Joe Arpaio's Latest Bogus Death Threat

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Sheriff Joe never met a fake death threat he didn't like

All it takes is a cell phone text and bit of garbled audio to get Sheriff Joe Arpaio running around like a chicken sans head.

"America's toughest sheriff"? Puh-lease. 

As was reported by Fox 10 back on July 29, and is now being regurgitated by The Drudge Report and the Associated Press, a text mail version of what they used to call a chain letter was received by a Valley dude.

It essentially said that a Mexican drug cartel was "offering a million dollars for Sheriff Joe Arpaio's head and offering a thousand dollars for anyone who wants to join the Mexican cartel."

Couple of points here: If some Mexican cartel kingpins wanted to off Arpaio, they'd just do it. They wouldn't circulate a dumb text mail about it.

Secondly, Arpaio is good for cartel business in Arizona. When's the last time you've ever heard of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office going after cartel operations here in Sand Land?

Nah, Arpaio, true to his nickname "Nickel Bag Joe" would rather round up undocumented car washers, maids and workers at the Sizzler (literally). Arpaio doesn't mess with organized crime, and organized crime doesn't mess with him.

So the MCSO stays focused on the small fry, and everyone's happy. That is, everyone who is corrupt.

This $1 million joke is only the latest in a long line of bogus death threats that our geriatric gendarme has milked for publicity.

Arpaio told the AP that the last big price on his head was for $5 million.

I don't recall a $5 million fake threat, but I remember a $3 million bogus one. Back in 2007, it was revealed that the MCSO brain trust had spent $500K to investigate a supposed threat to bump off Joe for $3 million.

Guess who the MCSO thought was conspiring against our cracked constable? Get this, pro-immigrant leader Elias Bermudez, the minutemen, and Los Zetas. (Not to be confused with Z'Tejas...)

The whole fantasy was concocted by a paid confidential informant who flunked key portions of his polygraph and then disappeared.

Joe still believes this bull, or pretends to do so. He even put it in his book Joe's Law, which was packed with more prevarications than Satan's noggin'. 

Then, if we hop in the way-back machine to 1999, there was the frame-up of James Saville, whom the MCSO arrested in a "sting" operation staged for local cameras.

The MCSO alleged Saville was going to plant a bomb under Joe's car. Totally false. Saville was eventually acquitted. He sued the county, and settled in 2008 for over $1 million.

As I've mentioned in previous blogs, I once asked the MCSO for all the docs they had on threats to the sheriff. They coughed up a bunch of nothing: Some Internet threat from Canada; county jail inmates who'd somehow gotten hold of Arpaio's home phone number; and so on. None of it panned out to anything serious.

In fact, I daresay that this latest "threat" is as legitimate as the one received by New Times staff writer Niki D'Andrea today. The difference is, Niki sussed hers out as a crock, and wrote a blog about it.

What did Arpaio and his staff do? Wail to the press that Arpaio's in danger.

So who has more intestinal fortitude, Mr. Tough Guy Arpaio, or Niki D'Andrea? I'll let you make that call. 

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A Paul Vazquez
A Paul Vazquez

Somebody needs to learn how to spell Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and keep off his back about the SB1070.

I am Hispanic and came from overseas. i was made to learn the English Language when i was in 2nd grade. " I was told by my School Alta Loma E. that if i did not Speak English at the end of my last Semester of 2nd grade i would be held back till i did." I was never more motivated to want to fit in. Why can’t my fellow Hispanic’s feel the same way i did. Get a Sense of Pride to live here. Don’t take it all for Granted. If an American came to my Country that i came from they would be expected to learn their ways and speak our Language, Just like the Legal Americans already here before us. My Father was in the Military and my Grandfather was from Mexico back from before Arizona was a state in 1912. My Grandfather was one of those many ungrateful Hispanics who thought he did not have to learn English because the other Mexicans around him would Cater to him and help him get along. So before he died he live in AZ and never spoke one Word in English, not even my name. I was saddened by this all my life. he would not even try. HIs ignorance made it possible for both of to never speak again because i learned English and he refused to learn it. I shunned the Language of Spanish because of my Grandfathers Ignorance to living in America and being free. I later in life Joined the Military and went to war and fought for my right to live here, unlike grandpa who could not even take the time to learn the English language and speak to his Only Sons\ Son. Grandpa is now Dead and can’t be spoken to anymore. there was so much lost because he lived in America never learning the English language. 81 years went by never knowing what Americans said about him behind his back. That could be why he worked in a Catholic Church as a Janitor all his life because he did not have to speak to anyone that did not speak Spanish to him and that was the way he ran his life. Immaculate heart of Mary Church Condoned his Employment for all those years. letting him keep his job undocumented did not help the American cause. I am a Proud American even thought i am a mixed breed i feel that my race is not Relevant when it comes to my Countries Loyalty.I FORSAKED THE SPANISH LANGUAGE TO BECOME A PROUD AMERICAN AND SHARE IN THE RIGHTTO LIVE HERE WITH MY FELLOW AMERICANS AND MILITARY. I SUPPORT SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO AND SB1070. ARMYDOC 2012

A Paul Vazquez
A Paul Vazquez

 Somebody needs to learn how to spell Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and keep off his back about the SB1070.

I am Hispanic and came from overseas. i was made to learn the English Language when i was in 2nd grade. " I was told by my School Alta Loma E. that if i did not Speak English at the end of my last Semester of 2nd grade i would be held back till i did." I was never more motivated to want to fit in. Why can’t my fellow Hispanic’s feel the same way i did. Get a Sense of Pride to live here. Don’t take it all for Granted. If an American came to my Country that i came from they would be expected to learn their ways and speak our Language, Just like the Legal Americans already here before us. My Father was in the Military and my Grandfather was from Mexico back from before Arizona was a state in 1912. My Grandfather was one of those many ungrateful Hispanics who thought he did not have to learn English because the other Mexicans around him would Cater to him and help him get along. So before he died he live in AZ and never spoke one Word in English, not even my name. I was saddened by this all my life. he would not even try. HIs ignorance made it possible for both of to never speak again because i learned English and he refused to learn it. I shunned the Language of Spanish because of my Grandfathers Ignorance to living in America and being free. I later in life Joined the Military and went to war and fought for my right to live here, unlike grandpa who could not even take the time to learn the English language and speak to his Only Sons\ Son. Grandpa is now Dead and can’t be spoken to anymore. there was so much lost because he lived in America never learning the English language. 81 years went by never knowing what Americans said about him behind his back. That could be why he worked in a Catholic Church as a Janitor all his life because he did not have to speak to anyone that did not speak Spanish to him and that was the way he ran his life. Immaculate heart of Mary Church Condoned his Employment for all those years. letting him keep his job undocumented did not help the American cause. I am a Proud American even thought i am a mixed breed i feel that my race is not Relevant when it comes to my Countries Loyalty. ARMYDOC 2012

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