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May 31, 2014
We wanted to be really up-front with the public that we’re looking at using these down the road. We wanted to make sure it didn’t look like we were trying to sneak these things into action.
LAPD spokesman Commander Andrew Smith • Discussing the police department’s plan to use drones sparingly as part of its arsenal. It received the drones as a gift from the Seattle Police Department.
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January 9, 2014

History repeats itself, McDonald’s coffee edition.

  • 1994 A jury awarded $2.9 million to a woman who suffered third-degree burns after spilling a cup of hot coffee purchased from a McDonald’s in Albuquerque, NM. The ruling drew global media attention, and ultimately lead McDonald’s to begin printing a warning on all its coffee cups going forward.
  • 2014 A California resident is clearly hoping history will repeat itself, having filed suit against the burger franchise after spilling a cup of coffee she purchased at the McDonald’s on Sepulveda Boulevard in Los Angeles. Thursday’s filing doesn’t include any specific information on the extent of the plaintiff’s injuries, but does claim the lid for the woman’s coffee cup was “negligently, carelessly and improperly” attached. Anybody think this will work?
15:14 // 7 months ago
November 4, 2013
There already is some talk about this event being a “random” one. But it is not. These things are becoming as regular as rain, as predictable as the summer heat.
Charles Pierce of Esquire Magazine says Friday’s LAX shooting was nothing random, even when many across America are starting to call these shootings “random.” They’re absolutely not. The shooting was a political one and there is nothing random about terrorism. 
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November 2, 2013
Each week, the TSA throws up a blog post informing the public of weapons confiscated by agents at checkpoints. This week, the agency said 29 firearms were confiscated in the past week alone. Just two were unloaded; nine had a round in the chamber.
The post takes on extra significance this week, as the agency lost one of its own in the line of duty, as he was shot to death at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Suspect Paul Ciancia, who is currently in custody after being wounded by police, is reported to have held anti-government views based on a statement he was carrying with him, and some witnesses suggested that the 23-year-old was only going after TSA agents.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never been comfortable with the TSA, and their security policies are probably something of an overcorrection to a degree. But the TSA does have value, even if it does feel like it’s just for show 80 percent of the time, or it does feel overly invasive for what it is. Even if we don’t like their methods, we have to learn to either make peace with them or to find constructive ways to change them.
Our trust in the government has been shaken this year (google “Edward Snowden" if you don’t believe me), but there are clearly better ways to handle this than the route Ciancia appears to have chosen. It’s too bad that we have those actions as an example of what not to do. Our anger as a culture has plenty of room to simmer; there’s no need for it to boil. — Ernie @ SFB

Each week, the TSA throws up a blog post informing the public of weapons confiscated by agents at checkpoints. This week, the agency said 29 firearms were confiscated in the past week alone. Just two were unloaded; nine had a round in the chamber.

The post takes on extra significance this week, as the agency lost one of its own in the line of duty, as he was shot to death at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Suspect Paul Ciancia, who is currently in custody after being wounded by police, is reported to have held anti-government views based on a statement he was carrying with him, and some witnesses suggested that the 23-year-old was only going after TSA agents.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never been comfortable with the TSA, and their security policies are probably something of an overcorrection to a degree. But the TSA does have value, even if it does feel like it’s just for show 80 percent of the time, or it does feel overly invasive for what it is. Even if we don’t like their methods, we have to learn to either make peace with them or to find constructive ways to change them.

Our trust in the government has been shaken this year (google “Edward Snowden" if you don’t believe me), but there are clearly better ways to handle this than the route Ciancia appears to have chosen. It’s too bad that we have those actions as an example of what not to do. Our anger as a culture has plenty of room to simmer; there’s no need for it to boil. — Ernie @ SFB

14:34 // 9 months ago
November 1, 2013
I’m fine. I got shot. Don’t worry, I’ve been shot before.

TSA worker who was injured in today’s LAX shooting.

I hate the TSA.  But this man is a certifiable badass.

Go find better employment, sir.  The world needs you someplace else.

(via letterstomycountry)

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