Starting today in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Arizona county: armed volunteer “posses” lurking around schools.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s armed volunteer posses are set to begin patrolling areas around Phoenix, Ariz. schools on Monday, more than a week after the plan drew national attention in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
Arizona’s 3TV reports that Arpaio’s volunteer force is comprised of around 3,000 members, some of whom have criminal pasts.
According to CBS5, Arpaio’s office has provided a list of more than 50 schools in unincorporated Maricopa County that will be patrolled by the posses, which are in charge of providing all of their own weapons and equipment. The volunteers will not actually be posted on school campuses, but will instead monitor the areas around the facilities.
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.
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.”
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.
More from this pathetic spectacle:
So his career has to be over now, right? Oh wait, Arizona.
Arizona’s far right Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now holding a press conference to announce the findings in his utterly stupid investigation into the dreaded birth certificate of Barack Obama. Here’s the live video feed, so we can all make fun of it.
Right now, there’s a moron explaining that the “optimization” and “layers” and “white halos” in the scanned document prove it’s a sinister forgery by the Impersonator in Chief.
[Surreal crypto-racist event now finished, video removed.]