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This came to me recently and I just wanted to share it.  If you don’t know who Sheriff Joe is I would suggest you go read the book.  He is a criminals’ and liberals’ worst nightmare and the best thing that ever happened to a part of Arizona (yes, I just excluded John McCain).

Update on Joe ArpaioOh, there’s MUCH more to know about Sheriff Joe!Maricopa County was spending approx. $18 million dollars
a year on stray animals, like cats and dogs.  Sheriff Joe
offered to take the department over, and the County
Supervisors said okay.
The animal shelters are now all staffed and operated by
prisoners. They feed and care for the strays.  Every
animal in his care is taken out and walked twice daily.  He now has prisoners who are experts in animal nutrition
and behavior.. They give great classes for anyone who’d
like to adopt an animal. He has literally taken stray dogs
off the street, given them to the care of prisoners, and
had them place in dog shows
The best part?  His budget for the entire department is
now under $3 million Teresa and I adopted a Weimeraner
from a Maricopa County shelter two years ago. He was
neutered, and current on all shots, in great health, and even had a microchip inserted the day we got him.  
Cost us $78.The prisoners get the benefit of about $0.28 an hour for working, but most would work for free, just to be
out of their cells for the day. Most of his budget is
for utilities, bu ilding maintenance, etc.  He pays the
prisoners out of the fees collected for adopted animals..
I have long wondered when the rest of the country would
take a look at the way he runs the jail system, and copy
some of his ideas. He has a huge farm, donated to the
county years ago, where inmates can work, and they grow
most of their own fresh vegetables and food, doing all the
work and harvesting by hand.  He has a pretty good sized
hog farm, which provides meat, and fertilizer. It fertilizes
the Christmas tree nursery, where prisoners work, and
you can buy a living Christmas tree for $6 – $8 for the
Holidays, and plant it later.  We have six trees in our
yard from the Prison.  Yup, he was reelected last year with 83% of the vo te.Now he’s in trouble with the ACLU again.  He painted all his buses and vehicles with a mural, that has a special hotline phone number painted on it where you can call and report suspected illegal aliens. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement wasn’t doing enough in his eyes,
so he had 40 deputies trained specifically for enforcing
immigration laws, started up his hotline, and bought
4 new buses just for hauling folks back to the border.  
He’s kind of a ‘Git-R Dun’ kind of Sheriff.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio (In Arizona ) who created the ‘ Tent City Jail’: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 Only Let In The
Disney Channel And The Weather Channel.

When asked why the weather channel He Replied,
So They Will Know How Hot Its 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 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.

 More On The Arizona Sheriff:With Temperatures Being Even Hotter Than Usual In Phoenix (116 Degrees Just Set A New Record), 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
‘It Feels Like We Are In A Furnace,’ Said James Zanzot, An Inmate Who Has Lived In The TENTS for 1 year. ‘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:
‘Its 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 Y our Damned Mouths!’
Way To Go, Sheriff!
Maybe if all prisons were like this one there would be a lot less crime and/or repeat offenders. Criminals should be punished for their crimes – not live in luxury until it’s time for their parole, only to go out and commit another crime so they can get back in to live on taxpayers money and enjoy things taxpayers can’t afford to have for themselves.      

 I’m not advacating a pig farm in Loudoun County (unless it is in the open area out west.  Pigs are smelly creatures) but much of his principles could be applied here.  I’m up for it.  How about you?

Has anyone seen this on MSM? Or Fox, or some such? This is a big deal.


Western North Dakota has large oil reserves. By some estimates, it has more oil than the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. A federal government geologist estimated a formation called the Bakken shale holds 400 billion barrels of oil.

Just curious as this is a far bigger find than the Brazilian abiotic field. I am wondering when, if ever, this could lead to a decrease of the price at the pump.

Blogging may be more intermittent and more incoherent than usual the next 48 hours because I will be in the Baltimore vicinity with my good friend, NVTH commenter and Digital Camel majordomo Kevin and his family fishing for stripers in the Chesapeake. El Jefe will be there, the Steves will be there … I guarantee this will be legendary.

Just like last time.

What we have going for us this time is we are much closer to the striper spawning season, so we may get the opportunity to catch much larger fish. What we have going against us is the weather is supposed to be questionable, with rain and possible storms forecasted. On the whole, I like our odds because the particular bad weather aspects will impact fishermen more than fish, and insofar as we are manly enough to overcome the elements we will get the job done.

Stay tuned, this should be interesting.

