COUNTY SHERRIFS’ HALL OF SHAME: JOSEPH G. GROODY

C212085D2008-01-01Article by Mark I Rasskazov, Editor in Chief.

Joseph G. Groody is the Sheriff of Schulkyll County, PA.  He is a Democrat.

It is difficult to find much on Sheriff Groody online.  Doesn’t seem to have a publicly accessible facebook account, google + account, etc.  It seems he has little interest in being accessible to his constituents through online venues.  Why is that?  Is it simply because, like many his age (he is 54) he is not familiar with social networking?  Or, perhaps, is it because he is so OPSEC conscious (although, why a local sheriff should have to worry about that is beyond me)?  Or perhaps, is it because he wants to be careful not to let it slip to his constituents where he stands on certain issues?  Where is this apparent fear of his constituents coming from?

There isn’t much out there on him, but I did find some interesting things about him in my research.

For example, I did find an article from the Republican Herald covering the death of Berks County Sheriff, Kyle Pagerly, which quoted him speaking obliquely on gun control.

«‘There are a lot more people armed. It’s just incredible,’ he said. ‘People do not realize the dangers.'»

People do not realize the dangers, Sheriff Groody?  Does the private ownership of fire arms worry you?  Also, isn’t a bit slimy to use the deaths of police officers to push gun control?  Especially when the shooter was using a stolen gun?  Don’t we, the people have a right to defend ourselves from people who use stolen guns?  Or is it just cops that are allowed to be armed against known criminals?

(I would have loved to read the comments on that article.  Interestingly, the comments on that article were closed…)

Or is it just that you’re only for private ownership of firearms when your department is able to get their cut?

«…However, Groody said he hasn’t heard anyone buying a permit cite recent debate about gun control as a reason.»

REALLY?!

Not to call you a liar, Sheriff Groody, but I think this might be a tad disingenuous.  Or, perhaps, your constituents simply know better than to confide in you when it comes to gun control issues.

I can’t help but think that Sheriff Groody is being a little reticent on the gun control issue — only hinting at what he really thinks.  After all, he didn’t exactly win his seat by a landslide.

In reference to winning the election, he is quoted as saying: «I couldn’t feel any happier. I was sitting here on pins and needles all night. It’s almost like I was on trial here. You’re waiting for a jury to come out of deliberations, and you’re waiting for the verdict.»  Why is it that you feel you’re on trial, Sheriff Groody?  I smell a guilty conscience.  His challenger, Dale L. Repp, a former Pottsville police chief, who lost to Sheriff Groody by a very narrow margin, criticized Sheriff Groody’s drive for a more centralized Sheriff’s department.

«‘They essentially wave a magic wand and say, ‘Poof!’ The 2,200 or so deputy sheriffs throughout the state suddenly are given full law-enforcement powers,'» Repp said. «First of all, who’s going to pay for it?’ Local law enforcement could also ease the burden on the sheriff’s office, Repp said. In a meeting with the Schuylkill County Constables Association, Repp said he found many municipal constables are eager to help serve writs and warrants. ‘They tell me they have the training, they’re anxious to do it, they’re willing to do it, and I think they should be given the chance to take some of that load off the sheriff’s office.’ Repp said.»

It’s interesting to read the comment thread on that article.  Observe the difference in demeanor and literacy among Groody’s supporters:

«GROODY IS DOING AN EXCELLANT JOB AND HAS PROVEN HE CAN HANDLE IT. GO JOE!
PUT THE POLITCAL PARTIES TO THE SIDE. THE BEST MAN FOR THE JOB IS GROODY.»

Versus his detractors:

«Good luck in the Election Dale! As a former student, I saw first hand your work ethic, listened to your knowledge of the Criminal Justice system, and your experience as a police Chief in Pottsville, which you rose through the ranks to get.  They say this election for sheriff will come down to North and South of the mountain. While that may be true, the people concerned about drug use and immigration (an especially hot topic in Shenandoah) will make the right decision.»

