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The Truth About the Sheriff Arapaio Pardon

Sheriff Joe                  I will begin with a bit of background about myself. I have lived in Arizona since my father was stationed to Luke AFB back in 1972. I was a Junior in High School and “One-Eyed” Jack was our State’s Governor. After my father retired the following year he began working at the State Capitol as a Capitol Police Officer. He did that for the remainder of his life.

After graduation from High School I struggled to find my ‘place’ and went through several different jobs and even worked for Mario Andretti and Andy Granatelli on some exotic powerplant options for tractor-trailers under contract to GMC. Eventually I decided to follow my father’s footsteps and desired to join the Air Force but had bought a house and had an awesome job building a nuclear power plant in Tonopah, AZ so decided to join the Air National Guard of Arizona instead. I entered the Security Polices after Basic Training in San Antonio, TX and that was the most important decision I was ever to make as it quickly turned into a full-time Active Duty position. That will be another story.

I was blessed to work in a reserve role with the Phoenix PD, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and even the FBI as a member of their Hostage Negotiation Team. I came to know and love these people. My career ended at 7:38 AM the day after Thanksgiving of 1992 when, just after release from duty and on the way home, I was struck in a classic ‘T-bone’ collision on my driver’s side door by a drunk illegal alien trying to get a friend’s van home before it was discovered missing. The entire left side of my body was crushed in the impact. My recovery to the somewhat damaged version of myself that exists today took many years. One might think that an event such as this would motivate some racist response on my part. It never did. Indeed, my spouse and three step-daughters are all Latina. The fact that the individual that never apologized, never appeared in court and reappeared in the US a few months later with a new name and identity with a new car, however, DID have a profound effect. I joined a growing number of Americans that had become very disillusioned about how our border security, more correctly a complete lack thereof, was being abused and Americans paid the price in damage to property, in blood and in lives.

We can all probably remember the promises of Presidents as far back as William Clinton that promised action regarding this issue. Clinton even promised a Great Wall, it never happened. The situation in Arizona came to a ‘head’ when President Barack Obama took office. At that point, the far-left realized that much of their voting base was driven by identity politics and the Latino vote could be had by the simple expedient of giving lip service to border security while turning a blind eye to incursions, creation of sanctuary cities and otherwise refusing to enforce existing law. It should come as no surprise then that in many of these jurisdictions the number of registered voters is as much as 144% of the adult population. Arizona decided that enough was enough and enacted SB1070 which was basically a copy of Federal Statutes regarding illegal immigration into the US and authorized local law enforcement to take an active role in assisting the Federal government as their ‘excuse’ was consistently insufficient resources. One of the more visible and aggressive Arizona LEOs involved was Sheriff Joe Arapaio. He was a problem for Obama for several reasons. Sheriff Joe was vastly popular outside the Latino community, specifically the Mexican community as most others such as my spouse’s Dominicans and the Columbian family down the road are pro-legal immigration. Sheriff Joe even achieved a level of international recognition. In my travels around Europe and Asia I was consistently surprised to find that Joe Arapaio was as well-known and more respected than our POTUS of the time. In relatively short order Sheriff Arapaio had teams of Sheriff’s Deputies out conducting sweeps. They specialized in raids on businesses where they would often make multiple arrests of illegal aliens using American citizens SSNs to cover their tracks which is not only illegal but can have a very deleterious effect on things like your Social Security Benefits, Medicare/Medicaid and your IRS responsibilities. The complaints from the left quickly became a cacophony and while the Sheriff’s actions in the State, and even within the only slightly left-leaning Maricopa County were quite popular (outside the Mexican/Hispanic community of course) it got a lot of negative attention from Washington. From here I can only make educated guesses about what happened. I am going to do so based on conversations with friends in law enforcement, some that far predate these events and knowledge I gained while working for the United States government until I was laid off under the Obama administration.

