I’m listening tonight, so I thought I’d make some remarks.
One of the annoying things is John McCain repeatedly talking about Barack Obama seeking a $3 million earmark for, as McCain keeps saying, an “overhead projector”. Sen. McCain, an “overhead projector” is a device used for presentations where one marks on a transparent sheet. You might be able to buy a new one for between $100 and $200 dollars. What Barack Obama requested, though, was a projection system for a planetarium, and not just any planetarium, but one in one of the largest urban centers in our country. These projection systems are sophisticated optical devices under computer control, and are critical for education and science outreach. Calling a Carl Zeiss or Perkin Elmer optical instrument an “overhead projector” demonstrates amazing ignorance. Doing it over and over again just makes you look like a doofus. I see from a bit of Google that you called planetariums in general “foolishness”. I think that is a telling comment, and what it tells me is that you don’t have much use for science education.