Saturday, May 26, 2007

Saturday, Saturday

Not my VFR but exactly like it. This is my Saturday project I have been working on for the past 3 months. Mine was neglected for years by it's owner but now it is being re-awakened to it's former glory, actually better than it's former glory. It is being repainted bright yellow, the seat is re-upholstered with black material and a new windshield also, along with a lot of maintenance

I have been working on motorcycles since 1965 with no sign of letting up. My Chiropractor, Dr. McDonald who incidentally is also a very nice person, advises me to stay off these things because my L4 and L5 vertebrae are squashed together. I just cannot do that, I need my fix like a junkie.

Well better get to work, it will not restore itself.

Oh one more thing, Carey checked in and it seems widowhood is rife with predators attempting to take advantage of her situation, like buzzards circling. If you guys have her e-mail, she sure could use some support. She and Brandon are holding up as well as expected, it is a life changing experience losing your partner and she is strong willed, showing real strength.

Chin up Carey! Don't take any crap off any idiots!



Alan said...

I bet riding hunched over like you have to do with those pocket rockets, definitely isn't good for your back. You should refurbish a cruiser instead. Kick back awhile, as opposed to leaning so far forward.

Alan said...

Read this good op-ed article in today's H-town Chronicle...

Honor our war dead by being accountable on Iraq

Bush policies a mockery of our soldiers' sacrifices

Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

More than 3,500 American lives have been "sacrificed" in Iraq, and tens of thousands of Americans have returned wounded physically and emotionally. These casualties can only be justified by answering "yes" to one simple question: Are these sacrifices of American life necessary to protect and preserve American values?

If the answer to this question is "no," but the government still sends young Americans off to fight, the government — and by extension all Americans — ought to beg forgiveness from the families of the physically and emotionally wounded and dead.

When the Bush team decided to invade Iraq, that country posed no threat to American lives or freedoms. There was no connection between Iraq and the terrorists who were targeting Americans. Iraqis had no plan to interfere with our rights to free speech, to own guns, to a speedy trial, or to religious freedom. Not a single liberty guaranteed by the Bill of Rights was ever threatened by the ruthless dictator Saddam Hussein.

On this Memorial Day we grieve respectfully for all Americans who have died in Iraq. However, as we grieve, the names of brave Americans will be added to list.

We try to rationalize these deaths by imagining that these brothers and sisters have not died in vain. However, the day-long commemoration and rituals at military cemeteries disguise the truth that these deaths are directly connected to an administration that betrays American freedoms as standard policy.

The best way to honor the dead soldiers is by demanding accountability from a Bush administration that treats the Bill of Rights as an artifact, as if its message were a quaint idea that guided Americans in the pre-9/11 world.

In the Bush Doctrine, however, the unique problems of the 21st century require innovative methodology. A unique problem is defined as a person or group that disagrees with the Bush Doctrine.

To implement and enforce this doctrine, the administration hacks away daily at Americans' basic liberties. Protection from illegal search and seizure by government is an old-world artifact. Under this doctrine, the way to fight a potential theocracy in the Middle East is to subtly initiate an unofficial theocracy at home.

This gross abuse of executive power threatens the very Constitution that the administration claims it is protecting by sending young men and women to fight and die in Iraq.

Memorial Day is a solemn occasion, honoring those who have given their lives in wars that have defended Americans' liberties. At the very top of the list of the American values they defended is the right of citizens to challenge our government on any and all policies. Indeed, it is more than just a right; it is a citizen's duty to challenge authority. The least we can do to honor the fallen and wounded vets of all wars is to demand accountability from the government that decides to send them into battle.

Zurlo is a writer/educator teaching at Tarrant County College in Arlington.

Alan said...

Lightning bolt hits/damages statue of Jesus

The nuns at Mother Cabrini Shrine in Golden were thanking God on Sunday that no one was hurt when a bolt of lightning shot out of the sky and struck their 33-foot statue of Jesus.

The lightning bolt broke off one of Jesus' arms and a hand and damaged one of his feet, sending marble plummeting to the ground during a Saturday afternoon storm.
Sister Ilaria said "it was only a freak act of Mother Nature." A-ha! But if that same lightning bolt hit the statue and Jesus started pissing Berry Blue Kool-Aid out his eyes and shitting Twizzlers, that would be an Act of God. Little bit of a double standard there, sister.

So if God controls everything because He's, um, God, then why in the heavens would God strike down a statue of his son?

