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THE THANKSGIVING BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for November 26, 2020

With Scattered news from around the World

By Bandit, Rogue, Wayfarer, Bob T. Sam Burns, Barry Green, Laura, El Waggs, the Redhead, and the whole crew
11/25/2020


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HEY, HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THE BIKERNET STAFF

The Bikernet staff wants to say, “Thanks!” In a very big way, we are thankful to still be doing what we love to do everyday.



Just the other day a perfect stranger, a 28-year-old Redhead wandered into the shop. Honor’s friend, Megan, just broke up with her old man and needed a place to stay. All she had to her name was a rigid frame, a link to a partial Panhead engine, and pieces of a primary belt drive.

Immediately, Honor shared her space in the front of the Bikernet headquarters. Ryan McQuiston, of McQuiston’s Custom Cycles offered her a job, while she worked on transferring her electrician union standing to a local group. And the brothers in the shop checked her frame (not that one) and started to chase parts for her first bike. It’s like that with bikers all over the world. Always willing to help anyone with anything.



We are damn thankful to every Bikernet Reader, staff, Contributor, Cantina Member and 5-Ball Customer for helping us keep the lights on, sharing the action and enjoying the ride everyday.



I wish everyone the absolute best this Thanksgiving. See you in Bonneville next year.

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The Bikernet Weekly News is sponsored in part by companies who also dig Freedom including: Cycle Source Magazine, the MRF, Las Vegas Bikefest, Iron Trader News, ChopperTown, BorntoRide.com and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. Most recently Quick Throttle Magazine came on board.

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AMA NEWS — The AMA cautioned the California Air Resources Board and offered to work with the agency as it revamps its testing fee structure for off-highway and dual-sport motorcycles.

Fee increases that raise the price of motorcycles or aftermarket equipment reduce the demand for those products. And that reduced demand affects economic opportunities related to the use of those products, such as hotel stays, restaurant visits and other spending by individuals and families.

“With respect to youth-oriented off-road models, recognition of different use and cost implications of a new testing fee structure is critical,” the AMA wrote to CARB. “AMA members and their families need continued access to reasonably priced, youth-appropriate vehicles. Without access to these appropriately sized vehicles, younger riders might be wrongly encouraged to ride adult-sized machines.”

The intent, the governor said, is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The move is expected to quicken the shift to electric vehicles and those powered by other alternative fuels.
--AMA
 
Those bastards are after us. Although their mandate is deeply flawed, unrealistic, and inaccurate, it’s their control religion, and we let it get too far. Hang on!--Bandit






Gettysburg Bike Week 20th Anniversary Black Friday Sale--Gettysburg, PA (November 25, 2020) – Gettysburg Bike Week is back for the 20th anniversary rally at the Allstar Events Complex in Gettysburg, PA with a Black Friday special on tickets, the deepest discounted ticket offer leading up the event.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Gettysburg Bike Week is offering $33 tickets for the weekend pass and $22 for the 2 day passes and $14 one day pass. The event will be held Thursday July 8th-Sunday July 11th.

“We wanted to give riders something to look forward to for 2021. 2020 has been hard on everyone, so we decided to offer our best rate on tickets for the 20th anniversary of our event.” says Gettysburg Bike Week Owner Kelly Shue. “We have already started to work on COVID-19 safety protocol so our event can be put on safely. We missed everyone in 2020 and can’t wait to see everyone.”

This year’s musical acts include Thursday’s lineup starts the weekend with a bang featuring The Colt Wilbur Band, Fade to Black a Tribute to Metallica and Dave Bray USA. Friday will feature the every popular Jasmine Cain, Honey Pump and headliner Buckcherry. Saturday always features a full day of rides and an evening of rock n roll.

Saturday nights lineup features local favorites Small Town Titans, Redemption Road and headliner KIX. Ever present emcee Jack Schit will once again perform master of ceremonies duties throughout the week on the Budweiser Stage, Gin Gypsies will be slinging drinks in their usual boisterous fashion (with some safety restrictions in place). The cornhole tournament and mini-bike racing have been huge successes and you can be sure that they are coming back with a vengeance.

