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TONIGHT: BILLY RAY CYRUS ON NBC’S “AMERICA’S GOT TALENT”

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.  Billy Ray Cyrus, who was just announced as a two-time 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards nominee, will return to his roots tonight when he performs his multi-platinum-selling legendary hit, “Some Gave All,” on NBC’s hit summer series “America’s Got Talent” with Voices of Service, a Northern Virginia quartet comprised of active and retired U.S. veterans.

Cyrus will join Cher, Macklemore, Leona Lewis, Ozuna, Kygo, Lang Lang and Chris Jerichoduring the season 14 finale of “America’s Got Talent” a two-hour live telecast tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 18 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT).

25-Year Collection of 500 Motorcycles to Be Sold at Auction

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K-BID Online Auctions reveals motorcycle collectors dream

CLARKS GROVE, Minn., Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Tony Joslyn has been riding motorcycles for as long as he can remember, going back to when he was 11 years old and rounding the base paths of his local baseball field.  His love of motorcycles turned into a business about 25 years ago and he’s been selling parts all over the country and world through eBay and other avenues.

“Now,” Tony says, “It’s time to clear the herd and slow down.  Once it starts to feel like a job, you lose some of the joy.  I’m looking forward to getting back to working a few motorcycles now and then.”

500+ motorcycles, dirt bikes, and scooters will be sold on this online auction out of Clarks Grove, MN with brands like Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Harley Davidson, Suzuki and more.  Most of which are complete and ready for restoration or a tune up.

“It’s hard to pick a favorite out of the collection as I am partial to all of them, but I’ve always enjoyed the Kawasaki 3 cylinders,”  Tony states.

If you ask his wife, she would tell you that he has selective memory – but Tony can still recall where he purchased, what he paid, and the conversations he had with the seller with about 90% of the collection.  Seeing his collection go down the road will be difficult, but Tony hopes that it can bring joy to others who will have the time to invest.

Tony looks forward to keeping a few of the motorcycles to tinker with and has been investing in real estate.  That is, of course, until the next opportunity to buy another collection comes along.

About the auction:

This auction is cooperatively managed by A2C Auctions and JMS Auctions.  The auction is currently live on www.K-BID.com and open for online bidding until the closing date of 10/2/2019.  Bidders will have the opportunity to personally inspect items prior to the online auction closing.  Many buyers from throughout the United States are expected to participate in this once in a lifetime auction.

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AT LAST A CLIMATE DEBATE

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Heartland Institute to Host Times Square Debate During UN Climate Summit

Prominent Scientists Who Claim Human Activity Is Causing a Climate Crisis Invited to Debate Scientists Who Are ‘Climate Realists’. Event Moderated by Legendary Journalist John Stossel in Times Square will live-stream on YouTube from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, September 23

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL – On September 23, the day the United Nations holds its Climate Summit in New York City during its upcoming General Assembly session, The Heartland Institute has challenged prominent scientists to explain their hypothesis of a human-caused climate crisis in a debate with skeptical scientists moderated by John Stossel.

Heartland has invited to the debate several scientists who are often quoted in media reports about their grave concerns about the current state and future of the climate: Kevin Trenberth, Michael Mann, Don Wuebbles, Katherine Hayhoe, Brenda Ekwurzel, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. [NOTE: Trenberth and Ekwurzel politely declined, but peers have also received invitations from Heartland.]

Those on the “realist” side of the debate will be Patrick Michaels, David Legates, and Willie Soon – all prominent scientists who have often defended their findings and views in public.

WHAT: Climate Challenge: Bright Lights, Big City … Bigger Debate

WHEN: Monday, September 23, 2019 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

WHERE: New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

LINK TO THE LIVE-STREAM: https://youtu.be/faQssBpFvmo

The Heartland Institute is known globally as the leading think tank promoting scientists who are skeptical of a human-caused climate crisis. Visit the website for its 13 Interntional Conferences on Climate Change at this link, and review the volumes of the Climate Change Reconsidered series by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change, published by Heartland, at this link.

“Scientific knowledge and public understanding of important issues benefit from more information, discussion, and debate, not less,” said James Taylor, director of the Arthur B. Robinson Center on Climate and Environmental Policy at The Heartland Institute. “I hope and expect this event will advance scientific knowledge by facilitating more cooperative and productive discussions among expert scientists regarding an asserted climate crisis hypothesis.”

“It is long past time that we have a real debate from people on both sides of this issue about what is happening to our climate,” said Heartland Institute Director of Communications Jim Lakely. “This debate has never been more important than now, especially considering the views and plans put forth by the Democratic candidates for president.

