REAL ID beginning to cause real concern

The Glean

This REAL ID thing is starting to get real annoying. In the Strib, Abby Simon writes, “Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, a key author of the 2009 legislation to block implementation, called REAL ID a classic example of government overreach. Now, he said, they’re ‘using a heavy club’ to force states to comply. Asked if he’s willing to tell constituents they can’t get on a plane, Limmer demurred. ‘I think that’s the exact logic that the proponents of the card are going to make,’ he said. ‘On the other hand, what is the cost of the card in freedom, liberty, individual rights and privacy? Does the government have to know everything? This is a step in that direction.’ Rep. Carlos Mariani, DFL-St. Paul, said he now would be open to compromise, even though he co-sponsored the original bill along with Limmer and others.” Are they as worried about what VISA and TransUnion know about us?

Also, Ol’ Sooch knows who the real enemy is. In the Pioneer Press, Joe Soucheray writes: “It doesn’t feel American. Increasingly, it doesn’t feel like a government of and by the people, but a government overseeing the people and requiring them to ‘carry papers.’ Not that we aren’t on any variety of government rolls already, but this smacks of creating a new federal data bank of all us average Joes to make it easier for the federal government to act in case we get out of line. There’s the rub. If it is a government overseeing us then it will be a government that determines what constitutes being out of line. Too bad Dayton is caving because Minnesota was right to object.” What are the chances Joe uses Google and anyone’s explained what they know about his comings and goings?

Next up for Black Lives Matter: the marathon. Peter Cox at MPR says, “Black Lives Matter St. Paul says it’s planning to disrupt next weekend’s Twin Cities Marathon. Rashad Turner, an organizer with Black Lives Matter St. Paul, said the group will be protesting recent cases of police brutality in the city, including the forcible arrest of 15-year-old Tyree Tucker and his mother at a Frogtown church picnic last week. ‘Part of our job is to agitate,’ Turner said.”

Hey, it was game day and it wasn’t exactly his first rodeo. For USA Today, Tom Pelissero writes, “On the day his newest child was born, Adrian Peterson created a vintage highlight off a play called 40 Doctor Extra. … ‘That right there just kind of put things in perspective,’ said Peterson, who has six other known children. “It was just like, ‘Wow, this is what life is really about.’ … There was only one way to end this today, and a victory was it.’”

A familiar story in rural Minnesota. Stribber Neal St. Anthony writes, “Good news at Alexandria Industries in Douglas County, the heart of the Minnesota manufacturing mecca. The aluminum fabrication company, which employs 480 in the Alexandria area, is investing several million dollars to expand its production and warehouse space. The bad news: The privately held firm, which has long surpassed pre-recession revenue and employment levels, is struggling to fill the 50 jobs that are open or anticipated over the next six months at $15 to $30 an hour, plus benefits.” covers the bison release. “[Minneopa] State Park has recently become the home for a rare herd of bison that has calves and cow pairs as well. The genetically rare bison in this herd are now settling into the park just outside Mankato. ‘The park has a large potential audience with over 200,000 people within 50 miles, numerous nearby educational institutions are potential research partners, the park contains sufficient prairie to accommodate a bison herd, and the reintroduction of bison will help naturally manage the prairie landscape,’ says the Minnesota Zoo.”

It would be very bad karma if something happened to him here. The Guardian story on the Dalai Lama says, “Tibet’s exiled Buddhist leader, the Dalai Lama, on Sunday remained at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, for evaluation following a medical visit his office said was a routine annual checkup. The 80-year-old Nobel peace laureate canceled a planned October visit to the U.S. at the advice of doctors following a medical checkup this week, his office said in a statement on Friday. The statement said doctors had urged him to rest for several weeks, though it gave no indication that he was ill nor details about his state of health.”

Golf has had a good summer. picks up David Peterson’s Strib story, which says: “Sensational spring and summer weather has Minnesota golf heading for perhaps the fastest year-over-year rebound in the nation. And there are other signs that a seeming decade-long death spiral is being reversed as courses — including many public tracks — scramble to punch their way out of the rough. … By the end of July the number of outings in Minnesota had grown by 15 percent over the same period in 2014, according to Michael Abramowitz, spokesman for the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of America. Nationally, the number of golf rounds played was up by 1 percent.”

