but like Kpaul said in another thread, just the threat should be enough to wake them up. Got to see what they do with the a hole in question before boycotting. I think it is, if nothing else, the right thing to do if he walks. There are other rallys going on that week in different parts of the country. Why not go some some where else for a change in early August!
I say boycott South Dakota! Beter yet, lets just wipe it off the map! Instead, we'll have one great big North Dakota. Those are some nice people now, don't cha know. Those nice people would never let those Harley riding ruffians into their state now would they?
I say Nuke the bastard till he glows and shoot him in the dark. well maybe not, but it'd be fun right? Thats a bunch of crap 12 speeding tickets and 3 accidents, where i come from you lose your liscense when you do that. and think of how many cops let him go when they found out it was the governor of their state *cough* paycheck *cough*. so say hes been pulled over 25 times for speeding. i thought i was bad. stupid bastard.
I was born and raised in South Dakota, and every one I know thinks Janklow is a jerk! I left that state as soon as I could. In Janklow's early career he was after us bikers. Now he,s killed one. I think he should pay like anyone else. Boycott Sturgis? Why not I won't go there anyway! It would certainly shake the snivelers that whine about it.
Kind of a reality check for the area, see how much the Winnibago's towing Saturns spend at Mt. Rushmore compared to how much the Winnibago's towing Harley's spend at Sturgis.
As noted, there are other events in August for the "bikers" to attend, it'd send a message to S.D. regarding their choice of elected officials and the enforcment of law in their state, and just to show them "bikers" don't "have" to go there.
It's a moot point for me because I'm not interested in Sturgis in the first place, but a Sturgis boycott is a good idea for the ABATE and HOG members to get behind who spend a lot of money there.
I just don't see how boycotting SD would help much. It certainly won't affect the trial since trials are decided by juries. South Dakota has only two representatives. So I doubt the amount of votes that come from Sturgis itself would greatly affect the outcome of the next election. Sturgis has a population of about 6,000. There are 600,000+ voters in SD. For that matter is Jackloff even the representative for the Sturgis District?
If Jackloff is found guilty does this mean that those promoting a boycott will make a point of going to Sturgis next year in gratitude? That would only be fair.
If Jackloff gets off, which is to be expected, the best course would be to take action that causes him to lose the next election. In that case the most effective action would be to politically support the opposing candidate in the next election. Find out who the demos are running against Jackloff next year and send him/her a check. Organize a rally of bikers supporting that candidate. That would work better than just a boycott.
I agree that the threat of a rally would have no effect on the outcome of the trial (nor should it).
But, as I said before:
It would put pressure on the state to clean up it's mess of a judicial system.
It would send a message to other states and people that motorcyclists stick together and won't sit idly by while motorcyclists get killed.
It would encourage the people of SD to elect judges that enforce the law blindly.
Seruzawa - Janklow is the only person South Dakota has in the House of Reps, so he is the rep for Sturgis. I live in Minnesota and have been through Sturgis during the rally twice. Both times, I couldn't get a motel room on I-90 all the way across southern mn, south dakota, or Wyoming. Resturants that usually have 5-10 people in them had lines out the doors. Official estimated attendance of the 2003 rally was 502,000 bikers, in a state that has only 756,000 people. It is not a stretch to say the economy of western south dakota has become dependant on the rally.
When I read statements like "So I doubt the amount of votes that come from Sturgis itself would greatly affect the outcome of the next election.", I start to doubt that you've been to the rally. The rally has grown way, way beyone just Sturgis. I know people that go to the rally that never even step foot inside the town. It should almost be called the black hills rally. You can't find a campground or hotel room within 100 miles that is not full.
I know many people from SD, and if Janklow gets off, I really doubt it will be necessary to send money to Janklow's opponent. There is no way he's getting re-elected.
Whoops. You're right. Just checked it on the internet. They used to have two Reps, but that was a few years ago.
I haven't been East of Denver in 20 years so I don't have much recent knowledge. I'm not into huge events or the trailer culture either. It still boils down to how many voters can be influenced. That's all politicians care about. Jackoff's stupidity, hopefully, will have been enough an embarassment that the good people of SD will throw the bum out.
I say boycott the rally, it will send the most powerful message to the poeple of that state and it will hit them where it hurst the most! Right in the pocketbook. it will also send a very strong message to everybody out there. You can not kill a biker and get away with it, we are a force to be reckoned with.
It is very sickening to hear about a biker getting killed by irresponsible cagers, and they only get a slap in the wrist, this are times when all of us, regardless of brand preference, should stick together.
As far as Jackoff, they should take some of the organs that he has left, and hang him from them, you know which ones I'm talking about.
I hate to say this, but the former Soviet Union actually had a better system for electing their officials. In their elections, the winner had to capture the votes of a majority of registered voters. In other words, they could vote "None of the Above." Methinks that with such a system Janklow would have been forced into another type of work. As it is, the people of South Dakota probably have about as much choice as the people of my state, West Virginia, which elects a carpet bagger named Jay Rockefeller every six years.
I don't give a fig about Sturgis either, but does it make sense to boycott a motorcycle event, thereby financially hurting people who are into motorcycles? Dismis an entire state because of one man's apparent failings? Scott was from Minnesota, as am I, but that doesn't mean I am going to war with South Dakota. Hell, its one of the last places in the U.S. where you can get away from all the people (except for THAT week in Sturgis).
You don't get it, from the sound of it you never will. Are you even old enough to vote. And if so, are you a registered voter? Do you even have a motorcycle drivers license? Own a trailer by chance? May be you think SD should name the intersection for A hole in question like Tennessee did the road their now deceased A hole killed his biker on....
One more thing, SD has 1 rep in the House, so yes, he represents the entire state, therefore has more clout than even their Senators because of the states low population making him thier only game in town in the US House of Representatives.
You have answered one question, you have not a clue what you are talking about and have not done your research.....that explains your simple (and I do mean simple) lack of understandind...
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