Friday, September 29, 2006
Ok, so there's this crazy cat by the name of Borat who is a journalist from Kazakhstan. In reality, it's Sacha Baron Cohen who is a well known comic in Britain. The boy's got issues - he once dressed up as a terrorist to crash Prince William's birthday party.
Now he's moved on to crash America....God help us all.
The Kazakhstan government is less than amused by Borat
Borat - The Movie has a feel of a modern day "Moscow on the Hudson" and it looks like it has piotential. I do know that if I were in Washington, D.C. tonite, I would definitely be at the Hooters for the after film soiree.
Here are three sites for you to wet your appetite for Borat:
Thursday, September 28, 2006
As seen on CNN.com -- This Goose, named Harley of course, befriends biker.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Monday, September 25, 2006
Sunday, September 24, 2006
24 September 2006
IS BIN DEAD?
Terror warlord is 'killed by typhoid'
By Vincent Moss, Political Editor
London Sunday Mirror
OSAMA bin Laden has been killed by typhoid, it was claimed last night. The al-Qaeda chief is said to have died last month after medics were unable to reach him in the remote mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Reports of his death emerged yesterday in a security report leaked to a newspaper in France. It said: "According to a reliable source, Saudi security services are now convinced that Osama bin Laden is dead.
"His isolated geographical position meant it was impossible to get medical assistance to him.
"On September 4, 2006 the Saudi secret service received the first information making clear that he had died."
The report - stamped "confidential" - was passed to President Jacques Chirac. He confirmed yesterday that the document, dated September 21, did exist.
French Special Forces are operating in Afghanistan as part of NATO, and are a key part of the anti-al-Qaeda alliance.
Their role means they are high on the list of countries receiving vital intelligence about the war on terrorism.
But security sources in France, Britain and the US were last night unable to confirm if the report was true.
It claims the Saudis believe bin Laden was struck by typhoid on August 23 - and left partially paralysed.
Saudi Arabia first heard reports of his death 12 days later, but was waiting for more details before making an announcement.
But a senior British intelligence source warned: "There is no definite proof of his death."
And an official in Pakistan's interior ministry said: "We have no information about Osama's death."
A £13million bounty was put on bin Laden's head after he was blamed for the 9/11 outrages in America five years ago. Despite a massive manhunt, there has been no firm evidence of where he has been since December 2001.
He was based in Afghanistan until the Taliban government was overthrown by US-backed forces in 2001.
Since then, he has been believed to be hiding in a network of caves on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The last videotaped message released by him was in late 2004. But there have been several low-quality audio tapes released this year.
French authorities said last night they were investigating the source of the leaked intelligence report.
The French government yesterday made it clear that a body was always required before official confirmation of a death.
There have been reports of bin Laden's illness or death in recent years - but none has been proved true.
Saturday, September 23, 2006
- The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000
- Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year are 120,000
- Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171.
- The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000.(Yes, that's 80 million.)
- The number of accidental gun deaths per year - all age groups - is: 1,500.
- The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is .000188
Friday, September 22, 2006
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Every now and again it's fun to just chill out with a cheap fix. And it doesn't get much cheaper than Big Fish Games. Give it a shot - certain games like Mystery Case Files or Titanic Hidden Expedition are quite fun.
So the boys in my life are like "Fuck it -- it's your blog, post whatever you want and to hell with everyone else." Ok...fine. So here is my feedback:
It's my blog -- if you don't like it - don't read it. Start your blog and pontificate your own rants.
If you tell me you aren't visiting this blog or you think I don't know you are visiting -- you're wrong. I have mapping software and not only do I know how many visitors per day come to my blog, but I also know your location, time of visit and the search criteria you used to find it.
For that female that thinks she's oh so sly by Instant Messaging someone from my world -- take a good look in the mirror and maybe, if the Gods are smiling, you will see how ridiculous you look. You can't con us -- all we do is roll our eyes or giggle at your rididculous actions.
Teri finally got her bike delivered last week and she damn near caused wrecks everywhere she went. I guess those damn Yankees aren't accustomed to seeing a girl on a big ass Road King with Texas plates.
An acquaintance of mine is in ICU at a local hospital battling West Nile Virus -- it dosen't look good for his prognosis.
So the Muslims are pissed at the Pope. They are yelping about being a "peaceful" religion while they burn the Pope in effigy.
What the hell is the translation for "oxymoron" in some Farsi like language?
I found out a few days ago I am in a Bob Marley video.
