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  Rights vs. Privilege

 We all talk about our rights and regaining our Constitutional rights, but are they rights or privileges that we are after? Do you know the difference?

 Our rights are protected by the Constitution, but most people are not party to the Constitution.  Most people have signed away their rights by contract with Social Security and the Buck Act. Because of this, we cannot fight for our rights in court.  (“No private person has a right to complain by suit in court on the ground of a breach of the United States constitution; for, though the constitution is a compact, he is not a party to it”  ~ Padelford, Fay & Co. v. Mayor and Aldermen of City of Savannah 14 Ga. 438, 1854 WL 1492 (Ga., Jan Term 1854) (NO. 64))

 Rights are given to us by God, and cannot be taken away by man (except by contract).  What we believe are rights that we are currently enjoying are actually privileges granted to us by government through contracts like our driver’s license, gun permits, fishing license, passport, etc.

 The difference is that rights cannot be taken away but privileges can. The government has the ability to take away the privileges that they granted unto us at any time for any reason. Our God given rights as defined in and protected by the Constitution cannot ever be taken away. They are inherent.

 Now that you have this information, what can you do with it? MRO’s across the country, including Washington State, have been using the government’s playing field with little success. The government makes the rules and the politicians provide lip service for the majority of issues. How many times does a bill have to be brought forth before it can be voted upon? Most of these bills are written to regain our rights that have been converted into privileges by government and then taken away from us.  Here in Washington State there are bills that have majority support but are never heard because one single hearing committee chair refuses to allow it to be heard. How is this representing the people?

 Now there are some tools available to force our “representatives” (both House and Senate) to not only hear our issues, but to act on our behalf and push the bills through. We need to get tough and use these tools. They are found in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Black’s Law.

 Remember, freedom does not come cheap, but whatever it costs, it’s worth it.

 

 IF YOU DON’T KNOW YOUR RIGHTS – YOU DON’T HAVE ANY!

 IF YOU DON’T DEFEND YOUR RIGHTS – YOU DON’T HAVE ANY!

 

 Here’s the Truth:

1. You Were Born Sovereign with GOD-Given and Constitutionally Protected Rights!

2. Rights Are Unalienable (Un-a-lein-able) Meaning You Cannot Be Charged, Or Penalized for Using Them!

3. The Lawful Constitution for the United States and of each State is the Supreme Law of the Land!

4. Most People Have Exchanged Their GOD-Given Rights For Privileges Thru Deceptive Contracts!

5. Codes, Regulations, Statutes and Acts Are Not The Law Unless You Have Entered Into A Contract!

6. A Contract Remains Valid Until Lawfully Challenged – Silence Is Acceptance and Is Acquiescence!

7. This Contract Was Executed Through Deception and Without Full Disclosure to All of The Parties!

8. The Contract Can Be Broken and Your GOD-Given and Constitutionally Protected Rights Restored!

9. The Foregoing Will Mean Absolutely Nothing To You Until YOU Decide To Look Into It Further!

 It is Amazing how many people will tell you how corrupt the government is and yet will not believe this!
  Check it out for yourself at
http://sovereignproject.com

 Best Regards,
 Ron Fryer
 Washington State MRF Rep

 

 

You

Think "no" means "no"?
 

Well, 173 members of Congress don't.

 Redefining Rape?

 

"Bruises and broken bones
 do not define rape!"

A lack of consent does.

Stand up and oppose the
 dangerous GOP legislation
 to redefine rape."

Sign the petition

  A far-reaching anti-choice bill, introduced by Republican Chris Smith and supported by 173 members
 of the House, includes a provision that could redefine rape and set women's rights back by decades.
1

  Right now, federal dollars can't be used for abortion except in cases of rape, incest,
 or when the woman's life is in danger.

  But according to the New York Times, the Smith bill would narrow that use to "cases of 'forcible' rape
 but not statutory or coerced rape."2 This could mean cases where women are "drugged or given excessive amounts
 of alcohol, rapes of women with limited mental capacity, and many date rapes" would no longer count as rape.3

 As far too many women know, bruises and broken bones do not define rape—a lack of consent does.
 The Smith bill is scary. And with 173 supporters it already has a frightening chance of passage
 unless the public speaks up right away with an outcry that can't be ignored.
 

 Can you sign the petition to Congress today, demanding they oppose the sexist, anti-choice Smith bill?
 

  The petition says: "Bruises and broken bones do not define rape—a lack of consent does.
 Stand up and oppose the dangerous GOP legislation to redefine rape."

 

  Federal funds are already severely restricted when it comes to reproductive rights and women's health care,
 a situation that ends up hurting lower-income women in particular, who tend to use federally-funded services more
 often than wealthy women. The last thing we ought to be doing is legislating to make these laws more stringent.
 

  In addition, the Smith bill is full of dangerous anti-choice provisions as well as the rape redefinition.
 Called "Stupak on Steroids" by NARAL Pro-Choice America in reference to Rep. Bart Stupak's failed attempt to
 push stringent restrictions on insurance coverage for abortion during the health care debate, it would "force millions
 of American families to pay more taxes if their health plan covers abortion care,
 jeopardizing abortion coverage in the private market."4

  The Smith bill is just the first of many attacks on women's rights to come in the new GOP-controlled House.5
 If it moves forward, it would set an incredibly dangerous precedent for GOP action in the
 House for the next two years.
 

 Can you sign the petition asking Congress to denounce the Smith bill to redefine rape? Click here:
 

 http://pol.moveon.org/smithbill/?id=25965-18186732-np.d1px&t=4
 

  Sources:

 1. "The House GOP's Plan to Redefine Rape," Mother Jones, January 28, 2011
 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=205936&id=25965-18186732-np.d1px&t=5

 "Stupak on Steroids," The Hill, January 25, 2011
 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=205938&id=25965-18186732-np.d1px&t=6

 2. "The Two Abortion Wars: A Highly Intrusive Federal Bill," New York Times, January 29, 2011
 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/30/opinion/30sun1.html

 3. "The House GOP's Plan to Redefine Rape," Mother Jones, January 28, 2011
 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=205936&id=25965-18186732-np.d1px&t=7

 "Stupak on Steroids," The Hill, January 25, 2011
 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=205938&id=25965-18186732-np.d1px&t=8

 5. Ibid.
 

  Want to support our work? We're entirely funded by our 5 million members—no corporate contributions,
 no big checks from CEOs. And our tiny staff ensures that small contributions go a long way. Chip in here.

 

   PAID FOR BY MOVEON.ORG POLITICAL ACTION
 http://pol.moveon.org/.
   Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.



Posted By: Dragoni 02/01/11
 

 


Subject: RED Fridays


RED FRIDAYS ----- Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing
Red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used
to be called the "silent majority". We are no longer silent, and are
voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking
numbers. We are not organized, boisterous or over-bearing. We get no
liberal media coverage on TV, to reflect our message or our opinions.

Many Americans, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to
recognize that the vast majority of America supports our troops. Our
idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity
and respect starts this Friday -and continues each and every Friday
until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that..
Every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar will
wear something red.

By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make the United States on every
Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football game in the
bleachers. If every one of us who loves this country will share this
with acquaintances, co-workers, friends, and family. It will not be
long before the USA is covered in RED and it will let our troops know
the once "silent" majority is on their side more than ever, certainly
more than the media lets on.

The first thing a soldier says when asked "What can we do to make
things better for you?" is...We need your support and your prayers.
Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example;
and wear some thing red every Friday.

Submitted to (BFB) By: Mark Spry
Posted By Dragoni: 01/16/2006

 


THE SOLDIERS DAUGHTER


    Last week I was in Atlanta, Georgia attending a conference. While I was in
  the airport, returning home, I heard several people behind me beginning to
  clap and cheer. I immediately turned around and witnessed one of the
  greatest act's of patriotism I have ever seen.
 
