Wednesday, June 17, 2009


They are absolutely unreliable, undependable, no matter how much folks talk about their heritage! Especially those from Gilroy, California.

The real problems seemed to start in the early 1950's...

But I'm sitting here staring at the open guts of one right now. the connections under the tank console have vibrated apart! I am now experiencing the same electrical problems that another Indian owner that I know had a few years back. The closest mechanic (who is excellent) lives in the South Sound Area and the idea driving through Tacoma traffic with a trailered bike sucks! No one closer than him will even touch an Indian.

The local Harley shop won't even talk about working on them. The only thing worse is trying to find parts. A few years ago when I blew up the guts in my crankcase, I had to have the engine shipped all the way to florida for a rebuild. 4th corner to 2nd corner and back. One of my riding buddies laughed that my Engine has travelled farther than I have. I made a few disparaging comments about Harleys being bastard children of bowling alleys and golf carts and about his Marine Corp heritage... (oops, Once again I was outnumbered, and forgot that you insult one of 'em and they all gang up on you...) After the beating was over and they were picking me up, they did try to make me feel better by telling me that yes, Indians are the sexiest bike on the road, and they would all love to own one, but that they're not good enough mechanics.

Thanks, I think...?

Anyway, back to the present, I am contemplating trying to cobble together my wires and whether to try to find an aftermarket coil on the internet or find a way to put a 'harley' coil on it. I don't mind twisting wrenches and even enjoy it under the right conditions, but electronics are for folks who have much more patience than I can muster. I've noticed that the new era harley shops are way too much into OEM parts and have run into a couple of Harley shops who won't work on REAL Harleys. They only seem to work on Evo's and newer.

Don't tell me about OEM parts, either. I could no longer care less.

One fellow who stopped by yesterday has an old chopped 45 with welded rebar for footpegs and forward controls, mousetrap clutch, and suicide shift, a set of Chevy points, and other various dodge and ford parts. it is a scary death machine, only a crazy vietnam vet would ride. In other words, my favorite kind of bike! But he wasn't too much help as his bike is 6 volt with a positive ground. I've seen farmers' tractors that were less cobbled together.

So, while I'm contemplating solving my electrical dilemma, I'll visit a couple other blogs, then go ride this itty bitty one lung hard tail suicide shift (no Mousetrap) around the block a few times. ( my block is about 13 miles) Maybe later I'll go to one of the local Harley shops and tell 'em I need a coil for an S and S motor. If I take mine in, they'll know it's for an Indian, and not be very helpful. I think they prefer checkbook cowboys over us backstreet skum, these days...

...anyway, pray for global warming to continue and keep the shiny side up!

(p.s. check out THE HORSE on my sidebar, those guys showcase some incredible home built bikes and none of that theme-bike nonsense)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Over at Eye On Whatcom, There is a great column in the Treehouse threads about not just ettiquette, but the Code pertaining to our flag of our country. I realized that I should know better for the times that I have violated etiquette and the code by wearing an American Flag headwrap. In the back of my mind I knew it, because I learned it in civics class in grade school. It was driven home to me by a friend of mine who served in both theatres during WWII. Boy, did he scold me and deservedly so.

Maybe only slightly related is how we address our elected officials. Bearing in mind that I can't be encumbered by facts, if I remember correctly it is wrong to call our presidents things like Dubya, Obama, Klinton, etc. (I'll bet I have been guilty more than once.)

Unless I'm mistaken, The only proper way to address our elected officials is by title of position and their last name. (correct me if I remeber incorrectly, ya won't hurt my feelin's.)

examples for dummies like me:
President Bush, President Obama, Governor Gregoire, Congressman Larsen, Councilman Nelson, etc.

But what is downright disrespectful of the officeholder and the office, is statements like "He's not my president!" as was stated by many of my progressive buddies or "She's not my governor!" as stated by many of my conservative buddies. To me that's just being a sore loser, and the only thing worse than a sore loser is a sore winner... (I'll discuss that some other time.)

Anyway, even though I disagree with with probably 80% of President Obama's Agenda, and I voted for Senator McCain, President Obama is my president, and Governor Gregoire is my governor. That goes for all of us Citizens.

Again, unless I'm mistaken we address former officeholders by their former titles out of respect for the office and the office holder no matter how much we disagree with them. The same goes for affectionate familiar nicknames, too. i.e. "Dubya" for those whom we may identify with.

