Dronin’ On (February 25, 2013)

. . .

N1          “There is something to be said for precise strikes or at least less imprecise strikes.”

N2          “No boots on the ground but many bombs on the ground.”

N1          “At least now a few members of the public are debating whether bombing one’s neighbor in suburbia from above is a good idea.”

N2          “Seems to depend on the neighbor.  Makes me wonder whether the covenants, conditions and restrictions allow the government to smoke one of my neighbors who may be smoking in his back yard or has a smoky bar-b-que in violation of some edict or another.”

N1          “You wouldn’t want to do that.”

N2          “No way.  Not me.”

. . .

N2          “Will the FAA control all the airspace, issue flight permits, assess fees, require turn signals, etc.”

N1          “Imagine all the federalism issues that will bollix the black robes when some states and municipalities ban drones and the federal government insists on flying all the friendly skies.”

. . .

[N1 = Neighbor 1; . . . ]

[See the articles http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/19/opinion/drones-for-america.html?hp and http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/25/distance-from-carnage-doesnt-prevent-ptsd-for-drone-pilots/?src=rechp.]

[See the article on rating agencies at http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/02/19/how-to-prevent-more-bond-rating-fiascoes/.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“Me ‘n’ Larry got us a pair of them there drones.  One of them was a militarized version.  In full camo plumage.  Dropped one of them with one shot.”

“Will you be required to shoot steel or allowed to use lead?”

“A KFUBAR Channel 13 unmanned aerial vehicle lost power and crashed on an urban assault vehicle on the southbound lane of Highway 66.  Film at eleven.  If we can recover the drone.”

“And now please turn to the right for a side view.”

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