Because facts mean nothing

Sheriff Joe Arpaio

This hasn't been a good time to be Joe Arpaio, the self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff in America" lately. Federal courts have slapped down his "saturation sweeps" through Latino neighborhoods as unconstitutional. The Maricopa Cty lawman's casting a wide net of picking up anyone that "fit the profile of an illegal immigrant" was said to violate citizen's rights.

He is appealling the decision, as you'd expect he would, for two reasons. Firstly, the sweeps are easy (and lazy) policing. Secondly, it puts him back in the news, which is his natural home. Sheriff Arpaio loves the limelight as it gives him a chance to indulge in his favorite fantasy, the living embodiment of the the thin blue line between lawless chaos and civilization as he sees it.

In reality, he is as far from his self-generated hype as the most desperate out of work actor in Hollywood is. Crime in Arizona has dropped everywhere BUT Maricopa County. Sheriff Hardass claims to be the mega-tough guy, making his prisoners wear pink uniforms by way of degradation and then has them collapse from dehydration in the sun or denying medical care (and costing taxpayers a fortune). In fact, his negligence led to the county dropping the ball on over 400 cases of sexual abuse. He is not what he seems.

Which doesn't mean shit to a tree, as Grace Slick used to say. When it comes to demagoging politicians, effectiveness is irrelevant. That he has been sued and lost over and over on the county's dime is irrelevant. Or that Arizona's chesters are free to operate in Phoenix--irrelevant. Or wastes resources targeting citizens going about their daily business--irrelevant.

What matters is, his followers hate brown skinned people and they perceive that he does as well. Arizona is a very strange place. Its population swollen by Illinois and Michigan "snowbirds" are generally of the retired stripe and generally not used to being among Spanish-speaking people. That said Spanish speaking people tend their lawns, clean their pools, groom their golf courses--also irrelevant. They are "a threat to our way of life" (ie not white). Arpaio, albeit in typical code, is their ally and protector--because he's an old white dude from up north like them.   

You see, facts don't matter. Arpaio is an ineffective buffoonish attention hog that has run up an enormous tab at the expense of the same people that love him. (And whose campaings are paid for by out of state cash) But because they sense or believe that he hates what they hate, he can do no wrong. And won't leave office until he either dies or AZ's demographics force him out. 

It murders the souls of thinking men and women that reality is trumped by fantasy, myth beats truth, perception and prejudice slaughter justice. That people can't be moved because, once again, facts don't fucking matter.


If the Feds slap a consent decree on the Maricopa County Sheriffs Dept., like they did to the LAPD, than Arpaio would resign

Posted by basta on May. 29, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

JFK: Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. Mythology distracts us everywhere. For the great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie: deliberate, contrived, and dishonest. But the myth: persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.

Posted by Chris on May. 29, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

"In reality, he is as far from his self-generated hype as the most desperate out of work actor in Hollywood is. Crime in Arizona has dropped everywhere BUT Maricopa County."

That well-deemed statistic speaks a thousand worlds. Joe is a blow-hard. Thanks for the report JAW. Keep em coming

Posted by Rich on May. 29, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

It's just amazing how we have a bunch of new posters, all with one-syllable male names, praising Johnny to the skies!

Posted by Demented, Yet Terribly, Terribly, Persistent on May. 29, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

If JAW is determined to fabricate support for his nonsense, you would think he would at least try and be subtle about it and vary his sock puppetry.

Posted by guest on May. 29, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

JAW's got an audience and they want in on this comment forum!

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on May. 29, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

The rest of you long to fantasize about JAW's sock puppets, but without a shred of evidence to back that up. Too bad Johnny chose *not* to delete you -- all ONE of you, that is. Projecting much?

Posted by Guest on May. 30, 2013 @ 2:26 pm

Johnny Angel Wendell is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life!

Posted by Sam on May. 29, 2013 @ 4:06 pm
Posted by Anonymous on May. 29, 2013 @ 4:31 pm
Posted by Guest on May. 30, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

Anonymous called him out.

Posted by Guest on May. 30, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

DYTTP, You Rawk!!!!!

Posted by Fred on May. 29, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

Jason Grant Garza here ... yeah, I can relate. It seems to me that San Francisco's Department of Public Health and the City Attorney, DA. OCC HRC, MOD, SFPD and Sheriff's Office might just have the same attitude. If you go to you will see where the city BROKE FEDERAL MEDICAL LAW, had my case (C02-3485PJH) dismissed with FRAUD and testilying in 2003 only to sign a settlement/confession with the OFFICE of INSPECTOR GENERAL in 2007 admitting fault and guilt and then LEAVING its INNOCENT VINDICATED VICTIM for DEAD.

If you go to youtube and type in Jason Garza you will see where it just continues (denied medical care, ADA violations, civil right violations, human right violations, etc) .... here is a good video to start with and please watch the other videos to see all the other complicit players. (Oh in the above video NOTE the ORDER is BOGUS/FALSE/FRAUDULENT ... see other videos)

Yes, FACTS do NOT MATTER when there is NO ACCOUNTABILITY, NO ENFORCEMENT, etc ... they will just retire to live the good life with their pensions and benefits (sort of like some of the recent WAR CRIMINALS in the US that escaped JUSTICE.)

Yet the ILLUSION will continue, the MASSES will continue to DRINK the KOOL AID and there will be NO CHANGE. Let me show you a clear example ... .... here is a signed confession signed in 2007 for a CRIME they committed in 2001 and had my case dismissed in 2003 with TESTILYING and FRAUD and NEITHER the city attorney NOR DPH has explained ... instead they just continue .... and I still CAN NOT get my healthcare.

The Arizona Sheriff is not the only one ... WHAT is the consequence ... and I thought THEY HAD A HIGHER DUTY making their CRIME GREATER ... I still await basic humanity, civility, healthcare. legal and medical right enforcement. Why look abroad ... look here at my youtube videos to show you the RIGGED and INHUMANE treatment.

Wasn't there some recent article about a POLICE COMMISSIONER, a dying person, onlookers and I CAN NOT get a MEETING with the POLICE COMMISSION to show what I have on VIDEO? Kind of makes you WONDER ....

Posted by Jason Grant Garza on May. 29, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

Hey Jonny, could you lay off the old Caucasians?

Why you need to lash out against old white people in every single column?

It gets pretty tired.

Posted by pete moss on May. 30, 2013 @ 7:27 am

self-hate and self-respect problem, you'd probably do the same.

Posted by Guest on May. 30, 2013 @ 7:38 am

And they're giving us a bad name.

Like BonJovi and love.


Posted by JohnnyW on May. 30, 2013 @ 9:46 am

I've gone to Arizona many times, much of my family unfortunately lives there, and I've even met Arpaio once. The man is your typical fascist pig blow hard who without the help of his subordinates who really do 99% of the work, I doubt he could handle a real crisis without dropping from a coronary. He's to law enforcement to what Sara Palin is to good governance. He found his schtick with the illegal immigrants (and recently tried to branch out with the President and his birth certificat to spectacular failure). Meanwhile he hasn't really done that much else.

Posted by Johnny Venom on May. 30, 2013 @ 8:01 am

"It murders the souls of thinking men and women that reality is trumped by fantasy"

No one could have put it better themselves. It's all right there in Johnny Angel's prose.

Posted by Walter on May. 31, 2013 @ 7:30 am

and all have two syllable male names.

Must just be a coincidence.

Posted by Guest on May. 31, 2013 @ 7:46 am