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May 18, 2005

May the Eighteenth

This day in history:

May 18, 1896

The Supreme Court endorsed the concept of ''separate but equal'' racial segregation in Plessy v. Ferguson.

From FindLaw.com:

On June 7, 1892, Homer Plessy, a 30-year-old shoemaker, boarded a passenger train of the East Louisiana Railway and took a seat in the "white" railcar. When he refused a conductor's orders to move to the "colored" railcar, Plessy was forcibly removed and jailed.

Plessy argued that the Louisiana statute violated, among others, the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. After the state courts found the railcar statute to be constitutional, Plessy petitioned the United States Supreme Court, which upheld the lower court rulings.

In the majority opinion, Justice Brown distinguished between political and social equality. The Justice explained that the purpose of the Fourteenth Amendment was only "to enforce the absolute equality of the two races before the law," and not to enforce social equality or "a commingling of the two races upon terms unsatisfactory to either." Moreover, "[l]aws permitting, and even requiring, their separation, in places where they are liable to be brought into contact," such as with the establishment of separate white and colored schools, do not necessarily imply the inferiority of either race to the other, and have been generally, if not universally, recognized as within the competency of the state legislatures . . . ." Accordingly, "[w]hen the government, therefore, has secured to each of its citizens equal rights before the law, and equal opportunities for improvement and progress, it has accomplished the end for which it was organized, and performed all of the functions respecting social advantages with which it is endowed."

In the 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court reversed itself, and declared the concept “separate but equal” unconstitutional.

We can only hope it doesn't take 58 years for the Supreme Court to recognize the even more egregious and foolish ruling in Roe v. Wade. Unfortunately, most think it'll take much longer than that for the nation to wake up to the holocaust of abortion.

May 18, 1980

Initiated by an earthquake and a rockslide of a half cubic mile of rock, the summit and north slope of Mount St. Helens slid off the volcano releasing pressure inside. Super-heated water immediately flashed to steam. Directed to the north the steam explosion released energy equivalent to 20 million tons of TNT, which toppled 150 square miles of forest in six minutes. North of the volcano, in Spirit lake, an enormous water wave, stripped trees from slopes as high as 850 feet above the pre-eruption water level. The total energy output, on that day, was equivalent to 400 million tons of TNT - approximately 20,000 Hiroshima-size atomic bombs.

More importantly the eruption allowed scientists to observe conditions which mimicked the catastrophism that many believed was actually responsible for what the religion of Evolution claimed took millions of years. Stratified layers of ash and dust formed quickly, as much as 25 feet in one day. Ultimately as much as 400 feet of strata were laid down by the eruption. In spite of the clear evidence to the contrary, Evolutionists stubbornly, continue to insist such strata takes millions of years to form.

Steam blasts, landslides, water waves, hot pumice ash flows (pyroclastic flows), and mudflows quickly eroded many of the newly formed strata the result, in some areas, resembled a smaller scale Grand Canyon, also something Evolutionists claim takes millions of years. One flow eroded a channel 140 feet deep in a single day. The Grand Canyon is only 6,000 feet at it's deepest.

A geologist, Dr Steven Austin observed that as a result of the ensuing landslide, one-eighth of a cubic mile of avalanche debris (one-quarter of the avalanche), landed in the basin of Spirit Lake depositing an average of 300 feet of material on the lake floor. As a result, a giant water wave (or waves) up to 860 feet high scoured the north slopes of the lake and dumped one million logs into Spirit Lake forming a floating log mat. Due to various natural conditions, many of the logs showed a strong tendency to float upright. Over the following decade roughly half of the logs which floated in the lake sank to the bottom. When Dr Austin and other scientists used sonar and scuba to examine the depths of the lake, they found that about 10 per cent of those that sank were in upright position — looking like an underwater forest. The sonar indicated tens of thousands of upright logs, many of which still had roots attached to them.

Some of the upright logs were embedded in as much as three feet of sediment, while other took longer to sink, and remained upright above the lake floor. This resulted in the upright trees being placed at different levels. If Spirit Lake could be drained, it would look like forests of trees which had grown at different levels and at different times — giving the illusion of thousands of years of growth and deposits. Dr Austin explained that this has helped scientists reinterpret the ‘fossil forests’ of Yellowstone National Park.

At a place called Specimen Ridge at Yellowstone, there are petrified upright trees, at many different levels. These have been interpreted as representing many different forests, growing successively on the same place over long periods of time. This is supposedly one of the best evidences evolutionists use to ‘prove’ long time periods for the earth’s history. However, it is now possible to explain this same evidence in terms of a similar event to that at Mount St Helens—a catastrophic event that enables scientists to reinterpret the evidence at Yellowstone as having formed within a short time

Austin further theorized that the compressed wood pulp that resulted in the friction within the floating log mat would be the source of coal as it sank and became compressed beneath later layers.

Already one scientific field expedition has commenced investigation of the Spirit Lake area as modern site of coal seam formation. ... Many more pine logs are now floating vertically in the waters of Spirit Lake, while the charred remains of other pine tree debris (bark and wood splinters) lie buried in the volcanic ash and mud both on the lake’s bottom and on the lake’s shores. The report indicates that some of this debris appears to have already coalified.

Unfortunately, real science has been censored by the religion of Evolution and these finding are rarely told to the general public.

MSM Coverage: Washington Post

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 18, 2005 10:40 AM

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