced trade and economics.
these objectives would be aided by a more regional based reorganization with a bottom to top concept of conflict resolution.
The first step in advocating disputes would be a mediated interaction between the countries most directly involved as most
disagreements are regional in origin. Thus by dividing the United Nations into geo-economic regions an inclusive philosophy
would be affected.
(a forthcoming white paper would contain the balance of this
document For a preview of this missive contact Richard e Hill)
UFOs and the 2016 Election
At 10:00 PM on 11 October 1492 Rodrigo
Triana, a seaman on
the flagship Santa Maria saw what appeared to be a giant candle veil, increase in intensity before ascending skyward. He alerted Cristobal Colon aka Christopher Columbus of this phenomenon on
or near Watlings Island in Guanahani off the main island San Salvador in the Bahamas chain. This was one of several similar sightings recorded in the navigational logs of History’s
most famous voyage to the often depicted New World. The ensuing day Columbus when he saw the inhabitants of San Salvador did
not utter “may the force be with you” or “take me to your leader” gleefully crying out instead, “miran
a los habanos” (habanos or havanos is Spanish for tan ones and they
were not referencing cigars which have the same designation in modern parlance). Columbus thought these inhabitants were Indios (Indians, the indigenous people of India) and his ships were south of
China, the charted designation of the fleet of three ships (Nino, named for one of the co-owners of the smallest of the ships;
Pinta, Pintada or “Painted One” humorously named for the hostess of a bawdy tavern / house of leisure seaman hangout
(unfortunately the name stuck instead of Santa Clara) and Santa Maria, the winter mooring bay in Spain for these and many
summoned his translator Luis de Torres, who spoke several Indio-Arabic dialects as well as Chinese and is historically acknowledged
as the first Jew to set foot in the Americas
What Jackie Meant
Jack Roosevelt Robinson placed the doorstop into the egresses of social economics to make integration the rule rather than
a temporary politicized compromise. There had been Blacks with respect to political correctness, African Americans in organized
baseball and other sports as late or early as the turn of the twentieth century. Bigotry, first among a select group of
power broker owners and later a megalomaniacal czar-like commissioner, Kennesaw Mountain Landis decreed that “a baseball
was white and so shall be its domain“; acting and administrating accordingly.
Jackie’s older brother, “Mack”, Matthew Robinson
also a UCLA multi-sports star finished a Silver Medal second to Jesse Owens in the 1936 Berlin Olympics 200 meters event.
Chicago matriculated “Fritz”, Frederick Douglass Pollard at the age of 42 garnered a Bronze Medal in the high
hurdles in this pseudonym, Hitler Olympics. Fritz, the first African American participant in the Rose Bowl was a charter
member in what is now the National Football League ---- later becoming the first Black owner, coach and quarterback in this
organization as well. Mack, Fritz, Paul Robeson, Duke Slater, Woody Stroud, Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, Satchel Paige;
et al were sports dark clouds and breezes filtering through color-coded cracks ---- harbingers of the maelstrom Jackie Robinson.
Poem du Jour
What is the Blues?
Rhythmic journey from Beale Street pausing on delta
With stops at Storyville and Checkerboard fueled by
Soul food buffet for foot stomping confreres
jamming on back porch
hips swaying, barefoot dancing, corn bread dipping boss sauce
Greens steaming, wistful dreaming of lost and sought
Memories caught by destiny before slipping into obscurity
Mojo balancing on chording string, everything
recapturing legacy in lands of indifference, pain
Soothing embrace, tearful face survivors bane ---- wail and holler
The Blues: Change from your last dollar
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Location, Location, Location ---- It’s
the Environment Stupid
Former slave Benjamin Banneker, now a freed man, an astronomer
and a member of Andrew Ellicott’s survey team was lying on the ground, staring at the skies in 1790; plotting the constellation
aligned borders of the federal district, Washington DC the new capitol of the fledgling independent nation. Ellicott had been
appointed to command this project by First President George Washington relieving Pierre “Peter” Charles L'Enfant
a French-born American architect and civil engineer, who had fallen into discord. The concept of a capitol that was
independent of any State for security was conceived after soldiers from the War for Independence had rioted in the 1783 Pennsylvania
Mutiny because of difficulties in receiving payment.
is Black - What is History?
