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Ask A Vet - Election Day
Author: TriSec    Date: 11/07/2017 02:19:11

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Sorry for the abbreviated blog, and a previous evening posting.

Got to be at my polling station by 6am for setup, but I should be able to check in from time to time with some updates.

There is actually some good news to report on the Veteran's front for a change. Back during the Great Recession, veterans suffered more than any other group. At one point, the veteran's unemployment rate was up to 21.6%.

So it pleases me to report this morning that it has now fallen to a historic low of just 2.7%.


The unemployment rate for veterans dropped in October to a record low 2.7 percent as the overall jobless rate ticked down to a 17-year low of 4.1 percent, the Labor Department said last Friday.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report for October showed that veterans' unemployment dropped from 3.0 percent in September to 2.7 percent in October. The unemployment rate for the civilian and veteran workforce was down from 4.2 percent in September to 4.1 percent in October, BLS said.

In the report, the BLS said the improved numbers offset a decline in September that "largely reflected the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey" in Florida and Texas.

The 2.7 percent unemployment rate for all veterans in October was down from 4.3 percent in October 2016 and reflected a long-term decrease, the BLS said. In January 2010, the veterans unemployment rate was nearly 10 percent.

For male veterans, the unemployment rate was 2.8 percent in October, down from 4.1 percent in October 2016. For female veterans, the unemployment rate was 2.1 percent in October, compared with 5.6 percent in October 2016.

For post-9/11 veterans, classified as Gulf War-era II veterans by BLS, the unemployment rate was 3.6 percent, compared to 4.7 percent in October 2016, and also reflected a long-term downward trend. In a March 2010 report, the BLS said the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans in all of 2009 was 10.2 percent.

For male post-9/11 veterans, the unemployment dropped from 4.7 percent in October 2016 to 3.7 percent last month. For female post-9/11 veterans, the unemployment rate in October was 3.3 percent, compared with 4.5 percent in October 2016.


I am glad that many of the programs started under the Obama administration have seemed to have taken hold. But of course, Mr. Trump was quick to claim the credit, as his name is on the front door now.


The White House immediately touted the BLS numbers as evidence that President Donald Trump's plans to boost the economy are working.

"With nearly 1.5 million new jobs since the president took office, including over 260,000 last month, it's clear his agenda is putting Americans back to work," the White House said in a statement.

"Under this president, the unemployment rate has hit a 17-year low, the stock market is soaring, and confidence in the economy is hitting new highs," the White House said. President Trump put it more simply in a Tweet: "JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!"


Sure Donnie, whatever.

Did I remind you all to VOTE?

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41 comments (Latest Comment: 11/07/2017 20:39:28 by Scoopster)
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Comment by Scoopster on 11/07/2017 13:06:44
Mornin' all!

No scheduled elections here in RI (or at least none that I'm aware of - we did have a couple special elctions in the past couple months).

I think it's safe to say we're all gonna be on eggshells until later. We got blindsided a year ago.

Comment by Scoopster on 11/07/2017 13:14:56
Comment by Scoopster on 11/07/2017 13:30:53




Comment by wickedpam on 11/07/2017 14:35:56
Morning

Voting done, now for the waiting.

Comment by Raine on 11/07/2017 14:44:00
Quote by Scoopster:


Humtsman.


Comment by Raine on 11/07/2017 14:44:30
Good morning!

We will be voting at lunch time today!!

Comment by Scoopster on 11/07/2017 15:02:00
Quote by wickedpam:
Morning

Voting done, now for the waiting.

What was your take on the vote so far? I've been hearing that it's off the charts for an off-year election down there.

Comment by Mondobubba on 11/07/2017 15:04:46
Got nothing to vote for today. Gotta wait until next year.

Comment by wickedpam on 11/07/2017 15:06:29
Quote by Scoopster:
Quote by wickedpam:
Morning

Voting done, now for the waiting.

What was your take on the vote so far? I've been hearing that it's off the charts for an off-year election down there.



City of Manassas is usually light in the morning when I go so it hard for me to say. I suspect Jackson Miller (the crappy repub) will win his seat back in the state because he's a more known name then Lee Carter. But Carter may give him a run for his money. Also I didn't like the young men out there with the Miller campaign edging up to my car as I was driving in - step back boys.

