As Gordon correctly pointed out in his statement after the Holocaust Museum tragedy, "The Southern Poverty Law Center has identified a number of Phoenix-area residents as key figures in the national web of hate groups . . . The sheriff consorts with most of them and has denounced none of them."

Indeed, during Arpaio's most recent anti-immigrant raid, at Phoenix's Lindstrom Family Auto Wash, Arpaio was filmed fraternizing with a supporter wearing the colors of two of the most notorious and thuggish nativist biker groups in Arizona, Riders Against Illegal Aliens and Riders U.S.A. The latter is the bike group formed by Rusty Childress after he was kicked out of the American Freedom Riders bike group for — get this — allegedly using an outside vendor that employed illegal aliens at his former car dealership! (Nativism and hypocrisy mix well together, you see.)

As for Riders Against Illegal Aliens, the group's Web site, ridersagainstillegalaliens.com, depicts undocumented immigrants as criminals and carriers of disease, repeating oft-debunked lies about an increase in leprosy cases linked to immigrants from Mexico. Also on the site is an animated cartoon depicting a biker chasing a jogging brown man. True to this, the Riders' presence at anti-immigration events is often colored by intimidation of those who oppose them.

That Arpaio associates with such nefarious characters should be troubling, particularly in light of a 10 percent rise in hate crimes in Phoenix and scattershot bursts of violence by right-wing radicals across the country.

Aside from the von Brunn incident, there's been the recent killing of Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller by a far-right anti-abortion nut. And in April, white supremacist Richard Poplawski , armed with an AK-47 and wearing a bulletproof vest, flipped out when Pittsburgh cops responded to a domestic-violence complaint at his residence. He has been charged with the murder of three Pittsburgh officers, and he reportedly said while in custody that he would kill more cops if he could.

In Arizona, Shawna Forde, leader of the group Minuteman American Defense, was arrested June 12 for what the Pima County Sheriff's Department said was her part in a home invasion in Arivaca that left a dad and his 9-year-old girl dead. Though the reputed motive was for money rather than ideology, and there was apparently a Latino in her gang of alleged burglars, the Forde arrest still illustrates what a nest of venomous rattlers the far right can be.

Over the past year, the Valley's seen its share of spray-painted swastikas and hate-based attacks on non-whites. If one of Arpaio's bigoted fan-boys goes ballistic and unloads a gun on unsuspecting citizens, will Hill, McMahon, and others pooh-pooh that as well, I wonder?

TRAIL OF TEARS

As mentioned above, while real cops were out hunting down murderers and rapists, Sheriff Joe Arpaio — true to his nickname, "Nickel Bag Joe" — was at Lindstrom Family Auto Wash in Phoenix recently hunting illegals. There, his thugs with badges chased down immigrants and non-immigrants employees, corralled them like animals, and sifted through them until they had those they wanted to arrest. The total haul was about 14 souls.

Participating in the raid on this family business were members of Arpaio's 160-deputy force, trained by the feds under ICE's infamous 287(g) program. Trained 287(g) officers such as the MCSO's Sergeant Brett "Shut Up" Palmer and Lieutenant Joe Sousa — known for their invidious remarks directed at elected officials — were present, along with numerous other junior G-men and members of Arpaio's alter kocker army (a.k.a. the sheriff's posse).

Most arrested were booked into custody for forgery, charges that may end up getting dropped if those arrested agree to voluntary removal from the United States or roll over and testify against their employers.

Fourteen people means 14 breadwinners. One of the families ruthlessly crushed was that of 9-year-old American citizen Catherine Figueroa, whose testimony was captured for a YouTube video by pro-immigrant activist Dennis Gilman. You can watch the video on the Feathered Bastard blog. Both Catherine's mom, Sandra, and her dad, Carlos, were collared. She saw her father on TV zip-tied.

"I never knew this would happen," said the girl, who begins fourth grade this year.

Later, when asked what she would tell President Obama if she could, she tearfully requested his assistance.

"I would tell him to help us," she cried. "I want to get my parents back."

She also noted that one of the president's daughters is close to her age. Indeed, Natasha Obama, his younger daughter, recently turned 8.

Catherine, an only child, is being cared for by her grandmother.

Given that those arrested were booked on state charges, you could argue that Arpaio could have done the raid without his ICE-trained gendarmes. But, he did, in fact, use his 287(g) men during the car-wash bust.