American,cra Black with “cra” being my acronym for “commonly referred to as” ---- I find Black
History Month somewhat confounding. There are notable differences in opinions as to who is really Black and what is
History. Black History is replete with significant omissions and revisions in its politicized zeitgeist renditions.
For example, In 1831 Thomas Jennings dry cleaning process was the first patent awarded to a Black.
Aside from his business acuity and being socially respected among Whites and Blacks
---- he was the assistant Secretary for the 1831 First Annual Convention of the People of Color, decades before the NAACP
was founded.. Thomas Jennings was at the forefront of the abolitionist movement and used his income to assist the downtrodden
oppressed to improve their plight. Among the legal fees he furnished was the defense fund for his school teacher daughter
Feisty, articulate Elizabeth Jennings was Rosa Parks
“going postal”. Her diatribe laced physical confrontation with the Irish conductor on the “Whites
Only” streetcar led to criminal charges, arrest and trial. Her attorney was young Chester A Arthur whose well
crafted 1855 successful defense enabled other lawsuits, the integration of the New York City Transit System and launched his
political career. He became President of the USA succeeding Garfield after the 1881 assassination. The Port Arthur
Transit Authority bears his name. Elizabeth Jennings faded into obscurity and lost her infant son during the 1863 Civil
War Draft Riots. The Irish, major players in the insurrection, had a contentious position with Blacks as both competed
for the lower rung jobs on the social ladder.
Black History Month
---- someone forgotten, someone omitted, both essential.
Memorial Day: Counting Casualties of War
the general populace are the punctuation marks on the pages describing historical conflicts. These same pages chronologically annotate the activities of heroes,
villains, rulers, warriors, and technocrats. Military casualties are words read aloud ---- revered, memorialized. Whereas civilian casualties like commas and
periods are silent though essential parts of contextual commentary.
the number of USA Civil War military deaths was raised by demographers from 620,000 to 750,000 ---- some historians believe
that total should be 200,000 more. The civilian toll was not mentioned although further research disclosed it could
be several hundred thousand.
(FOLLOW LINK for REST of STORY)
Just a Minute Ago
“It was right here,
a minute ago”, Grandma would say with a smile and quizzical look. Then the smaller children and the toddlers would
begin to hunt for the lost object; usually a pair of spectacles. The older children and adults present would collectively
“what again” sigh. The object was found by a toddler in one of the usual places; on the arm of a large stuffed
chair or on top of the kitchen table. A cherished reward was rendered ---- a hug and a loud juicy kiss on the cheek.
Grandma forgot a lot of things, but remembered more. Like when it
is was time for Grandpa’s medicine. A cake for the Church bake sale. When to take a pot roast from the oven.
Ingredients for biscuits, cornbread and pastries. Where your ticklish spot was. When a helping hand was needed,
because she was blessed and had more than she needed.
look for her because she was “right there ---- just a minute ago”.
The Census: But, Who's Counting?
In 1790 the cry went across the land “That all shall
be counted” and the first of 23 Constitution Convention mandated decadal censuses
was duly initiated. Nearly a century later, the 1880 Census took eight years to complete
and tabulate; the 1890 Census was estimated to take 12 ½ years for the burgeoning Republic
using these manual door-to-door data gathering procedures. Therefore
a more efficacious methodology was in order. Enter John Hollerith
and his innovative punch card (iterations of this data collection device are still in use worldwide.