“Every one of them, and the United Nations, blame human activity for global warming, insist it will be catastrophic to life on Earth, and demand big changes to the way Americans live, work, eat, travel, and build,” Lakely added. “Doesn’t the wholesale reordering of our society demand at least a little bit of public debate? We think so.”


The Heartland Institute is a 35-year-old national nonprofit organization headquartered in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Its mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. For more information, visit our website or call 312/377-4000.

–from the Climate Depot

Politicians are Dead Wrong About the Danger of Red Flag Laws

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By the Firearms Policy Coalition

In the era of “just do something” public policy, legislators on both sides of the aisle are pitching red flag legislation as a moderate form of gun control; one having a positive impact on mental health reform while simultaneously keeping Americans safe. Nothing could be further from the truth, and what these politicians won’t tell you is that their position is unsupported by evidence and riddled with far-reaching, unconstitutional implications for everyone.

How Red Flag Laws Work

So what happens when someone is subjected to a red flag seizure? Any of a number of acquaintances – a family member, teacher, roommate, or even a co-worker or former co-worker, can file a petition with the court to have an individual’s rights stripped from them.

This means that people with a merely tangential relationship to a respondent can file a petition, and because most red flag laws have no measures to deter malicious filing, they leave the door open for malicious people to bring forth unsupported accusations.

When the petition is filed, an initial hearing is typically held without the subject person present, so he is completely unable to defend himself. The standard of proof is substantially lower here than what would be required had an actual crime occurred, and as such it’s incredibly easy for the order to attach with little to no evidence.

The Danger of Gun Confiscation Orders

Once a seizure order is issued by the closed court, state-sanctioned “swatting” occurs. The police can show up unannounced at the person’s door, potentially catching him off-guard. This is a recipe for catastrophe, because the police can be mistaken for intruders.

Even if the police identify themselves during a seizure, a combination of insufficient training and heightened anxiety still puts human life in unnecessary peril; red flag laws have already resulted in at least one confirmed death when a surprised homeowner answered the door and was shot by police during a brief argument.

Assuming the police are successful in safely executing the seizure order, not only do they take the respondent’s firearms, ammunition, and magazines, several states also revoke the subject person’s concealed carry license, which can be costly and time-consuming to replace or reinstate. Following the initial seizure, the order remains standing for two to three weeks unless a final hearing is held.

No Right to an Attorney

Unlike in a criminal trial, the subject person has no right to legal representation during final hearings, which often means spending thousands of dollars in legal fees if they want a competent defense. Even if a person is innocent and goes deep out of pocket for a lawyer, they might still lose their rights.

Standard of Evidence

The evidentiary standard for a final hearing is even lower than the initial hearing – “preponderance of the evidence” – which means the difference between the state keeping or returning the respondent’s firearms is essentially a coin toss. If the person loses, the state may keep his property for up to a year, and in New Jersey, indefinitely unless a court terminates the order at a later date.

Red flag laws raise several red flags of their own: they victimize the poor, deny due process, and allow the state to seize property for a substantial amount of time when a crime hasn’t even occurred, leaving people defenseless in their own homes.

Legislators can’t prove they are effective in deterring violence, and they ironically amplify the stigma against people with mental health issues. Not only are these laws ineffective, they may even deter people from seeking the help that they desperately need, creating the threat politicians claimed to be addressing.

To learn more about the specifics of these laws, their history, and FPC’s policy position, you can read more here. To take action against Red Flag Laws, go to StopRedFlagLaws.com

–Truth About Guns

MOTORCYCLE RIDERS FOUNDATION ALERT

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RIDING FREE FROM DC:

Your Weekly Biker Bulletin from Inside the Beltway

Your Motorcycle Riders Foundation team in Washington, D.C. is pleased to provide our members with the latest information and updates on issues that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. Count on your MRF to keep you informed about a range of matters that are critical to the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle. Published weekly when the U.S. Congress is in session.

Motorcyclist Advisory Council:

In late 2015 Congress passed the Highway Bill known formally as Fixing American Surface Transportation Act or the FAST ACT. Included in the FAST Act was Section 1426: MOTORCYCLIST ADVISORY COUNCIL It read as follows:

The Secretary, acting through the Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, shall appoint a Motorcyclist Advisory Council to coordinate with and advise the Administrator on infrastructure issues of concern to motorcyclists, including— (1) barrier design; (2) road design, construction, and maintenance practices; and (3) the architecture and implementation of intelligent transportation system technologies.

