Big Brother Reaching Out

You may not realize it, but there is a revolution underway in how goods and services are being delivered to you. It’s not a friendly revolution either – millions of jobs are at stake in the near term and the long term capability of being able to care for oneself is being placed into the care of a machine. Machines that don’t give a rats ass about you or me.

The revolution is in transportation – trucking, shipping, and rail are all having massive pushes by technology to either reduce the roles of humans or drive them out entirely. While I am a capitalist, I also support labor. If we don’t have a workforce, you don’t have a tax base. Without a tax base, well the US goes in the toilet and Big Brother takes over. This is just one of many reasons “free stuff” from the government is never free, but that is a topic for another blog.

Right now there is a crisis in labor in transportation where those doing the work are over worked, over regulated, and under paid. Freight rates for all sectors is tight and each sector is scared to death to pass costs down to the consumer. So instead, they squeeze costs and labor is being wrung out in a big way. If tech could replace humans right now, these sectors would jump on the bandwagon. However, tech is not ready to be the savior. So, you have “driver shortages” and companies fast tracking drivers that can be hired to market with less than adequate training. The result is issues in safety and fights for drivers.

Now, Big Brother in the form of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or FMCSA has deemed it necessary to get input from the public on issues that they have no knowledge of and most don’t care about. I have been working on getting the message out on caring about transportation for those that like to eat, but I cannot speak for the rest of you.

So, I am going to share some FMCSA requests, with my opines.– Pilot Program to allow drivers under 21 without military experience to operate commercial vehicles in interstate commerce. To date: 326 comments received. All comments must be received by July 15, 2019. As of July 3, the American Trucking Association has requested a 30-day extension, not guaranteed to be granted

Darren’s opinion – In English, the FMCSA wants to reduce the age from 21 to 18 because young upstarts will work for less. That does not give them any better training or reaction time behind the wheel. Remember that trucks weigh 80000 pounds before their trailer. Think teens can do damage with cars……– Automated Driving Systems (ADS) for Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs); Request for Comments Concerning Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) Which May Be a Barrier to the Safe Testing and Deployment of ADS-Equipped CMVs on Public Roads. To date: 156 comments received All comments must be received by July 29, 2019.

Darren’s opinion – read my last blog on Robo Truck and you will understand why this is not the right move.

Soup kitchens were a staple in the Depression. If autonomous vehicles wipe out a sector of labor, you will see them again – DY.– Request for Information Concerning Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Detention Times During Loading and Unloading. To date: 324 comments received. All comments must be received by September 9, 2019

Darren’s opinion – how would you feel about be required to hang around for hours, not get paid for it, AND its prevents you from making more money? – Entry-Level Driver Training; Application for Exemption: United Parcel Service, Inc. To date 23 comments received. All comments must be received by July 19, 2019

Darren’s opinion – what is Brown trying to do to you? Make the streets far more dangerous. Does this really need an explanation?

So, Big Brother is reaching out for the general public’s opinion. Most American’s do not have a clue as it is not being advertised, publicized, blasted on social media, or ANYTHING! Do all of us a favor and take this blog to heart, do a little research, and give Big Bro more responses than they can deal with.

The people that make sure you have grocery stores with food and gas in the underground tanks at the gas station will thank you.

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Robo Truck

There will always be a debate on the improvement technology has on society. I am seasoned enough to remember a life before cell phones and the internet. While you can get items faster and more done with less time, are we really better off? A demand for it “now” combined with the stress that “now” creates has not made us better human beings. The current generation are becoming shut-ins and are losing the ability to have human interaction such as a basic conversations, read a book, or perform actual hand written communications in the name of progress. Question is – what are we progressing to?

Optimus Prime
Unless you have been under a rock, you should recognize the above as Optimus Prime from the Transformers movie franchise. I use it as a silly illustration of what the future could hold for the trucking industry.

Why Should I Care?
For most of America, they are either oblivious to what trucking does or so damn hung up on sharing the road with trucks that no one stops to think of the value or need trucking does for the US. Let’s keep it simple – do you like to eat? My guess is that you do and unless you are a farmer, you go to the store to get groceries. Same thing with fuel. I assume you like driving whatever you drive and pulling into a gas station to fill up is a reflex action now. It does not occur to most people that the groceries and gas don’t just appear magically. Truckers bring all of those goods (plus everything else you buy) to those shopping destinations. Remember that next time you cut off an 18 wheeler…

The Human Haters
Generation Shut In does not like human interaction or humans for that matter. The creative ones that have been able to bring human-less technology into the world are not doing it to make your life better or easier – they are doing it to get people hooked on the tech to the point they never want to leave their home and make them loads of moola. Why the hell would you buy clothes from Amazon when you can go to a store and get it right there? All of the artificial intelligence and robotics coming into society are designed to replace humans – not augment them. Generation Shut In is still living with mommy & daddy (cause they don’t want to work) and being trained for this autonomous life. What do you think happens when the folks croak and junior has no people or jobs skills? Oh – that’s a political discussion on the enslavement of the free for another day.

