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Mar 29 2013

What I saw

1. On the Capitol grounds (which are very nice, very broad and seweeping and parklike) a memorial thing to brave…Confederate soldiers. Signed by Jefferson Davis.

Oh right. This is the Confederacy.

2. Also on the Capitol grounds, on the north side, a big granite slab with…the ten commandments.

Oh Dave, I thought. Actually I said, because there was no one around; it was very early. Oh Dave; got one for ya.

3. On Congress Avenue, a statue of a ragey woman firing a cannon.

She made me giggle.

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  1. 1
    Claire Ramsey

    There is so much way cool stuff in Austin.

  2. 2
    iknklast

    Forget about that 10 commandments monument on state capitol grounds in Texas; that one’s already been litigated. We lost. Apparently it’s part of a larger display with a secular purpose.

    Texas is actually a beautiful state, if you can see past all the Texans. (I’ve heard it’s the world’s number one producer of Texans.)

  3. 3
    Walton

    The constitutionality of the Ten Commandments display at the Texas state capitol has already been challenged, and a majority of the Supreme Court held that it was not unconstitutional – Van Orden v Perry, 545 U.S. 677 (2005).

  4. 4
    cgilder

    Here’s the story behind the woman with the cannon: http://downtownaustinblog.org/2010/02/15/the-women-who-saved-austin-how-austin-became-the-capital-of-texas/

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