Jeff L. Thigpen Register of Deeds

Friday, October 28, 2005

JD Rowland Retirement Reception!

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Roger Cotten, JD Rowland, and Jeff

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Jeff, JD Rowland, and Skip Alston

Many Guilford County employees came to give their regards to JD. I truly wish him all the best and Guilford County was given a great steward in the Budget office for 30 years.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Protect Your Identity through Guilford County Register of Deeds office!

We have just added a link to the Guilford County website that will allow the public to request that social security numbers, etc., be removed from Register of Deeds internet images!

Deed's offices were given this authority through the Identity Theft Protection Act of 2005.


We'll do all we can to help assist you in this effort. Our phone # is 641-3239 or I can be emailed at

Check the Register of Deeds Newsletter!

Our newsletter has hit the stands!

Working toward a new computer system, new staff, and the third quarter report lets you know what I've been up to in the Deed's office.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Kerry on Iraq.

I heard Kerry say on NPR, "As long as it takes (Bush mantra) means Iraq can take as long as they want". While steering away from dates on immediate withdrawal, he made a strong statement that the Iraq government and security forces should be held to a date certain for training and preparation for self-governance. I agree.

From CNN, "To undermine the insurgency, we must instead simultaneously pursue both a political settlement and the withdrawal of American combat forces linked to specific, responsible benchmarks," he said. "At the first benchmark, the completion of December elections, we can start the process of reducing our forces by 20,000 troops over the course of the holidays."

We'll see....

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

If election held today, Bush....

would lose.

2005 Triad Men's Senior Baseball League Champions!

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A Smarter Fight...

A piece by Will Marshall makes the case for switching from military tactics aimed mainly at killing insurgents to classic counterinsurgency warfare, which seeks instead to protect the Iraqi people and give them economic hope.

In addition, former Bush 41's NSA Brent Scowcroft is critical of Iraq policy as well.

Voices and Viewpoints: Rev. Nelson and Joyce Johnson

WFDD runs a piece on Voices and Viewpoints with Denise Franklin from October 7, 2005.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Mayor Jerry Brown Blog

Oakland Mayor gets into blogging.

Fox News makes big deal about Brown, but misses the Greensboro Elected Bloggers.

God Blogs!

The God Blog Convention....hmmn, different?

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Holy Cow: A Sunday Thought

"Some people want to see God with their eyes as they see a cow and to love him as they love their cow - they love their cow for the milk and cheese and profit it makes them. This is how it is with people who love God for the sake of outward wealth or inward comfort. They do not rightly love God when they love him for their own advantage. Indeed, I tell you the truth, any object you have on your mind, however good, will be a barrier between you and the inmost truth."

- Meister Eckhart

Source: Daily Dig

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Third Annual Urban Film Festival!

Come out and enjoy an evening of edutainment. Leo Ballard, fellow Burgaw-nian organizing a great event! Here are a few previews:

Apt. 36D[Narrative, 40-minute film by Christopher "Play" Martin] A Film short inspired by Director Christopher "Play" Martin's 1995 divorce and other failed relationships prior to. Christopher tries to put his testimony into a film short to inspire others that there is life after death. The digitally made short invites the viewer into the mind of a man on the verge of suicide and facing the demons of the past...

February One[Documentary, 61 minute film by Steven Channing]The world can change in a day despite hard-fought gains in the fight for racial equality, segregation remained firmly entrenched in 1960 America. Black citizens in the South were still treated as second-class citizens and their calls for justice remained largely unheard by the nation. There had been some advances in the arena of civil rights with the Brown v. the Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court decision (1954), the Montgomery bus boycott (1955-1956) and the federally enforced desegregation of Little Rock (Ark.) High school (1957), but after that, strong defiance by ardent segregationists pushed the Movement into retreat. February 1, 1960 changed all that.

Bullets in the Hood: A Bed-Stuy Story[Documentary, 22 minute film by Terrence Fisher]When Timothy Stansbury was fatally shot by a Housing cop on the roof of a Bed-Stuy apartment buildingon January 24 this past year, family and friends looked for ways to handle their grief. While some suggested, that the cops are expecting us to riot, Stansbury's closest friend Terrence Fisher took a different view. The 19-year-old Fisher, who was standing behind Stansbury when he was shot, picked up a video-camera and documented the tense hours and days after the controversial incident. In collaboration with another close friend, Danny Howard, 18, the two Brooklyn teens produced a documentary entitled 'Bullets in the Hood - A Bed-Stuy Story,' which earned a nomination for New York City in the Short Documentary category at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

The Murder of Emmett Till[Documentary, 53 minute film by Stanley Nelson] - FREE SCREENING. In August of 1955, a 14 year-old black boy from Chicago, unschooled in the racial customs of the south, traveled to Mississippi to visit relatives. With adolescent bravado, he whistled at a white woman. Three nights later, Emmett Till was abducted, beaten and shot through the head. His mangled body later surfaced in the muddy waters of the Tallahatchie River. The murder of Emmett Till shook America, and opened a window on the deep social divisions of the 1950s. The case, which ended in the acquittal of Till's two known assailants, became an international case. When tens of thousands of Americans rallied against injustice, the Till case proved to be the first spark for the American civil rights movement.Screening times and ticket info available online at - poster pdf (11x17) -

Driven From Within

Michael Jordan's new book .