With Planned Parenthood all the rage, the conservative NewsMax site checks out abortion statistics in the Midwest. Jerry Shaw reports, “Minnesota falls in the middle of rankings, according to NARAL Pro-Choice America, which grades states on the permissiveness of their abortion laws. Minnesota received a C+ grade, the same as nearby Iowa. But, according to NARAL, it scores higher than the neighboring state of Wisconsin, which got a D+, and Michigan, North Dakota and South Dakota, which received F ratings from the pro-choice organization.” C+ … just a tick above average.

Hmmm. Creeping Denmark-ism? The AP says, “A suburban Twin Cities high school has crowned its first transgender homecoming king. Seventeen-year-old Charlie Baca was crowned Friday at Irondale High School in New Brighton. Associate Principal Andrew Mons says Baca is the first transgender homecoming king at the school of about 1,600 students.”

A bit of progress. Jessie Van Berkel of the Strib says, “When Don Marthaler drives through rural Dakota County, the retired farmer is used to seeing rows of plastic piled alongside fields. And he knows where much of that heavy-duty wrap used to keep feed and hay fresh ends up. In smoke. … Marthaler, a member of the county’s Rural Solid Waste Commission, said he suggested the group create a recycling program. Last month, the commission initiated the first program of its kind in the metro. The county gave the group a $4,500 grant to put labeled recycling containers at three locations in southern Dakota County, where farmers can dispose of certain plastics for free. The county’s funds also cover the cost of transporting plastic to a recycling facility in Hutchinson … .”

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by beryl john-knudson on 09/28/2015 - 08:24 am.

    Real IDs; National ID’s…here we go, wow

    National photo ID…where will we go next?

    I do wonder when ID cards will be replaced by patches to sew on one’s clothes.Then comes diversification from one patch to several classifications to identify one’s particular status in an informed society…gender, employed or unemployed; political persuasions…the list goes on in order to satisfy a well documented data base as privacy takes a beating in the process?

    Almost forgot what will the patches be…circular, square or stars…red, white or blue? Gold or otherwise depending on one’s private status?

    It’s always good to consider the long term view…

  2. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 09/28/2015 - 09:40 am.

    You’re raising the old question

    of whether we’re a nation or a confederation of states.
    Under the present ID system, ID cards are issued by states (drivers licenses or alternative ID’s for non drivers). So, at least for this purpose, we’re citizens of the individual states, not the United states.
    Having a national ID (beyond the Social Security card which already exists, by is not by statute supposed to be an ID card) would make us more clearly citizens of the nation, rather than of the individual states of which it is composed.

  3. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 09/28/2015 - 09:51 am.

    I Don’t Fly Much

    So I have no idea what kind of inconvenience lack of a Real I.D. driver’s license would visit upon those who do,…

    but I DO know that there are many people for whom a trip to the nearest county offices and the payment of $12.50 to procure a copy of their birth certificate,…

    which must be done during regular business hours,…

    i.e. necessitating a 1/2 day (or more) off work,…

    for people who are not financially secure as it is,…

    is a very heavy burden to add to keep their driver’s license up to date.

    None of which even considers that EVERY driver in the state would have to visit a License Bureau,…

    and produce a birth certificate and proof of residence,…

    in order to procure a new “Real I.D.” license.

    How many of could lay hands on our birth certificates if we now needed to do so?

    Then, of course the final issue is whether or not “Real I.D.” will actually make even the most minute amount of difference in our safety as individuals or as a nation.

    None of the new requirements are difficult of fake,…

    unless, of course, each driver’s license bureau is going to have access to the state Birth Certificate database to double check the information provided by those seeking licenses,…

    (assuming, of course, that those databases are sufficiently secure to preclude a person determined to gain a driver’s license for nefarious purposes simply hacking the database and adding a falsified record of their own birth, which they’re not, of course).

    Such a system to check for faked birth certificates is an expense in equipment, time, and expertise, which I strongly suspect is NOT included in most states currently using “Real I.D.”

    In the end “Read I.D.” has never provided anything but a security blanket for the paranoid.

    There’s simply no reason to go to the time and expense, both for individuals and for state government, of implementing it in Minnesota.

  4. Submitted by Steve Sundberg on 09/28/2015 - 11:00 am.

    Real ID solution

    Just get a passport. Kills two birds with one stone.

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