Monday, December 29, 2008

Finally Got Moved (My Blog That Is)

Edit (01/02/09 @ 8:21 PM): Decided it was best to remove the names of the websites I originally included in this post...I don't need anyone getting some "legal bug" up their rumps and decide to sue me.

Well I finally got my blog moved.

The site I originally posted my blog to was....we'll just call it HB. The main problem with the site was there was no traffic. The last "Latest HP News" is dated 05/12/2005 so as you can tell, it appears the site is pretty well running on auto-pilot. I did meet a few good friends over there and I will be providing them with my new blog home shortly. If you read any of my older post that I migrated over here, you will notice that I included the original comments from those friends. I had to put them as part of the post.

I had checked out a truck driving oriented site (we'll call in TS) as a home for my blog. I made three post: 1) About me, 2) About my original blog site (HB) and 3) a news story relating to the trucking industry. After that third post, I get a message from the administrator stating that they had removed all the links in my first two post that referenced my old blog (or any external site). In addition to this, the administrator moved my third post to the forums. This was all done with out any advance notice to me. Now, I don't know about you but I don't like someone coming in and making changes to my blog. You don't have to agree with it or like something I put in it, but I'll be d@mned if anyone is going to come in an change it.

I also received notification last week that TS has merged with another site. I have nothing against this other site, but I don't feel like chancing the issues that could come along with the merger.

So, with deciding to move my blog; Looking around for a new blog home; The issues at TS; Worrying about the economy; Being busy at work; And a bunch of other excuses that I'm sure I could think up, you can see why there has been such a gap in my post.

I've met (virtually that is) a lot of good people here on BlogSpot and I hope I'm able to meet a lot more. Feel free to leave me a comment or ask a question. If you prefer, you can e-mail me: truckin.tedybehr (at) gmail (dot) com.

Until next time. -TTB

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The James and Daddy's Million Friends Challenge on Myspace

Originally Posted on Thu, Oct 16 2008 @ 2:05 PM [EST]


The James and Daddy's Million Friends Challenge on Myspace
http://www.myspace.com/bizwiz68


James is a young boy with leukema. Him and his dad started up the challenge to get one million friends on their Myspace page. The quote below is from their page explaining the challenge.

If you are on Myspace, please go add them as a friend.


This is from their Myspace page:
Why the one million friends challenge I get asked the questions, Why 1 million friends? What will it achieve? on a regular basis so i thought i would try to explain. James and I used to come onto myspace to listen to music and look at the videos just before he was diagnosed and added a few friends. When James was diagnosed and we came to terms with the fact that his cancer and its treatment was going to take over our lives we needed a distraction and the "James and Daddy" page was born. I asked James if he thought we could get one hundred friends and then one thousand and the ten thousand. When we reached ten thousand friends i asked James to set the next target. James said ONE MILLION. We will gain nothing financially from this page but have gained friendship from people around the world and we have shared our story with you all and in return shared your stories. This page has helped us as a family deal with the tough times and share the good times. Now as a father i feel i have to achieve this challenge as i made a vow to James the day after he was born that i would never let him down and i would only make him a promise if i could keep it. So there you have it, the reason for the challenge and why i need you to help me get more friends. We have tried the celebrity route with minor success so all we can do is keep sending out the bulletins and searching out the profiles that have loads of
friends and big hearts.

Comments

Its a done deal...
Comment By: VM on Fri, Oct 17 2008 @ 7:24 AM [EST]

Thanks VM
Comment By: Truckin Tedybehr on Mon, Oct 20 2008 @ 1:42 PM [EST]


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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Then The Lord Created The Truck Driver

Originally Posted on Sat, Sep 27 2008 @ 1:34 PM [EST]


I found this on a friend's Myspace page. He found it on the Net and said I could share it.



Then The Lord Created The Truck Driver

When the Lord created Truck Drivers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."

And the Lord said, "Have you read the spec on this order?"

"A truck driver has to be able to drive 10-12 hours per day, through any type of weather, on any type of road, know the highway traffic laws of 48 states and 10 provinces, he has to be ready and able to unload 40,000 lbs of cargo after driving thru the night and sleep in areas of cities and towns that the police refuse to patrol."

"He has to be able to live in his truck 24 hours a day 7 days a week for weeks on end, offer first aid and motorist assistance to his fellow travelers, meet just in time schedules, and still maintain an even and controlled composure when all around him appear to have gone mad."

"He has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half-eaten meals; he has to have six pairs of hands." The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of hands... no way."

It's not the hands that are causing me problems," said the Lord, "it's the three pairs of eyes a driver has to have." "That's on the standard model?" asked the angel. The Lord nodded. " One pair that sees the herd of deer in the thickets 3 miles away" "Another pair here in the side of his head for the blind spots that motorists love to hide in; and another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at the bleeding victim of a drunk driver that crashed into his bumper at 70 MPH and say, " ' You'll be all right ma'am,' when he knows it isn't so."

"Lord," said the angel, touching his sleeve, "rest and work on this tomorrow." "I can't," said the Lord, "I already have a model that can drive 650 miles without incident and can raise a family of five without ever seeing them, on 30 cents a mile."

The angel circled the model of the truck driver very slowly, "Can it think?" she asked.

"You bet," said the Lord. "It can tell you the elements of every HAZMAT load invented; recite Federal Motor Carrier Regulations rules and regulations in its sleep; deliver, pickup, be a father, offer timely advice to strangers, search for missing
children, defend a woman's or children's rights, get 8 hours of good rest on the street and raise a family of Law respecting citizens, without ever going home ... and still it keeps its sense of humor."

"This driver also has phenomenal personal control. He can deal with delivery and pickup areas created from scenes painted in hell, coax a lumper to actually work for his money, comfort an accident victim's family, and then read in the daily paper how truck drivers are nothing more than killers on wheels and have no respect for the
rights of others while using the nations highways."

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the driver. "There's a leak," she pronounced. "I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model."

"That's not a leak," said the lord, "it's a tear." "What's the tear for?" asked the angel. "It's for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the flag, for justice, for the family without its father."

"You're a genius," said the angel.

The Lord looked somber. "I didn't put it there."



Comments

Thats pretty cool..VM-out!
Comment By: VM on Sun, Sep 28 2008 @ 3:23 AM [EST]


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Monday, September 15, 2008

Survived Ike

Originally Posted on Mon, Sep 15 2008 @ 6:27 PM [EST]


I never thought I would have to worry about a hurricane while living in Ohio.

Well...we lost power at around 3:00 PM Sunday and when I say 'we' I mean most of Southwestern Ohio. Wilmington and several other cities were completely without power. We didn't get power back on at home until around noon today (Monday). Work was a whole different situation. We have two warehouse buildings at the DHL airpark. Building 3 (B3) has a generator and Building 4 (B4) does not. Of course I work in B4. Well we regained power in B4 around 10:30 AM today and but B3 was still on generator. We didn't have communications (inside or out) until about noon when Verizon connected a generator to the substation that controls the communications for the "Smart Park" telecom setup. Things are slowly getting back to normal around here. A lot of trees and power lines down.

Below is some information regarding the wind damage in the area.

