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Nazis Conducting Arizona Border Patrols; Connected to Sponsor of Arizona Immigration Bill

Comment: Neo-Nazi J.T. Ready, associate of Russell Pearce, the sponsor of Arizona’s recent and highly controversial immigration legislation, is launching a para-military border patrol operation.

Note the resonance and political overlap between this milieu and the GOP’s  Palin/Tea Party types, who use the same anti-immigrant rhetorical stance.

“Neo-Nazis Patrol the Vekol Valley; J.T. Ready Calls ‘Border Ops’ for Saturday” By Stephen Lemons;  Phoenix New Times; 6/16/2010.

Excerpt: Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu recently announced that “drug cartels” control the area in his county where deputy Louie Puroll was allegedly shot at, and where two men were recently gunned down.

Now Babeu may be getting some assistance from an unwelcome and unsavory source: Vigilantes led by National Socialist Movement member J.T. Ready.

As I blogged back in May, Ready and fellow neo-Nazi Harry Hughes have been going on illegal alien “patrols” in Pinal County’s Vekol Valley, dressed in camouflage and armed with assault rifles. . . .


7 comments for “Nazis Conducting Arizona Border Patrols; Connected to Sponsor of Arizona Immigration Bill”

  1. Neo-Nazis whose self-importance and egos far outstrip their competence patrolling the Arizona border?

    What could possibly go wrong?

    (Intense sarcasm.)

    Posted by Scott M | June 23, 2010, 2:58 pm
  2. So how much of the vote might a neo-Nazi garner in Arizona if he suddenly switched parties from GOP and Democrat and ran for Sheriff while praising George Wallace and Jim Crow laws? We’ll find out!

    Neo-Nazi Who Advocated Border Landmines Launches Run For Sheriff in Arizona
    Nick R. Martin January 24, 2012, 7:13 AM

    Two years ago, he was calling for landmines to be used to stop immigrants from illegally crossing into the US from Mexico. Now, a well known Arizona neo-Nazi wants to be in charge of law enforcement in a vast swath of desert south of Phoenix.

    Ready is a longtime Republican and onetime precinct leader in the Arizona GOP. But elections records show he switched parties Jan. 13 and plans to run as a Democrat.

    He told TPM on Monday that he respects the Democratic Party’s history, saying it was the party that brought about Jim Crow laws and Alabama’s segregationist Gov. George Wallace. He said he also has a problem with tough-talking Republican sheriffs like Joe Arpaio and Babeu.

    “All these, quote, border hero sheriffs — they sit there blaming the president while they’re not doing everything they can do,” Ready said.

    Obama is “definitely not perfect in my book,” he added, but the Democratic president has sent more troops to the border and deported more immigrants than the sheriffs could ever hope to.

    Ready said he’s no longer a member of the National Socialist Movement, the nationwide neo-Nazi organization he belonged to for years, but he could not remember exactly when he resigned his membership. He also said he can’t stand the term neo-Nazi, calling it “the other N-word,” and insisted he is seeking diverse support for his campaign.

    However, Ready’s racist views remain on full display on his campaign Facebook page, showing his ideology hasn’t changed even if his membership status in the NSM has.

    The page is sprinkled with quotes from Wallace. He also posted a photo of himself standing under a street sign that displayed the name of Malcolm X. Below the photo, he wrote that one of his priorities in office would be to get a street named after George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the the American Nazi Party.

    As the Phoenix New Times noted when it first reported on his candidacy last week, Ready also lists his campaign chairman as Harry Hughes, a longtime friend and documented member of the National Socialist Movement. Ready told TPM he is now living with Hughes in the Pinal County town of Maricopa.

    “What Harry has is a big piece of property that we have turned into a compound,” Ready said, noting that they’ve surrounded it with sand bags and barbed wire. However, he added: “It’s not a militia or anything like that.”

    Ready has been on the fringe of Arizona politics since at least 2006, when he came in second place in an election for city council in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa. And before he made his racist beliefs public, he was also a mentor of former state Senate President Russell Pearce, the primary sponsor of Arizona’s harsh immigration law in 2010. Pearce has since distanced himself from Ready.

