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Reality. The Department of Homeland Security leaves times for TV as it fights the Global War on Terrorism. DHS was a big part of a recent one-day seminar at the Heritage Foundation in Washington on reality and the FOX TV series "24." DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff, who didn''t have time to find sites of national significance in New York City while deciding on security grants, took time to speak to the meeting, which included actors from the show. We look for some exciting scenes next season of TV character Jack Bauer facing down terrorists by whipping out a PowerPoint presentation.
Translated. The assembly directions for our latest model DHL truck has some interesting and even creative translation choices. Contrary to rumor, however, the box does not instruct the collector to remove the parts from the packaging and then buy a publicly traded LTL carrier. We''re still perplexed over why an official at another large U.S. parcel carrier offered to buy our TNT model truck for $3 billion in postage stamps.
Yellow. SpongeBob SquarePants travels, appropriately enough, by Yellow Transportation. The ubiquitous Nickelodeon character visited the National Press Club recently, arriving in style in a 44 x 48-inch crate. We don''t know Yellow missed calling it their "Toon Truck."
Hearing. Tough talk from one transport association chief. "We have heard the concerns," he said, "about the direction of some of the spending (in the highway bill)." A rough translation for those outside Washington is that they are ticked off they didn''t get the money they wanted but can''t do anything about it now.
Nile. Former transportation secretary Rodney Slater really loves the Interstate Highway System. "We sometimes speak of it in the same breath as the great pyramids of Egypt," Slater said of the 50th anniversary of the system. We certainly know a few truckers who worship the left lane.