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Those nasty illegal aliens made him do it!  Byron York says that Arapio is innocent, he tells us, innocent, there are NO civil rights violations when dealing with illegal immigrants.  York says ICE gives Sheriff Joe a “clean bill of health” when it comes to racial profiling illegals.  The problem is, York, like many other intellectually dishonest conservatives, refuses to even look into what Sheriff Joe has actually done. You might want to read York’s piece – he’s not playing with a full deck on this one.  He is saying ICE cleared Sheriff Joe – and ignoring the following:

“…PHOENIX – The Justice Department sued the nation’s self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff” on Thursday, calling Joe Arpaio’s defiance of an investigation into his office’s alleged discrimination against Hispanics “unprecedented.”
It’s the first time in decades a lawman has refused to cooperate in one of the agency’s probes, the department said.
The Arizona sheriff had been given until Aug. 17 to hand over documents the federal government first asked for 15 months ago, when it started investigating alleged discrimination, unconstitutional searches and seizures, and jail policies that discriminate against people with limited English skills.
Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for the department’s civil rights division, said it’s unfortunate the department had to sue to get the documents, which neither the agency nor Arpaio would describe.
But Arpaio called the lawsuit “a ruse” and said the federal government is just trying to score a win against the state, which has found itself at the center of the nation’s argument over illegal immigration since passing a law that mirrors many of the policies Arpaio has put into place in the greater Phoenix area.
“I think they know we have not been racial profiling, so what’s the next step — camouflage the situation, go the courts, and make it look like I’m not cooperating,” Arpaio said Thursday.
Arpaio said he provided “hundreds of thousands” of reports but hasn’t turned over others because the department’s request was too broad…”

Once upon a time, when the Feds indicted someone, no matter who it was, they complied.  If innocent, you fought to clear your name.  If guilty, you pontificate.  Sheriff Joe is pontificating.

“...The lawsuit comes after weeks of the DOJ pleading for cooperation, threats to strip the county of federal funding, and a meeting in Washington last week among attorneys to discuss the investigation. A spokeswoman for the Justice Department has said this is the first time in the last 30 years that a police or sheriff’s agency has refused to cooperate with a Title VI investigation. Thursday’s action marks the first time the agency is suing to compel access to documents and facilities…”

It’s sorta like the Twinkie Defense, only better.  If you are Sheriff Joe (or Nikki Haley or Barack Obama) the rules simply do not apply to you.  YOU are above them, on your own level in Dante’s Inferno, one of the select.  You get to do what you want, when you want, and get away with it.  Now, The Pink Flamingo doesn’t give a durn about Barack Obama and what he gets away with, but I sure has heck don’t like Republicans behaving badly.

Take Sheriff Joe, please….!

Evidently it has something to do with being a certain special kind of conservative, big on the “con” part of the word.  You are doing “God’s Work”, keeping the world safe from something….and the far right press worships at your feet for it, no matter if those feet are wearing cement galoshes.

Contrary to what Sheriff Joe and his drooling sycopants say, it’s about the 1964 Civil Right’s Act.

1964 Civil Right's Act

From ABC News:

“…While the lawsuit does not offer specific allegations for the government’s probe, state agencies that receive federal funds – including the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office – are required to cooperate with federal discrimination inquiries under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

“The actions of the sheriff’s office are unprecedented,” said Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the civil rights division, referring to the protracted effort to secure Arpaio’s cooperation. “It is unfortunate that the department was forced to resort to litigation to gain access to public documents and facilities.”

If the Sheriff’s Office is deemed to have engaged in discriminatory behavior it could risk losing federal grants, estimated at $16.5 million, according to the lawsuit.

“If DOJ seeks to dictate every deadline and maintain the position that it, in its sole discretion, can determine what it wants and when, without any reasonable limitations on scope and without any input from MCSO [Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office], what DOJ truly seeks is compelled or coerced compliance,” wrote Arpaio attorney Robert Driscoll in a letter Friday to Judy Preston, acting chief of the DOJ Special Litigation Section.

“MCSO is committed to providing DOJ with a reasonable amount of information and documents based upon which DOJ ca investigate allegations of national origin discrimination,” he wrote.

The Sheriff’s Office is also facing a separate, ongoing federal grand jury investigation in Arizona examining allegations of corruption and mismanagement.

UPDATE:  Sheriff Arpaio issued a statement this afternoon accusing the Obama administration of making Arizona “Washington’s new whipping boy.”

