incoming (2006-28)


Long-distance Pulse

Rumors in the Air

Evolution Schmevolution

Yeah, Things are Fine

Red (White and Blue) Flag

Cynthia Markert

Long-distance Pulse

I enjoy seeing photos of Knoxville, reading about the bands playing at all the old spots, finding out about the further defribullation of downtown and its surrounding communities, and hearing about the good ol’ homegrown-style political corruption that I left behind only three months ago. Of course they have bands and corruption in Japan as well, but reading the Pulse brings me right back home.

As I type the Metro Pulse web address into my browser, I imagine walking up three doors to Lenny’s Sub Shop from my old job at The Home Depot in west Knoxville. As the page loads, I imagine peeking my head in the door and saying hello to the friendly and eclectic staff there, reaching down to pick up a fresh Pulse from the basket just inside the door, while stealing a smell of what’s cooking. As I scan the homepage, I imagine myself scanning the cover as I walk back to the break room at the Depot. And as I read the columns online I am transported back to the town, which may never be the place where I live again, but which will always be home.

I know that your service has nothing to do with me personally.  What I do know is that it is there for people like me, who are too far away to hold that dear stack of print-on-pulp in our hands. I thank you for that. Thank you for making the other-side of the world feel like home, at least for an hour or so every week. All I need now is the Pulse ’s local crossword puzzle.

Trevor J. Cox

Rumors in the Air

Sarah Deane

Evolution Schmevolution

Why, the sub-head alone purported the piece to be “fact-filled”! So you can understand my disappointment as I read Mr. Hall’s opinion piece again and again, being hard pressed to find even a single fact in it. Instead, what I found was a lot of conjecture, speculation and, um, theories.

For example, some introductory sentences to several of the “fact-filled” paragraphs: …“Entomologists suggested leaping and gliding”; “those who study aquatic insects have been exploring a more viable hypothesis”; “Bird researchers debate whether avian flight”; “Ornithologists would be wise to look to entomology and ponder whether”; “An interesting hypothesis on human origins….”

What? You say you’re not convinced by proven and declarative scientific statements like these? No, neither was I.

Maybe it’s because the “fact” is the arguments supporting Darwin’s inherently racist theory of evolution are astonishingly weak.

To paraphrase Mr. Hall, whenever I hear someone defending this “theory” as “fact” I am struck by how little they seem to know about science.

First, the fossil record is an embarrassment to evolutionists. To date, there have been zero fossils found demonstrating a verifiable transition from one kind to another. Of course, this doesn’t stop the true believers in evolution from claiming they have plenty of transitional fossils. Usually, these consist of glued-together bird and lizard fossils or fossils of which there is more plaster-of-Paris and artists’ imagination than actual bone.

At least Darwin had an excuse. In his day, there was a dearth of fossils, so his claims could sound plausible. Today, we have a wealth of fossil evidence and still no transitional forms.

Furthermore, we know today that a fertilized human egg is among the most complex, intricate and organized structures in the universe. In Darwin’s day, a human egg was thought to be little more than a microscopic blob of gelatin. Ironic that evolutionists/atheists/secular humanists, etc. should claim to be proponents of scientific enlightenment, yet cling to the idea that an egg, an eye or the universe (which are all masterpieces of precision, design and complexity) simply came into existence by chance.

Finally, even the basic, universally accepted laws of science sound the death knell for the “theory” of evolution. Just take a look at the laws of effects and their causes: energy conservation and entropy. They support the creation model for origins and clearly contradict evolutionary theory (although again, evolutionists never tire of attempting to obfuscate the facts to support their hypotheticals).

Evolution as science? Hardly. Evolution as science fiction? Now that’s a fact.

Perhaps Mr. Hall’s “pity,” “sympathy” and “disgust” would be more appropriately reserved for those adults who choose to continue to believe in the fairy tale that is evolution, despite the scientific facts.

Mark Landis

Yeah, Things are Fine

Let’s see. The American economy, the great secret story Liberals don’t want to discuss, is at full employment, Iraq is not the “quagmire” “Vietnam” “disaster” by any stretch Kennedy and that Loser Kerry claim it is, and although I agree we need to leave Iraq as quickly as possible, poll after poll suggests most Americans, that piece of crap Cindy Sheehan excluded, feel we should stay until the mission is completed. On the whole, with the Democratic Party in disarray, a beautifully warm summer to enjoy (kiss my ass Al Gore) and plenty of jobs for everyone willing to work, I’d say things are just fine.

  John A. Guerin

Red (White and Blue) Flag

Mr. Henderson, however, doesn’t delve much into why millions— most—Americans are in support of the Flag Amendment, that being not only to overturn an unpopular Supreme Court decision, but to finally reconcile flag burning with hate speech.

Eventually, the Flag Burning Amendment failed in the Senate, but by a single vote, which may suggest passage in a future session, and implementation soon after. If that happens Mr. Henderson’s loss of pride in our great country may be offset by the mammoth outpouring by the 200 million-plus Americans swelling with great pride that our flag and national symbol has returned to its rightful position of great respect.

Houston Ball

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