Source

Quick Bytes: Latest Wind Storm Updates

WLWT.com
updated 6 minutes ago

CINCINNATI - So, here's the basic rundown of what happened Sunday and Monday:


  • About 928,000 homes and businesses lost power at some point during the wind storm. From Louisville to Columbus, that number is 1.5 million.
  • At 11 a.m., the number still without power was slightly over 600,000. (This
    number does not include 12,000 Owen Electric Coop customers)
  • Duke Energy says it may be a week before all power is restored.
  • All told, more than 90 percent of the company's customers lost power. This
    is the biggest outage in Duke Energy history. Check here for updates.
  • Some Duke Energy crews were en route to the Gulf Coast to assist in Hurricane Ike recovery. The company said it's trying to recall some crews, bring others from elsewhere and hire contractors.
  • Gov. Ted Strickland has issued a state of emergency for several southwest Ohio counties.
  • Officials in Fairfield warned residents to conserve and boil water after the power outage reduced the city?s clean water supply.
  • Officials in Hamilton urged residents to conserve water, and residents in the vicinity the Wasserman Road Elevated Tank are under a boil advisory. This includes the following subdivisions: Sterling Estates, Twinbrook, Cardome Hills, New London Hills and Britton Ridge.
  • People in Clinton County can get water at the main water plant on Lowes Drive.
  • People in the Southwest Regional Water district are asked to conserve water and remind people that if you have low or no water pressure, boil the water you get before consuming or cooking it.
  • Mason-area residents also asked to conserve water.
  • Same goes for Cincinnati and Hamilton County, especially the northeastern parts of the county.
  • reminder: Some people who have power now could lose it for a time because power crews sometimes have to take down one part of the grid to repair another part.
  • A woman in Mt. Healthy was killed when a tree fell on her home. Her name has not been released.
  • Two more people were killed when their motorcycle was hit by a falling tree in the Hueston Woods State Park. The pair, Stephanie Bobinger and her husband,
    Tom Bobinger, daughter and son-in-law of Fairfield Fire Chief Don Bennett, were riding as part of the Heroes Ride Bike Run.
  • The Associated Press said that a fourth person was killed by a falling tree in Ohio County, Ind., but had no further details.
  • A 10-year-old boy in Louisville was killed by a falling limb as he mowed grass.
  • Butler County remains under a level 1 emergency until further notice.
  • Clermont County officials declared a state of emergency on Monday afternoon.
  • Postal deliveries will be attempted, but officials said downed trees and power lines could temporarily prohibit carriers from making some deliveries. Nearly 60 post office brances remained without power by late Monday afternoon.
  • Metro says all buses are running, but some will have to make detours due to closed roads.
  • Rumpke will continue regular trash collection where possible.
  • Road obstructions may cause some delays in service, and a power outage closed the company's offices on Monday. For updated information about your neighborhood, click here.
  • Urban Active offered free usage of their shower facilities to anyone whose power or water service was interrupted.
  • Employees should call their workplace before going to work, as there's a decent chance it won't have power.
  • Many schools, including Cincinnati public schools, have closed for Tuesday.
    See the list here.
  • Lines formed at gas stations that still have power. One caller reported lines of cars outside a Sharonville station at Crescentville and Mosteller roads last night. At 8 a.m., a dozen cars were lined up for the pumps at the same station. Many stations are still closed Monday morning.
  • A man in Springboro was injured by a falling tree. No further information is available.
  • Kenton County and the city of Newport are under states of emergency.
  • Sharonville residents unable to stay in their homes can call 513-563-0252 to get shelter information.
  • Warren County--Four men hurt while trying to hold roof on Lemon Township mobile home. One seriously hurt.
  • Fire destroyed Elks Lodge in Cheviot, damaged Captain D's restaurant.
  • Fire damaged buildings near Findlay Market -- market sustained minor damage.
  • Fire damaged Grammer's in OTR.
  • Former News 5 photographer reported boats blown from moorings in rookville
    Lake, some sunk.
  • Dearborn County, Switzerland County under travel emergency.
  • Jewish Hospital reported several people being hurt while outside checking storm damage.





Comments

I was in that wind storm only about 8 ft in front of Tom & Steph. I have seen other blogs on here stating how dumb we were to be in that wind. With you being here in OH you know the 76 mph winds came out of nowhere. It has been almost 3 weeks since that unbelieveable day. I heard that CRACK & by the time I got my bike stopped Tom & Steph was gone. That huge 100 ft tree had swallowed them up. We were riding in the Hero's Ride. Tom & Steph are my hero's. They will live on forever within me. My thought, the good Lord only takes the good ones. Tom & Steph, we love you & Abby is being taken good care of.
Comment By: sunshines06harley on Fri, Oct 03 2008 @ 7:55 AM [EST]

Thursday, September 11, 2008

9/11 (2008)

Originally Posted on Thu, Sep 11 2008 @ 6:40 PM [EST]

Well it is hard to believe that I've been doing this blog for a little over a year, but I'm not here to talk about that. I'm here just to remember that fateful day 7 years ago. Last year, I put things very simply and I think I will just repeat those words again this year.



My words will not do the meaning of today justice, so I will keep it short.

Remember those that lost their lives on this day. Remember those who gave their lives trying to save others. Show your thanks to all of your heros.

Peace!!!!


-TTB



Comments

I remember where I was when I heard the news..I was at work when a guy told me two jets crashed into the WTC..Never Forget..VM-out!
Comment By: VM on Mon, Sep 15 2008 @ 3:40 AM [EST]

I was in bed asleep and I didn't hear until around noon. I worked 3rd shift and the wife and kids were watching the Disney channel. She changed it to the news at noon and ran in and woke me up saying we had been attacked. It was very weird going to work that night since I work at the Airborne Express airpark (now the DHL airpark) between the two runways. Not a plane in the sky. Very creepy.
Comment By: Truckin Tedybehr on Mon, Sep 15 2008 @ 6:37 PM [EST]



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The forums at Highwaychat.com

Originally Posted on Thu, Sep 11 2008 @ 6:37 PM [EST]

Truckin Tedybehr says:
"Check out http://highwaychat.com/forums/"

If you are a truck driver or interested in becoming one, check it out.

It is a new forum by truck drivers for truck drivers, but if you don't drive a truck, check it out anyway. You never know what you might learn. If you have a family member that drives, come on over and share your point of view.

Hope to see you over there.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

R.I.P. Jerry Reed

Originally Posted on Tue, Sep 02 2008 @ 3:26 PM [EST]






{Source}

Entertainer Jerry Reed dead at 71
By John Gerome



2:00 PM EDT, September 2, 2008

NASHVILLE, Tenn.

Jerry Reed, a singer who became a "good ol' boy" actor opposite Burt Reynolds in car chase movies like "Smoky and the Bandit," is dead at age 71, according to his longtime booking agent.

Carrie Moore-Reed, who is no relation to the star, says Reed died early Monday morning of complications from emphysema.

Reed was a gifted guitarist who later became a songwriter, singer and finally an actor.

As a singer in the 1970s and early 1980s, he had a string of hits that included "Amos Moses," ''When You're Hot, You're Hot," ''East Bound and Down," and "The Bird".

In the mid-1970s, he began acting in movies like "Smokey and the Bandit," ''Gator" ''Hot Stuff," ''High Ballin" (with Peter Fonda), "The Survivors" (with Walter Matthau), "BAT-21" (with Gene Hackman) and "W.W. and the Dixie Dance Kings."

