MILITARY & MOTORCYCLES – SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 | Born To Ride Motorcycle Magazine - Motorcycle TV, Radio, Events, News and Motorcycle Blog


Published on September 28, 2012 under Born To Ride

Blind or Misguided Reporting

 Four years ago, I attended the John McCain Rally at Robart’s Sports Arena in Sarasota. Thursday I attended the Mitt Romney campaign at Ringling Art Museum in Sarasota. What I found to be interesting as I nestled myself among the mainstream media folks from local and national venues was the coverage. In front of the museum, there were approximately 45 protesters, which seemed to glean a large amount of TV and print time verses the large crowd of Romney supporters. At one point while I was on the roadway in front of the museum, one of the protesters crossed the street and became confrontational with a Manatee Tea Party member, which didn’t end well for the protester.

Thursday evening and Friday morning, I watched and read the accounts from all of the local media sites and the numbers of those in attendance differed greatly from what I actually saw. The number of supporters numbered anywhere from ‘several hundred’ to ‘several thousand’ according to reports. My personal estimate of the crowd would have been 4,000 to 5,000 minimum.

Those in attendance were mostly older folks such as me due to the time and day the event occurred. The heat was a problem and many folks had to be helped by EMTs and Fire Personnel due to humidity and heat.

Security was that of what could be expected entering an airport, pockets emptied, metal detectors and wanding if necessary. The Secret Service personnel on sight were easy to deal with, as were the local law enforcement personnel.

All in all the campaign stop went well and all in attendance had the opportunity to listen to Governor Romney and his pledge to better America. It still amazes me how biased or confused the mainstream media seems to be.

Motorcycle Events


Sept 28th – American Legion Post 24 (Kirby Stewart) Red, White & Blues Event. 1-p.m. at 2000 75th Street W, Bradenton. All proceeds will go to The Local Veterans Relief Fund. Contact – (941) 592-4363.


Sept 29th – 7th Annual CMA Scrabble Run/Bike Blessing Starts at the Der Dutchman Restaurant (3713 Bahia Vista Rd, Sarasota). Registration 9 am-10 am, Bike Blessing at 9:30 am. Contact –


Sept. 29th, American Legion Alafia Post 148 (Riverview) has the honor of hosting the “Hearts and Heroes” Event this quarter. A flag, which flew at ground zero, will be presented to Wounded Warrior Sgt. Joselin Bravo. All proceeds after expenses will be presented to Sgt. Bravo. Local Registration – 9:30 am at AM Vets Post 301 (2443 U.S. 301, Ellenton). Contact – (941) 981-5308


October 4th – Manatee River Harley Davidson Bike Night (624 67th Street Circle E., Bradenton). 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Contact – (941) 745-2429 or


October 5th – 7th – 9th Annual Run to the Heartland – Location – Circle Park Drive, Sebring. For information – Call (863) 381-6467 or Email



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