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No whataboutism: Trump pardoned a scumbag

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We’ve all had our “walking tall” stories of local corruption. We’ve all seen various petty local officials caught with their hands in the till, their zippers down, their kingdom-building fiefdoms exposed. Some of these have been sent to prison.

One well-known case is the former city manager and other officials of Bell, California, who bilked this tiny city of millions. Robert Rizzo got 12 years, and nobody pardoned him. I’ve seen some local scumbags avoid prison, and even frame up others who got sent away. Politics is a blood sport and a lot of vampires play the game.

In what would have been just another high-profile petty political scumbag getting his comeuppance, former Sheriff Joe Arpaio was awaiting sentencing for contempt of court charges in a politically charged case on how Arpaio defied DOJ orders on immigration enforcement. If that was all “Sheriff Joe” had done, I’d have been happy to see the octogenarian walk free.

But I was uninformed, like most people. I follow politics as part of my living, and I missed the back story here. Imagine how ignorant people outside of Maricopa County are about Arpaio’s corruption and scumbagginess.

Jon Gabriel, editor of Ricochet, whose pieces frequently get shared here at The New Americana, penned a scathing takedown of Arpaio in USA Today. Imagine if the local Boss Hogg in your community teamed up with President Trump, glommed on to the Trump Train in various public and sycophantic ways, and just when some scintilla of justice was about to dump on the local version of McNairy County Sheriff Al Thurman. the President of the United States pardoned him.

That would be an outrage.

We should be outraged that a man like Arpaio received a pardon. It doesn’t matter how political Obama’s immigration non-enforcement was. It doesn’t matter that Bill Clinton pardoned a tax-evading scumbag because the guy’s wife shoveled money at the Clintons. There’s no whataboutism that justifies an abrogation of justice.

Gabriel’s subheading reads:

Convicting Arpaio of contempt of court was like busting Al Capone on tax evasion. It was the tip of an iceberg of misdeeds I saw my longtime sheriff commit.

Arpaio was so badly regarded by locals that in the 2016 election in which Donald Trump won Maricopa County by 3 points, the sheriff was defeated by a Democrat who kicked him to the curb by a 10 point margin. The locals know best.

The locals knew that Arpaio was an ineffective sheriff who didn’t serve his county residents. The conservative Goldwater Institute–in 2008–detailed his years of waste and abuse.

The locals knew that Arpaio personally cost the county $1,102,528.50 in taxpayer money to pay off a man who was completely falsely accused–framed–for a 1999 murder plot against the then-sheriff.

We all know that scumbag politicians like Arpaio frequently stay in office for many years past their crimes, because people fear them, and because they’ve made many friends in exchange for various favors. I’ve seen it myself, and you’ve probably seen it in your own community.

The federal government is already too big, too powerful, and too corrupt. President Trump promised to “drain the swamp” in Washington D.C. But in Maricopa County, Trump dumped a metric ton of swamp water and sewage on voters’–his own voters’–heads. This is the thanks they get for supporting him.

Next, it might very well happen in your town, to your own personal version of scumbag Joe Arpaio.

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  1. Kelly Burke

    August 28, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    That was totally unconvincing. The reason he shouldn’t get a pardon is he lost the election? Or had a bad outcome in a case?

    • Steve Berman

      August 28, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      Kelly, I’m not burning your straw man. I never said the president shouldn’t have pardoned Arpaio because he lost the election, or any other reason. I just said it’s an outrage for a president to pardon a scumbag. If I thought it wasn’t legally or politically justified, I’d have said it was a travesty.

      What is a travesty is that more people didn’t know about the decades of scumbaggery committed by Arpaio.

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Guns and Crime

ICE gets media beating for taking illegal immigrant into custody over Mexican homicide warrant

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ICE gets media beating for taking illegal immigrant into custody over Mexican homicide warrant

It’s the type of story the media craves. An illegal immigrant, Joel Arrona-Lara, who “hasn’t done anything wrong” was detained by ICE agents while transporting his pregnant wife to the hospital. She ended up having to drive herself the rest of the way before delivering their son.

The spin is predictable. They skim over the fact that he has an arrest warrant in Mexico for homicide while putting all the focus on his wife’s dilemma. They even attempt to cast doubt on the warrant because the lawyer for the family says he couldn’t find a record of the warrant. This last part is most peculiar because it would be simple for a major media outlet to confirm the existence of the warrant. They did, of course, but they won’t report that when they have a better quote from the lawyer denying its existence.

