Feathered Bastard

Mini-Doc Blasts Bishop Olmsted, Governor Janet Napolitano, and Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

This new Gilman video lambastes Sand Land politicos high and low.

Dennis Gilman has outdone himself in this new, mini-documentary on the conflict between the town of Guadalupe and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Titled simply Guadalupe vs. Arpaio, it begins with ex-Guadalupe Mayor Rebecca Jimenez speaking about the importance of standing up to bullies. The video then invokes a famous quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." From there, it builds into a searing indictment of the corruption and cowardice among public officials high and low in our state and county.

No one escapes Gilman's wrath. He berates Governor Janet Napolitano for staying silent on the recent attack ads against Arpaio-foe and fellow Democrat Dan Saban (though the Governor defended Republicans Russell Pearce and Sarah Palin from criticisms she found objectionable). Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted suffers verbal punishment for failing to condemn Arpaio's sweeps and raids targeting Hispanics. Guadalupe activists Santino and Socorro Bernasconi are reproached for helping to oust former Mayor Jimenez after she stood up to Sheriff Joe during an MCSO sweep of the town. Guadalupe's new Mayor Frankie Montiel is castigated for fawning before the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, pleading that the sheriff stay in Guadalupe. And finally, the Supes are blasted for their slavish support of Sheriff Joe, save for Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, the lone Joe-critic on the Board.

Gilman deftly weaves religious imagery into his YouTube jeremiad, leaving you with that chilling sense of unease caused by evil triumphant. Gilman also has a new video out on the ongoing war between the activist group Maricopa Citizens for Safety and Accountability and the Supes, which you can check out, here. And there are plenty more where that came from at Gilman's YouTube channel Humanleague002.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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