I am a [former] ATS LURKER new member; first post. I cannot resist jumping into this discussion. I am a 3rd generation Phoenix, Arizona native. My
family has lived in Arizona since the Territorial days. For the record, Maricopa County has had one good sheriff: Carl Trumbull Hayden [Senator, State
of Arizona 1927 - 1969, a.k.a. Senator Carl Hayden] en.wikipedia.org...
Sheriff Joe [JOKE] Arpaio is a BLOT on the history of Arizona. He makes Janet Napolitano, former Governor of Arizona and head of the Department of
Homeland Security look like the Virgin Mary. Sheriff "Joke" got that moniker from The Phoenix New Times. I never have been able to tell if the
Phoenix [New Slime] New Times is a left wing "alternative" newspaper or just another "broken wing". I will however, give the Phoenix "New Slime"
credit where credit is due. They have exposed some VERY bad guys who are presently serving time in the Arizona State Prison in Florence, Arizona.
Over the years The Arizona Republic and its alter ego The Phoenix Gazette, when it was still being published, have had less than positive things to
say about Sheriff "Joke". He has pulled so many stunts over the years that he is like "the boy who cried wolf".
Sheriff "Joke" has a voting constituency that is a bunch of little old “blue haired” ladies with their husbands in Sun City, Arizona. Sun City,
Arizona is called “God’s Waiting Room”. I suppose that I should say that real quietly, because I am now over 55 and qualify to live there. These
little old “blue haired” ladies with their husbands who cruise around at night in MCSO [Maricopa County Sheriffs Office] patrol cars with radios
looking for evil doers are Joe’s “Halleluiah Chorus”. I’m sure that they have been properly deputized. I suspect that the “supervisors”
might even have a GUN! I’ll also bet that they only get one “Barney” bullet.
The MCSO is Sheriff Joe [JOKE] Arpaio’s private Gestapo. He routinely rounds up the “illegal aliens” from Mexico and sends them to “Tent
City”. I strongly suspect that Sheriff “Joke” does not treat them with Geneva Convention civility. When I was homeless and on the streets in
Phoenix for 70 months I heard things.
Sheriff “Joke” periodically rounds up the “ladies of the evening” and their “johns” between 24th Street and 40th Street on Van Buren
Street for “positive publicity spin”. I also suspect that he may be “encouraging” [financing] their presence. It doesn’t pass the smell
test. This has been going on for at least 15 years that I am aware of.
The stories about the “green bologna” are true. The stories about the pink under ware are true. Some of the folks that I met on the street told me
that “Tent City” is hotter than HELL in the summer. These tents are “MASH” era canvas tents that are not cooled. It is probably 125F to 135F
inside in the afternoon. People frequently die while in custody. Maricopa County has paid out millions to settle wrongful death lawsuits.
2nd line: If it wasn’t for summer the Snow Birds would stay all year. Welcome to Arizona now go home. [These are real Arizona Bumper Stickers]