6a00d834520b4b69e201157218bbf3970b-800wiAs most everyone knows by now, Lou Dobbs has reported that someone has taken a shot at him and his wife or at the very least, his house. The police dispute Dobbs’ claims, but that hasn’t stopped America’s self-proclaimed Toughest Sheriff Joe from jumping on the Dobbs bandwagon.

Somehow, our esteemed Sheriff Joe has drawn the conclusion that since Dobbs was allegedly shot at by illegal immigrants or people who disagree with his anti-immigrant stance, that Sheriff Joe is now threatened.

The sheriff’s department is evaluating whether or not Sheriff Joe needs to beef-up his security because someone allegedly took a shot at Dobbs across the country in New Jersey.

It is true that a handful of protesters protest daily in downtown Phoenix across the street from Sheriff Joe’s offices. The number of protesters vary, but it has been reported that there are usually 5 to 8 people and their protests are peaceful and on the verge of boring.

Yet somehow, Sheriff Joe feels threatened by a group of ‘brown’ people carrying signs, which is ironic for a man who claims the title of America’s toughest sheriff.

Not too long ago, Sheriff Joe declared that he’d been threatened and with the help of the county’s district attorney, they requested a warrant for the computers from the Phoenix New Times, since the New Times are very critical of the sheriff. It had been reported that the Sheriff wanted the names and ISPs of every single person that logged onto the New Times and they not only wanted that information, they wanted the history of all that logged in to track their reading habits before and after they logged into the New Times.

The New Times is a paper where locals log in to search for cars, the latest restaurants and hot spots for local talent, want ads, etc. The public had been so outraged that several people logged into the New Times and with the help of the Internet, thousands of people took up the fight and logged into the site from all over the country, with a several hits coming in from Europe and Australia. The local news people, including the local Fox station, snickered at the outrageous request.

But to makes things even better, or worse, depending on your perspective, two New Times reporters were arrested in the middle of the night.
After much ridicule and public outrage, the red-faced attorney general appeared on TV and announced that the request for the New Times computers and all the data on visitors was dropped, and the two New Times reporters released and the charges dropped.

Arizona has some crazy, scary politics, and getting scarier by the minute. If you want to read more about Sheriff Joe and his escapades, log into the Phoenix New Times.

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And in case you’re wondering why Sheriff Joe is so popular, well, listen to Lou Dobbs.

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Khirad
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Sorry if this is a repost, but the Pulitzer Prize winning series on Sherrif Joe is some good reading if only because it got under his skin big time: http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/page/reasonable_doubt

Wow, it’s almost as if we have our own little Arizona corner here! Yes, he has his fans down here in Pima County, but thank goodness we’re too liberal (by Arizona standards) to ever have someone like him. I, like FeloniousMonk says, don’t so much as roll my eyes with every new story about him anymore. He is a disgusting creature of habit. Even this transplant who has only lived in Arizona for a few years now is relatively inured to his behavior. I do take joy that Janet is an even bigger thorn in his side now, though! I have to take some comfort in the fact that she left us with Brewer and an unchecked legislature in Phoenix, after all. Please come back in time to challenge Kyl!

KevenSeven
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I heard this asshat interviewed today by Patt Morrison.

Jesus, he gave me the creeps. The exact opposite of Bratton.

Corgi Lover
Guest

Imagine what it’s like seeing something he said on a daily basis and knowing it affects your life. When my Representative, John SHaddagg, had his town meeting out here, he had Sheriff Joe bring the mobile command center and everything. Obviously there might have been secret Libs hiding in this upscale conservative community. Oh, yeah, there was, me.

escribacat
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Great article, Javaz. I really hate hearing stories like this guy, who obviously isn’t very bright but found a power vacuum and filled it. There are a lot of aggressive people like this in powerful positions who have nothing to offer in addition to their aggression.

A few years ago I signed up to volunteer with the local police department as a victim advocate. I go out to crimes scenes and death scenes (I’m on call right now) and explain procedures and provide support and referrals to the victim or loved ones while the cops do their thing. Since I started doing this, I’ve gained a newfound respect for cops and the kind of crap they put up with day after day. Most of their cases involve the same people over and over — even the deaths. I think every unattended death (death in a home) I’ve been called out to when it involves a fairly young person (not a senior citizen), it’s been someone the cops have encountered before. There are usually booze and drugs involved. When they’re dealing with someone intoxicated, they get called every name in the book, get spit on and kicked, but they have to maintain their cool. Most of them do, believe it or not.

Most of the cops I’ve dealt with have been regular people — well, a lot of alpha males and gum-smacking females — but still, decent people. Most of them would despise this sheriff for giving them a bad name. Of course, there are a few who just have too much testosterone and want some place to throw their weight around. Your sheriff is obviously one of those.

