Jens 'n' Frens
Idle thoughts of a relatively libertarian Republican in Cambridge, MA, and whomever he invites. Mostly political.

"A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures."
  -- Daniel Webster



Tuesday, January 05, 2010 :::
 

The man whose bag was flagged, told authorities that he had honey packaged in five bottles, Deputy Michael Whorf, spokesman for the Kern County Sheriff's Department told CNN.
I seem to see these commas between the noun and the verb, especially when the noun is a phrase consisting of more than two or three words. Is this comma considered "proper"? Is there a more well-defined rule for it than what I just gave?

Update: Incidentally, the substance of the article being linked:
"None of the items inside the bag contained explosive or hazardous material, and the liquid inside the five bottles was identified as honey," the sheriff's department said in a statement.
That's some good police work, there. I'm glad to know we're making airline travel safe for, I don't know, whatever doesn't like honey. Reminds me a bit of this article on Israeli air security versus that in the US and Canada:
"I once put this question to Jacques Duchesneau (the former head of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority): say there is a bag with Play-Doh in it and two pens stuck in the Play-Doh. That is `Bombs 101' to a screener. I asked Duchesneau, `What would you do?' And he said, `Evacuate the terminal.' And I said, `Oh. My. God.'

"Take (Toronto's) Pearson (airport). Do you know how many people are in the terminal at all times? Many thousands. Let's say I'm (doing an evacuation) without panic – which will never happen. But let's say this is the case. How long will it take? Nobody thought about it. I said, `Two days.'"

A screener at Ben Gurion has a pair of better options.
See, stopping the blockquote at that last paragraph, that's what we in the business call "a teaser".


::: posted by dWj at 10:17 PM


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