Friday, May 16, 2014

Memorial Day Run Through Washington 2014 Freedom Ride

Rolling Thunder Run XXVII: Memorial Day Weekend 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014 - Riders will depart at noon from the Pentagon. Speaker Program and Musical Tribute at 1:30 pm at the Reflecting Pool across from the Lincoln Memorial.

Rolling Thunder began in 1987 as a demonstration to bring awareness to the plight of prisons of war (POW) and to those missing in action (MIA.) Rolling Thunder originated when four Vietnam Veterans, exercising their First Amendment "Right to Petition and Assemble," organized the first group of 2,500 motorcycles to ride through the streets of Washington, DC. The first Rolling Thunder run was made in an attempt to petition the government to take responsibility for the soldiers that were abandoned after the Vietnam War ended.

The ride now referred to as a "Run To The Wall" is a healing experience for many war veterans, who make a cross-country ride together from as far away as California to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and to honor all veterans -- seeking to improve veteran benefits and to resolve POW/MIA issues. PHOTOS - VIDEOS 

In February 2014 every single Republican voted to kill Senate VA Committee Chairman. Bernie Sanders' bill to adequately fund the VA. -- But now the GOP is "outraged" that VA hospitals are under-staffed with long waiting lines?  Here's the story: VA Funding Called "Too Expensive"

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs & Outlaw Bikers

I just received a copy of The Ultimate Biker Anthology: An Introduction to Books About Motorcycle Clubs and Outlaw Bikers -- a guide to fiction and non-fiction stories about the 1%ers. - Available in paperback & Kindle.

Edited by Edward Winterhalder & Iain Parke, the book includes a couple of their biker stories, and a dozen more by Peter Edwards, Tony Thompson, Max Billington, Gene Lewis, Troy Mason, Vic Shurtz, Ralph "Teach" Elrod, David Charles Sprugeon, James Richard Larson, Marc Teatum and Wil De Clercq.  

Here's a little club history to get you started on the outlaw road from California and Texas, from New York and Chicago, across the midlands to the badland of Sturgis:

The Hells Angels club organized in 1948 in the San Bernardino, California, area. The biggest and best known outlaw with chapters in 29 countries, including Canada, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Russia, Greece, Denmark, France, Turkey and the Dominican Republic.The Hells Angels insignia is the infamous "death's head," designed by Frank Sadilek, a former president of the San Francisco chapter. There has been violence in recent years between the Hells Angels, Mongols and Bandidos.

The Mongols club was founded in 1969 in Montebello, California, by Hispanic veterans of the Vietnam War. Reportedly denied membership in Hells Angels because of their race, the Mongols eventually branched out, currently boasting of chapters in 14 states and four foreign countries

The Bandidos club was founded by Marine Corps and Vietnam War veteran Don Chambers in San Leon, Texas, in 1966. The club's official motto is "We are the people our parents warned us about," with a big Mexican in sombrero brandishing a machete and pistol adorning the club's distinctive patch. The Bandidos currently boast of 104 chapters in the United States, along with international chapters in Germany, Australia, Denmark, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Costa Rica, Belgium and the Channel Islands. 

The Outlaws can trace their history back to 1935 Chicago, where the McCook Outlaw bikers used to meet at Matilda's Bar on old Route 66 in McCook, Illionois. They became known as the Chicago Outlaws and the American Outlaws Association (A.O.A.). The Outlaws opened a chapter in Daytona Beach, Florida in 1967. Ten years later, the Canadian biker gang Satan's Choice joined the Outlaws franchise. Today, the Outlaws are active in 14 states, with international chapters in the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany, Sweden, Thailand, Norway, Poland, and the Philippines.

The Pagans Motorcycle Club clashed with the Hells Angels in 2002 at the Hellraiser Ball in Long Island, New York, where 10 people were wounded and one Pagan was allegedly shot and killed by a Hells Angels member. Three years later, the Vice President of the Hells Angels Philadelphia chapter was killed by gunfire while driving his truck on the Schuylkill Expressway, with the Pagans allegedly carrying out the hit. 

In 2011 there there was violence between feuding motorcycle gang members on main street during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, followed by a shootout during the Reno Street Vibrations rally. 

Insiders say the Vagos Motorcyle Club - also called 'The Green Nation' - is on a mission to replace the Hells Angels as the "Baddest" outlaw biker gang. 

On August 7, 2013 a member of the Vagos Motorcycle Club was found guilty of killing the president of the San Jose, California chapter of the Hells Angels in the 2011 casino shootout during the Street Vibrations rally in Reno. 

The shooter was the ex-president of the Nicaraguan chapter of Vagos Motorcycle Club, who had relocated to San Jose, California. Read More.

Outlaw club colors were banned from the Sept. 2013 Reno Rally and no violence was reported. 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Zach Ness "Let It Ride" Builder Series On National Geographic

                                            - Photograph by Pilgrim Film and Television 

It is so nice to watch a show that puts out real bikes, built to ride. 

This finished 2009 "Blue Devil" custom Harley-Davidson softtail was featured in the latest episode of "Let It Ride" -- the reality builder TV show staring Zach Ness that airs on Wednesdays on the National Geographic channel.

Zach and his crew create highly functional, powerful and beautiful customs that carry on the tradition established by his legendary grandfather, Arlen Ness.

Launched in August, new episodes air at 7 pm Wednesday and are show again at 3 pm the following Wednesday. 

Next Airing: WED NOV 6 - 3 PM ET
The episode, "Cop for a Day" originally aired at 7 pm Oct. 31

When a high-profile personal injury lawyer wants a custom bike with a tight turnaround time, Zach makes him an offer he might regret: If you don't like the bike, you don't have to buy it. Then, when an Alameda County police officer comes by to get his Victory Vegas customized, the deal is sweetened with a friendly challenge at the department's training facility. Finally, Zach's grandpa Arlen Ness is being honored with an exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.