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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.

For Arizona Voters

The lamestream media told you:

Nothing reliable.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:


Korwin's Analysis:

2016 Arizona Ballot Propositions

 

...and VOTING EARLY -- BAD BAD BAD.

 

Most folks know by now I don't endorse or oppose candidates -- no way to predict their behavior once elected, experience shows their promises are empty, unenforceable, virtually worthless. You decide who gets your vote.

Ballot props on the other hand can be evaluated, and since I vote, I can share results of my own evaluations. Arizona has two this year. First: Do NOT vote early, so your vote absolutely counts, as planned.

You should rise up as a nation as one, on one day, and choose our next elected leaders. It makes us a political unit, cohesive -- from many, one: E pluribus unum. This is important, it's the plan, it's a good plan.

Dissolving the election out over a month or more is practically a plot, wiping out the original inspired plan. Between the BOGUS EARLY DATE and the REAL CONSTITUTIONAL ELECTION DATE:

candidates die

or worse,

they are arrested,

they withdraw,

you learn they are lowdown bottom feeding maggots,

worse than you dreamed,

Wikileaks spills dirt,

the media spins,

phony "polls" mislead,

advertising lies,

money promotes,

and worse.

Your vote gets wasted

bent, misled, and worst:

cast at the wrong time.

Recently hundreds of thousands of people early voted for Canadian-Cuban-American Ted Cruz who was on ballots but no longer running. Wasted votes. Cuban-American Marco Rubio too. They wasted their votes. You know who you are. But it gets worse.

The frenzied breathless live tallies election night only count real votes. Early votes -- huh, maybe sometimes somewhere, it was unclear at press time -- sit in envelope boxes to get opened and counted later -- only if the election is close enough statistically to matter. Is that what you want? What's election day for?

Yeah, I know the arguments. Early voting is so convenient! Voting is not about convenience, it's about running America.

I don't want to miss voting! You don't miss an airplane, don't miss the vote. I have to tell you this?

I may be out of town and need an absentee ballot! Did I say anything about legit absentees? Sheesh.

But again, the main thing is the spirit of the thing. Rise up with your neighbors and select your leaders on the same day. Don't spread it out over an arduous month so the election is an afterthought ("47% have voted already in Floridistan! It's over with only two weeks to go... said the announcer for Rock 99 FM"). I heard CNN say practically that. If the choice is made before election day -- that virtually is a plot. I thought the commies were dead. (Hint: they are very much alive and active.) Sure, I wish we had better choices than we do. I always do. And I admit to having no solution to that conundrum.

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"Guns Save Lives" Speech Ban Is Officially Dead

And We Add Half Million Extra Viewers Per Day!

 1. At 12 midnight going into Saturday July 28th, the deadline for any appeal by the City of Phoenix passed and our victory in the censorship case became final.

2. Squeaking in just under the wire, the City of Phoenix filed a petition for review just before midnight on Friday, July 27th, prolonging the final outcome on whether or not we are free to say "Gun Save Lives" on Phoenix bus stops the way we want to in our paid advertising, to advance gun safety and marksmanship training. 

 

well... It's the first one. It's done. We won.

Right. I had to sweat out that deadline all this time.

Now maybe you have a little taste of what that was like.

You probably didn't even know. 

      

http://www.trainmeaz.com

In honor of this final disposition, and for the 4th of July, and to coordinate with a big national news break I can't tell you about yet (!) -- we're adding 500,000 viewers a day to the Guns Save Lives campaign in Phoenix. Ten new locations around the city will sport both blue and red TrainMeAZ signs, 6-feet high, at street level, all illuminated until midnight, throughout July. That brings us to one million impressions every day.

If you're a firearms trainer in Arizona, sign up for a free listing, thanks to the firearm-industry sponsors who make this public awareness campaign possible.

The public is always welcome to use the TrainMeAZ resources for trainers, ranges, retailers, get the Where-To-Shoot GUN MAP or the statewide Arizona Firearms Industry Directory http://www.gunlaws.com/afid.htm

 

Get smart --
AVAILABLE FROM TrainMeAZ:

(Click images for more info)

   
http://www.gunlaws.com/GunMap.htm • http://www.gunlaws.com/afid.htm

    

 

Our Newest Sponsor:

http://www.trainmeaz.com

 

Bus stop signs go back up Monday!

After 3-1/2 years of censorship, the Arizona Court of Appeals cleared the way for us to put up the Guns Save Lives bus-stop ads again!

