‘Counselor 13, please report to reception…’

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A scene from “Easy Rider,” written by Terry Southern, co-founder of “The Paris Review” – from Alvarado, Texas, who also wrote “Dr. Strangelove,” The Magic Christian, and Candy, as well as “Red Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes”

BIKERS HAVE VOWED TO COME TO WACO AND ASSEMBLE AT BELLMEAD AT 8 A.M. ON SUNDAY, JUNE 7, IN ORDER TO FORM UP AND RIDE INTO, THROUGH, AROUND, AND AROUND, AND AROUND, AND AROUND WACO UNTIL HIGH NOON, WHEN THEY WILL STOP FOR LUNCH, THEN REASSMBLE AT THE MCLENNAN COUNTY COURTHOUSE FOR A ‘SILENT PROTEST.’ TRUE STORY. LOOK IT UP.

Six Shooter – I don’t think of Skippy as a Doctor. He’s an old boy I used to play with when we were little kids, long ago, in another country with the same name as this one, located in the same place, but somehow – very distant. Remote.

I ran into him yesterday evening on what our great grandparents knew as the Chisholm Trail, where it skirts Castle Heights and moseys on toward the Brazos ford downtown. Blacksmith row, a place to trade wagons, horses and mules, get harness fixed, take a bath, drink a beer, get a shave – all that.

He stopped to chat about the way the mass shooting at Twin Peaks makes him feel – and how he thinks about it.

While we talked, a lady walked up to him in the shopping center parking lot and asked, “Has anyone ever told you you look just like Kenny Rogers?”

Can’t sing a lick,” he told her. “But I can play my radio real loud.” He made her laugh. Made her day. She went away happy.

That’s the Skippy I know, the Skippy of the baseball field and the creek, the playground and swimming pool. He knew more Speedy Gonzales jokes than anyone else, back in junior high. 

I said I’m concerned because every time the Legislature is mixed up in something about the laws regarding these dad-blasted pistolas, the police and the federales get right exercised, involved and – well, plumb violent. Think Branch Davidian. Just think.

He agreed.

But then he said, “Why does that surprise you, Jim? This place,” he said, gesturing at the old trail that’s now Franklin Avenue, the trees on the hill, the blue sky and the parking lot, the used car dealerships, the storefronts – “is what they call Six Shooter Junction. It’s always been a very, very violent place.”

He let that sink in.

You see, Skippy works at one of those nameless, faceless alphabet soup agencies of the State of Texas, in an office painted the most neutral shade of beige you’ve ever seen, but don’t even remember, in a cubicle, where he classifies people and their behavior.

He’s a psychologist.

I read psychological profiles every day – all day – without fail. That’s my job.”

He laughed out loud. You get to thinking there’s few surprises in the world when it comes to the games people play – at least, not for Skippy.

Then he brightened up, and said, “Just the other day, I heard them say on the PA, ‘Counselor 13, please report to reception…’ I’m Counselor 13. I’m the chief counselor, and my code is Counselor 13 when they need me for something.”

The receptionist had hit the panic button.

I get up there and this big old boy was standing up there raising hell. Blocking up everything. Couldn’t get clients in, couldn’t get them out. Just scaring the daylights out of everybody.

I told him, ‘Look here, partner, don’t make me have to handle this. We don’t want to have to do that. I’ll have to call those old police and you know they just love to mistreat people like you, beat them up and hurt them, put them in jail – all that. If you don’t get your ass out of here and leave us all alone, I’m gonna have to do that.”

He waited for my response.

Yew dawg! Did you really do that, man?”

Yeah! Then the old boy said, ‘You’re the one they’re looking for in that double murder over at Baylor, aren’t you?’ I told him, ‘I sure as hell am, and I’m fixing to call the law on you – right now.’”

So, the old boy left – peacefully. End of story. That’s Skippy for you.

I recalled a similar story told over coffee a few years back, about a young black man who desired a confrontation at Skippy’s office.

