http://www.scotusblog.com/movabletype/a ... .html#more
I just love Scalia's opinion wordingItâ€™s a decision that Justice Scalia, in his dissent, derides as â€œnothing other than the elevation of judge-supposed legislative intent over clear statutory text,â€ requiring him to provide a brief tutorial in â€œStatutory Interpretation 101.â€ Given the â€œcolorfulâ€ (as Justice Breyer, writing for the majority, puts it mildly) language that the case inspired, one would expect the subject matter to be something weighty and controversial â€" abortion, perhaps, or the death penalty. Au contraire â€" at issue in Zuni Public School District v. Department of Education was the formula used by the Secretary of Education to determine whether a state may reduce its own funding to account for federal aid . . . a case that (in theory) only Chevron aficionados and statisticians could love.
As pointed out on SCOTUSblog, the opinion contains some Scalia gems â€" â€œthat miraculous redeemer of lost causes, Church of the Holy Trinityâ€œ; the â€œjudicial libidoâ€; the â€œSchool of Textual Subversion.â€ Lastly, he calls the majorityâ€™s statutory interpretation â€œsheer applesauce.â€