I wear a helmet whenever I ride; but I'll get to that later.
That came to mind as a pastor in Maryland wrote in response to my confession (scroll down to last KD) about resisting the insistences of family and friends but not foes about wearing a helmet when mounting my mule, "In the name of Jesus, wear a helmet dumbass!"
God knows I hope the folks trying to control me on that know I appreciate their concern for my un-chromed dome; but since knowing Jesus, I'm not afraid of death as long as it's quick, painless, and not at the hands of diaperheads who really want to follow the leader of their sun-not-Son-baked religion.
Let me excerpt from my forthcoming book on biker culture as metaphor and challenge to the church - yes, it will be forthcoming as soon as some publisher takes a risk on something authentic to the culture with a Christological twist - on why I resist the insistences:
Bikers don't like to fight unless they're drunk, someone's messin' with
their old lady or old man, or one outlaw MC has violated another's turf.
But if you want to start a fight with bikers, just say something like this:
"Everyone who rides a motorcycle should be required by law to wear a
That'll start a war that would make the Outlaws and 81ers proud!
Though I started biking a long time ago In Pennsylvania when
helmets were required by state law, I'd always take it off as soon
as I crossed into a state that didn't require me to wear one; and now
that I'm living in a state that doesn't require me to wear one, I don't
for several practical, rebellious, and ideological reasons: (1) I feel more
at-one with my surroundings without a helmet; (2) I am convinced an
experienced rider is safer without one because peripheral vision is
expanded along with increased awareness of sights, sounds, and
smells that are integral to increasing margins of safety; (3) I have an
overriding aversion to anyone who isn't educated or experienced
telling people who are educated and experienced how to do what
they don't do; (4) I'm weary of the intellectual inconsistency of cultures,
for example, that threaten the safety of the unborn but insist I wear
a helmet for my safety; (5) Farmers are right: "Don't interfere with
somethin' that ain't botherin' you none!"; (6) I actually wear one
when riding through big cities just in case some smart___ thinks
bikers are good targets for drivebys and from overpasses; and (7)
I wanna give hope to people who hate me in a Christian kinda
That's why I'm increasingly committed to the Libertarian Party.
Libertarians understand freedoms removed are rarely restored.
If government can force you to wear a helmet, they can force you to...
It's a slippery slope.
Yeah, I know America is turning into a nanny state as more and more and more folks are just tickled pink to give up their freedoms as long as big brother provides a six pack for the game along with a daily enema.
But there are still some of us who cherish those inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Though those are increasingly foreign notions to Democrats, Republicans, and mainliners, they are at the core of the American soul as birthed by the Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament.
Martin Luther King, Jr. put it this way after going to the mountaintop: "The cry is always the same! We want to be free!"
Dr. King, like any God-honoring patriot knows, gave his life like the Founder of his faith gave His to enable that inalienable right to be who God created us to be which always honors Him and never inhibits the freedoms of others who are being who God created them to be because God and the Godly aren't as so damned double-minded as mainliners, Democrats, and Republicans are about freedom.
If you are one of those people who are trying to control the personal and socioeconomic liberties of others because you know so much better than they do about how they should conduct their lives, you are part of the dark conspiracy forcing people like me to wear a helmet whenever we ride.
I'll get back to that.
Some folks ride through life without the only helmet that really helps.
#7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers comes to mind.
He's a sexual predator.
He doesn't understand that personal freedoms do not include violating the personal freedoms of others; and within a Biblical context, God designed freedoms to complement each other for everybody's benefit rather than contradictions/contentions as if He ordered the freedoms of some as more important than the freedoms of others.
Big Ben doesn't understand that; thinking he's entitled to some trim whenever, wherever, and with whomever even if it infringes upon the freedoms of others who don't want to get it on with greaseballs like him.
He doesn't understand the parameters of true freedom; being free to be who God created you to be which will never inhibit or infringe upon the freedoms of others by divine design.
Like Tiger who didn't have the class to congratulate Phil after the Masters because he was whining about not adding another green jacket to his closet, BB is a spoiled brat narcissist.
A reporter in Pittsburgh confided to me, "It's Ben being Ben like Manny being Manny."