It wasn’t his first rodeo,” Skippy said. “He’d been in the pen for multiple stretches. This dude came in wearing a pair of cutoffs and some tennies – nothing else – and he had his whole body completely coated with Vaseline! Hair and face and arms, legs, torso – everything. There was no way they could get ahold of him.”

He belly laughed and got in what he calls his “lesbian truck” because it’s a compact model – American made with a Japanese drive train – the kind his daughter – a softball enthusiast – says all the daughters of Sappho who play competitive softball on Dallas diamonds drive. He’s been driving it for at least 20 years I know of.

Then he paused and delivered this chilling line. “Oh, the law, they get on TV and do all this tough talking because they know people like to hear all that, but, you know, those old boys watching, some of them, they’re gonna take that motorcycle home and take off that leather jacket or turn it inside out and get that rifle and come back in their cars.” He nodded with assurance.

Then, he got happy again – and got to laughing.

He was still laughing when he drove away.

It was as good for me as getting a birthday card from a home that somehow just is not there any more, except in the minds of certain men and women of an age – from a place that still exists – but only in their minds. You can’t live there, but it’s a really swell place to visit because when you’re there, you are allowed to truly act your age.

Like Yogi Berra said, “This is deja vu all over again.” He’s right.

 

Attorney calls Twin Peaks a ‘political’ meeting – a shot heard round the world, chain of abuses

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An attorney named Stephen Stubbs reveals for the first time in a YouTube statement the accounts of eye witnesses, people who experienced the terror of a mass shooting at the Twin Peaks Restaurant on May 17. They actually contacted him by phone as events unfolded.

“We can only document one round – one round – that was fired by bikers,” he said. All other rounds were fired from AR-15-style weapons with suppressors – silencers – affixed on their muzzles. These shots were fired by police, according to Stubbs, who says he interviewed numerous eye witnesses.

His statement is meticulously detailed in its central thesis that the Confederation of Clubs meeting was political, that the City of Waco had only a few days earlier awarded the confederation recognition in a proclamation, and the reasons why the police should release information about the investigation, including video from Twin Peaks and the adjacent restaurant next door, Don Carlos.

One may view his statement by following this link:

https://youtu.be/2i1-Bztyim4

Biker sues in fed court over twin peaks arrest

Scimitars

…From a constitutional perspective, what is occurring in McLennan County is extremely troubling.” – F. Clinton Broden, attorney for Matthew Alan Clendennen of Waco

Dallas – A defendant held on $1 million bond for the offense of engaging in organized criminal activity leading to capital murder filed suit in U.S. District Court in Waco against the City of Waco and the officer who signed a “fill-in-the-name” affidavit against him following a deadly mass shooting that killed 9 and wounded 18.

Matthew Alan Clendennen, 30 and a father of four, is a proprietor who employs six in his Waco landscaping business. He is in the unenviable position of being compelled to wait in jail until August 6 before he can appear in a probable cause hearing before Justice of the Peace Pete Peterson, per an agreement with Criminal District Attorney Abel Reyna, and must wait until June 6 for a bond reduction hearing.

Represented by F. Clinton Broden of the criminal defense firm Broden, Mickelsen, Helms & Snipes, Clendennen has no criminal record, engaged in no violence, and though he is a member of the Scimitars Motorcycle Club, in not involved in any form of organized criminal activity.

According to the allegations of complaint, when fighting broke out on the parking lot of the Twin Peaks Restaurant shortly after noon on May 17, Clendennen at first took cover in the restaurant. “During this incident Mr. Clendennen did not engage in any violence whatsoever nor did he encourage any other person to engage in violence,” said Broden.

He is a motorcycle enthusiast who rides for pleasure and a member of the Scimitars Motorcycle Club who was there to attend a meeting of the Confederation of Clubs for a briefing on proposed legislation involving motorcycle laws and handgun open carry rules.

In the suit, he alleges violation of his constitutional rights to unreasonable search and seizure and due process of law under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments.

The lawsuit also mentions by name the Waco police officer Manuel Chavez who signed the criminal complaint, “regardless of whether or not there was individualized probable cause to arrest and detain a particular individual.”

