By Amy Silverman
By Olivia LaVecchia
By Monica Alonzo and Stephen Lemons
By Chris Parker
By Michael Lacey
By Weston Phippen
What is it about Sheriff Joe Arpaio that makes the Tea Party animals go wild?
Is it his corpse-like demeanor, his way with words (think "dese" and "dats"), his scorn at the suggestion of debating his Democratic opponent, Paul Penzone?
It's probably more because most Teabaggers are racist peckerwoods who hate President Barack Obama because he's black and Mexican immigrants because they're, well, Mexican.
In addition, since Arpaio was willing to legitimize the conserva-nut lie that Obama's birth certificate is a forgery by sending investigators to Hawaii on a snipe hunt, and because Arpaio's raison d'etre these past few years has been chasin' illegal dishwashers and gardeners, they love the ol' coot.
They ain't bigots, they want us to think. They're, um, "patriots" and believers in small government and fiscal responsibility.
When they gaze at Arpaio, they should see the ghosts of big-government, big-spendin' liberals like the late President Lyndon Johnson and the dearly departed Speaker of the U.S. House Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill.
Let's look at Arpaio's record.
He rules over a bloated, top-heavy agency that boasts more than 3,500 employees, detains upwards of 8,000 to 10,000 inmates a day, and maintains a budget of more than $280 million a year.
Now with a budget like that, you'd reckon Arpaio would have more than enough dough to get his job done properly. But, alas, Arpaio's agency is a shambles, riddled with corruption, waste, fraud, and abuse.
More than 30,000 felony warrants are outstanding in the county. Does that sound efficient to you? Sure, not all of that is the MCSO's responsibility, but it's one of Arpaio's many duties.
Then there's the sex-crimes debacle, in which hundreds of cases in El Mirage and elsewhere were not properly investigated by MCSO detectives.
Rapists, child molesters, and, even murderers were allowed to roam free because of the MCSO's sloppy work. As a result, these criminals raped, molested, and killed again.
Gee, I thought the pinkos at the American Civil Liberties Union were the ones who were soft on crime.
Instead, it's the Tea Party's octogenarian Hercules, Joe Arpaio, who calls himself the "toughest sheriff in America."
Please, oh, please, someone inform me, what is "conservative" about not enforcing the law against dangerous predators and repeat offenders?
Then, there's the sheriff's attitude toward public coffers — which resembles that of plus-size stand-up comedian John Pinette toward Chinese buffets.
In most places in America, if an elected official misspent more than $100 million in funds that came, in part, from sales taxes, that politician would be run out of office on a red-hot rail.
But that's exactly what Arpaio did, intentionally, over several years, even though he repeatedly was warned by his then-chief financial officer Loretta Barkell that misappropriating these protected funds and spending them, for instance, on pursuing his political enemies, was illegal.
Where was the hell-raising from the conservatives? Why didn't the Tea Party patriots threaten to tar and feather the sheriff for wasting all that dough?
To be fair, many Republicans are fed up with Arpaio and plan to vote for Penzone.
I know this because they tell me.
Also, I should mention that former John McCain operative Carlos Sierra has joined forces with Democratic State Representative Ruben Gallego in forming the independent-expenditure committee Citizens for Professional Law Enforcement, which is running TV ads critical of the sheriff.
All the same, there are a lot of very conservative Republicans who are fearful of openly expressing their support for Penzone. So they do so quietly, among themselves or by helping raise money.
"Everyone I know," one East Valley GOPer told me recently, "is voting for Paul Penzone."
They do not boldly proclaim their newfound bipartisanship for a simple reason: fear of retribution.
The state GOP is led by chairman Tom Morrissey, another Tea Partyin' Arpaio stalwart. His first vice chair is Pearce, a veritable Tea Party god.
And there's Arpaio himself, who as fellow tusker and Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley can attest, has no problem perp-walking those who question in the slightest the sheriff's authority.
Such perp-walks and Mafia-like vendettas against a string of politicians, judges, journalists, and civil servants are costing us mega-millions in legal fees and payouts, as well, thanks to the defunct partnership of Arpaio and his former stooge, disbarred and disgraced County Attorney Andrew Thomas.
These lawsuits, as well as those filed by victims of Arpaio's jails and other MCSO atrocities, have cost the county more than $50 million over the years.
Apache woman with cancer evicted from her home by OC sheriff department. Never even had a mortgage with Wells Fargo & she has fought their fraudulent claims in court and won - but it doesn't matter what the judge ruled. She has been forcibly removed from the home she has lived in since a child.
What is Maricopa County Sheriff's Office record on this issue?