Autonomous Trucks
There is a push from several stakeholders to roll out self-driving semi trucks as soon as possible. These groups include

  • Tech companies poised to rake in the dough
  • Large trucking firms who don’t want to pay drivers
  • Idiotic consumer groups that think these trucks will be safer
  • Lawyers – hey they know a cash cow when the see it in Strict Liability
  • Politicians on powerful committees looking to get their pockets lined from the above to stay elected

The story is trucks can be adapted into the US faster than cars because they can make money, therefore getting a faster ROI. Long haul stretches where there is “no needed human interference.” Hold that thought, I will come back to it.

But hold on Homer – the auto-bus has not left the station just yet. Now, there are tests being conducted around the nation using semi-autonomous trucks. It’s is what is called Level II – braking, acceleration, and steering where these function can be automated. A human must still be in the unit in case it hits the fan. Personally, I see this level of automation on all semi trucks very soon and drivers and companies can benefit from this.

Level IV is where Optimus Prime is here to stay. Go away stupid human – we don’t want or need you.There are companies in the EU playing with this. Even some US tech companies playing with Level IV in tests. I think that they should have had a chat with the companies making Level II autonomous cars and the 5 billion dollar rabbit hole and see how much fun that has been and its current status.

Obstacles to Autonomous Semi Trucks
So let’s have this brawl now, while the industry can be saved and people still can have jobs. Here are a few hurdles:

  • There is no insurance for autonomous. I mean not one damn drop. What that means is whomever produces these rigs is self insuring any form of loss. So, whether its the physical truck maker, the software that controls the rig, or any of the hundreds of components on a truck – they bear the costs for any and all claims. It’s called Strict Liability and NONE of the companies out there are prepared. As suckhole as insurance is, the billions it pays in claims keeps the USA rolling. Don’t tell me these units won’t have wrecks on interstates. Werner was hit with 90 million on a verdict where they did nada wrong! Think Daimler-Benz is prepared to cough up hundreds of millions of dollars every time their truck crashes? Doubtful. The software companies seeing dollar signs now will be bankrupt from lawsuits in less than 3 years into roll-out if it occurred to today.
  • There is no interest from the current manufacturers for Level IV. The truck manufacturers already are nervous rolling out Level II. They understand what Strict Liability means and want no part of that. How do I know – well I have talked with several reps. Now, that does not mean they will not perform research & development in anticipation of a potential change in laws.
  • Infrastructure. While tests are being conducted on higher levels of automation, no one will admit the US infrastructure is ready for this technology. Lots of work and loads of money have to be spent to make this work everywhere. Even the interstates are going to require investment to go more than just testing.
  • Security Issues with software. When the FMSCA rolled out the electronic log device mandate (ELD), you know the process was never thought through. The devices can and have been hacked. A fully autonomous rig will be a target for hackers seeing what fun they can have with the unit. Trucks weigh 80000 pounds PLUS their cargo. Do you really want that to become a weapon of mass destruction?
  • Legislation. Now I know I called the politicians out as green lighting the research. However, there is a difference in R&D and giving the go ahead to wipe out an entire sector of workers. Workers will lose jobs and support chains for them will lose jobs. I can see a massive force of people with pitchforks and torches coming after DC if they really pull the trigger on this without much thought. Think about it – how often do politicians pass a bill and not think the damn thing through? Politicians like getting elected and people vote and robots do not. At least for now.Voting-Robots-2425
  • People. This one above all else is the real determining factor. Does the everyday populace really want 80000 pound driverless weapons rolling around? Are truck drivers going to just roll over and play dead on this issue? Are the American Tax Payers really going to foot the massive cost for an infrastructure that seeks to replace their human condition?

Now, I am in no way naive to think that this train is not coming sooner than later. However, I also know that all of the automation roll outs for trucks has not been thought all of the way through in how it will negatively impact humans. All tech people do is spin is their opinion on positive impacts they believe will occur. I have yet to hear a cost/benefit analysis of any type from these groups.

What I have listed scratches the surface. Who is responsible for the jobs lost if this actually happens? Who pays to re-train an entire sector? Is re-training even realistic? Is automation a subversive plot to enslave civilization? OK, maybe that was too dramatic….

Or was it?

Are you ready for Robo Truck?

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A Verdict by Any Other Name is Insane

Its hard to stay focused on one segment of news with all the nonsense in the air. When I made the decision to get back on the keyboard, the focus on trucks was intentional. Yes, I sell truck insurance. Yes, I have a radio show that talks about trucking news and legislation. Yes, I have a soft spot in my heart for truckers. It goes back to childhood.

