The Bird tsks at Phoenix Magazine, revisits Guadalupe’s recalls and takes one more swipe at Russell “White Pride” Pearce


Right about now, Mesa neo-Nazi J.T. Ready must be feeling like John Edwards' mistress, or Shaq's estranged wife after reading about the Suns' center stepping out with Atlanta-area hip-hop artist Maryjane.

Indeed, before the news broke that state Representative Russell Pearce had finally thrown his political protégé under the train like a hot taco, Ready was still standing by his man in the raging controversy over Pearce's palling around with Ready during a June 2007 anti-immigrant rally on the state Capitol lawn. You know, the one that The Bird and his blogging bro, Feathered Bastard, have been squawking about since it happened, with pics of the two white-priders practically canoodling.

Far-right radio wing-nut Darrell Ankarlo, pictured here in a photo from his MySpace page.
Far-right radio wing-nut Darrell Ankarlo, pictured here in a photo from his MySpace page.

"I have no anger toward anyone," the rotund white supremacist told this tweeter via phone. "I think he's a great statesman that's doing a great job. I voted for him already in my early ballot. He's got my vote."

But that was before Pearce collapsed under the weight of the growing outrage over the Ready-Pearce connection. Though the press and none other than Governor Janet "Do Nothing" Napolitano came to the defense of Pearce in the wake of attack fliers authored by local GOP pit bull Nathan Sproul — fliers detailing Pearce's elbow-bumping with National Socialists and domestic abuse allegations against Pearce from 1980 — the worm turned when three AZ congressmen got in the picture.

U.S. Representatives Jeff Flake, John Shadegg, and Trent Franks recently signed a letter to Maricopa County Republican Party Chairman Tom Husband demanding that he boot Ready from his elected post as a Republican precinct committeeman from Mesa. That sparked a blistering back-and-forth between Flake and Husband, wherein Husband stated he had no proof Ready was a turd-Reicher and Flake offered detailed evidence, including references to the work of this bilious buzzard.

"You acknowledge that Mr. Ready distributed anti-Semitic literature at the January 19th meeting of the Maricopa County Republican Party," Flake wrote Husband in one of the very public poisoned pen letters. "According to the Phoenix New Times, you said, 'we acted immediately to correct it,' because 'we're not going to have hate literature permeating our meetings.'

"What action was taken? If distributing racist literature at an official meeting of the Maricopa County Republican Party does not merit the removal of a precinct committeeman, what does? What message does it send that the Maricopa County Republican Party has found time to censure our party's nominee for president of the United States, but does not have the time or inclination to immediately remove a precinct committeeman with ties to racist organizations?"

When the Bird phoned Husband as the word grenades were being lobbed to and fro, Husband was still claiming ignorance, asserting he had no evidence of Ready's neo-Nazi affiliations, despite Ready's having distributed racist, anti-Semitic tracts at that mandatory county meet Flake describes above, and despite Husband's having discussed the matter with this winged wonder in February.

"The precinct committeeman is an elected office," Husband lectured this lapwing. "If you look at the county bylaws, there is no ability to kick him out of his position or the party. And my friends in the Congress know that, and that's why in their letter, they talk about how uncertain it is."

Way to obfuscate, Chairman. Problem is, Husband apparently knows his own party less than the neo-Nazi in it. He didn't even realize, 'til told by this beaker, that members of the local GOP had asked the Ernst Roehm of the East Valley to step down from his position, a fact confirmed by state Republican executive director Sean McCaffrey.

Suddenly, last week, with the clock ticking toward the September 2 primary, and his name increasingly linked to an erstwhile white-power pal, Pearce caved, doing an end-run around Husband's lame, doddering defenses, conceding the point to his deadly enemy Flake, who just happens to be the brother-in-law of Pearce primary rival and fellow LDSer Kevin Gibbons.

"I fully agree with the letter that Congressmen Franks, Shadegg, and Flake sent to the Maricopa County Republican Party this week," Pearce stated on his campaign Web site. "We have no room for hate speech or hate groups."

Pearce even ended with a parting shot at both Sproul and former paisan Ready.

"Nathan Sproul is a target of a federal voter fraud investigation," Pearce concluded. "And has demonstrated [sic] to be as credible on politics as Mr. Ready has been on race."

Not only had Pearce backstabbed J.T., he also quietly removed the name of nativist embarrassment and alleged public urinator Buffalo Rick Galeener from his list of endorsements. As regular Birders know, Galeener's second-in-command to former Kia peddler and Pearce backer Rusty Childress, leader of United for a Sovereign America, the most virulent anti-immigrant hate group in the Valley.

Nice try, Pearce, but it's all too little, too late. Pearce is inextricably linked to other notorious nativists and nutcases listed as supporters on his site, such as Minuteman founder Chris "The Little Prince" Simcox, 9/11-denier Karen Johnson, and wing-nutty Hobbit lady Anna Gaines. Pearce has solicited donations on bigot/Minuteman Glenn Spencer's Web site, and Pearce won loads of support from skinheads and the like back in 2006 when he called for the return of "Operation Wetback" and forwarded a disgusting, anti-Semitic e-mail from the neo-Nazis at the National Alliance to his supporters.

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Nested Eagle
Nested Eagle

It's always interesting/amusing, although at the same time depressing, to see the scrambling of the politicos trying to cover when they've been exposed. There's always the undercurrent sound of scurrying rats in the basement as the innocence-proclaiming statements are produced, followed inevitably (when the detective work has been stellar), by those sounds of back strokes as they try to get back to solid ground. Good work! It would be really great if the voters read and understand.

Felicity Fetching
Felicity Fetching

Much thanks for exposing the award given by Phoenix magazine to Darrell Ankkarlo. He tries to sell himself as a voice of reason, willing to hear both sides of an issue; but in reality he is an archconservative loudmouth, so convinced of his "rightness" and hence convinced of the wrongness of those with whom he disagrees.He and his ilk are a dime a dozen.

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