Say thanks to a trucker (cont.)
The problem lies with truckers who don't give a damn about other drivers. Why do truckers doing 35 mph need to go around another truck doing 34 mph, blocking traffic. Why do I need to let them go first when they obviously don't care about anyone else?
The only ignorance that shocks me, is the ignorance, rudeness, sense of road entitlement, and down right meanness that truckers show the rest of us.
Before you criticize regular drivers, you should look in the mirror.
"Say thanks, give truckers a break"
Ok, thank you for racing that other truck up Monteagle at 30 mph.
Thanks for coming up behind me at 80 mph and driving 3 ft. from my bumper.
Thanks for almost NEVER pulling over in the right lane to let traffic go by.
Thanks for flipping me off when I don't put up with being a second class highway citizen when I complain about you driving in the left lane.
Thanks for looking up while your texting to shoot me that bird. At least you had your eyes on the road a little while.
A special thanks goes for the following trucker: I was pulling into a Mapco on the trucker side to get diesel in my pick-up. I do that because the new diesels use DEF solution in the exhaust. As I pulled up to the pump, a truck was circling to get to the pumps also and when he came around, he pulled within 6 ft. of my truck, with all the other pumps open by the way, and stopped. I looked through the windshield and the trucker was flailing his arms and looked upset. He got out the truck and started cussing me. I asked him, "what is your problem" and he said I had got his spot.
We had a few words, and I said that it was no problem, and that I would move my truck. He said, "thanks, your a gentleman.." I got on the other side, he pulled up in the space and we both started filling our tanks. While filling my tank, he popped his head around and started cussing me again. I was starting to get a little mad so I came around and told him to shut up...he then went to the cab of his truck and reached behind the seat and invited me to come and get him. Since he was a yankee, I said, "are you going to get a gun...this is Tennessee....do you think you are the only SOB that has a gun?" That got his attention and he got out of his cab, I backed off and said, "just leave me alone and I will get my diesel and go."
I thought it was over and he came around and started cussing me again! This time I was finished putting up with him...I moved around and he went to a compartment in his truck, took out a tire club (it is a wooden, short bat-like weighted club used for checking tires) and told me to come and get him. He then raised the club in a threatening manner. What happened next doesn't need to be told but let's just say..he wasn't very happy.
It was obvious this trucker was on speed or something similar. I tried twice to let it die and he just got madder. How many of these crazy a-holes are on our roads? The way they drive it is probably a bunch.
This letter writer was hallucinating.
Ki...don't worry about your spelling. I have been a victim of these people obsessed with key strokes. When writing on this page, I am usually in a hurry and don't always even hit the spell check.
People who are obsessed with this are just trying to make you look stupid to denigrate your opinion in some other way.
Who cares what they think.
By the way, being preached to by two liberal democrats about wasting money is about as valid as a baby reciting the declaration of independence.
First of all, I don't believe anything Pam Sohn says. If she told me tomorrow at around 6:30 am the sun would come up, I wouldn't believe here. She is a liar.
As far as librul goes...his name is enough...
Yea...enough fleecing the taxpayers already. Just give in to mother government. Let them control your life.
Not on you life..
When I look at the overall quality of the elected officials in the county, state, and country..it is no wonder we are in debt and in trouble everywhere you turn.
The very people who are reluctant to run for office are the ones we probably need in office. People who are obsessed with holding an office are the ones we should all run away from. Basically, those wannabe type people are all we get.
This bunch is no different.
Rickarroo...Self absorbed? I pay for my employees insurance and I do not have to do that. It is not some anonymous government entity it is me. What if I came in tomorrow and just told everyone to fend for themselves. That wouldn't be right and I feel a responsibility to make sure they don't end up in your situation.
This is the problem..you want respect and understanding for your problem but you have neither for small businessmen who provide 80% of the jobs in this country and can't absorb any more cost.
There has to be a safety net but we all should not have to be in it if we don't want to do it. Also, I have a responsibility to my family and my employees to take care of them. I don't have that same responsibility to anyone else. If I help anyone else, it is my choice.
I am not sure how we should take care of problems like yours. You are right, you need access to medical care but forcing me in the same boat is not the way. There has to be a way that your need is addressed without forcing me to get in an insurance situation that I don't want. I will never agree to universal health care. It just means universal mediocrity.
Again, everyone on this site get's carried away a little...
Rickarroo...I am sorry to hear that. It is tough out there.
I can only say that your situation, as bad as it is, doesn't justify putting the system upside down. I suggested in my previous post that we should have just made Medicaid available to the people without insurance instead of putting everyone at risk.
These posts are anonymous (not in my case..Tim Price) and people get carried away. Your job situation is a hard one because I had to lay off 2 people this year because of extra costs, including an insurance increase that I was told, was due to Obamacare's pre-existing condition cost.
In my case I decided to go into business after I was laid off for being in middle management. I took a job with a 50% cut in pay to learn how to sell and 2 years later I went into business in 1994 with only $20,000 and with a mortgage and two small children. I just decided that I wasn't going to have my fate in the hands of someone else. I suffered for years making less than I could have made but at least I never got laid off again. As you know, that feeling is about as bad as it gets.
Although it is tough, going to the political left will not fix anything. Going to far to the corporate right is just as bad. Increasing taxes and regulation push people like Burger King out of the country. They also de-incentivise people like me because I don't like anyone, especially the government, telling me what to do.
There is no good solution here, we just have to keep plugging along.
Rickaroo...I don't need those weapons for hunting, they are the wrong tool. I do need them in my gun safe in case the government gets out of hand. Really..that tired old "do you need a grenade launcher" thing. Be more creative next time.
Before you say that we couldn't do anything against the army with tanks, etc. just look at popular uprisings and how they are armed in the beginning. Believe me 30 million guns is a huge deterrent.
You said, "While individual stupidity might indeed be a factor in some ladder accidents, most of them happen from a misstep or a faulty ladder or haphazard placement of a ladder." Everything you just said as a problem was because of stupidity.
As far as my comparison, 99% of accidents are because of stupidity. Falling off a ladder is no exception. Usually it is placed wrong or not sufficiently anchored (stupidity). It just doesn't fit your preconceived concept of what is dangerous. According to Prezi.com, 30,000 people are injured and 6000 people die each year falling off ladders. Seems a little steep to me but this is all I could find quickly..
For example, "In 2009, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 67% of all homicides in the U.S. were conducted using a firearm. According to the FBI, in 2012, there were 8,855 total firearm-related homicides in the US, with 6,371 of those attributed to handguns. 61% of all gun-related deaths in the U.S. are suicides."
That means that out of the 8,855 total firearm deaths 39% or 3,453 were not suicides. That is about 3,000 less deaths than...you guessed it...falling off a ladder.
Now, that means we should outlaw ladders because stupid people get up on them and kill themselves by making an error in judgement. According to statistics, we should outlaw ladders and make everyone rent a crane.
An even better comparison is alcohol related deaths. There is an average of 88,000 deaths per year associated with drinking alcohol. That is mind boggling. If you used your "weapons of war" analogy and applied it to alcohol, we would have a rehash of the 20's. Making things illegal and punishing people who use something responsibly for the transgressions of others is wrong, no matter the subject.
It is you that is illogical and completely unable to use any powers of abstract thought. You don't outlaw something because a small number of people misuse it and die. Cockamamie....well that makes me a lot more right about things than say a ...liberal. You guys are all spin, emotion, and BS.
Ki....yea,right....whatever trouble that private school have is nothing compared to public schools. Your jealousy is showing..