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Sunday, August 27, 2017

A year in Arpaio's jail

First, let me dispense with Margaret Talbot of New Yorker:

President Trump had little to offer that was specific or coherent in the rambling, hate-filled speech that he delivered in Phoenix this week — the one that he later assessed in a self-congratulatory tweet as “enthusiastic, dynamic, and fun.” The speech lurched between schoolyard bragging (“I live in a bigger, more beautiful apartment” than the “√©lite” and “I live in the White House, too, which is really great”), the usual whining about reporters (“sick,” “bad,” “dishonest” people), and insults to Arizona’s two Republican senators, one of whom is currently battling brain cancer. The rhetorical flourishes borrowed from Fascist tropes, with their distinctive mix of vague language and unmistakable menace: the virtuous “we” and the unspecified “they,” who are trying to take away “our” customs and culture; the “thugs,” who protest the leader’s vision of America.
So America has no customs or culture or vision. Got it.

Love the scary quotes. Nothing quite says social justice warrior like scary quotes.

Now for Francisco Chairez of Phoenix who wrote for the Washington Post, "The year I spent in Joe Arpaio’s tent jail was hell. He should never walk free."

He was born in Mexico, came here at 14, and when he was of age, he drove drunk. The police caught him.

From Chairez:
I got into a bad relationship and I drove while drunk. I was arrested, and it took the county an entire year to prosecute me. I thought it was the worst year of my life, until I was convicted and sent to one of Arpaio’s jails.
The minute I turned myself in to go to jail, they took me to the Fourth Avenue jail, the county’s hub for all arrests. There, they put me through something called “the Matrix”: being moved from one cell to another for about 12 continuous hours. It was extremely cold, and all I was allowed to wear underneath the striped uniform I was given was underwear and flip-flops. Guards threw me a bag with old bread, an orange and milk; nothing else was offered, and sleeping was nearly impossible. I laid for hours on cold concrete, only to be hustled abruptly to another cell, and then another. Finally, they put me in chains and moved me to another jail by bus.
I arrived at one of Arpaio’s several “tent cities,” outdoor jails where inmates shelter in army tents, mostly exposed to the Arizona elements. I was there on a work furlough program, meaning that I was allowed to leave to work during the day. Every day after work, I would return to the jail and spend the night in the tents. Each Sunday was spent entirely in the jail.
Jail was bad.


The feds get all over sheriffs who fail to protect the rights of inmates.

But Arizona like most states underfund their jails. The answer in most jurisdictions.

Arpaio did not do that. He found a way to house law breakers -- drunken drivers like Francisco Chairez -- on the cheap.

It was not pleasant.

From Chairez:
Arpaio saved worse abuse for others. Those who were in full detention had to wear pink socks, underwear and flip-flops. They ate peanut butter and bread, and the only other meal they received was baloney and bread. They also had the option of “slob,” which was an unknown, disgusting substance that looked like some kind of thick stew and tasted like cardboard. (The poor people in the work furlough program who couldn’t pay for vending-machine food had no choice but to eat it.)
You know what my wife eats at work for lunch?

Peanut butter sandwiches one day, bologna the next.

Sadly, jail taught Chairez nothing, as he wrote, "I am not ashamed of what I did: I committed a crime and I paid my dues. How ironic it is, that the immigrant who committed a minor criminal act has to live with a conviction on his record for the rest of his life, while a criminal like Arpaio gets to walk away unscathed for his crimes, which are greater in scale and severity."

Not ashamed of what he did?

For shame.

But liberals have no shame, do they?


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  1. If he thinks Maricopa county jail is bad, he should try the ones in Mexico.

  2. DUI isn't what you would call a "Minor Crime" but of course it was all the fault of a "bad relationship", so that makes this jerk a victim.

    Back to Mexico with him.

  3. The thought that perhaps jail SHOULD be unpleasant, SHOULD be uncomfortable, SHOULD be miserable and hard to endure- will undoubtedly never cross this idiot's mind.

    Maybe he thinks jail should be a delight? Heaven on earth, where Kobe beef is served nightly (unless the pampered inmate prefers a Vegan diet,) and where everyone gets a massage before retiring for the night on silken sheets?

    If that were the case, then there'd be a long, long line to get into jail; I'd be waiting there myself!

    But I'm (unfortunately, these days) sane, so I prefer that jail be a place that no one wants to go; where even people stupid enough to be criminals might think, "huh, if I get caught,..." and then change their mind about committing a crime; where once experienced, no one wants to return for any reason!

    I'd never make a good criminal. Or Democrat (pardon the redundancy.) Keep jails unpleasant!

