Oct
24
2008

Sigh.

I will readily admit that I am not the most political person in the world. Donkeys…Elephants (asses…fatties…) — I side with the Democrats on almost all social issues, but that doesn’t mean I think all Republicans are inherently wrong. Independent of anything else, someone’s political affiliation won’t move the needle for me.

But what does grind my gears is stupidity. Democrat stupidity and Republican stupidity — put whatever modifier you want in front of it. It is still stupidity. if it smells like poo and it looks like poo…

And so that brings me to today’s annoyance of the day:

I kid you not…

In between killing boar and popping out babies did she suddenly get her doctorate in biology? Fruit fly research has been instrumental in breakthroughs in autism, birth defects and a whole slew of diseases, because we humans an incredible number of related genes with fruit flies.

When I initially watched this video, I was laughing. But after some thought, my laughter was replaced by actual anger at Palin’s smugness and self-satisfaction and at the people who continue to titter away at her rock-stupid, narrow comments. As a soft-biology major, and as someone who shares a desk with a hardcore science person, I felt the need to write this entry.

Sarah Palin: you are Meccanized.

Written by lindsay in: Opinion | Tags: ,
  • Sanjay

    Lindsay, how can you be so closed-minded? What you forget is that this fruit-fly “research” depends entirely on some pretty wild assumptions like “genetics” and “evolution” that a lot of Americans don’t share.

    Take this quote from an 2002 interview with Palin (http://www.newsminer.com/news/2008/aug/29/palin-issues-2002-alaska-gubernatorial-race/):

    Q: The education section of the Republican Party of Alaska’s platform states “We support giving Creation Science equal representation with other theories of the origin of life. If evolution is taught, it should be presented as only a theory.” Do you support this position? Why?

    A: I support this plank in the Republican Party’s platform. I believe society can have healthy debates on scientific theories, so equal representation of creation and evolution shouldn’t be an offense.

    Who can argue with encouraging healthy debate? On that note, it’s about time that we rescue our kids from the strangehold of “Round Earth” politics. Some of history’s greatest figures thought the Earth was flat, and there’s no reason our kids shouldn’t be taught that theory alongside the “theory” of a “round Earth”. If we allow our kids to engage in healthy debate, I am sure they will look at on the wide, FLAT ocean and make the right choice. Flat-Earthians Unite!

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