Judge Takes Action On Sheriff Joe’s Lawsuit Against Obama, And The WH Spins It In Absurd Way

Arpaio Court DC

It was the first courtroom battle over President Obama’s executive amnesty plan — a battle waged by a sheriff whose clashes with the federal government over immigration enforcement have often been contentious.

And this battle didn’t turn out as Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio wanted, though his lawyer says the war is far from over.

A federal judge in Washington, D.C. Tuesday night threw out Sheriff Joe’s lawsuit seeking to stop Obama’s unilateral action to remove the threat of deportation from close to 5 million illegal immigrants.

As reported on foxnews.com, U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell, an Obama nominee, tossed the case, saying that the role of the courts is not to engage in policy making:

The case brought by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio “raises important questions regarding the impact of illegal immigration on this nation, but the questions amount to generalized grievances which are not proper for the judiciary to address,” Howell wrote.

It’s critical to note that, in rejecting Sheriff Joe’s suit against the president, the judge refused to rule on the merits of the case — there was no determination whether Obama’s executive actions on immigration reform are or are not constitutional.

But that didn’t stop White House spokesman Eric Schultz from spinning the court’s decision and attempting to portray it as a vindication for President Obama. Again, via Fox News:

“Judge Howell’s decision today confirms what the Department of Justice and scholars throughout the country have been saying all along: the president’s executive actions on immigration are lawful,” Schultz said.

According to the judge’s written opinion — and contrary to what Obama’s spokesman indicated — the court made no ruling on the constitutionality of Obama’s action. Essentially, Judge Howell said that Sheriff Joe Arpaio, as a county law enforcement official in Arizona, didn’t have legal standing to bring the lawsuit.

“Even an ongoing threat to Arpaio by undocumented immigrants would not provide him with standing to challenge the deferred action programs at issue,” Howell wrote.

“The plaintiff must not only show that he is injured, but that the plaintiff’s injury is fairly traceable to the challenged deferred action programs and that the injury is capable of redress by this court in this action.”

Following the court’s rejection of his lawsuit, Sheriff Joe filed a notice of appeal saying that he will pursue the case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

Sheriff Joe Predicts New York Police Deaths Were Just The First Of Many

Photo Credit: Flickr (Gage Skidmore)

During a recent interview, Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio offered a stark forecast for fellow law enforcement officers across the nation. Following Saturday’s execution style shooting of two New York City police officers, the Maricopa County sheriff appeared on Breitbart News Sunday to offer his thoughts.

He echoed other critics in placing at least some of the accountability on activists like Al Sharpton who have stoked racial tensions over the past several months.

“We better tell him to chill out,” he said of the civil rights leader, “knock it off, stop going to the White House, sitting next to the president, and talking about race.”

Arpaio also lambasted New York Mayor Bill de Blasio for the perception that he sided with anti-police protesters instead of the NYPD.

“If I was the mayor,” he said, “right from the beginning I would have sided with the cops. At least give them the benefit of the doubt. That’s the least you can do.”

He also pointed out the role he believes the mainstream media have had in creating such a volatile climate.

“They were leaning to the demonstrators, to the politicians,” he said. “Twenty-four hours and over and over and over again. And we needed someone to come out and say, ‘Hey, anyone messes with our cops and they’re going to jail.’”

Arpaio expressed his belief that the recent police deaths are likely portents of similar tragedies in other cities.

“It’s sickening what’s going on,” he said. “I was on a show in New York a couple of nights ago; and at that time I said I’m afraid some cops are going to get killed. And 14 hours later, it happened. It’s sad for the families, sad for the NYPD, and I’m afraid it’s going to spread across the nation.”


Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore (Flickr)

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Endorses Joe Miller In Alaska Senate Race


Tea Party-backed U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller received an endorsement by a prominent name among conservatives. Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio, often referred to as America’s toughest sheriff, gave Miller his vote of confidence in a statement earlier this week.

“Joe Miller is a true constitutional conservative with a vision to protect our borders and restore America,” the Maricopa County sheriff said.

Arpaio, who heads the sheriff’s office that serves the fourth largest county in the U.S. Though he maintains widespread popularity among conservatives in his state and beyond, he has faced consistent criticism from leftists who disagree with his no-nonsense approach to law enforcement and issues such as illegal immigration.

Miller said that receiving the sheriff’s support is an honor.

