Statue of LibertyThe Commentary magazine website has posted an interesting article from its March issue authored by John Bolton, who served as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations during 2005-2006. The article reviews a report published in September 2008 entitled, A Plan for Action, which carries the subtitle, “A New Era of International Cooperation for a Changed World: 2009, 2010, and Beyond.”  The thesis of the report can be pretty much summed up by a sentence from its Executive Summary:  “International cooperation today must be built on the principle of responsible sovereignty, or the notion that sovereignty entails obligations and duties toward other states as well as to one’s own citizens.”

smokestacksRetreating somewhat from promises made during Barack Obama's presidential campaign, the White House announced on April 8 that the administration might agree to postpone auctioning off 100-percent of emissions allowances under a cap-and-trade system proposed to limit so-called greenhouse gas pollution. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, told reporters that a group of cabinet-level officials is trying to establish principles to guide the climate legislation now being considered by Congress.

The Department of Justice withheld the psychiatric records of a detainee who's been used by the government as a witness in a number of Guantanamo cases. The anonymous witness, according to recently released court records, had an antisocial personality disorder, which could mean that he is prone to lying and could lack regard for the difference between right and wrong, which in turn would seriously handicap his credibility. He was being treated weekly for a serious psychological problem.

Tea Party logoA new grassroots phenomenon is sweeping the nation — Tax Day Tea Parties. One of the leading sponsoring organizations, the American Family Association (AFA), has announced on its website that AFA TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party Day rallies on April 15 are now scheduled in 1,837 cities. Meanwhile, the originators of the Tax Day Tea Party concept at taxdayteaparty.com list hundreds of Tea Parties scheduled for April 15.

Fox News has completely blown apart the mantra being chanted by politicians and the news media that 90 percent of the guns used in crimes in Mexico come from the United States. Fact is, says Fox News, only about 17 percent are trickling in from north of the border, and some of those legally.