Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Now I've Heard Everything

I was surprised to learn today that the Hells Angels are actually the Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation, a non-profit corporation organized under the laws of -- wait for it -- California!

Once I recovered from that little gem, it was only a minor shock to see that the HAMC has filed a lawsuit for CYBERPIRACY! Apparently, HAMC claims that one Fawn Meyers has registered various domain names that are protected marks of the HAMC and attempted to auction them on ebay! Can this get any better?

I can't wait for the commentators who point out that our Founding Fathers were once considered criminals and, therefore, we should not judge the Angels too harshly but instead give them an opportunity to show that, as they have done with Ms. Meyers, they really want to work within the system.

From Wikipedia:

The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club (HAMC) is a world-wide "one-percenter" motorcycle gang whose members typically ride Harley-Davidson motorcycles. In the United States and Canada, the Hells Angels are incorporated as the Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation. Both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Criminal Intelligence Service Canada classify the Angels as one of the "big four" outlaw motorcycle gangs, contending that members carry out widespread violence, drug dealing, trafficking in stolen goods, and extortion. Denmark has banned Hells Angels clubs and motorcycle gangs, detaining and searching known members on sight. Members of the organization itself assert that this is a mischaracterization, and state that they are a group of motorcycle enthusiasts who organize social events such as group road trips, fundraisers, parties, and motorcycle rallies.

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