10/30/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Bear DNA and John McCain's Silly Science

We've all heard John McCain's tired joke about the pork barrell spending on bear DNA (a paterniy issue or a criminal one -- so funny the first dozen times you hear it ... less so the next 100 times).

I never actually knew the details of the bear DNA study. It turns out, as Jack Farrell notes over at Thomas Jefferson Street, that the study is for a good cause. (No word on harbor seal DNA.) But of course, as Jack notes, McCain and Sarah Palin are happy to have creation myth taught along with evolution science in schools.