The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.

Dante Alighieri


Death of the Fourth Amendment

It’s been quite a week for the 4th amendment.

First, the Supreme Court ruled that police are allowed to take DNA samples after an arrest, even if the individual has not yet been charged.

Then, The Guardian blew the whistle on a secret FISA order to Verizon that allows the NSA daily access to metadata for all calls made in the U.S. and abroad on Verizon’s network. The data includes the sending and receiving phone number, unique customer identifier, time of the call, duration of the call, and if the call was placed on a cell phone, location data. It is likely that every major phone carrier has received a similar order.

Then, to top it all off, The Guardian and The Washington Post simultaneously revealed the existence of a secret NSA program, dubbed “PRISM”, that allegedly collects user data from some of the top tech companies in the U.S., including Microsoft, Google, Apple, Yahoo, AOL, and Facebook.

Both the NSA and the aforementioned tech companies have vehemently denied that user data is being collected via “direct access”, but the existence of PRISM has been confirmed by James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence.










Players Are Hurt

I should get a job as an Associated Press sports writer. Apparently, you’re allowed to reword the same sentence across multiple stories over and over and over again.

April 1st

Yankees stars Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira also are on the disabled list.

April 3rd

New York already has five All-Stars on the disabled list: shortstop Derek Jeter, third baseman Alex Rodriguez, first baseman Mark Teixeira, outfielder Curtis Granderson and pitcher Phil Hughes.

April 4th

Brett Gardner and Francisco Cervelli homered for the Yankees, providing some unexpected power to a depleted lineup missing the “sore four” – Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson.

April 5th

The Yankees have five All-Stars on the disabled list with Jeter joined by third baseman Alex Rodriguez (hip surgery), first baseman Mark Teixeira (wrist), outfielder Curtis Granderson (broken forearm) and pitcher Phil Hughes (back pain).

April 6th

Hughes was one of five Yankees All-Stars on the disabled list with Jeter, third baseman Alex Rodriguez, first baseman Mark Teixeira and outfielder Curtis Granderson…

April 7th

The Yankees don’t have their best players in the lineup because All-Stars Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson are on the disabled list…

April 8th

Cano connected in the fifth and sixth for the Yankees, who are trying to hold on until All-Stars Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira get healthy and come off the disabled list.

Seven reminders across seven game recaps. WE GET IT! THE YANKEES HAVE PEOPLE ON THE DISABLED LIST! In other news, recaps over at are much better and recaps over at It’s About the Money are the best.

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