Expect heavy competition in the Cycle Source Ride-In Bike Show, Bike Games and Rodeo. Discounted tickets for two and four-day passes are available here starting Thursday November 26th at midnight and ending Sunday November 29th at midnight, once it hits midnight the deal is done so make sure to head over and buy them for your friends and family.

Gettysburg Bike Week tickets make the perfect stocking stuffer and will be the deepest discounted ticket price offer for Gettysburg Bike Week 20th Anniversary.

No rally is complete without great riding, and Gettysburg has some of the best riding around. Whether riders want to see historic battlegrounds or just hit the road for a great cruise, hundreds of miles of the best riding in the East surrounds Gettysburg. In addition to fantastic solo riding, GBW also features awesome group rides throughout the weekend event.

Black Friday Discount Pricing for Gettysburg Bike Week is as follows:

$33 per-person 4-day passes, available online

$22 per-person 2-day passes, available online

$14 per-person 1-day passes, available online

New and returning riders can find updates, the schedule of events, lodging information and anything they ever needed to know about Gettysburg Bike Week by visiting http://www.gettysburgbikeweek.com.

 
 

NMA CONFIRMS IT--Illinois Supreme Court Confirms Existence Of Illegal Traffic Ticket Quota--
Sparta, Illinois, traffic ticket quota struck down as illegal by the state Supreme Court.

Illinois Supreme Court

Many states have laws prohibiting government officials from imposing traffic ticket quotas on police officers, but they are routinely ignored. Localities are often able to achieve the goal of increasing ticket-writing activity without having the formal "quota" label for the revenue generating demands placed on police officers. On Thursday, the Illinois Supreme Court refused to play word games and struck down an "activity point" system as illegal.

The city of Sparta had thought in 2013 it could use the activity point label to get around the ticket quota ban, which outlaws the practice of requiring an officer to issue "a specific number of citations within a designated period." Officers on the day shift were required to rack up 82 "points" and night-shift officers needed to score 65 points, with a traffic ticket counted as two points, but a warning written to a motorist earning a single point.

"Failure to reach the minimum monthly points will result in discipline," the Sparta police policy explained. "Discipline will be corrective and progressive in nature."

The local police union, the Policemen's Benevolent Labor Committee, decided to file suit to protect officers from this policy. A circuit court judge rejected the idea that the point system was merely a traffic ticket quota in disguise. Officers could, in theory, meet the points target without issuing any tickets at all, the city argued. The high court justices did not buy that argument.

"The policy, at least indirectly, may compare police officers based on the number of citations issued because points are awarded for citations and officers are compared and receive awards based on points of contact," the high court ruled. "By granting awards based on points of contact, the policy may provide an incentive for officers to write citations to accumulate as many points as possible."

The court noted that the points system could still be used for other elements of the policeman's job -- just not the issuance of tickets.

"As we have found, the statute could not be clearer on the specific issue presented by this appeal, i.e., whether issuance of citations may be included as points of contact in the city's policy," the court concluded. "The statute simply cannot reasonably be read to permit municipalities to include the issuance of citations as points of contact."

A copy of the ruling is available in a 50k PDF file at the source link below.

--The Newspaper.com





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NATIONAL MOTORISTS ASSOCIATION INVESTIGATION--We like clever wordplay as much as the next guy. The double entendre of the title, however, stirs an emotion stronger and more negative than “like.”

Christopher Matthew Spencer, one of our most active members in Southern California, led the charge by submitting a public records request to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office (LADA). He had strong suspicions about the unethical use of funds seized by the county under state civil asset forfeiture statutes.

His October 2020 request sought:

“(A) List of expenses relating to all promotions, conferences, events, functions, and so forth that was spent by the DA’s office to promote and hold their asset forfeiture seminars. For a period of 36 months.”

