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Carl D. McDowell was born on the gang-ridden streets of the south side of Chicago. Although, he had his share of problems with gangs and brushes with the law as a teenager, sports ultimately lead him in the opposite direction. Carl excelled in football, baseball, and wrestling at Harper High School, and it just so happen that football bought him his ticket out of Chicago.

Football took Carl away from home and to Illinois Valley College. Like any athlete, he got his perks of easy schedules, and limited classroom visits. His Theater Practicum Professor, (Giacamo Leone) told him that because of his excessive absence, the only way he would pass the class is by taking the role of "Crooks" in the production "Of Mice and Men", Carl wanted no part of the theater, and pleaded with his coach to talk to the professor. Being a freshman "rookie" the coach thought it would be funny to make him do the production and make the whole football team go to the performance.

Carl took part in the production and was a hit. He fell in love with theater and decided to do two more productions, "A Christmas Carol" and portraying "The Lion" in the production "The Wiz" all while playing football and helping out with the children in the community, with the organization People of the World end Racism, (P.O.W.E.R). This is an organization that operated under the premise, if you get to children early enough, that you could stop the racism before it started. It was said that hanging around the children and seeing how he could mold minds, it led him to a new career path.

In elementary school Carl would get in trouble on the daily basis for being the class clown. His mother (Diane McDowell) would get calls from the teachers as well as letters that the teachers would send home with Carl expressing the need for a parent/teacher conference. Carl would get in big trouble after these Conferences. It is ironic that what he was punished for in those days, he gets paid to do now (stand-up comedy). Carl said the reason he acted out wasn't for attention, or because he was a bad kid. Instead, he thinks that the teachers were boring and that they couldn't keep his attention. He said that was another reason that he wanted to be a teacher. He thought that by knowing what make students act out, that he would be ahead of the curve as a teacher. That sort of thinking took him away from Illinois altogether.

Carl went to the elementary education program at Missouri's Lincoln University. But the acting bug just kept rearing its ugly head. As much as he wanted to change the world one little mind at a time, he just couldn't walk away from acting. As an actor he will be able to touch people in a bigger media, in a sense, he could still teach, but on a much bigger stage. So with very little time left to get his degree, Carl decided that Hollywood was the place for him, and his talents. He moved from his cozy little apartment in Missouri, and headed west.

Carl came out to Hollywood in 2004 and began to do background work so he could see how things work behind the scenes. Later just to get a better look, he began his stint as a Production Assistant on shows like "Numbers", "The Riches", and "Criminal Minds". At any given point Carl have Produced, Written, Directed, Acted, and Edited films. To this date his fondest moments have been working along side Adam Sandler, "The Longest Yard", being directed by Cameron Crowe, "Elizabeth Town", and getting to be in a movie with Snoop Dog, "Bossn' up".

Carl D. McDowell is a smart, funny person that genuinely cares for people, and in this day and age of "Hollywood" that is a breath of fresh air. He is going to continue on his path in Hollywood as he has been in a few movies and he is ripping up stages on the comedy circuit. His mother, family, everyone close to him, and even the city of Chicago is proud of what has become of the little bad boy that used to tear through the neighborhood, and disrupt classrooms..................................................................The Sam Cro Radio Show goes live at 6:00 pm Pacific , 7:00 pm Mountain , 8:00 pm Central and 9:00 pm Eastern every Wednesday on BlogTalk Radio. Check us out!
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New Nevada Law Lets Motorcycles Go on Red


New Nevada Law Lets Motorcycles Go on Red

By: Joe Harrington -   Sep 26, 2013
Bikers Running Red Lights Click here to find out more! RENO -- Under a new law, motorcyclists will be allowed to go through red lights. Starting October 1, if a motorcyclist comes to a red light at a signal that doesn't seem to be working or has failed to detect the motorcycle, the rider will be allowed to go through. Assembly bill 117 enables motorcyclists, moped, trimobile and bike riders to go through red lights after waiting for two rounds of the signal without getting a green light.
The Nevada Highway Patrol said signals use sensors to detect metal, which may make it more difficult to detect motorcycles than vehicles.
The new law still requires motorcycles to stop at a light, and only proceed through a red if it's safe.
"Striker," a motorcycle rider, said there has been some confusion among inexperienced riders about what to do when a signal malfunctions.
"They end up making a right hand turn across two or three lanes because they don't know what to do," he said.
Nevada has launched a web site to educate people on the new law.

