Eric Florack on March 24th, 2015

First stop this morning was in New Paltz New York, essentially within shooting distance of McPhillips. I regret my schedule doesn’t leave me enough time to offer him some coffee. It would be an interesting meeting, I think. I managed to get a late start to the week, so I will probably be out until […]

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Eric Florack on March 23rd, 2015

I’m coming off the first extended weekend I’ve had in several weeks. Kinda nice being able to spend some time around the house. My truck needed some work anyway, and I had some paperwork that I had to complete. the paperwork in this job is seemingly endless. One of the things that I had taken […]

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davidl on July 11th, 2011

Barack Obama child-man,from Kelly O’Donnell Canada Free Press: Is there any mindset which defines Obama’s default attitude better than to say it is simply “adolescent?” No, for the following reasons. Barack’s interactions with the real world evokes from him responses which can be described as: angry; superior, haughty, dismissive, dishonest, petulant, cocky, petty, vengeful, mocking, […]

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Eric Florack on August 21st, 2010

I’ve been spending a good deal of time the last several weeks thinking about many things as I go about the business of driving my truck, and piloting the nation’s freight to where it needs to go. It’s a kind of job that certainly gives one time to do exactly that. One of the things […]

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Eric Florack on January 23rd, 2010

Dodd Harris over at OTB makes the excellent point that: At the core, corporations are just human constructs. We invented them to further our own purposes. They exist as concepts rather than physical objects, but have no more or less moral agency than any other human invention. Just as a gun or a piece of […]

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on January 15th, 2010

Editor’s note: It’s with pleasure that I introduce to you an old friend of mine… and a new author here at BitsBlog… Maribeth Achim. Maribeth has always been a creative sort, and so when I told her about this website and explained it’s thrust… that I consider that our politics should be reflective of our […]

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on January 3rd, 2010

JonesToTheGrindstone.com It’s Friday night, already past 10, and the line to get in is forming. Everybody has got their best face forward–carefully selected images. No ugly faces. Everyone has their most put out there and their words carefully chosen. You can reel-in anything you conveyed before you send it out into the public: start to […]

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Eric Florack on December 23rd, 2009

There is no moral imperative driving this message, tonight — no calls for a life of self sacrifice, no direct calls for intensive reflection this night, not even a real punch line of the story.  I will let you decide if these thoughts call for that. Tonight, I’m thinking back…. decades gone by, in fact. […]

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on December 18th, 2009

,   www.JonesToTheGrindstone I couldn’t resist using the popular Internet abbreviation, “WTF,” to play-up a question with a complex answer: WTF is blogging? Yes, “what the flip”  (HA!) is blogging? Well, here is Dictionary.com’s definition, “To write entries in, add material to, or maintain a weblog.” And a weblog is listed as, “A website that displays […]

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on December 16th, 2009

By Karen Jones, JonesToTheGrindstone.com I am building a catalog of tools and equipment to better ease us through our days—as we live amongst those who just don’t “get” us, want to “get” us, or even notice us as needing to be “gotten”. On top of the list of regular disturbances to be eased is sifting […]

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on December 13th, 2009

By Karen Jones, www.JonesToTheGrindstone.com All types of hairdos walk through this maze of aisles, bins, and end-cap displays: the tightly curled, the heavily-shellacked, the Easter egg-colored, the pigtailed, and even the bald. These captains of hair commandeer their vessels as soon as they file through the automatic glass doors. The cargo ship is launched and […]

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on December 10th, 2009

By Karen Jones As I sit on Bus 77 that cruises up and down Massachusetts Ave., I look down at all the cars on the street. The bus is much taller than the privately owned cars; so, I sit up in my crow’s nest spying on people. I ride public transportation almost every day because […]

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Eric Florack on October 10th, 2009

Over in the UK, The Spectator notes; Here is a little quiz. The Guardian has posted up a list here of everyone who has won the Nobel Peace Prize since its inception. Q: Which three names are omitted from the Guardian list ( even though they do appear on the Nobelprize.org list which the Guardian […]

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Eric Florack on October 8th, 2009

Most people will remember, I think… at least those not ‘educated’ at government schools… that Hiroshima was hit by a bomb at the end of world war two… and we’ve all seen some of the destruction wrought by that attack. Just as a reminder, here’s a few pics of the aftermath. Remember in all cases […]

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Eric Florack on September 24th, 2009

There’s something about a road leading off into the distance that makes one want to follow, even when you don’t know, and can’t see, where it leads. There’s something about a nightfall, that makes the darkness seem inviting. There’s something about the sound of truck tires in the distance, that calls to the soul of […]

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