Archive | September, 2012

Bifield Declines Pro Se

September 28, 2012

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The federal racketeering case in South Carolina titled U.S. v Bifield et al. is still meandering like an old river. The case is very far from the sea. And, the action in the last month has boiled down to two issues: The inevitable superseding indictment and whether the defendants should trust their lawyers. The 97 […]

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Sons Of Anarchy Crime Wave Continues

September 27, 2012

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Yesterday in El Lay, in a mostly affluent neighborhood near the planetarium and the zoo, an actor named Johnny Lewis apparently beat his 81-year-old landlady to death with a two-by-four. Her name was Catherine Davis. Lewis then jumped a fence, attacked the man who lived next door and a painter, jumped the fence again, climbed […]

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Sparks Grand Jury Testimony

September 26, 2012

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The furious fight between Vagos and Hells Angels on the casino floor just outside Trader Dick’s Lounge at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada on September 23, 2011 is a cascading tragedy. Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew, President of the San Jose charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club died as a result of that […]

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Missing Mongol

September 26, 2012

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A Mongols Motorcycle Club member named Eric Dean “Pee-Ka” Garcia has disappeared without a trace. Garcia was last seen in downtown San Jose on September 18, 2012 about 11 p.m. riding a black, 1985 Harley and wearing Levis, a white tee-shirt and his cut. His family and his club brothers are “extremely worried about his […]

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Brian Brewer Is Dying

September 24, 2012

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Brian Brewer, a member of the San Diego charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club who is currently serving four life sentences at the California State Prison at Centinela, has been diagnosed with Stage Four lung cancer. The disease has metastasized to his lymph nodes and bones. His condition is painful and incurable. He is […]

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Lean, Mean, Robotic Harley

September 24, 2012

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Over the weekend The Wall Street Journal used Harley-Davidson as an example of America’s new, “lean” model of manufacturing. The term “lean” means what you probably already think it means. Lean means fewer hourly workers, reduced job security, more robots, higher profits and bigger bonuses for executives. Lean does not mean better or cheaper motorcycles. […]

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Today

September 21, 2012

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There has always been a blood connection between bikers and America’s wars. One of the ironies of America’s Global War on Terror is that that war’s infrastructure and resources have been used to make war on motorcycle clubs. The irony is that for the last 65 years there has been no more hawkish or patriotic […]

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More Alabama Arrests

September 18, 2012

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There were two more arrests over the weekend connected to the murder of a man named Samuel Dixson in Baldwin County, Alabama. Police have called Dixson a “member” of the Devils Diciples Motorcycle Club. The dead man may have been a friend of the club, a hang around, a prospect or a patched member. Dixson’s […]

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Dead Man Was Child Molester

September 16, 2012

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Samuel Henry Dixson, a dead man police have identified as a member of the Devils Diciples Motorcycle Club in Alabama, was a registered sex offender. His photo at the head of this story is from the Florida Sexual Offenders and Predators Website. Dixson was arrested for lewd and lascivious behavior on a child under 16 […]

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More Devils Diciples Drama

September 14, 2012

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The Devils Diciples are taking a public relations beating this year. To recap: It was just about a year ago that former club officer William “Billy Wadd” Smith was helping to make racketeering cases against both the Highwaymen and the Outlaws in Detroit. About the same time, an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at California State […]

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Street Vibrations’ Missing Colors

September 13, 2012

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Street Vibrations, the second largest motorcycle rally in the west, starts next week in Reno, Sparks and Virginia City, Nevada. And, for the first time ever visitors will not be allowed to wear patches. The official announcement of this new policy reads: “Street Vibrations Fall Rally is a ‘No Colors’ event this year and will […]

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Loathing Sons Of Anarchy

September 12, 2012

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Every year I review the season’s first episode of Sons of Anarchy. Every September I watch the show, think about it for a few hours then criticize it. And every year people write back to explain to me the two principal ways in which I just don’t get this profitable fantasy. On the one hand […]

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The SOA Advance

September 11, 2012

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The are a couple of ways to look at tonight’s fifth season debut of the FX television show Sons of Anarchy. On the one hand Sons may just possibly be drowning in hyperbole. On the other hand rather than drowning, hyperbole just seems to make this creation stronger. Four years ago when the series debuted […]

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