"[To grant Dred Scott's petition for the right to sue a white man] would give to persons of the negro race, ...the right to enter every other State whenever they pleased, ...to sojourn there as long as they pleased, to go where they pleased ...the full liberty of speech in public and in private upon all subjects upon which its own citizens might speak; to hold public meetings upon political affair
By Herbert Dyer, Jr. on Aug 20, 2014
Author’s note: This is the first of a three-part series. A series of independent studies in recent years appears to confirm that people living in countries with big government that intervenes actively in the market economy are happier citizens reporting higher levels of “life satisfaction” than people living in countries with relatively small government and unregulated market economy. (The image s
By John-Thomas Didymus on Aug 20, 2014
The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, has been wracked with turmoil since Aug. 9, the day Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. While the details of what transpired before Brown’s death remain unclear, the ugly aftermath has been all too visible. Citizens of Ferguson began protesting almost immediately after Wilson fired at least six bullets into th
By Darren Richardson on Aug 20, 2014
Twenty states plus the District of Columbia have enacted laws that allow people to use medical marijuana (MMJ) with a doctor's recommendation. Two of those states—Colorado and Washington—have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Meanwhile, marijuana remains illegal under federal law even as the Department of Justice said it will not challenge states' marijuana laws as long as they do not run
By John Michael Spinelli on Aug 20, 2014
They may not be the most ominous threats to the United States – Islamic fundamentalists and guns hold that distinction – but 24-hour news channels and the Internet pack potent punches that are inflicting damage on the well-being of Americans. If you think that is too strong a statement, consider what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri. Every news website worth its weight in advertising dollars is
By Barry Ellsworth on Aug 19, 2014
Embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo arrived in Israel Wednesday under the darkening cloud of a federal investigation back in Albany into his Nixonian administration. Cuomo said he wanted to show solidarity with Israel, yet the timing is suspect since the country is engaged in an extensive military operation in the Palestinian Gaza region. As Cuomo left there were growing calls throughout New York
By Paul Jesep on Aug 19, 2014
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By Maryann Tobin on May 30, 2014
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Herb is a retired paralegal, and a writer based in Chicago. Herb also works part-time for National Able Network (a national nonprofit) assigned at the moment to Roosevelt University as a tutor to seniors and ex-offenders in computer skills, literacy skills, job-readiness skills, social skills (how to beat the "New Jim Crow.") He's been a freelancer for many years, appearing in such rags as the Chicago Defender Newspaper, Ebony Magazine, Essence Magazine, Emerge Magazine, the Washington, D.C. Afro-American Newspaper, the Pittsburgh Courier Newspaper, C.L.A.S.S. Magazine, the Chicago Reader Newspaper, Indiana State University Black Literature Forum, BlackTalkRadioNetwork.com, WVON-Talk Radio, Chicago, Voxunion.com, DissidentVoice.org. Of course, he's been working on the Great American Novel since birth. He's never appeared in any so-called mainstream outlet (and hasn't really tried) because....well, just read him and you will get the message. Herb is a Vietnam War veteran (U.S. Navy...He'd been drafted into the army, but quickly enlisted in the Navy hoping to avoid Vietnam. His ship's very first port of call after boot camp in San Diego -- DaNang Harbor, South Vietnam). Herb has a masters degree in Political & Justice Studies. He relishes any and all comments, criticisms, critiques.
I am a freelance writer with special interest in politics, economy, business and marketing. I hold an MBA (Finance and Accounting) with 20 years experience in start-up business and marketing management.
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Darren, also known as "Punditty," was managing editor of The American Pundit political writing contest in 2012-2013.
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