Sunday, January 04th, 2009 | Author:



You’re traveling by train. Suddenly, it slows and comes to an unscheduled stop. Armed, uniformed men come aboard with dogs. They question passengers, search luggage and remove one of your fellow travelers for further interrogation. Is this some Cold War-era movie? Nope. It’s New Year’s Eve on an Amtrak train in California.

So starts a recent post by J.D. Tuccille. You might want to read the rest of the story, because according to the US Border Patrol, they can stop, search, interrogate, and otherwise harrass any person they can find within 100 miles of the border.


That gives them a lot of potential victims – 194.7 million to be precise – because according to the ACLU who researched this issue and created this map, fully two thirds of us live within the “constitution-free” zone.

In addition to treating us like criminals, they can also seize your laptop, your cell phone, your papers, and virtually anything else they feel like taking; make copies of all the information they’ve stolen from you, and share it with any other government agency they choose. And, of course, there’s no guarantee you’ll get any of it back.

What can we say to all this purposeful intimidation except:

Heil, Hitler!

You might want to practice up on that little salute, too.

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  1. Hercules Mulligan says:

    Hmmm. And we pride ourselves because we have “democracy” crafted to perfection, but we need to overthrow the governments of other countries because they are too tyrannical??? Oh big brother.

    Sigh. Yeah, I’ve been practicing my German accent too. I’m still working on addressing “Gesundheit” with the little “Hilter salute” for every time our Fifth Reich sneezes.

    “Till the millenium comes …” Ahhh.

    P.S. I like the photo of the woodpecker at the top, btw. I have one that hangs out in my back yard too. Although, I think he is a yellow-bellied one.

    P.P.S. Have you checked your inbox? :)

  2. akaGaGa says:

    The thing about red-bellied woodpeckers is that their bellies are mostly white with that little bit of yellowish-red. I’m not sure, but I think the yellow-bellied woodpecker has a mostly pale yellow belly that’s all one color.

    And yes, I have checked my inbox – and rechecked my inbox – as you shall soon see.