Daily Archives: December 8, 2011

Mule day again, and sorry about the rush job

I have another Mule Day to do, and Mrs. the Poet asked for me to bring her Army surplus ruck to the store along with mine and the kitty-litter bucket panniers, That means we are going to be getting a lot of bulky items again this trip, as well as some heavy ones. [eeyore voice]Yee haw.[/eeyore voice]

It’s official, Rick Perry has decided to go after the stupid and uneducated vote with his latest batch of campaign adds, look up his YouTube channel to see. Someone at church was showing some to me. The thing that scares me is that there might be enough stupid and uneducated people in the US to make him president.

Up first is a driver ignoring traffic on the sidewalk and hitting a cyclist (could have been a pedestrian, but it was a cyclist this time), Bicycle vs. Car Near Lincoln High, Student Injured As usual comments blamed the cyclist for riding on the sidewalk or on the wrong side of the street instead of the operator of the WMD. To avoid remember every driveway is an intersection and apply intersection protocols.

What was initially reported as a serious injury wreck has been changed to a fatality in PA. Avid cyclist dies after Bethlehem crash The irony about this wreck is the wreck was a hit-from-behind in a shared lane marked with sharrows. For most of the country this is what passes for state-of-the-art bicycle infrastructure… To avoid use the hit-from-behind protocols and have a lawsuit ready to file against the people that pawn this kind of “infrastructure” on us as being adequate…

A MO cyclist is hit-and-run. Bicyclist injured in hit and run accident Another hit-from-behind wreck where the driver left the scene. Hit-from-behind protocols might have helped or just made targeting easier.

The driver that caused a German bicycle tourist to be in a coma has been “punished” for driving off the road in his delivery van that he was driving without a license. Driver fined for wreck that injured German bicyclist Anyone that thinks a $500 fine is an appropriate punishment for leaving a person dead but still breathing while in illegal possession of a WMD has some serious mental issues. That’s all I have to say about that.

Still in VA, the relatives of a cyclist killed by police officers making a doughnut run (responding to a non-emergency call) sue the officers after they were convicted of reckless driving. Relatives of cyclist killed in Norfolk crash sue officers I don’t see how the cops (soon to be ex-cops) are going to weasel out of this one, they were already convicted of the criminal charges.

A drunk kills a cyclist in Washington state. Bicyclist struck, killed by suspected drunk driver I was amazed reading the comments that about 40 were made before someone blamed the cyclist for being there to get hit by the drunk driver. And yes, someone should shoot the driver, once in each knee. And maybe that guy that made the comment about the cyclist being to blame, too. The police reported the cyclist had done everything possible to avoid being in a wreck but still got killed anyway.

Another hit-from-behind wreck this time in far West Canuckistan. Cyclist, 17, critically injured in collision on Hwy 2 That seems to be the theme for today’s post, that and really stupid drivers…

Good news from the UK as the man that hit-and-run (another “theme” of today’s Feed) an Olympic medal winning cyclist goes on trial. Driver faces trial over cyclist hit-and-run crash and Man accused over paralympian crash OK a DUI hit-and-run that injured a national hero from the previous Olympics, if this guy doesn’t see serious jail time then there isn’t a driver in the UK that would.

Other news from Jolly Olde, Conservative pols walked out of a council meeting on doing something about the dismal state of the roads for anyone not driving a car (they aren’t all that great inside a car either from what I’ve heard). Politicians, cyclists and victim’s family united in shock and anger at Tory GLA walkout (+ video) I don’t know what the problem is with cyclists and conservatives in the Anglophone countries, but it seems their meme is that only socialists and communists ride bikes, and poor people but then poor people hardly count anyways.

And last link a cyclist in South Africa is hit and killed. Cyclist killed in CT Another hit-from-behind wreck by a driver that was oblivious until the cyclist was tumbling down the road after getting hit.

And that’s all the news that gives me fits today.

Billed @$0.02, Opus