Christian evangelical extremist Ken Ham and his friends are apoplectic over Carnival Cruise Lines’ Super Bowl ad embracing evolution.
Carnival Cruise Lines ran a phenomenal, smart, and stunningly beautiful ad during the Super Bowl Sunday night, featuring the voice of John F. Kennedy in a speech he delivered in 1962, one year before his assassination.Â
“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea,” Kennedy says in the voiceover. “And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came.”
Respectfully, Carnival didn’t edit the quote one bit.
Creationist Ken Ham â€“Â fresh off a stunning defeat in Kentucky, where the State finally figured out what progressives have been saying for a year, that he would discriminate based on religion in hiring for his proposed Noah’s Ark museumÂ â€“ had an entirely different reaction to the Super Bowl ad honoring our late, great president.
“Carnival Cruise Corporationâ€”Blatant Use of Evolution for Super Bowl Advertisement,” Ham titled his retort on his Answers In Genesis blog, which is ironically titled, Around The World With Ken Ham.
Attacking popularÂ astrophysicistÂ Neil deGrasse Tyson “in his cosmos seriesÂ telling us we are all stardustâ€”we are children of the stars,” Ham mocks the majority of Americans who actually believe science and evolution, not what’s printed in the bible, by saying, “worship the stars and worship the sea! Thatâ€™s the increasing state of our culture as it abandons the truth of Godâ€™s Word.”
Of course, it is possible to believe in god and evolution (ask Pope Francis and Pope Benedict, by the way.) Also, the vast, vast majority of those who don’t believe in god don’t “worship the stars and worship the sea,” but facts are useless to the Ken Hams of the world.
Ham goes on to explain that “the Carnival Corporation wants to supposedly ‘create a personal connection with consumers'” â€“Â as if that’s a bad thingÂ â€“ as he continues to mock the majority of America.
Donâ€™t you just feel this â€œpersonal connection?â€ After all, your ancestor came out of the sea and evolved by natural processes to produce you. Donâ€™t you feel the connection? Donâ€™t you just want to go on one of their cruises so you can stand on the deck of a big cruise ship, look at the sea, and contemplate your accidental beginningsâ€”and perhaps worship the sea, because it gave birth to you!
Ohâ€”and really, you can spend a lot of money on such a cruise, but because you evolved from the sea and are just an evolved animal, and when you die you wonâ€™t even know you existedâ€”so you wonâ€™t even remember the cruiseâ€”so whatâ€™s the point anyway? You just evolved to have an ultimately meaningless existence!
(Actually, “life is short â€“Â enjoy it to its fullest” seems to be a more accurate way to look at going on a cruise, but I digress.)
And then Ham goes in for the kill.
Soâ€”worship the stars and worship the sea! Thatâ€™s the increasing state of our culture as it abandons the truth of Godâ€™s Word.
Except for the fact that itâ€™s a spiritual issue because of our sin, itâ€™s mind-boggling to think that intelligent people can actually believe life (and the whole universe) came about by accident! Ludicrous!
Hemant Mehta, the “Friendly Atheist,” critiques Ham’s outrage.
“We see a connection to the world around usâ€¦ Ham sees only sin,” he says. “Turns out you can learn a lot when your library consists of more than just a single book,” MehtaÂ concludes, pointing out that Ham has said the only book anyone needs is the bible.
But Ham is not the only one to explode in religious righteousnessÂ indignation.Â
Anti-gay Christian extremist Janet Parshall is furious:
â€” Janet Parshall (@parshalltalk) February 2, 2015
And so were other Christian evolution deniers:
@jCdaniels I was surprised Carnival would alienate 175 million Americans who correctly believe in God as the Creator.
â€” Tony (@NotTheFakeTMH) February 2, 2015
@slmiller222 Wasn’t that absurd? I nver knew Kennedy made such an ignorant statement.
â€” Linda Lee White (@LindaLeeWhite) February 2, 2015
I don’t get the carnival cruise line commercial. It says we all came from the sea. . I didn’t come from the sea!! God created us not the sea
â€” Teresa (@mountianmama64) February 2, 2015
â€” Mitzi Campbell (@Mitzi15) February 2, 2015
Carnival cruise lines promoting Darwinism? Don’t think so, God made the Heavens and the Earth
â€” Ron chavez (@Ronchav24090723) February 2, 2015
â€” NFL Czar (@nfl_czar) February 2, 2015
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Ethics Complaint Against Sinema Urges Investigation Into Staffers’ Duties and Her Possible ‘Abuse of Taxpayer Dollars’
If you are hired to work in Senator Kyrsten Sinema‘s office on Capitol Hill there is a 37-page memo you’ll want to read detailing all the responsibilities her staffers are required to perform, from getting her groceries, calling Verizon and going to her D.C. home to wait for a repair person if the internet goes out, scheduling massages, and ensuring her very detailed airplane requirements are met.
“It is your job to make her as comfortable as possible on each flight,” the memo says, as The Daily Beast first reported in December.
But now a group of 13 non-profit organizations have joined to file an ethics complaint against Senator Sinema (I-AZ), a new Daily Beast report reveals Friday, including details from that 37-page memo which the newly-independent lawmaker directed to be drawn up. Dated Thursday, the complaint is titled: “Letter to Senate Ethics Committee Regarding Reports of Sinema Abusing Taxpayer Dollars.”
“Senate Ethics guidelines stipulate that staff should not be asked to perform personal errands for members. This is an unambiguous ethical boundary,” the group’s complaint reads.