“Nobody is more keyed in to what we are facing with respect to the illegal alien crisis,” Miller said. “He has been on the front lines of the fight for immigration law enforcement and border security for years and knows firsthand what is at stake.”

The veteran lawman explained why he feels Miller is the man for the job among the field of Republican hopefuls vying to replace Democrat Sen. Mark Begich.

“He is the only GOP candidate in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race who is 100 percent against amnesty and who will boldly confront the lawlessness of the Obama administration,” he said. “Joe is a man of his word who is truly the candidate of ‘We the People.’ I proudly endorse Joe Miller for the United States Senate and ask for every Alaskan who loves liberty to vote for Joe.”

Miller’s campaign also received a nod from Rebecca Kiessling, a pro-life activist conceived through rape who, even in the eyes of some self-professed social conservatives, could have been murdered in the womb without objection.

In a recent debate, Miller discussed the issue of pregnancies caused by rape, citing a family close to his campaign with an adopted son from such a background.

“Why are we going to punish the sons and daughters for the fathers’ sins?” he asked.

Kiessling obviously agreed, explaining why she enthusiastically supports the Republican’s senatorial bid.

“Joe Miller is a hero to me,” she said, “someone who is willing to defend ‘the least of these’ without discrimination. I proudly endorse Joe!”

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

Race Hustlers Prove Once And For All They Have No Sense Of Humor

The race-obsessed radicals of the Southern Poverty Law Center continue to find ostensible evidence of discrimination and bigotry around every corner. Like many other relics of the civil rights era, this organization was created with noble intentions and, as America’s segregationist past fades further into history, now struggles to prove its relevancy.

This week, the SPLC attacked comments made during a roast honoring “America’s toughest sheriff,” Joe Arpaio. The event, which was held last weekend to close the 2014 Western Conservative Conference, featured several Arpaio supporters telling jokes at the sheriff’s expense.

Following tradition, the roast was punctuated by irreverent humor and satire with the common understanding that such comments were not intended to be taken seriously. Unfortunately, those whose life and career revolve around stoking America’s racial discord were unable – or unwilling – to make the distinction.

The law center carefully selected a couple of jokes made by Arizona State Rep. John Kavanagh, who spoke for a total of about 20 minutes, which it then published in an effort to paint him as a racist.

A post on the SPLC’s website made wild accusations about Kavanagh, suggesting he “couldn’t resist” taking the roast “in a racist direction” by mentioning Arpaio’s firm stance against illegal immigration.

The congressman, in a reference to Arpaio’s age, suggested “he was rounding up Hispanics because he had a grudge from the Spanish-American War.”

To the humorless race-baiters of the law center, this amounted to “making light of the racial profiling and unjustified detentions carried out by Arpaio’s department.”

The post included a clip of the segment and a few other good-natured jabs meant only to honor the conservative lawman. In conclusion, the SPLC offered one final judgment on both Kavanagh and Arpaio, saying both men “dehumanize immigrants and treat Latinos like second-class citizens.”

For his part, Kavanagh rightfully defended his comments, insisting the law center not only missed the point of a roast but willfully misinterpreted his intent.

“The Southern Poverty Law Center edited out selected portions of a much longer roast on many topics not related to racial profiling,” he asserted. “The humor was typical of roasts and had I made the same jokes against Sheriff Arpaio at their annual dinner, I suspect that they would have been laughing as much as this audience laughed.”

He added that “had these jokes been made on a TV comedy or variety show, there would also be no controversy.”

Of course, when a conservative Republican is involved, the SPLC and other extreme leftist organizations will stop at nothing to spread unfounded accusations of some inherent bigotry. Arpaio himself pointed out the hypocrisy, explaining no one came to his defense when his political opponents “called [him] Nazi and Hitler.”

If civil rights groups were truly interested in equality, he noted, they would have defended him against such attacks. Instead, it seems they are interested only in adding to the cacophony of wild speculation aimed in his direction.

“Why isn’t there an uproar about going after me, calling me every name in the book?” he asked. “Why are they worried about just some roast?”

The SPLC’s accusations made headlines across the nation, with organizations such as CNN offering the law center a typically welcoming forum to air its grievances. In the comments section, however, ordinary Americans offered a sense of sanity by generally defending Kavanagh’s jokes as a perfectly natural addition to the roast.

“If people aren’t getting offended,” one commenter wrote, “it’s not a roast.”