jan-brewer-finger-in-obamas-fa  This picture is, perhaps, one of the most telling shots of the time and even brushes against a major issue the left is fighting right now. What was behind the first Civil War (because we are living the Second Civil War now) and that is States’ Rights. The ‘official’ reason given for Governor Jan Brewer yelling at the POTUS while shaking her finger in his face was that he began the meeting complaining about her presentation of him in her book. All this occurred just prior to his successful run for a second term. You know the one where he could be a better friend to Russia because he didn’t need to campaign anymore. I have heard that some of the animosity was centered around SB1070 and an on-going SCOTUS case regarding the right of a State to enforce Federal Law when the Federal government had determined failure to enforce the law was to the benefit of the country. At this point in time Eric Holder had already directed Judge Snow to issue a bench order to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office to cease and desist. Further the State was advised that criminal aliens caught in these sweeps would not be accepted by ICE under direction of an executive order given by President Obama. The order given to Sheriff Arapaio by Judge Snow literally forbade the use of commonly accepted standard police practice by every single law enforcement office on planet earth. It had the chilling effect of forcing the Sheriff’s Office to disregard all laws if those laws could engender contact with a potential illegal alien. Sheriff Arapaio knew that this order was illegal from day one. No judge has the power to literally order an elected Sheriff in the US to stop enforcement of any law. So he briefed his Deputies the best way he could with a policy that allowed the Deputies to maintain their duties while preventing any appearance of impropriety in enforcement of Federal Statutes regarding immigration. At this point I think it must be mentioned that ALL LEOs, regardless of jurisdiction, are required to enforce all laws. An example that is easiest to understand is this…a bank robbery is specifically a Federal Offense but the effect of Judge Snow’s order if applied across the board, meant that a bank robber could rob a bank right in front of a uniformed Maricopa County Sheriff’s Deputy and he would be powerless to interfere and would be unable to testify in court regarding the robbery. This, in my opinion, is what led to the Brewer/Obama confrontation. The Right of a State to defend itself when the Federal Government has abrogated its duty.

We come to today. The SCOTUS reviewed AZ SB1070 and declared it Constitutional so the original case filed against Sheriff Joe Arapaio in Federal Court just lost its teeth. The local Latino population is protesting in the street so the Judge charges Sheriff Arapaio with Criminal Contempt of Court to keep them happy. The Hispanics don’t even seem aware that the new charge has zero to do with their complaints and is nothing but a political face-saving maneuver for the Judge and what is left of Obama’s henchmen. Arapaio requests a jury for the trial. Judge Snow can’t allow that because he knows he will never be able to assemble a Jury in Maricopa County that would convict so he refuses, forces the trial and finds Sheriff Arapaio guilty. What we have here is a classic Kangaroo Court. Even a total idiot can see that, liberals don’t care because Arapaio is a Republican and supports President Trump so he MUST be a Nazi. President Trump also saw that and did the right thing by granting him a pardon.

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To What do We Owe the Rise of Trump?

Trump has lit a fire. Can it be contained?

An already ugly campaign takes a violent — and ominous — turn. ~Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post

If it weren’t so sad I would be laughing at this article. No! You can blame Trump for his rhetoric but it is actually the very same rhetoric that has been bandied about by the MSM and the Administration for several years now. It all started with Treyvon Martin and a President of the United States inserting a personal opinion that preceded even the most basic investigation into the facts. Obama said “He could have been my son.” in response to a picture of an innocent appearing teenage boy rather than the huge thug that he had grown into. He made that comment before the facts became evident. He pandered to the race-baiters and even refused to reject their calls for assassination and public riots which damaged the property and lives of the innocent. This has established a pattern which continues to this day. Obama, the Justice Department and MSM constantly turning everything, regardless of fact, into a race war and out-of-control LEO population that culminated in the BLM movement. This domestic terror organization has publicly called on its members to kill random police officers, bomb police stations and attack and kill random white people for the crime of “being white” and yet, after these public and vociferous threats Obama invites the leaders to the White House for dinner and a chat. One of them is on the FBIs most wanted list for killing a police officer.

