A blurb posted on Facebook by Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu treats us to an oldie-but-goodie phrase right out of his Book of Babeuisms -- y'know, those phrases he's repeated over and over and over since he arrived on Arizona's political scene.
The FB message, in which Babeu strokes himself and his department over a drug-bust award, included a predictable dig against President Barack Obama's administration. He says such drug busts are "what we call clues in law enforcement [that] the border is NOT more secure than ever, as Janet Napolitano suggests!"
"Clues in law enforcement" -- that's one of Babeu's favorite sayings, and it is No. 5 in this installment of our favorite Top Five Babeuisms.
He's used that phrase many times, including on April 5, when he told a Fox 10 reporter that media reports on him, including those over allegations that he threatened his Mexican lover with deportation if he revealed details of their relationship, were clues of a conspiracy against him.
Fox 10: ... do you think somebody personally got to [your Mexican ex-boyfriend] and said, "I need you to tell this story"? Because that's kind of where the gap is for me. Because is, is somebody influencing him to lie?
Babeu: There's many smoking guns. And, and I'm usually not one into conspiracy theories. But all of these things don't add up. And that's what we call clues in law enforcement. And, it's suspicious at the least. But to see everybody and their brother tryin' to push each other outta the way to get a punch in on me, you know, with, it's like, well, what else can we attack him on?
No. 4: "We're into punishment -- but not quite that much."
When talk show hosts across the country mispronounced his county's name -- calling it Penal County (as in a penal institution), Babeu offers up this line. Even when they pronounce it right, he tells them others don't -- and injects his little joke.
On January 11, 2011, he was on a Salt Lake City radio show:
Babeu: ... some people call it Pinal [PEE nill] County. We're, we're into punishment -- but not quite that much.
On October 13, 2011, on the Jay Thomas Show (WDAY) in Fargo, North Dakota:
Jay Thomas: It's Pinal [pin ALL] County, correct?
Babeu: Yeah, it's not Pinal [PEE nill] County.
Jay Thomas: Pinal [PEE nill] County?
Babeu: We're into punishment -- but not quite that much!
On November 5, 2011, on the Barbara Simpson Show in San Francisco:
Barbara Simpson: ... is it Pinal [pin ALL] or Pinal [pin EL] County, Paul?
Babeu: Pinal [pin EL] County.
Simpson: Pinal [pin EL]. Okay.
Babeu: People sometimes say it Penal [PEE nil] County. And, uh, we're into punishment -- but not quite that much.
And on January 30, 2012, on Captain's America Radio Show (WMGG) in Tampa:
Babeu: And, some people pronounce it "Penal" County.
Babeu: And I correct them, saying "We're into punishment -- but not quite that much."
No. 3: "Our country is sprinting down the path of socialism."
On February 10, 2012, on the Roger Hedgecock Show (32:32):
Hedgecock: You've been a very big national figure on a lot of these issues. We appreciate your leadership. And thanks for droppin' by! How are ya'?
Babeu: It's my privilege. I'm so excited, not only to see so many people here, but a contrast couldn't be greater with men and women who believe in our Constitution, are willing to fight for it. And this is the only way that we're gonna stop this sprint down the path of socialism. Literally.
On April 5, 2012 on Fox 10:
Babeu: America, honest to God, is near financial collapse. And that if men and women of character don't stand up and fight for the future of our country, there's, there's no greater time than now. Uh, people are tryin' to literally take us down a path of failed economies of Europe, towards socialism.
On May 11, 2012, on the radio show, Sharpe in the Morning:
Babeu: ... When our Constitution's being trampled upon, literally by our own President, when he's dragging us down a path towards socialism. When the government is the solution for everything. That, that is defying the essence of who we are as Americans, is a free market and capitalism. I shall fight that to my dying breath!
No. 2: "Frying pan in the face."
Since 2010 -- maybe earlier -- Babeu has been itchin' to whack someone, mostly President Barack Obama, in the face with a frying pan.
On June 17, 2010 on the Bryan Martyn Show:
Babeu: Some of the best cops had gotten into trouble ...and they, they need that frying pan in the face to wake them up, to say, "There's consequences for your actions." ...
Martyn: That is not an endorsement of Pinal County policy of frying pans in the face from our law enforcement.
Babeu: Yeah. I use that figure of speech quite often.
On August 3, 2010 on the Sean Hannity Show:
Babeu: And our President better wake up! Because that frying pan's comin' for his face this November, him and his party!
On August 13, 2010, on Wake Up Tucson:
Babeu: And I think the, this last strike of the frying pan to the face of the President and his party, this election cycle.
On August 25, 2010, on KFYI:
Babeu: We're standing up now. I tell you, every time I pull out my, the largest frying pan I can, and smack [Obama] square in the face, because he deserves it.
On September 10, 2010, at a GOP Unity Rally and Dinner in Tucson:
Babeu: And that's what we're gonna send a message this year. I said time and time again, we're gonna take a frying pan and we're gonna smack the President in the face November 2nd and all these Democrats!
On September 11, 2010, in an Arizona Daily Star article (we get a two-fer):
Babeu, who said America is "sprinting down the path of socialism," criticized President Obama for not coming to the border to see conditions here. "We're going to take a frying pan and we're going to smack the president in the face on Nov. 2," he said to applause.
On March 6, 2011, in an Arizona Republic article:
Babeu: And I need flexibility to make decisions in my budget. This is a wake-up call to county managers and county supervisors -- they're waking up to a frying pan that's hitting them in the face.
January 4, 2012, on KFYI:
Babeu: So we have these people in Washington who are literally divorced from reality. And they need a frying pan in the face! And they need it now.
And the No. 1 Babeusim: "My deputies are studs."
On May 8, 2010 on the Terry Gilberg Show (KFYI): "He's [disgraced ex-Deputy Louie Puroll's] just, he's a stud."
On May 18, 2010, on Horizon with Ted Simons (KAET): "...that deputy ... this guy's a six-foot-four stud ..." .
On June 23, 2010 on the Barry Young Show (KFYI): "...all of our deputies, all of them are studs ... "
On July 6, 2010 on Cam and Company (NRA News): "And so our deputies, who are studs -- and, and the women do a great job ..."
On July 10, 2010 on Political Cesspool: "And we got in a shooting, one of our deputies, Deputy Puroll, a real great American stud, also a veteran." (Puroll has since been fired from the Pinal County Sheriff's Office for lying.)
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On July 17, 2010, on Voice Dude: "This 6'4" stud, Deputy Warren, is married, has 4 children ..."
On September 23, 2010 on the Mike Broomhead radio show: "This guy's six-foot-four, and absolute stud ..."
On February 2, 2011, again on Mike Broomhead: "So these are not only studs -- my elite members of the SWAT team ..."
On October 13, 2011,, on the Jay Thomas Show: "... our deputies. They're studs! And the gals, they do a great job."