Someone must've spiked Mayor Phil Gordon's Froot Loops with testosterone. How else to explain the previously 'nad-less Hizzoner, lambasting Sheriff Joe Arpaio at the big César Chávez luncheon downtown?

Like a Jack Russell terrier sinking its teeth into a grizzled ol' bulldog, Phil laid into Sheriff Joe over Arpaio's latest bout of domestic terrorism near Bell and Cave Creek roads. That's where the MCSO set up its racial-profiling command post, and nearly incited a riot in the process when the Hispanic community showed up in force to badger the hell outta immigrant-hunting deputies and their hillbilly-esque supporters.

Separated at birth? Adolf and Arpaio share space on a protester's placard at the Bell Road brouhaha.
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Separated at birth? Adolf and Arpaio share space on a protester's placard at the Bell Road brouhaha.

Phil's verbal dive-bomb came after night one of Arpaio's raids, with night two and the threat of racial violence to come.

"[The sheriff] announced that his 200 volunteer posse members would be migrating north to crack down on illegal aliens," Phil intoned, later adding, "He says he's doing this because 10 business owners — including a pawn shop and a biker store — asked him to. And who helped circulate those 10 signatures to deliver to the sheriff? A self-described neo-Nazi."

Actually, only eight businesses out of the hundreds along Bell Road signed the petition. And as this wacky warbler revealed in last week's column ("Resident Evil," March 27), it was alleged public urinator Buffalo Rick Galeener, of the ultra-racist hate group United for a Sovereign America, who passed around the letter asking Joe to invade the neighborhood.

U.S.A. has accepted neo-Nazis into its ranks. Galeener's not one of them, though he is a foul-mouthed bigot who refers to nonwhites as "monkeys." Phil was correct in spirit, though. He faulted Nickel Bag Joe for setting the stage for "shouting matches, confrontations or worse," and he contrasted Joe's collars for cracked windshields and busted tail lights to a recent anti-gang operation by the Phoenix Police Department that nabbed 42 gang-bangers on 562 felony counts.

"If [the sheriff] really wants to fight crime," advised Phil, "he should start rounding up dangerous criminals who have outstanding felony warrants . . . There are thousands of outstanding warrants in this county. How long are those going to stay piled up on his desk?"

Phil called Joe out like a man, and no doubt the sheriff's Selective Enforcement Unit is already investigating the mayor, as it does with all Joe's enemies. That's one reason every pol — from Governor Janet Napolitano to Attorney General Terry Goddard — is petrified of going after the Valley's version of J. Edgar Hoover, minus the frilly undergarments (we think).

True, Gordon caved to right-wing pressure on the revamping of Operations Order 1.4.3, which did not need to be revamped. And Gordon, a nominal Dem, effed up by endorsing wing-nutter Andrew Thomas for county attorney and Sheriff Joe for re-election in 2004.

Still, Sand Land's damn dry when it comes to political courage. We need every ounce we can wring from our leaders. Gordon did the right thing in speaking out as he saw Arpaio traipsing toward a race war. The Bird can only hope Phil's intestinal fortitude will be long-lasting, and contagious to his peers. Are you listening, county Supes?!


Did you know that the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of the U.S. Congress, is looking into Arpaio's 287g agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement? That 287g agreement is the one allowing specially trained MCSO deputies to enforce federal immigration law under certain circumstances. People are wondering whether Arpaio is in violation of the agreement, especially those immigrant rights supporters with whom the GAO's spoken.

Several local Latino activists were contacted by the GAO, including legal beagle Danny Ortega and Somos America leader Hector Yturralde. The GAO solicited their views of Joe's use of 287g-trained officers for politically motivated sweeps like last week's Bell Road bungle. Joe's critics have given the government investigators an earful about Joe's use of non-ICE-trained posse members in these dragnets, and his penchant for going after petty crimes as a means to nab the undocumented.

Joe himself admitted such an inquiry was under way when this persnickety parakeet spoke to him during a press conference inaugurating the disastrous Bell Road operation.

"The only thing I'm going to tell you is that we've had people who've come here, and they love the program," Arpaio assured this avian.

Joe's flunky Paul "Chicken Little" Chagolla then stepped between the sheriff and this beak-bearer, hastily ordering, "Get ahold of the GOA [sic]. That's enough!"

Gee, Paul, why so testy? At least get your acronyms right if you want folks to think you actually know what you're doing.

The nutty nightingale rang the GAO and spoke to flack Chuck Young, who denied the federal agency's calls were part of a direct inquiry into our corrupt top cop.

