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1. Penguin Random House mega-merger alters international book market

Readers buy e-books on Amazon and writers self-publish online. So why do we still need publishing houses? The recent Penguin Random House mega-merger is one answer to a troubled market.

When media giants Bertelsmann and Pearson in late 2012 announced plans to merge their subsidiaries into what would become the Penguin Random House group, the book publishers industry was speechless. With global revenues of 2.5 billion euros ($3.3 billion), the combined company would control a huge portion of the English and Spanish book markets.

High-volume authors like Michael Crichton and E.L. James would share the shelves with respected literary figures like Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie and Gabriel García Marquez. And Penguin Random House’s scope would stretch from China to Chile and from New Delhi to New York.

Across continents

A global approach has long been part of the company culture on both sides of the merger, with both having been well positioned in the traditional English-speaking markets in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Penguin, owned by Pearson, has also been a strong brand in India and China, while Bertelsmann’s Random House ranks third on the Latin American book market.

But it’s not just market position that makes this merger significant. Penguin dates back to the period between the World Wars, while Bertelsmann and Random House have a nearly 180-year tradition. Many readers who grew up in the UK or in former British colonies know Penguin’s inexpensive classics.

Both publishing houses have shown a commitment not only to the mainstream audience but also to supporting the best contemporary authors. Together they have published works by 70 Nobel Prize winners, including German writer Günter Grass.

Since neither the European nor the American cartel authorities had qualms with the merger, it went through more quickly than expected, concluding earlier this week. Both houses had largely been active in the entertainment area, which is strictly regulated by the cartel authorities.

Which author each publishing house works with is not important for the authorities, but when scientific or academic texts are properly sourced, the state is called on to take action. “The world’s really large publishing houses are particularly active in the areas of science and education,” said industry expert Rüdiger Wischenbart.

Compared to these houses, the newly merged Penguin Random House is only the fifth largest in the world, so of less interest to cartel authorities.

Competing with Amazon.com, Inc.

The alliance between Penguin and Random House is aimed in particular at making books more visible in an environment where there are fewer and fewer bookstores, said Markus Dohle, former head of Random House in New York and now CEO of the merged company.

In the last few years, major booksellers have gone under, especially in countries like the US and UK, where – unlike in Germany or France – books don’t have a fixed price set by the publisher. US giant Borders, once the second largest bookseller in the world, threw in the towel in 2011. And price wars with online dealers and supermarkets have led to further shutdowns: The number of booksellers in the UK has nearly been cut in half since 2006.

The idea behind the merger is to create a formidable force capable of standing up to online seller Amazon, which has upset the book market in recent years with its rock-bottom pricing. In the US, by far the world’s largest book market, Amazon sells more printed books than all other booksellers combined. As far as e-books are concerned, Amazon maintains a market share of more than 60 percent.

Plans for expansion

Keeping up with Amazon, however, is not the only reason for the merger. The authors themselves present another threat: Self-publishing has long become a effective trend not only among hobby poets but also among future bestselling authors. Even E.L. James, the author of the recent hit “Fifty Shades of Grey,” first published herself online.

It has been speculated that the Penguin Random House fusion could be just the starting gun for further mergers. Bertelsmann head Thomas Rabe said that his company has set aside several billion euros for expansions over the next few years.

Readers may not care who published the books they read. But in the long-run, fewer larger publishing houses means less variety. Critics warn that for authors, a mega-merger like Penguin Random House is not good news.

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2. Schiel & Denver Book Publishers opens up new book publishing market channels outside the U.S. and Europe in Australia and Asia

The world is looking for solutions. At Schiel & Denver Book Publishers, one of the reasons we invest so deeply in sustainable publishing methods, and cherish our independent authors and talented writers so much, is that you have taken the time to make the changes needed to achieve a more shared, secure and sustainable future through your work. Whether you’re a children’s author giving a child that first love of learning to read, a poet, thriller writer or Christian author; we pledge our support to your continued literary brilliance in the fantastic independent books that you pen, and on your admirable personal commitment to your writing.

The fact is that world needs more writers. The literary output of the U.S. can never be too prolific. Sustainable development is a global imperative: over one billion people lack access to food, electricity and drinking water; a majority of our ecosystems are in decline; and there is an enormous deficit in decent jobs, especially for youth globally. Climate change will only compound these challenges – and threatens progress, peace and stability in societies and global markets – including books and publishing.

The book publishing industry is changing beyond all recognition, and for the independent author, getting your book into the hands of reachers in a timely fashion with expert speed to market, has become an increasingly dominant critical factor – where once publishers and authors could rely on long-tail sales and word of mouth. Schiel & Denver Book Publishers is therefore committed to professional book distribution into all markets, on behalf of our authors, and we are pleased to be opening up new channels in Australasia, Asia, China, Africa and Brazil, (outside our main infrastructure in North America and Europe) as a means to set our authors apart in the market with greater numbers of books printed, more sales and more royalties generated per ISBN title.

In a time when reaching agreement on critical issues is proving difficult and divisive — whether at home domestically in America or on the international platform — Schiel & Denver‘s comprehensive book publishing strategies will continue to give independent authors a voice, with dedicated marketing to the retail buying units of stores like Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Books-A-Million, to ensure your voice is heard.

Our corporate sustainability is charging ahead as a collaborative and innovative space for action based on the risks and opportunities at hand. After more than a decade of building up principles and partnerships, we stand on the brink of unleashing global business action as a main-stream, independent book publisher championing author’s intellectual output on a massive scale.

Schiel & Denver only succeeds when our authors thrive with successful book sales derived from worldwide market access and expert distribution to major bookstores. Making this happen is our enduring commitment: more engagement, more innovation, more collaboration.

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3. 2013 UN Resolution renews emphasis on strengthening the rols of Global Compact with local book publishing networks

Schiel & Denver Book Publishers has moved steadily into the New Year with a wide range of events, webinars, and engagement opportunities in the works. On the eve of the 1st January 2013, the Second Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (Economic and Financial Committee) adopted a potentially far-reaching and broad resolution on the changing relationship between the United Nations and the private book publishing sector (with particular emphasis on American book publishers) to fulfill the committee’s mission statement of:

The vital role the UN Global Compact Office continues to play with regard to strengthening the capacity of the United Nations to partner strategically with the private sector.

As always, some book publishers activities will be open to all signatories while others will be restricted to US Network members. The results will highlight that Governments who were invited to support the local networks, in co-operation with the Rio+20 Secretariat, and the Global Compact Local Network based in America are more proportionately more likely to invest in the “inside-belt” of the book publishing industry; giving fresh credence to the notion that local authors need to work with a book publisher with far reaching contacts into the UN system, such as Schiel & Denver enjoys, to benefit from local distribution widely through bookstores in both developed and developing countries.

Schiel & Denver offers massive global book distribution to a wide-readership through over 165,000 bookstores across 4 continents. With more than 1,250 authors from over 100 countries in 2012, Schiel & Denver’s ties to worldwide book distribution, together with professional editing capabilities, and particularly being backed by the publishing power of the United Nations Global Compact, forms proof that one of the largest, most comprehensive studies on global corporate responsibility implementation is within reach of independent authors who choose to work with the company to fulfil their dream of becoming published. The UN Global Compact’s input is critical.

