Viral Video Du Jour

April 16, 2014

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There is really no story here but there is the viral video of the day, which will probably make it to your local news station later this week and be the subject of a police investigation a couple of days after that.

A former Marine named Jacob Hughes who lives near Denver posted the clip of his six-year-old son controlling the throttle and steering his Harley Dyna on an arrow straight stretch of road a couple of days ago. The ride and the video are both nanny state defying acts of rebellion and the reaction to the video has been predictable.

Colossal Moron

One commenter wrote on YouTube: “What a colossal moron! This child should be removed from the dubious care of this criminally negligent and woeful excuse of a father especially in the light that a young four-year-old girl was recently killed at the hands of her knuckle dragging Neanderthal parents who forced her to ride a bike that was far too big for her. What the Hell is wrong with these unspeakably stupid people? I wouldn’t entrust the care of a guppy to these idiots! Make no mistake about it, vehicles such as cars and motorbikes become lethal weapons on the road which, in the hands of inexperienced drivers, will most certainly endanger themselves and other innocent people. There is very good reasons why children cannot drive: Despite being illegal (sic – children are not actually illegal yet, Rebel) they have absolutely no perception of speed, distance nor the danger they impose on themselves and others. Nor do they have the slightest sense of responsibility or understanding of what to do when things go wrong. I emphasize when because it would be inevitable that a child this young would lose control of the vehicle in a short time. Children of this age do not have the ability to make rational judgments and, obviously, the parents in this instance show staggering poor judgment as well. This father would be the first to scream and cry victim if his child lost control of the bike and was killed. Sadly, if that had been the case, and he was damn lucky it wasn’t, he would have been as responsible for the death of his child in as much the same way as if he put a gun to his child’s head! That is the irrefutable measure of guilt that should be placed on a man associated with such a criminal act of reckless indifference towards the safety and life of this little boy and the lives of others!”

Absolutely Stupid

Other commenters have agreed. “I think this is absolutely stupid,” one wrote. “This guy has obviously never been down before as he would know it only takes a second for shit to hit the fan. Granted nothing happened, still should have some gear on or something.”

And another said he was “Glad I don’t live in the USA where people get away with this foolishness.”

But most of the comments have been supportive and are typified by “Much better raising your son like this than letting him be a pussy. Nice video man.”

Decide for yourself.


83 Responses to “Viral Video Du Jour”

  1. stroker Says:

    What most everybody said. I too grew up at a time and farm where kids were trusted to do adult things. Bicycle at 3, 22 rifle at 6, learned to drive model T farm truck, and Ford tractor then too. Hell, at 5 yrs old, my big ol balloon tire bicycle could get up to 40mph down Minor Hill in Connecticut. No helmet either.
    Kid’s gotta be grinning.

  2. CN Says:

    @HATED & PROUD: I guess I’m the only one here who had reservations about the thing so they quoted me not once but twice. Lucky me. I stand by what I wrote because it was my honest take on it but that didn’t mean I didn’t see the value in the opposite opinions. Standing by the minority view makes me honest if nothing else I guess. Most of the folks who are regulars here have my respect except the cops and wanna be cops like Steve Cook who I’m convinced “dell” is. I read this blog everyday and think it’s author and comments are of great value even when I’m not on the same page. Thanks for letting me know I got quoted. I appreciate that.

  3. Nick Says:

    This is exactly how I learned to ride. Hooked for life. Too bad everyone got all conservative. I blame the internet haha.

  4. av ultra Says:

    My son learned to ride at 4, started racing CRC motocross when he was 5 on a pw50.
    We never had any video games when he was growing up, just motorcycles.
    He’s in the 81 airborne now, turned out pretty good, cant keep him off my eg ultra when he’s on leave tho.

  5. Austin Says:

    4 kids, 3 grandkids – If it rolls, runs, gallops or bucks – we’ve got a story. One broken wrist (lawnmower) one broken collarbone (bicycle trailer) One lost tooth (bull riding). Lots of Road Rash.

    Driving is like alcohol. Waiting to learn how beer or booze affects you until you are 21 is not responsible IMHO.

    When you are well supervised, and get the feel for the G’s, friction & wind, starting as soon as you can balance – it feels natural to operate your machine. Stimulating your brain (especially those proprioceptors) causes development.

