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Friday, January 19, 2007

Hovind gets 10 years

Photo courtesy 'Missus Gumby'--2007

By now most people who have followed the Hovind court case realize he got 10 years in prison and some hefty fines. Hovind probably did not do himself any favors when he said (tearfully):

"If it's just money the IRS wants, there are thousands of people out there who will help pay the money they want so I can go back out there and preach," Hovind said.

What balls! Why doesn't Hovind come up with the money? What happened to all that money? Can anyone imagine a bank robber telling the judge, "Hey if it's just about the money, I'll go pass a plate and pay it all back"? Hovind didn't get it when he was convicted and apparently he did not get it today. Maybe, hopefully, he'll get it in the next 10 years.

Bottom line: The creation 'science' evangelism was a good scam and if Hovind had simply paid his taxes, he would still be living the good life. Travelling and selling his nonsensical books and tapes to an audience he knew really wanted to believe in his message. What's really disturbing is that his audience, in true Jim Jones fashion, still follows him as if he were a god.


Joe Meert


At 4:33 AM, Anonymous Chris Grose said...

So I guess the infamous 250k reward has been redirected to the government. Ho hum..

At 8:01 AM, Blogger Joe Meert said...

Hey Chris. You getting edumacated?

At 3:44 PM, Blogger dogscratcher said...

Saw your comment over on the Pensacola News Journal site: you get around a lot.

"Maybe he'll learn a new con game in prison."

I think he'll stick with the con-game he knows best: fleecing the faithful. But I wouldn't be surprised if he learned a few other things there: as another famous Floridian (John MacDonald) used to say, "The only thing that prison cures is heterosexuality."

At 6:13 PM, Blogger Joe Meert said...

I'm here, I'm there. I'm busy fighting for science and reason (disappears into a phone booth).....comes out looking for his pants.


Joe Meert

At 11:36 PM, Anonymous Chris Grose said...

Hey Joe. Indeed, edgamacation continues! The methods of acadamia are quite frustrating though. Although I suppose thats what happens when a geodynamics kinda guy treads in philosophy. Oh woe is me!

I see you are still fighting the good fight. Let me know if you ever need a students perspective or someone to happily thresh through and meditate on the limits of even the most insane of hypotheses. You know the best of any i'm into that kinda thing. Sometimes I think I am Feyerabend incarnate. haha!


At 9:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know the Hovinds.

But I will say this. There has been a reward of 50,000 dollars posted for many years now for anyone who can show the law that requires most people have to pay income taxes. There are people getting off in courts because the IRS can not show the law.

Other than that, it seems he may have gone beyond that with the employees.


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