June 14 roundup

  • Teens in Gardendale, Ala. need a business license to cut grass and it’ll cost a cool $110; it was grown-up lawn servicer who threatened to call town if he saw teen cutting a lawn again [WBMA, UPI]
  • “It Isn’t Just Hamburger Stands That Will Be Shut Down By ADA Lawsuit Filers. My Website And Countless Others Could Be” [Amy Alkon, related Mark Pulliam, L.A. Times, more on web accessibility]
  • Ten years later, recalling when Nebraska state senator Ernie Chambers filed a lawsuit against God [Atlas Obscura, our coverage]
  • 15% of Mumbai’s housing stock lies vacant, and 12% of India’s. Blame state housing mistakes and regulation of tenancy [Alex Tabarrok]
  • “The Progressives Took Away Our Right to Contract. It’s Time to Reclaim It” [Iain Murray, FEE]
  • “In that version, she didn’t do anything wrong — it was the other sexy cop who demanded money.” [Lowering the Bar on Ninth Circuit decision in Santopietro v. Howell, which breaks new ground as the first reported decision to use the phrase “sexy cop.”]


  • “The Progressives Took Away Our Right to Contract. It’s Time to Reclaim It”

    I’m hard pressed right now to imagine something more inflammatory than citing Frederick Douglass in an article seemingly decrying much of the existence of employment law.

    I’m all for more flexibility, especially policies that could decouple the health insurance system from employment or ones that address the increasingly absurd divide between employees and independent contractors. But this article’s history lesson entirely glosses over the idea that exploitative labor practices ever existed, that it might be important to take even one sentence to understand how such contracts were used and abused in the past before rushing head first into a bold new freedom-filled future for workers and their bosses.

  • This web site doesn’t exist to sell things. That is where I personally would draw the line, assuming that there is a line to be drawn. Section 508 specifically addresses web accessibility thru the access board… That pretty well indicates that congress actually knows how to write a law that requires web accessibility. That fact doesn’t bring me joy, but that doesn’t keep it from being a fact.