On Checking Reality

March 29, 2018

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On Checking Reality

In 1949 the gossip columnist Walter Winchell asked the sportswriter Red Smith if he found it hard to write a story every day. “Why no,” Smith replied, according to Winchell. “You simply sit down at the typewriter, open your veins, and bleed.”

To the numerous readers who responded to the story “Reality Check” published last Friday, thank you all very, very, very much for the transfusion. And, your reassurance that there is somebody out there. I really needed that.

The site will be up for at least another two months. I swear to God, I will try to give you all your money’s worth.

And now back to work.



18 Responses to “On Checking Reality”

  1. SlimFMC Says:

    I am one who rarely comments on things unless it’s something I strongly believe in and some asshole with no brain let alone knowledge of the subject is running their mouth. I found this site roughly 4 years ago and it always makes me feel better when I find more like minded people. I understand that I am slowly becoming more and more the minority and before long the lifestyle I’ve known since I can remember will be gone. The fact that the majority of people are totally blind to the fact that the government and LE are not always looking after your best interest. What I’m trying to say in a long round about way is this site is very relevant. This is my news channel. I will also admit that I’ve never seen or heard about the donation link or button until just recently. I’m not foolish and think it’s free to host this site, but I guess I’m foolish for not checking into it more. Keep up the good work and long as you can. This site matters.

  2. Gandalf Says:

    “Harley Davidson was a nice little company but hit the big time after February of 1981.” OR the exact month Jay Lenno bought his 1st bike. Coincidence? I think not. LOL Happy Easter.

  3. Jonny Sumo Says:

    I rarely contribute to threads as I am very much on the fringe, as it were, but I greatly enjoy reading the articles (and Mr Davis’ fine books) and other readers input.
    My late father was a journalist with great principles, he would have enjoyed Rebels words, motives and principles… so a li’l donation from over the pond, from me and my Dad.
    And Thank You Mr Davis

  4. Gypsy Girl Says:

    Black ned?? I mean BLONDE. Fucking autocorrect.

  5. Gypsy Girl Says:

    I’d buy t-shirts, as I’m sure a lot of others would, too.

    OT, how do you change your photo? I’ve noticed that a few commenters have actual pics with their names. I’m too black Ned and old to figure this stuff out. ;)


  6. New England Rider Says:

    Hey Reb, thanks for all you do. I admit money is tight right now but I have been making an effort to check your website every day and to click on all your sponsor links. It is the least I can do for your efforts, even though I know it isn’t as much.

    New England Rider

  7. rocco151 Says:

    @ Sieg +1

    For some strange reason I always remember a “case study” from school about how Harley Davidson was a nice little company but hit the big time after February of 1981 when the company back bought back ownership from AMF BUT more importantly started to charge for everything with a HD logo on it . People like myself who were just getting into the motorcycle life were very interested in wearing a HD t-shirt or putting a decal on their car. The same with followers of the Grateful Dead, people wear their t shirts because they like the message and have never been to a concert even now when Jerry has been dead for 20 years. I contend that there are a ton of very intelligent individuals who read this site and that if we want to help Rebel continue to publish, then we just need to come up with some type of repeatable contribution engine. Be it t-shirts or another mode of income, I truly believe that this site is full of readers who are used to surviving on their wits and that if they focus on keeping their friend’s site up and thriving they will think of something ! I encourage contributors to share ideas with their posts so that we might help each other formulate and improve upon each others ideas ! I know I’m running on a bit but if we can get the idea of contributing $1 a working day to this site our friend Rebel will not have to ask for our help ever again ! ($1 times 5 days a week times 50 weeks a year…..$260 per year…a dollar a day for DCD. We all get a lot more enjoyment and entertainment and knowledge than that meager sum !

  8. Snow Says:

    Due to life I don’t get to come around much anymore. I always enjoyed your writing and will be sad to see you go, if it comes to that. I also realize you have a life to live and interests you would probably like to persue. With that said hopefully you can do whatever works best for you.
    Best wishes to you and Much Respect

  9. Dan Smyth_London Says:

    Keep going Rebel,I alway look forward to your updates. I enjoy the very well written and researched articals and following the trials and tribulations of the American outlaw life from here in the UK. Onwards!

  10. stroker Says:

    Rebel (et al)…..
    I like Maven’s idea of making a DONATE button perhaps a little larger on your page. But I’m brainstorming for something maybe a little more in line of a steady income for your efforts. Some sites give you the lead in on a story, then ask you for a subscription for the rest. I don’t think that’s who you really are. To me, you’ve always been a transparent, sometimes sarcastic sometimes funny reporter, who is doing a labor of love, and doesn’t want that labor to be cheapened by trying to “sell it.” I get that. after following you for lo, all these years, I think I know you…maybe a little. You are a proud man, who holds himself to scruples we can only see hints of. I think you are driven. I think you are possessed, determined even, to dig under the rocks and expose the absolute crap our so-called “law-enforcement” tries to pass by us as real law enforcement. I don’t think you can stand to let scoundrels get away with anything! You drive yourself relentlessly. Always trying to get the word out to us, your undeserving biker public.
    I love you for that. You are a true hero to the outlaw biker counter-culture, whether we admit it, or choose to credit you for it, or not.
    I doubt your integrity would be cheapened by asking for money, though it will, of course, turn some away.
    Perhaps letting people read your blog of the day for free, and disabling the past history and comments, until people pay a small subscription?
    Anyway….stuff to think about.
    I like the T-Shirt idea too, and to all who read here, I will contact Rebel off-site to get some ideas and permissions from him.
    I have a guy who does T-Shirts.

    Click The Links (CTL)

  11. jay Says:

    *and* the t-shirt idea is a damn good one…. perhaps bumper-stickers….

  12. jay Says:

    you already have, hoss… i, for one, feel that the rest is gravy…

    keep being awesome as long as you can… should you ever find yerself in spokane, c’mon by for a drink or three….

  13. One Eye Says:

    I have no problem with a yearly fee, and although I need another t-shirt like I need another ex-wife, I am a sucker for a cool looking white t (hint, hint). I hope you’ll be around longer than 2 months.

  14. Not the 99 Says:

    I sincerely hope to be reading what you cover for longer than 2 more months.
    You have become part of my regular day.
    Thank you for what you do!

  15. kenny Says:

    U already gave me more then i gave u. Thanks respect u cause u earned it! Putting yourself out there isnt easy as leaving these little commets. I know for a fact people read here and would never commet, let alone travel and do a story. One that no matter how u write it is gonna hurt a feeling or two sometimes!

  16. Maven Says:


    May I humbly suggest making the donate button a little more prominent of the site. May help remind folks to click it more often. Just a thought.


  17. Trebor Says:

    The beatings will continue until morale improves.LOL

  18. Sieg Says:

    1000 regular readers.

    Well, running a martial arts school, the standard wisdom was that 3% of any given population would spend the money to get training. So, I guess we could use that here…that means Rebel should be able to take in $600 a month if you take $20 a month as a decent contribution.

    See, a “donation” implies you are just giving someone something. A “contribution implies value received, which I would posit is tendered here.

    Or in other words, get off the fucking cake.

    Easy to set-up an autopay in PayPal, whether you use an account or just your credit card…how bout it?


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