  Moving thru the terminal was a group of soldiers in their camo's, as they
  began heading to their gate everyone (well almost everyone) was  abruptly
  to their feet with their hands waving and cheering. When I saw the
  soldiers, probably 30-40 of them, being applauded and cheered for it hit
  me. I'm not alone. I'm not the only red blooded American who still loves
  this country and supports our troops and their families.
 
  Of course I immediately stopped and began clapping for these young unsung
  heroes who are putting their lives on the line everyday for us so we  can
  go to school, work and home without fear or reprisal. Just when I thought I

  could not be more proud of my country or of our service men and women a
  young girl, not more than 6 or 7 years old, ran up to one of the male
  soldiers. He kneeled down and said "hi," the little girl then she asked him

  if he would give something to her daddy for her. The young soldier, he
  didn't look any older than maybe 22 himself, said he would try and what did

  she want to give to her daddy. Then suddenly the little girl grabbed the
  neck of this soldier, gave him the biggest hug she could muster and then
  kissed him on the cheek.
 
  The mother of the little girl, who said her daughters name was Courtney,
  told the young soldier that her husband was a Marine and had been in  Iraq
  for 11 months now. As the mom was explaining how much her daughter,
  Courtney, missed her father, the young soldier began to tear up. When this
  temporarily single mom was done explaining her situation, all of the
  soldiers huddled together for a brief second. Then one of the other
  servicemen pulled out a military looking walkie-talkie. They started
  playing with the device and talking back and forth on it.
 
  After about 10-15 seconds of this, the young soldier walked back over to
  Courtney, bent down and said this to her, "I spoke to your daddy and  he
  told me to give this to you." He then hugged this little girl that he had
  just met and gave her a kiss on the cheek. He finished by saying "your
  daddy told me to tell you that he loves you more than anything and he is
  coming home very soon."
 
  The mom at this point was crying almost uncontrollably and as the young
  soldier stood to his feet he saluted Courtney and her mom. I was  standing
  no more than 6 feet away from this entire event unfolded. As the soldiers 
  began to leave, heading towards their gate, people resumed their applause.
  As I stood there applauding and looked around, their were very few dry
  eyes, including my own. That young soldier in one last act of selflessness,

  turned around and blew a kiss to Courtney with a tear rolling down his cheek.
 
  We need to remember everyday all of our soldiers and their families and
  thank God for them and their sacrifices. At the end of the day, it's  good
  to be an American.
 
 
 
  Red Friday - Just keeping you "in the loop" so you'll know what's going on
  in case this takes off.
 
  RED FRIDAYS ----- Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red
  every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be
  called the "silent majority". We are no longer silent, and are voicing our
  love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers. We are not
  organized, boisterous or over-bearing. We get no liberal media coverage on
  TV, to reflect our message or our opinions.
 
  Many Americans, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize
  that the vast majority of America supports our troops. Our idea of showing
  solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this
  Friday -and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home,

  sending a deafening message that.. Every red-blooded American who supports
  our men and women afar will wear something red.
 
  By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make the United States on every Friday
  a sea of red much like a homecoming football game in the  bleachers.  If
  every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances,
  co-workers, friends, and family. It will not be long before the USA is
  covered in RED and it will let our troops know the once "silent" majority
  is on their side more than ever, certainly more than the media lets on.
 
  The first thing a soldier says when asked "What can we do to make things
  better for you?" is...We need your support and your prayers.   Let's get
  the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example;  and wear
  something red every Friday.



 

Submitted to (BFB) By: Michael Rebeiro
Posted By Dragoni: 07/21/2006


 

NEW WAY TO DO CAR JACKINGS (NOT A JOKE)


        Heads up everyone!

      You walk across the parking lot, unlock your car and get inside.
      You start the engine and shift into Reverse When you look into the
    rearview mirror to back out of your parking space, you notice a piece of
    paper stuck to the middle of the rear window.
      So, you shift into Park, unlock your doors and jump out of your car to
    remove that paper (or whatever it is) that is obstructing your view.
    When you reach the back of your car, that is when the carjackers

    Appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and take off.
   

        They practically mow you down as they speed off in your car.
     

       And guess what ladies, “I bet your purse is still in the car!”

    So now the carjacker has your car, your home address, your money, and your keys.
  
      Your home and your whole identity are now compromised!

    

      BEWARE OF THIS NEW SCHEME THAT IS NOW BEING USED.


    If you see a piece of paper stuck to your back window, just drive away,
    remove the paper later and be thankful that you read this e-mail.
    I hope you will forward this to friends and family, especially to women.
    A purse contains all kinds of personal information and identification
    documents, and you certainly do NOT want this to fall into the wrong hands.


    Please keep this going.

      Thank you. Lieutenant Tony Bartolome Bureau of Investigations Florida
  
    Highway Patrol
    P. O. Box 593527
    Orlando, FL 32859

Posted By Dragoni:
08/23/2006



The Bill Gates List !!! EXCELLENT
 

THIS SHOULD BE PRINTED ON THE WALLS OF ALL SCHOOLS,
 STARTING IN ELEMENTARY THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL
.



Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this!

 To anyone with kids of any age, here's some advice.

  
Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things
 they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good,
 politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept
 of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem.
           The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school.
           You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity.
           Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.
 
Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault,
           so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
 
Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now.
           They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and
           listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were.
          So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation,
          try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT.
           In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as
          MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer.
         This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters.
           You don't get summers off and very few employers
           are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop
              and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.


    I
f you agree, pass it on.

  If you can read this - Thank a teacher!

 
Posted By Dragoni: 01/08/2007

NATIONWIDE CALL TO ACTION:
 ABATE OF MONTANA SAYS KEEP THOSE LETTERS, CALLS AND EMAILS COMING!


 

  "No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges
  or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive
  any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor
  deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the
  laws."--U.S. Constitution, Amendment XIV, Section 1
 
 
  Fellow Freedom Fighters:
 
  Montana State Representative Betsy Hands and Montana State Senator Lynda
  Moss are continuing to sponsor Draft Bill LC1683, a mandatory motorcycle
  helmet law:
 
  http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/2007/lchtml/LC1683.htm
 
  Mandatory helmet laws like this one clearly demonstrate how "good intentions
  often lead to bad legislation".  ABATE of Montana has asked us to continue
  to flood their offices with letters, calls and emails protesting this bill,
  which is discriminatorily unconstitutional in that--by mandating helmets for
  motorcyclists as opposed to all motorists--it would violate the "equal
  protection" guaranteed by the 14th Amendment to the United States
  Constitution.
 
