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Investigators examining the bloody scene near Phoenix where an anti-immigrant neo-Nazi murdered four people, including a 15-month-old baby girl, turned up “chemicals and military grade munitions,” authorities just announced.
J.T. Ready, a 39-year-old former National Socialist Movement leader who formed the nativist, militia-like U.S. Border Guard, was the apparent shooter before taking his own life in the murder-suicide, Gilbert Police Sgt. Bill Balafas said in a statement released today. ( continue to full post… )
Nativist extremists and white supremacists wasted little time responding with half-cocked conspiracy theories to the news that J.T. Ready, a neo-Nazi border vigilante, had died in an apparent murder-suicide outside Phoenix. For some, the blame lay with Mexican drug cartels. For others, it was the Zionist Occupied Government, or ZOG, once again silencing a critic. ( continue to full post… )
Former Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce, the author of his state’s draconian anti-immigrant S.B. 1070 law, issued a statement last night denouncing “the local media” for attempting to tie him to J.T. Ready, the neo-Nazi who is believed to have murdered four people earlier in the day before being shot to death himself.
What an utter crock. ( continue to full post… )
Jason Todd Ready, one of the nation’s leading neo-Nazi and anti-immigrant activists, apparently was the gunman who carried out a deadly shooting this afternoon that left five people dead, including himself, in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert.
The gunman, identified as the notorious J.T. Ready by the Arizona Republic and others, was dressed in body armor and equipped with several firearms during the shooting, at an upscale residential area where he lived with his girlfriend. That woman, her 19-year-old daughter, the daughter’s boyfriend and an 18-month-old baby girl initially were identified as the shooting victims. ( continue to full post… )
As the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this week concerning Arizona’s controversial immigration law, a racist patriarch of the anti-immigrant movement once again found a mainstream platform for his hate-filled, conspiracy-mongering extremism.
“No better symbol of the deep political and social divide over illegal immigration exists than here on the Mexico-U.S. border, along Glenn Spencer’s rural desert property,” CNN reported. “And no better symbol exists of the contradictions and conundrums from an unresolved government enforcement policy.” ( continue to full post… )
The Pima County, Ariz., Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of two Latino immigrants who were shot last night when a group of men wearing camouflage ambushed their pickup truck.
Sheriff’s Deputy Dawn Barkman told local news outlets that the shooting occurred in Eloy, about 60 miles north of Tucson. He added that the victims were traveling with a larger group in a wash commonly used for human smuggling when an unknown number of men armed with rifles began firing. ( continue to full post… )
Anti-immigrant activist Kris Kobach draws a paycheck as the duly elected secretary of state in Kansas. But he sure spends a lot of time meddling in the business of other states.
Kansans Count, a coalition of civil and voting rights groups, recently obtained copies of Kobach’s calendars, schedules and phone records through an open records request. The group found that, since he took office in January 2011, Kobach has participated in 108 media appearances with out-of-state media outlets – most of which had to do with immigration, not Kansas.
The group said the study was prompted by Kobach’s failure to do the work necessary to implement the strict voter ID law he pushed.
The findings were no surprise to those who follow Kobach’s activism: He’s spending his time in other states defending anti-immigrant laws that he has promoted. ( continue to full post… )
Frank Borzellieri is making a “desperate appeal” to supporters of the academic racist group American Renaissance to back his legal defense fund. Borzellieri was fired last August from his post as principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in the Bronx after his connection to American Renaissance and his racist views were made public by the New York Daily News. His opinions were deemed “incompatible” with Catholic teachings by the Archdiocese of New York.
In 2004, Borzellieri wrote a book, Don’t Take It Personally: Race, Immigration, Crime and Other Heresies, in which he declared “diversity is a weakness” and claimed that rising black and Latino populations in America will lead to a “New Dark Age.” He had spoken at American Renaissance conferences and been published in its newsletter, which argues that blacks and Latinos are inferior to whites.
While serving as principal for Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which teaches kindergarten through eighth grade, Borzellieri reportedly pushed to ban a biography on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., remove an openly gay teacher and gay-rights activist from the classroom at Public School 199 in Sunnyside and bar school employees from making any references to homosexuality. He also introduced a resolution calling for students to be taught that U.S. culture is superior. ( continue to full post… )
In a move that is sure to endear it permanently to America’s nativist extremist demographic, the Outdoor Channel last night featured hate group leader Glenn Spencer on “Border Battles,” a recently debuted reality show about “what it takes to protect our nation’s borders from drug smuggling, illegal immigration and terrorism.” ( continue to full post… )
Anti-immigrant law drafter extraordinaire Kris Kobach continues to play dumb about the racist organization bankrolling his efforts, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), and its founder John Tanton. In a piece published by Salon yesterday, Kobach, who is also the Kansas secretary of state, was quoted claiming that he is “not familiar with [Tanton’s] writings or his views.” He also said: “I have not done any legal work for any organization that expresses or supports racial discrimination, nor will I ever do so in the future. ”
Really, Kris? ( continue to full post… )