Are You Buyin' Russell Pearce's Explanation of His Ties to J.T. Ready?

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The gentleman on the right, Russell Pearce, says he's got nothing to do with the guy on the left, J.T. Ready
Believe it or not, the Feathered Bastard Stephen Lemons is thinking recalled Senate President Russell Pearce isn't exactly being truthful about his ties to J.T. Ready, who police believe murdered four people before icing himself in a Gilbert home Wednesday.

Lemons has been covering the duo for quite some time now, which he summed up pretty succinctly the day of the massacre in Gilbert.

Pearce seemed to be confused as to why members of the media had his phone ringing off the hook Wednesday.

"I spent much of my day resisting efforts by those in the media to get me to make a statement," Pearce said in a statement. "Today's events have nothing to do with me and no connection to me. Yet TV news crews started coming to my home seeking comments and my telephone rang nonstop with calls from those who were desperate to score the ugliest of political points off of this tragedy. Now my name is being mentioned in coverage and I have no choice but to respond."

In April 2007, Lemons wrote about Ready being exposed as a big ol' neo-Nazi -- which Pearce may have known the year before, due to work from the Anti-Defamation League.

Pearce and Ready continued to be buddy-buddy after that, possibly up until Pearce said he wanted nothing to do with him in August 2008.

Thus, are you buyin' Pearce's explanation, specifically this part of his statement this week:

"In the past several years the local media has worked hard to try to tie me to the JT Ready that preached hate, and that is nothing more than a lie," he said. "When I learned the truth about him, I made it clear how wrong I thought it was and I worked to remove him from our Party."

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Bnbk
Bnbk

Don't worry,Brain-Fart Brewer will eat them for breakfast.

flyinroom
flyinroom

There sure are a lot of rocks being turned over in Arizona these days..... I have a message for the good folks of AZ.

"KEEP ON TURNING"

Not Surprised, Again
Not Surprised, Again

Local media my ass!  Stop lying Pearce!

Pearce, you want to know who tied you to JT Ready, look in the mirror!

Pearce didn't have anything to do with JT Ready's decision to kill his girlfriend, her family and himself.  But Pearce absolutely had something to do with JT Ready.

Google "When Valley Neo-Nazi J.T. Ready Converted to Mormonism, Guess Which Prominent Politico Ordained Him an "Elder"

It was "High Priest" Russell Pearce that ordained JT Ready. The article shows copies of the baptism portrait with both Pearce and Ready, and Ready's ordination certificate, signed by Pearce.

Pearce also helped JT Ready become GOP chairperson for LD18, until others revolted against their brand of extremism and forced Ready's removal.

Pearce knew JT Ready well, he mentored and supported him, they spewed their shared extremist rhetoric both together and apart.

Their vile extremism defines Russell Pearce today as much as it ever did JT Ready; Pearce doesn't get a free pass on this one.

Pearce was and is a part of this; Pearce has always been vocal and unapologetic for his demented rhetoric and twisted political extremism; he should own it today like any other day.

Pearce's statement was issued because Pearce doesn't stand a chance of winning unless he tones down his rhetoric and extremism.

Let's not be fooled by Pearce's temporary claimse that he's anything other than what he's been for the last 12 years.

Arizona could do with a few less Pearce's and Ready's in our politics, and especially our government.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Common thread ---- domestic violence
Common thread ---- flag shirts
Common thread ---- self described patriot
Common thread ---- Nobody knows better tude
Common thread ---- Fat

Common thread ---- Racism
Common thread ---- bully
Common thread ---- Control freak
Common thread ---- Fired from jobs
Etc.

Kpegjer94
Kpegjer94

What are the chances PIERCE and  the rest old his cronies  have been secretly funding that   neo nazi all along  ??????  encluding arming him and  having him play  war in the desert at night  against the mexicans  ?????   THAT SCUM BAG GOT ALL THAT AMMO AND GUNS SOMEWHERE ........Remember the pickup   with  "illegal aliens in it "  that was ambushed   in the night  weeks back ??????   people were killed by ARMED MALITA TYPE PEOPLE ........LOOKS LIKE IT FITS THE WACO GROOP TO ME ................MURDER IS MURDER  ON U.S.  SOIL ........

Rvhobo195
Rvhobo195

Russell Pearce was involved in the Fiesta Bowl fisaco, tried a questionable tactic to win his recall election putting forth a sham candidate, is this honesty, morality, ethics at its best? I doubt it, he is a evil old man whom associates with evil folks and hence his fate is sealed, doubt he see's one thing wrong in his life, those doomed to be the infamous biblical goats don't see wrong in what they do or think, its beyond their capacity to feel guilt, empathy, pity, they are like ravenous wolves hungering for their prey! The good thing is Jesus is the shepard, some will go to his flock of sheep, the goats will be culled out and their awe and shock is truly going to be a sight to see!

