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Dennis Kucinich: Support for War and National Security State is Reason for Democrat Election Losses

Dennis Kucinich, the former Democratic United States House of Representatives member from Ohio and two-time presidential candidate, pins blame for Democrats’ 2014 midterm elections “debacle” on Democrat politicians in the last eight years advancing war and the national security state. Kucinich’s analysis is presented Thursday in a Common Dreams article by Deidre Fulton.
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Ed Mullins Returns with More Marijuana Nonsense Talk

With the recent announcement of the particulars of the New York City Police Department policy change intended to reduce marijuana arrests, Sergeants Benevolent Association police union leader Ed Mullins, who previously lamented that reducing marijuana arrests in the city would be “clearly the beginning of the breakdown of a civilized society,” is back with more nonsense talk about marijuana.

Under the new NYPD operations order effective November 19, marijuana arrests are expected to drop dramatically. The new policy directs that police generally should not arrest a person who has 25 grams (about 9/10 of an ounce) or less of marijuana “consistent with personal use” in public view in a public place. Instead, the marijuana may be confiscated and the individual fined up to $100 for a first offense and up to $250 for a later offense. Police are instructed, though, to continue to arrest individuals who are in public with lit marijuana.
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Another US-Supported Group Goes Over to ISIS

Yet again a US-backed group in the Middle East/South Asia region has thrown in their lot with ISIS. Antiwar.com blog reports  that Jundallah, a terrorist organization based in southern Iran and western Pakistan which fights to overthrow the Iranian government, has pledged loyalty to ISIS and will back "any plans they have."

The CIA has long backed Jundallah as part of the US regime change strategy against Iran. The organization is responsible for terrorist attacks spanning more than a decade that have claimed the lives of more than 100 people. Relations between Iran and Pakistan have been strained because of cross-border attacks by the Pakistan-based faction of Jundallah and the cross-border response from Iran.

The group has an Israel connection as well. In 2012, the popular website Foreign Policy featured an article outlining a secret operation by Israel's Mossad to have agents pose as American spies in attempt to recruit fighters into Jundallah.
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Ron Paul: ‘The Militarism of Big Government is Coming to an End'

Ron Paul, speaking Saturday at a Ludwig von Mises Institute event in Costa Mesa, California, presented his optimistic prediction for the future of the movement to ensure respect peace and liberty in the United States and around the world. Paul, who is chairman and founder of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, both observes “a tremendous growth in the ideas of liberty” over the last thirty years and advises that “the militarism of big government is coming to an end.”
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Obama Wants More Money for Syria Rebels

With the recent US election ensuring continued Congressional support for an interventionist foreign policy, President Obama has embarked on a foreign spending spree. First the president announced that US troop levels in Iraq would double to more than 3,000 – and that he’s “never gonna say never” to additional troops – and then he announced that he would seek nearly $6 billion to continue funding Iraq War 3.0 and Syria war 1.5. 

This week, the president decided much more needed spent -- $165 million -- to fund the rebels who had previously been fighting the Assad government in Syria, but who hopefully will begin fighting ISIS in Syria. Assad has been fighting ISIS all along in Syria, and his military recently bombed several ISIS positions, but he is not considered a partner in the fight against ISIS. Syrian rebel groups who will enjoy more of Uncle Sam’s largesse have been of late surrendering to ISIS, throwing their US-supplied weapons in to sweeten the deal. Other US-approved Syrian rebel groups have announced a truce with al-Qaeda in Syria, which once upon a time sat atop the US enemies list.
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Asset Forfeiture: A Cop Shopping Spree

Undercover police monitoring a bar in Las Cruces, New Mexico were giddy with covetousness when they saw a man drive up in a brand-new Mercedes. As city attorney Harry S. Connelly later explained, the cops were delighted to find that the man had been drinking, exclaiming: “We can hardly wait.”

Under what Las Cruces calls the law, vehicles can be confiscated from suspected drunk drivers through civil asset forfeiture – a process that doesn’t require a criminal conviction, or even criminal charges.
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