“God Forgives, Outlaws Don’t.”
CHICAGO, IL ( November 26, 2016) —That’s the motto of the Outlaws motorcycle club, formed in the Chicago area in 1935, now with chapters and thousands of members around the world.
But the former Outlaws leader says the group isn’t nearly as fearsome or dominant as it used to be in Illinois.
“The times have changed,” says Peter “Big Pete” James, 62, who lives in the west suburbs. “Somehow, there’s no testosterone out there.”
James hung up his Outlaws vest — black leather with a skull and crossed pistons patch — last year amid an internal dispute with other local leaders and his own ongoing fight with cancer.
Contrary to the biker rumor mill, James isn’t returning to the fray, he told the Sun-Times. His wide-ranging interview was unusual because so-called “1-percenter” bikers generally are loath to talk publicly about their business.
Watching from the sidelines, James says that maybe the biggest indication his old club is slipping involves the rise of the rival Hells Angels motorcycle club, which he believes is poised to overtake the Outlaws as the big-dog biker group in the Chicago area — an unthinkable development not long ago.
He predicts — but insists he isn’t advocating — renewed conflict between the two groups resulting from the shifting dynamic.
An attorney for the Outlaws responds only, “There wouldn’t be any comment at this time.” The Hells Angels didn’t respond to inquiries.
Back in the 1990s, the Outlaws and Hells Angels — both which have weathered intense federal prosecutions and allegations they’re nothing more than gangs on wheels involved in drug dealing and mayhem — were locked in “war” in Chicago, as the Hells Angels made a foray into the region, the Outlaws’ long-established turf.
After a series of bombings, shootings and stabbings, the rival clubs formed a fragile truce. The Hells Angels, formed in 1948 in California, gave up their attempt to put a clubhouse within the Chicago city limits and, instead, planted a flag in Harvey, remaining there today.
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“Now there’s hell to pay”…Cops said
NEW YORK, NY (December 12, 2016) — There’s an all-out war brewing between the Hells Angels and city cops — who swarmed the bikers’ clubhouse Tuesday as payback for refusing to help solve a shooting, police and witnesses said.
More than 30 cops stormed the East Village headquarters and slapped bikers with summonses for any minor infractions they could find, according to police.
“It was done just to mess with them,” one police source said. “They’re not cooperating with the investigation. If they’re gonna give us a hard time, we’re gonna give them a hard time.”
New York Police removing ramp with saw at the Hells Angels Clubhouse
The bikers — who have refused to answer cops’ questions about a shooting over a parking space in front of the clubhouse early Sunday — were slapped with at least three summonses, cops said.
They were ticketed for blocking the sidewalk with planters and failing to display license plates on motorcycles, which were covered with a protective sheet.
Cops also used a saw to cut away a metal ramp in front of the clubhouse and ripped out an outdoor bench.
Park bench in front of the Hells Angels Clubhouse
Police said they hassled the bikers to send them a message.
“We want them to feel our presence and to let them know we are here,” the source said. “They don’t own that block and they have no right to block parking spots for themselves. It’s a public street.”
The cop added, “They want to bring chaos and outrage into the community, [so] we are going to enforce the law and ensure they are following the rules.”
Meanwhile, the man shot in the gut, allegedly by one of the bikers, is terrified to work with police — possibly for fear of retribution from the motorcycle club, police said.
“All witnesses are afraid,” one police source said, adding they would likely still testify.
The victim, David Martinez, 25, was recovering from surgery Tuesday after a biker shot him for moving a parking cone — used to save a parking space outside the clubhouse — on East Third Street near First Avenue.
There’s almost nothing more satisfying than watching an armed thug get what he deserves.
This walking piece of fecal matter robbed four people in a Denny’s parking lot. One victim breaks free and ran inside, the others decided to fight back with the first weapon they found. They live in Hawthorne, California so a gun was pretty much out of the question, but they did have a car.
As the robber runs off, the driver puts the pedal to the floor and runs the fool over. Somehow this scumbag managed to shoot himself in the head while actively becoming street pizza.
Police officers released the following statement to the media,
“As the suspect fled on foot towards an awaiting vehicle, he was struck by the victims’ car. The robber survived and was taken to the local hospital in critical condition. We believe this impact caused the suspect to accidentally fire his gun, causing his own injuries. It appears that the suspect’s accomplices initially attempted to assist him into their vehicle to escape, but eventually fled the scene without him.”
The victims all fled the scene, but returned a few minutes later to give a statement to police officers
This dude had it coming. Sullivan takes a puck to the face and a fan has a big laugh at the professional’s injury.
But Sullivan got the last laugh when only moments later, a hockey puck flies into the stands and hits that very same fan in the face.
