Wacko Birther Anti-Immigrant Sheriff Arpaio to Speak at GOP Convention

Birthers will be well-represented at the RNC
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Well, the Republican Party has pretty much lost every black person in America, so now they’re working on a similar strategy for Latinos by inviting Arizona’s far right anti-immigrant Birther Sheriff Joe Arpaio to speak at the Republican National Convention.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is scheduled to speak to delegates from western states on Aug. 30 during the Republican National Convention, the Arizona Republican Party said in a press release.

“Sheriff Joe is a good friend and a great Republican, a former member of the Electoral College representing Arizona, and he’s wildly popular not just in Maricopa County but throughout the state and the country,” said Tom Morrissey, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party in the release.

In a tongue-in-cheek move, Arpaio will speak near the elephant enclosure at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Fla. The elephant is the symbol of the Republican Party.

With Donald Trump also planned to appear, the right wing’s Krazy Konspiracy Krew will be very visible this year.

UPDATE at 8/23/12 5:49:37 pm

A little more info about Sheriff Joe: Arpaio Made Joke of Probe in TX Speech.

PHOENIX - An audio recording has surfaced of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio playing his refusal to cooperate in a racial profiling investigation for laughs at a fundraiser for a Texas anti-illegal-immigration group.

He ridicules politicians who sought the probe and displays contempt for federal authorities who were - and still are - investigating him on two fronts.

The dismissive comments in 2009 by Arpaio came as the U.S. Justice Department had already launched a civil-rights probe of his trademark immigration patrols, and the FBI already was examining abuse-of-power allegations for the sheriff’s investigations of political foes.

In the September 2009 speech in Houston, Arpaio boasted that he arrested hundreds of illegal immigrants after politicians and federal investigators started to pick apart his patrols. He said he wouldn’t cooperate with the inquiry but would tone down the patrols - if he was proven wrong.

“But I’m not. After they went after me, we arrested 500 more just for spite,” the self-proclaimed “America’s toughest sheriff” said, pausing for laughter and applause. …

Arpaio said his only regret in making the speech was that he used the wrong figure for the number of illegal immigrants arrested after the civil-rights inquiry began.

“It was wrong,” Arpaio said. “It wasn’t 500. It was thousands.”

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63 comments

1 SpaceJesus  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:28:23pm

You're right, he is a great Republican, Tom. A perfect example of what the party has become.

2 nines09  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:30:28pm

GOP Poster Child for the Hatred and Bigotry. Welcome to Tampa.

3 Hercules Grytpype-Thynne  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:30:37pm
The elephant is the symbol of the Republican Party.

Thank God they cleared that up.

Somewhere Thomas Nast is crying.

4 Decatur Deb  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:32:05pm

re: #1 SpaceJesus

You're right, he is a great Republican, Tom. A perfect example of what the party has become.

What these people always were. They were busting immigrant labor heads in the 1930s, the immigrants were just from Oklahoma.

[Link: www.encyclopedia.com...]

5 SpaceJesus  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:32:11pm

fucking republicans

6 Charles Johnson  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:32:53pm

Hopefully an elephant will take a huge steaming dump right in the middle of his speech.

7 Hercules Grytpype-Thynne  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:33:39pm

re: #6 Charles Johnson

Hopefully an elephant will take a huge steaming dump right in the middle of his speech.

He will. And the zoo animal might follow suit.

8 wrenchwench  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:38:50pm

This is from a humor blog, FYI.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be addressing the Republican Convention in Tampa. Possible topics include:

Racism shmacism
How to say "papers please" without sounding like Colonel Klink
Is your convention hotel staff legal?
Is it okay to self-deport when you're alone in your hotel room?
Birthers and Born Agains: The rebirth of this party
Chain gangs can be fun
Neo-nazis: More trouble than they’re worth?
the controversy surrounding Obama’s birth certificate and his possible links to Michelle Obama

9 Mattand  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:38:54pm

Hey, Charles:

I know you have no control over the ads, but I'm getting one for a hand sculpted Sarah Palin votive candle.

