Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity All Blogs 2018 http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/rss.aspx?blogid=5 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 04:00:00 GMT Thu, 21 Jun 2018 07:08:14 GMT Five Minutes Five Issues: Yemen, Farm Bill Hemp, Trump/Kim Meeting, Medical Marijuana, Dividing California Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/june/17/five-minutes-five-issues-yemen-farm-bill-hemp-trumpkim-meeting-medical-marijuana-dividing-california/ StitcheriTunesYouTube, and SoundCloud.

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The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

The Saudi Arabia-led and United States-supported war on Yemen, along with the resulting destruction and suffering, continues. The attack this week on Al Hudaydah, a port and city with hundreds of thousands of inhabitants, should make the situation in Yemen substantially worse. As Margaret Coker and Eric Schmitt noted in a Wednesday New York Times article regarding the ongoing invasion, the port is “the main entry point for aid to the rest of the country.”

Issue two.

On Wednesday, the US Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee approved the wide-ranging 2018 Farm Bill that includes provisions legalizing, as well as regulating and subsidizing, hemp farming. The hemp farming provisions are backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who earlier this year introduced the Hemp Farming Act (S 2667) that couples legalization with regulation and subsidization. It would not surprise me to see the hemp provisions become law later this year.

Issue three.

In a Monday editorial, Ron Paul wrote about the dialogue between US President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong-un. Paul comments that “talking is always better than threatening” and “trading is always better than sanctioning.”

Paul concludes his editorial with an expression of hope and a recommendation. Paul writes:
Hopefully this historic Trump/Kim meeting is the beginning of a dialogue that will continue to dial back the tensions. Hopefully we can soon remove the 30,000 US troops that have been stationed in South Korea for seven decades. One thing Washington must do, however: stay out of the way as much as possible so as to allow the two Koreas to continue their peace process.
Issue four.

Tom Angell wrote Tuesday at Forbes that this year, “in a dramatic sign of the rapidly changing politics of cannabis, the budget rider” intended to prevent the US government from prosecuting people complying with state medical marijuana laws “is part of the initial spending bill for the Justice Department as introduced by Republican Senate leaders.” In contrast, Angell notes that in previous years such language became part of the appropriations legislation only via amendments.

Because such language also was added to the Justice appropriations legislation coming out of the House Appropriations Committee, Angell writes that the medical marijuana provision “is all but certain to end up in the final [fiscal year 2019] appropriations legislation that is sent to President Trump for his signature later this year.”

Issue five.

According to the US Census Bureau, California has a population of over 39 and a half million people. The state’s population is about 40 percent more than that of Texas, the second most populous state, and about 88 percent more than that of Florida, the third most populous state. Around one out of eight Americans lives in California.

California covers much land too. It is the third biggest state.

Given these facts, it should not be a surprise there is significant support in California for splitting the state up. One proposal to do that will be on the state’s November election ballot. As John Myers reported Tuesday at the Los Angeles Times, the ballot proposal calls for splitting California into three states — first, a narrow coastal state extending from the Los Angeles area to the Monterey area that would keep the name California, second, Southern California that would generally include the portion of the current state to the east and south, and, third, Northern California that would generally include the portion of the current state to the north.

If the ballot measure passes, Myers writes that a spitting of the state would not be guaranteed for a couple reasons. First, state legislative approval may be required. Second, the US Congress would need to approve the state’s division.

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Transcripts of Five Minutes Five Issues episodes, including links to related information, are at the Ron Paul Institute blog.

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Why Is Washington Backing Saudi Starvation Policy In Yemen? Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/june/15/why-is-washington-backing-saudi-starvation-policy-in-yemen/ Hodeidah, the goal is to starve the local civilian population to the point where they rise up and overthrow the Houthis who hold the city. While Saudi Arabia's entire three year war on Yemen is criminal and genocidal, this "starve them out" strategy is the most repulsive of war crimes. So why does the Trump Administration continue to back Saudi slaughter in Yemen? Tune in to today's Liberty Report:

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Who Won At The Summit? Trump or Kim? Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/june/12/who-won-at-the-summit-trump-or-kim/
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Bilderberg, Marijuana Prosecutions, Sports Politics, Marijuana Morality, RPI Conference Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/june/10/five-minutes-five-issues-bilderberg-marijuana-prosecutions-sports-politics-marijuana-morality-rpi-conference/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

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The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

Charlie Skelton wrote Friday at Newsweek regarding the Bilderberg meeting that began this week in Turin, Italy.

Reporters are forbidden from entering the meeting’s hotel grounds, much less attending any of the events or discussions over the course of the several-days-long meeting. In fact, the meeting’s venue, writes Skelton, “is surrounded by scowling Italian police who tell you to delete your photos if you get too close to the security cordon.”

However, Skelton notes, there is an exception: “Every year, a select group of friendly columnists and editors are invited to attend Bilderberg.” But, don’t expect to be hearing or reading their accounts of the meeting. They, like other attendees, are sworn to silence.

The hostility to media scrutiny is a long tradition of the secretive Bilderberg meetings that Skelton perceptively calls “the Super Bowl of corporate lobbying” and the attendees of which are a select group of individuals including major political and business leaders. Skelton writes that, over his ten years of covering Bilderberg meetings, he has had some difficulties. He mentions a few, writing:
… I’ve been surrounded by a circle of yelling cops, been taken out of my room by armed police at 1 a.m. and made to stand under a searchlight for half an hour, and I’ve tussled with an undercover Greek policeman in the Athens underground.
Issue two.

As state and local governments continue rolling back marijuana prohibition, we are seeing reductions in the Unites States government’s marijuana prosecutions. A US Sentencing Commission report titled Overview of Federal Criminal Cases: Fiscal Year 2017 was released this week. The report indicates that US government prosecutions for marijuana law violations dropped 25.3 percent from fiscal year 2016 to fiscal year 2017 and 45.8 percent over the longer period of fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2017.

Issue three.