 

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4. News From United Nations Global Compact: A new resolution to put emphasis on strengthening the role of local GC network

The United Nations Global Compact can be a secret weapon for professional authors in getting an unheard-of-before title into the mainstream distribution channel, as retailers increasingly look for a more global literary flavor to offer readers. As a committed stakeholder of the United Nations Global Compact, and one of the few U.S. book publishing partners to maintain an active role, Schiel & Denver is pleased to add our support to the Second Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (Economic and Financial Committee) as they took the progressive step of adopting a resolution on the evolving relationship between the United Nations and the private sector in the American publishing industries.

For those unaware, the Global Compact initiative has made substantial progress for book publishing in America, less than a year after the critical UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which brought together different factions of government leaders (from both developed and developing nations) in an effort to build consensus on a more sustainable course for representing publishing and printing business in partnership with governments, local authorities, civil society and UN entities.

As a book publishers with a modern chain of custody gradually ending dependence on wood fibers and pulp to make our books, and keen on embracing digital eBook publishing – particularly in our Christian book publishing division, our view is that the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum is shaping up to be a vibrant and unparalleled platform for innovative businesses like Schiel & Denver, and key stakeholders to demonstrate real action, make commitments and mobilize genuine consumer growth towards a more environmentally sustainable future.

Putting our authors first continues to be Schiel & Denver’s primary mission, and with on-going author support on a daily basis – our book publishing program is designed to provide a firm infrastructure for our partners, leverage opportunities and harness our book publishing logistics. Schiel & Denver succeeds at building momentum for our author’s books, as they move into the competitive marketplace to sell to the book buying public.

As 2012 closes, Schiel & Denver is pleased we continue to be of value for our passion and commitment to new writers, not least the broad efforts that our business plays to help set a better course for emerging literary talent. Being able to ‘tap’ the United Nations Global Compact’s mainstream benefits for global book distribution forms a corporate sustainability service that our authors’ need and deserve.

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5. Rupert Murdoch and Harpercollins reportedly looking to challenge the merger between Penguin and Random House, Inc

Full regulatory approval over 12 months away and a backlash from authors worried about a less competitive book publishers‘ market may not be the only issues facing the merger deal between Bertelsmann, owner of the Random House book publishing unit, and Pearson’s Penguin Group. The Week reports that Rupert Murdoch’s Harpercollins book publishing outfit is looking to offer up to $1.6 bn for the acquisition of Penguin, which would effectively scupper the deal.

As has now been widely reported, about five months ago, a representative of Pearson PLC contacted Bertelsmann SE & Co. The result of that contact emerged Monday, when the two companies unveiled the creation of Penguin Random House, a combination they hope will be better able to deal with the digital transformation of the book industry.

The timing of the initial approach came at a pivotal moment in book publishing. A few weeks before, the U.S. Justice Department filed an antitrust suit against Apple Inc. and five major publishers, including Penguin, alleging an price-fixing conspiracy regarding e-books. While three of the publishers settled, two continue to fight the suit, including Penguin.

Random House wasn’t involved in the suit.

Books from publishers Penguin and Random House on a bookstore shelf in London on Friday. The two houses have announced a deal to merge.

The settlement forced publishers to allow a resumption of discounted pricing of e-books, which Amazon.com Inc. had championed after it introduced its Kindle e-reader in 2007 but which had been shut down by the publishers in 2010. The implication of a new round of discounting was immediately clear: It could eventually weaken Barnes & Noble Inc., the major competitive force against Amazon.

And book executives see that as bad news. While e-books are good for publishers’ profit margins, by removing the costs of printing and distribution, the worry was that a more powerful Amazon could eventually squeeze publishers on prices.

For book publishing, an industry dominated by a half-dozen big players, consolidation was one answer. Combining forces would allow publishers to gain more heft in negotiating terms with retailers, including Amazon, industry executives said. By moving first, Pearson hoped to gain an advantage, a person familiar with the situation said.

“In reviewing the long-term trends and considerable change affecting the consumer publishing industry, Pearson and Bertelsmann both concluded that the publishing and commercial success of Penguin and Random House can best be sustained and enhanced through a partnership with another major international publishing house,” the companies said in a joint statement.

The companies’ boards approved the plan Sunday, despite a last-minute expression of interest in buying Penguin that came from News Corp., parent of HarperCollins publishers. News Corp., which also owns The Wall Street Journal, never made a formal offer, a person familiar with the situation said.

The Pearson board considered all options, including a cash sale, but unanimously supported the joint-venture structure with Bertelsmann, the person said.

Selling Penguin would have triggered a big capital-gains tax liability, another person familiar with the situation said.The companies said they hoped to complete the merger in the second half of next year, pending regulatory approvals. The attitude of antitrust regulators in the U.S. and Europe is an open question.

Management of the new company will be split between the two publishers: Random House Chief Executive Markus Dohle, 44 years old, will be CEO while Penguin CEO John Makinson, 58, will be chairman.

The deal highlights how the rapid adoption of digital books is changing book publishing. The proportion of consumer-book revenue for publishers coming from e-books rose to 14.8% last year from 6.3% in 2010, according to BookStats. A publishing executive said that at his company, e-books could account for 30% to 50% of fiction sales now.

E-books should be good news for publishers. In addition to the lower production and distribution costs, unsold books don’t come floating back from retailers. Those returned book can reach 30% to 40% of a print run, even on best sellers, an executive said.

But as physical books decline as a proportion of total sales, the fixed costs of maintaining warehouses and printing facilities hurts overall margins. Some publishers already have started to address this. HarperCollins, for example, has closed two of its four warehouses in the U.S. The combined Penguin Random House will have between them four warehouses in the U.S., raising the possibility that some could be closed.

Mr. Dohle said the two companies were just starting to analyze the potential cost savings, including those in distribution, warehousing and information technology. But “this deal isn’t based on synergies; it is based on future growth,” he said.

Mr. Makinson said the merger will allow the companies to invest more heavily in social media and other new technologies. With fewer traditional bookstores around, he said, “it becomes harder and riskier to take a chance on new writers because you can’t be sure of finding an audience.” Social media can help remedy that.

Some book agents have voiced concerns about the impact of the merger. Mr. Makinson emphasized that authors won’t see significant changes because the two companies intend to keep the same number of publishing imprints.

Scott Turow, best-selling author and president of the Authors Guild, said: “Publishers are facing a new reality with some of the biggest companies in the world, including Google, Apple and Microsoft entering their field. I understand why they want to get bigger. But what I haven’t thought through yet is what the down side is for the cultural landscape.”

The deal was announced just a few weeks after Pearson’s longtime chief executive, Marjorie Scardino, disclosed plans to step down at year-end. Her departure sparked speculation about whether the incoming CEO, John Fallon, would focus the company on educational publishing, the area of the company he runs, exiting businesses such as consumer books.

Each company is committed to staying in the book venture for the first three years. After that, Pearson has options to raise cash from its stake, including by requesting a debt-financed dividend payment. Both companies can call for an initial public offering of the venture after five years.

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6. Advertising methods in mainstream book publishing

As Microsoft demonstrates from their development of publishing tool software, the role of the advertising executive in modern book publishing practice, has never been so ubiquitous and important. Executives of any book publishers organization should take every convenient opportunity of speaking in public, provided they are good performers. The reading of papers at conferences, speaking on radio or television, lecturing to rotary clubs or other societies are all opportunities to secure contacts which may prove useful. With an organization there is much to be gained by regular conferences and discussions at different levels.