Many years ago I was hanging out on the Kings Road in London with some punk friends of mine. Guys like Dave whose claim to fame is that Simon Le Bon's (Duran Duran) face was superimposed on his body for some big pictorial of Simon and his punk days and there was also Eric who was from Paris and had the most stunning cobalt blue hair I've ever seen.
We were hanging out watching punk friends chase down Japanese tourists. Seems the Japanese wanted to take photos of the punks but since it takes a pretty penny to maintain that image the punks felt they should be financially tipped. Needless to say the punks got their money every time.
So on this day, Eddy Grant - whose big single was Electric Avenue - showed up with Musical Youth and they started taping.
All of these years and I thought I was background eye candy for some Musical Youth video when in fact it was for Bob Marley's single One Love. This video also has Sir Paul McCartney, Tracey Ullman, Madness and Herbie Hancock.
Sometimes I'm mystified by my own life.....
Thursday, September 07, 2006
SuperSport Twins Class Presented by Buell as well as Contingency for all Classes
EAST TROY, Wis. (September 7, 2006) – Buell Motorcycle Company recently announced support for the new MOTO-ST endurance racing series, which will begin with the 8-Hours at Daytona on October 21, 2006. Buell will be the presenting sponsor of the MOTO-ST SuperSport Twins (SST) class and will offer $10,000 of contingency support to privateer Buell racers aboard XB and XBRR model motorcycles at the inaugural Daytona event. The Buell contingency bolsters the $100,000 total event purse recently announced by MOTO-ST.
“We’re really excited about the MOTO-ST endurance series and we’re proud to support the privateer Buell racers who will step up to the challenge,” said Erik Buell, Chairman and Chief Technical Officer of Buell Motorcycle Company. “Endurance racing is a true test of man and machine and the sights and sounds of all those V-Twins thundering around the high banks of Daytona for eight hours is going to be awesome.”
Buell will award Buell racers in the SuperSport Twins class with $2,000 to win; $1,000 for second; $750 for third; $500 for fourth; and $350 for fifth. Buell racers in the GrandSport Twins and Sport Twins class will receive $1,000 to win; $750 for second; $500 for third; $300 for fourth and $200 for fifth. Complete details of the $700,000-plus 2006 Buell contingency program, including the racer registration form, are available at www.buell.com in the Racing Support Section.
MOTO-ST is organized by Professional Motorsports Productions of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) of Pickerington , Ohio . The Grand American Road Racing Association, based in Daytona Beach , Fla. , provides the series with administrative and commercial support. The MOTO-ST advisory board features some of the most respected individuals in the world of motorsports, including AMA Hall of Fame members, respected motorcycle racing journalists and renowned officials from various forms of road racing. Learn more about MOTO-ST at www.moto-st.com.
Buell Motorcycle Company, a subsidiary of Harley-Davidson, Inc., produces sport motorcycles, motorcycle parts, accessories and apparel. To learn more about Buell motorcycles, visit your local Buell dealer today and experience the pure streetfighter attitude, style and performance only found on board a Buell. Pull into www.buell.com for the Buell dealer nearest you.
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The family traveled from their Dayton, Ohio, home to the inlet for swimming and fishing. Morelock always said he would move to the Sebastian area when he got older. Not only did his wish come true, but he also worked there as a park ranger for the past seven years.
Gerald V. Morelock's life was cut short Sunday night when he was struck head-on by a pickup that was passing cars illegally on State Road A1A, police said. He was 56.
"He loved the Sebastian Inlet," said his brother Byron, a 52-year-old financial adviser from Indialantic. "We fished there with our dad. Being able to live around there and work there was the perfect heaven for him."
The deadly crash happened about 9 p.m. Monday south of Melbourne Beach and near Ballyshannon Street. Investigators said the impact came after Billy Lane -- a custom motorcycle builder featured on Discovery Channel's "Biker Build-Off" and "Monster Garage" -- crossed a double yellow line to pass two other vehicles.
Lane's custom-painted black Dodge Ram pickup slammed head-on into Gerald Morelock as he rode a moped, officials said.
This was not Lane's first road incident this year.
In June, he was arrested by the North Carolina Highway Patrol and charged with drunken driving. Police said Lane was riding a motorcycle the wrong way on a two-lane road without a helmet. Lane refused a Breathalyzer test. The Rowan County clerk of courts confirmed that he is to appear in court on Oct. 5.
Morelock, who was wearing a helmet, was killed instantly in Monday's collision, which the Florida Highway Patrol is investigating. A blood-alcohol test was conducted on Lane and sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement state lab in Orlando for evaluation. Test results, part of the traffic homicide investigation, could take up to eight weeks to return, although agents are asking for the tests to be given priority.