    1. The guy in this article wasn't scared straight.

      A friend told me that her cousin got scared onto the straight and narrow after a three year stint in the NY state pen for weapon possession.

      The cousin begged a man for a job at a car wash, proceed to get promoted after a month of hard work and showing initiative. When hours got cut back for the season, the car wash owner offered the cousin a job at the laundromats, which he also owned. Now, the cousin goes from one job to another, swore off drinking and saving his money. Hopefully, he keeps it up.

      Sheriff Joe was too nice, trying to shame the shameless.

  4. Trump should really piss off the social justice crowd and appoint Arpiao to the highest possible position in his administration that is a match for Arpiao's resume and age.

    1. I nominate Sheriff Arpaio to run the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. - Elric

  5. Some how I feel Talbot is just another Manhattan Communist who shops at whole foods with a reusable antifascist cloth bag, another trope to signal her virtue to the illegal checking her out, or soon the Bezos robot. I don't even care if I'm wrong, it's my trope to think that way, but I feel I'm right and if not so what? That Trump doesn't use words like trope and brags in a way chosen annoy his cadre of snowflake enemies is why he got elected. He simply is not a sniveling troper, nor does he lie about himself like his prostitute opponent. He wants to do real things.
    On the other hand I remember the dark emperor of arrogance saying about himself" I'm leaving on Air Force one and they (brain tumor Man et al) aren't" to explain why he didn't have to compromise on anything he wanted from Congress. I'll take honest bragging over apres moi trash talk anyday.
    As for the creep who suffered the Arpaio gulag and lived to tell about it, the fact he has no shame or remorse is what is wrong with him. He is like the NYT and will never apologize. In fact he will never be otherwise than unashamed. What he, like they, regrets is not getting away with it. He will be on the blotter again, maybe with some blood on his hands. If so he can rest easy. The WaPo will never tell. To them he is a hero who was tortured by racist fiends yet lived to tell the tale. Courage Worthy of a medal of freedom some day no doubt.

  6. So, he didn't really spend a year in a tent city, he spent one day a week and six nights.

    I've spent a lot of time in Army tents, too. And sometimes we didn't have the luxury of tents. But then, I was in the Army.

  7. Dear Mr. Surber,
    This asshat writes that "...I paid my dues." I think he unwittingly slipped on his Freudian. When one violates the social contract, part of which is obeying the law, one owes a debt, not dues.

  8. Maybe we could get some contract prisons in Mexico for the illegals. Confinement should be cheap.

  9. Don't like jail, asswipe? Good! That's the point. Either don't drive drunk or take your candy ass back to Mexico.

  10. Sheriff Joe Arpaio - who, after Army service- spent 60 years as a cop, DEA and duly elected sheriff was told by a far left backwater judge to stop enforcing immigration laws passed by elected officials.

    He continued to do his job so she held him in contempt of her tantrum, denying him a trial by jury.

    The Founding Fathers foresaw that there would be times when rogue political judges would substitute their whims for justice and gave presidents the power to pardon - even before any ruling.

    The left are spoiled children throwing a tantrum because they didn't get their way.

  11. If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.

  12. I have friends who worked at state juvenile detention centers. Since those places also use extreme cold from the air conditioning as a means of controlling the inmates, I would guess that adult prisons make even more use of the Air Conditioning to keep inmates calm, quiet and docile.

    And a drunk driver complaining about delicious Peanut Butter sandwiches, oranges, bologna sandwiches, and milk? That's a healthy diet and one that anyone should enjoy. One of my favorite childhood memories is of enjoying a bologna-and-bread sandwich one day after a long hike when we were very hungry. I don't think anything else will ever taste as good as that did!

    Our local old jail, which was in use til the 80s, is now a museum and you can tour it. The odor of urine in the cells is so strong I could not stand it - never realized that part of jail (having never been in one). I would think that the fresh air of tents in the open would be a welcome "breath of fresh air" so to speak.

  13. Got a question for Chairez, would you like to spend another year in Arpaio's jail?
    Some folks sure seem to want to go back, in which case maybe it needs to be a touch harsher.
    As for what to do with Joe, put him in charge of investigating the antifa terrorists who are set on destruction. Maybe a year in Tent City will help them see the light. If not, they can go to Venezuela as social workers.

  14. Some people never learn. This guy is one of them. So far. He may smarten up, or get smartened up, but not likely to be soon.

  15. If you're going to dispense that Margaret Tablet, Don, shouldn't it have a tamper-proof seal and one of those State of California warning labels on it?

  16. Scale and severity? The illegal Mexican wrote that? Not a chance.