Thursday, December 30, 2010

All together now: "Awwwwwww....."

It seems that the poor little criminals in AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio's tent jail are in for a few cold nights.
PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is used to dealing with extreme heat in his Tent City jail.

For the next few days, inmates will be facing severe cold weather instead. The overnight temperatures are expected to dip below freezing.

Inmates will have extra blankets for the next few nights, Arpaio said. They will also be issued pink thermal underwear to go with their standard pink boxers.

The tents used for the jail date back to the Korean War.

"The conditions here are mild compared to what happened in 1950 in 'frozen Chosin,'" Arpaio said, referring to the Korean War battle.
And I hope that each one of them, as he shivers under his blankets, thinks about someone that he knows who didn't do wrong and who is warm and comfy in a nice house or apartment somewhere.


  1. I was going to post a stupid little quip about embezzled bills being a poor choice for insulation, but I think I'll just link the Goldwater Institute's report on Sheriff Arpaio's rampant fraud and violations civil liberties instead:

    In Maricopa Country tonight most criminals will be sleeping in cold tents, but at least one will have a nice warm suburban bed.

  2. Freedom does *not* mean you can do what you want. Next time, maybe they will consider the consequences of their actions and refrain cause, yeah, it's cold outside this morning. (27 degrees in my backyard in Phoenix.)

  3. NE, have you actually read the Goldwater Institute's 3 year old "study"? I have. And while it was obviously intended from the outset to be a hatchet job, even that piece doesn't make a case for accusations of fraud or deliberate civil-rights abuses, which is probably why, three years later, Arpaio is still in office and still running things the way that he sees fit. While there are definitely things that I would be doing different were I in his shoes, the taxpayers and voters love him, and his critics--who are legion--cannot make a case for his removal.

  4. Maybe it will be one more step in their rehabilitation... :-)

  5. He's still facing lawsuits from a few judges and county officials, and I think the Department of Justice is still investigating him. The voters love him, but I'm sure you can think of a few other politicians that keep getting reelected despite their shady ethics.

  6. Anonymous1:09 AM

    The problem is, Arpaio's domain is a jail -- not a prison.

    In other words, it's designed to hold *innocent* people until trial, as well as guilty ones after trial.

    At least some of those people whose discomfort pleases you are actually innocent of any crime.

  7. Not true, Pax.

    According to Maricopa County's website: "Arpaio has over 10,000 inmates in his jail system. In August, 1993, he started the nation’s largest Tent City for convicted inmates. Two thousand convicted men and women serve their sentences in a canvas incarceration compound."


    So it's only the ones who've been found guilty who wind up in the tents. I can live when them being cold/hot/whatever. Like the Sheriff says, better men and women live in worse conditions fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan in our military, and they didn't do anything wrong.

  8. Wow! You haven't gotten response like this since you called out the potheads in Colorado!