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Thursday, October 05, 2006
Visiting the US
I am in the United States right now, blogging from my little cozy hotel room in Washington DC.
I am posting more as I travel through the US within the next few days and you may want to read my first experience in the US on my weblog.
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Winston: take a deep smell. It is the smell of true freedom. Enjoy it while it lasts. The only place in Canada that has it is Alberta.
I spent a weekend in DC back in June. While I had been there several times before, this time was the most fun. I won't say what I was doing for privacy reasons, but I took in the sites as much as I could. My favorite is and always will be the Lincoln Memorial, a simple yet dignified tribute to one of history's greatest people.
"In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever."
Also recommended: the Jefferson Memorial, the new WWII Memorial, the FDR Memorial, Arlington National Cemetary and the Marine Corps War Memorial, the White House, the Capital, Ford's Theater.
DC is a great place to visit. I recommend it. Unfortunately I had to cut my visit short by a day in order to go to Philadelphia (also worth visiting if only for the cheesesteaks) and finally to NYC.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2006-10-05 9:59:39 PM
Folks, there is a reason why America is this planet's greatest nation - and why Canada is not (and that's being charitable).
Posted by: bk | 2006-10-06 1:22:31 AM
Good luck to you navigating through the new martial law American imperial realm, and not being an illegal alien...make sure your biometric tagging and visitor's tattoo are in order and when anything with a uniform on orders you to jump do it ...or we may never see you again as habeas corpus has just be suspended in the new American junta.
Posted by: Wlyonmackenzie | 2006-10-06 7:09:44 AM
Don't forget the Smithsonian.
Posted by: Ralph Rattfuc | 2006-10-06 7:54:42 AM
"Good luck to you navigating through the new martial law American imperial realm, and not being an illegal alien...make sure your biometric tagging and visitor's tattoo are in order and when anything with a uniform on orders you to jump do it ...or we may never see you again as habeas corpus has just be suspended in the new American junta.
Posted by: Wlyonmackenzie | Oct 6, 2006 7:09:44 AM"
My god, a little paranoid are we? A little to much kool-aid in the morning? What sickness.
I look forward to you letting us know how awful it is down there Winston.
I drove to Chicago last fall and as always was struck by the friendliness and easy going attitude of the people I met on the way there. Something that has never changed in all the years I have traveled there,
Enjoy true freedom.
Posted by: deepblue | 2006-10-06 8:09:24 AM
bk. right on the money. No pun intended !
Posted by: Frico | 2006-10-06 8:13:52 AM
Ralph: yes, the Smithsonian is awesome too. Particularly the Air and Space Museum and the Museum of American History.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2006-10-06 9:20:01 AM
Can you bring back some Malboro...?
Have a nice trip.
Posted by: Marc | 2006-10-06 10:04:37 AM
Winston wrote: I am posting more as I travel through the US within the next few days and you may want to read my first experience in the US on my weblog.
Winston wrote on his blog: I'll have some meetings with some people in Washington DC and then I am planning to do some sight seeing in NYC, San Francisco and most parts of southern California.
My lifetime dream has come true!
Going to the US is your lifetime dream? Bwahahahahahahaha
Posted by: No Spin Zone | 2006-10-06 11:42:31 AM
BTW Winston when you are in So Cal why don't you take a walking tour of Inglewood, lots of interesting things to see and I'm sure they would love meeting you.
Posted by: No Spin Zone | 2006-10-06 11:50:54 AM
No Spin Zone you snot,
Considering Winston lived most of his life in Iran and served in it's military it isn't surprising that visiting the U.S. could be a lifetime dream.
I know you take freedom for granted but Winston does not.
Posted by: Speller | 2006-10-06 12:17:03 PM
Speller wrote: No Spin Zone you snot,
Did you find that lame insult on Wikipedia? Bwahahahaha
Posted by: No Spin Zone | 2006-10-06 12:28:11 PM
I look for snot and there was a picture labelled:
"No Spin Zone"
It looked like this> (_!_)
Posted by: Speller | 2006-10-06 12:32:34 PM
Speller wrote: I look for snot and there was a picture labelled:
Hmm, you look for snot. It’s best not to advertise that.
