nwbackpacker

nwbackpacker

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416 weeks ago @ KOMO - Seattle, WA - Woman sexually assault... · 0 replies · +7 points

Yes! Great post.

417 weeks ago @ KOMO - Seattle, WA - Tacoma homeowner shoot... · 6 replies · +7 points

The statutes are only half of the law. Unfortunately, a lot of applicable law is case law, i.e. previous judge's rulings in similar cases. More recent case law (I don't remember the specific case) has made it more murky and the general advice from lawyers that know this area is that you need to demonstrate that you feared for your life (or crippling injury, which includes rape).

I still think the guy did the right thing because the bad guy knew that the house was occupied and was trying to get in anyway.

417 weeks ago @ KOMO - Seattle, WA - AG Holder says Texas I... · 0 replies · +3 points

BTW the social security administration knows the status of immigrants. They know which numbers are assigned to legal immigrants that are not citizens. When you get citizenship you actually go their office and file a change of status form that tells them you are now a citizen and you show them your naturalization certificate.

417 weeks ago @ KOMO - Seattle, WA - AG Holder says Texas I... · 0 replies · 0 points

"To get a social security number, you must be a citizen (unless you obtain one fraudulently)."

Not true. Legal residents that are here and are authorized to work (H1-B, green card, etc) are issued social security numbers on arrival. Their income is reported against those numbers and if and when they become citizens they continue to use the same number to accrue social security and other benefits.

Having a social security number or drivers license is not in itself proof of citizenship. It could be made to be so (look at WA's "enhanced" drivers license as an example) but this is far from the normal case.

417 weeks ago @ KOMO - Seattle, WA - AG Holder says Texas I... · 0 replies · +1 points

That is not the case. LEGAL immigrants that are not citizens are able to do get drivers licenses in all states. Can you name one that doesn't allow this? I'm talking H1-B, L1, Green card, etc.

417 weeks ago @ KOMO - Seattle, WA - AG Holder says Texas I... · 2 replies · +9 points

Lister,

The affidavit isn't exactly foolproof. I think the ID is a lot harder to fake, but still possible. I'm sure there is a better solution out there, like tying your ballot to your ID number that you registered with and having RFID tags in the license. There must be a better way.

I just don't buy that there are all these democratic voters out there that are somehow without ID, but still are hard core democrats and will go out and vote all the same. If you don't have ID you must be super poor because there isn't really much you can do without it. If so, aren't you on food stamps? That requires ID. This just isn't adding up for me.

-Rimmer

417 weeks ago @ KOMO - Seattle, WA - AG Holder says Texas I... · 4 replies · +7 points

"When you're poor, the cost of an ID is out of reach. "

It costs $20 to get a WA ID (not the driver's license). If $20 is out of reach then perhaps the solution is to subsidize it, instead of just not requiring it at all.

Don't you think this whole debate should just go away? Just require the ID, make it easier/cheaper to get, and then we can all move on.

417 weeks ago @ KOMO - Seattle, WA - AG Holder says Texas I... · 4 replies · +2 points

Well, you don't need to be a citizen to have a state issued driver's license either.

417 weeks ago @ KOMO - Seattle, WA - AG Holder says Texas I... · 1 reply · +9 points

I totally agree. I find it amazing, if true, that 25% of black people in Texas(?) don't have state issued ID. How on earth can you get by without one? If you're that poor and disenfranchised how are you able to get food stamps without ID?

Anyway, here's how I look at it:

Problem: Don't have state issued ID.
Solution: Obtain state issued ID. If too expensive, subsidize for low income people. If too far away, let local police or post offices handle the paperwork.

417 weeks ago @ KOMO - Seattle, WA - AG Holder says Texas I... · 4 replies · +11 points

The US constitution doesn't say a lot of things - that doesn't mean that these things are illegal.

I don't have a problem with requiring an ID to vote. Voting laws require that the states only allow citizens to vote, and so how else are they to validate this? If the problem is that 25% of black people in some state don't have an ID, then the solution is to get them an ID so we can stop talking about this d@mn topic and move on. Perhaps we subsidize the ID and allow this to be done via mail or at your local post office.