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

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

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

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.”

 

Highway to Hell

If you missed it last week, the road to the Dinosaur Ark Park is under attack:

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a Washington D.C. non-profit, is protesting the legislature’s decision to include $2 million for improvements to KY 36, a project included in road budgets proposed by Gov. Steve Beshear and approved by the House and Senate.

The $2 million would be used to purchase right-of-way and pre-construction work on an interchange with I-75.

Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, said the Kentucky Constitution bans the use of taxpayer dollars to support religion. Section 5 of the Constitution says taxpayers may not be forced to “contribute to the erection or maintenance” of any place of worship.

Even if you believe taxpayer funding for the erection of Ken Ham’s tyrannosaurs boat isn’t a beat too far, it’s pretty safe to say that spending $2 Million on improving a road for a destination that may not get built based on attendance projections no one really believes isn’t the best idea.

But it’s good enough for Steve Beshear and for Kentucky.

Rock on, Kentucky.

Olberman names Steve Beshear bronze runner-up in “Worst Person in the World” race

***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***

As noted earlier, Steve Beshear is slashing $50 Million in state funds for education in his new budget but he’s not touching $43 Million for the state-funded dinosaur Bible theme park.

For that elastic skill of pseudointellectual gymnastics, our sweet do-nothing Guvner got named “WORSE” in America, right next to serial bigamist and Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Gingrich:

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

***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]

Beshear’s Ark Park Sinking? Also: Bob Damron’s ‘Cold Day in Hell’

LEO Weekly reports:

As LEO Weekly first reported last month, emails from our Flintstone Truther friends at Answers in Genesis to the Kentucky Tourism Cabinet reveal that they are having serious fundraising difficulties for their Giant Dinosaur Boat, also known as Ark Encounter. Which of course might explain why their official groundbreaking has now been pushed back by at least an entire year.

At the end of December, The Christian Post joined several media outlets in reporting their fundraising difficulties revealed in the email. But as the eternally optimistic AiG communications director Mark Looy told them, the money is about to come flooding (ha ha) in.

Click through for more on AiG’s economic woes, the power of prayer and positive thinking.

Also from LEO, if you missed the print edition last week, then you missed a great story on payday lenders and Frankfort’s inability (or unwillingness) to reign them in.

Read the whole story, but one highlight comes from Bob Damron, Nicholasville’s Democratic representative, who has received $6,000 from the payday lenders.

Here’s Damron’s “Cold Day In Hell”:

“I don’t like the industry, I don’t like what they do, and I would not use that personally. But until someone is able to show me a realistic option that replaces them and meets the needs of these people, I can’t be for it.”

As for the contributions to him and his committee, Damron says that has zero impact on his vote.

“Campaign contributions do not make a difference in how I vote,” Damron says. “I know most people don’t believe that about politicians, but if you look at my background and my history of campaign contributions, it’s never impacted how I vote on anything.”

Damron followed up the interview with an email (sent to both LEO Weekly and a communications director with the Legislative Research Commission) taking issue with the line of questioning, stating, “It will now be a cold day in hell before I ever vote for that damn bill to limit them.”

LEO replied to the email, asking Damron if he stands by that statement, to which he replied simply, “NO.”

Way to go, Bob. That level of transparency and honesty is refreshing.

Read it all.

The Silver Lining

Kentucky’s regaining national headlines today with news of a small church’s decision to bar interracial marriages and couples. The vote was 9-6, with several not wishing to take a side.

A small Pike County church has voted not to accept interracial couples as members or let them take part in some worship activities.

The decision has caused sharp reaction and disapproval in the Eastern Kentucky county.

“It’s not the spirit of the community in any way, shape or form,” Randy Johnson, president of the Pike County Ministerial Association, said of the vote.

The story is actually somewhat heartening — even if the dipsticks at Gawker are too dumb to figure it out. Basically, we’re talking about a tiny church making a terrible decision widely reviled by the surrounding community. You might even take away from this story that the good people of Pike County are actually not close minded idiots at all, but the opposite. (Or, to put it another way, I’ve met one or two people who work for Gawker but I’m not claiming they’re all pretentious cokeheads.)

So as a note to national commentators… if you’re looking to make fun of us, we’d encourage you to stick to the Governor’s dinosaur theme park. That’s actually representative of the state’s population.

As for Melvin Thompson, the former pastor who actually pushed this dumb rule on his tiny church, we hope he might look into his heart and ask himself… What Would Jesus Do?

And to answer that WWJD, let’s turn to Mr. Taxpayer Funded Bible Theme Park Guy, Ken Ham:

Thus the only form of interracial marriage the Bible talks and warns about is marriage between a Christian and a non-Christian. Even the Israelites were told not to marry the pagan Canaanites. However, a Canaanite appears in the genealogy of Jesus Christ—Rahab (Matthew 1:5). How could that be?

Obviously from the Jericho account in Joshua 6, Rahab stopped being a Canaanite spiritually and became an Israelite spiritually when she trusted in the true God. When she did this, she was free to marry an Israelite because she was then of the same spiritual race, which is what marriage is truly about.

Certainly a couple from different cultural groups needs godly counsel, as do all couples, to help ensure they understand their roles in marriage and the differences they have that could potentially cause problems. However, if a man and woman trust Christ as their Savior and believe it would please Him for them to marry, nothing in Scripture disallows this, from either a biological or a spiritual perspective.

So… stay away from Jews and Muslims and Hindus. Or at least, don’t marry them. Unless you can convert them first.

Glad we cleared this one up.

Dinosaur pArk gets more tax breaks…

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.