Some Free Letter-Writing Advice For America's Toughest Sheriff

from the there,-fixed-that-for-you dept

Everyone, no matter how great they might think they are, can benefit from the services of a good editor, especially when they are writing an important document. Say, for example, you were self-proclaimed "America's Toughest Sheriff" and everybody-else-proclaimed "Kind Of A Dick" Joe Arpaio (sheriff for Maricopa County, Arizona), and you had just used Craigslist to catch and arrest two literal dogfuckers before they could get down to their despicable business (thanks to BigKeithO for sending this in). Naturally you would be appreciative of Craigslist for helping you find these people and prevent any pooch-porking, so you might decide to write CEO Jim Buckmaster a nice thank you letter. Unfortunately, without proper editing, that letter might instead accidentally convey the ridiculous notion that you are actually angry at Craigslist for being so useful, and that you believe it contributes to the problem of bestiality. It might even come close to suggesting that you would rather these mutt-divers keep talking about bending Rover over but do it behind closed doors—and that would be downright insane.

Such a letter, it seems, has just been written [pdf]. For the public good, I am providing my editing services free of charge to Sheriff Arpaio, in order to clarify what I assume was his intended point, since shaming Craigslist for helping you get doggy-diddlers off the street is obviously nonsensical. Sheriff Arpaio's complete letter follows, with my recommended edits marked in bold or strikethrough.

Dear Mr. Buckmaster:

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office detectives conducted an undercover investigation that spanned several months during 2010 and 2011. This investigation resulted in the arrest of two individuals for conspiracy to commit bestiality. There is an ongoing investigation of several others. Craigslist provided the forum for these individuals to post, in a very blatant manner, their intentions. We are able to locate and communicate with these suspects using Craigslist. Thank you.

During the course of the investigation numerous other posts were discovered in the Personals sections of "men seeking men" and "casual encounters". These posts included specific description of criminal acts. They were often accompanied by graphic photographs of a fully nude male in various pornographic situations. This constitutes excellent evidence for the State. Again, thank you.

It is clear that the "self-policing" protocol Craigslist relies upon to prevent this activity is inadequate, but its mere existence is already going above and beyond your legal duty. While Not only is Craigslist may not be committing a criminal act, you are undoubtedly providing a mechanism to facilitate obvious criminal activity our law enforcement efforts. Simply The fact that you continue posting your "Terms of Use" and providing a mechanism for posters to do YOUR job, and claiming that even though Craigslist is legally "not responsible for the content" is thoroughly disappointing impressive.

As the Sheriff of one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the nation, I, not you, am responsible for the conduct of my entire organization enforcing the law. In this regard, I strongly encourage Craigslist and you, specifically, Mr. Buckmaster, to accept greater responsibility for your organization my personal thanks for helping us get two perverts off the streets.

I ask that you re-evaluate the security measures that you utilize to prevent this type of activity and take the necessary action to improve your procedure. Now if you'll excuse me, I have some pink underwear to sell.

Sincerely,
Joseph M. Arpaio
Sheriff



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    Pickle Monger (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 11:40am

    Uh-huh...

    Yeah... good luck with that...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 11:41am

    Sheriff Joe would also like to serve you a plate of the dog food he feeds his prisoners, while gloating that his dogs do eat better than that.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 11:47am

    Uh...what just happened here? Random poking fun at people?

    Ok, cool. Can we get back to the technological dirt now?

     

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      Christopher Weigel (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 11:54am

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      Hardly "random". Eventually, sitting here saying over and over again "hey, Craigslist is getting shit from law enforcement for facilitating their jobs" gets old. So no, not random, and very tech-relevant.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 1:42pm

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        Yea it's not random, it's normal techdirt. Members bitching at members, non-members bitching at members, members bitching at non-members, and all of the above bitching at trolls they created. It's a really nice place to hang and laugh at people; better than 4chan.

         

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 11:48am

    Lame

     

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 11:54am

    Bravo

    I applaud your excellent editing skills Mr Carab. I must ask my fellow readers though, am I the only one who read through that twice in order to read both the original and the edited letter without clicking through?

    With regards to the sheriff, how can people actually come to the conclusion that craigslist is bad that soon after using it for the forces of good? I will never understand these law enforcement types (officers, sheriffs, attorney generals, etc). I think they must watch too much mainstream news on the TV so they actually believe that 'teh interwebs' and technology are bringing about the world apocalypse here in 2012 unless they can manage to tame it.

