"The Ballad of Joe Arpaio" Hits the Blogosphere
A buddy just sent us a link to this cool little story in the New York Times.
Seems that a factory worker from Long Island named Saul Linares recently penned a little corrido -- those wonderful Latino folk ditties about love, murder, and about everything between.
The subject? Maricopa Country's duly elected sheriff.
Linares is originally from El Salvador, but word of Arpaio's infamous modus operandi has spread far and wide.
The song is just a few lines long, but it makes its point. One of the stanzas goes like this:
"Arpaio puts the immigrants in jail/Because he says that they are crooks
"But they are only looking for a decent job/And without any apparent sense or reason/
He paraded them in chains down the street."
The Times reporter, Lawrence Downes, himself referred to Joe as "infamous for abusing prisoners, strutting on TV, and arresting Latinos on flimsy pretexts....He is prime corrido material."
Welcome to Maricopa County, USA.