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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‘Can Be Used Against You’: Trump Took Big Risk Pleading the Fifth 400 Times in Deposition Says Legal Expert
A newly released video shows Donald Trump pleading the Fifth Amendment hundreds of times in a deposition, and a legal expert explained how that could be used against him in court.
The former president was finally hauled in to testify last year in the $25 million fraud lawsuit filed against the Trump Organization by New York attorney Letitia James, and he exercised his constitutional right against self-incrimination nearly 450 times — but MSNBC legal analyst Andrew Weissmann said the move carried potential risk in a civil case.
“I agree with him on the point of taking the Fifth,” Weissmann said. “It’s important to remember everyone has a right to the Fifth if a truthful answer would tend to incriminate you. In a civil case, it can be used against you, unlike in a criminal case.”
“One other thing I would disagree is when he is saying there’s this witch hunt, he left out jurors,” Weissmann added. “The Trump Organizations went to trial, they had their day in court. They could present all of their evidence, [and] 12 jurors, that’s everyday citizens, found beyond a reasonable doubt that there was a multi-year tax conspiracy that his organizations were involved in, and there was evidence he knew about it as would make sense. That’s one more reason for him to be asserting the Fifth Amendment.”
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Stefanik Was Once ‘Laser Focused on Electing Santos’ – Now She Blames Voters for Electing Him as She Backs Away
One of the most powerful Republicans in the House of Representatives, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), used her reputation and geographic proximity to help get fellow New York Republican George Santos elected to Congress. But now, as her donors and his express anger at being misled and lied to, and ahead of what appears to be a likely federal investigation and possible prosecution against the freshman GOP lawmaker, Stefanik is blaming voters for electing him to Congress: “Ultimately voters make this decision,” she said Tuesday.
Stefanik is the Chair of the House Republican Conference, a role she was first elected to when the now former Congresswoman, Liz Cheney, was thrown out of GOP leadership for telling the truth about the January 6 insurrection and Donald Trump. Stefanik was re-elected to her role after the November election.
Amid Santos announcing on Tuesday he is temporarily recusing himself from the two committees he was appointed to, Stefanik was asked if she regretted supporting his candidacy.
Indeed, one of the top reasons Santos was elected was Stefanik’s endorsement – and all the donor money that came with it.
“Stefanik’s team was laser focused on electing Santos to Congress – more than just about any other race in the country,” a senior Republican strategist involved in campaigns before the midterms told CNN. “Another donor, who attended a fundraising luncheon with Stefanik and Santos, confirmed to CNN through a representative that ‘he donated to George Santos because of Elise Stefanik’s endorsement.'”
It wasn’t just her endorsements. It appears Stefanik took great interest in getting Santos elected. CNN also reported that a source “said that a top political aide for Stefanik was involved in campaigning for Santos. Multiple sources told CNN that aide was closely advising Santos’ campaign and involved in hiring people.”
Stefanik’s spokesperson denied the allegations.
In July, Santos tweeted that Stefanik “has been one of my strongest backers and closest friends. I fully stand with her vote today as she stood up for civil rights. I look forward to serving alongside her when I’m elected to Congress in November.”
In fact, this was the banner atop Santos’ Twitter account for a very long time, up until recently:
Here is Stefanik tweeting her “major announcement” – her endorsement of Santos – on August 11, 2001, more than a year before Election Day.
“Excited to endorse my friend and fellow America First conservative George Santos for Congress in #NY03. @Santos4Congress will take on NYC liberal elites and bring a new generation of GOP leadership to NY and America. He has my full support!”
🚨🚨 MAJOR ENDORSEMENT ALERT 🚨🚨
Excited to endorse my friend and fellow America First conservative George Santos for Congress in #NY03.@Santos4Congress will take on NYC liberal elites and bring a new generation of GOP leadership to NY and America. He has my full support! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/vGTnWW1ROY
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) August 11, 2021
And in May of last year: “WOW! Great lunch event for @Santos4Congress! We raised over $100,000 to help George FLIP #NY03 George has my complete and total endorsement and come November, New Yorkers will send George to Congress! #SaveNewYork #SaveAmerica”
WOW! Great lunch event for @Santos4Congress!
We raised over $100,000 to help George FLIP #NY03 🔵➡️🔴
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) May 23, 2022
She literally told voters that electing George Santos to Congress will “Save New York” and “Save America.”
On Tuesday, Stefanik told voters something very different: it’s their fault they voted for him, she said, taking no responsibility for her endorsements.
“Like all of my colleagues, particularly in New York State, I supported George Santos as the nominee, and the people of his district voted to elect him,” she told reporters – not once mentioning there was no Republican primary and Santos automatically became the Republican party’s nominee.
“Ultimately voters make this decision about who they elect to Congress,” Stefanik declared, wholly removing herself, her endorsements, and any possible assistance she or her campaign may have given to Santos or his campaign.
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 31, 2023
See the tweets and video above or at this link.
Santos Recuses Himself From Committees Amid Possible Criminal Investigation
Embattled freshman U.S. Rep. George Santos (R-NY), in what is the first time he has taken any steps to acknowledge the depths of political and now possibly criminal challenges he faces, says he will recuse himself from his committee assignments until his ethics issues have been resolved.
Santos also told his Republican colleagues of his plans on Tuesday, NBC News reports. Santos is on the Science and Small Business committees.
The Daily Beast’s Roger Sollenberger, who has provided extensive reporting on the Republican frequently called a “serial liar,” adds that the Santos’ announcement came after a meeting with Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
“With all signs pointing to an active federal criminal investigation into his campaign finance activity, Santos has ‘voluntarily’ declined—after meeting last night with Kevin McCarthy—to stay off of committees, as Republicans try to sideline Ilhan Omar,” Sollenberger reports.
Sollenberger broke the news that Santos, or his campaign, amended his FEC filing to indicate $625,000 in “personal” loans to his campaign were not actually from his personal funds.
Republicans are trying to keep U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), one of their regular, prime targets, from taking her seat on the Foreign Affairs Committee. Speaker McCarthy has already blocked Democratic Congressmen Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee, invoking his ability to do so because it is a Select committee and subject to the Speaker’s decisions.
MSNBC reported the breaking news on-air. Watch below or at this link.
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) January 31, 2023
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