  Here is their contact information:
 
  Betsy Hands (D)
  1337 SHERWOOD ST
  MISSOULA, MT 59802-2301
  Home:  406-721-3881
  Email: BETSYHANDS@GMAIL.COM
  Web:   http://tinyurl.com/2zeb7s  (with photo)
 
  Lynda Moss (D)
  552 HIGHLAND PARK DR
  BILLINGS, MT 59102-1046
  Home:  406-252-7318
  Email: LYNDAMOSS@IMT.NET
  Web:   http://tinyurl.com/26gebv  (with photo)
 
  Email addresses for them and the Montana Senate and House Leadership are as
  follows:
 
  BETSYHANDS@GMAIL.COM
  LYNDAMOSS@IMT.NET
 
  COONEYEMAIL@AOL.COM
  DANWHARRINGTON@IN-TCH.COM
  CWILLIAMS@MONTANADSL.NET
  LLSD22@YAHOO.COM
  COREYSTAPLETON@BRESNAN.NET
  GBARKUS@DADCO.COM
  SCOTTSALESHD68@EARTHLINK.NET
  grt3177@smtel.com
  MLANGE6@HOTMAIL.COM
  tmcgillvray@bresnan.net
  GARYMACLAREN@YAHOO.COM
  PARKMONT@HOTMAIL.COM
  BERGREN@BOBBERGREN.COM
  MCAMPBELLHD31@YAHOO.COM
  MCDAVE94@HOTMAIL.COM
  DANVILLAFORMONTANA@HOTMAIL.COM
 
 
To automatically load these email addresses into a new email window, click here: 
  http://www.ldrlongdistancerider.com/KeepMontanaFree.html
 
  Remember that this issue here is NOT "helmets", the issue is "helmet laws".
  As a distance rider, I often wear a helmet.  But as an American citizen, I
  should be free to choose when and where I strap one on.  This is not about
  SAFETY ... this is about FREEDOM.  You will find more sound reasons to
  oppose this legislation presented here:
 
  http://tinyurl.com/2v97al 
 
  Even if you have responded to this call-to-action before, PLEASE RESPOND
  AGAIN.  And even if you have forwarded this call-to-action before, PLEASE
  FORWARD IT AGAIN.
 
  Ride Long, Ride Free!
 
  Bruce Arnold ;-)
 
  Bruce@LdrLongDistanceRider.com
 
  ________________________________
 
  From: Linda Baldwin [mailto:libaldwin@midrivers.com]
  Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 2:59 PM
  Subject: Draft Bill LC 1683 - There is movement on this ABATE NEEDS your
  help!
 
 
  Hello Everyone:  Call to Action:
  
  We have action on LC 1683...the Mandatory Motorcycle/Quadricycle Bill.
  Please read below...and start calling, E-mailing, writing those letters
  again.  As Jill Z. told us...use the same letter you wrote last time, just
  make sure that Betsy Hands and Lynda Moss are bombarded with mail and phone
  calls. 
  
  Thanks for your immediate action on this E-mail. 
  Linda
  
  
  Bill Actions - Current Bill Progress: In Drafting Process
 
  Bill Action Count: 16
 
 
  Action - Most Recent First Date Votes Yes Votes No
  Committee
  (C) Draft Delivered to Requester 01/31/2007
 
  (C) Draft Ready for Delivery 01/03/2007      
  (C) Draft in Assembly/Executive Director Review 01/02/2007
 
  (C) Draft in Final Drafter Review 01/02/2007
 
  (C) Bill Draft Text Available Electronically 01/02/2007
 
  (C) Draft in Input/Proofing 01/02/2007      
  (C) Draft to Drafter - Edit Review [CMD] 01/02/2007
 
  (C) Draft in Edit 01/02/2007  
 
  ***
 
  Post replies or comments here:
 
  http://pub42.bravenet.com/forum/3562429698/fetch/778257/
 

 

Posted By Dragoni: 01/31/2007


Bogus Motorcycle Helmets  By: the WSP

Picture of a bogus motorcycle helmet

   Almost all motorcycle riders wear helmets.
 Legal helmets are proven to save lives. However, some
 helmets are sold as novelty items only; never intended
 for use on the road. In a collision, these "novelty"
 helmets provide almost no protection for the rider.
 Unfortunately some people are confused about what
 makes a helmet legal and safe to wear.

  The attached PDF file will give you some insight into buying a motorcycle helmet that
 is legal to use and will afford you the greatest protection. If you would like some
 additional information, please visit the links and documents provided.

  Note: You will need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view and print PDF
  files. If you are not able to open the "Bogus Helmets" brochure,
  Download the Acrobat Reader here.

 


 arrow Bogus or not Motorcycle Helmets - Download a PDF copy of the bogus & DOT helmet brochure.

 arrow Research information - Southern California Injury Prevention Research Center.

 arrow Revised Code of Washington 46.37.530 - Defines motorcycle helmet.

 arrow Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218 - For all legal motorcycle helmets

  arrow New Page Complied By Dragoni, How to Buy legal motorcycle helmets

.

Updated By Dragoni: 02/20/2009


 

Here SHE is, the USS New York


 
USS New York

It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center.

It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.

Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, LA to cast the ship's bow section. When it was poured into the molds
 on Sept. 9, 2003, "those big rough steelworkers treated it with total   reverence," recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. "It was a spiritual moment for everybody there."

Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the "hair on my neck stood up."  "It had a big meaning to it for all of us," he said. "They knocked us down. They can't keep us down. We're going to be back."

The ship's motto? "Never Forget"
Please keep this going so everyone can see what we are made of in this country!

 

Posted By Dragoni: 02/20/2007

 


Joinder in Open Letter of Bruce Arnold Calling for New Directions And
Greater Commitment in AMA Biker Rights and Safety Policy

By "Madd Ray" Henke (RarelyL84ad8@aol.com)
http://www.motorcyclists-against-dumb-drivers.com/

***

20 February 2007

Rob Dingman
President
American Motorcyclist Association
13515 Yarmouth Drive
Pickerington, OH 43147
Email: rdingman@ama-cycle.org

Dear Rob,

I would like to add my congratulations on your selection as President of the
American Motorcyclist Association.

At the same time I feel compelled to add my voice to that of Bruce Arnold,
expressed in his Open Letter calling on you to correct what has been, in
some respects, the past misdirected course of AMA [
http://tinyurl.com/2dnsbr ], and to call on you to please redouble AMA's
commitment, particularly when it comes to supporting biker rights.  Biker
rights means nothing more than ordinary, common dignity, the rights of
bikers to make our own adult safety equipment choices free of the
paternalistic dictates of government.

It is extremely important that AMA has made plain that it supports the
rider's right to chose whether or not to wear a helmet. It is AMA's
outstretched hand to those of us who value our dignity and right to chose,
and we want you to know that we appreciate that AMA stands for biker
freedom. For many of us, "rights" may be our only common connection with
AMA, just as for others it might be racing.

There is much more that AMA can do to fulfill its commitment to preserving
our "rights" which we have not seen in the past. One of the main obstacles
to restoring biker dignity and freedom in half the states, and in resisting
efforts to deprive us of our dignity and freedom in the other half of the
states, is that the powerful insurance and medical lobbies fund scientific
presentations at every hearing and at every other opportunity they can
create to influence our state legislators. The presentations are skewed to
the political ends of the helmet law proponents, most commonly presented
without rebuttal, and all too often the skewed "scientific evidence" is
accepted as accurate. The result is that our state legislators succumb to
the misinformation that helmet laws are essential to avert a fabricated
public health or "state fiscal" crisis purported to result from motorcyclist
head injuries which they allege might be avoided by universal helmet use.

The scientific facts are that head injuries are only a small fraction of the
broader public health and state fiscal consequences of what is surely an
obscene incidence of motorcycle accidents. In these motorcycle accidents we
suffer quadriplegia, paraplegia, other spinal cord injuries, debilitating
internal injuries, catastrophic orthopedic injuries and leg amputations, the
incidence or severity of which could not possibly be reduced by the use of
helmets. Even as these helmet law proponents cite the small percentage of
head injuries which might be averted by helmets, they fail to cite the
partially or wholly offsetting numbers of spinal cord injuries which occur
as the result of use of helmets or the state fiscal consequence of the
medical cost associated with caring for those who suffer spinal injuries.

The helmet law proponents also engage in public relations campaigns which
defame motorcyclists, complaining that this misrepresented state fiscal
crisis results from the failures of motorcyclists to obtain insurance. The
fact is that 2/3 of these accidents result solely from the inattention and
negligence of auto drivers. It is the auto drivers who are responsible under
the law and morally to pay for the injuries, medical expenses and damages
sustained by the motorcyclists they injure (those who sustain head injuries
or any of the other panoply of injuries we sustain at their hands), and it
is the auto drivers who fail to meet their legal and moral obligations to
pay our medical expenses.