USA - *Brace Yourselves* ‘The Muslims of America’ are suing ‘Christian Action Network’

*Brace Yourselves*
‘The Muslims of America’ are suing ‘Christian Action Network’ for exposing their terrorist training camps around the United States.

They are suing Matin J. Mawyer of the Christian Action Network for $15 million in damages for defamation and libel and are attempting to stop the sale of his book ‘Twilight in America.’

The Muslims of America, Inc.




Martin J. Mawyer; Patti A. Pierucci and
Christian Action Network 






This is an action against Martin J. Mawyer, Christian Action Network, and Patti A. Pierucci defendants, for the malicious, repetitious, and continuous, pronouncements and publication of defamatory statements against Plaintiff. The provocative and defamatory statements were included in the book: Twilight in America~ the Untold Story of Islamic Terrorist Training Camps in America, authored by Martin J. Mawyer and Patti Pierucci, (October 2012), uttered by Mawyer on various media outlets including Fox News (October 2012) and posted on CAN’s website at various dates and times.
Plaintiff has sustained substantial, incalculable and irreparable harm, contempt, and ridicule to reputation, resulting from the unrelenting false and negative spotlight projected on them by defendants. Defendants’ defamatory statements have served to cause fear and hatred to flourish against Plaintiff while inciting violence and putting the lives of Plaintiffs members in danger for the purpose of monetary enrichment. Plaintiff seeks injunctive relief preventing further publication and sale of Twilight, retraction of all defamatory statements regarding Plaintiff on CAN’s official website, and Attorney’s fees and cost.


