Feedback from the Issue of Thursday, July 23, 2009


Lots of us are praying: Another Arpaio/Thomas publicity stunt revealed in your "Down on Brown" story. When will it all stop?

Maybe never. But I felt better recently when [U.S.] Homeland Security came up with a new 287(g) plan in which police agencies with the federal authority to pick up illegal aliens — the MCSO — must sign a new agreement to go after only serious criminals in the undocumented community.


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Also, it was great to see that the feds are interested in this SCA [Sheriff's Command Association] case, which obviously smells of corruption to high heaven. This and the fact that the FBI already is investigating Arpaio should bode unwell for the dangerous buffoon.

Lots of us are praying that justice is someday served on him and his staff, especially [Chief Deputy] David Hendershott, the evil brain behind the MCSO.
Ted Bart, address withheld

What if Joe snubs Janet?: Great story by Paul Rubin on the water-park raids. Rubin exposed how Arpaio and Thomas' racist little minds work. Arpaio must be stopped, but I wonder if [Homeland Security] Secretary Janet Napolitano has the balls to stop him.

What if he just snubs her order that he must concentrate on just dangerous undocumented criminals to keep his 287(g) class­ification? I could see him just ignoring the federal mandate and going about business as usual, thereby forcing a confrontation with the Obama administration.

What then? Are human-rights abuses [against] undocumented immigrants and Hispanic Americans a big enough issue for Washington to slap down Arpaio? You'd certainly hope so with a black president and a black attorney general!

My feeling is, the only way Napolitano will bust Arpaio is if the president forces her to.
James Guzman, address withheld

Let the Joe/Andy recall begin: Just writing to announce that we have filed official recalls on Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

We are going to let the nation and world know that the image of ignorance and hate that Joe Arpaio, Andrew Thomas, [state senators] Russell Pearce, Bob Burns, et al., have sent out from Arizona is a false one! The recall Web site is Phone is 623-206-2039.
Leonard Clark, Surprise

Apparently, it's okay to lie to a grand jury: For the I-support-Joe-because-he-upholds-the-law crowd: Since when did it become legal to lie in a grand jury proceeding? I'm sure Barry Bonds and his lawyers will be happy to hear that.

Ironically, the fact that [Arpaio's office] clearly withheld a witness could be the factor that lets five illegals stay in the United States to work and cause all those tax dollars spent on this case to be wasted yet again. That's a new level of incompetence.

And I love that [Arpaio supporters] wish all [illegal aliens] deported, and the MCSO is the reason they are staying. Lots of laughs.
David Saint, Phoenix

Joe's priorities are off-kilter: By all means, track down and arrest illegals after the fat-ass [Arpaio] finds those ten of thousands of felons running around with unserved warrants.

By all means, deport the illegals after the Sheriff's Office does the job it was created to do: patrol unincorporated Maricopa County and outlying towns it's contracted to [serve].

What good does it do anyone to arrest a corn vender or sub-minimum-wage slave if the MCSO doesn't do shit about the meth-head white people turning the small towns outside Phoenix into suburban hellholes? Get your effin' priorities aligned, Joe!
Name withheld

Useless and sarcastic: I can see why this trash is a free paper. Nobody would pay for this type of reading. Get a life, and let Joe do his job. Better yet, go find a job that serves America. This is useless drivel and sarcastic B.S.
Name withheld


Editor's note: Here's more reader reaction to our Michael Jackson spoof, most of it coming in before we let on in the last issue that we were kidding:

Unsatisfied reader says, "No more spoofs": Okay, your Michael Jackson story was a spoof. I get that. But I don't read New Times to be fooled. I read the paper because it goes after the fools. People like Joe Arpaio and Andrew Thomas.

Please stick to what you do best — investigative journalism. You are our only hope in this desert metropolis.
Marla Billings, Phoenix

Many among us are too stupid to live: I've read all the comments and feedback on your story of how Dr. Reinalda de Souza killed Jacko, and I've got to say that you exposed some sick individuals. Not the fictional De Souza, but a large portion of the readers of this satire.

Many are too stupid to live, others are deluded into thinking that Michael Jackson wasn't a pervert, and others care more about a fucking dog than they do about human beings.

One guy even wanted an investigation, whether the story was satire or not, because a Rottweiler puppy might have been killed. Dude, there is no puppy if it's a spoof! Get it? Apparently not.

I was, however, gratified to see that many people did get the joke, with some even playing along. To those who weren't fooled, it was good comedy. Keep 'em coming.
Mike Lucas, Phoenix

Crazier than Jacko himself: I am a writer, and an actress. I am writing you this letter because I, too, may be a possible victim of Dr. Reinalda de Souza. I write action-drama and suspense screenplays. So, far I have written three, all of them unique.

Two years ago, I was told that a rich, powerful, evil demon cast a spell on me and my work so that I could not make it to Hollywood or get agents. Until I read your story, I always thought that person was a man. But, now, I know it could have been a female, Dr. De Souza.

