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Chinese spy in Arpaio’s office?

Pro Publica published a lengthy investigative report yesterday that raises serious questions about how a Chinese national got access to Arizona’s Terror Center and 5 million Arizona drivers records and possibly lists of law enforcement, intelligence analysts and investigators. Why did Arpaio’s second in command, David Hendershott, travel to China with the county’s facial recognition software vendor? The Pro Publica report states that Hendershott gave orders, contrary to law, to cover it all up. It’s a very troubling story.

Here’s a small taste:

The chance that Fan made off with a raft of sensitive material was made possible by a set of cozy relationships – among a tainted sheriff’s official, a dubious technology startup company and a woman who U.S. government officials think is a Chinese spy.

Read the details and let us know what you think.

By the way, have you heard all the news coverage and discussion of military-grade weapons given by the Pentagon to local police? Joe Arpaio’s department got some, and some went missing. The MSCO has been suspended from the program. Watch this at The Arizona Republic.

America’s toughest governor?

No. After dallying with a run for governor of Arizona many times, Joe Arpaio, dubbed “America’s toughest sheriff,” ended speculation today. Fox News in Phoenix published this statement from Arpaio:

I cannot in good conscience leave the Sheriff’s office now, since that would be necessary if I declare a candidacy for Governor. Currently, I have several sensitive investigations in progress and am facing many challenges in my office. Because of this, I will not desert the people of Maricopa County who have elected me six times. Further, I cannot desert my dedicated employees.

Electoral College votes without birther impediment

Despite a handful of ill-timed birther lawsuits directed at the Electoral College or select members of it, the votes were cast yesterday without any impediment from the birthers. I would cite this as a pure victory for sanity over insanity except that it was marred by the remarks of three Republican party officials and electors from Arizona, reports USA Today. State GOP Chairman Tom Morrissey said:

I’m not satisfied with what I’ve seen. I think for somebody in the president’s position to not have produced a document that looks more legitimate, I have a problem with that.

He was ignoring his own Arizona Secretary of State’s demand for and receipt of a verification from Hawaii of the place of Obama’s birth.


The Huffington Post coverage of this story also reported an Orly Taitz lawsuit in Arizona:

The comments of the Arizona Republicans comes a week after birther queen Orly Taitz filed a lawsuit in federal court in Arizona against Vice President Joe Biden and Congress to block Biden from counting the electoral vote.

However, there is no case in Arizona in the federal PACER system in which “TAITZ” is a party, and only two unrelated cases for “BIDEN.”

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Sign up to view WorldNetDaily ad tomorrow

The big WorldNetDaily advertising extravaganza at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is scheduled for tomorrow. Like last time, you have to give them an email address (and this time your name and zip code) to sign up and they will send you instructions (and email alerts forever more) on how to view the event, which is scheduled for 5:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time, July 17.

Much speculation has appeared as to what new or recycled birther rumor they will present under the stern gaze of Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County Sheriff and WorldNetDaily spokesperson. Sheriff Joe has decades experience in law enforcement  projecting authority and looking serious. One expects the Sheriff’s Cheap Detective1, Mike Zullo, to do most of the talking.

I’ve spent some time thinking about how this blog should report the birther story, and I realized that there is an important distinction between talk and action. President Obama releasing his long-form birth certificate was action.  My editorial stance is that talk is cheap and that actions speak louder than words. The Cold Case Posse to date has been all talk.

This is the article to discuss the “press conference.” I’ll add updates later.

Here’s the link:


1No offense to Peter Falk intended.

SCOTUS cites Vattel: a shot over Obama’s bow?

I really enjoy making up sensational headlines, and then backing down in the article. In this case the Supreme Court is the current one (not Taney’s racist pre Civil War court) and the opinion was issued just yesterday in Arizona v. United States, a case deciding the authority of the states in regulating immigration.

Justice Scalia, “concurring in part and dissenting in part,” cited Emer de Vattel’s Law of Nations on state sovereignty. I don’t know if Vattel would have approved Scalia’s conflation of “state of the United States” with  “country,” but that’s beside the point.

What does this have to do with Obama? In practical terms, it will only excite the birthers who will go all hyperbolic about how important Vattel is. In practical terms, Justice Scalia is already on record saying presidential eligibility is jus soli (birth in the country) and so it doesn’t have any bearing on Obama’s eligibility.

Thanks to a commenter for the tip.

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