The day after he won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, it was clear that one of the issues political newcomer Rand Paul will have to confront in the general election campaign is his beliefs about a federal law enacted 46 years ago and rarely debated in more recent decades. The law is the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the issue that has been raised anew is its ban on discrimination in public accommodations.

On May 12, the American Patriot Foundation announced that there will be an Article 32 military hearing that may reveal whether President Barack Obama is a native-born citizen of the United States. The hearing is set for June 11, after Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin refused to deploy to Afghanistan “because the president refuses — even in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary — to prove his eligibility under the Constitution to hold office.”

Perhaps it’s his experience as writer, director, and star of several hit movies that has led Woody Allen to prefer one-man operations. That might explain why he told the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia (as translated by Fox News) that “it would be good…if [President Obama] could be a dictator for a few years because he could do a lot of good things quickly.”

The new fourth revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) published by the American Psychiatric Association may define several new psychiatric disorders. Some of these do not sound like varieties of mental illness at all, but rather opinions and attitudes. What would “oppositional defiant disorder,” for example, represent?

According to the Associated Press, “Social Security faces a $5.3 trillion shortfall over the next 75 years.” Yes, you read that correctly: FDR’s version of Otto von Bismarck’s socialist retirement program is projected to add $5.3 trillion to the U.S. national debt over the next 75 years — a 40 percent increase in the debt. (Add the projected $38 trillion unfunded liability of Medicare over the same period, and the debt will more than triple.)