Not so long ago, somebody in the Canadian customs bureaucracy thought that the Khadr family would be just spiffy additions to this once-great but rapidly-faltering nation.
Over half of the known gang members in Ottawa were born outside of Canada, meaning that some presumably sharp-eyed immigration officials must have been a little sleepy. Several hundred times.
However, it's comforting to know that the good people at Border Services are pulling out all the stops to protect us from the greatest threat to our national security: Decepticons!
A recent Canadian International Trade Tribunal ruling has paved the way for a contentious Transformers action toy to be imported into Canada.The RCMP firearms expert might have also pointed out that real Walther P38s very rarely shapeshift into robots.
In November, the tribunal was asked to review a Canada Border Services Agency decision not to allow an action figure into the country, according to a tribunal ruling released last week.
At issue was an "MP-5 Destron Leader Megatron" plastic action figure, which the border agency classified as a prohibited device.
The toy can be transformed from a model robot into a purported replica of a Walther model P-38 semi-automatic pistol. Under Canadian customs tariffs, replica firearms cannot be brought into the country.
The border agency hired an RCMP firearms expert to prepare a report, which found the toy gun was in fact about 30-per-cent larger and contained "added elements" when compared to the actual Walther P-38 pistol.
You may wonder why it took this collection of Keystone Kustoms Agents 10 months to figure out that Megatron isn't really very dangerous, what with being a fictional character and all. That would be the pessimistic view, though. Personally, I'm glad they're being extra careful. It's one thing to give free passes to terrorists and gangbangers, but if we start letting Decepticons slip through the gates, they may steal our Energon reserves!
Enough rambling. Here's a picture of somebody taking a picture, of somebody trying to take a picture of themselves in a mirror, in a mirror. (This description is brought to you by Everything I Remember About Nested Loops From My Programming Classes.)