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Safety Nazis & White Knights

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Safety Nazis & White Knights

There’s a group of people out there on the internet who seem bent bound & determined to ruin it for the rest of us, and they seem to be especially vocal in motorcycle pages, forums, and groups. You know who I’m talking about all those Safety Nazis & White Knights that are ever so eager to either protect you from yourself or to protect others from you.

Let me vent a little here, nothing drives me crazier than for someone to post a video or a ride report and say something like, “ I was cruising along on I-20 into Alabama at about 80 plus,” or the video camera catches a glimpse of a speedometer that’s a little north of the posted speed limit. Not because I mind a competent adult driver exceeding an often arbitrary speed limit, but because I know that the next post or two will be some jerk who will write a two page sermon on the evils of speeding and how he or she always drives 1 mph under the speed limit because they are saints, while the rest of us are horrible evil criminals who want chaos to reign, as we meet our end in a fiery blaze of glory leaving our children as orphans and taking as many innocent people as we can straight to hell with us. We do realize that excessive speed on the roads is dangerous but in most places you are much safer to move with the flow of the speeding traffic than to become a rolling roadblock. Quite frankly most of the speed limits in America are lower than they need to be especially on interstates and a lot of highways out in the boondocks, not for any real safety reason but to enhance revenue collection. I could go on and on and yes I will admit there are places where restrictive speed limits are reasonable, and that there is such a thing as driving way too fast. What exactly defines driving way too fast has more to do with road conditions, traffic, condition of the equipment and the skill of the operator, not necessarily some numbers nailed to a post beside the road.

I wear my helmet almost every time I sit down on a motorcycle now. At one time I would not have been caught dead on a motorcycle with a helmet but now when it’s time to mix it up in crazy commuter traffic or hit the road for a long haul not only is a full face helmet on my head, but I’m wearing a full riding suit with boots and gloves even in the heat of summer. At high speeds for long distances it’s actually far more comfortable. Even so I support the right of free adults to make that decision for themselves, and I really don’t care if you agree with me or not. As I said earlier I wear it most of the time, but on the odd Sunday morning my wife and I will take a long slow ride down the rural 2 lane roads that surround our country home without brain buckets. Sometimes we can go 20-30 miles at the time without seeing another vehicle. Yes I know it’s more dangerous than riding with a lid on, with the possibility of wildlife collisions, tire blowouts etc. but it reminds us of what it was like to be young and care free. Don’t preach at me, the kids are all grown, we have excellent health and accident coverage that we pay for and yes life insurance too as do the vast majority of riders that I know. Not to mention my equipment is immaculately maintained and I WORK at keeping my skills up and even improving them. These quiet country cruises we share together actually have very little risk and we minimize it well. Can’t deal with it? That’s your problem not mine.

Sometimes I can be a bit of a Safety Nazi & White Knight myself, on the subject of distracted or drunk driving but I try not to get too aggravating about it except that I’ll say these two things are almost guaranteed killers, usually of some innocent bystander. If you want to take the risk of offing yourself I’m actually cool with that, try to have fun in the process, but don’t take me or any other innocent people with you.  Even with the way I feel about these two things the World Wide Web has introduced me to folks who get so totally unhinged and paranoid about distracted driving that it’s enough to drive me to drink. For example there is one person who inhabits a certain Facebook group and watches for some someone to make a post about GPS, phone, or camera mounts so that he can preach the same stupid sermon over and over. For example when I posted a picture of the Ram mounts installed on the handlebar of one of my scoots, this fool was the second person to see it and he went ballistic on me.

Ram Mounts On Honda Helix
Ram Mounts are the best.

This is a double ball mount that hold my dash camera off to one side for a good view of the road, (I use the Midland XTC btw) and the other side holds my phone or GPS unit at a height where I can read my map and follow the navigation arrows without taking my eyes off of the road. No phone calls or texting while moving, just navigation. I actually regard texting and talking while driving as a hazard but using navigation apps or gear are not as long as you are not programming your route while on the move. In fact it may even make a trip in unfamiliar territory safer because you do not have to scan every single street sign to find out where your next turn is. I don’t miss the paper map in top of the tank bag one bit, the eye level GPS screen is much better and much safer.

Now let’s move on to another despicable creature that tends to inhabit the various for sale groups and websites on the internet, the White Knights protectors of the innocent consumer. Any time someone posts a price for any item that they feel is even a dollar too high the White Knights swoop in like a pack of vultures to fresh carrion to savage the seller and tell the whole world what a crook he is and try to besmirch his or her online reputation by telling everyone who will listen what a crook the seller is. In the last year a couple of the assholes have come after me for ads that I’ve posted to the point that I will not use any Facebook sale pages to sell any motorcycle or parts. Unfortunately the keyboard sociopaths dwelling in their parent’s basements or the unscrupulous online seller trying to shut down his competition by making them look bad will hammer the hell out of you. Here are 2 real stories that happened to me.

