Jarrett and Goliath

The Bird kicks it with Jarrett Maupin, infiltrates Rusty Childress’ prejudice parties and explains why Don Imus should’ve said "Eff you!"

"With the people's David in the race, we're going to slay the Phil-istine giant," the Reverend Jarrett Maupin II informed this cynical sandgrouse, referring to his just-announced campaign against Phoenix Mayor Phil "Goober" Gordon, the cash-bloated Goliath to Maupin's slingshot-bearin' David.

"Who're the Philistines?" continued the 19-year-old Rev, while getting his famous hair permed at Shante's, a black-owned barbershop in south Phoenix. "They're the developers, the big-money men, the people with the deep pockets. David? Nobody wanted David. But God wanted David. Justice wanted David. Equality wanted David. The level playing field was calling David's name."

The Bird recently winged its way down to Shante's and took a load off its talons while discussing with the boy-wonder Bible-thumper his promise to "kick Phil's butt" in the race for P-town's top spot. Ever since former New Times staffer Jimmy Magahern's profile of the teen civil rights advocate ("Kid Sharpton") came out on February 3, 2005, it's been obvious that the precocious pastor has a future brighter than the bling on Kanye West’s wrists. But becoming Phoenix's first black mayor, and the youngest man ever to lead a major American city — over the political corpse of a glad-handin' incumbent who's stacked $655K-plus in campaign contributions — may require divine intervention.

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Maupin's secret weapon (the stone in his slingshot, if you will) is the sheer force of his personality, something of which Gordon has zip. Let's be real, Gordon's about as electrifying as a wet pair of stanky socks. How this nebbishy schlub became the mayor of the nation's fifth-largest metropolis is truly beyond this acerbic avian.

Phil's record in office is uninspiring to all but PHX real estate moguls and developers. Loads of public funds are getting pumped into downtown, but with ho-hum results, so far. Crime stats remain alarming, with Phoenix named 59th-most dangerous city in the nation, worse in violent crime per 100,000 people than NYC. Goober's reaction? Twiddling his thumbs and tut-tutting the numbers.

Last month, Morgan Quitno Press labeled Arizona the third most dangerous state in the union, up from fourth last year. What's the mayor of the Zona's most populous city been doing? Handing out benches and playing Mayor Scissorhands, cutting ribbons at every frickin' photo op.

Yet, no one of any stature or name recognition other than Maupin has huevos enough to enter the race. AZ's Republican Party has effectively ceded the election to Phil and his soon-to-be million-dollar war chest. True, the Phoenix mayoral contest is nominally nonpartisan. But Goober's a Dem (really a DiNO, a Democrat in Name Only), and he receives AZ Democratic Party backing, without having a face-off in a partisan primary against fellow Dem Maupin. That's why this outraged ostrich was flabbergasted to hear Zona Republican chair Randy Pullen confess, "At this point, we're not going to go out and recruit a candidate to run in this race."

Pullen, who challenged Phil in 2003 and lost big, cited what must seem like a stacked deck: low caps on donations, $370 per person before this February, and $390 since, thus making fundraising a time-consuming enterprise; elections held on off-years to ensure low voter turnout; and general voter apathy (in '03, only 21 percent of the electorate bothered casting ballots).

Still, The Bird faults Pullen's apathy. In the '80s, under the reigns of Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr. , the constant refrain of pundits was the "lock" Republicans had on the electoral college, thus denying Dems the White House. But along came a Southerner named Bill Clinton, and that lock got picked.

Point is, you've got to be in it to win it, Randy. Why, Pullen was unaware there's a registered GOPer in the race until this feathered Fourth Estater informed him. Admittedly, businessman/lawyer Steve Lory's a longshot, but you'd think his own party'd know he's running. (It was in the daily paper, Randy. Geez!)

Which brings us back to the people's champ, Jarrett Maupin, who at his tender age has already earned notoriety as the charismatic Prez of the Arizona chapter of the Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. In 2005, he challenged District 8 Councilman Mike Johnson and lost, only to rebound in '06 and win a seat on the Phoenix Union School Board.

What was Phil doing when he was a teenager, collecting bottle caps?

If Maupin could speak to every voter in P-town, his verbal skills might just win them over, and if there's a televised debate with Gordon and the Rev going toe-to-toe, Maupin'd mop up, at least in the debate.

"You talk about leadership and experience," replies Maupin when asked about his competency to lead. "I'm well-versed enough to know cities don't thrive off of big business and giving in to developers. They survive off of empowering small businesses, which employ most of the people of this city. Businesses like the barber shop up the street, hip-hop shops and record stores. These are absent from downtown."