The factual propositions and rhetoric urged by helmet law proponents is all
scientifically false. We can point that out. We can show how the data is
manufactured by contrived methodology to yield results which are skewed and
misleading. But what our resistance to helmet laws lacks is a good
scientific offense, including appropriately qualified experts prepared and
fairly compensated to appear and testify at key hearings; and we need good
written scientific position papers over the signatures of highly qualified
epidemiologists regularly updated as new scientific studies are published
which we can present at all other hearings and opportunities to educate and
persuade our legislators and policy makers.

We watched in horror, for example, as the NTSB lined up only the helmet law
proponent experts to testify at the science segment at the outset of the
September 2006 NTSB "Motorcycle Safety" Forum. It was like a trial in which
only one side was permitted to put on evidence. The NTSB hearing was a
farce, indeed predestined to be a farce, as was obvious even before the
commencement of the hearing by the contents of its agenda. But perhaps most
importantly the NTSB hearings were farcical by reason of the preselection of
the only scientific evidence which would be permitted to be introduced. It
was indeed that skewed scientific presentation at the outset of the hearings
which defined the "facts" which determined the outcome of every subsequent
relevant segment of the hearings.

In the future, we would urge that AMA use its influence in federal agency
hearings to assure that we are never again so outmaneuvered by the insurance
industry, medical and manufacturer lobbies. And we would urge, again, that
if the helmet law proponents will have the opportunity to present their
skewed analyses, that AMA demand the opportunity to present scientific
rebuttal, in the form of an equal number of highly qualified experts,
including highly credentialed epidemiologists to undermine the helmet law
proponents self serving interpretations and if necessary, the underlying
study methodologies.

We would urge that AMA also weigh in as federal agencies develop on any
future agenda for "safety" hearings. The agenda for the NTSB hearing was
simply absurd, the only segment appearing on the agenda having any prospect
of reducing the incidence of motorcycle accidents, and hence the full
landscape of the injuries we suffer, was the "motorcycle awareness" segment.
The largest segment of the NTSB hearing, twice the length of any other
segment, was devoted to competitive motorcycle manufacturer advertisements,
Honda being the winner with its novel motorcycle air bag which Honda took
argued with its greatest effort to make plain would only fit on its big 6
cylinder bike, and bikes of no other manufacturer.

Even the "motorcycle awareness" segment fell flat as none of the
participants appeared in the least bit enthusiastic about the prospect that
auto driver inattention to motorcyclists was even capable of being
effectively altered by motorcycle awareness campaigns. This was the only
segment of the NTSB Forum that legitimately pertained to biker safety and
the AMA representative remained conspicuously silent, literally without a
positive suggestion on how such a strategy might be implemented effectively
to reach a significant percentage of auto drivers. In fairness to AMA, the
MSF representative at this motorcycle awareness segment of the Forum also
expressed no enthusiasm for the potential efficacy of motorcycle awareness
campaigns. He indicated that MSF had prepared some motorcycle awareness
informational commercials, but stated outright that the costs of airing them
were prohibitive. He indicated that any other organization was welcome to
use the commercials, but it was apparent that MSF wasn't about to pick up
the tab. Indeed, the MSF representative indicated that a single prime time
national commercial would cost several thousand dollars, and to reach even a
small community it would cost several tens of thousands of dollars.

Adding biker safety insult to injury the MSF representative out of the blue
recommended instead "handheld" cell phone bans, which, as I will demonstrate
below, are worse than no ban at all! This kind of sloppy, extemporaneous, ad
hoc argument rather obviously thrown out just to shift attention from the
fact that the MSF representative had nothing positive to say about the
"motorcycle awareness" subject of the segment, is no way to conduct
effective policy advocacy.

The only other biker representative at the segment was an ABATE Iowa
official who described his organization's grassroots efforts to get out into
the community to talk to auto drivers to explain to them why we wear
leather, and he described their use of car bumper stickers reading "My Mom
Rides a Motorcycle." As I understood this effort it was intended to
establish good relations with the public and thus, hopefully, to get auto
drivers to show us greater respect on the roadways. The only other
representative on the panel was an insurance industry representative who
completely ignored that the subject of the segment was motorcycle awareness,
rolling his eyes when asked for his position on the potential efficacy of
motorcycle awareness programs, and without objection from the motorcyclist
representatives, went off on what was obviously a pre-planned, completely
irrelevant tirade, again, on how "everyone knows" that helmet laws are the
panacea for the dangers motorcyclists face out on the road, throwing in his
canned argument for insurance industry deregulation.

We must never permit ourselves to be so outmaneuvered at an NTSB or NHTSA or
other important biker safety hearing again, particularly at hearings which
may result in findings harmful to our biker safety and biker rights
interests. AMA is our "largest motorcyclist organization" in the United
States, as you take pride in advertising, and the fact is that AMA has the
power, if it will assert it, to influence the agendas for these hearings and
demand fairness in the constitution of the panels. Where farcical
"motorcycle safety" forum agendas are developed by our federal agencies, or
where it appears that our federal agencies have succumbed to insurance
industry influence in the selection of the experts and panelists who will be
permitted to appear at the hearings, it is AMA's responsibility as our
largest motorcyclist organization to object and object vehemently. Indeed,
if the agency will not agree to an appropriate agenda, or if it refuses to
permit us to field our own motorcyclist safety experts, then rather than
succumb to such a political farce as we witnessed at the September NTSB
hearing again, AMA should refuse to participate and call on all other
motorcyclist organizations to boycott the hearings. If our largest
motorcycle rider organizations refuse to participate in sandbagged hearings,
it will undercut the pretense of legitimacy the hearings gain from biker
organization participation. Indeed, if AMA again participates in such
farcical anti-biker, governmental hearings as we witnessed in the NTSB
hearings, please be forewarned that we will have no choice than to urge and
demonstrate and publicize that you sold out our dignity and interest in
safety.

We are also being outmaneuvered in our state legislatures, in much the same
way. State legislative committees set hearings, the insurance industry and
medical lobbies present their skewed "scientific" evidence that the state is
facing a public health and/or state fiscal crisis associated with the
incidence of motorcyclist head injuries, blame the motorcyclists for being
underinsured, and urge that the solution to enact BandAide helmet
legislation. Each of the propositions is easily rebutted, as we have above,
but what we lack, again, is the offensive scientific presentation by
qualified expert witnesses. It would be best if we could obtain the oral
testimony of qualified scientific experts, but at the very least we should
have up to date written scientific presentations which we can present
rebutting the presentations of the helmet law proponents, providing the
accurate information with regard to the true dimensions of the public health
and fiscal consequences of the full landscape of motorcyclist injury
resulting from motorcycle accidents; and then, good proposals for reducing
the incidence of motorcycle accidents, and thereby to reduce the incidence
of the full panoply of motorcyclist injury.

In the last respect, I want to take this opportunity to suggest to you what
we at Motorcyclists Against Dumb Drivers would propose as much better biker
safety approaches than helmet legislation to significantly reduce the public
health and fiscal consequences resulting from what we would agree is an
obscene incidence of motorcycle accidents on our streets and highways.

First, and most important, because it seeks to curtail what is the currently
the biggest single contributor to the full landscape of motorcyclist injury,
we urge comprehensive cell phone bans with penalties sufficient to
effectively deter motorists from engaging in all cell conversation while
driving.

