Wednesday, October 08, 2008

there is no overhead projector

I was disappointed last night that Obama offered no defense of the "$3 million overhead projector" McCain said he made an earmark for.

I'm even more disappointed to find out Obama passed up the chance to call McCain for lying about it.

The director of the Adler Planetarium in Chicago (btw, the first I ever went to) has released this statement

...the Adler has never received an earmark as a result of Senator Obama's efforts. This is clearly evidenced by recent transparency laws implemented by the Congress, which have resulted in the names of all requesting Members being listed next to every earmark in the reports that accompany appropriations bills.

what the project really was:

To clarify, the Adler Planetarium requested federal support – which was not funded – to replace the projector in its historic Sky Theater, the first planetarium theater in the Western Hemisphere. The Adler’s Zeiss Mark VI projector – not an overhead projector – is the instrument that re-creates the night sky in a dome theater, the quintessential planetarium experience. The Adler’s projector is nearly 40 years old and is no longer supported with parts or service by the manufacturer. It is only the second planetarium projector in the Adler’s 78 years of operation.

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