1. Send a quick note of thanks to The Goldwater Institute's Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation, because without them, we could have never fought city hall. They're the reason freedom won. Show gratitude --
http://goldwaterinstitute.org/contact-goldwater

2. The signs are scheduled to go back up Monday, June 9, if scheduling goes as planned. If you're in this area, cruise by and check, even snap a picture. Send it over to me... and out to the world. It's a thrill to actually eyeball it, especially lit up at night (they're all illuminated 'til midnight). Here are the initial locations (for six months!) and we'll be adding more:

Phoenix Metro

McDowell and 7th St., SW corner
Facing southbound traffic, in front of McDonald's

Cactus Rd. at 42nd St., facing eastbound drivers
Approaching the Paradise Valley Mall

Tatum Blvd. south of Thunderbird heading south
Toward Camelback Mountain

Indian School Rd. at 3rd St. facing Eastbound traffic
Next to Wendy's, in the heart of downtown

Deer Valley Rd. facing westbound vehicles at 7th Ave.
NW cor. of the Deer Valley Airport entrance

Total eyes daily: 511,000

 


Would not be possible without our sponsors:

Arizona Moves Good Gun Laws Ahead

Good news!  The bills listed below have been scheduled for Senate Committee of the Whole (COW) hearings on Monday, April 14.  AzCDL (approaching 11,000 members) thanks everyone who has already contacted their Senator!

If you have not yet sent your emails to your Senator on these bills, please do not hesitate any longer.   To access your letter, simply go to the AzCDL Legislative Action center, and take care of business.  The following are the bills that are scheduled to be heard on Monday, April 14.


HB 2339, the AzCDL-requested bill that would allow CCW permit holders to carry in public buildings (unless everyone entering is screened for weapons).

HB 2483, which would strengthen the protection of the lawful use of firearms, air guns and archery equipment on private property.
 
HB 2517, which would add penalties for cities and counties violating state firearms preemption law. (This is the comitatuslanguage I've been railing for, punishment for government failure to obey the laws.)

HB 2535, which would require local law enforcement to sign required NFA transfers within 60 days after receiving a request for certification.

You get to the Legislative Action Center, and once there, the bills are listed on the right side of the page under the “Take Action” banner.  Simply click on each bill and follow instructions.  Be sure to check the “Remember Me” box when verifying your contact information.  If you encounter any difficulties, please contact Fred treasurer@azcdl.org

We expect the following bills to be heard later in the week.  If you have already sent your letters - Thank You!  If not, there is still time to contact your legislators.  Go directly to the AzCDL Legislative Action Center to send the message we have prepared for you.

HB 2103, the AzCDL-requested bill lowering the age limit for CCW permit eligibility to 19 for those with military service, has cleared the Consent calendar and the Majority and Minority caucuses, allowing it to bypass a COW hearing.  It will soon be scheduled for a Senate Third Read vote.
 
HB 2338, the AzCDL-requested bill that adds to the definition of Aggravated Assault the illegal taking, or attempted taking, of a legally possessed (i.e., your) firearm, passed out of the Senate Rules Committee on April 9, and will soon be scheduled for a Senate COW hearing.

SB 1063, the AzCDL-requested bill that would make “no firearms” signs on public buildings unenforceable unless the statutory weapons storage requirements are followed, needs to pass out of the House Rules Committee before it can proceed to a House COW hearing.

SB 1366, which clarifies the definition of a firearm, also need to pass out of the House Rules Committee before it can proceed to a House COW hearing.

As bills progress AzCDL keeps you informed via direct alerts.  Watch for the "Action Alerts" on bills needing your help using the Legislative Action Center.

Don’t forget!  Every AzCDL member who sends the emails generated from the Legislative Action Center will be entered into the raffles for Brownells gift certificates.

These alerts are a project of the Arizona Citizens Defense League, an all-volunteer, non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization.

AzCDL – Protecting Your Freedom .

Copyright © 2014 Arizona Citizens Defense League, Inc., all rights reserved.

How Is Gabrielle Giffords Doing?

