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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Arpaio vs. Board of Supes: The $465K Inmate Transport Bus
A recent internal audit found that the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office violated procurement procedures when it purchased a $465,000 inmate transport bus using jail enhancement funds.

Since the bus was purchased in May, the Board of Supervisors has refused to authorize its use, something that Arpaio has called a political ploy:
In an August news release, Arpaio claim county management is withholding authorization of the bus as retribution for his investigations into county elected officials and administrators.

"This bus was purchased with money from the Jail Enhancement Fund, not from the county budget," he said. "As Sheriff, I have sole discretion on how this particular fund is used. We determined this vehicle was critical to enhance our jail operations. It's time the board and its county manager, David Smith, put public safety above their own political agendas and egos and stop interfering with my mandated duties."
On Tuesday, the sheriff's office posted a YouTube video and two letters to the county on its "Truth Behind The Headlines" blog.

Here's the video:

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sheriff Joe is an all American guy, He's trying to save jobs by getting rid of illegals. why don't people leave him alone so he can keep it up.

November 11, 2009 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger DON said...

Sheriff is a brave and loyal American. We love the Sheriff, and are dreading what the county will be like when he leaves office. God please send us someone to fill Sheriff Joe's shoes.
The U.S. needs more servants like our great Sheriff.

Don Wallace

November 11, 2009 at 2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sheriff Joe is the most racist American ever known. There are so many criminals out there killing innocent people on a daily basis, these are the people he should be after. Arpaio should concentrate on capturing the REAL criminals and stop spending our money on people who work hard to feed their families!

November 11, 2009 at 5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sheriff Joe is the ONLY Republican I have ever voted for. That is because he does what he is elected to do.

November 11, 2009 at 8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sheriff Joe is the biggest meglomaniac in Arizona. He thinks he is above the Board, the State government, the Federal government, and anyone who opposes his views.

November 11, 2009 at 9:08 PM  
Anonymous Rita Naughton said...

I moved here from a northwest Missouri city. Our law enforcement there was a joke. I wish we had had someone like Sheriff Joe to take care of all the wrong doers where I came from. You should be thanking him for keeping crime down and looking out for this city.

November 12, 2009 at 8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe is not politically correct, draws attention to his methods and is controversial, but he IS doing his job. Being in this country illegally is a crime, and it brings with it drug and human trafficking, etc. Joe is just attacking the problem at the root. If the federal government would do its job, Joe wouldn't have to do this. If you have a legitimate reason to be in the US, come through the border and enter. While I am sympathetic to those wanting a better life for themselves, at some point the latin influx must stop. European immigrants are no longer coming to Ellis Island. There were a finite number of people air lifted from Viet Nam. As far as I can tell there's no intention of ending the southern migration. Our country can't sustain this influx. I know, I work in healthcare and it takes a huge toll on the US. The true problem is latin governments, they need to find ways to employ their people.

Some might think this is radical, but here's what I would do: Along the entire US border (yes, Canada, too), build two 100-foot, barbed-wire fences, 15 feet apart. In that 15 feet, place land mines. That would keep out those who refuses to legitimately cross at border checkpoints. If you're coming into the US legitimately, then come on in -- at the border checkpoints.

For those already here, make a pathway for citizenship. (1) Register with the US government. This means pictures, fingerprints, and DNA. (Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, etc. in the US register their fingerprints (narcotic handling), have their pictures taken, so stop your ACLU whining.) (2) LEARN ENGLISH. "For English press 1, for Spanish marke el dos" is nuts, not to mention what happens when someone driving a two-ton machine at 50 miles an hour and can't read the "reverse lane 7-9 am / 4-6 pm" sign. (3) Take an English proficiency test at the end of three years. (4) Take the US citizenship test. (5) If at the end of 5 years the registered person has learned English, passed the citizenship test and not been in trouble with the law, then grant them citizenship and erase their picture, fingerprints and DNA information.