Idol worship? Tacky carving? Revenge of Zeus? Hookers?

You let your little imagination run crazy with that one.

carey said...

Reading about your love of cars and motorcycles reminds me of Ken. I very much understand your pride and love of the machines.

Thank you for keeping people posted Den. It's true, though, some people have no mercy and I'm just about in hibernation mode to stop them from asking for shit. It's too hard on me. Way too hard. They push, push, push. Yes, I'm being taken advantage of and it's icky. People are swooping in to stop it. Brandon is fine, though. He's not affected and is unaware of what's going on.

One thing I've wanted to talk about all week are the "caging lists". I just started Greg Palast's book Armed Madhouse, a gift from my brother (in-law). It is fantastic and funny. I'm sure you've been hearing and reading about it. I'm just a few pages in but it seems to me that Palast's warnings and unearthed mounds of evidence are a call to arms in this national madhouse.

His message: The Republicans are so ready to totally steal the 2008 election. More so than we ever suspected.

We've all known that, besides global warming and the occupation, the unchecked criminality of these people is running gangbusters and we could be in serious trouble.

Randi Rhodes said the other day after Goodling's testimony that if we don't get some prosecutions out of this imbroglio they will go on the rampage with their "caging lists" and other vote fraud. The whole case is about institutionalizing a one-party system into a democracy. It's all about stealing the nation.

That's about as chatty as I get for now.

carey said...

I wanted to say, Alan, I enjoyed your posts. Good timing for this Memorial Day weekend.

I wonder what the nuns really thought.

DEN said...

Alan, actually the riding position is upright and slightly forward.

Of course you can 'hunch over' but I don't like doing that, because of control issues. I expect the stock bars will be going bye, bye to even sit me up more.

I had two 1950 Harley Panheads with rigid frames, I think they damaged my disks. Cruisers are too piggy for me and the handling is real scary in tight situations on the highway.

Harleys and such are for old farts.

I'm old,

I fart,

But I'm not an old fart....yet.

DEN said...

Carey, thanks for stopping by to catch us all up on how you are doing.

You know it is like everything else lately, who do you believe?


Where have all the hero's gone?

Could it be a planted story, and because if it is on the trusted KOS it must be true.

I want to hear what Greg has to say.

Is it my imagination or are their more twists and turns than there used to be?

DEN said...

OK back to work.

Alan said...

Alan, actually the riding position is upright and slightly forward.

Sounds like my bicycle. After riding awhile, my elbows hurt... and I hafta remember not to 'lock' them... but that makes me lean even farther forward. ack!

As for Harleys, I've never been that much of a fan. Years ago when I had my Honda K2-750 (K2 was the 1972 model, the second year they were out), I rode sometimes with two friends that had Harleys. One was a legit chopper (1200cc) and the other was a Sportster. Every time we went somewhere (not just around the area), one or the other of those Harleys broke something and delayed everything to be fixed. What pist me off worse tho, was they were unable to keep them at a steady speed. I could dial that Honda in to any cruise speed you wanted, but those guys were always either speeding up or slowing down. Rev up then coast... drove me fkn nuts. So yeah, I didn't particularly mean a Harley, tho I hear they are better quality now, when I said a 'cruiser'.
My next Honda, and I had both for quite awhile, was a 550 built by a friend as a 'cafe racer' with a similiar set-up as the red scooter you posted... four-into-one headers and short handlebars. It was fun, but not really a 'roadtrip' scooter. Later, I used it mostly to putter around the neighborhood with Randi (my older daughter) on the gas tank when she was about 4. I never got over 20 or 25 mph and she loved it.
Ahhh, good memories.

Carey, glad you were able to stop in for a visit. We miss ya, my friend.

David B. Benson said...

That's ok, Carol. I found a new irony meter, the India Pale Ale import one. (imported from Oregon, that is.)

Alan said...

Y'all need to see this, even the dial-ups, because it's only 38-seconds.

Andrew Card Booed At UMass Commencement

President Bush's former chief of staff Andrew Card was loudly booed by hundreds of students and faculty members as he rose to accept an honorary degree at the University of Massachusetts on Friday.[..]
That link will getcha to the story where you can pick which size video to watch. I liked that it was also faculty members protesting. hey hey

David B. Benson said...

Alan --- Faculty members are actually people, too...

David B. Benson said...

Time to replenish my irony meter. I opine it'll need to be fully charged and ready for the events of this forth-coming Memorial Day...

DEN said...