On Monday, President Donald Trump withdrew his invitation for the Super Bowl champion football team the Philadelphia Eagles to visit the White House. That invitation was withdrawn after most Eagles players had decided not to attend the event.

Then, on Friday, Trump told reporters he would not invite to the White House this year’s National Basketball Association (NBA) champion team, be it the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Golden Gate Warriors — who went on to win the finals series that night. This decision came after players on the teams, including LeBron James of the Cavaliers and Stephen Curry of the Warriors said players of neither team would accept an invitation to the White House.

Maybe these developments will help bring to an end White House spectacles with victorious sports teams. That would be good. It is disturbing seeing presidents grabbing on to the good will and excitement of sports victories for their political gain.

Issue four.

Gallup’s Values and Beliefs survey addressed attitudes regarding marijuana and alcohol use for the first time this year.

The poll conducted in May indicates 65 percent of polled Americans think smoking marijuana is morally acceptable. In fact, of 21 behaviors and practices people were asked to judge as morally acceptable or morally wrong, marijuana use received the eighth highest ranking of moral acceptability. Smoking marijuana came in at over 20 percent higher, for example, than either abortion or pornography.

For the time being, smoking marijuana’s moral acceptability rank is below drinking alcohol that registered at 78 percent in the poll.

Issue five.

On Saturday, August 18, you can join me, along with Ron Paul Institute Executive Director Daniel McAdams and RPI Chairman Ron Paul at RPI’s third annual conference at the Dulles Airport Marriott Hotel near Washington, DC. There will be plenty of great speakers to hear and supporters of liberty and peace to meet. “Early bird” discount tickets to the event and special reduced price hotel guest rooms are available at ronpaulinstitute.org/conference.

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Six Against Trump: Who Wins At G-7 Summit? Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/june/07/six-against-trump-who-wins-at-g-7-summit/
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New Report: War Crimes In Raqqa. Who's Guilty? Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/june/06/new-report-war-crimes-in-raqqa-whos-guilty/
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Military Keynesianism and the War on Independent Media RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/june/06/military-keynesianism-and-the-war-on-independent-media/
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Supremes Miss The Point On 'Bake The Cake' Ruling Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/june/05/supremes-miss-the-point-on-bake-the-cake-ruling/
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Ron Paul Rewind: The Right Not To Bake the Cake Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/june/04/ron-paul-rewind-the-right-not-to-bake-the-cake/ decided in favor of a bakery that the Colorado state government sought to require to design and create a custom wedding cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage. The court’s narrow basis for its resolution of the matter means that we can expect to see more cases dealing with similar issues moving through American courts.

In December, as a guest at the Ron Paul Liberty Report, I discussed the case with hosts Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams. In the discussion, Paul addressed the heart of the matter, saying that the bakery’s refusal to design and create the cake “is a property rights issue” and that “as long as force and violence is not used … owners should have the right to use their property as they see fit.”

Watch the complete interview here:

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Five Minutes Five Issues: RFK Assassination, Trump Pardons, Michigan Marijuana, FBI Spending, Hemp Subsidies Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/june/03/five-minutes-five-issues-rfk-assassination-trump-pardons-michigan-marijuana-fbi-spending-hemp-subsidies/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

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The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is the son of 1968 presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy who was assassinated after his California Democratic primary victory speech. He does not believe Sirhan Sirhan, who has been in prison for nearly 50 years for the murder, is the murderer. Tom Jackman reported last week at the Washington Post that Kennedy’s conclusion is based on research, including reading autopsy and police reports, as well as speaking with witnesses and Sirhan.

Issue two.

This week, President Donald Trump pardoned political writer Dinesh D’Souza. Last week, Trump pardoned deceased boxing champion Jack Johnson. Trump also talked this week with TV celebrity Kim Kardashian West regarding her advocacy for pardoning Alice Marie Johnson who is serving a life sentence for drug law violations and told reporters he is considering pardoning well-known businesswoman Martha Stewart, who has already served her prison time, and commuting the sentence of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

All these cases seem fine for clemency, as they involve the United States government exercising power far beyond constitutional restraints. But, why limit clemency to famous individuals or people for whom famous individuals appeal to Trump? How about the Trump administration defines the injustices each such pardon or commutation attempts to correct and seek out individuals similarly harmed? Then, Trump could do good for many more people, as President Barack Obama did with clemency for people with certain drug law convictions and President Jimmy Carter did for people accused of evading military conscription.

Issue three.

Some Republican Michigan state legislators are seeking to pass in the legislature a recreational marijuana legalization measure set to be on the November ballot. But, they seem to have some motives other than supporting legalization. Jonathan Oosting reported this week at the Detroit News that the legislation becoming law would prevent a surge in Democratic voters in the election due to the absence of the ballot measure and would make it easier for the legislature to scale back legalization because altering the legislature-passed bill would take only a majority vote, instead of the three-quarters vote in the state House and Senate required to alter a voters-approved ballot measure.

Issue four.

Craig Evermann wrote Tuesday at mygovcost.org about the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) spending $70,000 on a conference table. Evermann’s main expressed concern is that the redacting of the cost in information provided to Congress hinders legislative oversight. This is an important concern. But, at the same time, spending extravagantly on furniture seems much preferable to the FBI spending money to maintain or increase the very high American incarceration rate. I’ll take FBI buildings and offices furnished like the Palace of Versailles in exchange for significantly restrained FBI activities.

Issue five.

In the April 13 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introducing that week the Hemp Farming Act (S 2667). This bill is apparently the replacement for the similarly-named Industrial Hemp Farming Act that McConnell had cosponsored in previous Congresses since 2013. Instead of just ending hemp farming prohibition, the new bill also imposes hemp farming regulations and provides hemp research subsidies.

While McConnell’s bill has not yet been considered on the Senate floor, the move toward subsidies has progressed in the Senate Appropriations Committee. Tom Angell reports at Forbes that the committee last week approved a report accompanying its Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (S 2976) that directs spending $500,000 to maintain a seed bank for the low-THC cannabis known as hemp and publicizing the availability of US government funding for hemp researchers.