    Average confused law person: "Wait, what is that you say? Google is coming out with a new service? You must run for your lives! I will protect you by sending them menacing letters asking them to go far beyond the scope of the law. Everybody knows that this technology corrupts the youth of America! *mumbles* now if I can just get the news to stop showing that crime happens everyone will believe I am the best at my job evar! */mumbles*"

     

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      SomeGuy (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 12:23pm

      Re: Bravo

      With regards to the sheriff, how can people actually come to the conclusion that craigslist is bad that soon after using it for the forces of good?

      Imagine a newsletter set up and distributed secretly with the express purpose of arragning criminal acts. Even if the police get ahold of this document and use it to track down criminals, isn't the newsletter itself bad? Despite it being used for good, none of the evil would have happened without the newsletter.

      Imagine a seedy bar where patrons are able to congregate for less-than-legal activities. Even if the cops are able to steak-out the place and catch criminals, isn't the bar it'self bad? None of the evil would have happened if there wasn't a site set up to commit the acts.

      That's how cops can take a good thing like Craigslist and only see the bad.

       

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        :Lobo Santo (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 12:30pm

        Re: Re: Bravo

        "...none of the evil would have happened without the newsletter."
        LOL
        I envy your naivete. I too was once as ignorant about how the world works as you appear to be.

        Not to worry--with any luck you'll survive the process of becoming educated in that regard.

         

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        Chronno S. Trigger (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 12:30pm

        Re: Re: Bravo

        The newsletter is neutral, it's just a tool. The act is bad.

        The bar is neutral, it's just a place. The act is bad.

         

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        DH's Love Child (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 12:33pm

        Re: Re: Bravo

        Both analogies fail.

        This is more akin to a bar where most people go and enjoy themselves, but some of the ladies are there to make a buck. They advertise their, um, wares and a fellow takes her up on it and they go do the deed in his car in the parking lot.. or at a nearby hotel.

         

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        Killer_Tofu (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 12:48pm

        Re: Re: Bravo

        You are confusing the tool somebody uses for something, and the act itself. Police use the tools that criminals use all the time to catch the criminals. This is like saying that if a thief broke into your house with a hammer, the sheriff would use that hammer (say fingerprints on it) to catch the thief, and then send a letter to the manufacturer of the hammer saying that they need to police how people are using the hammer. It is simply not their job and they are well within the law to not do so.

        Craigslist already goes out of their way to help beyond what the law requires. As Marcas points out, they should be being thanked.

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 3:45pm

          Re: Re: Re: Bravo

          Thanked for advertising prostitutes and other illegal acts. Definitely. Don't you feel safer? I hope so. You should. That false sense of security is cool isn't it? Just keep kidding yourself that Craigslist is the best thing ever... Once you stop trolling and see those ads where your children are, then you might be enlightened on others' perspective about these things. Until then, it's too much to ask.

          I'd much rather have a clean Craigslist then one supposedly "helping" law enforcement. If there was nothing posted there, there wouldn't be a problem. I can hear it... "but but but, they'd go elsewhere!!!one" Where? Name alternatives. Local ones. Good ones. Your local paper? They won't advertise crackwhores. If they do, move. It's common sense that seems to lack here. Why do you think every anonymous commenters are referred to as "cowards" and "trolls"?

           

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            Any Mouse (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 4:14pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Bravo

            Differences are that the local paper monitors all adverts before they are published. Craigslist does not. Nor are they required to by any law.

             

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            Capitalist Lion Tamer (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 4:23pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Bravo

            "Local paper?" What the hell is that?

             

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            Planespotter (profile), Mar 22nd, 2011 @ 4:15am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Bravo

            Yes, yes, yes... clean up all the websites, BBS, newspapers, etc, etc and all the bad things in the world will go away.

            No more paedophile rings/networks, no more prostitution, blah, blah, blah.

            ooops! Sorry just went off on a complete fruitloop there!

            These things happen, you cannot stop them from happening no matter how much you think you can, even in the biggest police state where everyone is monitored 24/7/365 bad things will happen.

