The Real Issue About @paulbabeuaz Is More About the Abuse of Power, and Not His Sexual Orientation

The easy thing to do in the Sheriff Paul Babeu scandal is to focus on his private life and mock it. Most of his most fervent online opponents have been quick to follow that route, suggesting that his sexual orientation and lifestyle are the reasons why he got himself into this mess in the first place.

However, choosing that path would just put his critics in a place that few would thrive in. Joke about his homosexuality and in the end, you come across as homophonic and mean-spirited.

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The karma that Babeu is facing now should not be about his sexual orientation. Instead, what Babeu is guilty of more serious issues: political hypocrisy and a blatant abuse of power. Babeu is an elected official and he is also a candidate for US Congress. His views on immigration and his beliefs that undocumented people were "criminals" led to national recognition. If there were a poster boy for FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform), it was Babeu.

Publicly, Babeu spewed his anti-immigration views, claiming that it was in the best interests of America. Yet, in the end, his alleged relationship with someone who claims that Babeu was threatening him with deportation if their relationship became public, speaks of blatant and rampant hypocrisy. He claims that he is innocent, but at the same time, Babeu also stepped down as the co-chair of Mitt Romney's campaign in Arizona. Stories like these matter, and Babeu does not yet fully realize that the damage has been done to his public image as the GREAT DEFENDER OF THE BORDER. Does he still have the fight when in the end, his political credibility has tanked?

If voters in Arizona are still supporting Babeu, do they even consider the trust factor, which was shattered by these new developments? Will they support him now, even though to MANY OF THEM sexual orientation DOES MATTER? Or is the true Arizona GOP demographic anti-immigration and pro-gay? We doubt it. However, if indeed his base forgives him, what does it say about them as voters? We are ok with some gays, but let's make sure it doesn't get too extreme for us? Before the scandal, it is was about morality. Now what?

The day after he denied the allegations but confirmed that he was gay, Babeu was trying to put this all behind him, claiming that he will still run for US Congress. However, the reaction out of Arizona has been mixed and quite frankly, perplexing. As ABC News reported:

Support for Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu has been mixed since the Pinal County sheriff found himself embroiled in allegations that he threatened to have his ex-boyfriend deported.

Arizona Sen. John McCain stood by his friend and political supporter.

"Well of course  Sheriff Babeu is a friend of mine. I do not know the details except what has been published in the media and I am sure there will be a thorough and complete investigation if there is any allegations of wrongdoing,” McCain said. “All I can say is that he also deserves the benefit, as every citizen does, of innocence until proven guilty.”

Chairman of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors Pete Rios disagreed. "Clearly this is an issue that is not going away anytime soon,” Rios told the Arizona Republic. “It will be with the sheriff for quite a while and Pinal County for quite a while. We’ll see if the sheriff sees the light and that he is truly damaging his department, law enforcement and Pinal County with these allegations.”

Rios, who has been a critic of Babeu, said he planned to ask the Pinal County Attorney’s Office to investigate whether Babeu abused his power and possibly county resources, the newspaper reported.

The focus here is exactly what Rios has said. Will Babeu's stance and actions hurt Pinal County even more, and will he just do the right thing and walk away from the scandal, proving that sometimes not fighting anymore is the best course of action?

And if you think we are the only ones questioning Babeu's actions, a GOP group whose leadership is prominently Latino just released similar thoughts:

Evidence that you [Babeu] have or may abuse your power are extremely relevant in the upcoming elections. You did the right thing by stepping down as Mitt Romney’s Arizona campaign co-chairman, though it’s likely you would have been asked to step down had you not preempted the firing by resigning first.

You should also withdraw from the congressional race immediately. The obvious lack of judgement you demonstrated, and these serious allegations hanging over your campaign make you unelectable. Leaving the race will clear the field for the two credible Republican candidates in the race now, and open the door for other qualified republicans to step forward and run for this office. Note that we are not supporting either of the two other Republican candidates.

You are not a credible candidate, due to your constant fear mongering about border violence, the apparently self-inflicted shooting of one of your deputies, and now this scandalous behavior, all of which call into question your leadership and integrity. Several border area mayors even wrote you a letter debunking your constant claims of border violence spiraling out of control, when in fact FBI statistics show that our border communities are among the safest.