Eventually details will emerge about the warrant, but not until the media inflicts as much damage as possible on ICE and anyone in favor of legal immigration being the proper way to enter the country.

Here’s the story. If you click through, you’ll even get a link at the bottom to the family’s new GoFundMe page:

ICE Detains Man Driving Pregnant Wife To Deliver Baby, Says He Is Wanted For Homicide In Mexico

https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/08/18/joel-arrona-detained-by-ice-san-bernardino-driving-wife-to-deliver-baby/Her husband Joel Arrona-Lara was driving his wife to the hospital for a scheduled Cesarean section Wednesday afternoon when they had to stop to get gas. That’s when their car was approached by two SUVs. Maria said they were officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The mother of five was then asked to show her identification and complied. When the agents asked Arrona-Lara, the couple said he didn’t have the ID on him, but that they lived nearby and could go get it for them. The agents then asked Arrona-Lara to exit the vehicle, searched the car for weapons, and put Arrona into custody, leaving Maria alone at the gas station.

My take

There’s no doubt the circumstances surrounding all of this are unfortunate. Pregnant wives should not have to drive themselves to the hospital for a scheduled C-section. On the other hand, suspected murderers shouldn’t be entering the country in the first place. That point won’t be mentioned by mainstream media.

ICE has a responsibility to take people like Arrona-Lara into custody so it can be determined whether or not they should be deported. There may have even been a certain degree of leeway given had there been no records other than his status as an illegal immigrant, but being a suspected murderer with an arrest warrant took away any chance at leeway. The ICE agents did the right thing.

As a legal immigrant, I have no sympathy for those who cheat the system and break our laws. Blaming the ICE agents for doing their job correctly in order to keep us safe is the type of insanity mainstream media loves to sell us.

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The real reason Ocasio-Cortez is afraid of the press

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The real reason Ocasio-Cortez is afraid of the press

For at least the second time, reporters were barred from covering an event featuring Socialist Democratic darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The campaign’s reason: we want attendees to feel comfortable since there’s so much national press covering her.

This is an absolutely ridiculous excuse, of course. Nobody goes to a campaign event without knowing the press will (should) be there. It doesn’t make them less comfortable and may actually give some a sense of security knowing the answers to their questions will be judged by more than the audience at hand. That’s one of the reasons for the press in the first place, to give information about an event to people who cannot attend.

Instead, the press is getting another roadblock:

Ocasio-Cortez bans press from covering campaign event

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/17/ocasio-cortez-bans-press-from-covering-campaign-event.htmlAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic socialist star running for New York’s 14th congressional district, is facing criticism after her campaign banned journalists from covering a town hall meeting with voters this week.

The Queens Chronicle, a local news outlet, reported that the campaign for the 28-year-old progressive prevented reporters from attending a campaign event in Corona on Sunday, even though it was open to the rest of the public. The campaign reportedly barred reporters from a prior event as well.

It’s conspicuous that a local publication was barred because it runs contrary to the narrative the campaign is trying to sell. So why is she being hidden from reporters at these types of events?

My Take

It’s clear that her exposure is her best friend and worst enemy. Being talked about is a politician’s best friend on the campaign trail, but it also offers a risk of failure. This is most common in events like the town hall meetings she is holding because she’ll be forced to think on her feet.

What if she can’t think on her feet? What if her answers when placed in an unscripted situation the type of answers many would expect from an inexperienced socialist?

Until she’s ready to handle the pressure of having press cover these events, she won’t be ready to hold public office at this level. The House of Representatives isn’t for people who need to be protected from their own answers.

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Culture and Religion

Ken Ham on how science confirms the Bible

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Ken Ham on how science confirms the Bible

One of my biggest pet peeves is the attempt by atheists to use “science” to disprove the Bible. It’s unfortunate on many levels, not the least of which being Pascal’s Wager, but the strangest part is how much of science must be ignored in order to make the claim a Biblical worldview runs counter to modern science.

Some may object to this topic being part of mostly political news site, but it’s been more widely covered in recent years by liberal sites attempting to paint the Biblical worldview in a negative light, so it’s good to give equal time to the counterarguments.

There are better videos than Ken Ham’s discussion on the topic, but few are more easily understood. It’s well worth the hour.

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