Skip to comments.Teens' Bagpipes Seized at US Border Over Ivory
Posted on 08/08/2014 2:18:06 AM PDT by SMGFan
Campbell Webster, of Concord, and his friend Eryk Bean, of Londonderry, were returning from Canada on Sunday after a bagpipe competition that served as a tuneup for the world championships in Glasgow, Scotland. The 17-year-olds, fresh off winning several top prizes in Canada, got to a small border crossing in Vermont when they were told they'd have to relinquish their pipes because they contain ivory.
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Talk about petty bureaucracy!
Illegals streaming over the border that they are forbidden by management to do anything about. So they concentrate on Chickenshit things like this.
More ****ing JBTs.
If they were recently made it’s probably wooly mammoth ivory, which is not illegal since the wooly mammoth is not endangered. Mammoth ivory is not cheap, but there is a steady supply of it from Siberia and you can buy it.
The U.S. prohibits importing ivory taken after 1976. Even though the boys had certificates showing their ivory is older Campbell's pipes date to 1936 U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized the pipes in Highgate Springs, Vermont. Well, not all of them: The boys took every other part possible and left the ivory with Border Patrol so nobody else could make a full set out of the parts.
Smart boys. They kept the pipes from 'disappearing', 'being misplaced', or any of the other petty evils that somehow befall valuables.
Probably the same douchebags that harrassed Mark Steyn for having his child’s green card in his wallet for safe keeping when he was crossing the border without his child.
“Her Majesty the Queen of England Elizabeth II” Argh, American journalists. There hasn’t been a Queen of England since Queen Anne, she is the Queen of the United Kingdom.
Letter of the law violated by admission on the north, while there isn’t even an existing alphabet on the southern border.
Oh White kids. Nevermind...
One cannot just come to the US anymore because of the stupidity...geez...so much for historical preservation...seek out the museums and college campus biological departments - seize the ivory!!! idiots....how embarrassing...
Talk about petty bureaucracy! Illegals streaming over the border that they are forbidden by management to do anything about. So they concentrate on Chickenshit things like this.
.... because they're all dead.
Thank you Captain Obvious.
Glad to help!
Out of curiousity, I wonder how hard it is to distinguish elephant ivory from mammoth ivory. Is it visual, or do they use some high-tech instrumentation?
If they were coming across the Mexican border they would have been waved through.
That I couldn’t say. I can tell you I looked into having a set of bagpipe ferrules made out of mammoth ivory back about ten years ago (thank God that was a passing phase). It was going to cost me around $8000 just for the ivory.
Makes you wonder about these kids’ bagpipes. They must have been very expensive. What was that in the Bill of Rights about seizure of property without due process?
Anarcho-tyranny in action. They will not stop the flood at our Southern border, but they will fuss over ivory in bagpipes.
Just crossed at Rock Island PQ/Newport VT last night with wife and five kids. I’ve been to Canada many, many times and the only time I’ve ever had such a prolonged interrogation at the US border was when I was of draft age and there were no computers to check my status (yes, that was a long, long time ago).
For my wife: “Why are you wearing sunglasses? It isn’t even sunny”. “Four days? Where is all your luggage?” (recently traded the Suburban for a Traverse). On and on.
Probably should just have said “No habla”. Could have started benefits right there, I bet.
Well, of importance to the Border Patrol, she is also Queen of Canada.
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