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IT'S ALL GOOD BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for May 16, 2019

Lots of Action, Events and Happenings

By Bandit, Bob T., Barry Green, Rogue, Sam, AJ, Darrin, Markus, Laura, the Redhead, Paul and the rest of the crew
5/16/2019


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Challenges flying at us can be great or small
, but it’s up to us to handle them with dignity and pure positive enthusiasm. As the good doctor Bourna points out, “make stress work for you. It’s the only way.”

Good stress are the drivers making us get shit done in a timely fashion. Bad stress include all the bullshit in life, like folks not keeping their word or government agencies lying to us and taking our freedoms away.

My son and grandson (outside) rode to downtown LA to celebrate a brother's 1-year sober pin.
My son and grandson (outside) rode to downtown LA to celebrate a brother's 1-year sober pin.



Whatever it is, don’t let it bother you. Go for a ride, witness flowers blossom, touch a girl and smile. It’s all good. And once you’ve kicked some ass or fought the good fight, you can relax and let the stress subside to its appropriate place in the cosmos, the blackest of holes.

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THE MAGNIFICENT ART OF DAVID UHL--

Last year, we offered "Rapture" in our first-ever Flash Sale. David would like to do that again, with a piece he recently completed.

"KDFXCR" features Karen Davidson on the Charles Bridge in Prague. Prints will come on watercolor paper, in two sizes. Each print will be hand-signed by David and numbered, with a Certificate of Authenticity.

This piece will only be offered for 24 hours! We'll tally the orders tomorrow at this time and that will be the end of the edition. Period.

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Simply email me to place your order. I'll be traveling most of the day today, so it may be late afternoon/evening before I can respond. 

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International Sales Director

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15801 W. Colfax Avenue
Golden, CO 80401
303-913-4840





BIKERNET MOVIE REVIEW--
I just watched the 1997 movie "Wag the Dog".

I highly recommend watching it in terms of election and politics and media.


--Ujjwal Dey
Chief Correspondent
Bikernet News Desk India




REAL NEWS PRESIDENT TRUMP DOESN'T WANT YOU TO MISS--
Trump is Just Fighting Back in a Trade War that China Started Long Ago
-New York Post


“China is up to its old tricks on trade, but it’s learning the hard way that there’s a new sheriff in town: President Trump,” the New York Post editorial board writes. “China has operated in bad faith not only in negotiations, but in its actual trade policies, time and again breaking promises to stop stealing intellectual property and trade secrets. Let’s be honest: It was Beijing that started this war. Yet until Trump, America declined to fight back.”



Vice President Pence: USMCA levels playing field for American workers

Constitutional Crisis As Absurdist Theater
-National Review


“Jerry Nadler has declared a constitutional crisis. The proximate cause is a couple of redacted lines, including one footnote, in a 400-page report. Let’s be glad for the sake of the republic that an entire page wasn’t withheld,” the National Review editorial board writes. “Nothing in the regulations required Attorney General Bill Barr to release any of the report, let alone release it in its entirety. He did anyway. . .”

Mueller Cleared Trump — Now Get Over It
-New York Post


“It’s now been more than six weeks since special counsel Bob Mueller, the former FBI director, concluded his investigation into Russia’s interference in our 2016 election . . . It’s finally over,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) writes. “For two years, the Democratic Party held out hope that the legal system would undo their loss in 2016. They refused to make peace with the American people’s choice. But the American people elected this president. They did. The American people voted for change.”

Trump’s Tariff Tactic is the Best Way to Finally Make China Stop Cheating
-New York Post

“The president held off raising tariffs on Chinese-made goods to 25 percent on March 1, as he had promised. The hope was that China, after decades of cheating on trade in every way imaginable, would finally agree to play by the rules,” Steven Mosher writes. “Then, [last] Friday, China attempted to rewrite a whole host of provisions it had previously agreed to.”

By Voting to Hold Barr in Contempt, Dems Defy Logic and Precedent
-Fox News


“You can’t help but notice the phrase ‘Russian collusion’ has vanished from Democratic talking points and left a void in their narrative,” Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), the top Republican lawmaker on the House Judiciary Committee, writes. “So Democrats have resolved to neutralize Barr by attacking his integrity . . . What a cynical, mean-spirited, counterproductive and irresponsible step it is.”

