Profile For Jrod

Jrod's Info

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    Omaha, NE

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    Jrod On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 1 month ago

Jrod's Bio

I am the Director of Recruiting & Retention at Greater Omaha Express. I also handle all of our marketing and social media pages (Including our YouTube Channel!). https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD4BessWEbj-c_yRXLNsx-LydErQ4orXu

I also built our website just for prospective drivers: www.GOECareers.com Pay Chart, Benefits, Hometimes for every state and region, equipment descriptions and photos - its all on there!

We are a company that does require 2 years of recent OTR experience, so I'm just here to help new drivers make the best decisions for their career down the road. My best advice? Your first company is likely just as good as 99% of the other companies out there. If you hated trucking your first year, and you still hated it your second year... It's probably not the company. Not everyone is cut out for trucking, but those who are will be valued by any company they choose to drive for.

I can answer almost any questions about the application process, backgrounds, reports, work history issues, MVR, PSP, DAC, etc... Don't hestiate to ask me anything you think I can help you with. I'm here for the love of the game. This website is an INCREDIBLE resource for drivers at any stage of their career, and I always try to steer truckers to come check it out.

- Jerrod

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Friday Short Haul - Love's requires masks, 10-million-mile driver, brake check blitz, and TuSimple truck incident

Yes! I'm clear - Thank you for asking! I got my results yesterday around 2:00 PM and was back in the office by 2:45 PM, lol!

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Land Line Mag ran an interesting article where they interviewed a handful of truck drivers who were diagnosed with COVID-19, if you're curious as to how they handled it and what the process to getting back on the road was.

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What ever happened with YOUR results, Jrod? Did they clear you to return to the office finally ?!?!?! (Brad says hi, btw....)

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Friday Short Haul - Love's requires masks, 10-million-mile driver, brake check blitz, and TuSimple truck incident

Land Line Mag ran an interesting article where they interviewed a handful of truck drivers who were diagnosed with COVID-19, if you're curious as to how they handled it and what the process to getting back on the road was.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Reefer Companies that Fuel at PIlot/Flying J

Greater Omaha Express.

We are the in-house carriers for Greater Omaha Packing, we haul beef in 53ft reefers exclusively. We have a 90 truck fleet. We only fuel at Pilot/Flying J We do require 2 years of OTR experience.

Here is a link to our website if you want more info - I'm not trying to recruit here, but how could I not answer your question?! lol

Hey everyone, sort of a weird question but can I get some suggestions medium to large reefer companies that fuel primarily at Pilot/Flying J or give their drivers the option of where to fuel? Pilot/Flying J is my preferred truck stop and I was looking at WEL but from what I've gathered they pretty much seem to fuel at TA/Petro, which isn't a deal breaker but I would like to see what else is out there. Thanks!

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Friday Short Haul - Love's requires masks, 10-million-mile driver, brake check blitz, and TuSimple truck incident

I know the 'fun' theory is to claim everyone who dies gets labeled as COVID and that all 900,000 active US medical doctors and all 2500 US Medical Examiners are all in 100% agreement to make this mislabling happen because_________. Obviously.

But the only actual information I can find keeps leading to states covering up and hiding COVID deaths.

Example from Today: Texas forced to admit 600 unreported COVID deaths

Or: Florida Suddenly Has a Pneumonia Epidemic - Are 7x More People Dying From Pneumonia in Florida?

Or:

And I'm not even sure its political:

"Inaccurate death reporting is a long-standing problem in the US. A review of Missouri hospitals in 2017, for example, found nearly half of death certificates listed an incorrect cause of death. A Vermont study found 51% of death certificates had major errors. Nearly half of the physicians the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed in 2010 admitted that they knowingly reported an inaccurate cause of death."

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Friday Short Haul - Love's requires masks, 10-million-mile driver, brake check blitz, and TuSimple truck incident

Jrod, that column you sorted by the last time is "New Deaths" which is the # of deaths a country reported for that day only.

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I don't think it's a vast political conspiracy. (I'd love to be wrong about that though, I bet it would make an amazing story!)

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Oh you're definitely wrong about that. It's an amazing story the same way Hitler's was an amazing story. It's the story of sociopaths who fought their way to the top of the food chain and manipulated the world for their personal gains. The same story as humanity has lived for thousands of years, only the actors and the methods change.

I meant the reason we all can't have pet lions in our apartments isn't a vast conspiracy.

