Monday, July 26, 2010

Bearded Lady...

The fine folks in and around MN had a hoot this weekend at the Bearded Lady Freakshow. Looks like a good time, and one we'll have to attend the next go-round if at all possible. I mean, any spot with great bikes, cars and tattooed, baby pigs in embalming fluid for trophies has to be a blast right? Yeah!

Some of the highlights that I stole...

Best trophy ever.

I wonder if this was best of show?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Fuggin hell...

Here you go world. Welcome to the dark side. Now you can all be as tough as that one kid that does that stuff with the things... and stuff. Yeah.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sometimes you just gotta stand up!

Even when you have a comfy seat. Period. GV trip. Good times.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Outta here!

Not quite, but almost anyways. Gotta tidy up a dozen or so things on the bike, then I'm off to OC to pick up the OL, then off to Duarte at the buttcrack of dawn and then to Big Sur for shenanigans and camping, then off to Grass Valley for continuing shenanigans and more sleeping in dirt. Then if we're still alive, we'll come home. There's still time to pack your stuff and join in!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Off it goes...

Well, another is out of the stable for the time being. I loaded up the '65 pan and handed it off to Rico over at Hi-Bond Modified to have a look-see. After peeking in the spark holes, there doesn't look to be any top-end damage. A little accumulation on the exhaust valve on rear head, but nothing noticeable other than that. It's in Rico's more-than-capable hands now and I'm hoping it's just a freakin' kicker gear or other tranny problem at this point. Crossin' fingers.

And I thought I was just gonna put the new shaved legs Wompy did for me on there and blast up to Grass Valley. Silly me.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Good stuff to go do!

I just tossed this up on the EC blog too. Last year we had a ton of fun and made a bunch of new friends too! This year will be hard to miss with the lineup they are having and knowing what kind of gig they throw. That said, you have to go and make up for my absence. That's an order. Do it now!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Another good and scary one...

If this is your mom, I'm sorry. Don't kill the messenger.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

This scares me...

yet is kinda intriguing at the same time. Hmmm.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Knees in the... uh... breeze?

Whatever. Cool pic. Better disconnect that chain before take off though... just sayin'.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy Independence Weekend!

Remember this weekend is not about what fireworks you buy, or how much you can drink and not pass out. It's not about cookouts, and BBQ. It's not about family and friends. It's not even about remembering the fallen who fought for our freedoms. All of those are good and some of those are great, but this weekend is about being more than just great. It's about what's to come, not what's gone by. It's about what's happening right now around you in the world close to home. It's about standing up and making change for all of us.

We are in a position where the government today is worse in it's tyranny than that of the regime the founding fathers broke away from. Our freedoms are no longer our own and are bought and sold on open markets to the highest bidders regardless of our take on it.

THIS COUNTRY IS IN A STATE OF FINANCIAL RUIN UNLIKE ANYTHING EVER SEEN. Don't believe me? The US is on the verge of not being able to service the INTEREST PAYMENTS on its debt. We are fast approaching a point where that interest will be so great on a monthly basis that we can't ever even hope to pay the principal. Ever. Think about that. How long can that work? Do you think all the foreign and domestic interest that owns the notes to the US debt is going to just say, "OK, no sweat, we'll forgive the total..."? No way. We will lose control completely. Public services will shut down. Government employees will be let go in droves. You want scary end-of-the-world type shit? It's not about atomic bombs and virus outbreaks. It's about money. Period.

"Free Market" thought process abused by swindlers and power-mongers has brought us to a precipice and most of those around you and maybe you yourself don't seem to give a rat's ass. Everyone's too busy trying to make the rent money or pay the medical bills or the credit card bill or buy that new fancy thingamajig that they're just sure will make life better.

You know what will make life better? Getting off your ass and showing the power-mongers that we won't sit by while they sell America down the river for their own profit. We won't sit by while America becomes some Politically Correct bastion of complacency. We won't sit by while foreign interest infests our country like a virus and pays no heed to the rules that opened the doors for them in the first place. Stop wondering how one person can make a difference and go out and make a difference. How? Stop buying shit on credit. I don't give a rat's ass if you think you need it or not. If you're in a position where you have to use a credit card to survive, you are dying a slow death already and taking the country with you. Fix it. Suck it up and find a way to get your life to a place where no one holds the strings but you. If you have to live with your parents or 3 of your friends to do it, do it! It doesn't happen quickly, but small steps starting now, will gain you much more freedom quicker than you can imagine. Stop sitting idly by while our country and it's founding ideals wash down the drain while government chalks it up to "global economy" or some crap. Stop thinking that being American entitles you to all the coolest shit on the planet. Stop thinking you deserve anything. You don't. I don't. We get what we build for ourselves as individuals and communities. If you don't have a way to pay for something with money you actually have, then you don't need it. Period.

In the days of old, banks loaned based on what they held in people's deposit money. A rule of thumb was that they could loan out approximately 90% of money in the vault, assuming that no more than 10% of us would come ask for our money at any given time. If they loaned more than they had, they could not service their customers and they failed.

Today, the right to print money does not belong to the US. Realize that the Federal Reserve is not part of the government. It is a private organization. Did you know that? They don't want you to. They can print money whenever they want. Creating inflation or deflation as they please. They allow the banks to simply write up their balances in order to loan more money than they actually have in reserve. There are no reserves any longer. Just ledger adjustments. They don't have real money to back what they loan you. I call that fraud. Period. There are not enough dollars being made and deposited by the citizens or businesses into banks to create these loans, so who's actually going to pay them back?? This system creates a kill-or-be-killed mentality that has us all chasing too few dollars to pay back loans that were fraudulent to begin with. There was no actual principal to loan, yet they make interest on us. Hmmmm.

What do you imagine would happen if a group representing 10% of deposit value walked into the bank tomorrow and asked to close our accounts and take the cash? THE BANKS COULD NOT SUPPORT THE AMOUNT AND THE ENTIRE BANKING INDUSTRY WOULD COLLAPSE. In one day. Imagine that. If the fed simply decided to print enough money to service the request for cash, they'd show the flaw in the system. You want to talk about revolt? Tell America they can't have their money. And that's only 10%. Imagine if we all did this.

Imagine the reform that would be forced on our government if we could show that type of solidarity amongst the people. Forget race, color, creed, religion or any other divisive bullshit for just one day and think of what we could do. ONE DAY. One simple set of actions.

What if the entire country DIDN'T vote? If we held back our tax money? Just imagine all the things that we could NOT do to create change. We are the oil and the force that turns this machine. The government assumes we'll just keep on keeping on. What if we stop?

Yell at me and call me what you will, but I'm dead serious. The actions don't have to be so cataclysmic, but they need to happen. One people for One day. Imagine what we could do. Imagine if our forefathers DIDN'T do it. Imagine that for a minute.

So remember that this 4th of July and remember who really holds the power. There is no power other than that of the people, because the people are what is real. Remember what independence means and ask yourself if you are truly independent.