Feedback from the Issue of Thursday, March 12, 2009


Joe's on Barack's "radar screen," big-time: Can anybody now deny that there are thousands of people willing to take to the streets who detest what Joe Arpaio has been doing in this county ("Defying Arpaio," The Bird, March 5; also see "A Neo-Nazi Protests Zack de la Rosa . . . ," Feathered Bastard blog)?

The only sad part is that it takes a rock star's showing up to get that many people motivated. Guess it takes a Zack de la Rocha in this era of disengagement.

But whatever it takes, this was something to behold. And it's sure to make a difference to the powers that be in Washington, who have the power to do something about Joe's abuses. What lots of us want to see is an indictment of Arpaio for his many crimes.

Getting him on the radar screen of the Barack Obama administration is what's been needed, and what happened in the streets of Phoenix had a gigantic impact.
Thomas Bryant, Phoenix

Sheriff "shot himself in his jackboot": Joe Arpaio has screwed himself recently. Even his old pal [County Attorney] Andrew Thomas is distancing himself from his former mentor.

Joe's "200 Mexican March" really did Joe in. It put him on the national landscape in a way he hadn't been before. He shot himself in his jackboot.

Thomas couldn't even afford politically to [publicly go along with] this kind of display, not if he wants to seek statewide office one day. Joe, in parading those poor illegal immigrants so inhumanely, made himself a pariah.

Then came the big Zack de la Rocha-led protest a couple of Saturdays ago. That drove another nail in Joe's political coffin. I can hardly wait for a new U.S. attorney to show up!
Ricardo A. Gonzalez, Tempe

Who's the "fool" here?: The 3,000 or so anti-Sheriff Joe Arpaio demonstrators were obviously from out of state.

Why? Because the honorable Sheriff Joe Arpaio was again re-elected by a wide margins of the people he serves!

I salute the steadfast 300 pro-Sheriff Joe Arpaio patriots who surrounded the Wells Fargo Building (where Sheriff Joe's offices are located), who, despite the temporary odds, dug in their heels and showed their support.

It is very obvious that the 3,000 misfits were comprised of racist [against white people] left-wingers, brown beret militants, communists, terrorists, invaders, illegal aliens, and misinformed fools.

We in the National Veterans Coalition sponsored a prior support rally for Joe Arpaio last October at the state Capitol. There, the NVC presented Arpaio the America First Award.

[The NVC and Constitution Party have] always taken a very strong stand against illegal immigration and support real border security. The NVC is made up of veterans and their families and friends who put America first at the ballot box.

We in the NVC and CP say, "God bless Sheriff Joe." We need more Sheriff Joes across America!
Larry Breazeale, NVC National Chairman

"Old boss" is gone in Washington: Joe, the end of your racist reign is near. Rest assured, there will be more and more demonstrations. And each one will get larger and louder.

More importantly, there's a new boss in Washington, and he most decidedly isn't the same as the old boss. Look to have a Democratic Justice Department up your backside for the rest of your life.
Mary Ann Nesbit, Gila Bend

March exposed county's "dirty little secret": That [march] was an amazing event. I am feeling very energized after this display of solidarity. Zack did an awesome job of motivating the youth and bringing national awareness to Maricopa County's dirty little secret.

I am so lucky to have been a part of this historic event.

Now only if [Homeland Security Secretary] Janet Napolitano or [Attorney General] Eric Holder can hold Joe Arpaio accountable by yanking 287(g), we might just survive this terrible black eye that will forever be written in history.
Stacy Paratore, via the Internet

"Brilliant work" by The Bird: The Bird's favorite memory of the day was the two ladies with the "F--- Arpaio" shirts on. Lovely ladies who no doubt had their children there, teaching them their limited vocabulary.

And I especially like the caption under the kids' picture [on New Times' Web site]. At a march to stop the hate, we have an absolute idiot showing pictures to young children with a caption that reads: "The littlest Arpaio haters."

Brilliant work. Shows the true intellect of The Bird and his readers.
Jim Williams, via the Internet

Arpaio's "racist" acts aren't his only problem: I am so glad to see that some people are finally making inroads into [somebody official] looking into Joe Arpaio's outrageous actions.

If this obviously racist issue is what brings attention to this man, that is fine. But I hope that people will look further than this. He is not only a racist, he treats inmates in "his" jail far worse than most any of us would allow animals to be treated.

He delights in simple humiliation with pink underwear. But, of course, there is far worse abuse than that going on. He gives inmates food that most of us would throw away because it is rotten. And he never gives enough food to keep anyone far from perpetual hunger.

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The bilious attacks by the left on this site are indicitave of their specious, shallow "thinking" overall. Besides being fascistic philosophical bedfellows of Pol Pot, Stalin, Mao and other mass murderers (all in the cause of the Greater Good, of course,) they miss the point entirely by focusing on Sheriff Joe.

Their "problem" is with the citizens who elect this stalwart and overwhelmingly support him. And, by the way, I would much rather be a prisoner of Joe's than a resident of one of those "Re-education Camps" envisioned by Obama's friends and cohorts in the Weather Underground.

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