Archive for November, 2009
Today I had Thanksgiving dinner far from home as many truckers do. I was sitting in Walton, Ky waiting to book a load of freight that pays enough to be worth hauling. Don ( Burnt beans) Mc Kinley decided letting me eat in the truck stop when he was having Thanksgiving dinner just a few miles away was not an option, so he sent a member of the mob to bring me to the house for dinner.
I had a great time, and ate much better food than even the Flying J could offer. I even took puppy who will recover tomorrow from all the frantic activity and the turkey wing dinner that has him sleeping now LOL.
Of course I took my cell phone and captured the event for anyone interested in seeing what Thanksgiving with the Mc Kinley mob is like.
Burnt Beans and I had a thought, do you suppose we could bribe our way into the studio so I can shoot a few videos of Doc and Cher when they visit Bubba Bo tonight?
Story by Chris Thom
For those who are not following the debate and voting on the current cap and trade bill, this could come as a bit of a shock. For those who have been keeping up on it, YOU will lose more sleep than before. Please note that this bill HAS PASSED the house of representatives. We are very close to reality here. Please, read, comment, and forward to as many people as you may know! Please take the time to read as soon as possible.
The higher cost of electricity in North Dakota is just the beginning. Add to that the higher cost of all goods due to increased production and transportation costs, one will be faced with economic ruins within a very short period of time. All of this to support what could be termed a government supported pansi scheme.
From KFYR-TV, Bismarck, ND:
"Energy bills could see a huge increase in the near future.
A cap and trade bill has passed the U.S. House of Representatives that is aimed at stopping climate change. Many Democrats say the bill would improve the nations economy by increasing jobs in renewable energy. Those opposed say it would raise energy bills because of the extra cost companies would incur.
""If cap and trade is passed at $30 a ton tax that means roughly three cents per kilowatt and 30-cents per gallon of fuel. You add that up for a family of four and your electricity bill probably is going to up about $400 a month, but economy wide it could be $4,000 or $5,000 a year,"" says Bill Kalk, ND Public Service Commissioner.
North Dakota`s Representative Earl Pomeroy voted against cap and trade.
The bill still needs to be passed by the U.S. Senate and signed into law by the president. "
This full article can be read at http://www.kfyrtv.com/News_Stories.asp?news=32047
The above comments are from the Public Service Commissioner of the state of North Dakota. A state that happens to rely on fossil fuels for energy needs, especially in the winter. I challenge anyone to safely utter the words "global warming" at -32 F.
"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has put cap-and-trade legislation on a forced march through the House, and the bill may get a full vote as early as Friday. In order to get this bill passed, the laws of economics will need to be re-written prior to forming this law. Their gambit got a boost this week, when the Congressional Budget Office did an analysis of what has come to be known as the Waxman-Market bill. According to the CBO, the climate legislation would cost the average household only $175 a year by 2020. Edward Market, Mr. Waxman’s co-author, instantly set to crowing that the cost of upending the entire energy economy would be no more than a postage stamp a day for the average household. Amazing. A closer look at the CBO analysis finds that it contains so many caveats as to render it useless.
For starters, the CBO estimate is a one-year snapshot of taxes that will extend to infinity. Under a cap-and-trade system, government sets a cap on the total amount of carbon that can be emitted nationally; companies then buy or sell permits to emit CO2. The cap gets cranked down over time to reduce total carbon emissions.
To get support for his bill, Mr. Waxman was forced to water down the cap in early years to please rural Democrats, and then severely ratchet it up in later years to please liberal Democrats. The CBO’s analysis looks solely at the year 2020, before most of the tough restrictions kick in. As the cap is tightened and companies are stripped of initial opportunities to "offset" their emissions, the price of permits will skyrocket beyond the CBO estimate of $28 per ton of carbon. The corporate costs of buying these expensive permits will be passed to consumers.
The biggest doozy in the CBO analysis was its extraordinary decision to look only at the day-to-day costs of operating a trading program, rather than the wider consequences energy restriction would have on the economy. The CBO acknowledges this in a footnote: "The resource cost does not indicate the potential decrease in gross domestic product (GDP) that could result from the cap."
The hit to GDP is the real threat in this bill. The whole point of cap and trade is to hike the price of electricity and gas so that Americans will use less. These higher prices will show up not just in electricity bills or at the gas station but in every manufactured good, from food to cars. Consumers will cut back on spending, which in turn will cut back on production, which results in fewer jobs created or higher unemployment. Some companies will instead move their operations overseas, with the same result.
When the Heritage Foundation did its analysis of Waxman-Market, it broadly compared the economy with and without the carbon tax. Under this more comprehensive scenario, it found Waxman-Market would cost the economy $161 billion in 2020, which is $1,870 for a family of four. As the bill’s restrictions kick in, that number rises to $6,800 for a family of four by 2035.
Note also that the CBO analysis is an average for the country as a whole. It doesn’t take into account the fact that certain regions and populations will be more severely hit than others — manufacturing states more than service states; coal producing states more than states that rely on hydro or natural gas. Low-income Americans, who devote more of their disposable income to energy, have more to lose than high-income families.
