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Horse Park encounters wrath of Ken Ham in State-funded theme park battle royale

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May 1, 2012
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Kentucky has a lot of awesome things. A state park called “Big Bone Lick” is just one of them. A crazy-ass Governor who’s willing to slash education by $50 Million while handing $43 Million to a creationist theme park that will build a giant Noah’s Ark complete with dinosaurs adorning the boat alongside men is another.

We’ve also got some cool rivalries. The Hatfields and McCoys. UK and Louisiville. Our coal-bought politicians and the lives of real human beings in Eastern Kentucky.

But one thing Kentucky has until now lacked is a great inter-tourism rivalry.

No more!

Ken Ham, the fully evolved brain behind the Creation Museum and the Biblically accurate Dinosaur Ark Park, recently lashed out at the Kentucky Horse Park because horses are actually bunnies or something which basically boils down to, yes, Ken Ham lecturing scientists on how evolution really happened.

Yes. The guy who believes dudes used to live 8 centuries as recently as like three millenia ago is also an expert on horse evolution.

The most excellent Ms. Blackford has the story:

Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, wrote a blog post published Saturday titled “Kentucky Horses Will Lead You Astray,” which challenges the validity of a permanent display.

Ham contends the idea of horse evolution is false, and he particularly disputes the line of prehistoric horses that scientists link to the modern horse.

Ham writes that in the display, two early horses, Miohippus and Merychippus, grow steadily bigger.

“What’s the problem, though, with the belief that horses somehow evolved into larger and larger animals? If that were true, shouldn’t we see only very large horses today? But we don’t — horses vary in size from the Clydesdale to the much smaller Fallabella (just 17 inches tall).”

Served!

Obviously the very best part of this (there’s more, read it all) is that Steve Beshear is giving tax breaks to Ken Ham’s theme park and Ken Ham is picking fights with the established state industry theme park.

That’s a great rivalry that is sure to increase Kentucky’s tourism brand and just goes to show you that you can give the crazy pretend Bible “literalist” $43 Million in taxpayer subsidy, but you can’t domesticate him. He is no horse, certainly not a very large one.

“Godzillus”: The 4.5 Million year old fossil supposedly discovered mere miles from Gov. Beshear’s Dinosaur Ark Park in Northern Kentucky

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April 26, 2012
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Get a load of this!

A mysterious 450 million-year-old fossil discovered by a local man was unveiled Tuesday at a Geological Society of America meeting at the Dayton Convention Center.

The fossil, dubbed “Godzillus,” was found last year in Northern Kentucky by amateur paleontologist Ron Fine, a 43-year-old mechanical designer from Dayton. The elliptical-shaped specimen measures 3.5-foot wide by 6.5-foot long and is believed to be the largest fossil recovered from the Cincinnati area.

The question Tuesday at the GSA North-Central section 46th annual meeting was whether it was animal, vegetable or mineral.

“We are looking for people who might have an idea of what it is,” said Ben Dattilo, an assistant professor of geology at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, who is researching the discovery.

Uh… yeah. I got a pretty good idea what it is…

A g-ddamn lie! That’s what.

Northern Kentucky is clearly home to Governor Steve Beshear’s new Bible Theme Park which will feature a to-scale model of Noah’s Ark complete with Dinosaurs on it… all of which clearly proves the earth is only 6,000 years old.

That’s roughly four hundred and forty nine millions off the supposed projections of supposed scientists about this supposed fossil.

Which leaves two sides to this issue. Either you are curious about the year and origin of this supposed fossil, or you are on the side of G-d, the Bible, The State of Kentucky and Governor Steve Beshear and this “fossil” is nothing but a g-ddamn lie.

Do you want proof?

Well, by sheer divine providence, we were blessed just days ago (before this news of fabricated fossiling) with this explanation from Ken Ham and Answers In Geneis, the creators of Gov. Beshear’s brilliant Dinosaur Ark Park which will one day sit mere miles from where this supposed fossil was supposedly discovered.

Assumptions Change Estimate of Age

To solve this puzzle it is necessary to review the assumptions on which radiocarbon dating is based. These include:

  • The production rate of carbon-14 has always been the same in the past as now.
  • The atmosphere has had the same carbon-14 concentration in the past as now.
  • The biosphere (the places on earth where organisms live) has always had the same overall carbon-14 concentration as the atmosphere, due to the rapid transfer of carbon-14 atoms from the atmosphere to the biosphere.3

None of these assumptions is strictly correct, beyond a rough first approximation. Indeed, scientists have now documented that the atmosphere’s concentration of carbon-14 varies considerably according to latitude. They have also determined several geophysical causes for past and present fluctuations in carbon-14 production in the atmosphere.4

Specifically, we know that carbon-14 has varied in the past due to a stronger magnetic field on earth and changing cycles in sunspot activity. So when objects of known historical dates are dated using radiocarbon dating, we find that carbon-14 dates are accurate back to only about 400 BC.