             

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              Anonymous Coward, Mar 22nd, 2011 @ 5:54am

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              We know you're a fruitloop. The idea is not to pretend they don't happen or to try to wipe them from existence, it's to give them the less channels possible to advertise. If you limit their actions, the ratio will go down, even if you like to pretend it won't.

               

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                SomeGuy (profile), Mar 22nd, 2011 @ 6:37am

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                The problem is if you close off the ones you can see they'll just migrate to the ones you can't. It's better to cut them off at the source -- arrest the criminals -- than to pretend you're solving the problem by sweeping it under the rug.

                 

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                  Anonymous Coward, Mar 22nd, 2011 @ 9:18am

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Bravo

                  And giving them more unsupervised resource help? And which ones that we "can't control" do you refer to?

                   

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                    SomeGuy (profile), Mar 22nd, 2011 @ 9:35am

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                    It's only unsupervised if you aren't supervising it. By virtue of the fact that Craigslist has lead repeatedly to real arrests, I'd say it's fairly supervised.

                    And I said "can't see" not "can't control." Either way, the point is you don't know what you don't know, and I'd be doubtful that other avenues aren't available to those who care to take them.

                     

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                vivaelamor (profile), Mar 23rd, 2011 @ 4:43am

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Bravo

                "it's to give them the less channels possible to advertise"

                In the case of prostitution, how does that make anyone safer? The ones who stop just because they can't advertise on Craigslist are unlikely to be the ones most at risk. Those who don't stop will have less choice in how to advertise, potentially making them less safe.

                 

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            SomeGuy (profile), Mar 22nd, 2011 @ 6:39am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Bravo

            I'd much rather have a clean Craigslist then one supposedly "helping" law enforcement. If there was nothing posted there, there wouldn't be a problem. I can hear it... "but but but, they'd go elsewhere!!!one" Where? Name alternatives.

            You're basically saying you don't care whether it's happening or not as long as you can't see it. The rest of us would rather the problem were visible, so that it can be addressed appropriately, rather than hidden from the authorities.

             

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            vivaelamor (profile), Mar 22nd, 2011 @ 7:57am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Bravo

            "Thanked for advertising prostitutes and other illegal acts. Definitely. Don't you feel safer? I hope so. You should. "

            How does disallowing the advertising of prostitution make anyone safer?

             

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              SomeGuy (profile), Mar 22nd, 2011 @ 9:38am

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              Because if prostitutes can't advertise, they can't get business, they can't be profitable, and the profession dries up. If prostitution is a safety issue (and some might argue it is) then there you go.

              The problem is assuming that "they can't advertise here" means "they can't advertise anywhere," or at least the mistaken belief that you'll be able to stop all advertising everywhere.

               

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                vivaelamor (profile), Mar 23rd, 2011 @ 4:30am

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Bravo

                "Because if prostitutes can't advertise, they can't get business, they can't be profitable, and the profession dries up."

                As you point out, this is a flawed premise. Prostitution was around before Craigslist, but prostitutes were more likely to be walking the streets. Advertising via Craigslist would seem to me to be safer than walking the streets. Prostitution in itself is not a safety issue, but it has a lot of safety issues associated with it. Giving prostitutes more power to choose who they have contact with seems like a better way to deal with some of those issues than banning prostitution, which makes the issues worse for those who ignore the ban.

                 

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                  SomeGuy (profile), Mar 25th, 2011 @ 5:12am

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Bravo

                  Whether or not prostitution should be legal is a completely different discussion. This is a "safety issue" only in as much as it's about the police enforcing the laws, and more of that should make people safer, right?

                   

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            Chris Rhodes (profile), Mar 22nd, 2011 @ 8:22am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Bravo

            Thanked for advertising prostitutes and other illegal acts. Definitely. Don't you feel safer?

            Err, how would this alleged prostitution on Craiglist make me feel "unsafe"?

             

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            Killer_Tofu (profile), Mar 22nd, 2011 @ 9:01am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Bravo

            Trolling? I do not think that word means what you think it means after re-reading my own post. It is quite far from trolling. I never even hurled an insult. If I was trolling, I failed at trolling.

            That aside, sweeping the problem under the rug and out of sight just because craigslist is high profile doesn't make it go away. And I am sorry I am not part of those types of groups so I don't really know any of their alternatives. Since you are looking for them though I am sure you could do some searching of your own. I feel no need to search out alternatives for those types of activities, but for other things that I do know about, like legally modding the hardware I bought, I know that if you shut down one source, it moves elsewhere, and is not hard to find once you are in the group.