Potentially really important news (hat tip to Instapundit, who needs a “hat tip” from NVTH like Microsoft needs a bumper sticker on my truck).

Lost in the big news last week — the race for the Democratic nomination, the reeling U.S. economy, the ongoing life/death saga that is “Dancing with the Stars” — came word that a new deep-water exploration area off the coast of Brazil could contain as much as 33 billion barrels of oil…

In 1999, Gold published “The Deep Hot Biosphere,” a paper that postulated that coal and oil are produced not by the decomposition of fossils, but in fact are “abiogenic” — the product of tectonic forces; i.e., deeply embedded hydrocarbons being brought up and through the earth’s mantle and transformed into their present states by bacteria living in the earth’s crust.

If “fossil fuels” are in fact produced from within the Earth, and not as the result of the decomposition of ancient jungles, and “peak oil” is a flawed concept, it really would change everything.

Methane has been discovered on a moon of Jupiter, which was likely not ancient dinosaur and newt habitat, so the theory has plausibility.

Much more here.

So true, yet so rarely stated:

One of the great things about the United States of America is that we killed all our monkeys long ago.

I did not see the debate tonight between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, but it sounds like ABC did a pretty bang up job in the fair and balanced department:

Barack is defensive (understandably so when everyone is attacking him relentlessy for for he entire time) and Hillary is on topic and relentless in her attacks. But for the mendacity of the questioners and their questions.

Honestly, these people need to be removed from the Public’s airwaves and given ordinary jobs doing something useful like following the horses at Mackinac Island in the summer with a wheelbarrow and a shovel. It is painfully obvious that they have no skill at being “Journalists.”

More here:

So George Stephanopoulos is out there chatting with Newsmax columnists and Sean Hannity…

The Same George Stephanopoulos who is the Political Director of ABC, whose Good Morning America was the first National Network Program to break the Reverend Wright Story. And the Very Same ABC that’s owned by the Disney Corporation, whose other network, ESPN is in the news for Canceling not one but TWO Obama Exclusive Interviews at the executive level (edited with clarification by jethropaleorobber)

Let ABC Know what you think about this Garbage! We Expect Objectivity, not force fed conspiracy guilt by association Gotcha Controversies (and Hannity wet dreams)

Did the ABC News crew go easier on the Republicans at the January 5, 2008 debate in New Hampshire? Did Fox News go easier at the January 10 debate in South Carolina?

No, they did not – they just asked normal questions designed to force the candidates to address the sticky questions, and take a stand on current issues, often in light of the candidates’ previous statements. That’s what they do. I think the Democrat supporters, especially Obama supporters, are showing pretty thin skin at this point in the campaign, because it has not been a good few weeks for their candidates.

UPDATE: Maybe Steph was cribbing from Sean Hannity!

UPDATE II: Brrrrrr! Chilly appraisals of ABC.

UPDATE III: Shameful!


UPDATE V: Man, I have now seen a number of video clips of the debate on CNN and must say: This was another huge night for John McCain. He has not even had to comment or respond – he could be on a three-week golf vacation in Scotland for all anyone knows – and his stock has gone up big time. Neither of the Democrats seem remotely, plausibly “presidential.” I have problems with John McCain, but there is no denying this campaign is his to lose. The landscape could not have been made more favorable to him and all he needs to do is present a stable persona to contrast with the skittishness of these two Democrats, because neither of them gives the impression of being on solid ground.

This seems significant:

Skeptics have long questioned the value of diverting food crops for fuel, and the grocery and live- stock industries vehemently opposed an energy bill last fall, arguing it was driving up costs.

A fifth of the nation’s corn crop is now used to brew ethanol for motor fuel, and as farmers have planted more corn, they have cut acreage of other crops, particularly soybeans. That, in turn, has contributed to a global shortfall of cooking oil.

Spreading global dissatisfaction in recent months has intensified the food-versus-fuel debate. Last Friday, a European environment advisory panel urged the European Union to suspend its goal of having 10 percent of transportation fuel made from biofuels by 2020. Europe’s well-meaning rush to biofuels, the scientists concluded, had created a variety of harmful ripple effects, including deforestation in Southeast Asia and higher prices for grain.

Even if biofuels are not the primary reason for the increase in food costs, some experts say it is one area where a reversal of government policy could help take pressure off food prices.

Some studies have shown the amount of energy required to create ethanol (i.e., to grow and transport the crops) exceeds the amount of energy ethanol provides. In any case, this seems like as good a time as any to pull the plug on this feel-good experiment.