Archive for February, 2011

Senator Scott Bundgaard and some ditz who unfortunately was not his date.

A Tea Party Senator has been accused of abusing girlfriend, Aubry Ballard, after a “Dancing with the Stars” fundraiser. Only state law giving senators immunity from arrest while the legislature is in session saved Arizona state Sen. Scott Bundgaard from a night in jail for beating his girlfriend. Both he and his girlfriend were taken into custody but only his girlfriend was arrested because Bundgaard claimed he had immunity while legislature is in session. Did you get that? Bundgaard told police that they couldn’t arrest him because he was a state senator.

What is it with violent Tea Partiers and Arizona?

Bundgaard’s actual date, Aubrey Ballard, in her post-fundraiser, pre-orange jumpsuit finery.

Ballard directed the Marketing & Public Relations department of a nonprofit safe house that rescues child victims of sex slavery. You’d expect her to know something about domestic violence and how to handle such situations.

This is not the first time Scott Bundgaard has seen the inside of a police cruiser or police station: In the 1980s he was convicted of burglary. After he had served his sentence Bundgaard’s felony conviction was “expunged.”

Is this sort person fit to lead? The Tea Partiers think so.

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Another True Patriot: Arizona vigilante, Tea Partier, and murderer of nine year olds.

Minuteman border vigilante and Arizona Tea Partier Shawna Forde was found guilty of the 2009 murder of a nine-year-old Latina girl and her father,  in Arivaca, Arizona.

Brisenia Flores was shot twice in the head by home invaders  enlisted by Forde, who was found guilty of sanctioning racially motivated home invasions to finance (via robbery) her border patrol activities. Flores’ parents were also shot, but her mother, Gina Gonzales, survived.

Forde was  founder and leader of the group Minuteman American Defense, and had strong ties with both the Tea Party movement and prominent anti-immigrant groups, including the influential conservative think-tank Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Forde had a habit of ending her emails with the sign off, “Lock and Load”. Her supporters claim she was once a Minuteman National Director–a loose affiliation of anti-immigration border activists who took to policing the border on their own with guns and surveillance equipment. Forde has also had ties with the anti-immigrant Federation for American Immigration Reform. These groups have all been labeled hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Forde in her blog at the Phoenix Tea Party gushed her enthusiasm for the usual Tea Party Obama-hatred. She wrote exhorting her fellow rightists:

“This is the time for all Americans to join organizations and REVOLT!!!,” she writes. “Refuse to be part of a system only designed to enslave you and you children. Times will get worse before they get worse, *Say no to illegal immigration* Lock and Load, Shawna Forde.”

Other than the usual Tea Party hatred of Obama and immigrants, Forde’s motive according to Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, was greed. Dupnik told reporters after the trio’s arrest that Forde and the others wanted money and drugs. Forde desired cash to fuel her anti-immigrant vigilante operation and make it more sophisticated. Dupnik also stated that “the plan was to kill all the people inside this trailer so there would be no witnesses.” If the Brisenia’s mother had not returned fire, she probably would have been killed as well.

Murderous Tea Party douchebag, Shawna Forde, enjoying the last bit of fresh air and sunshine this side of the pokey.