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The Pro-Israel Lobby’s Bubble Will Deflate


The pro-Israel lobby is widely thought to be powerful on Capitol Hill, and it has been. But by Humphrey Neill’s art of contrary thinking, we would do well to ponder the opposite possibility: that its influence bubble will deflate.

If the negotiations with the Iranians work out toward detente, the pro-Israel lobby will have met with a defeat. If Israel were unilaterally to aggress against Iran, the pro-Israel lobby will also not look good. The more that Americans see their own security and interests being subordinated to those of Israel, the worse the pro-Israel lobby looks. The more that members of Congress are pressured by the pro-Israel lobby, the more obvious its tactics become and the more resistance and resentment the lobby triggers. The more that “wolf” is cried, while Iran acts with restraint and decorum while absorbing various acts of sabotage, the more that the pro-Israel lobby looks out of touch.
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Cisco blames NSA Spying for Reduced Sales

Cisco Systems executives, whose company's stock price fell Thursday in percentage terms the most since February of 2011, are pointing to US National Security Agency spying as a cause of the reduced sales of its products including networking equipment.

Cisco Systems Chief Executive Officer John Chambers suggested in the company's earnings conference call with analysts on Wednesday that concerns about NSA spying contributed to Cisco's decreased sales in China.
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Whistle-blower Cop Describes Stop-and-Frisk, Corruption at NYPD


New York City Police Department policeman Adhyl Polanco describes in a Democracy Now report and interview the corrupting and rights abusing quota system for stop-and-frisk, summons, and arrests in the largest local police department in the United States. Among other revelations, Polanco estimates that, but for the improper encouragement of stop-and-frisk by the city government, police department, and police union, about 600,000 of the around 700,000 police initiated stop-and-frisk incidents last year would not have occurred. Polanco adds that some police will arrest "whoever's at the corner" near the end of a work shift to meet the quota plus receive overtime pay.

Polanco proceeds to explain that police are forced to understate actual, reported crimes to ensure the city's crime statistics improve. Proponents of stop-and-frisk can then point to the manipulated crime statistics to support the claim that the stop-and-frisk policy is reducing crime.
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The Ron Paul Institute Meets The Ron Paul Channel!

They hoped that Ron Paul's "retirement" meant they would no longer have to hear to the truth and deal with Ron Paul's massive and growing following. They hoped they could just forget it all like it was a bad dream. The neocons who have ruined our foreign policy and the totalitarians who are building the police state at home must be gnashing their teeth seeing that not only has he not been silenced since leaving the House, his reach and his influence is accelerating. A new television network, a new policy institute, and more: this is the Ron Paul Century!
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Are Israel And The US Edging Closer To a Divorce?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems frustrated to find that the Americans are harder to push than he famously once said. His Saudi crypto-allies appear to feel the same way. 

"... what Kerry said on Thursday should disqualify him as a mediator for the peace process."

Interesting.  These same Zionist types did not seem to mind at all when the openly Zionist Dennis Ross served their interest in his belief that the Israelis are "his people."
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What Happened to Iran Talks? Tom Woods Asks RPI's Daniel McAdams

What happened in Geneva on the US/Iran talks and why? Did the Iranians bring a proposal, or were the neocons lying as usual in claiming that this round failed due to Iranian blocking moves? Tom Woods plays devil's advocate on Iran negotiations! And what's next in Syria now that the Saudis decided to start writing more checks to the insurgents?
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Remember Armistice Day With Shane

Despite what they might say, today, November 11th, is Armistice Day. It is a day meant to be grateful for the end of a horrific war and the supposed end of wars. A day to pause and reflect on the horrors of an entire continent, an entire civiliztation destroyed by the madness of war. To mourn the dead, the senseless slaughter.
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Ron Paul: 'I Would Not Carry a Gun for the Government'

When I was thinking of the URL for my new personal homepage, I considered many possibilities. Thanks also to all those who sent other suggestions. But I settled on RonPaulMD.com as reflecting a very important area of my life. To be a physician, and deliver 4,000 babies, was extremely fulfilling. 

Many times, I see people wearing a “I Was a Ron Paul Baby” t-shirt. Once, when I gave a speech in Iowa, I was told the head of the convention center wanted to talk to me. She had her birth certificate, and this time, she said, she wanted a legible signature! I was delighted to sign it again.
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Is Syria Burning?

Remember the hopeful and optimistic "Arab Spring" narrative that the mainstream media introduced when Syria was hit by unrest in the spring of 2011? We were told by media outlet after media outlet that it was a pro-democracy movement made up of Syrians demanding more freedom and an end to one-party rule. The people were all with the revolution, we were told, which only reluctantly turned violent after Assad brutally suppressed the peaceful protests. The average Syrians, we were told, were all in favor of the overthrow of Assad.
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Widespread Hostility Toward TSA is Justified

Journalist extraordinaire James Bovard explains in a Washington Times editorial Tuesday why, even though many in the media do not want to admit it, there is widespread and justified hostility toward the Transportation Security Administration.
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