Creation Museum Nuts Foam at the Mouth

We could have predicted it. The Creation Museum nuts are out among us foaming at the mouth over yesterday’s op-ed in the Courier-Journal. Can’t let the truth get out that the “museum” is damaging to children.

In a letter to the editor today Mark Looy, the museum’s CCO, takes issue with everything. Apparently science is what spreads dogma. Evolution is the devil. Educators are just trying to censor the truth. Ha. It was a blast reading that one.

On Sunday, a former science instructor wrote a scathing commentary about our new Creation Museum near Cincinnati. Unlike a careful scientist, he made several mistakes and misrepresentations. Among them:

He misspells our president Ken Ham’s name, but that is the least of the column’s problems.

You’ve gotta read this one for all its glory. Not the least of which is about a man building a ship (out of wood, mind you) large enough to hold 32,000 animals or something.

Tuesday Update Dept: Make a Decision Edition

First: Noticed anyone back in action recycling our stories from days and days ago with no attribution? Yeah, we noticed too. The smelling salts worked! Imitation is the best form of flattery, right? Right?

Cozy wozy lobbyists. Whoda thunk it? John Y. Brown III and Hunter Bates on the same team. We talked about them joining lobbying forces ages ago but this Alessi story is quite a bit more telling. From exclusive meetings for clients with Democratic Party chairperson Jennifer Moore to future runs for office, it’s all there. Behold the power of money and the realization that it’s now necessary to spend it on Democrats. And, no, we’re not trashing anyone. We’re capitalists and heart money and ad revenue. [H-L]

Jonboy’s replacement. Ernest Lee has set the election date for Jon Draud’s replacement in the state house. Jan 8. Kenton County Republican and Democratic party officials will select the candidates to run in the election with the winner serving out the rest of the newly selected Education Commissioner’s term. [PolWatchers]

Everyone had sex with Larry Craig. Oh, and he’s a pervert. In case you didn’t know, go read all about it. All kinds of gays. All kinds of Larry soliciting everyone. When will it end? It needs to end! The wide stance is so over. Even though McConnell’s Bluegrass Committee gave Craig $10,000. It’s so over. [Idaho Statesman]

McConnell is a warmonger. Continually supportive of this clusterfuck of a war, McConnell is trying to tie uncompleted budget work to war funding. When will Democrats stand up to this mess? Why do we continually allow this crap to go down? Our country is at the very end of the dead end street and the Democrats have allowed this warmonger to build a brick wall. Oh, and Ted Kennedy is the devil or something. [AP, The Arena]

Piss or get off the pot! In case you missed it yesterday? We laid out some pros and cons and suggested any potential candidates in the U.S. Senate race against Mitch McConnel just flipping get in the race. The posturing and lack of action is getting old and it’s high time we stop holding this process hostage. Come on! [Page One]

Creation Museum: Not Safe for Children

James Willmot, a writer on the right side of science (aka not ignorant) penned a lengthy op-ed for the Courier-Journal today about the Creation Museum in Boone County and the damage being done to school-age children everywhere. Not to mention the damage being done to Kentucky’s already waning reputation as a shoe-free society.

And we’re not talking about injuries on the saddle-clad dinosaurs. Or even the trauma caused upon learning the museum’s model for “Adam” is a gay porn star.

All right for killing test scores and common sense!

There is a great educational injustice being inflicted upon thousands of children in this country, a large percentage of whom come from the Kentucky, Ohio and, Indiana areas. The source of this injustice is a sophisticated Christian ministry that uses the hook of dinosaurs, the guarantee of an afterlife, and the horrors of hell to convince children and their families to believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible. The tax-exempt ministry, Answers in Genesis, and its new $28 million creation museum in Boone County has become the de facto source of science information to thousands of Christians who are throwing away reason and 500 years of scientific inquiry and replacing it with ignorant dogma.

These kids are learning that despite a fossil record that clearly shows a progression of simple life forms becoming more complex life forms over billions of years (the first bacteria are believed to have established themselves approximately 3.8 billion years ago), they are taught that the first man was made from clay and that the first woman was made from the man’s rib. Instead of learning that the process of natural selection, over 3,800 millions of years, has changed populations of organisms into the approximately 10 million species (conservative estimate) that inhabit the Earth today, they are taught the “poof” theory of creationism.

Don’t forget to check out Joe Sonka’s photographic tour of the “museum” from June.

You know the C-J has struck a chord when the nuts come out on their forum. This article has definitely struck a chord. Go read all the crazy messages.

Draud can’t get his story straight

Were you one of the optimistic individuals who thought Jon Draud had his ducks in a row? Understandable. But don’t count your chickens before the eggs hatch. Draud supports the colossal disaster that is No Child Left Behind:

Draud is supportive of the No Child Left Behind act, a federal law that measures schools through reading and math tests. The law is up for reauthorization. Draud thinks NCLB is another accountability model that will help the state with the goal of bringing all schools to proficiency by 2014.

If that’s not enough to cause a head scratch or two, he contradicts himself on religion in public schools. He says today:

“I’m not in favor of teaching the Ten Commandments in schools,” he said. “I’m not in favor of teaching any religion in the schools. It’s pretty clear what our U.S. Constitution says.”

