Noah’s Giant Boat

What makes Kentucky such a hotbed for religious theme parks and otherwise unscientific entertainment spectacles? First there was the infamous Creation Museum in Petersburg and now the forthcoming Ark Encounter theme park in nearby Williamstown.

0129noahsark02.jpg

A life-size recreation of the mythical Noah’s Ark

Lindsay Tucker has written about the Ark Encounter in Newsweek Magazine, including a very interesting interview with Ken Ham representing the Young Earth Creationists. Here is the introduction to that piece:

Continue reading

Entrance Exams For Politicians

MDP HS.jpgWhen I was in Junior High (Eighth grade I believe) we learned all about the United States Constitution and a few of the other sacred documents on which the government of this country is founded (like The Declaration of Independence). Then we had to pass an examination on the Constitution with a requirement that we could only get one or two answers wrong to avoid failing the test.

The really scary part, though, was the strict requirement that we could not graduate without passing this test.

I studied intensely in panic mode and lay in my bed at night, awake and iterating the many jobs I might qualify for if and when I failed the Constitution test (they all involved French Fries). Despite the length of the test and the detail of the Constitution it went into, I only answered one question incorrectly and saved myself from a sad life of bagging groceries or flipping burgers.

Continue reading

Boehner’s frivolous lawsuit against Obama

Boehner ObamaThere is a great deal of discussion of this unprecedented lawsuit being entered into by the Republicans in the House of Representatives against the President of the United States. Google it and read a few articles. For the most part the lawsuit is being described as silly, frivolous, a waste of taxpayer’s money, partisan, and even racist. Jonathan Capehart gives a good analysis in the Washington Post where we can suss out of few of the salient points.

Continue reading