thank you, clarence dupnik, for speaking the truth

“When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government…the anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous. And, unfortunately, Arizona I think has become sort of the capital. We have become the Mecca for prejudice and bigotry……that may be free speech. But it’s not without consequence.”

Palin deleted her ‘crosshair’ map from her website after today’s murders, then offered “sincere condolences” to the family of Gabrielle Giffords, the very woman she had incited the unbalanced to ‘target’.

More on Clarence Dupnik:

Vivirlatino: Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik says Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigration, is a “racist law,” and that he has no intention of complying with it. In doing so, Dupnik becomes the first major local law enforcement official to officially rebel against the bill since Governor Jan Brewer signed it into law on Friday.

Dupnik said the law is “disgusting” and “unnecessary”. Dupnik said his deputies plan to keep on doing what they’ve always done. He said when illegal immigrants wind up in his custody, his deputies will detain them for federal agents, but will not take them to the county jail.

Dupnik said he realizes that, under the terms of SB 1070, he could get sued for failing to comply with the law. But he indicated that’s a risk he’s willing to take. Dupnik insisted that federal law supersedes state law.


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17 Responses to “thank you, clarence dupnik, for speaking the truth”

  1. 1 Me4obama
    January 8, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    What is wrong with howard fineman on huffpo. He just wrote an article what “Obama can learn from this” why, why , why Obama. It’s the lady from wasilla who needs to learn from this. He is so obsessed with Obama he must have written that article long time ago and kept it just in case. Then today boom what can Obama learn from this. Leave Obama alone, pliizzzz. Sorry I had to vent my anger here.

    • 2 majii
      January 9, 2011 at 1:07 am

      Fineman wants the president to pay attention to him, but he’s SOL. PBO made his comments and went to work behind the scenes. There’s no advice he can offer to PBO that the president will take on this matter. PBO has dispatched all of the necessary officials to Pima Country to investigate the incident. I think he’s handling the situation in the right way by finding out the facts before saying too much in public. Fineman must think that PBO = GWB who was always shooting from the hip when he spoke and could be easily persuaded by his puppet masters to say/do almost anything they wanted him to say/do. Fineman has been doing this crap ever since the president took office. I’ve been ignoring Fineman for so long that it doesn’t even interest me to know/read anything he says. He has an over-inflated ego and a vicious nature behind the smiling, affable face that he presents to the public.

      STFU, Howard. You’re just not that important to PBO, or to the Pragmati.

      • 3 Theo67
        January 9, 2011 at 2:18 am

        Fineman lost his mind after he went to a Tea Party summit, and he’s been after the President ever since. The fact is that this is not something that the President did or caused. Fineman has made himself irrelevant (as the rest of the Professional Left are now) by using this as an opportunity to blame the President for something, instead of offering sympathy to the victims and calling ofr a change in tone. They are clueless. I stand with the President.

  2. 5 sherijr
    January 8, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Good for this man.. I used to live in Tucson and frankly I’m very surprised by the Sheriff’s response, I would not have expected this from someone of his position in Tucson. Bless you sir for your courage, integrity and HONESTY. Personally I intend to take any media to task who pretends that the likes of Palin, Limbaugh, Beck and the Tea Party are not part and parcel of the events of today. Their hatred, bigotry, racism is a disease they spread with ease and far too much comfort- because WE LET THEM. The way we stop them is to speak out, no longer accept this by virtue of being silent.

    As to Me4Obama’s comment about Fineman’s article- EFF HIM. Seriously, why am I even a little bit surprised that the Professional Left would find a way to blame President Obama for this, or to put this on the President. Shame on him, shame on them.

  3. 6 Sue in Minnesota
    January 8, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Sheriff Dupnik is the only person I have heard today, with the courage to speak the unvarnished truth. Our President aside.

    I want to read the Fineman article, but after the weight of this day, I am not sure I could stomach it. President Obama doesn’t need Howard Fineman’s opinion or advice, and I just don’t want to feel anymore upset, not today.

    Prayers for healing, for those in Arizona and beyond. We, as Americans have come face to face with ourselves today….my hope is that are eyes are fully opened, and that we both learn and grow from our failings.

