The story behind the billboard
“I’m just a point man,” said Penny, who lives in Lawrence and served on the City Commission from 1989 to 1991.Like true thugs, they want to be able to beat up without dirtying themselves.
The [Johnson County businessmen] he said, don’t want their names in the newspaper.
“They’re not scientific types,” he said. “They’re businessmen. They don’t want to get beat up like the State Board of Education did.”
Penny served on Bob Corkins' transition team, and his website is an extended paean to the 2nd law of thermodynamics, a critique entirely irrelevant to evolution. However, he insists "As far as scientific credentials go, I don’t think we’re in the same ball park. I don’t think they’ve ever produced a thing.”
The "they" in that passage refers to Drs. Leonard Krishtalka – a paleontologist who heads the KU Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center, Steve Case – a KU professor and head of the state science standards committee, and Adrian Mellott – a KU physics professor honored "for groundbreaking studies of the origin and evolution of cosmic structure."
Penny is right that he isn't in the same ballpark.