But that’s not the reason I try to laser in on transportation right now. Good, bad, or otherwise, I like this thing called America and Western Civilization and right now it is under attack. Not from leftists (I know I’ll get email on that) or any of the other political nonsense that fills cable TV and radio airwaves. That garbage may influence and/or change it, but it does not truly threaten to end it. Not yet, at least.

No, right now the real threat is from lawyers. Personal Injury ones to be specific. How, you ask? Well, they are on the verge of killing trucking as we know it. I mean end it – fine. They threaten the ability for trucks to move goods and since 100% of the goods in the US are moved by trucks (70% in origin, 30% in secondary), we are talking about stopping shipping of food, fuel, and other nice oddities. Don’t know about you, but I kind of enjoy some degree of food.

Can’t be, you say.  Well, let me elaborate. Trucks require insurance per federal law to move goods around the good ole US of A. Right now, truck insurance is at an all time high for premiums. Rates are so high that trucking companies cannot afford the insurance and are packing it in. When trucks cannot afford insurance, they close. If they close, that is less trucks to move goods. Less trucks to move goods drive up prices on goods and reduces the supply. Make no mistake, the cost of insurance factored into the closing of 2 large trucking companies this year with New England Motor Freight and Falcon Transport.

The are many factors leading to increased insurance costs – distracted drivers, demand for “faster freight” & less experienced drivers in trucking causing the frequency of accidents to increase, as well as sloppy insurance claims handling. However, cause numero uno is lawsuit payout and insurance companies beginning to re-think this thing called truck insurance. The genesis of this is fairly recent with the influx of a new finance arm into lawsuits called lawsuit financing. This was introduced by none other than George Soros. George has figured out a way to destroy America and he does not have to pay another politician a dime.

Lawsuit financing has enabled lawyers in ways they never dreamed of. In years past, they had to evaluate a case, predict a possibility of success, and decide if they want to invest their money in a case. In fairness, there were (and will still be) cases were people got screwed over on their claims from insurance companies – insurance companies bear a high degree of culpability in this. However, the pendulum has now swung in the other direction in such a manner that a sector of the economy is threatened. That sector allows you and me a great standard of living.

Here is how it works: an accident occurs and lawyers now have access to software to let them know the drivers, passenger, and insurance company involved. They contact the party that was hit and get representation. Mind you, this is for the more juicy injuries. Whiplash is down on the list. They tell the person they can get them an “advance” on their settlement so they can feel better now. No paperwork, no disclosures. One little issue – if they lose, the person pays the money back at loan shark rates of 100% or more. Since it’s an advance and not a loan – no usury laws apply. The best thing for the lawyer is they don’t have to put their money into the suit. This means they can file more suits! Oh happy day!

With more money in their pockets, lawyers have spent time on devising better strategy on how to soak insurance companies and trucking companies. Insert the NUCLEAR verdict. A nuclear verdict is one where a court awards an amount outside of insurance policy limits, but the insurance company still has to pay. How does that happen? A lawyer gets a carrier charged with bad faith in the lawsuit. Now, I know what you are thinking – damn insurance company should have paid the claim! When that occurs, I am right there with you. But that is not the case in the majority of claims. When the lawyers get representation, they send the insurance company a demand for policy coverage details. No carrier is going to send it over, as it is basically an admission of liability. However, by NOT doing this, they are subject to potential bad faith claims with juries.

My final reason for loathing lawyers – they have figured out how to take logic and reason out of a lawsuit. In the 2018 case Werner Enterprises V Blake, trucking company Werner Enterprises was hit with a $90 million (90 FREAKIN MILLION) verdict for killing a child in an accident that occurred in West Texas in 2014. Here are the facts – the Blake’s were driving on one side on 820 in inclement weather going in one direction. The Werner truck was on the other side of the highway, divided with a median, going the opposite direction, meaning they were travelling towards each other. The Blake vehicle lost control, hit the median, and came across and hit the Werner truck. Those are undisputed facts. So why was Werner tagged?

The lawyers for the Blake family got the Safety Manuals from Werner Transportation and determined that the driver in the truck was in violation of company safety by being on the icy road with the amount of experience they had. Had the driver not been driving, the Blake’s would not have hit the truck. I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP! Did someone consider that maybe another vehicle would have been there instead of the Werner truck? Would they have been guilty of driving in the path of a vehicle looking for a wreck? Doubtful, as this is targeted at trucking companies.

There is a reason we call this a nuclear verdict – the fallout has been like a nuclear bomb. This case is one of many just like it around the US in the last 2 years where trucking companies are being held responsible for accidents that no reasonable person could find them liable for. Safety manuals and potential violations are replacing accident site facts. Insurance companies are scurrying like cockroaches in the kitchen when the lights go on. Several insurance companies have left the trucking sector. More will follow. Reinsurance companies are pulling back from trucking risks. What this means is less options for truckers with dramatically higher and unsustainable prices for their insurance.

