Is Joe Arpaio's "Birther" Investigation His Worst Publicity Stunt of All-Time?

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Some person.
As you may have heard, it's 2012, and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio actually thinks the President of the United States got into the White House using a forged birth certificate.

It's the latest entry in a long line of publicity stunts for Arpaio, and this one just so happened to take place while the sheriff's taking heat for the several hundred sex crimes his office bungled, and the Justice Department's claim that he's running a shop with the worst-racial profiling practices in U.S. history.

This wasn't even the only publicity stunt this week for Arpaio, who called a press conference earlier in the week to announce he put up a new sign at Tent City.

Still, for a guy who's thrown an Elvis-themed panty party at a jail, yesterday could've been the absolute worst publicity stunt he's pulled since he's been in office.

Arpaio's repertoire for publicity stunts includes having Steven Seagal and Shaquille O'Neal play cops, challenging reporters to a hotdog-eating contest, threatening to run for any major political office that opens, bringing out the female chain-gang to the Major League Baseball All-Star game, hosting an inmate coloring contest, and much, much more.

But is his "investigation" into President Obama's birth certificate -- and actually announcing that it's a fraud and forgery that calls for further "criminal investigation" -- the absolute worst Arpaio publicity stunt of all-time?

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Michael Yevtuck
Michael Yevtuck

( Chuck Zito ) should just admit he is really a cunt want a be actor and not a fighter . chuck the cunt zito should just just own up and say he is full of shit and just a coward and a punk like all the USA hells angels . ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Anon
Anon

When are the voters going to figure out they have been played for fools?

Anon
Anon

the defacto governor of Arizona rises once again with the help of his enablers -- those whose campaigns arpaio contributed to as "sheriff for 2012" back in 2008. What an effing scam being played on the ignorant masses of Arizona who vote and turn their heads away from "reality" in Arizona.

Anon
Anon

the defacto governor of Arizona rises once again with the help of his enablers -- those whose campaigns arpaio contributed to as "sheriff for 2012" back in 2008. What as effing scam being played on the ignorant masses of Arizona who vote.

Anon
Anon

delete above comment with typos. Disquis needs a delete button.

Davdefea
Davdefea

Not much for sheriff Joe. The guy is a total dueche as far as I can tell. I love the facts tho and this president is not from here, period. Why is everyuone running from the truth?????

John Meyer
John Meyer

Well, I think his Craigslist MSR (Man Seeking Rover) story was  a bit of a dog.

Neinbach
Neinbach

Right on Joe... Keep up the good work!

Anon
Anon

A-hole....

Lumbarty
Lumbarty

There is a difference between worst and dumbest. This isn't his worst. Other publicity stuts have had much worse impacts on people. But it certainly is the dumbest thing I have ever heard.

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

If a 8mm film surfaced of Obama being born out of his mothers womb the birther's would swear it was a hoax! So no amount of proof, documentation will satisfy the looney tunes who seem to think the Moon Colony, serial adulterer is a saint and fiscal genius even when stories surface how free thinking he is, wanted a swinger open marriage with one wife while the one he is married to now does not care what he does in our out of their bedroom, then the Mormon and his magic underwear, who when he dies will inherit his own private planet, venture vulture capitalist who cost more jobs than he ever created, the Popes new cardinal who will take us back to you ladies using asprins between your legs for contraceptives, who swears them arabs are plotting on us down in south america and we ought to invade and fight wars with everyone even when we cannot afford the wars we got going on now, and last but not least the anarchist who thinks we don't need government, just do away with it, put us back on pre-1900 gold standard, only problem is where will he get enough gold for this miracle, and chaos is not what one might call the thing folks in general yearn for! No the looney tunes who love Arpaio all deserve one another my best guess is they will all have one heck of crying, whining thing for all eternity in that lake of fire!

Coz
Coz

I see kindergarten let out, or was it the Sun City recreation hall that closed and all the senile Bozo Joe supports are on they're computers now.

Anon
Anon

Coz, You're spot-on!

Needham Kenneth
Needham Kenneth

not a supporter of joe, but you seem to be very troubled, why would you sleep around on your wife?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 Some folks find it funny to post comments here using others names. Coz certainly didn't make all the comments in this thread under his name. You need to take much of what is posted here with a grain of salt... or less as appropriate.

