Start revving up your hogs, Sam Crow fans, because FX is just going to give you a fantastic Christmas present. The company made an announcement earlier on in the month that it is going to start shooting a pilot film for Mayans MC.

This will be the next episode of the Sons of Anarchy (SOA) tale that was penned by Kurt Sutter in 2008 and produced by Elgin James. This was a show that captured the heart of America and had some terrific ratings during its run.

Sutter will direct the pilot episode of Sons of Anarchy, which is set to begin production in the early spring. There were whispers around for some time that FX wanted to develop a spinoff of the popular show. This is the first concrete evidence that that the network plan to focus the new saga on the Mayans motorcycle club. The new drama will be set against the backdrop of the post-Jax Teller world. We see EZ Reyes, who is a prospect in the club struggling with his desire for vengeance against the evil cartel, and his need to respect the women (not woman) he loves. The pilot will be filmed on the Mexican border.

In the seven-year run of SOA, the Mayans were central characters and the club controlled all of Nevada and northern California. The charismatic president in charge of the Oakland Chapter was Marcus Alvarez who was played by actor Emilio Rivera. At this moment, it is not very clear what the role of Rivera will be in the new pilot, but either way, the Sons of Anarchy should attract huge viewing figures. Statistically, it was the best-rated series in the history of FX.

Is there a real Sons of Anarchy club?

No, the SOA Motorcycle Club (SAMCRO) is an entirely fictional crime syndicate that was created by two Vietnam War Veterans in Charming, California in 1967. The club is better known as SAMCRO and often spelt as Sam Crow.

What do the Sons of Anarchy stand for?

The story is based on the Teller-Morrow family, their friends, rival gangs and law enforcement agencies. In the show, six or the members who formed the club were war veterans. They used the Grim Reaper as their club logo. The logo shows him holding an M16 gun with a scythe in one hand and in the other a crystal ball. The mottos of the organization include 'Ride Free of Die and 'Fear the Reaper.' The club colours are blue and white, and there are 29 charters situated all over the world. When the show ended in 2014, many people believed that the seven-season run should have continued. The stories had not run out of steam, and the characters were so well developed that they continued to attract new viewers. The FX pilot will hopefully open up a new chapter for the Latinos in the club, and introduce them to a new audience.

As America, and the rest of the world for that matter, must start to recover from the initial shock that having won the election; Donald Trump is now President Elect.

For those who panicked, the panic must now subside as we revisit Trump's pre-election promises and wonder whether the most draconian among them were done solely for effect to garner the support of some of the more extreme members of U.S. society, as well as trying to personify the hopes of the working class from the old industrial heartlands, who in fact are no longer working, win their support and in doing so knock them off the fence. Some elements of the post-election debate are of the view that many of Trump's more extreme pledges about immigrants, Mexicans and various types of walls represent no more than empty rhetoric and that, so far as those pledges go at least, he will turn out to be a paper tiger.

Nevertheless, there is still a great deal of unease among those groups most likely to be affected. Let us consider the plight of young adults brought to America illegally as children. Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Executive Order, introduced by Obama, providing they keep out of trouble and where appropriate become part of the great American workforce, they are offered protection against deportation and provided with a Green Card.

These people, who have in effect trumpeted (excuse the pun) their own status are law-abiding citizens who contribute through the tax system. America is their home; many have no recollection of another and whilst they may carry around with them vestiges of their heritage they have none of the language and no wish to return to their country of birth. They believe themselves to be America citizens and behave in away that demonstrates they are. Many, on both sides of the political divide, feel that earmarking this group for potential deportation, uprooting and transporting them to a country they know very little of is grossly unfair and something that will stain the America Psyche for years to come.

A Podcast this week by Robert Evans and Tom Riemann highlights the unease felt by two such individuals likely to be affected should Trump follow through on his promise to revoke Obama's DACA. The first contributor is someone undergoing transgender realignment and who fears that they might lose their entitlement to the essential medication needed to complete the process. The second, who is making a huge contribution to American life in is role as a vet working for the U.S. Army and who is the child of immigrant parents, outlines his own fears.

Also in the Podcast, a British journalist joins Robert and Tom to reflect on the similarities between the election of Donald Trump and Brexit; Britain's decision to leave the European Union. In particular reference is made to the way the far right in Britain, Europe and America have sought to capitalize on recent developments to the extent that some commentators believe there is a real threat of civil unrest.


Sometimes, one of the things that keeps a marriage going is the couple's sense of humour. Married couples are pranking each other much more than one might think. This series of text messages between a lady called Kayla and her husband is a prime example of this. Just look how mad he gets! More info: Facebook

A cute dog found outside in the garden?


Kayla texts her husband claiming that she has found a cute puppy outside in the garden and that she wants to keep it. However, she then texts her husband a photograph of the puppy. It is, in fact, a coyote: a notoriously wild animal. A relative of the grey wolf, the coyote is known for its predatory behaviour. Coyotes can grow pretty large (larger than a jackal) and they are most definitely not suitable for keeping as pets. Unsurprisingly, Kayla's husband totally freaks out.

The joke continues


Kayla persists in pretending that she thinks the coyote is a puppy, and even says that she has given him a name - spot. She sends in another picture - this time of the 'cute little puppy' sitting on the sofa next to her young sun. Even as her husband repeatedly tells her, in loud shouty capitals, that she has brought home a coyote and is not going to be able to keep it, Kayla blithely continues stating that she believes it to be a puppy and that she definitely does want to keep it. She feigns ignorance of what a coyote is: as far as she is concerned, this is the puppy she and her husband had planned on getting sometime.

Wrapping things up


As her husband's ire increases, Kayla wraps things up with a master stroke. She texts her husband a picture of a family of grown, predatory coyotes in full hunting mode and says that she saw them in the back yard - can she let these ones inside too? At this point, it looks like Kayla is in danger of being rumbled: her husband seems to start to sense that something is up and he wonders why the picture Kayla has sent him looks nothing like their back yard. Here, it seems that Kayla decides to cut her losses and to own up: there was no coyote, yes she does know the difference between a coyote and a puppy, and no that was not their back yard.

The powers of photoshop


Kayla's photoshop skills definitely fooled her husband. The picture of her son sitting beside the curled up coyote on the couch definitely looked pretty realistic. Now that her husband has seen through this prank, however, Kayla is really going to have to up her game if she wants to be able to fool him the next time around. I wonder what it was that she did next? What further pranks did she play on her unwitting husband?

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