(1) The use of cell phones while driving is now indisputably epidemic. One
out of every ten auto drivers we encounter on our American roads and
highways at any given daylight moment in time is actively engaged in cell
conversation. (NOPUS, December 2005);

(2) Driving under the influence of cell conversation results in DUI level
driving impairment, and while engaged in cell conversation, the motorists
are 4 times more likely to cause an accident. Redelmeier and Tibshirani
(1997) "Association Between Cellular-Telephone Calls and Motor Vehicle
Collisions." New England Journal of Medicine, 336, 453; McEvoy, Stevenson,
McCartt, Woodward, Haworth, Palamara and Cercarelli, "Role of Mobile Phones
in Motorvehicle Crashes Resulting in Hospital Attendance; A Case-Crossover
Study," British Medical Journal (July 12, 2005). "The 100-Car Naturalistic
Driving Study, Phase II," DOT HS 810 593 April, 2006. Strayer, Drews and
Crouch, "A Comparison of the Cell Phone Driver and the Drunk Driver," Human
Factors, Summer 2006; Strayer, D. L. & Drews, F. A. & Crouch, D. J. (2003).
"Fatal Distraction? A Comparison of the Cell-Phone Driver and the Drunk
Driver." In D. V. McGehee, J. D. Lee, & M. Rizzo (Eds.) Driving Assessment
2003: International Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment,
Training, and Vehicle Design. Published by the Public Policy Center,
University of Iowa (pp. 25-30); Strayer, D. L., & Johnston, W. A. (2001).
"Driven to distraction: Dual-task studies of simulated driving and
conversing on a cellular phone. Psychological Science," 12, 462-466.
McCarley, J. S., Vais, M., Pringle, H., Kramer, A. F., Irwin, D. E., &
Strayer, D. L. (2001). "Conversation disrupts visual scanning of traffic
scenes." Paper presented at Vision in Vehicles, Australia. Strayer, D. L.,
Drews, F. A., Albert, R. W., & Johnston, W. A. (2001). "Cell phone induced
perceptual impairments during simulated driving." In D. V. McGehee, J. D.
Lee, & M. Rizzo (Eds.) Driving Assessment 2001: International Symposium on
Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design. Strayer,
D. L., Drews, F. A. & Johnston, W. A. (2002). "Why do cell phone
conversations interfere with driving?" Proceedings of the 81st Annual
Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC. Strayer, D.
L., Drews, F. A. & Johnston, W. A. (2003). "Cell phone induced failures of
visual attention during simulated driving." Journal of Experimental
Psychology: Applied, 9, 23-23. Strayer, D. L., Drews, F. A., & Johnston, W.
A. (2003). "Are we being driven to distraction? Public Policy Perspectives,"
Vol. 16, 1-2. (Published by the Center for Public Policy and Administration,
University of Utah) Strayer, D. L. & Drews, F. A. (2003). "Effects of cell
phone conversations on younger and older drivers." In the Proceedings of the
47nd Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (pp..
1860-1864). Strayer, D. L. & Drews, F. A. & Crouch, D. J. (2003). "Fatal
distraction? A comparison of the cell-phone driver and the drunk driver." In
D. V. McGehee, J. D. Lee, & M. Rizzo (Eds.) Driving Assessment 2003:
International Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and
Vehicle Design. Published by the Public Policy Center, University of Iowa
(pp. 25-30). Strayer, D. L., Cooper, J. M., & Drews, F. A. (2004). "What do
drivers fail to see when conversing on a cell phone?" In the Proceedings of
the 48nd Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (pp
2213-2217). McCarley, J.S., Vais, M.J., Pringle, H., Kamer, A.F., Irwin,
D.E., & Strayer, D.L. (2004) "Conversation disrupts change detection in
complex traffic scenes." Human Factors, 46, 424-436. Strayer, D.L., & Drews,
F. A. (2004). "Profiles in driver distraction: Effects of cell phone
conversations on younger and older drivers." Human Factors, 46, 640-649.
Strayer, D. L. & Drews, F. A. Crouch, D. J., & Johnston, W. A. (2005). "Why
do Cell Phone Conversations Interfere with Driving?" In W. R. Walker and D.
Herrmann (Eds.) Cognitive Technology: Essays on the Transformation of
Thought and Society (pp. 51-6 , McFarland & Company, Inc., Jefferson, NC.)

(3) It is NOT holding the phone or otherwise manipulating it which results
in the DUI level driving impairment or four fold increased likelihood that
the motorist will cause an accident; it is the cell conversation. It is an
"inattentional blindness" resulting from the diversion of limited conscious
attention to the internal-cognitive tasks associated with the give and take
of the cell conversation away from the external-visual tasks essential for
safe driving. When drivers are engaged in cell conversation, whether by
handheld or hands-free cell device, they fail to "see" signal changes, they
fail to "see" cars stopping in front of them, they fail to "see" changes in
the driving environment which would normally be expected to automatically
draw the motorists' attention, and they fail even to "see" what their eyes
are fixed upon. Strayer, D. L., & Johnston, W. A. (2001). "Driven to
distraction: Dual-task studies of simulated driving and conversing on a
cellular phone. Psychological Science," 12, 462-466. McCarley, J. S., Vais,
M., Pringle, H., Kramer, A. F., Irwin, D. E., & Strayer, D. L. (2001).
"Conversation disrupts visual scanning of traffic scenes." Paper presented
at Vision in Vehicles, Australia. Strayer, D. L., Drews, F. A., Albert, R.
W., & Johnston, W. A. (2001). "Cell phone induced perceptual impairments
during simulated driving." In D. V. McGehee, J. D. Lee, & M. Rizzo (Eds.)
Driving Assessment 2001: International Symposium on Human Factors in Driver
Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design. Strayer, D. L., Drews, F. A. &
Johnston, W. A. (2002). "Why do cell phone conversations interfere with
driving?" Proceedings of the 81st Annual Meeting of the Transportation
Research Board, Washington, DC. Strayer, D. L., Drews, F. A. & Johnston, W.
A. (2003). "Cell phone induced failures of visual attention during simulated
driving." Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 9, 23-23. Strayer, D.
L., Drews, F. A., & Johnston, W. A. (2003). "Are we being driven to
distraction? Public Policy Perspectives," Vol. 16, 1-2. (Published by the
Center for Public Policy and Administration, University of Utah) Strayer, D.
L. & Drews, F. A. (2003). "Effects of cell phone conversations on younger
and older drivers." In the Proceedings of the 47nd Annual Meeting of the
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (pp.. 1860-1864). Strayer, D. L. &
Drews, F. A. & Crouch, D. J. (2003). "Fatal distraction? A comparison of the
cell-phone driver and the drunk driver." In D. V. McGehee, J. D. Lee, & M.
Rizzo (Eds.) Driving Assessment 2003: International Symposium on Human
Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design. Published by the
Public Policy Center, University of Iowa (pp. 25-30). Strayer, D. L.,
Cooper, J. M., & Drews, F. A. (2004). "What do drivers fail to see when
conversing on a cell phone?" In the Proceedings of the 48nd Annual Meeting
of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (pp 2213-2217). McCarley, J.S.,
Vais, M.J., Pringle, H., Kamer, A.F., Irwin, D.E., & Strayer, D.L. (2004)
"Conversation disrupts change detection in complex traffic scenes." Human
Factors, 46, 424-436. Strayer, D.L., & Drews, F. A. (2004). "Profiles in
driver distraction: Effects of cell phone conversations on younger and older
drivers." Human Factors, 46, 640-649. Strayer, D. L. & Drews, F. A. Crouch,
D. J., & Johnston, W. A. (2005). "Why do Cell Phone Conversations Interfere
with Driving?" In W. R. Walker and D. Herrmann (Eds.) Cognitive Technology:
Essays on the Transformation of Thought and Society (pp. 51-6 , McFarland &
Company, Inc., Jefferson, NC.)

