The lawman known to many conservatives and libertarians as "America's Toughest Sheriff," Arizona's Joe Arpaio, announced that 38 prisoners in his jail rebelled against his new department policy of installing American flags inside of jail cells. The inmates desecrated the Stars and Stripes and he punished them by feeding them what amounts to a "bread and water" diet, according to CNN News on Friday.
The purposely unappetizing meal is a mixture of mashed fruits and vegetables combined with milk powder, dough and other ingredients, all combined in order to fulfill legal nutritional requirements for prisoners.
Arpaio, a former federal law enforcement agent and longtime Maricopa County, Ariz., sheriff, told the press that any inmate who damages one of the flags in their jail cells will be fed the Arpaio mixture -- which he calls "nutra-loaf" -- using their hands, instead of the usual plastic forks and spoons, for 14 days.
"I run a patriotic jail system," Arpaio told reporters. "I am somewhat disappointed that 38 inmates recently desecrated the flags, tearing them up and writing on them and throwing them in the toilet."
Arpaio achieved celebrity status in part thanks to the ACLU, President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and the left-leaning news outlets who complained about his alleged mistreatment of prisoners, especially illegal aliens from Mexico. One of his practices that riled the leftists was his making jail inmates wear pink uniforms.
However, among many American citizens, Sheriff Joe is a hero who they believe should be emulated by more leaders. For example, while those questioning President Barack Obama's citizenship are held up to ridicule even by some conservative pundits, Arpaio caused an uproar in Washington by officially investigating the authenticity of President Obama's birth certificate, which he and his special task force claim was fabricated, according to an Examiner news story.
In another federal case, the Obama Justice Department alleges that Arpaio and his deputies use racial-profiling when dealing with Latinos, something the five-term sheriff calls nonsense.
To those who complain that the flag desecraters are exercising their constitutional rights, the tough-as-nails sheriff is ready for that argument. "This is not a First Amendment situation," Arpaio said. "When they tamper with the flag, they are tampering with government property."