Russell Pearce's Pal Shane Wikfors's Fake Outrage in Sonoran Alliance (w/Update)

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Does Wikfors apply his limp moral yardstick to his own scandalous pub? Hell, no.

It's always amusing when wingnuts try to grow a conscience. Like a beard on an alligator, you know it's fake from jump.

That's why I cracked a smile today while perusing far-right wing blog Sonoran Alliance, where moral relativist-in-charge Shane Wikfors is demanding an apology from Carolyn Cooper, a supporter of the recall of state Senate President Russell Pearce. This, for having the temerity to point out that Pearce operative Matt Tolman had posted a creepy pic of his teenage daughter's behind on his Facebook page.

Well, first off, if you ask me, it's Tolman who should be doling out an apology -- to his kid, who objected to the photo herself in a comment to the pic. 

Not only is Tolman an idiot, who has openly prevaricated about Pearce-foe Jerry Lewis and is now breaking the law in Mesa with his illegal signs, he's so clueless that he posted a suggestive photo of his daughter on a public site, one where he was dishing out political invective to all and sundry.

Cooper did the child a favor by shaming the dad, who finally made the photos of his kids private after earning a boatload of Bronx cheers for his boneheadedness. Cooper had posted the pic to her FB page, but later took it down after the point was made, maintaining her criticism of Tolman. 

Which shows she's a classy lady with steel in her spine.

As for Sonoran Alliance, which has zero shame in its game, allows writers to post anonymous articles, puts up press releases verbatim, and has sided with likely-to-be-disbarred ex-County Attorney Andrew Thomas despite all of his alleged illegal activities, its moral high horse is more of an ancient mule inching toward the glue factory. 

Case in point: SA's reprint of pseudo-reporter Linda Bentley's column in the Sonoran News (different pub, similar name and wingnuttiness) wherein she slimed an innocent American citizen, held her up as an example of "massive voter registration fraud," and suggested she had committed bigamy.

All false, BTW. 

So will Wikfors be issuing a retraction? Taking down the offending article? Offering an apology to Mesa resident Benita Lantigua, an upstanding woman who merely signed the Pearce recall petition and ended up the target of right-wing calumny as a result?

I asked Wikfors about this in a comment to his SA attack on Cooper. The response? Crickets.

Not surprising, of course. When folks like Wikfors get religion, keep an eye peeled for the cloven hoof, and your nose cocked for a whiff of brimstone.

UPDATE: After much back and forth on the comments to the SA post about Cooper, Wikfors reluctantly agreed to take down the Bentley article on his site.

Here's the "uncle" from Wikfors and my reply. Despite his cavils, he's at least doing what Bentley and Sonoran News are refusing to do. Though, I think he owes Lantigua an apology as well.

Stephen, I'm going to pull the post not because I believe you but because there are too many loose ends and conflicts between Linda's post and your post. Your post is very convoluted. There are also several conflicts between your post and what the Maricopa County Clerk of the Court and Maricopa County Recorder has listed regarding her cases/voter file. I could probably do a dedicated post on what I've discovered chronologically (and still discovering) which would have included information you have omitted from your findings. At this point, I'm not 100% who is correct and I don't have time at the moment to dig any further into the matter. I also don't think its fair to put scrutiny on Benita given the fact that I don't think the story is complete. So the post will go down unless/until I have the time or desire to write my own version. I will congratulate you though on causing enough conflict and confusion to force me to pull it. Congratulations.

"Your post is very convoluted. There are also several conflicts between your post and what the Maricopa County Clerk of the Court and Maricopa County Recorder has listed regarding her cases/voter file."

Sorry you're confused, Shane. The situation is a complex one. Though I laid it out here as plainly as possible. But there are no conflicts between what I've written and the record. None. Zip. Zero. Moreover, I did not do the poor reporting to begin with. Bentley did. I have merely corrected the record.

That said, I give you points for removing the Bentley article. Though, in the future, you may wish to refrain from posting unedited articles authored by a devoted Birther. Just saying.

"So the post will go down unless/until I have the time or desire to write my own version."

Heh, would love to see Shane Wikfors at the clerk of court pulling docs. If you need a tutorial, give me a call.


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Madmax774
Madmax774

Current pictures of Russell show that his nose is growing by two inches a day.  Not long before he will set the record for the longest nose by a member of the legislature.  Oh yes Scotty is a close second.

Guesty
Guesty

Like a broken clock that is right at least twice a day, the SA does have a legitimate point.  It was in bad taste to extend the creepiness of Tolman's photo by sharing it to a larger audience. The child has it tough enough, no need to pile on.

