CUBO Is Dogging Sheriff Joe!!!

Everywhere He Turned, There Was CUBO Staring Back At Him!!!

CUBO is an acronym for Conduct Unbecoming an Officer. It seems that everywhere you look concerning Sheriff Joe, you find troubling conduct.  As Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic,  writes:

Birtherism Is the Least of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Sins

National Review has published an editorial urging everyone to disassociate themselves with Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County sheriff who is questioning whether President Obama is a real American. “Republicans who have chosen to associate with the birthers have done their party and their country a disservice,” the magazine wrote. “And as Sheriff Arpaio settles comfortably into that political mental ward, the same must be said of those Republicans who choose to associate themselves with him more broadly. Those who cannot distinguish between the birthers’ flim-flam and the critical questions that face our nation in 2012 will not win and do not deserve to.”

They’re absolutely right. Birthers beclown themselves. The conservative movement is well-served by repudiating them. So kudos on a good editorial. But part of me is bothered that Arpaio’s words about a silly conspiracy theory are what has discredited him, given his long history of misdeeds. It’s a reminder that bipartisan political culture elevates relatively meaningless controversy while alarming transgressions against civil liberties and the rule of law are ignored. Now that prominent intellectuals in the conservative movement acknowledge Arpaio’s poor judgment, capacity for shoddy logic, and blinkered moral compass, it’s worth looking back on all that he was able to do before conservatives and right-leaning moderates turned on him.

Conor goes on to recant a long lost of Arpaio’s misdeeds and ends with this:

I could go on, but is it really necessary? . . . It’s good that his birtherism is being rejected, but it’s important to remember that it doesn’t even make the top ten list of his most egregious behavior.

Rather, it marks the moment when Arpaio became a political liability – the American public, left, right, and center, is more inclined to pay attention to birtherism than abuse of power by police or the sexual assault of inmates or sheriffs departments where Mexicans are denigrated in emails written by deputies. Doubting the place of Obama’s birth is loony. It’s the other stuff that’s outrageous. Until we recalibrate what we regard as most discrediting, we’ll continue to be complicit in a government run system where charges of the public are routinely raped and abused.

Maybe if we could get Donald Trump to talk about that…

This was a really great and interesting piece and I urge you to read the whole thing:

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/03/birtherism-is-the-least-of-sheriff-joe-arpaios-sins/254145/

This is also something I have been saying for a long time, that the whole Birtherism issue is silly and a distraction.  Unfortunately, since the Birthers have also set their sights on Mark Rubio and Bobby Jindal,  and have the Intertubz available for a virtual Echo Chamber, it will probably be around for a while.

Squeeky Fromm
Girl Reporter

Note 1. CUBO.  this is a term used primarily in military courts, but also for civilian police forces. Wiki says:

Conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman (or conduct unbecoming for short) is an offense subject to court martial defined in the punitive code, Article 133, of the United States Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), enacted at 10 U.S.C. § 933.

Here “officer” is understood to include commissioned officers, cadets, and midshipmen of both sexes, hence the more common term conduct unbecoming. A gentleman is understood to have a duty to avoid dishonest acts, displays of indecency, lawlessness, dealing unfairly, indecorum, injustice, or acts of cruelty.

Similar charges exist in the disciplinary regulations of other services. Nigel Rees cites the British Naval Discipline Act of 10 August 1860, Article 24, as the first appearance.[3] CUBO, or “Conduct unbecoming an officer”, is used disciplinarily in civil police agencies also.

Note 2. The Image. This is Cujo, the rabid St. Bernard from Stephen King’s book and 1983 film.

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2 responses to “CUBO Is Dogging Sheriff Joe!!!

  • Thomas Brown

    CUBO is not all that will be dogging Arpaio. Reality Check Radio is forming what they’re calling a Red Hot Posse to investigate Arpaio and other notorious Birthers. I wrote them to announce my formation of a sub-posse called Posse on the Side. With your permission, I’d like to re-post my note to RCRadio here:

    “Since first hearing about the RCRadio Red Hot Posse I have been busy rounding up a few ex-Lawmen and Private Investigators I used to pal around with, to form up a sub-group I’m calling the Posse on the Side.

    My aim is to investigate a few troubling rumors I have heard concerning Joe Arpaio. My deputies have looked into one particular allegation in Arizona, and they can’t believe what they’re finding.

    A little background:

    Many people at the time thought it odd that Timothy McVeigh pulled off the Oklahoma City bombing without much of a support group. Such a plot would obviously profit from an older and more experienced mentor nursing a grudge against the Federal Government. It might even have been impossible without one.

    Now, I’m not accusing Arpaio of any crimes. Let’s just say there are some very ‘compelling questions’ that have come to light.

    Very soon the Posse on the Side will forward a Preliminary Report to the RCRadio Red Hot Posse on the McVeigh-Arpaio Connection Theory. We might even, in the interest of the Public Good, see about offering the Report for sale online to help finance subsequent investigations. Perhaps the Posse on the Side can apply for non-profit 501c status, so concerned citizens can make tax-deductible contributions to our efforts.

    We will start by outlining a detailed conjecture of a scenario under which Arpaio COULD HAVE assisted McVeigh with the second most deadly terrorist attack on US soil, and then start accumulating circumstantial and anecdotal evidence that this collaboration may or may not have occurred.

    Of course, our forensic investigators will have to remain anonymous, to protect them and the integrity of their investigation.

    I’m really doing this as a favor to Sheriff Joe; surely he would want someone to show that he was not involved, if in fact our investigation finds that he is innocent of such involvement, or if we find that we cannot either prove or disprove it.

    You know what they say: ‘Trust, but Verify.'”

    • Squeeky Fromm, Girl Reporter

      That is a really good idea. Maybe you could save you and your posse some time if you were to contact someone from The Huffington Post, or maybe Daily KOS, who may already have some of the information you are seeking???

      They could sort of “embed” with your Posse, and help with any press conferences, and publication issues. Just an idea that came to me out of the clear blue sky.

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

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