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Video- AZ's Sheriff Arpaio sending armed posse to protect schools

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Ah yes, Arizona's very own racist nutjob is sending his minions out to protect their schools, locked and loaded. What could go wrong? Via.

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Video- Stephanie Miller Talks Birther With Orly Taitz On Current TV

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Orly is such a whack job that Stephs barbs don't even graze her.

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Audio- Arizona Goes Birther: Secretary Of State Says It’s ‘Possible’ Obama Won’t Be On Ballot

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How much do you think it would cost to build a wall between Arizona and the rest of us? The whole interview is above.

The man in charge of running Arizona’s elections has gone to the birthers. Secretary of State Ken Bennett now says he’s not convinced Barack Obama was really born in the United States and so he is threatening to keep the president off the ballot in November.

Bennett’s comments came in an interview late Thursday with conservative radio talk show host Mike Broomhead on Phoenix station KFYI.

Bennett said he was following the lead of the state’s eccentric Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a fellow Republican who ordered an investigation into the president’s birth certificate last year and concluded the document released by the White House is a forgery. Bennett said he is now trying to get verification from state officials in Hawaii that the certificate is authentic.

In doing so, Bennett caved to a fringe group of activists and writers who believe in a conspiracy theory that just never seems to die no matter how much proof they get. Hawaiian officials have said time and again that Obama was born there in 1961, yet the theory persists.

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"Arpaio is a menace and should be removed from office as soon as possible." And about that "influx of illegal immigrants..."

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Today's L.A. Times letters to the editor, Part 2, because our voices matter:

Re "Federal officials sue Arizona lawman," May 11

I can only hope that this lawsuit is the beginning of the end of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The man has no business in law enforcement.

He has demonstrated time and again his bias against nonwhites. Under his questionable leadership the sheriff's department has engaged in numerous instances of racial profiling, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. He has gone on record to align himself with the "birther" movement, whose members cannot accept the fact that a black man is in the White House. There is simply no other logical explanation for their position, no matter how much they deny it.

Arpaio is a menace and should be removed from office as soon as possible. He has become a national embarrassment.

Scott W. Hughes

Simi Valley

Then there was this letter:

I hope that Arpaio will counter-sue the federal government for not policing our borders against the tremendous influx of illegal immigrants that is slowly but surely bringing our country to economic ruin by balkanizing our society into multiple factions.

Maurice Aker

Huntington Beach

That one was surprising, considering Mr. Aker is clearly an L.A. Times reader, yet he is woefully misinformed. He must have missed this article from less than a month ago:

The number of Mexican migrants to the United States dropped significantly while the number of those returning home increased, bringing net migration from Mexico to a statistical standstill, according to a report published Monday.

The shift over the last several years marks a significant change after four decades of historic immigration from Mexico, according to the report by the Pew Hispanic Center.

“The largest wave of immigration in history from a single country to the United States has come to a standstill,” the report says.

And this is why we have close elections.

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Dep't. of Justice files civil rights lawsuit against AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio

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The Obama administration planned to sue Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio for targeting Latinos. Now they're finally following through.

It's about time:

PHOENIX (AP) -- Federal authorities sued America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff Thursday after months of negotiations failed to yield an agreement to settle allegations that his department racially profiled Latinos in his trademark immigration patrols. [...]

Arpaio's office is also accused of punishing Hispanic jail inmates for speaking Spanish and launching some patrols based on complaints about dark-skinned people congregating in a given area or speaking Spanish. A crime was never reported. [...]

One of the examples cited in the lawsuit was a Latino woman who is a U.S. citizen and was 5-months pregnant when she was stopped as she pulled into her driveway.

When the woman refused to sit on the hood of a car as the officer insisted, the officer pulled her arms behind her back, slammed her stomach first into the vehicle three times and dragged her to his patrol car. He shoved her into the back seat and made her wait for about 30 minutes without air conditioning, the lawsuit said.

What a compassionate law enforcer he is.

And let's not forget these sex crimes:

more than 400 sex-crimes reported to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office during a three-year period ending in 2007 — including dozens of alleged child molestations — that were inadequately investigated and in some instances were not worked at all, according to current and former police officers familiar with the cases.

Remember who else investigated Arpaio? Hint: Pre-2009. Bigger hint: The Bush administration.

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Obama administration plans to sue Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio for targeting Latinos

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Please, DoJ, hand the Sheriff his hind quarters on a silver platter, once and for all:

(Reuters) - The Obama administration on Tuesday said it was preparing to sue Arizona county sheriff Joe Arpaio and his department for violating civil rights laws by improperly targeting Latinos in a bid to crack down on illegal immigrants. [...]

"We believe that you are wasting time and not negotiating in good faith," Roy Austin, deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's civil rights division, said in a letter to the lawyer for Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO). [...]

He added that the Justice Department has recently discovered more information about the "failure to reasonably investigate sex crimes" by Arpaio's office.

He must mean these sex crimes:

...more than 400 sex-crimes reported to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office during a three-year period ending in 2007 — including dozens of alleged child molestations — that were inadequately investigated and in some instances were not worked at all, according to current and former police officers familiar with the cases.

So who else investigated Arpaio? Hint: Pre-2009. Bigger hint: The Bush administration:

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has been investigating Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office since June 2008 for alleged discrimination, unconstitutional searches and seizures, and for having an English-only policy in his jails that discriminates against people with limited English skills.

This is a tweet I got today from one of my new Twitter trolls, @mbt1955isBACK:

@GottaLaff America Pray for Sheriff Joe , we need more like Sheriff Joe ! !

How about, instead, I pray that both @mbt1955isBACK and Arpaio get the mental health care they so badly need? Will that suffice?

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Quickie: Rick Perry's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Judgment

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Today's Quickie:

Inept, bumbling Rick Perry is still running. People still vote for him, give him their money, and trust him to be their commander in chief and feel he'd be a competent world leader. Voters even continue to trust their children's future to him.

Now presidential hopeless hopeful Rick Perry has selected racial profilersadistic, negligent, failed-sex-crimes-investigator, racist, all-around putz Sheriff Joe Arpaio to serve as his campaign’s Arizona state chairman.

GOP: Opposite World.

That was today's Quickie. Will you still respect me in the morning?

H/t: Think Progress

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