So how does this impact you and me? Well, if those trucks cannot find or keep insurance, they either self insure or they shut down. Only 10% of the trucking companies self insure, the rest are too small to afford that risk. In what is otherwise a solid economy with great numbers, trucking companies are quietly biting the dust. If trucks quit rolling…… Use your imagination. How long can you last on Ho Ho’s and crackers when the food and gas stop rolling? IF you think the government  can help, think again. There are 2.3 million trucks in the US that keep civilization rolling. The feds or state governments don’t have that. Hell, they contract with the private sector for emergencies. If you want an example of how bad things can get and how quick, look back at Brazil in 2017 when they had a trucker strike.

Not a fan of the personal injury lawyer.

How about you?

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He is Risen, So Brothers and Sisters Why Do You Sleep?


This weekend Christians celebrate the most holy of events – the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

While the life and times of Jesus are amazing, his death offers hope to all who believe and have faith.

Now I mix two verses in the title to grab attention. Luke 24: 6 “He is not here, but is risen!” refers to the two men in shining garments talking to the followers of Christ who had come to the tomb and did not find his body. Just as powerful is Luke 22:46 where upon returning to the 12 disciples from prayer at the Garden of Gethsemane, Christ find them sleeping from sorrow and proclaims  “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”

He IS Risen!

So brothers and sisters, why do you sleep? Are you asleep in your faith in God and his son Jesus Christ? Are you asleep in involvement with your family and making it a Christ centered home? Are you asleep in attacks on Christianity and its teachings, both verbally and physically, around the globe?

In full disclosure, as a sinner and believer, I have been in and out of sleep throughout my life. However, I have never been more awake than I am now.

In faith in the Resurrection, there is hope for what lies beyond this plane of existence. I have watched just about every movie that depicts the life and death of Jesus. Some are better than others. “Killing Jesus” by Bill O’Reilly is OK. I thought some details were left out that should have been included. I do think this version probably has an actor that is more likely what Christ really looked like. Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ”  I personally find the best, yet most horrific in its depiction of the violence Jesus went through. I cannot watch the scourging scene…. Once was enough to paint a lasting picture in my mind. As a father of 4, 3 of which are sons, I must confess that I do not have the strength to sacrifice any of my children for any greater good. I am selfish here. When I think of the pain that God, the father, must have went through to sacrifice Jesus for our sins….. It is unbearable. God gave this sacrifice so that you and I and any that have faith will live forever!

That is something to get excited about!

So my brothers and sisters – wake up from the slumber. Shape your family and community. Stand up for our beliefs. Speak the truth in the word of God. If you find that you are so far off the path that you need help and have no one to sturdy your feet, contact me and I will direct someone to you.

And remember – HE IS RISEN!

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Big Brother Behind the Wheel

There is a debate going on in the US Congress, as well as State Assemblies and Legislatures on how to fix our nation’s infrastructure. I have already shared where in excess of a trillion dollars has been funded since 1992, but work still needs to be done.

The vehicle gas tax is the current tool used, but it has not been updated by the feds since 1992 and to get it to where it needs to be would add $1.60 to each gallon of gas. That would cripple the nation, so while we can expect some sort of increase, other methods are being reviewed.  One such source is Vehicle Miles Traveled or VMT.

There is a thought in the fed circles of government that not all drivers are paying their “fair” share to fund the roads, even if you are paying at the pump. A greater distribution of payment for those that drive more should be instituted. Our friends in the trucking business know this feeling all too well as several states in the US are and have been enacting “trucker only” tolls to get a “fair share” revenue for usage. Forget the fact that Western Civilization dies without the trucker……

The idea behind VMT is simple – tax you for the miles you drive. The Congressional Budget Office in 2011 came out with a report under the Administration of Darth Vader (aka Barry Obama) about methods to fund highways. It’s too lengthy to insert, but here is the link: . You can download the document and I suggest you do so. When you read about potential taxes on VMT, you can tell the office knew they had a topic Lord Obama would like.

So how does VMT work, well you are seeing samples of it in driving right now. One insurance carrier, who I won’t name and publicize, has a device you insert to accurately record your miles for a discount off your policy. Now, this is voluntary mind you and the insured is granting this permission. Our friends over in trucking have never had the luxury of “voluntary” anything and have always maintained a record of miles driven. With the mandate of Electronic Logging Devices, or ELD (another product of Lord Barry’s tenure in office), truckers now have an electronic leash they maintain that keeps ticking when they drive.  ELD’s were supposed to make driving safer for truckers. Drivers are federally mandated to take 30 minutes of rest for eight hours on the road AND cannot exceed 70 hours worked in the week. ELD was going to ensure these guidelines are met.

A recent study by Northeastern University, Michigan State, and the University of Arkansas show that ELD’s may actually becoming a cause for unsafe driving so forcing people to monitor miles may not be the system to use.