Unfortunate for the SA, like a broken clock it is also plagued by the constant shrieking of cuckoo that pop up at the oddest of moments. 

dortann
dortann

It should be pointed out that these are all Book of Mormon followers and, I believe, all members of the same stake as Supervisor Brock, et.al.  The elders in the Brock case(es) never reported confessions to police; and anything untoward going on in the Tolman household would have had to hit "the elders" upside the head with a kettle of five day old car-stored dead fish to even get their attention to report anything to police.

Poor woman/girl.  Maybe in 7 months or so they might DNA test her baby ... but you never heard it from me.  And Mr. Jeffs has nothing to do with the "modern" LDS Church.

wherewasi
wherewasi

LOL - now Shane has told me to "lawyer up".

He's sure high on himself, isn't he?

wherewasi
wherewasi

Mr. Lemons,

You might also find it humorous then that Shane attempted to intimidate me by replying to one of my posts that my ip address has been recorded.  I'm guessing that means that when those conservative investors cough up some money for them to become a bit more technically advanced and protective of their twisted self-righteous mind sets, I will be banned.

Woe is me.

LOL.

wherewasi
wherewasi

Awesome, Feathered B!!

You got to them big time.  Did you notice that they are now seeking "conservative investors" to make their little rag into a "for profit publication" to have more leverage to counter the ultra-liberal left viewpoints of another local political publication?

ROTFLMAO!!

Oh, and good job calling Shane out on the Benita Lantigua situation.

And isn't it amazing that Shane started his "article" with "I have always been vehemently adamant in by position to keep family members (especially children) out of political campaigns. So why then would a..." but Shane did NOT finish that sentence with the words "...father publicly disrespect his own daughter like our own heel, Matt Tolman did by posting a picture of his teen's ass on his public Facebook page?"

He and his muppets have yet to even acknowledge that Tolman might have done anything reprehensible.  Is it really possible for these uber-cons to be SO BRAINWASHED that they really think that Ms. Cooper is where this buck stops?

Mistalee
Mistalee

This is a fallacious argument from the git. Nobody is targeting Tolman's daughter in this political campaign. They are targeting Tolman himself for trying to turn his daughter's ass into internet porn. 

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

I'd say this "politically active Daddy" f'd up posting a picture of his daughter's behind on Facebook.

After the Anthony Wiener scandal, anyone remotely involved in politics is a dunce if they don't realize the potential repurcussions of social media.

The responsibility for his daughter, her picture on Facebook, begins and ends with Tolman.

Adrian Cruz
Adrian Cruz

BTW, after reading some of Wikfors' posts, I'm starting to think that he's hired Matt Tolman as his proofreader.  Why can't any nativists speak or spell correctly in English? 

Adrian Cruz
Adrian Cruz

I'm sure if Randy Parraz put a picture of his daugher's ASS on his political Facebook page, Shane and Matt would let it slide. 

Azhistory
Azhistory

Too bad you are giving them traffic. They get far more attention than they deserve. Hopefully that goes away once Pearce is gone.

Robert H. McDonald Jr
Robert H. McDonald Jr

I say this the Pearce supporters should take a pic send it to SA with a big middle finger and saw screw you to SA and their ilk

wherewasi
wherewasi

You neglect to mention that the whole incident was over and done with until Shane opened up a whole new discussion.  I have to agree with Mr. Lemons assessment that Mr. Wikfors' outrage was fake. 

If he was truly outraged by the **already resolved** matter, he would have used utmost care to make sure that it remained over and done with.  But if he couldn't resist the urge to bring it up yet again and felt a need to defend the young lady, the title of his blog would have been "Matt Tolman's Daughter Owed An Apology By Several People, Starting With Her Dad".

But, no.  That is not what occurred.  He used this as an opportunity to try to do damage control for the CWOPR crowd by trying to imply that a CBA backer was soley to blame.

He has yet to answer my direct question "If Matt hadn't taken that photograph and posted it on his public Facebook page in the first place, none of this discussion would be taking place, would it?"

The buck does not stop with Ms. Cooper.  The buck stops with Mr. Tolman.

Mr. Wikfors can try to twist the story into a pretzel and call it a yardstick and there are some bobble-heads that will self-righteously nod away.  I'm not one of them.

Mistalee
Mistalee

"High on himself?"

He's as full of shit as an egg is full of egg.

Mistalee
Mistalee

This only underscores the fact that Shane is a loudmouthed pisher.

