rather than blame a writer for not doing research (much like liberal journalists who parrot stories across the wire lines rather than investigate for themselves), you would rather blame the entire population for being a bunch of numb-nuts (much like you blanket Republicans/Conservatives/Tea Party members into one radical group out to destroy the US).
OK......yep....I agree....the stupidity continues unabated.
I wrote a moderately whiny piece about how Americans don't know anything about anything outside the national borders of the US. I was feeling mildly apologetic for it until this afternoon when I watched an old episode of NCIS a programme which I really like because it's smart usually, and clever and makes good word-based jokes and has a remarkably good cast dynamic.
So, Pamela Rinosa, the head of the Rinosa Drug Cartel begun (maybe) by her father who killed Gibbs wife and child, and whom he killed in turn, is on the hunt for Gibbs' father and anyone else close to Gibbs ending up finally with Gibbs himself.
The gloriously dishy Cote de Pablo as Ziva is in Miami. Tony, Abby, Ducky, Palmer and Vance are with Gibbs in the Washington environs along with his father who is confined to Gibbs home with guards outside. McGee is on the Canadian Border, is backed up by Royal Canadian Mounted Police in their red dress tunics and Stetson hats, display uniforms which are never worn on duty unless they're a ceremonial guard for the Queen or a visiting Head of State, and those are only for show. They're also accompanied by horses, the way any 21st Century police force would be. McGee is wearing a profoundly stupid fur hat (not even the Mountie's winter fur gear).
It's September. Let's give them the benefit of the doubt and say it's the 30th of September. So, the border is being guarded by the RCMP, which means it's the Maine Border with New Brunswick or possibly the Quebec border with Vermont and New Hampshire or the Border with Manitoba, or Saskatchewan or Alberta. If they were the primary Border guards they would be in their normal Navy blue verging on Black uniforms which look like everybody else's police Uniform but with RCMP/GRC on the shoulder patch. GRC is Gendarmerie Royal du Canada. Don't confuse them with the Canadian Border Security folks who are entirely separate.
McGee claims that there is snow on the ground, hence the stupid hat. Now even if you moved the border north from the 49th Parallel to the 60th Parallel (770 miles) where Nunavut and the Yukon start, there wouldn't be snow on the ground at the end of September. If you went another 300 miles north, to the Arctic Ocean or the straits between the mainland and the Islands, there wouldn't be snow on the ground, though a couple of weeks later there probably would be. You'd have to be somewhere 300 miles north of that, on Ellesmere Island to find snow which had fallen and days which were cold enough to keep it frozen.
So the stupidity continues, as does the remarkable insularity and stolid know-nothing-ism which has characterized the US view of the rest of the world continues unabated.
Do you think Anchorage is buried in snow in September? I'm not saying that they may not have had flurries, I'm saying they haven't had they haven't had snow which stays for more than a day or two.