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Montana Says No to Real ID, Passes Law to Deny It 518

SoCalChris writes "Montana's governor signed a bill yesterday in defiance of the Real ID Act. House Bill 287 [PDF] requires the Montana Motor Vehicle Division to not implement the provisions of the Real ID Act, and to report to the governor any attempts by any agent or agency of the Department of Homeland Security to attempt to implement the bill. Montana is the first state to implement such a law."
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Montana Says No to Real ID, Passes Law to Deny It

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  • by drgonzo59 ( 747139 ) on Wednesday April 18, 2007 @06:21PM (#18789141)
    I hope they need Python or Java developers. Perhaps black bears could use some custom software to optimize their search for berries...
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 18, 2007 @06:24PM (#18789187)
    This is the first time in Montana history that our illustrious MVD had to be ordered NOT to perform something work related.
  • by sczimme ( 603413 ) on Wednesday April 18, 2007 @06:31PM (#18789291)

    Perhaps black bears could use some custom software to optimize their search for berries...

    If this week has taught us anything, it's that one should always have a backup plan for black-bear-ies.

  • by pschmied ( 5648 ) on Wednesday April 18, 2007 @06:34PM (#18789321) Homepage
    As a Montanan who has since moved down south... of the equator to New Zealand, I can say that the job market probably isn't what you want. There are very few employers.

    That said, Montana's a beautiful place. Oh, and the Kettlehouse (MT brew) brews the best beer in the world.

    We used to joke about people moving to Montana to pay the scenery tax. Short answer, you're probably not going to get rich there.

    I remember an old "PR" campain in MT to discourage Californians from moving in:

    "Montana Sucks. Now go home and tell your friends."
  • Freedom (Score:5, Funny)

    by QuickFox ( 311231 ) on Wednesday April 18, 2007 @06:38PM (#18789363)

    [...] said Schweitzer, a Democrat. "This is still a free country and there are no freer people than the people that we have in Montana."
    Well, that's precisely the problem! That's exactly the problem that we're solving here.

    No one hates your freedom like we do... Uh, oops, I mean, like the terrorists do. Everybody knows it's the terrorists who hate your freedom. And of course only the terrorists can take your freedom away... Uh, um, no, not exactly, they can't... In fact only we can take your freedom away... er... You shouldn't question these things... Now be a good patriot and lie down and let us step on you for your protection.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 18, 2007 @06:40PM (#18789389)
    In other news .. the entire state of Montana has been declared an "Enemy Combatant". Plans are under way to use the national guard to secure and build GitmoII around the entire state.
  • by Glowing Fish ( 155236 ) on Wednesday April 18, 2007 @07:02PM (#18789653) Homepage
    It isn't always too cold. Sometimes it is too hot.
  • by Knuckles ( 8964 ) <knuckles@d a n t i> on Wednesday April 18, 2007 @07:03PM (#18789675)
    I get up in the morning, feed my child, take a shower, go to work, go home, do my wife, go to bed. The same as I did before the government took away all my rights. Please tell me what I'm missing

    A life.
  • by Purity Of Essence ( 1007601 ) on Wednesday April 18, 2007 @07:07PM (#18789713)
    I, for one, welcome our new floss plucking pygmy pony overlords. Too bad it won't last.
  • by shaitand ( 626655 ) on Wednesday April 18, 2007 @07:09PM (#18789721) Journal
    'Short answer, you're probably not going to get rich there.'

    No kidding, I took a train from Chicago to Portland that went across Montana lengthwise. You could tell you had entered Montana when you couldn't see anything, not even on the horizon. You could tell when you left Montana because you saw things again.

    Hell I don't even remember any towns. I saw a couple dead trees but thats about it.

  • by lothar97 ( 768215 ) * <owen@smi[ ] ['gel' in gap]> on Wednesday April 18, 2007 @07:35PM (#18790051) Homepage Journal
    What do all o fthe [sic] following have in common:

    New Hampshire

    The all contain the letter "a" and are populated by weirdos?
  • License (Score:5, Funny)

    by Mark_MF-WN ( 678030 ) on Wednesday April 18, 2007 @08:16PM (#18790575)
    Hey, there's an easy answer for that one. Put an RFID tag into every license plate (or into the tags, since those need to be replaced all the time anyway). Then put RFID scanners into every traffic light, every intersection, periodically in streetlights, etc. Anytime a car passes without a valid RFID-tagged license plate, the scanner automically signals the nearest police car, photographs the car, activates the vehicles "disable" code, detonates the land mines, deploys the hunter-killer bot, or whatever else the state feels is an appropriate response. And if the vehicle DOES have a valid RFID tag, then it's a simple matter to verify whether or not the owner has an approved license. It doesn't help much if the driver of the vehicle isn't the owner, but that's what the RFID tags that were jammed into everyone's skulls were for. Seriously though -- RFID license plates and traffic light camera/RFID-scanner set-ups are basically a foregone conclusion at this point. They're inevitable.
  • Re:Freedom (Score:3, Funny)

    by Repton ( 60818 ) on Thursday April 19, 2007 @01:12AM (#18793811) Homepage

    You almost had it.

    You see, the terrorists are seeking to steal Americans' freedom, because they have none of their own. In order to prevent this, the US Government is taking all your freedom and locking it away, so that the terrorists can't get to it. Currently you've still got lots of freedoms lying around in the open, but the government is even now working to lock down those too. Pretty soon America won't have any freedom at all, and the terrorists will have to give up and find another free country to terrorise.

The absent ones are always at fault.