Sick as a dog, laying in my bed.
‘Puter in my lap, pillow at my head.

Having no fun, nothing much I can do.
Just visiting Facebook and writing to you.

Reading all the comments, silly and sad.Image
Writing ’bout the politicians, most of them bad.

Pearce, Thomas and many more have left us in disgrace.
Until it’s Joe Arpaio’s turn I cannot complete this verse.

Looking forward to the time, when I can post online.
Living in Arizona and life is just fine.

Susan Rastella
May 2, 2012



Mistakes in Joe’s Jail?

  Sheriff Joe Arpaio‘s Jail Releases Inmate by Mistake 

It was reported today “The Arizona Republic” that “An inmate mistakenly released by Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies was arrested by Flagstaff police Friday night, officials said.

Scott Kaylor Bruce, 59, was mistakenly released by Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies due to a court clerical error that failed to indicate Bruce’s bond status, according to the Sheriff’s Office.” aricopa-county-inmate-mistakenly-released1218-ON.html#ixzz18RrVLIdu

This is far from the first time this has occurred at the Maricopa County Jail. The news part is that Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s employees are no longer covering up such mistakes and allowing it to leak from the jail.

You can’t blame the clerical staff, they are overworked, underpaid, and unappreciated.  As a retired bail bond agent in Phoenix,  I have seen the volume of paperwork they deal with…….a never ending job.

I can tell you this, it takes up to 72 hours to get released from the 4th Avenue Jail. The jail explains the reason as they check to make sure the inmate doesn’t have any reasons to not be released (ie. warrants, court restraints, etc.). Now if they really used the time to hold the inmate for these background checks do you really think a mistake like this would occur?

Remember, it was recently reported by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors that 50-60 MILLION DOLLARS that was taxed and intended for jail improvements was  “redirected” by Sheriff Arpaio. Money could have been used to prevent these types of mistakes.

It’s refreshing to see how more of his “dedicated” employees are no longer watching his back.  Believe me, it really needs watching.


“I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore.”

Network   (This speech was probably what won Peter Finch the Oscar for Best Actor that year.)

This is the way I feel about the Republicans and their vote to not allow an increase to social security benefits.  The Tea Party, of course, is all about those that already have it.  Yes, they give the benefits to those who don’t need them —themselves. 

Stand up and let the government know how you feel! 

Voice Your Outrage

Comment to GOP about no increase for social security to

Here is what I think:

I am no longer able to work for health reasons (C.O.P.D., heart problems, etc.). I have been on Social Security Disability since 2005. It is almost impossible to maintain my very small apartment on what benefits I do receive. Sometimes dinner isn’t always available. I make do with little cooling; and in Arizona that’s not easy. I have no funds for any form of entertainment — I can’t even afford a telephone.

Do I not deserve the basic necessities that most individuals in the United States enjoy? I am also proud to say that I am veteran from the U.S. Army. As a soldier we learned to protect our nation. Our representatives ARE NOT protecting me.

I have given my fair share of taxes, without question. I have not lived the “large life” of a millionaire…yet where do I get the basics? I’m not looking for tax breaks…I just want to get within 20% BELOW the poverty level.

Do I have to go hungry another year? Reconsider your actions. Enact legislation that will allow a reasonable cost of living allowance. After all, didn’t your expenses go up over the past two years?


Doesn’t anyone in government care?

Hello world!

Posted: December 5, 2010 in Uncategorized

Welcome to This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

I’m sure you are among the thousands who hope the D.O.J. will bring some bite to their lawsuit on Sheriff Joe Arpaio.


Posted: October 9, 2010 in Civil rights

Don’t jump complain help change the problems. 

Your voted  helps towards electing officials that share common ideas with you.

Don’t forget – VOTE!


It has taken years, but the Maricopa County Supervisors have revealed the Sheriff’s Department (Sheriff Joe Arpaio) and their misuse of funds.  At least


Specifically it is the jail operations fund that were particular cause of concern.    These monies obtained through a sales tax voted in and it is a federal crime to misuse these funds.   The voters know the jail needs improvement, not vacations for the deputies.

With the DOJ investigating the racial profiling angle of Joe Arpaio and his Sheriff’s perhaps the next step would be an audit of all supervisors, especially Arpaio’s, by the Internal Revenue Service.  Who better than to find out what monies have been re-routed.

For those who applaud Joe, read the article.  What explanation does he have now?  There is no excuse. 

Hell no, no more Joe!

"That means there is a state law, and a voter-protected funding source being violated, and remedies will have to be taken," according to Supervisor Sandi Smith.

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