The influx is haulted and those already here have a way to citizenship. It's win-win and Joe doesn't have to focus on the immigration problem, he can focus on whatever else people think he needs to be doing. In the meantime, let Joe do his job, the one the federal government doesn't want to do. Remember -- being here illegally is a crime and it's Joe's job to go after criminals.

November 12, 2009 at 9:20 AM  
Anonymous Jen said...

Sheriff Joe is GREAT!! He has my vote, especially if I ever see his name on a presidential ticket!
People need to leave the Sheriff alone and let him do his job, which includes keeping ILLEGALS out of this country! I don't go to work every day so that my hard earned money can pay for ILLEGALS to take away from my resources.

November 12, 2009 at 9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No U.S. citizen who wants to be supporting illegals, much less ones who think they can come to this country break laws and feel like they are entitled to being treated fairly. If your illegal and your here your breaking the LAW!

Does anyone know how illegals get their kids registered for public school?

November 12, 2009 at 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one has a problem with the trillions our fearless leader, Obama, has spent & put our country more in debt. Just Joe's 465k. Heres some food for thought. Why is it that if you cross the N. Korean border, Illegally, you get thrown in prison & get 12 yrs hard labor? If you cross the Iranian border while supposedly taking a leisurely hike, you get arrested & imprisoned & charged with espionage? But...if you cross the U.S. border, Illegally, you get a drivers license, social security card & health care? Who was the "A" hole that came up with that? Go Joe!!!

November 12, 2009 at 1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee, he keeps the law, and expects people to be accountable for their actions. do you suppose that is why he keeps getting re-elected? mostly those who vote in local elections are accountable type people. Why not expose how many illegals a day go to the foodbank or the emergency room, and how much that costs us in tax dollars?

November 12, 2009 at 4:46 PM  
Anonymous Jon said...

In 1986 then President Reagan signed what was suppose to be the last amnesty act. After that anyone who came here by illegally crossing our borders is a criminal. The information supplied by one of the polls said that 98% of the illegal’s are from Latin America. So rounding up those of Hispanic looks and requesting their ID's seems to make sense. If that is profiling so be it. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out.
Arpiao was voted in to perform as the people of this county wanted. So far he seems to satisfy the majority as he got back into office last year.

Perhaps the federal government should take notice of this. Instead it seems that Obama chooses to ignore illegal immigration and says that they are potential citizens, what that means to him is 13 million new Democrat voters!! Obama, instead of supporting our local issues and side with law enforcement and assist the sheriff, he sic’s the dogs on the Sheriff. The Justice Dept is investigating the Sheriff for wrong doing. I can only hope that the county can recover this lost of monies that it will take for the Sheriffs to defend himself perhaps from the evil do-gooders that pushed to have Arpiao investigated. Maybe instead of paying to send the illegal’s of the ages between 18 and 30 back, they should conscript them into the military. After 6 years they will have earned the right to apply for citizenship. During boot camp they will learn to speak English and get health care all free as part of their in doctrine into the ways of America. I agree that the Sheriff isn’t going to make everyone happy nor should he. Arpiao isn’t without issues but at least he is doing something about a real problem.

Polls show that the illegals as a group bring their criminals and their lawless ways. They lack proper health care in Mexico and thus bring disease. As a group they lack an interest in becoming part of the American society. Just drive down west McDowell road between 19th Ave. and 59th Ave. the signage from most business is in Spanish, as an Anglo I have no idea what they are trying to sell me. They want their cake and to eat it too with us paying for it. Interesting they go from illegal aliens to citizens... amazing, utterly amazing. I am so disgusted with our current government who seems to be more interested in protecting their pensions by saving AIG and their buddies in the banking business and of course by forcing the health care they want us to have down our throats that they don’t want to have to use

