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How Much for Just the Planet?

Apparently McCain dissed planetariums?!?! How long ago did that happen?

One of the quotes I read was "[OBAMA] voted for nearly a billion dollars in pork barrel earmark projects, including, by the way, $3 million for an overhead projector at a planetarium in Chicago, Illinois. My friends, do we need to spend that kind of money?" - Sen John McCain

Apparently he made a couple of references about planetarium funding, and many of the astronomy blogs I skim went a bit off this week. Some are rather amusing and some are rather zealous.

This is probably my favorite based on the title...

John McCain, Planetarium-Mocking Bastard
October 7th, 2008
... Dissing the planetarium support again as a ridiculous piece of pork funding. The Alder Planetarium is a treasure that plays a valuable role in educating the public and inspiring the next generation of scientists, something that McCain says he supports in the abstract, but clearly fails to understand in practice. What a clueless dork. He even referred to this as an *overhead projector.* ...

This one has a full transcript and YouTube link

Looks like McCain lost the Astronomer vote by Nina Mehta
Posted: Oct 08, 2008 in Things to do, Culture
... I guess Sen. Mccain isn't jonesing for the science vote. ...

And some more serious ones...

The Adler Planetarium slur reveals both the slovenly nature of the McCain campaign's opposition research as well as the cynical and tone-deaf disconnect from reality. This is a high-tech scientific educational project, not an entertainment device. When I was a child and teenager growing up in New York, the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History was among my favorite places to visit. It was an important factor in the formation of my life-long interest in science and technology…

McCain has criticized Obama's earmarks on the campaign trail, especially singling out the planetarium. The campaign attacks have frustrated astronomers, who called the remarks "anti-science," as the earmark criticism was repeated in recent weeks by political bloggers.

I remember being terrified by a planetarium as a six year old! I actually remember hiding under the chair during the show and for months afterwards thinking that the sun was going to supernova at any time. I also developed a lifelong love of astronomy and read every single book on the subject Kate Sullivan Elementary School library had before finishing first grade. I might not have become an astronomer or physicist, but many inspired youth did go on to such fields. We need such people to make our world a better place, fix some of the environmental damage we have done, make smaller iPods with bigger screens, and (for McCain) bigger weapons to fight the war on terror along with better/stronger/cheaper armor for soldiers in that war. I bet Tony Stark went to the planetarium as a child!


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Oct. 10th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
If the moon were made out of BBQ spare ribs, would'ja eat it?
Oct. 10th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
LOL! I love you sooooooo much!!
Oct. 10th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
HAY!! If you had the choice of being the top scientist in your field or getting mad cow disease, which would you choose?
Oct. 10th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
That's something else.
Let me ask you this? What's your favorite planet?
Mine's the sun! Always has been. I like it because it's like the king of planets!
Oct. 10th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
I totally made that comment before I saw your "What's your favorite planet" icon.
Oct. 10th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
LOL! I switched to Child_of_Orion just so that I could use that icon!!!

OHOHOH could we dress up as them for sometime someday? man, i love that skit so much.
Oct. 10th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
Sure! I'd love that too. I just gotta get a suit.
Oct. 10th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
Which would you like to be??

ha, i mean

HAY! If you could be a top scientist in your field or be Harey Carey (ie have mad cow disease), which would you choose?
Oct. 10th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
I'd probably be the straight guy. I'm pretty good and not understanding what the hell is going on sometimes.
I'm a natural for that part!

Oh, and I choose Madcow!
No wait! Top scientist!! I choose Top scientist!
Oct. 10th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
Wow - I would have guessed wrong! I would have thought you'd have picked Harey Carey!

Oh, ooops, am i distracting you from homework?
Oct. 10th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
Nah, I haven't even *started* homework for this week. That's what I'm doing tomorrow night.

I actually got home from choir practice about 9:30ish, cuz I stopped to get groceries on the way home.

Sucks being at home alone!!! But it's more quiet time to get homework done I guess.
Oct. 10th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
okay, i am choosing bed time. have a great night!
Oct. 10th, 2008 12:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah i watched the debate and thought that was one of the most ridiculous things he said, along with his "that one" comment and how "nuclear energy is clean." Right now it is, but if the whole world jumps on nuclear energy there's bound to be less security at other nations that simply don't give a fuck and right now its "clean" but what do we do with all of the waste in 20-30 years when the rods get depleted? make more bombs? make more land fills? send them to the sun? all are great ideas! /sarcasm off.

That and he still doesn't know how to turn on a computer....how come he still rights letters to congressmen? CAUSE HE'S TOO DUMB TO KNOW HOW TO USE WEB MAIL, FFS a world this technologically advance, county more per say doesn't need this kind old timer retard (haha actual correct usage of this word). At least Sarah palin had an e-mail account to get hacked.

OBAMA/BIDEN 08! - Remember their for net neutrality, McCain isn't.
Oct. 10th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
And nuclear power has never been profitable in this country without huge government subsidies.

McCain's hardly the first politician to sneer at funding any sort of research, but that makes this no less annoying.
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