            As a final note, you are the one promoting a false sense of security. With it out in the open, where police can track down criminals, that kind of exemplifies the opposite of a false sense of security. The world you want where you can't see it but it still happens is the false sense of security.
            You seem to have gotten both the idea of false security and trolling backwards in one post. Bravo.

             

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          SomeGuy (profile), Mar 22nd, 2011 @ 6:34am

          Re: Re: Re: Bravo

          You are confusing...

          Sorry, no; I'm explaining how other people could confuse the tool, since that's what the GP was asking about. I was using Their Voice, but I didn't mean to imply that's a belief I held; sorry it wasn't clear.

           

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            Killer_Tofu (profile), Mar 22nd, 2011 @ 1:24pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Bravo

            Ah. Thank you for the clarification. If I had reread your post I may have taken better notice of the last line, which should have made it clear enough to me. My apologies.

             

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        btr1701 (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 5:30pm

        Re: Re: Bravo

        > Even if the cops are able to steak-out the
        > place and catch criminals

        Cops don't use steak-outs anymore. Too expensive. They use hamburger or chicken.

         

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        Anonymous Coward, Mar 22nd, 2011 @ 8:24am

        Re: Re: Bravo

        That's too bad. Seedy bars by themselves have never done anything wrong. Neither have newsletters by themselves. They don't commit actions. They're inanimate objects. Many of those less than legal actions would have been committed anyway. The location, no matter how ramshackle and seedy looking, shouldn't matter.

         

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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 12:41pm

      Re: Bravo

      I believe you're confusing the conclusion "Craigslist is bad" with "Craigslist is a great target dummy for shameless self-promotion."

       

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    Jay (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 12:14pm

    Dammit!

    Why can't I vote on a story being funny!

    Oh, and real men must wear pink.

    Next time, he's selling ballerina outfits.

     

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    cjstg (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 12:17pm

    editing

    i like the sentiment, however...

    when this post went through the rss feed all of the text was showing, including the struck text. at first glimpse it appeared that your new letter made no sense whatsoever. now that i read it on this page it makes a little more sense. in terms of dealing with sheriff joe: you might as well slam your head against the wall several times. it might not fix the situation, but it will feel better than trying wrap your head around joe logic.

     

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    Anonymous Poster, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 12:17pm

    I hope that's the last time I ever read the word "dogfucker" on this site.

     

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      Marcus Carab (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 12:18pm

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      Yah well in an ideal world, we wouldn't even need that word :)

       

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        CommonSense (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 12:45pm

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        Hell, for 20 bucks I'll call the guy a chicken fucker!!

         

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          Killer_Tofu (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 12:51pm

          Re: Re: Re:

          License and registration ..

          Btw, did you know that those were his real life parents in the van? They had absolutely no clue what he was going to say either.

           

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        Anonymous Coward, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 1:32pm

        Re: Re:

        Point being, crass language like 'dogfucker' could have been avoided, and other descriptive terms could have been used. Do we have to resort to using cuss words outside of direct quotations?

        Go ahead and think me prudish, but I follow the belief that those that use cuss words in daily dialog don't have the intelligence to use the rest of the English language.

         

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          Marcus Carab (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 1:39pm

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          Point being, crass language like 'dogfucker' could have been avoided

          You're right, i really should have shown more respect to the dignified institution of Canine Copulation.

           

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            Anonymous Coward, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 3:49pm

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            A lame reply to an idiotic action. You showed your true colors at least.

             

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            Chargone (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 3:55pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            not really, it's more a case of respect for your readers and platform.

            there's usually a polite way of saying most things without resorting to the hyper formal, at least.

            personally i'm not really going to object, (and do find it to be amusing and certainly fit the situation) but the point is valid.

             

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            vivaelamor (profile), Mar 23rd, 2011 @ 4:51am

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            "You're right, i really should have shown more respect to the dignified institution of Canine Copulation."

            I find it ironic that the dignified institution of Canine Copulation is more humorous to me than dogfuckers and I couldn't care less about swearing.

             

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          doughless (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 3:59pm

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          I follow the belief that people who are offended by words they arbitrarily label as cuss words are childish.

