Category Archives: North Carolina

NC files lawsuit challenging US Justice Dept. attack of HB2, Governor Pat McCrory this is no longer just a North Carolina issue, It’s the federal government being a bully, Congress does not define sex as something that can be chosen

NC files lawsuit challenging US Justice Dept. attack of HB2, Governor Pat McCrory this is no longer just a North Carolina issue, It’s the federal government being a bully, Congress does not define sex as something that can be chosen

“Any biological man – regardless of whether he “identifies” or “expresses” himself as a man OR as a woman – now has the legal right under the City’s amended ordinance to access the most intimate of women’s facilities (and vice versa). Under the ordinance, Charlotte businesses may no longer offer or enforce sex-specific facilities and face penalties if they do.”…NC House Member Dan Bishop

“You can’t fix stupid.”…Ron White

“We are being lied to on a scale unimaginable by George Orwell.”…Citizen Wells

 

From CNN May 9, 2016.

“North Carolina sues U.S. Justice Department in defense of HB2

North Carolina has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Justice Department to defend House Bill 2, a law that bans individuals from using public bathrooms that do not correspond with their biological sex, according to a court document.

The move is in response to a letter the Justice Department sent last week warning Gov. Pat McCrory that the law was in violation of the Civil Rights Act and giving him until Monday to “remedy the situation.”

The state’s lawsuit calls the Justice Department’s position a “radical reinterpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act” and “a baseless and blatant overreach.”

It’s deadline day for North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory.

The U.S. Justice Department sent his office a letter Wednesday claiming that the state’s bathroom law is in violation of the Civil Rights Act.

They gave the Republican leader until the end of the business day Monday to respond with a solution to “remedy the situation.”

The law bans individuals from using public bathrooms that do not correspond to their biological sex.

McCrory says what he chooses to do at that deadline goes beyond the Tar Heel state — it will affect the majority of Americans.

“This is no longer just a North Carolina issue,” he said in a Fox News interview on Sunday. “This is a basic change of norms that we’ve used for decades throughout the United States of America and the Obama administration is now trying to change that norm — again not just in North Carolina, but they’re ordering this to every company in the United States of America — starting tomorrow I assume, or Tuesday.””

“”This unrealistic deadline by the federal government is quite amazing,” he said in his Fox News interview. “It’s the federal government being a bully.”

McCrory also points to the fact that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act uses the term “sex” when it comes to gender issues, and “Congress does not define sex” as something that can be chosen.

“The Justice Department is making law for the federal government as opposed to enforcing it,” McCrory said.”

Read more:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/09/politics/north-carolina-hb2-justice-department-deadline/

God bless and protect Governor McCrory.

More here:’

https://citizenwells.com/

 

Target discriminates against non LGBT people, Transgender employees and customers can use bathroom of choice, Boycott Target, NC HB2 treats all the same, LGBT IDs to be handed out?

Target discriminates against non LGBT people, Transgender employees and customers can use bathroom of choice, Boycott Target, NC HB2 treats all the same, LGBT IDs to be handed out?

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”…Karl Marx

“You can’t fix stupid.”…Ron White

“We are being lied to on a scale unimaginable by George Orwell.”…Citizen Wells

 

I am deeply offended.

As a non LGBT person I am being discriminated against by Target.

If I wear a LGBT ID will I be able to use the bathroom I feel like using?

From Fox News April 20, 2016.

“Target to Allow Transgender People to Use Bathroom of Their Choice”

“Target Corp said on Tuesday that transgender employees and customers can now use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity, becoming the first big retailer to weigh in on an issue at the center of a heated national debate.

This announcement comes amid the firestorm surrounding North Carolina’s controversial bathroom law, which requires people to use bathrooms and locker rooms in public facilities that correspond with their gender at birth.

In a blog post, Target said, “We welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.””

“Target’s full blog post reads:

Recent debate around proposed laws in several states has reignited a national conversation around inclusivity. So earlier this week, we reiterated with our team members where Target stands and how our beliefs are brought to life in how we serve our guests.

Inclusivity is a core belief at Target. It’s something we celebrate. We stand for equality and equity, and strive to make our guests and team members feel accepted, respected and welcomed in our stores and workplaces every day.

We believe that everyone—every team member, every guest, and every community—deserves to be protected from discrimination, and treated equally. Consistent with this belief, Target supports the federal Equality Act, which provides protections to LGBT individuals, and opposes action that enables discrimination.

In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience in many ways. Most relevant for the conversations currently underway, we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.