That said I still have hopes for Northam cause the city went for Hillary in 2016 and Obama in the 2 before that.

I think one of the big races to watch is in the 10th with Danica Roem and Bob Marshall. Is Marshall loses that's kind of a big deal (well to me at least).

Comment by TriSec on 11/07/2017 15:11:02
Quote by Scoopster:

What was your take on the vote so far? I've been hearing that it's off the charts for an off-year election down there.


Just called in the 10am count to City Hall. Three hours open, 150 votes. Not bad for a city election. No state or national things here.

Comment by Scoopster on 11/07/2017 15:26:54
So heh.. Syria has decided to join onto the Paris Climate Accord as a signatory nation.

Leaving the United States alone in its stance on the agreement. We are already a signatory nation, and no amount of anti-science purging & rhetoric can change that fact before 2020, but this Administration is doing everything they can to get in the way of keeping that promise.

Comment by BobR on 11/07/2017 15:54:51
Good news on the vet unemployment, TriSec. I would love to see these numbers broken by month/year from the high of 21.6%

Comment by Raine on 11/07/2017 16:50:06
I voted at 11:30 and was #708 for the day! WOW!

Comment by Raine on 11/07/2017 16:56:21
Here's a fun fact:

Ed Gillespie votes in the same place as we do.

Comment by Mondobubba on 11/07/2017 17:19:01
Quote by Raine:
Here's a fun fact:

Ed Gillespie votes in the same place as we do.



Do people call him rude names?

Comment by Scoopster on 11/07/2017 17:33:41
A gripping excerpt from the Carter Page testimony yesterday. That Trey Gowdy sure can ask the important probing questions.

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Comment by Raine on 11/07/2017 17:56:13
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by Raine:
Here's a fun fact:

Ed Gillespie votes in the same place as we do.



Do people call him rude names?
I wouldn't know him if I ever bumped into him.

I wonder if his supporters know he lived in such a liberal elitist area...

Comment by wickedpam on 11/07/2017 17:59:41
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by Raine:
Here's a fun fact:

Ed Gillespie votes in the same place as we do.



Do people call him rude names?
I wouldn't know him if I ever bumped into him.

I wonder if his supporters know he lived in such a liberal elitist area...



Did you get the Barack Obama calls for Dr. Northam? Cracked me up every time since it said Centreville on the caller id.

Comment by Raine on 11/07/2017 18:02:10
About the Virginia races (inc. Delegates)





Comment by Raine on 11/07/2017 18:02:47
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by Raine:
Here's a fun fact:

Ed Gillespie votes in the same place as we do.



Do people call him rude names?
I wouldn't know him if I ever bumped into him.

I wonder if his supporters know he lived in such a liberal elitist area...



Did you get the Barack Obama calls for Dr. Northam? Cracked me up every time since it said Centreville on the caller id.
No, I probably didn't answer them.


Comment by Raine on 11/07/2017 18:04:22




Comment by wickedpam on 11/07/2017 18:05:03
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by Raine:
Here's a fun fact:

Ed Gillespie votes in the same place as we do.



Do people call him rude names?
I wouldn't know him if I ever bumped into him.

I wonder if his supporters know he lived in such a liberal elitist area...



Did you get the Barack Obama calls for Dr. Northam? Cracked me up every time since it said Centreville on the caller id.
No, I probably didn't answer them.


They were probably the only calls that made me laugh. I was we were getting 4-8 calls a day for polling and robocalls. Only one I answered was the Q poll 2 nights ago.

Comment by wickedpam on 11/07/2017 18:05:38
Quote by Raine:





Any word on the Roem/Marshall race?

Comment by Raine on 11/07/2017 18:10:51
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:





Any word on the Roem/Marshall race?
It's hard to tell, but if what Tribbet is saying from his exit polling and the number of people going to the polls in D or R areas -- it is looking like we may do very well in the House of Delegates. I am gonna go get some Stew started for dinner tonite and then I will check.

What I am sensing is that NoVa is REALLY Getting the Vote out for an off year election. I am very CAUTIOUSLY optimistic.


