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EPPD: Dozens of arrests made during motorcycle gang crackdown on Cinco de Mayo weekend

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EL PASO, Texas – El Paso Police made 35 arrests and issued 118 citations during a Cinco de Mayo crackdown on motorcycle gangs.

Police released the figures Tuesday in response to an ABC-7 request for information. Several ABC-7 staffers and viewers noticed police pulling over groups of motorcyclists during the entire Cinco de Mayo holiday weekend.

The three day operation from May 2nd to May 5th was “conducted in response to the large number of outlaw motorcycle gang members anticipated to be visiting the city that weekend,” police said.

Police did not specify the extent of the charges filed, nor did they identify those arrested.

The El Paso Police Department’s Gang, TAC and SWAT units participated in the operation along with partner, local, state and federal agencies from the Texas Anti-Gang Center.
–KVIA, ABC News

 

–from Rogue

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BANDIT’S CANTINA Product of the Week from Grifter

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The Man Shop Whiskey candle is unsurprisingly our favorite new scent at Grifter because, well, we like Whiskey.  Important- it smells like Bourbon tastes, not like Whiskey smells. What’s that means is you get a warmth and a sweetness with notes of Whiskey, Vetiver, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, and Cedar, all wrapped up in an awesome candle that will make your space smell inviting to whomever you’d like to impress. 

These also come in Tobacco, Woods, Leather and in Room sprays featured below
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MAY is Motorcycle Awareness Month even in Canada

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Motorcyclists and those who share the road are reminded to practice safe driving as May marks Motorcycle Safety Month.

The City of Grande Prairie Enforcement Services stated it would focus on motorcycle safety for the Selected Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP).

“All motorists are reminded to be aware of their surroundings and exercise a higher degree of caution when more vulnerable vehicles such as motorcyclists are in the vicinity,” the city said in a statement. “Motorcyclists in particular have a higher likelihood for injury in the case of an accident due to their exposed vehicle.”

“Motorcyclists should drive cautiously and defensively, never assume other motorists are aware of your presence,” the city added.

According to the city, motorists should:

  • Look twice for motorcyclists at intersections, when turning, and when changing lanes.
  • Never underestimate the speed of a motorcycle, their size makes their speed deceptive.
  • Ensure you allow extra space between your vehicle and motorcycles as they can stop faster than other vehicles around them.

“Safety is everyone’s responsibility, whether you drive a car, truck or motorcycle,” the city said. “Help protect the lives around you by being alert and operating your motor vehicle safely.”

As the warm weather brings out more motorists, the Alberta RCMP also reminded motorcyclists to adopt safe driving behaviours in order to reduce the risk of collisions.

“With season change and warming weather, motorcycles are prevalent on our roadways. In 2018, there were 12 people killed and 232 motorcycles involved in injury collisions in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions,” said Supt. Gary Graham with Alberta RCMP Traffic Services in a statement. “These numbers are a good reason to raise awareness about safe motorcycling so that we all get to our destinations safely.”

Alberta RCMP offered the following motorcycle safety tips:

  • Gear up! Along with a helmet, riders should wear shatter-proof eye protection and durable weather-proof clothes to keep you comfortable while riding.
  • Stay bright and in sight! Staying out of blind spots on roadways and in parking lots will help keep other vehicles aware of your presence.
  • Showing off does not pay off – but driving defensively does. Remember, motorcycles are smaller than most vehicles. Be aware of your surroundings, share the road and change lanes with extreme caution.
  • Practice makes perfect. Riders should practice on safe roads away from high traffic areas and highways to make sure they are comfortable and confident in their skills on the road.

The Alberta RCMP stated they would continue to work with Alberta Sheriffs and other law enforcement and safety partners to promote safe driving and riding. Traffic safety tips can be found on Facebook @RCMPinAlberta and Twitter @RCMPAlberta.