This is particularly valuable in the case of an organization with branches spread throughout the country. Everyone has something to contribute to the common pool in the book publishing process. In conclusion, the media of communication are not the most important part of public relations activity but they occupy a vital area in any forward-thinking organization since they provide the link between an organization and the different groups and spheres of interest. There are signs of radical changes in methods of communication with the rapid growth of the use of computers, the automation of office techniques, satellite communication, etc, but it is difficult to forecast how soon these tendencies will make a real difference to our present means of communication.

The public relations adviser today, whether as a staff member of the organization or as outside counsel on public relations to management, has a new top function to fulfill. In this rapidly changing world, the obligations of company management are no longer limited to increasing sales and profits by winning friends and influencing people, it must serve the society of which it is a part in many different ways, in order to survive. The business organization, today has new responsibilities imposed on it by the society. It must fulfill its obligations as a good citizen of the community in which it functions. It must have socially sound living and training practices. This is key to effective book marketing from book distribution. It must be aware of and help to maintain the environment where it functions. It must help to improve the social conditions of the public on which it depends. It must participate in all efforts to improve the broad society. Successfully to fulfill the new demands, pose the challenges of the eighties to Public Relations

Contact with the Press may be either on personal basis, by written communication, or at a press conference. Personal contact is undoubtedly the most effective way of promoting close understanding with members of the Press, but with such a large area of interest it is obviously not possible to have personal contact with the Press all the time. Press releases are therefore an important part of press relations, and the releases which are merely written news items may be sent out to a very wide, or, on occasion, to a restricted list of journalists and publications; particularly of note in the poetry book publishers arena.

Some companies will wish to have a constant contact with the various sections of the Press and will issue two or three stories a week as well as extra news items for particular journals. This level of activity may be appropriate for some large companies but many companies will not need to be quite so active in keeping in touch with the Press. It is very desirable that in every organization there should be a press officer whose primary function is to help forge a durable link between the company and the Press, and a separate department for U.S. Copyright Registration.

In a small company the press officer may also be the public relations officer; in a large organization, he may be the head of a sizable press office. Either way, he must seek to understand the needs of the different sections of the Press and be prepared to make a sustained effort to help the Press in its work. It is only in this way that he can serve his own company to the best possible advantage. A press conference should be held when there is an announcement of some importance to be made when questions are likely to be helpful to members of the Press in writing their stories. It may also be justified when there is something to show like a model of a new hotel complex or a plan of a new motorway. A press conference may also be very useful for giving background information “off the record” about some new development of significance. The Press will respect the request for keeping some of the news “off the record” provided it is made clear which part of the conference is in confidence.

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7. Book Publishers, Google Finally Reach Long Awaited Settlement After Several Years Court Battle

After a lengthy and complex litigation process, today both Google and the following book publisher plaintiffs (The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.; Pearson Education, Inc. and Penguin Group (USA) Inc., both part of Pearson; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; and Simon & Schuster, Inc. part of CBS Corporation) announce that a legal settlement agreement has been reached with Google. Both parties claim publicly to be pleased with the outcome.

This agreement establishes a framework to provide access to book publishers’ in-copyright books and journals that were digitized by Google for its Library Project and to govern how such works may be scanned in the future.

The agreement settles the copyright infringement lawsuit filed by five publisher plaintiffs. As is typical of a private settlement between parties, a number of terms are confidential. You can read Google’s press release regarding the settlement however we provide more details below for publishers analysis. The key elements of the agreement:

The agreement settles the copyright infringement lawsuit filed by five publisher plaintiffs.  As is typical of a private settlement between parties, a number of terms are confidential.

The key elements of the book publishing agreement:

  1. First and foremost, the settlement acknowledges the rights and interests of copyright-holders.  A publisher can choose to make available or remove its works from Google’s programs.
  2. The agreement covers US book publishers – those who are members of Association of American Publishers and certain other publishing associations with US publisher members – for in-copyright books and journals in which they hold a copyright interest under US law.
  3. The agreement provides for such book publishers to make available or remove scans of their works previously created in the Google Library Project.
  4. The agreement provides a set of satisfactory terms as to how future scanning by Google of covered books and journals may be addressed by their publishers.
  5. The agreement authorizes Google, through separate agreements with individual publishers, to make commercial use of those scans – particularly in educational math books.
  6. The agreement also authorizes Google to enter into file return agreements with publishers.  This gives publishers digital files of their scans for certain authorized uses while also granting Google additional rights.
  7. This deal marks the end of seven years of litigation between the publishers and Google relating to the Google Books Library Project.  It secures dismissal of the lawsuit, without prejudice or release of claims, by stipulation of the parties.
  8. This settlement does not affect Google’s litigation with the Authors Guild nor does it address the underlying questions in that suit.
  9. This differs from the class action settlement rejected by the court in 2011.  It is narrower in scope and effect because it resolves more limited claims by individual plaintiffs rather than a class.
  10. There are a number of reasons why the parties chose to make the deal.

For the publishers, they wanted to find a way to move forward and bring this lengthy, complex litigation to an end while building on the existing relationship between publishers and Google.

Publishers’ attempts to settle this through the court were not successful and a private settlement, which does not require the court’s approval, was the most effective means.  Although the settlement does not resolve the disagreements regarding the scope of fair use and other points of copyright law, it resolves to the plaintiffs’ satisfaction the practical issues underlying the dispute which led to the lawsuit.

Google sought to make the deal to bring to an end seven years’ litigation and move ahead with increasing the body of works available in Google Books and Google Play.  This deal proved to be mutually beneficial because it expands eBook discovery and sales while respecting the rights of copyright owners.

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8. Library of Congress records indicate more U.S. authors are writing about Congress and American Foreign Policy

With U.S. President Obama today preparing to arrive in New York ahead of the United Nations General Assembly, amid criticism from Mitt Romney’s campaign on foreign policy, professional book publishing research conducted by Schiel & Denver Book Publishers reveal that never before in our nation’s history are so many independent writers (without waiting for acceptance letters from traditional book publishers) publishing their thoughts on U.S. foreign policy, the intellectual output of the United States is growing as new evidence suggests from the Library of Congress‘s record database.

The challenge to understand the reasons why this is happening is more complex. It is not easy to preserve and keep a Republic once it begins to fall away. The heart of the republic is the voice of the people and the voice of the people is expressed through its mandated representation. It’s necessary at this point to consider a definition of Common Law.

The heart of Common Law is substance or Fact; the heart of Equity which came out of the Common Laws, is based in theories of liability and require some kind of damages – usually money. Common Law in practice is:

“The impartial distribution of justice, or the doing that to another which the laws of God and man, and of reason, give him the right to claim.”

Equity court corrects the operation of the literal text of the Law, and supplies its defects, by reasonable construction, and by rules of proceeding and deciding what is not admissible in a court of law. The first Judicial Acts established a judicial system with the sole purpose of upholding our Constitution and basing decisions of the Common Laws which decided right from wrong.

Your Congress represents elected officials representative of a part of a whole. They are not the whole, nor can they represent the nation without consent from the majority of the other parts which form that whole. The whole is the nation; even without the surge in book publishing company interest, however, the voice of the nation is the people collectively expressing themselves through individual representatives. A nation is not the body, the figure of which is to be represented by the human body; but is like a body contained within a circle, having a common center, in which every radius meets; and that center is formed by representation.

An issue is a point at which you must go to trial. There are two kinds of issues: 1) in law and 2) in fact. An issue in law arises when the point in issue is a question of law. An issue in fact is when the point in issue is a question of fact.

