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Justice Dept. Investigates Arizona Sheriff for Enforcing Immigration Law

Joe Arpaio a hero!

It is no surprise that upholding the law is a problem for Washington. Could it simply be a ploy to keep the citizenry focused on something other than putting those in the hoos cow who are actually responsible for the mess this country is in today. Note that John Conyers is one of the leaders of the pack. This guy deserves tar and feathering in the public square. ACORN? Shouldn’t they be shut down by now for the shenanigans they pulled in this last election?

Everyone needs to take a moment and send a THANK YOU NOTE to Arpaio for his due diligence in this matter.

Thursday, March 12, 2009
By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, left, orders approximately 200 convicted illegal immigrants handcuffed together and moved into a separate area of Tent City, inmates behind Arpaio, for incarceration until their sentences are served and they are deported to their home countries Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, in Phoenix.
(CNSNews.com) – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has launched an investigation of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona following requests by congressional Democrats and allegations by liberal activists that the department has violated the civil rights of illegal aliens.

Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), and Robert Scott (D-Va.) requested the investigation, and activists groups such as National Day Laborer Organizer Network and ACORN launched petition drives and rallies in support of the probe.

The investigation focuses on Sheriff Joe Arpaio and dozens of officers under his command who were trained through the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Agreements of Cooperation in Communities to Enhance Safety and Security (ACCESS), which partners federal and local law enforcement to enforce immigration laws. (The Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement division is known popularly as ICE.)

In a letter dated March 10, 2009, Loretta Smith, acting assistant attorney general at the DOJ, detailed what her department would be investigating:

“This is to inform you that the United States Department of Justice is commencing an investigation of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (”MCSO”) pursuant to the pattern or practice provisions of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994,42 U.S.C. §14141 (“Section 14141”) and the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968,42 U.S.C. § 3789d (“Safe Streets Act”), and pursuant to the prohibitions against national origin discrimination in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d to 2000d-7 (“Title Yr’) and the Safe Streets Act, 42 U.S.C. § 3789d(c).”

The letter continues: “The investigation will focus on alleged patterns or practices of discriminatory police practices and unconstitutional searches and seizures conducted by the MCSO, and on allegations of national origin discrimination, including failure to provide meaningful access to MCSO services for limited English proficient (LEP) individuals.”

“In conducting the investigation, we will seek to determine whether there are violations of the above laws by the MCSO,” the letter says.

Sheriff Arpaio’s efforts to enforce immigration laws have been the focus of previous criticism, but Arpaio has defended his department and the results his ICE-trained officers have netted.

Concerning the DOJ’s investigation, Arpaio told CNSNews.com: “I will not back down. What I am doing is upholding the laws of the state of Arizona, and I will not be persuaded to turn my back on my oath of office as sheriff of this county.”

In an August 2008 press release, Arpaio’s office detailed those results.

“While the Sheriff’s illegal immigration and human smuggling operations conducted on the streets and roadways here have netted nearly 2,300 arrests, another very successful effort to locate illegal aliens has been quietly happening inside Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s jails,” the release said.

It continues: “Despite the growing criticism of the Sheriff’s illegal immigration fight by some valley politicians and activists, Sheriff Arpaio says 60 detention officers trained by ICE officials have conducted over 106,000 interviews and investigations of inmates booked into jail since April of 2007.

“In those 18 months, 16,000 inmates were determined to be illegal aliens. Either they have already been deported or will be deported after being tried and/or serving their sentences for crimes committed in the valley. The work being done be Arpaio’s detention staff is a likely contributor to the recent reduction in crime in the valley,” the press release added.

“That number of 16,000 represents a full one-third (1/3) of all inmates in the United States who have had holds placed on them after being identified by jail or prison officials as illegal aliens.”

The press release goes on to say that 20 percent of inmates in the Maricopa County Jail are illegal aliens and that of those, 2,000 illegal aliens – 70 percent – were arrested for felony crimes.

Those felony crimes committed included the following: forgery, 12 percent; kidnapping, 10 percent; aggravated assault, 7 percent; driving under the influence, 7 percent; drug charges, 27 percent; robbery, 3 percent; murder, 3 percent; and theft, 4 percent.

The Democratic Congress members have also asked Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to launch an investigation into the training provided by ICE.

The American Tea Party!

teapartyTHOMAS JEFFERSON 1802

I got the below email from a friend today.
It is a great idea … one I will certainly also do.
Personally I think the government is to far gone to listen but it is worth a try before cannons are actually pulled into place. I further believe those in government are dumb enough to think the public is simply going to roll over and play dead while they (the government) rapes the people they are suppose to serve while feathering their own nest with money and power.