In an update to Case 15-9146, as the Waco Police have designated the ongoing investigation of 170 arrests, Officer Chavez filed a skimpy report at 12:25 p.m. On May 17.

In the report, he merely alleges that: “…I was informed that officers were out on special assignment at this area in reference to some intelligence information that had been gathered that several Street Bike Gangs were going to be gathering at this location and there was a possibility of some type of disturbance due to the on-going feud between two Biker Clubs, one being the Bandidos and the second being the Cossacks.

I was told that after one group arrived, the second group also arrived and officers on scene witnessed the altercation and had to react to the altercation accordingly…”

Said Broden, “…in America we normally do not hold an innocent person in custody for three months before according them a probable cause hearing. From a constitutional perspective, what is occurring in McLennan County is extremely troubling.”

Reached for comment, retired Texas Ranger Matt Cawthon, who on October 1 resigned his position as Chief Deputy of the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office due to opposing views on law enforcement policy with Sheriff Parnell McNamara, said, “I hope every one of them (the 170 defendants detained and charged) file suit…Under the Eighth Amendment, a person has a right to reasonable bail. It can’t be set so high as to be a punishment.”

Deadline Tuesday in KC Massey firearms case

KC Massey

Brownsville – A June 2 pre-trial hearing is the deadline for Judge Andrew Hanen to rule on a motion to suppress the evidence against KC Massey III and dismiss the case for a felon in possession of a firearm.

Massey and a group of volunteers were patrolling a stretch of the Rio Grande near this city in the late summer and early fall of 2014 when he was arrested after a Border Patrol Agent fired at another man who had possession of a firearm Massey had issued to him. The patrol was mounted in protest of U.S. border protection policies the group led by Massey viewed as lax on illegal immigration. 

The Offense https://youtu.be/Fyy9PQxwfEU

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans earlier this week upheld Judge Hanen’s injunction granted in a writ of mandamus sought by 28 states to stay the executive order by the Obama Administration from allowing a 5-year amnesty period for immigrants who have entered the U.S. illegally. 

The Defense https://youtu.be/2jGv0bjZwM0

Author Gary Hunt is predicting a favorable ruling. If not, the Court will proceed to jury selection on Wednesday, June 3.

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The ‘unarrested’ quintet from Twin Peaks mass shooting of May 17

The Unarrested

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Waco – This e-mail from a Waco Police Detective to McLennan County Precinct 1 Justice of Peace “Pete” Peterson has made a highly visible splash on social media. It details the names and dates of birth of 5 men who were “unarrested” following their apprehension at the scene of the mass shooting that occurred at a Twin Peaks restaurant on May 17 during a Confederation of Clubs meeting where members of the Bandidos and Cossacks Motorcycle Clubs as well as affiliate clubs experienced tension with one another. Nine died, five of them of gunshots to the head.

In the text, Detective Sam Key, Badge Number 248, informs the Judge, a retired DPS State Trooper, that “we ‘unarrested’…” the quintet of suspects, and thanks him for “all your help.” Peterson set bond of $1 million on more than 170 persons suspected of engaging in organized crime leading to capital murder.

Many questions remain regarding this matter, but, acting as an information gatekeeper, Judge Peterson has made the way quite difficult. He does not respond to e-mail requests for information in electronic format, charges $1 per page for court documents, and besides, the guard at the metal detector is very opinionated about what kind of pencil a scribbler may bring into the building.

The lawman, who refused to identify himself the last time The Legendary visited there, was quite concerned that what I had placed in the offering plate for inspection might be used as a “weapon.” He brandished it in my face and made stabbing motions at my eyes. He works for Precinct 1 Constable Walt Strickland. Unlike an ordinary citizen, he is not required to identify himself.

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Abbott to decide on grand jury reform

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Greg Abbott has a bill on his desk that will eliminate the good old boy system of selecting grand jurors – if he signs it…

Austin – The 84th Legislature of the State of Texas sent a strong message to police and prosecutors today.