Posted by: No Spin Zone | 2006-10-06 12:48:13 PM
It's an acronym.
Posted by: Speller | 2006-10-06 12:52:32 PM
No Spin Zone, I am honored to be in the US and it has been my lifetime dream to see the place I love upclose. You simply dont get it!
Posted by: Winston | 2006-10-06 6:47:38 PM
Winston wrote: No Spin Zone, I am honored to be in the US and it has been my lifetime dream to see the place I love upclose. You simply dont get it!
As I live part time and own a house in Douglas County Georgia I don’t need any advice on the US from you. And don’t forget to go on the walking tour of Inglewood
Posted by: No Spin Zone | 2006-10-06 7:01:39 PM
I live out west now,but spent the first 25 years of my life living near the centre of the universe. Whenever I drive or ride back east I always take the route through the states.It does make getting there half the fun.
Posted by: wallyj | 2006-10-06 7:06:34 PM
I have to agree with wallyj. Dipping south is the way to get east. We travelled back and forth from NS to Manitoba each year and usually dipped.
Good luck with your trip Winston. I've been driving with 5 kids (12000 mi. since June) quite a bit through the States this year (Ft.Lauderdale to Charlottetown and back), and we had a great experience.
IMHO Americans are like Canadians, but awake.
Posted by: lwestin | 2006-10-06 9:27:36 PM
During my three years in Tronna, the only things that kept me sane were my job (which I loved) and the ability to travel to Buffalo, Detroits or points beyond on a regular basis. It was so nice to be among some real people for a change, not those phony lazy idle racists in Tronna.
There's so much more to see and do in the US than there is in Canada. On the Memorial Day long weekend I had the opportunity to indulge in a lifelong dream: visiting some Civil War sites. I spent time at Antietam in Maryland, Harper's Ferry in West Virginia, and Appomattox in Virginia; I also saw Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home near Charlottesville, Virginia, and Yorktown, the climactic battle of the War of Independence. They were everything I had ever hoped to see.
This is why I despise the Liebral/NDP party and Ontarians. They're so narrowminded and stupid. They expect Albertans like me to think and act like them about the US, yet they make huge profits from the trade? Rather pathetic if you ask me.
If Canada doesn't appreciate what America does for it, then it will get what it deserves. Alberta, thank God, knows better. God Bless America.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2006-10-06 10:45:28 PM
So out of curiosity Winston, as the US truly seems to be the place you want to be, why bother with Canada? Why not go and live in a "truly free" US instead of an oppressive police state as it exists in Canada?
And ZP, same question to you, why are YOU still here?
*Typing this in Santa Clara, yes, that's south of the border, go figure*
Posted by: Snowrunner | 2006-10-07 12:05:28 AM
Wow, Snowy, how can you stand it ? Isn't your skin crawling or burning being in the land of the free ? It must make you sick...here's hoping you make it back to the land of the fruits and nuts in B.C., before long...
Posted by: Markalta | 2006-10-07 12:22:22 AM
it'll be even worse, I'll be returning to Alberta for the forseeable future.
Yes, go figure. I just jumped out of that little compartment you always try to stuff everybody in that doesn't sing the same tune as you.
Posted by: Snowrunner | 2006-10-07 12:26:38 AM
reading through your posts on here again I have to ask: It seems you are a fan of military, war and death, why is this?
You cannot find anything interesting to go to in Canada? Have you ever gone further up north? Been in areas where barely humans are walking around / having left impressions or maybe visited one of the old settlings in the arctic north where you can find traces of human population going back several thousand years?
Sure, they won't charge you a $10 admission or tell you of "gloryful deaths and carnage" that has happened there, but it can be just as interesting.
Posted by: Snowrunner | 2006-10-07 12:31:42 AM
I just came back from a week in the U.S. I went to San Fran and Vegas and had the time of my life. It truly is the land of the free and home of the brave. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!