 

–from Rogue

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Visiliy Zhulin Races to Pirelli’s Second Absolute Motorcycle Track Record of 2019

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Zhulin Earns $750 Pirelli Tire Voucher on DIABLO™ Superbike Slicks 

 

ROME, Ga. (May 17, 2019) – Pirelli Tire North America congratulates Vasiliy Zhulin on capturing the brand’s second absolute motorcycle track record of 2019. Competing aboard a Metric Devil Moto Yamaha YZF-R1, Zhulin set the track record on Saturday, May 11 on the Nelson Ledges Road Course in the A Superstock race during the WERA Sportsman Series.

 

“It has been a great pleasure to work with Vasiliy throughout the years,” said Oscar Solis, road racing manager, Pirelli. “When I found out that he achieved this record, I was extremely happy for him. He has put in a lot of hard work and is very deserving of his accomplishment. I look forward to him earning his next track record.”

 

Zhulin set the impressive lap record of 1:05.198 on his third lap while using Pirelli DIABLO™ Superbike 120/70-17 SC1 front and 200/60-17 SC0 rear tires. Earlier in the day, he also topped the previous track record in the Formula 1 and A Superbike classes. He took the checkered flag to win all three classes.

 

“We had a fantastic weekend with Pirelli and the team here at Nelson Ledges,” said Zhulin. “We pushed hard throughout the three afternoon races and were able to get quicker and quicker in each race. I want to thank Pirelli and Trackside Tire Support for providing me with the best tires out there, which provide grip in all conditions. The race compounds are truly out of this world. I was able to push hard with relatively consistent grip on both the SC1 and SC0 compounds.”

 

Pirelli continues to offer a $750 tire voucher for setting a new motorcycle track record and Zhulin’s efforts made him the second rider to earn the reward this year.

 

To view the complete results from the WERA Sportsman Series event at Nelson Ledges Road Course CLICK HERE.

 

To learn more about the complete line of Pirelli motorcycle tires, please visit www.pirelli.com.

 

California regulator threatens ban on gasoline engines

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Bloomberg

WASHINGTON — California’s top environmental regulator is threatening to enact tougher pollution rules that could include a ban on vehicles that burn petroleum-based fuels in retaliation for the Trump administration’s plan to relax vehicle emission standards.

The move — which would be a first in the U.S. — marks an escalation in the clash between Washington and Sacramento that would increase uncertainty for carmakers in the nation’s biggest auto market.

California has already gone to court to fight the Trump administration’s determination that current vehicle emission and fuel economy standards are too stringent. Now, California Air Resources Board Chairman Mary Nichols is arguing that the state will match any relaxation of federal auto rules with its own more stringent anti-pollution requirements on everything from fuel to the refineries producing it.

“CARB will be exploring ways to ensure communities get the reductions of air pollution they so desperately need to keep the air clean and breathable — and continue to fight climate change,” Nichols said in draft remarks prepared for an event Thursday.

“That might mean, for example, tougher requirements for low-carbon fuels, looking at tighter health-protective regulations on California refineries, doubling down on our enforcement efforts on mobile and stationary sources — and might lead to an outright ban on internal combustion engines.”

Nichols was set to deliver the remarks during a meeting with California air quality and transportation agencies. Representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not immediately respond to an emailed request seeking comment.

President Donald Trump’s administration is developing a final plan for easing tailpipe carbon dioxide emissions standards and fuel economy requirements, after proposing to cap the mandates at 37 miles per gallon after 2020. Under existing Obama-era rules, fuel economy requirements are set to rise to 47 mpg.

Uncertain future

The administration in February terminated months of talks between federal regulators and California officials to maintain a common standard. Automakers had urged the two sides to reach an agreement to avert a prolonged legal battle with California, which has unique authority to establish its own emissions rules.

The fight has already caused uncertainty for the auto industry, threatening to undermine business plans heavily reliant on predictability. A prolonged court battle over mileage mandates could upend technology development and investment plans for the U.S., even as European countries press on with tougher requirements.

But Nichols’ comments show increasing peril for other industries too, particularly oil refineries. California already encourages zero-emission vehicles and legislation proposed in the state last year would mandate them by 2040. An outright ban on new vehicles powered by liquid, oil-based fuels would be unprecedented in the U.S.

