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Rob’s Rundown: Wednesday, October 10

A Boston man has been arrested at LAX airport.

Yongda Huang Harris was wearing a bulletproof vest and flame retardant pants. In his luggage there was a smoke grenade, a hatchet, several knives, a dog repellent kit, three leather coated billy-clubs, a baton, handcuffs, body bags, a full-face respirator and a bio-hazard suit.

Traveling lightly I see.

But, here’s the most interesting part of the story. From CBS Boston; ‘The LAPD bomb squad determined that the smoke grenade fell under the United Nations’ explosives shipping classification, meaning it is prohibited on board passenger aircraft.’

Is this the only thing they could arrest Harris with? He faces up to five years in prison.

What would you do if the CEO of your company sent you an email telling you who to vote for?

Westgate Resorts boss David Siegel did it. In his company wide email he told employees if President Obama is re-elected and he raised taxes there would be no choice but to fire people.

From the email:

The economy doesn’t currently pose a threat to your job. What does threaten your job however, is another 4 years of the same Presidential administration. Of course, as your employer, I can’t tell you whom to vote for, and I certainly wouldn’t interfere with your right to vote for whomever you choose. In fact, I encourage you to vote for whomever you think will serve your interests the best.

Here’s more:

If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, as our current President plans, I will have no choice but to reduce the size of this company. Rather than grow this company I will be forced to cut back. This means fewer jobs, less benefits and certainly less opportunity for everyone.

While I understand the point Siegel is making, I think this tactic is a little silly. If I received this email I’d just shake my head and hit delete.

Why politics and Big Bird don’t mix.

This election has become about Big Bird. And it’s gotten old really quickly. The Obama campaign has released a Big Bird Ad. President Obama has probably said Big Bird 100 times in the past week. Even Black Eyed Peas frontman is getting involved.

He played the theme song to Sesame Street at an Obama rally. He called it the theme song to his childhood.


We get it. But, you’ve beaten the Big Bird analogy to death already. The only good news is is proving how bad of a ‘musician’ he actually is.

Here’s the video.