Maupin holds that if downtown were hot, big business would be fighting to get into that market: "The shameful thing is: You're going to give [millions] for the CityScape project in tax rebates and different things, and you're dealing with a downtown that doesn't even have a McDonald's."

In contrast, fast-money Phil's practically a wholly-owned subsidiary of Phoenix's business elite. His doorstop-sized campaign-finance report reads like a roster of Sand Land movers-and-shakers, boasting names like Jerry Colangelo; PHX Art Museum Director Jim Ballinger; Valley Metro Rail CEO Richard Simonetta; Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill; ambulance-service hawker Pat Cantelme; hubby of Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, restaurateur Earl Wilcox; Harkins Theatres owner Daniel Harkins; our senior U.S. senator's wife, Cindy McCain; and Phoenix council members Thomas Simplot and Peggy Bilstein.

Big law and development entities are represented in force, their employees often giving the per-person limit. Notably, the execs of RED Development and its sister companies have collectively poured $7,150 into the Phil for Phoenix Campaign Committee. This is the same RED Development that's partnering with the city on the $900 million CityScape initiative, soon to flatten Patriots Square for condos and a P.F. Chang's.

In other words, the fix is in. The high-muck-a-mucks have got Goober on a short leash, and as long as nearly nobody votes, the Gordon gravy train will keep choo-chooin'. Maupin'll be lucky to make double digits.

But then, there's a tiny part of this buzzard's black heart that wants to believe the Rev when he preaches that, like David, he'll slay the giant. Hell, even if Maupin doesn't stand a snow cone's chance in Yuma, the race will be a hell of a lot more interesting with him in it.


After New Times' profile of butch-lesbo nativist Laine Lawless ("Burn, Baby, Burn!," February 15), the word's been out about redneck posterboy Rusty Childress’ anti-immigrant bashes at his Kia dealership at 23rd Avenue and Camelback Road. On Thursday nights, Childress and his pals do everything but burn crosses at what the dealership's Web site dubs "the friendliest place in town."

Featured speakers at Childress' United for a Sovereign America's "Town Hall" meetings have included Don "The Fruit Falls Way Away from the Tree" Goldwater and state legislator Russell "White Pride" Pearce, among assorted other racist wackjobs. Dying to know what goes on at these kooky coffee klatches, this daffy duck did its Donnie Brasco bit and went undercover.

First off, The Bird's gotta say it's ironic that the America-lovin' Childress peddles Korean Kias. How can he and his cronies justify having their patriotic fiestas at a biz that's helpin' make Asian businessmen rich? When this pesky parrot squawked this query to Childress, he declined comment. Naturally, this was after The Bird revealed it had been attending Childress' meetings sub rosa, so perhaps Rusty was pissed.

Childress' anti-immigrant fetes happen inside the dealership's showroom, where, beside photos of smiling customers with their brand new Kias, there are snapshots of gaps in border fencing and posters of cops busting Hispanics, with captions like "Future guest worker of America" and "These are the jobs Americans refuse to do." The latter is beneath a picture of Latina prostitutes getting collared by the cops.

Hey, speak for yourself, Rusty. Most of the workin' girls this garrulous goose knows are whiter than a Zero bar.

Basically, on the evenings this pro-immigration ibis attended, a bunch of forty- and fiftysomethings and grizzled biker types gnawed their gums as they listened to Childress prattle on about how Mexico's invading America and how he wishes the "leaf blowers" would stay put in Sonora.

Attendees then burst into extended bitch sessions that made Rosie O’Donnell and those other biddies on The View seem like Face the Nation. They whined about pols they don't like, including Governor Janet Napolitano, or "Crappy Nappy" as they call her; Senator John McCain, Congressman Jeff Flake and State Representative Kyrsten Sinema, whom they renamed "Kyrsten Enema." They also heaped praise on fellow Mex-haters Darrell AnKKKarlo of KTAR and Bruce Jacobs of KFYI.

At one session, foulmouthed Mesa City Council candidate J.T. Ready lambasted the "Anti-Defecation League" for denouncing groups like United for Sovereign America. Buffalo Rick Galeener, a Cave Creek musician and disabled vet, yammered on about how he protests at Bank of America locations because BofA offers credit cards to the undocumented in California. And Sandra Miller, an online columnist, blasted Mesa police detective Matt Browning for stating at a legislative conference in March that the immigration debate is stoking the fires of extremist groups. Miller requested that those in attendance file citizen complaints about Browning's speaking out to the Mesa department. Miller told The Bird after one meeting, "I'm a fighter. I take no prisoners. He's gonna pay with his blood."

Nice. And they say the anti-immigration movement isn't fueled by a bunch of trailer trash.

Handouts included fliers and DVDs talking about all the diseases Mexicans bring with them from the home country, how Latinos are parasites on the system, how they increase crime, yadda yadda yadda. On special nights, they show films about globalism and the one-world government takin' over. Could that be the same globalism that lets Childress sell Korean cars in P-town? Hmmm.

