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Archive for September 15th, 2008


Are you ready?  You are not going to believe this.  You heard it first here on the Northwest Harley blog…Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (and Vice Presidential candidate) had a corn removed from her left foot.  Yes!  You heard correctly she was involved in a non-life threatening, non-surgical incident.  I can’t prove it with photo’s, but I’ve heard from the Rev Wright camp so, if you agree pass it along to 50 people.

So much “noise” being generated about Sarah Palin that the political landscape has become muddy murky with all types of reports being passed off as accurate.  I know we’re all stressed out about the damage of Hurricane Ike, but folks some of us are acting more stupid than others.

Palin SNL Spoof

Palin SNL Spoof

I saw a report about Palin being a motorcyclist.  Clearly a photo of her sitting on a Harley Street Glide would suggest her persona as an experienced rider extraordinaire…what about those safety patches and ABATE MSF training stickers?  Shall we then jump to a conclusion that she will seek to eliminate helmet laws, smog laws, and noise laws, just for us Harley riders?  Who knows. 

In April 2008 she did proclaim that May would be Motorcycle Awareness Month in this Alaska press release.  But the press even twisted that information!  ABATE is now Alaska Bikers Advocating Training and Education (ABATE)…and here I thought all this time it stood for A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments (ABATE).  This site in Indiana calls it American Bikers Aimed Toward Education so, it looks like certain regions are making adjustments to sound less subversive?  Here is the site in Oregon

Mary Peters Discusses Motorcycle Safety

Mary Peters Discusses Motorcycle Safety

It turns out that Photoshop is the application of choice for the “disinformation generators” and we’d be hard press to determine fact from invention.  Even the news outlets focus too much on the non-relevant “corn” stories vs. Palin having a life-long motorcycle philosophy or how having a motorcycle enthusiast in the White House would affect anything.  But wait!  Don’t we have a “motorcycle enthusiast” in the current administration…she’s called secretary of transportation, Mary Peters.  Yes, she is an actual Harley rider!  She’s made it her mission to get helmet laws enacted in all 50 states, but has cut training programs.  Not exactly the motorcycle rights advocate we might have been looking for, huh?   Ken Bingenheimer at the Passes and Canyons blog has done a great job writing about Peters.  Check it out if you want more information. 

My point is the political landscape has become so clouded with reports trying to be passed off as accurate in the main steam media that all I can say is good grief… readers beware

P.S. – Hey did you know that Palin was on SNL and now they are talking about how great of an actor she is…

P.S.S – Hey did you know it was being reported in the blogs over the weekend that when Palin was 5 years old, maybe it was 4½ she was seen playing in a mud puddle!  Now that’s not presidential and if you agree send this on to 22 more people, ASAP!

Palin photos courtesy of NBC and Xanga.

Peters photo courtesy of DOT.

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Seahawks and 49er Game

Seahawks and 49er Game

I attended the season opener of the Seattle Seahawks  game yesterday and everything was perfect.  The weather was brilliant, the fans were loud, there were false-start penalties on back-to-back plays and early in the game the defensive tackle Craig Terrill picked up a fumble to return it for a touchdown.  How often does that happen? Yes, the 49ers were in danger of getting blown out.

But disintegrating into a steam of penalties, turnovers and just plain bad football – the 49er bad luck wouldn’t last forever and it was Joe Nedney’s 40 yard field goal in overtime that gave the 49ers a 33-30 victory.  It’s the first time the Seahawks have been 0-2 since 2002 and with their injury-depleted offense the defense just didn’t step it up after the 49ers converted play after big play in the second half.  Fans were stunned and 67,000 people were dead silent.

Seahawks Motorcycle Pin

Seahawks Motorcycle Pin

Seattle loves the Seahawks.  And Mike Holmgren loves his Harley.  He is often quoted about riding it across the desert outside his Arizona (offseason) home, but he certainly didn’t come back for his 10th and final season with the Seahawks to teach life lessons like this…I’m sure there was at least one point in the game where he had to be thinking I best take a ride on the Harley and enjoy the sights of a beautiful late summer afternoon!

Pin photo courtesy of Seattle teams site.

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I want to do my part and help fill our highways with motorcycles in route to Street Vibrations, but it got me thinking about fuel prices especially after hearing reports of price gouging from Hurricane Ike.

As Reno readies the welcome mat and bikers roll into town from all over the Northwest for the 14th year of this four-day event – crammed with just about anything for a motorcycle enthusiast – and has events spread all over Humboldt and Lander county – I wonder how many people will pass on the event because of fuel prices?

Reports state we consume 400 million gallons of gasoline every day in the U.S. and the demand for gas has pushed gas prices to record highs.  My trip to the 105th Anniversary celebration consumed approx $270.00 worth of fuel as Premium fuel averaged a little over $4 a gallon which is less than the current west coast prices. 

I don’t know about you, but I subscribe to the theory that market speculators have fueled the run-up of gas.  Reminiscent of the Enron debacle the commodity trading of large index investors and “swap” traders who trade on behalf of banks or wealthy individuals got into the futures markets which includes crude oil.  Large investors poured $60B into the oil market during the first 5 months of this year then by the end of July pulled out $39B as oil prices declined.  Is it coincidental that the speculation had such a dramatic effect on prices?  I think not!

And speaking of Nevada even the brothel business is down 25 percent which depends on truckers and they have felt the pinch of high diesel prices more so than anyone. So bad is the business that the Shady Lady Ranch is offering gas cards to lure truckers in, and even the Moonlite Bunny Ranch has offered up a deal called “double your stimulus” for those folks who have yet to cash their federal tax rebate checks.  Clearly the price of fuel has had an impact…

I’m not going to let gas prices stop me from getting a bit more “seat time” on the way to Reno, but this sign pretty much sums up my feelings on prices…

Photo courtesy of Flickr/Casey Helbing

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