Then there is Ferguson and another clearly justified shooting of another black criminal that had just finished committing a strong-arm robbery. What do we hear? “Hands up, don’t shoot.” Again the President and the MSM jump aboard to the defense of the rioters and looters. As the facts again are revealed the damage is already done. We blame the MSM especially for considering rioting, looting and burning down the homes and businesses of the innocent as an “expression of free speech” protected by the Constitution of the United States. Obama, MSM and the rest of Washington, DC have now set the stage.

During this entire period we are inundated with an Administration, backed up by MSM, that the unemployment rate is down from 10% where it ended during the Bush administration to under 5% today. problem is that the job growth they refer to is in the service industry with some of the lowest paying jobs in the country. People need to work 2 – 3 jobs just to get by now. Most of these jobs don’t even come as full-time. This also disregards that fact that our employment participation rate is at the lowest point it has been at in over FIFTY YEARS!! These are the huge masses of unemployed white collar workers that have been displaced by H1B Visa holders and overseas outsourcing of high-tech and manufacturing positions. Current statistics report that as much as 47% of our healthy working age adult population is either unemployed or under-employed right now.

This gets us to Trump. He is verbalizing the actual emotional state of the vast majority of the American populace and yes, many don’t actually like him or see him as presidential (me included) but do see him as the ONLY person running that is not afraid to come right out with the truth of where we, as a nation, are right now. During this period we are told by the pundits in the left-leaning MSM that we Republicans are a bunch of racist Neanderthals with little, or no, education despite the obvious and glaring fact that at the beginning of this campaign the Democrats were running two old white people while the racist and misogynist Republican party put forward a group of very diverse people including a black-American, a Female CEO, two Latinos and a couple of traditional old white guys. We are racist and uneducated because we think that laws are meant to be enforced, knuckle-draggers because we think that a person should try to stand on their own two feet rather than live off the sweat of another, Neanderthals because we don’t think that dead people and non-citizens should be permitted to vote in our elections.

I want you people in the MSM to think about this, and think real hard even though it hurts to actually use your brains… How many attacks have been made by Trump supporters at Democratic events? You think we are stupid and uneducated, even those of us like me with dual-Masters and a life-time of engineering. Even my friend’s spouse with her PhD because she decided to vote for Trump but gets called “Uncle Ruckus” because she HAPPENS to be a black-American! As ye sow, so shall ye reap and the left has reaped the whirlwind.

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Add published author to my skill set

In Search Of The Green Flash

It is with no little pride Smile that I announce the availability of my first published book. It is a quick read with illustrations done by my spouse, Lisa Vargas. The name of the book is “In Search of the Green Flash” by John Slavik and it is available on the Barnes and Noble website as an ebook. The story in this particular incidence is very personal and some who have followed this blog may even recognize one of the events.

If you are interested please go to and purchase it. You have no idea how much help you will be giving my family and I.

The Death of the Age of Heroes

Sir Winston Churchill
Sir Winston Churchill

Once upon a time we were allowed to have heroes. Men and women capable of performing extra-ordinary feats. Discover new lands or new peoples, new science, new art, stand up to tyranny. Many in the past have risen to legendary status. But in the process of creating a hero we neglect the simple fact that ALL these individuals are, at heart, still only people. As ordinary people they are subject to all the same faults, sins of omission and commission, that the rest of us are. Nobody is perfect, nobody is without sin. We hold that as a basic truth and you reading this certainly know that if you look within yourself with honesty that this observation is true.

