There’s Something in the Water in Maricopa County

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Here’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona’s Maricopa County, where there must be something in the water, explaining that the birth certificate for Barack Obama released by the White House was forged, and pledging to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice. And if you have the gall to criticize him for being a conspiracy-minded loon, “there’s something wrong.”

In another section of this bizarre event, Arpaio said that he has identified “a person of interest” in the case. Weapons grade idiocy, from a pretty highly placed elected official.

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More from this pathetic spectacle:

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So his career has to be over now, right? Oh wait, Arizona.

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56 comments

1 Targetpractice  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 2:41:15pm

Ah, Arizona, the "Meth Lab of Democracy." Where the governor can shove her finger in the president's face without getting tackled to the ground by the Secret Service and a county sheriff can waste months going over the same ground that thousands of internet "experts" have gone over before to reach the exact same conclusion.

2 Obdicut  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 2:41:21pm

I want to see him try to arrest someone over this.

3 SpaceJesus  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 2:41:50pm

He will be elected governor in a landslide after Brewer accidentally blows herself up while planting landmines along the border

4 Kragar  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 2:42:06pm
pledging to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice

Because the Maricopa Country Sheriff has the jurisdiction in bullshit electoral questions, thats in the Constitution handed down by Baby Jesus.

5 Iwouldprefernotto  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 2:42:26pm

Was the person of interest on a grassy knoll?

6 jc717  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 2:43:49pm

We really should have a sanity requirement for public office holders. Someone this paranoid/delusional should not be a freaken Sheriff.

7 Gus  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 2:44:02pm

Arizona Republicans are probably already forming a presidential election committee for Arapio in 2016.

Arapio is the laughingstock of America. Well, for normal Americans.

8 Kragar  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 2:45:41pm

re: #6 jc717

We really should have a sanity requirement for public office holders. Someone this paranoid/delusional should not be a freaken Sheriff.

GOP would cry religious oppression again.

9 Douchecanoe and Ryan Too  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 2:46:45pm

re: #6 jc717

We really should have a sanity requirement for public office holders. Someone this paranoid/delusional should not be a freaken Sheriff.

Yeah, but that would eliminate the entirety of the GOP.

10 darthstar  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 2:46:49pm

Dude's just a sheriff...someone tell him to focus on busting kids making out in their cars.

11 Targetpractice  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 2:48:03pm

re: #10 darthstar

Dude's just a sheriff...someone tell him to focus on busting kids making out in their cars.

Or the dozens of child abuse, rape, and murder cases that his office is being accused of ignoring to prosecute its campaign of terrorizing Latinos.

12 Gus  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 2:48:18pm

Posse. What a dork.

13 darthstar  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 2:48:26pm

re: #11 Targetpractice

Or the dozens of child abuse, rape, and murder cases that his office is being accused of ignoring to prosecute its campaign of terrorizing Latinos.

Better still.

14 JeffM70  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 2:50:04pm

No doubt legions of wingnuts had to change their underwear after this.

15 Kragar  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 2:50:58pm

re: #14 JeffM70

No doubt legions of wingnuts had to change their underwear after this.

Nope, leap day was yesterday.

16 Robert O.  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 2:51:12pm

Well...I'm not sure about "something in the water" in Maricopa County. But I do know soon, they will run out of water in Maricopa County. Phoenix, after all, sits in a desert atop a rapidly emptying aquifer. You can blame unsustainable development, waste, lack of sound urban planning, lack of regulation - all contributed by Republican policies, of course.

17 Gus  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 2:56:04pm

All of this garbage coming from this pathetic "posse" is basically Pam Geller's Photoshop conspiracy theory no?

18 ProMayaLiberal  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 2:56:31pm

re: #17 Gus

From what I understand, yes.

19 Kragar  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:01:23pm

re: #17 Gus

All of this garbage coming from this pathetic "posse" is basically Pam Geller's Photoshop conspiracy theory no?

We better buy the book to get all the details.

20 wrenchwench  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:01:29pm

re: #10 darthstar

Dude's just a sheriff...someone tell him to focus on busting kids making out in their cars.

Or something.

21 Charles Johnson  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:01:59pm

re: #17 Gus

All of this garbage coming from this pathetic "posse" is basically Pam Geller's Photoshop conspiracy theory no?

I remember seeing this idiocy about "layers" at several wingnut sites, but Geller was probably the most prominent one.

22 HappyWarrior  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:02:20pm

Sheriff cuckoo for cocoa puffs.

