In 1972, the German director Werner Herzog released a film called Aguirre, the Wrath of God. The film starred the young and edgy Klaus Kinski as the Spanish conquistador Lope de Aguirre who, in the film at least, floated his soldiers down the Orinoco and Amazon Rivers with the promise they would find El Dorado.
Naturally, they all go crazy and die. The fun of the film is watching them all go crazy and die.
Near the end of the film, as Aguirre and his few, sick, remaining companions float down a last stream on a last raft, they begin to die from arrows shot by Indians hidden in the dense jungle on both sides of the stream. One broken soldier looks up and sees a wrecked ship in a tree. “That is no ship. That is no forest,” he declares. An arrow impales the man’s leg. “That is no arrow,” the conquistador tells himself. “We just imagine the arrows because we fear them.”
Arrows Of Bad News
This old, forgotten film is pertinent now because the Iron Order Motorcycle Club is starting to look like yet another example of life imitating art.
The news about the Iron Order as reported here for the last month has been almost entirely bad. Judging by the reader comments that have followed each of those stories, most Iron Order members do not take bad news well. Over and over, members of the Iron Order have written to complain that this page is just making up bad news to discredit or embarrass the club.
The bad news yesterday was that a man named Robert Fernandes was publically identified as a member or associate of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club in an article by a reporter named Scott Schulte in the Kingman, Arizona Daily Miner. Fernandes is an ex-offender who is quoted by Schulte as saying, “When I got out of jail I got involved with the Iron Order Motorcycle Club, I needed that camaraderie.” Schulte’s story and Fernandes’ quote are what journalists call “news” because the Iron Order has repeatedly presented itself as a “law abiding motorcycle club” that shuns ex-offenders. The Aging Rebel included a link to the Daily Miner story in the article which was titled “The Law Abiding Motorcycle Club.”
Izod Wants A Correction
This morning, Iron Order International President Ray “Izod” Lubesky wrote to complain that Schulte got it wrong and Fernandes has it wrong and The Aging Rebel should do something about that. In the body of an email with the subject heading “Correction” Lubesky wrote:
“Please correct your article regarding the IOMC being an OMG. Robert Fernandes is not now nor has he ever been a member of the IOMC. We don’t even know who he is. Also, we have not now nor have we ever been designated an OMG by anyone with the exception of you. One more thing, no one from this club is lambasting you or your website publicly. We only wish you could get your facts straight, your stories accurate, your sources vetted properly, your research done professionally, and you give some attempt at being fair and balanced.”
Tha Aging Rebel Replies
The content of the Daily Miner story was quoted accurately. It does not appear that the Kingman paper has yet corrected its story. When this page becomes aware that the Daily Miner has corrected yesterday’s story The Aging Rebel will report that.
The Iron Order Motorcycle Club has been identified as an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, or OMG, by an anonymous analyst in an official publication of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives dated July 1, 2014 and titled OMGs And The Military 2014. The passage quoted by this page occurs at the bottom of page 28 and the top of page 29 of this report and is accompanied by side by side photographs of the indicia of the Iron Order and the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Clubs. This page reported this fact accurately and believes that it is reasonable to conclude from the context of the comments pertinent to the Iron Order and the accompanying illustration that the ATF analyst wrote what he meant to write. This page also believes the direct quote “More importantly, many of their members are police and corrections officers, active-duty military and/or government employees and contractors” in a report about connections between military personnel and “OMGs” is unambiguous
Members of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club have gone out of their way to try to discredit this page and influence its reporting. The Iron Order gives the impression that it wants this page to act as a good news propaganda conduit on behalf of the Iron Order.
The Aging Rebel stands by its continuing coverage of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club.