Monday, October 20, 2008

the Projector, Bears and Joe the Plumber

FYI for those interested in McCain's comment on "the $3M overhead projector" which was actually for a planetarium and not for a teacher/classroom, this letter (click on the above link) is an open letter to McCain about his lack of knowledge about science which is evident by his absurd statement, as well as his previous statement about the $3M for bear genetics which he called pork barrel - which was wrong on multiple accounts; 1) it was $4.8M not $3M; 2) we are required to conserve threatened and endangered species; this money is for Montana Grizzly Bears which are....threatened. Or in the words of the Montana Fish and Wildlife & Parks -

"This is not pork barrel at all," says Richard Mace, a research biologist with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP). "We have a federal law called the Endangered Species Act and [under this law] the federal government is supposed to help identify and conserve threatened species."

; 3) they are using DNA fingerprinting which is one of th few ways to estimate population size - tracking them all with radio collars would cost a HELL of A LOT more....and finally - this type of money goes for research and can that be a pork barrel project like a new bridge top nowhere - which Pallin tried to get to replace the ferry which connects Ketchikan, Alaska, to the Gravina Island's 50 residents, and the Ketchikan International Airport.

You gotta love it when Politicians gt to just blrut things out knowing that people will accept it as true and never look it up....well a few look it up but the rest ignore the few

Here is a link to information on actual Planetarium Projectors.

OH and we can't forget anout Joe the Plumber can we - Joe doesn't actually have a plan to buy the business any time in the near future (he was thinking about it - talking to his boss about years later) and wouldn't have seen a tax increase if he did (Thanks to Mike at The Questionable Authority for the info)

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