We regularly assess issues and consider many factors such as impact to our business, guests and team members. Given the specific questions these legislative proposals raised about how we manage our fitting rooms and restrooms, we felt it was important to state our position.

Everyone deserves to feel like they belong. And you’ll always be accepted, respected and welcomed at Target.”

Read more:

http://insider.foxnews.com/2016/04/20/target-becomes-first-major-retailer-allow-transgender-people-use-bathroom-their-choice

My people have been long suffering.

BOYCOTT TARGET!

Read more:

https://citizenwells.com/

NC Governor Pat McCrory Kathleen Parker and other ‘elites’ falsely attack state, Demagoguing and misinforming the public about North Carolina, Washington Post media hypocrisy, Charlotte’s ridiculous ordinance

NC Governor Pat McCrory Kathleen Parker and other ‘elites’ falsely attack state, Demagoguing and misinforming the public about North Carolina, Washington Post media hypocrisy, Charlotte’s ridiculous ordinance

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”…Karl Marx

“You can’t fix stupid.”…Ron White

“We are being lied to on a scale unimaginable by George Orwell.”…Citizen Wells

 

From the Greensboro News record April 18, 2016.

“Gov. Pat McCrory: Parker, other ‘elites’ falsely attack state”

“News alert to the political pundits who have been demagoguing and misinforming the public about North Carolina: Your hypocrisy is showing. The most recent example is Washington Post “culture” columnist Kathleen Parker and her column, “North Carolina descends into a valley of ignorance” (News & Record, April 15).

Let me set the record straight. North Carolina proudly welcomes all people to live, work and visit our great state. We have long-held traditions of both ensuring equality for all of our citizens and our visitors, while also respecting the privacy of everyone. We are also a state that strives to allow our people and businesses to be as independent as possible without over-reaching government regulations.

These North Carolina values of privacy and equality came into conflict when the Charlotte City Council mandated that all local businesses and organizations allow men to use a woman’s restroom, locker room or shower facility.

Now the politically correct elite, such as Parker, may like this kind of policy. But as governor, I agree with the vast majority of the ninth-most-populous state in the nation who don’t want this type of government overreach — especially in a place where most men, women and children have an expectation of privacy and safety.

It is not the government’s job to mandate bathroom policies for private sector businesses, and the government should not be in the business of forcing people to share the restroom with people of the opposite sex under the threat of potential fines — which is exactly what Charlotte’s ridiculous ordinance would have permitted.

Just five months prior to the city of Charlotte imposing this over-reaching law, voters in Houston, Texas, overwhelmingly rejected a nearly identical regulation through a public referendum. Yet the men’s NCAA Final Four basketball games were played there under no threats of boycott, retaliation or demagoguery from the media, entertainment, business elite or special-interest groups.

Since the North Carolina legislature overturned this far-reaching Charlotte mandate, the Human Rights Campaign has led a coordinated assault and smear campaign. This national special-interest group, which is funded by anonymous donors, is attempting to bully companies, entertainers and anyone else who disagrees with its agenda. Our state is unfairly being used as its political pawn. Simply put, they are seeking to take jobs away from hard-working men and women in the interest of self-serving political theater and selective outrage.

However, the HRC remains silent while the same individuals and organizations sell their products, make their products or take entertainment dollars from countries like China, Cuba, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Singapore — countries with deplorable human rights records especially toward the gay and lesbian community. Earlier this week, this group’s hypocrisy reached new levels when it praised the Democratic governor of Louisiana for signing a “historic” executive order after criticizing my nearly identical executive order that expanded protections for state employees.”

Read more:

http://www.greensboro.com/opinion/columns/gov-pat-mccrory-parker-other-elites-falsely-attack-state/article_d0e41d9f-c293-5954-8fe9-304c12699b74.html

Thank God the News Record finally allowed the truth to be printed about HB2

after weeks of filling it’s pages with lies.

And thank God that Governor Pat McCrory is doing his job to protect the citizens of NC despite widespread criticism from the ignorant and agenda laden.

Bruce Springsteen Ringo Starr et al driven by egos agenda not concern for NC citizens, Charlotte ordinance endangered women and children, HB2 protects all citizens, NC registered sex offenders list proves danger, LGBT status not the problem or issue

Bruce Springsteen Ringo Starr et al driven by egos agenda not concern for NC citizens, Charlotte ordinance endangered women and children, HB2 protects all citizens, NC registered sex offenders list proves danger, LGBT status not the problem or issue

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”…Karl Marx

“You can’t fix stupid.”…Ron White

“We are being lied to on a scale unimaginable by George Orwell.”…Citizen Wells

 

There is an epidemic of stupid, irrational political position and entertainment culture in this country.

