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White Supremacist And Friend Of SB 1070 Godfather Commits Mass Murder/Suicide PDF Print E-mail
Written by Amy McMullen   
Saturday, 05 May 2012 02:46

 

A peaceful early May afternoon in a Phoenix suburb was violently shattered when a notorious white nationalist opened fire on his girlfriend and her family, killing four including an 15 month old baby before turning the gun on himself.


The details are still emerging but at this time it appears that on May 2nd, border vigilante and candidate for Pinal County sheriff,  J.T. Ready, dressed himself in body armor and entered his girlfriend, Lisa Medero’s home in Gilbert where he had been living. He then shot Lisa, her daughter Amber, Amber’s fiancé Jim Hoitt, and Amber’s 15 month old daughter Lilly before killing himself.  Lisa’s other daughter was either in the home or arrived after the event but, in any case, was unharmed. The baby was still alive at the scene when police arrived but died shortly thereafter at the hospital.  Numerous weapons, including anti-tank grenades were found at the house I find this difficult to write about because I’ve followed Ready with a kind of disgusted fascination over the past three years and have seen him on several occasions at different rallies I’ve attended. The first was at a Nazi rally in November of 2010 when all hell broke loose as black bloc protesters and police clashed and more recently in October when he and his buddies showed up with their weapons to Occupy Phoenix .

J.T. was never shy about his white supremacy leanings. There are numerous videos online where he goes on at great length describing his hatred of blacks, Mexicans, Jews and anyone else not of pure white European blood. He envisioned a continent where whites had their own homeland and where people of color were repelled by any means, including violence. While he oozed white supremacy at every pore, he also denied he was a supremacist, instead calling himself a white nationalist, as if this was somehow less racist and more acceptable. He was an active member of the National Socialist Movement (NSM) for several years, showing up at their neo-Nazi rallies with swastikas, flags and Hitler salutes. He always described Hitler as an “excellent white civil rights leader.”

Here is a video of one of their NSM anti-immigrant rallies.

More recently, Ready headed up a border vigilante group called Ready’s Rangers that conducted heavily armed patrols of the deserts south of Phoenix in search of drug cartels and what he called “narco-terrorists.” He had been trying to redefine himself as more of a mainstream patriotic defender of US sovereignty and had quit the NSM the previous year. He even started a campaign to run for sheriff of Pinal County, ironically as a Democrat, claiming he wanted to bring the democratic party back to the values of George Wallace.


Ready was propelled onto the national spotlight back in 2010 due to his long-standing friendship with Arizona state senator Russell Pearce. After the passage of Pearce’s immigration bill SB1070, all eyes pivoted on Arizona and the nativists in the legislature.

Rachael Maddow’s now-famous expose of the racist roots of SB1070 showed pictures of Pearce and Ready arm-in-arm smiling for the cameras juxtaposed with photos of Ready lined up and smiling with a bunch of Nazis. It was that very same expose that helped motivate me to speak out against the anti-immigrant legislation that Pearce has tirelessly defended and against the national anti-immigrant groups such as the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and pro-prison lobbies including the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) that stood to benefit enormously from the detention of immigrants.

Civil rights activists in Arizona had been writing about, videoing and exposing the connections between Pearce and Ready for years of course, but it took a spot on MSNBC before the rest of the country caught on to just how blatantly racist SB1070 was. Later Russell Pearce was recalled from the senate and nobody (except Pearce) is denying that his associations with extremists and his single-minded focus on immigration were factors in his defeat.

Of course Russell Pearce did scramble to distance himself from Ready, a man that he had  baptized and ordained into the LDS church.

J.T. described Pearce as a surrogate father and told of how he and Russell would stand on Pearce’s front porch together and tell Mexican jokes; they were that close. But once J.T. refused to participate in cloaking his racism in the manner nativist Arizona politicians like Pearce have long since mastered, Pearce had to distance himself. First he pretended he didn’t know Ready at all but when it became obvious they had a long standing relationship, Pearce had to backtrack and claim ignorance about Ready’s leanings. In his statement to the press after the shootings, Pearce once again attempted to rewrite history on his close attachment to Ready, something that one can only hope will be seen though as the fabrication it is during Pearce’s new campaign to recapture his senate seat.

As much as Ready loved to pontificate about his love of country devoid of brown folks and as much as he displayed his guns and got together with the boys dressed in camo and gilly suits to run around in the desert playing commando, it was hard to take him very seriously. He talked a good talk but often those who do are all talk. But sadly I, and many others misjudged the man. I figured him for a loudmouth blowhard; more revolting rhetoric than substance.

