Archive | May, 2013

The Last American Outlaw

May 31, 2013

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The tide may finally be turning against Gangland, the execrable, ATF enabled “reality” show that chronicled and justified the expensive and bogus federal crusade against “gangs.” Next Saturday, June 8th, The Last American Outlaw, a documentary film about long time Hells Angel George Christie and his most recent court case, will be screened to potential […]

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Bifields Sentenced

May 29, 2013

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Daniel and Lisa Bifield, the South Carolina couple charged with racketeering after an elaborate and expensive two-year-long sting, were sentenced this afternoon by Judge Cameron McGowan Currie. Daniel Bifield was sentenced to a term in prison of 204 months. Judge Currie could have sentenced him to 240 months. Bifield, who turned 61 last September may […]

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Burgess Appeal Denied

May 29, 2013

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What may have been Dave Burgess’ last best chance at vindication was denied last Friday by United States District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson. Burgess had argued that his trial lawyer, a court appointed federal defender named James Barrett, was so inept that his conduct violated Burgess’ Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial. Johnson […]

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Dan Bifield’s Sentencing Statement

May 28, 2013

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Dan Bifield, the lead defendant in the recent federal racketeering case in Columbia, South Carolina will be sentenced tomorrow. He is likely to spend the rest of his life in prison. His sentencing statement was filed this morning. Readers who have followed the case for the last eleven months may find Bifield’s words interesting. Bifield’s […]

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Rolling Thunder 2013

May 27, 2013

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Decoration Day, which became Memorial Day, spontaneously began during the American Civil War – a war fought mostly by conscripts – as a day set aside to tend and decorate the graves of that war’s dead. By 1867 Memorial Day had its own poignant hymn, “Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping.” And, the next year […]

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Mongols Case Almost Resolved

May 21, 2013

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After fifty-four months, there is still one defendant in the Mongols federal racketeering case U.S. v. Cavazos et al. awaiting his day in court. He is Peter “Bouncer” Soto. Another defendant named Horacio “Scorpio” Ponce was sentenced yesterday by Judge David O. Carter to a term of 84 months in prison and five years of […]

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The Manchurian Harleys

May 20, 2013

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China Daily reported this morning that thirteen American Harley riders rolled into Tai’an last week. Tai’an is a city of about 5.5 million people in Western China south of Beijing. The riders are participants in the “Ride to Confucius” tour, which is arranged by a suburban Philadelphia company named Knighthawk Tours LLC. It is the […]

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May Is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May 18, 2013

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Maybe it will happen like this. I’ll catch a long parade of impossibly slow trucks on a secondary, two lane road. I dream those roads. They float and dance in my imagination like bingo balls – the 95 between Needles and Blythe, the 89 between Ash Fork and Chino Valley, the 85 from Buckeye to […]

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Sensenbrenner’s Bill

May 17, 2013

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Jim Sensenbrenner, a Republican Congressman from Wisconsin, has introduced a bill called the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act. The Bill, H.R. 1861, would prohibit the Department of Transportation Department from providing funds to state and local authorities for motorcycle-only checkpoints. The Bill currently has 13 Republican co-sponsors and is being considered by House the Transportation […]

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Operation Red Harvest Update

May 16, 2013

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The hot air balloon called Operation Red Harvest finally started deflating today, a mere thirteen months after the self-congratulatory press conference. Red Harvest was the secret investigation that began in December 2010 and resulted in a grand jury voting out 226 separate criminal indictments in April 2012. Saundra Rhodes, the blowhard who runs the Horry […]

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The Kingman Civil Rights Suit

May 15, 2013

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Melissa Summerson, a long-time employee of Kingman, Arizona who was fired three days after Christmas in 2012 because her husband belonged to the Desert Road Riders Motorcycle Club filed a federal civil rights suit against the city last week alleging that she was wrongly terminated. The 16-page suit presents a compelling description of a loony […]

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Attack Of The Bots Continues

May 15, 2013

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Just so everybody knows: 9:00 a.m. Pacific “As many of you have already heard, we are experiencing issues with a number of hosts across all of our datacenters. If you are writing because you are experiencing problems with your site being down or exceptionally slow today, you are likely affected.” 10:02 a.m. Pacific “Some of […]

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Adios Whiskey Row Chapter

May 14, 2013

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Back in February, Mike Koepke, the Vice-President of the Hells Angels Arizona Nomads charter, sent an open letter to the local Iron Brotherhood Motorcycle Club’s Whiskey Row chapter in Prescott. Koepke’s letter began: “I am very concerned with the recent events pertaining to the Iron Brotherhood Motorcycle Gang. I am very displeased with the ‘bully’ […]

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