In the end, Babeu lived a double-life. In his public world, he spoke of law and order and cleaning Arizona from the "criminals," but in his private world, if the allegations stick, he acted in a way that would have challenged his policies as sheriff. Ironically, the public Babeu could have gone after the private Babeu, if we take his public and hateful rhetoric to heart. That is the game of mistrust that is happening here, and voters should be demanding more from their leaders, especially the ones who promote fear and sensationalism, yet live in another hidden world where power can be manipulated to prey on the lives of others.

The right thing to do is to just resign. Simple as that. Not because you are gay, because you are a hypocrite.

Guest Post by @Raul_Ramos: Arpaio will bust the “Illegal-Alien-in-Chief” on March 1

Guest Post by Raul Ramos y Sanchez, Award-Winning Author, RaulRamos.com

Just when you thought the cartoonish spectacles at the Maricopa County Sheriffs' Office could not get any more absurd, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has made another grandstand media play that could put him in the political Looney Tunes Hall of Fame.

After launching a “Cold Case Posse” last September to investigate the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate, Sheriff Arpaio has now set March 1 as D-Day for the release of the Posse’s findings. Arpaio's supporters are anxiously awaiting what the sheriff promises will be some “shocking” revelations. (Maybe the posse will ride in on horseback toting six guns. You never know with the self-proclaimed “America’s Toughest Sheriff”.)

Unless you are one of those who breathe the vapors that produce visions of “illegal alien reconquistas” and believe our president is a communist-fascist-atheist and a closet Muslim terrorist, you might ask why a county sheriff would get involved in a federal investigation. But if you’re asking that question, you probably don’t know much about Joe Arpaio.

Sheriff Arpaio has somehow found time for this vital investigation of our president despite a number of pressing local issues. These include:

  • At least 32 reported child molestations — with victims as young as 2 years old — where Sheriff Arpaio’s office failed to follow through after the crimes were reported. This negligence brought widespread criticism for the sheriff including a rebuke by Republican Arizona Senator John McCain who was “outraged” over the sheriff’s alleged mishandling of these sex crimes.
  • On December 15, 2011 the United States Department of Justice released a report stating Sheriff Arpaio's department engaged in “ a pattern or practice of unconstitutional policing” and “engages in racial profiling of Latinos; unlawfully stops, detains, and arrests Latinos.”
  • Based on the Justice Department report on discriminatory policing practices within the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, the United States Department of Homeland Security revoked the MCSO's federal authority to identify and detain illegal immigrants.
  • A federal grand jury has been investigating Arpaio's office on criminal abuse-of-power allegations since at least December 2009 and is specifically examining the investigative work of the sheriff's anti-public corruption squad.

With all this, you’d think Sheriff Joe might have more important local law enforcement matters to attend than staging a hokey media bust of the “Illegal-Alien-in-Chief.” But thinking will only get you in trouble if you support Joe Arpaio.

Sheriff Arpaio’s cartoon-like, Elmer Fudd pursuit of the president along with those “wascal illegal alien invaders” would be amusing — if real human lives weren’t involved. Unfortunately, we will have to endure the next episode of his political looney tunes on March 1. Stay tuned.

Raul Ramos y Sanchez is the award-winning author of AMERICA LIBRE and HOUSE DIVIDED. You can connect with him at RaulRamos.com.

Timothy Bradley (Who?) Says Latinos Are Rooting for Him Against Pacquiao

First of all, who is Timothy Bradley? Does anyone know?

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Saturday, Bradley, who is facing WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao on June 9, is telling the world that Latinos are uniting behind him because he is married to a Latin American woman.

This is what Bradley said to RingTV:

"My wife is Latin American, and the Latino community is embracing me, especially in my home town. Absolutely. That's the case, not only in my community, but everywhere. Everybody wants to see this guy go down, and everybody wants me to be the guy to take him out.

"That's what I feel and that's how I see it. The Latin community has embraced me in this fight. Because they want someone to beat this guy. Pacquiao has beaten a lot of Latin fighters, you know, and their champions.

"A lot of Mexican fighters have lost to this guy, and they're looking for someone that's friendly and someone that's humble and someone that's hungry and someone that's with them as well, and that's me."

