Monday, April 28, 2008

Sheriff Arpaio - Someone who is on the right track

One of my guilty pleasures is reading myspace bulletins. Here is one that came around the pike that caught my attention because Sheriff Arpaio has always been one of my heroes...kinda like Buford Pusser was back in the day. Except this fellow is using the rules to his advantage and making it work.


You all remember Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona , who painted the jail cells pink and made the inmates wear pink prison garb. Well........
Oh, there's MUCH more to know about Sheriff Joe!

Maricopa County was spending approx. $18 million dollars a year on stray animals, like cats and dogs. Sheriff Joe offered to take the department over, and the County Supervisors said okay.

The animal shelters are now all staffed and operated by prisoners. They feed and care for the strays. Every animal in his care is taken out and walked twice daily. He now has prisoners who are experts in animal nutrition and behavior. They give great classes for anyone who'd like to adopt an animal. He has literally taken stray dogs off the street, given them to the care of prisoners, and had them place in dog shows.

The best part? His budget for the entire department is now under $3 million. The prisoners get the benefit of about $0.

28 an hour for working, but most would work for free, just to be out of their cells for the
day. Most of his budget is for utilities, building maintenance, etc. He pays the prisoners out of the fees collected for adopted animals.

I have long wondered when the rest of the country would take a look at the way he runs the jail system, and copy some of his ideas. He has a huge farm, donated to the county years ago, where inmates can work, and they grow most of their own fresh vegetables and food, doing all the work and harvesting by hand. He has a pretty good sized hog farm, which provides meat, and fertilizer. It fertilizes the Christmas tree nursery, where prisoners work, and you can buy a living Christmas tree for $6 - $8 for the Holidays, and plant it later. We have six trees in our yard from the Prison.

Yup, he was reelected last year with 83% of the vote.

Now he's in trouble with the ACLU again. He painted all his buses and vehicles with a mural, that has a special hotline phone number painted on it, where you can call and report suspected illegal aliens. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement wasn't doing enough in his eyes, so he had 40 deputies trained specifically for enforcing immigration laws, started up his hotline, and bought 4 new buses just for hauling folks back to the border. He's kind of a 'Git-R Dun' kind of Sheriff.


Sheriff Joe Arpaio (In Arizona ) who created the ' Tent City Jail':
He has jail meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them.

He stopped smoking and porno magazines in the jails. Took away their weights Cut off all but 'G' movies.

He started chain gangs so the inmates could do free work on county and city projects.

Then He Started Chain Gangs For Women So He Wouldn't Get
Sued For Discrimination.

He took away cable TV Until he found out there was A Federal Court Order that Required Cable TV For Jails So He Hooked Up The Cable TV Again Only Let In The Disney Channel And The Weather Channel.

When asked why the weather channel He Replied, So They Will Know How Hot It's Gonna Be While They Are Working
ON My Chain Gangs.

He Cut Off Coffee Since It Has Zero Nutritional Value.

When the inmates complained, he told them, 'This Isn't The Ritz/Carlton.....If You Don't Like It, Don't Come Back.

He bought Newt Gingrich's lecture series on videotape that he pipes into the jails.

When asked by a reporter if he had any lecture series by a Democrat, he replied that a democratic lecture series might explain why a lot of the inmates were in his jails in the first place.

More On The Arizona Sheriff:
With Temperatures Being Even Hotter Than Usual In Phoenix (116 Degrees Just Set A New Record), the Associated Press Reports:
About 2,000 Inmates Living In A Barbed-Wire-Surrounded Tent Encampment At The Maricopa County Jail Have Been Given Permission To Strip Down To Their Government-Issued
Pink Boxer Shorts.

On Wednesday, hundreds of men wearing boxers were either curled up on their bunk beds or chatted in the tents, which reached
138 Degrees Inside The Week Before.

Many Were Also Swathed In Wet, Pink Towels As Sweat Collected On Their Chests And Dripped Down To Their PINK SOCKS.

'It Feels Like We Are In A Furnace,' Said James Zanzot, An Inmate Who Has Lived In T he T ENTS for 1 year. 'It's Inhumane.

Joe Arpaio, the tough-guy sheriff who created the tent city and long ago started making his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna sandwiches, is not one bit sympathetic.

He said Wednesday that he told all of the inmates: 'It's 120 Degrees In Iraq And Our Soldiers Are Living In Tents Too, And They Have To Wear Full Battle Gear,
But They Didn't Commit Any Crimes,So Shut Your Mouths!'
Way To Go, Sheriff!
Maybe if all prisons were like this one there would be a lot less crime and/or repeat offenders. Criminals should be punished for their crimes - not live in luxury until it's time for their parole, only to go out and commit another crime so they can get back in to live on taxpayers money and enjoy things taxpayers can't afford to have for themselves.

