Saturday, December 24, 2005

This is an homage?

Click on this press release of slime-mold beetles named in honor of Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld.

From the text of the press release:

The decision to name three slime-mold beetles after Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld, however, didn't have anything to do with physical features, says Quentin Wheeler, a professor of entomology and of plant biology at Cornell for 24 years until last October, but to pay homage to the U.S. leaders. "We admire these leaders as fellow citizens who have the courage of their convictions and are willing to do the very difficult and unpopular work of living up to principles of freedom and democracy rather than accepting the expedient or popular," says Wheeler, who named the beetles and wrote the recently published monograph describing the new slime-mold beetle species while a professor at Cornell.

Well, at least slime is appropriate to describe Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld.

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