The good news for libertarians is that their effort to end prohibition of cannabis, be it recreational marijuana, medical marijuana, or hemp, is succeeding. The bad news is that, instead of government just ending prohibition, on all cannabis fronts government is creating substantial regulations, taxes, and subsidies.

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Five Minutes Five Issues: Yemen, Farm Bill Hemp, Trump/Kim Meeting, Medical Marijuana, Dividing California Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/june/17/five-minutes-five-issues-yemen-farm-bill-hemp-trumpkim-meeting-medical-marijuana-dividing-california/ StitcheriTunesYouTube, and SoundCloud.

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The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

The Saudi Arabia-led and United States-supported war on Yemen, along with the resulting destruction and suffering, continues. The attack this week on Al Hudaydah, a port and city with hundreds of thousands of inhabitants, should make the situation in Yemen substantially worse. As Margaret Coker and Eric Schmitt noted in a Wednesday New York Times article regarding the ongoing invasion, the port is “the main entry point for aid to the rest of the country.”

Issue two.

On Wednesday, the US Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee approved the wide-ranging 2018 Farm Bill that includes provisions legalizing, as well as regulating and subsidizing, hemp farming. The hemp farming provisions are backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who earlier this year introduced the Hemp Farming Act (S 2667) that couples legalization with regulation and subsidization. It would not surprise me to see the hemp provisions become law later this year.

Issue three.

In a Monday editorial, Ron Paul wrote about the dialogue between US President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong-un. Paul comments that “talking is always better than threatening” and “trading is always better than sanctioning.”

Paul concludes his editorial with an expression of hope and a recommendation. Paul writes:
Hopefully this historic Trump/Kim meeting is the beginning of a dialogue that will continue to dial back the tensions. Hopefully we can soon remove the 30,000 US troops that have been stationed in South Korea for seven decades. One thing Washington must do, however: stay out of the way as much as possible so as to allow the two Koreas to continue their peace process.
Issue four.

Tom Angell wrote Tuesday at Forbes that this year, “in a dramatic sign of the rapidly changing politics of cannabis, the budget rider” intended to prevent the US government from prosecuting people complying with state medical marijuana laws “is part of the initial spending bill for the Justice Department as introduced by Republican Senate leaders.” In contrast, Angell notes that in previous years such language became part of the appropriations legislation only via amendments.

Because such language also was added to the Justice appropriations legislation coming out of the House Appropriations Committee, Angell writes that the medical marijuana provision “is all but certain to end up in the final [fiscal year 2019] appropriations legislation that is sent to President Trump for his signature later this year.”

Issue five.

According to the US Census Bureau, California has a population of over 39 and a half million people. The state’s population is about 40 percent more than that of Texas, the second most populous state, and about 88 percent more than that of Florida, the third most populous state. Around one out of eight Americans lives in California.

California covers much land too. It is the third biggest state.

Given these facts, it should not be a surprise there is significant support in California for splitting the state up. One proposal to do that will be on the state’s November election ballot. As John Myers reported Tuesday at the Los Angeles Times, the ballot proposal calls for splitting California into three states — first, a narrow coastal state extending from the Los Angeles area to the Monterey area that would keep the name California, second, Southern California that would generally include the portion of the current state to the east and south, and, third, Northern California that would generally include the portion of the current state to the north.

If the ballot measure passes, Myers writes that a spitting of the state would not be guaranteed for a couple reasons. First, state legislative approval may be required. Second, the US Congress would need to approve the state’s division.

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Why Is Washington Backing Saudi Starvation Policy In Yemen? Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/june/15/why-is-washington-backing-saudi-starvation-policy-in-yemen/ Hodeidah, the goal is to starve the local civilian population to the point where they rise up and overthrow the Houthis who hold the city. While Saudi Arabia's entire three year war on Yemen is criminal and genocidal, this "starve them out" strategy is the most repulsive of war crimes. So why does the Trump Administration continue to back Saudi slaughter in Yemen? Tune in to today's Liberty Report:

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Who Won At The Summit? Trump or Kim? Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/june/12/who-won-at-the-summit-trump-or-kim/
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Bilderberg, Marijuana Prosecutions, Sports Politics, Marijuana Morality, RPI Conference Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/june/10/five-minutes-five-issues-bilderberg-marijuana-prosecutions-sports-politics-marijuana-morality-rpi-conference/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

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The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

Charlie Skelton wrote Friday at Newsweek regarding the Bilderberg meeting that began this week in Turin, Italy.

Reporters are forbidden from entering the meeting’s hotel grounds, much less attending any of the events or discussions over the course of the several-days-long meeting. In fact, the meeting’s venue, writes Skelton, “is surrounded by scowling Italian police who tell you to delete your photos if you get too close to the security cordon.”

However, Skelton notes, there is an exception: “Every year, a select group of friendly columnists and editors are invited to attend Bilderberg.” But, don’t expect to be hearing or reading their accounts of the meeting. They, like other attendees, are sworn to silence.

The hostility to media scrutiny is a long tradition of the secretive Bilderberg meetings that Skelton perceptively calls “the Super Bowl of corporate lobbying” and the attendees of which are a select group of individuals including major political and business leaders. Skelton writes that, over his ten years of covering Bilderberg meetings, he has had some difficulties. He mentions a few, writing:
… I’ve been surrounded by a circle of yelling cops, been taken out of my room by armed police at 1 a.m. and made to stand under a searchlight for half an hour, and I’ve tussled with an undercover Greek policeman in the Athens underground.
Issue two.

As state and local governments continue rolling back marijuana prohibition, we are seeing reductions in the Unites States government’s marijuana prosecutions. A US Sentencing Commission report titled Overview of Federal Criminal Cases: Fiscal Year 2017 was released this week. The report indicates that US government prosecutions for marijuana law violations dropped 25.3 percent from fiscal year 2016 to fiscal year 2017 and 45.8 percent over the longer period of fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2017.

Issue three.

