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Sat Aug 8, 2020, 05:56 AM

The Gob-Smacking Stupidity of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

The Gob-Smacking Stupidity of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
The Wry Wing Politics blog
August 4, 2020 by Brian Lambert

Read it here: https://www.wrywingpolitics.com/the-gob-smacking-stupidity-of-the-sturgis-motorcycle-rally/#comment-144467

Excerpts:
It goes without saying that the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, a tribal extravaganza of face-to-face, jowl-to-jowl, belly-bumping machismo and consumer exhibitionism holds the high probability of being the single largest “super spreader” of COVID-19 held anywhere in the world since the outbreak began last November. A quarter of a million people, the vast majority middle-aged to older white men, will both ride into western South Dakota this week for the giant, mechanized bacchanal … and then turn around ride back to their homes, all across the country, spreading everything they picked up in Sturgis all along their routes, like a horde of toxic Johnny Appleseeds.

Bikerworld’s other big rally, in Daytona, Florida went on as scheduled this past March in the early days of the pandemic. But Daytona’s “Biketobefest” seems likely to be cancelled this fall, what with the virus surging worse than ever … in large part due to “protestors”, the roughly 36% of freedom-loving Americans who refuse submit to reality and continue to prolong and enhance the peril to the lives and livelihood of everyone else.

Letting Sturgis happen amid all this is of course not surprising given the culture of South Dakota. The current governor, Kristi Noem, once upon a time the South Dakota Snow Queen, is every Trumpist’s dream girl. She’s abolished the requirement to get a permit before carrying a concealed gun, opposed Obamacare and every form of abortion rights she can find or be pointed at, is on record — during Obama’s term — as being very concerned about the national debt, so much so that as a Congresswoman she declared the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Medicaid, high-speed rail projects, cap-and-trade technical assistance, and subsidies for the Washington Metro rapid transit system examples of federal programs she thought needed a damn good whacking.
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Point being. No matter what science or common sense or common courtesy say, no matter what’s good for the rest of the country, South Dakota wants the money the flagrant recklessness and naked stupidity Sturgis brings in.


Mr. Lambert is an excellent writer and I hope you enjoy his story.

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Reply The Gob-Smacking Stupidity of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (Original post)
KY_EnviroGuy Aug 8 OP
634-5789 Aug 8 #1
SammyWinstonJack Aug 8 #7
dem4decades Aug 8 #9
oldsoftie Aug 8 #13
dem4decades Aug 8 #20
oldsoftie Aug 8 #29
spanone Aug 8 #25
Mariana Aug 8 #31
SheltieLover Aug 8 #2
Sherman A1 Aug 8 #3
mitch96 Aug 8 #5
BlueMTexpat Aug 8 #4
KY_EnviroGuy Aug 8 #27
JI7 Aug 8 #6
DBoon Aug 8 #37
Maxheader Aug 8 #8
Trueblue Texan Aug 8 #11
oldsoftie Aug 8 #14
IronLionZion Aug 8 #22
oldsoftie Aug 8 #28
Disaffected Aug 8 #36
bucolic_frolic Aug 8 #10
IronLionZion Aug 8 #19
bucolic_frolic Aug 8 #24
TheCowsCameHome Aug 8 #21
Nexus2 Aug 8 #12
oldsoftie Aug 8 #15
superpatriotman Aug 8 #16
Ferrets are Cool Aug 8 #17
Alliepoo Aug 8 #18
NCjack Aug 8 #23
KY_EnviroGuy Aug 8 #33
NCjack Aug 8 #35
Buckeyeblue Aug 8 #26
DBoon Aug 8 #38
NNadir Aug 8 #30
Wounded Bear Aug 8 #32
KY_EnviroGuy Aug 8 #34

Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 06:00 AM

1. Watching biker interview on CNN...

And this super spreader said that the entire coronavirus situation was 'political'. I looked at my mate and we both busted up laughing. There's no meter for that depth of stupidity.

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Response to 634-5789 (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 06:53 AM

7. And does he suppose that the whole world is in on it? Cant fix stupid.

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Response to 634-5789 (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 07:00 AM

9. i was playing golf with a guy, walking, and i asked him if he thought

we'd be walking next year too because of the virus?

He told me it would all be over after the election. He thinks this just a political ploy to make Trump look bad.

i was speechless.

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #9)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 08:23 AM

13. I've seen that on FB a hundred times. All over after the election.

Guess we'll see!

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Response to oldsoftie (Reply #13)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 08:44 AM

20. How'd the Democrats get people to die in other countries to help them with the ploy?

Do they even think about what they say?

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #20)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 09:35 AM

29. I've brought that up many times; they'll say "the whole world is against trump"

Because he's upsetting the "establishment" & no longer letting all those countries walk all over us!!

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #9)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 08:57 AM

25. ...and how courageous of 160,000 people to die just to make trump look bad...I salute them

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #9)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 10:30 AM

31. Remember, those people believe Trump can do no wrong.

They'll invent the most elaborate conspiracy theories, and fervently believe them, rather than admit to themselves that Trump could possibly have made a mistake about anything ever. It really is cult-like behavior.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 06:09 AM

2. Ty for posting this, KY!

It is a great article & points up the type of characters who would attend such an event, especially during the era of the tRump virus!

