WASHINGTON — Ray H. LaHood was sworn in as Secretary of Transportation Friday, just one day after being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
The ceremony was small, attended by his wife Kathy and son Sam.
Also present were fellow Illinoisan Sen. Richard J. Durbin, assistant majority leader and a small audience of LaHood’s new staff and members of the Department of Transportation transition team. More from The Trucker
The appointment has one of the few bright spots in the new administration. The Trucker article states:
Rep. Byron Dorgan, D.-N.D., made it clear during the committee confirmation hearing Jan. 21 that he expects LaHood, a Republican, to kill the Cross Border Demonstration Project within two months.
Let’s hope LaHood makes good on that projection and kills the Mexican truck pilot program.
Ode to Juan and Moe – cowritten by ATAW commander-and-chief, Mark R. Taylor, performed by Truck It Records’ (and ATAW favorite recording artist), Joey Holiday.
Laredo, Texas — Border Patrol agents assigned to the Laredo North station disrupted an effort to smuggle 7,828 pounds of marijuana today.
“Our agents remain vigilant in employing all available resources to keep drug and alien smugglers from succeeding,” said Laredo Sector Chief Patrol Agent Carlos X. Carrillo.
Agents manning the checkpoint located on Interstate 35 north of Laredo conducted an immigration inspection of the driver of a tractor-trailer. A Border Patrol canine alerted agents to the trailer, indicating the possible presence of people or contraband. More from Officer.com
By Michael Carl
The stories are many. A super highway connecting Mexico to Canada through the heartland of the United States has been the subject of debate, discussion and rumour.
A statement on the “NASCO Speaks Out” page of the organisation’s web site observes, “NASCO (the North American Super-corridor Coalition, Inc.) was founded in 1994 as the ‘I-35 Corridor Coalition.’ At that time, we focused entirely on I-35 in Texas . We were founded in north Texas at about the same time as NAFTA was enacted, because certain urban sections of I-35 already were beyond designed capacity, and we knew it was only going to get worse.”
Frank Conde, who sometimes goes by Francisco Conde, is the Special Projects and Communications Director for NASCO, and he said that his group is concerned about I-35, but they’re also concerned about other interstate systems as well. Continue reading
A new poll by the American Policy Center has revealed that the lack of widespread opposition to the agenda of the Security and Prosperity Partnership, announced in 2005 by President Bush and his counterparts from Mexico and Canada, is because more than half of the American residents polled hadn’t heard of it.
But when they did, their voices were clear, with overwhelming majorities opposing the concept, plans and ideas.
The poll was done by the APC, a grassroots activist group in Washington that asked a series of questions about the SPP, the Trans Texas Corridor transportation project and other issues. More from World Net Daily
Once again, we urge you to call your congressmen and the White House and tell them you do not wish the United States to participate in this farce. Jerome Corsi and the folks at World Net Daily have been reporting on this for a long time. The mainstream media choses to ignore it because the “powers that be” realize that if the truth were known, that Meximericanada is close at hand, the outcry against it, like the Mexican Truck Pilot Program, would be loud and clear.
World Net Daily’s Jerome Corsi on the North American Union.
“Ode to Juan and Moe” performed by Truck It Records’ Joey Holiday for AmericanTruckersAtWar.com
By Michael Howe
© 2008 WorldNetDaily
The Canadian flag is in the background with the U.S. flag overlaid on it, and the Mexican flag placed prominently on top of the American banner.
Though the staff members at the booth were not willing to discuss the goals of the company as it relates to NAFTA, the website is very descriptive. More from WorldNetDaily
DOT chief’s admission to Senate panel contradicts administration’s assurances
Mexican allowed to travel throughout the U.S. under a Bush administration demonstration project may not be proficient in English, despite assurances to the contrary.A brochure on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website instructs Mexican truck drivers, “Did you know … You MUST be able to read and speak English to drive trucks in the United States.” Still, at the Senate Commerce Committee oversight hearing Tuesday, Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters and DOT Inspector General Calvin L. Scovel III reluctantly admitted under intense questioning from Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., that Mexican drivers were being designated at the border as “proficient in English” even though they could explain U.S. traffic signs only in Spanish. More from World Net Daily
Hey, Mary Peters – what part of “proficient in English” don’t you understand?
By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2008 WorldNetDaily
The meeting was held Monday under the auspices of the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, or ACIEP. WND obtained press credentials and attended as an observer. The meeting was held under “Chatham House” rules that prohibit reporters from attributing specific comments to individual participants. More from World Net Daily
By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2008 WorldNetDaily
The controversial Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, or SPP, continues closed-door meetings with business leaders while the heads of state of the U.S., Mexico and Canada now openly urge them to launch a public relations campaign to counter growing criticism of the trilateral cooperative some fear is a step toward a North American Union.
The information is contained in an internal memo from Canada’s Foreign Affairs and Internal Trade ministry, obtained by WND under an Access to Information Act request.
The text of the undated memo is an internal government summary of the third SPP summit meeting held Aug. 20-21, 2007, in Montebello Quebec.
The redacted memo does not disclose the author or the date the memo was written.’ More from WorldNetDaily