On Monday, President Donald Trump withdrew his invitation for the Super Bowl champion football team the Philadelphia Eagles to visit the White House. That invitation was withdrawn after most Eagles players had decided not to attend the event.

Then, on Friday, Trump told reporters he would not invite to the White House this year’s National Basketball Association (NBA) champion team, be it the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Golden Gate Warriors — who went on to win the finals series that night. This decision came after players on the teams, including LeBron James of the Cavaliers and Stephen Curry of the Warriors said players of neither team would accept an invitation to the White House.

Maybe these developments will help bring to an end White House spectacles with victorious sports teams. That would be good. It is disturbing seeing presidents grabbing on to the good will and excitement of sports victories for their political gain.

Issue four.

Gallup’s Values and Beliefs survey addressed attitudes regarding marijuana and alcohol use for the first time this year.

The poll conducted in May indicates 65 percent of polled Americans think smoking marijuana is morally acceptable. In fact, of 21 behaviors and practices people were asked to judge as morally acceptable or morally wrong, marijuana use received the eighth highest ranking of moral acceptability. Smoking marijuana came in at over 20 percent higher, for example, than either abortion or pornography.

For the time being, smoking marijuana’s moral acceptability rank is below drinking alcohol that registered at 78 percent in the poll.

Issue five.

On Saturday, August 18, you can join me, along with Ron Paul Institute Executive Director Daniel McAdams and RPI Chairman Ron Paul at RPI’s third annual conference at the Dulles Airport Marriott Hotel near Washington, DC. There will be plenty of great speakers to hear and supporters of liberty and peace to meet. “Early bird” discount tickets to the event and special reduced price hotel guest rooms are available at ronpaulinstitute.org/conference.

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Supremes Miss The Point On 'Bake The Cake' Ruling Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/june/05/supremes-miss-the-point-on-bake-the-cake-ruling/
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Ron Paul Rewind: The Right Not To Bake the Cake Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/june/04/ron-paul-rewind-the-right-not-to-bake-the-cake/ decided in favor of a bakery that the Colorado state government sought to require to design and create a custom wedding cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage. The court’s narrow basis for its resolution of the matter means that we can expect to see more cases dealing with similar issues moving through American courts.

In December, as a guest at the Ron Paul Liberty Report, I discussed the case with hosts Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams. In the discussion, Paul addressed the heart of the matter, saying that the bakery’s refusal to design and create the cake “is a property rights issue” and that “as long as force and violence is not used … owners should have the right to use their property as they see fit.”

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Five Minutes Five Issues: RFK Assassination, Trump Pardons, Michigan Marijuana, FBI Spending, Hemp Subsidies Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2018/june/03/five-minutes-five-issues-rfk-assassination-trump-pardons-michigan-marijuana-fbi-spending-hemp-subsidies/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

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The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is the son of 1968 presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy who was assassinated after his California Democratic primary victory speech. He does not believe Sirhan Sirhan, who has been in prison for nearly 50 years for the murder, is the murderer. Tom Jackman reported last week at the Washington Post that Kennedy’s conclusion is based on research, including reading autopsy and police reports, as well as speaking with witnesses and Sirhan.

Issue two.

This week, President Donald Trump pardoned political writer Dinesh D’Souza. Last week, Trump pardoned deceased boxing champion Jack Johnson. Trump also talked this week with TV celebrity Kim Kardashian West regarding her advocacy for pardoning Alice Marie Johnson who is serving a life sentence for drug law violations and told reporters he is considering pardoning well-known businesswoman Martha Stewart, who has already served her prison time, and commuting the sentence of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

All these cases seem fine for clemency, as they involve the United States government exercising power far beyond constitutional restraints. But, why limit clemency to famous individuals or people for whom famous individuals appeal to Trump? How about the Trump administration defines the injustices each such pardon or commutation attempts to correct and seek out individuals similarly harmed? Then, Trump could do good for many more people, as President Barack Obama did with clemency for people with certain drug law convictions and President Jimmy Carter did for people accused of evading military conscription.

Issue three.

Some Republican Michigan state legislators are seeking to pass in the legislature a recreational marijuana legalization measure set to be on the November ballot. But, they seem to have some motives other than supporting legalization. Jonathan Oosting reported this week at the Detroit News that the legislation becoming law would prevent a surge in Democratic voters in the election due to the absence of the ballot measure and would make it easier for the legislature to scale back legalization because altering the legislature-passed bill would take only a majority vote, instead of the three-quarters vote in the state House and Senate required to alter a voters-approved ballot measure.

Issue four.

Craig Evermann wrote Tuesday at mygovcost.org about the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) spending $70,000 on a conference table. Evermann’s main expressed concern is that the redacting of the cost in information provided to Congress hinders legislative oversight. This is an important concern. But, at the same time, spending extravagantly on furniture seems much preferable to the FBI spending money to maintain or increase the very high American incarceration rate. I’ll take FBI buildings and offices furnished like the Palace of Versailles in exchange for significantly restrained FBI activities.

Issue five.

In the April 13 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introducing that week the Hemp Farming Act (S 2667). This bill is apparently the replacement for the similarly-named Industrial Hemp Farming Act that McConnell had cosponsored in previous Congresses since 2013. Instead of just ending hemp farming prohibition, the new bill also imposes hemp farming regulations and provides hemp research subsidies.

While McConnell’s bill has not yet been considered on the Senate floor, the move toward subsidies has progressed in the Senate Appropriations Committee. Tom Angell reports at Forbes that the committee last week approved a report accompanying its Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (S 2976) that directs spending $500,000 to maintain a seed bank for the low-THC cannabis known as hemp and publicizing the availability of US government funding for hemp researchers.

The good news for libertarians is that their effort to end prohibition of cannabis, be it recreational marijuana, medical marijuana, or hemp, is succeeding. The bad news is that, instead of government just ending prohibition, on all cannabis fronts government is creating substantial regulations, taxes, and subsidies.

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Five Minutes Five Issues: Yemen, Farm Bill Hemp, Trump/Kim Meeting, Medical Marijuana, Dividing California Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/june/17/five-minutes-five-issues-yemen-farm-bill-hemp-trumpkim-meeting-medical-marijuana-dividing-california/ StitcheriTunesYouTube, and SoundCloud.