While we appreciate that Congress has directed the Secretary of Transportation to focus on issues of concern to motorcyclists, we have one fundamental problem with the current language, RIDERS SHOULD BE AT THE TABLE AND PART OF THE CONVERSATION.

For example, it’s obviously important to have people like road engineers discussing the needs of motorcycles and the science behind constructing a road. But doesn’t it make sense to have someone who has actually ridden a motorcycle be a part of a discussion on the same topic?

In an attempt to broaden the membership of the council we have asked lawmakers to add this simple line to the next Highway bill:

Membership of the Motorcyclist Advisory Council should consist of at least one representative from a state motorcycle rights organization and two representatives from different nationwide motorcycle rights organization.

We are encouraged that Congressman Troy Balderson of Ohio, a fellow rider, as well as Congressman Don Young of Alaska, have taken an interest in the topic. Both are members of the House Transportation Committee and will be in a position to advocate for the needed changes.

Meeting of the Minds

Next week is the 35th Annual Meeting of the Minds in Bloomington, Minnesota. As part of the weekend, the D.C. team will be putting on two separate presentations. First, as part of the general session, we will give a legislative update on a host of issues that we have been focused on during the last year. With the close of the 115th Congress in December and the start of the 116th Congress in January, it has been a busy few months. We will touch on not only our successes but where we see our legislative priorities headed in the near and long term.

Second, as part of a breakout session, we have a presentation on lobbying tips and tricks. After completing nearly 170 in-person meetings on motorcycle issues we have learned a few things we think will be valuable to MRF members. We hope that some simple ideas and strategies can pay dividends whether you are lobbying in your state capitol or here in Washington, D.C. Find the Meeting of the Minds Agenda here.

Finally, if you are in Bloomington, please come up and chat with either Tiffany or Rocky if you have questions about your Members of Congress. We have had meetings with at least one Congressman from 48 different states. We have a pretty good feel for each state’s congressional delegation and might have some state-specific ideas or thoughts that can help your state motorcycle rights organization maintain and build relationships with your federally elected officials.

Standing Update:

We are currently at 85 cosponsors from 36 states and one territory for H. Res 255, the motorcycle profiling resolution. This is an increase of 9 new cosponsors since last week. We also added our first lawmakers from Idaho, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The map below shows which states have at least one lawmaker signed on as a cosponsor.

Click HERE to see if your member has signed on to H. Res 255.

Your Team in D.C.  Tiffany & Rocky
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation

About Motorcycle Riders Foundation
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond.

NEWS FROM OPERATION GRATITUDE

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This week you probably received several thoughtful emails about the 18th anniversary of 9/11.  While many organizations talked about ways to honor the fallen, Operation Gratitude acted to do so – demonstrating to our military and first responder heroes that we, as a grateful nation, would never forget their service and sacrifices.

In New York City on September 5th, Operation Gratitude joined hundreds of New Yorkers to assemble 10,000 Care Packages filled with more than 400,000 individual items for deployed Troops around the world and First Responders here at home.

We couldn’t have done it without you! Our collective efforts to give back in a hands-on way to our nation’s heroes were featured during this live remote on Fox & Friends.

We received your care packages today…(they) brought tears to peoples’ eyes, and knowing they’re remembered and cared for is a gift that is priceless to the soul. Click here to read more….

Now we need more of your ACTION. In addition to sending us handmade items to fill 75,000 Care Packages you can help us ship them to deployed Troops, Veterans, Wounded Heroes and their Caregivers on Veterans Day, during the Holiday Season, and through the end of the year.

On 9/11 and over the past two days, thousands of those Care Packages were delivered to Service Members in harm’s way, as well as in-person to 800 Police Officers, Firefighters, and EMTs who were among the first to respond to the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon 18 years ago.

Because of you, our actions really did speak louder than words. The impact you made is clear in the words of this young Airman, John, who received a Care Package on 9/11; he will never forget your kindness:

REMEMBERING 9/11

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Today, we join Americans across the country in remembering the lives lost on September 11, 2001.

On this day of remembrance, we also honor the brave men and women who stood up and enlisted after the attacks on that fateful day. As Americans, we will never take for granted the freedoms we enjoy because of those who serve and protect our country … because of veterans like you.

Thank you for standing with us today in remembrance — and for standing with your fellow veterans every day.