Copyright 2008 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


Comments

Thats from the "Golden Age" of trucking...When a sense of brotherhood existed..I still believe in it and practice it..He will be missed..Vm-out!
Comment By: VM on Sun, Sep 07 2008 @ 4:56 AM [EST]

Thursday, August 28, 2008

One Dead, Traffic Blocked For Hours In I-71 Crash

Originally Posted on Thu, Aug 28 2008 @ 10:54 AM [EST]


Source




WLWT.com
updated 36 minutes ago

CINCINNATI - A crash on southbound Interstate 71 closed a section of highway for more than 10 hours, killed one person and led to homicide charges against a truck driver. Officers said that a tractor-trailer was going too fast when it overturned on the southbound I-71 ramp to the Brent Spence Bridge and trapped a sport utility vehicle underneath its trailer just after 8:15 p.m.

The driver of the SUV, Susan Struwe, 57, was transported to University Hospital with minor injuries and released. The rear passenger of the SUV, Rhenda Driver, 52, was flown by Air Care to University Hospital with serious injuries.

The front seat passenger, Rhonda Gandy, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene.

There was no access to northbound or southbound Interstate 75 until almost 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

Emergency crews had a tough time getting to the victims and had to park their trucks under the accident scene and extend ladders up to get to the crash site.

The truck's driver, Chi Chow, 46, was hospitalized for minor injuries. He's been charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter.

Chow will be arraigned on Thursday.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

"Common Sense" by Thomas Paine

Originally Posted on Wed, Aug 27 2008 @ 9:42 AM [EST]

Lately, in addition to anything I can lay my hands on regarding the trucking industry, I've also been reading some historical documents. The latest was a pamphlet writen by Thomas Paine call "Common Sense".

A description of the pamphlet follows:


Common Sense was a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine. It was first published anonymously on January 10, 1776, during the American Revolution. Common Sense presented the American colonists with an argument for independence from British rule at a time when the question of independence was still undecided. Paine wrote and reasoned in a style that common people understood; forgoing the philosophy and Latin references used by Enlightenment era writers, Paine structured Common Sense like a sermon and relied on Biblical references to make
his case to the people.[1] Historian Gordon S. Wood described Common Sense as,
“the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era.”[2]

Notes
[1] Gordon Wood, The American Revolution: A History (New York:
Modern Library, 2002), 55-56.
[2] Wood, American Revolution, 55.





I thought this was interesting reading and it does help paint the picture of some of the reasons why it was a good idea for the American colonies to seek independences from Britian.

The complete text is a little too lengthy to post it hear. In pamplet form, it was about 132 pages. Printed on regular paper, it is about 22 pages.

You can find the complete text here
or
Summary of it at Wikipedia

Friday, August 22, 2008

Determination

Originally Posted on Fri, Aug 22 2008 @ 9:43 AM [EST]







Comments

How the hell did he do that?..VM-out!
Comment By: VM on Sat, Aug 23 2008 @ 6:48 AM [EST]

Well if I'm not mistaken, that is a Canadian truck and he might have had flash backs of traveling the ice roads!!!
Comment By: Roadhzrd on Tue, Aug 26 2008 @ 5:41 PM [EST]

I've seen some other pictures of this and it appears that he made a wrong turn or something and decide to cut across a field and then attempted to drive over the tracks. Now I cannot confirm that story so it could VERY easily have a different explaination. -TTB
Comment By: Truckin Tedybehr on Wed, Aug 27 2008 @ 8:58 AM [EST]

I got hit by a train and walked away without a scratch..God Loves Me for some reason..VM-out!
Comment By: VM on Thu, Aug 28 2008 @ 8:38 AM [EST]

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Rant That Started Out About Immigration But Became About More

Originally Posted on Thu, Jul 31 2008 @ 10:55 AM [EST]



I was reading a thread over at www.pumpkindriver.com titled they're everywhere, they're everywhere!!! regarding immigration.

It can be found here.

Below is a copy of my post that I thought I would share with anyone who reads this blog.




My opinion is plain and simple, if you want to come into ANY country, do it LEGALLY. Legally being the key word. I don't care where someone is from. I don't
care what color their skin is. I don't care what their religion is. I don't care what their sexual orientation is. I don't even care what country you are trying to get into. Just do it legally. Everyone one has their own reason for wanting to go into another country whether it be for vacation or to live but it should be handled legally. (Have I stressed legally enough yet. :D ) I do understand that there are a lot of countries that are WAY less fortunate than the United States but there are people suffering in pretty much every country on this planet including the United States, Canada, Britain, etc.

I am not one to normally talk about politics or religion except for with a few select people. I do have some pretty strong opinions about immigration; about religious
freedom; about poverty; about a lot of things. Are my opinions correct? Maybe not. Are my opinions the only correct ones? Absolutely not.

I'm not a "Left"; I'm not a "Right"; I'm not a "Conservative"; I'm not a "Liberal"; I'm
not a "Democrat"; I'm not a "Republican". I, my fellow PD'ers, am a person who happens to have been born in the United States of America, in North America, in the Northern Hemisphere on a planet we call Earth in a solar system in the Milky Way galaxy. I do believe that as long as this planet continues to divide itself into groups, whether it be countries, political parties, etc, we will continue to fight and suffer. No one country, no one religion, no one political party is going to change things. The only thing that will change things is "One Planet".

I may have just started a firestorm, but I feel it will be worth it if just one person will read what I've said and start an intelligent conversation about it with another person. (Intelligent being the key word here.) Do I make any apologies for what I've said? No I Don't! If you've made it this far, thank you for reading all of my rant.

Comments

I consider myself an equal opportunity racist. I dislike everybody. That way nobody will feel left out!!! I'm sure somebody will take offense to that remark and think I'm terrible for saying that. Well as my brother would say,"Joke "em if they can't take a f>?@!!" I agree that every man woman and child should be able to go where they want as long as it's done legally. I have met many interesting people over the years and I always enjoy hearing the stories about where they came from.If you ever start thinking how bad things are, just talk to somebody from another country. For many a weeks pay at a minimum wage job is more than they ever made in months back home.
Comment By: roadhzrd on Fri, Aug 01 2008 @ 6:40 PM [EST]

Your 'equal opportunity racist' comment reminded me of what a comedian said once, "Why should I hate you for the color of your skin? There are so many other reason I can hate you."
Comment By: Truckin Tedybehr on Mon, Aug 04 2008 @ 10:08 AM [EST]

I hate everyone too..I just want immigration done legally..I hate every skin color, nationality, and sex equally..So no one can call me a biggot..I really get bugged out when I have to be around a group of people..I just don't have it in me to be social..But then, when there is a party my wife notices I talk to everyone..Kind of a quandry eh?..VM-out!
Comment By: VM on Mon, Aug 11 2008 @ 4:16 AM [EST]

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Money!?!?!?

Originally Posted on Wed, Jul 30 2008 @ 12:56 PM [EST]



A not so wise man (me) once said:

"We never have money, we are just holding it for the next person"

Anyone up for a discussion regarding that statement?



Comments

I'll be glad to hold yours and anybody else's that's willing to hand it over!! just don't expect me to give it back anytime soon!!!
Comment By: roadhzrd on Wed, Jul 30 2008 @ 1:54 PM [EST]

I hear ya there, but right now I'm holding a lot of the financial institutions' money in the form of debt. ;-) -TTB
Comment By: Truckin Tedybehr on Wed, Jul 30 2008 @ 2:30 PM [EST]

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

XM Satellite and Sirius complete merger

Originally Posted on Tue, Jul 29 2008 @ 8:49 AM [EST]


New company plans to change its name to Sirius XM Radio Inc.


