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Something we should hope to see more of: 3Com has decided not to merge with the Chinese firm Huawei Technologies because of national security concerns.

“In this instance, it appears the CFIUS process has worked,” said Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee.

“The foreign acquisition of American defense contractors will continue to present significant problems and challenges. … We must weigh American security interests before potential profits.”

The little-known CFIUS, an in interagency committee charged with reviewing cross-national mergers for security risks and anti-trust violations, caused a political firestorm in 2006 when it signed off on a deal that would have given Dubai Ports World, a United Arab Emirates-based company, management contracts for six major U.S. ports.

As part of the long denouement to this, well, interesting political season, it is of some interest that the 3Com deal was part of the reason why Duncan Hunter refused to endorse Mitt Romney.

So maybe some other companies, like the ones who import the overwhelming proportion of our seafood, might take a lesson from this?

Just a few hours ago an SM-3 missile hit a dying, fuel-filled satellite over the Pacific ocean. The paper of record reports:

The SM-3 missile was fired from the USS Lake Erie in the Pacific Ocean at about 10:26 EST and hit the bus-sized satellite about 133 nautical miles above the ocean, the Pentagon said in a statement.

“A network of land, air, sea and space-based sensors confirms that the U.S. military intercepted a nonfunctioning National Reconnaissance Office satellite, which was in its final orbits before entering the Earth’s atmosphere,” it said.

As far as educating the public about the importance of continuing to fund missile defense goes, it’s a start. Let’s hope we get some photos.

More on the SM-3 here.

UPDATE: Some great observations in the comments.

I am about to give you an example of apples and oranges and show how they can be different yet mix well together and become compatible.

I was recruited for jury duty in a capital murder case.  To make this short, this person killed their spouse.  The defender presented a wonderful case and suppressed gobs of incriminating evidence.  The prosecutor was espousing facts without producing evidence or substance.  This was sad.  3 of us on the jury got it.  2 copped out because of job hardships (that’s why there are alternates) and the other nine were individual fixated on one (and different) piece of evidence.  After days of fact finding and discussion I realized that it is like conservatives and liberals.  Not much gets done.  Well, compromises were made to keep the jury from being hung and starting over on a lesser charge.  The jury presented its verdict to the judge for 6 and one half years.  3 of these were mandatory by state for using a firearm in the commision of a felony.  Thank the law for small favors.  The judge at sentencing did not reduce this sentence.  We later read that a piece of evidence was omitted where the defendant admitted killing his spouse (non-chalant as it was) for making aspersions of his manhood.  How utterly pathetic.  The defendant got away with murder and it only cost 6 and a half years.  Why?  Compassion.

We have lived thru the last local elections and we are already talking about more schools and higher taxes.  We pay our local officials higher salaries and they give us social programs that they want to fund.  Loudoun is looking to build ANOTHER new government center.  Isn’t this a recession?  State government has faired no better with there wants.  They want to build a new general assembly building (temporarily) with funding to study a permenant location.  How to pay for this when we are strapped for cash and the governor (little g for a little gov) can’t get his socialist programs enacted?  How about an extra 5 cent state tax per gallon of gas!  What?  Gas is over three bucks; what’s another nickle.  Next in line are the candidates for the White House.  Socialists with promises of freebies for everyone.  What about the illegals you say?  No big deal.  There are bigger fish to fry like getting our soldiers home and insurance for everyone.  How about college anyone can afford and handouts to those who are not rich (including 12 million illegals) so that they may feel like americans too.  How does this happen?  Compassion.

Americans are very compassionate people.  They give to charities and come to the aid of the world when ever the call goes out.  We will go out of our way to help those in need that can’t do it all on their own.  Where we stop is when it is againest the law.  We aren’t compassionate with those that use and abuse others.  What am I saying!  The examples above prove different.  The landscape has changed.  There are no more rules or barriers.  Anything goes.  Be compassionate for that drunk driver that just killed a family.  The priest that fondled little boys for 20 years.  That gang member that killed his rivals because they killed his brother gang member.  Are you kidding me?

