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Arizona Sheriff Defies White House Order

Posted on Dec 13, 2009

Sheriff Joe Arpaio has called for investigations of his critics—including the Phoenix mayor, a suburban police chief and a county supervisor. No convictions have resulted.

Joe Arpaio, a notoriously anti-immigrant Arizona sheriff, in October was ordered by the White House to stop using his deputies to conduct federal immigration duties. Since then, he has launched investigations of his critics and become more aggressive in his sweeps against immigrants.  —JCL

The Los Angeles Times:

The day after the federal government told Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio that he could no longer use his deputies to round up suspected illegal immigrants on the street, the combative Arizona sheriff did just that.

He launched one of his notorious “sweeps,” in which his officers descend on heavily Latino neighborhoods, arrest hundreds of people for violations as minor as a busted headlight and ask them whether they are in the country legally.

“I wanted to show everybody it didn’t make a difference,” Arpaio said of the Obama administration’s order.

Arpaio calls himself “America’s toughest sheriff” and remains widely popular across the state. For two decades, he has basked in publicity over his colorful tactics, such as dressing jail inmates in pink underwear and housing them in outdoor tents during the brutal Phoenix summers.

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By Tangie, October 20, 2011 at 12:47 pm Link to this comment
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Slam dunkin like Shaquille O’Neal, if he wrote informative aritlces.

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By digitalproductions, December 16, 2009 at 4:09 am Link to this comment

drbhelthi-excellent post. Your wit and insight is very refreshing. Thank you.

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By drbhelthi, December 16, 2009 at 1:03 am Link to this comment

Those of us who are neither members of the plutocracy, nor elevated to aristocracy by the artificial, self-annointed “queens and kings” of the world, nor the illuminati, and who have worked for a livlihood instead of having parasited on the population, tend to better understand the situation.  If the sheriff in subject is not applying the law equitably, he should clean up his illegal practice.  Viewing from the other side, if he is violating the applicable laws, he is simply a little ape copying the big apes in the white (very smooty) house and the pentagon, and the murderous oil impirists.

I do have one criticism of the sheriff.  He is much too overweight, and is setting a bad example for the folk whom he serves.  Via over-eating the wrong foods, and acquiring the thirty to fifty lbs of adipose tissue, he has set himself up for diabetes, circulatory problems and a heart attack. That is, if he doesnt already have them.  I wonder how many toxic medications, similar to vioxx, he routinely swallows each day?

To all of you with five or more grains of brain, be careful to avoid the alleged Swine Flu vaccine.  It does what its creators designed it to do, but is not a vaccine against any type of flu.  One-half teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in a glass of warm water, daily, does wonders for the ole bod.

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By DieDaily, December 15, 2009 at 7:28 pm Link to this comment

PatrickHenry, drbhelthi, and some others, I’m delighted that we can get in this minority report that what he’s doing is legal and appropriate. What exactly is this sheriff guilty of doing? Why, he is guilty of enforcing the law with the overwhelming support of his people. Of course this infuriates the White House, as usual, they hate any sort of regional or local autonomy and wish to squash it. This is entirely a matter for the locals (not even the state) to decide. And they have decided “yes, we want our sheriff to enforce the law”. Good for them. And good for him. This has nothing to do with race but as usual the extreme left trots out the race card at every possible opportunity. Which makes them the racists, or at least the race-obsessed. The rest of us (centrists) don’t play the race card, because we’re not hung up on race. We see people as people, not political tools divided into race camps, so how could race be an ever-burning issue for us?

FRTothus. Beautiful summary of the fascist corporatocracy and the underlying problems which the radical reactionary left loves to ignore while the radical reactionary right does exactly the same thing. What does the lamestream media have to say about these underlying issues and evils (which are OUR OWN fault, even if only because we have not risen up and spoken out against them over the decades)?

(Chirp chirp chirp)

But this article still a load of nonsense designed to drive a wedge between the races and regions. “Politically Correct” tripe. A neocon-/neolib-/corporate-sponsored brand of fascism hiding in deep left cover pretending to be for “racial equality” when their really for massive impoverishment and consolidation of wealth.

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By FRTothus, December 14, 2009 at 11:29 am Link to this comment

Ender, you mention the key to this whole issue, yet rarely do I see it addressed.  There is press silence about the class war going on, where capital can cross borders, but labor is restricted from doing so (all of which contradict Adam Smith’s prerequisites for a “free market”). Production and jobs have been purposefully moved out of this country to low-wage countries such as Mexico, while slave-wages put severe downward pressure on wages and benefits everywhere, including in the US, accelerating a race to the bottom, an impoverishment of all but the investor-class.  What is being fought out here is a war between those who want corporations and capital to remain unaccountable and on public subsidy, and those believe that people deserve some of the wealth their labor and resources create.

