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  • Virgin Galactic has received a mission critical green light from federal regulators that puts the company one step closer to initiating sub-orbital space flights later this year. And, yes, I’m looking forward to being on board someday. Even better, Richard Branson wants to press forward with services other than weightlessness joy rides, including trips from Washington, DC to London in about two hours. Virgin Galactic, SpaceX, and many others are the pioneers for a very brave new world. If only we could get federal and state regulators off their backs …
  • More Members of Congress are chiming in on the Veterans Affairs scandal and demanding the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. You can replace him. And they probably will. But that will not fix a thing. The problems at the  VA will continue no matter who you put in Shinseki’s place. The VA should have been abolished, privatized, a long time ago. It is a disaster and always will be. This latest political theatre is part political kabuki, part genuine concern. Republicans and Democrats equally share in the blame. It has been a problem for decades. Meanwhile vets suffer. Most of these politicos are focused on headlines at their expense. Next time a politician shows up at Walter Reed, or any other military care facility, our vets should refuse the photo-op. The fact remains, as JD Gordon said a few days ago, radical Islamic jihadists receive better medical care at GiTMO than our vets. Nothing else need be said.
  • Over in the Senate last week, secret voting took place at the Armed Services Committee …
  • Snowden I: The latest boy wonder of the international left (it’s Friday, cut yours truly some rhetorical slack), Edward Snowden, continues chanting his litany of righteous indignation. In a drip drip tease by NBC for an upcoming interview with him, we are now supposed to believe that he tried to follow proper channels to disclose his concerns but no one took him seriously. His lawyers are coaching him well. Ordinarily, I’d wait to pass judgment on someone who purports to be advancing the public good. Our government is not perfect. It never will be. Legitimate whistleblowing follows a process, with rules, and the boy wonder, since he claims he knew the rules, broke each one of them. Did you not know that he also has a law degree?
  • The Legal Insurrection blog asks, “How Anxious is Obama to Make a Deal With Iran?” In my book, very. Cuba is not far behind. It is all about the new world order. UN or world first, USA second (on a good day).
  • Snowden II: “Right or wrong, Snowden has caused other nation-states to increase their activity, and their brazenness,” said Casey Fleming, CEO of BlackOps Partners Corporation, which does counterintelligence and protection of trade secrets and competitive advantage for Fortune 500 companies. Read more here
  •  Sooner or later, the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese business elites are going to sink that country. And there seem to be more and more stories these days about China’s upcoming food crisis, caused no doubt, by Communist party mandarins and other central planners. This is supposed to happen in the not to distant future. As for the U.S. food supply, CFIUS really needs to begin reviewing proposed purchases of U.S. agriculture businesses by non-U.S. corporations. When the Chinese quietly moved in on our Virginia bacon, hardly anyone noticed.
  • Snowden III: There were too many signs at the onset of Snowden’s quixotic crusade that indicated he was in this for himself and only for himself. As we’ve said many times before on this blog, pride will by this young man’s undoing. It did not take an expert to figure out what he was up to. And while even a cursory review of some of the information he leaked, to date, points to several issues of legitimate oversight concern for the Congress, any legitimate concerns he may have had about civil liberties or rogue National Security Agency (NSA) officials are muted by his actions before, during, and after the leaks. Snowden is, as Dick Cheney correctly said months ago, a traitor. Snowden’s unlawful acts have weakened U.S. national security and, at the very same time, set back the privacy debate.
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