Khirad
Member

Wow a lot of respect to you. I’ve been on the other side of cops and can’t stand their bullying and alpha-male crap; but realize that I’m not the sort of person they deal with mostly. They need to be like that, I realize. Who knows underneath the politeness and compliance I could actually have a weapon and they can’t take that chance. I’ve even had encounters with cool cops, who have their priorities in check and give you a pass – don’t want to make it sound like I’m a big time miscreant, though – we all have a story or two, I imagine. It is because of the good cops that I have all the more respect for their profession and necessary function in society. Unfortunately, to add to the echo chamber, it’s those that abuse their power that mar the rest. They know full well how to size people up, and most of us don’t deserve the treatment we sometimes get by a few with major chips on their shoulders, napoleon complexes, and daddy issues. Treatment received even when you’re the victim, sometimes.

escribacat
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Yes, it’s true that a lot of them have very few social skills. I was on one call recently where a teenager stood across the street and shot up a house. There were seven people there (4 teens in front, a pregnant mom and two little kids inside). Amazingly nobody was hit. I was there hanging out with the mom for a long time and the cops were so fascinated with the holes in the wall and the back door and so on, they were very brusque with her. That pissed her off more than anything and I spent a lot of time listening to her rant about it. We finally convinced her to leave the house and go down to the station where her kids were. They could have saved a lot of grief if they had just spoken kindly to her, but they were in “investigator” mode and it just didn’t occur to them. That’s one of the reasons they call the advocate — so they don’t have to figure out how to be nice.

KevenSeven
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Oh, he is plenty smart. Just no soul.

SeeknDestroy
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SeeknDestroy

My Aunt is a retired Las Vegas Metro Police Officer.
She is one of the most decent people I have ever known.
Most Officers are very good at what they do, and yet are marred by the actions of a few lunatics with a badge…
Excellent, Escribacat…
You rock..

BigDogMom
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BigDogMom

Unfortunately the bad apples are the ones on the front pages of the newspapers…

My husband maintains all the police boats for several towns in our area, what a great bunch of people..but there are always one or two that like to go ‘rogue’…

SeeknDestroy
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SeeknDestroy

~rogue~
LOL….nice reference..

bito
Member

This is one of my favorites of recent:
From Oct 22, 09. From the Az Daily Star: “Stiff measures prepared for illegal immigrants”. The article goes on to list 3 new measures proposed by the Az Senate Prez. (Russell Pearce). The one that strikes me the most is:
“Let prosecutors subpoena business records and testimony to investigate whether companies are hiring undocumented workers, WITHOUT FIRST GETTING A WARRANT FROM A JUDGE”. Hey, the state gets to violate both state and federal constitutions!
(at the press conference -in the pic- were Sen. Pearce, Sheriff Joe, And blowhard J.D.Hayworth)
azstarnet,com/sn/border

KQµårk 死神
Member

Great addition. I did not know that.

Corgi Lover
Guest

I missed that, but I read (sometimes) the Republic. And they leave out so much it’s pitiful. Talk about biased media.

KQµårk 死神
Member

He puts me in the mind of a great old movie.

escribacat
Member

LOL. I don’t speak Italian but I’m guessing their version of the title is “The Hot Night of Inspector Tibbs.” Hilarious.

Kalima
Admin

Great analogy KQ, that’s how I imagine him to be too after hearing him speak and listening to his words. He gave me goosebumps.

Kalima
Admin

I’ve seen this nutty one-man crusader on my podcast news a few times and know that he’s been asked by the authorities to stop what he is continuing to do. It seems that just asking him to stop hunting for illegals and throwing them in jail, is not working. Just how much power does he have and isn’t there someone higher up who could simply intervene to make sure that he is held accountable for defying the request to refrain from this obvious campaign of fear and hate?

I’m not that sure how your police or legal system works but he’s no better than a stray dog catcher and should be stopped. When I think of all those poor families being separated, my heart bleeds for them.

Well done javaz, knew you could do it!

nicole473
Member

Great post, Javaz! This guy needs as much attention as we can give him in order to bring him down. Scary dude, imo.

kesmarn
Admin

Your first post was a bullseye, javaz! Good choice.

The local sheriff in our area is also being investigated by the FBI for the cover up of a beating death at the county jail.

The guy is 72 years old, has been in office forever, has a long standing local reputation for corruption and–in spite of the charges against him–is STILL holding office as County Sheriff! For a while, he wasn’t allowed to carry a gun, but he even has that privilege back now. There’s only one local newspaper of any size, and it seems to be terrified of taking him on.

Anybody ever see that old B&W movie called “I Was a Fugitive From a Chain Gang”? Late 1930s, but scary as hell. The brutality and corruption portrayed in that movie are alive and well today.

kesmarn
Admin

Oh, I forgot to add a question I had intended to ask. It may not be PC, but here it is:

What is the the ethnic origin of the last name Arpaio?

I would find it ironic if this guy happened to be the descendent of Mexican immigrants.

Totally OT, have to leave for a while to pick up my favorite 3d grader. Back later, y’all.

BigDogMom
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BigDogMom

Arpaio sounds like it might be Italian, but then again of Spanish/Mexican orig may not be off the mark either..

