Tag Archives: motorcycles

Long Distance Motorcyclist IronBoltBruce Rides Through 1,534 Miles of Fracking Ecocide in 22 Hours

Fracking Ecocide

A record-holding endurance motorcycle rider and biker activist experiences first-hand what America is sacrificing to maintain the myth of energy independence and other false promises of natural gas hydraulic fracturing.

)(

Tuesday 2 September 2014 marked the end of 5 days and 3,755 miles in the saddle for me. My two-wheeled trek began with what the Iron Butt Association should certify as my 55th IBA ride and 22nd Bun Burner GOLD 1500. The BBG1500 requires a documented ride of at least 1,500 miles in 24 hours or less, and in this case I covered the 1,534-mile distance from Miami Beach Florida to Del Rio Texas in 22 hours and 1 minute.

At 8:07am ET Thursday 28 August 2014 I logged a gas receipt in South Beach to mark the start of my ride up the Florida Turnpike through Orlando to I-75 North, then west on I-10/I-12/I-10 through the Panhandle, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana into Texas, where from San Antonio I continued west on US-90 arriving in the border town of Del Rio at 5:08am CT the next morning.

As a Native Texan exiled in South Florida, I have ridden deep into the heart of the Lone Star State and back again many times. And like many times before, the weather was warm and dry from end to end so I rode the entire stretch with my face in the wind. But unlike any rides of the past, this time riding mostly lidless and always shieldless from SoBe to South Texas exposed me to more than just sunshine and starlight:

Hidalgo – my 1999 Harley-Davidson FXDS – has a stock 4.9 gallon fuel tank which requires me to stop and refuel every 2 to 3 hours. And at almost every pit stop from Okeechobee on, I had to take my faded blue bandanna and wipe off a thin film of some kind of gunk that was collecting on my shades. What was coating my sunglasses and no doubt entering my lungs I can’t say, but when I typed “substances found “ into a search box Google quickly added “suspended in the air”

https://www.google.com/search?q=substances+found+suspended+in+the+air

… and when I typed “pollutants in “ Google’s recommended completion was “the air”:

https://www.google.com/search?q=pollutants+in+the+air

The air was different – and so was the sky. I’ve ridden west into more sunsets over Louisiana than I care to count, but the skies over Hammond around 7:00pm that Thursday simply did not look like they used to. The sky was still basically blue, the sparse clouds basically white, and the sun setting behind them basically yellow with pink glows and red radiants – but the colors were all softer or milkier than, and the clarity and contrast not as sharp as, they used to be. I can’t really put into words what I saw or why it seemed different, but the the impact of pollution on sky colors may explain it:

https://www.google.com/search?q=pollution+impact+on+sky+colors

By the time I rode across the Sabine River bridge into Sweet Mother Texas the sun was completely down and the light of a crescent moon somewhat obscured what might otherwise have been a star-filled night sky. But after crossing over the backbone of the ongoing fracking ecocide that is the Eagle Ford Shale Play, I was reminded once again that what filled the cool night air was not starlight:

http://stories.weather.com/fracking

The beard on my chin is about 4 inches long and normally white with a touch of gray in color. But after completing my ride and checking into single-star accommodations on the Del Rio US-90 strip, the beard I saw on my soot-covered face in the mirror was as black as asphalt! It took a whole bottle of motel shampoo, most of a bar of motel soap, and several minutes of scrubbing to get all the sticky tar-like goop out of my matted whiskers. When I was finished, the rinse water in the sink looked as nasty as backed-up sewage. And thinking about what the lining of my lungs looked like has made me mad enough to march:

http://peoplesclimate.org/march/

I know it takes oil to keep my Harley on the road. But if we have to poison the land we love, pollute the air we breathe, and condemn our grandchildren to life in a Mad Max ecological wasteland to produce it, I’d rather ride a horse.

IronBoltBruce

)(

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23fracking%20%23ecocide


Many American Bikers Suffer From Sensenbrenner Syndrome. Do You?

Sensenbrenner

How can Bikers be “against totalitarian enactments” yet align themselves with the fascist “1%er” stooge who sponsored the most totalitarian act in U.S. history?

MANY AMERICAN BIKERS SUFFER FROM SENSENBRENNER SYNDROME. DO YOU?

Wisconsin’s 9th Congressional District morphed into its 5th in 2003, but since 1979 and for almost a quarter century that district has been represented in Washington DC by the same silver spoon politician: United States Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. This district is the home of almost 700,000 of Wisconsin’s wealthiest residents and two of Harley-Davidson’s primary motorcycle manufacturing facilities – H-D Powertrain Operations in Menomonee Falls, and the H-D Product Development Center in Wauwatosa.