07/29/08 8:30 AM EST

NEW YORK - XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio said Tuesday they have completed their long-pending merger.

The combined company plans to use the name Sirius XM Radio Inc. Its stock will continue to be traded on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol SIRI. They first announced their deal in March 2007.

XM shareholders will receive 4.6 shares of Sirius common stock for each share of XM.

The combined company reaffirmed its guidance for the deal in a statement. It expects cost savings of about $400 million in 2009 and to post earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of more than $300 million. It also plans to achieve positive cash flow, before satellite capital expenditures, in 2009.

The corporate headquarters will be located in New York, and XM Satellite Radio will remain headquartered in Washington, D.C.

The new company said it has 18.5 million subscribers.

© 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


SOURCE



Comments

I think all this money is imaginary..300 million there 400 million here..Big Deal its just numbers..VM-out!
Comment By: VM on Wed, Jul 30 2008 @ 8:24 AM [EST]

A not so wise man (me) once said, "We never have money, we are just holding it for the next person" -TTB
Comment By: Truckin Tedybehr on Wed, Jul 30 2008 @ 12:42 PM [EST]

Saturday, July 26, 2008

FCC approves satellite radio merger in 3-2 vote

Originally Posted on Sat, Jul 26 2008 @ 4:04 PM [EST]



Land-based radio industry lobbied hard against Sirius buyout of XM




updated 7:31 a.m. ET, Sat., July. 26, 2008

WASHINGTON - Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.’s $3.3 billion buyout of rival XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. will mean millions of subscribers will be able to receive programming from both services, while executives say it will create huge cost savings for the industry.

Federal regulators formally approved the merger of the nation’s only two satellite radio operators Friday.

“I think it’s going to be, in the end, a good thing for consumers and be in the public interest,” Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin told The Associated Press. “Consumers will enjoy a variety of programming at reduced prices and more diversified programming choices.”

Subscribers will not have to buy new radios to receive a mix of programming from both services, according to the companies. But if they want to pursue a special pay-per-channel a la carte option, they will need new sets.

The FCC voted 3-2 to approve the buyout, with the tiebreaker coming Friday night from Republican commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate.

Tate had insisted that the companies settle charges that they violated FCC rules before she would approve the deal. The companies agreed this week to pay $19.7 million to the U.S. Treasury for violations related to radio receivers and ground-based signal repeaters.

The long-running regulatory review was watched closely by exasperated investors anxious for a resolution as well as 18 million-plus satellite radio customers with questions about what impact the merger would have on their service.

Blow for land-based radio industry
The approval was a major blow for the land-based radio industry, which lobbied hard against the buyout. It was also opposed by consumer groups, various members of Congress and state attorneys general, all of whom argued a satellite radio merger would hurt consumers and was not in the public interest.

“They kept each other on their toes,” Democratic commissioner Jonathan Adelstein said of the two companies. “I hope they keep their edge and don’t become a fat and happy monopoly.”

Adelstein voted against the buyout as did fellow Democrat Michael Copps. Joining Martin and Tate in approving the deal was Republican commissioner Robert McDowell.

The companies said the combination would create hundreds of millions of dollars in cost savings and lead to greater choice in programming for subscribers and flexible pricing options.

Tate released a statement Friday night praising the commission’s decision to punish the companies for rules violations before acting on the merger and supporting pro-consumer conditions imposed on the deal.

Under the terms of the consent decree, XM will pay $17.5 million and Sirius will pay $2.2 million to resolve interference complaints and violations related to land-based signal repeaters the companies operate to deliver programming.

The final merger agreement did not require the combined company to include a chip in its radios that will allow customers to receive digital signals from land-based radio stations, which would have helped the land-based radio industry.

Tate, who was lobbied intensely by the industry in the final weeks, said she “could not in good conscience support a government-mandated requirement on the backs of American consumers at this time.”

Few changes to deal
Martin said the agreement is nearly identical to what he circulated among other commissioners when he first recommended approval for the deal more than a month ago.

The companies first applied for permission to combine in March 2007. The Justice Department approved the deal in March of this year without conditions, saying the companies don’t really compete because customers must buy equipment that is exclusive to either XM or Sirius, and subscribers rarely switch providers.

DOJ also agreed with the companies’ argument that they compete with other forms of audio entertainment, including digital radio, Internet-based radio stations and even devices like Apple Inc.’s iPod.

FCC approval faced a steeper climb because the companies were prohibited from combining under terms of their licenses. The agency struggled to come up with a way to show that allowing a satellite radio monopoly was in the public interest.

The companies voluntarily agreed to a set of conditions, including a three-year price cap and an 8 percent set-aside of “full-time audio channels” for public interest and minority programming. They will also adopt an “open radio” standard that may lead to a greater variety of features in radios and greater competition among manufacturers.

Sirius and XM also have promised to include a limited “a la carte” offering that would be available within three months of the close of the deal and allow listeners to pay only for the channels they want to receive.

© 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25856170/


Comments


It's about time! This has dragged on long enough.
Comment By: Roadhzrd on Sat, Jul 26 2008 @ 10:50 PM [EST]

When I drove full time it was worth spending the money on satellite radio..No fadeout..No BS..Just programming..Since I don't drive that much anymore my old XM reciever is still in my car w/o a subscription..I'd recommend it to someone who drives all the time I liked it..VM-out!
Comment By: VM on Sun, Jul 27 2008 @ 2:35 AM [EST]

Hopefully by the time I make it into a truck, they will have the new receivers out for a resonable price. The new receivers are suppose to allow a la cart options so you can have a little more control over the stations you pay for. -TTB
Comment By: Truckin Tedybehr on Sun, Jul 27 2008 @ 3:37 PM [EST]

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Expedite Expo

Originally Posted on Thu, Jul 24 2008 @ 12:48 PM [EST]

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. Not much to report. I've been doing a lot of studying while I wait to make the jump. I haven't really had anything interesting to say.



I will be attending the Expedite Expo this weekend (July 25th and 26th) that will be held around here. You can get some info by visiting http://www.expediteexpo.com/


If anyone is going to be heading to the Expo, drop me a line (truckin.tedybehr@gmail.com). Right now I plan on attending on Saturday (07/26).

Before you say it, no, I'm not looking at getting into expediting at the moment. I'm pretty sure I would need some experience before I even consider that. But I figure any trucking related events I can attend, the more info I get.

Be safe out there. Keep the rubber side down. Later -TTB


Comments

There is good money to be made in expediting. But with any job I think a person needs to get with just the right company to make it work.
Comment By: roadhzrd on Fri, Jul 25 2008 @ 1:29 PM [EST]

That is what I hear but I figure getting out on the road and learning the ropes before trying to run as an expeditor would be best.
Comment By: Truckin Tedybehr on Sat, Jul 26 2008 @ 3:03 PM [EST]

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July or the US Declaration of Independence

Originally Posted on Fri, Jul 04 2008 @ 4:02 PM [EST]


I've been sitting here today reflecting on the "4th of July" holiday and what it is suppose to represent. Also, what it means to me. Don't worry, I'm not going to bore you with my insights.