Which brings me back to VMT. For this to work, you and I have to be willing to allow the feds to install some form of monitoring device on our cars to track miles OR we will have to fill out paperwork and turn in for road tax purposes. There are loads of issues with this from privacy to potentially killing small business that uses vehicles to produce revenues.

Are you ready for Big Brother to be behind your wheel?

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A Slow Roll to Disaster

Chances are you will go to the grocery store once or twice this week to buy food. I’ll bet you gas up at least once a week; maybe more. You don’t think twice about it and expect the goods and gas to be there.

What happens when you go into the store and the shelves are bare. You pull up to the gas station and find out there is NO gas to buy. Sounds extreme that this could happen in modern-day America? Well…..

Stats show 70% of all goods are moved by trucks from their point of origin in the US. The remaining 30% is moved by air/sea & rail. However, they drop that off at a depot and then a truck comes in and loads it up to move it out. So really, 100% of all goods are moved by trucks. Think about that. It’s a huge part of our economy and if truckers are not moving goods, wellllllll that lifestyle you and I enjoy will begin to change. Immediately.

A thick green sausage keeps poking the trucking bear

Truckers are in most part, some really nice folks who work their butts off.  Teddy bear like. Having written that, they are like anyone else and get fed up. Right now, the “I have had it meter” runneth over and that bear becomes one big, bad grizzly. Now imagine that grizzly is sleeping uncomfortably and growling low. Now imagine a big ole Shrek like finger, green for money that keeps poking that bear. Here are a few things poking the bear:

  • Insurance rates going through the roof
  • States coming out with “trucker only” or trucker targeted highway tolls that keep hitting their pocket-book
  • Problems finding a safe place to park
  • Driver pay – their effective pay and buying power basically is the same as 1980
  • Paperwork that would make a CPA cry
  • An ever-increasing regulatory shadow over their back

Get the picture?

About a month ago, some truckers in Illinois realized that they had a gut full of what I listed above and decided it was time to get some attention. So on January 26th of this year, about 10 truckers went below the speed limit on I57 for about 100 miles to protest. That same day, 40 trucks in Dallas did the same thing. Since then, truckers have been doing the same thing in Indiana and Kentucky. Another Illinois protest for I465 is planned soon. Other states will be following.

Oh, and the word is getting out about taking a “day off” nationally on April 12, 2109.


With all of the buzz on infrastructure, we had better start paying attention to those that spend most of the time driving on those roads and figure a way to get them happy. Even if it costs us more for goods and services.

The bear is waking up and making a slow roll over the economy and disaster is right around the corner.

The kind of disaster where the bear eats you up and then defecates you over a long, tall, cliff.

Charmin, anyone?

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Taxes, Tolls, & Truckers

It’s a fair statement to say that the feds have dropped the ball on keeping our nations highways in shape. The fuel tax, the key mechanism set up in the 1950’s to fund the animal is still at 38 cents per gallon. That tax is split between 18.4 cents per gallon of gas and  24.4 cents per gallon of diesel. That’s the same rate it was in 1993. These, along with other excise taxes fund the Highway Trust Fund. Unfortunately, that fund is effectively broke right now. When established, cars got 5 miles per gallon and big rigs got about 1 mile per gallon, so we used to suck in a whole lot of fuel juice. Today, cars get average mpg in the mid 20’s and trucks get a whopping 5.6 miles to the gallon! Hey – it’s better than 1! Those changes alone mean less money in the fund. Now throw in a steady growth for electric cars, which either use no gas or limited if they are a hybrid, and the money fund goes down even further.

Now that does not mean funds have not been allocated for our roads. Going back t0 Clinton, which was the last time the taxes were raised and you’ll find several transportation funding allocations:

  • 1995 – 8 billion added to Highway Trust Fund as part of the National Highway System Designation Act
  • 1996 – 13.1 billion for transportation projects under HR 2002
  • 1998 – Clinton signs Highway Bill that poured 217 billion into funding. 41 billion was for mass transit
  • 1999 – For fiscal 2000, Clinton gets Transportation Spending Bill for 50.2 billion
  • 2002 – Fiscal year 2002 saw over 61 billion in transportation spending
  • 2003 –  Fiscal year 2003 saw over 67 billion in transportation spending
  • 2004 – Transportation Equity Act: 275 billion authorized, 64 billion spent that year
  • 2005 –  Fiscal year 2005, another 67 billion spent
  • 2006 – Fiscal year 2006 saw 70.7 billion spent
  • 2007 – Fiscal year 2007 was another 76.9 billion
  • 2008 – last year before Barry, 12.1 billion as Bush’s War on Terror funding sucked up 145 billion

That’s a load of money. I have not even listed Barry’s bills. Oh, and the Highway Trust Fund was declared insolvent in 2007…

Barry got his 800 billion Stimulus is 2009. Of that, roughly 80 billion went to infrastructure. So rather than do the year by, here is the summary of spending on transportation (infrastructure and related items) expended during the reign of the Lord Obama from the US Government budgets – 549.3 billion and that does not include data from 2011 and 2016 as it buried in so many reports, I did not want my eyes to bleed out.

