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Lora Hubbel Sees Mark of Beast in Driver’s License

Last updated on 2014.02.23

South Dakota Republicans redrew our legislative districts to force Rep. Lora Hubbel (R-11/Sioux Falls) into a primary for very good reason: she keeps stinking up their party with nutty ideas. Her latest: Rep. Hubbel is writing a bill to save us from the tyranny of really sharp pictures on our driver's licenses:

Her biggest problem is with the high-resolution photo taken for the actual driver's license card.

"Now they have my iris scan and facial recognition. I can be tracked worldwide within three feet," she said.

Rep. Lora Hubbel (R-11/Sioux Falls)
I'm surprised she didn't blink for this photo. Rep. Lora Hubbel (R-11/Sioux Falls)

Wow: Hubbel thinks our driver's license photos are so sharp that the government can scan our irises. Pierre uses no such iris-scan technology, and even if it did, would it matter? How many of you have any property or data secured by iris scan?

Hubbel also wants to go goose-chasing after GPS chips in our driver's license. Hubbel ignores the fact that (a) the state says it has no intention to add GPS chips to our driver's licenses and (b) the government can already surveil citizens much more effectively via the cell phones and credit cards that we use much more frequently. (I assume Lora only uses landlines and cash.)

Instead of working on legislation to address real problems, Rep. Hubbel is fooling around with some religious paranoiacs called the Constitutional Alliance, who appear to be obsessed with "global biometric enrollment," which is the new code word for "Mark of the Beast!"

To ice the crazy cake, Rep. Hubbel frets that the Maryland company South Dakota contracts to do our driver's license data was acquired this year by Safran, a French aerospace, defense, and security company. Cue the U.N. black helicopters....

Rep. Hubbel wants to ban sharing our driver's license data across state borders. To achieve that goal, Hubbel will have to find a way to ban other states from using driver's license scanners like the one I used to check into a Minnesota high school last spring. She'll also need to find a way to ban cops in other states from asking for our driver's licenses when we get picked up for speeding in other states.

Rep. Hubbel, please cut it out. The governor's budget address makes clear that we have much bigger priorities than battling the U.N. and the Anti-Christ with driver's license paranoia.


  1. Steve Sibson 2011.12.07

    "a French aerospace, defense, and security company"

    Cory, and you are teaching French in order to promote the global economy (NWO)...right?

  2. Steve Sibson 2011.12.07

    "The governor’s budget address makes clear that we have much bigger priorities than battling the U.N. and the Anti-Christ with driver’s license paranoia."

    Cory, the Governor's budget proposal includes $8.4 million for training teachers on how to implement the internationally benchmarked Core Common Standards...can you say UNESCO.

  3. larry kurtz 2011.12.07

    Quebec should be the first capital of the United States of Earth.

  4. larry kurtz 2011.12.07

    After reservations become counties in the 51st State and Mexico is the 52nd, Quebec should be the 53rd.

  5. Douglas Wiken 2011.12.07

    Whatever may be the reason behind the representatives concern, the concern itself may have validity. Couple this kind of information with DNA databases, fingerprint databases, etc farmed out by governments to private contractors to escape the limitations of law and Constitution, and even those who see no reason for concern because they are innocent of everything ought to have some concern for invasions of privacy never imagined by framers of the Constitution or by SCOTUS.

  6. Joseph Nelson 2011.12.07

    I say let's bring on full data basing of citizen DNA, national ID cards, and mandatory monthly biometric scans :)

  7. Chris S. 2011.12.07

    "I, for one, welcome our dystopian security state overlords!"

  8. Nick Nemec 2011.12.08

    I'm coo coo for Cocoa Puffs.

  9. Roger Beranek 2011.12.08

    I could understand creating legislation regarding the ability of police to put a tracking device on your car without a warrant but if she sees the black helicopters so clearly, why does she *think whatever laws she passed would make any difference anyway?

    *used loosely

  10. Roger Elgersma 2011.12.08

    I have not had my coco puffs in to long so I might not be real coherent here. But I do know that to much of our national security and military research is to accessable by international companies since they are doing work for us. I am sure they have some security measures but a foriegn company knowing my drivers license is not really a problem unless I do terrorism in another country. They might catch me. But we do not want someone impersonating Lora in the legislature so they may make sure she is there when she is supposed to be.

  11. Jana 2011.12.08

    Lora has had a busy week. You know warning us of conspiracies both at home and from abroad. If you haven't seen the latest go to Pure Prairie Politics and see what they have going on now. Spying in Pierre.

    But there's more, Lora, Stace, Lance, Ryan, Tim, and Betty are pretty sure there is skullduggery afoot and are darn sure going to get to the bottom of it in their quest to purify and unify the Republican Party.

    You can tell they are serious by Lora's comment on the site:

    "I signed the letter because I want to clear the air. If no wrong doing has been done…good…lets get on with civil decorum. However, if people in the legislature are so brazen that they scoff at Anti-trust laws, the Sherman Act, Racketeering and would open themselves up to Dereliction of Duty accusation…then we indeed have a problem."

