It’s 6:30 in the morning and I’m packin’ my bag. .Next pictures – Kauai, Hawaii! ALOHA!!
I’m here through D’s birthday on the 5th, then, ALOHA!
A picture from my Supreme Court visit in November 2010. The ruling on one of the cases for which I saw oral arguments came in today.
Guess what: I didn’t like the outcome, really really don’t like the outcome. From the NPR story “A deeply divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that taxpayers have no legal right to challenge a tax break worth millions to donors supporting private religious schools. The 5-4 decision left intact an Arizona tax subsidy that was enacted because the state constitution forbids direct aid to religious schools.
“… Justice Elena Kagan, in a blistering dissent — her first dissent since joining the court — said Monday’s decision “devastates” the ability of taxpayers to challenge government actions that favor religion.
“In reality, she said, there is no difference between a tax credit and a direct appropriation. “What is a cash grant today can be a tax break tomorrow,” and the court’s decision, she charged, “offers a road map — more truly, just a one-step instruction — to any government that wishes to insulate its financing of religious activity from legal challenge.””
You can read more about it on the All Things Considered site for today’s broadcast.
I set the alarm and rose with the dawn to reach the Supreme Court in time to get a seat to hear oral arguments. Yes! I sat at the Supreme Court for two hours.
But first I had to stand out in the FA-REEeezing cold from 8:20 until 9:50. One hour and thirty minutes. Fortunately I didn’t make friends with anyone in line so I wasn’t tempted to verbalize the tale of my discomfort. And once in I forgot all about it and let myself be taken over by the experience.
…and visit the on-campus Weisman Museum of Art. Yet another Weisman! That guy, and his foundation gets around.
The truly fabulous Weisman House Tour.
The Frank Gerhy designed Weisman at the University of Minnesota.
There are also large collections donated to various municipal institutions. Always worth a look.