Border Crisis Worsens: 100,000 Border Crossers Arrested in April, Highest Since 2007
-Washington Examiner


“Nearly 100,000 people were taken into custody along the southern border in April after illegally crossing from Mexico into the United States, marking the highest number in one month since April 2007, according to new federal data,” Anna Giaritelli reports.

Border Patrol Chief to Congress: “We need more than words.”

Melania Trump Announces Expansion of Her ‘Be Best’ Initiative with Focus on Child Welfare and Drug Abuse
-Fox News


“First Lady Melania Trump marked the anniversary of her ‘Be Best’ campaign on Tuesday by announcing the expansion of the initiative and another international trip,” Andrew O’Reilly reports. The First Lady’s signature initiative “will now include children of all ages, not just babies born dependent on opioids and other addictive substances, and young mothers. The social media pillar will broaden to add online safety to the emphasis on bullying and good citizenship online.”

Tiger Woods Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom in White House Ceremony
-CBS News


“President Trump honored Tiger Woods for his momentous golf career by awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, at the White House on Monday,” CBS News reports. “The age of Tiger gave us moments that will live forever in sporting lore,” the President said as he stood next to Woods in the Rose Garden.

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Since this is our second BOGO, we’re doing the same thing—but with Hardbound #2, which includes issues 5-8 exactly as they were printed. We’ll randomly select two winners from the latest BOGO subscribers to receive signed and personalized copies. Winners will be announced once the sale has come to a close.

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NEWS FROM THE CROFT LEATHER WORK SHOP-- I have been putting a lot of thought into the DimeBag wallets. I got the wallet design completed. Going to work on a logo for a stamp, maybe ‘70s style art but keeping my mind open. I am using 8-10 oz thick shoulder Cowhide with 10 solid brass rivets.



I can start out with a few classic colors of leather. These will be all handmade.


--Adam Croft
extraordinaryartist01@yahoo.com

I’m sending Adam a sample of one of my old IRS wallets and watch bands. He wants to expand his line.--Bandit


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SALT TORPEDO TEAM WORKING WITH AVON TYRES-- We design tyres to comply with ETRTO standards (European tyre and rim technical organization). For each tyre size there is a measuring rim width that the specific tyre size needs to be designed in accordance with.

With reference the alternative rim sizes these are min/max rim widths the tyre size can fit on.

There is a list of speed ratings on our website;
 
H rated – speeds up to 130mph
V rated – speeds up to 149mph
VR rated is for German legislation but is for V rated radial tyres.


--Avon Motorcycle Technical

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NEWS: Be Aware of Motorcyclists This Riding Season

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NMA ALERT--Predatory Towing Not Just an Inconvenience


Cities tow cars for many reasons. They are often towed when doubled parked or left in front of a fire hydrant. If there are too many parking tickets, cities will often boot first, and if the driver does not pay the tickets in a certain amount of time, the boot comes off, and the vehicle is confiscated usually by private companies contracted by the city. If owners don’t pick up their cars and pay the tow charge and the fines, then it is sold within a certain period—often for scrap since there is no clean title.

If this has ever happened to you, it might just be an ugly inconvenience, but for many, it becomes a downward spiral that is hard to escape.

WBEZ-Chicago recently did an investigation to uncover what happens to cars after they are towed. Over three years, WBEZ examined hundreds of thousands of records and documents obtained through more than 100 public record requests from a number of city departments that are responsible for towing vehicles. To better understand the scope of Chicago’s confiscation program, reporters examined every impounded vehicle incident that occurred in 2017.

One surprising fact that they uncovered: One out of every four cars impounded never made it back to its owner. A total of 93,857 vehicles were seized by the city of Chicago in 2017, and nearly 24,000 of them were sold for scrap bringing in less than $200 each. This was an average of about 66 cars per day.

Hazard towing (cars parked on the wrong side of the street in winter, in front of alleyways or fire hydrants) and abandoned cars accounted for about one third of impounded vehicles. In 2017, Chicago also sold more than 8,000 cars taken from owners who owed money to the city for tickets. None of the proceeds of the cars sold went to help owners pay off the debt accrued from tickets, booting or towing.

