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Before you get in your obligatory half hour of zoning out at your desk, take a short stroll through some of the MSU-related and maybe-not-so-MSU related miscellany that the internet has to offer.

Morning Linkage

Mullen's post-game press thingy - Mullen talked with the media for about 15 minutes after the game Saturday. Lots of ground covered in the interview, from individual player performances to the progression of the team week-to-week to more plugs for his new favorite word: "strain."

It only takes a half - After less than a half of playing time Saturday, Dak became the all-time leading passer in MSU history.

Good luck with that, Dan - If the performances we saw from Nick Fitzgerald and Elijah Staley are indicative of how these guys perform all the time, I don't envy Coach Mullen next year. That QB battle is going to be a beast. And I'm stoked. I can't remember the last time we had such a deep bench—or, at least what appears to be a deep bench—at that position.

Women's Soccer Team breaks 23-game conference losing streak - Good stuff, ladies. My casual fandom of soccer gradually grows year-by-year, and it's great that the team is showing signs of improvement.

Reading TJ, feeling good and bad

Whenever I read letters or essays by the founding fathers, I'm always struck both by how amazing those people were and by how not-amazing contemporary politicians are. If you're ever in the mood for a stroll down Revolutionary-Era lane, check out the National Archives' database of writings from the founding era. Thousands of letters and other original documents spanning a number of years.

Anywho, one text in particular that always floats my boat is Thomas Jefferson's "Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom," which is legislation he drafted for Virginia in the 1770s to officially disestablish the state church and voice his disapproval of any form of state-sponsored or state-vetted religion. Here it is:

Whereas Almighty God hath created the mind free; that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burthens, or by civil incapacitations, tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the Holy author of our religion, who being Lord both of body and mind, yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either, as was in his Almighty power to do; that the impious presumption of legislators and rulers, civil as well as ecclesiastical, who being themselves but fallible and uninspired men, have assumed dominion over the faith of others, setting up their own opinions and modes of thinking as the only true and infallible, and as such endeavouring to impose them on others, hath established and maintained false religions over the greatest part of the world, and through all time; that to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves, is sinful and tyrannical; that even the forcing him to support this or that teacher of his own religious persuasion, is depriving him of the comfortable liberty of giving his contributions to the particular pastor, whose morals he would make his pattern, and whose powers he feels most persuasive to righteousness, and is withdrawing from the ministry those temporary rewards, which proceeding from an approbation of their personal conduct, are an additional incitement to earnest and unremitting labours for the instruction of mankind; that our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry; that therefore the proscribing any citizen as unworthy the public confidence by laying upon him an incapacity of being called to offices of trust and emolument, unless he profess or renounce this or that religious opinion, is depriving him injuriously of those privileges and advantages to which in common with his fellow-citizens he has a natural right; that it tends only to corrupt the principles of that religion it is meant to encourage, by bribing with a monopoly of worldly honours and emoluments, those who will externally profess and conform to it; that though indeed these are criminal who do not withstand such temptation, yet neither are those innocent who lay the bait in their way; that to suffer the civil magistrate to intrude his powers into the field of opinion, and to restrain the profession or propagation of principles on supposition of their ill tendency, is a dangerous fallacy, which at once destroys all religious liberty, because he being of course judge of that tendency will make his opinions the rule of judgement; and approve or condemn the sentiments of others only as they shall square with or differ from his own; that it is time enough for the rightful purposes of civil government, for its officers to interfere when principles break out into overt acts against peace and good order; and finally, that truth is great and will prevail if left to herself, that she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate, errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them:

Be it enacted by the General Assembly, That no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinion in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.

Still here? You get Galaga!

If you didn't bolt after Thomas Jefferson, be rewarded with Galaga. Space bar to start and shoot, arrows to move. Hop to it.