EMAIL:

There’s a storm a brewin’.
What happens when good, responsible people keep quiet?
Washington has forgotten they work for us.
We don’t work for them.
Throwing good money after bad is NOT the answer.
I am sick of the midnight, closed door sessions to come up with a plan.
I am sick of Congress raking CEO’s over the coals while they, themselves, have defaulted on their taxes.
I am sick of the bailed out companies having lavish vacations and retreats on my dollar.
I am sick of being told it is MY responsibility to rescue people that, knowingly, bought more house than they could afford. I am sick of being made to feel it is my patriotic duty to pay MORE taxes.
I, like all of you, am a responsible citizen.
I pay my taxes.
I live on a budget and I don’t ask someone else to carry the burden for poor decisions I may make.
I have emailed my congressmen and senators asking them to NOT vote for the stimulus package as it was written without reading it first and making good common sense decisions. Not enough listened. They voted for it, pork and all.

O.K. folks, here it is. You may think you are just one voice and what you think won’t make a difference. Well, yes it will and YES, WE CAN!!

If you are disgusted and angry with the way Washington is handling our taxes.
If you are fearful of the fallout from the reckless spending of Hundreds of BILLIONS to bailout and “stimulate” without accountability and responsibility then we need to become ONE, LOUD VOICE THAT CAN BE HEARD FROM EVERY CITY, TOWN, SUBURB AND HOME IN AMERICA. There is a growing protest to demand that Congress, the President and his cabinet LISTEN to us, the American Citizens. What is being done in Washington is NOT the way to handle the economic free fall.

So, here’s the plan. On April 1, 2009, all Americans are asked to send a NOTE WITH THE WORD TEABAG written on it to Washington, D.C. You do not have to enclose any other information unless you so desire, just a TEABAG NOTE. Many cities are organizing protests. If you simply search, “New American Tea Party”, several sites will come up. If you aren’t the ‘protester’ type, simply make your one voice heard with a TEABAG NOTE. Your one voice will become a roar when joined with millions of others that feel the same way. Yes, something needs to be done but the lack of confidence as shown by the steady decline in the stock market speaks volumes.

This was not my idea. I visited the sites of the ‘New American Tea Party’ and an online survey showed over 90% of thousands said they would send the teabag on April 1. Why, April 1?? We want them to reach Washington by April 15. Will you do it? I will.

Why not send an actual TEABAG? Because it more than likely will not be opened or simply tossed in the trash.

Send it to:
Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20500

Attention: Teabag Protest

Spread the word.
I would encourage everyone to go ahead and get the envelope ready to mail, and just drop it in the mail April 1. Can’t guarantee what the postage will be by then, it is going up as we speak, but have your envelope ready. What will this cost you? It will cost a little time, a teabag, and a 40 something cent stamp.

Who has a right to know you have a license to carry a firearm?

I ran across this today and was stunned. There are some pretty stupid people out there but this for all of the obvious reasons is one of the more stupid ideas I have yet to run across.

I took the time to visit the Commercial-Appeal website … find their contact form and send them the comment posted at the bottom of this article.
You might want to do the same HERE.

The mainstream media wants us to believe that your Right-to-Carry license should be public information, printed and published online for all the world to see. The latest paper to do this is the Commercial-Appeal in Memphis, but they’re not the first and I doubt they’ll be the last. Why on earth reporters and editors want to do something so shameful, so irresponsible and so hateful is beyond me.

You know, normal people don’t get up in the morning and say, “I wonder if my doctor has a Right-to-Carry license?” They don’t wonder, “Is my accountant a Right-to-Carry holder?” They don’t ask because they don’t think about it. The point of legally carrying a concealed firearm is to conceal that. Not because we’re ashamed or afraid, but because it’s nobody’s business.

More and more states are cutting off the media’s access to this information. Virginia sent a bill to Governor Kaine that would bar the media from getting access to the information from the State Police. Arkansas is doing the same thing. And I’m happy to report that Tennessee’s legislature is also considering a bill that would prevent the Commercial-Appeal or any other paper from gaining access to the names of Right-to-Carry holders.

The newspaper standard used to be “all the news that’s fit to print.” Being a Right-to-Carry holder is no more newsworthy than having a driver’s license. If the newspapers really wanted to perform a public service, they’d worry less about the law-abiding and start printing the full criminal record of every person arrested for a violent crime.

