Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Here, Let Me Get That For You


Alaskan crude oil sucks. It's dirty and difficult to process into usable fuel. That's why we hardly bother to do so. We ship it to the Japanese, who have a couple of refineries that almost work for that sort of thing.

Sheriff Joe.

"Vermin, filth, medical care suggestive of POW camps, chronic mismanagement, the wanton destruction of records, and a steady parade of corpses in Maricopa County jails have cost taxpayers an astonishing — and until now, undisclosed — 41.4 million dollars.

Joe Arpaio has perpetuated his reign as "America's toughest sheriff" with an open checkbook."

A man of the cloth who did outreach work in a certain county facility once told me that "Arpaio is an asshole and in real life he's not like what you see on TV." Strong words coming from someone who wore the collar, but he was in a position to know.

New York has Michael Corleone, Chicago has Al Capone, and we have Sheriff Joe. Such a nice bunch of characters. Very special.

Speaking of special...

"During my short tenure at AVMT I have been surrounded by what on the surface appears to be the ultimate all-American family. In reality, I am working for a very sad, lonely woman whose marriage of convenience to a U.S. Senator has driven her to: distance herself from friends; cover feelings of despair with drugs; and replace lonely moments with self-indulgences."

Pain sucks. But if you had a couple hundred millions dollars you could probably get help instead of forging prescriptions, doctor-shopping, and stealing narcotics from your own charity. Oh well. People can change, no matter how lousy with money they might be.


Becca said...

Sadly, Sheriff Joe is the embodiment of psychopathic mob rule that is conservative Arizona. His simplistic brand of justice is repugnant, but makes sense to the unwashed masses.

Around 2003, we had the case of a child being murdered near downtown Phoenix. Within a few days, a local transient was arrested for the murder and tossed into general population with the "child molester" label. Nature took its subsequent and predictable course. The local transient was attacked, beaten, and worse. He ultimately left the hospital minus his spleen and with a 12" vertical scar along his abdomen and sternum.

The big "oops" moment? Turns out that someone else murdered the child and was arrested about the same time the transient was being released from the hospital.

But what they heck? Gotta break some eggs to make an omelet, right?

Ignorant fucking prick.

MEC said...

How very interesting. That article about Cindy McCain points out that she claimed variously to have entered a drug treatment program in 1994, and to have sought treatment in 1991 and 1992. This ABC News article says that after her parents told her they could tell there was something wrong with her, she "quit the pills cold". "Quitting cold" means without medical intervention or counseling, right? Oh, those straight-talking McCains!