ASU Spends More of Other People’s Money with New Downtown Fitness Center & Law School

Arizona Republic:  “Arizona State University’s president announced Friday that the university will begin construction on its new law school in downtown Phoenix in June 2014.  University officials want to move the school from Tempe to be closer to the core legal community in Phoenix, expand program offerings and increase enrollment. . . . ASU has yet to raise any money for the $120 million facility. ‘But that doesn’t mean anything,’ President Michael Crow said.”

As an attorney who has been practicing in Phoenix I am pleased to learn that there is a “core legal community” and it apparently is in down town Phoenix.  Now I’m very mad at myself for not knowing this fact and even more mad because I haven’t taken advantage of the core legal community.  By the way, can somebody please answer this question:  What is a core legal community?

Cash strapped City of Phoenix will allow the law school to occupy city land at no cost plus contribute $12 million of taxpayers’ money to help ASU.  Don’t worry though its all for the children so its good.

ASU proudly announced it just spent $25 million of taxpayer funds to build a super fabulous fitness center in down town Phoenix in its quest to become a world class university.  What’s next – a state of the art beer pong arena where students can vie for state, national and world records?

By |September 4th, 2013|Government Spending, Phoenix Follies & Light Rail|0 Comments

Arizona Residents in Fantasy Sports Team Leagues May be Committing Felonies

“Arizona is one of five states that makes it [fantasy sports league gambling with money] illegal under state law. That’s because Arizona law considers fantasy football a “game of chance,” which is illegal under Arizona gambling laws. . . . Under ARS 13-3303 any website that provides fantasy advice and is accessible to a resident of Arizona, is committing a Class 5 felony.”

Here is the text of Arizona Revised Statutes Section 13-3303:

A. Except for amusement, regulated or social gambling, a person commits promotion of gambling if he knowingly does either of the following for a benefit:

1. Conducts, organizes, manages, directs, supervises or finances gambling.

2. Furnishes advice or assistance for the conduct, organization, management, direction, supervision or financing of gambling.

B. Promotion of gambling is a class 5 felony.

By |September 4th, 2013|Arizona Law|0 Comments

Drug Agents Use Vast Phone Trove, Eclipsing N.S.A.’s

New York Times:  “For at least six years, law enforcement officials working on a counternarcotics program have had routine access, using subpoenas, to an enormous AT&T database that contains the records of decades of Americans’ phone calls — parallel to but covering a far longer time than the National Security Agency’s hotly disputed collection of phone call logs. . . . The government pays AT&T to place its employees in drug-fighting units around the country. Those employees sit alongside Drug Enforcement Administration agents and local detectives and supply them with the phone data from as far back as 1987.”

By |September 3rd, 2013|Loss of Freedom, Privacy|0 Comments

Test Reveals Tech Giants Snooping Email

Mail Online:  “Test ‘reveals Facebook, Twitter and Google snoop on emails‘: Study of net giants spurs new privacy concerns.  Facebook, Twitter and Google have been caught snooping on messages sent across their networks, new research claims, prompting campaigners to express concerns over privacy.   The findings emerged from an experiment conducted following revelations by US security contractor Edward Snowden about government snooping on internet accounts.”

By |September 2nd, 2013|Privacy|0 Comments

This is Not a Joke: EPA to Regulate Water Vapor

PJ Media:  “At a news conference in Washington today [September 1, 2013], President Obama announced that he is directing the Environmental Protection Agency to act immediately to enforce a new set of regulations to limit emissions of dihydrogen oxide gas, or water vapor, one of the primary causes of catastrophic anthropogenic climate change.

“The world faces a crisis,” the president intoned, “and America must lead. We have taken the first step by limiting carbon emissions, but that cannot be effective unless we deal with the larger menace posed by dihydrogen oxide pollution as well. Since Congress has failed in its duty to pass the required laws, I, as president, am directing the EPA to move unilaterally to issue and enforce appropriate regulations.”

Before this President the United States had three branches of government.  The one Obama eliminated is called “Congress.”

Warning for swiming pool owners:  Do you know how much dihydrogen oxide gas your pool emits?  Is it within limits?

By |September 2nd, 2013|Global Warming, Government Helping Us - Not|0 Comments

Arizona near Top for Highest Combined Sales Tax Rate

Phoenix Business Journal:  “Arizona has the ninth-highest combined sales tax rate in the nation, according to a new study from the Tax Foundation.”

By |August 29th, 2013|Arizona Law, Tax Law|0 Comments

Arizona Tax Preparers Get 5 Years in Prison

Deane Young and his wife Shelia Young of Overgard, Arizona, were convicted of tax fraud arising from their preparation of tax returns that claimed millions in bogus tax refunds.  The returns claimed refunds of $12,000 to more than $368,000.

By |August 29th, 2013|Tax Law|0 Comments

2013 Summer Sets Record for Fewest 100+ Degree Days in Last Century

Real Science:  “This summer, the US has experienced the fewest number of 100 degree readings in a century. The five hottest summers (1936, 1934, 1954, 1980 and 1930) all occurred with CO2 below 350 PPM.  CO2 went over 400 PPM this year, indicating that heatwaves and CO2 have nothing to do with each other. Scientists who claim otherwise are either incompetent, criminal, or both.”

By |August 28th, 2013|Global Warming|0 Comments

Ousted Manager of Cave Creek Sues Town over Firing

Arizona Republic:  “A former Cave Creek town manager is suing the town over the manner in which he was fired from his position of more than 10 years.  Usama Abujbarah and his lawyer, Daniel Bonnett, filed a lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court last Wednesday, claiming that Cave Creek and its Town Council violated Arizona’s Open Meeting Law.”

By |August 28th, 2013|Arizona Litigation, Current Events|0 Comments

Child-porn Victim Sues Viewers for $150K Each

Arizona Republic:  “A child pornography victim from Pennsylvania is using a law that carries her name to seek at least $150,000 each from her father, 13 other jailed men and anyone else who viewed explicit images of her.”

By |August 28th, 2013|Litigation (Non-Arizona)|0 Comments