23 ProMayaLiberal  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:03:31pm

This just appeared on TVTropes in regards to the Falkland Islands:

Now it seems that Cristina Fernandez wants to control the only flight from South America to the Falklands now

What is this referring to? I hope the Argentinian Economy pops here soon. I heard it was over-heating, with major inflation.

24 ReamWorks SKG  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:03:33pm

I have absolutely no doubt Obama was born in Hawaii, and their "analysis" is nonsense.

The original document's microfilm record was almost certainly on black and white microfilm stock. That "green safety paper layer" was simply how their document retrieval system prints it, so that the stamp and signature of the state registrar are tamper-evident

Image: 6798842380_a377eec49c_o.png

Here I removed the green background. It's not a separate layer on the PDF; my guess is that the black and white image was printed on this paper, then it was signed and stamped, and that document was then scanned to produce the .pdf released by the Whitehouse.

25 Obdicut  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:08:13pm

re: #23 ProGunLiberal

Please quit wishing harm on entire groups of people.

26 Douchecanoe and Ryan Too  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:09:26pm

re: #21 Charles Johnson

I remember seeing this idiocy about "layers" at several wingnut sites, but Geller was probably the most prominent one.

Given the volume of her incoherent rants, it's hard for her not to be the most prominent.

27 ProMayaLiberal  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:11:04pm

re: #25 Obdicut

I don't want serious harm, just Argentina's bullying tendencies curbed. Problems at home will distract them.

28 Obdicut  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:11:31pm

re: #27 ProGunLiberal

It will also mean kids going hungry. Just fucking stop.

29 HappyWarrior  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:12:35pm

re: #27 ProGunLiberal

I don't want serious harm, just Argentina's bullying tendencies curbed. Problems at home will distract them.

That's a really crude way of looking at it.

30 Amory Blaine  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:12:45pm

The Cold Case Posse'.

Too much fucking tv man. Who hates Hollywood? Not Sheriff Joe.

31 Gus  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:13:07pm

re: #23 ProGunLiberal

This just appeared on TVTropes in regards to the Falkland Islands:

What is this referring to? I hope the Argentinian Economy pops here soon. I heard it was over-heating, with major inflation.

Well. At least Argentina never invaded a country on some bullshit made up WMD intelligence which led to the death of 100s of thousands of Iraqis.

32 HappyWarrior  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:13:07pm

re: #30 Amory Blaine

The Cold Case Posse'.

Too much fucking tv man. Who hates Hollywood? Not Sheriff Joe.

Sheriff Joe loves seeing Sheriff Joe's name in the papers.

33 OhNoZombies!  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:13:32pm

The sherriff should be ashamed of himself. How can he represent the "secret society" of like-minded individuals without his stylish pointy hat?

34 Tigger2005  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:14:07pm

"I spoke to some knowledgeable people, and did a little research online, and I have determined that (choose one) the birth certificate is forged/the Girl Scouts are a tactical arm of Planned Parenthood/Evolution and global warming are part of a scientific/liberal/atheist conspiracy/We never landed on the Moon."

35 Kragar  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:14:37pm

My faith in humanity, it has been restored

'Deadpool' must be R-rated

36 HappyWarrior  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:14:50pm

re: #31 Gus

Well. At least Argentina never invaded a country on some bullshit made up WMD intelligence which led to the death of 100s of thousands of Iraqis.

Yes, and honestly a country should never have to suffer because its leaders are assholes. Me? I hate the leadership of Saudi Arabia but I don't want the Saudi people oppressed. Separate hating the government's policies from the people is what needs to be done here.

37 dragonfire1981  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:18:53pm

OT, but I am experiencing a moment of rather strong sadness over the loss of my grandfather, who was a true man among men in my life for 30 years.

He passed away in November. He was many things. A war hero (WW II) A loving husband (married 62 years to my grandmother, who is still with us), a loving father and the most awesome grandfather a guy could ever have.

I never remember getting angry at my grandfather and I never remember him being disrespectful towards me. I can't say that about very many people in my life, including those in my immediate family.

The last time I saw my grandfather he was in the hospital and very weak. He kept drifting in and out of sleep. My grandmother, who, bless her heart, stayed by his side night and day until the very end, kept trying to perk him up by saying: "Come on Gordon, let's go dancing."

It was both one of the sweetest and most heartbreaking things I've ever seen. My grandmother taught me a lot about love during Grandpa's final days.

I wrote this poem in honor of them:

The doctor’s left the room now dear,
It’s only you and me,
Until this moment I never knew,
How difficult this could be.

