Saturday, December 08, 2007


Canada openly proclaims NAFTA Superhighway
Readers bombard Newsweek with evidence after adverse story on Ron Paul

Posted: December 8, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2007

A Newsweek story critical of Rep. Ron Paul and labeling the NAFTA Superhighway a baseless conspiracy theory has generated approximately 250 adverse reader responses on the "comments" section of Newsweek's website, many citing hard evidence that the proposed transcontinental trade corridor is quite real.

Rep. Ron Paul

"There is a broad coalition of Americans developing across the United States who are opposed to a North American Union and know that Ron Paul is right and we need to take action now before it is too late," Jesse Benton, national press secretary for the Ron Paul Presidential Campaign 08 told WND.

Particularly interesting among Newsweek's reader comments were citations of Canadian government websites that openly discuss and declare plans to create a NAFTA Superhighway.

Several readers pointed to a Canadian government video clip gaining wide circulation on the Internet. It involves a Nov. 20 "Speech from the Throne," in which John Harvard, lieutenant-governor of the Province of Manitoba, Canada, opened the second session of the 39th assembly of the provincial legislature with comments proclaiming support for the development of a "Mid-Continent Trade Corridor."

"Manitoba is also taking a major role in the development of a Mid-Continent Trade Corridor, connecting our northern Port of Churchill with trade markets throughout the central United States and Mexico," Harvard told the legislature.

"To advance the concept," Harvard continued, "an alliance has been built with business leaders and state and city governments spanning the entire length of the Corridor. When fully developed, the trade route will incorporate an 'inland port' in Winnipeg with pre-clearance for international shipping."

A video posted on YouTube shows excerpts from Harvard's speech juxtaposed with clips of President Bush and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the press conference of the third summit of the Security and Prosperity Partnership in Montebello, Quebec, on Aug. 21, ridiculing the North American Union and the NAFTA Superhighway as baseless conspiracy theories.

A video posted on YouTube shows excerpts from Harvard's speech juxtaposed with clips of President Bush and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the press conference of the third summit of the Security and Prosperity Partnership in Montebello, Quebec, on Aug. 21, ridiculing the North American Union and the NAFTA Superhighway as baseless A Destination-Winnipeg trade group website identifies the Mid-Continent Trade Corridor as "the northern gateway of this vast Corridor, a network of highways and railways linking the business community with cities to the south, through the U.S. and into Mexico."

The Canadian government's Canada Transport website describes the Mid-Continent International Trade Corridor as a rail and highway network which stretches from Manitoba to Mexico.

Other Newsweek readers provided links to an Alberta government website.

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation in Alberta, Canada, has posted on its website a trade corridor map that shows a NAFTA Superhighway clearly designated in the same route, including Interstate Highways 35, 29 and 94, that the North America's SuperCorridor Coalition, or NASCO, designates as the I-35 NAFTA Superhighway.

Craig Offman of the National Post writes that this Alberta map of the NAFTA Superhighway on the Alberta Government website is currently Number Two on the popular U.S. web site

"Well, now, Mr. Paul might think he has some real fodder," Offman writees. "The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation website uses the exact phrase, showing a thoroughfare that begins in Manitoba and drops all the way down to West Texas."

"Why would the Canadian government web page in Alberta show a NAFTA Superhighway if the highway doesn't exist?" asks a Newsweek reader linking to the Alberta site. "Keep on lying to the people, Newsweek, it is what you do best."

"We have had that map with the NAFTA Superhighway on our website for 5 years or more," Jerry Bellikka, director of communications for the Alberta Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation told WND in a telephone interview.

"The website is a site for truckers," Bellikka explained. "We try to harmonize our trucking regulations with Canada and the United States so truckers can log on and see where they fit on our requirements when they are traveling along these North American corridors."

WND asked Bellikka if the Alberta Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation had any intention of changing the NAFTA Superhighway map on its website.

"No," Bellinkka answered directly. "We have no plan to change the designation of NAFTA Superhighway on our website."



