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May 10, 2013


Does he really think that you don't have to provide proof of identity to buy a gun? Wholly crap - there are 6 page forms that one has to fill out, along with ID being scanned and copied.

This year was the first year for voter ID in NH. Doesn't matter - one can register the day of voting, produce out of state documentation, say they go to school here, and swear to become a state citizen at some point in time. No one checks, so it is a worthless gesture.

Bogie--Thanks for the input. Never having bought a gun (the only one I ever owned was the rifle that you now have; and, it was given to me by my younger brother to whom it had been given by Mom) I did not wish to presume.

Correction to posting: One credit union, affiliated with an employer from which I retired, accepts my company ID badge. Strangely enough, that company does not collect ID badges upon retirement; but, issues an auxiliary badge (non-photo) attesting that one retired from the company. Of course, the magnetic strip in the photo ID no longer grants entry to company property, and rightly so; but, one does not feel dis-owned upon retirement!

I don't even have a drivers license any more. Just a DC photo identity card, which you also get from the drivers license bureau. They look the same, almost.

When I retired, I had to turn in my ID with magic powers for opening doors where I worked.

But I haven't had any problems with opening bank accounts or buying plane or train tickets.

For voting, we have to be registered at our local precinct. No tickee, no votee.

So far I've managed, but I haven't tried to buy a gun. Never bought one, in fact. Like you, the only one I had to call my own was given to me by a family member (my dad--about a month before he died).

Hattie--Where, previously, we had to be registered to vote - at the polling place, registration books listed each registered voter and we merely had to announce name and address to the worker who checked against the listing. Now, people must produce proof of citizenship in order to register to vote (to which I don't really object) and a government-issued photo ID must be shown at the polling place.

While I felt/feel that we Kansans have wasted a bunch of money fixing a problem (polling-place voter fraud) that did not exist, a couple of concessions were made in recognition of the problem that we older folks may face in having/getting a government-issued photo ID card in a largely-rural state. The State is required to provide a free photo ID card to anyone over age 70 (not sure the number is correct, but it is thereabouts) and an expired photo ID card must be accepted for anyone over that age.

In protest (childish, I know) against the whole thing, I generally use my expired FEMA ID card as identification when I vote. As it contains nothing about my age or DOB, I note (with glee) that there is no way that the poll worker can confirm that I am over age 70. So...I could conceivably come up with a scheme to vote fraudulently, were I so inclined!

Oh, and BTW, the same guy who instigated the change (through an only-too-willing legislature and governor) now wants the power to prosecute cases of voter fraud, himself (as Sec'y of State), rather than having the Dept of Justice handle them. He is an empire builder of the first water.

If you listen to the right wing for awhile.. and in my case I do try to do it once in awhile but can't take it for long, the paranoia is rampant and I'd guess quite profitable to feed. They live with fear of the government that they now see as some foreign entity. The fact that my father-in-law, who died at 91 over ten years ago now, had told his son when he was a kid that they knew whatever they wanted to know about us, that evidently goes right over their heads.

I had a dream last night of a woman having someone out to get her because she had both witnessed and testified about a crime. She was frightened as she tried to find ways to keep herself safe. I woke up feeling afraid and knowing that the way it stands, with the police overreach sometimes of power, the government that isn't always on our side, I can feel a little paranoia myself ;) When we know the officials, we feel more at ease that it's okay but when we don't, and I can see how with many minority communities, they don't, who do they trust? The farther we are from a government we can actually know, the more our distrust grows.

Rain--Countless times I have told friends, "We are the government and I'm not afraid of us!" OTOH: It is so easy for strident messages to be spread, these days, that we get whipped into a frenzy (by those to the right or to the left of ourselves) unnecessarily. Group psychology is scary. We should all just shut up (that includes the companies that the Supremes think are people). If we could just resist the urge to scratch that itch!

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