I would rather see sympathy and empathy towards these types of people.  Then let the law handle the rest.  That is why we have laws.  Compassion is for the dog that got hit by the car.  Or the homeless guy looking for a meal.  How about a mother trying to take care of 3 kids while working 16 hours a day.  The children that need cancer research.  It seems that compassion (the apples/oranges mix) is being predominately used to harm the innocent instead of helping them.  Remember this when you start voting in the next election.  If you vote compassionately it may severely harm the country.  Try using research and logic to know what to do.  Don’t let compassion get in the way.

If you spend any amount of time on the road you probably have noticed that there is a new cadre of drivers.  Bad drivers.  They exist because we, the people have allowed it.  How you say?  By not pushing for a harsher law on using cell phones while driving.  We put it on the kids’ back when the adults can be just as bad or worse.  No, i’m not againest hands-free phone use.  I am againest text messaging and trying to dial (looking at your lap) while loosing attention that should be dedicated to your surroundings.

 We allow it by giving driving tests in different languages.  Why is that so bad, Act?  Because of the drivers that sit in the fast lane going under the speed limit.  How about the ones that don’t know about right-on-red after stop.  Or the ones that can’t read the sign that says “No Turn On Red”.

I always love the drivers with red ribbons on their antenna going like a bat out of hell.  Weaving, no turn signals, about as close as drafting allows without being a siamese twin.  Oh, and the soccer/swimteam/football/track stickers all over their vehicles.  Nice.

Then you have the ones blasting thru yellow or red lights.  Same with stop signs.  About the ones passing you on a double yellow.  Running the shoulder on the rightside?  Kids jumping up and down on the seats?  And my least favorites…sideways drrivers.  You know, the ones that are always looking sideways talking to their passengers and don’t ever look out the windshield.

There are so many more but I’m sure you get the picture.  Bottomline is that we have allowed to get this far out of control.  Are you scared?  You should be.  I am and I have driven under professional courses as well as writing and evaluating many over the course of 30 years.  The more I know about driving, the more scared I become.  I know that car can wipe out a group of people.  Take down the wall of a house or store.  Take your wife, husband, daughter, son or any other relation in the blink of an eye.  It’s a privilege that people abuse or don’t even bother with (as far as liscenses go) but we worry more about guns and child abuse (discipline).  What are you willing to do to protect this privilege and yourself?  Think about it.

There is a thought-provoking debate on the current state of immigration enforcement, its political future and its effects at Center for Immigration Studies.

Participants are Mark Krikorian, of the Center for Immigration Studies, and UC San Diego professor and New America Foundation fellow Tomás Jiménez.

Some highlights:


“Attrition through enforcement” is made much more complicated by that fact that there are families involved. About 30% of all unauthorized families (1.96 million) contain children who are U.S. citizens. Should we count on these people to “self-deport” themselves and their U.S.-citizen children? It’s not likely to happen…

We have a free trade agreement with Mexico (NAFTA), which allows for the free movement of capital and goods. Yet we continue with a schizophrenic policy that fights the movement of labor that tends to follow capital and goods. It would make more sense to move our resources and energy from trying to restrict immigration to trying to manage it so that we maximize the benefits to all.


By starting to make it harder to employ illegal aliens, immigration enforcement is improving the prospects of all those who compete with illegals for work. This includes anyone marginal to the labor market: high school dropouts, of course, but also black and Latino men, teenagers in general, the elderly looking for part-time work, single moms who need flexible work hours, ex-convicts, recovering addicts and the physically and mentally disabled. Anyone whom employers might hesitate to hire — for whatever reasons, good or bad — starts to look better when the labor market is tighter. After all, the laws of supply and demand have not yet been repealed. We’ve seen evidence of this all over the country for some time now. Last month, the president of a steel company in Arizona, where the state government is cracking down on the employment of illegals, described how the new enforcement is forcing him to reach out to Americans and legal immigrants: “We’ve raised wages, competing for a diminishing supply (of workers). We’ve been on a campaign of quality improvement, training, scouring the waterfront, so to speak, for American vets, ex-offenders trying to find their way back into society.”


In a 2005 paper published in the Economic Journal, David Card from UC Berkeley finds that there is no relationship between the presence of low-skilled immigrants and the wages of low-skilled U.S.-born workers. Card concludes, “New evidence from the 2000 census reconfirms the main lesson of earlier studies: Although immigration has a strong effect on relative supplies of different skill groups, local labor market outcomes of low-skilled natives are not much affected by these relative supply shocks.” Translation: There is no evidence of competition between low-skilled immigrants and those who you assume compete with them.

