Con ConIn order to buttress its call for an Article V convention, the Center for Constitutional Government at the Goldwater Institute has published a document entitled “10 Facts to Rebut the Mythology of a Runaway Convention.” This list is designed to set forth a roster of reasons that an Article V convention is not only safe, but necessary. In order to effectively rebut the Goldwater Institute’s rebuttal, the definition of a few key terms and concepts must be set forth. Principally, the reader must be familiar with Article V of the Constitution, the type of convention it anticipates, the history of such a provision, and the likely metes and bounds that would establish the legal territory of any convention authorized under the relevant constitutional grant of power.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, March 8, a bill requiring Utah schools to teach that the United States is a republic and not a democracy, is being sent to the governor for his signature, after being passed in both houses of the state legislature.

Americans concerned about exposure to potentially dangerous levels of radiation from the Transportation Security Administration’s full-body scanners just got another reason to worry: USA Today reports that on March 11 the TSA announced “that it would retest every full-body X-ray scanner that emits ionizing radiation — 247 machines at 38 airports — after maintenance records on some of the devices showed radiation levels 10 times higher than expected.”

In March 2006, the Intelligence Branch of the Federal Protective Service of the Department of Homeland Security’s Threat Management Division issued a “Protective Intelligence Bulletin” that listed a variety of peaceful advocacy groups and included a “Civil Activists and Extremists Action Calendar” with details of their then-upcoming demonstrations. The bulletin stated that it had been “retrieved from the INTERNET via one of the many news media reporting services” and was “being provided … for SITUATIONAL AWARENESS in the law enforcement/government security/force protection arena.”

On its “orders list” for March 7, the U.S. Supreme Court unceremoniously and without notation denied a writ of certiorari filed in the case of Greg Hollister v. Barry Soetoro, et al.