Five Minutes Five Issues: Anti-Trump Media, Catalonia, DNC Scam, Twitter Nonsense, Police Accountability

A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues posted on Saturday. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at StitcheriTunesYouTube, and SoundCloud.

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Turning Singing of the National Anthem at Sporting Events into a Police and Military Support Ritual

Saturday evening I walked through my living room where game four of the World Series was playing. On the field four cops were singing the national anthem before the thousands of people gathered at the stadium and the millions more watching on TV.

After seeing this, I sent an email to Joshua Bennett, telling him I had just seen an example of what I had talked about earlier that day on his radio show Patriot’s Lament on KFAR radio in Fairbanks, Alaska.

On the show I had discussed how the singing of the national anthem at sporting events lately involves military and police members often displaying the American flag and sometimes even singing the national anthem in the sports arenas. I argued this development is part of an effort to tie the national anthem at sporting events in with an expression of “support for the US government and particularly support for the law enforcers and the military people and what they are doing,” thus pressuring people through mass participation to affirm such support and making the national anthem ritual a “a very politicized act.”

Among the many other topics discussed in the three-hour interview are the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity conference that took place in September, moves toward a US war on Iran, the US government’s continuing effort to overthrow the government of Syria, the worsening of US relations with Russia under the Donald Trump administration, potential US military action against North Korea, US military intervention in Africa, the use of the September 11, 2001 attacks in America to advance previously desired expansions of government in America and military actions overseas, consequences of growing support by Americans for marijuana legalization, benefits of drug legalization, and President John F. Kennedy and his assassination

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Read here the post Bennett mentions during the show in which he presents at his blog some of his thoughts concerning national anthem protests at National Football League games.

Reprinted with permission from the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

The Congressman Who Has Sent Thousands of Letters to Families of US Troops Killed in Wars

On a Sunday morning more than two weeks after four U.S. soldiers were ambushed and killed in Niger, Rep. Walter Jones sat at the desk in his North Carolina office, doing what he’s done more than 11,000 times in 14 years: signing letters to families of the dead troops.

That is how Martha Waggoner begins her Monday Associated Press article relating the regret United States House of Representatives Member Walter Jones (R-NC) feels for voting in 2002 for the US invasion of Iraq and how he has channeled that regret into actions Jones calls “penance” that include sending letters to families of troops killed in the Iraq War and other US military actions overseas.

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Five Minutes Five Issues: Marijuana Poll, Troops in Africa, Twitter Ad Ban, Assad Must Go, NFL Ratings

A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues posted on Saturday. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

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US House Passes INTERDICT Act, Plodding Forward with Destructive War on Drugs

The United States House of Representatives approved on Tuesday, by a vote of 412 to three, the INTERDICT Act (HR 2142) that ramps up US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) efforts to interdict fentanyl and other substances related to illegal drugs upon entry to America. While House members are sure to tell their constituents that they did something this week to reduce deaths from drug overdoses, in reality they have voted, as Congress members have for decades in the US government’s war on drugs, for yet another bill that spends millions to abuse individual rights and increase dangers for drug users.

The stated focus of the INTERDICT Act is on providing CBP with additional chemical screening devices to be used to “interdict fentanyl, other synthetic opioids, and other narcotics and psychoactive substances that are illegally imported into the United States, including such substances that are imported through the mail or by an express consignment operator or carrier” and ensuring that there are sufficient CBP employees available to interpret the testing results.

The bill authorizes the spending of nine million dollars to accomplish these objectives. That nine million dollars can be added to the well over a trillion dollars spent on the drug war since President Richard Nixon declared it in the early 1970s. Like many of the other dollars spent before on this nearly fifty years war, the spending in this bill will increase abuse of individual rights and increase harm to drug users.

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Five Minutes Five Issues: Drug Dogs, McCain’s Award, NZ Marijuana, Amazon Rejection, Crime Lab

A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues posted on Saturday. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

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Lawrence Wilkerson: US ‘Marching Down the Road to War’ Against Iran

Lawrence Wilkerson has presented a dire prediction about a United States war on Iran. The former US Army colonel made this prediction during a Monday interview with host Joy Reid at MSNBC.

Wilkerson argues in the interview that President Donald Trump has taken actions that assure the failure of the Iran nuclear deal entered into by Iran, the US, and several other parties in 2015. Once the agreement fails, says Wilkerson, war follows.

Like with the lead-up to the Iraq War in 2003, with which Wilkerson has much familiarity as the former chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell, Wilkerson says the US is now “marching down the road to war,” this time against Iran.

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Five Minutes Five Issues: ICE Seizures, Roy Moore, Marijuana Industry, JFK Assassination, Wisconsin Hemp

A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues posted on Saturday. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at StitcheriTunesYouTube, and SoundCloud.

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