Sunday, July 08, 2007

Welcome back to another edition of SchadenfreudenFest 2007

Local briefs | Local News |
Appeals court upholds sentence in Hovind tax-evasion case An appeals court Monday upheld the sentence of evangelist and creationist-theme park owner Kent Hovind. Hovind was found guilty in November on 58 federal counts, including failure to pay $845,000 in employee-related taxes. He was sentenced in January to 10 years in federal prison. His wife, Jo Hovind, also was found guilty on 45 counts of evading bank-reporting requirements. She was sentenced Friday to one year and one day in prison. Kent Hovind filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit claiming he was prevented from challenging the amount of his tax liability. A three-judge panel ruled that Hovind failed to raise the issue at the right time, so he waived his rights to contest his tax liability. The Hovinds operated Dinosaur Adventure Land, a religious theme park at 5800 N. Palafox St. in Pensacola.

Via Dispatches from the Culture War
But wait, there's always more Hovind out there so let's see what else is percolating through the blogosphere...

Pharyngula: A compendium of craziness
Be careful, Nathan Zamprogno. The background research behind compiling a list of all the insane things Kent Hovind believes can be very hazardous to your mental health. Reading the list can be very entertaining, though, so thank you for the sacrifice of some of your psychological stability.

Ooo that could lead somewhere, let's see what Nathan Zamprogno (that's not an easy name to type) has to say...

The Baliset Palimpsest: When you can't convince unreason
I feel torn. In my twenties I used to think that "boots and all" was the best debating tactic when closely held principles were at stake. Now, in my thirties, I wonder if my debating reserve is now more a function of my mortgage, my more-than-full-time job, or a little more life-experience. Could it be a loss of idealism and a lack of care? That last prospect gives me the shudders. God save me from a lack of care.

But sometimes you just have to throw the towel in. Sometimes, the degree of ignorance you encounter in a debate makes progress impossible. Perhaps this is the lesson I am now slowly learning in my thirties: When to leave people to their own delusions.

At the end is a list of some of the more crackpot conspiracy theories available. All culled from Hovind's CSE blog. Cause nothing looney ever happens there.

NCSE Resource
The headline in the October 16, 1998, Daily Star, "$10,000 to prove him wrong," told me immediately that the article in my local newspaper was about Kent Hovind, an itinerant creationist who presented a "seminar" at Immanuel Baptist Church in Hammond, Louisiana. (Hammond is in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, where the school board is involved in an ongoing court case involving its evolution disclaimer.) To many interested in teaching evolution in public schools, Hovind is familiar, but as an expert at self-promotion rather than evolution. His true agenda, which he shares with other members of the Religious Right, is undermining public schools by attacking the teaching of evolution.

Truly an nice little list of the bizarre crap that has fallen out that guy's face.

The Color of Sound
Does Kent Hovind know the difference between a light wave and a sound wave?

I didn't even have to read the article to know that the answer was "No."

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