Remember the hanging chad in the 2000 Election Florida recount?) The Computer Age began
with the 1890 Census which was accordingly completed in two years and the term “Race”
was introduced. Note: In February, next month a missive regarding
Race would be disseminated during the personally disdained Black History Month. Briefly, this
perceived Janus-faced discord is two pronged (1) The admittedly deserving presented selective nuggets re: Black
Achievement and History are “surface mining” ignoring the intentionally buried
minified rich veins, (2) Black History Month, Asian Heritage Month; et al implies the
default value of History is Euro-centrically White. The European explorers/conquistadors
in the post-Colombian Age of Discovery did not bring Civilization to the New World ---- instead, they
The Face of Terror
innovative chemist Alfred Nobel, the holder of 355 patents invented dynamite
to become the major armaments manufacturer after a lucrative enterprise of producing
iron and steel. He established the Nobel Foundation which recognizes cultural and scientific achievement by bestowing
achievers with grants. The prizes are usually annually awarded in ceremonies
in Stockholm Sweden with the exception of the Peace Prize, which is presented
in Oslo Norway. 44th USA
President Barack Obama was the 2009 Nobel Peace laureate.
Oslo Norway, the City where Peace
lives was terrorized on 22 July 2011.
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Missives . . . .
a) Reuniting the United Nations
b) Regressing of Information Technology
c) The War that Defined
America (No - not that one)
d) The Beginning of the Modern Advertising Age
e) The Lynching of Snoppy - "Oh Good Grief"
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g) Apology to Aunt Charles
h) Political Influence
i ) Hillary and
j) The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Revisiting the Old West
k) New Continental Divide - Resurgence of the
Cuba Then and Now, When Blacks Were Republicans
In 1898 victory was within grasp for the Cuban revolutionaries as the nearly 100 years quest for independence
from Spain was almost in hand. Spain had quelled all previous attempts until the Ten Years War (1868-1878) gave rise to Josè
Martì and his lifelong friend Afro-Cuban General Antonio Maceo Grajales
a renown military strategist.Although
Spain prevailed in the Ten Years War, the cloak of invincibility had been removed. Journalist, composer, poet, and patriot Martì traveled abroad to raise funds and conscience.
The well documented cruelties of the Spanish forces under General Valeriano
Weyler known as the Butcher had to be purged. General Maceo organized an efficacious military. The regular revolutionary forces led by Dominican General Maximo Gomez with Afro-Cuban General Calixto Garcia in charge
of the rag tag insurgents had turned the tide. The strains of the Martì anthem of
the revolution, "Guantanamera" reverberated as the coup de
gras, the advance to the Capitol, Santiago began.
Tale of Two Georges - General Washington vs King George III
The two leaders clashed when the fledgling republic later known as the United States of America sought
independence. But, whose War was it anyway? The populace in England was growing weary of the impudent brood across the
pond ---- besides, the vast Empire was having enough problems with ongoing conflicts with France and Spain.
Washington was two years older than King George and both were cloaked in affluence ---- GW agriculture/commerce
and KG3, royalty. After a distinguished military career GW was enjoying the perquisites of being wealthy and having as
his wife, the widowed cherubic Martha one of the richest women in America. When the call to duty needed to be answered, GW
planned to emulate the legendary Roman emperor, Cincinnatus known for his efficiency in actions and short reign as emperor.
Franklin´s wife Deborah entering his study to find him in a compromising position with a comely young maid exclaimed,
“Ben I’m surprised at you!”
Venerable Ben replied, “My Dear you were amazed ---- I was surprised.”
America’s first postmaster, premier
scientist, inventor and statesman could then add the linguistic science of semantics to his long list of accomplishments.
Semantics, utilizing the most appropriate word or phrase.
Words like mores evolve with zeitgeist. Say it politically correct,
render an apology, and consider counseling ---- then most indiscretions are usually placed in abeyance pending further examination
before fading into texted, trending obscurity. The omnipresent global specter of Racism is a case
in point as Nation State after Nation States “apologizes” for prior and present misdeeds
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In the 60’s Fifth US Army Headquarters
was located near Hyde Park in Chicago at 51stand Lake Shore Drive with information technology operations at the
Data Processing Service Center at 1819 West Pershing Road in a building then known as the Quartermaster Building. Data processing
at this facility used Electronic Accounting Machine (EAM) 80 column punch card based methodology that morphed into the magnetic
tape based large computer (32K; yes kilobytes!) mainframe world using a new software tool called COBOL (Common Business
Oriented Language). Eighty-five-year-old Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper who dedicated her life to the Navy passed
away in 1992 on New Year’s Day; the pioneer Computer Programmer co-inventor of COBOL was known as the Grand Lady of
Software, Amazing Grace and Grandma COBOL. She'll be remembered for her now famous sayings, one of which is "It's
easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission."