November 12, 2009 at 5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sheriff Joe is my HERO!!! He is the ONLY one who has the "guts" to stand up for the people, LEGAL people, and the law. Too many crimals have gotten away with breaking the law because bleeding hearts say, you can't do that, it's mean. You can't do that because its racist. You can't do that because its inhumane. Why do you think this country is such a mess??? If more people stood up for justice like he does, our country would be a MUCH safer place to live. To me, his viewpoint is pretty clear cut. If you break the law, if you are illegally in this country, you WILL be arrested and you WILL go to jail!!! What don't the bleeding hearts understand??? ILLEGAL MEANS ILLEGAL!!!!!!! It has NOTHING to do with the color of your skin!!! Do the bleeding hearts stop and think if the VICTIMS were treated mean or inhumanely???
Sheriff Joe, you are my HERO!!! Keep up the GREAT work and thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!

November 12, 2009 at 8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truth b told, no matter how tall u make those walls, wat punishment u give to illegals, they will always find a way for a better life for thmselfs n for ther families risking ther lifes for the american dream is wat keeps them going. Put urself n thr shoes. People have been in arizona undocumented evn before az was officialy a state. Its not a new issue. We just have a big headed sheriff who does his job with fear, intimidation and questionable tatics and likes to brag all about it in the media he should worry more about gettin the killers and rapist off the street and not so much on the men who sell corn on the corners.

November 12, 2009 at 9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I fully support Sheriff Joe and ANYTHING he does to decrease the illegal immigrant population in this state is okay by me.

Both CA & AZ which have a heavy illegal population top the charts for states that are in rapid decline.

Another person suggested we should put ourselves in the position of the illegals and we'd have a better understanding of why they're here. Let me make it perfectly clear that I'd never surrender my country to corruption and sneak out seeking refuge elsewhere - that's the cowards way out!! I'm a 13th generation American and would die on this soil first fighting for my rights before I'd run off with my tail between my legs!!

I thank God for Sheriff Joe and hope he knows how much he's appreciated by true AMERICANS!!!!

November 13, 2009 at 4:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The answer is very basic. Sheriff Joe is doing exactly what he was elected to do and he's doing it very well.
Only lawbreakers and illegal supporters don't like Joe. Too bad since the law is the law.

November 13, 2009 at 2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that KPHO has set an agenda against The sheriff I will not be watching your news anymore. You should be ashamed since your supposed to be a "news" organization.
This is pure politics. I guess I'll watch Fox
10 from now on.

November 13, 2009 at 5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I admit the sheriff is a publicity hound but put yourselves in his shoes. The majority of the serious crimes his office is involved with on an ongoing basis are perpetrated by illegal aliens. Doesn't it make sense to try to do something about the situation with preventative measures?

November 14, 2009 at 5:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We elected Sheriff Joe because of what he stands for and because he does a great job. He protects us and brings in the illegals that are commiting crimes and that broke the law when they came here illegally. Why do the liberals want to allow the illegals to take jobs and get free education and healthcare.

November 14, 2009 at 7:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sheriff Joe is a True American. He upholds the law and defends the constitution. Thank you Sheriff Joe!!

I am appalled by Janet N. making the recent comment that "the borders are more secure". (Like she had anything to do with it?)It seems to me she did/and has done, everything possible to prevent the enforcement of the immigration laws to insure a secure border/homeland for me and my family. This is apparent by her efforts to limit Sheriff Joe's authority in doing what we elected him to do, enforce the law, including those laws that apply to illegals. We do not see the govenment, ie Janet N. stepping in to stop the hard stand on drunk driving and a stay in tent city that Sheriff Joe enforces, but Janet has seen fit to step in with enforcement of illegal emmigration control? Feel free to come here illegally, pack in drugs, commit crimes, Just don't get caught driving under the influence. Thanks Janet I feel safer already!

Sheriff Joe, keep up the good work. As long as you are in office me and my family will sleep better at night. You will always have my vote and support. May God Bless you for your efforts to do what is right!

November 14, 2009 at 12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This board of supervisors are a bunch of idiots, especially Mary Rose Wilcox.

November 14, 2009 at 9:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the sheriff!

