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Sarah, are you dumber than a fruit fly?

October 26, 2008 - John Stack

Just some areas that fruit flies have helped science in the US. The study of fruit flies has led to advances in how to slow the progress of malaria. (Science Daily, july 25 2006). Fruit Flyresearch helps scientist to better learn about how ear works, with possible benefits for hearing impaired Americans (many of which are children). (Current Biology, Oct 2008) Fruit fly reaseach  has shed new light on Kidney disease, cancer and mental retardation (McGill University Health Centre (Ocr 26, 2008). And, the coup de grace, fruit fly reasearch at University of North Carolina has led to breakthroughs in AUTISM research !

What am I talking about here? In Palin's 1st policy speech Friday (the same day she gave testimony in Troopergate) she mocked earmarks, and I quote '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. ' NOw, some Google chaser will say this is out of context, that she was talking about the 211K earmark to study Olive Fruit Fly research, In Paris France. Well, fruit fly infestation could affect 4000 California jobs! I'm sure they find this 'earmark' not superfluous!

The anti-intellectual policies of the Bush years seem to be deeply rooted in Mrs Palin. Someone so dumb, she would stop fruit fly research (via cutting all earmarks) which in and of themselves are great resources for curing the disease her own son is afflicted with, as well as a low cost solution to job saving and crop retention.

Maybe she could get a job at the Creation Museum...

 
 

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