In a stunning move that is at least half a century in the making, legislators voted out of both houses SB 135, a law that will completely eliminate the Grand Jury Commissioner system of appointing grand jurors.

A companion bill by a member of the House of Representative was tabled earlier this month when members of the lower chamber proposed an amendment to exempt counties of less than half a million population from an alternative system of random selection of anywhere from 20 to 125 registered voters from the “jury wheel” for questioning as to their qualifications to serve.

The new law was crafted by Sen. Jeff Whitmire of Houston, a Democrat. Inner city constituents have long clamored for an end to rubber-stamp grand juries who routinely no-bill police officers accused of murder or wealthy suburbanites charged with crimes that would net a poor person years of misery when convicted.

Reached for comment, retired Texas Ranger Matt Cawthon, who in his career investigated many such cases when asked to by local law enforcement agencies, said, “In my experience, which is considerable at this point, the reason for having a grand jury is so the members can have an independent investigation, so that they can determine the evidence. In my experience, that does not always occur.”

Ranger Cawthon resigned as Chief Deputy of the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office on October 1, 2014, citing “fundamental” differences in his philosophy of law enforcement with Sheriff Parnell McNamara.

Reached for comment, staff members in Senator Whitmire’s office were in conference with him, busy trying to determine if a conference committee will have to do further study of the measure.

If not, the Governor will have the option of either signing the new law into effect, ignoring it for 30 days and it will automatically become the law, or using the power of the veto. In that case, both houses of the Legislature would have the option of attempting to override the veto, or simply wait until the next session to make another attempt, something that historically has occurred each and every time a Legislature has attempted to alter the good old boy system of the organization and selection of grand juries in Texas, as promulgated by the Code of Criminal Procedure.

In memoriam, a veteran of the Infowars buried here

William Cowper Brann

William Cowper Brann’s tombstone bears a one-word epitaph, “Truth”

Six Shooter Junction – Behold, the gravestone of William Cowper Brann, a veteran of the Infowars, who lost his life to a cowardly back shooter on the Courthouse Square in 1899, following the demise of his employment as a staff writer at the Waco “Tribune” and an extended series of stories and editorials he published about his contempt for Baptist ministers.

Mr. Brann, as editor and publisher of the Crawford “Iconoclast,” alleged that numerous “Magdalenes” were in attendance at Baylor University, many of them native girls from the jungles of Brazil, whom he said were held as virtual sex slaves while they served as housemaids for prominent Waco families. Following an incident in 1899 in which Baylor students staged a lynching of Brann, then carried out a mock hanging, he was only days later shot in the back by an insurance man as he promenaded the Square with a friend.

Wounded, Brann spun around and got off a shot at his attacker, killing him with a single shot from his 1873 Colt Peacemaker, before peace officers made him walk to a hospital for rudimentary first aid, and then home, where he expired after suffering a prolonged agony from his wound.

His newspaper, which was distributed by rail from a siding at Crawford, had wide circulation in all states and 20 foreign countries.  He is buried in Block 9, Lot 19, at Oakwood Cemetery, where an unknown party marred his gravestone with a pistol shot on the night of its erection following his interment in 1899.

Hence, the vandalism bears an entirely inaccurate epitaph to the demise of Brann, whose gravestone bears only the single word, “Truth.” He lost his life following a .45 caliber pistol shot to his back.

He was a yankee, a native of the state of Illinois, an abolitionist stronghold, and the object of Mark Twain’s epic novel Huckleberry Finn, in which the bard of Hannibal, Missouri, satirized Huck and Jim’s journey downriver to New Orleans where Jim could really be free – when all along, they needed only to steal a canoe and cross the Mississippi to the craggy, hardscrabble region of Southern Illinois known as “Little Egypt,” in the free state of Illinois.

Twain inscribed the frontspiece of the book, termed by Ernest Hemingway the first truly modern American novel and Moby Dick the last of the ancient works of American fiction, with an admonition from the “Sheriff,” that anyone caught trying to make any sense of his highly episodic, picaresque tale would be “shot.”

