Ken Ham the Weasel

As you might have heard, Ken Ham is trying desperately to avoid paying a new city-mandated 50¢-per-ticket city “safety fee” for visitors to the Ark Park, which would provide $700,000 per year for fire and police protection. Ham doesn’t want to pay that, as it would involve either raising ticket prices or giving up some of his profits. Among Ham’s ploys, which you can read about at The Friendly Atheist (link above) is to claim that the Ark Park is a “religious ministry”, and to do that they sold the for-profit attraction to Answers in Genesis for the munificent sum of ten dollars, all to turn it into a part of Ham’s non-profit ministry. What a cheap creep!

Here’s a cartoon about it from reader Pliny the in Between (click to enlarge):

37 Comments

  1. Randy schenck
    Posted July 22, 2017 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Very nice cartoon. I am guessing the declaration that the wooden boat is a religious ministry is also a great way to remove any thought of taxes being paid. There is a good bit of Trump in this Ham.

    • rickflick
      Posted July 22, 2017 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

      …and just as much Ham in Trump.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted July 22, 2017 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

        You owe me a new keyboard!

        😎

        cr

        • rickflick
          Posted July 22, 2017 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

          Sorry. I suppose that deserved a trigger warning. 😎

      • Torbjörn Larsson
        Posted July 22, 2017 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

        Well, the latest news on the Chucklehead in Chief is that he looking into how to give the White House, including himself, a presidential amnesty for the Russia connections.

        Birds of feathers.

        • Posted July 22, 2017 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

          Putin recently asked about his presidency indicated that he might just keep it. D’ya think birdbrain Trump might follow his leader?

  2. BobTerrace
    Posted July 22, 2017 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    What is hilarious about it is that doing that sale, he lost his $18 million deduction over 10 years from the county. So he breaks even in 25 years (he will not survive that long).

    • Randy schenck
      Posted July 22, 2017 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

      It’s like the used car salesman who complained – I’m losing money on every sale. But that okay, I will make it up with volume.

      • BobTerrace
        Posted July 22, 2017 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

        A few decades ago, I actually had a salesman make that claim at a company that I worked at for the low-cost, low-end product

    • grasshopper
      Posted July 22, 2017 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

      Perhaps it is a very sensible decision to forgo a possible $18 million over ten years if you plan to close the doors in two or three years and get to keep that tangible safety fee. That’s money in the bank.

    • Posted July 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

      But, didn’t he make out like a bandit on sale of the property to himself? He purportedly paid
      $1.00 for the 99 acre parcel, but sold it for $10.00. In regards to the tax incentives, the
      gummint giveth and the gummint taketh away. He should have read the fine print. Ham needs to take this up with his overlord.

  3. Ken Kukec
    Posted July 22, 2017 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    … which would provide $700,000 per year for fire and police protection.

    Needs flood protection, too.

    • ploubere
      Posted July 22, 2017 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

      Ha!

    • Stephen Barnard
      Posted July 22, 2017 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

      Good one.

    • grasshopper
      Posted July 22, 2017 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

      🙂

    • Posted July 22, 2017 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

      Oh, the delicious irony if there was a big storm with flooding in the park.
      Pleeze god, pleeeeeezze…

  4. ratabago
    Posted July 22, 2017 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Looks like it might blow up in his face. Here is, courtesy of the FFRF who did a a freedom of information search, a pdf copy of the
    Notice of breach of tax incentive agreement.

  5. Pliny the in Between
    Posted July 22, 2017 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    I smiled when I saw Jerry’s title for this post. It’s a perfect subtitle to the follow-on to this cartoon though mine is obviously more Homeric

    http://farcornercafe.blogspot.com/2017/07/the-idiot-and-oddity.html

    • rickflick
      Posted July 22, 2017 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

      🙂

  6. Mark R.
    Posted July 22, 2017 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    The way modern Republicans govern is just like the sine qua non of the Ark myth: fuck your neighbor.

    • Mark Joseph
      Posted July 22, 2017 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

      Beat me to it!

  7. Historian
    Posted July 22, 2017 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    The faithful will think no less of Ham for what he has done. So, he’ll try to get away with as much as he can.

    Religious fanatics will be costing Rowan County in the state of Kentucky even more money. Remember Kim Davis? The Washington Post reports:

    “U.S. District Judge David Bunning on Friday ordered the state to pay $222,695 in fees to the attorneys of two same-sex couples and others who sued Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis for refusing to give them marriage licenses. He also awarded $2,008.08 in other costs. Bunning said the county and Davis herself did not have to pay.”

    The ruling is being appealed. Let’s trust that Davis will lose.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/religion/kentucky-told-to-pay-attorney-fees-in-same-sex-marriage-case/2017/07/21/ddd10530-6e32-11e7-abbc-a53480672286_story.html?utm_term=.71e5676cf84f

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted July 22, 2017 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

      KY is the state in which poor people have benefited the most from Obamacare — yet it is represented in the US senate by Mitch McConnell, the main proponent for O-Care repeal, and Rand Paul, who wouldn’t vote for the repeal bill’s most recent iteration because it wasn’t mean enough to poor people.

      When will they ever learn?

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted July 25, 2017 at 11:46 am | Permalink

        When will they ever learn?

        “The floggings will continue until morale improves”

    • Sastra
      Posted July 22, 2017 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

      I suspect that some of the faithful Christians who live in Williamstown might very well be thinking less of Ham for what he’s done. This is a pretty direct slap in the face.

      • Posted July 23, 2017 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

        Don’t count on it; Hamites are very similar to Trumpites – no matter the transgression, the blame will be deflected to the critics who are ‘out to get their man.’

        • Diane G.
          Posted July 24, 2017 at 2:19 am | Permalink

          Evolution made him do it!

  8. Stephen Barrett
    Posted July 22, 2017 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Cartoon dude reminds me of Frank Zappa.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted July 22, 2017 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

      Frank was never one to be jived by that cosmik debris.

      • Mark R.
        Posted July 22, 2017 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

        Ah yes. One of the few great rock guitarists who preferred the SG. I own a 1969; purchased it in ’91 or thereabouts. Zappa was one of the main reasons I wanted one.

  9. Robert Bate
    Posted July 22, 2017 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Opening Arguments, a legal podcast, covered the minutiae of the case. It’s hilarious,
    http://openargs.com/oa88-noahs-ark-private-stuff-computer/

  10. Harrison
    Posted July 22, 2017 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    An important point is that the 700k estimate is based on Ham’s overgenerous estimations of his park’s attendance. 1.4 million visitors at 50 cents surcharge per ticket. In reality it would have been less because even in its opening year the park is not doing the kind of business Ham claimed. Try not to seem too surprised.

  11. Posted July 22, 2017 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    In looking at a photo of the Ark on Wikipedia, I was amused by the little dinky body of water in front of the ark. Is water too expensive in KY? One would think they could afford something at least as large as a lake, if not an ocean.

    • rickflick
      Posted July 22, 2017 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

      You think maybe there’s something fake about the whole thing?

  12. Mark Loucks
    Posted July 22, 2017 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    If he won’t pay the tax then no police or fire protection. Tipton County Tennessee refused to put out a fire in a rather plush suburban home since the folks neglected to pay their yearly fee. After that, compliance with the yearly fee went way up.

  13. Lurker111
    Posted July 23, 2017 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    William S. Burroughs would not have been surprised. Not at all.


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