    “Proprioception (/ˌproʊpri.ɵˈsɛpʃən/ PRO-pree-o-SEP-shən), from Latin proprius, meaning “one’s own”, “individual” and perception, is the sense of the relative position of neighbouring parts of the body and strength of effort being employed in movement.[1] It is provided by proprioceptors in skeletal striated muscles and in joints. It is distinguished from exteroception, by which one perceives the outside world, and interoception, by which one perceives pain, hunger, etc., and the movement of internal organs. The brain integrates information from proprioception and from the vestibular system into its overall sense of body position, movement, and acceleration.”

    the only problem with this video – really – is the video.

  6. Paladin Says:

    Austin quoted:

    “Proprioception (/ˌproʊpri.ɵˈsɛpʃən/ PRO-pree-o-SEP-shən), from Latin proprius, meaning “one’s own”, “individual” and perception, is the sense of the relative position of neighbouring parts of the body and strength of effort being employed in movement.[1] It is provided by proprioceptors in skeletal striated muscles and in joints. It is distinguished from exteroception, by which one perceives the outside world, and interoception, by which one perceives pain, hunger, etc., and the movement of internal organs. The brain integrates information from proprioception and from the vestibular system into its overall sense of body position, movement, and acceleration.”

    To sum up:

    I gunfight. Therefore, I am.

    Long May You Ride,


  7. Austin Says:

    Yeah… the whole definition was too much.

    My basic point is kids should be walking on dirt roads instead of sidewalks to learn balance.

    “position, movement and acceleration.”

    What’s at the end of the 210 BTW? I-5? Roxford? CHP offices?

  8. Paladin Says:


    The 210 Fwy., heading West, turns into the I-5 North. The CHP office is situated on The Old Road, which parallels the I-5 on the I-5’s West side. The CHP office is between the Magic Mountain off ramp and the Hasley Cyn. off ramp. I live off the 210 Fwy., between Sunland Blvd. and Osborne Ave. If you’re passing through, and so inclined, get in touch. I’ll buy you a beer. Rebel can give you my contact info.

    When I was actively teaching, a large portion of what I taught was devoted to “position, movement and acceleration”. I still teach on occasion and when I do, it’s still a big part of my curriculum.

    Long May You Ride,


  9. JAFO Says:


    I have been lurking on this site now for maybe a year and cannot count the number of times your posts have put smiles on my face. From the great humor to the insightful prophecies. But most of all are the memories that you allow me to relive.

    I grew up in the Newhall Saugus area (before it became Valencia and Canyon Country and Santa Clarita) riding dirt bikes at the pig farm, watching Bermite blow the fuck up on a regular basis, driving buy the connector ramp from 14 to the 5 after the ’71 quake abruptly ended its progress, but the best memory you reminded me of was Clell Richards and his House of Horsepower.

    I purchased a Sporty basket that had the generator boss broke clean off and Clell welded it back on for me pretty cheap. I think he knew it was my first ground up build. The thing that really showed me what kind of a guy he was is when he took it upon himself to reinforce the case around the main shaft to my motor sprocket without charging me. Those types of things don’t get forgotten.

    That was over 35 yrs ago.

    Now I’m up in the Frisco Bay area grinding clearance off my running boards in the Santa Cruz mountains loving life, getting old and gray with memories galore.

    I know this wasn’t the place to put this post and I apologize to the Rebelians but it was on my mind.

    Thanks, Paladin


  10. Base Says:

    Yep, not an thing that is well received in todays era of ,,,,


    Sure would be nice to go back to

    “If it doesn’t affect you mind your own damn business” era.

  11. Paladin Says:


    Clell Richards was a long time and good friend of mine. His shop was House of Horsepower, at the corner of Canoga Ave. & Sherman Way. I was half owner in a similar type shop, Powerhouse Products, which was also in Canoga Park.

    We built Harley’s, but our real specialty was manufacturing bullet proof crank pins and blue/black Imola cams for the early Ducati Desmo Supersports of the mid ’70s and early 80s. Back then, those original parts were made from inferior materials and wore out quickly. We remedied that problem, among others that the early Ducati’s had. We also built 1000cc big bore kits for the Ducati’s as well. And yes, those were the days.

    Long May You Ride,


  12. Grumbler Says:

    Stevo wrote “Whole families travel on a small motor bike in many 3rd world countries.

    Yep …

    There’s another version of that image which has a baby photoshopped in the bucket – lol.

