Thursday, May 11, 2006

My New Hero

Today we avoided any coffee emergencies. Back to normal. I went to the store yesterday and purchased a fresh supply so we're good.

I watched a most interesting character on tv this morning and so today he is my new hero. Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona has begun deploying patrols in desert areas and major roadways southwest of Phoenix in search of illegal immigrants. His group of deputies and trained volunteers have orders to arrest any illegal immigrants caught smuggling themselves into his county.

Yes, you read that last sentence correctly - illegal immigrants smuggling themselves into his county. A new anti-human-smuggling stature took effect in Arizona in August and a it is a tool for prosecutors to go after "coyotes" who smuggle illegal immigrants into this country. Of course, his interpretation of the statute is being challenged by the usual groups but in the meantime Sheriff Arpaio forges on.

This guy is one tough cookie. He has been re-elected 4 times, on the way to 5 times, and he suffers no fools. The prisoners in his jail were stealing the white underwear issued to them so he puts them into pink underwear now. They don't want to steal those. He feeds the prisoners bologna sandwiches and insists they wear black and white striped jail uniforms. Old fashioned prisoner treatment, not the politically correct version of incarceration.

Rock on, Sheriff Arpaio. His area is the busiest entry point among illegal immigrants and he is strong enough to make a difference.

Moving on to another subject now. Today in another leak from politically motivated staffers putting politics above the security of this country, we learn of every telecommunication company,except Quest, supplying the NSA with phone records of ordinary citizens to establish a data base. This data base is to monitor patterns in telephone communication, it is NOT easedropping. No one is listening to you phoning your mother or sibling, unless you are suspected of terrorist activity and your mother or sibling lives in another part of the world.

Gosh, do you think the fact that the coordinator of the NSA intelligence gathering policy is scheduled to begin confirmation hearings next week to be the new CIA director has anything to do with this leak?

And what do you think happens with your personal purchasing information each and every time you use a credit card?

"Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." - Marcel Proust


Jessica said...

Sheriff Arpaio is damn serious isn't he? Bout time. You know it's a shame, local LE agencies, civilian organizations are all taking action and the President and Congress can't even decide what to do.


As far as monitoring my patterns of Telecommunication...well at least they're not monitoring my BLOG!

Hmm...well they aren't are they?

Cowtown Pattie said...

Exactly reasons why we want to live "off the grid" as soon as possible.

The Bill of Rights has been reduced to toilet paper, IMHO. And Americans have apathetically allowed it to happen. We only want what's easiest, quickest and the least painful to the pocketbook. Remindful of the old saying to be careful what you wish for...

AC said...

I had sympathetic no-coffee??!! panic with you. I am seriously serious about my morning coffee. We only have one cup each day, but I searched out the largest cups we could hoist without inflicting wrist damage. This month we are having Guatamalan,
1/2 dark - 1/2 light roast. Its important.

I saw a tv special on Sheriff Arpaio. Very Impressive.

aka_Meritt said...

Rock on, Sheriff Arpaio!!!

srp said...

He doesn't look like the type to bow to pressure does he.