Some people just look at it as a day to have some fun, maybe cook out and watch some fireworks. Most people know that it is a celebration of the signing of the 'Declaration of Independence' that took place on July 4, 1776. As it's name suggest, it was a document declaring the American Colonies independence from Great Britain. Since I doubt that many people have actually read the 'Declaration of Independence', below is the text. If you haven't read it, I hope you will. If you haven't read it recently, I hope you will re-read it.

Now I'm not here to get into a political discussion on how things were or how they are today, but I can say that without the 'Declaration of Independence' and what it brought about, the world would be a much different place (whether it would be better or worse, I dare not say).

I hope that you all are having a safe and happy holiday. Be careful out there. Watch out for the drunks and crazies out on the road.







IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen
united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. -- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, -- That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. -- Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a
right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent
States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. -- And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

-- John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts:
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware:
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland:
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia:
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Dad's Day

Originally Posted on Sun, Jun 15 2008 @ 10:49 AM [EST]


I've always thought the name of "Father's Day" was incorrect. It really should be "Dad's Day" because anyone can 'father' a child but it really does take a special person to be a 'dad'. To be a father all you have to do is provide some sperm. The title of 'dad' is something you have to earn.

This is the first "Dad's Day" without my dad. (Thank you, I'm doing fine.) Pops (as EVERYONE called him) did not earn the title of 'dad' until I was about 14 or 15 years old. Growing up, he wasn't necessarily a good person to live with. He could be abusive at times and his discipline was extreme to say the least. I was actually the lucky one of us three boys. My two older brothers had it ALOT worse than I did. As a matter of fact, it wasn't until me and my wife were together for a few years when she was talking about her childhood, that all of a sudden, I realized that my childhood F*#kin Sucked. I had always compared my childhood to that of my brothers and compared to theirs, mine was pretty darn good. Once I compared my childhood to that of my wife's, I realized what my childhood was like. My wife's childhood wasn't anything spectacular. It was a pretty normal childhood (what ever 'normal' is in this world of the abnormal).

I could go into why I think my childhood "F*#kin Sucked" but there is no need to do so. It may not have been a good childhood but it truly did help make me the man and dad I am today. Most men become the person they are by learning what to do from their dads but at least one of my brothers and I learned what not to do from our dad. (I say 'at least one of my brothers' because my oldest brother didn't 'fall far from the tree' as far as being a father.)

I've got a couple of great kids and I believe I'm a pretty good dad. I believe the reason I'm a good dad is because I looked at all the things I believed Pops did wrong and do my best not to make the same mistakes. Now, before you start thinking I'm one of these "time out" parents, I am not. I do believe in the saying "spare the rod, spoil the child" but it is just I don't actually use a rod. I do discipline my kids. I do use 'time outs' but I also have lit my kids up on occasions as well. (Before you go calling children's services on me, don't waste your time. Spanking a kid and beating a kid are two different things.)

People want to wonder why we have the problems today such as school shootings, etc. I do believe the problem is that we have way too many parents that are either one extreme or the other. Either they discipline their kids by beating them (spanking a kid is not beating a kid) or they are the extreme 'time out' parents. Heck, some parents don't even do 'time outs'. I won't even get into the prayer and religion (or the lack there of). Some parents are more worried about being 'friends'. My kids may not always like what I say but I believe they not only respect me, but they love me as well.

I truly loved Pops and as he got older he became one of the best people anyone could have hoped to have known. And most people did like him when I was growing up but they didn't see how he treated us boys.

Just so you know, Pops and I talked about all of these things before he died. We did not wait until his last days to discuss this. We discussed it several times over the years. Too many people end up regretting what they never got to say while their parents were alive. (Check out Mike and the Mechanics -- "The Living Years")

OK...I've rambled on long enough...Heck, I'm not even sure if all of this even makes any sense but hopefully it does.

I want to wish all of the dads out there a Happy Dad's Day. And to all the "fathers" out there, it is time to step up and earn the title of dad. -TTB

PS - I also hate the term "Deadbeat Dad" because a deadbeat dad isn't a "dad" at all. It should be "Deadbeat Father".



Comments

I agree with you on the discipline of todays kids. The time outs might have it's benefits but a good old fashioned butt whooping will get any child's attention and will have them think twice about doing something wrong. I think it is Washington that has tried or has passed a bill making it illegal to spank a kid. Like you said,there is spanking and there is abuse. I have been the recipient of many a butt warming along with many other things as a kid. I want to a catholic grade school where the nuns made use of yard sticks and wooden pointers to get kids attention. Now a teacher dare not even look at a kid the wrong way!! It's a real shame that kids can get away with so much now.
Comment By: Roadhzrd on Sun, Jun 15 2008 @ 9:19 PM [EST]

I spank my kids on occasion but I do not give them the belt like my dad did me..My dad was Zorro with a belt..I felt it gave me a mean streak..So I don't do it..VM-out!
Comment By: VM on Mon, Jun 16 2008 @ 3:46 AM [EST]

By the way TT, I know what it's like with no dad around for fathers day. This was also my first without my dad being around.
Comment By: Roadhzrd on Mon, Jun 16 2008 @ 8:22 AM [EST]

You might get a phone call from me later this morning. I'm in Cincy once again and will be heading to columbus to pick up my next load with a stop at the Flying J in Jeffersonville for fuel. If I'm out of here early enough I'll be giving you a call with an eta.
Comment By: Roadhzrd on Mon, Jun 16 2008 @ 8:35 AM [EST]

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Sorry ... I had to share this =-)

Originally Posted on Wed, Jun 11 2008 @ 8:52 PM [EST]


What you can do with your GI Joe Action Figures



Comments

Any letter in the mail yet?...I hope not but it hasn't been a week..I SWEAR TO GOD it happened to me...VM-out! By the way that is a Giant Squirrel standing in front of those brave men who took it down..Man I hope I don't see any of those trying to steal my peanuts when I'm drinking beer..VM-out!
Comment By: VM on Sat, Jun 14 2008 @ 8:05 AM [EST]


No letter yet ... yet being the key word. I'd give the squirrel my peanuts. I just hope it doesn't decide it wants MY nuts. -TTB
Comment By: Truckin Tedybehr on Sat, Jun 14 2008 @ 10:18 PM [EST]

Friday, June 6, 2008

Made in the USA: Spoiled Brats by Craig R. Smith

Originally Posted on Fri, Jun 06 2008 @ 11:11 PM [EST]



Craig R. Smith

The following essay was written by Craig R. Smith. I do not know anything about him and honestly I don't care who he is or what his beliefs are but this essay really does say a lot.

A version of his essay has been floating around in e-mails stating it was written by Jay Leno. I was able to find out who actually wrote it over at Snopes.com.

I found the essay here

Whether you agree with the essay or not, all I care is that it makes you think.





Made in the USA: Spoiled Brats

Posted: November 20, 2006 1:00 am Eastern

By Craig R. Smith

The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the source, right? The same magazine that employs Michael (Qurans in the toilets at Gitmo) Isikoff. Here I promised myself this week I would be nice and I start off in this way. Oh what a mean man I am.

The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the president. In essence 2/3s of the citizenry just ain't happy and want a change.

So being the knuckle dragger I am, I starting thinking, "What we are so unhappy about?"

Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter? Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job? Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year?

Maybe it is the ability to drive from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state? Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter? I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all involved. Whether you are rich or poor they treat your wounds and even, if necessary, send a helicopter to take you to the hospital.

Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home, you may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of having a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames thus saving you, your family and your belongings. Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes; an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90 percent of teenagers own cell phones and computers.