Unless you have a static IP (and the vast majority of home users don't) he'll have a hard time banning you based on an IP address. If he attempts to, it's simply a matter of releasing and renewing your IP lease either by disconnecting and reconnecting your modem or by using ipconfig commands in order to get a new IP address.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Good one bud, and since I know they read this blog I will say the following:

Mr. Shane Wikfors, record this, FUCK YOU!Tolman is sick asshole that likes taking pictures of his own daughter's ass and posting them on the internet, he needs to apologize to his daughter for the picture and for the poor child having his genes. 

wherewasi
wherewasi

Mistalee,

If you are implying that Tolman did something that normal people might consider "perverted", Shane from Sonoran Alliance has a very strong message for you.  "Better lawyer up".

LOL!

Guesty
Guesty

Largely agree, but differ as to whether it ends with Tolman.

Extending the harm caused by another is still wrong. It was wrong to bring a child into this political discussion.

Mistalee
Mistalee

I'd say that this "politically active daddy" has some really disturbing issues based on his taking cheesecake pics of his sixteen-year-old daughter's ass. His posting the photo to facebook only served to make his issues known to the public.

I hope he seeks treatment before he tries to bone her.

Mistalee
Mistalee

It is hard to embrace the ideas of nativism and the tea party if one has an IQ over 70. That, I think, is why nativists are unable to speak or spell correctly in the one language they do speak. The nativism and illiteracy arise jointly from their common root cause, which is lack of mental capacity. 

I anticipate that Bobby will arrive on the scene shortly to prove my point.

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Kcarson
Kcarson

If the buck stops with Mr. Tolman, and someone then stalks his daughter, would that stalker not have any blame?

We are all accountable for our actions.  Tolman is a creep, but reprinting and resharing the photo was pretty creepy as well.  It could have been discussed in text-only.

Just as we wonder "what dad puts a photo of his daughter's butt on-line," we also wonder "what kind of adult tries to make viral a photo of a 14-year-old's butt?"

wherewasi
wherewasi

LOL - and that's no yolk!

He got pretty out of sorts over my insistence that he reply to a direct question with a direct answer.  The guy is more than half a bubble off plumb if you ask me.

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

I'll second that.  Where as PNT actually does real research, interviews, etc. before publishing their articles, SA simply tries to pass off rhetoric, misinformation, and sometimes falsehoods, as journalism.

They have a small niche readership.  I doubt money will increase their readership much more than it is now.   Maybe with some money they'll be able to afford a salesperson who can generate few ad accounts that will appeal to their audience.

SA is far from meeting ANY journalists standards.   I seriously doubt they'll realistically be able to compete with other right-wing extremist publications, much less progressive or mainstream media.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Wow! I'm going to go there now and see if I can buy a power drill to use on the kneecaps of spammers like you!

wherewasi
wherewasi

kcarson - just to be clear, review the 2nd paragraph in my post above.  I said that if Mr. Wikfors was truly concerned about protecting this young lady, the headline of his editorial blog (not "article") should have said that Matt Tolman's daughter was owed apologies from **several people, starting with her father**.

I have avoided saying much about Ms. Cooper's handling of the situation, mostly because I don't use Facebook or any other "social media" so I don't really have a basis for saying "what I would have done is...  "  But clearly it is a case of adults acting badly, all the way around.

My rage is over Mr. Shane Wikfor's post.  He claims that Matt Tolman is owed an apology from Ms. Cooper and "the Recall Supporters".  I call B.S. on that.  Mr. Tolman is not owed an apology from anyone.  Mr. Tolman is only owed a kick in the ass from his daughter.

Mr. Tolman's daughter is owed an apology from everyone who has made this an issue, including myself and that apology will be posted on SA website.

My point is that Matt Tolman snapped a photo of his teenaged daughter's rear end and posted it on his public Facebook page for all the world to see.  Ms. Cooper did indeed capitalize on that in a "less than mature" manner.  I do think she owes the young Ms. Tolman an apology for that.  But....  Mr. Wikfors adamantly denies any culpability on the part of Matt Tolman for this trash, claiming it was innocent family fun and all... 

I am here to call him out on BULLSHIT.

In the order of culpability:

Matt Tolman, for taking the photo and and posting it on a public Facebook page while embroiled in a toxic political battle.

Shane Wikfors for regurgitating an already "over and done" issue, claiming that Ms. Cooper used the young Tolman daughter to advance the cause of the Recall Effort, all the while disregarding the fact that he was using the story to further the cause of his failing support of Russell The Redneck Pearce.

Shane Wikfors is a freak.  I would post a link to his column where I think he really demonsrated his instability, but I just don't even want to go there any more.  He is nutz.

My final thought on trying to explain to Mr. Wikfors and his followers why he is so off base is this: 

NEVER TRY TO TEACH A ***PIG*** TO SING.  IT WASTES YOUR TIME AND IT ANNOYS THE PIG.

I annoyed the PIG (Shane).  That was my goal.

Peace!

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