Feds sue Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio in civil rights probe – The Denver Post

It’s a pleasure to read that the Federal Government is actually challenging Joe Arpaio.  He has acted without    repercussion     for too long.  

According to the Justice Department, "It’s the first time in decades a lawman has refused to cooperate in one of the agency’s probes."  Leave it to Arpaio to bend the law his way if he can.  Well, this time stalling didn’t help him out. 

I know, he’s just so misunderstood…NOT!

It’s the first time in decades a lawman has refused to cooperate in one of the agency’s probes, the department said.

Read more: Feds sue Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio in civil rights probe – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/movies/ci_15977378#ixzz0zTXQLC8E





Hell No, Joe’s Gotta’ Go

Posted: December 29, 2009 in News and politics

On a recent comment to Hell No, Joe’s Gotta Go, I was accused of being a moron.  I hope you agree with my reply.  y–


If being aware to the abuses of the Sheriff is being a moron…………yes I’m guilty.   

Why does it appear that most of Joe’s supporters have to get personal and insulting to state their opinion? I would imagine it’s a way of imitating the mentor they are supporting.

I believe we all have a right (1st Amendment)to speak our opinions. We do, however, as a member of a community; to treat each other with respect. Some on the posts are getting a little out of hand.

So far I have not seen a reason to review comments before they are posted. I don’t believe censorship is a solution (although obviously a moderator might). However, in keeping with the rules of the site as well as keeping it on a productive level —- PLEASE DO NOT GET INSULTING, PERSONAL, OR VULGAR.

I realize this is a topic which many of us feel strongly about, however, we (me most of all probably) must act like adults.

Thank you for your contributions. I will try to post more resource and media info, however; I he been a little ill and haven’t had theenergy to do it. As the saying goes,
next year I’ll do better.

Happy Holidays and have a safe New Year’s Eve.

P.S. Remember, New Year’s Eve is a night for DUI arrest. Save some money, take a cab or have a designated driver.

Arpaio Blog Comment

Posted: November 1, 2009 in News and politics

KPHO’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio Blog

October 30, 2009 9:23 AM

"Susan Rastella said…

Congratulation KPHO-5 for a job well done! Joe Arpaio has been a hot topic here in the valley for many years. He operates with his "no impunity" theory; and until now, it has worked.

You have shown the citizens of this county another side of the Sheriff in which he acts like he is a "god". As you reported, get in his way and he will stomp on you (or at least have you arrested and your reputation smeared).

I’ve worked many years here in Phoenix as a Bail Bond Agent. I have seen too many instances of his "Information Management" system being wrong with great hardship to those who should have been released on bond but weren’t. I’ve also seen instances where they were released without the bond posted (hmmmm not possible according to the jail). Just another few ways Arpaio’s influence extends out to others.

His actions affect too many of us, negatively. All I know is that HELL NO, JOE’S GOTTA’ GO

Link to Arpaio blog:  http://joe-arpaio.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

Sheriff Joe has been busy in the media again (so what’s new?)
The first thing I want to share is the start of this week’s news buzz.  Channel 5 (KPHO) aired a commercial for it’s upcoming investigation on Joe Arpaio and his use/abuse of power.  New Times then started spreading the word on-line and news feed style.  Naturally, people like myself, began urging others to watch the program.  Results:  Joe Arpaio in the spotlight — where he likes it!  One problem, it’s not looking good for Joe.  This time he’s the target — for the F.B.I.  Does it get any better?
Joe Arpaio Target of FBI Probe, Says Channel 5 in Report to Air Thursday

By Stephen Lemons in Feathered Bastard                                                   Wed., Oct. 28 2009 @ 12:59PM

Set the DVR this Thursday night for KPHO CBS 5’s 10 p.m. newscast, which will feature an eight minute mini-documentary on Sheriff Joe’s abuses of power while in office. The award-winning team of producer Gilbert Zermeno and reporter Morgan Loew boasts sources showing that the FBI is talking to folks about Arpaio’s vendettas against his critics and political opponents. They’ll lay out the result of their year-long investigation in Thursday’s broadcast.