    In early 2010, Ready attended a Tea Party rally that Pearce and Arpaio both spoke at. He mingled in the crowd and passed out fliers for the National Socialist Movement that called for landmines to be placed along the US-Mexico border.

    “We all should be actively advocating daily to mainstream America the most humane, non-racist, fair border security plan available,” the fliers said. “Namely, A MINEFIELD!”

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | January 24, 2012, 7:43 am
  3. TPM has a nice review of the ongoing JT Ready-affiliated neo-nazi drive to build a small army along the US-Mexican border. It’s worth a read.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | March 20, 2012, 8:05 pm
  4. @Pterrafractyl: They’re at it again? Hmm…..thanks.

    (BTW, Dave, thanks for introducing me to the Phoenix New Times back in 2010. It’s been one of my favorite sources, particularly on this subject. =) )

    Posted by Steven L. | March 21, 2012, 10:04 am
  5. Because nothing prevents a race-riot like roving gangs of heavily armed neo-nazis

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | April 9, 2012, 1:02 pm
  6. Well, this was tragically unexpected:

    Border Vigilante Identified As Gunman In Arizona Massacre

    Nick R. Martin May 2, 2012, 8:25 PM 6889

    Updated: May 2, 2012, 9:23 PM

    Longtime white supremacist and border vigilante JT Ready saw himself as part of a war that few others would fight. He amassed weapons. He donned a uniform. He formed his own brigade of volunteers to walk alongside him as he hunted what he described as “narco terrorists” flowing across the Arizona-Mexico border.

    On Wednesday, reports out of Arizona said Ready died, not at the hands of drug runners, but with his own gun during a mad rampage inside a suburban home just east of Phoenix. Along the way, the reports said, he took the lives of four other people, including a toddler.

    It was unclear immediately who the victims were, but Ready still somehow managed to use the event to blame immigrants even after his death. A posting on his Facebook page appeared hours after the massacre took place.

    Reports are unconfirmed that a cartel assassination squad murdered JT Ready and several of his friends and family this afternoon in Gilbert Arizona,” the posting said. “This page’s admin will keep you updated of the situation as soon as possible.”

    TPM called Ready’s cell phone late Wednesday, but a message on the other end said the line had been disconnected or was no longer in service.

    Before that, Ready was a member of the National Socialist Movement, the largest neo-Nazi organization in the nation. He joined in at NSM rallies in Arizona and California and was often spotted alongside swastika flags.

    Ready told TPM he had quit the movement, however he could not remember exactly when. He also frequently brought Harry Hughes, another member of the NSM and longtime friend of Ready’s, along on the desert patrols.

    Ready said in the interview that he had recently moved into Hughes’s house near the town of Maricopa, inside Pinal County.

    “What Harry has is a big piece of property that we have turned into a compound,” Ready said. He mentioned they had recently surrounded the property with sand bags and barbed wire. However, he added, “It’s not a militia or anything like that.”

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | May 2, 2012, 6:28 pm
  7. The California GOP looks like it’s about to double down on ‘dividing and conquering’ the electorate

    Tim Donnelly, Weimar Republican.. and next Governor of California?

    By Yasha Levine
    On May 19, 2014

    California’s primary election just a few weeks away, and it looks like like its going to be an interesting one. One of the weirdest races is the fight for the governorship, where an ultra-rightwing candidate is expected to grab the GOP nomination and square off against incumbent governor Jerry Brown in the general election.

    His name is Tim Donnelly, and he’s been freaking out California’s moderate Republican Party establishment.

    “This is a battle for the soul of the Republican Party,” Larry Gerston, a political-science professor at San Jose State, told LA Daily News. “If Donnelly prevails, it indicates that the fiscal conservatives, the evangelical conservatives and the Tea Party conservatives control the party and leave Republicans with little opportunity to succeed in the long run.”

    The reason why the GOP is freaking out? Donnelly is one of the weirdest and most extreme elected officials in California today.

    Donnelly represents Southern California’s High Desert region, located about 100 miles east of Los Angeles — in the California State Assembly. Donnelly not only openly identifies himself as a Minuteman — part of a larger, loosely affiliated network of nativist and anti-immigrant militias, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center — but has proclaimed that his mandate as an elected official is to make sure “Americans are back in power” in the Golden State.

