Archive | May, 2014

SOSMC Party Cancelled

May 30, 2014

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The “We Ain’t Playing Possum Party” scheduled to begin tomorrow and sponsored by the Eastern Iowa chapter of the Sons of Silence Motorcycle Club was cancelled this week, mostly because Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren and a local judge named Stuart Werling decided to push their weight around. The party was to be held at […]

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Mister Merrill Collins

May 30, 2014

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Mister Merrill Collins, the Maryland Sergeant at Arms for the Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club, died suddenly and unexpectedly on the eve of Rolling Thunder, May 24, while camping with his Red and Black brothers from the Vietnam Vets and Second Brigade Motorcycle Clubs. Collins was born January 11, 1957 in Salisbury, Maryland and he served […]

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Amaro Gets Life

May 29, 2014

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The poker run shootout in Winter Springs, Florida on September 30,  2012 claimed another life this morning. Judge Jessica Recksiedler sentenced Victor Manuel “Pancho” Amaro to spend the rest of his life in prison for the murders of Harold “Lil Dave” Liddle and Dave “Dresser” Jakiela. Amaro was the third of three defendants arrested after […]

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The Other Myrtle Beach

May 28, 2014

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There are two biker weeks in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina every Spring. One is mostly attended by middle-aged, white bikers on Harleys. The other is mostly attended by young black revelers on sport bikes. Unfortunately. the two events are conflated in the public mind. The mostly white event is variously called the “Spring Rally” and […]

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Zien Versus Harley

May 27, 2014

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Dave Zien the former Wisconsin politician and loco long rider who once put 31,000 miles on his motorcycle in 31 days is feuding with Harley-Davidson. Since the photo above was taken Zien has grown a John Brown beard. He has not yet raided the federal armory at Harpers Ferry to arm the slaves but that […]

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Rolling Thunder 2014

May 25, 2014

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About three thousand years ago a blind skald in what would eventually be called Greece began to recite two poems. The poems are now called the Iliad and the Odyssey. And, what Homer said remains relevant today because his stories are timelessly true. And, the most true thing Homer had to say might have been […]

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Memorial Day 2014

May 23, 2014

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As even President Obama may eventually understand, the full cost of war is never paid until decades after the shooting stops. The true cost of America’s wars is what one scholar has called the “Republic of Suffering.” Soldiers suffer. Survivors suffer the longest. And the point of Memorial Day has always been to acknowledge and […]

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Hells Angels Film

May 23, 2014

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There is going to be another attempt to make a film about the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. According to multiple published sources, Rob Weiss will adapt Sonny Barger’s memoir Hell’s Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club for the screen. Weiss has an extensive filmography and he has […]

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CHP Chooses Harley

May 23, 2014

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The California Highway Patrol is replacing the BMWs in its patrol fleet of 415 motorcycles with Harley-Davidson  Electra Glides. At the turn of the millennium the CHP was riding Kawasaki KZ1000s. The police force replaced the Japanese bikes with BMW R1100s. That BMW model is the choice of more than 450 American police forces including […]

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Soldier Vagos Acquitted

May 21, 2014

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Two soldiers stationed at Fort Irwin, Captain David Moore and First Sergeant Richard Rivero, were acquitted last week of stabbing a civilian named Ali Joseph III in a fight outside a bar in Barstow, California in April 2011. The case is noteworthy because both soldiers are members of the Vagos Motorcycle Club and according to […]

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More HA Trademark Suits

May 20, 2014

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The Hells Angels settled a couple of trademark infringement lawsuits this month. The one you have or will soon hear about is probably the least interesting of the two. Gossip site TMZ has been reporting for a day that the Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation settled its suit against a couple of corporations called 8732 Apparel, […]

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Chalue Gone Forever

May 20, 2014

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A judge in Springfield, Massachusetts threw the book at David Chalue yesterday. After deliberating for almost a week and flirting with a mistrial, an exhausted jury convicted Chalue of the murders of David Glasser, Edward Frampton and Robert Chadwell last Friday. Judge Jeffrey Kinder told Chalue his “victims were tortured, murdered and mutilated in a […]

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The Thunderguards Flap

May 19, 2014

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In a world where reality is an ever more elusive concept, image is everything. What is happening to the Thunderguards Motorcycle Club in Wilmington, Delaware exemplifies our brave, new world of lies and flickering shadows. The Thunderguards are a black motorcycle club founded during the Vietnam war which maintains cordial relations with the Pagans Motorcycle […]

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