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Monday, October 13, 2008

My kind of guy

Sheriff Joe Arpaio (in Arizona) is doing it RIGHT!!
He has jail meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them.
He stopped smoking and porno magazines in the jails.
Took away their weights.
Cut off all but "G" movies.
He started chain gangs so the inmates could do free work on county and city projects.
Then he started chain gangs for women so he wouldn't get sued for discrimination.
He took away cable TV until he found out there was a federal court order that required cable TV for jails. So he hooked up the cable TV again but only let in the Disney channel and the weather channel. When asked why the weather channel he replied, so they will know how hot it's gonna be while they are working on my chain gangs.
He cut off coffee since it has zero nutritional value. When the inmates complained, he told them.....this is a good one......"This isn't the Ritz/Carlton. If you don't like it, don't come back."
He bought Newt Gingrich's lecture series on videotape that he pipes into the jails. When asked by a reporter if he had any lecture series by a Democrat, he replied that a democratic lecture series might explain why a lot of the inmates were in his jails in the first place. You have to love this guy!!
With temperatures being even hotter than usual in Phoenix (116 degrees just set a new record this past summer), the Associated Press reports: About 2,000 inmates living in a barbed-wire-surrounded tent encampment at the Maricopa County Jail have been given permission to strip down to their government-issued pink boxer shorts. On Wednesday, hundreds of men wearing boxers were either curled up on their bunk beds or chatted in the tents, which reached 138 degrees inside the week before. Many were also swathed in wet, pink towels as sweat collected on their chests and dripped down to their pink socks. "It feels like we are in a furnace," said James Zanzot, an inmate who has lived in the tents for 1 1/2 years. "It's inhumane." Joe Arpaio, the tough-guy sheriff who created the tent city and long ago started making his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna sandwiches, is not one bit sympathetic. He said Wednesday that he told all of the inmates: "It's 120 degrees in Iraq and our soldiers are living in tents too, and they have to wear full battle gear, but they didn't commit any crimes... so shut your damned mouths."


Granny Annie said...

Oh we love Joe! I listened to an intereview with him on radio recently and they were encouraging him to run for higher office. He said he's right where he wants to be and it is an elected position. The people want him there so he must be doing something right. If only, if only more politicians were like Joe.

bigbikerbob said...

Hi, I know nothing of your politics etc but the prison idea sounds exellent to me, trouble is here in the UK the do gooders and politically correct brigade would have it closed in a month.

JeanMac said...

Now he is a good man!

Shammickite said...

I am amazed... is this man real? He certainly has the right idea when it comes to criminals and prisons and how the bad guys should be treated. I love the idea of cable TV showing the Disney channel and the weather channel... this man is awesome! but as biker bob says, it probably would be frowned on here in Canada too.

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Chatty Crone said...

Love it.

Ming the Merciless said...

I agree with his budget cuts and his taking away of ridiculous privileges like porn magazines and cigarettes.

But I do draw the line with the pink boxers and towels. It is meant to demean them and imply that pink is a wrong color for men.

Maverick guys like that usually have the guts to do things most people don't. Unfortunately, these type of guys also don't know when to draw the line.

*step of political soap box*

sheoflittlebrain said...

Hi Ming,
Just to address your comment...Sherrif Joe means to demean his prisoners. That's ok. They need to think their position over very seriously. If you don't want to wear pink don't commit that robery or mug that old lady or deal dope etc. Too many prisons in our country have turned into beef up the muscles while you watch 150 channel TV... guest homes, a good place to rest up, get your dental work done at tax payer expense, and plan your next crime. Jail should be a deterrent to crime.
And Joe does knows where to stop..within the letter of the law:)