No charges have been filed in the case.
"Just the fact that he crossed the double yellow line and hurt somebody, let alone killed him is enough. There is no doubt in my mind that if it was me or you we would be in jail," Byron Morelock said.
However, Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Kim Miller said investigators are making sure they build a strong case before filing any charges.
'The coolest cat'
Byron Morelock described his brother as a sensitive, fun-loving man who had quit his job as a child psychologist because he hated to see children suffer.
"Gerry was just the coolest cat," said Morelock. "He could really make you laugh."
Byron Morelock said he was awakened when police rang his doorbell at 3 a.m. Tuesday morning.
"They told me he was brutally killed," Morelock said. "I was distraught, and the police stayed with me for an hour. They assured me the truth would come out. I just couldn't believe it. We were close."
'It was too late'
Marilyn Howe, a Melbourne Beach resident, said she witnessed the accident as she made her way home from a soccer function for her two children. Howe said she was in the lead car that investigators believe Lane was attempting to pass.
"It was pretty dark but still lit up. I just saw (Lane's) headlights coming up in my rearview mirror," Howe said. "I also noticed there was a little motorcycle coming up and then a horrific crash. It was just horrible."
Howe said she went back to see if she could provide CPR to Morelock, whose body was sprawled on the side of the road near his moped.
"It was too late," Howe said.
Morelock's mother, Dolores Morelock, still resides in Dayton, along with his sister, Dawn, and her family.
Fishing and music
Morelock spent much of his free time taking his 16-year-old nephew Sean snook fishing at the inlet and playing his guitar.
While he played classic rock tunes a few times at the Sebastian Beach Inn, Morelock loved playing for those he loved. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas, Morelock would take his guitar over to his brother's home and strum all night for the family.
"He was a great musician, and, man, when I had to move about 10 guitars out of his house, it really made me sad."
BY JOHN A. TORRES and J.D. GALLOP
Half a dozen motorcycles, ranging from custom chrome to a well-worn Indian, stood outside local motorcycle legend Billy Lane's Melbourne store Tuesday afternoon, announcing that the shop was open.
But inside it was not business as usual.
The mood in the store was somber, and employees had been instructed not to speak to reporters.
"I'm sorry. We have no comment," said the greeter at the store.
Lane, who has appeared on the Discovery Channel's "Biker Build-Off" and "Monster Garage," was injured in a head-on traffic accident Monday night that killed a man riding a small moped.
The 9 p.m. accident involving the 36-year-old Lane, a resident of Melbourne Beach, occurred on State Road A1A south of Melbourne Beach near Ballyshannon Street. Florida Highway Patrol investigators said Lane was trying to pass two other vehicles on a double yellow-lined portion of A1A when his southbound 2006 Dodge Ram pickup collided with a northbound 1983 Yamaha moped.
The motorcyclist, identified as 56-year-old Melbourne Beach resident Gerald Morelock, was wearing a helmet. He suffered extensive injuries during the collision with the pickup and was pronounced dead at the scene. No further information was available about Morelock.
"Lane hit the motorcycle head on, and then the pickup hit a power pole," said Kim Miller, a spokeswoman for the Florida Highway Patrol.
Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Patrick O'Neill confirmed Morelock was riding the small motor bike, which was "street legal."
For almost 20 years, Lane has made a name for himself building custom choppers with innovative and artistic designs, admitting he has a flair for the extravagant. One of his creations, the Psycho Billy Cadillac -- featuring a hollow back wheel -- won several national awards, including one sponsored by Easy Rider magazine.
When he appeared on the hit television show "Monster Garage," Lane helped transform a Mustang into one of the world's fastest lawnmowers. Working with five other "gearheads," Lane designed the machine to break the 14-minute record held for trimming the grass on a football field.
Miller said a passenger in the custom-painted black pickup, identified as 22-year-old Erin Derrick of Rockledge, was also injured in the crash. Lane and Derrick were taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne.
Lane, a tattooed, dreadlocked motorcycling enthusiast, was semi-conscious at the accident scene. Lane was treated and released while Derrick remained in stable condition, hospital officials said.
Lane's close friend Steven Casanova, a Melbourne attorney, was stunned to hear about the accident. Casanova said Lane is not your "typical biker."
"Billy is a very low-key guy, but he's incredibly intelligent, " Casanova said. Lane has an engineering degree.
Florida Highway Patrol traffic homicide investigators said no charges were filed, but they were waiting on the results of blood-alcohol tests, which were sent to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement state lab in Orlando for evaluation.
