"Private sector unions fight with management over an equitable distribution of profits. Government unions negotiate with politicians over taxpayer money, putting the public interest at odds with union interests and, as we've seen in states such as California and Wisconsin, exploding the cost of government. The labor-politician negotiations can't be fair when the unions can put so much money into campaign spending. Victor Gotbaum, a leader in the New York City chapter of AFSCME, summed up the problem in 1975 when he boasted, "We have the ability, in a sense, to elect our own boss." - Jonah Goldberg
time to admit that public education operates like a planned economy, a
bureaucratic system in which everybody? role is spelled out in advance and
there are few incentives for innovation and productivity. It? no surprise that
our school system doesn? improve: it more resembles the communist economy than
our own market economy.- Albert
Schanker, head of the American Federation of Teachers unions
"Now those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth, and let me remind you they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyranny." --Sen. Barry Goldwater (1909-1998)
"I feel obliged to withhold my approval of the plan, as proposed by this bill, to indulge a benevolent and charitable sentiment through the appropriation of public funds for that purpose. I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the General Government ought to be extended to the relief of general suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit. ... Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the Government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character, while it prevents the indulgence among our people of that kindly sentiment and conduct which strengthens the bonds of common brotherhood." - Grover Cleveland
"I work for nothing but my own profit?hich I make by selling a product they need to men who are willing and able to buy it.... we deal as equals by mutual consent to mutual advantage and I am proud of every penny I have earned in this manner.?p />
"Anyone who hates another person because of his race, his religion or his sexual proclivity, is just being lazy, because, with just the slightest effort, you can usually find a far better reason to despise him." - Burt Prelutsky
"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody any- thing that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that, my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
"It's been tough, fellow Patriots; tough to stomach the idea that more than half of my fellow citizens who vote, have booted a genuine American hero to the curb for a rudderless charlatan. What a sad indictment on our citizenry that some are so eager to overlook his myriad flaws -- his radical roots, his extreme liberalism, his utter lack of experience or achievement. Barack Obama is the antithesis of King's dream: He's a man judged by the color of his skin rather than the content of his character. If it's God's will that Barack Obama is our next president, then so be it. We Patriots will pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and wade back to the war front, intent on liberty or death." - Patriot Post Editor
"An authentic buck pacifist has rarely been seen off Earth, and it is doubtful that any have survived the trouble there .. regrettable, as they had the biggest mouths and the smallest brains of any of the primates." -- Lazarus Long
"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship." - Alexander Tyler
The bottom line is that liberal talk radio hosts are floundering, even in markets where there is a huge base of partisans who share their leftist ideology. It is failing because the failure to provide compelling and credible infotainment necessary to attract listeners and advertisers ultimately leads to financial bankruptcy. It is failing because the lack of a moral foundation in their world view leads directly to moral bankruptcy. And it is failing because hosts who rely solely upon the strength of their voices and how loud they can yell rather than the strength of their arguments and how clearly they can communicate lead inevitably to intellectual bankruptcy. - Steve Gill
"It must be remembered...that many people have an enormous distaste for the theory of special creation. They oppose it with deep emotional feeling. They consider anyone who might even suggest that special creation could be a viable position for scientific thought today to be some kind of impossibly backward thinker."
"Many modern thinkers are literally incensed that someone might suggest an alternative theory to the optimistic, progressive, upward movement of the evolutionary pattern. In fact, their intense opposition to special creationist views sounds less like a scholarly, scientific, dispassionate discussion of data and interpretations and more like a defense of some important prior commitment on their part. Emotionally and psychologically it is almost as if they are defending their own religion." - L. Russ Bush
Well, here is the finished project. All in all, I am still pleased with the Osprey bags. They are very well manufactured. David went well out of his way to ship these in time for OTI.I'm not so pleased with the mounting system however. If your curious, read on...
Side view, showing the back of the bike.
Rear view, showing mounting system and Wompus rack. I'm very pleased with Mike's rack. It is sturdy and well finished. Our Kuryakyn Full Dresser fits perfectly. Y will fill the Full Dresser for the trip to Coos Bay, I get a tote bag... =P
This is the way Osprey recommended we mount the bags. Those blocks are spacers designed to get the bags to fit over the shocks. There is also a stainless mounting plate to help steady the bags. IMHO, this looks like an after thought. The gap between the bags and the brackets looks clunky.
Osprey provided this finished piece of flat steel to cover the blocks. Looking from the side and down on it, it looks fine, but from the rear I think it's a terrible look. I cannot stand the gap between the bracket and the bags. The bags and the brackets are so well made, I cannot understand why Osprey chose this clunky method to mount the bags.
After a few experiments, this is what I settled on. In the previous pics, the Osprey bracket was sandwiched in between the mounting plate and Wompus's rack. It looked terrific, like it was factory. But mounted that way I needed the blocks to clear the shocks. So, I put a few washers in as spacers. I put 3 (1/4") in between Wompus's rack, and 11 (1") in between the Osprey's brackets and Wompus's rack. This allowed me to mount the bags directly to the brackets. I like this look far better, and achieves the same goal. I will get some aluminum spacers made and either polish them or paint them black when we get back from Coos Bay.
This is what it looks like with the seat back on. Not too bad, if I say so myself. I'm not too crazy about the stack of washers, but I don't have the time to get some spacers made. I definitely like this look better than the blocks and gap look Osprey provided....