Brickbat: Fishing Expedition


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A judge in Minnesota has signed a warrant demanding that Google turn over information on everyone who searched for the name of an Edina resident or any variation of that person's name between Dec. 1 and Jan. 7. Police say they believe someone might have used Google to find a photo of that Edina resident and forge a passport used to steal money from the resident's credit union account.

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  1. Senator Franken pleads for Technocratic Dictatorship:

    “Gorsuch, continued Franken, seemed insufficiently committed to empowering the federal bureaucracy’s production and enforcement of its own regulations:

    ?”One of the ways in which your views are distinct from Justice Scalia’s is in the area of administrative law. Just this past August, you wrote an opinion in which you suggested that it may be time to reevaluate what is known as the Chevron doctrine. Now, in broad strokes, the Chevron doctrine provides that courts should be reluctant to overrule agency experts when they are carrying out this mission, like when the F.D.A. sets safety standards for prescription drugs. This principle, outlined by the Supreme Court, recognizes that our agencies employ individuals with great expertise in the laws that they are charged with enforcing, like biologists at the F.D.A., and that where those experts have issued rules in highly technical areas, judges should defer to their expertise.”…..t-kraychik

    1. Yeah, no, that’s not what Chevron deference is – it’s not deferring to the expertise of the experts who made the rules, it’s deferring to the interpretation of the administrators as to what that rule means. Like for example, when the Corps of Engineers and the EPA interpret “navigable waters” and “waters of the nation” to include not just major rivers but minor rivers that feed the major rivers and the creeks that feed those rivers and the ditches that feed the creeks that feed the rivers and the downspout on your house that feeds the ditches that feeds the creeks that feed the river. The rain that falls on your house is not “navigable waters”.

      1. it is, if we say it is…FYTW!

  2. Hey, maybe Google wasn’t even keeping search logs.

  3. Tweeting Toward Oblivion

    Donald Trump faces a stark choice. He can tweet, or he can govern. He can indulge his persecution complex, firing off missives that compare Barack Obama to Joseph McCarthy and American intelligence officers to Nazis, or he can recognize it as a gateway to disgrace and irrelevance.

    I’m focusing on Twitter because it teases out his worst traits. It’s the theater for vainglorious, vindictive, impulsive Trump, and it was the realm in which he made the wild accusations that Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower. On Monday, James Comey debunked those charges, certifying them as the gaseous fulminations we more or less knew they were.

    With all our condemnations of Trump the bully, we’ve overlooked Trump the bullied, which is the version more likely to bring him down. I mean the Trump who’s hellbent on believing that he’s up against ruthless enemies; the Trump who must amplify every stride by casting it as a triumph over formidable odds; the Trump who’s throwing a pity party for himself the likes of which few of his predecessors ever attempted. Trump is no victim. He’s the luckiest man alive ? or has been, until now.

    1. or you could just fuck off and let him do what he wants within the law…

      1. I think I’ll just keep pointing out that the emperor has no clothes if it’s OK with you, and even if it’s not OK with you, so you can fuck off as well, Trumpkin.

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