Saturday, April 2, 2011
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has won a 2012 GOP presidential straw poll in the key early primary state of South Carolina.
Huckabee topped the York County Republican Party poll Saturday with 23 percent of first-choice votes according to the party, followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 11 percent and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann at 10 percent.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney garnered eight percent of the 152 votes cast; Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Donald Trump each won seven percent.
The rest of field--including Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum--earned between one and four percent of the vote.
Half of the 149 convention attendees who voted on the issues ballot said that reducing government spending and reducing the size of government were the biggest concerns going into 2012.
Read more: http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/04/02/huckabee-wins-south-carolina-gop-straw-poll#ixzz1IQY06OPS
AeroVironment’s GO-1 Global Observer hydrogen-powered high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aircraft crashed at Edwards AFB, Calif., on April 1.
The aircraft was 18 hr. into its ninth envelope-expansion test flight.
The cause is being investigated. A second aircraft is almost complete, but funding for the U.S. Special Operations Command-led Global Observer joint concept technology demonstration (JCTD) is running out.
Early last month, AeroVironment told Aviation Week that the company was looking for sources of incremental funding beyond the end of March to provide a bridge between the demonstration and a future procurement program.
A victory against tyranny in North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. — Giving local officials power to order people from their homes in emergencies proved too much for the North Dakota Senate on Friday, with one lawmaker calling the idea "virtually the same as imposing martial law."
North Dakota's homeland security director has been advocating the measure, which he said would be used only in circumstances where it was deemed necessary to save lives.
It would give a local "incident commander" who was in charge of directing emergency response to a flood, chemical spill or other incident the authority to order mandatory evacuations. Violators could be fined up to $500.
North Dakota law now gives the governor power to order evacuations. City mayors may issue similar orders, but Sen. Connie Triplett, D-Grand Forks, who is an attorney and former Grand Forks County commissioner, said she believed those declarations are made to protect local governments from lawsuits in case government services are lost, such as water supplies or fire protection.
"Some incident commander may think something is a matter of life and death. An individual may choose to think it's not a matter of life and death, and it's not for us in any particular sense, here, to decide who is right," Triplett said. "People have a right to make choices for themselves."
Senators voted 29-18 on Friday to defeat the measure. A supporter, Sen. Carolyn Nelson, D-Fargo, said she was confident the mandatory evacuation power would be used judiciously if put into state law.
Seven civilians died and 25 were hurt in a coalition air strike on a pro-Gaddafi convoy in eastern Libya, a doctor there has told the media.
Dr Suleiman Refardi said Wednesday's raid happened when the strike hit a truck carrying ammunition, and the resulting explosion destroyed two nearby homes.
All the dead were between the ages of 12 and 20, Refardi said. NATO says it is investigating the claim.
The news comes as the chairman of the rebel Transitional National Council, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, said it would agree to a ceasefire if Col Muammar Gaddafi's troops withdrew from cities.
April 2, 2011
You invade Bahrain. We take out Muammar Gaddafi in Libya. This, in short, is the essence of a deal struck between the Barack Obama administration and the House of Saud. Two diplomatic sources at the United Nations independently confirmed that Washington, via Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, gave the go-ahead for Saudi Arabia to invade Bahrain and crush the pro-democracy movement in their neighbor in exchange for a “yes” vote by the Arab League for a no-fly zone over Libya – the main rationale that led to United Nations Security Council resolution 1973.
The revelation came from two different diplomats, a European and a member of the BRIC group, and was made separately to a US scholar and Asia Times Online. According to diplomatic protocol, their names cannot be disclosed. One of the diplomats said, “This is the reason why we could not support resolution 1973. We were arguing that Libya, Bahrain and Yemen were similar cases, and calling for a fact-finding mission. We maintain our official position that the resolution is not clear, and may be interpreted in a belligerent manner.”
As Asia Times Online has reported, a full Arab League endorsement of a no-fly zone is a myth. Of the 22 full members, only 11 were present at the voting. Six of them were Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members, the US-supported club of Gulf kingdoms/sheikhdoms, of which Saudi Arabia is the top dog. Syria and Algeria were against it. Saudi Arabia only had to “seduce” three other members to get the vote.