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The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

The Saudi Arabia-led and United States-supported war on Yemen, along with the resulting destruction and suffering, continues. The attack this week on Al Hudaydah, a port and city with hundreds of thousands of inhabitants, should make the situation in Yemen substantially worse. As Margaret Coker and Eric Schmitt noted in a Wednesday New York Times article regarding the ongoing invasion, the port is “the main entry point for aid to the rest of the country.”

Issue two.

On Wednesday, the US Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee approved the wide-ranging 2018 Farm Bill that includes provisions legalizing, as well as regulating and subsidizing, hemp farming. The hemp farming provisions are backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who earlier this year introduced the Hemp Farming Act (S 2667) that couples legalization with regulation and subsidization. It would not surprise me to see the hemp provisions become law later this year.

Issue three.

In a Monday editorial, Ron Paul wrote about the dialogue between US President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong-un. Paul comments that “talking is always better than threatening” and “trading is always better than sanctioning.”

Paul concludes his editorial with an expression of hope and a recommendation. Paul writes:
Hopefully this historic Trump/Kim meeting is the beginning of a dialogue that will continue to dial back the tensions. Hopefully we can soon remove the 30,000 US troops that have been stationed in South Korea for seven decades. One thing Washington must do, however: stay out of the way as much as possible so as to allow the two Koreas to continue their peace process.
Issue four.

Tom Angell wrote Tuesday at Forbes that this year, “in a dramatic sign of the rapidly changing politics of cannabis, the budget rider” intended to prevent the US government from prosecuting people complying with state medical marijuana laws “is part of the initial spending bill for the Justice Department as introduced by Republican Senate leaders.” In contrast, Angell notes that in previous years such language became part of the appropriations legislation only via amendments.

Because such language also was added to the Justice appropriations legislation coming out of the House Appropriations Committee, Angell writes that the medical marijuana provision “is all but certain to end up in the final [fiscal year 2019] appropriations legislation that is sent to President Trump for his signature later this year.”

Issue five.

According to the US Census Bureau, California has a population of over 39 and a half million people. The state’s population is about 40 percent more than that of Texas, the second most populous state, and about 88 percent more than that of Florida, the third most populous state. Around one out of eight Americans lives in California.

California covers much land too. It is the third biggest state.

Given these facts, it should not be a surprise there is significant support in California for splitting the state up. One proposal to do that will be on the state’s November election ballot. As John Myers reported Tuesday at the Los Angeles Times, the ballot proposal calls for splitting California into three states — first, a narrow coastal state extending from the Los Angeles area to the Monterey area that would keep the name California, second, Southern California that would generally include the portion of the current state to the east and south, and, third, Northern California that would generally include the portion of the current state to the north.

If the ballot measure passes, Myers writes that a spitting of the state would not be guaranteed for a couple reasons. First, state legislative approval may be required. Second, the US Congress would need to approve the state’s division.

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Why Is Washington Backing Saudi Starvation Policy In Yemen? Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/june/15/why-is-washington-backing-saudi-starvation-policy-in-yemen/ Hodeidah, the goal is to starve the local civilian population to the point where they rise up and overthrow the Houthis who hold the city. While Saudi Arabia's entire three year war on Yemen is criminal and genocidal, this "starve them out" strategy is the most repulsive of war crimes. So why does the Trump Administration continue to back Saudi slaughter in Yemen? Tune in to today's Liberty Report:

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Who Won At The Summit? Trump or Kim? Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/june/12/who-won-at-the-summit-trump-or-kim/
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Bilderberg, Marijuana Prosecutions, Sports Politics, Marijuana Morality, RPI Conference Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/june/10/five-minutes-five-issues-bilderberg-marijuana-prosecutions-sports-politics-marijuana-morality-rpi-conference/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

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The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

Charlie Skelton wrote Friday at Newsweek regarding the Bilderberg meeting that began this week in Turin, Italy.

Reporters are forbidden from entering the meeting’s hotel grounds, much less attending any of the events or discussions over the course of the several-days-long meeting. In fact, the meeting’s venue, writes Skelton, “is surrounded by scowling Italian police who tell you to delete your photos if you get too close to the security cordon.”

However, Skelton notes, there is an exception: “Every year, a select group of friendly columnists and editors are invited to attend Bilderberg.” But, don’t expect to be hearing or reading their accounts of the meeting. They, like other attendees, are sworn to silence.

The hostility to media scrutiny is a long tradition of the secretive Bilderberg meetings that Skelton perceptively calls “the Super Bowl of corporate lobbying” and the attendees of which are a select group of individuals including major political and business leaders. Skelton writes that, over his ten years of covering Bilderberg meetings, he has had some difficulties. He mentions a few, writing:
… I’ve been surrounded by a circle of yelling cops, been taken out of my room by armed police at 1 a.m. and made to stand under a searchlight for half an hour, and I’ve tussled with an undercover Greek policeman in the Athens underground.
Issue two.

As state and local governments continue rolling back marijuana prohibition, we are seeing reductions in the Unites States government’s marijuana prosecutions. A US Sentencing Commission report titled Overview of Federal Criminal Cases: Fiscal Year 2017 was released this week. The report indicates that US government prosecutions for marijuana law violations dropped 25.3 percent from fiscal year 2016 to fiscal year 2017 and 45.8 percent over the longer period of fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2017.

Issue three.

On Monday, President Donald Trump withdrew his invitation for the Super Bowl champion football team the Philadelphia Eagles to visit the White House. That invitation was withdrawn after most Eagles players had decided not to attend the event.

Then, on Friday, Trump told reporters he would not invite to the White House this year’s National Basketball Association (NBA) champion team, be it the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Golden Gate Warriors — who went on to win the finals series that night. This decision came after players on the teams, including LeBron James of the Cavaliers and Stephen Curry of the Warriors said players of neither team would accept an invitation to the White House.