I know the time is getting late,
the moon is hanging high,
and a solitary quiet tear
is trickling from your eye.

These days have been so trying,
I know you badly want to rest,
But if you are willing to allow me,
I have one small request:

Let’s go dancing one more time,
The way we always did,
And tear up that old wooden floor,
Like two lovestruck young kids.

You used to love our nights out,
I can still see that winning smile,
We had the best moves of anyone,
A truly special style.

The years, they passed so quickly,
And our bodies slowed us down,
But every time that music played,
We just had to move around.

It’s no secret the day will come,
When we’ll have to say goodbye,
But before you know it we’ll meet again,
At that dance club in the sky.

And I’ll be there dressed to the nines,
The band will start to play,
I’ll take my lady by the hand,
There’s just one thing to say:

Let’s go dancing one more time,
We’ll tear up that old floor,
And by the time our song ends,
We’ll still be wanting more.

I miss you Gramps. You were the best.

38 Talking Point Detective  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:19:23pm

Allow me?

So his career has to be over now, right? Oh wait, Arizona. Republican

39 HappyWarrior  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:20:35pm

re: #37 dragonfire1981

OT, but I am experiencing a moment of sadness over the loss of my grandfather, who was a true man among men in my life for 30 years.

He passed away in November. He was many things. A war hero (WW II) A loving husband (married 62 years to my grandmother, who is still with us), a loving father and the most awesome grandfather a guy could ever have.

I never remember getting angry at my grandfather and I never remember him being disrespectful towards me. I can't say that about very many people in my life, including those in my immediate family.

The last time I saw my grandfather he was in the hospital and very weak. He kept drifting in and out of sleep. My grandmother, who, bless her heart, stayed by his side night and day until the very end, kept trying to perk him up by saying: "Come on Gordon, let's go dancing."

It was both one of the sweetest and most heartbreaking things I've ever seen. My grandmother taught me a lot about love during Grandpa's final days.

I wrote this poem in honor of them:

The doctor’s left the room now dear,
It’s only you and me,
Until this moment I never knew,
How difficult this could be.

I know the time is getting late,
the moon is hanging high,
and a solitary quiet tear
is trickling from your eye.

These days have been so trying,
I know you badly want to rest,
But if you are willing to allow me,
I have one small request:

Let’s go dancing one more time,
The way we always did,
And tear up that old wooden floor,
Like two lovestruck young kids.

You used to love our nights out,
I can still see that winning smile,
We had the best moves of anyone,
A truly special style.

The years, they passed so quickly,
And our bodies slowed us down,
But every time that music played,
We just had to move around.

It’s no secret the day will come,
When we’ll have to say goodbye,
But before you know it we’ll meet again,
At that dance club in the sky.

And I’ll be there dressed to the nines,
The band will start to play,
I’ll take my lady by the hand,
There’s just one thing to say:

Let’s go dancing one more time,
We’ll tear up that old floor,
And by the time the song ends,
We’ll still be wanting more.

I miss you Gramps. You were the best.

This is a touching tribute to your grandfather. I still think of mine and find it hard to believe he's been gone three years already. Feels like just yesterday he was opening up to me about his experiences in Korea. Never knew my other grandfather but he too is always in my thoughts.

40 Obdicut  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:21:28pm

re: #37 dragonfire1981

Rather different sentiment, but similar in some ways.

41 HappyWarrior  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:22:15pm

Sorry to go OT here myself but I'd like to recommend to everyone here that if they can watch HBO on demand to watch this great documentary about the Loving case that overturned bans on interracial marriage in this country. All Mr. and Mrs. Loving wanted to do was live in peace and raise a family.

42 dragonfire1981  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:22:47pm

re: #39 HappyWarrior

My paternal grandfather died when I was 12 and unfortunately long before that a significant rift had opened between him and my dad, so I never saw the old man much and know little about him. I do know he was also a war hero (WW II, Air force) but unlike my dear Gramps, my granddad always seemed kind a hard nosed, tough love kind of guy.

43 HappyWarrior  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:26:20pm

re: #42 dragonfire1981

My paternal grandfather died when I was 12 and unfortunately long before that a significant rift had opened between him and my dad, so I never saw the old man much and know little about him. I do know he was also a war hero (WW II, Air force) but unlike my dear Gramps, my granddad always seemed kind a hard nosed, tough love kind of guy.

