I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers.
I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Good For Brian Schweitzer

Just Say No - to Big Brother. So says Montana governor Brian Schweitzer.
Montana governor Brian Schweitzer (D) declared independence Friday from federal identification rules and called on governors of 17 other states to join him in forcing a showdown with the federal government which says it will not accept the driver's licenses of rebel states' citizens starting May 11.

If that showdown comes to pass, a resident of a non-complying state could not use a driver's license to enter a federal courthouse or a Social Security Administration building nor could he board a plane without undergoing a pat-down search, possibly creating massive backlogs at the nation's airports and almost certainly leading to a flurry of federal lawsuits.
The Bush administration used 911 to justify a war for oil in Iraq but the greater threat in the long run is using it as an excuse to institute draconian and unconstitutional 1984 like policies which mimic the those we were fighting to protect ourselves against during the cold war.

Your Papers Please; I'm old enough to remember when those were still scary words.