A number of people, including here at Science Blogs, have noted, with the contempt it deserves, Governor Palin’s comments about fruit flies the other day. In case you haven’t seen it (where have you been?), here it is again:
I’ll make this a lot shorter just by incorporating by reference and associating myself with remarks made by PZ and BarbinMD at DailyKos, as well as the meta comments by tristero at digby’s place and Steve Novella at Neurologica. But I want to add my own little post script.
Governor Palin either knows or doesn’t know that fruit flies are one of the major animal models in genetic research. It doesn’t really matter which, because either indicates she doesn’t care (one way or the other). Her statement is a clear sign of her contempt for modern science (the Trojan Horse for evolution and godlessness). Considered purely from the standpoint of anyone who believes that modern science is an essential part of life in the 21st century and that nurturing it in ways that will benefit everyone is an objective worthy of the leaders of our federal government — considered purely from that viewpoint — why on earth would we want this person to be Vice President of the United States?