«Issuing carry permits? Sounds like typical gun control issue to me.»

We will continue to track this story as it develops.  I leave you with this tidbit from a commenter on an article about Groody winning the sheriff seat:

«He shouldn’t have been there in the first place. He was appointed and not even confirmed by the governor! So technically his first time in office was a sham. Funny thing is that the people who work in the prison like Groody because while he’s in office, they don’t have to work. They were all afraid if Dale got in. And that’s not hearsay, that comes straight from the horse’s mouth. Say hello to 4 more years of Schuylkill County being the home of DUI’s, Suicide, crack cocaine, meth labs and illegal immigrants too. Man I’m proud of this place. Can’t you just smell the burning cannabis?»

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DARPA’S TERN PROGRAM AIMS TO USE SHIPS FOR DRONE/UAV BASES

predator_drone_shipArticle by Turner Cox.

Syndicated from Thin Red-Line News.

According to DARPA, (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), they have started a new project called, TERN, or, Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node Program, which will allow drone bases to be aboard ships. The 40 month, 3-stage program will research and develop systems to allow small ships to serve as mobile bases for endurance drones and/or UAVs.

This program has a number of challenges to overcome, such as: allowing larger aircraft operations to operate on smaller vessels, minimize maintenance requirements for the floating bases, minimize the crew required to keep the bases afloat, and produce endurance UAVs that meet maritime conditional requirements.

This programs aims to implement faster response times to reconnaissance mission and drone strikes with low costs while minimizing the energy requirements. DARPA reports that Daniel Patt, DARPA’s program manager, said, “About 98 percent of the world’s land area lies within 900 nautical miles of ocean coastlines. Enabling small ships to launch and retrieve long-endurance UAVs on demand would greatly expand our situational awareness and our ability to quickly and flexibly engage in hotspots over land or water.” In other words, if this program is successful, it will allow drone bases to be deployed all over the world without ever having to touch land.

The TERN Program researchers and managers plan to cover the entire planet with attack and surveillance drones (also known as «unarmed aerial vehicles,» or «UAVs»). The US government says that drone strikes will not be used in the United States. However, former the Obama Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, openly admits he lied to the American people about the drone programs (“When I went through the process of becoming press secretary, one of the first things they told me was, you’re not even to acknowledge the drone program”). What makes us think they don’t plan to us drone strikes in the United States?

FACEBOOK GENDER TOGGLER

o-FACEBOOK-570Editorial by Barbara Cornell.

Syndicated from Barbara Cornell’s personal blog.

It used to be very important to me that people understand me. I was, like every other youth in America,

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The thing that was vitally important for everyone to understand was that I was smart. It didn’t matter whatever else you understood as long as you knew I was smart. It didn’t even matter to me if you understood I was arrogant and condescending about my intelligence, so long as you knew I had a lot of it.

In college, people would see me and say, «There’s the girl who sets all the curves in all the classes!» just trying to be nice. And I would correct them, and make sure they understood that my scores were always eliminated, and the curve was always set on the second highest score. Because you needed to know how smart I was.

I studied engineering but … well, there were a lot of forks in the road and I ended up getting an accounting degree, which I mostly considered beneath me because I was smarter than all the others in those classes. I had a favorite story I liked to tell about how I refused to buy a $300 calculator for a business math class, choosing instead to solve all the annuity problems using actual math and the professor had to take my exams to the math department to have them graded. I had a copy of the most recent IQ test I’d taken, proving my IQ was way off the charts.

I began my career as an accountant only to find out that I would face life being called a secretary, because I was female, and I wasn’t a nurse or a school teacher, so therefor I must be a secretary. This pissed me off beyond measure. I was not a secretary. I was smarter than that. (I’ve since figured out that, if you get out of bed and make a significant contribution to your own survival every day by performing some honest labor, then you deserve some respect. It’s astounding how your 30’s pummel the hubris of your youth out of you.) I gave out my business card to anyone who would stand still long enough to have it foisted on them so that they could see I was a 20-something CFO.

