I cannot decide…
Joe Arpaio is the Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.
Maricopa County (/ˌmærɨˈkoʊpə/marr-i-koh-pə) is a county located in the south-central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. As of the 2010 census, its population was 3,817,117, the most populous in the state, and ranks fourth among the nation’s counties and is greater than the population of 23 states. Maricopa County is also one of the largest counties in the United States by area having a land area greater than that of seven states. (Wikipedia)
Sheriff Arpaio has been Sheriff since 1992, having been elected for 4 – 4 year terms, thus far. He is 81 years old. He is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the County. (CLEO)
(from A Geek with Guns…)
Do you love your country? Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio does. In fact he loves his country so much that he’s punishing all nonbelievers in his prisons:
Arpaio said he has implemented an American flag campaign in his jails.
Each cell is getting a sticker of an American flag. Any inmate who vandalizes the flag will be punished with the restricted diet.
In keeping with the patriotic theme, Arpaio has ordered that the playing of God Bless America and the National Anthem be done daily in every jail facility over the public address system and for all the inmates, regardless of national origin, to hear and sing-a-long.
Now I am a patriotic American. I vote, pay attention to civic affairs, and sing along The Star-Spangled Banner when appropriate. Because I CHOOSE too! (And sometimes, I cry when so doing). I’ve no problem with having American Flags in jails, nor with playing The National Anthem for the inmates.
Now Sheriff Arpaio’s forcing patriotism on those under his administration, to me, smacks of Soviet Russia and/or Nazi Germany. Any foreign visitor to this country would be respectful of our nation’s flag and anthem. (I hope.)
Are the inmates being forced to stand, directly or through intimidation? THIS is the question I have. Sheriff Arpaio has done some good things, but these have been counter-acted by the many lawsuits for abuse and deaths while in his custody. And his going over budget, constantly.
And, he’s in constant trouble by opening his mouth! He’s currently being monitored by a federal ‘civil rights’ attorney!
We need a strong law and order guy at the helm of the county, tempered with knowledge of the Bill of Rights, and the Freedoms being protected. Not this guy.
PS – as to mindset – he’s retired D.E.A.!
(Yeah – I’m shocked, too!) :-P
That is a turnout increase of 300%. If voter ID was intended to suppress votes, it is failing as spectacularly as HealthCare.gov.
Now hers’ the SHOCKING PART!
h/t CNN !
The MSM has been ruminating, of late, regarding the NEXT Presidential Election. Keep in mind in 2014, it’s the Congressional (off year) election, making the Presidential Election THREE YEARS AWAY (2016) from now!
The reason for all this undesired attention? Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State, former Senator, and former First Lady of the Presidency and Governorship (of Arkansas) is making noises about running! After she promised she wouldn’t, of course.
And as the last presidential election was all about electing a Black Man – as though that were some kind of qualification – this one is being countenanced about electing a Woman. Same counter-argument. Of course, we all know that all Blacks think the same and all women do, too. A slam-dunk, right? Tell that to Governor Sarah Palin.
“A woman will get us out of wars, because their’s is the gentle gender.” Just ask Margaret Thatcher, Indira Gandhi and Golda Meir.
So, with regard to qualifications, exactly how does Ms. Clinton qualify?
Uh, she was a lawyer, but never renewed her license. At age ~27 she was fired for being a liar and an unethical lawyer in the Watergate Investigation. Whitewater, Wikileaks, Iran, Iraq, Sandy Berger, Benghazi, Vince Foster, any of those names ring a bell?
Her voting record in the Senate – incidentally, how does a disgraced Arkansas lawyer suddenly become a transplanted New Yorker, and get elected Senator? I guess Bobby Kennedy did it, though. And her non-starterhood as the last Secretary of State.
What has she done, lately, aside from unofficially run for office? And, of course, she was the co-President to her ‘husband’ Bill. Scary stuff.
The scariest is the ‘loyal opposition’ Republicans have very few real contenders. And their party is in a shambles. And the other choice, Libertarians, are by nature and definition not confrontational.
What to do?
Heinlein’s Law – They’re ALWAYS someone to vote against!
PS – This just in – the (Democratic Governor-Elect just made Hillary-for-President noises after winning last night. Not surprising as he was a previous
bag man shill supporter of Bill and Hill !)
h/t HuffPo (believe it or not!)
Above is the official Cleveland REDSKIN team logo.
In no way does it appear disrespectful to a proud heritage of third Stone Age peoples found on these shores when the Eurotrash first appeared on the scene 521 years ago. (Columbus – or longer? Vikings?)
Nor does the moniker REDSKIN, which while slangy to me, is no different from Black, which seems to be one of the other accepted terms (at least this week).
I love how there were probably six people nationwide who were bothered by REDSKIN, until some politicians decided to make it their cause celebre’. Probably because any other issue – immigration, tax reform, privacy, budgets, national security, the military, wars, debt ceilings, government slimdown ad infinitum, ad nauseum were being ignored by said politicians. They had to hang their hat on SOMETHING!
I wonder if all the previously-conquered peoples of the World – you know, the ones who were outright slaughtered unless they assimilated into the victor’s culture, are even around to complain about the names of sports teams named after them? I suspect most of them are not, or are wise enough to pick and choose their battles if they are.