Not complaining. The thing is alternately hilarious and soul-chilling. It also looks like it's made out of Elmer's glue.

10 nines09  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:39:31pm

Hurricane Gustav in 2008 and now Issac. Two GOP conventions and two threatening hurricanes. What are the odds if it happened during the Democratic conventions it would be "A sign from Gawd"? Maybe someone is trying to tell somebody something. Eh?

11 PhillyPretzel  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:39:53pm

re: #9 Mattand

Me too. :(

12 Charles Johnson  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:41:19pm

re: #9 Mattand

Hey, Charles:

I know you have know control over the ads, but I'm getting one for a hand sculpted Sarah Palin votive candle.

Not complaining. The thing is alternately hilarious and soul-chilling. It also looks like it's made out of Elmer's glue.

I know, I'm getting that one too. (Yes, I leave the ads turned on for my own account to see what's going on. See how I sacrifice for you kids?)

It's nightmarish.

13 Hercules Grytpype-Thynne  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:41:31pm

re: #9 Mattand

Hey, Charles:

I know you have no control over the ads, but I'm getting one for a hand sculpted Sarah Palin votive candle.

Not complaining. The thing is alternately hilarious and soul-chilling. It also looks like it's made out of Elmer's glue.

I'd be tempted to buy one, just for the opportunity to set fire to her head.

14 Decatur Deb  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:43:04pm

"These 'share croppers' are not a noble people looking for a home and seeking an education for their children. They are unprincipled degenerates looking for something for nothing."

2012 or 1934?

15 OhNoZombies!  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:44:08pm

Krazy Konspiracy Krew.
They replaced their sheets with tin-foil hats.

16 Decatur Deb  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:44:11pm

re: #12 Charles Johnson

I know, I'm getting that one too. (Yes, I leave the ads turned on for my own account to see what's going on. See how I sacrifice for you kids?)

It's nightmarish.

Not getting the ad, but my Christian Singles are getting older. Adsense going heuristic.

17 Charles Johnson  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:45:44pm

Watch the right blow a gasket over this: Nancy Pelosi: Todd Akin's Views Are 'The Doggie Doo' on GOP Shoe.

18 wrenchwench  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:46:16pm

This is from today's news:

An audio recording has surfaced of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio playing his refusal to cooperate in a racial profiling investigation for laughs at a fundraiser for a Texas anti-illegal-immigration group.

He ridicules politicians who sought the probe and displays contempt for federal authorities who were - and still are - investigating him on two fronts.

[...]

In the September 2009 speech in Houston, Arpaio boasted that he arrested hundreds of illegal immigrants after politicians and federal investigators started to pick apart his patrols. He said he wouldn't cooperate with the inquiry but would tone down the patrols - if he was proven wrong.

"But I'm not. After they went after me, we arrested 500 more just for spite," the self-proclaimed "America's toughest sheriff" said, pausing for laughter and applause.

[...]

For his part, Arpaio said his only regret in making the speech was that he used the wrong figure for the number of illegal immigrants arrested after the civil-rights inquiry began.

"It was wrong," Arpaio said. "It wasn't 500. It was thousands."

19 Hercules Grytpype-Thynne  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:46:46pm

re: #13 Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

I'd be tempted to buy one, just for the opportunity to set fire to her head.

Just for laughs I clicked through far enough to find out what it costs. $55.00.

20 PhillyPretzel  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:47:43pm

re: #19 Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

Yankee Candles are cheaper and smell a lot better.

21 Kragar  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:48:21pm

The Tent just seems so big because its empty.

22 The Questionable Timing of a Flea  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:48:40pm

re: #19 Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

Just for laughs I clicked through far enough to find out what it costs. $55.00.

You can't skimp when you're engaging in idolatry. I bet they pay for premium-quality sacrificial chickens, too.

23 nines09  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:48:48pm

re: #19 Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

Just for laughs I clicked through far enough to find out what it costs. $55.00.