 

 

 

 

 

Annals of the star chamber – pick-a-pal grand jury system

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Ostentatious – Now comes We The People and would humbly show unto the House of Representatives that the system of Grand Jury selection in current practice under the authority of Art. 19.01 (a) of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure is patently unfair in its present “pick-a-pal” method, both de facto and de jure.

House Bill 282 is up for fierce debate today, Sunday, May 24, before the full membership, and the burning question is this.

Should the bill, which would eliminate the discretionary power of a District Judge to appoint Grand Jury Commissioners to recommend the names of persons who would make good Grand Jurors and have the time to serve, be eliminated altogether, or be amended to allow the practice to continue in Judicial Districts with less than 500,000 population.

Local reform-minded citizens at the confluence of the Brazos and the Bosque are holding out for a number more realistic to Central Texas communities of less than half a million – 250,000 – in favor of a system of pre-selection of a venire of between 20 and 125, to be selected at random from the rolls of registered voters, the alternative method of selection as presently authorized in the Code, Art. 19.01 (b).

District Judges in jurisdictions more sparsely populated object strenuously to the complete elimination of the commissioner system of selection because of the scant number of qualified Grand Jury veniremen. When half the county is kin to one another, and one adds to the mix the current system of law enforcement tournament catch and release police work, one may quickly reach the point of absurdio ad reductum. 

Tweaking the bill thusly would preclude the present practice of persons with means and the right connections escaping prosecution through the Grand Jurors’ judgment that there is no real probable cause to compel the attention of a petit jury in open court.

Justice obtained in this fashion – after all, the accused have received a form of punishment hard to ignore, have often had their names dragged through the mud, their mugshots posing in county orange, and dashcam videos of their alleged misdeeds, taken thence and published to the world through the blogosphere – is at best lopsided and totally biased in favor of the high and mighty over the body politic and lumpen proletariat, who, out of bullets and barefoot, are thereby both efficiently and systematically coerced into pleading out to lesser, sometimes nonexistent offenses, against the peace and dignity of we the people of the State of Texas.

All hail the State of Texas!

After all, a plea bargain is no bargain at all when it involves an entry of the plea of guilty to a charge that represents an offense no one really committed because it did not, really and truly, ever take place.

A classic line, often repeated, regarding the proceedings of Grand Jury panels is that, “Were the people not ignorant of the powers of the Grand Jury, they would not allow it to be empaneled.” The practice was forced on a defeated and bankrupt weakling, King John, following the Battle of Runnymede in 1215, and was once aptly described by the Danish King, “Eithered the Unready,” in his charge to a Grand Jury “…that it should go about its duty by accusing no innocent person, and sheltering no guilty one…”

Here are a two recent cases in point in which Grand Jurors returned no bill of indictment:

The school Superintendent of Mart, Texas, swerved in a congested area of Bellmead on his way home from a downtown Six Shooter Junction bistro where and his wife had been imbibing and barely bruising the fenders of a State Trooper’s bear-mobile. When the Grand Jury got hold it of, he was no billed – pronto – following a disciplinary session with the board of trustees of the school district. Such a deal. The offense is only a misdemeanor, but District Attorneys are allowed to present petty crimes to Grand Juries at their discretion. The accused prevailed upon YouTube honchos to have the dashcam video suppressed in a national blog published at Arlington, Virginia, by a conservative watchdog group with strong ties to the Tea Party, Americans for Prosperity. 

The proprietor of a local water skiing and wake-boarding resort became enraged when guests at his establishment used a water slide he had declared off limits.

Though he admitted to McLennan County Sheriff’s deputies he had been drinking, he was no-billed after  “security” guards who work for him attacked his patrons with fists and flying feet in a beat-down that took place at a rented cabin where they were partying after he corrected them. The evidence items obtained by The Legendary Reporter R.S. Gates following the Grand Jurors’ return of no bill are gruesome to behold. It’s a sad comment in full color digital photography, what a heavily muscled bruiser’s techniques can do to the human face.