During the 20th Century the man pictured in this blog, Sir Winston Churchill, was considered one of the most influential and powerful heroes of the age. He is generally credited with keeping the United Kingdom in the war when all else was lost to the NAZIs. His patience and steadfastness kept that island nation in things long enough for the US to enter into the conflict and bring an end to plans for global domination by an implacable enemy. Yet he was just a man, he smoked and drank, was a mediocre student and had to wear special dentures to correct a lateral lisp. He was, and remains, the most important Briton by public acclimation. When histories of great men are written we eliminate or gloss over the negatives and highlight and emphasize the positives.

The Rev. Martin Luther King was a known womanizer but is honored today with a holiday, speeches of remembrance and has even been on US postage stamps. About heroes of the past even less is known of their negative aspects . . . if any are known at all.

Now the era of the internet allows us to create history, even rewrite history on the run. I watch as heroes are taken to task via Twitter and Facebook even as thugs are turned into heroes by whitewash and outright lies in order to further a political agenda. It is now, for some reason that I am incapable of understanding, permissible to allow a person or persons to accuse someone publicly for a crime that happened so long in the past that no evidence of wrongdoing can ever be presented beyond the word of the accuser. However, since the accused is a public figure we must accept that these accusations MUST be true. We are now allowed, even coerced, into making judgments about past heroes based on values of today or, even worse, science of today that didn’t exist at the time. We are expected to overlook the sins of the loser while enhancing the sin of the winner. In this environment is it any wonder that few are any longer willing to stick their neck out for others? Being a hero today is almost a sure ticket to public humiliation just as being a hero of yesterday has turned the dead into a viable target incapable of even the most basic of self-defenses.

Yes, once upon a time we had heroes. People so special that they became more fictional representations of themselves. But these people were used to teach and educate the current generations about what could be and was good about being human. By taking away the hero we are left with a legacy of bitterness at just how awful being a human truly is. We are a cancer upon our world and it would be so much better if we would simply die out and leave the world in blessed peace. Somehow I don’t actually think that is the case.

In the interim we still have Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and all the other incorruptible fictional heroes . . . or do we? Last time I checked it is now fashionable to create negative back stories for the purely fictional too.

The “Age of Heroes” is past. How sad.

To all the cars I loved before (Part One 1955 – 1972)

Part Three is coming real soon! Stay tuned for further updates.

The Heretic

Let’s start from the beginning. This is my beginning so will start with cars I owned in proxy with my dad. I think this is fair for a variety of reasons. I always had a knack for things mechanical and my father discovered this when I was very young. He was not being altruistic, he was being frugal, if I could fix something he saw no reason to spend money having someone else do it. In exchange I could drive anything that I could fit into even though I was not legally old enough to drive on a public road. So he would often take me somewhere private and we would play. Another reason for proxy ownership is that I eventually grew up to become a professional master mechanic, race car driver and petrol-head. These avocations led me into some long-term relationships with cars that, while I didn’t own them…

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Should the USA hire Her Majesty?

Unemployment is WAY DOWN, under-employment is WAY UP. The bottom line is that our middle-class has been gutted and the middle-class made up the heart and soul of the American economy. Small mom and pop operations employed over 90% of the US workforce. Centralization of supply and demand, migration of high-paying low/unskilled factory jobs and many other factors of a similar nature have conspired to put us where we are. The problems are too complex and of a global nature; it is not possible that anyone can lay the blame on any president. I am NOT pro-Obama, he is a liar and has never actually worked an honest day in his life, never served in any form of the military (not even the National Guard) so I truly believe he has some of the lowest of moral compass and ethics in the history of his office.

That said I firmly believe that being a ‘saint’ is NOT a trait that we want in a president. The ability to twist fact and play with statistics is a critical skill for the office. Our current political climate at the national level consists of a group of extreme left socialists that are battling a group of extreme right conservatives. Problem is that the vast majority of Americans actually lie somewhere between the two so the vast majority are seeing a government that is subverting the will of the people on every single issue regardless of it being a Democrat or a Republican putting forward the issue. While the climate is like this our government is powerless to move on any significant issue, compromise is no longer possible. It is not a problem triggered by the Tea Party Republicans any more than it is a problem of the Far Left Liberals. They are symptoms of a disease. The disease is intolerance and the inability to accept responsibility.