Bradley is the current WBO junior welterweight champion. He has a 28-0 record with 12 KOs. Pacquiao is one of the best fighters in the history of boxing and boasts a 54-3-2 record with 38 KOs. He can also sing with the best of them:

Leave It to @nbcsnl For Taking on the Silliness of #LinSanity

Leave it to Saturday Night Live for addressing the racial stereotypes bombarding the media when it comes to New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin.

As with any comedy skit that is done well, there is always truth. Here's hoping all this racial silliness makes us better people.

After Addressing Allegations, @paulbabeuaz Tweets That He Will Stay in Congress Race… For Now

After addressing allegations that he had threatened his Mexican ex-lover with deportation, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, who is currently running for US Congress, went back to Twitter this afternoon to post two tweets that suggest that he will not let the scandal detract him. Question is: will Pinal County voters agree? Too soon to tell.

 

 

 

“The Internet Is Forever:” @producermatthew Finds Old Photos of @JLin7 “Chinkballa88″ Profile

This one perplexes us, but it just goes to prove, as HyperVocal.com says, THE INTERNET IS FOREVER. The website posted the following story, which came from Internet sleuth @producermatthew:

 

Mimic Headband Photos From Jeremy Lin’s

'Chinkballa88' Xanga Page in 2004

Granted, Lin was a teenager, but still, what do you think? Here are just a few images that Lin's Xanga page had posted, which some of the captions he wrote. For more details, visit HyperVocal's post.

“this is what marquis daniels on the dallas mavs looks like with a sideways ghetto headband.”

 

“there’s josh howard on the dallas mavs. he wears his headband jewish style…very very loosely.”

 

Kudos, @ESPN, @mbretosESPN and @MKimESPNAmerica For Quickly Addressing @JLin7 Controversy

In the end, all people want is humility, and in the case of the ESPN "Chink in Armor" headline controversy, the network and two of its employees used social media the right way to address what was an unfortunate mistake. ESPN also did what it needed to do: fire the writer who wrote the headline.

ESPN acted and acted quickly by letting the writer go. Max Bretos, the ESPN anchor who had said the following on air, was also suspended for 30 days. He was the one who said the line on air.

 

In addition, Bretos was quick to use Twitter to apologize, and we applaud him for doing so. We were perplexed that Bretos admitted that he was married to an Asian wife, but we will give him the benefit of the doubt. Next time, if you see a line that doesn't quite work, tell your producer? Don't day it? But we will say that the tweet apology is sincere and not public-relations generated:

And in the spirit of the RT (the greatest thing you can do on Twitter), Bretos' colleague Michael Kim made sure to acknowledge Bretos' tweet.
 
 
Kim had initially expressed his frustration via Twitter (yes, let your employer know that when something is wrong, you raise it) and even though we understand, it was kind of strange that he tried to justify it when it came to a similar phrase that was used in the Beijing Olympics. We will leave that tweet to an initial reaction to what he might have thought was an overreaction. It's cool.
 
 
Kudos, guys, that's how you do it on social media. Respond, be honest, be authentic, and apologize. Humility is a great thing and we truly believe that ESPN and its staff learned from all this.

The Return Of Russell Pearce: Arizona’s GOP Says He Will Help With the Latino Vote

You think what is happening in Arizona is just an overreaction? Watch the video at the bottom of this post, and then ask yourself if this is really America. If it is, then we are in trouble.

Here is what the YouTube channel said:

If I told you that the Arizona Republican Party thinks Russell Pearce and his crazy side-kick Art Olivas will attract the votes of the Latino community you would think I was crazy. Anyone who has even attempted any conversation with Art Olivas can clearly see the man is not quite right upstairs. But because he is Mexican and seems to hate Mexicans and loves Sheriff Arpaio and Russell Pearce, they made him a PC and then a State Committeeman in the Party. The Az. Republican Party is as anti-immigrant, anti-gay and anti anything that would have to do with any minorities human rights. The whole notion that if they get Mexicans to support Pearce, it will somehow attract others is Bizarro. But thats not what they seem to think. Watch as I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.

FULL VIDEO: Sheriff Paul Babeu Confirms That He Is Gay, But Denies Other Allegations

On Saturday, Pinal County Sheriff Paui Babeu faced the media to answer the allegations from a former lover who claimed that Babeu had threatened him with deportation if he ever revealed his relationship with Babeu.

This is the full video of the press conference.

 

Babeu claims that all other allegations from José were false. He also suggested that José stole his identity on social media and shared Babeu's private content.