Britain, China, India and other nations have announced their own plans to phase out conventional vehicles with internal combustion engines.

Tough limits

Even without that step in California, refiners could be hit with tougher limits on pollution at their facilities and more stringent fuel requirements.

Nichols casts the moves as a possible necessary step to offset additional air pollution that could be unleashed by Trump easing auto standards.

“The federal rule will pump hundreds of millions of tons of climate-changing gases into the atmosphere, and will increase the amount of smog-forming pollution in our most polluted cities,” Nichols says in her prepared remarks. “Steps may be needed to keep moving forward to fight climate change and continue to protect public health if it ever goes into effect.”

BIKER CIVIL RIGHTS MEMORIAL ANNOUNCED

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Four years ago on May 17, 2015 nine bikers were killed , 17 Wounded & 177 arrested without due process, at Waco Texas . This Biker Tragedy is the most horrendous violation of Biker civil Rights in world history !
Five of the nine bikers were killed by 223 caliber bullets fired from an elevated position–most certainly by police snipers. Many Bikers could not afford the $1 million bond and eventually lost jobs, homes & families.
All state and federal charges against the bikers were dropped on April 2, 2019. But the mystery is even more alarming, since it is not known who started the conflict. There is uncertainty of whom shot who or even who really escalated the conflict .
This is not the only Waco unsolved mystery that needs to be revealed, understood and apologized for with proper restitution.
In 1993 there was the David Karesh Branch Davidian massacre of 20 men ,women and children. Heavy-handed law-enforcement and miscommunication caused 20 people to lose their lives .
At Waco in 1916 , a developmentally disabled black boy —Jesse Washington was found guilty of allegedly raping a white woman. He was castrated in the courtyard.
Then hung over a fire for 4 1/2 hours & lynched to death. His genitals, fingers and toes were sold & given away as souvenirs.
On Saturday, September 14 at Camp Bubba’s Resort & Event Center, near Tomahawk, Wisconsin, a double sided 4 x 8-foot sign will dedicated in recognizing these three Waco tragedies. Tomahawk is the site of one of three Harley Davidson manufacturing facilities. The other plants are in Milwaukee Wisconsin and York Pennsylvania.
Special guest speakers will address Bikers about being stereotyped, discriminated against and profiled..Bikers See Heroes indeed!
So far confirmed are Frank Ernst, Chairman of the National Coalition of Motorcyclists . He serves as  Chairman of the  Legislative Task Force.
Gerald Unger/ Illinois was A senior medical examiner in New York City during the 2001 Twin Towers attack . He spent much time in DNA identification of victims .Gerald is a very prominent attorney with a stellar career. Many want him to be drafted onto the Harley-Davidson Board of Directors, becoming the only real “ Biker “ on that board .
Others being consideredarw Gary Wetzel / Oak Creek Wis , a Vietnam Congressional medal of honor recipient . Also  Tommy Tradewell – Veterans Of Foreign , who was the first national commander of any major veterans organization.
Vicki Sanfelipo, founder of Accident Scene Management, trains hundreds of bikers a year to save lives, is being eagerly sought.
Also to be then dedicated is the Miracle Mountain Motorcycle Monument. Other patriotic signs and exhibits include;  RIZEN  , The Highground  Veterans Park ,Native American Indian culture, Crazy Horse, Bobville Talent Park & Big and Little Indian Farms, the Harley Fame of Shame & Wis Adventures on Wheels .
A special salute to Law enforcement, firefighters and EMTs is evolving —as with other exhibits to yet be announced.
Efforts are suggested  to make the Twin  Peaks  Restaurant  area At Waco Texas —a National Historic Site . This was the site of the Waco BIKER tragedy.
Combined with the Branch Davidians and Jesse Washington , the Waco area could be declared a National  Monument through the United States Park Service .
This Monument Museum could be modeled after the Pipe Springs National Monument in Arizona . This describes the horrendous treatment & understanding  of Mormons.
The Camp Bubba’s Resort & Event  Center will be multi dimensional . This will allow Bikers to tell their story , be properly understood and promote the biker  way of life!
God  Bless  you,
Dave  Zien
former State Senator
Million Mile Motorcycle Man

