It came to Chental Wilson as one of those classic epiphanies often do and, if at first she wasn't just sure where it would lead, she knew intuitively that she had to heed the call.
Her name is Road Trip Rita and she's the mascot for Renee "Belt Drive Betty" Charbonneau of Belt Drive Betty Media's Canadian Busted Knuckle Chronicles. She had been nameless from when I created her a few month's ago. READ ON
We debate the issues of gun rights, mass shootings, and brutal video games. Yet nothing fully explains the problem of violence in our culture, nor slakes our citizenry’s taste for blood. The hard evidence evades us, in a twist of gunpowder smoke.
That said, two new books map the lay of the land: Dan Baum’s travel memoir inquiry into gun subcultures, “Gun Guys: A Road Trip,” and Charles Falco’s tell-all memoir of the savage realm of drugs, violence, and intimidation, “Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws: My Infiltration of America’s Deadliest Biker Gangs.” READ ON
Bikers can be found riding en masse in every city on every continent. Often they are drawn together because they are fans of a particular make or model of machine, or because they live in a certain area, but more often than not they bond simply through the sheer joy of riding. Many such clubs identify themselves with ‘patches’ or ‘colours’ sewn onto their jackets, but what untrained eyes see as random choices over positions and designs are actually the result of delicate and lengthy negotiations within the complex world of biker politics. READ ON
George Rowe no longer lives as George Rowe. He's only able to identify his whereabouts as "Somewhere, USA." A former fully patched member of the Vagos, he no longer has anything to do with motorcycles or motorcycle clubs. The tattoos inked into his neck and skull as a sign of allegiance to the so-called Green Nation are long gone.
For seven years, Rowe has been part of the federal Witness Security Program he entered March 9, 2006 – the same day 700 federal agents conducted 27 raids on the Vagos Motorcycle Club Rowe had infiltrated as part of a takedown scheme known as Operation 22 Green. Now Rowe is telling his story in "Gods of Mischief," a memoir that chronicles the years he lived in the criminal underbelly of one of Southern California's most notorious outlaw clubs. READ ON