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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

"I'll be back"...

...to get his motorcycle license:
(AP) SACRAMENTO, Calif. - "Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vowed to update his driver's license after police determined he had been riding his Harley Davidson illegally when he got into a minor accident over the weekend..."

Don't get me wrong; I like "Ah-nuld". Always have. He has had ambition and drive for as long as he's been around, and made his first million in real estate before anyone ever heard of him. There is much to be admired about him...however, if one aspires to public office, they should get themselves legal in every way.

Heaven knows, I've ridden motorcycles for years (in my younger days) without a motorcycle rating, but then I'm not a State Governor either.

Besides, I have my motorcycle license now, and have had for years at this point.

Apparently, Mr. Schwarzenegger has paid a price for his little lapse in judgment, even though by all accounts the accident wasn't his fault.

Of course, motorcyclists usually aren't the ones at fault in these things...


Blogger Bob_inSpain said...

the lack of a license was not the cause of the accident... although maybe the lack of learning and practice that (often) comes before getting the license was the cause, I don't know.

fortunately, he and his son are OK; it was a minor accident.

Gov Taft in Ohio got in trouble recently for not reporting free golf outings received from someone who did business with the state and who ultimately turned out to be a crook.

Now, I understand how it is a hassle for postal carriers, army soldiers, and the like to turn down gifts - the gift limit is pretty low, like, what could you give someone that comes in under the 20 (or is it 50 now?) dollar limit that would be useful to the person?

But, it seems, at the governor level, where they have a staff and their whole life is pretty much scheduled, there would be a staff member whose job would include tracking everything for the governor - gifts, licenses, tax payments, parking tickets, driver's license, whatever comes up during the day's schedule - and make sure that everything that must be disclosed or reported is done, etc., so the governor keeps a clean record.

it is tough for an individual to follow all the regs - yes, but i will not turn this into a flame about excessive gov't - but for someone w/ resources, visible, high political cost for noncompliance, it seems there is no excuse - but, apparently, no governor has a "compliance detail tracker" function on staff, and many suffer politically for what has such an obvious fix!

and people w/ judgement like that are in charge...?!

January 11, 2006 9:17 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

The cause of the accident appears to have been someone backing their car into a busy street...perhaps more experience on Arnie's part might have helped him to avoid it, but it wasn't his fault, either way.

Sometimes people get in your way to the extent that you cannot avoid them; as you know, I'm quite familiar with this sort of scenario...

January 11, 2006 10:02 AM  
Blogger Beerme said...

I don't think it is enough of a faux pas to make a big deal out of. I have held my motorcycle operators permit for over twenty-five years, though I haven't ridden regularly for most of that time.

BTW, it is easy to miss a motorcycle when pulling out in a vehicle with doors, I have done it and almost hit a motorcyclist once (I was soooo embarrassed because I know how irritating it is to be ignored as if you are not there on a bike).

Any biker could tell horror stories all day about irresponsible and ignorant drivers who nearly hit them or mistreated them on bikes. If I had a nickel for every ignorant putz who thought it would be OK to share a lane with me on my bike on the freeway at sixty or seventy miles per hour, I wouldn't need my pension or my 401K!

January 11, 2006 5:08 PM  
Blogger 'da Bunny said...

I'm with you, Jack. Being a "leader" involves leading by example, which means being on the right side of the law! Don't be a hypocrit, Ahnold!

January 11, 2006 6:56 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

I don't think it's that big a deal either, for the "little people" like ourselves...but when you're a Governor, you really ought to be responsible.

'da Bunny:

January 11, 2006 9:06 PM  
Blogger Bob_inSpain said...

and i STILL say, why do these high-profile political people get in trouble for this stuff, when SOMEbody should be collecting their receipts, filling out their disclosure reports, double-checking their taxes... besides having a staff member in the Gov's office who could check on a lot of that stuff, AH-nold is a rich guy who should have people who check all this stuff for him... if you don't use your money to hire somebody to keep track of the stuff that keeps you out of trouble but is boring and annoying to deal with (like filing taxes, for example), then what is the POINT of being rich??!!

January 11, 2006 11:48 PM  
Blogger JR said...

My renewal by mail of my Calif Driver License did not have the word motorcycle and I went down in person and they charged me for a duplicate and said they were sorry they did not do motorcycles by mail... This was in the 70s, but I expect it hasn't changed since then...

January 12, 2006 11:48 AM  
Blogger Kajun said...

Our previous Governator was/is a biker---no longer any helmit laws here.

January 12, 2006 2:28 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

"The POINT of being rich" is to be able to do things you enjoy...like riding your Harley. Also, it helps to get one out of such minor trifles as doing so without a license.

Are you implying that Arnold didn't have his motorcycle rating due to a possible bureaucratic snafu? If so, it wouldn't surprise me; maybe Bob is onto something.

We no longer have a mandatory helmet law (for adults) here either, for the past couple of years...

January 12, 2006 8:08 PM  
Blogger JR said...

He had a side car attached which means you do not need a motorcycle license... There was no snafu... You got me I was implying he could not read...

January 12, 2006 9:00 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

No motorcycle license required if you've got a sidecar in CA, huh?

Interesting...so Arnie did nothing wrong, then.

January 13, 2006 1:09 AM  
Blogger Rich said...

Give a soldier food - it's under the limit and it will make him very happy :)

January 13, 2006 1:35 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Presumably you were responding to Bob's remark about accepting gifts. I would point out that a steak and lobster dinner (My fave, as you well know) might exceed those limits. I'm just sayin'...

January 13, 2006 5:25 AM  
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January 13, 2006 3:14 PM  
Blogger Kajun said...

Drugs are not sold in stores in our neighborhood.

January 13, 2006 6:44 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Mr. Baldo:
Welcome to my little corner o' da "blogosphere"...but I'm a long-haired, ponytail sporting biker kind of guy. Perhaps some other folks here could use your product, tho'.

There are drugs (or should we say pharmaceuticals?), and then there are drugs...

January 14, 2006 12:24 AM  
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January 14, 2006 7:32 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Mr. Baldo:
Maybe if Ah-nuld had used your wax to shine up the sidecar on his Harley, he would've slid off that car that backed up into his path, huh?

January 14, 2006 9:09 PM  
Blogger truth_is_freedom said...


I'm fascinated by your idea of good qualifications to govern a State:

"He has had ambition and drive for as long as he's been around, and made his first million in real estate before anyone ever heard of him"

Sounds like a good recipe for milking the system and bilking the people of CA.
What about a sense of justice? Compassion? Honesty?
I get the impression that the American Dream is all about selfishness and making money. Period.

January 16, 2006 6:24 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Trying to put words in my mouth? Don't.

While those are admirable traits, I never said anything about qualifications to govern a State...one way or the other.

I presume you're familiar with the conventional wisdom regarding those who assume?
(That'd be you...)

January 16, 2006 7:21 PM  
Blogger truth_is_freedom said...

You presume?? Go easy on the emphasis, it's not necessary. I can read plain text.

"There is much to be admired about him"

Would you like to tell us what? Apart from making a million via real estate?

January 16, 2006 8:16 PM  
Blogger camojack said...


January 16, 2006 10:03 PM  
Blogger truth_is_freedom said...

Great guns, Camo. Excellent response. A man of conviction.

January 21, 2006 8:14 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Thanks. I thought it was pretty good, too. Your irony fails to impress...

January 22, 2006 8:14 PM  

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