Projected winner

By Phil Plait | November 9, 2008 2:00 pm

They say all politics is local. So what front page did the Chicago tribune consider last Wednesday?

Obama and the Adler projector

Here’s the back story, for those wondering what I’m talking about. And yes, I know the picture is a joke.

Image courtesy Head Candy. Tip o’ the red flashlight to BABloggee Paul McLellan.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Humor, Politics

Comments (32)

  1. Rob Zuber

    Ha ha. Yes. Science won on Tuesday. Good times.

  2. LOL! That’s hilarious! You’d wish the paper would be that pro-science.

    (An aside, my comments have been awaiting moderation down at “Obamadolia” for, like- ever. Just thought you should know.)

  3. Phoca

    Nooo!… I thought it was for real for a moment. Sad story.

  4. Murff

    I think it’s funny. I know Bush was horrible for science, but I honestly don’t think things are going to get better. With Health care, the recession, and a war still going on, I don’t see where anyone is going to come up with more money.

    I think Obama winning was a good day for the U.S., but I don’t think science is going to see any benefits in the near future.

  5. I’d like to see an image of the John McCain Planetarium, which consists of a darkened room and an overhead projector.

  6. Well, John McCain didn’t even want to pay for an overhead projector in the first place. So probably just a dark room.

    Happy Carl Sagan’s Birthday!

  7. Siguy

    LOL! Yes, that was what the race was all about. A tragically beautiful story of the struggle for a projector, its fate in the hands of the next president.

    Anybody else notice that it looks vaguely like IG-88?

  8. Love it, love it love it!

  9. …and IG-88 looks like the Post Office Tower in London, which was blown up by the masked anarchist Codename V in Alan Moore’s V far Vendetta.

    So, see? Obama isn’t a socialist! He’s an anarchist!

  10. llewelly

    Er, wait. As far as I was able to find out, Adler has still not gotten the projector.

  11. Don Snow

    I still think that the local community should fund Planeteria and their equipment. Or, am I just naive?

    The science museum here has a good planetarium. Which has one of those 72mm Omni all around theaters. Gorgeus images. However, I don’t remember any funding problems. I don’t remember if the newspaper article about it mentioned local donors for sure, it’s been so long. But, it’s my impression that some of the big money people here did contribute.

  12. amphiox

    The change in attitude at the top should make a big difference, regardless of the financial situation.

  13. Cheyenne

    Yuck I don’t mean to be a downer – but…..

    Considering that my hometown (Chicago) is now the number 1 murder capital of the United States (wow, even beating NY and LA- both in total murders and murder per capita) forgive us if our funding priorities may move to more “down to earth” things like cops and education.

    I guess what I’m saying is- if the people elect to spend those millions of dollars (in a budget already strained) for a fancy Zeiss over hiring more cops to protect the people in the city-well, I guess we’ll know where priorities lie.

    Again, sorry to be a downer, I’m just sick of getting my Trib and reading about the latest kid killed in cross fire while he’s out Trick and Treating.

  14. Todd W.

    Please, please, please don’t let this discussion descend into the already-hashed-over merits and demerits of federal funds being used for a local project. The arguments have been made and we really don’t need to hear them again.

    On a positive note, I liked some of the other covers they had. Some funny stuff!

  15. @Murff, at least the president-elect won’t be a science denier! Every time I heard G.W. talk, I can almost hear him spouting creationism and astrology. Not saying he really subscribes to those view (although the first wouldn’t be beyond belief), but he’s definitely not been a friend to science, and probably couldn’t identify it if it bit him.

  16. Murff

    @Larian – LOL….I agree.

    @Cheyenne – I agree with you as well, I would suspect that they would use some of the education money to help fund the projector. Most should come from donors though.

  17. What? No comments on the double entendre on the article’s title? Was it too subtle?

  18. Todd W.

    @Ken B

    No, but I will say that that projector looks a bit phallic.

  19. kuhnigget

    @Cheyenne:

    Perhaps one more kid educated and excited about science at the Adler is one more kid more likely to spend time in a library rather than the street?

    Of course this argument falls to pieces if the libraries are being closed, as is happening here in the L.A. area.

    Nonetheless, I suggest there are far better troughs to siphon when searching for more money to help prevent crime. The world’s largest war industry comes to mind. Farm subsidies for growing inedible corn pops up, too.