Maybe these developments will help bring to an end White House spectacles with victorious sports teams. That would be good. It is disturbing seeing presidents grabbing on to the good will and excitement of sports victories for their political gain.

Issue four.

Gallup’s Values and Beliefs survey addressed attitudes regarding marijuana and alcohol use for the first time this year.

The poll conducted in May indicates 65 percent of polled Americans think smoking marijuana is morally acceptable. In fact, of 21 behaviors and practices people were asked to judge as morally acceptable or morally wrong, marijuana use received the eighth highest ranking of moral acceptability. Smoking marijuana came in at over 20 percent higher, for example, than either abortion or pornography.

For the time being, smoking marijuana’s moral acceptability rank is below drinking alcohol that registered at 78 percent in the poll.

Issue five.

On Saturday, August 18, you can join me, along with Ron Paul Institute Executive Director Daniel McAdams and RPI Chairman Ron Paul at RPI’s third annual conference at the Dulles Airport Marriott Hotel near Washington, DC. There will be plenty of great speakers to hear and supporters of liberty and peace to meet. “Early bird” discount tickets to the event and special reduced price hotel guest rooms are available at ronpaulinstitute.org/conference.

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Six Against Trump: Who Wins At G-7 Summit? Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/june/07/six-against-trump-who-wins-at-g-7-summit/
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New Report: War Crimes In Raqqa. Who's Guilty? Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/june/06/new-report-war-crimes-in-raqqa-whos-guilty/
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Military Keynesianism and the War on Independent Media RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/june/06/military-keynesianism-and-the-war-on-independent-media/
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Supremes Miss The Point On 'Bake The Cake' Ruling Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/june/05/supremes-miss-the-point-on-bake-the-cake-ruling/
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Ron Paul Rewind: The Right Not To Bake the Cake Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/june/04/ron-paul-rewind-the-right-not-to-bake-the-cake/ decided in favor of a bakery that the Colorado state government sought to require to design and create a custom wedding cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage. The court’s narrow basis for its resolution of the matter means that we can expect to see more cases dealing with similar issues moving through American courts.

In December, as a guest at the Ron Paul Liberty Report, I discussed the case with hosts Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams. In the discussion, Paul addressed the heart of the matter, saying that the bakery’s refusal to design and create the cake “is a property rights issue” and that “as long as force and violence is not used … owners should have the right to use their property as they see fit.”

Watch the complete interview here:

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Five Minutes Five Issues: RFK Assassination, Trump Pardons, Michigan Marijuana, FBI Spending, Hemp Subsidies Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/june/03/five-minutes-five-issues-rfk-assassination-trump-pardons-michigan-marijuana-fbi-spending-hemp-subsidies/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

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The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is the son of 1968 presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy who was assassinated after his California Democratic primary victory speech. He does not believe Sirhan Sirhan, who has been in prison for nearly 50 years for the murder, is the murderer. Tom Jackman reported last week at the Washington Post that Kennedy’s conclusion is based on research, including reading autopsy and police reports, as well as speaking with witnesses and Sirhan.

Issue two.

This week, President Donald Trump pardoned political writer Dinesh D’Souza. Last week, Trump pardoned deceased boxing champion Jack Johnson. Trump also talked this week with TV celebrity Kim Kardashian West regarding her advocacy for pardoning Alice Marie Johnson who is serving a life sentence for drug law violations and told reporters he is considering pardoning well-known businesswoman Martha Stewart, who has already served her prison time, and commuting the sentence of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

All these cases seem fine for clemency, as they involve the United States government exercising power far beyond constitutional restraints. But, why limit clemency to famous individuals or people for whom famous individuals appeal to Trump? How about the Trump administration defines the injustices each such pardon or commutation attempts to correct and seek out individuals similarly harmed? Then, Trump could do good for many more people, as President Barack Obama did with clemency for people with certain drug law convictions and President Jimmy Carter did for people accused of evading military conscription.

Issue three.

Some Republican Michigan state legislators are seeking to pass in the legislature a recreational marijuana legalization measure set to be on the November ballot. But, they seem to have some motives other than supporting legalization. Jonathan Oosting reported this week at the Detroit News that the legislation becoming law would prevent a surge in Democratic voters in the election due to the absence of the ballot measure and would make it easier for the legislature to scale back legalization because altering the legislature-passed bill would take only a majority vote, instead of the three-quarters vote in the state House and Senate required to alter a voters-approved ballot measure.

Issue four.

Craig Evermann wrote Tuesday at mygovcost.org about the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) spending $70,000 on a conference table. Evermann’s main expressed concern is that the redacting of the cost in information provided to Congress hinders legislative oversight. This is an important concern. But, at the same time, spending extravagantly on furniture seems much preferable to the FBI spending money to maintain or increase the very high American incarceration rate. I’ll take FBI buildings and offices furnished like the Palace of Versailles in exchange for significantly restrained FBI activities.

Issue five.

In the April 13 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introducing that week the Hemp Farming Act (S 2667). This bill is apparently the replacement for the similarly-named Industrial Hemp Farming Act that McConnell had cosponsored in previous Congresses since 2013. Instead of just ending hemp farming prohibition, the new bill also imposes hemp farming regulations and provides hemp research subsidies.

While McConnell’s bill has not yet been considered on the Senate floor, the move toward subsidies has progressed in the Senate Appropriations Committee. Tom Angell reports at Forbes that the committee last week approved a report accompanying its Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (S 2976) that directs spending $500,000 to maintain a seed bank for the low-THC cannabis known as hemp and publicizing the availability of US government funding for hemp researchers.

The good news for libertarians is that their effort to end prohibition of cannabis, be it recreational marijuana, medical marijuana, or hemp, is succeeding. The bad news is that, instead of government just ending prohibition, on all cannabis fronts government is creating substantial regulations, taxes, and subsidies.

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Five Minutes Five Issues: Yemen, Farm Bill Hemp, Trump/Kim Meeting, Medical Marijuana, Dividing California Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/june/17/five-minutes-five-issues-yemen-farm-bill-hemp-trumpkim-meeting-medical-marijuana-dividing-california/ StitcheriTunesYouTube, and SoundCloud.