While the causes of poverty in Mexico, Central and South America are consistantly ignored in the MSM, their miserable condition has more to do with US economic policy than any alleged corruption on their part.  The MSM, always quick to blame the former USSR (or someone or something else) for the Second-world living conditions of Eastern Europe, but are perpetually quiet when the US accomplishes by design even more horrible conditions and prime responsibility for the destitution in our “own back-yard”, the Third-world that is our hemisphere.  No, the dire poverty, the Banana Republics, the tyrants, the Death Squads and the National Security State… these are all of our own making, created through the regular application of “free-market” capitalism, its indebtedness, its manufactured scarcity and crushing debt and hardship encourged by USAID, World Bank, and IMF “structural adjustments” that keeps the money flowing from the poor to the rich.  Keep in mind that empires do not go to poor countries to make money.  These countries are rich in resources (cheap labor, raw materials that our milti-nationals covet and wish to steal)... it is the people that are impoverished. Poverty is a predictable and indeed, necessary by-product of the naturally exploitative character of capitalism.
Instead of finger-pointing at this or that sheriff, what remains ignored are the disasterous effects NAFTA, the WTO, and the US-led institutions of financial warfare, coupled with the venal practice of corporate capitalism, has wrought upon the majority across the globe, and the price we all continue to pay to keep the corporate fat-cats fed.

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By ChaoticGood, December 14, 2009 at 9:48 am Link to this comment

He just a caricature of the old-west no nonsense sheriff.  The conservatives love him because he keeps those “people” in their place and protects the “good” citizens of Arizona from the “riff-raff”.  He is kept in office largely by the Mormon vote.

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By digitalproductions, December 14, 2009 at 7:59 am Link to this comment

Ender: it is so good to see there are some who have their feet firmly planted in reason and reality. Excellent comment.

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By ender, December 14, 2009 at 7:43 am Link to this comment

The Justice Dept should be able to step in at some point and charge this guy with human rights violations or racially motivated hate crimes.  Because there are so many American Citizens of Mexican decent in that area he has illegally detained as many citizens as illegals.
Bush’s administration just ignored it because they were as big of psychopaths as this guy, even though they wanted illegals here to keep wages depressed.  Now Pres. Obama should direct Justice to investigate and prosecute if possible.

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By drbhelthi, December 14, 2009 at 5:32 am Link to this comment

Amazingly human -
Commenters consider their hate for the sheriff to be O.K., but condemn what they tag as his hate for illegal immigrants. I guess all these folk consider themselves to be qualified to diagnosis “pathology.”  Except their own.

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By Ralph Kramden, December 14, 2009 at 2:54 am Link to this comment
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I hate to disrupt your geographical ignorance but Mexicans, Brazilians, Guatemalans are all Americans just as the French are Europeans. As far as this biggoted, psychotic sheriff is concerned: why don’t we ask him to show the documents that prove his ancestors coming over to this land legally. Does he have a permit from Geronimo, the Hopi, the Navajo? Maybe the Comanches said it was OK for his ancestors to migrete to the USA.
Unless one is a Native, an Indian, we, the rest of us are all illegals.

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By digitalproductions, December 14, 2009 at 2:53 am Link to this comment

Martin Weiss-don’t try to dazzle us with your pseudo-intellectual prose. Facts are facts, and it is a fact that this guy has overstepped his boundries on so many levels. It’s a sure bet he loves jesus, drags his kids to the Sunday indoctrination house every week and prides himself at how he is doing the lord’s work. To hell with these buffoons. Along with his lame-brained sympathizers.

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By EJH, December 13, 2009 at 8:31 pm Link to this comment

“All lawmen should be screened for psychopathic brain

If they did that, there would be hardly any cops.

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By anon84, December 13, 2009 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment
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Sheriff Arpaio is a genetic psychopathic bully with no empathy or possibility of developing it.  All lawmen should be screened for psychopathic brain structures.

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By EJH, December 13, 2009 at 4:13 pm Link to this comment

martin weiss - There is no invasion.  Why are
Americans so paranoid and hateful?  The people
risking their lives to cross the border are simply
looking to take jobs that Americans refuse to do. 
The American economy depends on them.  Did you enjoy
those cheap strawberries on your cornflakes this
morning?  If bigots like you and Sheriff Arpaio
succeed, your strawberries will become either to
expensive to purchase (like in Japan, for example,
where they do not have virtual slave laborers to pick
their fruit) or, if you cannot find another type of
cheap worker to exploit, completely unavailable.

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By Bud, December 13, 2009 at 3:07 pm Link to this comment
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When is the justice department going to take this semi literate abusive barbarian down.What a pathetic excuse of a human being.The back of my balls is more learned than this moron.

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By martin weiss, December 13, 2009 at 1:16 pm Link to this comment

Sheriff Arpaio is faced with an invasion.
A major cultural transition is in progress.
Anybody in his position would want to establish order.
Yet corruption ties his hands.
A dysfunctional drug policy creates warlords and sustains bankers and politicians. The Patriot Act, by abolishing most of the Bill of Rights, negates the principles that make this country a viable political entity. All we are left with to hold society together is force. Almost nobody has an incentive to support an egalitarian order. To further complicate matters, the corporate domination of media and government dispossesses the majority of equity, wealth and a voice in their future.
Arpaio might as well be named Alamo.
The situation is not unlike the Barbarians invading Rome. Weakened by the cost of distant wars, lead pipes and eating utensils, corruption and rising imbalance of wealth and education, Rome lacked the cohesion and vitality of the Barbarians. It didn’t actually fall, it just went native—a unity of purpose eroded, the political leadership fractured like a kaleidoscope.
Arpaio is saddled with an impossible task.

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By shemp333, December 13, 2009 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment

I’ve seen this guy before…  I cannot imagine why he is popular.  He’s a real hate-filled man.  Must be a really racist and ultra conservative town of people there.

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By PatrickHenry, December 13, 2009 at 11:41 am Link to this comment

10th amendment.

Only the Arizona voters can decide this.

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