Alan, my Harley NEVER broke down or failed to start on the second kick.

But that was because I built it right.

I like the little four banger Hondas, I had a 70 Domestic CB750 in Guam and shipped it home, always started an ran perf. Traded it for a Panhead chopper, DUH! not a swift move.

This VFR is the Magna motor souped up and gear drive valve train, sweet runner, getting closer to finishing, sounds reeeeel good at 5 to 7K rpm, WAAAABBBBAAA!!

micki said...

Frank Rich Examines the Most Overlooked War Disaster: The Fleeing Iraqis

By E&P Staff

Published: May 26, 2007 9:30 PM ET

NEW YORK In his Sunday column for The New York Times, Frank Rich explores the oft-neglected aspect of the conflict in Iraqi that actually represents one of its greatest tragedies: the flight of Iraqis from that country and the humanitarian crisis that remains.

Here is an excerpt. The full column can be found behind the pay wall at

Iraqis are clamoring to get out of Iraq. Two million have fled so far and nearly two million more have been displaced within the country. (That’s a total of some 15 percent of the population.) Save the Children reported this month that Iraq’s child-survival rate is falling faster than any other nation’s. One Iraqi in eight is killed by illness or violence by the age of 5. Yet for all the words President Bush has lavished on Darfur and AIDS in Africa, there has been a deadly silence from him about what’s happening in the country he gave “God’s gift of freedom.”

It’s easy to see why. To admit that Iraqis are voting with their feet is to concede that American policy is in ruins. A “secure” Iraq is a mirage, and, worse, those who can afford to leave are the very professionals who might have helped build one. Thus the president says nothing about Iraq’s humanitarian crisis, the worst in the Middle East since 1948, much as he tried to hide the American death toll in Iraq by keeping the troops’ coffins off-camera and staying away from military funerals.

But his silence about Iraq’s mass exodus is not merely another instance of deceptive White House P.R.; it’s part of a policy with a huge human cost. The easiest way to keep the Iraqi plight out of sight, after all, is to prevent Iraqis from coming to America. And so we do, except for stray Shiites needed to remind us of purple fingers at State of the Union time or to frame the president in Rose Garden photo ops.

Since the 2003 invasion, America has given only 466 Iraqis asylum. Sweden, which was not in the coalition of the willing, plans to admit 25,000 Iraqis this year alone. Our State Department, goaded by January hearings conducted by Ted Kennedy, says it will raise the number for this year to 7,000 (a figure that, small as it is, may be more administration propaganda). A bill passed by Congress this month will add another piddling 500, all interpreters.

In reality, more than 5,000 interpreters worked for the Americans. So did tens of thousands of drivers and security guards who also, in Senator Kennedy’s phrase, have “an assassin’s bull’s-eye on their backs” because they served the occupying government and its contractors over the past four-plus years. How we feel about these Iraqis was made naked by one of the administration’s most fervent hawks, the former United Nations ambassador John Bolton, speaking to The Times Magazine this month. He claimed that the Iraqi refugee problem had “absolutely nothing to do” with Saddam’s overthrow: “Our obligation was to give them new institutions and provide security. We have fulfilled that obligation. I don’t think we have an obligation to compensate for the hardships of war.”

The assistant secretary in charge of refugees at the State Department now, Ellen Sauerbrey, is a twice-defeated Republican candidate for governor of Maryland with no experience in humanitarian crises but a hefty résumé in anti-abortion politics. She is to Iraqis seeking rescue what Brownie was to Katrina victims stranded in the Superdome....

While it seems but a dim memory now, once upon a time some Iraqis did greet the Americans as liberators. Today, in fact, it is just such Iraqis — not the local Iraqi insurgents the president conflates with Osama bin Laden’s Qaeda in Pakistan — who do want to follow us home. That we are slamming the door in their faces tells you all you need to know about the real morality beneath all the professed good intentions of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Though the war’s godfathers saw themselves as ridding the world of another Hitler, their legacy includes a humanitarian catastrophe that will need its own Raoul Wallenbergs and Oskar Schindlers if lives are to be saved.

DEN said...

Even though we are not displaced as the Iraqi's have been we are nevertheless victims of it.

Every whack job with money and bombs will head our way to make sure we suffer as they have.

Send a Thank You card to chimp-n-dick Inc.

This story is not even close to being over.

DEN said...

OK time to turn the brain into a more relaxed state of mind,

nite all.

Gerald said...

Carey, our empire has already been hijacked by the warmongers who choose war over peace.