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US Fisheries

The Fisheries Service is empowered by a statute known as the Magnuson-Stevens Act, an old statute enacted by Congress, of course. This empowers the agency to regulate the nation’s fisheries, which are divided by region.

What the Marine Fishery Service has lately discovered the power to do, supposedly in the Magnuson-Stevens Act, is to require fishermen to pay the salaries of federal monitors who have to ride aboard their boats and make sure that the fishermen comply with restrictions on fishing methods, on catch requirements, things like that.

Now, the Magnuson-Stevens Act is quite clear that these federal monitors are allowed aboard, that’s not in dispute, but the question of who pays for them is very much in dispute. The statute does not directly speak to the subject, all parties to the case agree about that fact, but they draw two very different conclusions from it.

The fishermen say that since Congress didn’t put that authority in the statute, the National Marine Fisheries Service doesn’t have it. The fishery service says, “Well, Congress was quiet about it, so that gives us discretion to decide when we’re going to invoke this power.” And that’s sort of the core controversy in this case.

The reason that may sound absurd to anyone who’s not familiar with a doctrine known as the Chevron deference—the Chevron deference stems from a 1984 Supreme Court decision by Justice [John Paul] Stevens. The basic premise of that decision is that courts owe deference to agencies when they’re interpreting a statute that they administer, the statute is either silent or ambiguous on a particular subject, and the agency’s interpretation is “reasonable.”

And so that’s why you can actually have this controversy where an agency looks at a statute, sees nothing there, and yet can hallucinate this power that is enormously consequential and enormously burdensome.

The matter will be heard before the Supreme Court.



Bucket List Trip

The Great Loop is a continuous waterway that mariners can travel that includes part of the Atlantic, Gulf Intracoastal Waterways, the Great Lakes, Canadian Heritage Canals, and the inland rivers of America’s heartland.



Crow’s Breast (first chief) and Lean Wolf (second chief), Gros Ventres. ca. 1870. Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, North Dakota. Photo by Stanley J. Morrow. Source – Yale Collection of Western Americana

These men are Hidatsa, sometimes called the Gros Ventre of the village. There was another Nation called the Gros Ventre of the plains, they were the Atsina. The two Tribes were not related. One spoke a Siouian dialect (Hidatsa) and the other spoke an Algonquin dialect (Atsina). The Hidatsa are closely related to the Crow, and the Atsina are related to the Arapaho.

In the Old West, it was critically important to understand who showed up, quickly. Then again, General Phil Sheridan said that the only good Indian was a dead one and it became USGOV policy. So maybe it mattered less to them than I think.


Identify the Tank


Identify the Aircraft




36 thoughts on “Easy for You to Say

  1. Identify the Tank:

    Identify the Aircraft:
    1. Yakovlev Yak-15 ‘Feather’
    2. Boeing KC-46 Pegasus
    3. Hawker Nimrod

      1. You definitely got the drop on me this morning Surly. Were you upgraded with LK-99 software that your beta testing on T100? Nicely done. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to grab my “mug with the most sludge” and pour a cup of coffee. Kle I must say there is a feeling of loss in this shell that I operate in after your announcement.

        STA- lethal.

  2. US Fisheries- A friend once told me, “Lawyers define the world in their own terms, then argue forever about the meaning if those terms.”

    In language, what is obvious and clear to us mortal citizens, is a mere speed-bump to lawyers. This is what I call “people being forced to pay for the filching of their freedoms”.

    Government regulators create from thin air some statute that gives them sole power to do some type of “oversight”, usually couched as “for public safety”. Afterwards the statute metastasizes into a full-blown overreach program of taxes, fees, fines, equipment, offices, etc….and the ultimate…a fully budgeted agency that lives in-perpetuity. The operation looks like an upside-down pyramid, the point at the bottom being the original statute. Congressman Col. Davy Crockett…”It’s not yours to give” (Harper’s Magazine 1867) outlines this quite clearly.

    “The Tough Boys”- Curious what the DC Dwellers response would be if Crow’s Breast and Lean Wolf walked through the Capitol…those boys look serious. We need serious…and the suits running around our government need to feel some real fear.

    1. I thought the Swamp set the Constitution aside when they installed Jo/Ho. Unless, they want to use it against you.

  3. First thing we’d do is hang all the lawyers.

    First thing the lawyers would do is hang all of us.