How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world? Maybe that is what has 67 percent of you folks unhappy.

Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S. yet has a great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain about what we don't have and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here.

I know, I know. What about the president who took us into war and has no plan to get us out? The president who has a measly 31 percent approval rating? Is this the same president who guided the nation in the dark days after 9/11? The president that cut taxes to bring an economy out of recession? Could this be the same guy who has been called every name in the book for succeeding in keeping all the spoiled brats safe from terrorist attacks? The commander in chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you and me?

Make no mistake about it. The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases have died for your freedom. There is currently no draft in this country. They didn't have to go. They are able to refuse to go and end up with either a "general" discharge, an "other than honorable" discharge or, worst case scenario, a "dishonorable" discharge after a few days in the brig.

So why then the flat out discontentment in the minds of 69 percent of Americans? Say what you want but I blame it on the media. If it bleeds it leads and they specialize in bad news. Everybody will watch a car crash with blood and guts. How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the corner? The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit corporations. They offer what sells. Just ask why they are going to allow a murderer like O.J. Simpson to write a book and do a TV special about how he didn't kill his wife but if he did … insane!

Stop buying the negative venom you are fed everyday by the media. Shut off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your bird cage. Then start being grateful for all we have as a country. There is exponentially more good than bad.

I close with one of my favorite quotes from B.C. Forbes in 1953:

"What have Americans to be thankful for? More than any other people on the earth, we enjoy complete religious freedom, political freedom, social freedom. Our liberties are sacredly safeguarded by the Constitution of the United States, 'the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man.' Yes, we Americans of today have been bequeathed a noble heritage. Let us pray that we may hand it down unsullied to our children and theirs."

I suggest this Thanksgiving we sit back and count our blessings for all we have.
If we don't, what we have will be taken away. Then we will have to explain to
future generations why we squandered such blessing and abundance. If we are not
careful this generation will be known as the "greediest and most ungrateful generation." A far cry from the proud Americans of the "greatest generation" who
left us an untarnished legacy.


I will be the first to admit that I complain WAY too much and that I don't like President Bush, but this essay (even if it is a couple years old) has really made me think and I hope it has made you think a little as well. You don't have to agree with it but I hope you will think about and discuss it with others.

God Bless The USA!!!!!!!!!!!




"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."



Comments

We do have it mighty fine compared to other countries. The biggest right we have is to complain about things we don't like, to publicly speak out about the way our government handles our tax dollars, and what we think of our president. Our families don't have to worry about retaliation from some government agency for what one member of the family said.
Comment By: Roadhzrd on Sat, Jun 07 2008 @ 5:35 AM [EST]

I agree with you that our freedom of speech is one of the greatest things that we have but we have to worry about that right as well. Seems like the government listens to a hand full of people more than they do the general population. 'Political correctness' is the greatest example of this as well as 'religious freedom'. Yes, we have the right to worship how we wish as long as no one else can hear us. I believe that our government is getting too involved in some things and isn't involved enough in others. One question that I've always wondered about was, 'Why does the USA have to act as the worlds police and protector?' I do not believe it is possible for us to issolate ourselves from the rest of the world, but we do need to stop getting involved in EVERTHING going on in the world. God Bless The USA!!!! -TTB
Comment By: Truckin Tedybehr on Sat, Jun 07 2008 @ 4:18 PM [EST]

FREEDOM OF SPEECH, I laugh at that notion..Expect a letter from the IRS, I complained twice only to recieve a letter from the IRS about some BS back taxes..Uh oh I see a black helicopter got to go VM-out! I am as serious as a heart attack about this..I'll bet you'll get a letter in the mail..VM-out!
Comment By: VM on Tue, Jun 10 2008 @ 3:27 AM [EST]

I hope not VM but we shall see.
Comment By: Truckin Tedybehr on Wed, Jun 11 2008 @ 5:35 PM [EST]

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Truckers Beware ... In Ohio (Roadcheck 2008 Begins Tuesday)

Originally Posted on Tue, Jun 03 2008 @ 11:43 PM [EST]

From WCPO.com



Roadcheck 2008 Begins Tuesday

Last Update: 6/02 10:34 am

Reported by: Hagit Limor
Web produced by: Ian Preuth

If you drive a commercial vehicle, watch out for the Ohio State Patrol. Tuesday through Thursday this week, it’s going to conduct its Roadcheck 2008, 72 hours of
continuous commercial vehicle inspections.

“Although certified safety inspectors perform this work every day on Ohio roads, Roadcheck places a special emphasis on commercial vehicle and driver safety issues,” according to Colonel Richard H. Collins, superintendent of the Patrol. He said troopers will be including safety belt compliance, all in the effort to save lives on Ohio
highways.

Not only will troopers man at least 20 inspection sites along major Ohio highways, but Collins said roving patrols will inspect vehicles and drivers traveling other highways. And it’s not just trucks, but other passenger carrying vehicles, including charter buses.

Last year, troopers and motor carrier enforcement inspectors conducted 2,025 inspections in Roadcheck 2007. They issued 4,740 safety violations on Ohio roadways, and of those inspections, 564 commercial vehicles and 109 drivers were placed out of service for various violations.


Copyright 2008 The E.W. Scripps Co. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Comments


Most of the areas that I run haven't been doing anything. I've yet to pull on to a scale. I don't think some of the states are funding the extra help needed to do it. Politicians aren't about to take money out of their pet projects to fund something related to safety. They may lose out on some campaign money.
Comment By: Roadhzrd on Wed, Jun 04 2008 @ 8:24 PM [EST]

Looks like Ohio is broke too..They have to fleece somebody..Just like California..I can manage and know all the backways of the scales..VM-out!
Comment By: VM on Thu, Jun 05 2008 @ 5:54 AM [EST]

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Interstate Overpass Crash Could Cause Months Of Detours

Originally Posted on Wed, May 21 2008 @ 8:43 AM [EST]

From MSNBC.com - posted 05/21/08:





WHITEWATER TOWNSHIP, Ohio - A crash involving an interstate overpass in Whitewater Township on Tuesday evening could have major implications for travelers and commuters. Truck Crash Seriously Damages Interstate Overpass

The tractor-trailer, carrying an 80-ton railway locomotive, completely knocked out at least one concrete support beam underneath the roadway.

Officials said the trailer became unhooked from the truck pulling it just prior to the crash.

"The trailer veered off to the right, and when it hit the pillars, it sounded like four cannons going off, smoke from the cement and stuff flying," witness Charlotte Lykins said.

The locomotive came off the trailer and continued forward, smashing at least two support columns and bringing a support beam down on top of it.

"I didn't have time to freak out. It all happened so fast. When it was all said and done and I was out of the car, I was shaking," Lykins said.

Officials said several other supports were damaged, which may have compromised the structural integrity of the Interstate 275-Interstate 74 interchange.

Portions of I-74 in both directions were closed near southbound I-275 until officials can determine whether the roadway is safe and make any necessary repairs.

On Wednesday, the ramps from westbound I-74 to southbound I-275 and northbound I-275 to westbound I-74 are all closed. Also, easbound I-74 is closed at I-275 -- all traffic must exit to southbound I-275.

An investigator who spoke with the Ohio Department of Transportation told News 5 on Tuesday that it could cost $50 million to repair the bridge, but ODOT said Wednesday that the initial repair estimate was $500,000 to $600,000.