 Plaintiff and its congregation are the victims of relentless and pernicious defamation by defendants through the use of the CAN website and the publication of Twilight.
Prior to its official formation, Plaintiff was a Muslim congregation situated within the heart of inner city communities and exposed to all of their horrors and devastating effects. In an attempt to remove and protect itself from the immoral effect and pitfalls of this worsening environment, Plaintiff invested in 60 acres of rural property in Hancock, New York for the purpose of providing a safe haven for American Muslims to raise families while establishing a peaceful community free from harmful elements such as those occurring in the inner cities in the 19805.
Plaintiff’s members currently live throughout North America including in twelve rural communities located in Georgia, Michigan, New York, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, Canada, and Trinidad. 14. Plaintiffs owns two parcels of land in New York.
At all-time herein Plaintiff has counseled and encouraged its members and residents of its villages to abide by the laws of the United States and avoid criminal, immoral, and anti-social behavior. Members of the plaintiffs congregation are well educated and successful. Among the community there are lawyers, physicians, engineers, nurse practitioners, educators, tradesmen, farmers and business people.
All locations hold regular events which are opened to the public. The events include workshops, seminars, children’s activities and interfaith outreach. One of the most widely attended events takes place annually and celebrates the commonality between Muslims and Christians. MOA has launched an initiative called the United Muslim Christian Forum.
Defendants Mawyer and CAN have devoted the past decade to waging excessive divisive and intolerable attacks against Plaintiff. These nefarious, malicious, and systematic attacks perpetrated against Plaintiff were supported through the use of media, including documentaries, books, and the internet. Upon information and belief since the early 2000s, Defendants have systemically engaged in a series of harassing behaviors toward the plaintiff including but not limited to:
a.) During November of 2006, Mawyer unsuccessfully launched a hostile and inflamed protest against the naming of the private road leading onto property where members of MOA lived in Red House, VA.
b.) During this same period defendants Mawyer and CAN arranged for bundles of 2,500 leaflets titled “Get Rid of Sheikh Gilani lane” to be dropped from a low flying airplane onto the Red House, Virginia property of one of Plaintiffs members. 
The materials were produced by CAN. It did so without regard for the safety of the children who were playing in their yards. Mawyer further claimed in a press release that ” …any group thatwill dare drop 2,500 fliers over a terrorist compound is not backing down anytime soon.
Defendants escalated its conduct and by 2009 Mawyer released the so-called documentary, Homegrown Jihad: Terrorist camps Around U.S. This publication signaled a surge in focus by Mawyer and CAN who continued their attack against Islam in the United States and against Plaintiff in particular. The basis of Defendants Mawyer and CAN’s attacks against Plaintiff center on their bold, public and false campaign alleging that plaintiff is a murdering, thieving terror organization and runs terror training camps.
 To date, Defendant Mawyer has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity, Larry King Live, Pat Robertson’s 700 Club, NBC’s Today Show, Entertainment Tonight and Fox and Friends where he continues spreading various sensational, erroneous theories and presents them as fact.
Twilight is a 293-page book authored by Mawyer and co-authored by Pierucci. Twilight’s cover page is a picture containing a backdrop of a cloudy sky with Arabic wording at the top of the page and an eerie splattering of blood across the Arabic. Superimposed in oversized font is the title “Twilight in America” with subtitle in traditional font: ”The Untold Story of Islamic Terrorist Training camps Inside America”. The names of the authors hang over a sliver of the American flag. Please see annexed hereto “Exhibit A.” The deliberate use of the phrase “terrorist training camps in America” in the sub-title of Twilight and on its cover is a calculating reference to property owned by plaintiffs.
The defendants repeatedly accuse the plaintiffs of being “home grown” terrorists or engaging in acts of terrorist. Terror activities are violations of New York State law and the federal code.
 New York State Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001 Article 490 § 490.25 states that a person is guilty of a crime of terrorism when with intent to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, influence the potency of a unit of government by intimidation or coercion, or affect the conduct of a unit of government by murder, assassination or kidnapping, he or she commits a specified offense.
That 18 USC §2331 defines domestic terrorism as activities that (A)involve acts dangerous to human life; that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State; (B)appear to be intended: (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; {ii)to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; (Hi)or to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and (C)occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.
Through the cunning use of semantics, Defendants proliferate Twilight with abundant defamatory inferences in the form of “protected opinion”. However, the plaintiff has identified the following comments as exemplars of the publications plaintiff finds actionable:
“Also maddening is the fact that Al Fuqra/MOA had been listed on the StateDepartment’s list of terrorist groups but was removed in the year 2000 after what appeared to be a period of inactivity.” Twilight pg. 230. Please see annexed hereto “Exhibit C”. Plaintiff was never listed on the State Departments list of terrorist groups.
“In the privacy of Muslim compounds across our land they are preparing our own citizens to wage a holy war – jihad – against America. As many state and federal authorities turn a blind eye, these Islamic extremists convert our own citizens, then teach them how to kill.” This entire statement is false and defamatory.
“The women suffer a dismal fate, enslaved to their men forced into polygamous marriages, forced to have as many children as possible, sometimes beaten and raped, all under the banner of religious submission to Islam and the stifling rules of MOA that women must endure.” This entire statement is false and defamatory. In fact, women are treated with honor and respect. The women are well educated and intelligent leaders in their community. The men are not rapists and the women are not raped.
“[Gilani] has created an independent army of jihadists who have been killing their own countrymen for decades.” This statement is false and defamatory. No such “independent army of jihadists” exists and no such thing has ever occurred.
That Defendants stated as fact regarding York County, South Carolina, ….. [That] a 36 acre MOA compound is located, which hosted an array of notorious characters in the jihadist world.” Twilight, pg.236. Please see annexed hereto “Exhibit G”.  This entire allegation is defamatory and false.
“My book details the nearly 30-year history of MOA in America with its crimes, its acts of terrorism and its bold claim to establish Islamic guerilla warfare training camps across the country.” Emphasis added. Article from Martin Mawyer published on CAN website. MOA does not have and has never established Islamic guerrilla warfare training camps across the country.
“The U.S. State Department has sounded the alarm about this group for years, calling MOA an Islamic group that wants to “purify Islam through violence.” Please see annexed hereto “Exhibit I”. On information and belief, there has been no such proclamation by the U.S. State Department. Defendants attempt to link the Imam of MOA to Daniel Pearl, though the Imam was exonerated of any connection.
Defendants attempt to draw a connection between the notorious so-called DC beltway sniper and the plaintiff. “But to really understand why [DC shooter] recruited the young and impressionable Malvo and then went on his murderous rampage, it’s important to explore his earlier life and, most of all, why he walked into the welcoming arms of the Muslims of the Americas:’ See Twilight pg.84 annexed hereto as “Exhibit J”.  There is no connection whatsoever to this criminal and his actions.
Defendants repeatedly refer to plaintiff as a terrorist organization engaging in terrorist acts and running terrorist training camps in the United States. Defendants bolster their claims through the use of intentionally misleading documents and sources in order to deceive and mislead the public about Plaintiff. In committing the acts herein alleged, the defendants acted willfully, with malice in conscious disregard for the truth or falsity of the above statements. In committing the acts herein alleged, the defendants acted willfully with malice.
 In the same above post Mawyer misinforms the American public by daring them to visit Plaintiffs property by stating: “There will be doubters of course. People who will not believe the Town of Islamberg actually exists. And they’ll have to go see it for themselves. The address is above for those doubters. Just remember, you doubters, whoever you are: You were warned. Stay away.” 
That the above mentioned Islamberg is property belonging to Plaintiff that is home to approximately thirty families consisting of innocent men, women, and children.
By publishing the statements, Defendant intended to provoke the public to fear, paranoia, hatred, and anger, while simultaneously encouraging vigilantism and violence against Plaintiff and putting the safety, wellbeing, and life of every single member of MOA in imminent danger. Families are afraid to allow their children to play in their yards. Women are afraid to travel for fear of being attacked by a deranged zealot or his sympathizers.
The statements, individually and taken as a whole in context of the writings in which they appear, are defamatory per se because they falsely impute to Plaintiff, the commission of criminal offenses, in a manner ruinous to the reputation of plaintiff, locally, nationally and internationally.
 Identifying the Liks between White-Collar Crime and Terrorism


