i remember lexis-nexis fondly from my lawyer years – the joy of searching (okay, there is a hint of sarcasm there) easily outweighed by the points offered for conducting various activities on a daily basis. i must admit that i am a sucker for points. offer me points, and i’m willing to do quite a bit of otherwise unappealing work. in this case, lexis-nexis paid (or point-ed me sufficiently) for a beautiful set of global knives which we value as one of our most prized kitchen possessions.

anyway, i digress.  unless you have used lexis-nexis and been exposed to the nuance of targeted searches, the next part of this post may leave you scratching your head.  for all you lawyers out there, you can file this away for future manipulation.  i came across the following article courtesy of slashdot:

jamie writes “The politicization of Bush’s Justice Department, which this week was officially determined to be illegal, has a funny side too. Sometime in 2005-2006, White House Liaison Jan Williams attended a seminar on LexisNexis searches, and wrote one herself. When she left, she passed it on to her successor Monica Goodling in an email. Justin Mason, author of SpamAssassin, is skeptical about its accuracy: [First name of a candidate]! and pre/2 [last name of a candidate] w/7 bush or gore or republican! or democrat! or charg! or accus! or criticiz! or blam! or defend! or iran contra or clinton or spotted owl or florida recount or sex! or controvers! or racis! or fraud! or investigat! or bankrupt! or layoff! or downsiz! or PNTR or NAFTA or outsourc! or indict! or enron or kerry or iraq or wmd! or arrest! or intox! or fired or sex! or racis! or intox! or slur! or arrest! or fired or controvers! or abortion! or gay! or homosexual! or gun! or firearm! Needless to say, when asked about it, Williams first said she didn’t remember ever seeing it, then said she’d used an edited version just once. LexisNexis records show she used it, as shown, 25 times.” Note that ‘sex!’ appears twice in the query. Must be VERY important.