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Nightly Ramble: Greetings…

Ok, I just have to do this one…

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Seriously, that’s where I am tonight. One of our other trucks had some problems, so I had to leave New York City where I delivered this afternoon, run halfway across Jersey, pick up his load, and run it down here. I must say, this is my first time in the neighborhood.

This trip has reinforced a long-held opinion about New Jersey roads. Particularly, there is no such thing as a simple intersection in New Jersey.

Cassie is running fine, although she’s due for a bath. I’ll see if I can’t get that taken care of tomorrow in Pennsylvania. That service engine soon light went out and hasn’t reappeared, thankfully. Turns out my diagnosis that there was a settling in period for the new part was correct.

That’s one advantage to being assigned one truck on a longer term basis. Its like hanging out with one person for extended periods of time. Years. You get to know all of the little idiosyncrasies of your ride, and you know when somethings not right. You also know when it’s happy. Dare I say it, this thing was happy today.

About 500 miles yesterday and probably about 450 today. Not a bad week so far, really. Particularly given I got a late start. I started on Tuesday as you’ll recall. Welcome to my world.

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The Wall Street Journal [3] today has an excellent editorial explaining why the Baltimore riots are a failure of the progressives, and the left in general.

Frankly, there was no doubt of it in my mind what I wrote last night’s ramble, but nice to see so many of my points reinforced at the Journal.

I can’t let this one go by, without also making mention of John Nolte, who says in part…

Contrary to the emotional blackmailsome leftists [4] are attempting to peddle [5], Baltimore is not America’s problem or shame. That failed city is solely and completely a Democrat problem. Like many failed cities, Detroit comes to mind, and every city besieged recently by rioting, Democrats and their union pals have had carte blanche to inflict their ideas and policies on Baltimore since 1967, the last time there was a Republican Mayor [5].

In 2012, after four years of his own failed policies, President Obama won a whopping 87.4% of the Baltimore City vote [6]. Democrats run the city of Baltimore, the unions, the schools, and, yes, the police force. Since 1969, there have been only two Republican governors of the State of Maryland [7].

Elijah Cummings has represented Baltimore in the U.S. Congress for more than thirty years. As I write this, despite his objectively disastrous reign, the Democrat-infested mainstream media is treating the Democrat like a local folk hero, not the obvious and glaring failure he really is.

Every single member of the Baltimore city council is a Democrat.

Then comes the matter of race. Baltimore city government, at least the positions of power, have been all black for just about 30 years now. And all Democrat is John says. The police department is about 50 percent black.

So with all that in mind, where is this oppression coming from we keep hearing about?

And is John for their points out, Detroit suffers from the same problems.

You’ll recall, if you read last night’s Ramble, that I wondered why there was not a protest of any consequence as regards the shooting in Charleston. I’m going to send you to do a little research on your own. What is the political makeup of the city government in Charleston?

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And down the road I go. I’ll see you tomorrow.