Commentary After Michael Brown was laid to rest Monday in Ferguson, Missouri, the city appears relatively calm. It is possible, however, that it is a pseudo peace pending the outcome of the grand jury proceedings for Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed the unarmed teen. The deceased boy’s father asked for peace prior to Brown's funeral, and his wishes were respected. Subsequently, there h
By Phyllis L. Smith Asinyanbi on Aug 28, 2014
It is a well known fact that every year hundreds of people, many innocent and unarmed, are killed by cops even though they are of no danger to anyone. Surprising? No, it is not. Americans have got too used to a gun culture and that includes the police force. The very defenders and protectors turn killers and blatantly go scot free. How this did happen and why is there no recourse? The crux of the
By Preetam Kaushik on Aug 28, 2014
Charles Vacca, a firearms instructor, was shot in the head when a gun recoiled during a tutorial with a 9-year-old girl at the Arizona Last Stop firing range, in White Hills, Arizona. Vacca was struck around 10 a.m. Monday and died at Las Vegas Hospital at 9 p.m. the same night. The policy at the range is that children from 8 to 17 years of age can shoot if accompanied by a parent. Reports stated
By Phyllis L. Smith Asinyanbi on Aug 27, 2014
As the referendum date of Sept. 18 draws near, the debate over whether Scotland should vote for independence or stay in the United Kingdom is heating up with both factions claiming the lead. However, the second debate has polled a big lead of 71 percent to Alex Salmond’s National Scottish Party rooting for a YES for Scottish independence in the referendum. The NO’s and let us stay together led by
By Preetam Kaushik on Aug 27, 2014
“Corporations are people, my friend,” Mitt Romney once said. But if corporations are people in the same sense as humans, we should expect to find a similar ratio of criminals and fools, charming shysters and uncaring psychopaths in corporate America as we find in the general public. In 1886, the US Supreme Court announced an unsolicited yet unanimous opinion that under the law, a corporation is th
By Rob Lafferty on Aug 27, 2014
The polarization of America and shoddy journalism could not more clearly demonstrated than the situation where conservatives ran with a story that Attorney General Eric Holder gave money to a gang member to instigate the recent riots in Ferguson, Missouri. It is not true. That it could be believed is, well, unbelievable. The National Report, a satirical website, posted an article on the weekend he
By Barry Ellsworth on Aug 26, 2014
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