Since cell conversation by handheld and handsfree device results in the
identical DUI level driving impairment and identical 4 fold increased
likelihood that the motorist will cause an accident, please see clearly that
handheld cell phone bans, such as was urged by our MSF representative at the
NTSB Forum can have no possible positive safety effect, because motorists
will simply purchase hands-free devices for use in their vehicles. Indeed,
that handheld cell phone bans are likely to have little if any impact on the
epidemic of injury associated with the current epidemic of driving under the
influence of cell conversation is an observation made by the most respected
scientists in the field.

"These data call into question driving regulations that prohibit handheld
cell phones and permit hands-free cell phones because no significant
differences were found in the impairments to driving caused by these two
modes of cellular communication." Strayer, D. L., Drews, F. A., & Johnston,
W. A. (2003). "Are We Being Driven to Distraction?" Public Policy
Perspectives, Vol. 16, 1-2. (Published by the Center for Public Policy and
Administration, University of Utah). Strayer has indeed made this clear at
least since 2001:

"Our data imply that legislative initiatives that restrict handheld devices
but permit hands-free devices are not likely to reduce interference from the
phone conversation, because the interference is, in this case, due to
central attentional processes." Strayer, D. L., & Johnston, W. A. (2001).
"Driven to Distraction: Dual-task Studies of Simulated Driving and
Conversing on a Cellular Phone." Psychological Science, 12, 462-466. See
also, Strayer, D. L., Drews, F. A. & Johnston, W. A. (2002). "Why Do Cell
Phone Conversations Interfere With Driving?" Proceedings of the 81st Annual
Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC.

This sentiment was echoed by Johns Hopkins Professor Yantis, based on his
above described neurological studies, "Our research helps explain why
talking on a cell phone can impair driving performance, even when the driver
is using a hands-free device." Stromstein & Yantis, supra.

We would urge that handheld cell phone legislation is even worse than no ban
at all because the legislation misinforms the public that driving under the
influence of hands-free cell conversation is somehow "safe."

Secondly, if AMA shall come to the conclusion that the currently conceived
"motorcycle awareness" advertising campaigns are not a feasible means both
to increase auto drivers "awareness" of bikers and to change their driving
behaviors which put us at risk, then we would urge that AMA engage in the
appropriate research to determine what can be done to force motorists to
"see" us.

First, let's accurately define the problem. The AMA has succumbed for too
long to the unfortunate misinformation that motorcycle accidents, and
particular intersection accidents, are the result of the "lack of
conspicuity" of the motorcycle. It is by this fiction indeed that NHTSA long
ago abrogated its responsibility to provide the solutions for what amounts
to 50 percent of all multi-vehicle motorcycle accidents occurring as the
result of auto driver inattention at intersections. Auto drivers enter
intersections and turn left at intersections into our rights of way,
commonly exclaiming after killing or maiming us, "I didn't see the
motorcycle." NHTSA is composed of a bunch of bi-speckled bean counters, but
as we understand it, our AMA representatives are motorcyclists, right? You
know, as motorcyclists, that our breaking ability is quicker and that our
bikes are capable of extraordinary maneuverability, permitting us to avoid
just about every hazard that an auto driver can create - unless the driver
pulls right out in front of us. Indeed, the auto drivers must pull out into
our right of way, directly in front of us, to create a hazard we can't
avoid. So these accidents clearly do not result from our "lack of
conspicuity"; we are right in front of them.

Do the research. Begin with Mack & Rock, "Inattentional Blindness" 1998.
These fifty percent of multi-vehicle motorcycle accidents result from auto
driver visual-visual "inattentional blindness," not "lack of conspicuity."
We know much more about the mechanism of conscious attention than we did in
the early 1980s when the term "lack of conspicuity" was first used in this
context by Harry Hurt. We think we "see" much like a video recorder, but
this couldn't be further from the truth. True enough, our eyes will take in
the full landscape of visual information, which will in turn be transmitted
to our brains received by our subconscious. But at the subconscious level
this visual information is processed, indeed extensively processed, and
then, only in late processing, just a very small portion of this visual
information is permitted through what amounts to a bottleneck into conscious
attention. And it is only what is received into our conscious attention
which we consciously "see." Hence the conscious experience of the auto
driver who reports "I didn't see him," notwithstanding that the motorcyclist
was right in front of him.

The literature also describes the factors which result in visual-visual
inattentional blindness, including those which we have concluded are most
important in this context, to wit, "expectation" and "relevance." In
addition, making observation of an object task-relevant is effective in
modifying what the target subject population will "see." In processing,
visual information which is "expected" is preferentially passed through to
conscious attention; and visual information which is considered more
"relevant" is also more likely reach conscious attention. Auto drivers do
not "expect" to see motorcycles, and they don't consider us as "relevant" as
they might an oncoming car, truck or bus, so our appearance in their visual
field is less likely to reach their conscious attention - and we are less
likely to be "seen" by the auto driver.

The importance of understanding specifically why auto drivers don't "see" us
is that we might spend an enormous amount of energy and money on "motorcycle
awareness" television campaigns, based on the assumption that just telling
them to look for us should be effective, for example, and in the end have no
impact at all upon auto driver behavior or the numbers of motorcyclists
injured at intersections.

I don't know whether the types of television commercials which MSF has
created, as an example, would have any prospect at all of influencing auto
driver behavior, because I don't believe that the assumptions upon which the
content of the commercials was determined was scientifically based. What AMA
should take on as its responsibility is first to commission the research to
arrive at a good understanding of the factors which lead auto drivers not to
see us, and studies then to provide the information essential to fashion
appropriate remedies for auto driver inattentional blindness.

We have suggested a number of strategies to modify auto driver values of
expectation and relevance based upon our own research. We have also
recommended an alternative to expensive and probably impractical television
advertising, and that is to avail the state auto driver education programs,
including by urging that the motorcycle education booklets which auto
drivers study to obtain or renew their drivers licenses by modified to
provide comprehensive information on the strategies which auto drivers must
employ for the protection of motorcyclists. As a part of those
recommendations we seek to alter auto driver "expectation" for motorcycles,
inter alia, by providing auto drivers a "task" to perform as they enter and
turn left at intersection, in this case to take the time to carefully gauge
the motorcycle's speed. The purpose isn't to get the auto drivers to
determine the motorcycle's speed, although, that can be a side benefit. The
purpose is to force the auto driver to "attend" to the motorcycle, to "see"
it, as an essential prerequisite to gaguing its speed. We urge that the
written tests that auto drivers must take to obtain or renew their drivers
licenses also be modified to contain a comprehensive list of motorcyclist
safety questions, and that those drivers who fail to answer all motorcyclist
safety questions be require to retake the test.

Indeed, we urge that the curricula of all driver education courses,
including high school courses and court ordered courses be modified to
include the same information on the strategies which auto drivers must
employ for the protection of motorcyclists.

In terms of increasing the "relevance" auto drivers attach to the appearance
of an oncoming motorcyclists we consider that it is essential to invoke the
auto driver's self interest. For example, we urge "motorcyclist specific"
ROW legislation, or ROW legislation with motorcyclist specific penalty
provisions. We urge that severe penalties, such as automatic, lengthy,
drivers license suspensions, for ROW violations which result in motorcyclist
death or injury are essential to impress upon the auto driver the specific
self-interest relevance of the oncoming motorcyclist.