A fundamental to the Common Laws are those which are orally handed down to us, introduced into our Constitution as Rights of Man and recorded as the Bill of Rights. Any law abrogating such law is repugnant. This, then, is a fundamental right.

“All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void and no man has to obey them.”

We believe therefore that the U.S. public has been inspired to write as a consequence of the expression of our democracy and statutory law. It is the written law, which later became codified and called the Codes. Statutory Law originated in the unwritten Common Laws, but did not have their binding force in the principles of justice, nor of long use, nor the consent of the people or nation. Statutory Law has its binding force in the acts of legislative branch: the Congress.

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9. The Soundtrack To Your Novel: Hans Zimmer Voted #1 Would-Be Choice

The breathtaking beauty of Hans Zimmer’s music makes many people feel that they would like his compositions to be the soundtrack to their life. But what about your book?

In a recent poll, Schiel & Denver Book Publishing Company and Book Distributors found that mystery and thriller authors would prefer Hans Zimmer above all other composers to write the soundtrack to their novel if it was ever made into a film through consistent book marketing. Listening to this above quite brooding and dark piece that Hans Zimmer composed for The Dark Knight Rises, that was released before the tragedy in Colorado, it’s hard to disagree.

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10. Similiarities between the Boston Tea Party and the Mitt Romney / Paul Ryan 2012 Presidential Race Nomination Ticket

Let’s first consider the historical setting, as any writer who wishes to make a decisive introduction to retrospective comparison should consider. In 1773 the English Parliament passed a tea act, taxing colonial merchants; and in doing so outraged the Colonists and united them in opposition. When the first small cargoes of tea consigned to Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Charleston were not allowed to be unloaded, it was a shock to England. The tax was to be enforced and paid by midnight of December 16th. The reaction was swift and nonviolent. The English put up no resistance and the ships were not damaged.

The Colonists, disguised as Indians, boarded the tea ships in Boston the night of December 16, 1773 and dumped the cargoes into the water. The captain’s log book, dated Thursday, December 16, 1773 stated:

Between six and seven o’clock this evening, came down to the wharf a body of about one thousand people, among them were a number dressed and whooping like Indians. They came on board the ship, and after warning myself and the customs-house officers to get out of the way, they undid the hatches and went down the hood, where was eighty whole, and thirty-four half chests of tea, which they hoisted upon deck, and cut the chests to pieces, hove the tea overboard, where it was damaged and lost.

The event was publicized as “the destruction of the tea” but was not recorded as the “Boston Tea Party” until the mid-30s, around 1834/5, when the new moniker was born, for opposing oppressive government control.

The tea party of 1773 united all of the Colonists under a moniker surviving today. Whether protesting as tea party members, as patriots, as occupiers, the opposition and clamor to correct abuses is louder than ever. It gives us our Republic and a Republican form of government.

The Republic is a renovation of the natural order of things, a system of principles as universal as truth and the existence of man, and combed moral with political happiness and national prosperity. It is the natural order to preserve liberty, property, and security as guaranteed rights of man. It extends the sovereignty of such rights into the political associations which comprise the nation and demands that such associations, whether individual, or as a body of men are only entitled to that authority which is expressly derived from the people.

What is called the Republic is not any particular form of government like democratic, aristocratic, or monarchy. It is wholly characteristic of the matter or object for which government ought to be instituted, and to which it is to be employed— A REPUBLIC, the public affairs, or the public good; or, literally translated, the public thing.

It is a word of a good original, referring to what ought to be the character and business of government; and in this sense it is naturally opposed to the word monarchy which encompasses arbitrary power vested in an individual person, the exercise of which is the person, and not the republic.

The REPUBLIC, public thing has as its origin the Greek “Democracy”; however, there are many strong limitations in the Democratic form of government. It ultimately leads to the failure of a true Democracy in guaranteeing the innate rights of man.The true distinction between a Republic and a Democracy is that in the Democracy the people meet and exercise the government in person. In a Republic, they assemble and administer it by their representatives.

Democracy will, by necessity, be confined to a small spot. A Republic may be extended over a large region. Mitt Romney’s negative ad attacks on the Obama presidency and healthcare reform are an example of this kind of modern comparison.

Democracy works well as a form of government where limited in scope of size and population it can conduct the REPUBLIC or the public business of a nation until, however, it becomes too extensive and populous. Democracy cannot work effectively as the separate parts soon become oppressive once becoming powerful.

Space and size quickly destroy the effectiveness of Democracy. Ancient Greece discovered this quickly as power shifted from Athens, and the demand for centralized power in the government arose out of strength, not voice. Under a Republic, the public voice, as pronounced by the representatives of the people, is more consonant to the public good than if pronounced by the people themselves.

Our Tea Party fought not so much for sovereignty, but for the public voice to be heard by abusive powers. Their voice, being unheard, soon results in a voice demanding to be heard. They wanted representation then, most of all. And when denied, the very voice which believed in natural law, gave birth to a new nation and a new form of government: the Republican Form.

This startled the world juxtaposing a new voice within a Democracy. A people’s voice creating a Republican form of government: a government established and conducted for the interest of the public, as well individually as collectively. It did not connect with any particular form which the world understands.

It defies being subservient to another power and declares itself sovereign by divine right and by voice. And that voice declares itself by representation.Adding representation upon Democracy creates a system of government which embraces and brings together all the various interests and every extent of territory and population known.

The Republican form of government immediately concentrates the knowledge necessary to the interests of the parts and of the whole. The whole is now the nation, the parts are states, the people are also parts of the whole, yet their collective voices, by representation, become the whole.For once, government can be seen as the child of the voice of the people who created it. Every man is a proprietor in government, and has the duty to consider it a necessary part of his business to understand. The Republic concerns his interest, because it affects his property, his life, and his pursuit of happiness.And these interests have costs which derive themselves from all men being created equal.You can examine the cost and compare it with the individual or collective advantages. And your voice, alone must represent your examination before all others.

With the advent of a Constitution enumerating what you grant, you do not have to adopt the slavish custom of following what in other governments are called leaders.

As Benjamin Franklin quickly noted when asked what kind of government is formed, he answered prophetically: “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

It is not easy to preserve and keep a Republic once it begins to fall away. The heart of the republic is the voice of the people and the voice of the people is expressed through its mandated representation.

How often have you heard representatives say, I voted for the “good of the country”, or for the “good of the party”, when the voice going unheard is the voice of representation which says… vote for the good of the republic within the district you represent?

Representation must represent only those constituents who exercised the sovereign right to put them in power and position to represent.

Your Congress represents elected officials representative of a part of a whole. They are not the whole, nor can they represent the nation without consent from the majority of the other parts which form that whole. The whole is the nation; however, the voice of the nation is the people collectively expressing themselves through individual representatives.

A nation is not the body, the figure of which is to be represented by the human body; but is like a body contained within a circle, having a common center, in which every radius meets; and that center is formed by representation. The representatives, too, represent themselves only as a part of their very constituency and are one voice within their collective membership when in Congress Assembled. There can be no vote taken by them for the “good of the country”.

As representatives sitting in the federal government, the “good of the country” only occurs concomitantly with the consent of the rest of the nation.What is government but more than the management of the affairs of a Nation? It is not, and from its nature cannot be, the property of any particular man or family, but of the whole community, at whose expense it is supported; and through by force and contrivance it has been usurped into an inheritance, the usurpation cannot alter the right of thing.