Advocates say vehicle seizures affect low-income car owners the most. Eric Halvorson of the Chicago Jobs Council stated, “Taking away people’s transportation is a job-killer.” Many Chicago-area motorists have been given multiple tickets for not having the city’s yearly sticker placed on their vehicle. The fines become too expensive, and as both ProPublica activists pointed out earlier this year in a different report, this has caused many motorists in the city to file for bankruptcy.

Another towing program that Chicago has implemented is called the Vehicle Impoundment Program or VIP. Officials claim that VIP is not tied to the police department’s civil asset forfeiture program. Funny, VIP seems like another civil asset forfeiture program that was created to skirt issues involved with the police confiscation program. Drivers automatically have their cars towed if they are used in the commission of certain offenses including driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, littering, playing loud music, solicitation, and the possession or use of illegal fireworks.

Most VIP impoundments are due to license suspension likely from ticket debt. In 2017, 8,295 vehicles seized under VIP were sold. Suspended licenses were involved in nearly 76 percent of the cases. Many such tows occur on Chicago’s West and South sides. Trust between residents and officers enforcing the tows has greatly disintegrated. In April 2018, Reason.com accused the city of Chicago of trying to pay down its debt by impounding innocent peoples’ cars. Back in 2016, the NMA wrote about Chicago’s predatory tow practices right after the city council approved its Towing Bill of Rights.

In late April 2019 three motorists and the Institute for Justice filed a lawsuit to end the city’s impound racket. The suit asks for the return of all impounded cars to their owners and also have the city reimburse owner’s whose vehicles were destroyed while impounded. Institute for Justice attorney Diana Simpson said, “Chicago holds all impounded cars as ransom until an owner pays all fines and fees. This unjust process violates both the Illinois Constitution and the US Constitution.”

In Florida, a bill moving through the state legislature would gut the state’s current predatory towing law which provides protections for vehicle owners. Lawmakers want to make it harder for motorists to obtain retribution against towing companies that have hauled cars and trucks away illegally. Also under the bill, victims would have a more difficult time suing tow-truck companies for seizing and subsequently damaging their cars. According to the Miami New Times newspaper, predatory towing is more prevalent in the tourist areas of Miami Beach and South Beach. The New Times has reported that for decades, towing companies have raked in millions by tricking drivers into parking illegally and then hauling away their cars. Senate Bill 1792 attempts to do away with the following language in current law:

“When a person improperly causes a vehicle or vessel to be removed, such person shall be liable to the owner or lessee of the vehicle or vessel for the cost of removal, transportation, and storage; any damages resulting from the removal, transportation, or storage of the vehicle or vessel; attorney’s fees; and court costs.”

For motorists, predatory towing is not just an inconvenience; it can irreparably harm the daily lives of families who have been caught up in a revenue scheme perpetrated by localities and the towing companies hired to do the dirty work.





QUICK, OPEN THE BANDIT’S CANTINA REFURBISHED BAD JOKE LIBRARY-- When our lawn mower broke and wouldn't run, my wife kept hinting to me that I should get it fixed. But, somehow I always had something else to take care of first ... the shed, the boat, making beer. Always something more important to me.

Finally, she thought of a clever way to make her point. When I arrived home one day, I found her seated in the tall grass, busily snipping away with a tiny pair of sewing scissors.

I watched silently for a short time and then went into the house. I was gone only a minute, and when I came out again I handed her a toothbrush.

I said, "When you finish cutting the grass, you might as well sweep the driveway."

The doctors say I will walk again, once my testicles descend, but I will always have a limp.
______________________________

My wife sat down next to me as I was flipping channels. She asked, "What's on TV?"

I said, "Dust."

And then the fight started.

--Bobby Stark





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The grass conspiracy, the gentleman mowing the grass is doing what he can there. In rural areas like what that appears to be , the county road department , the department of corrections probably took care of this tax paid service , as years go by the leaders have learned to put that part of the budget in their paycheck and either the road department director will figure how to mow the roadways every two months or the landowner will do it themselves.

I have seen most people that do mow this close to the roadway will not cut toward the street, and will stop as a car or motorcycle passes by and a very few will clean the street after cutting their land path. This is my opinion and what i have witnessed . if anyone has done this , is it easier to use riding mower or sling blade ?

steve smith
anniston, AL
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Editor Response Thanks for your insight.
--Bandit

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