Man – that’s a lot of money. Now, transportation is not just building and maintaining roads, but other infrastructure like mass transit as well as the cost to operate them.

It’s not like the monies have not been flowing, regardless of who is in Congress or the White House. So, why do we need to still spend a trillion on roads? Out tax money is going in and the appropriations are going out. I know there are and have been highway projects going on everywhere. Here is what I also know, many states have gotten tired of waiting on the feds in many states and are taking matters into their own hands.

Rhode Island Department of Transportation Toll Plan
In 2015 the Rhode Island Legislature rolled out a plan called Rhode Works. Cute. Bottom line – create new tolls to pay for repairs to roads and bridges. Hey, if the feds won’t doll the funds timely, take matters into your hands. I get it.

Here was the problem – this one targets truckers and truckers only to pay for the system. Hmmmmm.

Guess that thing called the Constitution and the Interstate Commerce Clause did not ring a bell? Well, the plan rolled out, tolls on truckers starting coming in and all was well in Providence, RI. The program was sold as a way to have truckers pay their “fair share” of wear and tear on RI roads according to RIDOT Director Peter Alviti.

So, it could be assumed that trucks are everywhere on RI roads? RI has 436000 registered cars, so how many trucks does it take to equal that amount of driving wear and tear? I don’t know, but my guess is truckers are getting hammered here. I plan on asking Director Alviti on air as I have invited him onto The Automotive Edge Radio Show with Truck Talk to discuss the issue. I want to give him a fair chance to talk on the issue.

In July of 2018, the American Trucking Association filed a lawsuit to stop the program. Eyes are on the lawsuit all over the nation, as its outcome will impact drivers all over the US.

This past week I had Rhode Island Trucking Association President Chris Maxwell on the show to discuss the issue. Maxwell brought up some key points on air:

  • There is a substantial amount of work that is being re-done to, shall we say, questionable original construction. This may be a factor nationally, as I have shown the numbers on federal outlays.
  • Maxwell believes this is a set up for uniform tolls on RI residents in the near future. There could be some credence here, as RI only enacted a variable increase in the fuel tax of 1 cent in 2015 when they could have taken more and distributed the cost.

Stopping the Attacks on the Trucking Industry
I have dealt with truckers for 20 years and I know all the crap they go through to bring you and me goods. Everything you have or buy was transported to the place you bought it at by a trucker. Think about that. Tolls are just one of the many frontal assaults coming at an industry in crisis.

Its time to learn more how to help the industry. I personally like being able to buy groceries and other goods.

Unless of course, you raise your own food, build your own shelters, sew your own clothes…..

Think they call them Amish.

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Back in the saddle again

Yep, I’m back in the saddle. Or more specifically – behind the keyboard.

I have laid off the blog for most of Trump’s term. Not because there hasn’t been crap to write about, there has been. I needed time away from the machine. Make no mistake – talking or writing about politics, especially now in the new wave of Nazi’s on the left that want to destroy anything or anyone that does not agree with them, and you place yourself at risk.

I needed some time. You see, losing a political campaign is one thing. That by itself gives one a big, red ass. In my case, the Great Recession was taking my livelihood and it had to be rebuilt and that damn near killed me.

The 2010 SD 22 Campaign cut out parts of my soul. Not because I lost – I ran a solid campaign against a snake who ended up doing prison time for the crap I uncovered about him. It’s been long enough now that I can write about the fact that because of what I uncovered lead to having guns put to my head on 2 occasions and threatening to blow my brains out and the fact that there were 2 abduction attempts on my kids from their school. I had an attack on one of my professional licenses to put me out of business. Let all of that sink in and simmer. There is not a job in the world worth my family and the items that occurred to me messed me up in many aspects. I was naïve and vulnerable to the consequences of hard-core politics and its impact on my family.

When your head is messed up, you make bad decisions. I have made a few in the past several years. I probably need to get the Golden Crowbar Award for having my head up my rear for an extended period of time. Fortunately, I am breathing clean air again.

So, will I ever campaign for an elected office ever again? Doubtful. Don’t have a problem helping others, but my campaigning days are done. I prefer the appointed route. I allowed myself to be appointed to the Johnson County Emergency Services District #1 (the JCESD) to see if I could handle government on a smaller scale. It’s been nearly 3 years and I truly enjoy it. Being able to guide the program the enables first responders is a hell of an honor. I have thrown my name in the hat for some Gubernatorial Boards appointments. We’ll see what happens. I will be sharing what happens at the JCESD and it is not boring….

I am reunited with my vocational calling – commercial insurance with a focus on commercial trucking. For some reason, I just love truckers and truck insurance. Its been 20 years since I wrote my first truck insurance policy. When I was a kid and dad drove us across America, I had the fun of getting to ride with truckers we met along the way and via CB radio. People that drive trucks are just the best and I love them. Oh, and if you don’t, you better start. Without truckers you don’t have anything. Food, fuel, clothes, etc. – it was all brought to you by a trucker.