Sovereignty, as a matter of right, appertains to the Nation only, and not any individual; and a Nation has at all times an inherent indefeasible right to abolish any form of government it finds inconvenient, and to establish such as accords with its interest, disposition and happiness. Every citizen is a member of the collective sovereignty; and as such, can acknowledge no personal subjection – his obedience can be only to the Common Laws.

As members of the national government, the good of the country is only that under powers given by citizens, and granted to the national government, such as the management of foreign affairs wherein the states waive all rights to make a treaty, enter into an alliance, receive a foreign ambassador, or deal in any way with a foreign government.

The balance of power, conversely, and ultimately, flows from the bottom up rather than from the internationally recognized top down. Such principles of Declaration are the truths to restore our Republic. They are reserved in the declarations made by the Tea Party forefathers. What have we learned?

That man has rights, — life, liberty, pursuit of happiness. This is the legacy left us. The ideal of individual liberty, that an individual has certain fundamental and inalienable rights which municipal, state or federal government can never override without permission.Governments exist for the benefit of the governed to secure and protect those rights of man. Government is FOR the people.

And that these governments “derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Government is OF the people and BY their consent. Whenever any government usurps power and becomes destructive of the rights of man, then it is the right of the people to overthrow that government, and when necessary to do so, it is also the right and duty of the people to establish a new government on whatever principles and in whatever form will insure to them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

That under law and government, and in the protection of the rights of the people “all men are created equal” and must be allowed the fullest and freest exercise and development of their natural powers.

And that these governments“derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.”Government is OF the people and BY their consent.

Whenever any government usurps power and becomes destructive of the rights of man, then it is the right of the people to overthrow that government, and when necessary to do so, it is also the right and duty of the people to establish a new government on whatever principles and in whatever form will insure to them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

That under law and government, and in the protection of the rights of the people “all men are created equal” and must be allowed the fullest and freest exercise and development of their natural powers.

And to do so, our forefathers decreed: “there shall be freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of peaceable assembly, freedom of petition. The homes of the people shall be secure against search, seizure, or intrusion, except by legal process. No person shall be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb for the same offense, nor shall any person be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.”

Continuing, “no bill of attainder or ex post facto law shall be passed. The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it, but any one accused of crime shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime may have been committed. He shall not be arrested except by legal process; he shall be informed of the exact nature of the accusation; he shall be confronted by the witnesses against him, and shall not be compelled to testify against himself.”

Some of those who represent us now in Congress Assembled are ineligible to represent us and have lost their citizenship.

Do you know the ORIGINAL THIRTEENTH AMENDMENT was passed in support of Article I, Section 9, of the United States Constitution?

“No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the consent of Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

Said original Amendment is a matter of record notwithstanding it being continuously omitted in reproduction as it clearly provides the penalty for enforcement of Article 1, Section 9.

 The ORIGINAL THIRTEENTH AMENDMENT

Passed by Congress February 1, l865“If any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive, or retain any title of nobility or honor, or shall, without the consent of Congress, accept and retain any present, pension, office, or emolument of any kind whatsoever, from any Emperor, King, Prince, or Foreign Power, such person shall cease to be a citizen of the United States, and shall be incapable of holding any office of trust or profit under them, or either of them.”Is it any wonder, then, that the following two questions might just be answered with an emphatic: NO!

Can any attorney taking oath to any Bar association which pledges itself to the Crown of England still be a citizen?

Can any Congressman, in the House or Senate, accepting financial support from corporations or lobbyists outside their constituency and venue still be a citizen?

Thus, it is time again to restore America to its rightful place in history as that nation which first introduced the Rights of Man as being the grantor of power and privileges to uphold and defend its rights.

To do this, the Republic needs the voice of the people once more. We need to speak again as in 1773 where the real intent of the Boston Tea Party was not to just dump tea in protest of taxation. It was to demand representation and voice. Again, today, We the people, need to speak.It is our duty. Our rugged Constitution clearly gives us the Right to speak within our Bill of Rights with no less than six specifically identified amendments.

THE CONSTITUTIONAL VOICES

The only lawful constituent voices are those who can delegate representation in municipal, State or Congressional districts, and are limited to:

CITIZENS, who have been identified and are registered with district rights to vote for representation at municipal, State, or federal levels.

CORPORATIONS (like Mitt Romney‘s Bain Capital) which have only recently been identified by the U.S. Supreme Court as being persons.

Under Article XIV, Section 1, and having corporate headquarters in a specific Congressional district, they may lobby (one vote) only in their district for representation at municipal, State, or federal levels.We need now reformation of the process of creating and submitting bills for consideration and ratification. The following procedures are suggestive ballot measures to be sent via e-mail, blog, or what have you, to your representative or as a ballot measure for submission to voters on the next ballot to bring back the voice of America for the benefit of its people.

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11. Exploring ISBN Book Publishing Issues Through The Federalist Papers

Our Constitution was finished in September of 1787. But it had to be ratified by the individual states through popular conventions. The people of the states, rather than the state governments, had to approve the new document. Supporters of the Constitution had to appeal directly to the American people. It was not easy as the Colonists were reluctant to give more power to a central government controlled by an established political elite.

The Revolution promised power is in the local community and the hands of the common folk. Now the writers of the Constitution wanted to change all that. James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay used the widespread and widely read newspapers of the day to distribute a series of short essays known as the Federalist Papers to influence America to accept and ratify a Constitution.

The essays covered a broad range of topics, including presidential authority, taxation and representation, and the division of power between the national and state governments.In the end, the newspaper plan worked. The Liberty Bell rang so long, it finally cracked. Americans were persuaded to support the Constitution, but the Liberty Bell could not ring in the Bill of Rights, which guaranteed the sought after freedom and individual liberty for all.

The Federalist Papers are now considered the first – and most important internationally – discussions of federal government.

The Federalist Papers serve as a model of political reasoning, and so can readily be ascribed to the reason the Colonists were influenced and prepared to ratify a Constitution for the United States of America.

No other set of essays created such an international clamor for independence and a new kind of power in that eighteenth century. No man could believe or envision that Power actually emanates from the bottom up. Power is by the will of the people and is granted by Providence. That is what happened. The Natural law then, would soon be an Organic law in a written Constitution of the United States to protect the rights of all men created equal.

The sentiment swept the nation then and such is the sentiment which was later so historically and strongly expressed by President Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863.

That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.

We are again at that same crossroad where sovereignty and liberty intersect. The basis for our Constitution is inherent in its Federalist Papers. But who knows of them? Our Constitution, after months of work, finished in September 1787 and is a document that cannot by any standard be ratified by the individual state unless their populations wants them to do so.

The Constitution FOR the United States of America is ordained and established in its Preamble by the People OF the United States.

Its Federalist Papers (number 39) established two things:

  • A country to be known as the United States of America (U.S.A.).
  • A national government for that country to be known as the United States (US).

All American citizens are Sovereign citizens OF the United States of America – the Country. They live under the Common Laws of the country (Nation) known as the United States of America (U.S.A.)

The United States, as such, is only a national government (US) representative of the union of all states, known as these United States (U.S.A.); and is not to be confused with the nation (country) known as the United States of America.
The only sovereignty delegated to the national government (US) is that of foreign commerce and treaties.

It is this area where the States granted international powers to the federal government, albeit with the checks and balances accorded the separation of powers among the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial departments.

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12. How To Write About U.S. Sovereignty in Context To Modern American Literature

Continuing with Schiel & Denver Book Publishers‘s U.S. Constitution series in modern American political life, today we consider further areas of writing appropriately about our Constitution and how to frame narrative in these sensitive contexts.