  4. 7 Asher in Boston
    January 8, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    People, the sheriff is right. This anger, hatred, racism, bigotry,islamaphobia, homophobia, any type of prejudice,the language of hate now more overt with the election of a black man, has to stop. And all the above am not going to sugar coat is from the right, the likes of palin, Hannity, Beck, O’reilly, limbaugh and so forth. It has to stop, period. Guys, we have to call them out. No more sitting on the sidelines. This has so surely crossed the line. Its just luck and pure surprise that it hadnt happened earlier.But any sane thinking person knew at the back of their mind that it was bound to happen. My prayers to Rep.Giffords and those that were injured and their families. America, what is really going on with all of this hatred and anger?????? And the hatred, anger, bigotry, racism is no longer, subtle, they openly show and spew it. Why should any sane person hate their govt, and its responsiblity to its citizens? This is crazy. How and why would a sane person hate it that the govt is offering health care to those that need it. How can a leader/ governor deny her people transplants and just lets them die with no care in the world? What has happened to AMERICA?????? Sorry abt the rant/ rambling but I just cant help it. The entire world is watching us eating each other and wondering. How can America lead the world with such uncivilised behavior emanating from its people?

    • 8 Michele
      January 9, 2011 at 3:01 am

      Asher in Boston, I loved your comments… This is a sad day for our country and the world. Today has reminded me of every slain leader who has tried to move this country and world forward and paid with their blood…… I have MLK, JFK, RFK, Malcolm, Abraham Lincoln, and Ghandi on my mind…..

    • 9 Theo67
      January 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      Asher – you are very right. This is not sane behavior, or civilized, to deny the government to help its people. It’s selfish and troubling, and has nothing to do with freedom or democracy. I had hoped that we would hear a dialing back of the rhetoric, but even last night, one of the Tea Party leaders issued a statement affirming that they would NOT be dialling back their rhetoric. They are not human.

    • 10 S. Holland
      January 9, 2011 at 5:34 pm

      Beautifully written!

  5. January 9, 2011 at 6:11 am

    My heart really goes out to the victims of this terrible act. Especially the nine year old girl Christina Taylor Greene who was among those killed. I read she was born on 9/11.

    This from The Arizona Republic:

    A neighbor was going to the Giffords event and invited Christina along because she thought she would enjoy it, said her uncle, Greg Segalini.

    Christina had just been elected to the student council at her school. The event, held outside a Safeway supermarket north of Tucson, was an opportunity for constituents to meet Giffords and talk about any concerns they had related to the federal government.

    “The next thing you know this happened. How do you prepare for something like this. My little niece got killed-took one on the chest and she is dead,” Segalini said outside the girl’s house.

    Christina was involved in many activities, from ballet to baseball, Segalini said.

    “She was real special and real sweet,” Segalini said.

    And this from KVOA.com:

    Family says she was vibrant, excited about life, and she was the “best daughter in the world.”

    Born on September 11, 2001, Greene was excited about the political process, was on the student government, and went to the Giffords event today to learn more about the political process, family members say.

    Greene attended Mesa Verde Elementary School. She was the only girl on the CDO baseball team – she loved the sport, as well as horseback riding and swimming.

    My heart goes out to her family and all the family of those slain in this terrible act. May God comfort them in these very sad times.

  6. 12 collegekay
    January 9, 2011 at 7:06 am

    This is the same Sheriff who refused to act on the new immigration law. This guy is badass; not afriad to say what’s on his mind. He spoke the truth. The right wing has become a hate machine thanks to people like Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and Rush.

    My prayers to the victims and the wounded.

  7. 13 CEB
    January 9, 2011 at 8:39 am

    What a brave, honest, and decent man. This is even more striking considering his position and where he lives. How did we get to this place? A place where a difference of opinion can get you threatened or killed? Why is it OK to bring weapons to rallies, spew hatred and racism in public media outlets and gatherings? How can we be that “shinning city on a hill” for our citizens and those abroad? During a time when we could be on our way to being better and greater than we have ever been as a nation, led by the best president that we have seen in my lifetime (over 50), we are on our way to being a nation of lies, deceit for gain, broken promises, unfettered hatred and bigotry; influenced by paid hucksters and a reality show queen who want the nation, that they say they love, to fail simply because it is being led by a black man (the way you look trumps everything else in this country)? Words have consequences.

    Let us pray for those who are fighting for their lives and for the families of those who lost theirs. Pray for our country that cooler, reasonable heads will prevail, and that our national nightmare will soon be over.

    Thanks for having a site that is one of the tools that will help us to get there.

  8. 14 whatISworking
    January 9, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I admire the Sheriff for having the courage to speak his mind. I also believe there are many folks in Arizona who feel like he does, and have been afraid to speak out. I am hopeful he will serve as a leader for those folks who have been intimidated by the crazies.

  9. 15 S. Holland
    January 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    God bless him…..and protect him please!

  10. 16 Michele
    January 10, 2011 at 3:53 am

    Sheriff Clarence Dupnick for “Man of the Year”

  11. May 28, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Here is an interesting article about the Sheriff


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