Arrow Trucking Folds and Screws Drivers Nationwide

2009/12/26

By D.R. STEWART World Staff Writer
Published: 12/22/2009  9:31 AM
Last Modified: 12/22/2009  8:35 PM

Arrow Trucking Co., the 61-year-old Tulsa-based flatbed carrier, has suspended operations indefinitely, laying off employees and stranding scores of drivers around the country by cancelling fuel credit cards, company employees and drivers said.After closing down the company phone system Tuesday morning and not accepting cell phone messages throughout the day, the company issued a statement from CEO Doug Pielsticker at 6:21 p.m.

“The company has been in negotiations with its principal lender,” Pielsticker said.

“Those negotiations are continuing, but the lender has elected to proceed with securing its collateral. The company is communicating with several interested parties and continues to seek a prompt resolution.”

One of Arrow’s lenders is Daimler Financial Services, which owns the company’s Freightliner trucks.

Beginning just before noon Tuesday, callers to Arrow’s west Tulsa offices were greeted with a recorded message: “Drivers, if you’re in Freightliner KW, please take your truck to the nearest Freightliner shop. Call this hot line number to Daimler, (877) 294-9679. They will arrange for you a bus ticket home.”

Ordinarily, I tend to focus on international issues around here, events that have the potential to become life changing horrors for all of us. This event may not seem to be just that, but I assure you it is .

But many drivers didn’t have enough gas to make it to a Freightliner shop, Tulsa or even their next delivery.

So you guys lease these vehicles, hire the guys to drive them, and then STRAND THEM ON THE ROAD WHEN YOU FOLD?? It is the sweat of these dudes that lubes the profit machine.

Does anyone have an idea how dangerous and difficult it is to drive a truck in this county? When they stop shipping goods to you, you won’t have any goods. Wake up. Here’s the link.

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Mexican Drug Cartel Wipes Out Family of Marine Killed in Raid Last Week

2009/12/23

The family of Mexican Marine Melquisedet Angulo, who himself was killed in a raid against drug lord Arturo Beltran Leyva last week, was wiped out in a retaliatory attack Tuesday.

Dead are his mother, Irma Cordova, 55, his brother, Benito Angulo, 28, his sister, Jolidabey Angulo, 22, and aunt, Josefa Angulo, 46.

Assailants armed with automatic rifles broke down the door and killed everyone in the home shortly after midnight.

Arturo Beltran Leyva

AP LINK

I wonder how much time and money is spent by the U.S. government to keep our southern neighbor and narco-state from spiraling into total chaos.

If you think we have immigration issues with Mexicans now, just hang around and see what happens when their homeland collapses completely.

Arrrrriiiibbbaaaaa!


It’s “Merry Christmas” Around Here, and Don’t You Forget It

2009/12/21

What is it, exactly, that certain parties fear about Christmas? Why is it that notions regarding Christmas, from images of trees and mangers to the very salutation “Merry Christmas!,” is systematically attacked by the media as somehow improper?

If  the United States is to emrace the ideaology that diveristy is our strength, why is it that certain flavors are more palatable than others? What is so acceptable about the term “Happy Holidays” as opposed to the dreaded afforementioned Christian comment? I am no longer a practicing Christian. In fact, I’m not sure where I stand on any religious issues, save for the fact that I support an individual right to practice any religion one chooses. What I cannot and do not tolerate is the EXCLUSION of European ideals and traditions in order to promote a “Holiday Season.”

What, exactly, does that mean? A mash of cultures and notions that dilute the true nature of this wonderful time of year; one of peace on earth and good will toward men. Is there any more important message than that?

The decorating of trees is a pre-Christian tradition that has it’s roots in a celebration of the solstice, or changing of the seasons. There are theories that it also has links to St. Boniface and the German town of Geismar. Google the terms if you want more information concerning the relativity of Christmas trees and Christianity. My intent here is not to prove or disprove pagan or Christian relativity to the decorating of pine trees. My intent is to help preserve the traditions that were a source of great joy in my youth. The scent of my Mother’s gingerbread cookies, the time spent with family and friends, the sense of goodwill.

To me, these things will always be represented by the traditional symbols of Christmas. I will not bow to the notion that the term “Merry Christmas” is somehow offensive. The very idea of that is so ridiculous to me that it defies comment.

See here for more interesting comments regarding this writing.

Thanks for coming by, and let me say to you, loud and clear, MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Detroit a “City in Crisis”

2009/12/15

The U.S. Department of Labor reported a national unemployment rate of 9.8 percent in September. Michigan topped the list, as usual, recording the highest unemployment rate among the states at 15.3 percent. This is a 6.4 percent year-over-year increase in unemployment since September 2008, when the rate stood at 8.9 percent, again the highest in the nation. With Michigan’s economy mired in a severe recession, and no bright spots on the horizon, the state’s real estate market is destined to suffer a brutal and extended downturn.

Detroit, in particular, is a city in crisis. Shocking incidences of incompetence, corruption and scandal among city officials have thrown the local government into turmoil and left the city with a daunting leadership void. Local unemployment rose to a record high of nearly 29 percent during the summer of 2009. City services (police, fire, sanitation, 9-1-1, etc.) have deteriorated to deplorable levels. The school district is the worst in the nation. Population is declining. There are more than 80,000 abandoned lots and buildings within the city limits – a decaying landscape. The city has so much potential, but today Motown is in a very sad state of affairs. And as goes Detroit, so goes Michigan.

The above from a rejournals.com article.

Detroit is a shining beacon of the American future. It reminds me of the “indicator” species of animals that foretell the future of an ecosystem. Once the frogs start to go, for instance, you know you have a pollution problem. Well, Detroit is like a huge frog in the pollution of present day America. When it croaks out a death rattle, I think there may be many others to  come.

If anyone has interesting links to stories on the city that was once called “the birthplace of the American middle class” please post a link and your comments.

In the mean time, friends, buy canned goods and ammo.


Monday’s Joke

2009/12/15

A pony walks into a bar and says “Bartender, may I have a drink?”

Bartender says “What? I can’t hear you. Speak up!”

“May I please have a drink?” “What? You have to speak up!” “Could I please have a drink?”

“Now listen, if you don’t speak up I will not serve you.”

“I’m sorry, I’m just a little hoarse.”