Which brings me to my last section. Things do happen for a reason. I am now co-host with Kurt Chase on The Automotive Edge Radio Show. My segment is Truck Talk. Now Kurt has truly created something unique with this show. He has been helping people buy/sell/trade/repair or anything with cars for 15 years. Now, with my segment, we are going to do the same thing with semi trucks. It won’t stop there – we are going to include anything on wheels because his listeners want access to boats/rv’s/motorcycles/atv’s so we are going to give it to them.

Now I am also bringing diversification to the show. I am going to talk insurance and any regulation that screws people AND we are going to talk about regulations on state and federal levels that are messing with truckers. There is a bunch, I’m sorry to say. However, where there is regulation, there are politicians. Where there are politicians, there is a trial of bullshit, diversion, obfuscation, and outright lies. My job will be to shine a light on the darkness and separate the bs from the truth. This time around, I am going to have fun at it.

Does this mean I blog everyday or week or month? Hell, I dont know…. Going to be busy, so monthly is more realistic. However, it will depend on how much garbage is going on too.

You can learn more about the show at . Within a week, there will a section for me and Truck Talk. You can listen to the show on Fridays 3 to 5pm CST on 1190am KXFR if you are in DFW or go to and you can listen to the show online. Download the iheartradio app and listen on the phone or tablet. The Saturday show will be from 11am to noon on 1160 AM KBDT in DFW or go to and select the Listen Live tab. There is no download yet.

The shows are LIVE and we like callers. I have changed twitter to @dgyancy65 and I will be tweeting out the call in numbers for the show. If the 8000 plus devoted readers of this blog will listen and call in, we will have a whole lotta fun.

So, do your research on your topics so you can sound informed when you call.

It’s time to ride!



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You Can’t Legislate Evil

For those that have followed me over the years, you know I don’t do knee jerk reactions to crazy crap. The Parkland Massacre is no different. As tragic as it is, it is not a reason to blanket punish the overwhelmingly majority of law abiding gun owners with additional laws. In full disclosure – in additional to having a Texas Concealed Handgun License, I have a Federal Firearms License as a dealer for one of our companies, as well as Federal Firearms License as a manufacture and importer under my wife’s company. In short, when I state I know firearms laws, I have the credentials to back up the statement.

The “We Need More Gun Laws Crowd” does not know squat on current law or facts on gunowners.
There are over 100 million Americans that legally own guns. If even a small minority of them were crazy or irresponsible with their guns, you would know as the sheer volume of deaths would be unavoidable in the news. Facts are gun dealers are required to do background checks and that check knocks out a large number of would be buyers. If you have had a DUI, DWI, assault charges of any kind, reported for spousal abuse, or a long list of items that dealers get from the ATF on why buyers are turned away – you don’t get a gun. Oh, and the dealers don’t make that call. The background check goes to the Feds. They make that call. Slapped your wife and she called the cops, so sorry no shotgun for you. So the guards for issues are there.

Then there is the waiting periods. They vary from state to state, but are a minimum of 3 to 7 days. That is for the person that can pass the tests, but might have had something happen that provokes an “I want to kill hubby/wifey tonight for cheating” sort of affair. The idea is to allow for cooling off. Its works for most of the time.

Now I hear the gun grabbers screaming “Darren – the gun shows! Anyone can get a gun there!” No, crazy leftist, they cannot. Dealers at gun shows are still required to fill out the same paperwork and do the same background checks. They are still legally liable for following the law. Now, private sellers can sell to one another and there is no current law that requires waiting periods, background checks, or paperwork. Here is an area where problems have occurred. Someone sells (or gives) to a friend and it comes back to bite them on the ass. Remember, legal gun owners have a paper trail of the purchase and serial number on the gun. Despite what the press publicizes, legally purchased guns can be tracked to where the were sold very easily. If a private transactions ends up with a crime committed, the seller of that gun can still be prosecuted. While the law does not require the same checks for private sellers as dealers to sell or trade a gun, it does not let them off the hook for not disclosing the sale to the new buyer. Now is this a perfect process? No. However, to blanket punish 99.99999% of gun owners is insane for the mistakes of a few. That’s not majority management, that tyranny through fear tactics.

The facts are that 99.99999% of legal gun owners you will never hear about. That .000001 % that Nikolas Cruz falls into is a category that no law will ever prevent because YOU CANNOT LEGISLATE EVIL That is what this little bastard is and no law would have stopped his thought process. Now we can debate whether or not this could have been prevented because of the clues, warning signs, and miscues that happened along the way. But evil will find a way. If it was not a gun, it would have been a bomb or car or some other device to cause maximum death and destruction. Raising the purchase age of a gun to 21 is crap without showing me a buttload of data showing crimes committed with legally purchased guns of people under 21. I already have an issue with someone being 18 and not being able to drink in many states, and I don’t drink or like drinking. However, it you can be determined legal at 18 to vote and die for your nation, you damned well should be able to buy a drink legally and protect yourself. Jacking the age to 21 is a way to satisfy the slobbering leftists that hate guns on any level. There is no sound basis to institute law over a single incident.