But I agree - we are run by sociopaths in congress, the senate and the whitehouse. The #1 factor in deciding who should be in charge of the US should be "Reject anyone who wants the job".

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Friday Short Haul - Love's requires masks, 10-million-mile driver, brake check blitz, and TuSimple truck incident

I just don't know how any of us can even make sense of the statistics. I have had two friends with stage 4 cancers die recently. Both of them were counted as Covid deaths. How can that kind of tomfoolery give us any clear insight into what's actually going on?

We can't even discuss this virus without it being political. Our country's political players have embedded the whole thing with their influence.

Did they have COVID? If someone is already weakened by stage 4 cancer, COVID is going to steal some of those precious weeks and months of life.

Not to make light of the situation at all, but here is how someone smarter than me explained it to me:

If I have terminal cancer and get run over by a clown car fleeing the keystone cops, I died from being run over by a clown car. Maybe I could have survived the clown car strike if I didn't have cancer, but in my weakened state, my life ended because Bozo (and 30 of his fellow clowns) lost control of a polka-dotted Ford Festiva.

Now replace Clown car with COVID.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Friday Short Haul - Love's requires masks, 10-million-mile driver, brake check blitz, and TuSimple truck incident

Forgot the screen shot. There it is - the USA at #11 out of 200.

0200737001595626085.jpg I'd also like to point out the circled column... Places that got hit relatively hard found a way to stop the spread almost immediately...as if by magic. Is it crazy to say we should look at how those countries handled it? We have the largest economy in the world, we should be able to do anything another country can do. This is America. What can't our nation do? What enemy can we not defeat? What job can't we do? Let's forgive our knee jerk reactions from when this started, throw out what we said about the virus back in February, and work together so our kids still have grandparents to spoil them next year. We've already lost more Americans to COVID than we did to World War I. But the only enemy we seem to be fighting against is ourselves.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Friday Short Haul - Love's requires masks, 10-million-mile driver, brake check blitz, and TuSimple truck incident

WorldOMeters.info sorted for deaths per 1 million population again shows the United States below the top 10.

Correct! With all of our money, resources and access to modern hospitals, Americans don't finish in the Top 10 when it comes to deaths per million.

We're #11 ! (Out of 215 countries)

We are in the bottom 5%. This is America, and this is embarrassing.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Friday Short Haul - Love's requires masks, 10-million-mile driver, brake check blitz, and TuSimple truck incident

I should have also said COVID "Cases" in my original post, and not "deaths". Mea culpa - that is on me. I scrolled back up and I was like "crap".

Still not sure how I politicized it though. There is an overwhelming connection between countries with low mask compliance having the worst rates of infections, and the countries with the highest mask usage having the lowest rates.

But going back, and playing with the columns... I'm not sure which column someone can click on that makes it seem like companies should be boycotted for protecting their employees (by asking customers to wear masks?). Again, TX & FL have more cases than the entire globe, minus those 5 top countries I mentioned. Its not New York anymore, its hitting people like us.

We can argue semantics all we want, sure, move things around if you want, switch some columns, church it up, but I can't find a single view where it appears that the USA isn't one of, if not THE, worst countries on the planet in regards to handling COVID19.

This is America. We should be the best. We should be leading from the front. Not making excuses. But right now, it feels like America is playing the part of the "I know better than my trainer" trucker who ignores reality and the advice of the successful trucker who is trying to help them. You know how that story goes. The driver fails, makes excuses, and then blames industry for their failures. The exact type of thing we try to help drivers avoid. I learned this from you!

Clearly the "do whatever you want regarding masks" didn't work out very well for America when you compare it to any of the countries with mandated mask wearing. I don't like anyone telling me what to do either, (besides my wife - love you honey!) but there is a reason the government doesn't let everyone have pet lions in their apartments... and I don't think its a vast political conspiracy. (I'd love to be wrong about that though, I bet it would make an amazing story!)

The article quotes drivers saying they will boycott Pilot because Pilot is protecting their employees from a virus that is tearing through the country right now. There are 100 reasons to dislike Pilot, but reducing the risk of infection to their employees seems like an emotional overreaction.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Friday Short Haul - Love's requires masks, 10-million-mile driver, brake check blitz, and TuSimple truck incident

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And this is a screen shot from the link you just shared... weird, its exactly the top 5 I listed!

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That's because you have it sorted by the wrong column. Jrod, I'm sure you're a fine recruiter, but a statistician you are not.