That's too bad. My dad's dad died before my parents even met. I'm named after both of them though. Anyhow, here's a poem I wrote about him after I visited his homecity of Pittsburgh last summer and even saw the house he grew up in and courted my Nana. He's always "Big Dad" to us, story goes that my oldest cousin came up with that and it's always felt unique because I never have known any other family that referred to their grandfather that way and it was a fitting nick since he was the father of six kids and many more grandkids and beyond.
Chasing Legends
A legend is what I find myself chasing today and always
A legend that feels so close yet so far
One I know little yet all about
A name shared yet wouldn’t know the voice
I’ve walked where you once did
Yet you never knew me and I you
But there are times I feel I did
A photograph can say a thousand words sure
But it can’t truly answer my questions
About you the legend I chase
As I look in to the mirror
You’re there somehow
Distant but never too far

44 Amory Blaine  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:28:12pm

I had a favorite great uncle growing up. He was the most gentle man I ever knew. A gardener and golfer, we would sit out on the porch and listen to Bob Eucker call the ballgame. I'll never forget the night I was sleeping over as a teen and my aunt woke me up to help change his diaper. Grew up a little that night. He died shortly after. Sorry for your loss dragonfire1981.

45 wrenchwench  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:29:22pm

re: #42 dragonfire1981

My paternal grandfather died when I was 12 and unfortunately long before that a significant rift had opened between him and my dad, so I never saw the old man much and know little about him. I do know he was also a war hero (WW II, Air force) but unlike my dear Gramps, my granddad always seemed kind a hard nosed, tough love kind of guy.

My paternal grandfather died when I was one. I didn't know him and don't care. He used to beat my father, although I didn't know about it until I was an adult. My father never hit any of his seven kids or five step-kids, which is something I never thought about until I found out he was beaten regularly. It's hard to break a cycle like that. I'd call him tonight, but my voice sounds pretty rough right now and it would make him worry. But thanks for reminding me to put it on the agenda soon.

That's a sweet poem.

46 Vicious Michigan Union Thug  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:30:19pm

re: #40 Obdicut

Rather different sentiment, but similar in some ways.

[Embedded content]

I always hated that song. Most. Depressing. Song. Ever.

Well, maybe second most depressing song ever. THIS is the Most. Depressing. Song. Ever.

47 Obdicut  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:31:31pm

re: #46 Learned Mother of Zion

Nah, check out this one:

48 HappyWarrior  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:33:40pm

re: #47 Obdicut

Nah, check out this one:

[Embedded content]

I believe that's consistently chosen among the saddest songs ever.

49 JEA62  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:39:22pm

Expecting sane behavior from a conspiracy loon is...illogical.

50 Shiplord Kirel  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 4:32:29pm

20 years ago, this kind of tin-foilery from an elected official would have been a national scandal. Today, it is increasingly the norm. It at least gives our friends overseas an opportunity to see what rational people are up against in this country. They will notice, too, as will our enemies.

51 Fortitudine  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 4:37:39pm

I wouldn't call Arpaio a highly placed elected official, he's only a county sheriff, FCOL.

52 makeitstop  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 4:40:05pm

No, no, no. This is the Singularly Most Depressing Song Ever.

53 BrainSurfer  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 5:17:44pm

Depressing song? Jeff Beck's version of Hallelujah

54 PeterWolf  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 10:04:30pm

Maybe there hasn't been enough time, but so far, even Fox do not appear to be covering this. Of Corsi, WND is.

And Arpaio says this investigation wasn't for political reasons, yet uses the same debunked evidence that has been trotted around before. He's so full of it. I wonder if the DoJ weren't pursuing him would he be in the same mind. And of course, one would think that even one as obviously reality challenged as Arpaio would know, that one does not get the keys to the football, or take control of the country, without a lot of background checks by the Secret Service, FBI et al. Such drivel as Arpaio is dribbling out is to be believed by who? The national Birther choir?

And, as for no cost to the tax payer, what a crock. Can Arpaio prove no meetings were held in his county's facilities? He mentions these volunteers have been provided extensive training by his department, who footed the bill for that I wonder.

In short, Arpaio should be dressed in the same underwear he is famous for providing his prisoners and paraded down the main street.

55 CuriousLurker  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 10:24:42am

re: #37 dragonfire1981

Bravo! A beautiful & touching tribute.

56 Kaessa  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 10:32:24am

re: #37 dragonfire1981

Just to let you know, I'm in the process of getting ready to go to my husband's grandfather's funeral today, and this really made me tear up. That was a beautiful tribute.


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