In the non-canon 2004 Dark Horse Comics tale "Into the Great Unknown," Han and Chewie make a crazy hyperspace jump that takes them all the way to… Earth. The Falcon crash-lands in the Pacific Northwest, where Solo is soon killed by Native Americans. So depressing! But then a century later, his Solo skeleton is found by… Indiana Jones and Short Round. Who have been searching for the legendary Sasquatch. Who turns out to be Chewbacca!
I’d watch that movie.
Here are 25 Kickass and Interesting Facts About Borders.
1. There is a species of deer in Germany who don’t cross the border where the Iron Curtain once stood, even though that border has been gone physically for 20 years.
2. In Denmark during WWII, border guards would screen homecoming Danes by making them say the name of a dessert: rødgrød med fløde. Due to its difficulty in pronunciation, German infiltrators could not pass the test.
3. A Mexican theme park stages a fake border crossing with a 7.5 mile night hike for about $18 a person.
4. There is a Bed and Breakfast called The Smuggler’s Inn directly on the US-Canadian border. The main attraction is watching smugglers cross the border with night vision binoculars.
5. The US-Canada border is the longest border in the world without a military defense.
6. Most of the Middle East’s borders were drawn up by a pair of English and French aristocrats in 1916.
7. North and South Korean armies choose their physically toughest looking soldiers to have a constant ongoing “stare down” across the Korean border to determine who is more powerful.
8. The Golden State Fence Company that hired to build part of the US-Mexico border wall was fined $5 million for hiring illegal immigrant workers.
9. As a result of the ambiguous boundary between the U.S. and Canada, in 1832, a region of territory in northern New Hampshire declared independence as a sovereign state named the Republic of Indian Stream.
10. Al Gore’s father once proposed, in Congress, “something cataclysmic” be done to end the Korean War. His suggestion involved creating a radiation belt on the 38th parallel using atomic bombs to turn the border of North and South Korea into a permanent toxic wasteland.
11. The Berlin Wall was torn down by mistakenly-empowered citizens after an East German spokesman misspoke at a press conference and mentioned immediate border crossing privileges for every citizen.
12. Poland, without changing its own borders, no longer borders any of the countries it did in 1989.
13. The US government has a law enforcement unit consisting entirely of Native Americans who use indigenous tracking/ranging methods to catch drug smugglers on the US-Mexican border. Their unit is called “The Shadow Wolves.”
14. The militarized border between North and South Korea, with practically no human inhabitants, has become a refuge for multiple endangered species.
15. The border between India and Bangladesh is so complicated that there is a “3rd order enclave,” which is a piece of India within Bangladesh, within India, within Bangladesh.
16. There is a long-standing and heated territorial dispute between Canada and Denmark over Hans Island, which is uninhabited. Interestingly, if the island is split in half as recently proposed, it would double the number of land borders of each country.
17. All the trees have been removed across the entire 8,800 km span of the U.S and Canadian border.
18. The US Border Patrol has jurisdiction within 100 miles of the nation’s borders or ocean boundaries (encompassing most major cities), and can request proof of citizenship from anyone there at any time.
19. The original border between North and South Carolina was marked with stones and marks on trees, and is now lost.
20. Nik Wallenda, the last man to cross over Niagara Falls on a tightrope was required to submit his passport to border agents upon arrival.
21. Haskell Opera house straddles the US/Canada border, and inside, the seats are separated by a line. If you do not exit the same side that you entered, you have committed an international incident, and are subject to arrest.
22. If you cross the border between China and Afghanistan, you’ll need to adjust your watch by 3.5 hours.
23. In 1931, after Texas Rangers barricaded a bridge spanning the Texas Oklahoma border, Oklahoma Governer “Alfalfa Bill” Murray appeared at the site armed with a revolver, backed by the Oklahoma National Guard, to reopen the bridge. This bloodless “Red River Bridge War” even got the attention of Adolf Hitler.
24. During World War 2, the United States asked for Mexicans to cross the border to work agricultural jobs.
25. Actor Thomas Kretschmann, who appeared in King Kong and The Pianist, made a month-long trek from East to West Germany to escape communism when he was 19. He crossed 4 borders with only a passport and the equivalent of $100 and lost part of his finger to frostbite.
One bad thing about working for yourself is if you call in and say your grandmother died, they know you're just making it up.
