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That’s right, you’re looking at Yoenis Cristo Banos, who was arrested and jailed for a felony theft charge in Broward County, Florida. On the left? The silly gas-sucking system that got him there.

There are some criminal plans that are deceptively simple, and others that are just plain simple. Barnos’s was the latter. From what we gather, it was formulated something like this:

Step one: Roll up to gas station in suspicious-looking van outfitted with giant plastic tanks, generator.
Step two: Park suspicious-looking van directly over the underground vaults that hold gas station’s supply of gas.
Step three: Connect hoses to vaults, siphon gas into giant plastic tanks until police arrive.
Step four: Get arrested.

So, A+ for execution, Yoenis! He’d managed to slurp up 255 gallons—a value of about $1,020 on the thriving gasoline black market—before the gas station’s managers started to wonder why a suspicious-looking van with hoses coming out the side was parked in their lot.

Courtesy of BRIAN BARRETT

Today’s Reason For The Legalization Of Marijuana: 



The odds are 3 out of 10 (30%) that you’ve already been arrested at least once if you’re a 23-year-old American….

Today’s Reason For The Legalization Of Marijuana: 

The odds are 3 out of 10 (30%) that you’ve already been arrested at least once if you’re a 23-year-old American….

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Our Problem……



“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders .. and millions have been killed because of this obedience .. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.”
 ~ Howard Zinn

Our Problem……

“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders .. and millions have been killed because of this obedience .. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.

~ Howard Zinn

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By Rep. Ruben Gallego

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Over a three-year period ending in 2007, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, headed by Joe Arpaio, ignored or inadequately investigated over 400 sex crimes, including child molestation cases with victims as young as two years old.

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In the small Arizona community of El Mirage alone, at least 50-75 sex abuse cases, including 32 reports of child molestation, were never resolved.

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Victims of abuse, especially vulnerable children, are entitled to protection from local law enforcement and deserve to have their accusers brought to justice. It is unconscionable that under Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s watch, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has allowed hundreds of reported sexual abuse crimes, including dozens of alleged child molestations, to be mishandled, inadequately investigated, or outright ignored. 

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That’s why I created a petition to the U.S. Department of Justice on SignOn.org, which says:

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Sheriff Arpaio has failed to fulfill his obligations as Sheriff of Maricopa County. We call upon the U.S. Department of Justice to intervene and hold Sheriff Joe accountable for his failure to serve and protect these victims.

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Will you sign the petition? Click here to add your name, and then pass it along to your friends:

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http://www.moveon.org/r?r=268747&id=33812-20131975-vdZOXKx&t=2

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Thanks!

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–Rep. Ruben Gallego

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To be delivered to: U.S. Department of Justice and Sheriff Joe Arpaio

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Over a three-year period ending in 2007, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, headed by self styled “Toughest Sheriff in America” Joe Arpaio“ ignored or inadequately investigated over 400 sex crimes, many including reported child molestation, with victims as young as two years old. In the small Arizona community of El Mirage alone, at least 50 - 75 sex abuse cases (including over 32 child molestation reports) were never resolved. Victims of abuse, especially vulnerable children, are entitled to the protection of local law enforcement and deserve to have their accusers brought to justice. It is unconscionable that Sheriff Arpaio has allowed such a gross miscarriage of justice to take place under his direction. Under Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s watch, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has allowed hundreds of reported sexual abuse crimes, including dozens of alleged child molestations, to be mishandled, inadequately investigated, or outright ignored. Law enforcement officials are sworn to serve and protect the public and victims of abuse are entitled to justice under our legal system.

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NEW goal - We need 4,000 signatures
There are currently 3,029 signatures

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WELCOME TO SHERIFF JOE’S ARIZONA!

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At the invitation of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Manu Chao traveled to Arizona to witness the human rights crisis facing migrants there and to give a free “Alto Arizona” performance..

Film Director Alex Rivera (Sleep Dealer) shot a short music video of Manu in front of the infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Tent City jail before the show on September 21, 2011.


 

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Another Stupid-Sheriff Story


For anyone in need of a good laugh, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio issued a press release this morning with the headline “Sheriff Arpaio Says His Office Enjoying Exceptional Times.”

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2011 has proven to be quite “exceptional” for the MCSO — it’s not often a sheriff’s office costs TAXPAYERS nearly $750,000 in two separate lawsuits in less than 24 hours. It’s also rare for a law enforcement agency to have to fire two of its male top deputies after they exchanged love letters while also discussing a way to launder scads of money for a sleazy attack ad targeting the sheriff’s political opponent.

Even more “exceptional” is Joe Arpaio’s claim that he had no idea how poorly/illegally his office has been run for the past several years, or for one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the country to misspend nearly $100 million in TAXPAYER MONEY on things like rounding up stock boys at the Burlington Coat Factory.

Adding to Arpaio’s “exceptional” 2011 is the fact that a drug/human-smuggling cartel has infiltrated his office. Even more exceptional/unbelievable is the fact that one of his detention officers is pregnant with a Mexican drug “kingpin’s” illegitimate child.

Then there’s the churching up of illegal immigrant roundups by using language like “employer sanctions operations” to describe them, all while not arresting a single “employer.

But all that stuff aside, the 79-year-old sheriff thinks “the headlines portray a different picture.”

By “different picture,” Arpaio must mean the facts.

We’ll spare you the entire press release to avoid having whatever beverage you may be consuming from gushing out of your nose.


 

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New legislation allows the [Arizona DOC] to impose a $25 fee on adults who wish to visit inmates at any of the 15 prison complexes that house state prisoners. The one-time “background check fee” for visitors, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, has angered prisoner advocacy groups and family members of inmates, who in many cases already shoulder the expense of traveling long distances to the remote areas where many prisons are located.

David C. Fathi, director of the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, called the fee “mind-boggling” and said that while it was ostensibly intended to help the state — the money will be used to repair and maintain the prisons — it could ultimately have a negative effect on public safety.

“We know that one of the best things you can do if you want people to go straight and lead a law-abiding life when they get out of prison is to continue family contact while they’re in prison,” he said. “Talk about penny-wise and pound-foolish.”

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Imagine if the state instituted an outright tax on the families of inmates.  Is this not what has essentially happened?

Recent:
US Prison Population Tops 2.4 Million
The Nation: The History of ALEC and Prison Labor

Courtesy of legalizeheroin:

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