25 October 2008

Sarah Palin Mocks Fruit-Fly Research A Primary Tool In Genetic Research Including Autism

It just keeps on coming. Could it be that this is a political death-wish? Is someone In the campaign Having fun with her, or is she doing herself in by insisting on controlling her own narrative without the facts, then showing her ignorance and arrogance more openly?

No more excuses Governor.

  • A reference to her falsehood about the "Bridge".
  • A reference to her falsehood about Congressional Earmarks.
  • The grand prize? A policy speech about funding Special Needs Children.

    "Where does a lot of that earmark money end up anyway? […] You've heard about some of these pet projects they really don't make a whole lot of sense and sometimes these dollars go to projects that have little or nothing to do with the public good. Things like fruit fly research in Paris, France. I kid you not."

    From Scienceblog's Biologist Pharyngula: (And these are the kind words)

    "Yes, scientists work on fruit flies. Some of the most powerful tools in genetics and molecular biology are available in fruit flies, and these are animals that are particularly amenable to experimentation. Molecular genetics has revealed that humans share key molecules, the basic developmental toolkit, with all other animals, thanks to our shared evolutionary heritage (something else the wackaloon from Wasilla denies), and that we can use these other organisms to probe the fundamental mechanisms that underlie core processes in the formation of the nervous system — precisely the phenomena Palin claims are so important."

    When will this woman finally be discredited once and for all for the moronic demagogue and fool that she is? And I am being factual and kind here. If this were an election involving a white man, she would have been laughed out of the race long ago.
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