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Big Bang or Bust

When Miss Maryland received a resolution from the Senate congratulating her for winning her crown, all the senators in attendance pressed their green buttons in support of her resolution.

That's the custom.

But a strange thing happened yesterday when Sen. Paul G. Pinsky (D-Prince George's) introduced John C. Mather, co-winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Mather, who won the prize for his work at Goddard Space Center in Greenbelt in providing the first tangible evidence to prove that the big bang started the universe, received a resolution from the Senate. He got his picture taken like all other resolution recipients before him.

But when it came time to support the resolution, two senators -- Sen. Janet Greenip (R-Anne Arundel) and Sen. Nancy Jacobs (R-Cecil) -- declined to vote.

"I don't believe in the big bang theory and I'm not going to honor someone who does," said Jacobs after the session. "If I wanted to make a political statement I would have voted no."

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By Phyllis Jordan  |  March 7, 2007; 6:23 AM ET
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All in all, it's better that they abstained.

I understand that the Big Bang theory is being challenged in certain sectors of the scientific community (and no, not form the Intelligent Design folks, but from the secular side) but I can't say I find such theoretical debates the least bit interesting.

Posted by: Rufus | March 7, 2007 8:13 AM | Report abuse

I would have abstained too. Not on the basis of any conservative religious values as this post seeks to imply but rather from the standpoint that the legislature shouldn't be wasting its time on silly resolutions like that of "Miss Maryland". Has anyone opened their BGE bills lately to see the deferral amounts growing and growing? Maybe their time could be spent wiser on this elephant in the closet that O'Malley and the Democrats created with their campaign ploy BGE plan that no one can opt out of. Now that they're in power, these campaign year issues don't appear to be so urgent now.

Posted by: BG from PG | March 7, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

PEPCO customer here, but I hear you, BG.

I kept the campaign literature. From some of the winners in my district:

Liar #1:

- Fighting electrical rate hikes
- Supporting public schools
- Boosting mass transit to reduce traffic

Liar #2:

Sane Energy Costs - People First, Not Profits.

Schools on Track. Kids First, Period.

Liar #3:


Prince Georgians need to get serious about booting incumbents every election cycle at all levels. The discontinuity will be no worse than the lack of effectiveness.

Posted by: PGDem | March 7, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Back to the original point. There is no serious scientific challenge to the big bang theory; it has held up well and its predictions have been observationally verified. That's what Mather's Nobel Prize was about. Not that we know everything, of course -- there are still questions aplenty. String theory may be able to put the big bang in some larger context.

Sen. Nancy Jacobs (R) is actually Harford/Cecil. Her real political base is in Harford. It is scary to me that she seems to be proud of her scientific ignorance.

Note to Jacobs: Mather does not "believe" in the big bang. It is not a matter of belief, but of scientific evidence.

Posted by: George Kaplan | March 7, 2007 6:27 PM | Report abuse

It is not correct to say there are no scientific challenges to a theory just because you aren't aware of them.

Just one example:

There are others as well, but I can't even feign interest long enough to seek them out.

Posted by: Rufus | March 8, 2007 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Most challenges to the mainstream Big Bang Theory are variations on the theme. The wholesale departure from an expanding universe from a highly compact, extremely energetic, low entropy state 13.7 billion years ago is not in debate. The amount of uncertainty in the Big Bang Theory exists only in the first 1x10^-36 seconds after "singularity". From that instant forward, all known and proven rules of physics apply. Dislodging the Big Bang will take more than a pair of closet Creationists in Annapolis.

Posted by: James Buchanan | March 8, 2007 12:08 PM | Report abuse

As for Rense, I would advise caution in relying on his material too much. Most physicists and astronomers make a hobby out of shredding his credibility.

Posted by: James Buchanan | March 8, 2007 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Once again, Janet Greenip reliably serves as an embarassment to her constituents.

Posted by: Anne Arundel Resident | March 8, 2007 12:25 PM | Report abuse

The Annapolis Capital reported yesterday that "Politicians won't stop June BGE rate hike," subtitled: Power bills will jump 50% as lawmakers wait for 2008 session.

Bring on the bull bits, saving marriage, and the creationists.

Posted by: PGDem | March 8, 2007 2:06 PM | Report abuse

She didn't want to make a political statement? Really? What a total crock. The resolution was to honor his winning the Nobel Prize, not for the specific work that he won for. I'm sure that any radical feminist in the state senate voted for the resolution praising the winner of the Miss Maryland title even if such contests are arguably demeaning to women. I'm not saying that's my position, but there are plenty that believe so.

So yeah, in the end, what a crock. It's good for Mather, its good for Goddard, and its ultimately good for Maryland that yet another winner of a Nobel prize resides and works in the state.

Posted by: corbett | March 8, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I think we're missing out on the good news here which is this: In this country filled with backwards thinking anti-scientific mornons, only a handful are in our legislature. If they've got a problem with science, they should move to Kansas.

Posted by: InMoCo | March 8, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Duh... people.... there is no big bang theory. Haven't any of you heard of the Flying Spagetti Monster?????

THAT'S where we all came from.

If you're too ignorant to be aware of this fact, google it.

Gosh.... EVERYBODY knows it was the Flying Spagetti Monster. Sheesh.

Posted by: duh | March 8, 2007 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I think it's funny how certain folks think such useless resolutions are a good expenditure of our tax dollars. Maybe such folks should be taxed extra to cover the costs of running the legislature while it produces such twaddle.

Posted by: Rufus | March 9, 2007 9:04 AM | Report abuse

I bet they'd vote against a Columbus Day holiday if they could - unable to accept the earth is not flat.

Posted by: Science? | March 9, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Despite the campaign promises to the contrary, this serves as testament to the fact that the legislature has a status quo agenda if this is the only story we've been able to kick around for the last week.

Posted by: BG from PG | March 10, 2007 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I can understand why Republicans would want to minimize this.

Posted by: Marylander | March 12, 2007 12:53 PM | Report abuse

>>>It is not correct to say there are no scientific challenges to a theory just because you aren't aware of them.

Just one example:<<<

Ummm, yeah, okay.

You do know that Rense's big bugaboo is proving that 9/11 was a US/Israeli conspiracy involving a missile hitting the Pentagon and planted explosives bringing down the WTC, don't you? Is what passes for neocon authoritative "science" these days?

Some headlines from the Web site:

Nanotech Viruses
In Food

Mind Control Patents

Russia Proves 'Peak
Oil' A Zionist Scam

Evidence MicroNukes
Used On WTC

Thermite Brought
Down The WTC Towers

Blatant, Controlled
Demolition of WTC 7

Zero Doubt - WTC Towers
Brought Down By Explosives

Massive 911 Lies Database

911 - More Revelations

911 Israeli Spy Report
FOX Was Forced To Pull

911 Jet - No Pod, Eh?

Jewish Dominance
Of US/World
Porn Industry

Battle Of LA UFO:
Stunning NEW
Photo Enhancements

Posted by: KR20852 | March 12, 2007 7:43 PM | Report abuse

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