The conventional scientific community ignores at least two factors that are crucial to recalibrating radiocarbon (so that it accounts for major changes in the biosphere and atmosphere that likely resulted from the Flood): (1) The earth’s magnetic field has been progressively stronger going back into the past, and (2) the Flood destroyed and buried a huge amount of carbon from the pre-Flood biosphere.

It is written!

And here’s a picture for those of you too stupid to grasp all those words because Gov. Beshear hasn’t yet fixed the state’s education system by totally defunding it:

And what if in the past it wasn't that the trees and lizards were really big but instead that everything was the same size and it was just the earth itself that was really small? What would you believe then?

Get real! You could listen to pagans with million year old histories, or you could listen to the Governor of the state of Kentucky. It’s your choice. And you know what happens if you choose wrong.

Our Future’s So Bright: Mitt Romney, Christian Evangelical University to pander to each other

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April 19, 2012
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Mitt Romney’s gotta get the evangelicals on board, but will evangelical Christians follow their Republican Party leaders or go their own way?

Mitt’s gonna give the commencement address at Jerry Falwell’s “Liberty University.”

The late Falwell is famed for many things, including blaming feminists for the 9/11 attacks. The newer Falwell, Junior, has been steering the ship and under his lead the school revoked its recognition of the College Democrats club because of an institutional belief that you can’t be a Democrat and a Christian.

But that’s not all! If you accept Jesus Christ as your lord and savior, if you believe G-d created the Earth and everything else… but you don’t believe that necessarily happened just 6,000 years ago… then you also might not be a Christian, in the eyes of Liberty University.

The school Mitt Romney will address embraces Young Earth Creationism — the view that the Earth is literally 6,000 years old — and their coursework is endorsed by Answers in Genesis, the Ken Ham group behind Kentucky’s own Creation Museum and Governor Steve Beshear’s approaching Dinosaur Ark Park.

Here’s what Ken Ham and AiG have to say about Liberty University:

Jesus said that Christians are the salt of the earth, and good Christian universities help to advance that purpose. One such school is Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, USA. Liberty’s stated mission is to “develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact tomorrow’s world.” Liberty strives to accomplish that goal by offering more than 60 areas of study (undergraduate and graduate) that integrate a biblical worldview into every area of study—from business to music, communications to pre-med, aviation to biblical studies.

Started in 1971 by Dr. Jerry Falwell, Liberty has more than 9,500 students from all 50 U.S. states and more than 70 nations enrolled at their campus. More than 10,000 are also involved in their distance education programs.

One of the unique features of Liberty is its strong stance on the literal creation account in Genesis. Every Liberty student is required to take a course called “History of Life.” The faculty of the Center for Creation Studies, led by Dr. David DeWitt, teaches this course. The arguments for biblical creation are drawn from science, religion, history, and philosophy.

So Mitt Romney will pander to Far Right evangelicals.

The leaders of the Far Right evangelicals will pander to Mitt Romney (c’mon… is anyone taking any of this seriously?).

And the graduating class of Liberty Univeristy, 2012, will wear shades.

Gov. Mitt Romney to deliver 2012 Commencement address

April 19, 2012 : Liberty University News ServiceChancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. announced today that Gov. Mitt Romney will address Liberty University graduates at the 2012 Commencement ceremony to be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, at Arthur L. Williams Stadium.

“We are delighted that Governor Romney will join us to celebrate Commencement with Liberty’s 2012 graduates,” said Liberty Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. “This will be a historic event for Liberty University reminiscent of the visits of Governor, and then presidential candidate, Ronald Reagan to Liberty’s campus in 1980 and of President George H.W. Bush who spoke at Liberty’s 1990 Commencement ceremony.”