I didn't touch a thing. Just clicked his link. Yes, I could have sorted it any number of ways, but I didn't want to start moving goal posts. Just clicked his link and that's how it defaults.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Friday Short Haul - Love's requires masks, 10-million-mile driver, brake check blitz, and TuSimple truck incident

Wrong on deaths

Coronavirus deaths.

BTW everyone who says don't politicize masks then goes on to make s political statement

What part of what I said was political?

And this is a screen shot from the link you just shared... weird, its exactly the top 5 I listed!

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Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Fighting the Trucking industry.

There's a case going through the state of New Mexico right now which would set a requirement for failed applicants to have the right to request an official review by upper management of the decision to not hire that was made by the companies' recruiters. I believe the defendant's lawyer is exploring taking the whole thing to class-action as well so that other failed applicants can seek recourse and possibly even compensation. I don't have time right now to Google the link for his office but if I recall the lawyer's name is Saul Goodman.

Seems weird. Decisions not to hire almost always come from upper management anyways. 99% Recruiters will hire any driver they can get approved.

All of the applications I approved still have to be reviewed and approved by Safety & Insurance.

Remember, companies are risking millions to make thousands- with every hire. One bad accident that leads to a lawsuit can wipe out a company and force every employee at the carrier out of a job.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Friday Short Haul - Love's requires masks, 10-million-mile driver, brake check blitz, and TuSimple truck incident

Don't politicize masks.

The facts:

Top 5 Countries with the lowest percentage of mask commitment:

1. USA 2. Brazil 3. India 4. Russia 5. South Africa

Top 5 Countries with the most COVID deaths: 1. USA 2. Brazil 3. India 4. Russia 5. South Africa

Currently, There are more people with COVID in just Texas & Florida than the rest of the entire world, minus Brazil, Russia and India.

Just those 2 states make up a significant percentage of all COVID infections. Clearly, the brilliant minds on YouTube/Facebook were wrong about masks.

You don't have to be "Pot Committed" because you were wrong once. Strong, smart people can change their minds when presented with information they didn't have before. That's how learning works.

Sorry, its just on my mind alot lately, as I wait for my COVID test results and am stuck trying to work from home.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Friday Short Haul - States push for electric semis, fewer student new-hires, troopers in a truck

And... Old School with the best advice someone can give to another.

For those of you considering moving to a different company...

Learning to be hyper productive in this business will always bring you more money and satisfaction with the job. Switching companies seldom brings the kind of results people think they are looking for. If it did, the industry wouldn't be plagued with drivers always moving around. Everybody would be just as satisfied as I am. Unfortunately they aren't. These transient drivers keep re-discovering that they are now on a new trajectory of trying to prove themselves again as the new driver on board. That's a tough sell when you're competing with well established drivers. It's those well established drivers who are earning great incomes and staying at the top of the food chain.

Total Experience counts when it comes to being qualified for jobs, but the "new guy" is always the new guy.

Every company would take a driver with 3 safe years of driving experience all at one company over a driver who has 10 safe years of driving experience at 20 different companies.

That's a cold hard fact. Sure, drivers will still be able to find a driving job no matter how often they switch, but those jobs that hire chronic hoppers don't get better and better with every job switch. It's a vicious circle. Hoppers self sabotage. They say they are trying to escape companies that don't pay enough or treat drivers right, but after so many job changes...shady, low paying, lie-to-the-driver-Carriers are the only places that will hire them.

Those drivers have 3 choices: 1. Buckle down and prove themselves with their current company. 2. Keep hopping and becoming a miserable terminal rat with decades of experience but centuries of job history. 3. Drop out of trucking all together and become another failed trucker poisoning potentially great drivers from joining our ranks.

Only one of those options is a positive for the driver and for the industry.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Advice to new people, like myself, preparing for the CDL exam. And how I "failed".

Yes - I noticed I misspelled "POTENTIALLY" - no grammar grumps need tell me!

Posted:  2 months ago

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Advice to new people, like myself, preparing for the CDL exam. And how I "failed".

The real question is... When was the last time Old School was wrong about something on TruckingTruth?

The answer may be lost to time - I can't remember a single example! Old School is a wealth of knowledge, and I wish there was a way he could more easily spread this among both new and experienced truck drivers. Are all of you spreading the word to your CDL Classmates and Trucking Co-Workers? Save them the stress of major mistakes, Save a career, and potentialy, save a life out on the road - just by bringing truckers to the TRUTH!