Note: I used to bag Michael Jordan's Grandfather Malachi Jordan's groceries at Wilson's grocery store in Burgaw NC. Michael Jordan is the spitting image of his grandfather. Malachi was or maybe still is, a carpenter who made a difference building low-income housing before their were any grants..

He was/is a great man.

UN urges more support for Quake victims...

The quake has claimed over 47,000 lives and 77,000 injuries. This is a tragedy of mythic proportions. Secretary General Annan urges the world to help.

Stuart Albright for Judge!

Stuart Albright has expressed an interest in succeeding his father on the bench. I believe he'd make a great judge and fully support the Stuart Albright for Judge Campaign!

Wishing Judge Albright well in his eventual retirement.

Congrats on a great career to Judge Albright. He swore me into office in my first term as a county commissioner and I was truly honored. I was even more honored when he swore me in as Register of Deeds. He said some very nice things about the staff in Vitals Records.

I appreciate his integrity and commitment to the law. Best wishes Judge.

Friday, October 14, 2005

40%...39%....38%? Another blunder for Bush

A chat with the troops.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Commissioners create new Dept. Director Evaluation Process!

The Board of Commissioners had a healthy discussion about the Department Director evaluation process and adopted a new process. The Board adopted the measure by 8 to 3.

As a former commissioner, it was frustrating how we evaluated Dept. Directors. I believe the debate was very insightful both pro and con. I think the new process provides a more thorough tool for evaluation. In addition, the Board of Commissoners still have a great level of influence on the process if they disagree.

As a Department Head, I am excited to show the executive committee in the evaluation process the progress made in the Register of Deeds office this year.

"Bad things usually happen in the second year of the 2nd term of Presidential Years."

Charlie Cook of Cook Political Report

Nixon; Reagan; Clinton; and GW Bush. Wow....see NBC/WSJ Poll.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Guilford County New Web Site Design.

Scott Redmon's doing a great job moving Guilford County's website into the 21st century.

Also, Register of Deed's site.

Monday, October 10, 2005

GOP accuses NC Dems of "Racial insensitivity" over Vance/Aycock Dinner

Hmmmn, you decide. (You may need to create account at News and Observer).

Oh yeah, and Harriet Miers' spiritual advisor Barry McCarty did some political work in NC.

McCarty, as a close ally of Helms, was the presiding officer at the 1984 State Republican convention. After the convention voted to expel reporters for The News & Observer, McCarty said from the podium: "The cancer has been surgically removed."

Burr and Dole vote against Low Income Home Energy Assistance.

The vote was 50-49 against the Bill. Chafee, Snow, Lugar, Coleman, Talent and Spector were Republicans for the Bill. Jeffords, (Ind.) joined in support with Democrats and the 6 Republicans.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Big Oil Wins 212-210 in HOUSE


CEO/WORKER PAY: Shoots up 431 to 1!

United for a Fair Economy reports on the economic divide.

The ratio of average CEO pay (now $11.8 million) to worker pay (now $27,460) spiked up from 301-to-1 in 2003 to 431-to-1 in 2004.

Raises the values question: What is the meaning of work?

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Judicial Nominee Harriet Miers faces opposition from the Far Left!

President Bush's sell of Harriet Meirs has been questioned by the radical leftist lobby.....

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More on Polar Ice Caps!

The National Snow and Ice Data Center reports that the polar ice caps have shrunk over 30% since 1978.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

The Moral Levy Breaks! Franklin Graham's New Orleans

A little context: 12 polar ice caps have broken away from the South Pole the size of Rhode Island. We are going through a period of increased severity of hurricanes', etc, and thousands of poor people were stranded in New Orleans.

I'm not saying that God used this storm as a judgment,'' Franklin Graham said. But he said the city's Mardi Gras revelry and ties to voodoo were adverse to Christian beliefs.

Basically, by not saying it, Rev. Franklin Graham is saying it. I could pick almost any city in America and use the Bible to justify the argument of God's judgement against that city by compartmentalizing "SINFUL"
behavior. What great sin did Galveston perpetuate to deserve Hurricane Rita's wrath?

``The good news is that God loves sinners,'' said Graham.

The Good News is also that Jesus talks about the Poor and Poverty over 500 times in the New Testament. I appreciate the prayers and good will offered New Orleans clergy regarding the moral fiber of that City. I really do and maybe I need to understand all his comments.

But we need to be careful speaking for God....

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Bill Bennett's Comments "Put in Context"

When I first heard about Bill Bennett's comments on Friday I was really disappointed. I have issues with Bill Bennett's politics on some things but there are worse Republicans in this world. The quote that had, "if you wanted to reduce the crime rate you could just abort every black child, etc., etc., got everyone upset including me.

I went to Bennett's website, heard the caller's question and the conversation. While I still think he should not have made the comparison, he immediately stated that it would be "a morally reprehensible thing to do" and after listening to the audio, I think the caller the boneheaded one for comparing revenue losses from the aborted fetus.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Short clarification on News and Record's coverage today...

In my testimony I pointed out two articles I had disagreements in the News and Record coverage: 1) August 27th re: Capt. Ball's testimony Headline and 2) This week's article re: Testimony lacks New Information.


I had a good conversation with Margaret Moffitt Banks on Thursday and met Eric Collins yesterday. I appreciate the work they are doing with a very difficult issue. (And I forgot to mention Ed Whitfield's work on the audio too!)

After all, we are all learning individuals and institutions. I still subscribe!