An Update … And A New Twist …

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Joe Arpaio

On July 2nd I wrote a post about the former Sheriff of Maricopa Country, Arizona, Joe Arpaio.  You may remember that he had lost his bid for re-election in 2016, after serving for 24 years, since 1993.  At the time of my last post, Arpaio was standing trial in federal court on charges of ‘criminal contempt of court’.

In December 2011, U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow ordered Arpaio’s office to halt detentions based on nothing more than suspicion that a person might be in violation of federal immigration law. Arpaio’s response?  “I’m still gonna do what I’m doing. I’m still gonna arrest illegal aliens.” And he did keep on doing what he had been:  racial profiling and inhumane treatment of prisoners, refusing to investigate sex crimes, and closing cases without investigation, to name a few.  I meant to write an update to that story when a decision was handed down by the court, but I got sidetracked and failed to do so.  I shall do so now, with another, new interesting twist.

On July 24th, United States District Judge Susan R. Bolton found Mr. Arpaio, age 85, guilty of criminal contempt of court, a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail. In her decision, Judge Bolton wrote, “Not only did Defendant abdicate responsibility, he announced to the world and to his subordinates that he was going to continue business as usual no matter who said otherwise.”

His lawyers, of course, immediately said they would appeal the verdict.  Some supporters of stricter immigration enforcement rallied behind Mr. Arpaio. Dan Stein, the president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, said the election of President Trump had vindicated Mr. Arpaio’s policies.

“Clearly Joe Arpaio won the war, even though he lost this particular battle. Like any good American citizen, he recognized his obligation and was willing to pay the price for a form of civil disobedience.”

At this point it bears remembering that Arpaio’s tent-city jail required prisoners to wear pink underwear and sleep in tents in the brutal Arizona heat. They were served only two meatless meals per day, often consisting of moldy bread, rotten fruit and other contaminated food.  Prisoners were frequently denied care for serious medical and mental health needs.  At one point, Arpaio made the statement that even if he had a billion dollars he wouldn’t change the way he runs his jails.  Now, this is the man who Mr. Stein claims “paid the price”.  No, the prisoners – Arpaio’s victims – paid the price for his racism and inhumanity. It was precisely this that earned Arpaio my Idiot of the Week award last October.

Which brings me to the present. With all the news about last weekend’s horrors in Charlottesville, this tidbit went largely unnoticed:

“President Trump told Fox News he is “seriously considering” issuing a pardon for former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio. Trump told the news outlet during a conversation in Bedminster, N.J., that the pardon could come quickly, perhaps in a matter of days.

“I might do it right away, maybe early this week. I am seriously thinking about it,” Trump said, according to Fox News. He said Arpaio was a “great American patriot” who had “done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration.”

“Is there anyone in local law enforcement who has done more to crack down on illegal immigration than Sheriff Joe?” Trump said, according to Fox News. “He has protected people from crimes and saved lives. He doesn’t deserve to be treated this way.” – Matt Zapotosky, The Washington Post, 14 August 2017

Arpaio told Fox News, “I would accept the pardon because I am 100 percent not guilty.”

I predicted in my last post about Arpaio that he would never serve a single day of prison time, even if found guilty.  My main reason for believing so at that time was primarily his age.  He is 85 years old, and I thought an appeal was likely, which could drag on for another year or two, and at that point I expected his attorneys to plead for leniency based on Arpaio’s age.  Never in my wildest dreams did I even consider a presidential pardon.

There can be no denying that Arpaio is a racist.  That much is obvious and he doesn’t even bother to deny it.  So … if Trump pardons Arpaio, what message do you think that sends to the very white supremacist groups who perpetuated the violence and death in Charlottesville last weekend?

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Walter Shaub

Remember Walter Shaub, former head of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) about whom I wrote last month  ?  He resigned his position because the Trump administration was making a sham of the word ‘ethics’ and Shaub felt that he was no longer able to do his job.  Today, Shaub posted a single tweet about Trump’s proposal to pardon Joe Arpaio …

“Scrambling to reassure the white supremacists and nazis that he didn’t really mean what he said to the “normies” today…”

Can anybody disagree?  I said to another fellow blogger earlier that I could picture Trump on the phone with Richard Spencer or David Duke after his speech, saying, “Don’t worry … I didn’t mean a word I said, but you know … my staff told me I had to say all that stuff or else we might have riots here in Washington … but I am in your court, so … no worries.”