Enough of my 'Miss Manners' etiquette soap box, but maybe if we all try to use a little decorum, we may be able to avoid certain public or printed 'fox passes'...

...standing by for corrections...and reminders of my printed fox passes of the past present and future...

Monday, June 15, 2009



( for those who don't know I have known Tim for quite a few years now, and he has given me permission to post his news releases on my blog. he keeps promising me an exclusive article, but it ain't happenned yet. I keep telling him I want to 'scoop' Sam over at the B-ham herald...)

June 15, 2009To: Our thousands of supporters throughout the state (cc'd to the media, house & senate members, and Governor)From: Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, Mike Fagan, co-sponsors of the Lower Property Taxes Initiative I-1033, ph: 425-493-9127, email:,, (go to our website to do a secure donation by VISA/Mastercard/PayPal or print out the form below, fill it out, and return it with a check or money order or credit card information)RE: A few more "Super Eyman" bobbleheads on the way -- 100% of the proceeds go to I-1033

Because of the popularity and success of the recent "Super Eyman" bobblehead auction, we've ordered a few more -- they're due to arrive soon. This time, we're not doing eBay ... if you want one or more "Super Eyman" bobbleheads (for yourself or as a gift to a friend or your favorite liberal legislator or as an auction item for your club), please send me an email at

There's no set price ... make a generous donation offer to the Lower Property Taxes Initiative I-1033 and we'll work something out on a case-by-case basis. WE ABSOLUTELY MUST RECEIVE ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS IN JUNE TO QUALIFY OUR PROPERTY TAX CUTTING INITIATIVE FOR THE BALLOT ... PLEASE HELP. Check out all 3 photos to see what it looks like (it's 4 1/2" tall):

This is a super fun way to boost I-1033's fundraising so we can get over the finish line. Again, send me an email ( if you're interested in getting one or more of the "Super Eyman" bobbleheads. As far as I-1033's signature drive is concerned, we're over the hump and in the homestretch. We've got just 18 days left before the Thursday, July 2nd deadline. Now more than ever, your donations are absolutely needed -- now more than ever, your volunteer signatures are essential.

Getting 300,000 voter signatures in 150 days is a huge undertaking. We're making good progress, we're not there yet, we've all just got to keep our heads down and keep working hard all the way until the end. I implore each and every one of you: Please hit 'reply' to this email and ask for more I-1033 petitions (tell me the quantity and where you want them sent). I urgently ask that each of you contribute generously to I-1033: fill out the form below and send us a donation of $10, $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more (there are no limits on the amount that can be given) to our offices in Spokane. Or, you can do a SECURE online donation by going to our website: -- we accept VISA AND MASTERCARD and PAYPAL (if you have difficulty, let me know immediately). Either way, please send in your most generous donation RIGHT NOW. The Lower Property Taxes Initiative I-1033 tackles the hyper-hated property tax at a crucial time when taxpayers are struggling, property taxes are skyrocketing, and politicians continue to ignore the growing property tax crisis, instead focusing on imposing a state income tax and other family-budget-draining tax hikes. And I-1033 addresses that problem in a very smart way by making sure politicians can't shift the tax burden someplace else. By capping our overall tax burden, we make sure that I-1033 will provide "net" property tax savings. Remember, the Lower Property Taxes Initiative I-1033 says that the growth rate of state, county, and city general fund revenue cannot exceed the growth of the private sector. Tax revenues collected in excess of I-1033's revenue limits will reduce property taxes. It's a bold, brilliant initiative that substantially lowers our property tax burden by gaining control of government's growth. Jack, Mike, and I are really counting on you. Please help. FULL STEAM AHEAD!Regards, Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, & Mike Fagan, Lower Property Taxes Initiative co-sponsors, ph: 425-493-9127, email:, (go to our website to do a SECURE donation by VISA/Mastercard/PayPal or print out the form below, fill it out, and return it with a check or money order or credit card information).Lower Property Taxes Initiative . PO Box 18250 . Spokane . WA . 99228 . PH: 425-493-8707 . FAX: 425-493-1027 . . email:

Friday, June 12, 2009


I'm not a smoker.

Except for an occasional cigar, usually with very dark tobacco, or just to exercize free speech after I listen to others who are exercizing their free speech, especially when they speak about limiting our freedoms.

I am willing to pay my $100.00 fine if I get caught. I always light it inside as I walk outside, just to piss off my friends who lean towards being Health Nazi's.

