Russell Pearce Apologist Linda Bentley's Denial of Guilt Over J.T. Ready

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A screenshot from the March 13, 2007 ADL forum where J.T. Ready was publicly exposed

I've often said that in Arizona you don't have to be a swastika-carrying neo-Nazi to have the same or similar beliefs. Which is why the presence of neo-Nazis and other right-wing wackjobs in the midst of the immigration donnybrook here in Sand Land has caused little or no outrage. 

And yet, when the rhetoric of hate leads almost inevitably to bloodshed, the rationalizations and excuses begin. In the case of murderous neo-Nazi J.T. Ready, the historical revisionism and denial of guilt has found its ultimate shill in wingnut anti-immigration advocate Linda Bentley, a way-loony scribe who masquerades as a reporter for the über-right Cave Creek freebie, Sonoran News.

Bentley's column this week deals with Ready's massacre of four unfortunates, including a baby girl, before reportedly turning the gun on himself. But the purpose of her column is not to decry the horror of what happened, commiserate with the victims, or discuss how the community should deal with the tragedy.

Nope, all Bentley cares about is covering for Ready's onetime associates, such as state Senate President Russell Pearce, and all the other nativist haters on Bentley's side of the fence. 

When it suited their purposes, they embraced dangerous radicals like Ready. Now that he's branded a baby-killer, they have an extra-special need to claim Ready was not part of their movement.

Buffalo Rick Galeener, second from right, in the audience of the March 2007 ADL forum

Here's what Bentley writes along those lines:

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Americal69
Americal69

any conviction in the military is a felony.  how did he have a gun?

Arizona Eagletarian
Arizona Eagletarian

Bob Burns, a guy who spent several years in the legislature, is now on the Appellate Courts Commission on Appointments AND is running for a seat on the Corporation Commission is in the back row of the pic on page two (where Albert Fernandez is speaking to a March 2007 forum). That guy is BAD NEWS.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Thanks for the update.  Pearce and others are like roaches...having no problem until the lights are on, then they scurry. 

Shows a level of personal integrity that is simply NOT.

DNichols
DNichols

Russell Pearce should now see that there are Consequences to the Vitrol, Hate, and Racism he has spewn across America.

Pearce, Arpaio, and Brewer all have sickening ties to Extremists, and Racist Hate Groups!

Anyone remember America before Pearces January 2008 Anti-Immigrant Rant began?

"America is great because it is good, when it ceases to be good, it ceases to be great."
Alex De Tocqueville
A very wise 1840's French Historian.

sveny
sveny

My concern is that Pearce, who also has domestic violence issues in his past, would also be prone to such a despicable act of violence. These right wing, bigoted and hate spewing animals are all one blown fuse short of committing such acts of horror.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

This Bentley seems nuttier than both CAP's Herrod and Sylvia Allen combined.

K Carson
K Carson

I don't like you much of the time, Lemons, but then there are times like this when I love you.

Great reporting!

Miguelobrien
Miguelobrien

Anyone who would shoot a young girl would certainly shoot a nice rancher.

Miguelobrien
Miguelobrien

Where were Ready and Foote [Ford, Kelley] when Rob Krenz was killed?  Am I by myself?  Is anyone doing some ballistics work?  Rob was well-armed, including a good dog; it had to be someone eve the dog trusted who was able to walk up on him.  And someone who did not need a good quad.  Am I by myself?  Is Paul Rubin asking these questions?

shlthead
shlthead

Another anti-immigration racist asshole kills children, again. It seems JT Ready, Anders Breivik, and Shawna Forde each share several strong and recurring common themes--and it's hard to pick just one: Whether it's appointing themselves as patriotic warriors in their minds, or creating official 'groups' complete with official-sounding names to stroke their own entitled sense of authority. Or being ultra-nationalistic, pride-filled loudmouths. Or spreading hysteria specifically towards non-white immigrants -- and holding completely dehumanizing and cold views towards their targets. Or the strange fascination with dressing-up in uniform lol and looking like complete idiots. Or even parallels such as being self-important blowhards convinced of being 'well-informed' based on so-called 'facts' derived from hysteria-driven blogs. And most certainly being racist, intolerant, jingoistic, bigoted, xenophobic, pseudo-patriotic cowards with a hero-complex who ultimately reveal their true 'heroism' under their tough-guy act by heartlessly killing harmless and defenseless children.

PeeOnTea
PeeOnTea

"That's because Bentley and her nativist cohorts helped create a climate
of hate in Arizona that led to the rise of avowed racists such as Ready"

Right on Stephen, you tell them racist pigs!  whoo hoo!!! more please, more!!!

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

So two dead kids by border vigilante nativists so far. I wouldn't doubt that the good volks at the Snoring Alliance are quietly thrilled, believing that "nits make lice."

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

I know noth-ing. I see....Noth-ing! I hear NOTH-ING! NOTH-ING!!!!!

Hey, it worked for Sgt. Schultz... 

david saint
david saint

They condoned it up until it suited them..then when it blew up in their face its "oh we disowned him years ago"..lol BULLSHIT! They disowned him when he went on a murderous rampage, and only because of that! 

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Hey Linda,

Shane over at Snorin Alliance has come out as homosexual and a Democrat. Why don't you write about that instead of disgraced, narcissistic, corrupt and mentally sick Pearce?

I also hear Rachel Alexander over at Intellectual Conservative is in need of a new buddy since Candy Andy threw her fat greasy ass under the bus. Maybe you can join her and shut the fuck up. 

Anon
Anon

... then there was Andrew Thomas down in Tucson April 1 week used the nice rancher's death to kick off his ad campaign for the GOP primary for state attorney general. We know where that went....

Bnbk
Bnbk

You raise a great point. We as citizens should demand an independent investigation.

Anon
Anon

miguelobrien, you're on to something. who gave these vigilante's the freedom to do as they pleased at the border and around Arizona. An outside independent investigation is needed.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 Shane is quoted on CNN defending Arpaio.  And we know that Arpaio was also a buddy of Ready.

DNichols
DNichols

Jan Brewer signed a Bill last February to Fund Drunken non-vetted Vigilantes in Arizona.

I think Governor Brewer has gotten her wish?

Can you still get "Brewer is an Idiot" bumper stickers?

TruConserv
TruConserv

How the fuck did AZ GOP get taken over by wingnuts?  Shane is a radical right-winger, not a conservative -- at least not as that word is used in ordinary politics.

It's time to take the GOP back from the wingnuts and return it to the true conservatives.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 go to the cnn website and then use  2012/05/10/us/arizona-maricopa-lawsuit/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

Shane showing he has no ethic or even a spine....

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