Monday, August 22, 2011

So you're going to give up riding, right...?

You know, it's funny how many people can look at the same situation and see something totally different. Case in point: if a person is involved in a car accident, how many people will cluster around them, admonishing them on the dangers of driving and try to persuade them to give up driving automobiles altogether?

None, right? So pray tell why is it, that if you happen to have been involved in a motorcycle accident, the "most logical thing for you to do", should be to give up doing what you love?

I will take a moment here to add that I am very fortunate that those nearest and dearest to me, do not take this viewpoint. Sure, they're concerned about my well-being and my safety, but they understand that neither the bike, nor riding, were responsible for what happened. I didn't almost get killed because I was riding a motorcycle... I almost got killed because some airheaded dumbfuck driving a pickup truck did not have the skills required to be doing so.

Still, it's astounding how many people arrive at this fatally-flawed conclusion. It's as though for some reason, you shouldn't be riding them in the first place and you really ought to have known better. Really??? THIS is the type of uneducated and judgemental mindset that inevitably leads to the equally retarded leap of logic that it's 'okay' to run bikers over, because let's face it... "they're just asking for it".

I think it's safer to assume that this is a knee-jerk reaction that many drivers have when confronted with this scenario, because THEY don't want to be held responsible or accountable for their actions on the road. Maybe they know only too well that they themselves are guilty of so many of the bad habits and lapses of attention, that normally lead to the typical car-motorcycle encounter. And that is without taking into account the fairly recent phenomenon of cell phone usage and texting.

What they're actually thinking is: "If I accept that you have the same right to ride on the same roads that I drive on, that means I'm going to have to actually drive my car and pay attention to what I'm doing out there!!" And guess what? That's absolutely right. I do have that right and I do choose to exercise it!

There are many people out there that when questioned about motorcycles, will tell you that they are terrified of them. Without delving into what would make a person say such a thing, that statement is insane on the face of it. A vehicle which is capable of terrifying people? Unbelievable... When was the last time they had a motorcycle come catapulting through their living room window and kill one or several family members? Or were they ever stalked and subsequently run over by some demon, riderless motorcycle? Chances are they never were...

I can see them being terrified because they are aware of what might happen to THEM on a motorcycle, yes. All kinds of horrible atrocities which might be inflicted on them by drivers of cars and trucks... NOT by motorcycles. So if they should be terrified of anything, it should be of cars and trucks and the insufferable, mindless butchers who drive them.

The problem is that most drivers out there, regardless of gender, do anything BUT drive their cars. They occupy themselves with a myriad of mundane tasks, totally unrelated to the job at hand. They're bored. Jaded. They fancy themselves so proficient at driving, that they have become convinced they can get from point A to point B without even giving it a thought. Much less having to apply themselves.

The rising stats behind motor vehicle accidents seem to demonstrate that the number one cause of such calamities, is inattention and sheer ineptitude. Pure and simple. For those of you who drive pickup trucks, let me dumb it down so you can understand: "YOU DO NOT HAVE THE MENTAL OR TECHNICAL ABILITY TO SAFELY CONTROL A VEHICLE WITH SO MANY MOVING PARTS!!!  YOU ARE A DANGER TO YOURSELVES AND TO THOSE AROUND YOU!!!" We have droves of mindless zombies out there, to whom the province has seen fit to give control of a motor vehicle, who have their thumb up their arse and their brain in neutral.

Maybe it's time for the "riding public" to go on the offensive. An eye for an eye. It worked back in the day... You try to kill me on my bike? Better do a good job of it. If I survive, you will be looking over your shoulder for the rest of your life.  

A motorcycle enthusiast was taken out last September in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. A driver in a truck made "an unsafe left-hand turn", which led to the death of this fellow rider. The driver's fine for causing this death? A paltry $115.00 traffic citation. So yes... in that part of the country, a motorcyclist's life is worth $115.00. If you bought a slave off the auction block for that price and killed him out of hand, there would be a great uproar across this land and elsewhere. And rightfully so... Funny how if you're a biker though, folks just don't give a shit...

It has to change, people. If John Law and the courts can't protect us (and God knows they're not there to 'protect' anyone), then maybe we have no option but to defend ourselves. That is what nature expects of most semi-sentient beings in this world. Unless they want to travel down the road to extinction...

I, for one, ain't gonna travel that road willingly.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Five Rules to Remember...


1.) Money cannot buy happiness but it’s more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.

2.) Forgive your enemy but remember the bastard’s name.

3.) Help someone when they are in trouble and they will remember you, when they're in trouble again.

4.) Many people are alive only because it’s illegal to shoot them.

5.) Alcohol does not solve any problems, but then neither does milk.

Have a great day!

I love British censorship...

So just today I received an e-mail from the BBC. Seems they took exception to a comment I attempted to post on their website, dealing with the current unrest and rioting taking place over there.

Here in brief, was the e-mail I received. Please note that I have not edited or omitted anything. This is just as I received it:

Dear BBC Visitor,

Thank you for contributing to the BBC web site.  Unfortunately we've had to remove the content below because it contravened one of our House Rules.

Your comment was considered to have broken the following House Rule:

"We reserve the right to fail comments which...
Break the law or condone or encourage unlawful activity. This includes breach of copyright, defamation and contempt of court."

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Please do not reply to this email. If you wish to appeal against a moderation decision, please visit -

Please note that anyone who seriously or repeatedly breaks the House Rules may have action taken against their account without further warning.

BBC Moderation Team.

URL of content (now removed):
Subject: England riots: Clean-up as England riots spread

Posting: I'm from Ontario, Canada. I feel I am witnessing the unravelling of the fiber of British society. In my own personal opinion, the Army should have been called in on the second day. In most 'civilized' societies, looters and arsonists ought to be shot on the spot. Their 'rights' do NOT outweigh those of their victims. Sad to see this. Really, truly sad.

I would have to assume that considering this response, I shouldn't hold my breath for them to post a subsequent comment of mine. This one merely pointed out the reminder that: "In any country, it is NOT the responsibility of the local police to protect anyone. The police are there only to pick up the pieces after things have gone terribly wrong. Self-protection is a right which is not granted by any court or deity. It is an innate response for any living, semi-sentient being. See: Natural Selection."

Nice to know that in this country at least, we can still express (and have published most of the time) views which might not be popular with everyone, or which might be deemed 'controversial'. In retrospect, it is somewhat amusing to see the utter trash and bullshit that the British papers WILL publish, heedless of peoples' actual rights and privacy, so long as they deem it fit for the public's 'entertainment'.

Just don't try to rock the status quo...

Yup... the more I discover, the more I love this country of OURS.