"Speak out against Sheriff Joe and end up with deputies investigating your life," says CBS 5’s promo for the report. "It’s happened to the mayor of Phoenix, police chiefs, judges, journalists and others. Coincidence? Or is America’s toughest sheriff breaking the law? The FBI wants to know."
Zermeno says CBS 5 traveled to Washington, DC to get the opinion of a well-known former federal prosecutor as to whether or not Sheriff Joe should do the perp walk. According to Zermeno, the ex-U.S. Attorney is someone "who doesn’t have a dog in this fight." CBS 5 specifically had him analyze the various cases they know the feds are investigating.
The segment will include a recounting of the middle-of-the-night arrests by plain-clothes MCSO deputies of New Times’ founders, Village Voice Executive Editor Michael Lacey, and Village Voice CEO Jim Larkin. Charges of revealing grand jury secrets against the pair were tossed by County Attorney Andrew Thomas less than 24 hours after the arrests, due to the overwhelming criticism of his office’s involvement in the scandal.
The CBS 5 piece will also spotlight an interview done with former New Times staff writer John Dougherty, his 2004 investigation into Arpaio’s land holdings, and the fact that he was later targeted by the sheriff’s office for retaliation. The MCSO even tried to claim, lamely, that Dougherty was somehow a threat to the sheriff for asking questions of him and seeking public records on his real estate ventures.
The MCSO’s obsession with John Dougherty, who now freelances for the New York Times as well as other outlets, was documented at length by veteran New Times journalist Paul Rubin in his March 2008 cover story "Head on a Skewer."
I’m looking forward to the KPHO segment. Eight minutes is a long time to block off in the world of TV journalism, and the Zermeno-Loew team has garnered an Emmy for investigative reporting and a Regional Edward R. Murrow award. All of which means we’re likely in for a power-packed eight minutes of TV journalism.
Tags: Andrew Thomas, Channel 5, FBI, Jim Larkin, MCSO, Mike Lacey, Sheriff Joe Arpaio


Once again Joe Arpaio show’s everyone just how smart he is.  

Joe Arpaio Asks Andrew Thomas for Legal Opinion; Russell Pearce Calls for Special Session To Pass An


"Hell NO, No More Joe"

{The above are my suggestions for Arpaio’s next campaign slogan.}

Quote "Certain criteria; no identification, look like you just came from Mexico, and they admit it, so that’s enough," said Arpaio.

Joe Arpaio Can Stop You If "You Look Like You Just Came from Mexico," and KTAR Forgets Who Used to B
Joe Arpaio Can Stop You If "You Look Like You Just Came from Mexico," and KTAR Forgets Who Used to Be Guv

Here’s the latest walnut of wisdom from Maricopa County’s tin-pot tyrant of a sheriff, courtesy of CBS 5/KPHO. It pretty uch falls in line with many of the dumb as dirt statements Arpaio’s made on Glenn Beck and elsewhere recently regarding how he will magically pinpoint illegal aliens during his anti-brown dragnets:

"Certain criteria; no identification, look like you just came from Mexico, and they admit it, so that’s enough," said Arpaio. "We had no problem in identifying the people that we stopped."

Channel 5 called him on it, but our wattled wonder of a lawman wasn’t available for a rebuttal. So Arpaio’s handlers claimed to Channel 5 reporter Sarah Buduson that the sheriff just misunderstood. You know, grampa didn’t take his Geritol that day, so he wasn’t 100 percent.

Buduson interviewed Bill Straus, regional director of the Arizona Anti-Defamation League, who agreed that what the sheriff had just admitted to was racial profiling. Which just happens to be the very thing the U.S. Justice Department is investigating him for. (Boy, is its job gonna be easy!)

"Stopping people because of their appearance — that’s profiling," Straus stated, emphatically.

Bingo, Bill.

But who, oh, who is gonna stop our out-of-control, liver-spotted autocrat? Barack Obama? ICE head John Morton? His boss and DHS head Janet Napolitano? Attorney General Eric Holder? Superman? The Green Hornet? Billy Jack…?

Speaking of Janet Napolitano, seems the journos over at wingnut central (aka, KTAR 92.3 FM) are getting their Janets mixed up. Check out this flub from their news short, "More criticism aimed at Arpaio’s crime sweeps":

"Arpaio still has support from at least one Arizona official. Republican Senator John McCain is questioning Homeland Security Chief and former Arizona Governor, Janet Brewer, for taking away the sheriff’s federal arrest privileges.

"Brewer and the Obama administration recently made changes to the 287g agreement, which allowed Arpaio to conduct crime sweeps to detain illegal immigrants. The changes revoked Arpaio’s privileges under federal law to conduct crime sweeps."

Actually, that’s two flubs, because our governor’s name is "Janice Brewer," not "Janet Brewer," which must be some unholy hybrid, like Republicrat, or Democans.

At first, I thought maybe KTAR’s morning lip-flapper Darrell Ankarlo had written it, what with that brain shake-up he’s had and all. But no, it took a double byline to write this ditty (Jeremy Foster and Brandon Donahoo), and neither fella is Ankarlo.

Don’t sweat it, chums. Heck, we all make mistakes. Why, Maricopa County elected Joe Arpaio to a fifth term. So no one’s perfect.                                                                                               

Fergie and the B E Peas

Posted: October 15, 2009 in Music


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