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Quickie- Hated Sheriff Joe Arpaio wins sixth term


How does this happen? Is AZ really that f'd up?

Democrat Paul Penzone conceded the Maricopa County sheriff’s race to Sheriff Joe Arpaio shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday, but his concession came with a message for the longtime Republican incumbent: the community is watching.

“Our sheriff needs to be transparent, he needs to treat everyone with dignity and respect,” Penzone said to a room full of supporters. “People in this community are going to be watching. They’re going to be holding him accountable.”

Arpaio was hopeful he would be re-elected as he watched early returns at a party in downtown Phoenix on Tuesday night, surrounded by longtime supporters.

“Cautiously optimistic,” Arpaio said of the outcome. “We’re having a good time.”


Arizona’s Birtherpalooza Canceled Over Low Ticket Sales


Dancey in my seat. OH MY, imagine that, no one wants to pay to attend Sheriff Joe's Hateapalooza. If you feel like having your brain curdled by vitriol and just plain stupidity, read on about the conspiracy theories as to why the "event" was canceled. Oh my.

Not even the promise of crooner Pat Boone singing oldies from a spinning stage could save what was intended to be the premier birther event of the year later this month in Arizona.

Organizers of the gala, which would have featured Boone alongside Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and some of the nation’s other prominent conspiracy theorists, broke the news online Friday that it was canceled “due to inadequate ticket sales.”

The Sept. 22 event was meant to bring together people from throughout the nation who believe Barack Obama’s birth certificate is fake and therefore he is ineligible to be president. Organizers planned to use it to call on Congress to take up Arpaio’s yearlong investigation into the documents.

The announcement was disappointing to the few people who did plan to attend, as evidenced by a handful of web postings about the cancellation. It didn’t take long for true believers to spin elaborate conspiracy theories about why the event was called off.


VIDEO: Hispanic super PAC ad links Mitt Romney to Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Gov. Jan Brewer



Mitt Romney is too extreme for Arizona.

Mitt Romney is too extreme, period.


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


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.


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


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.


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



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?


Video- AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio Tells Univisión’s Jorge Ramos Latinos ‘Love Me,’ Is Swiftly Corrected


LOVE Ramos correcting that asshat. Via Mediaite whose politics we don't necessarily agree with, but they get good vids.