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Twin Peaks Restaurant

Nearly two years after a deadly and horrific shooting it remains clouded with mystery, is intriguing and familiar, all at the same time.

There are unexpected admirers, hundreds of legal proceedings and thousands of investigative hours completed to date.  There is an on-going “outlaw motorcycle gang” task force and there was an interesting book written by Donald Charles Davis aka. “The Aging Rebel” about Texas law enforcement, the clubs, the personalities and the event.

Photo sampling of Twin Peaks shooting

Of course, I’m talking about the Twin Peaks Massacre — the deadliest biker violence in U.S. history that took place on May 17, 2015.

Make no mistake, some motorcycle clubs never shy away from flaunting their brutal pedigree, and in Waco, TX the shootout left 9 dead (four by police) and 18 wounded in or near the popular Central Texas restaurant.  Reportedly a dispute broke out, escalated to include knifes and firearms and then spilled into a shooting rampage in the restaurant parking lot.  Remarkably, law enforcement was aware of the large “gathering,” along with the potential for trouble and were pre-positioned in a show of force to address or stamp down any violence.

Shooting aftermath…

If only the parking lot could talk…

Once the deadly shooting brawl subsided, law enforcement arrested 177 persons (173 male and 4 females) from a variety of motorcycle clubs as well as everyday motorcycle enthusiasts/patrons who were in attendance.  Some may have rode in for fine dining, but they didn’t ride out.  Instead they were arrested on organized crime charges.

Yeah it’s Texas, but the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives retained and have in possession more than 475 weapons from the scene, including at least 151 firearms.

Sure, it can be a messy world, but this was no motorcycle episode of Sons of Anarchy debating how the biker life is too short for would-haves and the need to follow your own compass.  This was a disgustingly brutal and super bloody mass killing on full display during a public motorcycle “gathering.”  Is there any doubt why the press and media continue to push a negative biker narrative?

Sadly, the nine dead were members of the Bandidos and Cossacks motorcycle clubs.

Within a few hours accusations that the shootings were an aggressive overreaction by law enforcement began.  Then within days the conspiriacy rumors surfaced that it was a Federal agency tactic, motivated to bring the 1% clubs down.  And if that didn’t spark enough law enforcement skeptisim, many of the mass arrests were misclassified and have created severe consequences to innocent people not to mention the potential for numerous civil rights violations.

Jump forward nearly 2-years after the gathering and shooting spree or massacre, there remains 154 persons, currently under indictment. Nobody has been cleared.  38 people, including women, are still “under investigation.”  One indictee and one potential indictee has died during this lengthy delay to find justice.

There’s been a number of national and international publications “explaining” the event.  From the beginning, authorities in Texas have worked to control the narrative of what happened at Twin Peaks.  Almost 200 people potentially face long prison terms for conspiring to act criminally although prosecutors have refused to state what each of those defendants actually did other than what looks like they were trying to survive a mass shooting event.

Over the years motorcycle enthusiasts have become familiar with government entities nibbling away at their freedoms and this has a Déjà vu feeling.

I wasn’t there, but can imagine this event being a “change your life” moment.  I do recall instances of being in a public setting with riding buddies, other motorcycle enthusiasts along with various motorcycle club members enjoying the rally experience.  Only to witness a spark of personality that ignites a “bring it on bigger” a‘tude and the flaunting of an aggressive remedy putting everyone at risk.

I was born at night, but it wasn’t last night and being attentive to your surroundings can be just as important to protecting yourself as putting on a helmet.  I like riding motorcycles and the overall rally/group experience, but I also like my life away from it.

But I’ve digressed.

I’ve been monitoring the bits of information about this shootout as well as the legal proceedings and am reminded of that carney (Anderson) in the Twin Peaks TV series.  Every summer the Carnivàle came to town.  The strange little fellow spoke in an unusual manner.  He would speak backwards and used phonetically reversed speaking as a “secret language.”

It’s as if there is some type of “secret language” being used in Waco.

I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but according to Katherine K. Young who wrote in her book“every real conspiracy has had at least four characteristic features: groups, not isolated individuals; illegal or sinister aims, not ones that would benefit society as a whole; orchestrated acts, not a series of spontaneous and haphazard ones; and secret planning, not public discussion” — all of this seems to imply that nothing with the Twin Peaks Massacre happened by accident, nothing is as it seems, and everything is connected.