It also points to that 37-page memo, which it says, “indicates that staff are required, as a condition of their jobs, to carry out numerous tasks that are outside the scope of public employment, including doing personal errands for the Senator, carrying out household tasks at her private residence, and advancing their own funds for her personal purchases. It makes unreasonably precise scheduling demands, and former staff have confirmed some of the allegations.”
The allegations continue.
“And, most troubling, it calls on staff members, who are employed and paid by the public and explicitly barred from campaign activity, to schedule and facilitate political fundraisers and meetings with campaign donors, presumably during the workday while they are on the clock and physically on federal property.”
“Senate staff are prohibited under your guidelines from engaging in political activity ‘on Senate time, using Senate equipment or facilities.’ While you have not prohibited campaign activity outside work hours, the plain language of the memo clearly implies that Sen. Sinema expects her staff to carry out these scheduling tasks during the workday. And these tasks may separately violate Senate Rule 41.1, which explicitly prohibits Senate employees from ‘solicit[ing]’ campaign funds.”
The complaint also alleges that “Sen. Sinema required her staff to schedule three physical therapy and massage sessions a week related to her training for athletic competitions, and to tightly manage her dietary schedule — while allotting only a 30-minute period on Wednesdays for meetings with the constituents she represents.”
The carefully-worded complaint adds, “the allegations paint a picture of a Senator who is not only unresponsive to her constituents, but also disrespectful and even abusive to her employees and wholly unconcerned about her obligations under the law.”
The Daily Beast has posted a copy of the complaint here.
You can read The Beast’s full report here.
Santos May Owe Thousands in Unpaid Traffic Violation Fines and Fees Across Two States: Report
When he left for Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. George Santos also appears to have left a string of unpaid traffic violation fines and fees in two states, including red light, double parking, and overtime parking citations totaling thousands of dollars.
The embattled serial liar and freshman New York GOP lawmaker “may owe more than $3,400 in unpaid citations, according to records from New York City and Florida,” CBS News reports.
Included in that total is $1,299.10 from Florida for toll violations that “racked up late fees and were ultimately sent to collections agencies.”
It appears that in November of 2016, as soon as he got his New York driver’s license after having one in Florida, a car previously ticket via a red light camera whose plates match one registered to Santos “began piling up citations in New York City — 29 in the next two and a half years, according to city government records, which do not identify the drivers of vehicles being ticketed.”
“More than $1,800 in payments were made for 17 citations, but another 12 remain unpaid, with $2,142.61 still due, according to city records.”
CBS News also points to a New York Post report from January revealing “a Nissan Rogue driven frequently by Santos in recent months had been issued speeding tickets at least five times since he was elected on Nov. 8, ‘including four times in school zones.'”
Santos is under numerous state and federal investigations that span the gamut from campaign finance to allegedly stolen charity funds donated to save the life of a veteran’s service dog. The dog died after the vet could not afford to pay for the operation.
‘Bioweapons? FFS’: House Oversight Chairman Mocked for Pushing Unfounded Balloon Conspiracy Theories
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer is pushing baseless conspiracy theories about the Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon floating over the United States – currently, over Montana – that the Pentagon is tracking, and he’s being widely mocked for his unfounded fear-mongering.
Fox News host Harris Faulkner set the stage perfectly for the far-right Republican from Kentucky, declaring the balloon is “the size of three buses” and that “China says was taken by wind – wind that we can’t substantiate.”
The Kentucky congressman who has falsely described President Biden as “compromised,” and stated he is going to target and investigate him, told Faulkner, “I have concern this is going to be another example of the Biden administration’s weakness on the national scale.”
Comer, 50, a former agriculture commissioner, lamented about Biden’s handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, claiming it hurt the reputation of America’s military and Commander in Chief.
The balloon, he said, should “never have been allowed” to cross over into the United States.
“My concern is that the federal government doesn’t know what’s in that balloon. Is that bioweapons in that balloon? Did that balloon take off from Wuhan?” he asked, pushing unfounded theories while echoing the far-right’s false claims the COVID-19 virus was developed as a bioweapon and escaped the lab in Wuhan, China.
After suggesting it might have bioweapons, he then said it was “very concerning” the balloon was not shot down before reaching the U.S. – which could have spread the alleged bioweapon.
Faulkner, seen by some as a propagandist, then jumped in to exhibit her surprise that “people on Capitol Hill were not briefed” about the balloon.
“Calling for the president to ‘shoot down’ the craft,” The Daily Beast’s Justin Baragona adds, “some in the GOP called the president ‘Beijing Biden’ while claiming this is further proof that ‘Communist China’ doesn’t ‘fear or respect’ Biden.”
House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer to Fox News: “My concern is that the federal government doesn’t know what’s in that balloon. Is that bioweapons in that balloon? Did that balloon take off from Wuhan?” pic.twitter.com/0r9JmBl4zo
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) February 3, 2023
“Honestly,” communications strategist Doug Gordon noted, “just surprised he didn’t find a way to include Hunter’s laptop into that conspiracy theory.”
“Actually, he did later on,” Baragona replied.
National security expert Denver Riggleman, the Republican former U.S. Congressman from Virginia who assisted the Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, tweeted: “Bioweapons? FFS”
Referring to Comer’s unfounded bioweapons claim, one Twitter user observed, “Isn’t that more reason not to shoot at it? I’m not saying I know what to do, but logic would dictate ‘don’t shoot at balloons full of bioweapons.’ Right?”
Another noted that the Oversight Chairman should have been listening to the Pentagon’s briefing “taking place now instead of running to get on Fox to talk about something he has no expertise in.”
Another, mocking Comer, noted: “If they were sending a bio weapon, why would they park it over sparsely populated Montana? *rolls eyes*”
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