Immigration legislation can’t even voted on because of the Republicans, yet a disabled tourist from that hotbed of terrorism, Canada, can’t come in (worse, just passing through) because of a past bout of depression. Just giving thanks for what a great country we live in that we should be protected so well!

Ellen Richardson went to Pearson airport on Monday full of joy about flying to New York City and from there going on a 10-day Caribbean cruise for which she’d paid about $6,000. But a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent with the Department of Homeland Security killed that dream when he denied her entry.

“I was turned away, I was told, because I had a hospitalization in the summer of 2012 for clinical depression,” said Richardson, who is a paraplegic and set up her cruise in collaboration with a March of Dimes group of about 12 others.
The Weston woman was told by the U.S. agent she would have to get “medical clearance” and be examined by one of only three doctors in Toronto whose assessments are accepted by Homeland Security. She was given their names and told a call to her psychiatrist “would not suffice.”

At the time, Richardson said, she was so shocked and devastated by what was going on, she wasn’t thinking about how U.S. authorities could access her supposedly private medical information.

  1. John Candy says:

    The War on Crazy… Canuk.

  2. tg says:

    “Give me your tired your poor Your huddled masses yearning to breath free The wretched refuse of your teeming shore” Not

    • Tim says:

      “Whew! That was a bad swim. I don’t feel so well– does this exudant look green to you?? Anyways… Hi, nigga! I mean, brother.

  3. dusanmal says:

    Inevitable consequences again. You want Government powerful enough to redistribute and give to you (say, single payer, intended end of Obamacare,…; “tax the rich”; regulate Carbon [and if Carbon, why not Oxygen you breathe], make you by law to buy only one kind of lightbulb,…) – you get Government that can abuse. End of story. You elect Fascist with Fascist motives and Fascist methods – you get Fascism. Well, there is a circle instead of swastika (though swastika was inside of a circle…).

    • Unfocused says:

      True that!

      It’s as if we’re all in a big giant goddamned reality TV show or something.

  4. dcphill says:


    • Unfocused says:

      Hain’t we got all the fools in our town on our side? And hain’t that a big enough majority in any town? –Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn

      What’s your point?

  5. Cap'n Kangaroo says:

    Could they have learned of her condition from her website or the book she wrote on her depression?

    • Captain Obvious says:


      • Unfocused says:


          • Unfocused says:

            FTW — ???

            (F)u*k (T)he (W)eenie?

            (F)orward (T)he (W)ork?

            (F)un (T)imes @ (W)ork?

            (F)or (T)he (W)in?

            (F)are (T)hee (W)ell?

            (F)or (T)hose (W)ondering?

            (F)ort (W)orth (T)exas?

            WTF?! (What the Fu*k?)

            Is there some reason you can’t/won’t TYPE?! Are you a some kind of dangerous phone head?! Or are you just some kind of lazy (governmental) acronym idiot? Because replying/posting comments with just 3 letter is a bit fu*ked up.

            … And in case that’s supposed to mean (F)or (T)hose (W)ondering, maybe you need to get a dictionary and look up the word REDUNDANT!

          • Unfocused says:


            (Y)a. OK. (I) (D)on’t (K)now (W)hat (T)hat (F)u*king (T)hing (M)eans! (C)ould (Y)ou (E)xplain?

            Surely, you could have figured that out.

  6. MikeN says:

    What does this have to do with immigration legislation not coming to a vote?

    Or are you saying this wouldn’t happen if it could come to a vote, that this is Obama declaring to deport more people to give a show of enforcement so as to push for the legislation to pass?

    You can expect more of this as the government takes over your health records under ObamaCare. Or did you think Electronic Medical Records was about efficiency?

    • Dallas says:

      EMR is about efficiency. The days of scribbled potions and recipes on dead trees will soon be over.

      Soon you can take transfer your anal fistula cure efficiently, accurately and instantly to any witch doctor you like.

  7. MikeN says:

    If Homeland is looking thru medical records, then they need to reject all the people coming here for health care. Sure it would hurt Michigan doctors and hospitals, but it would expose the argument that Canadians have better health care, and help prevent something like that here. Plus, then maybe Canadians will act to improve their own system.

    • Cap'n Kangaroo says:

      If the current US healthcare system is so great, why does the company my sister works fly employees to India for surgeries and recuperation?

      • MikeN says:

        If Canadians are flying through on their way to India, that should be banned as well. Then again, no-one from Canada would fly such a silly route.

    • Unfocused says:

      What if Mexico had that opinion/law?


      What if Mexico said they were no longer accepting any more sick American’s who were only looking for cheaper health care or cheaper perscription drugs?

      FYI: There’s this little thing called, health tourism you may like to learn about.

      So you see, it isn’t the care so much as it is the cost that cause (or once caused) American’s go to Mexico. That realization may throw a little different light on your opinion of why Canandians come to America when they’re sick. They do it because Canadians don’t have the same level of care.

      It may also help knowing that Canadians are fundamentally socialists when it comes to health care too. And in that fact it’s worth repeating that socialism stifels growth and innovation.

      Now, fast forward about 25 years from now where we’ll probably all be headed for Mexico for our health care needs – American’s and Canadians alike. That is, unless there’s something like a big giant wall or something.

    • Unfocused says:

      Nope! It’s a hard argument that Canadians have better health care. Because if Canadians did have better health care then why are they coming to America for it? (It’s a rhetorical question that pretty much answers itself for those of you who might be of a lesser intelligence.)

      About the only good thing you can say about the Canadian health care system is that for Canadians, it’s free! Never mind who PAYS for it. Liberals can’t even conceive of those more complicated issues like economics, taxes or wealth. The (moronic liberal) mindset seems to be saying: as long as it’s free then screw it (and anyone else who disagrees since they’re probably rich evil bastards anyway). Liberals these days are like mean dogs who don’t realize who’s feeding them – or where their owners get the food!

