The most important U.S. activity in this coming week is election day, Tuesday, for those going to traditional voting sites -- who haven’t voted early or mailed in their ballots. Please vote – the future of our democracy matters -- will be impacted.
Fear-Mongering, U.S. Military Politicization in the name of security.....
Attempts to influence voters with fear-mongering by our President that South American migrants caravanning from their countries are criminals and terrorists is the latest con he’s foisting on the American people. Those migrants say they simply want to apply for asylum in the United States just as is permitted by the law here and in many countries in the world (contrary to our leader saying that our country is the only country allowing such in his never-ending mendacious pronouncements).
Our President has blatantly used his governing office to politically hype this situation some say. He has used our U.S. military forces to promote this position under the guise of being necessary for security by ordering troops to our borders – long before these migrants will ever reach there – as he continues this political exploitation just prior to our election.
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I.D. Card Saga Up Date....
Previously I wrote HERE about my travails at our California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) renewing my driver’s license and applying for a new I.D. Card.
In 2020 this I.D. Card will be necessary to board airlines in the U.S. for our flights, or both a Driver’s License and a Passport will be required. Wanting to carry only one card for identification domestically I chose to obtain the I.D. Card which will also be my successfully renewed California Driver’s License. Also, I can well imagine the I.D. Card may begin to become required by more businesses in the future.
Some have speculated that the closer we come to 2020 our DMV offices will become busier as more people will want this I.D. Card. As I reported earlier, residents of other U.S. states should investigate their motor vehicle department’s I.D. Card issuance procedures and recommendations.
Because one of my 3 required identification documents was not initially accepted, I had to return to the DMV office another time with a different document, actually bearing much the same information.
I repeated some of the previously described time standing in line, alternating waiting, sitting between visits to only 4 different lines this time over a 1 ½ hour period. Again, there was an instance of conflicting information. Also, I was instructed I’d need to again complete an application though I had done so on the Internet originally before my first visit to expedite this whole process.
Seems that application went with the original file which resulted in my receiving only the limited regular California driver’s license – the one I had to wait to receive before I would be allowed to re-apply for the I.D. Card I had wanted in the first place.
I pressed as to why they couldn’t access my original application made only a week or so earlier (no data changed). What was the efficiency point of putting it on the Internet in the first place if they couldn’t access it again? I received an explanation about how this paralleled old-fashioned paper files and once a file was closed out, it was done. Hm-m-m, I said – I still can’t imagine why you couldn’t just make a copy of the application from the old file!
Suddenly this very pleasant clerk excused herself, told me to sit down and wait, went to another close-by station and after a short time returned – with a print-out copy of my original application.
Then it was time to have my photo taken once again -- with my right thumb print for I.D. repeated, also. Each of times I had to submit my thumb print during this visit the process seemed to be problematic as I had to keep re-submitting it multiple times which the clerks seemed surprised was happening, too.
I was pleased to be having another photo taken as the one appearing on the driver’s license had to be my worst i.d. photo I’ve ever had taken. I haven’t seen this latest one and can only hope it’s better when my I.D. Card finally arrives within the coming week probably. I hope the expiration date allows me quite a few years before I have to seek a renewal.
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Photo I.D. Catastrophes.....
So many of our various identification type cards – credit cards, employer, professionals in many medical settings where I’ve been, driver’s licenses, to name a few – carry our photograph head shots. I’ve not been too displeased with mine through the years, until recently.
I speculate on how much my negative reaction to my photo i.d. is due to simple face and hair natural aging changes. How much can be partly attributed to my different hair style in length while my natural hair color keeps gradually changing, too? On the other hand, some of the people who take these photographs seem to do a better job than others in capturing a warm, more personable facial expression.
My first passport pictures years ago were pleasing, including even one taken midlife. The last photo renewed in more recent years is pretty gruesome in my opinion – snapped before I really had a chance to adopt a smile, or reasonably friendly look on my face. That woman seemed annoyed that she even had to take the picture.
When my new driver’s license renewal photo taken a couple weeks ago was received, I was horrified. Fortunately, that card has been voided, to be replaced by the new I.D. Card. Surely, the new photo on that card can only be better!
What has been your experience or reaction to i.d. photos on any cards you carry?