Anti-Heroes

The ornery oriole chugs brews with bikers at a fundraiser for convict Ignacio Ramos, and investigates Rusty Childress' banishment from the American Freedom Riders

Is it possible this nutty nightingale actually had fun at a nativist hoedown? Specifically one where half the crowd would've loved to tear this toucan a new one?

What can The Bird say? It was a hoot crossing swords with all the anti-illegal immigrant types present at a recent fundraiser for imprisoned Border Patrol agent Ignacio Ramos at New River's Roadrunner Saloon, which reminded this rooster of the Boar's Nest. You know, the drinking spot where Bo and Luke Duke were always hangin' in The Dukes of Hazzard?

For the record, this tenacious tweeter thinks the several hundred bikers and others who attended the event are full of the brown stuff when it comes to the right-wing cause celebre of "Nacho" Ramos and his fellow Border Patrol agent Jose Compean, who were convicted in 2006 of shooting an unarmed marijuana smuggler in the butt as he fled on foot toward the U.S.-Mexico border in West Texas. Wing-nut presidential candidate Tom Tancredo and CNN's Lou Dobbs are always ranting about the case, but the more we read about it, the more the Texas Two look as guilty as Tony Montana in Scarface.

Fred Harper

Nativist nimrods cry that Ramos and Compean are "heroes," persecuted for defending the border against illegal alien invaders. They demonize U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton for pursuing charges against the two men, sometimes referring to him as "Johnny Satan." The reality is, Ramos and Compean were damned by their own testimony. They fired 15 rounds at fleeing suspect Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila after he had abandoned his truck full of pot, nailing him once in a buttock. Compean watched him limp as he emerged on the other side of the Rio Grande. But neither agent made a report of the incident, as required, and Compean did his best to destroy the crime scene, removing his handgun's spent shell casings from the area.

Ramos admitted on the witness stand that he did not report the incident. And in a handwritten sworn statement made after he was arrested, Compean confessed he did not report it because "I was afraid I was going to get in trouble." Both tried to justify the shoot, saying they thought they saw something shiny in the suspect's hand. But a jury did not believe them, and neither does this dodo. Aldrete-Davila was not armed, and Ramos and Compean did not act in self-defense. It was a bad shooting, and the charges were deserved, especially considering that both defendants sought to cover the whole thing up.

Still, the popularity of their cause cannot be denied. About 350 people showed for the shindig at the Roadrunner, with parking for the sea of motorcycles and other vehicles spilling over to the opposite side of the road. Do-ragged Harley lovers listened to a lineup of anti-immigrant speakers, from MILF-y firebrand Michelle Dallacroce of Mothers Against Illegal Aliens to William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), whose shtick is raving about the extremist bugbear of a "North American Union" with Mexico and Canada.

The event was hosted by conservative radio MC and former San Diego Mayor Roger Hedgecock. Shredded mystery meat sloppy joes were served, and cover band Resonation cranked out versions of such tunes as the Violent Femmes' "Blister in the Sun," which (oddly) got the biker chicks dancing. Folks paid $20 a head to get in, and, along with a raffle and direct donations, more than $38K was raised for Ramos' wife, Monica, according to David Heppler, one of the event's organizers.

As this worm-wrangler canvassed the crowd, Budweiser in hand, it spied a who's who of the nativist movement, from Minuteman leader Chris Simcox and his deadly enemy, Jim Gilchrist, to former goober-natorial candidate Don Goldwater and reactionary radio lip-flapper Terry Anderson. Why, even PHX mayoral hopeful Steve "Loser" Lory was workin' the crowd. And this beak-bearer finally got to meet colleague Linda Bentley of the way-right Sonoran News, who disapproves of Sheriff "Nickel Bag" Joe Arpaio nearly as much as this magpie.

Although this pugnacious pelican was despised by many in attendance, was occasionally referred to in colorful terms, and was once asked to leave by anchor-baby-basher Dallacroce, he was afforded safe passage by American Freedom Riders founder Danny Smith, whose biker group sponsored the wingding. This cunning kite used his powers of persuasion to win over Dallacroce and others to thinking that The Bird was at least worth arguing with. Civil, though heated, political discussion in a biker bar? Hey, it happened, people.

