Olbermann, Palin, Basic Science, and Bill O’Reilly (UPDATED)
October 25, 2008
I rarely watch anything at all on teevee other than sports and Project Runway, but last night I happened to be home and put on Keith Olbermann. He was discussing a comment made by sick-fuck extreme far-right-wing racist misogynist theocratic secessionist traitor Sarah Palin concerning biomedical research:
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.
Olbermann got this exactly correct, having apparently been briefed by his research staff on the undeniable fact that basic research in non-mammalian model organisms such as nematode worms and fruit flies (actually, the Drosophila flies used for research are not really fruit flies, and do not eat ripe fruit, only rotten) have led to extraordinarily important advances in our understanding of human biology and disease.
Not suprising that Palin and her staff simply do not care about the truth at all! Their only purpose is to fire up the cadre of depraved moral and intellectual degenerates that make up the base of the Republican Party. These are people for whom the reference to “Paris, France” alone is enough to get their lizard brains firing on all cylinders. These sick motherfuckers have never been to Paris, France, know nothing about it, but they do know that it’s really, really bad or something. The GOP is not even pretending to make sense anymore; they know their only chance to win this election is to get those lizard-brain neurons firing.
So, I was very pleased to see that Olbermann got this right. But what I was annoyed by was Olbermann going on and on and on about how dumb and slimy and lying Bill O’Reilly is. I know these two dudes have a feud going, and that O’Reilly is a truly heinous despicable hateful individual. But it’s a little unseemly for Olbermann to go on and on and on about O’Reilly ad nauseam, and demonstrates a slight lack of gravitas. The people watching Olbermann already know O’Reilly’s a lying shitbag, and the people who don’t know O’Reilly’s a lying shitbag sure as fuck aren’t watching Olbermann.
If Olbermann wants to rant and rave like that, I suggest taking it on blog. This way, the people who enjoy that kind of thing can enjoy it to their hearts content, while those watching Olbermann for news analysis don’t have to listen to this kind of stuff. (Personally, I enjoy the anti-O’Reilly ranting, but I just don’t think it is a good programming choice for Olbermann’s show.)
UPDATE: So it turns out that Palin was talking not about basic biomedical research using Drososphila melanogaster, but about practical agricultural research on a true fruit fly that fucks with olive trees in motherfucking California!! And they do the research at a USDA research station in France because the French have been dealing with these pests for a fuckload longer than we have!!
HAHAHAHAHAH!!! These dumbfuck right-wing scuzbuckets can’t even target their deranged smears properly! Californian olive farmers are REAL AMERICANS!!!!11!!!1!!!!11!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!11!!!