We certainly didn’t do right by the American Indian*, and ‘awarding’ them crap land and special separate citizen status with their own ‘nations’ is part of that. Didn’t Separate, But Equal fall by the wayside some 117 years ago? (Plessy vs. Fergusson)
Along with the top-flight federal government health care they receive. Wait! What? They don’t?
Perhaps there’s yet another lesson in that?
*NOT Native American. Hell, I was born here, I’M a Native American! I side with Russell Means (now deceased leader of the American Indian Movement and libertarian), who said, “I’m an American Indian. You’ll note American is listed first!”
The Feral Irishman (aka Pissed) is one of my daily blog stops. Not that he has any attractive photos of women (including many redheads) or anything…
He posted part of a poem, from Keystone State III which spoke to me.
A VISITOR FROM THE PAST
by Thelen Paulk
I had a dream the other night, I didn’t understand.
A figure walking through the mist, with flintlock in his hand.
His clothes were torn and dirty, as he stood there by the bed,
He took off his three-cornered hat, and speaking low, he said:
“We fought a revolution, to secure our liberty.
We wrote the Constitution, as a shield from tyranny,
For future generations, this legacy we gave,
In this, the land of the free and the home of the brave.”…
You should really go and read the whole thing at the Keystone State III link.
It spoke to me. The redheads never do.
A pair of Democratic lawmakers are proposing steep new taxes on handguns and ammunition, and tying the revenues to programs aimed at preventing gun violence.
Called the “Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act,” the bill sponsored by William Pascrell, D-N.J., and Danny Davis, D-Ill., would nearly double the current 11 percent tax on handguns, while raising the levy on bullets and cartridges from 11 percent to 50 percent.
“This bill represents a major investment in the protection of our children and our communities, and reflects the long-term societal costs of gun and ammunition purchases in our country,” Pascrell said.
The lawmakers say the bill would generate $600 million per year, which would be used to fund law-enforcement and gun violence prevention. (Fox News) (emphasis Guffaw)
So the poor, who have trouble daily hand-to-mouth, are now to be saddled with the further inability to defend themselves, their homes and families?
I thought the Democrats were all about helping the poor? Oh, that’s right, they’re all about making them dependent on government. I forgot.
Don’t they remember poll taxes? And how Black folks were not allowed to vote unless they could pay a substantial fee? This sounds like a smokepole tax, to me!
Fortunately, the prospect for this monstrosity passing is dim.
Kevin of The Smallest Minority, found the following…
Where do YOU stand?
I ran across this image at Gerard Van der Leun’s American Digest:
Mike @ Cold Fury directed me to this story. It was too good to pass up
stealing copying – Guffaw
Fleshing out a Twitter thought from last night. I have a killer idea for a television series. Radical congressmen and a radical administration declare martial law on the heartland of the nation, most of whose citizens have been deemed “the enemy.” Federal shock troops fan out to almost every town. The first four Amendments are curtailed. Freedom of speech is subdued. Gun ownership is discouraged. Troops are quartered in citizens’ homes. Illegal searches and seizures are rampant. Property is confiscated.
Most of the humble, Tea Party type citizenry are stripped of their right to vote, and to run for office. A smaller group, who are for the most part illiterate, and ignorant of American history, vote themselves into office, there to plunder federal coffers with the radical congressmen. Those citizens who dare to strike back, usually under cover of darkness for protection, are labeled terrorists, and hunted down. The reign of terror lasts for 12 years.
Before you say “it could never happen here,” better go read the payoff lines.
From Fox News:
. . . The plot successfully faked names and signatures on both the Obama and Clinton presidential petitions that were used to place the candidates on the ballot. So many names were forged — an estimated 200 or more — that prosecutor Stanley Levco said that had the fraud been caught during the primary, “the worst that would have happened, is maybe Barack Obama wouldn’t have been on the ballot for the primary.” . . .
In court, former longtime St. Joseph County Democratic Chairman Butch Morgan, Jr. was sentenced to one year behind bars, and is expected to serve half that, as well as Community Corrections and probation. Former St. Joseph County Board of Elections worker and Democratic volunteer Dustin Blythe received a sentence of one year in Community Corrections and probation, which means no jail time. . .
AND, yesterday, the United States Supreme Court decided that Arizona elections officials violated federal law by requiring voter registrants to provide proof of United States citizenship when registering to vote (via the AZ Motor-Voter Law only).
So, in theory, this decision only affects those States that allow illegal aliens to possess Driver Licenses…
Think this’ll be a problem ?
NAW. (I’m kidding)
“Pay no attention to the illegal voters behind the curtain of the voting booth!”
h/t John Lott
While mocking the Constitution and Bill of Rights during a panel discussion with documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times and MSNBC’s S.E. Cupp, Maher criticized the failed Manchin-Toomey expanded background checks bill because it prohibited a national gun registry.
“Of course we need a gun registry,” Maher said. “The Second Amendment is bullsh*t.”
A short while later in his blathering discourse, Maher revealed he actually owns two firearms that he keeps in his home — one upstairs and one downstairs — and that he goes to the range twice a year to practice shooting.
Maher said there have been 12 home invasions in his neighborhood over the last year and he needs the guns to protect himself.
“As long as we live in the gun country, I ain’t giving up my guns,” he said.
I don’t think I need add to this, save, if ‘they’ do eventually have a registry, and proceed with confiscation (which history shows us ALWAYS follows) Mr. Maher will have a decision to make – either voluntarily give up his right of self-defense against crime and tyranny, or join us. Too late.