aka Computer programmers including myself were her ‘love children’ because this simplified language facilitated
design, development, and implementation. Army personnel and accounting applications were converted from punch cards
to COBOL mimicking basically the same “standard” EAM procedures until the Fifth Army Command Operation Budget
(COB) was fully automated in 1965. This system was a veritable case study of accounting application development, data
collection, procedural documentation, user interfacing, and technical implementation.
IT Pioneers - Q & A(Follow this LINK for the rest of the story)
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Finding Chet Baker: Depression
Lately the Jazz stations
have been featuring Chet Baker instrumental recordings. Chesney Henry Baker though not a scholar was born
in Yale ---- Yale Oklahoma. He saw Yale frequently in his career ---- Yale locks on a prison cell, as the
numerous drug related arrests would attest.
I was still developing my “Jazz chops” in the 60’s during one of the peaks as Chet Baker
had an up and down career due to this addiction. To me the haunting vocal inflections seemed to be as someone
who was searching. Again a condition I could relate to in exorcising the demons of Depression.
A friend remarked about my condition, “I don’t have Depression; I give Depression” ---- I responded
“the truth only hurts if you allow it to do so”. Blond, blue eyed Chet a Hollywood “bad
boy” in the mold of James Dean, Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando, appearing in both musical film shorts and features
could have had a career in motion pictures opting instead for Jazz. A gifted trumpeter, though more critically
acknowledged as a vocalist ---- the signature recording of “My Funny Valentine” depicts both talents.
A typical pose would be Chet in jeans with a pack of cigarettes rolled up in the left sleeve to the shoulder. A perpetual
hit on the starlet, socialite circuit as the sexy Renaissance man before the term became popular. The more
liberal drug laws in Europe were more suited for this lifestyle.
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Savanna Pride (Honorable Nelson Mandela)
Proud unbowed Lion planted freedom on impoverished savanna
Where flowered multitude grew separated by hue
Nurtured unevenly by recalcitrant wealthy few
Resources and rights harvested by tears of fear
Jailed leader of pride did protest treatment severe
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“The Plane Boss, the
Plane” was the opening line delivered by Tattoo, the diminutive television character played by veteran actor Herve Villachaize
as another episode of “Fantasy Island” starring the dashing leading man Ricardo Montalbon began. Times
and plots were simpler. The leading women were zaftig with big hair and tight haute couture, the leading men were articulate
and stylishly cloaked or politically incorrect buffoons with disheveled Peter Falk’s Columbo being the exception proving
the rule. The bad guys were sleazy camp with plot appropriate foreign accents as television was by and
large the moral wasteland Newton Minnow depicted despite being monitored by a self-described pristine government.
Contemporary zeitgeist has arrived at the depths of depravity forecasted where snitch and tell, point and click, acronym,
theory based journalism has replaced insightful investigative presentation as corruption abounds everywhere.
There are thousands of airplanes that “disappear” under mysterious circumstances
every year. The Malaysian Flight MH370 with 239 passengers is the ninth classified major mystery beginning with Amelia
Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan in 1937. Where is a sky watcher with a camera phone when you really need one?
Are You Sure about Insurance?
PPACA or ACA, the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act has received abundant media
attention. As a charter member of the digerati there exists the temptation to “pile on” and
offer my fifty cents worth of criticism. Once such opinions were referred to as “two cents worth”
---- but inflation has raised the value. Criticizing is easy but judging by merits requires effort and
thorough examination. The division of the project into multiple responsibilities is akin to the adage that
“a camel is a horse designed by a committee”. Absolution of blame takes
precedence over solution of problems in these instances.