Then she/he got down to it/him: "Having covered Ben at the time of his arrival in Pittsburgh for the newspaper, trust me, he has changed dramatically. He has gone from a normal guy to a prima donna superstar...He was amiable and approachable then, but surly and egotistical now. He goes anywhere in public with a bodyguard who makes sure Ben gets to be Ben which is not for good for the so-called "Steelers Way" of doing things...Ben treats the media with disdain and considers fans to be bothersome pests."
Concluding, "The Steelers will suspend him for a couple of games; but a trade? I cannot foresee that. But as you preach, we all make mistakes and can be redeemed: 'I'm not where I want to be yet, but thank God I'm not where I was!'"
Another insider from Pittsburgh shared as assured of the KD policy of absolute confidentiality even if yours truly is threatened (increasingly common), "Imagine my shock that the black receiver gets ridden out of town on a rail while the predatory white farm boy from Ohio gets another chance to paw another girl."
Lamenting, "If old Art were still around or if Dan were still interested instead of wandering around Ireland looking for the Fountain of Guinness, I think there is a better than even chance that Big Ben would find himself back in Ohio muttering, 'What the hell am I doing here?'"
Continuing, "Big Ben is an oversized adolescent whose mom or dad needs to kick him dead in his wide white ___! Can him now! He could be a real asset to other moral giants like the Bungles, Browns, or Ravens. If the Steelers keep him, they can no longer claim the high road of professional sports."
Concluding, "I'm waiting for his diagnosis of sexual addiction. That is the AMA/APA "new speak" for horny pig. The Steelers better man-up on this or stop pretending their way is any better than anybody else's."
Here's what I've heard from my connections in Pennsylvania law enforcement and the media.
His bodyguards have always enabled his boorish behavior for the price of being close to their stud.
This wasn't the first time (documented) and was hardly the second time (undocumented).
In this particular episode, his bodyguards physically prevented the victim's friends from interceding; and BB who measures his manhood by his unhelmeted phallus didn't take the barely legal child into the commode to go over the Steelers playbook or discuss Shakespeare.
Let's set the record straight.
The down-zippered-weany-wagging nearly 30 year old scumbag fed shots to a barely 20 year old starstruck fan who was almost dead drunk and...
He's a sexual predator.
Everybody who is close to him knows that.
He feels entitled by his position as quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It's his license to steal.
Here's the tough one.
Every black player in the NFL - not to mention loudmouths like Al and Jesse - will be watching very closely to see if those moral giants in the Steelers' boardroom who are always so eager to remind others of their responsibilities to the integrity of the league have the cajones to execute equal treatment for BB juxtaposed to...
Black Pittsburghers - go to the newsreels or just talk to our sisters/brothers on the street - are already saying what's good for Holmes is good for...
The Steelers won Super Bowls before BB came to town and they will win more after he's gone.
He is not worth the continuing shame that he brings to one of the most storied sports franchises in the world.
It's time for the Steelers to remind everyone how they attained such an esteemed heritage.
Getting back to helmets, I wear one whenever I ride.
With so many cranky/contentious people in the world, you're crazy not to wear one.
And now that a federal judge in Wisconsin has ruled the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional...
And now that BBPBHO has pulled the plug on our space program as attested in his proposed 2011 budget that calls for $19 billion for space and $159.3 billion for wars against/in countries that hardly affect our national security as most literate folks continue to protest...
And now that Democrats and Republicans seem O.K. with our slide from free enterprise to...
And now that any connection between mainline denominations and Jesus, Biblical faith and morality, and sanity is only coincidental...
And now that...
Yeah, everybody needs a helmet.
See Ephesians 6:10ff.
It's better than the kinda protection not being used by Ben Roethlisberger.
Blessings and Love!
FWIW .. Holmes was traded more for the fact he was caught violating the substance abuse policy of the NFL.
Evidently he was caught with something, steroids or something else in his system.
With all the info now coming out about the case in Georgia, Ben has definitely lost fan support in Pgh. People burning his jerseys, and stores cutting prices oh his stuff by 75% !!
That said, what the Steelers need to do is relegate him to second string, and draft Tim Tebow !!
That'll improve the image of the team.
Right on, dude! BTW, after being mentored by Holy Cross Fathers and Jesuits in college, I studied in Rome and stayed "in" the Vatican. I also spent significant time over five years being "guided" by Trappists at Assumption Abbey in Ava, Missouri. Ergo, it's good to know my RCRC brother is a football fan too! Uh, I'm with ya, man!
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