Harry
Harry

Why won't this lousy BIRTHER issue just DIE? IT WON'T GO AWAY BECAUSE IT's TRUE- BIRTHERS are smeared as kooks & RACISTS- but in fact 17 top Forensic Documenrt specialist (used in court to verify documents) have all declared the (ADOBE PDF) birth certificate Obama released on April 27th to be a blatant FORGERY- GOOGLE "MARA ZEBEST" (who has written dozens of ADOBE software books) Hear her stake her reputation that the birth cerificate is an absolute FORGERY that was created on a computer- Obama is a FRAUD who has deceived America-

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Car_del99
Car_del99

  I see it this way.. by doindig this .when he gets incted by the feds he will say it is  a vendetta against him,  and the idiots will believe him

Anon
Anon

"indicted" -- are you Arizona educated?

Kpehjer94
Kpehjer94

JOE ARPAIO..........GO TO JAIL....GO DIRECTLY TO JAIL.........DO NOT PASS GO........DO NOT COLLECT 200 DOLLARS..........

spike88
spike88

besides just making fun of the Sheriff where is the proof he is wrong.  Typical- left wing makes fun and calls name- big cloud of smoke to distract with no fact.  Your all idiots.  

Anon
Anon

spike88, You are describing yourself. Meanwhile the taxpayers are footing the bill for what a aging county sheriff has put the county and state through. An inhumane monster, who sadly exemplifies Arizona and its "rulers".....

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

Where is the proof that he is RIGHT? All of the stupid points they made in their Power Point presentation have been refuted time and time again. Between work and school, as well as freelancing, I have worked with Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat Pro and In Design for about 12 years now, and I have seen all of that happen before.

Hell, they even swapped boats, now it's not that there are LAYERS in the BC, but now it's that there aren't 'enough' layers. The abberations in the type can be from multiple things. The form itself was printed, that is pretty consistent across the board, the DATA was filled in with a typewriter. An old typewriter. Typewriters before the IBM Selectric was introduced(About 2 months before Obama was born, most ikely NOT YET in service at every hospital in the US) used separate keys on arms that would fly up at the page. Some struck hard and left dark, slightly blurred letters, some struck light and left incomplete letters, some letters were crooked, some had bad spacing, etc. Of course the scan isn't going to pick these up correctly. Rubber stamp seals? Those get used over and over, day after day, letter wear out and fall up, inkpads dry out. Ink clumps get stuck to them. Also, the person doesn't always strike the surface squarely, so they are crooked, or are darker on one side than the other, etc...

And the whole "conspiracy" with the Selective Service thing? Their results didn't "prove" anything. They cut up that stupid stamp, flipped the numbers upside down, and then produced a result that din't look ANYTHING like the original document from 1980, the font wasn't the same, and the original stamp wasn't "squished" like they claim, either.

So show me what Joe "proved"? He didn't prove that the layers were anything that couldn't be produced, as the REST of the "experts" insist. His 'bombshell' about the Selective Service thing revealed nothing, since their attempt to reproduce didn't actually do anything.

He 'proved" nothing, and he made such stupid claims that he is asking to be made fun of.

spike88 1 hour ago in reply to Mikey1969

"Derp, derp, blah, blah, stamps, blah, experts, blah, video, derp, derp, derp..."

OK, listen up Dingus McGee... Sorry, Mr Arpaio, forgot that you were undercover.

The whole "recreation" of the post office stamp was total bullshit, the modified stamp DID NOT in any way look like the one on the SS card, no matter what the reasoning was for it needing investigation, IT DIDN'T MATCH, so what whole fucking festering pile of smoke and mirrors was nothing but a waste of time and resources, except for the mentally challenged. They seem to think it was pure conspiracy gold.

As many people have pointed out, Al Capone's vault is STILL empty.

And no, I don't 'love Obama', he's on OK President, orders of magnitude better than the previous jackass, but my dog leaves piles in the yard that qualify as being smarter than Bush. He hasn't ruined the country any more than BushCo did before hadnign over the reins, but he needs to get a pair and show the Party of No what's really going on, that's for sure.