Comment by livingonli on 11/07/2017 18:14:55
I will be going out to vote in a little bit since I have to do some food shopping today. On Long Island, it is the usual town and county officials up for election this year. New York City has the mayor's race with DeBlasio up against some loons although both tabloids hate him. The only other thing is a ballot initiative proposing a state Constitutional Convention where have been a lot of the ads from the no group suggesting that it would be a mill for corruption and I guess Koch Brother types trying to push their own agenda.

Comment by Raine on 11/07/2017 18:21:11
Quote by livingonli:
I will be going out to vote in a little bit since I have to do some food shopping today. On Long Island, it is the usual town and county officials up for election this year. New York City has the mayor's race with DeBlasio up against some loons although both tabloids hate him. The only other thing is a ballot initiative proposing a state Constitutional Convention where have been a lot of the ads from the no group suggesting that it would be a mill for corruption and I guess Koch Brother types trying to push their own agenda.

I was looking into that Constitution convention, That would be a tough one to decide. This is why.

How do you feel about it Liv?




Comment by wickedpam on 11/07/2017 18:23:59
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:





Any word on the Roem/Marshall race?
It's hard to tell, but if what Tribbet is saying from his exit polling and the number of people going to the polls in D or R areas -- it is looking like we may do very well in the House of Delegates. I am gonna go get some Stew started for dinner tonite and then I will check.

What I am sensing is that NoVa is REALLY Getting the Vote out for an off year election. I am very CAUTIOUSLY optimistic.



Really want to see Danica kick Bigot Marshall boney ass. Think the last time he only only won by like 400+ votes last time.

I'm hopeful.

Comment by livingonli on 11/07/2017 19:18:41
Comment by Scoopster on 11/07/2017 19:23:45





Comment by livingonli on 11/07/2017 19:28:02
Comment by Scoopster on 11/07/2017 19:31:27
ANOTHER GOP retirement from the House - Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)

Comment by Raine on 11/07/2017 19:46:37

They pull this shit all the time.

This is why it is VERY IMPORTANT to do the homework. One thing I can say is that Virginia has been very good about communicating where Polling places are.

Comment by Raine on 11/07/2017 19:47:39
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Comment by Raine on 11/07/2017 19:50:14
Read the comments from Martha.

Bernie is still out there slamming the DNC and doing nothing to help.






Comment by Raine on 11/07/2017 19:51:04
Quote by Raine:
Read the comments from Martha.

Bernie is still out there slamming the DNC and doing nothing to help.




here are the comments (thread) I am talking about:








Comment by Raine on 11/07/2017 19:52:16
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Raine:
Read the comments from Martha.

Bernie is still out there slamming the DNC and doing nothing to help.




here are the comments (thread) I am talking about:











Comment by Raine on 11/07/2017 19:54:01
Full disclosure, I said I was done with Bernie on my FB page.

I am still gonna rail here in our safe place. He's quite quick to point out problems and DAMN slow to get in the party and help fix it.



Comment by wickedpam on 11/07/2017 20:21:09
Quote by Raine:
Full disclosure, I said I was done with Bernie on my FB page.

I am still gonna rail here in our safe place. He's quite quick to point out problems and DAMN slow to get in the party and help fix it.




NGL - I'm still pissed and might be that way for a while over his actions.

Comment by Scoopster on 11/07/2017 20:22:49
Yep, I'm done with him too. That shit was uncalled for and INCREDIBLY self-serving. What a greedy, pathetic thing for an elected official to do - you could literally compare him to any GOP asshat.

Comment by Raine on 11/07/2017 20:37:54
If Bernie really wanted a revolution, he could have campaigned for Northam, Herring and /or Fairfax.

He tossed his endorsement to Perriello. Perriello lost and threw his endorsement to Northam.

Bernie could have shown up.

I would like for him to go back to Vermont at this point and be his independent self.

We need helpers and not disruptors ESPECIALLY downticket. Sanders doesn;t get that the way we have to win is from the bottom up -- the GOP figured that out years ago.

Comment by Scoopster on 11/07/2017 20:39:28
17 more sealed indictments!!