Gig News from May

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Greetings and Happy May,

 

Nomad and I thought we were pretty busy getting ready for Germany and the Netherlands in July, and then the big US tour Aug – Oct, but somehow we found time to book a quick trip up to VIRGINIA, DC, PHILLY & INDIANA – including the Arts in the Middle Festival in Urbanna, VA. Details on all shows below and HERE.  Please join us if you’re in the area, and tell a few friends as well!

 

We’re coming to you today from our front porch here in Nashville. The sun is shining, the plants are exploding galaxies of green, and the birds are singing their very own hallelujah chorus. Wherever you are, I hope you’re getting some of this spring action,  AND a few moments to enjoy it!  🙂

 

May’s offering surprised us with its sweetness. The song was born from a single guitar riff and musings on a childhood rhyme. Then Nomad kicked it up several notches with a stellar full-band arrangement and some Earth Wind & Fire-style backing vocals!   The World Is Ours

 

And for Nashville-area peeps,  we’re playing the Indie Artist Showcase at the Radio Café on the Eastside TONIGHT at 7:30, and we’re back at Ri’chard’s Cajun Café in Whites Creek this Friday, 7:30pm!

 

 

Hope to see you soon!

Love love love,

Mare & Nom-nom

Fri 5/31  –  WASHINGTON DC  –  evening house concert – Co-bill with our dear friend Joe Rathbone! Still hammering out final details. Please reach out to us at  info@marewakefield.com if you’d like to attend.

Sat 6/1  –  URBANNA, VA  –  Arts in the Middle Festival  –  Main Stage at 3:15

 

Sun 6/2  –  HARTFIELD VA  –  Hartfield house concert  –  6pm potluck, 7pm concert  – Suggested donation of $20 per person. RSVP and more info  at  info@marewakefield.com

 

Tues 6/4  –  PHILADELPHIA  –  Spring Garden house concert  – 6:30 gather, 7pm concert  – Sliding scale suggested donation $10-20.  RSVP and more info at    info@marewakefield.com
Fri 6/7  –  SOUTH BEND, IN  – The Alchemists Daughter Art Gallery  –  712 E. Jefferson St.  –  6pm doors, 7pm concert  – Donations gladly accepted at the door.

 

 

P.S.  Some folks have had trouble downloading our monthly songs on their phone or tablet  (seems to work okay on laptops or PCs).  We’ve mentioned this to Fanbridge and they are working on it. If you can’t get the song let me know and I’ll send you an mp3   🙂

 

http://www.marewakefield.com

 

 

banner photo credit:  Jeff Fasano

 

More Doomsday Tactics–Hang On!

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Here we go again: UN, Media recycle climate species ‘extinction’ fears – Dredge up discredited Paul Ehrlich for interviews

Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore explains the species scare: “Since species extinction became a broad social concern, coinciding with the extinction of the passenger pigeon, we have done a pretty good job of preventing species extinctions.”

Moore bluntly mocked species extinction claims made by biologist Edward O. Wilson from Harvard University. Wilson estimated that up to 50,000 species go extinct every year based on computer models of the number of potential but as yet undiscovered species in the world. Moore: “There’s no scientific basis for saying that 50,000 species are going extinct. The only place you can find them is in Edward O. Wilson’s computer at Harvard University. They’re actually electrons on a hard drive. I want a list of Latin names of actual species.”

UK scientist Professor Philip Stott, emeritus professor of Biogeography at the University of London: “The earth has gone through many periods of major extinctions, some much bigger in size than even being contemplated today…Change is necessary to keep up with change in nature itself. In other words, change is the essence. And the idea that we can keep all species that now exist would be anti-evolutionary, anti-nature and anti the very nature of the earth in which we live.”

By:  – Climate Depot

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