I am currently residing in Arizona. But before I got an apartment here, I stayed at the Watkins Women's Center under the name Pamela Babbs. On Easter Sunday, I was visited by now-traded basketball superstar Shaquille O'Neal, who was there doing charity work. I thought [at the time] the visit was coincidental. He signed autographs and passed out toys for the kids. I told him about my work and that I needed an agent to get my work read by Paramount Pictures. I asked for his help. He said he didn't know if he could help me and whispered under his breath, "Yeah, yeah, some people don't like black girls." I was devastated and went back to my bed.

I almost felt like giving up on my dreams until I read your article about the death of Michael Jackson and his involvement with Candomblé priestess De Souza. I knew then that it wasn't a coincidence that De Souza's client Shaquille O'Neal came to see me that Easter Sunday.
Pamela Ann Holloway, address withheld

So you can "take back" tweets?: I could have sworn someone told me that New Times didn't make stuff up, but I guess I was wrong.

So, you're a news magazine now? Maybe a fancy art publication? Weird that it's okay to publish tabloid pieces in [a publication] you pass off as news most other days.

I take back my earlier tweets about New Times being the last hope for journalism. Hope you don't piss off The Onion too much.
Tyler Hurst, Phoenix

FTW: Michael Jackson is, er, was a douche. The dude touched kids. He owed a mess of people money. His character is poo! People pass every day. Why doesn't the world care about that? Instead they lift up Michael Jackson and make him out to be some kind of prince. This world is so fucked. So fucked.
Tony Beggart, Gilbert

Signed, Angry in Guadalupe: To those who hate Michael Jackson, I have real strong words for you clowns: Eff you!
William Robles, Guadalupe

Of course we would: This is a racist article. If Jackson had been a white man, would you be demeaning him like this in death?
Joe Price, Westminster, California

Sharpton and Chopra are worse: Black folk want to forget Jackson was playing with boys' pee-pees. And that's all white folks want to remember 'bout Jackson — though they were the ones buying his records and trying to be like him.

It's not racist to write this story or make fun of Michael. What Al Sharpton and Deepak Chopra are doing is worse — using their dead "friend" to get their names in the paper.
Theo Sophist, Pasadena, California

Nope, we did not write Thriller: This is just flat-out ridiculous! I mean, what the hell have you done in your life?

You didn't write Thriller, that's for fucking sure! I'm all about satire, but this is just a dumb idea that's poorly written and focuses way too heavily on the negatives of Michael that we have been hearing about for the past decade.

Jesus Christ. Give him a fucking break; he was one of the greatest entertainers in history. I just felt dirty reading this story. Go fuck yourselves!
Name withheld

Another concerned animal lover: This woman should be in jail for animal abuse if she did what this story claims. But this story is a hoax. New Times has published several satirical stories over the years. Too bad those losers had to make fun of the death of a great man with this one.
Name withheld

Searching for an identity: New Times writes fictitious bullshit fairy tales like this because they know their readers are gullible idiots. Just read "Feedback" after they write a horribly biased, slanted article. This is a hoax. New Times is really struggling for an identity.

You want us to believe Shaq went to her for help on his free throws? Amar'e went to her to heal his eye? Sheriff Joe sees her for mental issues? Ronald Reagan went to her to heal his Alzheimer's? And [that] there are ties to recent celebs who died: Ed McMahon and Farrah Fawcett.

New Times has lost all credibility, but it never had any to begin with.
Name withheld

Not everyone's old enough to remember Lou Grant: This is satire! My God, people, get a frickin' clue! This is not a real story, just like the Anna Nicole story New Times wrote wasn't real.

As for New Times losing credibility, are you kidding me? There is a big hint about the validity of the story on the [cover], for Christ's sake! Joe Rossi worked for Lou Grant. You know, in the TV show?

New Times knows when to look at itself in the mirror and think, "Oops, we are being too serious — time to step back." The story is in fun; it doesn't take the credibility away from a single writer. These are people who have won many, many awards.

Lastly to morons saying Jackson was amazing — blah, blah, blah: I like his music, as well, but the fact that he touched little boys reserves him a special place in Hell. Yes, I believe he touched little boys and I think he paid off the parents to get them to shut up.

He was a very talented perv, but a perv nonetheless. To all those who think he was amazing, would you have left your 6-year-old alone with him? I didn't think so.
Name withheld

You read it this time, sister!: Regardless of whether this is satire or partial truth, it doesn't change the fact it is in horrible taste.

Not only are you giving a supposed murderer the ability to voice her sickness to the world; you're also being incredibly disrespectful to the deceased. Michael Jackson died, and maybe he did some regrettable things in his lifetime, but there is a certain level of respect that should be granted to the deceased.

On top of human decency, if this were true, I'd hope that this woman gets what is coming to her.

Yet another solid reminder as to why I don't read New Times.
Name withheld

As you can see, there are plenty: I think the funniest part of this story was when the author claimed that the subject, a voodoo practitioner, used the phrase, "As sure as God made green apples."

And telling The Hulk to avoid the color green? That was a hoot! I haven't laughed this much over one of your stories since the Anna Nicole love-child joke. I'm anxious to see how many outraged readers believe this story is actually true.
Name withheld


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