          On the flip side, I very rarely use them in public, because regardless of what I think of others' beliefs on this subject, I still try to show them respect.

           

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          btr1701 (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 5:45pm

          Re: Re: Re:

          > Go ahead and think me prudish, but I follow
          > the belief that those that use cuss words in
          > daily dialog don't have the intelligence to
          > use the rest of the English language.

          That doesn't indicate prudishness on your part so much as an almost willful stupidity, equating one's word choice with innate intelligence. Some of the most brilliant wordsmiths in history have also used vulgarities with both frequency and panache in their daily speech.

          You apparently need to disabuse yourself of the notion that merely having aesthetic tastes different than yours indicates a lack of intelligence.

          It does not. All it indicates is that their aesthetic tastes are different than yours. Nothing more.

           

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    Anonymous a-hole, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 12:18pm

    The reply

    Dear Sheriff Arpaio:

    Some asshole is writing stupid letters to me and signing your name to them.

    Sincerely,

    Jim Buckmaster
    President and CEO, Craigslist

     

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    RD, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 12:21pm

    sh*t or get off the pot

    Hey sheriff bumfuck, Craigslist doesnt exist TO DO YOUR JOB FOR YOU. If you cant or wont, then please vacate office and let someone in who has a fucking CLUE.

    Sincerely,

    Every Citizen of this great country

     

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    WDS (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 12:24pm

    Missed Opportunity

    The good sheriff could of done society a favor if he had just used Craigslist to convince them that the "Real Turn-on" was oral sex with a pit bull.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 12:30pm

    Anyone else think Techdirt has taken a serious downturn by letting the comment clowns do the posting?

     

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    Howard the Duck, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 12:31pm

    Hey mister

    That's funny right there.

     

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    rama dharma, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 12:32pm

    dogs

    are you kidding?
    this is what the worlds tuffest sheriff is spending tax money on?
    there are no drug dealers? no murderers? no rapists? no illegals?

    once again, i am confused by the priorites of my government.
    rama

     

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      cjstg (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 2:27pm

      Re: dogs

      this is pretty tame stuff for sheriff joe. most of the time he's out harassing minorities, arresting newspaper publishers, and thwarting terror threats that don't exist.

       

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    Huph, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 12:33pm

    Something about these sorts of claims that hosting sites aren't responsible for third-party behavior seems off. I'm not saying they should be responsible, but why doesn't this safe harbor extend to physical places?

    Let me explain, and this is a totally true story, I worked in a bar where people were selling cocaine out of the bathrooms. When the police cracked down, you'd better believe they put it on our shoulders to police the behavior of our patrons in that regard, or else the bar would be shut down.

    Same principle in regards to serving drinks. If a person becomes intoxicated and hurts/injures somebody or themselves, every bar/establishment that the person entered becomes responsible for his intoxicated state, regardless of whether he was "drunk" when he left a particular bar. The only way to safeguard against such accusations is to wholly refuse to serve the person when they entered, but if they weren't visibly intoxicated (nevermind that they're going to bars IN ORDER to get drunk) then on what grounds can you refuse service?

    And really I shouldn't say it falls on the bar's shoulders, in reality the BARTENDERS are often held responsible even though they're often only fulfilling the requirements of their employment.

    I'm not saying any of this makes sense. I think personal responsibility should fall on the shoulders of the individual.

     

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      btr1701 (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 5:51pm

      Re: Responsibility

      > If a person becomes intoxicated and hurts/
      > injures somebody or themselves, every bar/
      > establishment that the person entered becomes
      > responsible for his intoxicated state, regardless
      > of whether he was "drunk" when he left a
      > particular bar.

      Responsible how? Criminally responsible? Civilly responsible? Which state are you in? I'd like to see the state's code section which puts full responsibility on the Olive Garden when someone just had one glass of wine there with dinner, then heads out to some bar and gets totally plastered and irons someone out five hours later.

      If such a statute actually exists, it's ripe for about a half-dozen constitutional challengnes.

       

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      Michael, Mar 23rd, 2011 @ 4:10am

      Re:

      "Let me explain, and this is a totally true story, I worked in a bar where people were selling cocaine out of the bathrooms. When the police cracked down, you'd better believe they put it on our shoulders"

      In a bar, you have a finite area in which to witness these acts. You had direct knowledge of them happening. One-time incidents of a patron being found in a bar with a gram of something in his pocket is not going to get the bar shut down. A booth in the bar being run with the knowledge of the bar owner is a real problem.