After joining the Army, because he was previously a used car salesman, Billy-Bob's first military assignment was to a military induction center, and because he was a good talker they assigned him the duty of advising new recruits about the government benefits, especially the G.I. insurance.
Before long, the Captain in charge of the induction center began noticing that Billy-Bob was getting a 99% signup for the top G.I. insurance policy. This was odd, since it would cost these poor inductees nearly $30.00 per month more for the extra coverage.
The Captain decided that he would not ask Billy-Bob about his selling techniques but would sit in the back of the room and observe his sales pitch.
Billy-Bob stood up before his latest group of inductees and stated, "If'n y'all have normal G.I. insurance and go to Afghanistan and get killed, the government pays your Mama or your wife $6,000, right?"
The men murmured in agreement. "Now," he continued, "if'n y'all take out the supplemental G.I. insurance, which costs you only $30.00 a month, the government has to pay your Mama or your wife $200,000. See?"
The men nodded.
"OK," Billy-Bob concluded: "which bunch you think they gonna send to the most dangerous areas in Afghanistan first?
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What's Rule of Law? by Walter E. Williams President Barack Obama said just before the recent Ferguson, Missouri, riots, “First and foremost, we are a nation built on the rule of law.” Most Americans have little or no inkling of what “rule of law” means. Many think it means obedience to whatever laws legislatures enact. That’s a vision that has led to human tragedy down through the ages. Historically, it sanctioned the divine right of kings, whereby a monarch was subject to no earthly authority, deriving his right to rule directly from the will of God. More recently, it’s a vision that included the Nuremberg laws, which led to the genocide of European Jews, and the brutal laws of the regimes of Josef Stalin and Mao Zedong, which led to tens of millions of murders.
Let’s ask ourselves what the characteristics of laws in a free society should be. Let’s think about baseball rules (laws) as a way to approach this. Some players, through no fault of their own, hit fewer home runs than others. In order to create baseball justice, or what’s sometimes called a level playing field, how about a rule requiring pitchers to throw easier pitches to poorer home run hitters? Alternatively, we could make a rule that what would be a double for a power hitter is a home run for someone who doesn’t hit many homers.
Some pitchers aren’t so good as others. How about allowing those pitchers to stand closer to home plate? Better yet, we could rule their first two pitches as strikes, regardless of whether they are or not. In the interest of baseball justice, we might make special rules for some players and not for others. That would level the playing field between old players and young players, black players and white players and fast runners and slow runners. Umpires would become arbiters of baseball justice.
You say, “Williams, you can’t be serious! Can you imagine all the chaos that would ensue: players lobbying umpires, umpires deciding who gets what favor, and lawsuits — not to mention violence?” You’re absolutely right.
The reason baseball games end peaceably — with players and team owners satisfied with the process, whether they win or lose — is that baseball rules (law) are applied equally to all players. They’re fixed, and umpires don’t make up rules as they go along. In other words, baseball rules meet the test of “abstractness.” They envision no particular game outcome in terms of winners and losers. The rules that govern baseball simply create a framework in which the game is played.
Laws or rules in a free society should have similar characteristics; there should be “rule of law.” Rule of law means that laws are certain and known in advance. Laws envision no particular outcome except that of allowing people to peaceably pursue their own objectives. Finally, and most importantly, laws are equally applied to everyone, including government officials.
Sir Henry Sumner Maine, probably the greatest legal historian ever, wrote, “The movement of the progressive societies has hitherto been a movement from Status to Contract.” In non-progressive societies, rule of law is absent. Laws are not general. They’re applied according to a person’s status or group membership. There’s rule not by legis, the Latin word for law, but by privilegium, the Latin term for private law.
Let’s look at our country and ask whether we live under rule of law. Just about every law that Congress enacts violates the requirements for rule of law. How do we determine violations of rule of law? It’s easy. See whether the law applies to particular Americans, as opposed to all Americans. See whether the law exempts public officials from its application. See whether the law is known in advance. See whether the law takes action against a person who has taken no aggressive action against another. If one conducts such a test, he will conclude that it is virtually impossible to find a single act of Congress that adheres to the principles of the rule of law. The supreme tragedy is Americans do not want rule of law.
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“He who has such little knowledge of human value as to seek happiness by changing anything but his disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief he proposes to remove.” – Johnson
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