DEBKAfile Exclusive: Olmert administration prepares additional southern Israeli towns to face Gaza bombardment while still deferring military operation

December 8, 2007, 12:58 PM (GMT+02:00)

Hamas has extended the range of its missiles from Gaza to as far afield as the towns of Ashkelon, Netivot and Ofakim and blocs of smaller locations such as Magen, Miftahim, Kerem Shalom, Habsor, Gevulot, Tzeelim and Urim. This brings another 175,000 inhabitants who have so far escaped Palestinian missiles within Palestinian sights.

On Dec. 6, deputy defense minister Matan Vilnai made the rounds of this region and warned local authorities to prepare their towns and villages for bombardment. He had no answers on any military response or how their citizens were to be protected from this new peril. DEBKAfile’s sources reveal that prime minister Ehud Olmert, defense minister Ehud Barak and chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi have again decided to defer a major military operation for wiping out the Hamas war machine in Gaza. Its long postponement has left the Islamist terrorists free to greatly enhance their capabilities.

The range of their new missile acquisitions has been extend up to 25 km. Even fired from Gaza City, they can still reach a broad swathe of southern Israeli civilian locations, and not just those close to the border. Liquidating this new capability would necessitate Israel’s conquest of Gaza’s largest town.

Defense officials disclosed on Dec. 7, that Hamas now has long-term storage facilities for up to 100 Qassam missiles, which enables them to fire multiple bursts at Israeli targets. Officers in the IDF southern command report they repeatedly warned the government that this multiple-fire capability, comparable to that used in the Hizballah’s blitz of northern Israel last year, was under development. They are unable to explain why no orders came down to root it out.

The officers report Hamas has further set up special units of fighters clad in the same uniforms and camouflage gear as Israeli troops. They are even armed with the same M-16 rifles and their vehicles painted in the same camouflage colors.

These units are disguised as Israeli troops for cross-border terrorist attacks. They are trained to execute incursions overland or through tunnels and use the confusion to storm Israeli locations, before they can be identified as the enemy and challenged by Israeli ground or air forces.

The only directive received, say the IDF officers, is to limit their sorties in Gaza against Palestinian mortar crews, bomb-layers and RPG firing squads to a depth of up to 2 km. Many of the missile launchers are out of bounds because they can shelter in the heart of the Gaza Strip out of IDF reach from this narrow strip of land.

The Palestinians terror groups are also reported to have streamlined their operations by unifying the Hamas and Jihad Islami commands. This enables them to deploy joint teams of terrorists against Israeli civilian targets.



יח וְאִם-עַד-אֵלֶּה--לֹא תִשְׁמְעוּ, לִי: וְיָסַפְתִּי לְיַסְּרָה אֶתְכֶם, שֶׁבַע עַל-חַטֹּאתֵיכֶם. 18 And if ye will not yet for these things hearken unto Me, then I will chastise you seven times more for your sins.
יט וְשָׁבַרְתִּי, אֶת-גְּאוֹן עֻזְּכֶם; וְנָתַתִּי אֶת-שְׁמֵיכֶם כַּבַּרְזֶל, וְאֶת-אַרְצְכֶם כַּנְּחֻשָׁה. 19 And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass.
כ וְתַם לָרִיק, כֹּחֲכֶם; וְלֹא-תִתֵּן אַרְצְכֶם, אֶת-יְבוּלָהּ, וְעֵץ הָאָרֶץ, לֹא יִתֵּן פִּרְיוֹ. 20 And your strength shall be spent in vain; for your land shall not yield her produce, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruit.
כא וְאִם-תֵּלְכוּ עִמִּי קֶרִי, וְלֹא תֹאבוּ לִשְׁמֹעַ לִי--וְיָסַפְתִּי עֲלֵיכֶם מַכָּה, שֶׁבַע כְּחַטֹּאתֵיכֶם. 21 And if ye walk contrary unto Me, and will not hearken unto Me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins.


Wooldridge - Where Is
America Headed?