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Gov. Jerry Brown today signed legislation that allows California farmers to be prepared to grow industrial hemp upon federal approval. Senate Bill 566, authored by Senator Mark Leno, would permit growers in the Golden State to cultivate industrial hemp for the sale of seed, oil and fiber to manufacturers and businesses that currently rely on international imports for raw hemp products. The bill, which is co-authored by Assembly member Allan Monsoor, R-Costa Mesa, would allow cultivation once the recent announcements from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder allowing states to regulate cannabis are clarified to include hemp.

WISCONSIN - Kill Bikers Go To Jail

Kill Bikers Go To Jail

Clinton Lovelace, above, a driver who swerved into a pack of twelve motorcyclists on State Road 151 near Fond du Lac, Wisconsin on May 31, 2012, reached a plea agreement yesterday that will send him to prison. Lovelace pled guilty to two counts of homicide by negligent use of a motor vehicle and three counts of reckless injury.
Lovelace had faced up to 90 years. He will probably be sentenced to 20 years by Fond du Lac County Judge Gary Sharpe on February 6.
Lovelace’s victims were members of a Muskegon, Michigan riding club called the Muskegon Motorcycle Gang. Twelve members of the club had taken an express ferry from Muskegon to Milwaukee and were riding north to the Mackinac Bridge and a return trip home through most of Michigan. The loop was an annual club event called The Bridge Run.

The Accident

The dozen riders were about 70 miles into the ride when Lovelace, travelling in the opposite direction, suddenly swerved into the pack. A police report said “the vehicle’s crossing wasn’t a slow gradual movement, it was almost like it jerked over the centerline striking the motorcycles.”
The first bike struck was ridden by Eric “Ric” VanDam. Lovelace hit VanDam in the left saddlebag. VanDam spent two weeks in a coma, more than three months in a hospital and lost a leg. He is now confined to a wheelchair.
Dan Winsemius, one of the riders directly behind VanDam was pronounced dead at the scene. Douglas Yonkers, the man riding next to Winsemius, died a week later.
Lovelace struck ten bikes and all ten of those riders either died or were seriously injured.

The Drugs

Lovelace told police he took Adderall and Xanax daily. He also had a prescription for oxycodone and traces of Oxy and marijuana were found in his system.
Lovelace was injured in the crash and briefly hospitalized. After he was admitted, nurses found two unused syringes and multiple doses of what appeared to be blotter acid in his clothes.
Lovelace told investigators he couldn’t remember the crash or anything that had occurred since that morning. He said he couldn’t remember taking Adderall or Xanax. The level of oxycodone in his blood was within legal limits in Wisconsin.
He was 25 at the time of the accident. An examination of his car found no mechanical problems that might have contributed to the crash.