The self-indulgent calls for consulting and assistance by “experts” in large system
development such as Amazon, EBay; et al are implausible. Rhetorically, who has more experience in developing
large systems than the US government? Conveniently forgotten are the glitches and
anomalies that these paradigms of online commerce experienced in inception.
Whenever major systems involving large files have to be constructed and interaction
of these data bases are essential, the initial iterations are “relatively slow” and burdened with processing anomalies.
As these files are vetted and linkages accurately managed, processing becomes more efficacious.
Mexico Independence: An Intoxicating
drugs, pharmaceuticals, alcohol, tobacco and the like; pale in comparison to
freedom as an addiction. Just one sip of this metaphorical elixir creates
a life risking craving.
“Long live independence!
Long live America! Away with bad government!” On 16 September 1810 Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla aka el Cura,
or Father Hidalgo shouted “el Grito”, the words of protest in Dolores, Guantajuato
against the imperialist control of Spain over Mexico; the Revolution effectively began,
ending on the 21st of September 1821. Iterations of this utterance are
reprised at 11:00 PM on the 15th of September to commemorate the independence of the Republic of the United
States of Mexico. Aligned with patriots including Allende, Aldama, and Abasolo the eleven
year battle for freedom ensued although Father Hidalgo was a tragically betrayed
casualty in 1811. Despite his early demise during the conflict, he is recognized
as the Father of Mexico as George Washington is in the United States.(follow LINK for full story)
Meeting the Right Person
Timing, a methodology based upon coincidence more than science in socio-romantic
encounters. This unpredictable variable renders most relationships transient ---- permanence or enduring
is reserved for the fortunate blessed few as they withstand “the test of time”. The Right Person may have been
met, but subsequently banished to the perpetual “used to be list” ---- again, timing. As thoughts
linger in moments of “what if”, revisiting is considered to dispel a lull during periods of stressful indifference.
Were the best times you ever had already had? Can they be had again? Perhaps just a sip from the tempting
glass of the past undoes parting words? However, unsaid words are spoken more loudly and though the cruelest
sounds; they are the most easily reconciled.
Enter REALITY to either
slap the shit out of you or give you courage ---- the choice is yours.
the way, most breakups occur in December.
Olympics and Cinderella
Fame, the glass slipper lost when time passes thru Fate’s
hourglass. The charming conniving demagogues of commerce will not chase the mouse drawn pumpkin to woo anew ---- instead pursuing
the well turned ankle of an attractive fresh arrival or someone with a longer curfew to trip the light fantastic while bestowing
treasure laden tribute. Fame though often rewarding is a starter’s pistol shot from inevitable demise leaving
chroniclers to compare erstwhile champions with present. Such comparisons are useless fodder for self serving debate on barstools
or media settings.
Why? The parameters of sports constantly evolve as equipment, playing surfaces,
rules, training regimen and of course performance enhancers are injected (pun intended) into the discussion.
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Charlottesville VA was named after a Black Woman
Ironically strife torn Charlottesville VA was named after Charlotte Mecklenburg
Strelitz aka Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III. The same King George ostracized by the British for "losing
the Americas" in the Revolutionary War. Queen Charlotte was derisively referred to as the mulatto queen by her envious
court due to her mixed lineage ---- Switzerland and Africa Morocco descendancy. The City of Charlotte NC was named for
her as well; a storm damaged statue near the airport bears her frizzy haired likeness.
Charlotte was an abolitionist, a botanist and a patron of the Arts, the royal benefactor of Mozart. Mozart was a close friend
of Beethoven who includes Haydn as a mentor. All three have Black African lineage.King George III reigned for 59 years
was falsely known as a tyrant though in reality was an abolitionist as well, supporting many humanitarian causes. Scholarly,
philanthropic William Wilberforce was his "voice" in Parliament endeavoring to eradicate slavery in the colonies.
"The watchdog that barks only when someone steps on its tail "