Another individual suggested that “[l]iberals need to be ‘offended’ and ‘deeply outraged’ at least a dozen times per days [sic].”

The life of a modern race hustler, constantly searching for bigotry where none exists, is likely a depressing existence. Still, there is no excuse for purposely misrepresenting a lighthearted roast in a pathetic attempt to ruin the reputation of one’s political opponents.

–B. Christopher Agee

Have an idea for a story? Email us at tips@westernjournalism.com

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

A Few Brave Souls Take On “America’s Toughest Sheriff”

Capping off a day of information and entertainment by some of today’s most recognizable conservative leaders, the recent Western Conservative Conference ended with a memorable roast of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Depending on one’s perspective, the man commonly called “America’s toughest sheriff” is either loved or hated for his no-nonsense approach to the job.

Those present during Saturday’s event, however, were firmly on his side and demonstrated their admiration and respect with a healthy dose of good-natured ribbing. The roast began with a special message from rock legend Ted Nugent, a fierce Second Amendment advocate and fan of Arpaio’s work in Arizona and beyond.

Acknowledging his deference to “the warrior spirit of law enforcement,” he concluded that if communities across the U.S. embraced Arpaio’s approach, “America would once again be that shining city on a hill.”

Arizona State Rep. John Kavanagh followed up with a rapid-fire verbal assault, describing Arpaio as “the kind of guy you’ve got to love – as long as you have papers.”

The longtime sheriff, now 82, has been in office so long, Kavanagh said, he has become a fixture.

“Unfortunately,” he added, “for some people, that’s a urinal.”

Arpaio remains unquestionably popular among voters and is still going strong, expressing an interest to seek at least one more term as sheriff.

“He’ll be not only the toughest,” Kavanagh noted, “but the oldest sheriff in the universe.”

The onslaught continued with a dissection of his firm stance against illegal immigration.

“Usually when we walk into a restaurant,” he concluded, “the wait staff and cooks dive out of the back window.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry offered his take on the sheriff, who was an early backer of his 2012 presidential run. Perry suggested that Arpaio was his coach prior to a debate many feel derailed his chances at the Republican nomination.

“Just kidding,” Perry added. “I wouldn’t saddle you with that distinction.”

Martial artist and actor Steven Seagal, himself a law enforcement officer who worked in Maricopa County with Arpaio for a recent television series, injected the lighthearted event with some serious reflection.

He expressed his disbelief that the nation has been taken over by a president intent on ruling by decree and lamented the corruption in all areas of the government – particularly within Eric Holder’s Department of Justice. He said the only way America can return to its former greatness is through the collective effort of citizens to put party aside and work together to take it back.

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne returned the focus to Arpaio, using the opportunity to include a jab about his age.

“I mean this,” he began, “I’m really surprised to see you up this late.”

He sarcastically explored Arpaio’s dedication to cutting costs within the sheriff’s office – especially regarding expenditures for the county jail and its inmates.

“No green baloney for prisoners,” Horne said of recent cutbacks, “only an extra beating at suppertime.”

Bob Corbin, who previously held Horne’s position in Arizona, used his time to thank Western Journalism and the many individuals and groups responsible for hosting the successful conference.

“I can’t roast you,” he said to Arpaio. “I can’t do it. I have so much respect for you.”

That was apparently not a problem for former Arizona state senator Russell Pearce, however. Focusing on Arpaio’s apparent fondness of media exposure, he said the sheriff “refused to make a sex tape because they wouldn’t set up 10 cameras.”

He ended on a respectful note, however, concluding that “what this world needs is more heroes” like Arpaio.

U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon agreed, noting Arpaio is “exactly what America needs.”

Former Arizona GOP State Chairman Tom Morrissey concluded that it is “tough to roast Joe,” explaining that “when you are his friend, you are his friend.”

Former MMA and pro wrestling star Daniel Puder said both Arpaio and Seagal served as inspirations and role models for him.

While some of the speakers were able to land some well-placed verbal jabs, Arpaio was apparently expecting harsher criticism.

“It looks like this is a retirement ceremony,” he said during his closing remarks.

The event concluded with a surprise performance of “Jailhouse Rock” performed by an Elvis impersonator.

For hundreds of conference guests, the dinner and roast was a perfect conclusion to an event marked by poignant and thought-provoking addresses by conservative heavyweights from all walks of life.

–B. Christopher Agee

Have an idea for a story? Email us at tips@westernjournalism.com

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom