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Skydiving

So I went to the airport today to go skydiving. After a bit of waiting around, I spent a fair amount of time in the bathroom. I felt this was better for all concerned. Then we got rained out. I'm going again tomorrow.

In other news: from the first paragraph of this Washington Post article:

With little public attention or even notice, the House of Representatives has passed a bill that undermines enforcement of the First Amendment's separation of church and state. The Public Expression of Religion Act - H.R. 2679 - provides that attorneys who successfully challenge government actions as violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment shall not be entitled to recover attorneys fees.

And in case you're not familiar with the First Amendment of the US Constitution, the "Establishment" clause is the very first clause:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Now I'm not going to get into the merits of attorneys recovering their fees, but why was this particular clause singled out for special treatment?

From the same article:

A federal statute, 42 United States Code section 1988, provides that attorneys are entitled to recover compensation for their fees if they successfully represent a plaintiff asserting a violation of his or her constitutional or civil rights.

I have no further comment. I think this speaks for itself, but I'm hopeful the Senate won't pass this.

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Maybe it's not targeted at the church/state separation. Maybe it's targeted at the free speech defenses.

Oh, wait, I guess that's not any better...
Unfortunately, he Establishment Clause is specifically the one referring to the separation of church and state.
One of the defects in the system where the Senate acts as the Adult in the Room is that sometimes the House deliberately misbehaves knowing that thanks to the Senate, there will be no consequences to the misbehavior.

Why be the Congressman who fights the stupidity when it will look bad on your record and the Senate will fight your battle for you?