Friday, September 27, 2013

OMG............NUFF SAID...

AUSTRALIA - Abbott Government to give police more powers to tackle bikie crime

THE Abbott Government will give police greater powers and introduce new laws to target a plague of gun and bikie crime.
Tony Abbott and his lieutenants are blurring the lines of state and federal responsibilities and are drafting laws to help tackle crime in the suburbs.
In the cross hairs of the Government is the ``wild west’’ of Queensland — the Gold Coast — as well as Western Sydney and Melbourne.
In one of his first interviews since becoming Federal Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan told
The Courier-Mail that new mandatory five-year jail sentences for firearm trafficking would be drafted as a matter priority.
``I think we need to send the strongest possible message from every jurisdiction that we are not going to tolerate gun crime,’’ he said.
Police have been promised any extra powers they need to tackle organised crime and a new national platform to voice their concerns through the Council of Australian Governments.
States will be encouraged to relinquish some powers to the Commonwealth in a bid to create uniform laws and anti-gang squads will be set up with state and federal officers.
Mr Keenan said he would forge ahead with pushing states to agree to introducing a penalty of 14 years’ jail for offenders with illegal guns.
It’s understood the Government will pursue laws that will make it easier to demand financial information from a suspected offenders so they can be charged with having unexplained wealth.
State Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie yesterday championed his unexplained wealth laws, saying,
``our new unexplained wealth and drug trafficking legislation are the toughest and most innovative laws in the country.
``I believe Queensland’s legislation should stay in Queensland but I’ll be more than happy to work with Minister Keenan on future law reform to tackle organised crime.’’
Mr Keenan, who believes decisions made in Canberra can keep ``streets, homes and communities safer’’ said the Commonwealth was aware of the crime problems facing the Gold Coast.
Mr Keenan said the Government would help the Gold Coast Council set up more CCTV.
``I am aware in particular of the bikie problem out there. I’ve also had discussions with the Queensland Police about it as well when I’ve been on the Gold Coast,’’ he said.
``We’re going to make sure the Commonwealth pulls its weight in doing that it can to tackle gangs.
``It’s about making sure we’ve got tough anti-gang laws around the country, we’ve got tough fire arms laws and we’ve got a national approach to law and order where its appropriate, particularly considering organised criminals do not respect state boundaries.
``I would expect them (anti-gang taskforce) to have a keen interest on what’s going on at the Gold Coast and we’ve got to make sure that Commonwealth law enforcement is providing its weight here.
``That involves them having extra powers and we are going to seek to have that done as soon as possible.
``When we were devising this policy the situation on the Gold Coast was one of the troubled spots or one of the concerns that helped frame this policy.’’
Mr Keenan also flagged concerns he had about Australians who fled to Syria to participate in their civil war.

NEVEDA - A Safer Street Vibrations

This is Street Vibrations weekend in Reno. It is also the second year the event, which was once and may yet again be everything Laughlin and Sturgis are not, will try to enforce a no colors policy.
The gutless boilerplate reads: “Due to events which have occurred at recent motorcycle rallies, and for the safety of participants, Street Vibrations prohibits the display of colors affiliated with Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs as defined by the US Department of Justice. Persons displaying these club colors at Street Vibrations Reno and Sparks venues and participating sponsor properties will be asked to conceal them or exit the event.” Presumably, the “events which have occurred at recent motorcycle rallies” means the gunfight Gary “Jabbers” Rudnick started two years ago at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks.
Color free or not, most of the event will take place on public property in downtown Reno where visitors can wear anything they want. Local resident Troy Regas told Emerson Marcus of the Reno Gazette-Journal, “The event will survive. This (the color ban) isn’t going to hurt this event. This event will grow. It will come back to be normal again. It’s just going to take time.” You can read all of the Gazette-Journal article here.