There was an absence of skinheads, unlike at other nativist hayrides. Maybe neo-Nazis don't mix well with Easy Riders. Or maybe they just knew they weren't welcome. The American Freedom Riders may be wrong about Ramos and Compean, but at least they throw one helluva party.

CHILDRESS AGONISTES

Noticeably absent from the festivities at the Roadrunner was Kia-peddler Rusty Childress, who once was known as the "cofounder" of the American Freedom Riders but who has been ostracized by his own organization and has since split off to form a much-smaller bike club called Riders U.S.A. , which boasts a skull-head logo very similar to that of the AFR.

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joe
joe

hi there.i am a scottsdale superhero.i dress up as batman,robin,superman,spiderman3,and space ghost.i help patroll scottsdale rd and 5th ave for the police.i make sher that no one brakes in cars,or buildings.all i take with me is my cell phone,a flashlight,and my id.i injoy it a lot.check out my myspace padge.www.myspace.com/scottsda....i also patroll in my red jeep.i have a flashing light in my jeep window.i helped out at the dannys car wash for the family of officer cortez.i was there for 6 hours in my superman outfit.it was alot of fun.it was on tatum and catus.if any one wants to get ahold of me my cell is 480-232-3935.i work for the scottsdale school distric #48.i work as a bus aide.i am on a wheelchair bus.i love it alot.i eat at my big fat greek restarun on scottsdale rd between 5th ave and 3rd ave.thay have great food.

Green Lantern
Green Lantern

Smooth is nutz. Look at all the pics up on different sites! Looks like the crowd was mostly white with a smattering of self-loathing Hispanics and at least one black. (Can anyone say token?) If that's your idea of diversity, visiting a city like New York would make your head explode. Joe Loya's been smokin' something too. I've read ALL of the transcripts, and like Lemons, I say Ramos and Compean are guilty as fuck, just like the JURY did. Doesn't matter whether you call it the butt, back, or the thigh, they shot an illegal running away from them. The guy even raised his hands in surrender once to Compean, but Compean had to try to hit him with the butt of his shot gun. Or try. He even fucked that up and missed. What morons! Compean admitted he picked up casings from his shots. Why? He admitted that he didn't report it because he was afraid he's get in trouble. Why was he afraid he would get in trouble? Because he knew they fucked up and shot a man in the back (butt, thigh, whatever). They're guilty. And their supporters know it. They just think R&C should get off because they see nothing wrong with shooting unarmed illegals. Yeah, he was a drug smuggler. So what? That doesn't mean you get to try and execute the guy.

Joe Loya
Joe Loya

Someone pointed out this fat ass bird to me at the rally. No one would talk to him so he wrote a piece of crap story about Ramos. I just want to thank all the wonderful people who attended and everyone that donated. This fat punk idiot knows nothing about the true facts of the case. No one will ever know if this illegal drug smuggler was armed or not. His relatives tell us that he is always armed. The fifteen shots was a number made up by the prosecution without any evidence. The smuggler was not shot in the butt. He was shot in the left side as he pointed at Ramos with his left hand. What has this lard ass been reading? All he is doing is repeating the fabricated lies of Johnny Satan. Read the transcripts fatso. Both the smuggler and witness, Oscar Juarez said that they heard five or six shots. Satan refused to testify under oath in D.C.