But in 1999 Draud wrote an editorial for the Kentucky Post about G-d being taken out of the American values system:

“Parents frequently do not teach their children about God and traditional American values, and schools are forbidden to do so by our court system”

So which is it? Does he support the separation of church and state or is he incensed that schools are forbidden to promote religion?

We’re glad Draud is not Barbara Erwin. But we’re not quite in the Al Smith optimism camp.

Jim Waters: The good faces of education shouldn’t get a nose job – Updated

This week Jim Waters focuses on the state of public education in Kentucky and the recently passed selection of Commissioner of Education Jon Draud. While the story is a week old (because we wouldn’t want to compete with antiquated print operations we enjoy) it’s worth a read. Not even a mention of school vouchers or Ronald Reagan. We jest.

Updated: Jim has updated his story to include information about Draud.



The good faces of education shouldn’t get a nose job

By Jim Waters

The Kentucky Board of Education thumbed its nose at Gov.-elect Steve Beshear, who wanted to slow down the selection process for a new education commissioner.

Beshear said he thought some good candidates didn’t apply because of the contentious gubernatorial campaign. But he overestimates the involvement of politics and underestimates the obstacles to attracting quality candidates created by an education bureaucracy so bloated it can’t bend over and touch its toes – a body part unseen for decades.

But the cloud of neglect the board cast on Beshear comes with a silver lining: the clearly diminished power of Kentucky’s governor.

Read more

Partial Update Dept.

Jake spent the evening in the ER so there’ll be light posting for a day or so. Medically necessary “vacation” time.

It’s the economy, stupid. Personal bankruptcy filings for the first three quarters of 2007 totaled more than all bankruptcy filings in 2006. A 40.2% increase. Business filings are up 40.5%. Great economy, isn’t it? All this after more stringent filing rules. [Business First]

Blah. Is it even worth wasting our breath anymore? David Adams rails on our failure of a Board of Education and their new Commissioner. Dear Leader was anointed by King Ernest Lee. We can only hope he’s nothing like Barbara Erwin. [KY Progress]

Hebert has the juice on political appointments. Most notable is Dana Mayton who will take the helm as Jack Conway’s Chief Deputy. Mayton, a UofL lobbyist, has a reputation for bringing home the university bacon. The funny part is in Hebert’s first graph, “Mayton takes the post currently held, and ably administered by, Pierce Whites, who has seemingly run the A.G.’s office the past four years because Greg Stumbo has rarely been seen in Frankfort. Hoo boy. [Mark Hebert]

Oh Snap Monday: Educational Failure Dept

Rep. Harry Moberly keeps promise, researching damage by mountaintop removal, only Democrat standing up. Puts Jim Gooch to shame. Moberly, according to Stephenie Steitzer, will study the impact of coal mining on December 3 by traveling to Hazard. How long will it take the rest of the legislature to do something like this? Ten years? 15? [The Arena]

Ready to ride? Kentucky Equine Education Project/KEEP needs volunteer riders for Steve Beshear’s inaugural parade. Frankfort – 10:00 A.M. – December 11. If you’re interested in walking or riding, get in touch with KEEP’s field director Cara Stewart. KEEP is headed by Patrick Neely, a guy Republicans and Democrats alike appreciate and one of the brightest political minds in the state. Good opportunity to get involved. [KEEP]

Freedom calls? Is this what the GOP has to look forward to? If so, we’re sorry, GOP. Really sorry. This is quite possibly the most ignorant and racist tripe ever published as an op-ed in any Kentucky newspaper. W. Bryan Hubbard writes not to his fellow Republicans to but his fellow wingnuts. [H-L]

Beshear for the win. Seems governor-elect Steve Beshear is stepping up to finish what Ernie Fletcher stopped. Beshear promises to help finish construction of Kentucky’s Center for African American Heritage. Fletcher and his cronies at the Transportation Cabinet have ignorantly withheld funding to complete the project the past two years. You’d never see this sort of roadblock for something like the Creation Museum. [C-J]

New commissioner. As Mark Hebert reported, Jon Draud is the new Education Commissioner. He’s a Republican selected by a board of Republicans appointed by Ernie Fletcher. Both sides of the aisle have been distraught for weeks over the Board of Education’s apparent lack of common sense. Can we expect success with this continued corruption? Fat chance. [Mark Hebert]

Public corruption in Clay County. You think it’s interesting living in the golden triangle? Think again. The mayor of Manchester along with other public officials dealt drugs, profited from the illegal gun trade, bought votes and when a citizen didn’t want to sell their house to the city? They hired a hit man to torch the place. And people wonder why Eastern Kentucky is falling apart. It might just be because the Roger Benton legacy continues. Those involved were finally sentenced. [H-L here & here]

The Enquirer will never provide real journalism. In Pat Crowley’s latest piece he tells Democrats to be afraid because they’re essentially screwed up in Northern Kentucky. Primarily because Northern Kentucky Democrats have made fools of themselves the past several weeks. He turned what could have been a great 730-word column about the November 6 election into a weird warning for Democrats. Are his editors writing for him? We know Pat is a real journalist and is capable of much better. [The Enquirer]