Event planners expect about 1,000 people to “register” for the event. Registration costs $70 and entitles you to a parking pass, “Official Event Participant T-Shirt,” “Official Event Participant Ride Pin,” bike games, two poker runs, three poker walks and three “VIP Parties.”
Another 29,000 motorcycle enthusiasts are expected to just show up. A room for Friday and Saturday night will cost them about $400. Room packages include soap, towels and shampoo but do not include food, beer, liquor, drugs, women, lawyers, court costs or medical fees.
Reno boosters expect registered visitors to spend $614 per day during their visit. People who just show up will spend an average of $390 each day. The five day event should pump about $56 million into the local economy.

Safety Ueber Alles
Biker visitors who are as afraid of motorcycles as they are of the people one may meet riding a motorcycle may want to visit the website for HaulBikes Motorcycle Transportation.
HaulBikes appreciates your neuroses and is there to help. “Cycle transport makes getting to Street Vibrations a smooth ride,” the company’s website explains. “Planning to make Street Vibrations road show your next cycle rally destination but don’t want to deal with weather or wear and tear along the way? HaulBikes understands that when you go to a rally like Street Vibrations you want your bike waiting for you when you get there – battery connected, fluids intact and ready to ride.”
“HaulBikes Motorcycle Transportation will haul your motorcycle from almost anywhere in the United States, with shipping rates based on mileage from pick up to delivery location, making delivery of your cycle to Street Vibrations hassle-free.”

Bikers who intend to pose on their outlaw machines for a few photos then leave them parked will also be happy to know that there will be a free shuttle from the Nugget’s valet area to Downtown Reno every half hour from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. A woman named Lauren Garber who works for the Nugget explained “The Nugget encourages event goers to take advantage of the free shuttle to help keep our roads safe.”

ABATE of Wisconsin Email News & Alerts System

ABATE of Wisconsin Email News & Alerts System 
438 N Water Street, Black Rider Falls, WI 54615
715-284-7415 (voice)  715-284-7545 (fax)  

Dean Bartosh, ABATE of Wisconsin, Inc. Public Relations Director 

Immediate Action Needed
 The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is putting together their Highway Safety Plan for 2014-2016. They have an online survey that will literally only take about a minute to answer. This survey will allow one more avenue for us to make our voices heard concerning a couple of key issues that we discussed with our legislators on Lobby Day.
(survey link is included at the bottom of this text.)
In Section 1, we are asking our members to check the boxes for "Reduce Motorcycle Crashes" and "Enhance EMS to Increase Survivability".

In Section 2, we are asking our members to type in the box: "Reduce Motorcycle Crashes - Develop full-blown motorcycle awareness and crash avoidance campaign."

In Section 3, we are asking our members to type in the box: "Enhance EMS to Increase Survivability - Improve first response for motorcycle trauma and develop module on trauma for EMT's. Encourage bystander training."

In Sections 12 and 13, pick whatever answers best describe you.

That's it! Your voice as an ABATE of Wisconsin member will now be heard in Madison when they discuss the results in October! Thanks for participating and helping to promote motorcycle awareness and motorcycle trauma training.

The link to the survey is: 


About ABATE of Wisconsin, Inc.
ABATE of Wisconsin Inc.'s goal is to give the motorcyclist's of Wisconsin a strong, united voice, with regard to their future, their way of life, their safety, and their legal rights as motorcyclists and citizens.

ABATE of Wisconsin, Inc.
438 N. Water St
Black River FallsWisconsin 54615

What crackdown on loud bikes?

What crackdown on loud bikes?