ODOT also said Wednesday that repairs would take about three months.

Indiana-to-Ohio commuters will also be facing a three-month closure of State Route 1 in the coming weeks.

No injuries were reported, and the crash remains under investigation.


Here is some video report from one of the local news stations:
Truck Crash Seriously Damages Interstate Overpass


Comments


OOPS!! Looks like someone did some poor planning or they resurfaced the road and it rose up two inches too many..With an 80ton load that requires special permits and designated routes..Somebody screwed up..It may not have been the drivers fault..He may have been going the designated route..VM-out!
Comment By: VM on Fri, May 23 2008 @ 7:53 AM [EST]

The trailer separated from the tractor. Not sure if it was at the 5th wheel or if it was where the drop trailer separates. Of course, it has to do it near an overpass. It couldn't do it when there was an empty field. -TTB
Comment By: Truckin Tedybehr on Fri, May 23 2008 @ 9:49 AM [EST]

If your going to have something happen, do a good job of it!!
Comment By: Roadhzrd on Sat, May 24 2008 @ 4:52 AM [EST]

Monday, May 19, 2008

Jevic Suspends Operations

Originally Posted on Mon, May 19 2008 @ 3:58 PM [EST]



Jevic Transportation Inc. will be discontinuing operations.

From their web site:

Categories: General
Date: May 19, 2008
Title: Jevic Suspends Operations

Dear Valued Jevic Customer:

I regret to inform you that Jevic Transportation Inc. will be discontinuing operations. The current high fuel costs, economic downturn, increasing insurance costs, and tightening credit markets have made this decision necessary. Jevic will stop providing pickup service effective Monday 5/19/08. However, we will continue operating to deliver all freight within our system prior to closing.

Operations and Customer Service:

*Jevic will not be accepting pickup requests after Friday 5/16/08 and the web and EDI pickup functions will be disabled.

*We will continue to provide Customer Service through the wind down period at
888-Go-Jevic. We ask that you please utilize the automated voice response system
as much as possible as the number of calls is expected to be high and there will
be longer hold times.

*The Jevic website will remain active and will be updated during the period as well and that should be your primary point of contact for tracing and needed documentation.

We greatly appreciate the loyalty of our many Jevic customers. It has been our pleasure to provide solutions to your transportation needs over these many years. We are committed to providing the prompt delivery of your shipments in our system and professional customer service for all your needs during this process. Thank you
again.


Sincerely,

David H. Gorman
President and CEO



Jevic is a hybrid truckload and less-than-truckload provider with 1,185 power units and 1,230 drivers.


Comments

That is a sign of the times. Even big well established companies have a hard time.
Comment By:Roadhzrd on Tue, May 20 2008 @ 4:47 PM [EST]

Its a battle of who's got the deepest pockets thats going to win..VM-out!
Comment By:VM on Wed, May 21 2008 @ 5:04 AM [EST]

Everybody keeps talking about a recession. I don't see it as that.I think it's going to be more like a depression. With all the jobs moving out of the country and prices going up the way they are, people won't have money to pay bills or to buy anything. The number of houses being repossessed is going up at an alarming rate. This economic stimulus B.S. won't do a bit of good. It's just a political vote getter. Try to make the economy look good long enough to get people voted back into office.
Comment By:Roadhzrd on Wed, May 21 2008 @ 8:58 AM [EST]

I agree with you Roadhzrd. Unless something drastic is done and done soon, we are headed into a full blown depression and heading for it fast.
Comment By:Truckin Tedybehr on Wed, May 21 2008 @ 10:14 AM [EST]

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

theCDLtest.com

Originally Posted on Wed, May 07 2008 @ 6:47 PM [EST]

(I am in no way affiliated with www.thecdltest.com, www.idrivetrucks.com or www.cdlcollege.com. This is an independent review provided with the hopes that it will provide you with the information necessary to decide if the CDL courses at idrivetrucks.com will benefit you in your Class A CDL Permit test studies. This is my opinion and mine alone. This review has not been endorsed by any company or individual other than me.)

I had the opportunity to go through the Class A CDL complete course at http://www.idrivetrucks.com/. The courses have now been moved to http://www.thecdltest.com/ and are now free (they were charging $29.95 for 30 day access). The site has several different e-learning courses designed to give you the information that is needed to pass the Class A CDL permit test (including Endorsements) in all 50 states. They do offer Class B CDL and other courses, but in my opinion, if you are going for the Class B CDL, you should take the extra time and effort to get you Class A CDL which will allow you to drive a Class B vehicle. This way you are not limited in the future.

So, what is theCDLtest.com? Here is the answer to that question from their web site.


theCDLtest.com is an online e-learning platform for CDL College, a Commercial
Driving School located in Aurora, CO. theCDLtest.com utilizes the latest
E-Learning techniques to help you learn and retain the knowledge required to get
your CDL and Endorsements. Our courses are simple to use and are easy to
understand no matter what your learning style is. You will read it, see it, hear
it, and use it in our courses. Each course comes with interactive quizzes to
help you test and retain the knowledge you have gained. The days of reading the
CDL manual are over. We take the effort out of learning with the design of our
courses. You just sit back and follow along and you will have gained all the
knowledge required with little or no effort. Most students can take this course
and pass their tests on the first try.


The Class A, Class B, Class B with Passenger Complete courses have over six hours of learning material. You can view the courses as many times as you want for free. All you need to view the course is an Internet connection and the Adobe Flash Player which you can get here.

I provided Ray at theCDLtest.com a lot of feedback and I allowed him to see this review before I posted it. Below is his response:


…thanks for the review. We did end up taking a lot of the comments you talked
about and fixed them, as well as some other ones we found. We also moved all the
courses for the permit test and skills test over to our other site called
thecdltest.com and are now offering all the courses for free nationwide. We will
continue to improve the courses with updated pictures and video. All test
questions in all courses have now been corrected (some where missing words, some
had misspelled words, some had wrong answers). This should be a great benefit to
anyone trying to get their CDL. We also changed the colors of the courses to be
easier on the eyes. Thanks for all your input; it has helped us improve the
courses…

Go to the web site (http://www.thecdltest.com/), click on the course you wish to take. Click on the course lesson you would like to view. One thing I do not like is there is nothing to indicate what course lesson you’ve already completed or which lesson you started but haven’t finished yet. Of course it is pretty easy to make yourself a note of where you left off.

The course works similarly to a slide presentation with a narration. During different sections, a picture or video may be displayed in addition to the main “slide” and narration.


The course screen has a very simple layout and contains 4 main parts:

  • You have the ‘Main Window’ where most of the information is displayed.
  • The ‘Controls’ which let you pause and restart the presentation you are currently viewing. There is a slider bar that will let you move forward or backwards within the current section and there are forward and back buttons that allow you to move to the previous or next sections. You can also move to different sections within the lesson by clicking on the area you want to go to in the outline.
  • The ‘Outline’ lists the different sections within a lesson. You can click on a section listed in the outline to go to that section.
  • The ‘Picture/Video’ area only displays if a picture or video is being displayed for that particular section.

As you go through the sections, there are quizzes you can take to be sure you have obtained the knowledge of the previous lessons. In addition to the quizzes they have inside the course lessons, they also have a section on the web site with over 160 questions and answers broken down into several sections; General Knowledge, Air Brakes Endorsement, Combination Vehicles Endorsement, Driving Skills Test and Passenger Endorsement.

