"At the last state committee meeting, the leadership was trying to put on a good face," observed Eckerstrom, "and said, 'Look, we won these Corporation Commission races.' But the party didn't have much to do with those races. When that happened, a lot of people tuned out, they really got angry."

Eckerstrom and others suggested that Weeg and Bivens might be able to save themselves if they come up with an honest assessment of what went wrong in a year when the Dems had megabucks and mojo. Not everyone was as forgiving.

Though not a precinct committeewoman, Linda Brown of the Arizona Advocacy Network was on hand and said many grassroots activists like her were pissed at the state Dems' eff-up.

"They lost ground in a year when the rest of the country was picking up all kinds of ground for progressives," she stated. "There ought to be heads rolling over that. There's absolutely no excuse for it."

Neither Bivens nor Weeg was present at the meeting. (At least, no one The Bird spoke to at the event saw them there.) Too bad. They would've gotten an earful. On the other hand, this might've been one of the reasons they weren't there.

FAKE UPS-ER

This feathered fiend rarely answers his front door. No point in tempting fate. There could be a Jehovah's Witness, a serial killer, or some neighborhood kid selling candy door-to-door out there.

But recently, The Bird was house-sitting for a relative when a knock at the front door caused this worm-wrangler to spy outside the window. There stood a UPS dood in the traditional brown shirt with trademarked gold logo. So The Bird figured he'd better open the door and accept delivery.

But this dood wasn't a UPS dood at all. He was a process server in the guise of a UPS dood. And he was there to hand The Bird's relation, Jennifer Melinda McClarty, a traffic ticket spawned by one of those dreaded Redflex enforcement cameras. This one, allegedly, was for speeding in Tempe.

After asking whether McClarty lived at the residence, and handing off the ticket to this tweeter, the phony UPS dood then hopped on a crotch rocket and sped away.

Damn, this dodo knew he should've looked for a UPS truck! This was a scam right out of Pineapple Express, in which schlubby thespian Seth Rogen plays a process server who dons disguises to serve scofflaws.

This pissed-off pelican immediately phoned UPS, and spoke to Chuck Martinez, the company's director of security for Arizona and New Mexico, who promised an investigation of the matter.

"We certainly do not condone any unauthorized use of our uniforms," Martinez told this magpie. "We keep tight controls on our uniforms, and it's very concerning to us that somebody would be out there representing themselves as a UPS driver."

The Bird then got on the horn with the City of Tempe, which referred him to Redflex spokeswoman Shoba Vaitheeswaran (try saying that three times fast). Vaitheeswaran said Redflex subcontracts out to local process servers to deliver tickets. In this case, the company in question was Mesa's AAA Photo Safety.

AAA Photo Safety attorney Denny Dobbins said the company subcontracts with independent process servers, such as the fake UPS guy. After looking into it, Dobbins explained that the server in question, whose name he wouldn't release, acquired the UPS shirt from a thrift store.

"We obviously don't tell people to wear those kinds of things, but he did," he admitted.

Though Dobbins insisted that AAA Photo Safety doesn't encourage process servers to dress as delivery people, he suggested, "If you wanna dress like someone who looks like a UPS server, don't wear the UPS emblem. But you can wear your brown pants or your brown shirt. [You could] dress like a painter or a maintenance guy. Or a Domino's Pizza guy [but], it would be better not to wear the Domino's emblem."

Nice ethics, counselor.

"There wouldn't be anything unfair [about it]," rationalized Dobbins. "Because there cannot be any damage that has occurred, at least to the person being served."

So if you've been flashed by a photo-enforcement camera and someone knocks on your door claiming to be UPS, delivering a candy-gram — or even that they're a freakin' land shark (like in the classic SNL sketch) — best keep that door shut.

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Eyezthatsparkle4u
Eyezthatsparkle4u

All i can say is this. I lived with pat i took care of his baby's He was not there nor did not do it..Joe was pissed at his dad for running against him for office...joe made there life hell...Get real people....

ilfrmn
ilfrmn

patrick bearup?? you bet i know him, i was there through the entire case, including his sentencing, if you had been there and heard all the lies he told to get out of his murder conviction, you'd have given him the death penalty too! and yes sean gaines should be right beside him when they deliver him to hell! jessica and jeremy should also be there, the state would save a lot of money by doing all the four at the same time...lol. they did it together, they should die together!!!!

Jenifer
Jenifer

This "fake UPS" process server came to my door to serve another member of the family who was not home. He told me that UPS was "his other job."

befree
befree

This is for Phoenix Dweller: Yes, I'm very well versed with the Bearup case, with SEan "half-dead" Gaines, and all the old cronies. I pray your words stand true that Sean has changed. However the blanket immunity the state has given him to confess to other murders and give up unsubstantiated information to help put more innocent people in prison while he sits in protective custody is not justice. It is "the" problem with our justice system and caused the current travesty concerning Mr. Bearup. An informant's word is taken as gospel and a jury convicts. Why don't you learn more about the case, not jus what your brother tells you. I do pray for Sean and hope he truly has changed. But he knows what the truth is concerning all the beatings, murders, robberies, and terrorist acts that he has done, or conspired to do. God alone will judge his soul!

befree
befree

This is for Phoenix Dweller: Yes, I'm very well versed with the Bearup case, with Sean "half-dead" Gaines, and all the old cronies. I pray your words stand true that Sean has changed. However the blanket immunity the state has given him to confess to other murders and give up unsubstantiated information to help put more innocent people in prison while he sits in protective custody is not justice. It is "the" problem with our justice system and caused the current travesty concerning Mr. Bearup. An informant's word is taken as gospel and a jury convicts. Why don't you learn more about the case, not just what your brother tells you. I do pray for Sean and hope he truly has changed. But he knows what the truth is concerning all the beatings, murders, robberies, and terrorist acts that he has done, or conspired to do. God alone will judge his soul!