Posted by: FREE | 2006-10-07 10:18:30 AM
Any time I've been to the US, I love everything about it.
Servers in restaraunts actually seem to care and the food is reasonable priced; people are friendly and interesting to talk to, they seem to enjoy life and their freedom.
There are also many interesting places to visit in Canada, the most personable people are definitely in the Maritimes.
Still love the Alberta of the first oil boom ... there seems to be an influx of miserable economic refugees who have arrived here this time around.
It'll take time to train them.
Posted by: Set you free | 2006-10-07 10:44:28 AM
While in Vegas we went to the Gunshop, for $40 you get the weapon of your choice (handgun or submachine gun)and 50 rounds. The wife fired a handgun for the first time and is a natural, she got every shot between the targets eyes!!
Down there in the land of the free "gun control" means using both hands.
Posted by: FREE | 2006-10-07 11:52:46 AM
To "Deep Blue"
Hi: some fellow bloggers called my attention back to you commentary of my opinion posted to the shotgun.
Having been involved in the western conservative and reform organizations for over 30 yrs....I'm not used to being called "paranoid" or "sick" unless it was my optimism in the dark days of federal losses that made me "sick"
FYI: I am a dual citizen and spend a good deal of my free time with relatives and friends in the US, I travel there on my American passport.
Because I cross the border so much I am aware of administrative changes brought about by the patriot act and the reciprocal homeland security initiatives which could potentially hang me up in an airport or other customs office.
In the past year I have been sent documentation from the US customs service explaining that my passport will no longer be accepted as proof of citizenship when passing into the US from Canada....I have been futher informed that a card issued from the joint customs/homeland security dept can fast track my customs visits....the card is available to Canadians as well and will eventually replace the passport as a customs document of prefference. The frequent trveller card in the planning will carry an RFID chip that readers at customs will pick up...it will broadcast my personal data ( including file access numbers to biometric info I will have to file with Canada customs) and also all the data it has in storage from customs posts and government "program partners" that have scanned the card.
Also, I can tell you have not travelled extensively in the US recently otherwise you would be as dismayed as most Americans are at the armed camp Airports, train stations and bus terminals have been turned into...coupled with the recent congressional acts that suspend 9 constitutional legal rights limiting search, seizure, detention and the right to legal council, and the constant armed "drills" police and paramilitary agencies run in public places like malls and public buildings, it seems a tad misdirected to call those Americans ( like myself) "paranoid" who are concerned for constitutional security in the face of the government's gross over reactions to the alleged threat levels posed by terrorists....even in the midst of WWII the president could not justify the defacto suspension of constitutional legal rights and claim a right to run a obscure form of martial law domestically.
Remind yourself that EVERY federal agent you may meet has the same right to seach, seizure and detention as the customs agents who shook you down coming into the country....now, what I find hypocritical is this official government paranoia only apples to their northern border. The southern US border leaks 3 million illegal aliens a year and the federal government's reaction was to trim back Border patrol and customs presense as well as prosecute patrol officers for roughing up drug dealers and coyotes.
Before you pass reflexive pronouncements on an American's "paranoia" perhaps you should investigate the facts....read the excutive powers claimed in Patriot act 1 and 2 and now the suspension of habeas corpus in HR6166...experience the armed camp mentality and witness the invasion of the US SW by illegal aliens ( er now guest workers)....if you are a Canadian citizen it affects you if you want to cross the border...for me as a dual citizen my US rights are suspended, you as an alien ( particularly from Canada) have none and are totally open to Martial law imposed in homeland security policy.
As you mature as a principled conservative you will come to realize that not everyone is a "paranoid", "sick" moonbat leftist who challenges your preconceived ideas of America as a bastion of civil freedom.
Posted by: Wlyonmackenzie | 2006-10-09 8:49:23 AM
WOW the leftie wack jobs are out in full force.
Posted by: FREE | 2006-10-09 10:14:06 AM
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