Archive for April, 2014

The Week In Review At College Insurrection

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It was Let’s Ban Everything Week at College Insurrection.

Via Legal Insurrection…

It’s time to crack down all this freedom on college campuses. Let’s just ban everything…

Ban selfies!

Ban rappers!

Ban Libertarians!

Ban Republicans!

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Detecting life in the CA economy, state senate moves to kill it

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Well, at least California’s legislative Democrats are consistent: if it works, regulate it, and if it makes money, tax it. In the latest example, Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) has authored a bill to slap a nearly ten-percent tax on oil extraction:

The Senate Education Committee voted 5-2 — the minimum number of votes needed — to advance a bill that would levy a 9.5% tax on oil pumped from the ground in California. The aim is to raise $2 billion annually to be divided among state universities and colleges, state parks, and human service programs, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The controversial SB 1017, which was authored by Sen. Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa), has been dubbed a “job killer” by the California Chamber of Commerce, as it would most likely decrease oil production and drive oil companies out of California, costing thousands of jobs. One such company…

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Chicago Public Schools Now Phoning Home to Make Sure Kids Are Signed Up for Welfare

Word Crime Strikes Again At Dartmouth, The Word ‘Fiesta’ Is Now Racist And White People Can’t Use It

Phone company fought #NSA — and lost

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A phone company challenged the government’s bulk collection of people’s phone records but was denied earlier this year, according to top-secret court documents declassified on Friday.

The company, whose name was redacted in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) documents, petitioned the court in January to “vacate, modify or affirm the current production order” in light of a December court ruling that determined the National Security Agency’s (NSA) phone records program was likely unconstitutional.

U.S. District Court “Judge [Richard] Leon’s Memorandum Opinion introduces, for the first time, a question about the legal validity of an order issued by this Court,” the unnamed company wrote in its January petition. “In light of Judge Leon’s Opinion, it is appropriate [redacted] inquire directly of the Court into the legal basis” for its order to hand over people’s call records.

The petition was the first time a telephone company had directly challenged an…

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