Things That Make You Go Hmmm — March 24, 2011 at 8:34 am

I … It’s … Um … I can’t … It’s uh … Maybe it’s the crazy pills …


It’s not often I am rendered completely bewildered and speechless by a news item but this morning, I am. And, big surprise, it’s because of news coming out of Arizona.

What would you think if you read this?

…[A]rmored vehicles, including a tank, rolled into their neighborhood to make the bust. Neighbor Debra Ross was so worried she called 911 and went outside where a nearby home had its windows blown out, was crawling with dozens of SWAT members in full gear, armored vehicles and a bomb robot.

If you’re like me, you’d think, “Holy COW! An Al Qaida terrorist cell operating right here in the USA! Right in ARIZONA!!!

What would you then think if you read this?

“When the tank came in and pushed the wall over and you see what’s in there, and all it is, is a bunch of chickens,” Ross said.

In a massive show of force on Monday, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant and arrested the homeowner, Jesus Llovera, on charges of suspected cockfighting.

Llovera was alone in the house at the time of the arrest, and he was unarmed.

“I think taxpayers should be shocked,” said Robert Campus, Llovera’s attorney. Campus said he believes the operation costs tens of thousands of dollars.

Deputies had no probable cause to believe Llovera was armed or dangerous, according to Campus.

Campus said he believes the entire scene was basically a stage, to help actor Steven Seagal’s TV show, “Lawman.”

Seagal was riding in the tank.

Yup, the infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Phoenix Arizona brought in heavy weaponry including armored vehicles and a freaking TANK! to bust some dude for cockfighting. And Steven Seagal was riding in the freaking tank!

Now, don’t get me wrong. Cockfighting is a cruel, inhumane, evil practice. This Llovera dude should be hung up by his dangly bits and publicly ridiculed and punished.

But a tank? Steven Seagal? An entire SWAT team? To quote Mugato from Zoolander, “I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!”

Aye, aye, aye…

I’m just sayin’…