 

Beshear’s Big Bang: Cut education by $50 Million, Give $43 Million to Dinosaur Bible Fantasy

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January 21, 2012
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***SUNDAY, 4PM – 7PM, RALLY FOR REDISTRICTING: Stand up for Kathy Stein, Stand up to Steve Beshear, Greg Stumbo and David Williams; Stand up for your vote and stand up for democracy —- Downtown Lexington, Main & Limestone, FIND MORE DETAILS AND RSVP***

 

Somewhat overlooked in his rush to disenfranchise the voters of Lexington, Governor Steve Beshear’s budget has a glorious creationist upshot. Or, as we’ll call it, a Big Bang:

Beshear’s assessment of his own budget is, unfortunately, correct. The budget makes $286 million in cuts, including a 6.4 percent cut to a higher education system that has been plagued by funding cuts and rising tuition for years. And though it attempts to preserve K-12 education funding, it will result in less spending on Kentucky’s students and schools, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports:

Although the main funding formula for K-12 schools wouldn’t be cut, population growth means spending per student would decline. Also, education officials say the current year’s population estimate was low, resulting in a cut of more than $50 million to that funding formula.

At the same time, the $43 million tax break Kentucky approved for a Bible-themed amusement park — which will include a 500-foot by 75-foot reproduction of Noah’s Ark — goes into effect for the first time under Beshear’s budget. In addition, the budget includes $11 million to improve a highway interchange near the park. Proponents of the park, Beshear included, have claimed it will boost tourism and create jobs, but those assumptions are based on a report done by the park’s developers.

Thanks a lot, Steve. This is your legacy: Slash education because no amount of schooling will make dinosaurs co-existing with 600 year old men make sense… and that’s just how it is.

G-d bless your heart, Steve. G-d bless your heart.

[Via ThinkProgress]

Dinosaur pArk gets more tax breaks…

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August 9, 2011
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As if $40 Million from Governor Beshear and another $11 Million in road improvements weren’t enough, the Answers in Genesis/Creation Museum creationist theme park featuring a replica of Noah’s Ark replete with early-man’s best friend, the T-Rex (come to think of it, if I was a dinosaur I probably wouldn’t eat a 600 year old man either, but that’s another story) is now getting ridiculous new tax breaks from its chosen land:

The city of Williamstown in Grant County has agreed to give a biblically themed amusement park a property tax discount of 75 percent over the next 30 years.

Mayor Rick Skinner said the offer is laid out in a memorandum of agreement that will be followed by a formal tax-increment financing deal with Petersburg-based Ark Encounters LLC in coming months.

The tax deal is in addition to almost $200,000 given to the company by Grant County’s economic development arm as an enticement to keep the project located there, along with 100 acres of reduced-price land.

The property should eventually be worth $150 million, the HL’s most-excellent Linda Blackford goes on, so the county will collect just a quarter of taxes on those 800 acres over the next three decades.

This is actually a win-win as most property taxes in the city are used for the schools so now the schools can fall further behind and the dinosaur-peddlers can grow their not-exploitative-at-all economy. Pretty good deal, no?

In other good news, Mike Zovath, AiG’s reddish spokesperson, tells Blackford the Park’s raised 80% of its $150 Million goal.

Meanwhile at the Ark Encounter website (which shows they’ve raised just 1/8th of their “buy a plank” $25M fundraiser), Ken Ham tells us how state officials showed up at a Chamber of Commerce meeting and sang the religious institution’s praises:

At a recent Chamber of Commerce breakfast, three of our staff members heard a talk by the Commissioner of Tourism and Travel for the state of Kentucky—Mike Cooper. As Mike summarized the importance of tourism to the state, he not only highlighted the success of the Creation Museum as a big tourist draw, but he also said he looks to even bigger and better things through our next project, the Ark Encounter in Grant County, Kentucky.

G-d bless Kentucky, Steve Beshear’s legacy project is going to be awesome.

In fact, let’s just say it together: Our Gov is an awesome Gov.

 

Doonesbury does the Ark Park

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July 11, 2011
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Here’s just a taste below, but you can see the full strip here.

Of course, Trudeau gets Flintstone Truth wrong, because Behemoth was a dinosaur and Noah certainly did not forget them. Sing along, kids! Liberty University is taking applications!

PBS show covers the freakshow of Ark Encounter

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June 24, 2011
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Oh dear. PBS’s Religion & Ethics program will be airing this segment over the weekend. As the viewers will see, Kentucky is the new Flintstone Truth Capitol of America. Thankfully, Kentucky Paleontological Society president Daniel Phelps and Reverend Joseph Phelps of Louisville are given some airtime to balance out Ken Ham, so Kentucky doesn’t look nearly as bad as we could have.

Check it out:

Watch the full episode. See more Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.

And thank you, Governor.