"GAO is responding to a congressional request [from the House Homeland Security Committee] to look at the 287g program, and we are doing so in 29 different state and local jurisdictions across the nation," Young informed this yard bird. "We have been and will continue to speak with a wide range of stakeholders as part of our research efforts for this report."

That sounds awfully broad. But one of those contacted by the GAO, who did not wish to be named, insisted that the agency was, indeed, interested in Arpaio's alleged abrogation of the 287g agreement.

Whatever the case, the GAO or some government entity should be probing Arpaio's 287g shenanigans. ICE's online description of 287g partnerships with local law enforcement states that 287g trainees "pursue investigations relating to violent crimes, human smuggling, gang/organized crime activity, sexual-related offenses, narcotics smuggling and money laundering; and support in more remote geographical locations."

Doesn't say anything about racial profiling, or pulling over Pedro for a driving sans headlights. Granting the MCSO, a deeply flawed law enforcement entity, 287g powers was a massive mistake. The 287g agreement with the sheriff should be rescinded. Unless ICE wants to be held responsible when one of the MCSO's dunderheaded dragnets morphs into a full-fledged conflagration.


Sheriff Joe blinked during the Battle of Bell Road. Despite having gas canisters at the ready, SWAT team in position, and barricades out the ying-yang, if the operation had gone on for much longer, Arpaio might've done his General George Custer impersonation.

About 700 pissed-off Hispanics jammed the parking lot where the MCSO had established its mobile command center on the operation's first night. According to police scanners, deputies couldn't even get their cars off the lot at one point.

Emotions ran high, with weeping women yelling into bullhorns and wags deriding lined-up deputies with cries of, "You are my heroes. You get paid $30 an hour for doing nothing!" Musicians lightened the mood, with Australian guitarist James Quercia composing a ditty that became the protesters' unofficial anthem:

"People everywhere/Running down the street
The crowd is thinning out/Running from the heat
Sheriff's on the prowl/People on the move
I said, 'Uh-oh, Joe is here.'"

Things turned uglier when the pistol-packin', snaggletoothed bigots of Rusty Childress' United for a Sovereign America showed up. One woman wore a protective mask for fear she would catch a disease from Hispanics. Others bore signs with such racist lies as "71,000 Americans killed by illegal aliens since 9/11." Though most of the protesters were Mexican-Americans or present in the country legally, counter-demonstrators urged them to "Go back to Mexico!"

Against such provocations, local leaders like Salvador Reza and Alfredo Gutierrez helped maintain the peace, forming a line of men to keep demonstrators away from the U.S.A. knuckledraggers. Someone threw a Coke can at the nativists at one point, and they whined that The Bird would never report it, being that he's partial to the anti-Joe forces. The Taloned One told them not to be babies, to take it like the tough guys they pretended to be.

The evening ended with the main MCSO wagon pulling out at 11 p.m. The next night, it was all over by 8:30 p.m., though the day had been far uglier, with more nativists, higher barricades, and a slightly smaller crowd of pro-immigrant demonstrators.

Taunts were exchanged, water bottles tossed. One guy on the pro-immigrant side got popped after lobbing a container of H2O at the U.S.A.-ers. The Bird would've advised the fella to hurl an empty one so the nativists would've had something to urinate in, à la Buffalo Rick.

Some cat looking like a young Charles Manson in a purple T-shirt with a Latin quote on it walked onto the lot with a shotgun strapped to his back, mumbling something about being a "peacemaker" and doing the Lord's work. Neither side claimed him. And the MCSO quickly bagged him.

With many nativists openly armed, and some anti-Joe protesters perhaps packin' concealed weaponry, the appearance of Purple T-shirt Man was an eerie warning that it'd only take one nutjob to kick-start a bloodbath.

One of The Bird's acquaintances on the nativist side of the argument, Clyde O'Briant, who resembles Chuck Norris, minus a few decades, agreed that things had approached the boiling point on the second night.

"It was volatile," admitted O'Briant, who said he's not a member of any org and had been on-site for hours. "It was getting to the point where it was going to explode. That guy with the shotgun almost did it."

When the MCSO broke camp, the situation diffused, and people went their separate ways. Will it take blood on the streets next time to prove that Joe's brown roundups are a menace to public safety?


If you wanna talk about a fake crisis, this smart-ass avian urges you look no further than Phoenix's First Friday, where gallery owners and the city are conspiring to corral vendors and artists in hopes of taming the once-a-month free-for-all up, down, and around Roosevelt Street downtown.

