Daniel Ortega endorses Senator Gravitas

from AP…

MANAGUA, Nicaragua: President Daniel Ortega, who led the 1979 revolution in Nicaragua, says Barack Obama’s presidential bid is a “revolutionary” phenomenon in the United States.

“It’s not to say that there is already a revolution under way in the U.S. … but yes, they are laying the foundations for a revolutionary change,” the Sandinista leader said Wednesday night as he accepted an honorary doctorate from an engineering university.

Ortega led a Soviet-backed government that battled U.S.-supported Contra rebels before he lost power in a 1990 election. He returned to office last year via the ballot box.

In statements broadcast on Sandinista Radio La Primerisima, Ortega said he has “faith in God and in the North American people, and above all in the youth, that the moment of great change in the U.S. will come and it will act differently, with justice and equality toward all nations.”

Wonderful. Just wonderful. Is this the “change” that Senator Gravitas wants to bring?

Junior, Hamlin Win Daytona Qualifiers

There’s a reason Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing are the ones to beat in NASCAR. Now, they’ll try to beat each other in a super showdown in the biggest race of the year.

“It’s going to be the epic battle, and it should be the battle of a lifetime and the century,” Gibbs driver Tony Stewart quipped. “There may not be another battle of this proportion for the rest of my life, my career, for the century.”

Stewart was of course overplaying the magnitude of Sunday’s season-opener. But when Hendrick driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Gibbs driver Denny Hamlin each won a qualifying race Thursday, it set the stage for a fabulous battle.

Six of the top nine starting spots will be filled by drivers from both teams, while Gibbs driver Kyle Busch rolls off from the 24th position. Hendrick driver Jimmie Johnson, the two-time defending Cup series champion, will start from the pole.

It makes either team the obvious favorite to win the 50th running of The Great American Race. source

Are you ready?

The Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND

1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 187.075 48.109 Leader
2 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 186.734 48.197 -0.088
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet AMP Energy / National Guard – – –
4 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express – – –
5 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target – – –
6 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot – – –
7 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL – – –
8 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont – – –
9 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST – – –
10 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser – – –
11 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot – – –
12 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army – – –
13 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker – – –
14 6 David Ragan Ford AAA – – –
15 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline – – –
16 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil – – –
17 187 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Furniture Row/ DenverMattress.com – – –
18 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M – – –
19 77 Sam Hornish Jr.* Dodge Mobil 1 – – –
20 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS – – –
21 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet PEAK / Menards – – –
22 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Makoto – – –
23 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull – – –
24 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s – – –
25 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker – – –
26 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Jim Beam – – –
27 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters – – –
28 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT – – –
29 01 Regan Smith* Chevrolet Principal Financial Group – – –
30 28 Travis Kvapil Ford K&N Filters – – –
31 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s – – –
32 38 David Gilliland Ford FreeCreditReport.com – – –
33 70 Jeremy Mayfield Chevrolet Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon – – –
34 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar – – –
35 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy – – –
36 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility – – –
37 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV – – –
38 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal Cask No. 16 – – –
39 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Wells Fargo – – –
40 40 Dario Franchitti* Dodge Dodge Journey – – –
41 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing – – –
42 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine – – –
43 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite Champion’s Provisional

(Did Not Qualify)
44 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull – – –
45 21 Bill Elliott Ford Little Debbie – – –
46 49 Ken Schrader Dodge HealthLife.com – – –
47 160 Boris Said Ford 7-Eleven Slurpee / No Fear – – –
48 10 Patrick Carpentier* Dodge Valvoline – – –
49 137 Eric McClure Chevrolet Hefty – – –
50 109 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming – – –
51 27 Jacques Villeneuve* Toyota Bill Davis Racing – – –
52 150 Stanton Barrett Chevrolet NOS Energy Drink / SKI / SBM – – –
53 08 Carl Long Dodge MILLSTAR Tools / Rhino’s Energy Drink –

US arrests 4 Chi-com spies

From BBC… File this under “Never Trust A Communist”

Four people have been arrested in the United States for allegedly passing secret defence information to China.

A 72-year-old former Boeing engineer is accused of giving China details about the space shuttle and other aerospace programmes.

In a separate case, two men and a woman are accused of handing over US defence department documents about Taiwan…

Chinese-born Dongfan “Greg” Chung, 72, of California, faces charges including eight counts of economic espionage, conspiracy, and making false statements to FBI investigators.

The US justice department said Mr Chung, a naturalised US citizen, worked in the aerospace industry for about 30 years – mostly at Rockwell International and Boeing on the space shuttle programme.

It added that he retired in 2002 but was working for Boeing as a contractor until 2006.

The charges claim he took Boeing trade secrets relating to the space shuttle, the C-17 military transport aircraft and the Delta IV rocket for the benefit of China.

He is also said to have sent China 24 secret manuals relating to the B-1 Bomber.

…If convicted, Mr Chung faces about 100 years in prison.In a separate case, a defence department employee and two others are accused of passing US government documents and information to China. The three suspects are Tai Shen Kuo, 58; Yu Xin Kang, 33; and Gregg William Bergersen, 51.

Mr Bergersen, a weapons systems policy analyst for an agency within the defence department, was charged with conspiracy to disclose national defence information “to persons not entitled to receive it”.

Tai Shen Kuo and Yu Xin Kang are charged “with conspiracy to disclose national defence information to a foreign government”.

Mr Kuo has Taiwanese and US passports and is alleged to have cultivated a relationship with Mr Bergersen to get information including details of potential sales of US military goods to Taiwan, according to court documents.

Ms Kang, a Chinese national living in the US, ferried information between Mr Kuo and Chinese officials, prosecutors said.

Mr Kuo and Ms Kang each face up to life in prison if convicted. Mr Bergersen faces up to 10 years in prison.

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