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The real Leroy Mercer is …

Revisiting a story I wrote on the occasion of the Dualtone label's 2008 release of classic "Leroy Mercer" prank-call recordings on CD, an attempt to set the record straight on just who the comic genius behind those calls was: John Bean of Knoxville, Tenn., who passed away before the phenomenon of the tapes came to full fruition.

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Canada to move to Mexico if Trump is elected

As this report was going to press, developing news suggested Mexico had fired back with an announcement it would be relocating to Canada if Hillary Clinton is elected President of the United States in November, causing much concern over whether or not there will be a tear in the space-time continuum when migrating countries collide.

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Choking down the milk and cookies

If FMCSA's not going to remove the 30-minute break (aka the 'milk and cookie' break in the words of more than one operator) as requested by CVSA, there may well be rationale for reducing its severity weighting in the CSA Safety Measurement System.

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She’s baaaack — Precious lives!

"I'm pretty sure it's against the law or at least a bad sin to love anything that wasn't birthed as much as I love this truck. I really didn't think I could be more attached to it, until we didn't see her for weeks."

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‘You don’t need to outrun the bear’: NASTC head Dave Owen’s case to small fleets for e-logs

NASTC's Dave Owen urges small fleets to use computer-assisted logs, "before they make you turn it into an ELD" by syncing with the engine, to do what they're designed to do as a "spellcheck for logs": solve the problem of form-and-manner mistakes represented in safety scores and stats.

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The art of complaining

"In a perfect trucking world, everyone who runs a company or business having anything to do with trucking would start out as a trucker ..." -- Wendy on the fact that that's just not possible ...

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Live from GATS: ‘Stars, Stripes and White Lines’ — hear Tony Justice and his band

Live from the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, trucker and singer-songwriter Tony Justice delivered this amazing performance to drivers attending GATS. Hear the full audio here.

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Notes on being human

If you happen to be in Dallas today or tomorrow, do yourself a favor and stop at the show. Recharging your humanity battery while looking at pretty trucks will do a world of good for your soul. I know it has for mine.

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Audio: Starting GATS off right — a little front-porch singalong with Tony Justice, Bill Weaver

The Great American Trucking is under way today, and I can't remember a better beginning to it for me than this treat, a Wednesday-night front-porch singalong with Tony Justice, Bill Weaver.

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Dollar store dresses

"Attacking the symptoms of a disease only makes the patient comfortable until they die. Attacking the rot that causes the disease is what saves them."

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