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American Joke

The U.S. Canada border used to be the longest undefended border in the world.

(CALGARY, Alberta) - A man dies and goes to heaven, where he is being shown around by Saint Peter. As they are strolling, he notices a high wall with a faint murmur of voice coming from the other side.

What’s that? he asks.

Shhh, not so loud, says Saint Peter. Catholics over there. They think they’re the only ones up here.

Meanwhile, on the earth America is continuing to fortify itself against the outside world. Until 9/11, the 49th parallel was proudly referred to, by both Canadians and Americans, as the longest undefended border in the world.

The last trip I made to the U.S. was by car in the spring of 2001. It was after midnight when we crossed the border into Montana from Calgary. I was a bit amazed that when we got to the border booth, we weren’t even stopped. The attendant just waved us through as we slowed down. I was relieved that he didn’t stop us. If he had looked in the trunk he would have found a half dozen Canadians who wanted to go to the U.S.

While I haven’t crossed the border since, I know it’s not like that anymore. U.S. customs has no-fly, no-drive, and no-walk lists. Canadians can still get into the U.S., but it’s no longer a guaranteed thing.

Meanwhile on the southern border with Mexico there are fences, armed patrols and no-looking-across-the-border-from-Mexico lists. You could be shot on sight.

I envision increasing fortification in the years ahead where Fortress America will be a reality. The country will be virtually sealed off from the rest of the world, as it already is psychologically.

Which segues into my story. One of the giant cruise ships leaves its berth in Canada’s Maritimes, heading south in the Atlantic. It turns out that the only places they can stop are countries like Bermuda and the Bahamas.

At dinner one night, one of the passengers asks the captain what there is to the west and why they can’t land there.

The captain replies: Americans over there. They think they’re the only ones on the planet.


Daniel Johnson was born near the midpoint of the twentieth century in Calgary, Alberta. In his teens he knew he was going to be a writer, which is why he was one of only a handful of boys in his high school typing class — a skill he knew was going to be necessary. He defines himself as a social reformer, not a left winger, the latter being an ideological label which, he says, is why he is not an ideologue. From 1975 to 1981 he was reporter, photographer, then editor of the weekly Airdrie Echo. For more than ten years after that he worked with Peter C. Newman, Canada’s top business writer (notably on a series of books, The Canadian Establishment). Through this period Daniel also did some national radio and TV broadcasting. He gave up journalism in the early 1980s because he had no interest in being a hack writer for the mainstream media and became a software developer and programmer. He retired from computers last year and is now back to doing what he loves — writing and trying to make the world a better place

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Anonymous April 2, 2010 8:03 am (Pacific time)

hmmmm Daniel: it looks as tho Canada is not immune to the NWO either.

Daniel April 1, 2010 8:30 am (Pacific time)

I completely agree with Daniel's 6:35 PM/3-31 post. Amen brother. Keeping my head down Mexico way...

douglas benson April 1, 2010 7:07 am (Pacific time)

Sorry for the bad spelling but even you guys miss some . Please dont get me wrong violence is the very last resort . The biggest problem lies with our courts who buy in way too far to the compelling intrest above our rights and administrative law that is beyond review due to unlimited contract rights .How do we move beyond the rehtoric ,I dont know . I dont think people are really all that stupid but feel like they cant do a darn thing about it . We need freedom loving before party ideals religous beliefs ect. politicians for one .Most people are fed up but are forced to choose from a one party system on the strings of big money . It has to start on a local level and work its way from there starting with the legislature the most powerfull body in the state ,fill it with regular folk who put freedom before all else . They cant buy our vote and that makes us so powerfull its not even funny . Gov. Ventura is a good example what can be done ,he ran with allmost no money and all the millions the other guys spent meant ZERO.

Daniel March 31, 2010 6:35 pm (Pacific time)

Natalie I have no problem with fake names . What bothers me is when a person keeps changing their name so they can agree with themselves . Salem news should register just one name per poster .

Anonymous March 31, 2010 6:33 pm (Pacific time)

Hey daniel: attached is a link of the 165 central banks the Rothchilds own. I have only been able to verify ownership by rothchilds on four of them so far. 161 to go! I wrote the author who has a resume that is beyond reproach, and asked him for more info. He wrote back and gave me ideas on how to verify more. But they rothchilds sure know how to hide their stuff. The author of this article is writing another book, and will give more info later. This is how powerful the rothchilds are. BY the way, I verified they own the bank of canada. more info soon.

I know for a fact that the Rothschild's (the fact that you don't know how to spell their name is suspicious) don't own the Bank of Canada because I own the Bank of Canada. I'm just writing for Salem-News as a provocateur to keep the peons distracted.

Anonymous March 31, 2010 6:23 pm (Pacific time)

natalie: you are not only intelligent, but you have common sense, I dont see that much anymore..thanks.. Daniel: no, I do not think salem-news is "they". altho, i wonder about henry sometimes. :-)

Anonymous March 31, 2010 6:15 pm (Pacific time)

here ya go daniel my friend ;

The amazing thing about this video, is that Robert Welch doesn't look crazy. 