It’s even worse to hear an audio recording of a drunken business man threatening deputies, saying “I’m gonna get (Sheriff) Parnell (McNamara) and Steve (Capt. Smith) out here to straighten this thing out.” You couldn’t sell it as dialogue in the bungalow of a backlot producer of Hollywood B-grade melodramas.

Grand Jurors no-billed he and his staff for felony and misdemeanor assault charges following much publicity about the alcohol-scented, violent affair in the local daily.

We obviously are extremely excited to get this situation behind us,” said Parsons’ attorney, Jason Darling. “We appreciate the work of the district attorney’s office and the sheriff’s office in investigating this, and we respect the decision of the grand jury. Under the facts and under the law, we feel it is an appropriate decision by the grand jury.”

So mote it be. Verily.

– The Legendary

Assault victim, Parsons case

My head’s in the hurt locker, but I’m looking right straight at y’all

Exploring the curves of the politics of the patch

Liberty

Historians often disagree on whether to attribute this quotation to Silence Dogood or Constance Makepeace…

Waco – “Realistic Military Training” (RMT) started a little early in Six Shooter Junction – on May 17. Originally slated for the southern tier of states between July 15 and the ides of September, the military bumped the schedule up a little – way behind, no time, etc. You know the drill.

Jade Helm 15 is some kind of ultra-spooky government gobbledygook for martial law in which it is assumed Texas and Utah are hostile, California, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico are blue states, and Arizona a wild card. Louisiana is a swamp, and Florida is already busy with “extraction” drills a la Blackhawk Downtown.

And then there’s Waco.

The deal is this. There was an organization called Texas Motorcycle Rights Association, another named ABATE, which battled helmet laws against giving the motorcycle enthusiast the perfect right to bash his own God-given brains in against curbs, abutments, fenders and bumpers, and all manner of outlandish outfits flying patches not under the domination and control of Los Bandidos de San Antonio, colors, red on yellow. Red and yella killed a fella, Marine Corps, etc.

Moving right along. There is an organization known as the Confederation of Clubs, dominated and controlled by the Bandidos, which – ah – corrects errant outfits who schedule rallies, runs, festivals, group gropes and passion plays on days when the Bandidos have something else going on. We talking the San Antonio de Bexar situated a convenient 150 miles from the Rio Bravo at Laredo, yes. That San Antonio.

Unity. It’s a very desirable trait among loyal adherents to the Bandidos creed.

The Bandidos had a little series of confabulations at Six Shooter Junction to discuss pending legislation and other matters of biker concern.

SO IT WAS A POLITICAL RALLY HELD AT SIX SHOOTER, TEA AND CRUMPETS FOLLOWING – AT A TIT BAR. What else is new?

One area of concern is a national motorcycle club known as the Cossacks, who wish to emblazon their yellow on black colors with a “Texas” rocker claimed as the exclusive territorial imperative of the Bandidos, a club spawned in the aftermath of a jarhead’s opium war in 1966.

The Cossacks came to the party – uninvited – not once, but several times over the past couple of months, and the Waco Police Department objected to the – ah – sticky, prickly, uncomfortable – vibes produced at the Twin Peaks “breastaurant” located just across the parking lot from Cabela’s mountain man and old sourdough show, down the block from the Harley-Davidson dealership, and catty cornered from a dozen other high traffic, mega-cashflow outfits for dudes and dudettes with disposable income.

All the foregoing was a little low-rent for the powers that be. They wanted to place uniformed cops in the bar – just in case – to check ID’s, check attitudes, look for weapons, dope, all the things no biker in his right mind would leave home without.

No dice. The local managing partner is a man named Patel, which is a Hindu word for “inn keeper.” Patel said he liked what all this was doing for his business. He objected to the placement of police officers in his establishment, though he has issued a statement claiming he cooperated fully with police. The cop shop flack, Swanton called that “an absolute fabrication.” Harumph!

Word on the street amongst professional wait staff and managers, chefs – the hospitality industry of Jerusalem-on-the-Brazos. Next stop was a jingle to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission at Ostentatious. We talking time out, here. Twenty-eight days. Etc.