Example number one the Sportster; I bought a 65-70% complete Evo Sportster basket case. The complete engine was all there including the carb, along with frame, triple tree, miscellaneous, except for the wheels one fork leg, and sheet metal. At the time of purchase I took a bill of sale from the owner stating that the bike was an 883. So when I got home I took some pictures and posted it online for $1200 bucks. Yes that was high but I fully expected to be negotiating that price, nobody in their right mind would pay asking price for a project bike or parts pile. Too bad that time I posted it, a bunch of those pesky assholes pounced, posting that I was a rip off artist and a bunch of other crap so I got tired of their shit and pulled the ad. Over the next few days I got the paperwork straightened out and the bike turned out to be a 2002 XL1200, and I sold it to a coworker for a most excellent price far below $1200. It took him about 2 months to put it back together and now he rides it to work 2 or 3 times a week. So next time you see one of these “White Knights” giving an online seller hell, jump on his ass tell them if they want to buy, make an offer otherwise SHUT THE FUCK UP. Somebody out there missed a sweet deal on a 1200 Sportster from me because of these assholes.

Another time I bought an engine side cover for a Honda CT70 from an online seller but then traded the project before using it. My purchase price was 65 dollars plus shipping. The part is still in the original packaging, so I figured no problem right? Wrong! Some asshole who is an online parts dealer specializing in Honda Mini Trails, used his personal FB account to state that I was asking way too much and then he provided a link back to his aftermarket dealership website showing the same part for $50 and basically insinuating that I was trying to rip people off. Screw assholes like that, I paid $65 for it (from a real Honda dealer) and was simply trying to get my money back, and not a penny more. BTW I still have the left engine side cover that fits on a Honda CT70 and yes I will sell it to you for $50 plus shipping. It’s not correct for the early models but it will work if you are just fixing a rider. Next time one of these so called “White Knights” gets online and tries to slander me I think I’ll sic a lawyer on them even if it costs me 20 grand to do it just to teach them a lesson.

It would be possible to go on and on but even if I do expect to recoup my investment in motorcycles and parts every once in a while but this is mainly about having fun doing some things that I love to do. Since I don’t make my living doing this anymore I don’t have to put up with assholes.

Until next time I wish you happy riding, wrenching, & horse trading.

 

 

 

 

 

Thoughts on an Election Day Eve

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Normally I stay away from politics except for specific laws or actions that bug me but sometimes you gotta let it all hang out. At least that way you know who really loves you.

“Government is the Entertainment division of the military-industrial complex.”
Frank Zappa