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

Russell Pearce is allied with Kansas white supremacists who wrote/authored his SB 1070, if one is not totally blind it takes no rocket scientist to do the math, if racists wrote/authored SB 1070, then folks who advocate for it hide behind fake, phoney patriotism arguments to hide their true natures, agenda! In the 1960's Ku Klux Klan hid behind two things one legal one theological, the legal one was the states right issue of 10tth amendment, the theological one was the belief by some in the Christian community that blacks were decendants of Cain who killed his brother Abel, hence the "Mark of Cain" theology, Mormons till 1978 denied blacks access tot heir churches for this same theological belief, officially they changed it due to a black couples civil suit in federal court but to my knowledge no civil suit or judgment has ever made a racist a non racist! Pearce is as obvious as one can be what he is by whom he associates hisself with, when one has photos of ones self hugging a Neo-Nazi white supremacist, advocating a bill written/authored by white supremacists it takes no rocket scientist to put 2 + 2 = 4! Two kinds of racists, the proud ones like JT Ready & his buddies, Ku Klux Klan etc., and the cowardly ones who deny it but hide behind fake, phoney legal arguments, but on judgment day they will get sorted to that flock of goats and hence their much deserved eternal reward!

Car_del99
Car_del99

He, had nothing to do with Olivia cortez...either...

Coz
Coz

The look pretty chumy to me...Birds of a feather flock together as they say.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

JT and Ste(ph)en texted and called eachother and were Facebook friends up until the day JT killed a 16 month old baby girl. That makes ste(ph)en a friend and supporter of baby killers all over the world! ...that's if you buy into ste(ph)en's logic.

I know you morons will quibble about how I am an ardent supporter of russel Pearce because I don't buy into every negative comment that can be dreamed up by ste(ph)en and company, but that assertion would be false. I think that Jerry Lewis better represents the constituents within his district than Pearce did and therefore applaud Lewis' victory over russel. I seem to be the only one who sees through ste(ph)en's bullshit and recognize it for what it is; ste(ph)en's abuse of his pulpit power to grind a personal vendetta. There is zero credibility to ste(ph)en as a journalist.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Exactly! Thank you!

See ste(ph)en? This imbecile is gunning for your position as yellow journo of the year and seems a worthy opponent!

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

I have seen a picture of you standing (and smiling) next to Arpaio.  I don't know if pictures of the past are accurate reflections of the present.  Wouldn't you agree?

mirele
mirele

Yourproductsucks, Your Logic Sucks bigtime! Did you read where Lemons said he was very careful not to let Ready know where he (Lemons) lived? That's not the mark of a friend. That's the mark of a rattlesnake you want to keep at a distance.

Not Surprised, Again
Not Surprised, Again

YPS, sounds like sour grapes.  You're pissed Lemons was right about Ready, and more than a little but hurt that there aren't going to many more threads regarding Ready for you to flail against Lemons on.

No worries, Arizona's got plenty more nut crackers.  Someone will, unfortunately, step up to take Ready's place and you can continue pissing into the wind.

Rob
Rob

 "JT and Ste(ph)en texted and called eachother and were Facebook friends
up until the day JT killed a 16 month old baby girl. That makes
ste(ph)en a friend and supporter of baby killers all over the world!
...that's if you buy into ste(ph)en's logic."

Well, that's buying into your warped sense of logic, YPS.

Now, if you had written "JT and Stephen texted and called eachother, Stephen ordained Ready into the Mormon church, Stephen forwarded emails from Ready to readers, Stephen stood by and applauded and congratulated Ready after he gave anti immigrant speeches laced with calls to violence and that makes Stephen a supporter...." well then, I might agree with you.

Quinn
Quinn

 Your argument holds no water.  Ste(ph)en [what's the (ph) about?] didn't rise to power pushing SB1070. Au contraire, Yourpostssuck, he actively opposed it.  And to keep one's enemies closer is likely good practice for a journalist. By contrast, Pearce brought Ready into the faith, fostered
his political and ideological development, then disavowed Ready when it became politically
expedient to do so.

Are you such a simpleton that you can't see the distinction, or does it just not fit your skewed views?

Car_del99
Car_del99

 " ste(ph)en's abuse of his pulpit power to grind a personal vendetta."  And yet , you believe  everything R. P says ?
WHO IS THE MORON HERE ?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

By the way, y'all enjoy Ted Nugent tonight.

