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Anthony Acker, SAMS® SA
ABYC Standards Certified Technician
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Principal Marine Surveyor.
Dewey Acker, SAMS® AMS® - RET,
Senior Marine Consultant
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Noah and the Ark

Plagarized from Cyber Space on the SAMS Reflector (Boatpokers).

It is the year 2001 and Noah lives in the United States of America. The Lord speaks to Noah and says, "In one year I am going to make it rain and cover the whole earth with water until it is destroyed. But I want you to save the righteous people and two of every kind of living thing on the earth. Therefore, I am commanding you to build an Ark." In a flash of lightning God delivered the specifications for the Ark. Fearful and trembling, Noah took the plans and agreed to build the Ark.

"Remember," said the Lord, "You must complete the Ark and bring everything aboard in one year." Exactly one year later a fierce storm cloud covered the earth and all the seas of the earth went into a tumult. The Lord saw Noah sitting in his front yard weeping. "Noah," he shouted, "Where is the Ark?"

Noah's Ark "Lord, please forgive me!" cried Noah. "I did my best, but there were big problems. First, I had to get a permit for construction and your plans did not comply with the codes, so I had to hire an engineering firm and redraw the plans. Then I got into a fight with OSHA and the Coast Guard over whether or not the Ark needed a fire sprinkler system and flotation devices. Then my neighbor objected, claiming I was violating zoning ordinances by building the Ark in my front yard, so I had to get a variance from the city planning commission. I had problems getting enough wood for the Ark because there was a ban on cutting trees to protect the Spotted Owl. I finally convinced the US Forest Service that I needed the wood to save the owls. However, the Fish and Wildlife Service won't let me catch any owls, so, no owls. The carpenters formed a union and went out on strike. I had to negotiate a settlement with the National Labor Union. Now I have 16 carpenters on the Ark, but still no owls. When I started rounding up the other animals I got sued by an animal rights group. They objected to me only taking two of each kind aboard. Just when I got the suit dismissed the EPA notified me that I could not complete the Ark without filing an Environmental Impact Report on your proposed flood. They didn't take very kindly to the idea that they had no jurisdiction over the conduct of the Creator of the Universe. Then, the Army Corps of Engineers demanded a map of the proposed new flood plane. I sent them a globe. Right now I am trying to resolve a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that I am practicing discrimination by not taking godless, unbelieving people aboard!

The IRS has seized my assets claiming that I am building the Ark in preparation to flee the country to avoid paying taxes. I just got a notice from the state that I owe them some kind of user fee and that I failed to register the Ark as a 'recreational water craft.' Finally the ACLU got the courts to issue an injunction against further construction of the Ark saying that since God is flooding the earth it is a religious event and therefore unconstitutional. I really don't think I can finish the Ark for another four or five years!" Noah wailed. The sky began to clear, the sun began to shine and the seas began to calm. A rainbow arched over the earth. Noah looked up hopefully, "You mean you are no longer going to destroy the earth, Lord?"

"No," said the Lord sadly. "I don't have to. The government already has."


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