    Tim Donnelly ran a small business that manufactured screws for the plastic injection-molding industry before he caught the Tea Party wave to electoral victory back in 2010. He doesn’t have much political experience, but he has a loyal white, ultra-conservative following in the High Desert that has brought him two consecutive victories, with the latest coming this past November.

    Both times, Donnelly ran — and won — on an extreme anti-immigrant platform, essentially declaring open season on immigrants and Latinos. In 2010, he openly bragged about his affiliation with Arizona’s Latino-huntin’ Sheriff Joe Arpaio. And he pulled all this off in a district with a huge and booming Latino population.

    His secret? He got a lot of help from the subprime bubble . . .

    I first came across Donnelly while living in and reporting on the desert subprime city of Victorville, California, a bleak suburban sprawl outpost located in the edge of the Mojave Desert halfway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. I went there to report on the aftermath of California’s real estate collapse. And Donnelly was certainly a man of his time — a man whose political career was launched and defined by the real estate collapse and economic depression that hit California’s subprime boom towns particularly hard.

    * * * *

    Tim Donnelly’s political awakening began in the mid-2000s, at the height of the real estate boom, when he suddenly realized that the Latino population boomed all around him, seemingly for no reason. Even his ultra-conservative small town of Twin Peaks, located high up in the San Bernardino Mountains overlooking the Mojave Desert, wasn’t immune from the demographic shift.

    According to a 2010 LA Weekly profile, one incident in particular pushed him over the edge: In 2005, a 10-year-old Latino boy was accused of sexually harassing a white girl at a local elementary school. The kid’s crime? He allegedly said to the girl: “I want to lick you where you pee. I want to hump you all day and night.”

    Donnelly, who also happens to be a hardcore Christian, saw this as a grave offense, and thought that school administrators should have deported the the boy along and his parents right off the bat. Donnelly had no proof that the family was indeed in the county illegally, but he became outraged when school administrators told him to lay off. Clearly, he could not trust the government to protect his children and family from the immigrant threat.

    “That comment by that administrator turned me from an average citizen to an activated citizen,” he said, according to LA Weekly. Donnelly dismissed accusations that he was racist, pointing out that his wife is of “Filipino heritage.” “I’m the only white guy in my entire extended family, and I never noticed it until people started calling me a racist because I believe in the rule of law,” he said. And anyway, he didn’t care what people called him. “I am proud to be a ‘racist’ if the definition of racist means that you can tolerate being called names in order to protect children from sexual predators.”

    Starting in 2005, Donnelly began forging ties to the Minuteman movement in Arizona, and took multiple trips to train and take part in Minuteman citizen patrols of the Arizona-Mexico border.

    Here’s how Donnelly described his first experience keeping vigil at the Arizona-Mexico border to the Moonie-owned Washington Times:

    “I thought the wailings we heard at night were the coyotes barking at the moon,” said Tim Donnelly, who headed the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps border vigil here. “I didn’t know until later that those sounds were the cries of women being raped in the Mexican desert, some less than a hundred yards away from the border.

    “There was absolutely nothing anyone could do about it,” said Mr. Donnelly, grimacing as he turned away to hide his emotions. “It’s something you never forget.”

    Back in his tiny hometown of Twin Peaks, he started up a California chapter of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, one of the original border vigilante groups. Donnelly was extremely successful in organizing fellow nativists. Ultimately his group grew to become “the largest anti-immigrant Minuteman chapter in California,” reported the Southern Poverty Law Center.

    In his 2010 campaign, Tim Donnelly made demonization of Latinos a huge part of his politics. His big promise was to bring Arizona’s racial profiling anti-immigrant law to California. It would require police to detain and determine the immigration status of anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant—which basically meant the cops could legally detain anyone who looked Latino. One of his campaign slogans was: “Send a Minuteman to Sacramento.”

