Ok, so the other day I did a Google search for “SkiBumPoet” and started checking through the SERPs. I’m always curious about who’s linking to my sites, and (aside from some other suggestions in Google’s webmaster resources) this is a good way to find out.
I was amused to say the least that I found one site that tagged SBP as one of “Utah’s Best Blogs“. Ha. Even more amusing, they had me listed under the category of “Politics Blog”. Double Ha! (I didn’t even have a Politics category, until today) But I guess [semi-retired] ski bums and poets can be pundits, too. So does this mean I should post again about politics? Alrighty then
People who know me well, know my thoughts on the Iraq war. It’s no secret that I want it done with. Over. Ended. Period. Should not have ever been there in the first place. However, that said I’m not against a stepped up presence in Afghanistan. I think it’s only sensible to go after the people who actually attacked us in 2001. This whole deal in Iraq has been a complete and utter disaster. And if you don’t think that the war in Iraq has anything to do with our current economic situation, think again. But that’s not the point of this post…
What I thought to share was a Yahoo! news article I just read about how McCain alienated many thousands of scientist around the country during the debate when he stated the following about Obama’s earmark spending:
“[Obama] voted for nearly a billion dollars in pork barrel earmark projects, including, by the way, $3 million for an overhead projector at a planetarium in Chicago, Illinois. My friends, do we need to spend that kind of money?”
Turns out, a lot of people think we do. This is no ordinary overhead projector from your 5th grade classroom. As the Yahoo! piece points out “Alan Boyle’s Cosmic Log has a great summary of the uproar”. Whoa. Pretty significant blunder on McCain’s part, if you ask me. Further more…the Adler Planetarium issued a statement about that comment from the debate:
“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…. To remain competitive and ensure national security, it is vital that we educate and inspire the next generation of explorers to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.”
Nice work Maverick.
I admit Barack Obama’s policies aren’t perfect or ideal, but they are much less imperfect than “that other one” we have to choose from right now. During the primary season I was ready to write in Ron Paul on election day, but now I plan to support Obama.