So in honor of free speech I am resurrecting the best of free-market advertising:

Monday, June 8, 2009


Say that to your wife, husband, or whatever significant other that's acceptable in the 21st century, go ahead, I dare ya.

Anyway, I may not have had anything very clever or really stoopid to say for a few months, but I'm only pretending not to pay attention.

Once again, the Bellingham Seven have decided that discussing sanctuary city status is the most important issue since making Bellingham and it's surrounding waters to be a nuclear free zone. Have they prosecuted the local medical establishments yet for their possession and use of some nuclear materials?
How's that Nuke ban been workin' out for ya guys?

It also seems that roundabout 75 folks have decided to run for local political offices, and wouldn't ya know it... almost every one of 'em has stated that Lake Whatcom or water quality is the main or biggest issue to them.
So much for the local business climate...
Well,... since we get to vote at large for all county council seats and city council seats, I'll be voting only for those who want to bring hydroplane races to Lake Whatcom, and open up goose season on the lake.
Once again we can expect every forum and debate to be a collection of questions asking 20 different ways on how much do you care about Lake Whatcom and what will you say to make the phosphorous go away?
I am contemplating starting a betting pool on how many times that feller who lost the mayoral race to say 'B I A 'as a 4 letter word. Just what does Dan-O have against the Bureau of Indian Affairs, anyway?
It will be the first of many betting pools I may or may not start. I don't want to end up like one of my heroes Pete Rose and get Banned from politics for life for betting...
So, until my next post, I'll be sandbaggin' most of it and maybe post from time to time on some of my allies and opponents blogs, except from the ones who have banned me for life (not for betting on politics, but for being a pen name and not a real person...)

Thursday, January 15, 2009


(Guest writer: TIMMYYY!!!)
January 14, 2009To: Our thousands of supporters throughout the state (cc'd to all media outlets -- reporters, columnists, editorial writers, and others in newspapers, radio, and TV -- House & Senate members, and the Governor)From: Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, & Mike Fagan, Lower Property Taxes Initiative co-sponsors, ph: 425-493-9127, email: tim_eyman@comcast.netRE: Reckless disregard for the voters and project costs illustrate need for our latest initiative Politicians are showing zero respect for the voters and absolutely no fiscal restraint regarding the proposed Big Dig Tunnel (the Alaska Way Viaduct). And don't ever forget: EVERYONE in Washington state is paying for this gargantuan boondoggle (because it's a state highway). As the Seattle Times reported: In February 2007, Gov. Christine Gregoire dismissed the idea of replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a tunnel. A few weeks later, Seattle voters overwhelming rejected a tunnel proposal. But now a combination of politics and new information apparently have pushed the tunnel back to the forefront. As the Seattle Times asks and answers: If the state has $2.8 billion, where would the money come from to pay the total project cost of $4.25 billion? From you. Beyond that, there were few details Monday. Another question, another answer: Everyone knows about Boston's ultra-expensive "Big Dig." Will there be cost overruns here? Tunneling is generally the most expensive form of highway construction. Less than 1 percent of engineering is done here, and some soil in the tunnel route hasn't even been sampled. Industry practice is to distrust estimates until a megaproject is at least 30 percent designed. Queen Christine, King Sims, and Knight Nickels are an embarrassment. None of them is showing any sympathy for the average taxpayer who is currently buried under our state's enormous tax burden and tough economy. None of them has even an ounce of compassion for struggling working families and fixed-income senior citizens who simply can't afford any more. Their reckless disregard for the additional tax burden this mega-uber-project will put on our state's tapped-out citizenry is maddening. But they are providing a perfect illustration why our initiative for 2009 is so critically necessary. This year's initiative puts a solid cap on taxes and requires any excess revenue collected above this cap to go toward reducing property taxes. The reason it's needed is because politicians have repeatedly shown absolutely no fiscal restraint. No where is that more apparent than here. Among the options for the Alaska Way Viaduct, they chose the most expensive approach - the diamond-studded platinum option - the one most likely to have radically higher cost overruns. And we're being forced to pay all these extra BILLIONS so that Seattle can have a pretty park. Even Frank Chopp, the Legislature's mega-liberal Speaker of the House from Seattle, recognizes the idiocy: A tunnel is the most expensive option, particularly since this proposal is significantly longer than the previous tunnel options. There is a real possibility for cost overruns. This plan already requires at least $1.8 billion in additional taxes from Seattle and King County residents. Will they also be on the hook for the overruns? (Boston's "Big Dig" was estimated to cost $4 billion - it ended up costing many billions more) ... voters rejected a similar tunnel option by 70% - is this option going to be more acceptable to the people? And just to pour salt in the wound, they're hell-bent to unilaterally impose all these ADDITIONAL BILLIONS in higher taxes, higher fees, and new tolls WITHOUT A VOTE OF THE PEOPLE. They want to take away our $30 tabs WITHOUT A VOTE OF THE PEOPLE. They want to dismiss and disregard and overturn all the laws currently on the books that REQUIRE VOTER APPROVAL so they can cheat and impose their mega-tax hikes WITHOUT A VOTE OF THE PEOPLE. Politicians only need to look in the mirror to learn why our tax capping initiative is so critically necessary. Their disrespect for the voters is like gasoline thrown on our initiative's fire. They just don't get it. All of us need to take our anger, our frustration, our fury, and our contempt for Gregoire / Sims / Nickels and channel it all into a productive, effective counter-attack. Don't get mad, get even. We must focus all of our time, effort, and resources to get this year's initiative on the ballot. Thanks to Tim's $50,000 loan (please donate to the campaign so you can help pay that off and fund the all-important signature drive), we have enough start-up money to mail out tens of thousands of letters to our supporters throughout the state and pay for the brilliant attorneys that drafted the initiative. But we need everyone's help to raise the funds necessary to fund the initiative's signature drive. We need your financial commitment RIGHT NOW. Please fill out the form below and send us a donation of $10, $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more (there are no limits on the amount that can be given) to our offices in Spokane. Or, you can do a SECURE online donation by going to our website: -- we accept VISA AND MASTERCARD and PAYPAL. Either way, please send in your most generous donation RIGHT NOW. FULL STEAM AHEAD!Regards, Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, & Mike Fagan, Lower Property Taxes Initiative co-sponsors, ph: 425-493-9127, email:, (go to our website to do a SECURE donation by VISA/Mastercard/PayPal or print out the form below, fill it out, and return it with a check or money order or credit card information).Lower Property Taxes Initiative . PO Box 18250 . Spokane . WA . 99228 . PH: 425-493-8707 . FAX: 425-493-1027 . . email:

