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  • Minister won't confirm belief in evolution
    Canada's science minister, the man at the centre of the controversy over federal funding cuts to researchers, won't say if he believes in evolution.

    “I'm not going to answer that question. I am a Christian, and I don't think anybody asking a question about my religion is appropriate,” Gary Goodyear, the federal Minister of State for Science and Technology, said in an interview with The Globe and Mail.

    A funding crunch, exacerbated by cuts in the January budget, has left many senior researchers across the county scrambling to find the money to continue their experiments.

    Some have expressed concern that Mr. Goodyear, a chiropractor from Cambridge, Ont., is suspicious of science, perhaps because he is a creationist.

  • Tracking the U.S. CongressPretty neat

  • In New Terror Video, AIG Demands Huge Ransom from U.S. - Borowitz Report

  • Author Interviews and Readings - New York Times

    Something for everyone


  • Madison and Religious Freedom -
    You're probably aware that Madison is sometimes referred to as the Father of the Constitution for his pivotal role in guiding the Constitutional Convention. The original constitution took the historic step of forbidding Congress from limiting public office to people of a particular faith. That may seem obvious now, but at the time 11 of the 13 colonies had religious tests.

    But consider this too:

    It was James Madison who introduced into Congress the amendments that would eventually become the Bill of Rights. It was he who took the lead in ushering them through Congress and in particular fighting for a strong religious freedom clause.

    It was also Madison who led the forces of religious freedom in one of the most important early battles on the topic. In 1784, Patrick Henry proposed that Virginians pay a tax to help support local churches. Madison led the opposition and successfully defeated this proposal.

  • Good Math, Bad Math : Perverse Incentives




H. Res. 153: Commending the University of Southern California Trojan football team for its 2009 Rose Bowl Victory

Aye: 362 (84%)
No: 15 (3%) Present: 4 (1%) Not Voting: 50 (12%)

5 of the 15 "No" votes from the great state of Pennsylvania.

It is good to know they're on the job.


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