The violence Ready espoused coming home to roost in so horrific a fashion is like a reality punch to the gut. Speculation is running wild that one of the men in camouflage who shot at a truck full of undocumented migrants, killing two, in the desert not long ago could have been Ready. Whether or not this is true, we’re all faced with the level of violence that Ready was capable of, including turning his gun on a tiny child, one he is purported to have called “half ugly” because of her half Latino heritage.

There is no denying that Arizona is a dangerous state. We rank seventh in the nation for gun deaths and sixth for gun slayings. The violence is real, the guns are real, the hatred is real. Arizona is listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as being the home of seventeen hate groups.  Ready’s followers on Facebook have been spinning conspiracy theories about his murder at the hands of a cartel assassination squad instead of acknowledging his act of mass murder and extreme cowardice.

Sadly, those supporters and other like-minded people are still out there, armed, dangerous and true to their cause, whether they be vigilantes patrolling the desert proclaiming to be patriots or men in political power who speak the language of dog whistle racism while wrapping themselves in the American flag.

Arizona, if ever there was a time for a wake-up call, this is it.

Amy McMullen is an activist for human rights and social, economic and health justice currently residing in Arizona.  Her former incarnations include back-to-the-land counter culturalist, small business entrepreneur, charter boat captain, EMT, and rehabber of distressed homes.  She is currently unemployed except for her writing and  the required care and maintenance of her husband and two dogs.  She also volunteers for the Phoenix Urban Health Collective as a street medic.  Her writings on social justice and other subjects appear in Truthout, Salon, The Tucson Sentinel, The Pragmatic Progressive and on her blog at Open Salon.

 

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 May 2012 03:07
 
Pitbull Continues His 2012 Planet Pit World Tour With U.S. Leg Beginning July 26th PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert   
Friday, 04 May 2012 12:15

Pitbull will keep the party going this summer as he embarks on the U.S. leg of his Planet Pit World Tour. The tour, which has been through Mexico, Canada and Europe, kicks off July 26th in Chicago, IL at the Charter One Pavilion with dates confirmed through August 11th at the Bill Graham Civic Center in San Francisco, CA before bringing the party to Japan and Australia later this year. Tickets for the U.S. leg go on sale beginning May 4th at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.

Citi® cardmembers will also have access to presale tickets beginning Thursday, May 3rd at 10am local time through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Global sensation Pitbull has taken the world by storm with his critically acclaimed album Planet Pit, which features a host of pop music luminaries such as Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias, Jamie Foxx and Chris Brown as well as star-studded producers Dr. Luke, RedOne, Max Martin and David Guetta. The album's knockout single, "Give Me Everything," reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Top 40 Mainstream and Rhythm charts. Following the path of hits, Pitbull's latest larger-than-life smash "Back In Time," is an original song created exclusively for the highly anticipated action adventure comedy Men in Black 3. The worldwide hit-maker will also be featured in two summer anthems with superstars Jennifer Lopez ("Dance Again") and Shakira ("Get It Started"). Pitbull will bring these hits to life across the country this summer, using the raw energy of his live band to create an electrifying performance that his fans will never forget.

PITBULL 2012 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:

Date

City

Venue

On Sale Date

July 26

Chicago, IL

Charter One Pavilion

May 12

July 28

Detroit, MI

DTE Energy Music Theater

May 5

July 29

Cleveland, OH

Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

May 18

July 31

Atlanta, GA

Chastain Park Amphitheatre

May 11

August 2

Houston, TX

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

May 5

August 3

Thackerville, TX

Windstar Casino

May 4

August 4

Albuquerque, NM

Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion

May 4

August 5

Tuscon, AZ

AVA Amp

May 19

August 7

Chula Vista, CA

Cricket Pavilion

May 5

August 8

Los Angeles, CA

Universal Amphitheatre

May 19

August 10

Las Vegas, NV

Red Rock Amphitheatre

May 19

August 11

San Francisco, CA

Bill Graham Civic Center

May 18

 
Romney Campaign Leak: Embrace Rap to Attract Black Voters PDF Print E-mail
Written by E. G.   
Thursday, 03 May 2012 04:53

If singing  “Who Let the Dogs Out” wasn’t an indicator of how out of touch the Romney campaign is with minority voters–try a strategy of embracing rap. Sources close to the Romney campaign recently leaked that Romney would profess his appreciation for rap music and make references to rappers as a strategy to attract African-American voters.  Apparently the campaign has been creating flash cards of past and present rappers, the states they are from, and the songs that made them famous. In addition, they’ve discussed the possibility of using hologram technology similar to the Tupac/Snoop Dogg show as a means to entertain crowds in urban areas.