Smooth
Smooth

Perhaps the writer's vision was blurred by the "two fisted" drinking that he was doing that night because this event goer saw a great group of people having a well attended benefit for a cause, that if one looks at objectively, is a good one. Ramos got screwed,period. Did he do some things wrong, yes. But that's not what this is about.....it's about the event. It was more than "a hell of a party", it was a chance for an incredibly diverse group of people to get together. I also want to note the writers failure to mention the event was attended by a good number of latinos......hhhhmmmm....wonder if they saw any racists? People were at the event from all over the country...wonder why?It's because the American Freedom Riders do it well, they do it without standing in the spotlight and they do it without looking for credit.Danny Smith and his guys and gals are the best, I should know because I proudly wear an AFR patch on my back

William Crum
William Crum

One would wonder what the real issue is. Could be the letter R and hate to someone who was brought into this country and succeeded when their counter parts fall flat on their a** and show nothing but jealously toward here. According to her teachers, she was a hard working student and not looking for handout like her counterparts who were represented by so call adults who wouldn't let a minister have his say. The constantly shouting him down. Were they member of the KKK or what or the Nazi, who figure that they were the supreme race? God said that we all make mistake and we should do two things:forgive and then forget. This would be a hard thing to do with the people. I challenge these people to top whinning and show their children that with hard work, they to can succeed. Thank you and God Bless you.

Remigio
Remigio

Bird, I love your column read it every time it comes out. But I do have to disagree with you about Ramos & Campeon, Obiviously they shot the guy for a reason, probably priors. Man you don't smuggle drugs on the border, even weed with a nice attitude. Those guys have to be ruthless, and who knows the guy could have a gun and threw it in the river or stashed it. Yeah they were scared on the stand, but I think their punishment was harsh. Come on Libby's bitch ass committed treason and he got a slap on the hand!!!! As for the poor girl that got deported, if she is under 18 or still in high then they need to bring her back, but my Grandfather was from Mexico and when he got caught by the border patrol he voluntarily went back and came back legally through the Bracero Program.

Deadman Walking
Deadman Walking

Who is on the side of drug dealers? I don�t think I am the one who allows my people to hire illegal aliens to work at my business. I see every week how Rusty and the people who go to those meetings behave. Now, I must say, a lot of those people there have great intentions, but come on, what has actually been done?

I bet the AFR was pissed to see that he was still representing himself as an AFR, especially since he was removed from that group months before. Also, didn�t rusty send out the emails calling the AFR racist and say that they were racially profiling? I am almost sure it was him, seeing how I am on that email list. I don�t see how they are racially profiling anything.

This is a lot like the border and the illegal immigration issue. The open whole in the border fence allows this continuous flow of illegal aliens into this country. But yet we have thousands and thousands of people sitting around doing nothing to change it. Hell, that�s obvious just by looking at election results over the last 4 years, including the current city elections. If your boat has a whole in it and you have 30 people just sitting in the hull every week, bitching about it, it will still sink. But if those 30 people actually got out and did something, more than just a once a week revival, they could actually help stop the damn thing from sinking.

But again, I guess I am just as bad sometimes as I sit there myself every week and do almost nothing with them. Now, I have been outside the room and actually worked to protect this country and have fought for change, but I don�t remember many of them there with me.

It only takes one person to make a difference and change the world, but it also only takes one person to take that away. They say that the one person you don�t want to mess with is someone who has nothing to loose. But I think that the strongest person is the one who has everything to save.

rich
rich

So know your on the side of drug dealers, who are attacking our children with drugs , and also invading our country economically by having to watch the borders for SCUM like this.Your a real class act!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Deadman Walking
Deadman Walking

Wow, I wonder who this article will piss off. I see it as fact and that Mr. David did a good �political� job in his statement, but I do wish he would have came out and commented a little better on how much bullshit Rusty and them really are. Maybe he is just as bad as Rusty and supports them or maybe he did the right thing and gave the opportunity to let readers make up there own mind.

Anyway, I think the bird just dropped a load of pigeon poop on the heads of the two faced, two stick supporting, hate parties. If they only knew that I still sit my butt in those meetings every week and see nobody doing anything other than spitting unethical garbage. Maybe they need to actually do something and actually take a true approach to combating the issue instead of yelling and screaming in front of a �packed� McDonalds.

I wish I could have made it to the benefit for Nacho, as it sounds like a good time. It would have been interesting to see how they actually prevented haters from coming in and if they kept out Buffalo �Two Sticks� Little Dick.

 
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