Thursday, November 3, 2011

The ONE-PERCENT Is Not What You Think


Every once in a while you have to blast off at something that really bugs you.   I have no problem with the Wall Street protesters calling themselves the 99%.   However, I am not optimistic that they will actually accomplish much in the way of reform – without leadership and direction they remind me more of a techy-Woodstock gathering.   (Unfortunately I missed Woodstock - I was in Viet Nam at the time.)




Here’s what bugs me: the mega-rich that have manipulated the economy for their own gain at the expense of the rest of us being called the 1%.




The 1% is an outlaw biker symbol.



In 1947 the Wild Bunch rode through the southwest and took over Hollister.




 In 1957 Sonny Barger started the Hell’s Angles.
 


About 1961 outlaw bikers were termed by the American Motorcycle Association as the 1% of bike riders.

The 1% patch doesn’t belong to any one club, but in the tradition of Easy Rider it is a symbol of someone who rides against the wind: a non-conformist; someone who resents authority and chooses to live a life of free choice, regardless of social restraints; someone who lives to ride a motorcycle.



It pisses me off to hear the people controlling the world banks; the people that raped the world economy; the people who manipulate and control our government (Big Brother) being called the one-percent.



I am a 1%er. My bros are 1%er.



Fuck you manipulators of our government and fuck you Congress for the whores that you are.



The Ol’Buzzard 1%

5 comments:

  1. I stumbled onto your blog and was happy to see a fellow Mainer/Maineiac out here in the blogosphere. I'm definitely with you on all your fuck you's! Nice bike and beautiful scenery (it makes me homesick)!

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  2. Mildred, you can always come home.
    the Ol'Buzzard

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  3. good pictures but boring text!

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  4. Great pics, makes me homesick and I'm not even from Maine.
    Just a couple of other points, though.
    The Wild Bunch was a Peckinpaw film.
    Hollister in 1947 was overrun with bikers attending a rally. Some of those motorcyclists were the "Pissed Off Bastards" (I understand they were the predecesors of the HA).
    Another point is that I thought the HA was a small club which Sonny Barger joined, not formed. He certainly took it large, but I don't think history bears out that he started the HA.
    I'll shut up and stop whining now. Kool pics.
    About the 1%er patch, I believe that it means what you say it means, just the AMA stating the 99% of motorcyclists were law-abiding. However, do I have to act like an "outlaw" biker, or do I have to be a club member, or can I just be a motorcycle enthusiast who lives at the fringe of law-abiding, or does that contstitute just being a shithead with pretentions? A real question.

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  5. Dave, a true 1% is a nonconformist; I take it as no club and no allegiance. Ride what you want, where you want, and the way you want - No apologies.
    But all bikers are part of the brotherhood.
    the Ol'Buzzard

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