Grifter gotta grift.

24 Charles Johnson  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:50:35pm

re: #18 wrenchwench

This is from today's news:

Thanks, added as an update.

25 abolitionist  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:54:07pm

re: #24 Charles Johnson

Thanks, added as an update.

Note the date:
Joe Arpaio Maricopa County sheriff

April 23, 2012 12:00 am • Jacques Billeaud The Associated Press

26 Charles Johnson  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:55:38pm

re: #25 abolitionist

I know, it's from April. Still highly relevant.

27 wrenchwench  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:55:53pm

Thanos posted a Page a half hour ago about one of Arpaio's best friends, Russell Pearce.

The Republicans in Arizona have some really odious characters in their ranks.

28 Stanghazi  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:55:54pm

re: #6 Charles Johnson

Hopefully an elephant will take a huge steaming dump right in the middle of his speech.

Or start humping another elephant. Of the same sex would be best.

29 wrenchwench  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:56:24pm

re: #25 abolitionist

Note the date:
Joe Arpaio Maricopa County sheriff

April 23, 2012 12:00 am • Jacques Billeaud The Associated Press

April, August... they both start with 'A'...

30 wrenchwench  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:59:04pm

On that note, I guess it's time to go home.

Later, lizards.

31 Stanghazi  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:00:04pm

re: #9 Mattand

Hey, Charles:

I know you have no control over the ads, but I'm getting one for a hand sculpted Sarah Palin votive candle.

Not complaining. The thing is alternately hilarious and soul-chilling. It also looks like it's made out of Elmer's glue.

OMG I'm going to look this up. I'm not so fucking lucky. I keep getting that tool to make my straight hair straight.

32 Stanghazi  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:01:22pm

re: #9 Mattand

Hey, Charles:

I know you have no control over the ads, but I'm getting one for a hand sculpted Sarah Palin votive candle.

Not complaining. The thing is alternately hilarious and soul-chilling. It also looks like it's made out of Elmer's glue.

I cant find it! Can you screen save & post? lol

33 PhillyPretzel  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:01:27pm

re: #31 Stanley Sea

And now I have the chrome book.

34 Kragar  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:01:34pm

I got the candle and a pizza ad.

35 Gus  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:01:43pm

Seriously. Having Donald Trump and Sheriff Arpaio speak at the convention. Really classy of them.

36 Stanghazi  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:02:37pm

re: #13 Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

I'd be tempted to buy one, just for the opportunity to set fire to her head.

Shouldn't, but HUGE LOL. Neighbors heard.

37 Gus  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:03:06pm
38 Vicious Babushka  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:03:29pm

This totally can't be real. It has to be a spoof of some kind.

Please tell me it's a spoof.

39 Gus  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:05:16pm
40 abolitionist  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:05:35pm

re: #38 Learned Mother of Zion

Sarah meltdown!

41 Stanghazi  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:05:56pm

re: #35 Gus

Seriously. Having Donald Trump and Sheriff Arpaio speak at the convention. Really classy of them.

Paid the price for keeping Sister Sarah out, I guess.

42 Lidane  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:06:06pm

This is all part of Romney HQ's master plan to get 38% of the Latino vote.

What could possibly go wrong?

43 Gus  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:06:09pm

re: #38 Learned Mother of Zion

This totally can't be real. It has to be a spoof of some kind.

[Embedded content]

Please tell me it's a spoof.

[Link: sarahpalincandleproject.com...]

44 Sionainn  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:07:38pm

re: #38 Learned Mother of Zion

This totally can't be real. It has to be a spoof of some kind.

[Embedded content]

Please tell me it's a spoof.

From the site:

Sarah Palin has transformed herself from a polarizing politician to a polarizing pop culture icon. To represent this phenomenon, two artists from Brooklyn have hand sculpted her image in an historic pose and reproduced it in a temporary medium. Â Whether you want to show the world your love of Sarah Palin or simply want to melt her brain, this candle is for you.

