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High jobless rates persist in NC, Greensboro News Record, August 25, 2012, Guilford county 5.3 percent when Democrats took congress 10.2 percent now

High jobless rates persist in NC, Greensboro News Record, August 25, 2012, Guilford county 5.3 percent when Democrats took congress 10.2 percent now

“Guilford (Large NC County) appears on it’s way to a third consecutive year with annual jobless rates in double digits. Economists say that likely hasn’t happened since the Great Depression.”…Greensboro News Record December 2, 2011

“North Carolina currently has the fourth-highest unemployment rate in the country and has stayed well above the national average through 2012.”…WRAL, August 17, 2012

“We tried our plan—and it worked. That’s the difference. That’s the choice in this election. That’s why I’m running for a second term.”…Barack Obama

Are there 2 versions of the Greensboro News & Record?

One in print with the facts for the older generations and one watered down for the younger folks on the internet. One designed to protect Obama?

The print edition, to my surprise and delight, has for months been presenting the truth about the economy and Jobs in NC.

From the front page top of the Print edition of the Greensboro News & Record August 25, 2012.

“High jobless rates persist in N.C.”

“Unemployment rates dropped or remained the same in most of North carolina in July, but joblessness remains high throughout the state.

In Guilford County, the unemployment rate fell by 1.3 percentage points to 10.2 percent in July, compared with 11.5 percent in July 2011.”

“But while more people now have jobs, analysts say local labor market conditions are still in distress. John Quinterno, a principal with South by North Strategies, an economic and social policy research firm, siad the labor market still isn’t generating enough jobs for all of the people who need them.”
“Is it an improvement to what it was when it was 11 percent? Yes…but it still doesn’t take away that there’s still a 10 percent unemployment rate, which is extraordinary,” Quinterno said.”

“Consider this: The unemployment rate in Guilford County was at 5.3 percent in July 2007. It hit it’s highest level—11.8 percent—in July 2009 during the height of the recesion.”

Guilford County had a  5.3 percent unemployment rate when the Democrats took control of congress in 2007.

From the internet version of the Greensboro News & Record August 24, 2012.

“Local unemployment decreases”

“Unemployment in Guilford County fell by 1.3 percentage points to 10.2 percent in July compared with 11.5 percent in July of 2011.

The Greensboro-High Point metro area, which covers employees in both cities, also fell to 10.2 percent in July from 11.5 percent in July 2011.

The state overall reported good news compared with this time last year, according to a news release from the N.C. Department of Commerce – Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

“Rates either dropped or remained the same in most of North Carolina in July,” said N.C. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Dale Carroll. “Compared to the same time last year, nearly all of the state’s counties have a lower unemployment rate.”

North Carolina had 34 counties that were at or below the state’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 9.8
percent. Unemployment rates decreased in eight of the state’s 14 Metropolitan Statistical Areas.

The rate increased in two and stayed the same in four.

The number of workers employed (not seasonally adjusted) increased in July by 12,968 to 4,249,084, while those unemployed fell 1,362 to 462,255.

Since July 2011, the number of workers unemployed decreased 50,996, while those employed increased 60,772.

Currituck County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in July at 4.7 percent, and Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 17.6 percent.”


From Citizen Wells August 24, 2012.

“North Carolina’s statewide unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) was 9.8 percent in July. This was a 0.1 of a percentage-point decrease from June’s revised rate of 9.9 percent, and a 1.1 percentage-point decrease over the year.

Over the month, the unemployment rate decreased in 47 counties, increased in 26 and remained the same in 27. Thirty-four counties had unemployment rates below the state’s 9.8 percent rate.

Scotland County recorded July’s highest unemployment rate at 17.6 percent, remaining the same as the previous month. Graham County had the second-highest rate at 15.2 percent. Currituck County had the lowest unemployment rate at 4.7 percent, followed by Chatham, 7.0 percent; and Orange, 7.1 percent.”

“Mecklenburg County, the home of the 2012 Democrat convention in Charlotte, has an unemployment rate of 10 percent.”


Virginia earthquakes continue, August 25, 2011, Magnitude 4.5 this morning, Colorado 5.3 quake

Virginia earthquakes continue, August 25, 2011, Magnitude 4.5 this morning, Colorado 5.3 quake

From the USGS website August 25, 2011.