Spike88
Spike88

 post your video showing your proof Mikey- you can't.  You are not an expert and you can't explain the stamps and how they move.  The problem is you can't refute any of it- because your love for Obama and hatred for the Sheriff fogs your reality. 

Anon
Anon

This is not about President Obama, but about deflecting attention away from the corrupt state of Arizona with its hand for Federal $$'s = welfare.

Cole Witt
Cole Witt

 Its kinda sad that people have nothing better to do with their short lives than to bitch about some old senile man.

Coz
Coz

Never the answer, but by all means, tell that to all those murdered in the Maricopa County jails by Arpaio and his Goons.

Coz
Coz

Next media stunt for Bozo Joe is he'll call a press conference to tell everyone he see's dead people.

Problem is for Bozo Joe, the dead people he see's will be all those killed in the County Jail by his Goons he can't recall.

narizona
narizona

Next media stunt will be with segal, they are going to run a probe into bobozo

Coz
Coz

Next publicity stunt I believe for
Bozo Joe is he'll call a press conference to tell everyone he see's dead
people.

Problem is for Bozo Joe, the dead people he's seeing will be all
those that have been killed by his Goons in the County jail as it should be.

Coz
Coz

Next publicity stunt I believe for Bozo Joe is he'll call a press conference to tell everyone he see's dead people.

Problem is for Bozo Joe, the dead people he's seeing will be all those that have been killed by his Goons in the County jail.

 

Coz
Coz

I believe the next publicity stunt Bozo Joe will pull off is he'll call a press conference to tell everyone he see's dead people.

Problem is for Bozo Joe, the dead people he's seeing will be all those that have been killed by his Goons in the County jail.

Coz
Coz

Next publicity stunt for Bozo Joe is he'll call a press conference to tell everyone he see's dead people.

Problem is for Bozo Joe, the dead people he's seeing will be all those that have been killed by his Goons in the County jail.

Barbara Espinosa
Barbara Espinosa

It's a mute point. Obama could call a world press conference and say; Everyone is correct I was born in Kenya I am not a natural Citizen l born citizen of America and I think the Constitution is a over rated out of date document. What are you going to do about it? Congress would do nothing they don't have the balls to remove him from office. i.e. The many czar's, Executive Orders circumventing congress.

Anon
Anon

BE, deal with the problems in your backyard -- the corrupt state of ARizona after 4 decades of failed GOP policies --- "Sunbelt Justice..." by Mona Lynch. Background for a "prison" state.

Ross
Ross

I can't stomach reading all his nonsense.  Last I heard, the key to this case involved Hawaiian twins born the same week.  Did he say anything about that red herring?

Coz
Coz

Next publicity stunt for Bozo Joe is he'll call a press conference to tell everyone he see's dead people.

Problem is for Bozo Joe, the dead people he's seeing will be all those that have been killed by his Goons in the County jail.

Coz
Coz

Time for Bozo Joe to be checked into an old folks assisted care facility in Sun City somewhere since they love him so much. Then he can rant and rave and tell lies to those that will actually believe all the bullshit that comes out of his mouth.

shadeaux16
shadeaux16

It was boring and lame and meant nothing at all. I think he has  Alzheimers or mental illness of some sort.

narizona
narizona

I think its more like but crack disease!

maybe368
maybe368

I was involved in law enforcement before I retired, and one thing that I know for sure from legitimate law enforcement agencies, is that they DO NOT comment on on-going investigations. One main reason is to make sure that all their facts are correct and that they are not embarrassed by stuff like this. The Feds won't even confirm that an investigation exists or not. Problem is that his tea bagger base doesn't let the facts get in the way of an attack on President Obama. 

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 Imagine the embarrassment of having to wear an MCSO uniform in public when the shurf gets up and delivers his mush spewing diatribe of manure, not revealing one shred of new evidence, and then says that somebody needs to investigate further.

This clearly demonstrates that (1) The cold case posse is incapable of conducting a thorough investigation. (2) MCSO has absolutely NO jurisdiction, and (3) There is NO probable cause to prove a criminal act has been committed.

Otherwise the posse could have prepared a draft arrest warrant affidavit for the person(s) responsible for the commission of said crime.

AND, the cold case posse members all know this is just mush being scattered in the political winds of Arizona.