Yep, First Friday's gotten too wild and woolly for the soccer-mom-and-pop types who run some local galleries, including culcha vulcha Greg Esser of the Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation. Esser and the RRCDC want all them funky artists and bead-vendors to confine themselves to a block party to coincide with First Fridays, in front of the Holgas apartment complex on Garfield between Third and Fourth streets.

(To be fair, Esser's said he hopes the block party concept spreads throughout the Evans-Churchill neighborhood.)

The artists would have to pay to play: $35 per month, in addition to $70 annually to the city and some undetermined fees to the state. And they'll have to kiss Esser's ring. But that'd be cheaper than the fine of anywhere between $100 to $2,500 the vendors and artistes will be slapped with if they set up anywhere they want, as they've been doing for four friggin' years.

Jennifer Delgado, president of the Roosevelt Row CDC, declared in a recent Arizona Republic "My Turn" column that "the free ride is over." She, Esser, and others kvetch that vendors, some of whom sell snow cones or wallets — as opposed to artier products — are a safety hazard and pay no taxes.

These painters, jewelry-hawkers, and tchotchke-peddlers are getting special treatment, claims Delgado, albeit for one day out of the month. On the other hand, so are the galleristas, Jenny. The city's offering art-fart burgomeisters as much as $100,000 in reimbursements for renovations to their galleries. When's the last time some barefoot boho type peddling wares on Roosevelt scored $100K from the city?

Also, the City Council will probably have approved an Arts, Culture and Small Business Overlay District by the time this issue of New Times hits the curb. That means gallery owners will be able to set up their card tables outside their storefronts to sell shwag, as long as money is exchanged inside the biz.

The reason The Bird and others gravitate to Roosevelt on First Fridays is for the very libertine, Fellini-esque atmosphere that the Esser-Delgado axis wants to kill, not to ogle the pricey baubles at Esser and partner Cindy Dach's boutique, MADE.

Stop being greedy, and let the artists and vendors set up wherever the hell they see fit. So we have an exception 12 days out of the year to some of the city's rules. Phoenix still carves out its pound of flesh every other day of the calendar, and gallerists still get their gravy in other ways.

There's a small-town mindset in this megalopolis that freaks out whenever it sees a crowd gather. Take a deep breath, gallery goons, count to 10, and leave the artists and vendors be. They ain't hurtin' your commerce, and without them, First Friday will shrink. Then the the next bitchin' you'll be doing is that no one gives a furry Fig Newton about First Fridays!

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Charles Heimlich
Charles Heimlich

This country is about to fall apart, mostly because of red-neckedstupid idiots such as yourself. If you had even half a brain, youwould not dream of writing an article like this, it only shows youin such a clear light that anyone can figure you out. When the craphits the fan, I hope you know that you had a large part in startingit.

erika page
erika page

I dont think New Times can be sued because they look like pro illegal media if it is the case azcentral and/or arizona republic could be sued cause they spread hate in the community allowing all racist groups to post in their sites and not only that sometimes looks like they are encouraging to post more more racist comments...


It's control & enslavement they seek, now be a good little Sheeple and Follow Along.....

>>Seems wherever there is a spec of freedom on the map, the blue meanies do their best to wipe it out with regulation.

Bill Lear
Bill Lear

I concur with Grime and The Bird. The city is loony when it comes to First Friday. The city-gallery plan will kill FFs spirit. Seems wherever there is a spec of freedom on the map, the blue meanies do their best to wipe it out with regulation.


jesus christ, these people are just determined to suck every bit of culture out of this city that they possibly can, first mill ave and now downtown, it's like they are proactively eliminating all of the benefits of living in a growing city

Bob Unferth
Bob Unferth

I sure am glad that my crazy ancestors left Africa for Europe, hugged the glacier and turned white.

Because of them, Bull Conner didn�t chase me with his dogs, and Sheriff Joe isn�t after me with his posse.

It took 45 years to move the national symbol of bigotry from Birmingham to Maricopa, but we finally claimed the prize.



While driving to work today, I finally realized that something does need to be done about illegal�s and Arpaio is on the right track. But he could do more.

Arpaio should have his Posse set up road blocks at every entrance coming In/Out of Maricopa County. ALL Vehicles will be stopped no matter what color or make they are. This way it�s not racial profiling. ID/Papers of all occupants will then be demanded to verify you are here legally.

If anyone in the vehicle does not have ID/Papers, forgot them at home or lost them, it doesn�t matter. You will be taken to a concentration/processing camp in the middle of the desert, given baloney sandwiches, water and tents to sleep in.