        1. I have a C-Note for GiveGoSend for such a worthy cause…exactly why The Dem’s continue to float 1A & 2A eliminators. At least a proper scholarly judge said, Not so fast, Toots”.

    1. “First thing the lawyers would do is hang all of us.”

      Not sure about that. Us dead is little use to their ilk. Rather they’d find ways to turn us into debt slaves, eternally trying to pay off our debts to the company store. Then they’d convince us that we were guilty guilty guilty of stuff that we not only didn’t do, but never thought of until they put it into our heads. When one of them is caught doing bad stuff then it’s denial, counter-accusations, and reversal of victim and offender. But in the unlikely event that the bad lawyer is proven to be guilty, then it’s “not all lawyers are like that. He’s a one-of, and how DARE you stereotype lawyers like that?” But somehow WE, each of us individually, are guilty of ALL the bad things attributed (often falsely) to our ancestors, or merely people who vaguely look like us.

      One set of rules for lawyers, another for normal people. Hypocrisy is the norm. Noticing the hypocrisy is a hate crime against the lawyers. And don’t you forget it!

      1. A smart lawyer shears the sheep and keeps shearing it. He does not flay the sheep. (quote loosely attributed to Tiberius Caesar (Tiberius Julius Caesar Augustus)

          1. Low hanging fruit is their go to…watch a program like Accused, and if I was in the jury box for some of these, with a rabid arrogant prosecutor torturing a tragic accident to look like murder, I’d be raising my hand to directly ask the judge to recuse myself because I won’t sit there listening to the brain dead asinine lawfare being employed. Probably end up in contempt.

      2. I was speaking more figuratively than literally, and in consideration of the morass of laws and regulations they’ve promulgated to tie us down like Gulliver, not to mention the excessive zeal by certain prosecutors of late toward certain individuals of the opposing party. Hanging offense, evidently.

  4. Side note: Your header picture is intriguing and very true. I have often said God shows up at 11:59:59PM, so it appears We The People need to continue our “going direct to the source” prayers for America just a bit more as indicated.

    “Lord, patience may be a virtue, but please end this nightmare soon, we have a lot of work to right the heeled-over ship that is currently taking on water over the rail. Amen.” (I find visuals help clarify, not that He needs my help.)

  5. Totally off subject: I finished “Hunting in the Shadows” by Mike Watson last night. Damn, what a great book. Opened my eyes to a part of the Vietnam War I hadn’t thought about before. Thanks to Mr. Watson for getting his story down in print and thanks to you for perhaps nudging him along the way. I won’t say thanks for his service because that sounds kind of trite but he and his team probably had more of an impact delaying the eventual conquest of South Vietnam (thanks US Congress) than a lot of our bombing or artillery missions.

    1. I appreciate cannon cockers. Artillery is king of the battlefield. I have called in time-on-target strikes myself that have literally leveled small towns where there was resistance. It’s like a B-52 disgorging ALL of it’s JDAMs at once so they strike the same spot at the same time. It’s like the finger of God.

      The problem with that is the people in surrounding cities see their family members turned into dust (literally) and say, Yeah, EdC but they were on your side. Not everybody who was there was bad. “You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.” And when you’re doing that for 20 years it becomes generational.

      MikeW saw how artillery can be misused firsthand.

      It’s a terrible/wonderful thing when you’re calling a broken arrow and you want the area cleared of living things – steel rain, baby. But it’s often misused.

    2. Ed. Thank you very kindly for your comments regarding the the book. Glad you found it interesting.

      In my opinion, indiscriminate use of artillery, and misguided/misdirected air strikes, caused/created more Viet Cong than they ever killed.

  6. When I worked offshore, the USGS folks found out our platform had a good cook. I don’t remember any of them signing the meal roster, and have a feeling they didn’t. After all, they were fighting the good fight as determined by the government.

  7. Hallucinate power? Seems to be a lot of that about lately, which is terrifying.

    But hallucination has a tendency to crash against the rocks of reality. Just ask San Francisco or the western industrial base.

        1. Going now wouldn’t be like going to “San Francisco”. The city had an energy and a vibe once. It’s a beautiful location. The Presidio was magnificent before they destroyed it.

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