By a mentally ill old man.

CarlOrcas
CarlOrcas

Tommy Collins: "....the posse could have prepared a draft arrest warrant affidavit for the person(s) responsible for the commission of said crime"

The posse has no police powers....none, zip, nada. They couldn't write a ticket for overtime parking.

Anon
Anon

carlo, thanks for sharing. as a newcomer we are amazed at the decades of dysfunction the younger "rulers' are enabling.....

Anon
Anon

.. we hear about he Mexican mafia but what happened to the Italian mafia that settled in Arizona decades ago --- alcohol, beer, etc.?

CarlOrcas
CarlOrcas

The Sun City posses....both of them....have always done their own thing.

And, yes, all the posses are beyond control. They were always a giant pain but Arpaio has truly created a monster.

My guess is there are more Marcicopa County posse badges floating around than there are cops in Arizona.....probably by a factor of two or three.

Some of the sheriffs....Cal Boise handed them out like candy. He was sheriff from the late 40's into the 60's sometime, as I reall.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 Nope, Carl. The posse, for the most part, seems fragmented and beyond control. While most of the folks are in the posse for the good of the people, some are not. Zullo may be one of those who are there only for themselves, such as the MCSO shurf....

If you want to read something really interesting follow this link:

http://www.sheriffspossesuncit...

Incredible....

CarlOrcas
CarlOrcas

A question: I don't live in Arizona anymore so I'm trying to find information on Mike Zullo and can't find much. He seems to be involved with some auto sales or purchasing operation in Scottsdale. I find nothing about him in New Jersey where he is supposed to have been a police officer.

Have you seen anything about him or any of the other "posse" members?

CarlOrcas
CarlOrcas

Interesting thought. I guess anyone could draft an affidavit and you're right there is no probable cause or jurisdiction....or anything.

Other than that you have to wonder who in their right mind would risk their law license or POST certification tilting at windmills for Arpaio's posse.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 I didn't say the posse has arrest powers. I said they could draft an arrest warrant affidavit, based on probable cause (which doesn't exist, obviously). It could then be presented to the appropriate prosecutor and/or certified investigator for filing. Yes, the posse has no more powers than you or me, Carl. Unfortunately many people don't realize that. They also don't realize the MCSO has absolutely NO jurisdiction or MCSO would have tried to get an arrest warrant for whomever they think might have committed the crime.

Coz
Coz

Whats really sad is all the old Sun City, Surprise Posse members have nothing else to do with their lives than  to chase Bozo Joe fairy tails and actually fall for his bullshit hook, line and sinker.

They all need to be tested for Alzheimer's disease.

Mike In Mesa
Mike In Mesa

 Its funny all these questions have been answered before point by point by this guy. Guess the birthers don't want to face the facts. Another NT article pointed this out.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/5908...

teknik1200
teknik1200

It's nice to hear from sane sounding officers, you guys both give me hope.  I speak as one who has faced much harassment in my younger life.  I looked like a hippy and traveled the country back and forth a few times in my younger years.  I've had my vehicle torn apart on the side of the road more times than ten.  I've been through K9 searches where it was obvious the dog was lead to signal on the officer's queue.  I've been humiliated and strip searched.  My wife, before we were married, was swooped up and hauled off to jail in the parking lot of a chicago concert, it was terrifying. I suddenly could not find her.  They let her go without even saying why they arrested her and held her for six hours. The men attempted to watch her go to the bathroom.

I've never been in trouble with the law, and was actually a responsible kid. You can't blow your cash on drugs when you're trying to travel the country in 4 months so despite their attempts they never found anything and it was all just a waste of time.

I'm a white kid and I was profiled and harassed far too much for no real reason.  Because of this I've grown weary of the police.  It does seem like by the time I was over 30 the harassment stopped, but I can relate to the fear of police retaliation that our local latino population must deal with.

maybe368
maybe368

One other thing that I thought about was how an officer, with alleged "probable cause" is not allowed to present "evidence" that points to an individual, but then say "I am not accusing anyone". It is ridiculous on its face and just not done. Probable cause is the level necessary for an arrest, reasonable suspicion is enough for an investigation, he has neither. Where is the law and order bunch on this? Paleeeeeez!!!!!

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