    Pass the popcorn.

  12. Jana 2011.12.08

    I especially like the part about "civil decorum" as the lead in to "Anti-trust laws, the Sherman Act, Racketeering and ... Dereliction of Duty" implied accusations.

    What's not civil about that?

  13. Steve Sibson 2011.12.08

    Jana, did you not put forward some kind of John Birch conspiracy not too long ago?

  14. Jana 2011.12.08

    Not so much Sibby.

    I believe it was conservative columnist Kathleen Parker that postulated that there were John Birch underpinnings to the new far right

    As a refresher, her column was titled "GOP: Quit dumbing yourself down" by the Dallas Morning News, but the Washington Post had it headlined "The Palinization of the GOP." I'm fine with either version.

    Here's a paragraph of Parker's to spark your memory.

    "Republicans aren’t really stupid, of course, and Begala acknowledges this. But, as he also pointed out, the conservative brain trust once led by William F. Buckley has been supplanted by talk radio hosts who love to quote Buckley (and boast of his friendship), but who do not share the man’s pedigree or his nimble mind. Moreover, where Buckley tried to rid the GOP of fringe elements, notably the John Birch Society, today’s conservatives have let them back in. The 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference was co-sponsored by the Birchers."

    Thanks for the opportunity to link back to that column's always a good read.

  15. Jana 2011.12.08

    But you know what Sibby, maybe you can help us out with the whole John Birch Society thing. Do you think they are an influence on our far right politicians?

  16. Bill Fleming 2011.12.08

    Jana, on SDWC there have been several mentions (slips of the pen?) citing the "GOP litmus test" site Sibby and Stace helped with as a "John Birch" group effort. I've questioned them several times over there, and the answer has always been kind of a soft "yes, there are Birchers involved... so?" It's as though why should anybody be surprised or alarmed about THAT?

    So, my impression is that the John Birch Society is alive and well in South Dakota. Good luck getting anybody who really knows to talk about though. It's kind of like one of those "secret society" deals Sibby likes to talk about.

  17. Jana 2011.12.08

    My goodness Bill, there's a Freedom index right on their site. Where have we seen that....

    I hadn't heard of these guys, except as a punchline, for so long I'd forgotten what kind of crap these guys were up to. I do remember civil rights being a 10th amendment thing, the whole Shriners are evil,

    Wonder how many of our legislators subscribe, are members or pledge allegiance to the JBS? You would think this is something they would be proud of and actually publicize their membership.

    I wonder what they think of Ayn Rand's comments on the JBS in her Playboy interview:

    PLAYBOY: You have attacked Governor Nelson Rockefeller for "lumping all opponents of the welfare state with actual crackpots." It was clear from his remarks that among others, he was aiming his criticism at the John Birch Society. Do you resent being lumped with the John Birchers? Do you consider them "crackpots" or a force for good?

    RAND: I resent being lumped with anyone. I resent the modern method of never defining ideas, and lumping totally different people into a collective by means of smears and derogatory terms. I resent Governor Rockefeller's smear tactics: his refusal to identify specifically whom and what he meant. As far as I'm concerned, I repeat, I don't want to be lumped with anyone, and certainly not with the John Birch Society. Do I consider them crackpots? No, not necessarily. What is wrong with them is that they don't seem to have any specific, clearly defined political philosophy. Therefore, some of them may be crackpots, others may be very well-meaning citizens. I consider the Birch Society futile, because they are not for capitalism, but merely against communism. I gather they believe that the disastrous state of today's world is caused by a communist conspiracy. This is childishly naive and superficial. No country can be destroyed by a mere conspiracy, it can be destroyed only by ideas. The Birchers seem to be either nonintellectual or anti-intellectual. They do not attach importance to ideas. They do not realize that the great battle in the world today is a philosophical, ideological conflict.

    Wonder what they think about that?

  18. Bill Fleming 2011.12.08

    Good question, Jana. Let's ask Sibby.

  19. Bill Fleming 2011.12.08

    p.s. Playboy is a New Age, Knights-Templar lovin', Trilateral Satanic Whatchamacallit, of course, though Jana. You know we'll have to be ready for that volley first. Better put up your tin-foil countermeasure saran wrap, Sibb-ray deflector shields.

  20. caheidelberger Post author | 2011.12.09

    We saw someone with JBS connections behind the "South Dakota Freedom Index" back in September. Are the Birchers really making a push to be concerned about, or is this just a brief manifestation of nuttiness.

    Jana, that Rand quote reminds me of her arrogance and Potemkin philosophy. Rand really is the godmother of all these libertarians around here. She made up a few words ("objectivism"? really?) to make it sound like she was talking about some great abstract concept. If you didn't get what she was saying, she could claim that showed you just were childish and superficial and didn't have a clearly defined political philosophy. Her words, like the libertarians' "sovereignty" and "Tenth Amendment" and "Austrian economics", were really just shibboleths, code words to distinguish herself and her cult from the common rabble and to dress up nonsense as political "philosophy".

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