  13. Ipsick Says:

    The kid had the throttle and the dad had the balance handled.I bet we’ve all ridden with out hands and have balanced the bike just fine, that’s what dad was doing.

    This is why the sticker on my helmet says “leave me the fuck alone”.

    Maybe dad should have put a cautionary tag of “video may cause major butt clinching to liberal fuck wads”

  14. Jim666 Says:

    I was going to sahre a great story about me when I was a kid riding myou suzuki street and trail 50 in a pack of 1%er whith my dad in I think it was 70 or 71, but I had to take a xanax and now my brain atint wrking too good. so I,ll pass till tomorow, when my head is clearer.. shit sorry guys as Pops was going to help refresh my mind on the subject, have a few brothers here that thought it was a good idea to share it, but not right w/ mind and motor scilld atm, I`ll shoot for tommorrow if I remember,, have a great weekend all m/L&R to most here brothers or not as long as your real,

  15. sherides Says:


    Looking forward to that story.
    Have a great weekend yourself.


  16. MIke 184 Says:

    Jim, sounds cool, share when ya can.

  17. RtC Says:

    Damn, JIM666, thought this morphine I’m on was f’d, but I count my
    blessings I’m not doing the Xanax!Sure wish they’d find something else
    for you to take, that doesn’t debilitate you so fucking hard! Of course,
    you should eventually get used to it, as I did with the “morph”(Sure hope so, anyway) I just wish doctors weren’t so deep in the pockets of BigPharma & realize that there ARE natural products that would do the same for you without the fuckin’ side effects! I’m going to do a little research & see if I can’t find you some good info. Got ya on my good thoughts list.
    RESPECTS to the REAL
    Redwolf the Conchoman

    BTW Rebel, just got OUT BAD. Looking forward to the read.

  18. RtC Says:

    @ uncle don, AMEN! Besides the boy not having proper riding apparel, didn’t Dad realize EVERY-FUCKIN-BODY in the world was gonna see this? I grew up on a farm myself & was driving country roads in ’62 at age 5 by myself. Had to. Then the horse died & Dad bought a Honda 90 that I tore the roads/hills&river up on…. HOW DID WE SURVIVE without all the safety equipment back then? We weren’t PUSSIFIED,that’s how. AAWWW, the gravel roads I have “kissed” & lived to tell about.”SAFETY PADS?! WE DON’T NEED NO STEENKING SAFETY PADS!” And WTF was a HELMET????
    Times were so much better then.
    RESPECTS to the REAL
    Redwolf the Conchoman

  19. Former Regular Says:

    I’m posting this as “Former Regular” for a reason.

    Jim: Benzo’s are some fucked up, bad shit. Memory loss, blackouts, mood swings, intense emotions- and zero control or recall. Mix in anything else, and you’ve got a Russian Roulette.

    Not guilting you for taking ’em. Just telling you what you’re experiencing is par for the course and it can get worse. Lots worse.

    If you get a jones going for them, trying to get off em, even a light weight jones- can kill you. Seizures and shit.

    You might see if the VA Doctor would consider something like Lyrica and Hydroxyzine. Lyrica is actually a non-narcotic pain med that gets prescribed off label for anxiety, depression, etc. Hydroxyzine is a strong antihistamine and it takes the edge off.

    Both will make you feel better, feel less anxious, able to sleep, not so freaked out and on edge- but without the “dry drunk” xanax causes.

    Peace out and take care of yourself. Not judging or telling you what to do here, just relating something else that can work.

  20. RtC Says:

    JIM666, hope things are going well/better for you! I did some looking
    & found through where the use of acupuncture & Omega-3 supplements
    are working. The military is kinda getting on board, BUT, you know how
    S L O W those bastards are. Here is the article:
    When I clicked on PTSD there was no http,www, just the above URL.
    I’m really sold on these people since what they’ve suggested has truly
    worked for me.You can get free medical info by requesting their E-letters. BEST OF LUCK to you & still got ya on my list.
    RESPECTS to the REAL
    Redwolf the Conchoman

  21. Mad Matt Says:

    Fuckin A Right!