Even as Democrats have promised that this cap-and-trade legislation won’t pinch wallets, behind the scenes they’ve acknowledged the energy price tsunami that is coming. During the brief few days in which the bill was debated in the House Energy Committee, Republicans offered three amendments: one to suspend the program if gas hit $5 a gallon; one to suspend the program if electricity prices rose 10% over 2009; and one to suspend the program if unemployment rates hit 15%. Democrats defeated all of them.
The reality is that cost estimates for climate legislation are as unreliable as the models predicting climate change. What comes out of the computer is a function of what politicians type in. A better indicator might be what other countries are already experiencing. Britain’s Taxpayer Alliance estimates the average family there is paying nearly $1,300 a year in green taxes for carbon-cutting programs in effect only a few years.
Americans should know that those Members who vote for this climate bill are voting for what is likely to be the biggest tax in American history. Even Democrats can’t repeal that reality." – Printed in the Wall Street Journal.
So let me make sure I understand this…
First, we are going to set up a new form of federal government and regulation. (of course that will have no fraud or biases toward big-business) This branch of the government will set up limits of "carbon credits" thereby establishing the cap. Business can then trade amongst themselves and establish the trade of said credits, all the while passing the cost on to the end user. Does anyone else see the 8000 lb purple elephant in the corner? Proponents of this bill state that it will help to reduce the deficit. Where? Consumers will spend less, and the government will be spending a great deal more money to administer this new form of trade that it is creating. Stop, my brain hurts. How does this help again? It will absolutely kill working class America. In fact one study predicts a few outcomes:
1. Reduce aggregate gross domestic product (GDP) by $9.6 trillion
2. Destroy an average of 1-3 million jobs, every year
3. Raise electricity rates 90 percent after adjusting for inflation
4. Raise inflation-adjusted gasoline prices by 74 percent
5. Raise residential natural gas prices by 55 percent
6. Raise an average family’s annual energy bill by $1,500 annually
7. Increase the federal debt by 26 percent, which is $29,150 per person
These predictions are based, in part, on the effects that the cap and trade system has had in the governments that have adopted it. Most of which are desperately trying to find their way back out of it. Is this something we should be running head-long into?
Welcome to a Global Economy…. Global Economy my ass. Pardon the french. Is this exciting new global economy going to help me make sure that I can feed and dress my children accordingly? I don’t see how it does. Especially as we adopt a cap and trade system and continue to funnel money into countries such as China, which we are turning a blind eye to on pollution issues. After all, we need our products produced there…. Really? REALLY?
God Bless America. And I pray that he guides our country through some tough decisions. I hope that our leaders can realize that their constituents are too busy trying to keep up with life as we know it, and may have given up on the system as it exists. If the bill passes, one can only assume that our Federal Government has completely turned its back on the population. At least that portion of the population that lives between New York and Los Angeles. The only positive that I see coming out of the passing of this bill is that your average, everyday American will be jolted into making intelligent reform within our government and provide the changes needed to, in reality, have true government "for the people and by the people" and possibly take back federal control over state and local control and freedoms.
I hope that I have provided some fodder to do research on your own, and encourage anyone who reads this to please spend a minute pondering how it will change your life. A second or third job in your near future (if you can find it) sounds great, I’m assuming.
Lets not forget this doesn’t just impact our cost of energy. It impacts the cost of EVERYTHING. Everything moves on a truck… and an increase in 30 cents per gallon in federal "tax" would have HUGE consequences when passed on to the end user.
Please pray for the future of our country, for our leaders, for ourselves to see the light through what could be some very tough times. Please also make your voice heard and please share your feelings on this with others and encourage them to inform their politicians of their thoughts.
Lets keep the words of our founding fathers in mind as we do so:
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America….
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
Written By: Cynthia Morgan
Road Dogs on Hogs at Crazy Horse
Remember the days of standing in line to call your dispatcher, your partner back home, and your friends? Remember meeting other drivers at the truck stop restaurant, and later hoping that you would run into them again because they were interesting and you would like to become friends? No longer do you have to just hope that you will hear that voice or handle across the CB to catch up on their lives. Today with advent of cell phones, the internet, and Sirius/XM radio, you can stay in touch and keep up with some of the most interesting (and sometimes weird) people a driver could ever meet.
Staging for the Easy Rider Photo Shoot
Road Dogs on Hogs came from all these new avenues of communication. Now for a second year, they set the breaks on their rigs, climbed onto their bikes, put their knees in the breeze, and rode to Sturgis, South Dakota, for the rally. There were around 50 drivers. Some that had not seen each other since the rally last year. They were able to hang out, party, ride and relax with the friends that they made last year, and made many more new friends this year.
The group started as a crazy idea shared between two old time drivers, Buzzard (40 years of driving) and White Rose (20 years of driving), that wished there was still some of that "old school camaraderie" out there. It has been a great success. Jokes were played on each other, lots of riding was done, many a beer or bottle of liquor was consumed, and many friendships were formed.