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The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

The Saudi Arabia-led and United States-supported war on Yemen, along with the resulting destruction and suffering, continues. The attack this week on Al Hudaydah, a port and city with hundreds of thousands of inhabitants, should make the situation in Yemen substantially worse. As Margaret Coker and Eric Schmitt noted in a Wednesday New York Times article regarding the ongoing invasion, the port is “the main entry point for aid to the rest of the country.”

Issue two.

On Wednesday, the US Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee approved the wide-ranging 2018 Farm Bill that includes provisions legalizing, as well as regulating and subsidizing, hemp farming. The hemp farming provisions are backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who earlier this year introduced the Hemp Farming Act (S 2667) that couples legalization with regulation and subsidization. It would not surprise me to see the hemp provisions become law later this year.

Issue three.

In a Monday editorial, Ron Paul wrote about the dialogue between US President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong-un. Paul comments that “talking is always better than threatening” and “trading is always better than sanctioning.”

Paul concludes his editorial with an expression of hope and a recommendation. Paul writes:
Hopefully this historic Trump/Kim meeting is the beginning of a dialogue that will continue to dial back the tensions. Hopefully we can soon remove the 30,000 US troops that have been stationed in South Korea for seven decades. One thing Washington must do, however: stay out of the way as much as possible so as to allow the two Koreas to continue their peace process.
Issue four.

Tom Angell wrote Tuesday at Forbes that this year, “in a dramatic sign of the rapidly changing politics of cannabis, the budget rider” intended to prevent the US government from prosecuting people complying with state medical marijuana laws “is part of the initial spending bill for the Justice Department as introduced by Republican Senate leaders.” In contrast, Angell notes that in previous years such language became part of the appropriations legislation only via amendments.

Because such language also was added to the Justice appropriations legislation coming out of the House Appropriations Committee, Angell writes that the medical marijuana provision “is all but certain to end up in the final [fiscal year 2019] appropriations legislation that is sent to President Trump for his signature later this year.”

Issue five.

According to the US Census Bureau, California has a population of over 39 and a half million people. The state’s population is about 40 percent more than that of Texas, the second most populous state, and about 88 percent more than that of Florida, the third most populous state. Around one out of eight Americans lives in California.

California covers much land too. It is the third biggest state.

Given these facts, it should not be a surprise there is significant support in California for splitting the state up. One proposal to do that will be on the state’s November election ballot. As John Myers reported Tuesday at the Los Angeles Times, the ballot proposal calls for splitting California into three states — first, a narrow coastal state extending from the Los Angeles area to the Monterey area that would keep the name California, second, Southern California that would generally include the portion of the current state to the east and south, and, third, Northern California that would generally include the portion of the current state to the north.

If the ballot measure passes, Myers writes that a spitting of the state would not be guaranteed for a couple reasons. First, state legislative approval may be required. Second, the US Congress would need to approve the state’s division.

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Why Is Washington Backing Saudi Starvation Policy In Yemen? Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/june/15/why-is-washington-backing-saudi-starvation-policy-in-yemen/ Hodeidah, the goal is to starve the local civilian population to the point where they rise up and overthrow the Houthis who hold the city. While Saudi Arabia's entire three year war on Yemen is criminal and genocidal, this "starve them out" strategy is the most repulsive of war crimes. So why does the Trump Administration continue to back Saudi slaughter in Yemen? Tune in to today's Liberty Report:

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Who Won At The Summit? Trump or Kim? Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/june/12/who-won-at-the-summit-trump-or-kim/
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Five Minutes Five Issues: Bilderberg, Marijuana Prosecutions, Sports Politics, Marijuana Morality, RPI Conference Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/june/10/five-minutes-five-issues-bilderberg-marijuana-prosecutions-sports-politics-marijuana-morality-rpi-conference/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

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The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

Charlie Skelton wrote Friday at Newsweek regarding the Bilderberg meeting that began this week in Turin, Italy.

Reporters are forbidden from entering the meeting’s hotel grounds, much less attending any of the events or discussions over the course of the several-days-long meeting. In fact, the meeting’s venue, writes Skelton, “is surrounded by scowling Italian police who tell you to delete your photos if you get too close to the security cordon.”

However, Skelton notes, there is an exception: “Every year, a select group of friendly columnists and editors are invited to attend Bilderberg.” But, don’t expect to be hearing or reading their accounts of the meeting. They, like other attendees, are sworn to silence.

The hostility to media scrutiny is a long tradition of the secretive Bilderberg meetings that Skelton perceptively calls “the Super Bowl of corporate lobbying” and the attendees of which are a select group of individuals including major political and business leaders. Skelton writes that, over his ten years of covering Bilderberg meetings, he has had some difficulties. He mentions a few, writing:
… I’ve been surrounded by a circle of yelling cops, been taken out of my room by armed police at 1 a.m. and made to stand under a searchlight for half an hour, and I’ve tussled with an undercover Greek policeman in the Athens underground.
Issue two.

As state and local governments continue rolling back marijuana prohibition, we are seeing reductions in the Unites States government’s marijuana prosecutions. A US Sentencing Commission report titled Overview of Federal Criminal Cases: Fiscal Year 2017 was released this week. The report indicates that US government prosecutions for marijuana law violations dropped 25.3 percent from fiscal year 2016 to fiscal year 2017 and 45.8 percent over the longer period of fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2017.

Issue three.

On Monday, President Donald Trump withdrew his invitation for the Super Bowl champion football team the Philadelphia Eagles to visit the White House. That invitation was withdrawn after most Eagles players had decided not to attend the event.

Then, on Friday, Trump told reporters he would not invite to the White House this year’s National Basketball Association (NBA) champion team, be it the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Golden Gate Warriors — who went on to win the finals series that night. This decision came after players on the teams, including LeBron James of the Cavaliers and Stephen Curry of the Warriors said players of neither team would accept an invitation to the White House.