  22. Jim666 Says:

    Not going to post much tonight well this morning as it,s 0315 here atm, slept easter away as I took a total of five 2 mg xanax`s through the day and am still fuzzy in the brain, but wanted to touch on something I recieved in the mail yesterday I got an envelope addressed to me from the VA. Inside contained a credit/ debit card w/ a $500,00 dollar limit on it also want to take over my house payments till I die says I can live here rent free till I kick the bucket at which time they will resume control of all property therein.
    my question has anyone else here ever received one of these ?
    Im not much into all these legal tech. words and am wondering is this some kind or scam or what…….. Ill try and remember w/ hwlp from pops about that story I was wanting to post sometime today as he said he is stopping sometime to day and check up on me.. Damn I hate hearing those words should be the other way around
    L&R To the real here.

  23. Paul Says:


    I would recommend contacting your VA Case Manager and find out if what was sent is on the up and up. I’ll see if I can get in touch with our VA rep here and see if they know anything about it.

  24. Glenn S. Says:

    I suppose most “decent folks” would prefer the kid to grow up overscheduled, micromanaged, and overprotected from anything that might result in hurt feelings or a scraped knee, wholly unprepared to find his place in a free world upon coming of age, merely obedient and educated to perform specific tasks for the profit of “his betters”, finding comfort in omnipresent authority.

  25. rollinnorth Says:

    I don’t know about it being “sponsored” or “approved” by VA, but what is being proposed to you sounds like a “reverse mortgage.” I did a lot of research about this for my elderly Mom, and, quick answer, not a good idea unless you are very (very) old or terminally ill. I’d be glad to discuss more, directly. (Rebel, if you don’t mind, please pass along my email to Jim666, if he asks.)


  26. Paul Says:

    I second Rollinnorth. Spoke with a couple people here and was told it sounds like a scam. We’ve heard of some NGO’s offering homes to select veterans that meet their criteria (typically combat-wounded and residing or willing to reside in a certain state), but the VA has no programs that would offer to pay your mortgage for you.

  27. Grumbler Says:

    @Jim666 – If I were you, I’d call the Department of Veterans Affairs directly and explain the offer you’ve been given. The VA will ask for any additional details and advise you on what to do next.

    When going over that offer with the VA, don’t use the phone number provided in that letter. Look up the number for the nearest VA Regional Loan Center and call them directly.

    Avoid committing to any offer via unsolicited mail from a third-party company using the VA name until you speak with someone at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Your bank and the VA may have information on current loan scams and whether the offer you’ve received is legitimate or not. Generally speaking, if an offer sounds too good to be true then it’s a scam.

  28. RtC Says:

    JIM666, I bet it’s a SCAM! I’ve been dealing with the VA since ’77, & they
    don’t OFFER shit! One has to research in order to find out what your
    “bennies” are! Hell, Gov. is trying to cut funding for benefits, and I
    can’t imagine that kind of offer from them.
    RESPECTS to the REAL

  29. BigV Says:

    It’s a reverse mortgage scam.

  30. Jim666 Says:

    yea thanks guys I have a call in to the Va and am on a call back list “of course” lol anyway this think looks just like a credit card has a number has the 3 digit number on back and a peel off sticker w/ instructions on how to activate it, shit my house aint worth 500 g`s .lol so it would be a great trade if true..hehe but yea I left the info w/ the lady at VA and they are going to have somebody call me back,,, thanks again all

  31. True 1%er Says:

    Right on ! I grew up on the tank of my dads motorcycle, that kid was keeping it between the lines and knew how to use the throttle. For anyone that thinks this was wrong,check out the kids his age that race motor-cross, or even better yet they should shut up and mind their own business. Kids these days have no honor,fucked up ideals and are trained in the school system to rat out their parents if the drink or smoke. I bet this kid grows up to be righteous with honor and loyalty to those who show him the same….

  32. COS_Indie Says:

    Seems like everyone in this country has a bizarre mental disorder. They feel that it’s their DUTY to impose their way of thinking on everyone else.

    Hell, one of my friends got reported on to the HOA because her shed was “visible over the fence”.

    Dear Pussyfoot neighbor: why the FLYING FUCK is it your got-damn business if your neighbor builds a shed? Is your life so fucking meaningless that you have to get your kicks by reporting people? Are you so fucking powerless that you have to cry to mommy? That you’re scared of directly confronting an OLD WOMAN about her shed?

    You wanna know what these people are going to do WSHTF? They’re going to cry to mommy for help that will never come….and they’ll die.

  33. RtC Says:

    COS_indie, EXACTLY! Serves em right, too!Bastards ain’t gettin’ my help!
    powder’s dry here. Keep yours the same.
    RESPECTS to the REAL

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