The lamestream media told you:

Nothing, except everything is fine. Not even the National Enquirer has obtained and released photos, in one of the most thorough blackouts of information in "news" media history.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

According to a knowledgeable private source in Tucson, where Congresswoman Giffords was assaulted and shot, "she is speaking in one-word and one-phrase expressions, and using a lot of hand gestures. She can take a few steps, and is weak on the right side. She is also expressing great frustration with not being able to say more, and recognizes Nelson. She called him by name." She still holds her democrat seat in Congress, but hasn't voted since the day before the crime. Rumors abound that her handlers will run her for office next time around, regardless of her ability to do the job, and she has gathered large sums for a campaign. We all hope she recovers from her wounds.

Gun Safety Billboards

The lamestream media told you:

Nothing.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

The TrainMeAZ.com program continues to plaster Arizona with gun safety messages. We'll be pausing the billboards soon as we develop other programs, and conserve our funds for a big splash planned to, well, I'm not at liberty to say just now...

This message faces travelers heading north out of
Sky harbor International Airport on 24th Street.



This message faces travelers heading east into Scottsdale
on Indian School Road.



This message faces legislators and other who drive to the state capital
south from Interstate 10, on 19th Avenue. It was of only two boards
available anywhere near the capital, and we have it until the end of
the legislative session.


Brady Zero Tolerance

The lamestream media told you:

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence released its annual report card, scoring the states on their efforts at gun control. We in the media faithfully report the results, rooting for high scores for all states, to ensure a planet full of control and free from crime. People who understand such things look down and frown upon states that get low Brady scores, where any cretin with one eyebrow and an NRA card can buy an arsenal of deadly assault revolvers and many many bullets.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Arizona, which leads the nation in a handful of social issues, is now seeking a first-ever negative score from the group formerly known as the Brady Campaign to Ban Handguns. Currently, the Grand Canyon state is ranked at 2 out of a possible 100 on the Brady annual report card.

The Arizona Citizens Defense League has been working on achieving a perfect zero score, understanding that a lower score reflects more personal freedom and better preservation of the right to keep and bear arms. “The Bradys don't realize it, but their scale is an inverse measure -- people in high-score states are seriously infringed, so the scale is valuable as an upside-down measurement of freedom, not what the Bradys intend,” said Charles Heller, an officer of the civil-rights group. http://www.azcdl.org

Apparently, all two points are awarded due to the ban on campus carry, which prevents anyone on a college campus from legally exercising the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights. Even tenured professors with FBI clearance and plastic-coated government permission slips suffer under the ban. An effort to overturn that ban is being fought on principled grounds, according to AzCDL. The improvement in the Brady score is just a bonus. “We want zero!” was a chant at the group's annual open-carry banquet, which attracted 400 armed diners. Service was slow, but all the waiters made it out alive, contrary to critics' fears.

“We believe we can earn and deserve a negative score by proactively promoting a culture of marksmanship,” said Alan Korwin, a civil-rights activist in the state, and publisher at Bloomfield Press, the largest publisher and distributor of gun law books in the nation. “We have Constitutional Carry, which completely erases government interference with the right to arms, for any law-abiding adult present in the state. That ought to be worth less than nothing to the Bradys,” he said. “Plus, we have a high school marksmanship law on the books, maybe if we push enough students through the program we can motivate the Bradys to reduce our score below zero.”

The state is also running a first-of-its-kind statewide gun-training program, TrainMeAZ.com, funded by the firearms industry in the state, in an effort to teach every Arizonan to, “Learn to shoot straight.” Activists in Arizona believe this should surely be worth detracting points to obtain the coveted negative score. “The question now is how low can we go,” asks Eric Cartridge, a guitarist in the political parody band The Cartridge Family. “Would machine-gun-day-at-the-range for state legislators help us improve our score?" http://www.gunlaws.com/CFB-BandInfo.htm

Phoenix Censors “Gun Safety for Kids”

50 Ads Removed Without Notice

Firearms industry message torn down


Click "Billboards" here to see the message Phoenix banned:
http://www.trainmeaz.com


The city of Phoenix, in an apparently arbitrary move and without formal legal process, has forced CBS Outdoors to tear down 50 illuminated bus-shelter billboards under contract to promote gun safety training for children and their parents.

The posters were placed by TrainMeAZ.com, a commercial joint-educational effort of the firearms industry in Arizona, and had been up all over the Phoenix metro area for a little over one week before the city acted.

“The Phoenix attorney's office claimed these were public service announcements, and those are banned,” said Alan Korwin, manager of the TrainMeAZ campaign and the Publisher at Bloomfield Press, a sponsor of the program. “It's a bogus excuse -- and they know full well we're an LLC and not a non-profit. The commercial sponsors, shooting ranges and trainers on the website expect to attract customers. The ads are aimed at parents, so they can teach gun safety and the values of marksmanship to their kids,” he said. “We're promoting a culture of marksmanship, where everyone learns to shoot and understands gun safety.”