That means the federal government's fingerprints are on this raid. Barack Obama's fingerprints are on this raid.

During Obama's 2008 campaign, he borrowed a phrase from César Chávez and the United Farm Workers, "Si, se puede," which Obama offered up as, "Yes, we can." But as Hispanics in this country continue to suffer at the hands of tin-pot tyrants with 287(g) power like Joe Arpaio, Obama's commitment to that phrase must be questioned. His administration's cynical, laissez-faire attitude to those hell-bent on cleansing neighborhoods, cities, and states of all the brown people they can is painful to observe.

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jdub
jdub

lol, nice try to you, but Ayers is just one of many. you're not going to make me list them are you? I'm sure you heard. Besides that, BHO seemed for the most part to Only hang out with radicals. On a close personal level.But you prove my point. As long as you can point to someone who may have done a similar thing, it makes it ok? You have more trouble excepting some sheriff's connections than you do your president's? You are more worried about some wannabe bikers than criminals, taxcheats, and fundamentalist extremists? Ok, you've killed me with logic. Thanks for that. I will say I do agree that I do have an issue with wholesale racial profiling, as opposed to specific situations, where there is cause. Like evidence pointing to a business knowingly hiring illegal immigrants.

david saint
david saint

lol, i like that obama reference about his associations with radicals...Im assuming you mean Ayers, yes? Are you aware that 3 top ranking GOP members WERE ALSO ON THAT SAME EDUCATION BOARD?? Speaking to, and accepting invitations by hate groups is far worse pal..nice try though for yet another joe apologist who cant understand the law. If someone of brown skin is pulled out of their home, and accused of being illegal when in fact they are legal or Americans..thats racial profiling...it happened just 3 weeks ago to a 12 year old PHX boy...there is no excuse for it!!!

jdub
jdub

Funny, these are the same people that never noticed Obumbles radical relationships.

Das Boot
Das Boot

I'm starting my own bike club: R.A.I.A., Riders Against Ignorant Assholes. Yard apes like those in Riders USA and Riders Against Illegal Aliens need not apply.

PacMan
PacMan

These wannabe biker badasses are pussies. I know people in the Hells Angels who would kick their asses and piss on them in a New York minute. This guy with the beard probably works at Home Depot. What a bunch of freakin losers. They give all bikers a bad name.

alex
alex

re venonacables: I went to that site you posted, here's a little excerpt:

"All of the independent non-Nordish nations resulting from the racial partition would be situated along the southern periphery of the United States. As the southern periphery already borders a non-Nordish country and region (Mexico and the Caribbean) this would minimize the length of borders between the Nordish and non-Nordish races. None of the territory allotted to the non-Nordish nations belonged to the United States before 1803. To prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons, any nuclear weapons or production facilities located in non-Nordish areas would be moved to new sites within the Nordish area. Prisoners and other institutionalized persons would go with their race. With the exception of indigenous peoples, non-Nordish racial elements in the other Nordish countries of Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand would be encouraged to repatriate to their own racial homelands. Otherwise they could join other members of their race in the appropriate successor state as given above."

this is rediculous. i dont even know what to say, except that it scares me people are thinking like this!! this is very blatant white-privilege (read:'NORDISH')with respect, alex

George Cruise
George Cruise

How can the feds allow Arpaio to keep his 287g while hes running around with these criminal motorcycle groups and neonazis and who knows what else? I dont want my tax dollars going to fund someone who has extremists like these as allies. How can the Obama administration possibly condone this?

StokeyBob
StokeyBob

I think they should uphold the rule of law and govern by the rules set forth by the United States Constitution, as they swore they would with their oaths of office.

Back in the sixties the government came into the schools and brainwashed us with the idea we needed to control the population because it was rising so fast. They said the roads would become crowded and we would run out of things like water.

They unleashed abortions, birth control pills, and other forms of Family Planning.

To allow the country to be over run with the criminals in businesses illegal labor while the criminals in the government aid and abet the invasion is a travesty against mankind.

They have seen to it our children were killed to control the population at the same time allowing the world to export their population problems here.

What about our sacrifices, many made against our will?

P.S. We still haven't recovered from the last time the criminals in business were allowed to bring in their slaves.

Coz
Coz

The drama continues in Nazizona

 
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