PORKBUSTERS  1:49 pm October 8, 2008

Barack Obama’s $3 Million Overhead Projector Made Of Pork

by Sara K. Smith

Gross.So last night in the debate John McCain mentioned this despicable project Barack Obama supported, Chicago-style, by throwing 3 million of taxpayers’ dollars at some overhead projector in a planetarium. It was made of pork! Which is just weird, since Muslims aren’t supposed to like pigs, or celestial navigation.

So here it is, your Bacon Projector of Doom:

Cue 'The Blue Danube'

The Adler Planetarium — owners of the filthy overhead sky-pig robot — released a statement this morning basically saying John McCain was full of shit in six different ways, that yes Obama had voted for federal money to replace the 40-year-old projector in their dome theater, as had pretty much every local politician they’d ever lobbied, but the money was not appropriated, so suck it, etc. (PDF here.)

McCain Blasts Obama for Overhead Projectors and ‘Sesame Street’ [Urlesque]
$3 Million Overhead Projector? McCain Lie Shows No Understanding of Science or Technology [TPM Cafe]
Adler Statement About Senator McCain’s Comments at the Presidential Debate (PDF) [Adler Planetarium]

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CivicHoliday October 8, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Is that a pig made out of pork? I’m a vegetarian, but it still looks delicious.

SayItWithWookies October 8, 2008 at 1:54 pm

Of course he doesn’t know about technology. McCain’s so old, he remembers when Betelguese was a main sequence yellow.

Voyou Charmant October 8, 2008 at 1:54 pm

Probably a Muslin laser cannon.

shortsshortsshorts October 8, 2008 at 1:55 pm

Oh man if I had an overhead projector like that I would blast images of pork all over.

Serolf Divad October 8, 2008 at 1:55 pm

Planetariums? Isn’t that where you go get high and watch a Pink Floyd light-show? Every good American should pick up a hammer or a pick axe and go demolish his local planetarium right now. They’re almost as bad as libraries (those repositories of homo-penguin indoctrinating filth). America will never be truly free until the only buildings left standing are houses, churches, McDonlads and Wall-Mart.

Tommy Says Soooo October 8, 2008 at 1:55 pm

They should have turned it all over to George Lucas and no one would have ever wanted to sit through it again anyway.

Cogito Ergo Bibo October 8, 2008 at 1:56 pm

That planetarium ROCKS! I love that place! Every time I visited my grandparents, I always wanted to go to the Museum of Science and Industry (with a real coal mine! and the body of some guy sliced paper thin and put between sheets of glass!) and the planetarium. Totally worth the money. I’d rather spend it there than on $50 hammers and shit they buy under defense contracts.

Kwame' October 8, 2008 at 1:56 pm

Put THAT in your Big Dipper and smoke it, McKlan.

slappypaddy October 8, 2008 at 1:57 pm

…they all in th’tank… iz fulla sharks an snarks… that jumpin jack mcnuggits bess watch out, he cain’t swim, bless his heart… wait… whar’d hiz heart go? y’mean it’s gone? he sold it t’whut? th’devil? why, ah do declare…

Political Addict October 8, 2008 at 1:57 pm
Delicious October 8, 2008 at 1:57 pm

That looks like a dead cat wrapped in bacon.

Mighty Rex October 8, 2008 at 1:58 pm

If only they’d asked for something useful, like an A-6 Intruder. McCain could totally get behind that! And, uh, pilot it! And crash it! FIVE AND A HALF YEARS!

soymocha October 8, 2008 at 1:59 pm

Who needs planetariums? McCain and Palin already know the earth is flat and the moon is made of cheese.

facehead October 8, 2008 at 1:59 pm

Today we are all overhead projectors.

EnBuenOra October 8, 2008 at 1:59 pm

Why do we need all these f***ot kids and big pointy-head arugula-f***s looking at stars and sh*t no-how? Since when did America get ahead by wasting money on science & sh*t?

TheHappyPundit October 8, 2008 at 1:59 pm

Please remove that pig picture from my brain. k. thx.

ky-jellydonuts October 8, 2008 at 2:00 pm

I, and probably six gazillion other kids in the Chicago area, went here to actually see what the stars looked like (because it’s not like you can see them in the city) and now Walnuts is going to take it away.

While these scions of education are on a roll, they can head a block west and take away all the dinosaur skeletons at the Field Museum, because Bible Spice knows they’re just a trick.

mattbolt October 8, 2008 at 2:00 pm

3 million, dagnabbit! In my day, you could operate a whole image-projecting machine for mere haypennies! That includes the special dyes and oils, half-ton electric lighting mechanism, and the salaries of four stout lads to turn the slide-cranks and work the projection rigging!

