This news story may contain the craziest, wildest quote from a politician we’ve ever seen. We were alerted to it by one of our clandestine operatives — code named “Blue Grass.”
The news is in the Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky (not far from ol’ Hambo’s Creation Museum). Their headline is Ark Park road left out of House plan. The newspaper has a comments section, and so far the comments aren’t favorable to Hambo.
“Ark Park” in that headline, of course, refers to the biblical tourist attraction currently under construction in Northern Kentucky by a subsidiary of Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo). But what about the road that was left out of the House plan? This sounds like a serious setback for ol’ Hambo. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Road improvements intended to accommodate heavy traffic headed to the Noah’s Ark park attraction in Grant County are among the projects deleted or delayed in the Kentucky House’s version of the state’s two-year road construction plan.
Deleted or delayed? Gasp! Don’t those fools in the legislature realize that Hambo’s “replica” of the biblical Ark is going to open soon? He’s been lobbying the lawmakers for years to get the roads ready. In December of 2010 we wrote: Noah’s Ark Park: Hambo Seeks More State Money. Back then, the same newspaper reported:
Developers of a creationism theme park have asked the state Transportation Cabinet to improve an Interstate 75 interchange in Grant County to accommodate the projected 1.6 million visitors per year.
After all the time that has passed, the state’s roads still aren’t ready for the expected, ah, deluge of drooling tourists. Let’s read on:
House Republicans charged that majority Democrats helped themselves in the plan – advancing projects in their own districts at the expense of Republican districts, including the ark park work planned in the district of Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge.
Hambo’s Ark is in Linder’s district. He must be furious! The newspaper story continues:
The controversial project of the Christian ministry Answers in Genesis called Ark Encounter is set to open this summer. Linder said an existing interchange on I-75 and road will not be able to handle visitors expected to the attraction. The project was within Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed road bill and the work must be done quickly, Linder said.
Okay, dear reader, now get ready. Here comes the quote we warned you about. To make it even more memorable, we’re not only putting Linder’s words in bold font, but also in red:
“This political partisanship has got to stop. … At some point we need to really stop worrying about who’s in control of the House and start worrying about who’s in control of the universe,” Linder said. “The only thing I can think of is either you’ve got something against me or you’ve got something against God.”
Lordy, lordy. It doesn’t get any better than that! Moving along:
But the House approved its revised two-year construction plan on largely party lines in a 56-40 vote. … Rep. Leslie Combs, a Pikeville Democrat who chairs the House budget subcommittee that developed the House plan, told Linder, “Yes, I do believe in God.” And Combs said she accommodated the requests of the few Republicans who came to her with requests for projects.
Then what happened to the road to Hambo’s Ark? Another excerpt:
Combs emphasized that a plunge in the gas tax rate prior to a year ago, when the General Assembly established a floor rate for the tax, has limited the available funds to spend on roads.
Well! What do you think, dear reader? Was it prudence, or impiety? It seems extremely unwise for the legislature to engage in fiscal blasphemy — especially regarding a symbol of heavenly wrath like the Ark. What climactic disasters will Kentucky experience as a result? We expect to hear from Hambo about this, so stay tuned to this blog!
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