      Very soon, if Obamacare continues on it’s current course, we will see American’s and Canadian’s going to Mexico in even bigger numbers than we do now. But wait! Isn’t there a big giant wall going up along the border?! (Again, rhetorical…)

    • CrankyGeeksFan says:

      Around 1990, a relative of a secretary where I worked was taken ill in Tampa, Florida. After being examined at an area hospital, it was determined the relative had a brain tumor that required immediate surgery. The only place where the required type of surgery was performed was Toronto, Ontario in Canada. A couple of hours after entering the hospital the relative was put on a private jet for a three hour flight to Toronto while an operating room was being prepared. This kind of cooperation saved a life.

  8. On and Off Topic says:

    Is healthcare a world-wide human right?

    Be careful how you answer. The implications expose a mother lode of problems.

    How do you fix a bleeding heart, eh?

    • Dallas says:

      It shouldn’t be a worldwide human right. Too expensive and impractical.

  9. jpfitz says:

    Frackin Fascist. Huzza USA.

  10. Tom says:

    It turns out that she had blogged and Facebooked – among other things – about her depression and hospital stay so it was common knowledge. Medical records had nothing to do with it. Any Google search will bring it all up.

    • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

      Yeah…. but…… I would be SCOCKED if someone in a wheelchair and paraplegic would not get depressed. Seems to me going to a Psych Guy shows nothing but common sense.

      What was the “threat” to the USA?

      But it does demonstrate the reason I have for keeping things legal and Free===she didn’t care if the Gubment KNEW of her depression and psych visits JUST AS many folk like me don’t care who knows my private stuff===BUT===idiot fascists will put the neutral or positive information to bad use.

      So the policy of requiring a psych clearance really only makes sense to me if the Canadian PAC for Psych Services got together and paid our Congress to make traveling psych patients pay a specialist for clearance. At least that makes “sense” money being the usual root of what is wrong all over the world.

      Know what I mean? …….. (the rich taking advantage of mandated wealth transfers to them from the poor I mean)

      • Tim says:

        Yawn. No Dickens here ^^. Sometimes, it’s just easier to go over the falls in a barrel Koontz style.

        • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

          Depending on what you mean which sadly is all too often open to debate, …… No …. the point of this OP is that going with the flow resulted in the person being detained and missing her flight for as far as we can tell: no reason at all.

          “I” can go over the falls because I don’t have any psych/depression history but what about my history of speeding tickets?

          Does USA have a similar law for dangerous drivers to be excluded on request for entry into/through our country?

          I only Hope AAA Auto Insurance doesn’t develop a 3 week drivers ed program the Gubment can force all us speeders to go thru…… for National Security don’t ya know.

          • Tim says:

            Actually, bobbo, I don’t have a clue what I meant there. Can I chalk it up to drunk and mad about something or just call it a tangent to be revealed when the time is right?? However, I was recently introduced to a couple Dean Koontz books — I love the man’s writing style but find I’d probably choke on his politics.

            idk, I probably should go back and look into the older stuff as the last stuff may as well have been written from gitmo for gitmo. Interesting, that. It was a visit to a prisoner was asking for more of those books and then talking to a friend incarcerated in that same facility twelve years ago revealed that those were the very same Koontz books he was able to read then got me single-tracked, I guess.

            So. It was probably something pointless I read that pissed me off. I just really hate the old and dying and famous to be used for some trite social engineering memes backed by an Ad Councile soundtrack.

            It would still be easier to get into and out of this country via some kind of road-less-travelled-by frothy stream regardless of whether one is squirrely or not. Especially if one grows weary of interaction with beedy-eyed, asshole-close-to-scrotum, proud-to-work-for-system, crowning pride of eugenics 2-class endgame duty-proles.

            “”He cared for prose as well as poetry; chiefly fiction. He used to come into my room at any hour of the day and take one of my books down from the case and go off with it to his room or to the porch. I rarely looked up to see what he was reading. In those days I was trying to write. Very tough work. Very pasty-faced work. But once in a while I looked up. — J. D. Salinger

  11. MikeN says:

    Pedro, stop misunderstanding Dallas, and appreciate the wonder that is ObamaCare.

    It is not so much that tens of millions will have their substandard health-care plans from bad-apple insurers canceled but that they will go to Obamacare exchanges to buy much more expensive substandard plans from bad-apple insurers, in order to subsidize people who don’t have substandard health insurance from bad-apple insurers but can now get substandard health insurance from bad-apple insures even if it’s with a deductible so high that they effectively don’t have health insurance, substandard or otherwise. But their plans will at least cover contraceptives and abortifacients for the millions of fecund 60-year-olds who had nothing else to do and got pregnant when Ted Cruz shut down the government so they couldn’t get contraceptives from their doctors who aren’t in their substandard plan’s provider network, mainly because they unnecessarily perform amputations and tonsillectomies for extra cash which they’ll now need because they’ll be getting low reimbursement rates from the tremendous increase in Medicaid patients. Who had no trouble enrolling on because the other 42 Obamacare applicants were busy reporting to the FBI that all their medical and financial information has been hacked by Republicans determined to make Obamacare look as bad as they’ve made the IRS look when it tried to protect our federal government from tea partiers who want to keep their substandard plans primarily because they’re racists who blame the president for the failed stimulus, the stagnant economy, high unemployment, doubling the national debt, the 47 million on food stamps, the 48 million in poverty, declining household incomes, Kathleen Sebelius, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, and Iran’s getting a nuclear weapon next year, none of which the president knew about until he heard about them from news reports like everybody else. And all of which are George W. Bush’s fault.


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