Magnitude 4.5 – VIRGINIA

2011 August 25 05:07:50 UTC

Earthquake Details

  • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Magnitude 4.5
Location 37.940°N, 77.896°W
Depth 5 km (3.1 miles)
Distances 51 km (31 miles) E of Charlottesville, Virginia
53 km (32 miles) SW of Fredericksburg, Virginia
58 km (36 miles) NW of RICHMOND, Virginia
83 km (51 miles) NNE of Farmville, Virginia
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 11.3 km (7.0 miles); depth +/- 3 km (1.9 miles)
Parameters NST= 94, Nph=109, Dmin=52.3 km, Rmss=1.41 sec, Gp= 86°,
M-type=”Nuttli” surface wave magnitude (mbLg), Version=5
  • Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usc0005jg1


Monday, August 22, 2011, a day before the Virginia 5.9 earthquake, I was sitting in my  home office at approximately 1:30 PM. I felt a small vibration for 1-2 seconds and thought it might be a earthquake tremor. Small tremors in NC and VA are not that rare. However, the 5.9 quake in Virginia was apparently the largest in the area in over a hundred years.

The Charleston earthquake of 1886 estimated to be a 7 magnitude damaged buildings as far away as Greensboro, NC. This photo is from damage to the Charleston, SC area.

The Colorado earthquake that occurred the same day as the Virginia quake was also rare. From the NY Times August 23, 2011.

“The largest natural earthquake in Colorado in more than a century struck Monday night in the state’s southeast corner, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3, was centered about nine miles from the city of Trinidad and hit at 11:46 p.m. local time. It was felt as far away as Greeley, about 350 miles north, and into Kansas and New Mexico, said Julie Dutton, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo.”

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Unemployment facts, Bush tax cuts, Democrat Congress is problem, Socialist President and Congress bigger problem, Citizen Wells open thread, August 25, 2010

Unemployment facts, Bush tax cuts, Democrat Congress is problem, Socialist President and Congress bigger problem

The Bush Tax Cuts were enacted in 2003 with a Republican president and Congress. The Democrats took control of Congress in 2006. Many lies about the economy and unemployment rate have been told, including consistently by Obama. These numbers do not lie.

Historical unemployment rates
Dec-2002 6.0% 
Jan-2003 5.8%  
Feb-2003 5.9%  
Mar-2003 5.9%  
Apr-2003 6.0%  
May-2003 6.1%  
Jun-2003 6.3%  
Jul-2003 6.2%  
Aug-2003 6.1%  
Sep-2003 6.1%  
Oct-2003 6.0%  
Nov-2003 5.8%  
Dec-2003 5.7%  
Jan-2004 5.7%  
Feb-2004 5.6%  
Mar-2004 5.8%  
Apr-2004 5.6%  
May-2004 5.6%  
Jun-2004 5.6%  
Jul-2004 5.5%  
Aug-2004 5.4%  
Sep-2004 5.4%  
Oct-2004 5.5%  
Nov-2004 5.4%  
Dec-2004 5.4%  
Jan-2005 5.3%  
Feb-2005 5.4%  
Mar-2005 5.2%  
Apr-2005 5.2%  
May-2005 5.1%  
Jun-2005 5.0%  
Jul-2005 5.0%  
Aug-2005 4.9%  
Sep-2005 5.0%  
Oct-2005 5.0%  
Nov-2005 5.0%  
Dec-2005 4.9%  
Jan-2006 4.7%  
Feb-2006 4.8%  
Mar-2006 4.7%  
Apr-2006 4.7%  
May-2006 4.6%  
Jun-2006 4.6%  
Jul-2006 4.7%  
Aug-2006 4.7%  
Sep-2006 4.5%  
Oct-2006 4.4%  
Nov-2006 4.5%  
Dec-2006 4.4%  
Jan-2007 4.6%  
Feb-2007 4.5%  
Mar-2007 4.4%  
Apr-2007 4.5%  
May-2007 4.4%  
Jun-2007 4.6%  
Jul-2007 4.6%  
Aug-2007 4.6%  
Sep-2007 4.7%  
Oct-2007 4.7%  
Nov-2007 4.7%  
Dec-2007 5.0%  
Jan-2008 5.0%  
Feb-2008 4.8%  
Mar-2008 5.1%  
Apr-2008 5.0%  
May-2008 5.4%  
Jun-2008 5.5%  
Jul-2008 5.8%  
Aug-2008 6.1%  
Sep-2008 6.2%  
Oct-2008 6.6%  
Nov-2008 6.9%  
Dec-2008 7.4%

Deficit projections skyrocketing, Tuesday, August 25, 2009, Obama agenda, White House budget office, Congressional Budget Office, CBO, 2 trillion jump

From Reuters:

“New deficit projections pose risks to Obama’s agenda”

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s domestic policy proposals will face the reality of skyrocketing deficits on Tuesday when officials release two government reports projecting huge budget shortfalls over the next decade.

