I don't get the "confederate rant" part. There was nothing about the Confederacy in Mr Spondike's comments. Seems to be a completely gratuitous slam, which marks the author (Timothy Geigner) as racist and prejudiced as Mr Spondike.
And no, I'm not a southerner. I'm also not a guilty white liberal trying to look good for other people.
I have several issues with the incident beyond the whole evil government thing.
1) Lady is an investigative reporter whose reporting in the past has made some people mad. 2) Cops with a search warrant for her husband's gun show up. 3) Lady who has pissed people off doesn't immediately call her lawyer. While a lawyer couldn't stop the warrant, he would be there as an extra witness and might have kept the woman's personal papers (which were obviously not guns) from being seized. 4) Lady who has pissed people off has the oh-so-important seekrit papers unsecurely stored in her home. A personal safe would have kept her papers secure long enough to keep from being immediately seized. (and the lawyer she didn't call would have been instrumental here) Or she should have stored said docs off-site. 5) Overall, the Lady who has pissed people off completely failed to think ahead and makes me wonder just how good an investigative reporter she really is.
McDonald's coffee had been reported numerous times prior as being too hot to drink and they had promised to keep the temp down to a safe level. But they didn't. That's why the lady got money; the coffee was too hot to drink and McDonald's, though warned about it, did not change.