If Arpaio�s people, (and only Arpaio�s people) can verify your background, you will be set free after the completed processing can be done. This will include fingerprinting, Facial and Retina Scans for future use and sharing with Honduras.

If you�re background cannot be verified by Arpaio�s staff, you will be given a choice to be deported back to your original country of origin or be exterminated. If Arpaio�s staff think you�re background ID/Papers are false for ANY reason, YOU WILL be exterminated. After all, what part of illegal didn�t you understand�

Anyone who doesn�t appear to be completely White/US Origin will have to go through an additional extensive background check going back 3 generations before being set free just to be sure.

Then at the end of the day, we can all go downtown and huddle at the base of the Wells Fargo building. Wait for our leader Fuhrer Arpaio to come out and stand on the rooftop and shout out everyone their daily pep talk as we yell Arpaio, Arpaio, Arpaio.

Now this really sounds like fun. What have I been thinking�.I�m seeing things much more clearly now. Thanks to all Pro Arpaio people for helping me see the light.


So when is the suit going to be filed ?

Drake Northpine
Drake Northpine

Is the veil really this easily pulled over people's eyes?!? God, some people are fucking idiots. How many illegals do these stings net? Thirty? Fourty? Fifty tops? And HOW many are you idiots bitching about crossing the borders?

Don't you see this as an absolute waste of time and money? Shit, aren't there better ways of doing this? Obviously if he would just shut the fuck up and do stings like these in secret maybe he'd net more. The people who don't see this shit as just another one of Joke's media shows to veil all the RICO and other tax payer money-wasting shit are complete fucking idiots. There's not goddamn hope for you.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

It's possible a case could be made, that the New Times is "substantially facilitating aliens to remain in the U.S. illegally", as prohibited by law.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

But, suing under that Federal Law, it would also be pretty easy to bankrupt almost any pro-illegal alien advocacy organization. Whether or not the New Times and other pro-illegal alien media would be vulnerable to such lawsuits, I can't say, but an exhaustive review of it's past writings on this topic would be able to answer the question pretty definitively.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Who's "us"?

If you're referring to the New Times, they're small potatoes.

Here's an excerpt from a conversation I'm having with other possible plaintiffs. As you can see, it's the municipalities, states and elected officials that appear to be the easiest targets:


"It would be fairly easy to prove economic damages as a citizen of a municipality that is operating, officially or unofficially, as a sanctuary city, and thus, handing over a portion of your earnings in the form of tax revenue to illegal aliens in the form of social welfare services.

Note the law says that "A RICO enterprise can be any individual legal entity".

That means elected officials, states or cities that are causing you economic harm by either, proactively harboring illegals, or passively tolerating them siphoning from the public trough.

All it would take is one good lawsuit, and preferably a victory, and that would put a scare into almost every state, city and town in America, forcing them to alter their policies for dealing with illegals."


That being said, it would also be fairly easy to file a class action lawsuit against Arizona employers of illegals, to recover the $1.4 (or $1.6) Billion dollars in lost wages that Harvard economist George Borjas has stated that the hiring of illegals has cost legal Arizona workers.

The lawyers would get what... a third of that?

Not bad.


As Lisa Allen once said, So sue us !

>>Watch out pro-illegal aiders, abetters and encouragers!It's lawsuit time.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Federal Immigration and Nationality Act:

Section 8 USC 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv)(b)(iii) Recruitment and Employment of Illegal Aliens Encouraging and Harboring Illegal Aliens Enforcement RICO �Citizen Recourse Tax Crimes

Section 8 USC 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv)(b)(iii) "Any person who . . . encourages or induces an illegal alien to . . . reside . . . knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such . . . residence is . . . in violation of law, shall be punished as provided . . . for each illegal alien in respect to whom such a violation occurs . . . fined under title 18 . . . imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both."

Section 274 felonies under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act, INA 274A(a)(1)(A):

A person (including a group of persons, business, organization, or local government) COMMITS A FEDERAL FELONY WHEN SHE OR HE:

- assists an illegal alien s/he should reasonably know is illegally in the U.S. or who lacks employment authorization, by transporting, sheltering, or assisting him or her to obtain employment, or

- encourages that illegal alien to remain in the U.S. by referring him or her to an employer or by acting as employer or agent for an employer in any way, or


Encouraging and Harboring Illegal Aliens:

It is a violation of law for any person to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection in any place, including any building or means of transportation, any illegal alien who is in the United States in violation of law. Harboring means any conduct that tends to substantially facilitate an alien to remain in the U.S. illegally. The sheltering need not be clandestine, and harboring covers aliens arrested outdoors, as well as in a building. This provision includes harboring an alien who entered the U.S. legally but has since lost his legal status.