Ken Ham isn’t the only one eating brains in Northern Kentucky

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June 24, 2011
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Check out this slow news day at the Enquirer:

FLORENCE – As if orange barrels, speed traps and distracted motorists sharing the road weren’t stressful enough, drivers on southbound Interstate 71/75 Thursday morning were given another warning – beware of the undead.

An electronic highway sign on the interstate near the Ky. 18 exit read: “Nightly lane closures, zombies ahead.”

Fortunately, the story reveals to us that the sign was actually hacked. Thank God.

Also fortunately, the kids who saw the sign aren’t scarred for the next 15 years of their life, unlike those who visit the Creation Museum.

Like this 9-year old girl that was intellectually molested by the stone cold idiocy of con man Ken Ham. Check out this gloating from him yesterday about how he was able to stunt the intellectual development of this innocent child:

I received a letter from a nine-year-old girl who has been brought up on AiG resources. She wrote to me the following:
I went to a NASA display of a moon rock and a lady said, “This Moon-rock is 3.75 billion years old!” Guess what I asked for the first time ever?

“Um, may I ask a question?”

And she said, “Of course.”

I said, in my most polite voice, “Were you there?”

Love, Emma B

This, you see, is how Ken Ham teaches children to be mindless robots in pursuit of stupid:

If you want a clear and precise answer as to why I have absolutely zero apologies for calling Ken Ham an intellectual child abuser, please read this open letter that PZ Myers wrote to the 9-year old girl. It is quite awesome, and consider it your required reading of the day.

(and yes, this is what the state of Kentucky now has put their stamp of approval on)

Ken Ham being beaten to the Ark punch in Maryland (UPDATE)

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June 22, 2011
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Ken Ham says that his giant replica of Noah’s Ark, complete with dinosaurs and a 600-year old man, will be completed by the Spring of 2014 here in Grant County, Kentucky.

But it looks like a Frostburg, Maryland church is going to beat him to the punch. And they didn’t even need the promise of a $43 million dollar government hand out to pull it off.

Check out this new creation being built by the God’s Ark of Safety Ministries:

As you can see from their website and the incredibly awesome video below, God instructed the minister and to rebuild the Ark:

Founding Pastor Richard Greene had a repeated dream from God in which he saw a large ark located on a hillside with people coming from all over the world to see it. In these repeated dreams, Pastor Greene saw the destruction and corruption that was taking place throughout the world, just like it was in the biblical days of Noah.

“For the coming of the Son of man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, they were marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the Ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so shall the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:37-39 NAS).

God’s instructions were to rebuild this modern-day Noah’s Ark as a sign to the world of His love and the soon return of Jesus!


Rebuilding Noah’s Ark in Frostburg, Maryland from God’s Ark on Vimeo.

And here’s an amazing 6 minute video full of diaramas showing how the fulfillment of God’s order will look when completed:

Since construction is already well under way, it looks like Maryland is going to beat Kentucky and Ken Ham to the punch. But which one will be more awesome?

The Maryland Ark wins points on:

  • first completed (we assume)
  • God Himself ordered it to be built
  • No help from Big Government

The Kentucky Ark wins points on:

  • DINOSARUS (assuming the Maryland church doesn’t include them too)

Neither will actually float, so that’s a draw.

Tale of the tape? The Maryland Ark wins by God’s nose. Plus, you won’t even have to pay $40 to see it.

Kentucky’s Ark will still get as many people to shell out money for it as King’s Island, though. Because they (and Steve Beshear) say so. Jobs!

UPDATE: A commenter tells us that this Maryland “Ark” has been halted in construction for years, so this might mean that Ham will beat him to it after all if it remains stalled.

This also calls into question the minister’s claim that God instructed the Maryland Ark to be built. As we all know, God usually only takes a few days to create things. Then again, it took Noah roughly 500 years to complete his Ark. I hope Pastor Greene exercises and has a sensible diet, or else God is going to be awfully disappointed.

Miss USA pageant solidifies Kentucky’s place as the Creationist Capitol of America

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June 20, 2011
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So last night a bunch of young women walked around in swimsuits on the TV and one of them was given a shiny crown. In 2011.

The nice young lady from California who got the crown also said that she is a science geek who believes in evolution, which is cool, I guess.

But we don’t raise ‘em like that in Kentucky, the state whose governor hands out $43 million in tax breaks to con men so that they can build giant boats with saddled dineysores on them. Miss Kentucky, tell those West coast secular progressives what time it is!

Unbridled Faith, suckers!

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