Politics as (un)usual

  • How can Barack Obama say he’ll work to protect our planet when he’s spending money to let our nation’s children look at other planets? Such foolishness… what? Not true? Somebody should tell John McCain.

    Well, shock of shocks — it turns out McCain’s characterization of this was all wrong. In fact, I would call it a lie. He knows it wasn’t for an overhead projector, a piece of classroom equipment that costs a couple of hundred dollars. That money was for Adler’s Zeiss Mark VI star projector: a venerable piece of precision fabricated equipment that projects the stars, constellations, and other objects inside the planetarium dome. Adler’s Zeiss is 40 years old, and desperately needs replacing. These machines are pricey, and replacing them difficult.

    Adler needed money to do this. They asked local politicians, and eventually were able to get a request in a budget submitted by Obama. However, Obama never even voted on that budget, and Adler never got that money — thus making, again, McCain a liar.

    Via Gerry Canavan and Cynical-C, respectively.

  • On the whole ridiculous Bill Ayers thing — namely the idea that Obama has some kind of dangerous relationship with the man and will, I dunno, destroy America or something — or that he’s lied to America about that relationship, despite his being completely candid about the whole thing on many occasions — John Hodgman rightly points out that “McCain/Palin are essentially attacking Obama with BLOG COMMENTS.”
  • We could look at any domestic terrorists who were active when John McCain was eight, but I think the dinosaurs ate them all. Just ask Sarah Palin if you don’t think that’s possible!
  • You know, at the end of the day, if that’s even what John McCain still is, do we really want a maverick in the White House?
  • Huh. Ralph Nader is still running for President? Fool me once, Ralph… Yeah, I voted for Nader in 2000. Um, sorry ’bout that.
  • Small Beer Press is having a sale! And 20% of the proceeds of this sale will be donated to Barack Obama’s campaign! Great books, a good cause — what more do you want?

2 thoughts on “Politics as (un)usual

  1. I would be more than happy to order a book or two from that sale (Read and support Obama, two great tastes that taste great together!), but I was wondering if you had two or three you recommend/have read, rather than me just buying blind.

  2. One of the short story collections might be a good place to start. I’m a big fan of both Maureen F. McHugh and Kelly Link, and Ray Vukcevich’s Meet Me in the Moon Room has some great stories, too. Or maybe a subscription to Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet (a big inspiration for Kaleidotrope). Of the novels, I think the only one I’ve read is Elizabeth Hand’s Generation Loss, but it was very good too.

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