In the years since, I’ve figured out that having the general population understand me is way overrated. If my few, close friends and the people who pay me understand the essentials, then that’s enough. Having the understanding of strangers isn’t really good for much of anything. Can’t eat it, can’t live in it, can’t trade it for new movies at Amazon.

I think we all understand, at some level, everyone else’s need to be understood for who they are, even if we can’t identify with the particulars.

FacebookMisunderstoodTake, for example, the transgender issue. I don’t actually understand it. I’m female. I’ve always been female. I exhibit some decidedly «masculine» characteristics (aggression, alpha-member domination tendencies, analytic approach, many others) but it’s never once occurred to me that I was anything other than female. Gender seems to me a pretty black/white, binary, minor kind of proposition, and knowing my gender has never once suggested to me that I should behave any way other than I do, but I understand there are others who believe differently about it, probably because they have different experiences. I get that. I don’t actually get the issue, but I get that it’s important to some that I understand it’s an issue for them.

What I do understand, though, is Facebook. I can’t recall the number of times I’ve read someone beating a drum loudly, demanding that Facebook recognize more than two genders and provide more options on the gender toggle button. (It’s about self-expression!)

Here’s what I know about Facebook: it’s a for profit sight, owned primarily by its staff and Mark Zuckerburg, whose sole purpose in life is to draw you to it so that the people who pay them for advertising space can sell you stuff.

Seems to me that demanding that Facebook understand your struggle for self expression is like storming into McDonald’s and demanding that they understand you are a corporate officer, not a secretary. They don’t care. They just want to know whether you want fries with that. Seems like if your family, close friends (and the people from whom you derive your living so far as it’s relevant to your rendering of services) understand that you don’t identify as either male or female that the rest of the world can just kiss your ass.

Seems to me that people take Facebook (and the «understanding» of the general public) way too seriously.

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TRUE CHRISTIAN MODUS OPERANDI — JESUS LOVES PORN STARS

8205427Article by Tim Wikiriwhi.

Syndicated from Eternal Vigilance.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Mr. Wikiriwhi is a Transegoist sympathizer; not a Transegoist — our syndication of his article does not indicate that he endorses the Transegoist philosophy.

The Waikato Times ran an story on 22 January 2013 in respect to the Parachute Christian Music Festival held annually here in the Waikato which caught my attention (Porn Star Worships Gift Bible) because of its Libertarian idealism.   A church organization called «XXXChurch.com» is going to be at the festival with the Idea of starting a «fellowship» here in New Zealand.

0860d7772b18e61031fcce2f7c2d62c1_500“’They gave me a pretty pink Bible with silver edging,’ Vidis said. ‘They are really respectful, they don’t force it down your throat.’ They came up and said, ‘you do really wonderful work, but if you ever need help you can always come to Christ. Here’s a Bible.I loved that.”

I plan to make contact with them as they appear to be my kind of people; that is: Christians who don’t ride around on high horses like self righteous legalistic Pharisees preaching about how «God Hates Fags,» but instead preach the love and grace of God towards sinners.  This is how real Christianity functions: i.e. via Libertarian means, not by inciting mob violence or legalistic oppression, but via reason and compassion.

I salute them.

hooters-for-freedomEDITOR’S NOTE: The photo on the left is of Tim Wikiriwhi demonstrating for freedom in his home country of New Zealand.  It was taken by one of his detractors in order to discredit him.  He has posted it with pride in numerous places on the blog he co-founded called Eternal Vigilance.  Tim is an unapologetic defender of liberty.  Tim is an unapologetic advocate of hooters, and, like all of the men here at the Transegoist Daily Journal, is a big fan of women in general.  Mr. Wikiriwhi is currently running for mayor of the city of Hamilton, NZ, as the Libertarianz Party candidate.  The Transegoist Daily Journal endorses the candidacy of Tim Wikiriwhi.