Waco Police spokesman W. Patrick Swanton doesn’t see it that way. He blames Patel. For what happened. When the guns of Sunday began to fire. No matter who fired first.

Patel has video. It shows who did what – and when – and where, but he only showed it to the mainstream media. Kind of reminds one of fee-fi-fo-fum. He doesn’t necessarily have any plans for We The People to see it. Where is the court order?

Interesting.

Very political.

So mote it be.

– The Legendary

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Outlaws threw down their guns and ran

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“We would like to remind our citizens you are safe. There have been no credible threats towards you.” – Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton, Waco Police public information officer.

Waco – Just as the churches let out a little after high noon on a Sunday, someone got mad about where someone parked, someone shoved someone in a restroom, or sneered at someone’s colors, and the fight was on between rival biker clubs.

And then out came the weapons and someone shouted they should take it outside, where police with assault rifles at the ready opened up on the antagonists.

Inside the Twin Peaks restaurant, a crowd of more than 200 people panicked. They threw down weapons, stuffed firearms in trash cans and behind toilets, lost brass knuckles and other prohibited badass buttons under tables, behind chairs – and fled.

When the gunsmoke cleared, there were 9 dead – more than half of them shot in the head – 18 wounded, and 170 persons arrested and charged with engaging in organized crime leading to capital murder.

Their vehicles, weapons, anything else used in the alleged crime, has been seized. There are more than 100 motorcycles, every one of them hand assembled in America. There are 118 handguns, an AK-47, and 157 knives. There are an uncounted, unreported number of cars slated for seizure.

A Gunny Sergeant of Marines with a service book of 30 years on active duty sized it up this way.

“A squad of 20 shooters with carbines? One half of them shooting, the other loading? You could have killed all 200 of the people in that restaurant. That’s what you call squad tactics. We use it all the time.”

It’s nothing he has not done before, numerous times. “I wish I could have been there,” he said. “I’d have loved to kill all that trash.”

What was accomplished, what look-see pidgin performed for we the people?

A relatively small force of trained shooters can subdue a crowd with ten times more people, people who are subject to panic, prone to foolish surrender of their weapons – untrained, ill-disciplined people who are thinking about anything and everything other than fighting back.

One could consider the arrestees prisoners of war, those who were detained and questioned as under surveillance. The King’s Men have confiscated all the people had, including their bodies, put them to rout, placed them on their knees.

It’s all been captured on a video surveillance recording. The restaurant’s former owners have allowed the Associated Press a chance to watch it. It’s agreed. Something stampeded some of the baddest of the badasses out the door of that restaurant and into a hail of withering semiautomatic rifle fire, estimated at more than 100 rounds.

“This is just the beginning,” said a former national officer – a sergeant at arms – of an outlaw motorcycle club. “This is just the start of another civil war.”

In Nicaragua, they called them the death squads. In Spain, they were known as fascists, the Civil Guard. Marauders. Commandos. Waffen SS.

America witnessed a military assault with cultural motivations shouted from the rooftops and over the airwaves against people described in dramatic tones as “thugs,” carried out by sworn civil peace officers. America just witnessed the beginning of a civil war – or another installment in a series of similar events that stretches back as far as 1970 at Kent State University, or 1968, at the Chicago Police riots on Lakeshore Drive, the ATF raid on the Branch Davidian Compound, the siege of the Weaver family at Ruby Ridge, Idaho; that grotesque episode in America’s history began with an ATF agent shooting the family dog, and then a young boy, after an undercover agent had persuaded the father of the family to saw the barrels off a shotgun.

Not only are we the people our parents warned us about – as the Bandidos’ founder so aptly put it on his return from Vietnam – but we failed to heed their ample warnings. We have succumbed to tyranny. Hemmed into crowds, regulated by laws that have little regard for constitutional principles, we are at the mercy of callous and cynical psychos who are all too willing to manipulate and control in their lust for power.

The balloon is up, floating free, and sailing merrily on its course.

God bless America.

– The Legendary