Archive | November, 2009

In The Justice Casino

November 30, 2009

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The Roybal Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles is a polished granite tower in a three building complex called the Roybal Federal Center. The Center also features a brutalist-modern jail decorated with garlands of razor wire and long lines of sad women. The least of the buildings is a place veterans go to bind up […]

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Motorcycle Pollution

November 19, 2009

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Yesterday, Arizona became the first state to try to opt out of the new air pollution regulations for motorcycles that are scheduled to take effect in 2010. The new set of laws would have mandated emissions testing for bikes registered in the Phoenix metropolitan area. In a written petition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), […]

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Bye Bye York

November 18, 2009

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For the last 36 years York, Pennsylvania has been famous for three things: Peppermint Patties, Barbells and Harleys. Now it is starting to look like the motorcycles will be moving to Shelby County, Kentucky. Harley-Davidson has been threatening to close its York assembly plant since last May. In 1972, American Machine and Foundry (now it […]

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Now Seven Pagans Pleas

November 17, 2009

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Now seven of the 55 members and associates of the Pagans Motorcycle Club indicted September 29th have agreed to cooperate with the prosecution. On October 27th four defendants, Eric Lyttle, 30, James Lyttle, 55, William Hankins Sr., 54, and Edward Parsons, 29, all pled guilty and agreed to “be forthright and truthful with (prosecutors) and […]

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Methland

November 16, 2009

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I was young. I was getting drunk in a dive in old Baja Oklahoma. It was so long ago the jukebox was wailing “Mendocino.” It was so long ago the dancers all wore tassels and thongs. A strobe light throbbed like the end of sex so even if you stared you could only see about […]

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Mongols Patch Fight Continues

November 13, 2009

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Obviously, the government wants a rematch in the fight for the Mongols trademarks. Preferably, sometime after Judge Florence-Marie Cooper retires next spring. Last Monday federal prosecutors filed a motion in the Ramon Rivera v. Ronnie Carter etc. et al. civil case asking Judge Cooper to dismiss the Rivera suit. The motion asks for a hearing […]

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Mongols Trial Delayed Again

November 11, 2009

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The trial of the remaining defendants in the Mongols Motorcycle Club case is about to be delayed again for the third time. The trial was originally scheduled for December 16th, 2008; was continued until July 21st, 2009; then postponed until November 24th 2009; and will now probably be postponed again until April 13th, 2010. Seventy-nine […]

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Special Memory Stabbing Fallout

November 11, 2009

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Police in Las Vegas forcibly entered and searched the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club clubhouse this morning at dawn. Video on the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas, KLAS Channel 8, showed the front door of the red and white, two story tract house on Torrey Pines Drive near Washington Avenue had been kicked in. A SWAT […]

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Joshua Embry Square One

November 8, 2009

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The greatest American mystery novelist was a man named Ross MacDonald who lost his mind and died in 1983. None of his plots were ever obvious. His stories always involved the baring of dark, antique and sometimes institutionalized secrets. In his last novel, MacDonald’s cynical and softhearted hero concluded, “We’re all guilty.” Joshua “Chewy” Embry, […]

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Falscher Engel

November 6, 2009

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Clearly, this page is slipping. We have not gotten an angry email from Jay Dobyns in months! What were we thinking? Let us begin to fix that now. Dobyns, for anyone who is new, had the starring role in an ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) production called “Operation Black Biscuit.” The idea […]

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People’s Democratic Tyranny Of Kingman

November 5, 2009

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An outlaw club started a particularly blunt and rude takeover of Kingman, Arizona about three months ago. Kingman, has been claimed by a club named G.II.T.E.M., which is a collection of letters that does not really even make sense as a word. The mental midget who coined the term G.II.T.E.M. may also be responsible for […]

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Attention Pretty Bitch

November 3, 2009

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And, now on the lighter side of the news. Way lighter. Despite all my most sincere efforts, Sons of Anarchy has still not been cancelled. In fact, it is starting to look like it never will be. Some guy in West Hollywood who is not Brad Pitt told me that Kurt Sutter’s homage to us […]

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Dear Jimlas, A Postscript

November 3, 2009

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Let me give this one more shot with you. Okay? And then we can agree to disagree. First I know, it is a shame that I am the guy who has chosen to cover this weird and sometimes scary journalistic niche. You might be better served by Alex Caine or Yves LaVigne or Christopher Hitchens […]

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