Is there a special section reserved for the MCSO?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

 And what does making excuses for a corrupt bigot like Pearce make you...........?

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

...and you're reading comprehension skills suck.  I didn't suggest they were friends.  I was pointing out ste(ph)en's hypocrisy.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

JT Ready was a piece of shit. ste(ph)en isn't sole proprietor of that summation. Stay on task and try posting something relevant to the conversation.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Of course my argument doesn't hold water, it was a facetious statement.
Your assessment of the Pearce/ Ready relationship is an interesting one. Are you suggesting that Pearce made Ready the racist murderer he turned out to be? Your statement that, "Pearce brought Ready into the faith, fostered his political and idealogical behavior and then disavowed him" lends to that argument. A curious statement to make indeed. Except LDS tenets nor conservative viewpoints coincide with Ready's behavior. The irony of it all is Ready was a registered Democrat and had been excommunicated from the LDS church, in part because his extremist views were in direct conflict with the tenets of the Church.

His political alignment is dismissed as chicanery by Democrats, and for good reason, yet his relationship with the LDS church and the Republican Party is not afforded the same treatment. Instead it is exploited and politicized by the likes of ste(ph)en and company.

This guy was an asshole and the world is a better place in his absence. I think we all agree with that. Using this asshole's final heinous minutes of theiving oxygen in order to smear political foes is absurd.

Pearce has infadically denounced Ready for his views. Was Pearce a bit slow on the uptake when figuring out Ready was lying to him and toying with the party in order to further his personal agenda? Hell yes! Did Pearce make Ready the racist murdering hateful person he'd become? Don't be ridiculous.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

I believe everything Pearce says? How were you able to reach that conclusion?

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

I won't be able to make it. It's my turn to park in front of Resident19's house.
There is no telling when Jason will author his next blockbuster letter to the DoJ that will surely lead to Arpaio's ousting. We've gotta be watching that Wiley one night and day!

Goya
Goya

Yourproductsucks what did Lemon do to you?  Were you the victim of his investigative reporting?  What happened? 

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

I began the conversation. You responded to it. It amazes me how people like you have reached adulthood.

Not Surprised, Again
Not Surprised, Again

"Stay on task and try posting something relevant to the conversation"

You first.

Quinn
Quinn

 I don't care what Ready's most recent party affiliation was. And how does cut and paste change 'development' to 'behavior'?  LDS, is what it is, and it appears neither Pearce nor Ready are/were true adherents.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

...and how could I misquote you when I copied and pastes the text that you wrote?

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Ready died a registered Democrat. Did he change his far right leaning?

You believe Reasy, a pathological liar? That is your perogative. His comments regarding Pearce at that time were synonymous to that of a jilted lover and should be weighed as such. But it fits into the lefts back pocket, so who cares about weighing its voracity.

I especially like your slanted attack on the LDS church. Very classy!

Quinn
Quinn

 http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpoi...
Ready claimed, even beyond his politics, his extremism was mentored by then-state Sen. Russell Pearce.
My leap into the extremist right was more of a push off the cliff than a
preplanned adventure, however. Having the tutelage of Senate President
Russell Keith Pearce for years, I knew very well how to work fringe
elements slowly into the system. ...

Quinn
Quinn

Yourproductsucks:You ask, "are you suggesting that Pearce made Ready the racist murderer he turned out to be?"  Then go on to (slightly) misquote me when you wrote, "Pearce brought Ready into the faith (yes), fostered his
political and idealogical behavior (no) and then disavowed him (yes)" lends to that
argument....

I wrote that Pearce "fostered [Ready's] political and ideological development..."  Which I stand by, since it was Ready himself who said as much.  Not only that, Ready said clearly (again paraphrasing), after being disavowed by Pearce , that Pearce's views were  his own, just that Pearce felt it was more effective [to be a latent racist] to work within the system in order to bring about the changes they sought.

So, yes, I believe Ready.  I believe Ready's bigoted views were fostered and influenced by his latent racist mentor, Russell Pearce. Furthermore, I believe Ready's bigoted views (take for example his repeated assertions to the mother that her mixed-race baby Lilly was half ugly) were at a minimum a contributing factor in the deaths. Living a life focused on hatred of others degrades respect for all.

If you believe Ready that Pearce helped develop his bigoted views, and then this bigot kills a baby who he has repeatedly called half ugly based on its racial mix, then I believe it's fair to suggest a connection exists.  If Ready was, in fact, inculcated into a racist leaning group (and I am not saying LDS is inherently racist, but when was it again that the LDS give up its no blacks policy?), then it certainly didn't help him to view Lilly as a human deserving of life.

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