Skip to comments.Arizona sheriff puts inmates on bread and water for desecrating U.S. flag
Posted on 01/25/2014 7:12:14 AM PST by moonshinner_09
Reuters) - Dozens of inmates in Arizona jails run by a sheriff who has been a controversial figure in the national immigration debate have been put on a diet of bread and water for desecrating U.S. flags that hang in each cell, authorities said on Friday.
Maricopa County lawman Joe Arpaio, who has been called "America's toughest sheriff," said 38 inmates were currently getting these meals twice a day as punishment for destroying government property while in custody at six jails.
"These inmates have destroyed the American flag that was placed in their cells. Tearing them, writing on them, stepping on them, throwing them in the toilet, trash or wherever they feel," Arpaio said in a statement. "It's a disgrace to those who have fought for our country."
The punishment will last for seven days, he said, and a second offense would bring 10 more days of the sparse diet.A sheriff's spokesman said the bread provides the daily requirement of calories and nutrients that is necessary. There are about 8,300 inmates in the jail system.
In recent months, the Maricopa County jails have broadcast patriotic songs over the public address systems - "The Star Spangled Banner" in the morning and "God Bless America" at night.
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I’m liking this guy.
I really wish Joe was about 30 yrs younger.
At age 81 he’s going strong but for how many more years?
God bless ya buddy!
i wish he would do ‘boot camp’ making them do PT and work all day
I need to buy duct tape stock....libtards heads will be exploding....
Eric Holder must be fit to be tied....which is an excellent thing...
I’m betting that his approval rating among his electorate just went up because of this latest action.
Sitting in jail tents in pink underwear eating bread and water with no AC. I like it.
GO SHERIFF ARPAIO.....
LOL. Gotta have the lefties crapping in their depends.
Showing no respect is always a cause for Mama to bring a fetch upside the head in almost every household in the world.
And the “fetch” was only bread and water? Probably pretty strong disciplinary action, considering what is NOT allowed in this country any more.
I have met Joe Arpaio a couple of times back in the 80’s when I lived in Arizona. He was guest speaker at several mortgage banker functions I attended when I was in the industry. He is a no-nonsense guy who is plain spoken without a bunch of political double talk and obfuscation when he speaks. He was very popular at the time because he took his job as sherif very seriously. He didn’t treat the country inmates like they were at a hotel or a resort, like some do. His tent city, chain-gang style work details, pink underwear, educational TV instead of the usual Hollywood drivel, all endeared him to the law abiding population who elected him over and over with 80%+ popularity. I had a couple of friends who hated him. Might have been because they got caught drinking and driving in his roadblocks and had to spend some time in his tent city. His goal was to make jail so uncomfortable for the “guests” that they would keep straight and not want to come back. He’s a tough sheriff, which in my mind is what you want in that job. Not some pansy, pussy-footer like Obama and Holder who have gone after him for following the feds own rules on immigration enforcement.
I think you will like this.
You don’t know already how it will be viewed?????
Read that he was considering a run for Governor. What a great no bullshite Guvnah Sherriff Joe would make!
Still get a smile every time I think about him responding to some lib-wiener reporter who was crying about the County prisoner conditions in his tent farm and Joe said “we let them watch TV all day, but just the Weather Channel, so they can see how hot it is”.
Now that I’m wearing my flame proof underwear. Let me tell you something. This guy is a showboating attention whore. Thank you. That is all.
I posted what I posted because I have an inquiring mind. One of the things that interests me is to study public reaction to unusual things that are done by controversial public figures.
Is the public reaction one of outrage, is it mixed, is it surprising, or ignorant, or non-existant, or approving, disapproving, hated, loved, ignored?.....
I like to analyze issues and reactions.....and I'm always particularly interested in public reaction to Sheriff Joe's creative, attention-getting rules and punishments that he applies to his inmate population.
He is indeed a notably-unique person in today's array of the good, the bad and the beautiful public personages.
I think the dry heat is healthy
He came here to Indiana for a Republican fund raiser in fall of 2012. He’s a great speaker.
Wish we could clone him.
If so, it's only because the headline is misleading -- I suspect deliberately so.
Although in paragraph two the "news" agency clarifies the reason for the punishment (i.e., "punishment for destroying government property while in custody"), the clear intent of the headline is to stir up emotions against the sheriff.
Nay...water boarding or a flogging for flag desecration is strong disciplinary action...
Next time these thugs want to desecrate the US flag, bet they will think twice...
Bread and water is probably more than they deserve...
Lot's of Americans are getting sick to death with this BS giving the criminal element more rights and than hard working Americans
Yes, this is Reuters. Mindless, knee-jerk left-wing lemmings. America-haters. Marginally worse than AP, not quite as bad as AFP.
You meant 'strung up' didn't you?
In lieu of a FBI visit...I will refrain from commenting : ^ )
LOL I LOVE this guy!
The voters that matter (Mrs. Liberty and me) think he's doing the right thing here in our county. "Bread and water" may sound like inadequate nutrition for those who think he is serving Wonderbread or some such, but that's not what it is. The jail takes all the leftover food from a day's meals, grinds it into paste and bakes it into bread-like loaves to be served to prisoners who can't be trusted with even plastic forks, hence the expression "bread and water."
The prisoners in question have proven they can't be trusted with plastic serviceware. Holder and Obastard can bitch and complain all they want, but if the lil' darlings are getting nutritionally sound meals there's nothing they can do about it.
At my house, we call that meatloaf.
He called it “food-loaf.” It’s the idiot press who coined the term “bread.” He uses the term now, just to pi$$ them off. It’s nice to see that’s working for him. ;^)
(Never will forget the time I kicked him squarely in the shins. He was very nice about it.)
Here is a dumb question; Why in the hell has Arpio put flags in cells in the first place? I know many of you here love the guy, but Sheriff Joe is a first class asshat. He pulls stunts like this to get a reaction out of his prisoners. The man is a PR genius, he is very good at manipulating people. He is also a power hungry madman. I’m all for law and order but Arpio takes this crap too far. Think about this, the majority of the people in the Maricopa County Jail have not been convicted of anything yet, many of them are awaiting trial. Joe doesn’t give a damn about the Constitution. We have many other good Sheriffs in Arizona. Leon Wilmont in Yuma County,Paul Babeu in Pinal County, John Drum in La Paz County, and the list goes on. These guys are more effective than Arpio yet they never get the headlines. They are the quiet professionals. Sheriff Joe is a blowhard clown who needs to go away.
You are right - I love it. And, I love Sheriff Joe!!!