      When you are talking about a website that allows postings without review, there is no direct knowledge of the actions. Now, you take into account that CraigsList actively searches for and removes or reports illegal activity, they have gone a step beyond. What you are suggesting is that even though they have no knowledge of the behavior, because it happened on their site, it is their fault. Ok - now apply that to your state (I'll say CT because that's where I am). Now, is the state of Connecticut RESPONSIBLE for illegal activity in the state? If so, they could and SHOULD be sued each time a crime is committed - isn't that a bit off?


      "If a person becomes intoxicated and hurts/injures somebody or themselves, every bar/establishment that the person entered becomes responsible for his intoxicated state, regardless of whether he was "drunk" when he left a particular bar"

      Not sure where you are, but I owned a bar in CT for awhile and can tell you that this is not the case here (and boy, we have draconian dram shop laws here). The liability is much more complex than you have stated and relies heavily on active knowledge of the person being intoxicated when they left your establishment - not when they left the next bar they went to.

       

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    Greg G (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 12:37pm

    Hmmm

    "Say, for example, you were self-proclaimed "America's Toughest Sheriff" and everybody-else-proclaimed "Kind Of A Dick" Joe Arpaio (sheriff for Maricopa County, Arizona)...

    Who is "everybody else?" Not everyone thinks he's "kind of a dick." In fact, on the linked wikipedia page, where it mentions a recall effort, 75% opposed it, and his favorable rating was 65%.

    And even if a lot of those people think he's a dick, he's mostly being a dick towards criminals.

    If you live in AZ and don't want to end up in Tent City, it's simple: Obey the law! Don't commit a crime! It really is that easy, people.

    As for the letter he sent to Craigslist.. ok, I disagree with the short-sightedness and the failure to realized that sites like Craigslist can, and do, help law enforcement solve crimes and get the "pooch-porkers" (and worse, because as disgusting as it is, there are worse criminals than the ones that want to fondle Fido) off the streets and into his prison.

    Note to the the cell/tent-mates of the doggy diddlers: Do NOT dress up as McGruff the Crime Dog at the prison Halloween party this year.

     

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      Marcus Carab (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 12:41pm

      Re: Hmmm

      Who is "everybody else?" Not everyone thinks he's "kind of a dick." In fact, on the linked wikipedia page, where it mentions a recall effort, 75% opposed it, and his favorable rating was 65%.

      Yeah okay - it's technically not 'everybody' or even, in terms of polls, the majority. But given that the linked Wikipedia page also lists those who have opposed him as "Amnesty International,[45] the American Civil Liberties Union, the Arizona Ecumenical Council, the American Jewish Committee,[46] and the Arizona chapter of the Anti-Defamation League" and also that he is under investigation for abuse of power by the FBI, DOJ and Federal Grand Jury, it seemed like a fair choice of phrase.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 12:43pm

        Re: Re: Hmmm

        Oh jeez... you get a blue box now too?

        Mike, are you losing your grip?

         

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          Marcus Carab (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 12:46pm

          Re: Re: Re: Hmmm

          We only get a blue box on posts of which we are the author.

          And please, feel free to ignore my posts. I won't be offended and it's much, much easier than whining all the time.

           

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            Anonymous Coward, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 12:53pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Hmmm

            You are way to easy to make fun of. Here's a hint. A sense of humor is best developed after you leave school.

             

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              Marcus Carab (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 1:02pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Hmmm

              Heh. So, I was supposed to interpret your comments as jocular and comedic, was I? Let's have a look:

              Anyone else think Techdirt has taken a serious downturn by letting the comment clowns do the posting?

              and

              Oh jeez... you get a blue box now too? Mike, are you losing your grip?

              If that's your sense of humour, I think you're the one who needs to do some developing...

               

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                Anonymous Coward, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 1:20pm

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Hmmm

                Actually, none of it was humor. Again, something you will figure out as you grow up.

                 

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                  Marcus Carab (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 1:23pm

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Hmmm

                  Oh now I get it. I misread your comment about humour. Don't wory though, the ability to communicate clearly is something you'll figure out as you grow up. The ability to not be an asshole, on the other hand, might take some practice.