    Sorry, vectoring well off-topic.

  20. Cheyenne

    I’m not sure how many kids we can pack into Adler to keep them safe from gang gunfire (sorry to be snarky, I do get your point- and agree with it to some level).

    We definitely should cut wasteful spending on all levels – and I agree with your two examples.

    But- Chicago gets a much lower level of federal earmarks than many other places. My point is, if the city is going to get a federal earmark, I’m pretty sure the citizenry here would be much more grateful to get funding for police than a Zeiss (which, by the way, I think is really cool. I actually go to the Adler a few times a year and support it in my rather meager way). I think the people would be much more grateful to a politician that works towards getting an earmark like that than something else.

    Resources are limited. The city is really failing in a few key regards. I think the Zeiss needs to sit on the federal backburner until other problems are solved. Just my two cents. I could be wrong (and often am).

  21. GregInVancouver

    All those saying federal resources are limited needs to take a good look at the full federal budget. $3M is pocket change.

    That said, this is a local project and perhaps the total local budget should be given a good look at. true political fiscal responsibility and transparency should involve making the full budget publicly available on a website with justifications for each section as Obama intends to do with earmarks on bills.

    Somewhere there should be money for this projector.

    Speaking of which, I happened to catch K-Pax last night and one section of the film takes place in the Hayden planetarium with a Zeiss Mark IX rising impressively out of the floor.

    Very cool.

  22. @ murff

    A (prevailing) school of economic thought is to spend like crazy and don’t worry about the deficit (which will increase anyway) in order to get us out of this morass. If they can come up with $800B to basil out Wall St., they can sure come up with 800 more to fund President Obama’s programs, which include education, $2B for NASA, health care, etc., even a mil or two for Adler.

    BTW, Zeiss is nice, but the Japanese make great & cheaper planetarium projectors these days. Zeiss was just all there was when Adler was built.
    KP

  23. jh

    According to the WashingtonPost, the Iraq war costs $720,000,000 a day. Afghanistan puts it up to around $1,000,000,000 a day in war costs.

    Now, I’m not saying we stand down completely, but, honestly, over the time of a year, that’s enough to give every single person in the US over $1,000. It’s enough to buy $100,000 homes for everyone in the state of Connecticut. (Not that they’d need them). It’s enough to fund college (at , say, $5000 a year) for everyone between the ages of 18-25 in the state of California.

    So.. I think it wouldn’t be too much trouble to slide some money into progressive causes, and not the cause of killing other people.

    But that’s just me.

  24. Fruit Fly

    http://enterprisemission.com/
    http://www.chetsnow.com/signs.html

    Guess what?

    Our old friend Richard Hoagland has his own theory of why Obama won. (might have something to do with the Face on Mars casting a vote).

    Anyway, for only $75 (not including hotel accommodation) you can attend the Secrets 2008 conference and find out for yourself. (And listen to the riveting Hoagland describe his newly discovered nuttiness …. I mean paradigm.)

    The Hyperdimensional Election of Barack Obama ….. and 2012

  25. Gary Eller

    I missed the first blog entry about McCain’s stupid remarks, but wanted to take this opportunity to say that, as a kid a visit to Adler sparked a deep interest in astronomy for me. I remember the entire family making the trip from the middle of Indiana to visit several Chicago museums.

    It is worthwhile to note that the area around the south part of Grant park has the Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium all within easy walking distance and make a great combination. Also the Museum of Science and Industry isn’t far and fascinating. I would say it isn’t just even the star projector, but continuing to keep the entire area supported and current.

  26. Gemini

    I wish that my band could take a detour there while in Chicago.

  27. Matt

    “All those saying federal resources are limited needs to take a good look at the full federal budget. $3M is pocket change.”

    Lets do just that!

    The federal government currently has a deficit of $500 billion (actually much more then that), and a debt of $70 trillion.

    Whatever the financial status of Illinois or the local government is, I think it can afford the projector much more then the federal government, thank you.

  28. Well, it seems that Obama will put forward some pro-science policies, and help a bit with human rights…but get a load of what fat head Rush Limbaugh has to say about Obama and the economy:

    “The Obama recession is in full swing, ladies and gentlemen,” Limbaugh told his radio audience of 15 million to 20 million on Thursday. “Stocks are dying, which is a precursor of things to come. This is an Obama recession. Might turn into a depression.”

