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America's Toughest Sheriff Rides Off

The lamestream media told you:

Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who calls himself "America's Toughest Sheriff" is a corrupt bully hated by nearly everyone. His prejudice and bigotry knows no bounds and if it wasn't for the power he wields and the people he controls he would have been in prison long ago. He has terrorized migrants for too long and we're glad to see him go.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that: If Sheriff Joe, as everyone in Arizona affectionately knows him, wasn't so well liked, he would not have won six consecutive terms for 24 years by usually huge margins against everything the left-wing democrats could throw against him. His fan base nationwide, well, he wouldn't have one, but he has been called on repeatedly for newscasts, public appearances, and his net positive effect on the state and national scene has been tremendously positive. He brought the illegal immigrant invasion (now called "guests" by progressives) to national prominence.

-- He limited jail TV to the weather channel and an education channel -- taxpayers shouldn't pay for cable and prisoners don't earn HBO for committing crimes.

-- Tent City housed low-risk prisoners cheap when jail space ran out, instead of releasing them like elsewhere. When bleeding hearts complained that desert heat was inhumane, he told them if it's good enough for our soldiers, it's good enough for prisoners. He hung a "Vacancy" sign.

-- Tent City housed low-risk prisoners cheap when jail space ran out, instead of releasing them like elsewhere. When bleeding hearts complained that desert heat was inhumane, he told them if it's good enough for our soldiers, it's good enough for prisoners. He hung a "Vacancy" sign.



-- Joe's get tough stand on people sneaking into our country without permission continues to be a national focal point. He single-handedly raised awareness about its effects.

-- His volunteer citizen posse has saved a fortune, instilled pride in the community, keeps malls safe at Christmas time, is its own Peace Corps in our county.

-- Animal abuse got the attention it deserves, inmates got therapeutic interactions in the kill-free shelter the Sheriff's office ran and animal crimes were back on the radar.

-- Inmates don't need coffee, that ended, and a vegetarian diet eventually saved money, eliminating the famous green baloney sandwiches that were their own cost-saving headline.

-- We get a thrill when we see Joe's chain gang working in our neighborhoods, keeping them nice. This one was right down the street from me, so I paused to snap an image. The prisoners love the fresh air and exercise, compete for good behavior to get the assignment. It's called "rehabilitation." Passersby wave and honk in appreciation. Positive feedback.



In the interests of full disclosure, Joe endorsed my book, Gun Laws of America, Every Federal Gun Law on the Books, with Plain English Summaries, http://www.gunlaws.com/gloa.htm when it was released, because he recognized a good thing when he saw it. You can too, only $19.95.

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-- Instituting county-wide sex offender notifications was a double-edged sword, because neighborhoods now became aware when these predators moved in, but it also made it hard for them to settle. Tough problem.

I'll stop here, and while he did attract a lot of lawsuits, and that cost the county a good chunk of change, he brought his department consistently in under budget. He had enough hot button issues from Paris Hilton in his jail to, oh, catch my political-parody band sometime, The Cartridge Family, http://www.gunlaws.com/CFB-BandInfo.htm, we played his roast.

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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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