Don’t take my word for it – go read it all.

No surprises yesterday as two Senators (both liberal on many issues, albeit one far more than the other) won the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries here in the Commonwealth. 

Prior to Tuesday and following Governor Romney bowing out of the race, it was hard not to notice the parade of Virginia elected officials hopping on the McCain bandwagon—among them Senator Allen and AG McDonnell.  They apparently have overcome any reservations about McCain’s penchant for regulating the free market (especially his embrace of economy killing cap-and-trade “global warming solution”), his support for the destruction of nascent human life with (now indefensible given scientific breakthroughs) embryonic stem cell research, and his participation in the Gang of 14, etc.  It’s been really interesting to see LG Bolling refuse to instantly endorse McCain, rather he has called for McCain to earn conservative support first.

This RTD article points out that Bolling has said that McCain has “work to do” to win conservative support.  He went on to say:

Bolling said there are areas of agreement between McCain and conservatives when it comes to the war on terror and spending. He suggested McCain needs to reach out more on issues such as taxes, the selection of judges and illegal immigration. But he said he is open to McCain’s candidacy. “I think it’s going to be important for our party to unite behind our nominee.”

“I think Senator McCain can definitely move in the next few weeks to solidly the conservative base behind him, but he’s going to have to reach out and make a concentrated and sincere effort to do that.

“I think he can do that. I hope he will do that. And if he does that, I think he’ll have a united party behind him as we move toward November.”

I find the LG’s more thoughtful approach, seeking assurances before seeking to score points with the likely nominee, to be refreshing and appropriate.  Like many conservatives I am not thrilled at the fact that McCain will now be our nominee… but we should do the best we can given the situation and seek assurances that he will not govern as he has sometimes tended to in the past.

I am additionally impressed with the LG’s efforts to try and keep Governor Kaine honest about state spending and the budget.  Back in December, when Kaine released his budget proposal, Bolling was the first to express concern that the Governor’s revenue projections were unrealistic.  Unfortunately, he has been proven right probably more quickly than anyone hoped as Kaine has finally bowed to reality and pointed out that there may be a budget shortfall as high as $1 billion in the 2008-2010 biennium.  In light of this Bolling issued a statement saying:

“I am confident that the members of the General Assembly will do what has to be done to bring the state budget into balance without raising taxes.  However, to do this we will have to make many difficult budget decisions in the coming days, including significant reductions in the Governor’s proposed spending initiatives, as well as the adoption of a realistic revenue projection for the upcoming biennium.  Unfortunately, we are placed in this position because of the Governor’s failure to bring us a realistic and structurally sound budget to begin with.

“This will not be an easy task, but we remain committed to balancing the budget without raising taxes, adopting a budget that directs as many resources as possible to the Commonwealth’s highest priorities, and scales back spending in other areas.  We ask for the patience and support of the people of Virginia as we begin making these difficult decisions.”

Glad to see the LG continues to stand up for commonsense conservative principles.  I have to be honest, myself and fellow conservatives are warming up to him more and more as 2009 approaches.

With fear-mongering faux science, everything is possible:

The recent cold wave sweeping across Mumbai and other parts of India could be attributed to global warming, experts said on Tuesday here at an environmental conference…

Prabhu said the cold wave that swept Maharashtra and other parts of India recently could be attributed to the phenomenon of global warming.

This is how, 1984-style, it happens. Facts are no impediment to ideology. The collectivist, anti-capitalist, war on personal freedom which is at the essence of the fake “science” ideology underlying the global warming scam will not be deterred by evidence. This is because it has been a lie from the outset and evidence was never part of the calculation.

Those promoting the snake oil of “global warming” are simply attempting to enact changes in public policy which would further the goals of the collectivists. Expanding the reach of the global warming lie gives more power to those who want to tell everyone else how to live.

While, incidentally, they continue to live however they want.

And now, as the facts in this sorry episode in false ideology come full circle, we are faced with the next step: Convincing the people that the ideologists know better than their own lying eyes.

This is known as the big lie.