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 06:19 AM

3. Yet, these will be the first ones in line

Begging for government help when some bad befalls then.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 06:47 AM

5. Isn't it the way it unfolds The repukes screw things up and the dems have to fix it

Only to have it unfold again...29 crash to the new deal...Savings and loan debacle. 2006-7-8 bank crisis... Free market capitalism at it''s worst. The effect trickles down to the common biker.
"I don't need no stinkin' helmet" but when I crash I want y'all to pay for my medical expenses.
Same with the virus. "I don't need no stinkin mask" but y'all pay for my medical expenses when I'm on the ventilator...
uffda
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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 06:36 AM

4. Thanks so much introducing me

to this blog!

It is great! And I am definitely bookmarking it.

As a Montanan by birth, I especially enjoyed the fact that Lambert was in White Sulphur Springs, MT when he met the bikers!

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Response to BlueMTexpat (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 09:30 AM

27. You're very welcome. Always a treat to find quality writers!

Definitely a keeper......


KY...........

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 06:53 AM

6. In SD it's the Native Americans who are affected the most by this bs

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Response to JI7 (Reply #6)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 11:47 PM

37. and the tribes are blocking bikers from crossing tribal lands

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/aug/08/thousands-bikers-outh-dakota-rally-to-be-blocked-tribal-land-checkpoints
Thousands of bikers heading to South Dakota’s 10-day Sturgis Motorcycle Rally will not be allowed through Cheyenne River Sioux checkpoints, a spokesman for the Native American group said on Saturday.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 06:53 AM

8. I thought the sturgis rally had a lot of middle class in it...

Riding those big hondas...

Professionals,,doctors, lawyers...?? Maybe they will have sum schmarts..stay away..encourage

others to do the same... .

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Response to Maxheader (Reply #8)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 07:53 AM

11. That's what I've always heard too...

Takes bucks to deck those machines out for a cross country ride.

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Response to Maxheader (Reply #8)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 08:24 AM

14. HONDAS at Sturgis?

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Response to oldsoftie (Reply #14)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 08:45 AM

22. There are all types of bikes at Sturgis

It was originally started by enthusiasts of Indian motorcycles and grew over the years to all types. It was never about Harley Davidsons.

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #22)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 09:33 AM

28. I've never been a biker; just always thought it was a mostly Harley event.

I do remember Indians being a hot thing when I was a kid

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Response to Maxheader (Reply #8)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 12:08 PM

36. My cousin was a Prof Eng

and he went once...

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 07:14 AM

10. Some of them wear helmets, don't they?

Safety from crashes but insouciance toward COVID.

Could they spell insouciance? Pronounce it? They do think it a type of soup, no?

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #10)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 08:43 AM

19. A thesaurus might help with insouciance

why not just say indifference or callous disregard for others?

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #19)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 08:55 AM

24. Why use a thesaurus, when DU has you?

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #10)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 08:45 AM

21. No, they have very thick skulls.

..filled with Jell-O

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 07:56 AM

12. Motorcycles vs Religion

The pilgrimage to Mecca dropped from millions to a few hundred, but we Freedom Loving Americas are having a huge mostly maskless rally to have fun with motorcycles.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 08:25 AM

15. I guess we'll find out how it pans out in a few weeks

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 08:28 AM

16. Why isnt there a Chump rally there?

Nt

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 08:31 AM

17. I have no fucks left to give the ones there

I do feel sorry for those they will infect and the health care workers.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 08:40 AM

18. Really enjoyed reading Wry Wing!

Thanks for posting!!

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 08:54 AM

23. Governor Kristi Noem (R) is a Trump sychophant and is ready to sacrifice

SD lives to show that Covid-19 is a hoax.

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Response to NCjack (Reply #23)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 10:48 AM

33. Did you see this letter she sent out?


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Found at:



I cannot believe the overt stupidity out of so many Republican leaders, acting like amateur epidemiologists and with nothing but business interests in their brains.

There surely must be laws governing this type of dangerous public health-related rhetoric from elected officials.


KY.........

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #33)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 11:17 AM

35. Yes. I read stuff about SD, being a resident from 2005 to 2014. I remember her

her tour in Congress as being a lazy Rep; she often was not present for important debates. She could usually be found prowling shops and cafes in Georgetown.

I'm sure that she would like to get back to DC, probably as a senator. Her problem is that she is only slightly more capable than Sarah Palin. She would be the perfect McConnell stooge.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 09:17 AM

26. That part of SD is built around this weekend.

Just know there will be fewer bikers next year. I just feel sorry for all the non-bikers they pass the virus to.

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Response to Buckeyeblue (Reply #26)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 11:50 PM

38. There will likely be fewer townspeople as well

maybe even fewer of the businesspeople who insisted the rally go ahead. They may not live long enough to spend all the money they made this weekend.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 10:22 AM

30. Gee. I hope the guy on my way to work who has a Harley logo and a Trump/Pence sign on his mailbox...

...is there and is celebrating his Freedumb by not wearing a mask.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 10:37 AM

32. Think of the bright side...

There will be a lot of cheap motorcycles being sold off in estate sales in a few weeks.



(I'm bad sometimes, I know )

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #32)

Sat Aug 8, 2020, 10:56 AM

34. Either that or sold to pay massive hospital and doctor's bills.

Including those of their family members they infected.


KY............

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