AZ54363
AZ54363

I cannot believe Sean Gaines is getting a plea that will allow him to walk on the streets again!! WTF!! Would it be too much to freaking ask to offer him a plea of life without the possibility of parole at the very LEAST?!?! Jesus H. Christ!!

This guy has no soul!! He has no regard for anyone but himself, and he won't stop for anything until he gets what he wants. If there is one person out of this entire case that should get the death penalty, it should definitely be Sean Gaines!! Justice has not been served.

rzz
rzz

So, bird, you talked to Shoba Vaitheeswaran? She is probably an H-1B. I'm so happy that you got to talk to a nonimmigrant from India to explain everything. It's such a pleasant irony. hardeharhar!

Be sure to let us know how you do in the kangaroo court. I hope your judge is Hispanic.

Coz
Coz

Sean Gaines is a total asshole and if anyone deserves to be executed, it's Gaines. He had everything to do with the murder and was behind it every step of the way.

I spent some time with Gaines in the County jail and watched Gaines beat another inmate to the ground just to steal his $20.00 worth of commissary...

Sean Gaines, total Fucken Neo Nazi Scumbag Loser of the worst kind that doesn�t deserve to live.

He could care less about those he's killed or beaten into the ground.

Fuck that scumbag.

Phoenix Dweller
Phoenix Dweller

Do any of you even know the case? Do any of you even know what you are talking about? Or are you just talking out your neck about Arpaio? Maybe Bearup doesn't deserve to be on death row...or maybe he does? Is it for us to decide? And why is Sean getting a plea? Maybe because he has renounced his association. He has spent the longest amount of time locked in 4th Ave and has spent that time wisely. Learning from his past sand seeing where it got him and not liking it. He has made sincere advances in the right direction. He fully realizes where that will get him. And he knows that when he hits a yard, he will not be looked upon kindly. But he took those chances and is working to right the wrongs that he got wrapped up in. So until you all read up on the actual case or become a judge, lawyer or county attorney yourself, how bout you shut your mouth and leave these things to the people that get paid to make the decisions.

TommyC1
TommyC1

Honestly folks. Give this about thirty seconds of consideration. With the recent history of murders in the MCSO facility why would Thomas want to send a convicted murderer there, and let the real killers languish in prison? Easy enough that even I could figure this one out. The real killers take care of Bearup by killing him as happened in June. Then Thomas prosecutes Gaines and company, again, and might get the death penalty with a second murder conviction. In the mean time, Bearup - the son of arpaio's adversary, is no longer living and this gives arpaio and company great pleasure as part of their retribution for Bearup having had the fortitude to pony up and face arpaio for the white trash he really is.

zack vinyard
zack vinyard

the only reason people like patrick, his father, the REST OF THE FAMILY, and the rest of anybody else trying to stand up to joe arrpiao. We are being targeted, because JOE ARPIAO STOLE MONEY FROM THE "PINK SHORTs" SCAM and hes allocating money from the state thats supose to build jails out of tents, he's buying up real estate and having his records sealed. He's trying to build more jails to house people of victimless crimes, just so he can "CASH IN" asking for more money to house all his fony criminals. (HES MAKING MONEY OFF OF THE POOR, THE INNOCENT, AND THE UNEDUCATED). JOE IS USING OUR TAX DALLARS TO BUILD HIS "NAZI EMPIRE"!!!......oh yeh one last thing, he is also going to try to run for govenor AND RULE OVER "YOU" THE DUMB SHEEP, so he doesnt want anybody around who can tell the truth about his FRAUDULENT ACTIVITIES, BUT WE WILL BE THERE!!!

all of you white piece of shit, elderly nazi people who keep voting for a liar in office like joe, all because your scared of illegals, he is the crook, ALL VIOLENT CRIME HAS GONE UP DRAMATICALLY SINCE HE HAS STEPPED INTO OFFICE...BEWARE OF joe arrpiao, HE IS ABOVE THE LAW!!!

Concerned Citizen and Taxpayer
Concerned Citizen and Taxpayer

Since there has been a track record of targeting of certain people and groups of people by Thomas and Arpaio, then it is not at all surprising they would give a death penalty as the ultimate retaliation. Arpaio and Thomas have made too many mistakes, have little respect for people or lives, so they should be the last ones qualified to play God with their lives.

The Death Penalty should be abolished since Arizona has one of the lowest standards to practice law in the nation (incompetent attorneys), a shortage of public defenders, overcrowded courts (no fair justice) and an overzealous law enforcement who are trained to shoot first, and ask later.

This case cries out injustice while the true killers get set free. Something is very wrong with this case that needs to be reopened and independently investigated. It's time to get rid of the Death penalty. Taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for endless decades of legal battles to satisfy the egos of those in power.

Kylee
Kylee

I have known Patrick Bearup for 6 years, and I can not even believe that Sean was offered a plea deal. Is it becuase he has been sitting in 4th Avenue Jail since it opened, and the county or the sheriff doesn't want to go through a trial? Or maybe becuase the only person the sheriff and county attorney wanted to suffer in this whole thing is Patrick. Justice has not been done in this case, and I believe that it will soon come for Patrick Bearup. As his dad has said, he was no angel, but a murderer he is NOT.

 
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