Sheriff Joe was just reelected Sheriff in Maricopa County , Arizona

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Reagan Quotes

I just came across these oldies but goodies...

Timeless Reagan

The more things change the more they stay the same.

"Of the four wars in my lifetime none came about because the U.S. was too
strong." - Ronald Reagan

"Here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose." - Ronald

"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant: It's
just that they know so much that isn't so." - Ronald Reagan

"I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandment's would have
looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress."- Ronald

"It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have
learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first." - Ronald

"Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards,
if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book." - Ronald Reagan

"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short
phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it
moving, subsidize it." - Ronald Reagan

"The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the
government and I'm here to help."
- Ronald Reagan

"The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but
doesn't have to take the civil service examination." - Ronald Reagan

"Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one
end and no sense of responsibility at the other." - Ronald Reagan

"The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a
government program." - Ronald Reagan

"If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a
nation gone under." - Ronald Reagan

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Legislation fun

I was up in Nashville dealing with my own bill two-step when this issue was occuring in Judiciary. Although I missed the actual incident, the fun was captured on YouTube for later enjoyment. I am glad there is a Stacey Campfield up there, he is quite refreshing.

Tennessean Article - 4/22/08

The bill dies. The debate lives on.

When House Bill 1523 came up in the state House Judiciary Committee last week, the committee wasted little time banishing the legislation, which would have allowed fathers to shed legal obligations for children proved through DNA tests not to be their own.

Within five minutes, the bill was all but dead. But before the bill was sent to the purgatory known as summer study, Rep. Rob Briley unleashed a blistering barrage of questions against the sponsor, Rep. Stacey Campfield, questioning him about pre-marital sex, infidelity and child support.

The unexpected attack from Briley, a Nashville Democrat, has earned the bill a second life of sorts on YouTube, where the testy give-and-take was posted after the legislation sank in the committee.

The clip is hardly unusual. YouTube has become a repository of memorable political moments, among them the video footage of Briley's own arrest for drunk driving last year.

His apology on the House floor was, in turn, also posted to the site.

Political fortunes increasingly rise and fall on such moments. During the 2006 U.S. Senate race, Harold Ford Jr.'s so-called "Memphis Meltdown" — a widely viewed parking lot confrontation with opponent Bob Corker — is considered to have been a factor in Ford's failed run.

And on the national stage, U.S. Sen. George Allen's comment derisively calling a rival's campaign worker "macaca" is seen as a turning point eventually leading to Allen's loss in Virginia.

There are plenty of congenial moments in Tennessee politics enshrined on YouTube, such as Rep. Curry Todd's comments on the House floor poking fun at Rep. Frank Buck's fashion sense, House Republican Leader Jason Mumpower's presentation of orange pants to House speaker Jimmy Naifeh, and Sen. John Wilder's retirement speech in the Senate.

The discussion of Campfield's bill, though, is notable for its testiness and personal nature.

Campfield — who may be the House's most outspoken conservative — described the intent of the bill as relieving non-biological fathers of their responsibility for paying for child support for children who are not theirs. Briley then opened up by calling the bill "the most anti-child piece of legislation I've seen in 10 years, by far."

Briley then asked Campfield, "Do you believe that pre-marital sex is appropriate?"

Campfield responds, "I don't see what that has to do with this bill."

Briley fired back, "It has everything to do with this bill."

Campfield responded: "Explain to me how."

After more back and forth, in which Campfield looks by turns irate and flustered, Briley asked, "Do you believe, in your opinion, that adultery is appropriate?" Campfield responded no, prompting Briley to ask, "yet you want to punish the child that may result from an adulterous situation?"

"No," Campfield said. "Well, that's what you're doing here," Briley shot back.

After more sniping, at the end of which Campfield complained, "I don't understand your question," Briley asked for the bill to be sent to summer study. Chairman Kent Coleman, D-Murfreesboro, took a voice vote and obliged.

The segment ends with Campfield's plaintive conclusion: "Thank you Mr. Chairman — I guess."

Contact Theo Emery at 726-4889 or

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

You might be an Episcopalian if...

Because I live just a few miles from Sewanee: The University of the South (new, correct way of calling it), and St. Andrews boarding school, I had to affectionately laugh when I read this.

You might be an Episcopalian if...

…you recognize your neighbor, or rector, in the local liquor store and go over to greet him/her.

…if you have totally memorized Rite I, Rite II and the first three episodes of *The Vicar of Dibley*.

…if while watching the movie “The Madness of King George” you’re able to recite with the King, when he undergoes “surgery,” the Collect for Purity

…if words like: “vouchsafe”, “oblation”, “supplications”, “succor”, “bewail”, “wherefore”, “dost”, “meet”, and “very” (in its archaic sense) are familiar to you even if you don’t have a clue that they mean.