Spencer’s action was triggered by the knowledge that such seminars cost over $100 per hour of DA’s staff time to organize. As he wryly notes, “There are plenty of ways for the government to (appear to) reduce cost.”

It took Christopher Matthew 45 days to get a response to his records request because of claims by LADA that they “didn’t pay anything.” Only through persistently aggressive follow up by Spencer did the stonewalling crumble.

LADA’s response was careful to note that “No taxpayer dollars are used to promote and hold asset forfeiture seminars. The training is funded with assets seized and forfeited in accordance with Health and Safety Code Section 11489(b)(2). Under the law, 1% of assets seized and forfeited shall be distributed to “a private nonprofit organization composed of local prosecutors which shall use these funds for the exclusive purpose of providing a statewide program of education and training for prosecutors and law enforcement officers in ethics and the proper use of laws permitting the seizure and forfeiture of assets under this chapter.”

With that, LADA produced records that showed that it knew how to lead the monetary charge. LADA entered into an agreement with the Los Angeles County Prosecutors Association (CPA) through which the CPA would provide reimbursement for associated costs. That reimbursement ostensibly fell within the 1% rule of using seized assets from citizens, of which motorists are particularly vulnerable, to conduct such training.

Among the records that Spencer received were those related to a March 14 – 16, 2018 “Asset Forfeiture Summit for Law Enforcement Executives” at the luxurious Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa in Dana Point, CA. Was the ethics clause of 11489(b)(2) served by charging over $88,000 worth of rooms and catering at an out-of-county luxury resort? The Marriott provided some credits to the overall charges, but the fact remains that property seized by law enforcement was used to fund posh seminars designed to teach participants how to optimize the handling of forfeitures.

We’ve seen this playbook before. LADA/CPA hold lavish asset forfeiture seminars for prosecutors and law enforcement agencies that are supported financially by property seizures that often occur without the property owners being charged with a crime, let alone convicted. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hands out annual enforcement grants to the states based in large part on how many tickets a given state issued the year before. In other words, the states are encouraged to conduct ticket quota campaigns to get more government funding to run revenue-producing ticket quota operations.

Is it any wonder that the NMA’s agenda in Washington DC continues to be the reform of civil asset forfeiture laws and the elimination of government-funded ticket-quota incentives? In both cases, the systems feed on themselves, enriching government agencies while targeting the public for sanctioned abuse.

Spencer reached out to Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger as well as Deputy District Attorney Joseph Iniguez to seek answers and ask for an investigation into the asset forfeiture seminars. “I recommended to the DA’s office that instead of enriching the owners of luxury resorts and fancy restaurants, they could use legally retained proceeds from seizure activities to rent high school auditoriums to conduct seminars. We’ve heard over and over again how schools across the nation are suffering budget crises. The $88,310.63 spent at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa would help educate a lot of school children—the DA can pay school districts for the use of their idle spaces for these events,” he added.

--NMA

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QUICK, OPEN THE BANDIT’S CANTINA BAD JOKE LIBRARY, MASK FREE-- At an Irish Pub

John O'Reilly hoisted his beer and said, “Here's to spending the rest of me life, between the legs of my wife!”

That won him the top prize at the pub for the best toast of the night!

He went home and told his wife, Mary, “I won the prize for the Best toast of the night"

She said, “Aye, did ye now. And what was your toast?"

John said, “Here's to spending the rest of me life, sitting in church beside me wife"

“Oh, that is very nice indeed, John!" Mary said.

The next day, Mary ran into one of John's drinking buddies on the street corner.

The man chuckled leeringly and said, “John won the prize the other night at the pub with a toast about you, Mary."

She said, “Aye, he told me, and I was a bit surprised myself. You know, he's only been in there twice in the last four years. Once I had to pull him by the ears to make him come, and the other time he fell asleep"

--Wayfarer
International Librarian
Bandit’s Cantina Library
India
 
 
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL

ROGUE
Palm Bay, FL
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Editor Response Thanks brother,

Stay healthy and safe, the vaccines are coming...
--Bandit

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