The intent of the Common Laws in America was to preserve the Sovereignty and rights of all citizens in the new Republic of America known as the United States of America. Such intent shocked the world historically, lawfully, and realistically as it challenged the heart of all previously known rights of heredity, nobility, and dominion over lands and property as well as people.Sovereign, in early Webster 1828 dictionary definitions comes closest to that understood by our founding fathers:

Supreme in power; possessing supreme dominion, as a sovereign prince. God is the sovereign ruler of the universe; also supreme; pertaining to the first magistrate of a nation; as sovereign authority; also a supreme lord or ruler; one who possesses the highest authority without control. Some earthly princes, kings, and emperors are sovereigns in their domains.

And sovereignty was defined then as “Supreme power; supremacy; the possession of the highest power, or of uncontrollable power. Absolute power belongs to God only.”

It is no accident, then, that our founding fathers claimed their sovereignty came from God’s law that all men are created equal.Sovereignty had shifted to a right belonging to man, granted by the supreme ruler of the universe.People were no longer to be considered vassals, subordinates, and slaves only to serve the pleasures of sovereign earthly rulers, who usually inherited their status or won it through force and continued to exercise it over all the people and lands under their dominion.Our Nation was founded by people who claimed their freedom and sovereignty as a right derived from God.

They wanted new lives in a new country; and although there was allegiance to the old country, the intense desire to be sovereign as man was their birthright.The Great Seal for the federal government of the United States clearly affirms on its obverse Crest: a glory Orb, breaking through a cloud proper, surrounding an azure field bearing a constellation of thirteen stars argent. And on its reverse, the eye at the top of a pyramid is the Eye of Providence with the Latin motto Annuit Coeptis in the sky above – meaning It (the eye of Providence) is favorable to our undertakings or He favors our undertakings.) – Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson were given the task of creating the seal on July 4, 1776 and it was officially adopted on June 20, 1782.

Sovereignty was an expression, then, of the natural, organic, God-given Right that man was created equal and such rights are natural as they are granted by the Supreme Authority: Providence. Thus, in 1772 at a Town Meeting in Boston, such rights although internationally a threat to the existing monarchy and ecclesiastical supremacy of many nations, were adopted and expanded to being;

“the Natural Rights of the Colonists are these First, a Right to Life, Secondly to Liberty; thirdly to Property; together with the Right to support and defend them in the best manner they can – Those are evident Branches of, rather than deductions from the Duty of Self Preservation, commonly called the first Law of Nature –“Sovereignty continues to explain such Natural Rights relating to Life, Liberty, and Property, and concludes the Rights of Colonists with the force majeure that:“no men or body of men, consistently with their own rights as men and citizens or members of society, can for themselves give up, or take away from others.”“First, The first positive law of all Commonwealths or States, is the establishing the legislative power; as the first fundamental natural law also, which is to govern even the legislative power itself, is the preservation of the Society.

Secondly, The Legislative has no right to absolute arbitrary power over the lives and fortunes of the people…

Thirdly, The supreme power cannot Justly take from any man, any part of his property without his consent, in person or by his Representative.”These, then, were the Colonists’ sovereign expression of the first principles of natural law and justice and the basic fundamental maxims of the Common Law: common sense and reason.And again, the Natural Rights are expressed as Declarations by an act of the early American Continental Congress at New York, on October 19, 1765. This time, however, the rights are expanded as “humble opinions” respecting the most essential rights and liberties of the Colonists to protest taxes, duties, and to assert as a seventh right to establish sovereignty:“That trial by jury is the inherent and invaluable right of every British subject in these colonies.”

And as an eighth right in claiming sovereignty:

“That the late act of Parliament, entitled, “An act for granting and applying certain stamp duties, and other duties in the British colonies and plantations in America, etc.” by imposing taxes on the inhabitants of these colonies, and the aid act, and several other acts by extending the jurisdiction of the courts of admiralty beyond its ancient limits, have a manifest tendency to subvert the rights and liberties of the colonies.”

All such claim for personal Rights, as a natural course, are summarized with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence and a pledge to each other of lives, fortunes, and sacred honor of the Colonists in their Declaration of Independence, as adopted in Congress on July 4, 1776 — now a matter of the historical records of “The Federal and State Constitutions, Colonial Charters, and Other Organic Laws of the United States,” compiled under an order of the United States Senate by Ben Perley Poore, Clerk of Printing Records. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1877.

Finally, to insure that there is no doubt, even in the new country, the United States of America, a Bill of Rights is agreed to and added as the first Ten Amendments to the Constitution when ratified on December 15, 1791.

Amendment IX expressly identifies the limitation of the new federal government and re-affirms sovereignty remains in the people.

“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

And with even more specificity, Amendment X expressly identifies the limitations extending from the new federal government down through the individual States by reservation, and continues to re-affirm sovereignty remaining ultimately in the people.

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.’

Should the States not claim sovereignty power over the federal government, when necessary; then the people are the ultimate power proving that they hold the force majeure and are the master over the servant State or federal government when not specifically delegated as a national government. The claiming of sovereignty meant freedom and liberty for all.

The Liberty Bell, to announce such ideas of sovereignty, could not ring until the people were prepared and ready to form a more perfect union and ratify a Constitution for and of the United States of America.

And such ideas of freedom and liberty had to be communicated to the common man; to all the Colonists. Thus, the Federalist Papers originally written under the name of Publius, were published and distributed to all of the thirteen proposed states.

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13. The importance of fact-checking surrounding early U.S. Constitutional Events when writing for public consumption

As has now been reported widely in the New York Times and Washington media circuit, Jonah Lehrer, the disgraced writer who fabricated Bob Dylan quotes, has now had his book publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, begin running digital adverts through the Google Adwords system, telling booksellers to send back copies of the plagiarized book, “Imagine.” But how can other writers stay clear of a similar fate? One way to ensure you don’t accidentally plagiarize material surrounding the constitution is to keep a clear chronology of events in place (on a piece of paper or iPad for reference) as you unfold your storytelling narrative around famous works of literature, which in this context must include U.S Constitutional materials. Here is a simple Chronology for the early Constitutional days:

DATES & EVENTS CHANGING HISTORY

1754 Benjamin Franklin urges Colonists to unite.

1765 Parliament passes Stamp Act, which taxes Colonists on all printed items.

1770 The Boston Massacre on March 5. Five Colonists are killed.

1773 The Boston Tea Party on December 16.

1774 The First Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia in September.

1776 Common Sense by Thomas Paine sold 400,000 copies to three million Colonists. Common Sense swept across the world to introduce the Rights of Man & a Republic.

1776 The Second Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia June 7; Thomas Jefferson submits Declaration of Independence July 2 which is approved July 4 and is publicly read to all America on July 8. 1781 President George Washington’s Farewell Address reminds all Americans how to preserve the new Republic.

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14. Writing tips for integrating work regarding the U.S. Constitution into modern prose

It’s not a commonly asked question – just how many times do independent and self-published authors cite the American Constitution in their work; there are no reliable figures or clear guidelines on how to quote from the Constitution to be both legally accurate and grammatically correct. In this new series of posts, Schiel & Denver Book Publishers and Christian Book Publishers will examine the issues and over writing tips and advice. We start with an overview of that oft-cited, Boston Tea Party literature.