As I was going through the course, I made notes of any issues that I saw and provided them to Ray. Most of them were minor issues and only one or two of them actually affected the accuracy of the information they were providing. As you can see by Ray’s respond listed above, they took my feedback as well as the feedback of others and made updates and changes to the courses.

I did find the narration to be rather boring and it does appear that the narrator is just reading from a script. I also found that sometimes the main windows aren’t always synced up with the audio. Sometimes the bullet points in the main window will either appear several items before or after the audio. Sometimes the main window seems to change too quickly to the next window and can cause the final bullet point to only appear for a fraction of a second before it switches. Now this issue could be caused by connectivity issues but I feel pretty confident that it was not my computer or internet connection since I have a very high-end system and a fast 6 mbps internet connection. It could be caused by either the software they used to make the lesson or with the servers/connection speed of the site itself.

Some of the lesson segments have pictures or video to accompany the main window and narration. There is an issue where occasionally, the main window and narration will not start once the video loads. To fix this, all you have to do is restart the segment by clicking on it in the ‘Outline’. I believe they are aware of this glitch as information regarding it does appear in some of the later lessons. Hopefully they will provide this information at the beginning of each of the lessons that contain video.

I compared the content of the course with the Ohio CDL Handbook (which can be found here). The course appears to cover everything contained within the Ohio CDL Handbook and appears to do so accurately. Some states may have some slight differences from what Ohio requires but most states pretty much require the same information for their permit test. Any major differences will come after the permit test during the skills test such as during the pre-trip inspection. The course is really only able to provide you with the information for the permit test and provide you with some basic information regarding the skills test. Most of the requirements to pass the skills test will be learned during training at a truck driving school (either a private school or a company operated school).

I would like to see some more video and maybe some animations added to the course particularly when they are covering the pre-trip inspection. I would also like to see them expand the HazMat endorsement section some. It does pretty much cover what the Ohio CDL Handbook does but then again, I feel they should expand their coverage of the topic as well. I know that additional training is require before actually driving a placard vehicle transporting hazardous material but I still feel that this information should be expanded. According to Ray’s response listed above, they plan to continue to improved and expand the courses.

So, do I feel that you can take the course and pass the CDL permit test? Well, that does depend on you personally. They’ve tried to include different elements (pictures, text, video and narration) into the training to cover the different ways that people learn. I do feel that it is possible to take the course and pass the permit test without studying anything else, even though I would not personally try it. Then again, I’m the type of person that will study and study in an attempt to not only pass a test but ace it. I recommend taking the course but also read your state’s CDL handbook.


Comments

Sounds like it is a good site to at least get a good idea of what to expect on the tests. Hope it has helped you out. It's much better than getting second hand info that may be way off track.
Comment By: Roadhzrd on Wed, May 07 2008 @ 7:54 PM [EST]

I'm sure you'll ace it, there are a lot of dummy's that get a CDL..You write pretty intelligent so it'd be a breeze for you..VM-out!
Comment By: VM on Thu, May 08 2008 @ 5:48 AM [EST]

By the way when are you gonna take the plunge and JOIN US?..(Thinking of the Star Wars movie with Darth Vader) Come to the dark side and be a trucker?..VM-out!
Comment By: VM on Thu, May 08 2008 @ 5:50 AM [EST]

You may recall from one of my early post is that one of the reasons for me delaying is that my wife is going to be a gestational surrogate for a couple that can not carry a child themselves. That has been postponed several times. As of right now, looks like they will be doing the transfer at the end of this month which puts me at making the plunge in the summer of 2009. Hopefully the freight/economy will be better by then as well.
Comment By: Truckin Tedybehr on Thu, May 08 2008 @ 9:44 AM [EST]

Speaking of joining the dark side, I saw a funny t-shirt the other day. It said, "Come to the dark side....we have cookies."
Comment By: Truckin Tedybehr on Thu, May 08 2008 @ 9:45 AM [EST]

I feel pretty confident as far as taking the permit test. I've done a lot of studying and so far when I take any practice test, I'm in the mid to upper 90%s on all the test and endorsements.
Comment By: Truckin Tedybehr on Thu, May 08 2008 @ 9:46 AM [EST]


I'm sure you'll do fine..Me thinks your getting to worked up over nothing..You'll pass first time out I'm sure..I did and I have ADHD...VM-out!
Comment By: VM on Sat, May 10 2008 @ 6:22 AM [EST]

VM you have something but I'm not so sure there is a name for it though!!
Comment By: Roadhzrd on Sun, May 11 2008 @ 4:53 AM [EST]

I know I march to my own drummer..Usually I am in VM land up inside my head..So correctomundo Rdhzrd..Vm-out!
Comment By: VM on Sun, May 11 2008 @ 5:25 AM [EST]

New Air-Weigh Entry-Level Scale

Originally Posted on Wed, May 07 2008 @ 3:13 PM [EST]

It would be nice if this was on every truck.



New Air-Weigh Entry-Level Scale

Eugene, OR, March 27, 2008 - Air-Weigh is expanding their on-board scale product family with the addition of a new entry-level weighing solution. The new scale, named QuickLoad, incorporates state-of-the-art hardware and software technology packaged in a compact in-dash display. The QuickLoad Scale offers many desirable on-board weighing features currently offered by Air-Weigh in an affordably-priced configuration. QuickLoad is designed for use on dedicated tractor-trailer configurations and straight trucks.

Up to four axle groups (including steer, drive and trailer axles) can be monitored on the in-dash display and the scale automatically calculates GVW and net payload. Weight information consisting of steer axle weight, drive axle weight, trailer axle weights, gross vehicle weight, and payload weight is displayed in the cab. Like other Air-Weigh scales, QuickLoad features warning and overweight alarm outputs, dual-point calibration, and easy installation. There are several air and axle deflection sensor kits available that allow you to tailor each QuickLoad scale to a variety of truck, tractor, and dedicated tractor trailer configurations.

The QuickLoad on-board scale converts tractor and trailer suspension loads to an accurate on-the-ground weight. By comparing empty and loaded axle group weights with empty and loaded suspension pressures, the scale can be calibrated to display accurate weights at any suspension load. QuickLoad accuracy is not affected by altitude, temperature, or humidity and is easy to operate, install, and calibrate.

All Air-Weigh on-board scales, including QuickLoad, feature a patented dual-point calibration system. Coupled with several unique proprietary technologies, this allows customers to accurately know their specific axle group weights at the loading site. Air-Weigh eliminates weight-related costs including fees, time, out-of-route miles, fuel, overweight fines, and delays in truck stops.

QuickLoad configurations are available starting as low as $400. Product deliveries are scheduled to begin in April 2008. For more information on QuickLoad or other Air-Weigh products go to www.Air-WeighScales.com or call 1-888-459-3444.

About Air-Weigh Air-Weigh is the leading provider of on-board weighing technology for the transportation industry. Air-Weigh scales provide accurate and dependable operation for many vehicle types, including standard tractor-trailers, flatbeds, bulk haulers, tank trucks, refrigerated trailers, straight trucks, dump trucks, and refuse vehicles. Air-Weigh is a factory option at over one hundred tractor, trailer, and truck OEMS worldwide.

For more information, contact Air-Weigh at (888) 459-3444 or visit us online at http://www.air-weighscales.com/.

Quoted from:
Air Weight Scales