Just because you can sing, entertain, act, etc. does not mean you are intelligent, paying attention, rational, etc.

Two recent examples:

Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr as well as numerous companies.

Apparently they believe that they are smarter or better informed than the folks in NC.

THEY ARE NOT!

Many people are missing the point.

The danger inherent in the Charlotte ordinance and protected by NC HB2 is allowing anyone to use the public bathroom of choice.

This has little to do with LGBT status.

It has to do primarily with documented sexual predators like the man in Charlotte who was convicted of molesting underage male(s).

North Carolina has statistics on registered sexual offenders.

For example:

Mecklenburg County (Charlotte):  894.

Guilford (Greensboro): 807.

From the NC Department Of Public Safety Offender Statistics:

“Statistics reflected on this page have been extracted from information entered by North Carolina Sheriff’s Offices into the NC Sex Offender and Public Protection Registry database. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation serves as the collection and entry point for this information.

These statistics provide approximate numbers. The accuracy of these statistics may be impacted by certain limitations such as delays or errors in processing information or delay or errors in the system’s operation.

Not all offenders are included in this report because of different registration requirements. Offenders whose status is listed as pending are not included in this report.”

http://sexoffender.ncsbi.gov/stats.aspx

So, as you can plainly see, the Charlotte ordinance was a stupid irresponsible idea and NC HB2 protects women and children.

My suggestion for all of us, those who are rational and care, is to boycott Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and others who are acting irresponsible and stupid.

If you had planned to see them in concert, use your time and money more responsibly.

Learn the facts.

Quit being part of our dumbed down entertain culture.

 

Stupid Charlotte transgender bathroom ordinance overturned by NC legislature and governor, North Carolina governor Pat McCrory signs bill that prevents cities and counties from passing their own anti-discrimination rules

Stupid Charlotte transgender bathroom ordinance overturned by NC legislature and governor, North Carolina governor Pat McCrory signs bill that prevents cities and counties from passing their own anti-discrimination rules

“Republicans and their allies have said intervening is necessary to protect the safety of women and children from “radical” action by Charlotte. There have been arguments that any man — perhaps a sex offender — could enter a woman’s restroom or locker room simply by calling himself transgender.”…Greensboro News Record March 24, 2016

“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command. His heart sank as he thought of the enormous power arrayed against him, the ease with which any Party intellectual would overthrow him in debate, the subtle arguments which he would not be able to understand, much less answer. And yet he was in the right! They were wrong and he was right. The obvious, the silly, and the true had got to be defended. Truisms are true, hold on to that! The solid world exists, its laws do not change. Stones are hard, water is wet, objects unsupported fall towards the earth’s centre. With the feeling that he was speaking to O’Brien, and also that he was setting forth an important axiom, he wrote:

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984”

 

Thank God the Democrats are not running NC.

When I heard about Charlotte passing an ordinance to allow anyone, despite their biological sex organs, to use the public bathroom of their choice, I was obviously concerned about the safety of children and other citizens and the lack of good judgement of the government of the largest city in North Carolina.

From the Greensboro New Record March 24, 2016.

“McCrory signs bill that reins in local governments, transgender rule”

“North Carolina legislators decided to rein in local governments by approving a bill that prevents cities and counties from passing their own anti-discrimination rules. Gov. Pat McCrory later signed the legislation, which dealt a blow to the LGBT movement after success with protections in cities across the country.

The Republican-controlled General Assembly took action Wednesday after Charlotte city leaders last month approved a broad anti-discrimination measure. Critics focused on language in the ordinance that allowed transgender people to use the restroom aligned with their gender identity.

McCrory, who was the mayor of Charlotte for 14 years and had criticized the local ordinance, signed the legislation Wednesday night that he said was “passed by a bipartisan majority to stop this breach of basic privacy and etiquette.”

Although 12 House Democrats joined all Republicans present in voting for the bill in the afternoon, later all Senate Democrats in attendance walked off their chamber floor during the debate in protest. Remaining Senate Republicans gave the legislation unanimous approval.

“We choose not to participate in this farce,” Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue of Raleigh said after he left the chamber.

Senate leader Phil Berger of Eden said the Democrats’ decision to leave was a “serious breach of their obligation to the citizens that voted to elect them.”

Republicans and their allies have said intervening is necessary to protect the safety of women and children from “radical” action by Charlotte. There have been arguments that any man — perhaps a sex offender — could enter a woman’s restroom or locker room simply by calling himself transgender.

