Alabama Republicans want to change Pi (H/T – AG)

And you thought HB 1217 was controversial?

Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Ala.) is sponsoring HR 205, The Geometric Simplification Act, declaring the Euclidean mathematical constant of pi to be precisely 3. The bill comes in response to data and rankings from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, rating the United States’ 15 year-olds 25th in the world in mathematics.

Obama’s response is the best;

HR 205 is expected to pass the House of Representatives but even if it also passes in the Senate — unlikely with Democrats maintaining a slim majority — President Obama has pledged to veto.

“I badly want to refuse to dignify HR 205 with acknowledgment, but… my Republican friends are serious,” Obama said. “And I don’t care how strongly Geometric Simplification has been polling, I just can’t be responsible for that.” The president added, “Unless there’s something on the table. Barack Obama does love a good compromise. Maybe if Republicans will agree to let Planned Parenthood perform AIDS testing. Or just convince the Tea Party Caucus to at least publicly agree it is the Earth that revolves around the sun, and not the other way around.”

BTW, I was a straight ‘A’ student in geometry and found it one of the easiest categories of math.



10 comments ↓

#1 Anthony Renli on 03.24.11 at 8:11 am

I am assuming that you did see that this was from the comedy section of the Huffington Post…where they put gag articles. (it’s search tags: 3.14 , Education , House GOP , Mathematics , Pi , Pi Day , Simplifying Life , Test Scores , Comedy News – that should be the tip off there)

Please please please tell me you saw that this was a joke…It saddens me that any large number of sites didn’t even to to look up HR 205 at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/thomas
which shows that it’s bill dealing with Native American Land Leases.

The sheer volume of people posting on this on various sites is…disturbing. From the Democrats seemingly buying it hook line and sinker to the Republicans DEFENDING the non-existent bill.

Oh – and for a history lesson this has been around for quite a while:
http://www.snopes.com/religion/pi.asp

#2 Costner on 03.24.11 at 8:24 am

The best part of the full article are the comments… many of those idiots think this is real.

This is example 243 on why I think there should be a logic and intelligence test before people are allowed to vote, because yes… some people will actually take this as a legitimate news article just as they do with pieces from the Onion.

#3 l3wis on 03.24.11 at 8:27 am

No shit. Obama’s comment gave it away. Funny stuff.

#4 Sy on 03.24.11 at 9:13 am

mmmmmmmmmmm…..pi.

Love the smell of that in the morning.

#5 scott on 03.24.11 at 10:07 am

i bet kirstie noem would vote for it.

#6 Big Guy on 03.24.11 at 2:59 pm

Don’t them Politicians ever leave anything alone??? Now they’re busy at work dumbing down math for us and for our future generations… Aren’t they trying to justify the education cuts, eh?

#7 Joan on 03.24.11 at 5:04 pm

I have to agree with Big Guy. Can’t politicians ever leave well enough alone?

#8 l3wis on 03.24.11 at 9:23 pm

abortion = pi + guns #

#9 snooki palin on 03.25.11 at 10:34 pm

Can people in Alabama even spell Pi?

#10 alfredo on 03.01.12 at 5:32 pm

but the thing that is truly disturbing, gingrich and his moonbase, debunk that one O.o