SCHWARZENEGGER HURT IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT Just days after Universal Studios announced their intentions to make Terminator 3, Arnold Schwarzenegger was injured in a motorcycle accident in Santa Monica, California, on December 12, 2001. The former Mr. Universe and star of the first two Terminator movies was taken to the hospital with several broken ribs after the weekend crash. Further details about the accident were not immediately available.Schwarzenegger, 54, who is negotiating to appear in the third Terminator film, was "in good spirits, feeling sore, but otherwise fine," said publicist Jill Eisenstadt."Don't worry," said the actor. "This won't affect my skiing with my family at Sun Valley this Christmas." A known enthusiast, I bet with regard to his riding he was heard saying:"I'llll be baaaack"Compiled and Edited by BILL BISH,NATIONAL COALITION OF MOTORCYCLISTSBIKERS WANT EQUAL RIGHTSBikers across the nation are revving up for a fight against discrimination after complaints that they're being shut out of restaurants and hotels because of their image as hell-raising thugs. Motorcyclists say the image of leather-clad bikers who rumble into town on their Harley-Davidsons and raise a ruckus is sadly outdated. The Associated Press (AP)Proponents say the law is aimed at thwarting a tired stereotype, that of the marauding outlaw biker. The truth, they say, is a plainer picture of regular folks who enjoy riding, belonging to motorcycle clubs and wearing the colors of their groups, generally stitched on some form of black leather garment. The New York TimesAmerica's next official victim group may be roaring your way on their Harley-Davidsons. Bikers are sick and tired of rampant anti biker bigotry, so they are seeking status as a legally protected class in Ohio, Georgia, South Carolina, and several other states. The idea is to end all the ridicule, the tattoo phobia, the tendency among apprehensive roadhouse owners to seat them at remote tables. To me, it's kind of like the back of the bus,' said a Harley-riding Georgia state senator.- U.S. News & World ReportWhat's all the buzz about? Equal Access legislation has been introduced in at least 19 states over the past few years, with Minnesota passing such a law three years ago, but recent bills in Ohio, South Carolina and Georgia have captured the media's interest as bikers seek to outlaw discrimination against motorcycle riders.We are talking about people being excluded from apartment houses, motels, restaurants and nightclubs just because they are wearing biker attire, said Ralph Buss, attorney for Ohio, who initiated the first biker anti-discrimination bill in the country in 1994 when a client was denied service at a restaurant.And it is not that far feteched:CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE ADOPTS NOISE ORDINANCE Evidently, the current administration for the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has enacted new regulations targeting motorcycle exhaust systems, as well as making it literally illegal to travel in groups.Due to this legislation, Albuquerque can no longer be considered a biker friendly city, according to Barbara Alvar, Chairperson of the New Mexico Motorcyclists Legislative Impact Committee.Council Bill #FS 0-34 states that; No person shall operate a motorcycle without (a) a permanent engravature or label entitled Motorcycle Noise Emission Control Information', and (b) a permanent engravature or label on the muffler or exhaust pipe indicating the following information, and it goes on to state that the label will indicate the year and model that the exhaust was designed for as well as the decibel rating.Making matters even worse, it also states that this allowable dB (decibel level) applies to the total sound from a vehicle or a combination of vehicles and shall be construed as limited or precluding the enforcement of any other provision in this article relating to motor vehicle mufflers for noise control. In other words, no combination of motorcycles riding together can exceed the maximum allowable EPA decibel rating of one motorcycle!With the enactment of this ordinance, Albuquerque has legalized harassment of the motorcycling community, said Alvar. This ordinance will treat law-abiding citizens like criminals. This ordinance gives the law enforcement officer probably cause to stop you, even if you are not exceeding legal noise limits, just to inspect required labeling' of the exhaust system.Mayor Jim Baca stated publicly that this noise ordinance targets motorcycles and barking dogs, which indicates the mayor's negative attitude toward motorcyclists. You can e-mail Mayor Baca at firstname.lastname@example.org and kindly inform him of your opinion, or phone him at (505) 768-3000, or fax (505) 768-3019. Other responsible parties are the Council President Brad Winter, email@example.com; and City Counselors Alan Armijo, firstname.lastname@example.org; Adele Baca-Hundley, email@example.com; Vincent Griego, firstname.lastname@example.org; Tim Kline, email@example.com; Hess Yntema, firstname.lastname@example.org; and Greg Payne, email@example.com.QUOTABLE QUOTES:"It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of public opinion."JOSEPH GOEBBELSMinister of Propaganda for the Third Reich under Adolf HitlerWEIRD NEWS OF THE MONTH: FARMER SOUGHT AFTER COW PAT INJURES MOTORCYCLISTS German police are warning farmers that they could be charged with negligence after a cow pie on a road seriously injured two motorcyclists. Officers are looking for the farmer of the cows that left the pie on the carriageway in Kempten. They say he should have cleaned it up. The two motorcyclists skidded on the cow crap and fell off their bike. They are recovering from their injuries in the hospital. Police say the farmer responsible for the offending patty could be charged with physical injury resulting from negligence, reports the German newspaper Bild. The decision to pursue the farmer has been described as ridiculous by farming groups who said it was impossible for a farmer to always walk behind his cows with a shovel. Johannes Schmidt, chairman of the local farmer's union, said: "It's a real shame. What are we supposed to do? Do they expect us to run after our herds with a shovel?"Live to Ride,Invest to Live,Learn from it all.Watch for road apples while so doing............................o~'o
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