Archive | May, 2012

Special Memory Delay

May 30, 2012

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The slow motion case that began with a brief and nasty brawl at the Special Memory Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas on December 20, 2008 slowed down even more last Friday. The case has gone on for so long that the current Clark County District Attorney, Steve Wolfson, was a defense attorney when it began. […]

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Deliver Us From The Vagos

May 29, 2012

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History students, up through college, are commonly taught that the Viking raids in medieval Europe were so ferocious that priests invented a Latin prayer: A furore Normannorum libera nos, Domine, or in English, “Deliver us from the fury of the Northmen, dear God.” Educated people, particularly school teachers, routinely instruct students that the prayer was […]

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The Mourning That Roars

May 27, 2012

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At least as early as 1867, the grieving survivors of the men and boys who died in the Civil War set aside a Sunday afternoon each Spring to clean and decorate their graves – to picnic, to remember and to tell stories. This “Decoration Day” spontaneously emerged in both the North and the South during […]

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Laffing Devils War Of Words

May 25, 2012

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The public relations war between the fictitious Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club and the putatively real Laffing Devils Motorcycle Club entered its fourth day this morning. The Laffing Devils is the subject of a Discovery Channel “reality television” show called The Devil’s Ride. Discovery is working the club like a pimp works a crack whore […]

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Are The Vagos Next

May 23, 2012

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The Department of Justice may be about to drop the hammer on the Vagos Motorcycle Club. The Feds have already begun a concerted effort to poison the jury pool in Los Angeles. The smoking gun is a report on the Fox television affiliate in LA that aired Sunday night. The ATF maintains cordial relations with […]

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Scenes From A Subculture

May 22, 2012

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There were a couple of small headlines over the weekend that illuminate the lines between bikers and mainstream America and between reality and TV. One of the headlines described an unfortunate incident in Belmont, California which is south of San Francisco and the other sat over a story datelined Rexburg, Idaho which is north of […]

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Terry The Tramp

May 21, 2012

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The first time I saw Terry the Tramp was in the early 90s. I was “securing” a section of a parking lot in San Bernardino when a perfectly green Chevy Caballero pulled into the other end of the lot. “Is that Terry the Tramp,” a guy near me asked. Then he answered himself, “Yep. That’s […]

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Mongols Forfeiture Trial Continued

May 16, 2012

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What might be the last trial in the never ending Mongols case was continued this morning by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter. The civil case called United States of America v. Assorted Firearms, Motorcycles and Other Personal Property may finally resolve the issue of whether the federal government can just steal someone’s motorcycle because […]

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Ablett Sentenced

May 15, 2012

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Note:  The original version of this story stated that Ablett will be eligible for parole in 30 Years. The statue cited applies only to prisoners sentenced to life in 1984 or earlier. The Aging Rebel regrets the error Christopher Bryan “Stoney” Ablett was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole by […]

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Wyoming Biker Panic

May 14, 2012

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Wyoming, a sparsely populated state with a low unemployment rate, continues to enthusiastically seek public enemies. The most recent of those enemies is a chapter of the Sons of Sinners Motorcycle Club in Rock Springs, on Interstate 80 about 100 miles from the Utah state line. The Sons of Sinners maintains friendly relations with the […]

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Always A Snitch

May 11, 2012

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There’s always a snitch. The top secret search warrants were unsealed Wednesday and it is now obvious that there were at least two snitches in the great, Myrtle Beach, Hells Angels, marijuana manufacturing law enforcement triumph code named “Operation Red Harvest.“ The case is clouded in official secrecy. So far at least 34 people have […]

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And We’re Back!

May 10, 2012

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The site was down for about 14 hours. It came back up sometime before 8 p.m. Pacific. I thought it was a site software crash. The server provider thought it was one of his servers.  I was right. He was wrong. I was trying to make the archives all fancy. It wasn’t the ATF. It […]

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Ride Devils Ride

May 9, 2012

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Watching The Devil’s Ride, the new reality series about a motorcycle club in San Diego is a little like watching a classic horror movie. Just as a horror movie audience wants to warn the characters on the screen (“NO! Don’t unlock that door!) I kept wanting to shout at the patch holders in this show. […]

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