Whether you’re fleeing the shooter or trying to reposition yourself for a tactical edge, what is the best way to relocate while under fire? If you ask the average person on the street the most common answer is “don’t run in a straight line!” When asked why they gave that answer, most people cite TV, movies, and pop culture. (Remember “Serpentine! Serpentine!” when Peter Falk and Alan Arkin were running from fire in The In-Laws?)
Countless tactical “experts,” wiki-sites, and even some University Police Departments suggest running in either a crouched position or in a zig-zag. The only problem is that almost none of these “experts” have much data to support their suggestions.
Greg Ellifritz, an instructor from the Tactical Defense Institute, decided to conduct a scientific experiment comparing straight line, zig-zag, and crouched runs. For this experiment Ellifritz used military and LEO grade non-lethal training ammunition, which is basically a standard cartridge with a paintball instead of a bullet.
Keep in mind that Ellifritz had to control as many variables as possible, so his results are only representative for this particular scenario. The shooter has a Glock 17, stands 20 feet from the target, and the target must run 30 feet across flat open ground to cover. To simulate a real world environment where the shooter may not know where all of his targets are or where they will run, the shooter begins with his back to the target, and the target can run to one of two cover positions.
His results were published in an Active Response Training article back in 2013. After 34 tests with mostly male subjects aged 20-70 (average age was 40), this is what he found:
# Trials- 12
# Shots Fired- 21
% Hits- 52%
% Center Mass or head hits (out of total shots fired)- 47%
# Trials- 10
# Shots Fired- 20
% Hits- 55%
% Center Mass or head hits (out of total shots fired)- 50%
# Trials- 12
# Shots Fired- 24
% Hits- 54%
% Center Mass or head hits (out of total shots fired)- 36%
Ellifritz was surprised to discover that there was only a very small difference in hit rates. While the zig-zag method did have the lowest % center Mass or head hits, it did not have any lower % hits, meaning that the hits were taken to extremities. Another important note Ellifritz made was the total shot count, which was higher for both zig-zag and crouch methods. Basically running in a straight line allowed the target to get to cover faster than either other option. In some trials the shooter could only make one shot before the target was able to reach cover.
Ellifritz also comment on the discrepancy between center of mass shots. “If I was unarmed and not wearing body armor, I would prefer an extremity hit to one in the torso. If I was armed and needed that extremity to shoot back, or if I was wearing body armor, I would prefer the torso shot.”
In this scenario Ellifritz concludes that speed appears to be the most important factor. He suggests that there is not enough evidence to suggest that a zig-zag pattern of flight is the superior option. Although the zig-zag method has some benefits in certain scenarios, particularly for anyone who cannot run quickly. He advises against using the zig-zag mehtod for anyone with bad knees or who is wearing body armor. He strongly advises against running in a crouched position across open ground.
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When you’ve got a lot of free time and microwaves on your hands, there’s going to be a fire.
This guy is known for taking microwave requests from his social media followers and posting the results on YouTube.
In one of his more mind bending videos he decideds to microwave a microwave that’s already microwaving a toaster.
Everyone’s favorite internet commentator for Down Under is back, and this time Ozzy Man is looking at the 1000 degree knife.
Today he’s looking at a series of YouTube videos featuring a hot knife cutting through various items like, well, a hot knife through butter.
There’s no one quite like Ozzy Man when it comes to viral commentary.
Things are known to get a little messy at the Triple Canopy Ranch in Lake Wales, Florida.
On Mega Mud Truck day, everyone learns what happens when a top heavy swamp buggy leans a little too far to the left.
Fortunately there’s plenty of other big rigs running around ready to lend a hand.
Females often get the bad reputation of being weak and clumsy and in this video we meet a woman who is not helping with the bad stereotype.
About ten seconds into the clip the woman riding her newly bought motorcycle collapses from the heavy weight of her bike.
We aren’t sure if the dealers who gave her the bike didn’t measure her right, if she had a silly clumsy moment or was really too weak for her bike, but one thing is for sure and that is she is lucky she had some fellow bikers with her to help once she fell! Click the video below to watch this woman’s epic fail on her bike.
An incredible pilot managed to safely land his damaged F-15 after colliding with an A-4 Skyhawk in mid-air during a training exercise.
The collision cleanly shaved one of the wings off the body of the F-15 forcing Israeli pilot Zivi Nedivi to make an emergency landing.
The crash sent his jet into a wild roll and both pilot and navigator were prepared to eject. In a last ditch effort to salvage the plane, Nedivi switched on the afterburners and miraculously stabilized the aircraft. The quick-thinking pilot then flew 10 miles to land at the nearest air-base.