DARPA INVESTS $50 MILLION TO REVERSE ENGINEER THE BRAIN

TBI, a hidden injuryArticle by Turner Bird Cox.

Syndicate from Thin Red-Line News.

DARPA is looking to invest $50 million in attempts to reverse engineer the brain. They are seeking new devices and applications to do so through programs listed below. In Ray Kurtzweil’s book, «The Singularity,» he believes that computers will reach human level intelligence around 2029. This is something the United States government also believes and this program illustrates their attempts.

DARPA’s website wrote, «»The President’s initiative reinforces the significance of understanding how the brain records, processes, uses, stores and retrieves vast quantities of information,” explained DARPA Director, Arati Prabhakar. “This kind of knowledge of brain function could inspire the design of a new generation of information processing systems; lead to insights into brain injury and recovery mechanisms; and enable new diagnostics, therapies and devices to repair traumatic injury.»»

DARPA’s website also wrote, «DARPA’s planned investment includes new programs to address the areas outlined and ongoing efforts designed to advance fundamental understanding of the brain’s dynamics to drive applications (Revolutionizing Prosthetics, Restorative Encoding Memory Integration Neural Device, Reorganization and Plasticity to Accelerate Injury Recovery, Enabling Stress Resistance), manufacture sensing systems for neuroscience applications (Reliable Neutral Interface Technology, Blast Gauge), and analyze large data sets (Detection and Computational Analysis of Psychological Signals).»

EDITOR’S NOTE: It has been said (by me) that single issue obsessors are absolutely critical in the world of journalism, because it is precisely the individual that obsesses over a single topic that is able to get the absolute bottom of that topic.  For DARPA, the guy I go to is Turner Bird Cox, the author of this article, and the coordinator of Thin Red-Line News, and the DARPA News blog.  More than anyone else I know, this man has his hand on the pulse of the DARPA Program.  Thanks for keeping an eye out, Mr. Cox.

SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN FORGETS HIMSELF

mccain-pointing-apArticle by Mark I Rasskazov, Editor in Chief.

On 07 April 2013, on the CBS show, «Face the Nation,» Senator John McCain, retired Air Force pilot, veteran of the Vietnam conflict, prisoner of war of the same conflict, and former GOP presidential candidate, made a statement that I find utterly astounding coming from someone who is supposed to be a public servant.

In reference to the filibuster being conducted by Senators Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and others, over the latest and greatest 2nd Amendment revocation bill, he was quoted as saying «I don’t understand it.  The purpose of the United States Senate is to debate and to vote and to let the people know where we stand.”

No, Senator McCain.  That is, most vehemently not the purpose of the United States Senate, and if you don’t understand just how deeply offensive your statement is to a concerned American voter such as myself, then it is most definitely time for you to retire.  Let me break this down for you, Barney style:

You, as a United States senator, are a public servant.  You are elected by the people in order to represent the people.  Now, first of all, all bills which limit, i.e., infringe, on our rights to bear arms and organize private militias violate the 2nd Amendment of a document referred to as «The Bill of Rights,» which is a part of the US Constitution — you know, that document which lays out the conclusive law of land, and which you swore an oath to uphold.  Furthermore, we the people, whom, as I have already mentioned, are the ones who put you in office, and whom you are answerable to, have repeatedly expressed that we do not desire the kinds of gun control measures you and your fellow aging, anti-constitutional establishmentarian gangsters have been trying to shove down our throats as of late — we rejected Senator Feinstein’s bill, which was unconstitutional, and we patently refused to abide by the UN Small Arms Treaty, which was, in every way, criminal.   We don’t want gun control — cease and desist from all further attempt to regulate, register, ban, confiscate, or otherwise infringe upon our right to carry guns.  This is not a polite suggestion; this is the mandate of the US Constitution, and the people of the United States.

You don’t decide what to do and then tell us where you stand.

We decide where we stand, and you carry it out.

Get that straight.