Friday, November 7, 2008


OK, I'll get back to President elect Obama's Cabinet, later.
Right now Obama is giving his first press conference.

At the start of his speech the Dow was up 257 points for it's first post election rally.

5 minutes in it had dropped to only 168 points up.

when he started the question period it was only up 138 points.

It dropped as low as only 74

and by the end of the question and answer period the Dow's Rally was shortstopped by our new President elect at 136.

But the Dow seems to coming back up to 150 points for the since he left the playing field.

That's like bouncing the ceremonial first pitch.

I'd like to take credit for that but Last night on ESPN late night radio I heard one of the commentors make some good points and held his feet to the fire for his campaign promise made during the Monday night football game announcing that if he's elected president he will make sure that the NCAA has a national championship football game.

But his advice if (If I may) to our new President elect is threefold:

"ONE: Stay true to your team. Don't become a cubs fan to be nice. Obama is an admitted White Sox fan.

TWO: The most visible thing you will do is to throw out the first pitch at the April 6th home opener for the White Sox. Don't bounce the ball to the plate. Throw it over the catcher's head if you have to, but whatever you do, don't bounce the ball.

THREE: Talk to us in terms we understand. As in, "I just spoke with Kim Jong Ill and I threw him a brushback pitch."
We understand those terms. Use them."

(Does anybody know who the Commentator was? It was late when I heard it, and I probably didn't accurately qupte him and I want to give him credit while I take the blame.)

On another note of my own;
I didn't know that dog breeds were hypoallergenic.
So I think of dogs that have little or no hair. Most were bred as a food source like the Mexican Hairless, a rather large dog.

I have HOPE that he won't pick an ugly beast like that, so I think about other shorthaired dogs.

Pit Bulls
Great Danes
The shaved German Shepard from Major Payne.

My suggestion is the Great Dane, just watch out for that breed, they are very gentle, but the happier they get the more that tail whips around. That's when you get hurt by a Great Dane...

The Dow is 101.07 as I sign off.
Anyway, that's my view from the cheap seats...

(As a side note, at the end of the trading session, the Dow rallied back to 248.02 points up. Is this president -elect a day traders dream? Let him talk and buy, wait and sell after the R's respond? sweeeeeeeeet....)