(This ornery endorsement was brought to you by Jrod going stir crazy in the office. But its all true!)

Posted:  2 months ago

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Friday Short Haul - States push for electric semis, fewer student new-hires, troopers in a truck

But Derek Leathers, Werner’s president, says experienced driver applicants bring with them driving histories that conflict with Werner hiring practices.

He explained that 90 percent of experienced-driver applicants have issues Werner is not comfortable with and, because applications from that particular driver pool have increased, it makes it more difficult for Werner to sift through and hire the best.

Quote of the article.

It is making recruiting so much harder. Every single driver who never read this website, or ignored the advice on this website seems to be applying this year. We get stuck wasting so much time sifting through terrible applications that we can miss a good one. At least I have a job and I'm staying very busy, so I am grateful for that.

But dang man, Leathers is not exaggerating with his 90 percent of experienced drivers who are job searching right now have pretty terrible work histories. I might even say it is 95%+ for us, but we might have different standards than Werner, I'm not sure.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Western Non compete contract

I'm sure some of you noticed I didn't mention safety/accidents in there at all. I was just trying to stay as close to the thread topic, but of course, that factors into the prioritization as well. Its just that its not the first step because we haven't verified all of the incidents/violations yet. So work history and experience are the 1st two things we are looking at when we prioritize our applications.

It is a whole 'nother step in the process, once we get everything back. We have to go through and make sure there are not any disqualifying incidents or too many total accidents/violations in the last 1-5 years. Of course, that also eliminates a chunk of those applications, but that is a step further down the line.

Drive Safe!

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Western Non compete contract

Ok let's chill for a minute and think this through.

Let's start by remembering what our mission is:

  • Help people understand the trucking industry and decide if trucking is the right career choice for them
  • Teach people what it takes to get their trucking career off to a great start
  • Help new drivers develop into top tier drivers

I'm on year 6 as the Recruiting Director at GO Express, so I can tell you first hand about anything regarding the application process through orientation.

Here's what is required to hire a driver (not including any advertisements, job postings, social media, benefits, etc):

• A full 10 year application, signed, with permission to contact all employers within the last 5 years.
• We must contact (usually via, fax, email, or Tenstreet) each company from within the last 5 years and get an Employment verification. Companies are required to respond within 30 days or they risk hearing from the DOT. (remember that part, it will come up later) Even if they are out of business, there is supposed to be someone holding the records for at least 3 years. If we cannot find anyone to verify that employment, and we can document at least 3 good faith attempts to reach that company, we can fill out a huge form and use a "Secondary Verification Method", usually W2/1099's or 1st & Last Paystubs.
• We must contact each company from within the last 3 years to get Accident Information & Drug&Alcohol testing results (this 2nd part may change after January 2023 with the Clearinghouse)
• We must run an MVR for every state in which a driver held a license in from the last 10 years
• We run the PSP Report which lists every DOT interaction with that driver, from inspections to accidents.
• We run the DAC Employment History report - it lists all employers from the last 10 years that subscribed to DAC. (Contrary to popular belief, Its just a simple program with pull down menu answers. There isn't any spot where they can write in their "opinions" about a driver on the DAC report)
• We run a CDLIS+ report- this lists all Licenses in all states that a driver has held.

After all of that, we have to go through everything and make sure the application the driver filled out matches the paperwork perfectly. If we add any employers that the driver 'forgot' about putting on their application, or any tickets/accidents that they didn't list on the application, we have to add them manually, fill out a DOT form, email the driver to re-sign their application, and all before we can continue processing the application.

Applications usually take 3-6 hours of work to process. Some take much longer (the more job changes? The longer it takes. Basically add 30-60 minutes for each job change, and another 30-60 minutes for each company we have to verify that can be described as one of these:
• 1099
• small O/O (who also drives and never answers calls from numbers they don't recognize and doesn't have a fax machine, or is never in the office to fill out the paperwork for "some driver who doesn't even work here anymore")
• Out-Of-Biz/Closed
• "Shady Corrupt Trucking, LLC" (that, if we're being honest, you knew was going to be shady and the deal they offered was too good to be true") that keeps changing names and DOT#'s every couple months to avoid being shutdown by DOT.

The 2-6 hours, that's a cumulative total - almost never done all at once. Its done in 5-10-15 minute chunks as reports and verifications come in.