The White House budget office and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a non-partisan arm of Congress, release updated economic forecasts and deficit estimates on Tuesday, providing further fiscal fodder to opponents of Obama’s nearly $1 trillion healthcare overhaul plan.

Many of the figures are already known.

The White House has confirmed that its deficit estimate for the 2009 fiscal year, which ends September 30, will inch down to $1.58 trillion from $1.84 trillion after eliminating billions of dollars originally set aside for bank rescues.

Looking forward, an administration official told Reuters the 10-year budget deficit projection will jump by about $2 trillion to roughly $9 trillion from an original forecast of $7.1 trillion.”

“Many economists think it is unlikely that the government can curtail spending, which means taxes would have to rise to cover the increasing costs of providing retirement benefits and healthcare to older people. That could slow economic growth.

Stanford University economics professor John Taylor, an influential economist, told Reuters Television on Friday the U.S. budget deficit poses a greater risk to the financial system than the collapse in commercial real estate prices.”

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Trent Franks town hall, Update, Representative Franks meeting, August 25, 2009, Franks did not say lawsuit?, pursue looking into Obama birth certificate, eligibility

Yesterday, the Citizen Wells blog presented an article about a town hall meeting hosted by representative Trent Franks of Arizona. Here are some exerpts:

“The other main issue dealt with numerous speakers questioning Obama’s birth certificate and why there wasn’t an investigation into whether he is a naturalized citizen. One woman said a newspaper announcement of his birth in Hawaii was not sufficient. Another asked how he could have a passport without a birth certificate.

Franks said there was not enough evidence that Obama is not an American citizen. He did say there was a lot of conflicting evidence of Obama’s citizenship and that he was considering filing a lawsuit, the only congressman to do so. Franks asked why the president did not simply produce a birth certificate.”

A comment was posted by a citizen from AZ:

“I have emailed Rep Franks several times,…. and He has responded to me each time….by email and also snail mail letter.  Pretty much saying that obama has been vetted and all is in order.  MAYBE we should email him some info to WAKE UP his mind a little bit.  You prepare what you want and I will make sure he gets it.  I will email it and I will also send him a certified letter.  WHAT do you think?  (I also emailed Sen Mccain,…. but never received any response at all)”

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Today we received this comment from travelbugs:

“I just got off the phone with Congressman Franks office. He said that he did not say he would pursue a lawsuit, but rather that he would pursue looking into this. I also explained that it is much more than the long form birth certificate. I further stated that he had to simultaneously ask for the college records and passport records to be opened up to fully understand the depth of this. The staffer said they have been flooded by calls today about the birth issue and he took my message down, in great detail, and promised to pass it along to the Congressman. Everyone needs to call and relay this same information. He can get a fake birth certificate, but he cannot forge the passport and college records as well. These elements are critical to bringing about the truth!”

I, Citizen Wells, today, August 24, 2009, submitted a request to meet with Trent Franks. I will keep you informed of what comes of this.

Here is a notice of the next town hall meeting hosted by representative Franks. It was taken from his website:


Questions? Comments?

Join me for a Town Hall meeting near you:

 Aug 25: Maricopa County hide

5:00 – Congressman Franks will host a screening of “33 Minutes,” a half hour film about America’s missile defense in a new missile age.

6:00 – Congressman Franks’ opening remarks, town hall question & answer session

Community Church of Joy
21000 N. 75th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85308
(Located just north of Loop 101 on the west side of 75th Avenue. Meeting will be help in the worship center, in the main sanctuary.)


From Health Care for Americans:

“Rep. Trent Franks Town Hall (Take Action August)
Rep. Trent Franks Town Hall
Time: Saturday, August 22 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Host: Health Care for America Now
First Assembly of God Church (Kingman, AZ)

1850 Gates Avenue
Kingman, AZ 86401
Take Action August: In August and September, Health Care for America Now and our partners are making sure Congress hears from voters all across the country. Join us. Host a house party. Plan a rally. Visit your Members of Congress’ town hall meetings. Rally. Make your voice heard. Take action. Pass health care reform.


Don’t let the Obama controlled organizations keep you from voicing your concerns.