Natalie March 31, 2010 3:05 pm (Pacific time)

I've got an impression that not many use their real names here. So, what's the difference if somebody signs with a full fake name or just "Anon"? If it's not a threat or attacking on the personal level, then it's not a serious material for the court. We disagree on the issue, debate, move on. Even using full real name means something only to the person signing, since impersonating is not so rare on this site either. But I might be wrong. Rules change...

Hank Ruark March 31, 2010 10:01 am (Pacific time)

"Anon": My previous mentioned solid documentation for statement responsibilities under First Amendment, per Supremes. Here's reference detail: MAY IT PLEASE THE COURT: The First Amendment;Peter Irons;New Press, 1997. Transcripts in print and in full-record tapes from 16 key First Amendment cases. ISBN: 1-56584-330-4; $60. Famiiar with this one via communications consultant in Chicago for twelve years, when cited in work with corporate and individual clients then. Perpetrators causing damage can be sued by those affected, which is why I repeat ref. here intermittently, for your protection.

Hank Ruark March 31, 2010 9:38 am (Pacific time)

"Anon: Cowardice in signing own content here,sir, is surest symptom of distortion and perversion-intended, for any reason. If you cannot place your real full name on content,it may well be best to forego privilege of publication here due to rational, reasonable responsibilities accompanying the First Amendment right of free speech. For detailed documentation can supply book and tapes in depth on Supreme Court and other legal rulings over years making the point irresistibly. "Sign it or forget it" is first rule defining reliable source in any form of legal work, journalism, science, and all other civilized forms of communication. If that sounds like "Put up or shut up !" --so be it here.

Anonymous March 30, 2010 7:38 pm (Pacific time)

Douglas..great post. thank you

Jagur March 30, 2010 2:12 pm (Pacific time)

Nice way to address a reader, so sorry. I'll just blindly praise anything you write from now on.

I thought you were being sarcastic or obtuse.  Any American who doesn't get the point of my little piece (even if they don't agree with it) is part of the national problem. 

Hank Ruark March 30, 2010 1:00 pm (Pacific time)

D.B.: Despite your sometimes too simplistic spellings, do well appreciate your strong, honest feelings for what you view as very-true and worth violence to support. Problem is how to help you to conform to historical fact, rather than continue victim of hysterical manipulation still being committed to manipulate millions missing meaningful understandings of confirmed historic record, perpetrated by non-compassionate corporate interests confirming control by "campaign contributions", via 40,000 D.C. lobbyists.

Anonymous March 30, 2010 12:11 pm (Pacific time)

and keep in mind daniel, at least 50% of us dont go along with this crap, but 'they' own the media and the guns.

There is room for optimism and hope. they don't own Salem-News and lots of other independent sites. The newspaper industry is in decline and being replaced by people and organizations who are not owned. 

Anonymous March 30, 2010 12:08 pm (Pacific time)

not to worry daniel. after 1776, the british did not just say "ah well",.. they were mad as hell, sent the richest bankers in the world to the states, instead of armies and guns. They used the states to build their empire, dumb down the population, among many other things. Well, they are just about done. hillary slams canada for not inviting a few countries to the ottawa seminar, canada answers by saying the canadian troops will leave afghanistan next year. Its over for the U.S. They are done using us. This will be an extreme hardship on the canadians also, so prepare. The borders/planes etc u mentioned, were all test sites to see if the rest of the sheep will follow their draconian system. The u.s. will have revolution, God only knows what it will bring. Obama's promise of change, is probably the only promise he will keep. Dont complain about us Daniel, pray for us.

Vic March 30, 2010 11:56 am (Pacific time)

Right on DB ! More Americans have died from peanut allergies than from terrorism...even govt sponsored/carried out terrorism......More Americans have died from deer/vehicular accidents than from terrorism....Good God...

douglas benson March 30, 2010 9:11 am (Pacific time)

The world is laughing at us ,we look like a bunch of two faced cowards . Willing to give up our freedom at the first sign of trouble .This is supposed to be the home of the brave resticting the right to travel is so unconstitutional its not even funny . So we got attacked big freaking deal ,pick up the pieces and move on let them know we can take it without the panick they wanted .When I was growing up we were fighting communism that evil that put armed gaurds on the streetcorners ,spied on thier own people, required travel passes , secret prison ,torture , goverment harassment of political movements ,ect. Its starting to look a lot like that is our country now cameras everywhere ,armed thugs in uniform basically millitary complete with armoured veh. automatic weapons ect. ,travel restrictions of all kinds ,the list goes on . Those that would trade thier freedoms for imagined safety deserve neither .I firmly believe that ,that is why Dan I will never support giving up or restricting in any way our constitutional rights . I know the majority doesnt feel that way but that is why the constitution is supreem and when laws ,administrative policies ect. do so its the duty of our courts to strike them down even in the face of majority support or goverment pressure . We look like the land of the slaves and the home of the scared ,instead of the land of the free and the home of the brave ,and it makes me sick.

Jagur March 30, 2010 9:05 am (Pacific time)

I'm still waiting for the punch line.?

Look in the mirror. 

Amanda Leduc March 30, 2010 2:05 am (Pacific time)

Always an amusement Daniel! Proud to be a fellow citizen!

Thanks, Amanda. Now if we can just get Americans to be fellow Earthlings. 

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