November 14, 2009 at 9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't live in your state or in the sheriffs
jurisdiction ,I wish I did ,
All you cry babys out there who broke the law,
or don't agree with his methods ,especially those in public office, who gets a refresher course in public service by the sheriff, should wait till the election and vote him out
if you can,( good luck dummies ).
I feel this man will be reelected by the biggest majority of voters in history..
all the rest of you illegals think about what you will do when all the rest of the police and law enforcement people get their orders
changed ,so they can do their jobs we want them to do and not what some political hack in
state office wants them to do...
good luck phoenix stick with your sheriff..

November 15, 2009 at 3:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe's little propaganda warriors are at it again I see. They come here and try to shout down all voices of reason. How pathetic! Joe's organization is not a law enforcement organization, it is a cult. A bunch or yes men who worship a self absorbed ego-maniac.

November 15, 2009 at 7:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like channel 5 has started an attack campaign on Sherrif Joe lately.

November 15, 2009 at 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uncle Joe Arpaio
I wish there are more like you in every city and state.
I'm horrified of the thoughts of you being gone.
Keep up the great work, and kick the Dumb criminals illegal immigrant’s ass out of our country. God bless you and God bless our beautiful USA.

m. abudaber
Los Angeles, Ca

November 15, 2009 at 12:58 PM  
Anonymous k daley said...

Hi there! I live in an area with many illegal immigrants. I respect Sheriff Joe very much. He is not young and has seen that the city of Phoenix and Maricopa county in general, is being changed (and not for the better) because of this invasion of Mexicans mostly. Our tax money provides all of the many government services that the least fortunate in our society need. Illegal immigrants are using our "benefits" to a great degree while not paying taxes and working "undercover". This causes part of our vast entitlement program. It is difficult to find a record of the money that these immigrants earn. I would ask that the Mexican government do more for the poorest in their society. But, those who come here do not have the right to demand that we Americans change our laws. For the most part, ones from Mexico bring corruption and lack of skills to our country. Many immigrants build many shacks or a complete other home in thier back yards! this is a dangerous situation and if a fire starts, it will spread to neighboring houses and structures so fast that it could destroy much in a neighborhood.
I believe that we, in fact, should begin deporting of many families along with the criminal men and women. It would certainly help our federal and local budgets and take us out of the recession faster.
It is, basically, a matter of fairness, as well. Other countrys' people want to come to the US too. But, I wish that our country would lower the total number of immigrants from here on out. We need to be a more stable country.

November 15, 2009 at 9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The guy is 77 years old. He will be checking out soon due to old age. Not to concerned about him getting voted out, since TIME will take care of the problem. All of the old dinosaurs who vote for him are on their way out as well. :)

November 15, 2009 at 10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a man who stands behind his principles and does a very difficult task. You are the type of person I wish I could work for to fight for the betterment of the American People and our neighbors. Keep up the good work. We need to keep our borders secure for our national security. Our American citizens need to feel safe when they sleep at night and go about being productive citizens.

November 16, 2009 at 7:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This guy is a criminal, hiding from the feds,
on a campaign to make as many enemies as he can
while in office, both nationally and locally.
He loves the spotlight, an ICON of hatred.

November 16, 2009 at 9:08 AM  
Anonymous J.WILLA said...

i moved here from the illegal alien capital of the world to find less illegals, but it seems all of the gringos here want more illegals, why? they take your jobs 12 % unemployed and you want more illegals???joe does what he was voted in office to do, enforce the law and if you donr like it GO BACK TO THAT SH-T HOLE YOU CAME FROM!!!!!!!!

November 16, 2009 at 9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am an American citizen born in NY city and raised in AZ, J. Willa. I have family who are native Arizonans. I have as much right to be here, and express my opinions as you. You want to be a cheerleader for the ogre / monster who is Joe, go ahead. I also have a right to disagree. If you don't believe people have a right to disagree in a Democracy, then maybe it is you who should move to a country with a different type of totalitarian government.