Stephen “Butch” Whitehead
DAV National Commander

Keith “Bandit” Ball

Publisher

Bikernet.com(TM)

Utah Police Admit They Profile MC Members

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By Dave “Irish” Dohrmann

Motorcycle profiling is an issue that knows no state bounds. From coast to coast, police and other governmental agencies are violating the constitutional rights of Motorcycle Club members. Typical of this trend, six members of a motorcycle club in Utah were recently stopped on three separate occasions, all within an hour, simply for associating with what one sheriff supervisor referred to as a threat group. No traffic infractions were issued.

 

This incident is is just the most recent in the undeniable pattern of evidence.  Motorcycle profiling is proliferating nationally. The best hope of combating this epidemic is cost free legislation at the state and federal level that prohibits the practice and provides a mechanism of relief for victims.

 

Start of the Night

 

Just after midnight on August 18, 2019, members of the Undefined Limits Motorcycle Club decided to go on a ride in beautiful Utah summer weather.  Meeting at a Maverick gas station to pick a destination, MC members noticed two Utah police cars, carrying four officers, parked off in the distance. Member Buster, believing that a traffic stop was inevitable, waved the other members of the group to the front. At the first stop sign, a complete stop was made, and both feet were on the ground.  Regardless, Buster and a hang-around of the club were pulled over for a stop sign violation.

 

First Stop

 

Buster and the hang- around were pulled for a stop sign violation. The two sheriffs approached the riders with their hands on their firearms, and demanded identification. After providing their drivers licenses, for his and his brother’s safety, Buster informed the sheriffs that he was carrying a firearm, and had a legal CCW, even though no law in Utah dictates that holders are required to do so. The two riders were told to keep their hands on the handlebars, and keep their kickstands up, while one officer wrote the citation, and the other kept watch on the two riders. Thirty minutes into the stop, member Big Rig came back to the scene to check on the safety of his brothers. The sheriff demanded his identification since he “was on the scene.” No citation was given to Big Rig. The total time for the simple traffic stop of the two individuals, took a total of forty-five minutes, a clear violation of his civil liberties, as outlined in Rodriguez v. United States.

 

Second Stop

 

After twenty minutes of waiting, several riders decided to head back in the direction of the Maverick Gas station. While pulling onto I-89, member Clash noticed a Utah police car sitting in the darkness with all of the lights off. Once the group passed the parked patrol car, the officer immediately pulled out and approached the group.  Quickly the officer pulled over the rear rider, Clash, for an alleged turn signal violation. Clash was given a citation for an expired drivers license, and a warning for the turn signal violation. During the stop, the sheriff mentioned that the department had just “broken up” a party being held by another Motorcycle Club, and the sheriffs assumed the riders were coming from said party.

 

The Real Reason for the Stops

 

Club members Tech and R2 pull into the Maverick gas station and are immediately pulled over by one sheriff for yet another alleged turn signal violation. Member Tech asks to speak with a supervisor. Tech questioned the supervisor as the real reason for the stops, since six members were stopped in the previous forty-five to sixty minutes.  The supervisor responds, “ Why do   you think? Why do you think? “ Tech responds, “because we have this on?!” , referring to his vest. A Utah Police Supervisor responds, “You are documented, ok. The (club name) are a documented threat group, that’s how it is. So that’s why we’re doing this. That’s why we’re pulling people over,” showing a clear bias and prejudice towards Motorcycle Club members. Neither rider  was issued a citation, though both were given written warnings.

 

None of the six Club members had any registration or insurance verified by the Davis County Sheriffs, nor were any inspections stickers verified. This is one of the reasons the MPP believes this was nothing more than a intelligence gathering expedition.

 

Legislative Relief

 

The above events are just one more reason why legislative relief is needed in Utah, and across the country. The intrusions on individuals civil liberties, simply for expressing their 1st Amendment right to freely associate needs to stop. And as the MPP has demonstrated, Motorcycle Profiling bills are the correct avenue to take.

–From the Motorcycle Profiling Project

COBRA MOTO ANNOUNCES 2019 PARTNERSHIP

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Center Hill, Florida: August 21, 2019 – Cobra Moto slides right into the newly formed AMA amateur flat track series Flat Track Futures with a contingency support program for the 2019 October Florida Fall Classic and November Winter Olympics events. With strong efforts towards growing flat track from the ground up, Flat Track Futures’ main goal from the beginning has been to start with the youth classes and work its way up to gain industry support for the riders and families invested into amateur flat track racing.

With support from Cobra Moto, Flat Track Futures announces its first OEM contingency program totaling $2400 for the 50cc and 65cc classes. Cobra Moto will provide a 2019 contingency program for the Florida Fall Classic single day race event in the 50cc 4-6, 50cc 7-8 and 65cc 7-11 classes – totaling $875 payout. The Winter Olympics 3-day event will feature an overall contingency program for 5 classes including the 50cc 4-6, 50cc 7-8, 50cc Pee Wee 4-8, 65 MOD and 65 DTX – totaling $1525 payout.