                   

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                    Anonymous Coward, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 1:46pm

                    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Hmmm

                    It's okay. I am still trying to figure out how someone who is against copyright and against all that stuff ends up working for a previously bankrupt newspaper. It's incredibly amusing to think of how wonderfully twisted that is. Your living depends on exactly what you hate. Must be hell.

                     

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                      Marcus Carab (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 1:50pm

                      Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Hmmm

                      Correction: A previously bankrupt newspaper bought by a new company that is dedicating lots of resources to experimenting with alternative digital revenue streams and innovative advertising solutions. As a designer/copywriter for marketing and sales, I get to help develop brand new projects and business ideas almost every day.

                      So actually my living depends on exactly what I love, thank you very much.

                       

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                        Anonymous Coward, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 2:28pm

                        Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Hmmm

                        More power to you. But really, you are in the old world news business, a service that is becoming more and more free every day with citizen journalists taking over and doing the reporting. Postmedia made the remarkable move of buying up a whole chain of dead tree newspapers, most of which have run out of money are least once or twice along the way.

                        I just think it is really amusing to see you posting on a site that slags the dead tree media on a regular basis. Does your boss know what you do on company time?

                         

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                          Marcus Carab (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 2:42pm

                          Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Hmmm

                          Techdirt slags the dead tree media when they do dumb things, as do I. Mike has also said many times that there is still a place for the talented people and even the organizations of newspapers if they can find a way to adapt - another thing I agree with. If you look at the history of posts by me, you'll notice that I've dedicated a lot of time to pointing out newspapers doing things right, and ideas for how others could follow their lead:

                          http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100330/1003258786.shtml

                          http://www.techdirt.com/artic les/20100201/0354087988.shtml

                          http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100309/1552478485.shtml

                          I could never claim to be sure about the future of the National Post. I'm in no position to make that assessment. I simply know that they are experimenting and being innovative, and that's what I want to be involved in. So yeah - nearly everyone I work with knows what I post on techdirt. Most of them find it pretty interesting.

                          Anyway, I'm not sure what any of this has to do with the topic of this post, so if you want to engage in more personal attacks on me and my career, I dunno, Twitter me or something.

                           

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                            Anonymous Coward, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 3:18pm

                            Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Hmmm

                            I simply know that they are experimenting and being innovative, and that's what I want to be involved in.

                            I think Mike would call that "flailing about uselessly" or something of similar nature. He would likely go on to discuss buggy whips and such.

                            You know how it goes.

                            What does it have to do? Nothing, just an amusing aside as we all get an better idea of the "do as I say" mentality that permeates Techdirt. Perhaps Mike will invite you over to watch a Hollywood movie at his place. You know, movies from the movie people he laments on an almost daily basis.

                             

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          Marcus Carab (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 12:46pm

          Re: Re: Re: Hmmm

          We only get a blue box on posts of which we are the author.

          And please, feel free to ignore my posts. I won't be offended, and it's much, much easier than whining all the time.

           

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          Dark Helmet (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 12:52pm

          Re: Re: Re: Hmmm

          Oh, shut up, TAM. How come you came back, anyway?

           

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        Greg G (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 1:51pm

        Re: Re: Hmmm

        Fair enough. I just don't think much of the ACLU or Amnesty International, or even the polls, as they are always biased by the way questions are crafted: to elicit responses wanted by whoever is paying for said polls.

         

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      FormerAC (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 1:02pm

      Re: Hmmm

      If you live in AZ and don't want to end up in Tent City, it's simple: Obey the law! Don't commit a crime! It really is that easy, people.

      Riiight. Everyone breaks the law. We have too many of them for you not to accidentally break a few.

      "It is unlawful for any person to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire or purchase any fish or wildlife or plant taken, possessed, transported, or sold in violation of any law, treaty, or regulation of the United States or in violation of any Indian tribal law or regulation of any state or any foreign law."

      So its a Federal crime to have anything to do with any fish, wildlife or plant that is illegal anywhere in the world. Good luck with that ...

       

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      btr1701 (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 5:53pm

      Re: Hmmm

      > And even if a lot of those people think he's a
      > dick, he's mostly being a dick towards criminals.

      It isn't even that so much that pisses a lot of non-Arizonans off. It's that he's dick toward illegal aliens. He actually enforces the law, and when it comes to illegals, that makes a lot of people mad.