In sum, we consider that it is AMA responsibility as our largest
motorcyclist organization in the United States to do what is required to put
the helmet law proponents out of business as we chose to redirect our
national and state concerns about what we agree are very serious public
health and state fiscal concerns more accurately defined by the full panoply
of injury suffered my motorcyclists in accidents. Our AMA approach must be
both to defend our dignity and to fight for our safety, on the one hand
demonstrating that helmet laws are ill-designed to significantly reduce the
incidence of motorcyclist injury and at the same time put forth good
alternative solutions better calculated to reduce the incidence of the full
landscape motorcyclist injury across the board.

We look forward to your accomplishing an end to this wasteful, never ending,
helmet law tug-of-war during your tenure as President of AMA, and a return
to sane safety policy, for which you will be remembered as our leader who
restored our dignity and provided us significantly greater safety as we
enjoy our chosen lives as eagles in flight, rather than caged in parakeets.

"M-a-d-d Ray" Henke
Motorcyclists Against Dumb Drivers, [
http://www.motorcyclists-against-dumb-drivers.com/ ]
Co-moderator, Bruce & Ray's Biker Forum, [
http://LdrLongDistanceRider.com/forum.html ]

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                              Good for him!!!
                          Surprised CBS let him get away with this even though he's right!!!


     AMEN ANDY ROONEY!




Right on, Andy Rooney!

Andy Rooney said on "60 Minutes" a few weeks back:

I don't think being a minority makes you a victim of anything except numbers. The only things I can think of that are truly discriminatory are things like the United Negro College Fund, Jet Magazine, Black Entertainment Television, and Miss Black America. Try to have things like the United Caucasian College Fund, Cloud Magazine, White Entertainment Television, or Miss White America; and see what happens...Jesse Jackson will be knocking down your door.

Guns do not make you a killer. I think killing makes you a killer. You can kill someone with a baseball bat or a car, but no one is trying to ban you from driving to the ball game.

I believe they are called the Boy Scouts for a reason, which is why there are no girls allowed. Girls belong in the Girl Scouts! ARE YOU LISTENING MARTHA BURKE?

I think that if you feel homosexuality is wrong, it is not a phobia, it is an opinion.

I have the right "NOT" to be tolerant of others because they are different, weird, or tick me off.

When 70% of the people who get arrested are black, in cities where 70% of the population is black, that is not racial profiling; it is the Law of Probability.

I believe that if you are selling me a milkshake, a pack of cigarettes, a newsp aper or a hotel room, you must do it in English! As a matter of fact, if you want to be an American citizen, you should have to speak English!

My father and grandfather didn't die in vain so you can leave the countries you were born in to come over and disrespect ours.

I think the police should have every right to shoot your sorry ass if you threaten them after they tell you to stop. If you can't understand the word "freeze" or "stop" in English, see the above lines.

I don't think just because you were not born in this country, you are qualified for any special loan programs, government sponsored bank loans or tax breaks, etc., so you can open a hotel, coffee shop, trinket store, or any other business.

We did not go to the aid of certain foreign countries and risk our lives in wars to defend their freedoms, so that decades later they could come over here and tell us our constitution is a living document; and open to their interpretations.

I d on't hate the rich I don't pity the poor.

I know pro wrestling is fake, but so are movies and television. That doesn't stop you from watching them.

I think Bill Gates has every right to keep every penny he made and continue to make more. If it ticks you off, go and invent the next operating system that's better, and put your name on the building.

It doesn't take a whole village to raise a child right, but it does take a parent to stand up to the kid; and smack their little behinds when necessary, and say "NO!"

I think tattoos and piercing are fine if you want them, but please don't pretend they are a political statement. And, please, stay home until that new lip ring heals. I don't want to look at your ugly infected mouth as you serve me French fries!

I am sick of "Political Correctness." I know a lot of black people, and not a single one of them was born in Africa ; so how can they be "African-Americans"? Besides, Africa is a continent. I don't go around saying I am a European-American because my great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather was from Europe . I am proud to be from
America and nowhere else

And if you don't like my point of view, tough...

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG, OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA , AND TO THE REPUBLIC, FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!


I was asked to send this on if I agree or delete if I don't. It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God. Therefore I have a very hard time understanding why there is such a problem in having "In God We Trust" on our money and having "God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. Why don't we just tell the 14% to Shut Up and BE QUIET!!!


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Washington State Patrol Media Release

   Chief John R. Batiste

  Captain Jeff DeVere
  Government and Media Relations
  (360) 753-5299 – office
  (360) 753-5469 – fax

  http://www.wsp.wa.gov

***For Immediate Release***

  Date: October 15, 2007
  Contact: Sgt. Kristene O’Shannon
  Phone: (360) 570-3108

 

         According to the WSP and Washington Courts, the correct fines for the above violations are listed below:

  • The fine for a carpool lane violation is $124.00. There is no increased fine for repeated offenses.

  • The fine for an incorrect lane change, driving on the shoulder and blocking an intersection is $124.00

     (These fines rise to $174.00 if the violation results in a collision)

  • Passengers over the age of 16 will receive a citation for failing to wear a seatbelt.

    The only time a driver will receive a citation for their passenger failing to wear a seatbelt is
     if the passenger is under the age of 16.

  • Drivers can receive a citation for driving even 1 mile per hour above the posted speed limit.

  • Starting July 1, 2008, the fine for using a cell phone while driving without a "hands free" device will be $124.00.

    (Traffic fines can be higher if the violation occurs in a construction zone.)

    Driving under the influence can equal jail and the use of "hands free" cellular telephone devices
    will be required while driving

    This law does not go into effect until July 1, 2008.

    To obtain further information regarding the monetary penalty schedule for infractions.

    Visit the Washington Courts website at http://www.courts.wa.gov/index.cfm and the

    Washington State Legislature website http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW to obtain further information regarding the R.C.W..


    Posted by Dragoni 12/19/2007

 

 
 

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Jury Duty Scam

The Verdict: Hang Up
Don’t Fall for Jury Duty Scam

06/02/06

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The phone rings, you pick it up, and the caller identifies himself as an officer of the court. He says you failed to report for jury duty and that a warrant is out for your arrest. You say you never received a notice. To clear it up, the caller says he’ll need some information for “verification purposes”your birth date, social security number, maybe even a credit card number.

This is when you should hang up the phone. It’s a scam.

Jury scams have been around for years, but have seen a resurgence in recent months. Communities in more than a dozen states have issued public warnings about cold calls from people claiming to be court officials seeking personal information. As a rule, court officers never ask for confidential information over the phone; they generally correspond with prospective jurors via mail.

The scam’s bold simplicity may be what makes it so effective. Facing the unexpected threat of arrest, victims are caught off guard and may be quick to part with some information to defuse the situation.

“They get you scared first,” says a special agent in the Minneapolis field office who has heard the complaints. “They get people saying, ‘Oh my gosh! I’m not a criminal. What’s going on?’” That’s when the scammer dangles a solution-a fine, payable by credit card, that will clear up the problem.

With enough information, scammers can assume your identity and empty your bank accounts.

“It seems like a very simple scam,” the agent adds. The trick is putting people on the defensive, then reeling them back in with the promise of a clean slate. “It’s kind of ingenious. It’s social engineering.”

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Want to learn more about new and common scams like this one? Then sign up for our e-mail alerts.

In recent months, communities in Florida, New York, Minnesota, Illinois, Colorado, Oregon, California, Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, and New Hampshire reported scams or posted warnings or press releases on their local websites. In August, the federal court system issued a warning on the scam and urged people to call their local District Court office if they receive suspicious calls. In September, the FBI issued a press release about jury scams and suggested victims also contact their local FBI field office.

In March, USA.gov, the federal government’s information website, posted details about jury scams in their Frequently Asked Questions area. The site reported scores of queries on the subject from website visitors and callers seeking information.