    Donnelly toned down his rhetoric for the mainstream media, but ratcheted it up for his base at Tea Party campaign events. For instance: at a Tea Party Express rally in High Desert town of Barstow, Donnelly framed his mission in terms of an ethnic war, of cleansing America:

    “I am going there to reach across the aisle to the enemies of freedom and annihilate them and pound them into the ground and take back our power. . . . We don’t stop until Americans are back in power.

    His white voter base ate it up. In 2010, he beat out a better-funded, more-moderate Republican in the primary, and won the general election by a fairly wide margin.

    Not surprisingly, Donnelly’s first term didn’t go so well. He didn’t achieve much of anything, and spent most of his time in Sacramento casting “Nay” protest votes for every single bill that came across his desk and annoying Democrats with his teabagger rants on the floor of the assembly.

    Here’s him him on the floor defining “liberty” as the right of car-drivers to drive as dangerously close to bicyclists as they felt like:

    SACRAMENTO — Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly was thundering on the chamber floor against a proposal to make drivers stay 3 feet from cyclists, a regulation he said would chip away at Californians’ liberty. As his voice rose, a Democratic colleague stepped in.

    “I’m tired of you hollering on the floor!” shouted Assemblyman Warren Furutani of Gardena, who urged Donnelly to “use his inside voice.” The interruption was met with scattered applause.

    . . .With little chance of affecting policy in a Legislature run by Democrats, Donnelly has made his Assembly desk a soapbox, testing fellow lawmakers’ patience with scorched-earth rhetoric on his favorite subjects.

    Legislators want to “kneel and worship the environment,” he says. A Sacramento newspaper is “one of the most Communist papers on the face of the earth.” Cap-and-trade programs intended to reduce pollution will allow liberal financier George Soros to “play poker with our jobs” by gaming the market.

    One day, another Republican assemblyman swiped Donnelly’s microphone as a joke (he gave it back).

    The one thing Donnelly managed to do was to join the State Legislators for Legal Immigration, which the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as anational anti-immigrant group funded by big rightwing money:

    Gay people are the “death knell” of America. The Confederacy fought for “individual liberties.” One-world government, as predicted in the Book of Revelation, is around the corner. The federal government knew about the Oklahoma City bombing before it happened. President Obama is a secret Muslim and not an American citizen. The babies of undocumented immigrants are a “poison.” State troopers should confine immigrants to special ghettoes. A federal agency has secretly built a series of concentration camps for patriotic Americans

    These are just some of the radical-right beliefs of a dozen leading members of State Legislators for Legal Immigration (SLLI), a four-year-old organization that specializes in mounting legislative attacks on immigrants in states around the country.

    When Donnelly joined the group, SLLI was agitating against the right to birthright citizenship guaranteed by 14th Amendment. Yep, to ‘baggers like Donnelly, not all Constitutional amendments are made equal…

    Donnelly might have been useless as a member of state assembly, but he knew how to please his desert hick constituency.

    In January 2012, he pulled a stunt to remind his supporters of just why they elected him as their assemblyman: He attempted to board a plane with a loaded Colt .45 in his carry-on luggage, and then blamed it on illegal immigrants, who he claimed had been threatening his life and thus forced him to pack heat.

    Here’s the Sacramento Bee:

    Donnelly was cited on a misdemeanor charge of possessing a loaded firearm – a Colt Mark IV with four rounds in its magazine, plus a spare magazine with five rounds, said Nico Melendez of the federal Transportation Security Administration.

    Screeners at the Southern California airport detected the firearm as Donnelly prepared to board a Southwest Airlines flight to the capital for the Assembly’s first 2012 session.

    “It was an unfortunate mistake,” Donnelly told reporters later. He said he “tends to always be armed” because of death threats he has received since launching a referendum to overturn the Dream Act, a new law to permit some undocumented immigrants to qualify for state-funded college aid.

    That was enough for voters back home. They elected him by a large margin in 2012, despite the fact that his new assembly district had been redrawn to include a much higher percentage of Latino voters.

    But the demographics might gonna start to work against Donnelly very soon. By 2015, his district’s adult Latinos population is projected to outnumber whites by nearly 15% margin. Maybe that’s why Donnelly is running for governor.

    And the GOP’s alleged ‘civil war‘ continues (to make no difference whatsoever)…

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | May 19, 2014, 8:11 am

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