Morning Links

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
  • The answer to the GOP’s woes is . . . Gary Sinise? Look gang, your problem is that you’ve defined yourselves as the party of war, torture, hating gay people, opposing stem cell research, and little else, and you’ve done nothing to distinguish yourselves from the Democrats on spending and the growth of government. Personality isn’t going to get you out of this one. You’ll need some actual ideas. And those are going to be hard to come by if you keep shunning people who actually enjoy learning.
  • Student claims he was suspended from medical school because professor, students took offense at him referring to himself as a “white African-American.” He’s white, originally from Mozambique, and later became a U.S. citizen.
  • Good news! Federal deficit expected to top $1.8 trillion this year, four times last year’s record, and Social Security and Medicare may fail faster, sooner than originally thought.
  • Plugging the holes in forensic science.
  • Man arrested for taking picture of ATM because . . . 9/11.
  • Felony “hacking” conviction for man who used work computer for adult dating service, online porn.
  • Wisconsin appeals court says police can attach a GPS device to your car, track your movements without a search warrant.
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    105 Responses to “Morning Links”

    1. #1 |  dave smith | 

      The answer to the Reps woes is JEFF FLAKE.

      But they are too busy hating gays and immigrants.

    2. #2 |  MacK | 

      Seems to me that if they placed anything on your car, it is now your property.

      ““is a tracker that they have secretly placed in your car still their property?”

      Yes. There is no contract giving it to you.””

      There is no contract needed for a gift! If a cop sets 30 lbs of pot on your doorstep does that mean that it is now yours so they can kick your door in? The cops considered that pot to belong to Mayor Calvo at that point.

      If Dell sends you a laptop through the mail that you did not order, it is yours as a gift.

      If a mechanic reupholsters your car without permission when you take it in for a tuneup, the upholstery is yours as a gift.

    3. #3 |  Nick T | 

      “citizens reasonably expect that they might be seen from time to time in their public doings, but that the comprehensive totality of their travels is private because – until recently – there has been no practical means for the state to know all of it.”

      That’s a very good argument and seems to be what the NY court was saying though not quite sure if they felt it was a “privacy” issue as much as just an unreasonabel search.

      re: illegal activity by the police, what i said was that *just* because something is obtained by means of a *criminal* act does not *by itself* make that evidence suppressible. Indeed many criminal acts by police will also violate 4th Amendment principles like if the police break into your home, but again, just because it’s a crime dos not make it 4th Amendment bait.

    4. #4 |  Wavemancali | 

      Something I also just thought of. If I own 100 acres of property within the jurisdiction of the police force, at what point would I be rightfully expecting privacy?

      The GPS would still be tracking me 10 acres away from the road. Am I not correct in assuming that I can expect privacy on my own land?

    5. #5 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

      I know this “white african-american” Paolo Serodio.
      I did medical research with him in New York
      and let’s just say “he does not play well with others.”
      If you walked away from your experiment
      it would not work. We finally figured out why.
      People caught on.
      Guy’s a borderline sociopath.
      I’d be on his side here but …I know his character and
      would bet my bottom dollar there was no “assault.”