By Frosty Wooldridge

Former Colorado Governor Lamm, a man I know personally and respect highly, wrote "Megatraumas: America at the Year 2000". He projected ramifications of our growing consequences to this country from immigration. Whether he was off by a few years, he hit the bull's eye as to what we face in 2007 and beyond.

"The U.S. economy will be debt-ridden, with structural unemployment nearing 20 percent," Lamm said. "The U.S. will have the lowest percentage of capital investment and lowest growth in productivity and savings of any major industrialized country. The middle class will be wiped out by these inter-related economic predicaments."

In 2007, we suffer $8.7 trillion national debt, $789 billion devastating war debt, $700 billion annual trade deficit, 18 million unemployed Americans, 3 million jobs outsourced, millions insourced via illegal aliens and millions more offshored. We borrow $2 billion daily from foreign investors to float our economy. Consumers suffer a gargantuan $2 trillion debt. Average credit card debt stands at $9,149.00 balance (debt). Our manufacturing base no longer exists and illegal workers from Mexico create the second largest underground economy in the world. According to Bear-Stearns Report of 2005, $400 billion in IRS income taxes go uncollected while American job wage losses exceed $200 billion annually.

"The U.S. has the most expensive and inefficient health-care system in the world," Lamm said.

Because of massive immigration numbers, 86 hospitals and ER wards in California bankrupted out of existence in the past five years. Over 47 million Americans cannot afford to carry health insurance in 2007.

"Immigration will be out of control," Lamm said. "At a time when the U.S. economy was not creating enough new jobs for our own citizens, the federal government allowed millions of legal and illegal immigrants to enter. The Southwest will become a "Hispanic Quebec." Taking a cue from Castro's success in 1980 when he released thousands of criminals into the hands of Florida, other countries sent terrorists and criminals across the U.S. borders."

As you know, we suffered 9/11. Our prisons hold over 400,000 illegal alien convicts costing $2 billion annually. American citizens suffer death daily at the hands of illegal alien drunks, killers, rapists, MS-13 gangs and children molesters.

"America's educational system will move into a new Dark Age," Lamm said.

In his own state of Colorado, Denver Public Schools suffer a 67 percent drop out/flunk out rate every June. One of five teachers quits or transfers out every nine month cycle from futility in chaotic classrooms. In California, education turned into a fight for survival with 100 competing languages, gangs, drugs and racial conflicts. Educators 'warehouse' immigrant children until they dispatch them into our society at age 18-functionally illiterate.

This year, Washington Post journalists reported that one third of the Washington, DC's local population suffered functional illiteracy while one fifth of mainstream America can't read, write or work simple math.

"America will become a dangerous, crime-infested country," Lamm said.

One look at two million prisoners in our federal, state and local jails tells you something is wrong in America. Over 15,000 MS-13 gang members distribute $128 billion in drugs to our schools and cities nationwide.

"Our groundwater will become badly contaminated," Lamm said.

As reported, over 40 percent of lakes and rivers in America currently remain unsafe for swimming or drinking. The Mississippi River spews toxic water into a 3,000 mile dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

"The U.S. carries an international welfare load to match its domestic one," Lamm said. "An effort to increase exports to 'never-to-be-developed' countries has led to a dangerous overexploitation of American farmland."

The U.S. gives over $6 billion annually to countries like Israel and Egypt in outright money that goes into the pockets of the rich. It pays horrendous welfare to millions in the USA unable, unwilling or uneducated enough not work.

As a nation, we no longer enjoy unlimited food production as our farmland diminishes with population onslaught. We import 35 percent of our food.

Lamm in the 1980s saw America as a "nation in liquidation."

Lamm felt we might hold out hope with a brilliant new president who leads the country back to a sustainable future. In his book, fictional President Morgenstern ("Morning Star") managed to balance the budget, paid of the debt and created means-testing for welfare applicants. Health showed improvement by prevention methods; pension systems overhauled; government regains borders; infrastructure rebuilt; economic aid limited to countries that helped themselves.

