put up your dukes

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 ……………

2 responses to “put up your dukes

  1. Agreed that it is not an overhead projector, but it did not need to be funded as a federal government funded pork project. The Planetarium should have properly budgeted for the replacement of obsolete equipment. If they had been run well and had in place a reserve account for over the last 40 years to replace their out-moded equiptment, then they would not have needed 3 million of the taxpayers money. That is how efficient businesses are run. Alternatively, in the absense of such fiscally responsible planning, I would think that the money could have been easily raised by a charitable capital campaign. I suspect that there are plenty of big wig money bags people in Chicago that would be glad to donate the money – maybe even one big doner who could have had it named after their family. Why should the federal government pay for it with our tax dollars?

  2. Yep – saw this on Kos this morning and was going to ask you about it in Seattle – but you answered here!

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