Gut Rumbles

June 08, 2005

homeland security

this story sure gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling about how well-guarded our borders are. I receive the complete "Nit-Search" every time I go through US customs and I've never been carrying weapons and a bloody chainsaw with me.

BOSTON (AP) - On April 25, Gregory Despres arrived at the U.S.-Canadian border crossing at Calais, Maine, carrying a homemade sword, a hatchet, a knife, brass knuckles and a chain saw stained with what appeared to be blood. U.S. customs agents confiscated the weapons and fingerprinted Despres. Then they let him into the United States.

Just take a look at the guy's picture. Does he have "NUT CASE" written all over him, or what? Still, he made it across the border.

I sleep well at night knowing that our border guards are such capable people.


I agree he looks realy spaced out, however as a citizen did the border patrol have any real reason to prevent him crossing? I think they did as much as they are allowed, I'm sure you wouldn't want people detained indefinitly for just looking strange would you.

Posted by: witch on June 8, 2005 10:18 AM

He was "carrying a homemade sword, a hatchet, a knife, brass knuckles and a chain saw stained with what appeared to be blood"......

If thats not reason enough for detaining someone...I would like to know what is then...

Posted by: Ruth on June 8, 2005 10:41 AM

Well, where he was may say something: "Calais"?...
I know, that was catty, but it's my keyboard.

Posted by: James Hooker on June 8, 2005 11:16 AM

Ah hell. He had been on a hunting trip. He knocked out a moose with the brass knuckles and used the chain saw to cut it up. The knife was for the butchering, the hatchet to cut wood, and the homemade swors was just in case the mosse also had brass knuckles and fought back.

The only law he broke was killing the moose out of season-but a poor man has to eat, you know?

Posted by: GUYK on June 8, 2005 11:23 AM

I for one am not eager to see the US borders closed to US citizens that look and act "weird", I would still be stuck in Canada.

Posted by: dbltap on June 8, 2005 12:12 PM

I wouldn't mind standing in line for hours if I thought that our safety improved; however, this goes to show the wait is fruitless!

Posted by: Michele on June 8, 2005 12:52 PM

I read up on it a little more. The folks at the border managed to hold him for over two hours while they looked for a reason to detain him.

If he'd been a foreigner they could have turned him away, but he was a naturalized citizen of the United States with NO outstanding wants or warrants against him.

They gotta follow the rules.


Posted by: Lamont Cranston on June 8, 2005 02:37 PM

Lot's of people in Canada carry around bloody chainsaws

Posted by: Robert on June 8, 2005 03:42 PM

Was the chainsaw running or not?

Posted by: robert on June 8, 2005 03:48 PM

Forget about the moose theory. Go to the news article and:

(1) As Acidman suggests, look at the picture of that dude,

(2) Read that the decapitated body of a 74 year old neighbor was found after he left town, as was the stabbed-to-death body of the neighbor's wife.

Posted by: Ernie G on June 8, 2005 05:35 PM

Only a nation as positively ROMAN as ours would allow such shit to happen.

We might as well tie a noose around the metaphorical neck of the USA.

Posted by: JG22 on June 8, 2005 05:38 PM

Three of my sons have Arabic names. They went up to Canada a few monthes ago. Had no trouble leaving the U.S. But, they were held for hours while the officers did a search on their names... why would anyone want to hold three young men that long, just because they were named Rahmatullah, Tarazullah, and Ruhullah? We couldn't figure it out!

Posted by: Bonita on June 8, 2005 07:18 PM

What I can't figure out is why anyone would want to pin handles like these on innocent kids? Damn! What ever happened to John, Paul, David, Ringo, Stinky and good American names like that? Hell, I would call the bank before I would cash a check from somebody with names like these!

Posted by: GUYK on June 8, 2005 07:35 PM

GUYK! Ha! Didn't want to, but I did, long story. No problem, they finally learned to spell them by the 3rd grade.

Posted by: Bonita on June 8, 2005 07:44 PM

There's an absolutely acceptable explanation for this guy to have the bloody chain saw.

One word.


Maurauding, vicious little bastards. The crazy looking young fella needed the chainsaw for protection from those wild Canadian beavers.

Yeah, that's my story and I'm stickin' with it.

p.s. He's one crazy AND scary lookin' dude ain't he? One just like him coming soon to EVERYONE's neighborhood!!

Posted by: PattiG on June 8, 2005 10:51 PM

Beavers? Nothing a Colt 1911 couldn't take care of.

Posted by: JG22 on June 8, 2005 11:53 PM

Good luck getting a 1911 up in Canuckistan. They don't like US citizens wandering around with handguns up there.

Posted by: rosignol on June 9, 2005 08:16 AM

You think I don't know that?

I was talking about the beavers down here.

Posted by: JG22 on June 10, 2005 12:32 AM
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