The results, part of the traffic investigation, could take up to eight weeks to return. The State Attorney's Office, however, said blood-alcohol results could be back much sooner.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
- BOSS HOSS ROLLS BACK TO ITS ROOTS
- HINES LEADS SCREAMIN' EAGLE V-ROD TEAM WITH SEMIFINAL FINISH AT U.S. NATIONALS IN INDIANAPOLIS
- SCREAMIN' EAGLE WRECKING CREW SWEEPS THE TOP FOUR POSITIONS AT HISTORIC SPRINGFIELD MILE
Mid-South Motorcycle Festival, September 20-23, 2006
DYERSBURG, TN (September 20-23, 2006)—Boss Hoss Cycles has had an extremely busy summer packed with Hoss PowerTours and motorcycle rallies. They’ve been everywhere from Daytona to Myrtle Beach, from Louisville to Toronto, and from Americade to Sturgis. Now, they’re headed back to their roots in Dyersburg, Tennessee for the Seventh Annual Boss Hoss National Rally.
Boss Hoss Cycles, manufacturer of America’s ultimate V8 powered cycles, invites motorcycle enthusiasts to celebrate the Seventh Annual Boss Hoss National Rally and Mid-South Motorcycle Festival, September 20-23, 2006 in Dyersburg, TN. Attendees will enjoy four days of fun events including cash and trophy prize poker runs, dice run, bike show, concerts, motorcycle parade, demo rides and factory tours.
“This is the second year that the National Rally and Mid-South Motorcycle Festival are teaming together in our hometown of Dyersburg,” says Rad Hunsley, chief operating officer, Boss Hoss. “This year’s line-up of activities and events is packed into three days riders won’t want to miss!”
Factory tours will be given each day so that Boss Hoss enthusiasts can see the production of the V8 bikes and trikes, from start to finish. Bikers can also experience the power of a Boss Hoss with free demo rides to licensed riders, thirty years of age or older. On Saturday, September 23rd, bikers can join dealers as they parade their bikes from the Boss Hoss factory through downtown Dyersburg. Owners should keep their bikes in top shape and register for the Pepsi® - Burk’s Beverage Bike Show Saturday afternoon, where participants will be given the chance to let their motorcycles truly shine. Bragging rights will be given and cash and trophy awards will be presented later that day in downtown Dyersburg.
The roaring of these V8 cycles won’t be the only sounds echoing throughout the streets of Dyersburg, as daily live music will feature sounds from Moriah, Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster, and the West Tennessee Stars. There will be motorcycle stunt shows on Friday and Saturday afternoons performed by Team Extreme, sponsored by First Citizens National Bank.
Pepsi® and Comp Cams®, two major sponsors of the event, are giving riders the opportunity to participate in two runs to win cash prizes. The Pepsi® Dice Run will take place on Thursday, September 21st with a $1,000 cash prize, while the winner of Comp Cams® Poker Run on Saturday will receive a $1,500 cash prize. There will also be a $500 punch card drawing on Saturday, September 23rd preceding the drawing of the ultimate prize—a 2006 Boss Hoss trike.
Boss Hoss will give away a 2006 Boss Hoss ZZ4 ’57 trike to support Shriners Hospitals’ for Children. For a suggested $10 donation, available at www.bosshoss.com, via mail (up to ten tickets can be purchased with one mail-in order) or at a Hoss Power Tour event, riders can purchase the winning ticket for the drawing at the event. Tickets can also be purchased at the event until the final drawing, which concludes the festival, taking place on Saturday night, September 23rd, 2006 (winner need not be present to win). All drawing proceeds will go to the Shriners.
Pre-register for the Boss Hoss National Rally before September 8, 2006 for a discounted fee at www.bosshosscountry.com, or register at the door. Registration for the event includes admission to all events, dinners, and drink coupons. Members of the Boss Hoss Riders Association® will receive their special discounted fee. For additional information about the event including a complete schedule of events, room reservations and vendor space availability check out www.bosshosscountry.com or www.midsouthbikefest.com
Every Boss Hoss is engineered for total performance, not just speed, and has 3-4 times the power of any other production bike in the world. The cycles are easy to handle and feature 2-speed automatic transmissions with a ‘real’ reverse. Boss Hoss has upgraded its acclaimed Brembo brake system to make their bikes and trikes more robust, as well as new five spoke wheels with matching rotors. Boss Hoss bikes and trikes are available in 355, 385 or 502 horsepower from the factory.
Since 1990, Boss Hoss has grown to be the only production made V-8 powered motorcycle in the world with over 4,000 motorcycles sold.
Come experience the thunder rolling and highway ripping that only Boss Hoss Cycles provide. Many think it’s a monster on two wheels…. Boss Hoss owners know it’s the ultimate cycling experience! For more information on Boss Hoss Cycles, visit www.bosshoss.com or call 731/286-4915.
HINES LEADS SCREAMIN' EAGLE V-ROD TEAM WITH SEMIFINAL FINISH AT U.S. NATIONALS IN INDIANAPOLIS
Hines Earns Second Career Bonus Event Win
CLERMONT, Ind. , (Sept. 4, 2006) – Andrew Hines was so close, yet not nearly as close as he would have liked to be. Hines earned a trip to the semifinals on his Screamin' Eagle/ Vance & Hines V-Rod Monday during the 52nd annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis .
The semifinal round appearance surpassed last season's first round loss but that doesn't make up for the team's goals going into the event. Hines held the points lead going into the event and walked away with it too. Still, the Indianapolis resident was disappointed the day didn't last longer and end with a victory.
"I really did have the bike to beat," Hines said. "That V-Rod ran nine awesome passes between 7.02 seconds and 7.09 seconds. Hands down, the bike deserved to be in winner's circle. I just got amped up going into the semifinals and let the clutch out too early."
Hines won his first round matchup with a 7.028 pass at 189.18 mph to Chris Rivas' 7.091 at 184.90 on his Mohegan Sun Racing Buell. In Round Two, Hines posted a 7.098 at 186.10 to Paul Gast's 7.196 at 180.52 on his Fast By Gast Suzuki. Hines fouled at the starting line in the semifinal race against Angelle Sampey and the U.S. Army Suzuki team.
Teammate GT Tonglet also saw red on Monday. After his Screamin' Eagle entry broke at the starting line, the team re-fired the motorcycle, but Tonglet fouled out of his first round race against Matt Smith and the Torco Buell team. Smith went on to win the race.
"The reason Indy means so much to everyone is because it is such a tough race to win," Harley-Davidson Racing Manager Anne Paluso said. "It has more competitors, it's a longer event and it takes everything out of a team to be the last group standing on Labor Day. This Screamin' Eagle team did their best to put Andrew and GT in the position to win, but it just didn't work out this time."
Hines qualified in the No. 2 position with a 7.020 at 189.68 while Tonglet was 16th with a 7.117 at 186.38.
The team now must shake off the U.S. Nationals and move on to the next race – the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading , Penn. , on Sept. 14-17.
"The U.S. Nationals really does take it all out of you," Tonglet said. "It was a long weekend and we saw some really good things but it just didn't translate into a win. This is one of the races I want to win the most, so I guess the team has to wait another year to try again."
Hines was also nearing a possible double-up bonus. Hines beat Chip Ellis in the final round of the eight-bike Ringer's Gloves Pro Bike Battle bonus race on Saturday. Each NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Bike racer has one calendar year to qualify for the event and the top eight riders get to race for more than $50,000 in prize money. Hines collected a $25,000 paycheck for his win.
"All weekend we were nailing our 60-foot times and we found the consistency we have been looking for all season," Hines said. "It would have been amazing to win both events in one weekend and it's disappointing it had to end with a red light. The good thing is that we have the points lead and three more races to go after some more round wins."
Screamin’ Eagle Performance Parts are inspired by and built in the spirit of the raw adrenaline and power of motorcycle racing. Screamin’ Eagle Pro parts are specifically designed for race-use applications, while Screamin’ Eagle parts offer street-use performance options for the Harley-Davidson motorcycle owner. Visit www.harley-davidson.com for more information.
The Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle team is sponsored by Ford Truck, Dunlop, Matco Tools and S100.
SCREAMIN' EAGLE WRECKING CREW SWEEPS THE TOP FOUR POSITIONS AT HISTORIC SPRINGFIELD MILE
Bryan Smith Takes First Victory of the Season
SPRINGFIELD (Sept. 4, 2006) – Bryan Smith led the Screamin' Eagle Wrecking Crew Sunday with his first victory of the 2006 AMA Flat Track season. Smith rode his Pat Moroney's Harley-Davidson entry to the win at the historic Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
"This is a dream come true and it probably won't sink in for a few days," Smith said. "I first came to the Springfield Mile when I was about six years old. I watched Scott Parker running around and I knew right then that I wanted to win this event."
It was the third podium finish for Smith, who said the win was long overdue.
"The team has done some great things this season, we just have not had any breaks," Smith said. "The team has worked so well together and that's what makes the win so special. They worked all year for this."