“It’s common sense — biological men should not me be in women’s showers, locker rooms and bathrooms,” said GOP Rep. Dean Arp of Monroe before the chamber voted 82-26 for the legislation after nearly three hours of debate.

Gay rights leaders and transgender people said the legislation demonizes the community and espouses bogus claims about increasing the risk of sexual assaults. They say the law will deny lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people essential protections needed to ensure they can get a hotel room, hail a taxi or dine at a restaurant without fear.”

Read more:

http://www.greensboro.com/news/mccrory-signs-bill-that-reins-in-local-governments-transgender-rule/article_830dcc07-75a2-519c-a15c-3ea204b08429.html

 

Greensboro NC YWCA new family shelter reveals the real economy and faces of hunger, News Record reports hunger correctly but misstates employment, I’m tired of lies from Washington and state capitals about jobs and the economy

Greensboro NC YWCA new family shelter reveals the real economy and faces of hunger, News Record reports hunger correctly but misstates employment, I’m tired of lies from Washington and state capitals about jobs and the economy

“In December 2014 there were 18 million immigrants (legal and illegal) living in the country who had arrived since January 2000. But job growth over this period was just 9.3 million — half of new immigration.”…Center for Immigration Studies February 2015

“There’s no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate, which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a Big Lie.”…Gallup CEO Jim Clifton 

“We are being lied to on a scale unimaginable by George Orwell.”…Citizen Wells

 

I’m tired of lies from Washington and state capitals about jobs and the economy.

I am also tired of the mainstream media misrepresenting the economy and jobs situation.

Occasionally the Greensboro News Record produces a meaningful, quality article. This is one.

“24 hours in the YWCA’s new family shelter in Greensboro”

“Outside, the rain is cold and pounding.

A clock inches toward 8:45 a.m., the time each day that guests must leave the family shelter at the YWCA, which won’t reopen until late afternoon.

A young dad — who just finished packing a day of snacks from a table where brown paper bags are laid out for families to use — has to get the last of his brood into a coat.

And that child — one of four siblings under the age of 4 — isn’t cooperating.

“No,” she says firmly, perhaps sensing the misery to come, as the family’s normal routine includes a half-mile walk to the nearest bus stop.

Cries echo down the hallway as the siblings eventually trudge like baby ducklings out the door behind the mom, who just finished her last college exam and is on winter break, and the dad, who finds activities for the children during the day.

Jan Hill, the overnight staff person, locks up behind them.

These are not her favorite moments in the 24-hour cycle of one of the state’s few homeless shelters for families.

That the families had a warm bed, place for the children to run around and free meals last night gives her some solace.

A place to stay

The YWCA shelter is a place where families are able to put their lives back on track.

It is a modest space, with its own entrance at the back of the nonprofit’s building on East Wendover Avenue, that can house about 30 people. At the moment, that’s room for seven families.

The shelter’s goal is to help homeless families develop skills to achieve financial stability, pay off debts and save enough to move into permanent housing. A case worker works with them. Closing the doors at 8:45 a.m. is a nudge to the parents, that they need to be using their time wisely, such as going out looking for jobs.

The ones who seek help here are in the growing number of families who have fallen out of the middle class because of layoffs or companies closing or underemployment; of working-class people grappling with loss of benefits or reduced hours or rising prices that give them less to live on; and of others who may work several part-time jobs while going back to school to get GEDs or training or degrees that can make the family self-sufficient again — or for the first time.

Many end up on the other end of the line at the YWCA shelter, asking if there’s any room. Families are also referred by other agencies.

Problem is, the shelter can only take in a few and the need is great. Estimates show that in Guilford County at least 70 families are on a waiting list for a shelter at any given time. In the meantime, they and those that are deemed the invisible homeless, may live in cars or hotels or sleep on the couches and floors of friends as long as they can.

“When you are living in day-to-day crisis mode, it can be hard,” shelter director and case manager Michelle Cheek said. “It’s not alleviating all of their problems, but it’s reducing their stress.”

Most shelters are built like dorms with beds for adult men and women, grouped by gender.

Here, there are three separate bedrooms on one side for families with dads and older male children. These families share a large private bathroom. The other side holds a large space divided by partitions.

There are communal showers like those in middle school gyms.

A larger space is covered with tables for meals and a play area that’s stocked with books and has mats on the floor for children.

There’s a laundry room with multiple washers and dryers.

A large pantry nearby is stocked with breakfast cereals, fruits and other items — on this day, muffins — donated by volunteers and local businesses.

During the day, children go to school while their parents work or look for jobs.”

