Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Side of a mountain in New Hampshire
When the law used RICO to try to shut down a club in the 80's the judge said the club couldn't run the logo.
During those years whenever guys with crisp, clean denim cuts with no patches or pins rolled in everybody knew who they were. The "brand" identification remained and I don't think that it made a whits worth of difference in terms of deterring anything. Like this, it was a mindgame.
It struck me then that if the gummint felt the need to employ mindgames to get an edge on a motorcycle club it spoke more to a lack of faith in their prosecutorial abilities than it did to serve and protect. I mean this is the US gummint throwing shite at the wall to see what they can get to stick. Pretty bush league. Turns out that was the case. Gummint lost.
Some of this article is old news now but as a side note if you read the weapons count, half of them are knives. Qu'elle surprise.
Take any couple hundred motorcyclists at an event on any given weekend and have them empty their possessions onto the table. See if you don't end up with a healthy pile of iron and knives. That would be regular Joes that enjoy riding, not some criminal motorcycle element. But go the next step and put rockers on them and bar the doors Betsy, it's an organized crime conspiracy. The kicker is that many regular Joes that could just as easily get caught up in some dragnet for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, they will agree that the patchholders are the big bad wolf that LEO makes them out to be.
Best be hopeful that the police can make the distinction between the rider that is a member and the one that is not, especially if the member is not allowed to wear his colors.
Cross Country Tour.
We can't help it
We just keep moving
It's been that way since long ago
Since the stone age chasing the great herds
We mostly go where we have to go
That was written by James McMurtry