IT IS ALSO A FELONY TO ENCOURAGE OR INDUCE AN ALIEN TO COME TO OR RESIDE IN THE U.S. knowing or recklessly disregarding the fact that the alien's entry or residence is in violation of the law. This crime applies to any person, rather than just employers of illegal aliens. Courts have ruled that "encouraging" includes counseling illegal aliens to continue working in the U.S. or assisting them to complete applications with false statements or obvious errors.

RICO � Citizen Recourse:

PRIVATE PERSONS AND ENTITIES MAY INITIATE CIVIL SUITS TO OBTAIN INJUNCTIONS AND TREBLE DAMAGES against enterprises that conspire to or actually violate federal alien smuggling, harboring, or document fraud statutes, under the Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO). The pattern of racketeering activity is defined as commission of two or more of the listed crimes. A RICO enterprise can be any individual legal entity, or a group of individuals who are not a legal entity but are associated in fact, AND CAN INCLUDE NON-PROFIT ASSOCIATIONS."


Watch out pro-illegal aiders, abetters and encouragers!

It's lawsuit time.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Oh, I almost forget about those thousands of V2 rockets Joes got stashed under the MCSO bunker.

Watch out Mexico, there's a new Hitler in town!

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Wow, I didn't know that Sheriff Arpaio advocated gassing millions of illegals to death solely because of their race.

I also heard that he's got a private army of a few million men, many Panzer divisions, and a formidable Air Force, all ready to rain Blitzkrieg down upon Mexico.

Keep up the great investigative work New Times!

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Q & A session with Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman at the 18th Annual Institute for Liberty and Policy Analysis (ISIL) World Libertarian Conference, August 20-22, 1999, in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Q: Dr. Friedman should the U.S.A. open its borders to all immigrants? What is your opinion on that?

A: Unfortunately no. You cannot simultaneously have free immigration and a welfare state.


There is a problem and there needs to be a solution worked out on both sides of the immigration issue.

However, everything Arpaio is doing is nothing more than grandstanding in hopes it will over shadow his total corruption and malfeasance of office in the upcoming election.

Just because Arpaio is doing something about immigration, very little actually in the big picture, it does not justify the fact that Arpaio has cost Maricopa County Tax payers 44 MILLION DOLLARS in civil suit awards, COUNTLESS $$$ in LEGAL FEE�S, HONDURAS VACATIONS for his executive staff and the LIES he continues to tell about it, NO ACCOUNTING in any area of MCSO, WAY OVER BUDGET 6 months into the year and over 4000 PENDING CIVIL SUITS in State & Federal Courts. Then there�s always the continuing CONSTITUTIONAL ABUSES towards those that stand up to Arpaio. Those are the facts, plain and simple.

Arpaio�s convenient current stance on immigration hardly over shadows his past and present corruption or the malfeasance that continues under his control.

Arpaio can blow smoke all he wants about immigration. But when the smoke finally clears, all that going to be left is the tax payers footing the bill for this Bozo because of the buffoon he really is.

Like Lisa Allen once said, nobody intelligent votes for Arpaio�Truer words could not be spoken any better.

Concerned Citizen and Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen and Taxpayer

We applaud Mayor Gordon for his common sense approach that seems to be lacking in Maricopa County and Arizona. There is a problem, we must try to solve it and if Sheriff Arpaio and County Attorney A. Thomas continue down their destructive path of inflaming the public, we may soon see a civil war. No one can say later that Mayor Gordon didn't take a stand. Arpaio and Thomas are putting citizens and the public at risk, creating division and hatred, while we as taxpayers have been forced to pay for it and the ongoing financial damage in lawsuits are following. The fearmongers and grandstanders must be stopped. Professionalism is needed in the Sheriff's and County Attorney's office and we will flip the switch this time and vote for:


stephen harding
stephen harding

what is it about illegal that these people dont understand,, maybe we ought to do as mexico does, just throw them in jail and when they pay enough graft they can get out and be escorted across the border to where they came from... sound good to me,, way to go sheriff joe.....keep up the good work...$

Aztlan Buster
Aztlan Buster

Good for Joe Arpaio. After he rids Maricopa County of all those detestable mojados maybe he can bust dirtbag Phil Gordon on charges of aiding and abetting the vermin.


Fuck Bozo Joke Arpaio


An American doing the job illegal aliens won't do. good for Joe



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