Lets do that math. I'm an office nerd now, so there are only 40-60 hours during the week. With that being said, I can only seriously process 20-40 applications per week. I get 50-100 Applications per week. So there is a need to be able to quickly and efficiently prioritize which applications to focus on 1st.

Guess which applications and drivers get 1st priority? HINT: It's not the apps that are going to require 10+ hours to finish.

Guess which applications also fall to the bottom of the pile?
The ones where we get a letter like this:
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This is just the CRST version of the "non-compete" letter, but any company that has contracts has their own version
(and not all of them call out JB Hunt, lol! sorry.gif ).
BUT... going back to what I asked you to remember about the 30 day deadline, they still have to respond to employment verifications within 30 days like everyone else or they get reported to the DOT. Unlike every other company that typically responds within 1-7 days, the companies where a driver is still under contract will wait until day 29.9999 to respond. So, as a company trying to prioritize driver apps, that ones that we know are going to take at least 1 month to fully process don't make the top of the pile either.

Just a few more reasons to take that first year or two seriously, and especially if you sign a contract.

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Truckers say they will refuse to enter cop-defunded cities

So back to facts.

Facts typically aren't that hard to find IF you actually want to find them. There is some truth behind "Ignorance is bliss".

Honest learning is tough. It can be unpleasant. It can make you question yourself and things you believe. But its always better in the long run to have the ability to anchor yourself in reality as often as possible when there is problem solving to be done. If you want to be able to be 'right', if you truly want to be on the side of 'right', you have to seek out facts, no matter how they make you feel. Facts don't take sides, they just... are. If you want to do honest learning about a trucking company, perhaps "XYZtruckingIsaRipoff.com isn't the best choice, and neither is "XYZTruckingCorporateWebsite.com. Even though one of those is gonna probably make you feel really good depending on your bias going into it. It'll tell you exactly what you want to hear, but its not providing any new facts or helping you take in new information.

Everyone has a personal bias. Companies are made up of people who all have personal biases. But good companies, good organizations, good people can recognize this and remove leading statements. They don't try to manipulate or spin reality by adding opinions or removing facts. And we need those types of good people to step up now more than ever. They exist, they are out there, but they are the minority of people, and you have to seek them out. As Robert Frost one said, and as I take completely out of context, sometimes you have to take the road less traveled (by the people you want to be a part of). No matter your affiliations, facts aren’t biased. Intentional disinformation is biased. Assumptions are biased. Even drawing conclusions based on partial information is biased, even if it can’t be helped.

The fact of the matter is, there are a lot of things that we don’t always have all of the facts on because new information being gathered in real time. There are people who may be more knowledgeable in specific areas, but even if that person is unbiased, they can only give you their best ‘educated guess’ or ‘most likely’ result based on their experience until the subject is fully in the past. Situations happening in real time are the most dangerous of all because of that fact. Real time scenarios are when you need to be the best version of you, seeking to educate and learn honestly so that you can make the best choices. Seeking out confirmation bias during these times is detrimental to everyone.

That’s all – I’m not going to try to convince anyone the protesters are rioters and rioters are protesters, or that the Libs are evil or that the Republicans are evil, or that all cops are bad or only some cops are bad, or that no cops are bad.... We are beyond politics right now. This isn't about choosing sides or splitting into teams. We need to do the right thing for our country, and in order to do that, we must figure out what the right thing is, based on what facts we know. We can’t omit facts that contradict our beliefs, we can’t assume facts that aren’t in evidence.

History has its eyes on us right now. You know it, you can feel it. Its not even about 'winning'. Let’s not make this a chapter where we come off as foolish to people reading about this 100 years from now. Let’s not become the folks who burnt witches at the stake because our beliefs blinded us to the facts. The witch burners technically 'won', but how do they look to us now? What is their legacy that they left behind?

Let’s be that bright beacon of idealism that we all believe America should, and can be, for the rest of the world. Let’s set the example that we want future generations to learn from.

LEARN GOOD AND DO GOOD! Drive Safe and Stay Safe.

*("Alternative Facts" is where this administration lost my support, and I lost my ability to respect or trust this administration. The last president did the same thing by indiscriminately killing thousands of people with thousands of drone strikes - including Americans. Its one thing to try to spin opinions, its a whole 'nother ball game to try to justify the purposeful spreading of disinformation. We have to be better, as people, than the examples our government has given us for many decades.

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