Day: December 5, 2011

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Failed To Investigate Over 400 Sex Crimes, Including Molestations Of Undocumented Children

This bozo spends more time investigating the POTUS’ birth certificate (at Rick Perry’s request via Donald Trump) and less time doing his real job…

Think Progress

Arizona’s infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio (R) spends a lot of time playing politics and apparently no time doing his actual job. The AP reports that, over a three-year period ending in 2007, Arpaio “inadequately investigated” or in some instances didn’t even work more than 400 sex-crimes reported to his office. The cases “include dozens of alleged child molestations.”

In El Mirage, Arizona, where Arpaio provided contract services, he failed to follow through on at least 32 reported child molestations — with some victims as young as 2. Many of the children were undocumented immigrants. According to an El Mirage detective, Arpaio’s people essentially “put their feet on the desk, and that was that”:

In El Mirage alone, where Arpaio’s office was providing contract police services, officials discovered at least 32 reported child molestations — with victims as young as 2 — in which the sheriff’s office failed to follow through, even though suspects were known in all but six cases. [...]

El Mirage Detective Jerry Laird, who reviewed some the investigations, learned from a summary of 50 to 75 cases files he picked up from Arpaio’s office that an overwhelming majority of them hadn’t been worked. That meant there were no follow-up reports, no collection of additional forensic evidence and zero effort made after the initial report of the crime was taken.

“I think that at some point prior to the contract [for police services] running out, they put their feet on the desk, and that was that,” Laird said.

Arpaio refused to answer questions for months and “declined a public records request for an internal affairs report, citing potential disciplinary actions.” He acknowledged his office completed an internal probe into the investigations, but said, “I don’t think it’s right to get into it until we get to the bottom of this and see if there’s disciplinary action against any employees.”

Activist Elijah With Michele Bachmann

Upon a second look at this video, I see that someone actually coached Elijah by saying something like:  “…go on, isn’t there something you want to say…?”

However, Michele Bachmann still got an earful from this little boy and she appeared to be stunned and speechless for a split second…

“…Out of the mouths of babes…”

‎”My mommy’s gay and doesn’t need any fixing.”
“………………………..……………………….buh-bye”

Nancy Pelosi On Newt Gingrich: ‘I Know A Lot About Him’

Drama in politics can be intriguing, especially when it’s the “other guy” that is reaping all the drama…

The Huffington Post

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that she knows “a lot” about former House Speaker Newt Gingrich because she served on the ethics committee that investigated him, according to aninterview with Talking Points Memo published Monday.

“One of these days we’ll have a conversation about Newt Gingrich,” she said. “I know a lot about him. I served on the investigative committee that investigated him, four of us locked in a room in an undisclosed location for a year. A thousand pages of his stuff.”

She also said she liked Rep. Barney Frank’s (D-Mass.) quote on Gingrich. Frank said last week, “I did not think I had lived a good enough life to be rewarded by Newt Gingrich being the Republican nominee.”

The ethics committee investigation, Pelosi said, was so sensitive that she once asked her husband to leave the bedroom at 3 a.m. so she could talk privately on the phone.

“He is such a hypocrite,” she said of Gingrich in a 1997 San Francisco Chronicle interview after the ethics committee had finished its work on the case.  Gingrich was sanctioned $300,000 following the investigation.  However, Pelosi wanted him to be censured. “I think if a person loved the House of Representatives, if he loved his party, he would step aside,” she said.

Pelosi and Gingrich appeared in a 2008 ad on a sofa in front of the U.S. Capitol calling for action on climate change.  Gingrich recently called the ad “the dumbest single thing I’ve done in years.”

Despite the glee of some Democrats to have Gingrich as a top Republican candidate, some Democratic strategists told the Washington Post that he could present challenges to President Barack Obama, because he could energize the conservative base and gain Hispanic support with his extensive outreach organization.

Monday Blog Round Up

Justice

VIDEO: 31 Arrested At Occupy DC

VIDEO: One-minute World News

A look back: Newt’s most outlandish positions

Iran Claims It Shot Down U.S. Spy Drone

The Gingrich who stole the Republican Primary

The 1% Solution in Oakland and NYC is to Erase Those Who Would Expose ..

Freedom Now Requires 72-Hour Notice and a Non-Refundable Deposit

Trump offers his impressions of Romney, Perry and Bachmann

Kennedy Center Honors: D.C.’s glitziest night of all

Protesters arrested after building erected in DC

Young black Republicans react to Cain