Thursday, October 16, 2008

fuck you, John McCain

I was already irritated by John McCain's previous disdainful references to "a three million-dollar overhead projector for a planetarium in Chicago" and his latest reference to his obvious stand against education and scientific literacy just pushed me right over the edge. He has yet to elaborate on what it is that he is railing against, and is using an intentionally loaded turn of phrase to deceptively label what the very first planetarium in the United States and the Western Hemisphere, Chicago's Adler Planetarium, the hit of the 1939 World's Fair, was seeking to acquire.

The very phrase "overhead projector" shows what an ignorant man McCain is. What a sneeringly sarcastic way of describing a planetarium projector, or "star machine." I have no personal knowledge of what Adler was hoping to acquire, but at that price I'd be willing to bet that they were hoping to upgrade to one of the new high-end digital planetarium projectors that is capable of filling a thirty or forty-meter dome with realistic sky, including stars, planets, Sun, Moon, constellations, celestial coordinates, cardinal points, full-motion video, and that has a photo database of thousands of astronomical objects and much more. And all of this is what the Luddite candidate of the jesus-lovers dismisses with a supercilious and arrogant mislabeling in order to try to make cheap political points, even as he simultaneously rails against the state of education in this country.

Fuck John McCain. He graduated fifth from the bottom of his class at Annapolis and he, like George W. Bush, wears his ignorance as a badge of honor. We already know what it results in when you elect an idiot to the presidency. Let's not do it again.


Blogger matrix said...

Here's the the projector: link.

"the appropriation was requested by the planetarium to replace an awesome (but obsolete) 40-year old Zeiss Mark VI star projector with a newer model (pictured above)."

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