An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

May 18, 2007

Morning Coffee 5/18/07

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 9:56

Driver’s license fees likely to see $10 to $15 hike

Gov. Jim Doyle first proposed the $10 fee hike in his budget to implement the Real ID act but said Thursday his administration now believes at least a $15 increase is needed. Otherwise, additional funding will have to come from somewhere else, he said.

The law requires states to start issuing uniform driver’s licenses by Dec. 31, 2009, and forces applicants to prove their identity and that they are legally in the country. State workers will have to verify the accuracy of documents such as birth certificates presented by applicants.

Has that man ever met a ‘hike’ he didn’t like? How ’bout just requiring people to PROVE they say who they are? Simple! Perhaps if they did a little cutting on that unpaid sick leave business? Or maybe just stop taxing people out of the state, they’d have more revenue and wouldn’t even have to consider raising EVERYTHING? Just a thought.

Shipwreck yields estimated $500M treasure

Deep-sea explorers said Friday they have mined what could be the richest shipwreck treasure in history, bringing home 17 tons of colonial-era silver and gold coins from an undisclosed site in the Atlantic Ocean. Estimated value: $500 million.

Cool! (Maybe that’s what Doyle should be doing…hunt for treasure to pay for all his stupid and economically hurtful ideas?)

Deal on Immigration Reached
Bush Supports Senate’s Bipartisan Compromise, but Hurdles Remain

The Bush administration and a bipartisan group of senators reached agreement yesterday on a sprawling overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws that would bring an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants out of society’s shadows while stiffening border protections and cracking down on employers of undocumented workers.

I just heard Bush’s poll numbers slipping even farther south.

‘We do not seek to destroy Israel’

In a rare conversation with an Israeli journalist, Mohammad Larijani, an Iranian politician and scientist whose brother Ali is his country’s top nuclear envoy, said Friday that Iran was not bent on wiping Israel out and that his president had been misunderstood and misreported when purportedly expressing this genocidal ambition.

Poor Ahmabooboo, so misunderstood. PFFT! If you buy into this BS, there’s this bridge…

U.S. forces kill 6 insurgents in Iraq

About 50 suspected insurgents attacked a U.S. base in the center of a city north of Baghdad on Friday, sparking a battle with U.S. soldiers and helicopters that left at least six militants dead, the Iraqi army said.

That’s the kind of headline papers should be printing more of….their dead! What’s THEIR body count?

Al Sharpton to Meet With Mormon Leaders After Slighting Religiosity in Debate

Sharpton asked for the meeting during a telephone apology he gave to two church elders after he said during a May 7 debate that Mormons don’t believe in God.

“Mr. Sharpton and church leaders are looking at possible dates for a meeting, but nothing is imminent,” church spokesman Scott Trotter said.

That so called ‘leader’ needs to make some serious public apologies.

Gun bill changed to allow gun carrying in Capitol

The bill in its original form, sponsored by Sen. Tim Burchett (R-Knoxville), allowed people with gun carry permits to take their weapons into state parks.
While the measure was being debated on the Senate floor, Senate Democratic Leader Jim Kyle (D-Memphis) proposed an amendment to the bill to allow gun carry permit holders to take their guns into the state Capitol and Legislative Plaza.

Kyle said he’s “tired” of having “one standard for the citizens” and “one standard for us.”

OMG! I’m agreeing with a Democrat! If a legislator has a concealed carry license, why shouldn’t they be able to carry them to work?



  1. I need to put a caveat up front here that I’m relating rather than judging.

    I was raised as a good Wisconsin Synod Lutheran boy and was taught that Mormonism, because of its veneration and worship of Joseph Smith and of Moroni, wasn’t a truly Christian religion. The Mormons, along with the Mary worshiping Catholics, were on a fast train to eternal damnation.

    I have to believe that ther are a lot of religions out there that teach the same things in their Catechism classes in 2007. If Sharpton truly believes that then it his God-bound duty to try to save Romney and as many others as he can.

    This is how sectarian divisions come about, by asking who is “religious enough.” Mr Falwell and Mr Dobson were/are masters of this tactic of division.

    Comment by grumps — May 18, 2007 @ 10:21

  2. “How ’bout just requiring people to PROVE they say who they are?”

    Well how do they “Just prove” it? You have to go through all sorts of extra work. You have to take in extra papers, like passports and birth certificates, and then verify that those are authentic documents.

    Not only that, but Real ID requires massive amounts of data sharing between states, and requires that checks are done by each state against every other state to ensure that someone requesting a license in this state hasn’t done the same and been rejected in another.

    All that takes time, massive work to coordinate different computer systems across states, and yes… money. More importantly… it was unfunded or underfunded by the federal government… thanks to Jim Sensenbrenner.

    So for once, this hike is necessary to comply with an completely unnecessary law that won’t do one damn bit of good.

    Comment by Nick — May 18, 2007 @ 10:39

  3. Grumps, I don’t think I ever heard a pastor say that Mormons didn’t believe in G-d, until Sharpton that is. :/ Of course, I’m not a dihard ‘burn ’em all in hell’ type Lutheran m’self. 🙂

    Nick, don’t most people already have a birth certificate? Granted many…MANY years ago, a lot of folks were born at home, and it was up to the parents to register the kid, but times have changed and all births should be recorded. You have to have one to register for school, or at least you use to. You have to have one to get a passport. Shoot, I’m surprised they don’t require one to buy gas these days. :/

    Truthfully, I wouldn’t have such a problem if the idjit wasn’t raising everything else too.

    Comment by olbroad — May 18, 2007 @ 11:20

  4. It’s not a matter of HAVING one. It’s a matter of the work it takes for the DMV employees to verify that the birth certificate is valid, and isn’t a forgery.

    After Real ID, you won’t get your driver’s license the same day you go to the DMV. They’ll have to mail it to you after they’ve verified your documentation.

    It’s the verification that costs the extra money, and requires the extra work.

    Comment by Nick — May 18, 2007 @ 11:45

  5. Hmm… ok, I understand that. When I got my first license….way back in the Stone Age, I didn’t get it the same day. it took about 6 weeks for it to show up in the mail. They gave ya a temporary paper thing in the meantime. It cost $5 I think. Ok, granted, times have changed, and things are more expensive. I’m thinking the excessive costs are covering huge benefit packages more than anything else these days.

    Comment by olbroad — May 18, 2007 @ 11:49

  6. Don’t forget we have to pay for a massive computer IT system overhaul in Wisconsin now to make our systems compatable with all 49 other states to comply with cross state checking as well. That will cost billions of dollars across the country. Gotta pay for that somehow too.

    Comment by Nick — May 18, 2007 @ 12:21

  7. I’m still going with Doyle out there treasure hunting somewhere besides my pocket. 🙂

    Comment by olbroad — May 18, 2007 @ 12:47

  8. Ummmm… hello… all taxes come from your pocket. The real cost of Real ID has to paid somehow, whether its from an increase in driver’s license fees, property taxes, sales taxes… somehow.

    Where else is this magical money going to come from if not from your pocket?

    Remember… we’re talking Billions of dollars… that’s with a B.

    Comment by Nick — May 18, 2007 @ 1:14

  9. shhhh…. you’re being logical here. LOL I want them to stop digging so bloomin’ deep, and not even kissin’ me first!

    Comment by olbroad — May 18, 2007 @ 4:47

  10. Is taxation theft?

    Comment by Warwick Motley — May 18, 2007 @ 11:00

  11. The way they do it in Wisconsin? Darn close! LOL

    Comment by olbroad — May 19, 2007 @ 11:08

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