“This is exactly why I started Flat Track Futures, for years there hasn’t been any type of contingency programs from OEMs in the amateur ranks, and my goal was to change that. Teaming up with Cobra Moto for these first two events and already planning our 2020 program is a huge achievement for me personally. We are literally starting from the ground up with support towards our youth classes, and it’s exciting.”

– Johnny Lewis.

For riders that are racing Cobra 50cc and/or 65cc CX models at the Flat Track Futures Florida Fall Classic and the Winter Olympics, payout will be awarded directly through Cobra Moto, LLC. To claim contingency you must create an account and register your Cobra motorcycle on the “Snake Pit” customer portal at my.cobramoto.com. Following the events, Flat Track Futures will report results to Cobra Moto LLC and payout will be awarded. Payout has no cash value, and is only usable towards parts, chemicals, clothing, accessories, and tools (cannot be used for shipping/freight charges).

 

Sign-up for the Florida Fall Classic opens September 1st for all classes. Be sure to get all updated information by signing up for the Flat Track Futures newsletters at www.flattrackfutures.com

About Cobra MOTO — Cobra MOTO produces premium race-ready mini motocross bikes for youth riders that are serious about competing. Our three models offer the most competitive performance in the mini category, with Cobras claiming more than 300 national titles since the company was founded in 1993. Cobra Motorcycles is the only producer of competition off-road motorcycles that are truly “Made in the U.S.A.” (www.cobramoto.com)

 

Florida Fall Classic Contingency

$875 available

50cc 7-8

o 1st – $100
o 2nd – $75
o 3rd – $50

50cc 4-6

o 1st – $100
o 2nd – $75
o 3rd – $50

65cc 7-11

o 1st – $100
o 2nd – $75
o 3rd – $50

Flat Track Winter Olympics Contingency

$1525 available

50cc 4-6

o 1st – $100
o 2nd – $75
o 3rd – $50

50cc Pee Wee 4-8

o 1st – $100
o 2nd – $75
o 3rd – $50

65cc Stock

o 1st – $200
o 2nd – $150
o 3rd – $75

50cc 7-8

o 1st – $100
o 2nd – $75
o 3rd – $50

65cc Mod

o 1st – $200
o 2nd – $150
o 3rd – $75

Stark & Stark to Host Family of Harley-Davidson Co-Founder at OC BikeFest in Ocean City, Maryland

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Ocean City, MD, September 6, 2019: Stark & Stark will be hosting six presentations by the descendants of a Harley-Davidson founder at OC BikeFest motorcycle rally on Sept. 12 -15, 2019. These hour-long events will take place at the Seacrets Jamaica USA parking lot (117 49th St., Ocean City, MD), on Thursday, Sept. 12th from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm and 2:00 pm-3:00 pm, on Friday, Sept. 13th from 2:00 pm-3:00 pm and 7:00 pm-8:00 pm, and on Saturday, Sept. 14th from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm and 4:00 pm-5:00 pm.

 

Stark & Stark, a full service New Jersey law firm, will also be presenting fun giveaways and addressing various legal topics for attendees. One of Stark & Stark’s 30 practices, known informally as “the Riders’ Lawyers,” focuses solely on representing individuals injured as a result of motorcycle accidents.

Jean Davidson and Jon Davidson Oeflein will be speaking about growing up with the legendary founders of Harley-Davidson. Jean’s grandfather, Walter Davidson, was one of the four founders and first president of Harley-Davidson, while her father was VP of manufacturing.

Jean began riding a Harley at the age of 12 and became the owner of the largest Harley-Davidson dealership in Wisconsin. She rubbed shoulders with Harley and Davidson family members, famous racers and even Evel Knievel. She has shared her experiences through two books and is known as a talented storyteller who has captivated thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts through her speaking engagements.

“Presenting these wonderful speakers underscores our commitment to the bikers’ community,” said Joel R. Rosenberg, a partner with Stark & Stark and member of the firm’s Personal Injury Group.

 

“We want to celebrate the exciting history of motorcycles, but also help today’s riders be safer and well aware of their rights,” he explained. In addition to introducing the speakers and serving as MC, Mr. Rosenberg will be on hand to discuss motorcycle safety and legal issues, including how to communicate with insurance companies and juries if an accident occurs.

 

For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/520311285406258/