We are now seeing our society crack around the edges, signs of extreme civil unrest, people taking the law into their own hands due to the inability of the government to govern. If things do not change and change very soon we will have given the Office of the President of the United States that which he most ardently seeks . . . an excuse to impose martial law. When that occurs you can kiss your elections goodbye. You can then say hello to the Emperor of the United States Barrack Hussein Obama. I, for one, wouldn’t blame him. It is that or we all vote to have Queen Elizabeth absorb us back in the British Empire (wouldn’t that be a gas?)!

Actually, the British form of government has a very significant advantage over ours as it is currently structured. The Queen is relatively powerless to rule the people directly, she is allowed to give a speech during which she can bring up issues of importance. But there is one power unique to the Throne. The Queen can dissolve a government when the voice of the people demand it. This has been done only a very few times in the past. Most notably the government of Chamberlain, with his history of appeasement to Hitler at the onset of WW2. We all know the result of that. The government reformed with Winston Churchill at the head and Britain stood, alone, against the Axis onslaught for almost 3 full years until the US entered the conflict.

The Real Unemployment Numbers

The administration was pleased to announce that the unemployment rate is now down to 6.2% from 6.7%. This proves that the economic recovery is well on the way to working . . . or does it? The unemployment rate used by the administration is but one measure of our workforce. Out of all eligible members of the US workforce the actual participation rate is 62%. Literally this means that a little over 6 of every 10 eligible potential workers are actually working or actively seeking work. Almost 4 out of every ten are not If you add the unemployed to the non-participating you come up with a staggering 92 million Americans that are unemployed. The actual unemployment rate currently is closer to 12%! This isn’t even calculating the number of people that are under-employed such as highly degreed professionals in their 50s and 60s that can’t find a job outside of being a burger jockey. Throw these into the figures and we are now looking at over 40% un/under-employed. This should be heartbreaking to anyone reading this.

If you go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics they actually break down all these numbers for you. It paints a pretty dim picture of the actual state of our country. Almost 1 million eligible workers have just plain given up even looking for a job after multiple years of searching have left them devoid of hope. They survive on government handouts and off-the-grid money-making such as garage sales to keep surviving.

The real strength of the United States has been a strong and productive middle-class. But the past decade has seen the power of this middle-class eroded by several things. Overseas production of real goods is, perhaps, number one on the list. You see; it is the factory worker, the construction worker, the plumber, the baker, even the candlestick maker that supported America’s lifestyle. These operations employed the vast majority of Americans. When local production halted then we were left as a nation of rampant consumers whose sole purpose became the acquisition of material things produced elsewhere. But we can not support ourselves if all we do is buy. Eventually the buyers run out of money, then the lower paid sales force loses their jobs. Now we are a nation intent on buying survival items. This is having a profound effect on the sales of durable goods. So now the bigger corporations are beginning to feel the pinch as demand for their products drop. They may pay for an hour’s work in Vietnam with a cup of rice, but they still need to buy the rice. The ability of the USG to support the needy is putting a bigger and bigger demand on the middle- and upper-classes; the middle-class is all but destroyed now and the upper-class cannot bear the weight of taking care of the other 98% of Americans.

Some of these figures can be accounted for by the mass retirement of baby-boomers but the sad fact is that nothing but abrogation of responsibility on the part of our government and big business hold the ‘bag’ for the following factual numbers:

  • 92 million Americans out of work.
  • 10.1 million people the administration admits are officially unemployed.
  • 6 million who want a job but haven’t found one yet.
  • 2.5 million who didn’t bother to search.
  • 1.5 million that didn’t look for work because of this reason or that.
  • 900,000 that gave up entirely.

Obama’s unemployment claims are as empty as his recovery methods.