Maybe these developments will help bring to an end White House spectacles with victorious sports teams. That would be good. It is disturbing seeing presidents grabbing on to the good will and excitement of sports victories for their political gain.

Issue four.

Gallup’s Values and Beliefs survey addressed attitudes regarding marijuana and alcohol use for the first time this year.

The poll conducted in May indicates 65 percent of polled Americans think smoking marijuana is morally acceptable. In fact, of 21 behaviors and practices people were asked to judge as morally acceptable or morally wrong, marijuana use received the eighth highest ranking of moral acceptability. Smoking marijuana came in at over 20 percent higher, for example, than either abortion or pornography.

For the time being, smoking marijuana’s moral acceptability rank is below drinking alcohol that registered at 78 percent in the poll.

Issue five.

On Saturday, August 18, you can join me, along with Ron Paul Institute Executive Director Daniel McAdams and RPI Chairman Ron Paul at RPI’s third annual conference at the Dulles Airport Marriott Hotel near Washington, DC. There will be plenty of great speakers to hear and supporters of liberty and peace to meet. “Early bird” discount tickets to the event and special reduced price hotel guest rooms are available at ronpaulinstitute.org/conference.

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Six Against Trump: Who Wins At G-7 Summit? Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/june/07/six-against-trump-who-wins-at-g-7-summit/
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New Report: War Crimes In Raqqa. Who's Guilty? Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/june/06/new-report-war-crimes-in-raqqa-whos-guilty/
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Military Keynesianism and the War on Independent Media RPI Staff http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/june/06/military-keynesianism-and-the-war-on-independent-media/
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Supremes Miss The Point On 'Bake The Cake' Ruling Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/june/05/supremes-miss-the-point-on-bake-the-cake-ruling/
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Ron Paul Rewind: The Right Not To Bake the Cake Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/june/04/ron-paul-rewind-the-right-not-to-bake-the-cake/ decided in favor of a bakery that the Colorado state government sought to require to design and create a custom wedding cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage. The court’s narrow basis for its resolution of the matter means that we can expect to see more cases dealing with similar issues moving through American courts.

In December, as a guest at the Ron Paul Liberty Report, I discussed the case with hosts Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams. In the discussion, Paul addressed the heart of the matter, saying that the bakery’s refusal to design and create the cake “is a property rights issue” and that “as long as force and violence is not used … owners should have the right to use their property as they see fit.”

Watch the complete interview here:

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Five Minutes Five Issues: RFK Assassination, Trump Pardons, Michigan Marijuana, FBI Spending, Hemp Subsidies Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/congress-alert/2018/june/03/five-minutes-five-issues-rfk-assassination-trump-pardons-michigan-marijuana-fbi-spending-hemp-subsidies/ Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

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The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues.

Starting in five four three two one.

Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow.

Let’s start.

Issue one.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is the son of 1968 presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy who was assassinated after his California Democratic primary victory speech. He does not believe Sirhan Sirhan, who has been in prison for nearly 50 years for the murder, is the murderer. Tom Jackman reported last week at the Washington Post that Kennedy’s conclusion is based on research, including reading autopsy and police reports, as well as speaking with witnesses and Sirhan.

Issue two.

This week, President Donald Trump pardoned political writer Dinesh D’Souza. Last week, Trump pardoned deceased boxing champion Jack Johnson. Trump also talked this week with TV celebrity Kim Kardashian West regarding her advocacy for pardoning Alice Marie Johnson who is serving a life sentence for drug law violations and told reporters he is considering pardoning well-known businesswoman Martha Stewart, who has already served her prison time, and commuting the sentence of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

All these cases seem fine for clemency, as they involve the United States government exercising power far beyond constitutional restraints. But, why limit clemency to famous individuals or people for whom famous individuals appeal to Trump? How about the Trump administration defines the injustices each such pardon or commutation attempts to correct and seek out individuals similarly harmed? Then, Trump could do good for many more people, as President Barack Obama did with clemency for people with certain drug law convictions and President Jimmy Carter did for people accused of evading military conscription.

Issue three.

Some Republican Michigan state legislators are seeking to pass in the legislature a recreational marijuana legalization measure set to be on the November ballot. But, they seem to have some motives other than supporting legalization. Jonathan Oosting reported this week at the Detroit News that the legislation becoming law would prevent a surge in Democratic voters in the election due to the absence of the ballot measure and would make it easier for the legislature to scale back legalization because altering the legislature-passed bill would take only a majority vote, instead of the three-quarters vote in the state House and Senate required to alter a voters-approved ballot measure.

Issue four.

Craig Evermann wrote Tuesday at mygovcost.org about the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) spending $70,000 on a conference table. Evermann’s main expressed concern is that the redacting of the cost in information provided to Congress hinders legislative oversight. This is an important concern. But, at the same time, spending extravagantly on furniture seems much preferable to the FBI spending money to maintain or increase the very high American incarceration rate. I’ll take FBI buildings and offices furnished like the Palace of Versailles in exchange for significantly restrained FBI activities.

Issue five.

In the April 13 episode of Five Minutes Five Issues, I talked about US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introducing that week the Hemp Farming Act (S 2667). This bill is apparently the replacement for the similarly-named Industrial Hemp Farming Act that McConnell had cosponsored in previous Congresses since 2013. Instead of just ending hemp farming prohibition, the new bill also imposes hemp farming regulations and provides hemp research subsidies.

While McConnell’s bill has not yet been considered on the Senate floor, the move toward subsidies has progressed in the Senate Appropriations Committee. Tom Angell reports at Forbes that the committee last week approved a report accompanying its Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (S 2976) that directs spending $500,000 to maintain a seed bank for the low-THC cannabis known as hemp and publicizing the availability of US government funding for hemp researchers.

The good news for libertarians is that their effort to end prohibition of cannabis, be it recreational marijuana, medical marijuana, or hemp, is succeeding. The bad news is that, instead of government just ending prohibition, on all cannabis fronts government is creating substantial regulations, taxes, and subsidies.

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