Consider joining the NRA.

Comment to Commercial-Appeal:

Your idea of posting the names, addresses etc. of people who are licensed to carry firearms is not only despicable it is downright stupid.

Perhaps we bloggers need to get the personal information for all executives at your firm and post it on the internet for the world to see along with your policy on this matter.

Tiger Woods a man apart.

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On 18 January 2009, golfer Tiger Woods gave the speech quoted below at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. during the HBO-televised “We Are One” event held as part of the lead-up to Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration two days later. The PGA Tour web site displays the full text of Tiger Woods’ speech, as does Woods’ own web site (look for the 18 January item in the News Archive).

Tiger Woods received a special invitation to speak at the inauguration. His inviters were stunned, when he did not deliver the message they expected. You will see why the media swept it under the rug with no further ado. Below is the text of his speech, entitled:

“You’ll Never Walk Alone,” as posted on his Web site:

“I grew up in a military family – and my role models in life were my Mom and Dad, Lt. Colonel Earl Woods. My dad was a Special Forces operator and many nights friends would visit our home. They represented every branch of the service, and every rank.

“In my Dad, and in those guests, I saw first hand the dedication and commitment of those who serve. They come from every walk of life. From every part of our country. Time and again, across generations, they have defended our safety in the dark of night and far from home.

“Each day — and particularly on this historic day — we honor the men and women in uniform who serve our country and protect our freedom. They travel to the dangerous corners of the world, and we must remember that for every person who is in uniform, there are families who wait for them to come home safely.

“I am honored that the military is such an important part, not just of my personal life, but of my professional one as well. The golf tournament we do each year here in Washington is a testament to those unsung heroes.

“I am the son of a man who dedicated his life to his country, family and the military, and I am a better person for it.

“In the summer of 1864, Abraham Lincoln, the man at whose memorial we stand, spoke to the 164th Ohio Regiment and said: ‘I am greatly obliged to you, and to all who have come forward at the call of their country.’

“Just as they have stood tall for our country – we must always stand by and support the men and women in uniform and their families.

“Thank you, and it is now my pleasure to introduce the US Naval Glee Club.”

FOOTNOTE:
I have never been more proud of Tiger Woods than when I heard his 2-minute tribute to the military at the Inaugural Celebration in Washington DC . You know he was greatly pressured to be there. Liberals have been mad at him for a decade for not joining their ranks. You know he didn’t want to be there. So instead of paying homage to Obama, he
paid tribute to our soldiers. Not one time did Tiger mention Obama, the inauguration or the new administration. He knew beforehand that his love for America, and appreciation for our military men & women would anger them further. But Tiger is his own man; his father taught him to be his own man.

Somewhere over that cold, gray Washington sky, old Earl Woods was smiling down on his beloved son. And there will be one more crying hug waiting for Tiger when he passes through the Pearly Gates into God’s arms.

veritas odium parit
Lex facit Regem

Jim Campbell, N0LBI
PO Box 84
Hot Sulphur Springs. CO 80451

FOOTNOTE 2:
For those who were wondering, “veritas odium parit” is Latin for “truth begets hatred,” and “lex facit regem” translates as “the law makes the king.”

The clod in the Whitehouse.

Apparently peace as I know it is over.
After all these years of getting up in the morning to face a sunshiny day and do the fun things in life I am faced with 100 equally “nationally destructive” reports out of Washington.

In my mind there are only 2 reasons.
1. The current President is totally daffed.
2. The main stream media was a miserable flop (all reporters need to get a pink slip immediately) in reporting the TRUTH.

Well I suppose it could be a combination of both.
Why do I have this perpetual image of Obama slumping in a striped wing back chair like Raggedy Andy while being interviewed?
Why does he stutter and stammer during live questioning.
What happened to the eloquent genius?
Holy smoke was all of that fake too?

Now the clod in the Whitehouse has been foolish enough to give 25 DVDs as a return gift to an English dignitary? What was he thinking? Oh I know … he was not!
What was the argument against Sarah Palin? She was not prepared?
Well at least we get to see the definition of ill prepared first hand now.
Hopefully the nation will survive.

If all of this was not so serious for our country it honestly would be drop dead funny.

baye

It is still my belief that there are a few good politicians left in Washington. Finally a few of the good Democrats are beginning to surface.

Evan Bayh of Indiana is one of them.

Here is what he has to say about the situation.