By Scot Lehigh | Globe Columnist

Save Now, what was that topic again?
I’m sitting here in my office, looking out over leafy, lovely, peaceful Boston Common, trying to remember that seasonal subject I meant to address before summer bids us a sad goodbye.
Baaa-rooooooom. Baaa-baaa-baaa-rooooom.
Ah yes, that reminds me. Why, I’m almost glad a boorish biker came by, blasting snarls of noise from his unmuffled pipes all over the neighborhood. Nothing like an ear-splitting din to jolt your memory — at least when the subject you’ve forgotten is obnoxiously loud motorcycle pipes.
Here’s the problem: Some motorcyclists have come to believe it’s their constitutional right to bombard the rest of us with auditory assaults from their exhaust pipes. Call them on it and they’ll insist that “loud pipes save lives.” Never mind that there’s no research to support that contention. Or that respectable motorcycle groups are urging bikers to pipe down.
In four years, the Boston police have written two tickets and one warning for violations.
The sonically sensible among us were encouraged back in 2009 when the Boston City Council passed an ordinance requiring that motorcycles operating in the city have pipes with an imprinted stamp saying they comply with EPA noise standards.
That approach is catching on around the country. The EPA compliance stamps aren’t difficult to find. Further, anyone who is motorcycle literate can tell at a glance whether pipes have baffles (that is, whether they are muffled); those lacking any baffles obviously won’t meet the federal standard. Thus it should be easy to pick which ones to stop.
So such a city statute should be a convenient tool — if, that is, a police department cares about nuisance noise.
Back when the ordinance passed, Police Commissioner Ed Davis assured me his department would enforce this quality-of-life measure.
Talk about a pipe dream! At the start of the 2011 summer motorcycling season, I filed a public records request to see how the ordinance was being enforced. Answer: It wasn’t. In two years, the police had written two tickets and one warning, all on the same October day in 2009. After that, nothing.
Now, one might think that once their less-than-lackluster effort was pointed out, an embarrassed department would have shown a little enforcement initiative. But if one thought so, one would have to think again. In early May, I filed another request, asking for any tickets or warnings that had been written pursuant to the ordinance in the last two years.
Weeks passed. Scores of unmuffled motorcycles ridden by attention-hungry throttle jockeys blasted noise around the city, startling pedestrians, interrupting conversations, intruding on outdoor events, and vexing sidewalk cafe-goers and restaurateurs.
On Aug. 9, word came back. As best the department could tell, the police have written no warnings or violations under that ordinance in the last two years.
So, just to clarify: In the four years since this easy-to-enforce ordinance has been in effect, the Boston police have written two tickets and one warning for violations.
This is responsive policing?
“I’m really frustrated,” declares City Councilor Sal LaMattina, who authored the measure because of widespread complaints from his North End constituents. “They should be enforcing it. It’s not that hard. They just have to look for the stamp.”
Mind you, I’m not suggesting that this should be a top police priority. But it wouldn’t take a huge enforcement effort to get word around that the police are serious about cracking down on loud pipes.
Contrariwise, an ordinance that isn’t enforced quickly becomes toothless. Sadly, this hasn’t even qualified as a low priority for the Menino administration; it’s been a no priority. Which is strange, because I’ve gotten enough e-mail on the subject to know that motorcycle noise pollution is something people care deeply about. And not just in Boston, but in cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth.
So what to do? LaMattina has some advice: If you are bothered by loud pipes, call the commissioner’s office and complain (617-343-4500).
I’d add this. We Bostonians now have a dozen mayoral hopefuls seeking our votes. Over the next few weeks, you will have ample chances to meet them. If you are upset about motorcycle noise, let them know. Ask for a commitment that, if elected, they will do better than Mayor Menino and Commissioner Davis at enforcing the anti-loud-pipes ordinance.
Lord knows, they couldn’t do any worse.
Attleboro Weighs in on Motorcycle Noise

Does motorcycle noise bother you?

by Patrick Maguire (Editor) , September 22, 2013 at 06:03 PM

Last week, a Patch reader posted on our "Boards" regarding motorcycle noise in the neighborhood.
Patch took to Facebook asking residents if motorcycles bothered them and quickly got a flurry of responses. Read what some Attleboro Patch readers had to say:

People are free to ride bikes! Tara Bryan Finn The bikes don't bother me, but the ridiculous mufflers have got to go. Many of the bikes I see have double exhaust or something different than the standard... The noise literally shakes my house!! Gloria McCormick I live on a busy street and I hate the noise from some motorcycles. It seems like they've done something to make them louder than normal, it's horrible! Jen Crowder Why are only motorcycles being accused? There are many cars that are just as loud or worse with their modified exhausts and even worse their horrific "systems" rattling the car apart and the homes they drive by Jackelyn Kimball There are some very curtious bikers with loud pipes, that don't "open them up" every second they get.. I highly respect them for that. I think motorcycles are awesome.. But those obnoxious EXTRA loud pipes that are "saving lives", are making mine miserable on a daily basis. I am looking forward to snow.