Many Harley riders (including myself) and other Bikers like to think of themselves as defiant examples of personal independence and liberty, and refer to each other as “freedom fighters”. There are many so-called motorcyclists’ rights organizations (MROs) to exploit that, among them being the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF), the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM), A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments (ABATE), and the US Defenders. Here are some representative mission statements:

“The mission of the American Motorcyclist Association is to promote the motorcycling lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling.”

http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com

“To continue developing an aggressive, independent national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle which is financially stable and exceeds the needs of motorcycling enthusiasts.”

http://mrf.org

“ABATE of Wisconsin’s goal is to give the motorcyclists of Wisconsin a strong, united voice with regard to their future, their way of life, their safety, and their legal rights as motorcyclists and citizens.”

http://tinyurl.com/ABATEMRO

In addition to a common membership base and political message, these MROs also share an affinity for Congressman Sensenbrenner, who due to his portly stature is known to some as “Fat Jim”. Here are a couple of their accolades:

“The AMA thanks [Sensenbrenner et al] for protecting the motorcycle lifestyle, and encourages motorcyclists in these representative’s districts to thank them for their support…”

http://tinyurl.com/76ez5sw

“Sensenbrenner has redefined what it means to go ‘above and beyond’. He has worked tirelessly to protect motorcyclists’ rights on every front at the federal level for over 35 years. ‘Not only are the motorcyclists of Wisconsin in Mr. Sensenbrenner’s debt, every motorcyclist in this country has benefitted from his steadfast support,’ said Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice President Government Relations and Public Affairs.”


http://tinyurl.com/7v53dyz

So despite the fact the he was an heir to the Kimberly Clark (Kotex) family fortune and born one-percenter – in Occupy Wall Street, not Hells Angels, terms – it certainly sounds like Fat Jim is a champion of democracy and a true defender of the freedoms and liberties cherished so dearly by our two-wheeled cowboys from coast to coast, right?

WRONG.

Jim Sensenbrenner sponsored the USA PATRIOT Act (HR3162). Let me repeat that for any leather-covered sons of liberty whose jaws just dropped or eyes glazed over. JIM SENSENBRENNER SPONSORED THE USA PATRIOT ACT:

http://tinyurl.com/3l4z2n4

That’s right, all you riders for justice. The man your MRO leaders claim has been protecting your “rights on every front at the federal level for over 35 years” has actually been decimating them for much of that time. The Patriot Act he sponsored did more damage to what was once your Constitutionally-guaranteed Bill of Rights than any other bill ever signed into law, and he didn’t stop there. He also sponsored the REAL ID Act (HR418) – which turns your state-issued drivers license into a nationwide “homeland security” identity and tracking device – and has been behind a number of other corporate-sponsored Big Brother affronts to personal freedoms, civil liberties and even Internet privacy:

http://tinyurl.com/3qdv4

So this chubby, lobby-funded frequent-flying fascist (labeled the little “dictator” by Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi) is who American motorcyclists expect to champion their rights in Washington, huh?

http://tinyurl.com/2g2lar

God help them. They must be suffering from Sensenbrenner Syndrome. No, not this one:

http://tinyurl.com/6oyy2mm

The Sensenbrenner Syndrome I refer to is defined crudely as “befriending those who be f*#king you”. This disease has clearly afflicted a large number of Wild Hogs, and that’s sad. What’s worse is that the epidemic doesn’t end there:

How many fiscal conservatives voted for Bush Era Republicans while they were running up record deficits and wrecking our economy with unsustainable tax cuts and reckless deregulation? How many Koched-up Tea Party Patriots support those very same long-tenured corporate puppets today? And how many anti-war progressives that voted for “Change” in 2008 are willing to admit that their drone-happy Democratic President Bushbamney has expanded rather than shrunk the American War Machine overseas while doing nothing for the people back home than might alienate his Wall Street masters?

Like Judge Napolitano, I ask: Where are the Jeffersonians? And where is the outrage?

http://tinyurl.com/7rhgxzp

###

REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS: ALL PROBLEMS, NO SOLUTION.
END TWO-PARTY TYRANNY: OUR SECOND REVOLUTION!

IronBoltBruce via VVV PR ( http://veritasvirtualvengeance.com | @vvvpr )

Related Image 1: http://veritasvirtualvengeance.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/sensenbrenner_0.gif

Related Image 2: http://veritasvirtualvengeance.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/sensenbrenner_1.jpg

Related Image 3: http://veritasvirtualvengeance.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/sensenbrenner_2.jpg

Related Image 4: http://veritasvirtualvengeance.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/sensenbrenner_3.jpg

Related Image 5: http://veritasvirtualvengeance.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/sensenbrenner_4.jpg

Related Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kfvg9jCaLz4 *

* HEREIN SENSENBRENNER ADMITS THE USA PATRIOT ACT WAS WRITTEN +++BEFORE+++ 9/11/2001.

Show Your Support: https://www.wepay.com/donate/ironboltbruce

Tag: #sensenbrenner, #patriotact, #realid, #bikers, #bikersrights, #motorcyclerights, #motorcyclistsrights, #motorcycles, #motorcyclists, #democrats, #republicans, #gop, #demopublicans, #bushbamney, #bush, #obama, #romney, #fascism, #fascists, #kleptocracy, #anonymous, #ows, #911truth, #revolution

Key: sensenbrenner, jim sensenbrenner, patriot act, usa patriot act, real id, bikers, bikers rights, motorcycle rights, motorcyclists rights, motorcycles, motorcyclists, democrats, republicans, gop, bushbamney, bush, obama, romney, fascism, fascists, kleptocracy, anonymous, ows, 9/11, 9-11, truth, revolution

 

###

This document contains links shortened using http://tinyurl.com to facilitate emailing. If you are concerned that we would use them to cloak phishing or malware, you should open them with this: http://longurl.org. Also our thanks to the mobile web designs, mobile web designers and mobile web developers who support our efforts.