The jury scam is a simple variation of the identity-theft ploys that have proliferated in recent years as personal information and good credit have become thieves’ preferred prey, particularly on the Internet. Scammers might tap your information to make a purchase on your credit card, but could just as easily sell your information to the highest bidder on the Internet’s black market.

Protecting yourself is the key: Never give out personal information when you receive an unsolicited phone call.

Resources:
- Common Fraud Schemes
- Jury Fraud Press Release (09/28/05)

 

 

 Report: NHTSA Buried Study on Cell Phone Dangers

 Tuesday, July 21, 2009
 

  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gathered hundreds of pages of research and warnings about the
 hazards of drivers using cell phones, but withheld the information from the public in part out of fear
 of angering Congress, a newspaper reported Monday.

  The former head of the traffic safety agency, Dr. Jeffrey Runge, told The New York Times that he was urged to withhold
 the findings to avoid antagonizing members of Congress who warned the agency against lobbying states. Runge said
 transit officials told him he could jeopardize billions of dollars of its financing if Congress thought the agency
 had crossed the line into lobbying, the Times said.

  Critics say that the failure of the Transportation Department to pursue the role of driving distractions in car crashes
 has resulted in traffic deaths and allowed multitasking while driving to grow.

  The research findings were obtained by the Center for Auto Safety and Public Citizen through
 Freedom of Information requests, the Times said. The newspaper posted the documents on its Web site Monday night.

 The findings included:

 _ Cell phone usage by drivers increased 50 percent, from 4 percent in 2000 to 6 percent in 2002.

 _ Driver distraction contributes to about 25 percent of all police-reported traffic crashes.

 _ Cell phone use is growing as a distraction while driving.

 Draft recommendations from NHTSA included that "drivers not use these devices when driving except in an emergency."

  Legislation forbidding the use of hand-held cell phones while driving was not recommended because
 it does not address the problem and may instead lead drivers to think handsfree phones are safer.

 The problem is that a cell phone conversation takes the driver's focus off the road, the studies showed.

 The Times said the Center for Auto Safety and Public Citizen will release the documents Tuesday.

  Posted by Dragoni 07/21/2009

 

 

The FACT is Free Men Own Firearms, Slaves DO NOT!!!!

American Freedom Fighter - B1!
Ask Me How!!!
 


   A LITTLE GUN HISTORY
 
 
   In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to1953,
  about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were
  rounded up and exterminated.
 
  ------------------------------
 
  In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5
  million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and
  exterminated.
 
  ------------------------------
 
  Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a
  total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend
  themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
 
  ------------------------------
 
  China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million
  political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up
  and exterminated.
 
  -----------------------------
 
  Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981,
  100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up
  and exterminated.
  -------------
 
  Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000
  Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and
  exterminated.
 
  ------------------------------
 
  Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one
  million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded
  up and exterminated.
 
 

 

   In the 20th century the number killed because of gun control:
  56 million.
 
  ------------------------------
 
  It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced
  by new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by
  their own Government, a program, costing Australia taxpayers more
  than $500 million dollars.
 
  The first year results are now in:
 
  Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent.
  Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 percent.
  Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent
  (yes, 44 percent)!
 
  In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up
  300 percent. Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them
  in, the criminals did not, and criminals still possess their guns!
 
  While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in
  armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in
  the past 12 months, since criminals now are guaranteed that their
  prey is unarmed. There has also been a dramatic increase in break-
  ins and assaults of the ELDERLY. Australian politicians are at a
  loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such
  monumental effort, and expense was expended in successfully ridding
  Australian society of guns.
 
  You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians
  disseminating this information.
 
  Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and,
  yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.
 
  Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late!
 
  The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind
  them of this history lesson.
 
  With guns, we are 'citizens'.. Without them, we are 'subjects'.
 
  During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they
  knew most Americans were ARMED!
 
  If you value your freedom, please spread this anti-gun control
  message to all of your friends.
 
  The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in
  defense. The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is
  more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else
  is supplemental.
 
  SWITZERLAND ISSUES EVERY HOUSEHOLD A GUN!
 
  SWITZERLAND'S GOVERNMENT TRAINS EVERY ADULT THEY ISSUE A RIFLE.
 
  SWITZERLAND HAS THE LOWEST GUN RELATED CRIME RATE OF ANY CIVILIZED
  COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!!!
 
  IT'S A NO BRAINER!
 
  DON'T LET OUR GOVERNMENT WASTE MILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS IN AN
  EFFORT TO MAKE ALL LAW ABIDING CITIZENS AN EASY TARGET.
 
  If you believe in the 2nd Amendment, please forward to a friend.

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"A Different Christmas Poem"

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
 I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight. 
 My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
 My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
 Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
 Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
 

 The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
 Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve. 
 My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
 Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
 In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
 So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
 But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear. 
 Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,

Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
 My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
 And I crept to the door just to see who was near. 

 Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
 A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight. 
 A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
 Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
 Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
 Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.
 

 "What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
 "Come in this moment, it's freezing out here! 
 Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
 You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"
 For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
 Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..

To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
 Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right, 
 I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."
 "It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
 That separates you from the darkest of times.

No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
 I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me. 
 My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,"
 Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
 My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
 And now it is my turn and so, here I am. 

 I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
 But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile. 
 Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
 The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
 I can live through the cold and the being alone,
 Away from my family, my house and my home.
 

 I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
 I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat. 
 I can carry the weight of killing another,
 Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
 Who stand at the front against any and all,
 To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall." 

 "  So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
 Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
 "But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
 "Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
 It seems all too little for all that you've done, 
 For being away from your wife and your son." 

 Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
 "Just tell us you love us, and never forget. 
 To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
 To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
 For when we come home, either standing or dead,
 To know you remember we fought and we bled.
 Is payment enough, and with that we will trust, 
 That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

 PLEASE, would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many 
 people as you can? Chri
stmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our 
  U.S. service men and women for our being able to celebrate these
 festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people 
 stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.
 

  LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
 30th Naval Construction Regiment
 OIC, Logistics Cell One
 Al Taqqadum, Iraq 


"Real Integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that no body's going to know whether you did it or not."

    SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, THEY ARE OUR FAMILY MEMBERS!

 

 


 
 


 
The New 44cent stamp...

 Please read this .It's important

Looks pretty doesn't it?

 Pretty deceiving....

  PLEASE, DON'T USE THESE STAMPS!
   NOT FOR VALENTINE'S, NOT FOR ANY MAIL!!

 
This image is a larger version of the Eid Custom Postage product.

USPS 44-Cent Stamp Celebrates
 Muslim holidays Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha .

This image is a larger version of the
 
Muslim holidays Eid Custom Postage product.

If there is only ONE thing you forward &
 Talk about today... let it be this!


REMEMBER to adamantly & vocally BOYCOTT
 this stamp, when you are purchasing your stamps
 at the post office.

All you have to say is:
 "No thank you, I do not want that Muslim Stamp on my letters!"

To use this stamp would be a slap in the face
 to all those AMERICANS who died at the hands
 of those whom this stamp honors.

REMEMBER the MUSLIM
 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103!

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing
 of the World Trade Center in 1993!

REMEMBER the MUSLIM
 bombing of the Marine Barracks in Lebanon !

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing
 of the
Military Barracks in Saudi Arabia !

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing
 of the American Embassies in Africa !

REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing
 of the USS COLE!

REMEMBER the MUSLIM attack on 9/11/2001 !

REMEMBER all the AMERICAN
 lives that were lost in those vicious MUSLIM attacks!


Pass this along to every
 
Patriotic American that you know
 and get the word out!

 
Honor the United States of America !

Not the MUSLIM Nation!

  Posted By: Dragoni
 

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