The Tea Party of 1773 wasn’t just the dumping of tea in Boston Harbor. It was the signal to the world that man was sovereign, had natural rights protected by laws in common, and that those rights were foremost amongst all nations. The local, Boston issue of taxation without representation only heightened the inalienable, organic rights of man.The chronology leading to the Tea Party of 1773 did not just happen with a bunch of rogues deciding to rebel against the English oppressors in a spur of the moment. There were many abuses of power leading to the Boston Tea Party; however, it is most important to historically note that it was not the Americans who signaled the first rebellion. It was Pontiac, Chief of the Ottawa Indians. And Benjamin Franklin, in 1754 then published the “Join or Die” cartoon.

Although the rough picture of a snake separated into eight pieces marked with the initials of New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, was first used in an attempt to unite the colonies as early as 1754 as the Albany Plan of Union, it was premature and not supported by the Colonists until revived by Pontiac’s attack upon the British in May, l763, and made a standard by the Tea Party patriots two years later when the British passed the Sugar Act and the Stamp Act, thereby allowing British soldiers to be quartered throughout the colonies.

Alarmed, the Colonists prepared to unite as they struggled to peacefully remain a colony of English rule. It simply did not work. On May 10, l773, England passed the Stamp Act claiming sovereignty over America, and resulting in Patrick Henry’s famous resolutions: the fifth summed it all.

“Resolved, therefore, that the General Assembly of this Colony have the only and sole exclusive right and power to lay taxes upon the inhabitants of this Colony.”

It was now clear: every attempt to vest such power in any…persons…other than the General Assembly would destroy British as well as American freedom. No taxation without representation. America would have to assert its exclusive rights.Suddenly, with this speech, Patrick Henry became a spokesman for the common people, and the two parties: Patriots, or Whigs; and Loyalists – those who remained loyal to England – also called ‘Tories”, were born.

Henry’s words became the general outcry for the Tea Party and was the beginning of the revolutionary movement in the American colonies.

The Patriots were the backbone of the Republic. The Boston Tea Party formulated between 1773 and 1776. Our country is that Nation uniting all of the colonies into one nation: the United States of America embracing a Republican form of government wherein man, the citizen, was to become the ultimate law of the land possessing original ordained rights.The Boston Tea Party was known as the “Destruction of the Tea”; but when the Patriots, as Mohawk Indians marched into town, with axes and tomahawks on their shoulders, a fifer playing by their sides, within a few days, a Boston street ballad called: “The Rallying of the Tea Party” not only identified the two leaders—Warren and Revere—by name, but gave the Tea Party its origin and history in protecting common rights.

It is no wonder, then, that this is the hallmark of liberty and freedom for every man as foreseen and upheld by our forefathers when creating the ninth and tenth Amendments to our Constitution.

“The enumeration In the Constitution of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

The people, again, were the ultimate beneficiary of all rights and powers within a Republican form of government. They were protecting their voice and guarding the limited powers to be relinquished to a federal government after granting it federal authority to govern, and to become a nation subservient to the desires and wishes of the sovereign states, ultimately, represented by the people as: sovereign man.

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, or prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

The Tea Party of yore is very much alive today. All over America the strong desires and morals which our founding fathers clearly laid down in 1776 return for all mankind to re-assert and claim once more.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights; that amount these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

The expression reverberated in the hearts and minds of all men then, and needs to be restored today. Its effect, as expressed by the concluding paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, is as much alive in meaning and intent for all mankind as when expressed in 1776. The Spirit of ’76, which was so near exhaustion at Valley Forge, was kindled by such resolve.

“We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these United colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is and ought to be totally dissolved, and that as Free and Independent States they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things, which Independent States may of right do — and for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

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15. An Excerpt from Ruben Dario Diaz’s ‘Future Block’

Schiel & Denver is very pleased to bring you an excerpt from novelist Ruben Diaz’s Future Block, which can be bought here on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Specializing in providing independent authors with major distribution to top bookstores with large print runs across America, Canada, Europe and Australia, Schiel & Denver Book Publishers offers a viable option for authors who wish to profit from their work while keeping all rights to their books.

The dawn’s early light has a beautiful brilliance to it and the surrounding fog gives the forest an almost heavenly feeling.  Outside of this natural forest lie a city, a town and a community where humans fight for survival in the same manner as Darwin’s origin of species.  These morning droplets of liquid rain shower the beautiful foliage and the leaves of golden brown provide the forest with a soft carpet for the creatures of the night and day to walk or crawl upon.A dark black helicopter hovers through the clear blue sky and scans the approaching town with an eye similar to a gliding osprey.  Tigre has sparkling green eyes and sees the dawn’s early light very clearly.  The hovering doves replace the black helicopter as the kings of the sky for a moment.

Tigre is an orange and white patched feline that prowls through his domain. Tigre is Vicente’s prized cat; Vicente discovered Tigre when he was a child.He remembers very well how he saved Tigre from a blazing forest fire.  Tigre has been with him through it all: through the sounds of the doves cooing in the morning and the construction trucks rumbling through the town as the day unfolds.  The Warlocks love to roar through the town on their Harley Davidson motorcycles as the morning approaches and the sky illuminates radiantly blue with a million points of light. The Aztec Indians worshipped the sun and had a Sun God. The residents of this town avoid the sun like a plaque and Tigre and Vicente stay inside when the sun’s piercing rays scorch the terrain and create halogen heat waves through the town and into the city.Every day I visit Vicente and attempt to unleash the power of his computer proficiency.  The ease he has with programming languages, the gift he has constructing digital networks, and the playfulness he possesses to share his mastery of these complicated and technical realms that puzzle the rest of society make him a top prospect for developing a software solution I dream about night and day.

By deductive reasoning, Vicente and I are best friends, and Tigre stands by Vicente’s every move like the beat of a tiger.I don’t care much for Tigre but I do see a genius caged in Vicente’s mind when I glance at him.  We all have our concept of the future, and my intention is to unleash a future that will provide everyone with a community where suffering is lessened and joy is unraveled like the precious diamonds of Venezuela.  The town Vicente and I live in is experiencing astronomical growth.  Vicente and I engage in deep conversations much like this:  “Vicente, do you remember our conversation last week? You said that you were afraid. Do you remember that, Vicente? What do you fear?”  “Silvano, I fear the sounds I hear. The knocks that creep into my walls, the aerodynamic sounds of planes that fly overhead every time I stop to take a bite out of my sandwich, and most of all the voice in my head that cries:Fuego, Fuego, Fuego. Over and over again the sound of Fuego, and then I feel the air all around me heat up in swirls of hot wind.”Vicente and I have been best friends

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16. 5 Problems with Parallelism



1. “It was a serious distraction and threat to more meaningful reform efforts.”
Something is wrong with this sentence. To diagnose the problem, remove one of the noun phrases from the beginning of the sentence and determine whether the remaining statement is still correct, then replace it and remove the other one. “It was a serious threat to more meaningful reform efforts” is correct, but “It was a serious distraction to more meaningful reform efforts” is jarring because the preposition is not idiomatically appropriate. The noun phrases are supported by different prepositions, so they cannot share the word to; assign the correct preposition to each one: “It was a serious distraction from and threat to more meaningful reform efforts.”

Should the word threat be preceded by the article a to make it parallel with distraction? No, because serious applies to both nouns, and an additional article would isolate threat from the shared adjective. Also, the phrase “and threat to” appears to be parenthetical, but it’s not necessarily necessary to set it off by commas, parentheses, or em dashes.