“Now it’s time to take the gloves off,” he said. “As for today’s lawsuit against my office: These people in Washington met with my attorneys only a few days ago. And in that meeting, Washington got our cooperation; they admitted they already have thousands of pages of the requested documents; and they were given access to interview my staff and get into my jails. They smiled in our faces and then stabbed us in the back with this lawsuit. The Obama administration intended to sue us all along, no matter what we did to try to avert it.”

It is all about the fact that Sheriff Joe says he does NOT engage in racial profiling.

Phoenix New Times

Phoenix New Times

Please, remember…Sheriff Joe DOES NOT engage in racial profiling.  The Pink Flamingo is currently sitting on an explosive exclusive about Sheriff Joe’s thugs and their harassment of American Citizens who just happen to be of a certain racial profile.  Because there are numerous law suits and court cases involving this individual and Sheriff Joe, I cannot use the story until there are certain legal clarifications.

If it were just a Sheriff Joe thing, it would be a different story, but evidently something is very wrong in the state of Arizona, and The Pink Flamingo is not talking about the governor’s very blond debate moment the other night.  Iti s about corruption, private prisons, and the fact that conservatives are so stupid at times, they fall for ever “con”servative out there. It’s about the fact that the far right defends everything Sheriff Joe does, without doing any fact checking.  Hyscience says he is being “crucified” by the media.  Like I said, all a person needs to do is lip-sync the right tune and conservatives make fools of themselves.    Then there is The Pink Flamingo’s favorite liberal blog – the Feathered Bastard.

The Feathered Bastard

Sheriff Joe runs one of the most barbaric, if not THE most barbaric jail in the country.  Why will conservatives not face up to factual accuracy?  Shaun Attwood has a new book exposing Sheriff Joe’s jails.  The problem is it is not available in the US – and you won’t find a conservative reading it if it were.

From our favorite liberal blog, the Feathered Bastard:

“…As for the cruelty of some of his fellow inmates, Attwood told me it took a while before he became inured to it.

“The violence was so constant, I couldn’t possibly put it all in the book,” he said. “You have to get used to heads getting bashed against toilets and bodies getting thrown around.”

Particularly menacing are the neo-Nazi thugs who usually head up the “woods,” the Caucasian gang that all whites must belong to in the jails — or else.

Anyone who doubts Attwood’s accounts of such violence need only look as far as the 2008 death of MCSO prisoner Robert Cotton, the video of which was first shown on KPHO. In it, Cotton’s assailant, Pete Van Winkle, stomps on Cotton for 20 minutes before detention officers arrive.

Van Winkle eventually was convicted of first-degree murder. The county ended up settling with Cotton’s family for $500,000.

Perhaps more disturbing than the bloodletting Attwood encounters is the fact that Arpaio’s jails are awash in every kind of illicit drug imaginable, “keistered” in by the prisoners via their rectums….Then there’s a passage involving a guy called Joey Crack who gives his manhood a “Prince Albert” piercing, then gets other prisoners to slam a door on it to bend the metal properly.

And in a scene that could’ve been right out of Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H, Attwood’s co-defendant and onetime enforcer in his drug empire, Peter “Wild Man” Mahoney, lobs a communion wafer, Frisbee-style, at a priest holding mass for the inmates.

At the end of the book, Attwood thanks Sheriff Joe for “creating such an interesting place to write about.” Attwood even sent Arpaio an autographed copy of his memoir. Arpaio recently tweeted that he’d received the book and is reading it.

Attwood admitted to me that he was essentially “scared straight” by the experience but noted that he’s the exception to the rule.

“I just saw the youngsters come in,” he said. “They get recruited by the gangs, they earn these tattoos — swastikas, lightening bolts, war eagles, stuff like that [for beating people up] — and they would get out and they would just be enemies of society.”

What would he say to the Joe supporters who would assert that he earned all the cruelty he could soak up?

“America was good to me,” he replied. “I knowingly broke numerous drug laws. And I put myself in Arpaio’s jail. I take full responsibility.”

But that doesn’t let Arpaio off, he insisted.

“Sheriff Joe Arpaio has a legal responsibility to provide minimum conditions under the guidelines set in the federal court system,” he said. “He’s flagrantly violated those laws for years. I broke the law and he’s breaking the law too. He should be held accountable.”…”

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