Once again I will not be going to vote. You can waste your time if you want to. There was a time when I might have gone and punched a straight Libertarian ticket just to be the gnat that spit in the monsters eye, but now I do not even do that. Why you ask? Because to participate in the process means that you consent to the results and there is no one in either of the two mainstream parties that I would willingly give my consent to rule over me.
They say those who govern do so with the consent of the governed, well let me make this public declaration. I Floyd Finch III do hereby withdraw my consent. As a stranger in this strange land, I will live amongst you, and will mostly follow the rules of your society as long as they don’t require me to harm another innocent person, bring harm to myself or violate the tenets of my religion. But please be aware I only do these things and pay the least amount of tribute necessary out of fear of being imprisoned or killed, not because I want to be a good citizen subject. To quote one of my heroes Robert A. Heinlein, “I will accept any rules that you feel necessary to your freedom. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”
The really sad part is that it wasn’t always this way, at one point no one on the planet was a bigger flag waving patriot than I. Sure I didn’t always support all of the main stream ideas but this was America dammit the one place in the world where a 12 year old geek like me could grab a real gun and head off into the woods alone without any fear of anything happening to me or without anyone else having to be fearful of what I would do. If you saw a wrong and you could get enough other people to see it too you could make it right. It wasn’t perfect but there was the hope that we could all be free and prosperous if we just worked hard enough and treated everyone fairly.
Sadly this all began to erode even as I was still a child, the old virtues of individualism, hard work & self-reliance that when tempered with love & compassion give a person the best kind of heart & mind to both avoid needing help as much as possible, and to be able & willing to help others who are truly in dire need, but still possessing enough sense to weed out those whom are faking it or making no attempt to correct the mistakes that led them to their situations.
Today even the Christian church under influence of the “socialist gospel” crowd commits the heresy of calling individualism a sin, and this is why I can see my time within the organized church coming to an end. Perhaps I will even start my own new denomination. Too many churches today worship God & government. I promise that if I start a church it will be completely apolitical except to defy any edicts restricting the freedom of religion.
At one time I voted and campaigned for people running for office that I truly believed in. But that all came to an end following the 2008 republican primary when I truly saw just how evil and corrupt a scam the electoral system in this country really is. As a fairly dedicated libertarian when Dr. Paul began his run for president as a republican I jumped in with both feet. To be honest with you I did not have the idealistic hope that he would really win but nor was I prepared for the depths of deception that even people I know and love were prepared to go to just to make sure his message had no influence.
I even attended the presidential debate as a campaign worker and I can promise you that what you saw on television during that so called “live” debate was heavily edited and rigged to give the viewing audience no choice but to see things the way the network & the republican leadership wanted you to.
Even after this and arguing with all of God’s lesser children whom still willingly believe what the evening news tell them whether they were on the right or the left, and realizing that the vast majority were glassy eyed low I.Q. sycophants who preferred their particular delusion to the truth, no matter how well educated they were, I still believed in the system at least at a local level. After all when I went to vote at my local precinct half the poll workers were people I went to church with or knew. As a precinct captain I must confess that I was kind of lazy and did not set up a poll watching station. There were only a few of us in my area and everyone had committed to being there, being good self-sufficient individualists they all had transport and no one needed a ride. When my wife and I reached the polling station one lady whom to this day I still believe to be the picture perfect example of kindness & goodness possible in a human being spoke to me and said that a group of Ron Paul voters had been in to vote earlier and that it thrilled her to see young people so excited about participating in democracy. My wife and I cast our votes and went home & tried not to watch the returns too much. Our hope was not so much for a victory of our candidate but at least that the party leadership would at least throw us a bone and move a little bit towards the side of freedom, boy we got snookered. At any rate we all know what happened but that’s not the end of the story. About a week afterward I decided to check the Darlington County election commission website for precinct by precinct results, and low and behold in the Centerville precinct where I vote there was only 1 vote showing for Congressman Paul. So therefore assuming the sweet angelic lady I mentioned earlier was lying to me and that only my significant other and me actually went and voted for our candidate, this still meant that at least 50% of his votes were either disqualified or credited to a different candidate.
Unfortunately at the time I didn’t save the documentation and file a civil rights lawsuit against the county & the local republican party, but it did cross my mind. So you can stick with your comfortable lie, rather than facing the cold hard truth, but your vote really does not count in America. You can take my word for it, and any of you that have had personal dealing with me know that I am as good as my word. Those of you that don’t believe me can just dismiss me as a kook and go back to the comfort of your delusions; I know that your minds will never change. But the truth is that if you vote in America you are a fucking idiot. All of the outcomes are predetermined long before the campaigns begin, and the campaigns themselves are just a propaganda campaign to convince you that you actually have a choice between twiddle dum & twiddle dee. The goal is to make you believe you want a politician in the same way the advertisements for kid’s cereal during the cartoons are designed to make them think that they would like one brand of heavily sugared grain product more than the other.
I still advocate for causes that I believe that do real good without getting bogged down in politics too much. One of the best things you can do is participate in letter writng and petitions to your “elected representatives” about bad  laws to hopefully convince them that more people back home will love them if they defeat it, after all slimy politicians are people too and most of them want to be loved almost as much as they want power. An occasional riot in the right place at the right time often works too, but voting is a waste of time. I still follow politics as fervently as a football fan watches his games, but these days it is more to find out how to work around our elected officials, the laws they pass, the wars they start, and quite frankly the sheer pure hatred of their blank eyed supporters, whom refuse to be awakened from their trances. It scares me here in modern day America to raise my head up and give the testimony that I have just given, but I have decided that living in fear is no way to live and that I will be as honest and upfront with everyone as I can. I am a political atheist, I do not believe in your government, no matter who the figurehead is sitting upon the throne, the fact remains that government itself is a ravenous devouring monster that feeds on freedom and the blood of the innocent, and no matter who you vote for things will never get better.

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If you really can’t break yourself from going to the polls at least have the courage whether you are a person of the left or the right and vote for 3rd party candidates as much as possible, maybe you too can be one of the brave gnats that spit in the monsters eye.

Peace Y’all

 

Thoughts on an Election Day Eve

The Innocence Project Motopsyco’s July Website of The Month

This month I want to try and help out one of my favorite organizations The Innocence Project.

  No matter what your background, political views, religious beliefs, one thing we can all agree on is that no one deserves to be imprisoned for crimes that they did not commit. Normally I don’t ask anything of my readers but to look at my pages and maybe hopefully click on the occasional ad so that I can make a few cents, but today I will ask you to visit the Innocence Project website and see if you can help them out a little. After all, two of the greatest injustices I can think of are an innocent person rotting in prison, and a guilty person walking around free because of it.

Goodnight and God bless you,

‘Psyco