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Deadliest motorcycle “gang” in Waco shoot-out was not Bandidos, Cossacks, Scimitars, or Vaqueros. It was police.

Was the Waco Shoot-out a gunfight between rival gangs or an ambush laid by law enforcement? Police are monopolizing the testimony but the evidence suggests a barroom brawl became a pretext to kill or arrest club officers, essentially grassroots organizers, now charged with "organized crime". Investigators can litter the crime scene with brass-knuckles, knives and wallet chains, but the shell casings are going to be police issue. Motorcycle headlights were on, indicating club members were trying to leave. Police claim that the brawlers redirected their fire toward officers, but did that happen while the bikers were trying to ride off? Because riding requires both hands. This gangland "shoot-out" was a St Valentine's Day Massacre executed by cops.   [5/20 Update: HA! The nine casualties died of gunshot wounds, sustained outside the restaurant. No shell casings were found around the bodies. Eight of the nine were Cossacks. The eighteen wounded are not expected to be charged. So much for the narrative that gangs were fighting each other, or that Bandidos were the aggressors.] It's described as being a gang shoot-out, but what happened in Waco is still shrouded in the fog of the official POV. Did motorcycle club members shoot at each other? They're unavailable for interviews, locked up on million dollar bonds. The Twin Peaks restaurant claims the shooting started outside. The only witnesses reaching reporters are the sergeant giving the press briefing and undercover cops purporting to describe the tensions between the "gangs". By my reading, informant provocateurs incited trouble by "rocking" patches which claimed the territory of "Texas" for the Cossacks Motorcycle Club. Something like three dozen undercover officers were monitoring the usually uneventful bi-monthly meeting of the Confederation of Clubs and Independents, in anticipation that the "Texas" patch would offend the Bandidos MC. They were able to respond within 45 seconds of the alleged altercation. What might have been an unremarkable barroom brawl, if even that was not contrived, turned into an ambush that killed nine and wounded eighteen. Zero officers were hit and I will bet every bullet was theirs. Let's say the melee happened as the police and media describe. Why the blackout on the club affiliations? Why are the 170 arrestees being detained on a million dollar bond each? Why aren't reporters challenging the police narrative? Witnesses assert that at least four of the dead were killed by police. How long before we learn how many undercover officers had fired their guns? The media is making much of the anticipation that fellow gang members are converging on Texas to avenge their comrades. I think the police know that it's themselves who are the targets of the bikers' vengeance. No doubt one can say the bikers were not boy scouts, but have you seen the photos? These "gangs" wore their colors, in this case patches, like boy scout badges. And everyone in uniform creased jeans and leather vests as tidy as bowling shirts. Did you see the mugshots? If you look past the long hair and tattoos you'll note

Bogdan ‘The Cossack’ recommends some music, culture, and history…

My Dear Friend, Bogdan, asked me to link people here in the US with some Cossack music, culture, and history. Here it goes then:   ?? ? ???? ????? - Oi u poli verba - Ukrainian cossack song of 17th century. Kind of like when rodeo meets the sea...   Thousands of Cossacks fights for Dombass - The History of Russia is repeated. NATO and its puppets meet defeat in Donbas...   The Cossack Rebellion 1648. This history is all rather intricate and complicated. Does the US government really want to defeat Russia that bad that it will actually continue foolishly leaping into the fire of Eastern European rivalries?

Veteran’s Day parade, part 1

I should say that I had never watched a veteran's parade, I think. Wasn't it supposed to be a parade of veterans? This was a parade of mostly active duty soldiers and soldiers-to-be. It was very disturbing. There was a flatbed trailer, there may have been several of these interspersed, on which stood a current war hero. He straddled the platform, his hands on his hips, striking a valiant pose, his chin held high and to the side. A large placard read: recipient of medal so-and-so. There were marching bands, real young faces. I hoped that as excited as they were to be in the parade, that they weren't thinking of joining the military. I had just met a gentleman looking for legal advice for his daughter who'd recently signed up. She was a promising musician in high school, she played the coronet. A recruiter had told her that the army was in desperate need of musicians. They needed her for their marching band. The recruiter assured her that she wouldn't have anything to do with the fighting, but that she could serve her country in its hour of need, by offering to do something that she loved. She signed on. No sooner was she through boot camp that she learned she was being sent to Iraq. She and her fellow musicians were told: leave your instruments at home, you won't need them. Among the marching bands was a band called the Rampart Regiment, (actually Rampart High School's marching band, and state champions). But their uniforms were terribly unfortunate. They were black, a sort of turn of the century look with high hats, and a large black feather. They looked like Prussians, or what we would recreate in our minds if we were trying to visualize those mercenary Hessians! Their outfits hearkened to a day when the uniforms meant to intimidate. Does anyone remember what distinguished the aggressive from the defensive soldiers in the last world wars? The Allies had the frumpy uniforms because they didn't mind being seen as sympathetic. The aggressive soldiers are the ones who want to scare the bejezus out of their enemies. This has been true since warfare began. White hat versus black hat, it's true for cowboys and hackers. Good guys and bad guys. What was Rampart thinking to dress their band looking like black draped raiders? They look like Cossacks about to swing down and slice you in the back as you try to flee from them. What business do we have trying to glorify the terror of war? I was horrified too by what appeared to be den mothers, preening their little kids in their little uniforms, to salute the passing soldiers. These were not just boy scout uniforms but miniature military outfits. I couldn't help but think these kids were wishing that someday they too could be featured in the parade. At that point I noticed there weren't any wheelchairs in the parade. Top be sure many of the WWII vets may not be so ambulatory nowadays, but their

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