Archive | May, 2009

Monster Mongolian Flip Fest

May 27, 2009

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Mongols are already flipping like jumping beans and things may be about to get even uglier. Yesterday, United States District Court Judge Florence-Marie Cooper ruled that future plea deals would no longer be routinely sealed. Of the 79 members and associates of the Mongols Motorcycle Club who were indicted last October, 22 of them have […]

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Loco Longrider Follo

May 26, 2009

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The last time we mentioned Dave Zien, on October 24th last year, he was broke down on Interstate 8, at Mile Marker 48, a short ride and a long walk from Yuma. His 1991 FXRT Sport Glide with 987,000 miles on it had a perforated piston and Zien was determined to prove to you, me, […]

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Rolling Thunder 2009

May 23, 2009

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President Barack Obama almost snubbed Rolling Thunder Friday. Then at the last minute he changed his mind. Or, maybe his basketball game ended early. About 3:30 in the afternoon, “The president stopped by while members of Rolling Thunder were meeting with administration officials about veterans’ issues,” Nick Shapiro, a propagandist with the Ministry of Truth, […]

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Dear Rebel: On No Angel

May 22, 2009

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Sometimes, one of your comments and my response to it, gets up on the page. Because, you know, I am lazy and this is how I can get somebody to do half my work for me. Especially when a holiday is coming up. Today’s winner is Jack. Jack commented on my review of Jay Dobyns’ […]

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Missouri Helmet Law Limbo

May 21, 2009

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About two months after most news outlets reported its repeal, the state of Missouri still has a helmet law for riders over the age of 21. It is the same law that has been on the books for forty years. If you are 21 in Missouri you can still buy a gun, act in pornography, […]

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Who Owns Hollister

May 20, 2009

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If anybody owns Hollister it has to be Big Eddie Davenport. In case you are just joining us, Eddie Davenport is the fat guy (above) in the iconic Life Magazine photo that accompanied the story of the “Hollister Motorcycle Riots.” Eddie rode with a now defunct club called the Tulare Riders and the photo was […]

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Newton Foust Heisley

May 20, 2009

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Newt Heisley, the commercial artist who imagined and designed the black and white POW/MIA symbol, died last Thursday at his home in Colorado Springs. Heisley was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in November, 1920, orphaned before he was a year old and raised by his grandparents. He majored in art at Syracuse University, worked as a […]

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Roeder Harley Gone

May 19, 2009

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Another little piece of Harley-Davidson history died last Friday. Roeder Harley in Sandusky, Ohio just threw itself to the credit wolves. Roeder is the fourth dealership to close in the last six months and the second to close in the last week. Santa Cruz Harley and Wilwert’s Harley closed late last year. Auburn Harley closed […]

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Highwaymen Fallout

May 18, 2009

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The big net that swept up 74 people associated in some way with the Highwaymen Motorcycle Club in Detroit last week snared a couple of brightly colored fish. Hold onto your handlebars. Forget Gangland. Here comes 20-20, 60 Minutes, Dateline, Newsweek and the New York Times. Former Cop Cynical assignment desk editors everywhere will find […]

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Dave Burgess Appeal

May 15, 2009

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Dave Burgess continues to await the return of his good name and his freedom. Burgess was the outspoken President of the Nevada Nomads charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and the proprietor of a legal whorehouse called the Old Bridge Ranch near Reno, Nevada. Burgess claimed for years that our government was out to […]

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Highwaymen Indictment Unsealed

May 14, 2009

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This morning the United States Attorney in Detroit unsealed a 35 count, 47 page indictment of 78 members and associates of the Highwaymen Motorcycle Club in and near Detroit, Michigan. The indictment was initially filed and sealed April 21st. Four of the indicted have already agreed to plea agreements and may be cooperating with authorities. […]

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Another Dealer Bites The Dust

May 13, 2009

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Auburn Harley-Davidson/Buell of Auburn, California went out of business yesterday. Auburn is in the California gold country on Interstate Route 80 about thirty miles northeast of Sacramento. The dealership opened in 1976. It employed 42 people two years ago. Yesterday the last 15 employees lost their jobs. Thanks George For most of the last quarter […]

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Iron Horsemen Verdict

May 13, 2009

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Three members of the Maine chapter of the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club lost their fight for freedom this morning. After deliberating for about seven hours a federal jury in Portland, Maine found Richard Szpyt of Haverhill, Massachusetts and Old Orchard Beach, Maine; Ramon Dellosantos of Haverhill; and Sherwood Jordan of Albany, Maine guilty of conspiracy […]

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