In light of what's happening today, I am curious as to Governor Lamm's projections in 2007. I see presidential candidates like Tom Tancredo, Ron Paul and Duncan Hunter that could change our disastrous course, however, I wonder if the American public can cut through the media's "chosen" candidates touted for the presidency.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn warned, "Seen from the outside, the massive upheaval in American society approaches a limit beyond which it will become 'meta-stable' and must collapse."

Patrick Buchanan in his book, "Day of Reckoning", said that America is 'deconstructing' itself with massive, unending immigration.

"America is coming apart, decomposing, and...the likelihood of her survival as one improbable -- and impossible if America continues on her current course," declares Pat Buchanan. "For we are on a path to national suicide."

He further stated, "The Third World invasion through Mexico is a graver threat to our survival as one nation than anything happening in Afghanistan or Iraq."

If you look at what our president and Congress continue in 2007, I add "national suicide" via apathy as our ultimate destination. Most Americans resemble sheep following the one before them down a chute into the killing zone. No one takes action or tries to escape until they see the sledge hammer dropping toward their head. By then, it's too late.

Every sign today shows environmental breakdown, population pileup and degraded standard of living. Where is America headed? I don't think enough Americans know or care. If they did, this invasion of our country would have been stopped 15 years ago!


CompUSA, Falling to Competition, to Shut Down After Holidays

By Joseph Galante

Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) -- CompUSA, the computer retailer that Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim owned since 2000, will shut its doors after 23 years, succumbing to competition from Best Buy Co. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Restructuring firm Gordon Brothers Group LLC bought the chain for an undisclosed sum and will sell or close its 103 stores after the U.S. holidays, CompUSA said yesterday. The 67- year-old Slim, Latin America's richest man, failed to turn around CompUSA after investing more than $1.5 billion in the chain over eight years.

``An orderly and expedited wind-down and asset sale process is the best option for CompUSA and its creditors at this juncture,'' Bill Weinstein, a principal at Gordon Brothers, said in a statement. Weinstein will serve as interim president of CompUSA.

Founded in 1984, CompUSA focuses on computer-related products for small companies and individuals. The chain, acquired by Slim in 2000, shut more than half of its stores earlier this year.

CompUSA was a unit of Slim's U.S. Commercial Corp. SA, which had sales last year of 37.8 billion pesos ($3.5 billion).

Richfield, Minnesota-based Best Buy, the biggest U.S. consumer electronics retailer, had revenue of $35.9 billion last year. No. 2 Circuit City Stores Inc. had sales of $12.4 billion.

Boston-based Gordon Brothers' DJM unit helped Discovery Channel Stores, Bombay Co. and Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. sell properties. It plans to sell CompUSA's TechPro technical services division and as well.

CompUSA will discount items this month to get rid of inventory, Alex Stanton, spokesman for Gordon Brothers, said in an interview. He declined to comment further.

Arturo Elias, a spokesman for Slim, didn't return a call seeking comment.

23-Year History

CompUSA was founded as Soft Warehouse in Dallas in 1984 by Mike Henochowicz and Errol Jacobson. The chain opened its first retail store in 1985 and the company changed its name to CompUSA in 1991.

In 2000, Slim's Grupo Sanborns SA agreed to purchase the company for $797.7 million after holding a 14 percent stake since 1999. Slim invested at least $700 million more in recent years to shore up the retailer's finances.

Slim is honorary chairman of Telefonos de Mexico SAB, which runs 90 percent of Mexico's 20 million telephone land lines. In 2003, he tried and failed to buy Richmond, Virginia-based Circuit City for $1.5 billion.

Slim hired Credit Suisse Group last year to put CompUSA up for sale. Earlier this year, he said he would sell the chain ``if anyone will buy it.''

``We made a mistake with management,'' Slim said at a news conference in Mexico City in March.

Law firms Cooley Godward Kronish LLP and Kelley Drye & Warren LLP were hired to represent creditors and landlords, CompUSA said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Joseph Galante in New York at .







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