However, enclosing it in parentheses suggests a whispering insinuation, and using em dashes would signal a provocative interjection, so the context might merit either parenthetical strategy. In either case, though, threat should be assigned a repetition of serious — “It was a serious distraction from (and a serious threat to) more meaningful reform efforts” — or a distinct adjective (“It was a serious distraction from — and a grave threat to — more meaningful reform efforts.”)

2. “Elected officials and activists representing forty-five environmental groups attended the event.”
When two or more nouns or noun phrases follow one or more adjectives (as in the previous example), the assumption is that the modifying word or words applies to each noun. In this case, however, the subject consists of the elements “elected officials” and “activists representing forty-five environmental groups” linked by a conjunction, not “elected officials (representing forty-five environmental groups)” and “(elected) activists representing forty-five environmental groups” joined by and. To clarify this distinction, recast the sentence: “Activists representing forty-five environmental groups, as well as elected officials, attended the event.”

3. “He has to be, if not the, one of the stupidest people in TV news.”
The basic statement here is “He has to be one of the stupidest people in TV news,” but the writer has failed in an attempt to suggest the superlative as well, awkwardly implying also that “he has to be the stupidest person in TV news.” (The superlative is the ultimate form of an adjective, more extreme than the basic form — stupid, in this case – and the comparative, stupider.)

But “if not the” collides with “one of the”; the unstated — and incorrect — complete thought is, “He has to be the stupidest people in TV news.” To smooth out this disjointed sentence, introduce the superlative first in a complete thought, and then retreat to the milder criticism in a following modifying phrase: “He has to be if not the stupidest person in TV news, then one of the stupidest.”

Note that a comma does not follow be, because doing so would imply that two commas are necessary to set “if not the stupidest person in TV news” off from the bas

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17. 5 Problems with Parallelism




1. “It was a serious distraction and threat to more meaningful reform efforts.”
Something is wrong with this sentence. To diagnose the problem, remove one of the noun phrases from the beginning of the sentence and determine whether the remaining statement is still correct, then replace it and remove the other one. “It was a serious threat to more meaningful reform efforts” is correct, but “It was a serious distraction to more meaningful reform efforts” is jarring because the preposition is not idiomatically appropriate. The noun phrases are supported by different prepositions, so they cannot share the word to; assign the correct preposition to each one: “It was a serious distraction from and threat to more meaningful reform efforts.”

Should the word threat be preceded by the article a to make it parallel with distraction? No, because serious applies to both nouns, and an additional article would isolate threat from the shared adjective. Also, the phrase “and threat to” appears to be parenthetical, but it’s not necessarily necessary to set it off by commas, parentheses, or em dashes.

However, enclosing it in parentheses suggests a whispering insinuation, and using em dashes would signal a provocative interjection, so the context might merit either parenthetical strategy. In either case, though, threat should be assigned a repetition of serious — “It was a serious distraction from (and a serious threat to) more meaningful reform efforts” — or a distinct adjective (“It was a serious distraction from — and a grave threat to — more meaningful reform efforts.”)

2. “Elected officials and activists representing forty-five environmental groups attended the event.”
When two or more nouns or noun phrases follow one or more adjectives (as in the previous example), the assumption is that the modifying word or words applies to each noun. In this case, however, the subject consists of the elements “elected officials” and “activists representing forty-five environmental groups” linked by a conjunction, not “elected officials (representing forty-five environmental groups)” and “(elected) activists representing forty-five environmental groups” joined by and. To clarify this distinction, recast the sentence: “Activists representing forty-five environmental groups, as well as elected officials, attended the event.”

3. “He has to be, if not the, one of the stupidest people in TV news.”
The basic statement here is “He has to be one of the stupidest people in TV news,” but the writer has failed in an attempt to suggest the superlative as well, awkwardly implying also that “he has to be the stupidest person in TV news.” (The superlative is the ultimate form of an adjective, more extreme than the basic form — stupid, in this case – and the comparative, stupider.)

But “if not the” collides with “one of the”; the unstated — and incorrect — complete thought is, “He has to be the stupidest people in TV news.” To smooth out this disjointed sentence, introduce the superlative first in a complete thought, and then retreat to the milder criticism in a following modifying phrase: “He has to be if not the stupidest person in TV news, then one of the stupidest.”

Note that a comma does not follow be, because doing so would imply that two commas are necessary to set “if not the stupidest person in TV news” off from

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18. bruit

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 07, 2012 is:

bruit • \BROOT\  • verb
: report, rumor — usually used with about

Examples:
Word of his imminent dismissal was bruited about.

"In Iraq, the mission of the remnant of U.S. forces — the number 3,000 has been bruited — will, [Leon] Panetta says, include counterterrorism actions 'working with the Iraqis.'" — From an editorial by George Will in The Washington Post, September 18, 2011

Did you know?
Back in the days of Middle English, the Anglo-French noun "bruit," meaning "clamor" or "noise," rattled into English. Soon English speakers were also using it to mean "report" or "rumor" (it applied especially to favorable reports). We also began using "bruit" as a verb the way we used (and still occasionally do use) the verb "noise," with the meaning "to spread by rumor or report" (as in "the scandal was quickly noised about"). The English noun "bruit" is now considered archaic, but the verb lives on.

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19. Rosecrans Baldwin on "Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down"

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22. bruit

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for July 07, 2012 is:

bruit • \BROOT\  • verb
: report, rumor — usually used with about

Examples:
Word of his imminent dismissal was bruited about.

"In Iraq, the mission of the remnant of U.S. forces — the number 3,000 has been bruited — will, [Leon] Panetta says, include counterterrorism actions ‘working with the Iraqis.’" — From an editorial by George Will in The Washington Post, September 18, 2011

Did you know?
Back in the days of Middle English, the Anglo-French noun "bruit," meaning "clamor" or "noise," rattled into English. Soon English speakers were also using it to mean "report" or "rumor" (it applied especially to favorable reports). We also began using "bruit" as a verb the way we used (and still occasionally do use) the verb "noise," with the meaning "to spread by rumor or report" (as in "the scandal was quickly noised about"). The English noun "bruit" is now considered archaic, but the verb lives on.

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23. Rosecrans Baldwin on "Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down"

A couple weeks ago, I sat down with Rosecrans Baldwin, author of the terrific travel memoir Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down. Rosecrans talked about life in contemporary France, what it’s like when your coworkers read about themselves in your book, and getting tricked by a member of LCD Soundsystem.

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24. Graphic Books Best Sellers: Five Batman Books Crowd the Hardcover List

“Batman: The Black Glove” hits enters the list at No. 2.

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25. Tom Cruise Reacher & Wal-Mart Library: Top Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are our top stories of the week, including disappearing books, a Wal-Mart library and Tom Cruise playing Lee Child‘s thriller hero, Jack Reacher (video embedded above).

Click here to sign up for GalleyCat’s daily email newsletter, getting all our publishing stories, book deal news, videos, podcasts, interviews, and writing advice in one place.

1. Tom Cruise Plays Jack Reacher in New Trailer
2. Wal-Mart Converted into a Library
3. Free Sites to Promote Your eBook
4. CJ Lyons Sweeps Self-Published Bestseller List with 99-Cent Sale
5. Twitter Cheat Sheet for Writers
6. Book That Disappears As You Read
7. The Lost History of Fifty Shades of Grey
8. 5 Ways to Promote Your Book Right Now
9. J. K. Rowling eBook Will Cost $19.99
10. Jennifer Weiner on Social Media, Blogging & Writing About Controversial Issues

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