Raise your hand if you’ve ever been to a planetarium. I mean a REAL planetarium. A place where you can look at something like this
That is made with a device like this
The one pictured above is the Zeiss Planetarium Instrument that is at the Adler Planetarium on Chicago’s lakefront.
It’s a pretty awesome piece of equipment, but it’s 40 years old and some of the parts are wearing out and the parts can not be replaced.
In recent years both New York and Los Angeles have replaced their Zeiss instruments with federal funding.
Chicago requested federal funding to replace their system, but it was not received.
LAST NIGHT however, during the debate, John McCain had this to say on the topic …
He 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?
As someone that grew up going to the Adler Planetarium, that truly enjoys teaching my children about science, and as a current member of the Adler planetarium, I REALLY take offense at that remark.
Fricking overheadfrickingprojector my eye.
You can read more about it here, but suffice it to say McCain is not my favorite person today — he doesn’t know the difference between an overhead projector and his ……………