Ladies and Gentlemen … the man who is occupying the White House, the man who refers to himself as “president”, is in bed with the worst bunch of people to be found in the United States.  Expect many more weekends like the past one.

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72 thoughts on “An Update … And A New Twist …

  1. Thankfully, the media is not backing down on this. On the Today Show this morning, they called out Trump’s rant for what it was, a senile flurry of words from a man who might be unbalanced (I paraphrase here). They interviewed John Kasich who condemned the president’s actions. Republicans are starting to wake up. How could he consider pardoning a proven racist in the midst of all of this?

    Chuck Todd said something important this morning. He said that Republicans can no longer toe the line and be ‘with’ Trump when he does something well (in their opinion) and be against him when he doesn’t. They need to pick a side.

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    • It would seem that finally he has crossed a line with his supporters and, more importantly at the moment, with members of Congress. Several of them have criticized him for his Saturday and Tuesday remarks. Kasich is, in my opinion, pretty decent. I see even some of his supporters beginning to back slowly away from the train wreck. But y’know … I don’t trust him … there is something that feels off-kilter here, and I am not sure what it is. I keep harking back to Turkey, last July’s coup, Erdogan using it to justify his “state of emergency” … I don’t know … perhaps I am just tired. 😦

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  2. Dear Jill,
    The only good to arise out of the Charlottesville, VA recent events is that it exposed DDT’s racists’ views for full public display. DDT giving the AZ former sheriff a pardon will not go under the radar. But it will be another nail in DDT’S coffin.
    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Yes, I think that Charlottesville opened the eyes of many, and even today, DDT seems determined to alienate even his own party, his own supporters, with his hateful rhetoric and the nonsense that spew from him every time he opens his mouth. And yes, one more foot dug in his grave, one more notch in his noose, and one more nail in his coffin. And yet … something is off, and I’m just not sure what it is.
      Hugs!!!

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  3. Sometimes it seems inter-country events are coinciding with international events. We have lowlifes causing trouble with their gatherings along with the North Korean leader deciding whether or not to send rockets to Guam. It’s no wonder people can’t sleep at night. —- Suzanne

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    • Sleep? What’s that??? 🙂 But yes, while there is no direct connection between our domestic turmoil and the Korean situation, there is a link, and that is to be found at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. Bad decisions, and more importantly terrible choices of words coming out of that address have led to an escalation of the chaos at home and abroad. I think duct tape may be the answer. My grandson believes there is nothing that cannot be fixed with duct tape, and so … carefully applied duct tape to a certain person’s twitting thumbs and also to his mouth, might go a long way toward repairing the damage. 😀

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    • Thank you , my friend! Yes, I sincerely hope this weekend works out, for life here in the rabbit hole is taking a toll … hey, that rhymes! I am short tempered these days and even called the cat a b—- tonight. Sigh. And yet, I am almost afraid to be away for 4 whole days! Sigh. But if I don’t get away, I think I may implode, and that could be ugly. ;}

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        • 🙂 I know … I am looking forward to the break, and yet I suspect I shall sneak a few surreptitious peeks at my phone, which is set to pick up all ‘breaking news’ alerts. Sigh. And I can’t switch the phone off, for I am leaving my girls and … sigh … 🙂 But nonetheless, I shall have fun!

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    • No, it started being big news when they actually charged him with a crime, but it got bigger when Trump said he may pardon him. I suspect he will pardon him, but it wouldn’t matter, for he would not serve jail time anyway. But let me cross the street against the light, and I will be in jail for a year or two! Okay, okay … that may be a slight exaggeration, but … the past week has put me on an uneven keel and magnified my already existing frustrations, as I imagine it has done for everyone.

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  4. Why are we surprised anymore? And just as an aside, if you want to hear an excellent commentary on the weekend, listen to Seth Meyers’ opening from last night (Monday night). No punches pulled. Have a good day my friend…

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  5. The man is beyond belief. He’s scared to death to lose any of his loyal followers. He’s leaning over backward to cater to the lowest group of misfits in the country. Please, Congress take the power to press the nuclear button out of his incapable hands before he sends us, including his own family members, to a hell on earth. —- Suzanne

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    • Yes, he is pandering to the scum of the earth. Why? Because they will continue to support him as long as he doesn’t give them problems. Conversely, the rest of us require him to lead with something akin to intellect and compassion. As for the nuclear button … I agree with you completely, but … I am less concerned about that at the moment than I am about what is happening within the country. I think the greater imminent danger lies within. Just my thought … I could be wrong …

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