…if you can pronounce “innumerable benefits procured to us by the same.”

…if hearing people pray in the language of “jesuswejus” makes you want to scream.

…if you can rattle off such tongue twisters like: “..who made there by his one oblation of himself once offered a full and perfect sacrifice, oblation and satisfaction for the sins of the world” and “Wherefore, O, Lord and Heavenly Father, we thy people, do celebrate and make here, with these gifts which we offer unto thee, the memorial thy Son hath commanded us to make…” without missing a beat.

…if someone says, “Let us pray” and you automatically hit your knees.

…if the word “Sewanee” puts a lump in your throat.

…if you catch yourself genuflecting or bowing as you enter a row of seats in a theater.

…if your choir director suggests discussing something over a beer after choir rehearsal.

…if, when visiting a Catholic Church, you are the only Ah-men amongst a sea of Ay-mens

…if your covered dish for the potluck dinner is escargot in puff shells.

…if you think the most serious breach of propriety one can commit is failure to chill the salad forks.

…if your picnic basket has sterling knives and forks (entree, fish, salad and cake).

…if you ever find yourself saying, “Oh, but we’ve never done it that way before.”

…if you know that a sursum corda is not a surgical procedure.

…if you don’t think Agnus Dei is a woman.

…if you know the difference between a surplice and a cotta…and the appropriate use of each.

…if you know that the nave is not a playing card.

…if you know that the Senior Warden and the Junior Warden are not positions in the local prison.

…if your friend said “I’m truly sorry…” and you replied, “and you humbly repent?”

And finally….

…if you reach a point when you’re not sure about anything theologically but you still feel completely at home at the altar rail and somehow know you’re meeting God there, even though you can’t begin to understand how.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Federal Government Points to Ponder

I just received this email and I haven't fact-checked it, but I thought I would post it anyway just because. Things that make you go hmmmm....

Part 1:
In just one year . Remember the election in 2006?
Thought you might like to read the following:
A little over one year ago:

1) Consumer confidence stood at a 2 1/2 year high;
2) Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon;
3) The unemployment rate was 4.5%.

Since voting in a Democratic Congress in 2006 we have seen:

1) Consumer confidence plummet;
2) The cost of regular gasoline soar to over $3.50 a gallon;
3) Unemployment is up to 5% (a 10% increase);
4) American households have seen $2.3 trillion in equity value evaporate (stock and mutual fund losses);
5) Americans have seen their home equity drop by $1.2 trillion dollars;
6) 1% of American homes are in foreclosure.

America voted for change in 2006, and we got it!

Remember: it's Congress that makes law, not the President. He has to work with what's handed to him.

Quote of the Day........"My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you'll join with me as we try to change it." -- Barack Obama

Part 2:

Taxes...Whether Democrat or a Republican you will find these statistics enlightening and amazing.

Taxes under Clinton 1999

Taxes under Bush 2008

Single making 30K: tax $8,400

Single making 30K: tax $4,500

Single making 50K: tax $14,000

Single making 50K: tax $12,500

Single making 75K: tax $23,250

Single making 75K: tax $18,750

Married making 60K: tax $16,800

Married making 60K: tax $9,000

Married making 75K: tax $21,000

Married making 75K: tax $18,750

Married making 125K: tax $38,750

Married making 125K: tax $31,250

Both democratic candidates will return to the higher tax rates.

It is amazing how many people that fall into the categories above think Bush is screwing them and Bill Clinton was the greatest President ever.
If Obama or Hillary is elected, they both say they will repeal the Bush tax cuts and a good portion of the people that fall into the categories above can't wait for it to happen. This is like the movie The Sting with Paul Newman; you scam somebody out of some money and they don't even know what happened.

You think the war in Iraq is costing us too much?
Read this:
Boy am I confused. I have been hammered with the propaganda that it is the Iraq war and the war on terror that is bankrupting us.
I now find that to be RIDICULOUS.
I hope the following 14 reasons are forwarded over and over again until they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of reading them. I have included the URL's for verification of all the following facts.

1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments. Verify at:

2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.
Verify at:

3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
Verify at:

4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!
Verify at:

5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.
Verify at

6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.
Verify at:

7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.
Verify at:

8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers. Verify at:

9. $200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens. Verify at:

10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that's two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US
Verify at:

11. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our southern border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from terrorist countries. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana, crossed into the U. S from the southern border.
Verify at: Homeland Security Report:

12. The National Policy Institute "estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period."
Verify at:

13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin.
Verify at:

14. "The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million
Sex Crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States."
Verify at:

The total cost is a whopping $ 338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.