Photos courtesy of Waco Tribune-Herald (Jerry Larson) and Google Image Search

Some references in developing this post:

Motorcycle Profiling Project

One Percenter Bikers

Daily Mail

GQ Article

Texas Monthly

Aging Rebel

Waco Tribune-Herald

 

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Cowboys Stadium

Doing a bit of Monday morning quarter-backing here…  one of the biggest buzz-making ads during yesterday’s Super Bowl was not Harley-Davidson.

If you recall, Harley-Davidson invented the down-on-our-luck tribute to a broken economy which morphs into a defiant, we’re-back rallying cry so screw the man and just ride anthem.

Now it seems that Chrysler has out Harley’d Harley!  With none other than another broken thing out of Detroit, Eminem, who happens to be staging a massive comeback and worked magic to charge us all up with the ‘We are all Detroit’ mantra.  The longest commercial in Super Bowl history was the 2 minute video costing ~$9M for the spot.  It was captivating to say the least and I for one came away with a higher appreciation for the Chrysler brand.

At first blush, it’s a bit hard to imagine just how any musician could have much impact on the product offerings of Harley-Davidson, whose primary work involves fabricating and stamping out thousands of sheet-metal parts into motorcycles.  Yet, if H-D could somehow find a really authentic — ‘brand ambassador’ — to help create more of an emotional connection between motorcyclists and H-D’s products, they might could come up with a way to reposition the brand and appeal to a younger generation.

It wouldn’t be the first for a large corporation to hire a brand ambassador.  Puffy, has cologne and Kanye has shoes.  Chrysler now has ‘Slim Shady’.  Even the technology ‘old skool’ microprocessor company Intel has hired Will.i.am (who was The Black Eyed Peas front-man at the Super Bowl half-time show) and is now wearing an Intel badge with signature shades and blinged-out shoes while evangelizing semi-conductor goodness.

All that’s left to debate is whether the advertisers were having an off year or the general crappiness of the half-time show was indicative of a greater decline in culture. Witnesses to the Black Eyed Peas.  I’d like to say they were terrible, unwatchable, the end of the world as we know it.  But they were not.

They were a representation of America…  And we have to give the NFL credit, for imparting the kiss of death upon musical acts.  If you perform at the Super Bowl, you’re now over.  I will say this — The Black Eyed Peas were better than the Who and guitarist Pete Townshend with his low-hanging gut.  The Who were just sad.  Like Old Timers Day at Yankee Stadium.  Once upon a time they were great, now it’s just creepy.

But, to end on a more positive note, the recession is officially over … or at least, that’s the message from Super Bowl advertisers this year.  It seems we’ve moved out of the depression of the recession and the wounded manhood in the face of reduced income and unemployment back into post-adolescent guy humor themes.

Time to take note Harley.

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Frater_InfinitasThe Fort Hood, TX., shooting spree yesterday by Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is disturbing.  He had duties as a psychiatrist to help treat soldiers returning from combat with P.T.S.D. and it’s being reported that he shouted “Allahu Akhbar” (phrase meaning “Allah is great” in Arabic) as he opened fire on returning soldiers assembled from combat duties in the middle east.

The commander-in-chief was being constantly briefed on the shooting situation and stated “Let’s not jump to any conclusions” during publicized remarks in the wake of the shooting.  This from the same person who said a couple months ago that police in MA., were “stupid” for arresting a Black college professor – who was a personal friend – and was thought to be breaking into a home?!  The contradiction is disturbing.

And instead of a somber commander-in-chief offering expressions of sympathy and compassion to the Veteran’s and their families, the President maintains his previously scheduled meeting and makes inappropriate and light-hearted remarks at the Tribal Nations Conference.  Backslapping and providing “shout-out’s” to attendees.  A full three minutes into the speech the President finally spoke of the shooting – one of the worst killing’s in military base history!  They should have cancelled the meeting realizing a disconnect between the horrific killing played out at home and the light hearted banter coming from President – the Frater Infinitas (“brothers forever”) disconnect is disturbing.

But I digress.

In a few short days another Veteran’s Day will be celebrated.  It’s about honoring military veterans.   There will be parades large and small celebrating those who stepped forward to serve our nation.  I can’t forgive Hasan for the betrayal and I’m not going to allow a psychologically disturbed individual cast a shadow on remembering them either.   I have a lot of respect for our soldiers and appreciate the service you do for this country.

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