I swear, I was only trying to get to my email!
Gov. Jindal Follow-up: What Is 'Volcano Monitoring'?
"After President Obama's speech on the economy last night, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal criticized government spending in the stimulus bill, citing examples including "$140 million for something called 'volcano monitoring.'"The rest of the article goes on - for about the next 700 words - about how Important "Volcano Monitoring" is and how Expensive volcano eruptions are and How Many Lives could be saved by watching volcanic activity - before following the obligatory flow into:
Jindal's comment comes at a time when President Obama has pledged to return science to the White House, an effort widely applauded by scientists who felt shunned by the previous administration.
Then - just in case that whole exercise in "These-Are-Not-The-Droids-You're-Looking-For/All-Hail-The-One" were not quite enough, the author went ahead and took the obligatory "Sarah-Palin-Is-Stupid-And-Evil" shot:
The criticism of government funding of scientific research was similar to remarks made last fall during the presidential campaign by vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who was dismissive of fruit fly research.
...linking to an article by another author who - not missing the opportunity to toss off the phrase "Biblical Creationism" - goes into some detail about how "$211,000 (the amount the USDA dedicated to the France-based research - MD) is a paltry sum to help safeguard the nascent California olive industry, a potential $85 million market"
...and how that's the reason that Palin's-Christianist-Opposition-To-Science-Is-Stupid-And-Wrong.
Now, I don't know how "similar" Jindal & Palin's "criticisms" were - but the function and intent of these two responses are certainly identical:
To Misdirect and Obscure the Matter at Hand.
Just in case either of these "Writers" should go looking to see who has linked to their articles - I'm going to type this next part veerrrryy slowly, so no one has to try to read too fast:
Bobby Jindal wasn't saying "Science Is Bad" - He was saying 'Volcano-Watching isn't going to stimulate the economy and so has no place in "Stimulus-Spending".
Sarah Palin wasn't saying "Science Is Bad" (any more that she was commenting on Noah's '600-year-old eyesight') - She was saying 'The $85MM Olive Market should be paying for their own pest-studies... Not the Government'
What is it with the "Science-Based" intellectual-dishonesty?
You'd think that people who make their livings writing about science/medicine would be a little more enamored of ... I dunno... facts.
Seriously, I'm about to start lobbying for a mandatory post-script inclusion to such hack-propaganda pieces:
"His name is Barack Obama, and I pray he approves of this message."