BigDogMom
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BigDogMom

Just looked it up, our Joe here is a child of immigrants from Naples, Italy….

Corgi Lover
Guest

Yep, or was it “Sicily”. Only kidding Joe, don’t send the boys around! Momma mia!

kesmarn
Admin

10 PM, I’m back home. Child and Mom are crashed, and I find plenty to laugh about here. Momma mia, indeed!
You guys make my day!

Obama20082012
Member

Great post Javaz! This is what I had hoped HP would be. I love learning and becoming well informed.

BigDogMom
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BigDogMom

I was thinking the same thing after I read Monks attached articles…Monk and others here do a better job at investigative reporting than Huffledownpoop does…

KQµårk 死神
Member

Great topic to choose. This guy is the poster child for all that is wrong with our immigration policy and local policing.

FYI. For your image to show up as a thumbnail you have to upload it to the Planet so I uploaded another image. Animated images don’t look animated as thumbnails anyway. Believe me I tried.

ibkozi
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ibkozi

What a nut job this guy is. He is the face of the Neoconservative movement. He claims to be tough but is scared to death of a few peaceful protesters outside. He claims to be pro law enforcement but seems to want to desecrate Constitutional law with his antics. What an embarrassment to America this guy is.

Corgi Lover
Guest

Sheriff Arpaio is not untypical of the Good Old Boy law enforcement of many of our youths. In 1968 there were thousands of Arpaios in Chicago, and around the nation. Arpaio is acting not that much differently than the real sheriffs of the old west, not our glorified ones. Read your history and discover that we haven’t evolved that much here and in tough times the meanest of “us” come to the surface more.

If your’e here in Maricopa County, and differ with him, it’s best to do it quietly, and not discover how he feeds prisoners on less than a half dollar a day. BTW, the chaingang here is a “priviledge” not a punishment. Think about that one for a while.

BigDogMom
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BigDogMom

Joe seems to be “the Law unto Himself”, too bad for those who live there….Lou must be hanging out with him a lot more, because Lou baby has rampted up his retoric on brown people of late..I just can’t believe this, I’m just speechless…

Corgi Lover
Guest

Today’s sheriff Joe has more power and yet is a shadow of how I remember him when I first came to the valley of the sun in 1991. Back then he was Joe Headline, every day. For people who are confused by Arizona politics now, it was much worse then, IMO. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s department patrols my neighborhood, and I am around them on occasion, but I learned from my youth, I no longer hastle those who can do more to make my life uncomfortable than I can do to theirs. We have had several other articles in the Media lately about how anyone who comes up against Joe may find themselves being investigated. I think he believes he’s the reincarnation of J. Edgar Hoover. And, of course, Joe lives well, and isn’t suffering financially. I don’t know where he’s made his money, but he was a DEA Agent at one time. I’m only saying…

Again, a good reference source about Joe is http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/arpaio

BigDogMom
Member
BigDogMom

Afternoon Monk, went to you link…Joe’s like to poster boy for Civil Rights Violators…my God, how does he get away with this?

And I like your reference that he was a DEA agent, Just saying…..

Corgi Lover
Guest

How does he get away with it? The county picks up the tab for all his fiascos, he’s oblivious.

Here’s an article from 2007 talking about it. At that time his escapades had cost the county $41 million!

http://www.november.org/stayinfo/breaking08/SheriffJoe.html

and here’s another site dedicated to his infamy.

http://www.arpaio.com/wordpress/?cat=2

BigDogMom
Member
BigDogMom

Read these articles, the man is costing you guys millions, how come, other than the FBI investigation, this info hasn’t made national news…and if it did, how did I miss it…

Corgi Lover
Guest

I don’t know how you missed it.

Appeared on an episode Politically Incorrect in 1996, during which he failed to impress host Bill Maher, who quipped: “I can respect the toughest sheriff, but I can’t respect the stupidest sheriff.”

http://www.nndb.com/people/890/000046752/

And has continued to get coverage. I’ve traveled a lot and it’s amazing how many people know of and (gag) love this guy. Geez.

BigDogMom
Member
BigDogMom

Guess I’m so used to NYC news, a cop farts and it’s on the 6 o’clock news…No I didn’t see that episode…they may know of him because of Lulu Dobbs, but do they really know what he has been doing…man what a scum bag

Corgi Lover
Guest

I meant people around the country have known about him for at least a decade. From Seattle to Kansas to Savannah, GA, I’ve had people ask about him, usually with some envious gleam in their eyes for his “law and order” and his “tent city” style justice.

BigDogMom
Member
BigDogMom

Great Post! I can’t believe that this guy, Sheriff Joe, actually ask for the IP info and names, was he that threatened! And to boot, two reporters were taken in for questioning…does the Sheriff have that much clout? I though he was taken down a peg or two last week…Is it because he is in law enforcement and the ‘wall of blue’ stick together? I’m just speechless…my mouth is open, I can say no more….