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Happy Loyalty Day

President Obama, pursuant to Public Law 85-529, today signed the 2014 annual "Loyalty Day" proclamation, declaring that today "we renew our conviction to the principles of liberty, equality, and justice under the law."

Loyalty Day was first proclaimed in 1921 to counter an early "red scare." It was then referred to as "Americanization Day."

Ironically, this year's Loyalty Day takes place in the same week the US Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge to the "indefinite detention" provisions of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.
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'You Must Hate RT!' Demands Latest State Department Propaganda

State Department watchers will have noticed over the past several weeks a noticeable up tick in the frequency of English-language propaganda dispatched from the Department obviously aimed at a US audience. Packaged as "DipNotes," these missives have become so at odds with objective reality that one wonders whether State.gov has somehow been hacked.

The latest "DipNote" is a full-frontal attack on the 24 hour news channel, RT. Leaving aside the matter of whether the US taxpayer should be forced to fund its diplomats attacking overseas media (while the Department itself funds entire networks of overseas media as long as they toe the US government line), the attack itself comes off as bizarre, shrill, and almost desperate.

Titled "Russia Today’s Disinformation Campaign," literally every line of today's DipNote contains a whopper. It was written by the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel, a former managing editor of TIME magazine.
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Al-Qaeda Rules in 'Liberated' Libya

How's liberated Libya doing these days? As Eli Lake of the Daily Beast reported this past week, a secretive military base established by US special forces to train their Libyan counterparts to fight terrorism has been overtaken...by terrorists!

How is it possible that an al-Qaeda associated group took over a US-secured base in Libya, where the fight was supposedly against terrorism? The answer is that the US had long been working with al-Qaeda to foment a coup against Gaddafi. It should be of little shock, then, that after the "liberation" of Libya islamic extremism rather than liberal democracy broke out all over.
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Time to Attack Kuwait?

President George W. Bush defined post-9/11 US doctrine when he said, "either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." Kuwait, it seems, is with the terrorists.

According to an article in today's Washington Post, Kuwait is "the leading source of funding for al-Qaeda-linked terrorists fighting in Syria’s civil war." The oil-rich sheikdom has funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to train and equip the allies of those who attacked the US on 9/11. These groups are now fighting to establish militant Islamic extre
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Ron Paul on The Authoritarian State

Waco and Bundy Ranch standoffs, eavesdropping on American citizens, forcing Americans to purchase insurance, regime change overseas -- has the US become an authoritarian state? Speaking with Charles Goyette, Ron Paul says that, sadly, we are already there. In a republic, the job of government is to protect liberty, he adds, but unfortunately the US government is instead focused on exercising its power over people.
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Judge Napolitano on BLM's Unconstitutional Texas Land Grab

RPI Board Member Judge Andrew Napolitano discusses the federal government's latest land grab --  this time the BLM is eyeing 90,000 acres on the Texas/Oklahoma border. Says the Judge, the BLM is flouting a previous Supreme Court decision that settled the two states' border dispute, demanding that the 90,000 be transfered to federal control.
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Ron Paul: 'Why Are We Droning Yemen?'

With news this week that US drones have killed 55 more people in Yemen, Ron Paul is concerned that US drone policy is only making the US position on the Arabian peninsula worse, is only making us more hated, and is only boosting al-Qaeda recruitment in the area.

In his latest video for the Ron Paul Channel, Dr. Paul points out that lately the US constantly lectures Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, on Ukraine, saying that violating the sovereignty of another country is not the way people and countries should act in the 21st century. It sounds good, says Dr. Paul, but what about the US doing the same thing in Yemen? What about the continuation of drone warfare?
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Ron Paul and Pat Buchanan With Charles Goyette: What a Show!

Nevada and Ukraine are on the meny when Ron Paul and Pat Buchanan join Charles Goyette in this week's podcast. What a double-header! 

First up, Dr. Paul and Charles Goyette speak in detail about the recent Bundy ranch standoff in Nevada. 

Dr. Paul discusses the tragedy of the commons, where a seeming paradox reigns: when everybody owns something (through the government) in reality nobody really owns it and nobody can really use it. At that point, he says, the special interests come in and take over and manipulate the use of the land to their advantage.
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Ron Paul on 'The Independents' — But Why The Blindside?

RPI Chairman Ron Paul appeared on the Fox Business program "The Independents" last night to discuss the recent standoff between a Nevada rancher and the federal government. Dr. Paul again expressed his support for people standing up to federal government abuses and noted that he was very pleased that although there were plenty of guns present on both sides, none were used. It was a small victory, he said, but he warned that federal officers may well return, because, as he put it, "authoritarians will be authoritarians" and the federal government hates to back down.
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Washington's Outrageous Ukraine Double Standards

The Washington foreign policy establishment is furious. Protesters in eastern Ukraine, who feel threatened by the US-backed government in Kiev that has cancelled Russian-language television programming and installed oligarchs to rule over them, have poured out into main squares in many major eastern Ukrainian cities. Some have stormed government buildings and taken control of them. They favor a more federalized Ukraine, where more political decisions are made locally rather than dictated from the unelected rulers in Kiev.
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