       

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        Greg G (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 6:33pm

        Re: Re: Hmmm

        It's that he's dick toward illegal aliens. He actually enforces the law...

        Agreed. The ones that get mad are the idiots that like their tax money paying for illegal aliens to get all sorts of benefits. I prefer to decide for myself who gets my charity money.

         

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    Charlie Potatoes, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 1:09pm

    The Age of Consent

    Ok, can the Sheriff's Office tell me the age of consent for Doggy Love? Is it in human years or does a three-year-old bitch qualify as an adult? Are Chihuahuas and Great Danes treated equally under the law? Obviously Mad Joe and his Poodle Posse are on top of this, having investigated one case over a span of 'several months'. I am going to assume that dog fucking in Arizona is of mammoth proportions. The Sheriff and his highway men must have some incentive for spending their valuable time on protecting the virtue of canines. This is time taken away from patrolling the highways of Arizona appropriating all loose cash from any perpetrator possessing said cash while in transit, for they are obviously in the process of dealing drugs. Who but a drug dealer carries money? Way to go, Joe.... who know, there may be a spot open on the ticket in '12.. Palin/Arpaio is beginning to sound very attractive to me.

     

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    The Baker, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 1:24pm

    Thumbs down

    Not to the typical level of Techdirt posts. Not to topic, crude and it is disappointing that Mike let this hit his blog.
    Yuck!

     

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      Marcus Carab (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 1:40pm

      Re: Thumbs down

      How is this not to topic? Techdirt regularly covers these bogus pressure tactics being used against Craigslist and other protected service providers.

       

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        The Baker, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 1:53pm

        Re: Re: Thumbs down

        I'll concede that bogus pressure tactics against Craigslist is a past and very valid topic. The primary topic of this post was a showcase for MC's crude whit and humor. Sorry if I sound like a prude but I felt like I had to wash my screen after reading this. I don't expect this on TechDirt.

         

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    weneedhelp (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 1:42pm

    services of a good editor DEPERATELY NEEDED HERE.

    pooch-porking, mutt-divers, and bending Rover over? Really? How old are you?

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 1:44pm

      Re: services of a good editor DEPERATELY NEEDED HERE.

      Hahaha exactly what I though.

       

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      Dark Helmet (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 2:01pm

      Re: services of a good editor DEPERATELY NEEDED HERE.

      "pooch-porking, mutt-divers, and bending Rover over? Really? How old are you?"

      Exactly. I specifically recommended "Fido-Fucker" and "Giving the dog a bone", which are far more mature terms....

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 3:19pm

      Re: services of a good editor DEPERATELY NEEDED HERE.

      He's about 25. Remarkably, he still writes like a college student.

       

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        Marcus Carab (profile), Mar 21st, 2011 @ 3:28pm

        Re: Re: services of a good editor DEPERATELY NEEDED HERE.

        TAM, it seems you are my biggest fan, and I just want you to know how special that makes me feel.

         

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 1:58pm

    Something is amiss in Techdirtland....

    .... if you have almost as many blue box posts defending the post as there are other comments.

     

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    DMNTD, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 2:25pm

    comon...

    I guess you could consider that invisible standard flag you prudes keep waving somehow relevant. I won't though, the author obviously takes a leaner stand on the bullshit that coincides with a lot of the news you are hearing and is not ashamed to reveal it in its raw state.

     

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    FuzzyDuck, Mar 21st, 2011 @ 2:57pm

    Bestiality Illegal

    Kind of strange that s*cking off a horse would be crime, but killing it to eat it is perfectly legal. Wonder which of these two acts the horse would find more objectionable?

     

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    John Duncan Yoyo, Mar 22nd, 2011 @ 5:19am

    When did they hire James O'Keefe as an editor?

    When did Techdirt hire James O'Keefe as an editor? The corrected letter sure looks like his video work.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 22nd, 2011 @ 6:52am

    Wow, this really is becoming an echo chamber of fanboys. Self-righteous a-hole fanboys at that.

    This post is a complete waste of bits.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 20th, 2011 @ 10:49pm

    sheriff joe

    you go sheriff joe, tell it like it is, you are a good man and all of america loves you for doing the good job you are doing, lock all the illegals up and get them out of our country, you are the man, keep up the good work, love ya, a big fan in n.c.

     

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