November 16, 2009 at 1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe styles HIMSELF as the toughest sheriff in America. Let's not forget his frantic phone call when he and his vastly overpaid chief deputy were being beaten up in a Scottsdale parking lot by a lone hairdresser. He likes publicity stunts the are self-promoting, but where are the statistics that show a decrease in major crime. He goes after people with zero political power because they make an easy name for him and increase his political capital. Anyone know the closure rate for homicides committed in his jurisdiction? It's among the lowest in the nation. His deputy violated a man's constitutional rights on camera, and Joe backs him. That says everything you need to know about his respect for the law. When you look beyond the publicity (and he spends lots of your tax dollars on that), and check the facts- he's not a good law enforcement officer. Evidently he's a very capable politician though. I guess he makes people FEEL safe, which in my mind is not nearly as good as making people actually safe.

November 19, 2009 at 7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you can not notice who Arpaio reminds you of, its Hitler. Hitler took care of anyone who did not agree with him. He also had a group of people who did his bidding. In Arpaio's case its his Posse which is made up of old people who are want to be's. This is his SSS and anyone who does not agree will be automatically investigated.

November 25, 2009 at 9:04 PM  
Anonymous D. Kurasek said...

Sheriff Joe is the only one in Arizona that has the courage to fight Illegal Immigration. He is forced to take on the job since our Federal Government isn't willing or won't do it. Janet N. and the liberal media are probably behind most of the investagations of Sheriff Joe. Keep up the good work, and send the illegals back where they belong.

November 25, 2009 at 9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

KPHO has lost another viewer. Shame on your news organization for standing up for the criminal and not supporting the elected official and the law he is attempting to uphold. Sheriff Joe has been elected to the position to enforce Arizona law. He has the majority of the public supporting him to enforce the law to remove the illegal(law-breaking) people who have entered our country. No one is supposed to be above the law and the goal is to enforce it. I am disgusted with people who think they can dis-obey a law simply because they do not agree with it. This is a country ruled by the majority not special interest groups such as those that it appears KPHO supports. Let the illegals enter the USA the same way my grand-parents did - legally through Ellis Island. And they should also learn the English language. Why should we have push 1 for English? Why should a legal US citizen have to pay for education, medical, etc. benefits for people who are here illegally and that don't even attempt to learn the official language of the county they want to live in? What in the world is KPHO thinking? Do you think this strong arm attitude against Joe will increase your viewer numbers? I always say "follow the money".

Long live Joe Arpaio.

November 25, 2009 at 9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You idiots celebrate the sheriff for a singular reason, his prosecution of illegal aliens. That is fine, but how can you ignore the other things he has done. He has committed crimes, and yet his supporters care more about their distain for illegals than the abuses committed by the sheriff. Sad.

November 27, 2009 at 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps the board should take a lesson from the Sheriff on spending and money raising

November 30, 2009 at 6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe Arpaio needs to sober-up, attend a 12 Step program, get a Sponsor and work the steps and I'm sure this man's resentments, anger, hatred and self-centerdness will disapear from his life and he will be the best law-enforcement officer in the USA, meanwhile he displays a very dangereous behavior because his motivation is fueled by hatred, arrogance, alcohol, and meanwhile the dangereous criminals roaming the streets of Phoenix are running around pretty much free and clear. It's easier to arrest unarmed illigel alliens than to go after drug dealers, murderers, rapists, child molesters etc. I have experienced racism throughout my life but never like when I resided in Phoenix for a few months last year.

December 2, 2009 at 4:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a crock! Give him the bus!

December 6, 2009 at 9:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One thing you dont see are the Stastics showing crimes commited by Mexicans/Hispanics versus Whites and other Races. Nobody has enough Guts to show the Truth.
Sheriff Joe does the best he can with what he's got and I would like to see he gets More.
The more Illegals he can run out of country, the less Crime we will have.

December 8, 2009 at 2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It rubs the lotion on its' skin....

January 10, 2010 at 1:58 PM  

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