Childress looks like one of these goofball Jimmy Buffett-types who should be sipping a piña colada down in Cabo. But beneath his good ol' boy exterior beats the heart of an A-1 asshole. For instance, he co-founded the American Freedom Riders, a motorcycle group that gets its jollies harassing day laborers up in Cave Creek. Mr. Macho wanna-be, that Rusty.

Groups have tried boycotting the boob's auto mall. But what's the point? Childress' hate-Mexican circle-jerk would probably just find itself another place to party. At least this way, we know where all the hate kooks are at one time.


Since everybody from the Arizona Repugnant and the Reverend Jarrett Maupin to Al Roker and Oprah Winfrey are piling on shock jock Don Imus for calling the Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos," this freedom-of-speech-lovin' fowl's gonna do some Monday-mornin' quarterbackin':

That crusty ol' cracker Imus should've taken a page from Republican Party doll Ann Coulter's playbook and not apologized.

Remember when Coulter called Dem John Edwards a "faggot"? She offered no excuses and flipped her critics the extended middle digit. Even this liberal lapwing admired her moxie, though it was disgusted by what she spat. The I-man's crack was far less offensive, he prostrated himself before the Reverend Al Sharpton and others, and he still got the boot!

Coulter weighed in on the Imus situation, suggesting that he "apologize to the Rutgers women — and those women alone — send them flowers, and stop kissing Al Sharpton's ring." Good advice. His open apology only made a bad situation worse.

Now The Bird hasn't ever been able to stomach the dyspeptic Imus (who many think is a radio legend). But his firing sets a dangerous precedent. It's already having a chilling effect on entertainers, comedians and talk-radio hosts. Evidence of that bubbled up when this beak-bearer phoned John Holmberg of 98KUPD's "Holmberg's Morning Sickness," the closest thing the Valley has to Howard Stern.

Holmberg wouldn't comment on the record, telling this foul flapper that the station was layin' low, waiting for the current mood to blow over. Okay, Johnny, but every time someone like Imus puckers up to Al Sharpton's fanny or an on-air "badass" like you refuses to take a stand, PC thought police win.

This tweeter's learned the hard way that lefties can be even more restrictive of free speech than their rightist counterparts. We're entering an era where libs want to give us all the A Clockwork Orange treatment. Unless we tell 'em to go eff themselves, they'll ram their namby-pamby speech codes right down our friggin' gullets.

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Wow, why would you use the term cracker? Do you really want to call this person a slave owner who cracks the whip. You shouldn't use words unless you know the meaning. Being white is not shamefull! It's idiots like you that keep racism going. Grow up!


