Monthly Archives: October 2010

San Antonio Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Ride – San Antonio, Saturday, 23 October

During this ride the city of San Antonio is going to be displaying “SHARE THE ROAD” campaign messages electronically on the TXDOT highway information signs; or so we are told!? If anyone is interested in the San Antonio Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Ride this Saturday, and/or needs more information call Delmar Woolard at 210-488-1981.

Please forward this to folks who may be interested in participating, or those who will get the info out.

Unity, Solidarity and Strength,
BFC Jeffrey Churchill
US Defender
State of Texas Lt. Commander/South

“I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees!” -Emiliano Zapata

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Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Ride Saturday October 23

Location: The Motorcycle School, 4918 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio, TX. This is a ride around Loop 410 and 281.

Two meeting places: 

         1. Everyone in the North East will meet at the Taco Cabana on I-35 N access road just pass O’Conner in front of Lowes before 7:00 AM if eating breakfast and by 7:20 AM if you don’t want to eat breakfast.  Kickstands up @ 7:30 AM

          2. Everyone else will meet us North Easterners at the Motorcycle School by 8:10 AM. 

 Delmar Woolard
210-488-1981  
deldebbfc@satx.rr.com

Governor’s Race and other Elections

I have been looking at various websites that have questioned the candidates for Governor. Here are some of those sites. You may or may not agree with the direction a group is leading the questions, but at least you get to see the responses to those questions.

Texas PTA
http://www.txpta.org/legislative/governor-2010/

Texas League of Women Voters
http://www.lwvtexas.org/Voters%20Guide/2010%20GEVG_English.pdf

NRA
http://www.nrapvf.org/grades-endorsements/2010/texas.aspx

Political Facts
http://www.politifact.com/texas/

Vote Smart – Vote Easy
http://www.voteeasy.org/#/state=tx

VOTER’S VOICE SPECIAL

KERA Radio:

Friday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 10 at 5 p.m.

 KERA Television:

Friday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 10 at 11:30 a.m.; Monday, Oct. 11 at 10:30 p.m.

With mid-term elections on the horizon and no chance of a debate between the major candidates for governor, KERA presents Voter’s Voice: Race for Governor, a roundtable discussion of the issues facing the state of Texas. KERA News Director Shelley Kofler will lead the discussion with Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy and SMU political science professor Cal Jillson. The panel will discuss candidates Rick Perry and Bill White’s positions on issues including the economy, border security and education. Voter comments and public polling data provided by the non-partisan Texas Lyceum will be incorporated into the half-hour conversation.

http://www.kera.org/radio/news/voters.php

US Defenders COIR TMRA II – This is a NATIONAL Call To Action

Call To Action!

All bikers need to participate by writing Ray LaHood, David Strickland, and your elected United States representative! Ask your Legislators for their support of H.R. 1498, the Sensenbrenner bill! Do it today! It takes 15 minutes!!!!

EVERY COIR MAN and INDEPENDANT!

1. Your US Congressman in your district (Link below to find out who)
2. Ray Lahood, US Secretary of State
3. David Strickland, with NHTSA

At the bottom of this email is a sample letter to Ray Lahood and David Strickland (use same letter for both, just change name & address). Also a sample letter to your Congressman. The sample letters are also attached for convenience.

Add these details: your rep’s name and address on top and your name and address on bottom. (No Road names) Print your hard copy, sign with blue ink.

Send a hard copy through the mail to the addresses below and e-mail a copy of each letter back to your club’s US Defender.

The Defender will collect all file copies and email these to their US Defender Unit Commander. We will catalog your responses so we can keep a count of how many letters go out.

 The addresses:

US Congress: Use this link below to find your US Rep’s info. Enter your 9 digit zip code and click submit. Then click the Rep’s name to see the mailing address. If you don’t know your 9 digit zip, you can use your street address.

 http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

 **Make sure it’s the Rep and not the Senator**

 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Administrator David Strickland
1200 New Jersey Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20590

U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Ray LaHood
1200 New Jersey Ave. SE
Washington DC, 2059

SAMPLE LETTER (Use for Strickland, also)

September 30, 2010
US Secretary of Transportation
Ray LaHood
1200 New Jersey Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20590

Sir,

I am writing you to request immediate suspension of the Motorcycle Law
Enforcement Demonstrations Grant (DTNH22-10-R-00386).  Speaking to you as a long time motorcyclist who rides every day, an advocate for personal freedoms, voter and defender of the Constitution, honestly I find these grants for “Motorcycle Only Safety Stops” to be discriminatory to say the least.

The statistics prove that motorcycle safety and awareness, in conjunction
with riders training programs across the country have a far greater impact
in reducing injuries and fatalities .The funding the government has set
aside would be much better spent in motorist awareness and causation
studies, such as the one being conducted right now in Oklahoma.

In Texas, the latest statistics from the Texas Department of Public Safety
show a reduction in motorcycle deaths in 2009 by twenty percent. A direct
result of our extensive state wide “Share the Road” campaign initiated in
2008. While the number of registered motorcyclists in Texas continues to
go up, the number of deaths without helmet use has been reduced from 301
in 2008, to 264 in 2009.  Reducing injuries on two wheels is not about
helmet use, and we definitely support each states right to determine their
own helmet policies.
Sir, it is very clear that singling out motorcyclists for safety stops,
equipment checks and law enforcement lectures, does nothing to reduce
accidents on motorcycles.  The smart approach would be to prevent the
accidents from happening in the first place.

The Motorcycle Law Enforcement Demonstrations Grant is an unwarranted use of taxpayer funding that would only allow discriminatory action against
motorcyclists. Please suspend the grant offering immediately. I would
appreciate a prompt response from you regarding this issue.

Respectfully
Name
Address
Voter ID number

_______________________________________________________________

SAMPLE LETTER

September 30th, 2010

US Congressman

Name
Address

Washington, DC 20590

Dear Representative__________,

 I am writing you today concerning HR 1498, - Supporting efforts to retain the ban on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) ability to lobby State legislators using Federal tax dollars and urging the NHTSA to focus on crash prevention and rider education and training.

I am asking you to support this bill sponsored by Representative F. Sensenbrenner [WI-5].

I believe Federal funds should not be used to encourage states to have mandatory helmet laws. Instead you should promote and encourage owners and riders to be responsible road users. We need to promote motorcycle crash prevention as the primary source of safety and awareness.  The NHTSA should focus on crash prevention and rider education as priorities to motorcycle safety. If we educate riders not to be in accidents then they cannot get injured.

We need to have NHTSA provide to the appropriate committees a detailed statement of why it believes it is less important to focus on crash prevention, rider education and training, proper licensing, and reducing impaired riding than on mandating universal helmet use.

Any Federal law that supersedes State laws regarding the use of helmets as it applies to denial of health care coverage and benefits resulting from an injury sustained while riding a motorcycle should not be implemented.

I am speaking to you as a long time motorcyclist who rides every day, an advocate for personal freedoms, voter and defender of the Constitution.

Once again I am asking you to support HR 1498 sponsored by Representative F. Sensenbrenner [WI-5].

 I appreciate your time and thank you for your support on this effort.

 
Respectfully
Name
Address
Voter ID number