“The YWCA program opened in July with no funding dedicated to the shelter at all. It has depended on individual donations, a handful of local churches and a few grants.

And Garnette’s sheer will.

“I’m a strong believer that when you do the right things for the right reasons, they work out,” Garnette said. “We researched it. We believe it’s necessary. And in this community, it’s not OK for 2-year-olds to be sleeping in cars.””

“Shortly after 3:30 p.m. on a recent day, a school bus stops and drops off two of the children living at the shelter.

The doors to the shelter won’t open for another hour and a half, so the kids climb into an aging vehicle with their mother and they drive away.

A slightly older child who got picked up from school by his mom sits with her in the car — a beat-up vehicle with a missing passenger side window now covered by a towel — until it is time to come inside.

When the doors open at 5 p.m., some of the older children come in carrying heavy backpacks and almost immediately disappear into their family’s room.

“I think it is harder on the older children,” Hill said. “They remember what it was like to live in their own home.

“They also worry that their friends will find out.”

But after living on the streets or having nowhere else to turn and empty pockets, the parents know it is their best — and only — option.

Among the families who have stayed here recently is a single mother working two part-time jobs. She came here when her youngest son was just 2 weeks old. He’s now 3 months old.

Once she can settle an old Duke Energy bill that she says someone else ran up in her name, she will be able to move into her own apartment.

Another family learned of the shelter after neighbors in an out-of-the-way cul-de-sac noticed a car idling there for hours. When the car’s dome light flipped on, children could be seen moving around inside. They called police, who called the shelter.

There’s the single dad who had been sleeping on a park bench with his 4-year-old daughter because an old eviction kept him from being able to rent again.

He recently sat at a table in front of a woman who was laid off from a full-time manufacturing job. She sees the program as a place for her to start over.

“It was comfortable and safe, and I slept so good that first night,” she said. “But I just want to find a job, find decent housing, and I can go from there.””

Read more:

http://www.greensboro.com/news/local_news/hours-in-the-ywca-s-new-family-shelter-in-greensboro/article_479dff86-8fe9-5676-a062-3010255c8f67.html

Also from the Greensboro News Record December 27, 2015.

“North Carolina’s job growth doesn’t necessarily mean prosperity, stability or recovery”

“A dramatically changing economy in the state, corporate practices that erode wages and a common type of fraud that cheats workers out of wages and the state out of tax dollars are all part of the problem.

Here are some of the key figures to show you the shifts in the region’s economy since the turn of the century:

  • From January 1999 through November 2015, the Greensboro-High Point metropolitan statistical area lost 32,500 goods-producing jobs, which typically pay high wages, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce.
  • During the same period, the metro area gained 40,200 service jobs, which pay lower wages and offer employment with less stability and fewer benefits.
  • Although the national unemployment rate, at 5 percent, has returned to its pre-recession level, unemployment in the Greensboro-High Point metro, at 5.5 percent in November, remains above the 5.3 percent rate of January 2008.
  • North Carolina’s median annual household income in 2014 was $47,000, down from an inflation-adjusted $53,000 in 1999, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • In the United States, 13.3 million more people are working than at the depth of the recession in 2010, and 4.5 million more Americans are working than before the recession in 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Many economists say the nation has fully recovered from the recession, and North Carolina’s major cities are the state’s success stories. But many rural counties and smaller metropolitan statistic areas — or MSAs — have not seen that level of success, which has created an uneven economic recovery, said a year-end report by the N.C. Justice Center, a nonprofit group that studies labor and economic issues. According to that report, 26 of the state’s 100 counties lost jobs from October 2014 through October 2015.”

“Permanently temporary

Lower-quality jobs is not the only reason for the wage decline, Shaw said.
Corporations have added more temporary, or “contingent,” employees to their workforces, either to account for seasonal variations or create a permanent level of employees without benefits or other perks that permanent workers receive.
Shaw said temporary workers are becoming a permanent strategy for many companies in this state.”

Read more:

http://www.greensboro.com/business/north-carolina-s-job-growth-doesn-t-necessarily-mean-prosperity/article_47cadc65-823b-525b-9381-77ad6f996d99.html

Now let’s set the record straight.

The New Record and other mainstream media won’t touch this because it indicts Obama and illegal aliens for taking native born American jobs.

The News Record stated:

“In the United States, 13.3 million more people are working than at the depth of the recession in 2010, and 4.5 million more Americans are working than before the recession in 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.”

There are ZERO more white Americans working since 2008 and only approx. 4 million more since 2010.

That is a huge difference!