How come you NEVER here anything about the Privet for Profit owned prisions in Az owned by more fat old white rich Republicans, (privetize it) The last thing I remember The tax payers in Az pay them over a BILLION dollars a year to house sherrif Joes bad guys. You don't think Joe's Millions in his election account could be from them do you? Send them to jail, Joe gets a check, Now stop and think about that! I'd bet lunch that's where the money is coming from. How come we don't no, Because the Republicans on the Supreme Court ruled that you do not have to discolse where the money came from in an election, The citizens united law. Than we got Gov Brewer, So the US gov sent over a hundred million dollars to Arizona help people with forclosers, so what does she do, steals $50 million and puts it in her city fund. Then to top it off, she brags about how she ballanced the city budget. The two are the bigest crooks in Arizona and should be in prision, & the pot smokers let out! (ture story)
He lies and steals is corrupt wonder if he has connections to drug people in mexico. Why does he seem to have people so brainwashed. He would not help abused kids. Clean house Arizona
Here is an idea; certain professions have mandatory retirement ages. Pilots for example MUST retire from commercial flying at the age of 65. This is completely about the protection and safety for everyone. Politicians should also have a mandatory retirement age as, well for exactly the same reasons. Joe you’re 80 now, time to hang-up your gun belt and put your boots away. Head down to Cancun and take a nice long vacation…
He is a pompous windbag that is way too full of himself. I have a feeling he is about as corrupt as the day is long and one day it will be revealed!
The man was respectable during the beginning of his career but overtime his attitude became more like, "I don't answer to anyone" kind of attitude. His MCSO sheriff staff/clan/gang adopted his attitude and carried it through to the very citizens they are meant to protect. Time to go Joe!
Oh, oh, it's Lemons again. I didn't bother to read the article, the headline was enough. So, here's a question for you, Mr. Lemons: If Sheriff Arpaio is not a conservative, why is he being attacked so goonishly by you liberals? Ha, ha!
I saw a campaign mailer recently from the MCSO shurf's camp. "Fiscal conservative", it said. I felt the need to vomit.
We need a REAL sheriff.
We need a sheriff who is an experienced law enforcement professional.
We need a sheriff who actually directs all employees of the agency to follow written law and disciplines those who choose not to.
We need PAUL PENZONE for Maricopa County.
WOOO! WOOOO! WOOOOO! Kings County NY! http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/5857/usaracketeeringonmortga.pdf CNBC Exec’s Children Murdered, 1 Day After CNBC Reports $43 Trillion Bankster Lawsuit http://theintelhub.com/2012/10/27/cnbc-execs-children-murdered-1-day-after-cnbc-reports-43-trillion-bankster-lawsuit/ Major Banks, Governmental Officials and Their Comrade Capitalists Targets of Spire Law Group, LLP's Racketeering and Money Laundering Lawsuit Seeking Return of $43 Trillion to the United States Treasury http://www.marketwatch.com/story/major-banks-governmental-officials-and-their-comrade-capitalists-targets-of-spire-law-group-llps-racketeering-and-money-laundering-lawsuit-seeking-return-of-43-trillion-to-the-united-states-treasury-2012-10-25 " Plaintiffs now establish the location of the $43 trillion ($43,000,000,000,000.00) of laundered money in a racketeering enterprise participated in by the following individuals (without limitation): Attorney General Holder acting in his individual capacity, Assistant Attorney General Tony West, the brother in law of Defendant California Attorney General Kamala Harris (both acting in their individual capacities), Jon Corzine (former New Jersey Governor), Robert Rubin (former Treasury Secretary and Bankster), Timothy Geitner, Treasury Secretary (acting in his individual capacity), Vikram Pandit (recently resigned and disgraced Chairman of the Board of Citigroup), Valerie Jarrett (a Senior White House Advisor), Anita Dunn (a former "communications director" for the Obama Administration), Robert Bauer (husband of Anita Dunn and Chief Legal Counsel for the Obama Re-election Campaign), as well as the "Banksters" themselves, and their affiliates and conduits." Can't blame it all on R-listers, D-listers, Sheriff Joe, Snorin Lyins, . . . .we are so corrupt through & through - it is truly awesomely fearsomely shocking.
Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree Republican Campaign Strategy - Division and Distraction http://wattree.blogspot.com/ Although I disagree with him in the below article re: the racism of Rev. Wright . . . imho many race-based freedom movements have taken on the characteristics (including community binding) of theology which is empowering in the short term and merely further bondage in the long-term. Combined with religion they ARE powerful but again, over time, limiting and destructive. I especially disagree with race-based justice and repeatedly point to "separate but equal" was never equal so let us please just join for justice for all.
