Demagogue Joe Arpaio Announces Senate Run in Arizona

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Can we please banish really old, racist men from running for office?


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Joe Arpaio, the polarizing 85-year-old immigration hard-liner pardoned by President Trump after a conviction for criminal contempt, announced on Tuesday that he is running in Arizona for the United States Senate.

The move by Mr. Arpaio, who just six months ago faced a jail sentence before he was pardoned, upended the race to replace Senator Jeff Flake, a Republican who abandoned his 2018 re-election campaign after coming under criticism from Mr. Trump.

The contenders for the seat include Representative Kyrsten Sinema, a centrist Democrat, and Kelli Ward, a conservative Republican and former state senator who aligns herself with Mr. Trump. Mr. Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, lost his own re-election bid for that post in 2016 to Paul Penzone, a Democrat and Phoenix police officer.

“I got a little disturbed about how some people in the Senate were treating the president,” Mr. Arpaio said in a telephone interview, explaining the motivations for his decision. “I think I can bring some new blood to Washington.”

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An Inmate Died Of Thirst In A Jail Run By A Loudly Pro-Trump Sheriff

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Authorities have ruled the death of an inmate at a jail run by a top law enforcement supporter of GOP nominee Donald Trump a homicide caused by “profound dehydration.”

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Terrill Thomas, 38, was found dead in a Milwaukee County Jail cell on April 24, nine days after being arrested in connection with a shooting. Other inmates heard Thomas beg for water in the days before he died, the Journal Sentinel reported in July.

The Huffington Post has been tracking jail deaths ― more than 800 ― in the year since Sandra Bland died in a Texas jail on July 13, 2015.

The Huffington Post has been tracking jail deaths ― more than 800 ― in the year since Sandra Bland died in a Texas jail on July 13, 2015.

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Sheriff to Oregon protest holdouts: ‘There doesn’t have to be bloodshed’

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Federal and state authorities said Wednesday the shooting death of one protester and arrest of 8 others who had occupied a federal wildlife refuge came after futile efforts to end the standoff peacefully for 25 days.

“Instead, they have chosen to threaten and intimidate the America they profess to love and through their criminal actions bring these consequences upon themselves,” said Greg Bretzing, FBI special agent in charge.

In a particularly emotional statement before reporters, Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward spoke directly to the remaining half-dozen holdouts at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore., which has been occupied since Jan. 2.

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Tear down the ‘blue wall of silence’: New York Dem destroys sheriff who blames police violence on blacks

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A New York Democrat shut down a black conservative Wisconsin sheriff who blamed police violence on black criminality.

David Clarke, the Milwaukee County sheriff, described “black-on-black crime” as the “elephant in the room” Tuesday during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the rising tensions between police officers and African-Americans.

“The conversation should be about transforming black underclass subculture behavior,” said Clarke, who frequently appears on Fox News. “The discussion must start with addressing the behavior of people who have no respect for authority, who fight with and try to disarm the police, who flee the police, and who engage in other flawed lifestyle choices.”

“Bashing the police is the low-hanging fruit,” the sheriff added. “It is easier to talk about the rare killing of a black male by police because emotion can be exploited for political advantage.”

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) agreed that black-on-black crime was a problem – but he pointed out that 83 percent of white homicide victims were killed by other white people.

“Is white-on-white violence also a problem that we should have a robust discussion about?” the lawmaker asked the sheriff.

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TX Sheriff Warns Fox of ISIS Threat: ‘Quran Books’ Found Along Mexican Border

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Gary Painter, Sheriff from Midland County, Texas, warned Fox & Friends’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck that not only was ISIS poised to sneak into the U.S through the porous Texas-Mexico border, but that based on evidence he’d heard of, “Muslims” were already being smuggled across. He presented no evidence that the alleged Muslims were connected to ISIS or any other terror group.

“Are you saying that ISIS is ready to come across poised to perhaps execute what they have threatened to do, attacks on the United States, drown us in our own blood?” Hasselbeck asked. “Is that what you’re saying?”

“I’m saying the border is wide open,” Painter replied. “We have found copies, or people along the border, have found Muslim clothing, they have found Quran books that are laying on the side of the trail. So we know that there are Muslims that have come across, have been smuggled in the United States.”

The idea that ISIS is operating in Mexico, or even outside the eastern Syria/northern Iraq region where they’re based, has been rebutted numerous times, most recently by the Department of Homeland Security, something Fox News itself has reported on. In addition, Fox News anchor Geraldo Rivera told the Fox & Friends troika last week that the idea was nonsense.

Nonetheless, Hasselbeck agreed with Painter’s dire prediction and asked what he thought the U.S. should do.

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Arizona sheriff orders armed ’posse’ to patrol schools

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Arizona sheriffs and the state’s attorney general are pushing controversial programs to allow school officials and volunteers to carry guns in the wake of the shootings at a Connecticut school that left 20 children dead.

The latest proposal comes from Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the self-described toughest sheriff in America, who wants to station his “posse” of volunteers outside of about 50 schools in Maricopa County within a week, according to KPNX, a local NBC station.

“Everybody else is talking about what their ideas are. They want new laws. This is immediate. I don’t need a new law to send out my posse,” he told NBC affiliate, KPNX, on Thursday. “I feel like we should do whatever we can outside of the schools.”

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

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This past weekend brought a couple of surreal events. One, the funeral of Whitney Houston which I watch almost in its entirety. I couldn’t move and felt compelled to watch. It was Whitney who I took to college with me many years ago in the form of a cassette(entitled Whitney Houston) which I played to death. It was also Whitney that I saw some years before gracing the cover of Seventeen Magazine(which I got for most of my teen years) I was always fascinated by this black girl on the inside of the magazine because she looked like me. Such a sad ending!

The other is the Babeu story. You know the one about the sheriff in Arizona who was a staunch supporter of immigration reform and building the “danged” fence and was featured in commercial with old man John McCain. He had to come out of the closet. I don’t care about that but when his boyfriend dropped a dime on him in the Phoenix New Times he threatened to have him deported. What!!! Like I said you can’t make this stuff up. While he spewed vitriol against illegal immigration he hooked up with an immigrant, albeit legal, himself. When things went sour, Babeu dispatched a lawyer to tell Jose his immigration visa was expired  and he faced possible deportation if he ever went public with the relationship. Jose went public anyway and now Babeu who is also running for Congress in Arizona looks really, really, really bad.

And finally what the hell is up with this assault on women’s bodies and reproductivity? It’s moved from the birth control debate that the Obama administration had to compromise on to vaginal probes and prenatal tests that might show birth defects leading to more abortions. Why are some men who deem themselves public servants all up in what’s going on with the vaginas of the women to whom they are not betrothed? It’s MY business if I decide to have an abortion which by the way is legal. I also have the right to deal with the consequences of what I choose to do. I don’t need a vaginal probe to make me feel guilty about my choice. Enough already!

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