Arizona Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, was pardoned by President Trump on his conviction for criminal contempt after he defied a court order and refused to cease traffic stops of vehicles suspected of carrying illegal immigrants.
Arpaio became controversial for constructing outdoor tent cities for prisoners, reviving chain gangs, serving bad food, and making the inmates wear prison stripe clothes and pink underwear to humiliate them. The intent of all that was to discourage crime and to stop illegal immigrants from entering his county. He says he was prosecuted by Obama holdovers because he conducted an investigation into Obama’s birth certificate and declared it a fake. Arpaio endorsed Trump before he was taken seriously as a candidate.
The “will he/won’t he” speculation will run all day — right up until Trump takes the stage in Phoenix around 10 p.m. eastern tonight. So, it’s worth asking: How did we get here with Joe Arpaio?
Arpaio first came to national prominence in the early 1990s when, as newly elected sheriff of Maricopa County, he pushed the construction of Tent City — an open-air jail he viewed as not only a solution to prison overcrowding but also a way to burnish his tough-on-crime persona.
“We’re going to do it, and it’s time to get tough around here,” Arpaio said in 1993 when Tent City was unveiled, according to the Arizona Republic. “And to get tough, you have to have a place to put the bad guys.”
Arpaio also made prisoners wear pink underwear and pink handcuffs as a way of shaming them (and to stop them from stealing each others’ clothes). In the mid-1990s, he reinstated chain gangs — including for women and juveniles. He pushed for every mug shot to be posted online. He cut down prison meals to two a day — no lunch! — and banned the use of salt and pepper to save money.
A report concluded that the police overlooked crimes committed by an “Asian” grooming gang for fear of being called racist. Members of the Greater Manchester Police were told to focus on apprehending offenders of “other ethnicities”.
Hedge funds, globally, are in a financial tail spin, and many have already blocked investors from withdrawing their money. True to form, the Federal Reserve is preparing to infuse these firms with super low-cost loans that will help to bail them out – at taxpayer expense, of course.
The Oregon-based youth advocacy group, Our Children’s Trust, filed the lawsuit in 2015 seeking an injunction ordering the government to implement a plan to phase out fossil fuel emissions and draw down atmospheric carbon dioxide emission.
Florida state lawmakers have proposed a gun control ban on assault weapons, which are defined as “semiautomatic rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition at once, either in fixed or detachable magazine, or any other ammunition feeding device.”
The governor of Puerto Rico fired the island’s emergency manager, Carlos Acevedo, hours after a warehouse filled with supplies believed to be from when Hurricane Maria struck the island in September 2017.
Flynn’s attorney, Powell, says the prosecutor committed subornation of perjury, which is the crime of persuading a person to lie under oath. She says the Mueller investigation team prosecuted Flynn to support obstruction charges against President Trump.
In order to join West Virginia, the consent of Virginia’s Legislature and of a majority of the qualified voters is needed. West Virginia promised that if Virginia joins them, their firearms rights shall be protected to the fullest extent possible under their Federal and State Constitution.
5G may be a killer technology as the same frequencies and antenna-delivery systems have already been adopted by the military for use as weapons of war and crowd control. There is a race is to get the technology fully implemented before the the push back becomes too large to ignore.
Based on 20 years of observation and data, scientists are predicting that the sun will be nearly seven percent cooler and dimmer by 2050 causing a ‘mini ice age’. [The real deniers in the climate-change controversy are those who deny that global warming is a politically motivated myth.]
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Democrats failed with the Russia investigation, and they changed their strategy, preventing Republicans from cross examining witnesses. Impeachment is unlikely, but the purpose is to continue the theater of fierce conflict between the two parties when, in reality, there is little or none.
From now on, it will be possible to Impeach any minority-party president whether Republican or Democrat. There goes one more of those precious checks and balances that are so essential to a free society, because the common man losses either way.
A host of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are calling for impeachment. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, are the lawmakers who would actually spearhead an inquiry, and they say they will continue their investigations.