Wow shame on a news agency yeah right this libtard newspaper, take obamas member out of your mouth and butt and stand up for america.red or blue your all retarded sheeple who put america second send the illegals home and focus on america!put your dumb little gangs away cause thats al theses partys are and lets fix america!!! I am ashamed to call my self american afte reading this shamefully bias article.you liberals are out of control either you like this country or not choose.Then vote with an open mind set an put america before your selfish and evil intentions,also if you vote for barry because hes black thats just as racist as voting for arpio because he white.think about it all you blacks are the racist ones and thats the truth.To quote Dave Chappelle "My blackness wont permit me to think that"translation RACIST IGNORANT FOOLS!!!I wish all whit would vote white for just one yaer to level the field so you minoritys could actualy have something valid to whine about.also the country would take a turn for the better.why because when you put the country before your selfish desires everyone wins not just the wealthy.democrats republicans your both fools who are weak and need a gang to protect you.
Arpaio's emailed death threats via his crony Justin M Nelson, This document is in custody of AZ law enforcement as the result of a subpoena. Cover up in a big way.....
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2011 15:42:26 -0700
Subject: Civil Complaint Against Surprise
Scott,Just got a call about your 4/14 civil filing in the Highland Justice Court against Ofc. Heredia, Town of Surprise, and two other individuals. You are really getting dumb buddy. Like I keep telling you, this is not Bennington, VT. People that do this kind of shit against law enforcement here in AZ have a tendency to find themselves disappearing in the desert.Just trying to tell you, like I have for months, this is the wrong place for this kind of shit. Like I said, if you thought Vermont was a police state, you haven't seen anything yet. You are digging yourself a hole here you will never get out of.....Good luck to you, especially now...Justin***
It wouldn't surprise me if Arpaio wins another term, he does represent the sentiment of the majority in Arizona; sad, but true. Still, I'll hope for a better world in which, as a Phoenix citizen, I don't continue to be painted with the color of injustice and intolerance.
Lemons didn't even mention the low hanging fruit here - that would be the Goldwater Institute's 2008 "MIssion Unaccomplished" memorandum which documents in great detail Arpaio's piss poor record on law enforcement.
That's the "Goldwater Institute" as in Barry Goldwater, conservative icon, for all of you uneducated people who vote for Arpaio (Lisa Allen's words, not mine).
He Arpaio this is Machete, I have a trick I wanna show you, after da trick we can stuff you with yummy candy. Happy Halloween, machete!, machete!, machete!
I can see all you liberals are running scared about the elections coming up. What are you all going to say when Arpaio wins? I can't wait to be able to rub it in.
Vermont Supreme Court raps AZ federal pro-Arpaio right-wing judge 10 years before Arpaio Judge rules. A strange case of intuition here by the Vermont Supreme Court who are in pointed opposition to the behavior of an Arizona federal judge, Frederick Martone.
Ah yes. Mac Magruder always had the easy going air of a made man, number one son. I wonder how many people take the time to research the names you drop if they don't already know? Good.
A vote for Arpaio is a vote for ongoing tyranny further sinking Arizona into the abyss. Those who support him are even sicker.
Time to clean out the MCSO and MCAO.
Time for "term Limits" for County Sheriffs and County Attorneys after the reign of terror Maricopa County has been under.
Paul Penzone has our support and votes.
You nailed it Mr. Lemons! The truth no one wants to know or assimilate. Thank you for your courageous journalism. Retaliation is very real among those in "control" in Arizona.
55,613 homes for sheriff sale right now Maricopa county. Why does it feel like most people are robo-signer type people in their jobs? Why can I have a Chinese or Iraqi landlord and have rent that is half what a US born landlord charges me? What kind of deals are they getting that citizens can't get? Everything about this country seems totally insane and wrong.
Cops have twenty year retirement for lots of reasons. The stress from the job takes its toll on the body and well as your mental capability, not to mention dealing with the internal stress of your own departments. Long time officers make it to about 32-35 years before retirement as they have to cover and ex wife or two attacking their pensions. Joe you have been in law enforcement for too many years, it’s time to retire. I wonder if he is capable of passing the basic pre-hire qualifications anymore; physiological, polygraph, medical evaluation and physical requirements?
So you think people attack others only based on liberal/conservative or republican/democrat?
Grow up. While clearly you do do this, as evidenced by your comment, not everyone is stuck at age 2 like you.
Arpaio is being attacked on the merits of his own mis-deeds, nothing more
As to Lemons article, it is a valid point that conservatives seem to love Joe, even though Joe himself is does not act like a conservative and that is per the words of many conservatives that have spoken out against Joe. Reasonable people who understand our laws and that this has nothing to do with bullshit party politics, but actual malfeasance on Joes part.
People like you are the problem in this county, state and country. You vote and follow based on party rather than merits and refuse to even make your own judgements about something based on facts and your own thoughts, instead you take the easy route and let the party make your decisions for you - bahhh bahhhh - how's it feel being a sheeple.
You better run run run now, your party is calling for you to clean up after them again, like a good little sheep always does...
And this has to do with the article how???
This is spam, I appreciate you are trying to make people aware of something but I fail to see how this in any way relates to this article.