When asked to confirm the “rap strategy”, a spokesperson for the Romney campaign replied:

“Mitt Romney loves all music.  The diversity of music in America reflects the diversity of our people. We understand the need to connect with people from all different backgrounds and music connects people.”

So, Mitt Romney loves the trees in Michigan, grits in the South, guns at the NRA and —Tupac in California and Biggie in New York?

Source: http://www.freewoodpost.com

Satire mocks extremism

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 May 2012 06:26
 
Arizona Bill will Ban Subversive Latino Music from Radio PDF Print E-mail
Written by Orbson Rice   
Thursday, 03 May 2012 05:02

If Governor Jan Brewer gets her way, Arizona radio stations will soon be prohibited from playing Latino music over the airwaves. On May 3, the Arizona House will vote on a bill that would ban any music that:

 

 

1. Promotes the overthrow of the United States government.

2. Promotes resentment toward a race or class of people.

3. Is designed primarily for listeners of a particular ethnic group.

4. Advocates ethnic solidarity instead of treating listeners as individuals.

According to the bill, “Any music that includes more than five words in a language other than English will be reviewed by an independent commission for seditious overtones.” By these standards, many popular artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Shakira, Pitbull and Selena Gomez will likely find their songs banned from Arizona radio stations. According to Brewer, this legislation is necessary to “curb the growing use of subversive music to manipulate young Latinos into hating the United States.” Since entering office, Brewer has made a concerted effort to attack Hispanic culture. HB 2281, with surprisingly similar language, outlawed the teaching of Ethic Studies in Arizona schools. According to Tucson Unified School District board member Michael Hicks, “If there is no more white people in the world then okay, you can do what you want.” Until then, Brewer is doing everything she can to curb the flow of Latino music, books and history over Arizona borders.

Brewer’s supporters believe that the Governor is only doing what is necessary to protect the “American way of life”. Evelyn Rothchild, President of Ban Items Toxic to Christian Homes states, “Music these days is sinful. It’s all sex, drugs and violence. Ever since that “La Bamba” song came out we have been fighting against this evil Mexican music. What does ‘La Bamba’ even mean?  Do you know? It probably means America is Satan? Why would we want to put that on the airwaves?”

Governor Brewer is quick to point out that she is not banning Latino music, merely asking that it be translated into English and examined for “inappropriate” lyrics before airing it on the radio. “If a song has good wholesome lyrics, it can be played in our official state language. Artists can no longer hide subversive and incendiary material behind the Spanish language.” The Bill is expected to pass the House and be signed by Brewer on Thursday, or as Arizonians will now call it, “the day the music died”.

Source: http://www.freewoodpost.com

Satire mocks extremism

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 May 2012 06:25
 
What does ThugLifeArmy.com, Snoop Dogg, Binky Mack and the Blue Goose Music Festival have in common? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frenkie   
Thursday, 03 May 2012 00:48

 

Well, let's just say that we at Thug Life Army will be the media sponsor for an awesome festival in Shreveport, Louisiana and you will have a chance of winning a recording contract with well respected world renown producer, Westside Connection Affiliate, Binky Mack. And if that was not Chingon (“Awesome” it just sounds so much better in Spanish) enough, the project will be distributed by no one other than the Dogg himself, Snoop Doggy Dogg! Doggy Style Records

3RD ANNUAL BLUE GOOSE MUSIC FESTIVAL

WITH MUSIC BY: WHODINI,OMARION, THE SUGARHILL GANG,SCORPIO,LJAI (formerly of Profyle) SLICK RICK, Dee 1, K'JON,GINUWINE, YO-YO THE WEST COAST QUEEN OF HIP-HOP,KOOL MOE DEE, YOUNG MONEY SINGER/SONGWRITER SHANELL A/K/A SnL, FOX TV'S GLEE STAR ...JC JONES,NAVAJO,JACK D, CAM OF 40 KARATS, DEAR CHARMAINE,GO FOR BROKE ENT AJ AND THE TWO TONES BLUES BAND, SOULFISH BLUES BAND, LAYDEE, COLE, FAYPAC UNLEASHED, TCHAI, AND MORE....

*** ARTIST LINE-UP SUBJECT TO CHANGE*******

MAY 18TH,19TH, AND 20TH AT THE LOUISIANA STATE FAIRGROUNDS
$25 ADMISSION
$50 THREE DAY EVENT PASS
KIDS 6 AND UNDER FREE
6-12 $5

Ticket Information - http://bluegoosemusic-efbevent.eventbrite.com/

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Kid pass May 18, 2012 $5.00 $1.12
Single pass(all events) May 18, 2012 $25.00 $1.62
3 day pass (all events) May 18, 2012 $50.00 $2.24

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Last Updated on Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:04
 
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