>> Tuesday, October 21, 2008
This article from the LA Times paints a rather disturbing picture of what lengths the feds will go towards eliminating gang violence...
But the most lasting blow to the San Gabriel Valley-based bikers may be down the road: In an unusual maneuver, the feds are also seeking to seize control of the Mongols' trademarked name, which is typically accompanied by its cherished insignia -- a ponytailed Genghis Khan-like figure riding a chopper.This makes the feds no different than a rival motorcycle gang. It's not uncommon for a motorcycle club to collect the patches of a smaller club, and effectively put it out of business.
And what good would it do to take away the name and logo from a club? It's members are still out there, and will seek to continue their ways under another name and logo.
I guess if the feds can buy control of banks and mortgage lenders, they can also seize control of trademarks and logos. That's a scary thought when you consider Barack Obama is about to become the next President.
Next thing you know, Obama and the liberals will want a law that requires every club to register their name and patch with the feds.
I won't defend the Mongols or any other club, but I don't like the idea of government seizing ownership of private property under the guise of protecting the public, especially when property itself can't commit any crimes.