Assistant Phoenix city attorney Ted Mariscal claimed in a conference call with Mr. Korwin and CBS Outdoor that the billboards weren't commercial enough, the message was too vague, and then demanded the message be changed to his satisfaction. When pressed for a definition of what is either sufficiently commercial or what defines a public service ad he declined to respond, referring instead to a 12-year-old 9th Circuit court case concerning a religious group (Children of the Rosary) and abortion ads. CBS is designing new art to please the city, but without guidelines of what's acceptable, there's no way to predict the result, and the TrainMeAZ campaign isn't exactly keen on this approach.

Mariscal offered to provide the case he says matters, and the lease agreement he says allows the city to remove the ads. The case is now under review. No lease agreement has been provided, and the city apparently has no definitions in place, apparently leaving Mr. Mariscal to act on his own unfettered accord. Nothing in the city's advertising guidelines, provided by Mr. Mariscal, appear to justify the censored ads.

In the meanwhile, TrainMeAZ is losing more than 800,000 impressions per day it had been receiving through this Phase One of the campaign. A bulletin billboard with a similar message and goal remains up on Interstate 17, through another company. It gets about 135,000 eyes driving by daily (facing southbound traffic near Peoria exit). Several outdoor advertisers have contacted TrainMeAZ in an effort to pick up the lost business for themselves. CBS has offered a slate of city billboards to replace the messages the city has banned.

“Mariscal has offered to approve some other advertisements to replace the ones we designed at great expense and want,” Korwin said. “We'll be reasonable and look, but we don't exactly want the city of Phoenix writing our advertisements for us. If anything is absolutely an affront to free speech and the First Amendment, there it is on a platter. Who do these people think they are?”

Government should stay out of the way of businesses trying to make it in these tough economic times, or in any times. Instead, government has become one of the biggest obstacles we face, Korwin noted. It's bad enough Phoenix has attacked our free speech, but now they're messing with our Second Amendment rights, and right before an election too. People who support this ought to be removed from office and punished for such malfeasance.

Legislators aware of the problem have expressed outrage at the censorship effort by the city, and are preparing a plan of action. More news will follow soon.

The program is an outgrowth of the Constitutional Carry law, effective in July this year, that frees all law abiding adults in Arizona to discreetly carry firearms. With the audience expanding from 2% of the public willing to apply and pay for a government permission slip to carry, to 50% of the public that possesses firearms, private industry figured this 25-fold increase in potential market was worth attracting.

SB1070 Training Revealed

The lamestream media told you:

Crazy racist madmen in Arizona are pushing a racial profiling campaign that forces Gestapo-like police to stop anyone brown on the street and demand ID papers. This is a hopelessly Nazi perversion of the American system, and if you have a shred of decency you will boycott these hateful lunatics. Show them that Hispanics promoting La Raza and Aztlan, who sneak into America through great hardship, are decent migrants seeking a better way of life, who deserve support, kindness, welfare, amnesty and free medical care.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

I got to watch the entire police training video for enforcing SB1070, Arizona’s anti-illegal-immigration law.

Pretty much everything you’ve heard in the “news” about this law and its enforcement is completely wrong. A court temporarily put a hold on a few aspects of the law, but the law is in effect and unlike the media, that doesn’t prevent me from examining what the law actually does.

First -- Reasonable suspicion is not an arbitrary meaningless phrase that can be used to justify anything, as reporters have repeatedly repeated. From Black’s Law Dictionary, the gold standard for such things:

Reasonable suspicion. Such suspicion which will justify police officer, for Fourth Amendment purposes, in stopping defendant in public place, is the quantum of knowledge sufficient to induce an ordinarily prudent and cautious man under the circumstances to believe criminal activity is at hand. It must be based on specific and articulable facts, which, taken together with rational inferences from those facts, reasonably warrant intrusion.”

Despite “news” reports, reasonable suspicion must be based on facts, they must be specific, they must be articulable (you have to be able to say what they are, they can’t be vague feelings or hunches), and they must be sufficient to make a prudent and cautious person infer something criminal is happening. Failure to meet those conditions would be grounds to deny the legality of the officer’s actions, and bring on a world of hurt for the offending officer and the person’s entire department.

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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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