What Don Imus said was extremely wrong in that 1) it was a racist statement (even if there was a white woman on the team, would not Caucasians find fault in anyone making the comment about some white females hair? 2) They are WOMEN, they are not WHORES, HO'S, B's or anything else. Are they pandering their bodies? They do NOT HAVE 4 LEGS and have 6-12 nipples, they do not birth puppies and do not eat the afterbirth, so why would any person of any "class" have the indecency to refer to ANY WOMAN as a dog, or as a Whore? Any person with self respect and decency whom refers to a woman, who is the person whom gives birth to EVERY HUMAN BEING on the face of the Earth, would not defile her in any way whatsoever, especially in the public eye, in that disrespectful way. 3)just because inferior black males are inferior enough to make "music" that defiles and defames ALL WOMEN AND GIRLS, does not mean it is OKAY FOR a white male do so, especially in regards to a black woman, when we all know the HISTORY of the Caucasian male, in regards to the black woman and girl. This WILL NOT CONTINUE IN THIS CENTURY! The problem now is that the inferior black male whom was too inferior, lazy and scared to stand up and defend the black woman from rape from the white male and the black male, has now sought to "monopolize" on the act of savagery and indecent behavior towards her himself. He now finds "pride" in being the beast and the rapist and is selling everything of this is rap music, hip hop music and TV and movies. This is not to say that white males or other males do not defame and defile women, they do. However, it is only the inferior black male whom thinks it is okay to defame black women and all women, period, because he feels he has the "right" do to slavery etc... The black woman was not responsible for him being a slave, not having a job, being a drug addict, in jail etc... for that reason neither is the white man, it is he whom CHOSE, TO BE A SLAVE, in that he was too lazy, inferior, or scared to stand up and be a man and defend himself and the black woman against those whom entered his country. Would the white male have allowed the black male to have gone into Europe and enslave him and sell his women and children? Has the white male allowed this to happen ever? He still is acting inferior and blaming everyone else for his lack of respect, having a job, not having property, education and being in jail or pushing drugs etc... as if he was not born with two hands, two legs and a brain like everyone else on this planet. I am not saying that all black males are inferior, only that many are and they instead of simply just admitting it is they are inferior and are those whom CHOSE, to do drugs, sell drugs, rape women and molest children and murder, do drive by�s and hence went to prison, and since they were too lazy, weak or inferior to allow themselves to become enslaved and to have been enslaved for 500 years, that they have to being inferior beings blame someone else for their inferiority. I am a multiracial black woman, and I am fed up with the black male (I use the term male and not man, because to date I have not met a black man: a person whom treats ALL women with respect, has a job, is not a drug addict/pusher, and blames others for his inferior behavior, not a ex-con, rapist, gang banger, does not expect women to support him financially and every way possible) I am fed up with him feeling it is okay to for example to molest a woman or girl or rape or steal or sell or do drugs, and he shouldn�t go to jail or be punished, simply because he has black skin. Why is it okay to hurt a black woman disrespect her in all your music and videos and movies and it is okay to rape and molest the black women, girl and all women period, but not okay for a white man to treat him as thus? Why is he �worthy� of crying foul and expecting �respect� when he is the number violator of the black woman and child? Why is it not okay to treat a male of ANY color with disrespect and abuse when they are being inferior and destroying society and their own communities but it is okay to disrespect an individual if that individual has a vagina? I personally support most police "brutality" in that most of the males the cops abuse are drug dealers, rapists, murderers, molesters etc... and the black males that are in the community do not have the superior traits to "beat down" these thugs themselves, and make them behave like men, or simply treat them as the beasts they prefer to behave as. Ergo I say go at it cops, KKK, neo-Nazi�s do YOUR JOB, the job inferior black males will not do, and inferior thinking black women are too afraid to do something about. So in ending I must say Don Imus should apologize, it was disrespectful at all levels, just because inferior black males act inferior and use vile terminology in regards to speaking of women and girls does not mean it is okay for him to do so. Anyone with any sort of intelligence and respect would understand this, however, I must add that in this being the New Times magazine in which carries an insurmountable amount of disrespectful material and displays women and girls in vile and disgusting ways, ergo acting like inferior males themselves, in that they are disrespecting women of all races, by pandering their filth to the public, and are carrying on the "tradition" of treating the feminine sex as something to barter, and prostitute and defile, so of course I am wasting my breath, however, I happened to see the article since I don't read your magazine anymore, since I find it offensive in everyway possible in that it defiles the very image and being of womanhood and society as a whole, however, I found out comments were made about Imus, and I decided to send in my two cents, to the "public" about what decency really is... though however, those whom read and cater to your magazine perhaps will not understand this... (I choose not to have my name added to this article or e-mail)


I highly doubt Maupin (just out of diapers and still on traing wheels) even has a chance. He speaks as if he were off the streets of south Phoenix without an education. Well I read he gets his hair down there as per your article. The most un-intellectual conversation he had was with Joe Crummy on his radio station. I thought he was a 10 year old caller throwing slang around. Not language for a respectable political representative if he is even respected at all. Just because he is buddies with sharpton doesn't mean he has the intellegence to run a city. No kudos for Maupin.


In regards to your dis-tasteful left winged propaganda on Rusty Childress Kia. What does selling legitimate Korean cars have to do with illegal immigration? Is it illegal to sell Korean Cars? Your reporter comes in with negative left wing slander on issues that you don't have correct facts on. All walks of life and people from other ethnic backgrounds join those meetings. As if your "rag" isn't nasty enough, now you just add your racists remarks on true patriots of America who believe in the law. Half of what was said in your article with name calling is completely untrue- I hope your readers are not as naive to believe this Anti-American sickness that you express in this article. I have seen third graders write better stories then this one.


I was wondering just when your going to go after the 2 race baiting people like Al Sharpton and his other half of a pair . . . I have not seen them out doing anything to get people to join together and get things done as a group . . Its always Y-T did this to one of us and we want you to do this to get back . . Why not just talk about PEOPLE and not being so racist . . I am beginning to think your very racist in your opinions !

laine lawless
laine lawless

You go, Steve, show your bigot colors! You talk about "bigots" on the one hand, but begin your gossip column by using a slur against a minority person, who I'm sure will forever be identified by you as only that one thing, as if she were nothing else: lesbian. "Butch-lesbo" is a slur; it's the same as a racial slur, but it's sexist and homophobic. And as a straight man, you are not allowed to decide whether or not I qualify as "butch," a term which I do not appreciate or agree with. And it's not your place to identify me as a "lesbo," which is a pejorative term, just as much as the terms Don Imus recently used. I've reported you and the New Times to GLAAD for your bigotry.

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