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Month: August 2010

August 31, 2010

Title IX compliance means less tennis for everyone

Author: Joshua Thompson The College Sports Council released a study today that links Title IX, a statute that has been applied to require "proportionality" in men and women collegiate athetics, to an overall decrease in the availability of tennis for men and women.  Women tennis players have more teams (311) to compete for than male ...

August 31, 2010

Matt Sissel to speak on the Andy Caldwell Show

Author:  Luke A. Wake We are representing Matt Sissel in his challenge to the recently enacted health care law's mandate that every American must purchase health insurance. As we have explained, Congress has no constitutional authority to require Sissel to purchase health insurance under the Commerce Clause or any other provision of the C ...

August 31, 2010

Gutting the Scientific Review Panel?

Author:  Damien M. Schiff I've written several times here about PLF's lawsuit, Brown v. Adams, challenging the failure of a number of state officials to abide by their nominating and appointing obligations as regards members of the Scientific Review Panel on Toxic Air Contaminants (SRP).  The SRP is a supposed to be an independe ...

August 30, 2010

PLF’s Timothy Sandefur on the Lars Larson Show Tuesday at 1:30

Author: Timothy Sandefur I'll be a guest on the Lars Larson radio program tomorrow at 1:30pm, to discuss my book The Right to Earn A Living: Economic Freedom And The Law. Also, on Wednesday, I'll be in Portland, Oregon, speaking to the Federalist Society at Lewis & Clark Law School (at noon) and the Executive ...

August 30, 2010

Biodiversity: what's the big deal?

Author:  Damien M. Schiff So asks James McWilliams in a recent oped in the New York Times' Freakonomics blog.  McWilliams, a professor at Texas State University and a professed environmentalist, makes the point that, because we don't know what is the "baseline" for prehistoric numbers of species on Earth, we cannot say ...

August 30, 2010

Global warming and the flying squirrel

Author:  Damien M. Schiff Last week, the LA Times Greenspace blog quoted me on the Center for Biological Diversity's petition to list the San Bernardino Mountains flying squirrel.  The petition argues that the squirrel will lose habitat owing to global warming.  The petition's theory is basically the same as th ...

August 30, 2010

Bed bugs and bureaucracy

Author: Brandon Middleton Jonathan Strong of the Daily Caller asks whether the Environmental Protection Agency is to blame for the resurgence of bed bugs: There were almost no bed bugs in the United States between World War II and the mid-1990s. Around when bed bugs started their resurgence, Congress passed a major pesticides law in ...

August 30, 2010

"If a wolf threatened Bob Rowland's cows last month, he could reach for his rifle. Now he has to reach for a telephone."

Author: Brandon Middleton Rob Chaney of The Missoulian has a nice article on litigation concerning the gray wolf and grizzly bear and the litigation's practical implications.  Related thoughts here. ...

August 30, 2010

The meaning of 'diversity' at American universities

Author: Brandon Middleton I came across this apt description via Instapundit: Another professor's unpublished letter (which I verified with him; I've verified the others also) to the college president said: "Anyone who has taught at a university during the past quarter-century and more knows that the slogan of ‘diversity' generally alludes to ...

August 27, 2010

Environmentalists may miss shot to ban lead bullets

Author: Luke A. Wake Yesterday Damien Schiff reported that EPA was considering banning lead bullets. It now appears that EPA has determined that it lacks jurisdiction to make such a promulgation. ...