    Apparently the tanking of the real estate market, record losses in the auto industry, and massive failures in the banking and investment industry have very little to do with our problems. The economic system is collapsing, Rush wants us to know, because it anticipates the tax increases Obama has pledged on capital gains and for the highest income earners.
    So he calls it the “Obama” recession based on what? His speculations on what will happen, as opposed to what actually did happen already, under the current administration. These people are reaching.

  29. StevoR

    YES!! 8) :-D

    Victory for planetaria! The powerful pro-Science, pro-Astronomy lobby wins the Presidential race. (& we all win! The USA, the wider world, everyone I think wins by your choosing Obama for president – congrats America, you’ve finally chosen * wisely * in an election!) ;-)

    I am so glad to see sanity – and Asler planetarium – prevail and I hope the anti-science forces have been defeated heavily enough that they never return. :-)

    Yes, I know the election was about a lot else as well as the planetarium dispute but still I think & hope it played a part in the campaign albeit maybe smaller than it should’ve and that folks’ll learn from this.

    Nice cover – even if it was a hoax. ;-)

    Maybe when they’ve got the Adler planetarium finished they should invite President Obama, Vice-Pres. Biden and also the now happpily retired John McCain and that fruitcake Sara Palin in for the first show so they can see for themselves what the fuss was about? ;-)

    Of course, science and science education eg. planetaria should be publicly funded! I mean .. d’uh! ;-)

    … Which come to think of it is the alternative .. Everyone being ignorant and just going around saying ‘duh’ and not understanding anything much. :-(

    Science and the opportunity for an education and hence future and having some sort of reasonable and wonder-filled understanding of the cosmos we live in should be a basic human right for everyone and is unquestionably in the public good – & hence worthy of public funding.

    How even a Retardican ..sorry republican .. politician can doubt that is something I find hard to comprehend.

    PS. This dead horse issue flogged enuff now?

  30. StevoR-COrrecting

    Argh! If it’s not %$$#@@!@$$**^^@ typos its italics stuff-ups .. Cripes Phil when artewe going to get anediting /preview capability here? Sigh :-(

    TAKE II -’Coz I can’t correct any other way :
    YES!! :-D

    Victory for planetaria! The powerful pro-Science, pro-Astronomy lobby wins the Presidential race for Obama. ;-) 8)

    (& we all win! The USA, the wider world, everyone I think wins by your choosing Obama for president – congrats America, you’ve finally chosen *wisely* in an election!)

    I am so glad to see sanity – and Asler planetarium – prevail and I hope the anti-science forces have been defeated heavily enough that they never return. Yes, I know the election was about a lot else as well as the planetarium dispute but still I think & hope it played a part in the campaign albeit maybe smaller than it should’ve, and that folks’ll learn from this.

    Nice cover – even if it was a hoax. :-)

    Maybe when they’ve got the Adler planetarium finished they should invite President Obama, Vice-Pres. Biden and also the now happpily retired John McCain and that fruitcake Sara Palin in for the first show so they can see for themselves what the fuss was about? ;-)

    Of course, science and science education eg. planetaria should be publicly funded! I mean .. d’uh!

    … Which come to think of it is the alternative .. Everyone being ignorant and just going around saying ‘duh’ and not understanding anything much. :-(

    Science and the opportunity for an education and hence future and having some sort of reasonable and wonder-filled understanding of the cosmos we live in should be a basic human right for everyone and is unquestionably in the public good – & hence worthy of public funding.

    How even a Retardican ..sorry republican .. politician can doubt that is something I find hard to comprehend. :-(

    PS. This dead horse issue flogged enuff now?

  31. StevoR

    @ Reynold who said :

    “Obama has pledged on capital gains and for the highest income earners.
    So he [Rush Limbaugh - ed.] calls it the “Obama” recession based on what? His speculations on what will happen, as opposed to what actually did happen already, under the current administration. These people are reaching.”

    Somehow that doesn’t surprise me although surely even most “conservative” Americans now see Limbaugh for the unfunny joke he is.

    The “basis” for Limbaugh’s opinions on what he wrongly labels “Obama’s recession” (The “Lesser Bush’s Depression” would be the accurate tag for it) I’ve little doubt are his own delusions stemming from his ideological bile-solidified brain cell. (Yes, that’s cell, singular. ;-) )

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