Wrecking Crew teammate and Screamin' Eagle factory rider Kenny Coolbeth finished third. The podium finish for Coolbeth, however, did more than give him a chance to stand on the box. The third-place finish put him in first place of the championship standings with just one race left on the schedule.
"I went in there thinking I had to win this race to give myself a chance at going for the championship title at the season finale," Coolbeth said. "But Carr finished in 17th and that really made a difference in the points. Chris Carr is one of the best riders out there and he is one of the most competitive people out there, so I know he'll be tough in Columbus ( Ohio , last race of the season). I'm already anxious for that race."
As if that wasn't enough, the entire Screamin' Eagle Wrecking Crew finished in the top four positions. Veteran rider Rich King was second, followed by Coolbeth and Jared Mees in third and fourth, respectively.
"The Springfield Mile one of the most historic and prestigious events and for the Wrecking Crew to finish in the top four positions is incredible," Harley-Davidson Racing Manager Anne Paluso said. "This is the second consecutive race that the team has swept the podium, but to do that at Springfield is one for the record books. The fact that Bryan earned his first win of the season and Kenny took over the top spot in the standings is just going to make the season finale even more exciting."
Coolbeth sits in the No. 1 position of the point standings, bumping Chris Carr and the Quality Pre-Owned Ford Harley-Davidson out of the top spot. Coolbeth has 135 points while Mees and the Texter Harley-Davidson team are second with 126 points. Carr is third with 125 points. Smith and the Pat Moroney's Harley-Davidson team are fourth with 119 points while King is fifth with 110 points.
"The last race is going to be really exciting because there are three riders within 11 points of each other," Coolbeth said. "I just have to be mentally prepared for the last race because it's going to be a battle."
The Wrecking Crew also did some damage in the heat races at Sunday's event promoted by the Illinois Motorcycle Dealer Association. Smith and Coolbeth won their heat races while King and Mees finished second and fourth, respectively.
Springfield, Ill., Screamin' Eagle Wrecking Crew Race Summary
Main Event Finish Heat Finish Qualifying
- Bryan Smith 1st 1st 2nd
- Rich King 2nd 2nd 7th
- Kenny Coolbeth 3rd 1st 3rd
- Jared Mees 4th 4th 14th
AMA Top 10 Point standings: Flat Track
(Following nine of 10 events. Number of wins in parenthesis)
1. Kenny Coolbeth, Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson (2) 135
2. Jared Mees, Texter HD/ Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson (1) 126
3. Chris Carr, Quality Pre-Owned Ford Harley-Davidson (2) 125
4. Bryan Smith, Pat Moroney's/Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson 119
5. Rich King, Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson 110
6. Joe Kopp, Latus Harley-Davidson (1) 97
7. Glen Schnabel, Harley-Davidson 89
8. Jake Johnson, Suzuki 77
9. Mike Hacker, Doc's Harley-Davidson (1) 68
10. Johnny Murphree, Coziahr Harley-Davidson 65
There is just one race remaining this AMA Flat Track season. The finale will be held at Scioto Downs in Columbus , Ohio , on Sept. 23.
In addition to the direct team sponsorship, Harley-Davidson will also provide support through professional flat track contingency and the Rider Support Verification Program (RSVP). Under the Screamin’ Eagle banner the support will total more than $140,000 throughout the 2006 season. This includes a contingency program for qualified Harley-Davidson XR750 riders on the AMA Flat Track series.
Screamin’ Eagle Performance Parts are inspired by and built in the spirit of the raw adrenaline and power of motorcycle racing. Screamin’ Eagle Pro parts are specifically designed for race-use applications, while Screamin’ Eagle parts offer street-use performance options for the Harley-Davidson motorcycle owner. Visit www.harley-davidson.com for more information.
The Screamin' Eagle Flat Track team is sponsored by Matco Tools.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Billy Lane's truck, motorcycle collide on A1A near Melbourne Beach, Florida
BY J.D. GALLOP
Local motorcycle shop owner Billy Lane, who has appeared on the Discovery Channel's “Biker Build-Off” and “Monster Garage,” was injured in a head-on traffic accident Monday that left a man riding a small moped dead.
The 9 p.m. accident involving the 36-year-old Lane, the owner of the Melbourne-based Choppers Inc. and a resident of Melbourne Beach, occurred on State Road A1A south of Melbourne Beach near the intersection of Ballyshannon Street. Florida Highway Patrol investigators said Lane was trying to pass two other vehicles on a double yellow-lined portion of A1A when his southbound 2006 Dodge Ram pickup collided with a northbound 1983 Yamaha moped.