@chrisnielson Damn Right! You are further proof of the American supremacy, and the need for further free education!
You write like a retarded 3rd grader. Why should anyone give your opinion any weight at all?
Doofus! Are you Dooley's twin?
'wah wah wah wah wah wah wah'
Would you like some cheese with that whine?
(btw - the rest of us REAL Americans are ashamed you call yourself an American also)
Scott, I'm not sure why this implied threat would include MCSO since the civil filing appears to be against a Surprise police officer, not someone employed by MCSO. Please explain the correlation.
@Machete Really gaylord? That's one of the stupidest posts I've ever read on a website. I came here to read the political banter and I come across the mindless thoughts of an individual with the intelligence of a 3-year old. "After da trick"....let me share something with you: Using 'da' instead of "the" doesn't make you a badass, it makes you a dumbass. But hey, I bet you're the coolest person in your trailer park. Douche! Douche! Douche!
Only thing your going to rub is your big fat lips on your Hero's limp noodle. Do you spit or swallow?
@JoeArpaioFan Most intelligent people will say, "Shit! The flaccid fool convinced enough Sun City seniors, and young, stupid gay guys to vote vote him again?"
I will say that, even if no one else does
@JoeArpaioFan i think youre not just any arpaio fan....defending him this much all over this comment section sure takes energy, time and love. is it you, mrs. arpaio??
@JoeArpaioFan Arpaio is a geriatric train wreck and a complete moron. To support someone who is costing taxpayers millions and millions in lawsuits and mismanagement of funds makes you pretty much an even bigger moron.
I can't wait to listen to you cry like the little bitch you are when you lose and have to watch your daddy Joe get escorted out of MCSO - will your lips still be suction locked to his butt hole??
@scott.huminski Hey Scott, stop your false rants. You sound like the very same idiot your picture portrays. Did you ever sell your condo in Gilbert?
@truthseekeraz No, time to clear out all the Democrats who have no regard for law and public safety. Time for some spring cleaning.
@truthseekeraz By the way, Mr. Lemons is on his way out as well as all the other staff at the soon-to-be-defunct New Times.
@Flyer9753 No. This is extreme concern but of course if media executives' families are getting murdered for even publishing the news I cannot expect anything from sheriff candidate. Maybe they could at least within confines of current law commit to stall for 90 days? R they going to continue to enforce the status quo? What is it going to take for them to take the side of the people? This is extreme concern for many people. Now Euro papers have gone crazy publishing nude fotos of Princess - but if they wished to insist on freedom of press they should have done it years ago with the Mohammed cartoon. Now here in US, if EVERYBODY takes a stand FOR the constitutionally provided for freedom of press to tell us what we need to know - as in terms of this article like Market Watch is doing - they can't kill us all can they? Cuz imho we have been witnessing the wholesale plunder of the wealth of the American people in every way shape or form they can in last few years - I am convinced that the only reason we still exist in current form is so "they" can try to extract the last of our wealth. Elected officials need to take a stand. 1% or we the people? If everybody up for election nationwide, or at least half of them would agree to speak this truth - idealistic naiive dreamer yesiam - we need our dreams restored. "Exclusive Interview- You don't have to have missed a payment now for the banks to STEAL your property! They are doing it through "Appraisals"! They give the property owner 30 days to pay the difference of loan to value of the property otherwise they take over the property and kick the owners out! They are doing it to homeowners and commercial property owners!" http://sherriequestioningall.blogspot.com/
Chris, this is not a "news agency" - it is an entertainment weekly, or as Gordon Duff calls it "a shopping guide." But along with the atrocities they actually do commit some good exposure on occasion.
@Tommy_Collins The threat was to protect Justin M Nelson (close arpaio friend and advisor) from civil litigation. Read the case on scribd.
Nelson has admitted his close ties to the sheriff.
JoeArpaioFan The spring cleaning you ought to be concerned with is getting the taste and smell of joes taint out of your mouth .
@JoeArpaioFan There are more than Democrats in Arizona and we don't like what we see in this backwards, intolerant state. The informed will not even visit Arizona, much less work here, start a business or raise a family in a state that does NOT value life -- human beings.
JoeArpaioFan and wuts it gonna be called The pedophile and rapist's tribunal ? You really ought to be on meds jaf the lights on ......but no one answers the door!
You've said that before, they are still here and will be for a long time
Flyer seems to have a fascination with 'lips' and 'assholes'. I'll provide the asshole if you provide the lips. Get it!
Also, here's some advice: Rebuttal loses its effectiveness when you repeat yourself(ass and lips reference) and when you attempt to construct a meaningful sentence by simply talking in circles:
"You have no business telling anyone to stop their false rants since you are the king of false rants". Really? That's the best you can do? What's next: "I would not be typing political rants online if I were not typing political rants online."?