Our Sarah Palin bust stands 10 inches tall and is made of a mixture of paraffin and soy wax to give it a wonderful creamy marble finish. Â Give the Republican in your family a piece of art to proudly display on the bookshelf in their corner office at the fortune 500 company, or give the Democrat in your family a hilarious gag to be used as an icebreaker at the next anti-fracking-vegan-book-club meeting.

45 Vicious Babushka  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:07:39pm

re: #43 Gus

[Link: sarahpalincandleproject.com...]

OMG that totally creeped me right out.

46 geoduck  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:09:03pm

Maybe the candle is made by people who actually hate her?

47 Vicious Babushka  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:09:20pm

re: #45 Learned Mother of Zion

OMG that totally creeped me right out.

If you stay on that page for more than like 10 seconds, the creepy wax palinhead will jump out at you!

48 PhillyPretzel  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:09:28pm

Yankee Candles. [Link: www.yankeecandle.com...]

49 Vicious Babushka  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:10:11pm

re: #46 geoduck

Maybe the candle is made by people who actually hate her?

It's probably made by little Chinese children who have no idea who the fuck she is.

50 Gus  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:10:39pm
51 PhillyPretzel  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:11:06pm

re: #50 Gus

scary.

52 PhillyPretzel  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:16:20pm

I saw a bumper sticker today. It read "Kenobi '12 Our Only Hope. I know someone already has them at cafe press. [Link: www.cafepress.com...]

53 Ben G. Hazi  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:19:52pm

re: #50 Gus

Image: palin.jpg

Uggghhh...

54 Stanghazi  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:23:51pm

re: #38 Learned Mother of Zion

This totally can't be real. It has to be a spoof of some kind.

[Embedded content]

Please tell me it's a spoof.

I just made the dogs bark down the street. Thisre: #46 geoduck

Maybe the candle is made by people who actually hate her?

Welcome Hatchling (I'm a fill-in for Wrenchwench - who syonara-d for the eve)

55 William Barnett-Lewis  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:27:48pm

Just got back from a run to the local Walfart. Out in the lot was an SUV with "Save America" "Romney was born and raised here" and other such ignorance on it in soap and the owner was standing there holding forth at an equal intellectual level. It flashed through my mind to go poke him with a metaphorical stick, but only briefly. One shouldn't tease the animals after all.

56 HappyWarrior  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:29:45pm

I wish I could be shocked at this but it's hardly a shock. Hell I'm kind of shocked that the platform didn't go full out birther.

57 HappyWarrior  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:31:01pm

A Sarah Palin candle? Because nothing says affection like lighting up the person you admire.

58 labman57  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:40:46pm

The GOP's little Tampa get-together is looking less like a national convention and more like a primal scream therapy session for patients at the local mental health sanitarium.

59 moderatelyradicalliberal  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:42:44pm

Well that's OK. The GOP has voter suppression laws will deal with all of the Hispanics they piss off by having Sheriff Asshole speak.

60 HappyWarrior  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 6:48:55pm

I really can think of no greater FU to Latino voters than having Sheriff Joe speak at the convention. So, of course Latinos will vote against Romney and the Republicans will cry that the Dems are having illegals vote. Same old bullshit.

61 Mattand  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 7:18:50pm

re: #32 Stanley Sea

I cant find it! Can you screen save & post? lol

Hey, Stan:

I tried to find it earlier, but my Google-Fu was weak. Apparently even Google is terrified of its mavericky visage.

EDIT: Never mind. Mental note: make sure to read ALL posts on a given thread.

62 wheat-dogghazi  Thu, Aug 23, 2012 9:03:55pm

I'll betcha the Palin candle goes out halfway down.

63 Patricia Kayden  Fri, Aug 24, 2012 8:14:36am

But Obama is running such a mean campaign!
Why don't the Republicans just get the latest Grand Wizard of the KKK to speak at their convention? Would appeal to the same voters that Trump/Arpaio are dog whistling to.


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