Our Banner on Stage
Despite the various backgrounds, years driving a rig, or parts of the country they come from, all had a great time. Over the next few months we hope to share our individual stories of our experience riding with the group, going to the rally, and making new friends.
Road Dogs Group Photo
Written By: Dave Smith
Why would someone want to attend a Special Olympic Convoy ??? The reasons are numerous as I see it. We are very lucky to be able to attend convoys all over America, for us getting up in the morning and eating breakfast and off to driving where ever we drive to to get the load there on time. Sure sounds easy, now lets look at it from a different perspective. We get up in the morning and have to have someone help us get dressed and fix us breakfast and because we are not able to drive a vehicle to get us to our work place let alone hold a license or even own a vehicle. We have to depend on someone to get us to work if we are able to work and get us home again.
These people are so special and do live in a different world than we know. Some are able to attend Special Olympic camps and sports activities, softball, bowling, basketball and track and field, soccer and swimming. By participating in these sports, people learn to be part of a team and team work, there is no "I" in team and they learn to work together, there are no losers, everyone wins.
Largest Fleet in the Convoy Award
When we, as truck drivers and owner operators, attend a convoy we develop friendships with athletes and their parents and/or guardians. Yes some parents give up their special needs child to someone willing to take them and love and nurture them for the rest of there lives. We may only get to see these athletes once a year, but they do remember us and our trucks and yes many ride with the same driver year after year.
I have been very lucky to attend convoys in Florida, Delaware, Texas, Kentucky and my home state of Nebraska and meet some wonderful people,not only in Special Olympics but also the trucking industry, media, state and local government and also in law enforcement, but mostly it is the athletes I have been fortunate to meet. That’s why we put the convoys on, it is for the athletes. All the funds generated from a convoy stay in the state where the convoys is held. It take a 100 dollars per athlete to send that athlete to camp. It is left up to the parent or guardian to get the athlete to and from camp,
As most convoys go, Friday night is Family night, a big cook out and fun and games with interaction with the athletes and their parents or guardian. Of course the trucks are the center of attraction, all cleaned up and shining. In Nebraska we have a softball game, the athletes versus the truck drivers. In 6 years the truckers never have won a game.
Every athlete gets to hit the ball and run the bases and we even have had athletes in wheel chairs play with a member of law enforcement or a fire fighter to run them around the bases It is a sight to see, with smiles and cheers from someone that enjoys the game.
Saturday Softball Game Opening
Then after the big softball game, it’s time for dinner and cake and ice cream and the dance with a live band, (the band donates the time and gas to get to the convoy.) Athletes do love to dance and sing karaoke.
Saturday morning at first light, the big diesel engines come to life and the drivers look for that 1st cup of coffee and a doughnut as the big day starts very early. A drivers meeting is held and then we move on to opening ceremonies with people speaking from local and state government and the chaplain of the Nebraska Highway Patrol offers a prayer for the safety of our convoy. Then everyone loads up in their trucks, drivers and athletes, some riding with the same driver for many years, once again back to the development of friendships.
Then with lights flashing, sirens screaming, and air horns blowing, away we go.
Saturday Morning Opening
People are lining both sides of a four lane road waving signs and just waving to the trucks with athletes on board, big smiles abound. We go twenty mile north to Bosselman Travel Center with people waving signs and banners and cameras going off all over the place. Once every truck is safely parked, lunch is served. Then the awards are handed out, awards for the farthest traveled, the lead truck, the largest fleet and the athletes choice award (were the athletes pick their favorite truck and no truck can win more than once). An auction is held and extra t-shirts and caps are sold, also coffee mugs are sold to those who want them. Once again all this money is keep in the state for Special Olympics programs for athletes.
When a driver comes to a convoy he pays a $100.00 entry fee to be in the convoy and in these tough times $100.00 seems like a lot. It is also tough to lose money if he or she parks a truck for the weekend. So why do drivers try desperately to get to convoys to participate in them?
Law Enforcement Escorting The Convoy
If YOU wonder why, lets look at if from a different angle just a minute.
How much money does one put out for chrome or lights in a year? How much money do you spend at Walmart for things you only think you need? Maybe you could skip a couple of wash jobs? Maybe forgo a night in a casino? Yes times are tough right now in the trucking industry, but time are always tough for someone with special needs! We convoy to help raise money to meet those needs because WE CAN!
Some of the Participants
Come join with us this year, pitch in together as an industry that has always had a lot of compassion for people and let’s help out by going to a convoy near you and enjoy a few hours of fun. It is a life changing weekend for you, and possibly for many others as well. A lot of funds and programs are being cut because of money isn’t there right now. It’s tight for everyone, it would be awful to see programs cut for Special Olympics or Convoys cut because we as an industry didn’t help.
So is $100.00 for two days worth of fun and eats a lot, I sure don’t think so.
Special Olympics Website!
Special Atheletes Having a Blast