Permission has been granted on both sides of Niagara Falls for a man to attempt to cross the falls on a tightrope.
(Above–Maria Spelterini crossing a portion of the falls in 1876. The fact that Ms. Spelterini lived until 1912 will clue you in as to the outcome of this walk.)
“Canada agreed on Wednesday to allow a member of the Flying Wallenda family of daredevils to attempt a tightrope walk over Niagara Falls, clearing the way for the stunt some time during the summer. Nik Wallenda, 33, secured support on the American side of the falls last September when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill giving him one year to perform the feat, which Wallenda says will be the first attempt in more than a century.”
You can click the link above for all the details. Mr. Wallenda asserts that this walk will be unique in that it will be the first to cross right over the falls.
I support this walk as I can think of no reason not to do so. If this guy is a pro and has the proper permits–More power to him.
Niagara Falls and Buffalo are great places to visit on vacation. Buffalo is one of the cities I encourage folks to visit in the summer vacation post I run each year.
A good book is Niagara—A History of the Falls by Pierre Berton.
I’ve been lucky enough to visit Niagara Falls three times.
While it may seem to some a destination more popular in years gone by, there is a lot to do on both sides of the falls for a vacation of a number of days.
The Niagara area is not retro or stodgy or hip. It is just an interesting place to learn and to have fun.
Learning and having fun are often one in the same.
It is June 14. June 14 is Flag Day in the United States.
Above is a North American flag designed by an Alex Covarrubias of Monterrey, Mexico.
You got it you right-wing crazies—I’m running this flag because all us liberals want the United Nations to come and force the United States to merge our borders with Canada and Mexico.
Happy Flag Day to all people all over the world. All people matter in all nations of the Earth.
Sadly, exit polls suggest that Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party have held on to power in Canada. The opposition was divided and could not win the votes. Conservatives will not have a majority of seats in parliament, but they will have enough to govern.
If elected, how will Senator Obama respond?
Will he tolerate a right wing government on our very borders? What will be the “Obama Doctrine?”
An invasion of Canada would have the advantage of taking Canadians by surprise. It would be a war closer to home than our two current wars. Soldiers could even go home for the weekend.
Democrats and liberals have a lot of pent up aggression after eight years. Canada’s provocative act of Democracy is an affront.
Mr. Obama serving as Emperor of Canada would be just the emotional bailout we need in these hard times.
Oh Canada! How could you do this to us!
A new report says that because of climate change, North America’s “Breadbasket” of wheat growing areas could move from the United States to Canada by 2050.
At current, the breadbasket extends from Texas up to the Canadian border.
This potential shift is good reason to invade Canada to protect our “food security.”
Some scientists suggest another option. They believe climate resistant crops and other modifications can solve the problem of different and often shorter growing seasons caused by climate change.
We know better.
As Americans, we know we must invade Canada and get “our wheat” back. In fact, we may need a preemptive invasion of Canada to stop the threat before it starts.
That’s not all. Melting ice around Greenland may be opening up that area to energy exploration. Do you think we’ll let those walrus-huggers take “our oil?”
How about a new Monroe Doctrine updated for global warming? We’ll claim rights to all newly-thawed resources in our hemisphere.
Whatever the effects of climate change, you can be sure we’ll update our “principles” to reflect that most cherished American ideal of getting what we want when we want it.