Rick Perry's Blossoming Bromance With Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a Walking Civil Rights Violation

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"When life's got you by the balls, beat life in the face with your baton."
A week or so back, Politico reported that Rick Perry had reached out to Phoenix-area Sheriff Joe Arpaio, one of America's fiercest illegal-immigration foes and a constant innovator in the competitive field of Being a Total Dick.

It seemed like a weird play at first, courting a guy under federal investigation for civil rights violations and known for leaving inmates to die in his desert tent prison. But then I saw those Simi Valley GOPers applaud Perry's inmate-killing record, and was forced to remind myself: This ain't Canada, you sneaker-wearing, water-drinking pussy. This is America, and not the part that has Seattle in it.

It was unclear from Politico's report whether Arpaio held our governor in equal esteem, especially considering Perry's occasional fits of moderation on immigration. Where Perry has favored in-state tuition discounts for undocumented immigrants, Arpaio wants to deport anyone who's ever successfully spelled chalupa.

But alas, there Arpaio was yesterday, yapping away to the Texas Tribune about how swell this Perry feller is.

"I kind of like the guy," Arpaio said. "I think we need someone that will speak out and be tough, tell it like it is and be kind of a regular guy."

He also said that Perry's embrace of in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants and past support for a Mexican guest-worker proposal would not keep him from bestowing his blessing on the Texas governor.

"You've got to look at the big picture," he said.

Well then, let's. Because when it comes to Arpaio, the Tribune didn't quite get there. They described the sheriff as a "famous immigration hardliner," which he certainly is. But they also called him a "law-and-order sheriff," which he certainly isn't.

Yeah, he makes his inmates wear pink underwear. Cute, ain't it? But his mistreatment of prisoners, many of whom haven't even been convicted when they meet the wrath of Arpaio's thugs, runs far, far deeper. He routinely ignores their civil rights, denying them basic health care and even killing them.

It's the sort of work product that invites the occasional skeptic. But Arpaio hates skeptics about as much as he does Mexicans. So he also has targeted his political opponents and arrested the journalists who investigate him.

What's that? Killing prisoners and arresting journalists doesn't do it for you? Well, I know this will: He's also killed dogs. You hear that? DOGS. It's just like killing prisoners, only worse, because prisoners rarely let you scratch their bellies.

So, yes, "You've got to look at the big picture." And the big picture, in this case, tells you three things:

1. Seeking the endorsement of Joe Arpaio should be a political death wish.

2. It isn't.

3. Chalupa isn't that hard to spell.

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Save Them
Save Them

Actually, Sheriff Arpaio is an animal rescuer and while he has no problem keeping criminals in tents in Arizona, he has turned at least one jail into a shelter for abused and neglected animals - dogs included.  Can you provide any legitimate backup for your statement that he kills dogs - or are we just supposed to take your word for it? 

Ian Smith
Ian Smith

What a typical bunch of bleeding heart libtard horse shit.

"arrested journalists".... Yeah, for illegally revealing grand jury information.

"killing inmates".... A mental retard on meth died (probably because of THE METH). Wwaaaaaaahhhhh!

And from your comment "a European-American majority". Damn straight! You white-guilt Libtards and blacks had better hope the USA remains majority-white, because most mexicans and Asians hate blacks even more than white rednecks do.

Holy shit you are a total naive reality-ignoring libtard stereotype, Joe Tone

Kevin Bittick
Kevin Bittick

Biased and false article, but what else is new? Anti *illegal* immigration is not the same as anti immigration, but the left will never acknowledge that.

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

Most people on The Left will absolutely acknowledge they're not the same thing. But the problem, Kevin, is that Arpaio is both. He's partnered with FAIR, whose founder once openly lobbied for “a European-American majority.” Arguing otherwise ignores Arpaio's record. Also, HE KILLS PUPPIES. What are you, some kind of puppy hater?

Seriously
Seriously

Perry talked to the guy on the phone. That makes them best buddies? Man, this piece has Pulitzer written all over it.

Save Them
Save Them

It would be very odd for an animal advocate such as Sheriff Joe to kill a dog/puppy, unless it were suffering and there was no hope of recovery.  He has established at least one of the former jails as an animal shelter in Arizona for dogs and puppies that have been abused and tortured by scumwad human beings - the same criminals that he puts in tents.  On what do you base your statement that he kills puppies?  Is there a basis for your comments - or could it be that you are deliberately putting into print false information about a person - and is that considered slander or libel under the law?  I get 'em confused. 

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

OMG......you are really reaching.....How is it that baggers can bash all day and night but can not take a little joke without getting their soiled panties in a bunch? 

Ian Smith
Ian Smith

Judging from your photo, you are a typical naive white libtard college kid still in your 20s.

a European-American majority". Damn straight! You white-guilt Libtards and blacks had better hope the USA remains majority-white, because most mexicans and Asians hate blacks even more than white rednecks do.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

You got all that from a photo?  Or is it that you are just a professional Judge?  Or judgemental.

In your photo, you look blue. 

Politico
Politico

Sounds like Arpaio should be Perry's running mate. Birds of a feather..............

I would leave the country if people like this were elected. 

Appalled
Appalled

I'm already looking at socialist Italy as a new home base. Wanna join?

Reality Check
Reality Check

you might reconsider after the Italian government defaults on its socialist driven debt.

Montemalone
Montemalone

I'm thinking socialist France.Love croissants au chocolat.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Maybe Joe likes Perry's pink panties?

Max from the Sandspit
Max from the Sandspit

Gee- Sounds like Lew Sterrett of yor. By the way, how are things at the Dallas County Jail these days.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

"prisoners rarely let you scratch their bellies."   .......  that is very funny...but not always true in the porn that i watch.  

Volta
Volta

Chalupa for President.

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