Mental Health & Owning Guns
No one wants a crazy person getting a gun. That is not what is at issue. Gun grabbers want a laundry list of ailments that any person could have at any time and thus opening up a way to ban firearms. Legal gun owners will not let that happen. What we are open to is a reasonable discussion on aliments that have a track record leading to violence and hard definitions. Nonetheless, people like Nikolas Cruz will still slip through any system as evil can pass for sane.

Caution to the Gun Grabbers
Gun owners have firearms for a number of reasons from protecting their families to collecting to sporting & hunting. At the core of the 2nd Amendment was a directive to the new colonists become Americans to remember – bearing arms is the only way to keep government at bay. That means have the ability to keep the domestic government in check through the citizens ability to take it back if it gets too far out of line. Various nations in history that became republics later turned tyrannical. That can happen here as well. Our government is by and from the people, not a entity above the people. If it attacks its people, you cannot take the government back with pitchforks and torches. Then there is keeping other governments at bay. That means national defense. There is written evidence to the fact that the former Soviet Union never invaded the US due to one simple fact – our citizens were too well armed and are essentially the largest army on the planet. They would have been slaughtered.

Reality in the World of Today
While I am happy N Korea want to talk of eliminating the nukes, their missiles don’t worry me. It is a porous border that allows our enemies easy passage into the nation to attack us from within. We have watched it happen in the EU for the past several years. We are not exempt from it and our enemies are evil.

And you cannot legislate evil.

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Where Rocketman Began

One of the reasons I like Texas in the winter is it is usually in the 50’s for the season with some occasional dips to remind us of what real winter is over a big chunk of the USA. This 1st day of the New Year has it a 16 degrees Fahrenheit out my door. Brrr. How do you people in the north deal with this? I salute you for being tough as nails in this arctic cold far more than we are.

A cold day allows a little time behind the keyboard and a chance to reflect on current events. Events like the idiot in N Korea who is determined to start a war to prove how much of a moron he really is. I saw where Kim Jong Un (KJU) is reaching out to S Korea for peace talks, while threatening the US will nuclear “response” if attacked. You know, KJU has the nuclear button on his desk….. Wonder how much say the N Korean people had in that process? Silly me, I forgot, they have their tongues cut out if they don’t praise Boy Wonder.

Sometimes we forget that the reason the US and USSR never nuked each other was along the way, both sides figured it out that NOONE WINS. Talk deterrent, big stick, and all that, but neither wanted to end the world. I’m not so sure about this jack ass. Does he really think N Korea could win a nuclear war? Bad as China hates the current situation, they know what happens if KJU launches one toward the US. They don’t want any part of that and I believe China will play a more aggressive, albeit behind the scenes, role in reigning in the Rocketman.

But how did we get here? I think this point needs to be hammered in because the last 2 Democrat Presidents – Clinton and Obama, have done more to endanger the world since the rise of Hitler. Let’s go back to the mid 1990’s, when KJU’s dad, Kim Jung-Il rose to power following his father’s death. Jung-Il was himself a maniac. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which N Korea had signed a few years back, was about to be worthless as Jung-Il was about to shred it. Enter Clinton, desperate to salvage the situation and come out smelling like a rose. Clinton formed agreement that would have the US supply the fuel N Korea would lose from nuclear power under the agreement. Estimates put the value of what was promised in the agreement from 4 to 5 billion from John & Jane Taxpayer. Additionally, UN embargoes would loosen to allow N Korea’s economy to improve, etc, etc, etc. All N Korea had to do was allow inspections and be up front on storage of spent radioactive materials. Well, you know the story from there.

Actor James Woods put forth a blistering tweet this past summer about it. Now liberals are trying to re-write history to cover Bill’s ass. Funny thing, the agreement that was struck with N Korea was also done in a manner that was not, well technically according to Clinton, a treaty. This meant no Senate approval. Barry had a template for dealing with Iran forged by Bill, including how to hose US tax payers with paying out our cash. However, those Republicans (unlike the ones on the Iran deal) had the brass nads to bring the matter into budget negotiations and the agreement got Congressional approval. Unfortunately, here is where 2 fools met when the agreement was passed as it never should have been approved. The N Koreans defecated on the agreement and stalled inspections to grow into what we know now is a full nuclear program.  Twenty three years later and the latest N Korean dictator now has something to blow up.

And has KJU been having some fun launching his toys over the past year…..

Thanks a lot Bill.

And now you have your Rocketman.


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