The motorcyclist, identified as 56-year-old Melbourne Beach resident Gerald Morelock, was wearing a helmet. He suffered extensive injuries during the collision with the pickup and was pronounced dead at the scene. “Lane hit the motorcycle head on, and then the pickup hit a power pole,” said Kim Miller, spokeswoman for the Florida Highway Patrol.
Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Patrick O'Neill confirmed that Morelick was riding the small motor bike. “But it was street legal,” O'Neill said this morning. Miller said a passenger in the custom-painted black pickup, identified as 22-year-old Erin Derrick of Rockledge, was also injured in the crash. Lane and Derrick were transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne.
Lane was treated and released while Derrick remained in stable condition this afternoon, hospital officials said. Lane, a tattoo-adorned, dreadlocked chopper-building legend was semi-conscious at the accident scene. He is known nationally for his work building custom-made motorcycles.
Florida Highway Patrol traffic homicide investigators said no charges were filed, but added they were waiting on the results of blood-alcohol tests, which were sent to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement state lab for evaluation.
Employees contacted at Lane's Choppers Inc. this morning would not comment about the accident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is recalling18,419 motorcycle helmets manufactured by Chinex Apparel, Inc. and sold in the U.S. by Hot Leather / Good Sports as model numbers NH30, NH31, NH32,NH53, NH54, NH55 and NH56.
The agency is warning owners of these helmets that they could be seriously injured or killed because reduced head protection.
The helmets do not comply with safety standards related to shell penetration and impact attenuation, according to NHTSA. Helmet owners can contact NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.
The recall is scheduled to begin in October.
Monday, September 04, 2006
Rally promoter arrested
Bradshaw jailed for embezzlement in warrant out of New Mexico
September 2, 2006
By Chuck Slothower Herald Staff Writer
Dan Bradshaw had hoped to spend this weekend presiding over Rally in the Rockies. Instead, he will spend it in Montezuma County Jail after being arrested Friday on a warrant out of New Mexico.
Bradshaw was taken in on a $10,000 bond for embezzlement after the Colorado Bureau of Investigation discovered the active warrant, said Montezuma County Sheriff Gerald Wallace. The bureau notified local law-enforcement, and sheriff's deputies arrested him.
Wallace said he did not know the details behind the warrant. Bradshaw was arrested at 5:20 p.m. near the intersection of U.S.Highway 160 and County Road 44, just east of Mancos, Wallace said."He was very cooperative," Wallace said.
Bradshaw will remain in jail until he appears before a judge, which probably will happen Tuesday, Wallace said. The arrest is only the latest of Bradshaw's troubles. He canceled Rally in the Rockies after Montezuma County obtained a court injunction banning him from holding events. The last-minute cancellation affected the plans of thousands of bikers expected to attend the rally.
Bradshaw is embroiled in several lawsuits. The Southern Ute IndianTribe sued him in tribal court, alleging breach of contract for pulling the rally out of Ignacio. In state court, the tribe is suing Bradshaw for defamation. Bradshaw, represented by Durango attorney William Zimsky, countersued in the tribal case.
Bradshaw also has sued Montezuma County, alleging commissioners violated his constitutional rights by denying a permit to hold therally at Echo Basin Ranch near Mancos. And in 2004, Bradshaw sued the Colorado State Patrol over a cost dispute related to patrol of the rally.
SATISFYING ROADS WELCOME HARLEY OWNERS ON THE ROAD CANDY TOUR
Harley Owners Group Rides Sweet Roads Sept. 5-8
HERSHEY, Pa. (August 30, 2006) – Hundreds of Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) members will spend their Labor Day week on the sweet roads between Hershey, Pa., and Huntington, W. Va., while on the H.O.G. Road Candy Tour Sept. 5 through 8.
H.O.G. members will start the week off with sightseeing in decadent Hershey. On Tuesday, Sept. 5, Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson will host a dealership party from 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Riders will continue to York , Pa. , taking in a tour of Harley-Davidson’s York Vehicle Operations facility on Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. This facility is the home to where the Custom Vehicle Operations, Ultra and Softail models are assembled.
In nearby Gettysburg , Pa. , H.O.G. members can go back in time and visit some of the monumental sites during the Civil War followed by a dealer party at Battlefield Harley-Davidson from 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Riders will depart for Huntington , W.Va. , on Thursday, Sept. 7, to finish off the week with 225 miles of magnificent riding. H.O.G. members will ride the beautiful Skyline Drive from Front Royal until it turns into the Blue Ridge Parkway near Lexington , Va. Friday, Sept. 8, the final host party will be held at Benjy’s Harley-Davidson in Huntington from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Founded in 1983, the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) is the official riding club of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. H.O.G. currently has more than one million members and more than 1,400 chapters worldwide, making it the largest factory-sponsored motorcycle organization in the world. H.O.G. rallies are held around the globe to celebrate Harley-Davidson motorcycle riding.
Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the only major U.S.-based motorcycle manufacturer, produces heavyweight motorcycles and a complete line of motorcycle parts, accessories and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson's Web site at www.harley-davidson.com.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
It has been brought to my attention that I am unable to post my own thoughts and spin on things in my own online journal. A journal is something that provides an outlet to voice ones amusing adventures, let downs and to sometimes provide a bit of insight into a situtation.
I have met some truly amazing people from around the world due to my little online adventure and I appreciate your thoughts and your amusing comments and feedback.
For the forseeable future, motorcycle related things only will be posted here.
I hope you have enjoyed the peek into my world the past year and perhaps someday down the road we shall meet again.
Saturday, September 02, 2006
I come from a world that in no way, shape, or form promoted education. As long as I didn't flunk something, that was all that seemed to matter. There was no emphasis on preparing myself for, or getting into, a good college - nada. The parents were gone alot during the high school years so that might have contributed some - probably not a whole lot though because they both seemed to be pretty well entreanched in their own dramas during those years.
I was put into some tutorial classes to try to get a decent SAT score - but it didn't help. As it was so helpfully pointed out to me one Sunday morning after reviewing an article on SAT scores, I, the white kid going to the private school, managed to score lower than the black kids in South Dallas.
In a logical world, I should have been the one with all the breaks - so how did things get so educationally backasswards? There are some factors that must be taken into consideration:
Changing schools rather frequently which affected what I learned. I was literally in the same school district for 7th and 8th grades but attended 2 different schools - Liberty & Forest Meadow. At Liberty, the curriculum was to teach diagraming sentences in 8th. At Forest Meadow, you were supposed to have learned diagraming sentences in 7th. Needless to say, to this day I don't know jack about how a sentence is supposed to be diagramed. The positive side is that I did read Lord of the Flies in 3 different schools so to this day I know more about Super Ego, Ego, Id and Simon the Christ figure than anyone else I know.
In November of 9th grade the only stability in my life died with my grandfather. For the rest of the year, I just didn't care. I merely went through the paces and I must say, to this day, I am still shocked that I passed my math & science classes. I think the instructors just conveniently gave me 70's to move me on along. I think that was the year I was supposed to learn algebra.
Then I went to the private school - I never considered dropping out. I merely took classes at the community college so I could get the hell out of there quicker. I didn't really gell at that school - it was a "religous" place and since I didn't smoke pot or do nitrous I didn't fit in very well with the Bible thumpers.
I had weird grades there -- 108 in literature and 62 in maths. I believe this illustrates which subjects I was better at.
If I knew then what I know now, I would have probably tried like hell to get into the University of Southern California. Why? Because 2 authors whose work I have liked for years are professors there in the creative writing program - T.C. Boyle & Noel Riley Fitch.
I've always found it interesting how both of them can delve so deeply into their subject matter and spin out these great books. Fitch has done fantastic books on Anais Nin & Sylvia Beach. Boyle is renowned for The Road to Wellville and Drop City.
The Illustrious One has always put a high emphasis on education and I respect him for that. He's the only person I've ever known that can keep up with how I think and appreciate my warped sense of humor. He seems to think we are both borderline obsessive/compulsive which accounts for how the mind works.
I can honestly say that I only recall one time where he didn't know how I got from topic A to topic F. He made the comment that a pair of shoes had pinched his feet and I replied with "Peter Murphy has a new album coming out." He kind of looked at me and then asked, "How did you get from pinched feet to Peter Murphy?" I said, "Pinched feet, feet hurt, your feet hurt at the Peter Murphy concert 2 years ago, he has a new album coming out." He replies with, "Gotcha".
With most people, topic A will be discussed and I'll say something about topic F, and the response I get is, "How did F come up?" My usual reply is along the lines of, "Oh my minds' already moved on."
Whereas with The Illustrious One, he can discuss A, I reply with F, he segues to N, and I counter with S and he wraps with Z. It's not recommended thinking for everyone, but it works for us.
So now that I've taken you on the strange winding way my mind thinks (and I'm sure this explains volumes for the roundabout way my posts sometimes take), I do wonder what life would be like if you could take what you know now and apply it to what you didn't know years ago...