Tommy Says Soooo October 8, 2008 at 2:00 pm

In other news, the sisters of Delta Delta Delta are proud to have one of their own finally get a picture on Wonkette.

DAmico' October 8, 2008 at 2:01 pm

[re=126455]Delicious[/re]: Which, admittedly, still sounds delicious. Mmmmm… Bacon!

mirrorball October 8, 2008 at 2:02 pm

But Obama did support a $300,000 earmark for their Pink Floyd laser show each Friday at midnight.

ManchuCandidate October 8, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Why does John McCain hate Laser Floyd Shows?

Jebediah October 8, 2008 at 2:02 pm

The crew of the USS Swinetrek are pleased.

WadISay October 8, 2008 at 2:03 pm

McDoofus apparently wasn’t told, the “planetarium” is the gizmo in the middle that projects the sky on the interior of the dome, i.e., it’s the projecter. At $3M, it’s a bargain. I grew up in Chicago, and this was a primo place to (a) take your date, (b) sleep, and/or (c) yuk it up when people wretched from watching the the stars wooshing around overhead.

shortsshortsshorts October 8, 2008 at 2:03 pm

[re=126455]Delicious[/re]: No silly that’s dinner after the market takes another nose dive towards awesometown!

Cogito Ergo Bibo October 8, 2008 at 2:03 pm

OMG. They’re playing “Dangerzone” from Top Gun to amp the crowd before a McCain/Palin rally right now. Five and half jets, Grampy!

ihasasad October 8, 2008 at 2:03 pm

I haz a sick. Blech blech to the picture.

Neilist October 8, 2008 at 2:04 pm

[re=126444]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Wooks, that made me laugh, in a Former 9th Grade Science Club Geek kind of way.

Full points.

mookworthjwilson October 8, 2008 at 2:04 pm

[re=126453]Political Addict[/re]: A. ACORN does good work. B. ACORN doesn’t use government money C. Stanley Kurtz molests kids.

Mumble Softly October 8, 2008 at 2:04 pm

That’s is so like those fucking elitists !! Spending joesixpackhockeymom’s hard earned Keno money on some sort of educational and scientific shit !! Fuck educations FUCK IT SIDEWAYS, what need to do is drill baby drill, not try to increase interest in science by our fat and pregnant 17 year old daughters and their redneck boyfriends.

Why does Obama hate joe sixpack?

Urbanachiever October 8, 2008 at 2:04 pm

In WALNUTS’ defense, ever since he invented the Blackberry, his campaign operates entirely on transparencies, mimeographs, and filmstrips, so of COURSE he thought $3M for a projector was ridiculous.

mattbolt October 8, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Sarah Palin shot that pig from a helicopter.

She was trying to get the moose, but was distracted by McCain in the passenger seat, gesturing wildly out the window and shouting “THAT ONE”

mookworthjwilson October 8, 2008 at 2:05 pm

[re=126480]mookworthjwilson[/re]: Forgot to say, one of these statements isn’t true…but I’m not saying which.

springfield_meltdown October 8, 2008 at 2:05 pm

I think I’m an elitist since every time McCain complains about earmarks I think that the project sounds fairly reasonable. The overeducated need jobs doing something.

Studge October 8, 2008 at 2:06 pm

[re=126474]Jebediah[/re]: Beat me to it, bro:


facehead October 8, 2008 at 2:06 pm

Dear Wonkette Overlords,

I agree with [re=126463]TheHappyPundit[/re] and the rest of the silent majority. Though you should probably just insult me for thinking I can make a difference in the world, that pig made of pork products is TRULY awful. It tickles my gag reflex just thinking about it, and I’m not a half-bread vagatarian muslin jewbag either.

NoWireHangers October 8, 2008 at 2:06 pm

Do yourself a favor and visit your local planetarium stoned. It’s the best thing ever. (Not that I would personally know of course). Those seats are so comfy when they recline…

Adler is great though. The funny thing is that this was the best pork WALNUTS! could come up with. It’s not like Barry used the money to fund a program that trains atheists to perform gay marriages in public schools while performing abortions. It was for science and education for the public.

Unindicted Co-Conspirator October 8, 2008 at 2:06 pm

[re=126449]Cogito Ergo Bibo[/re]:
It’s a fake coal mine!
You go up to the second floor & take the elevator to the basement, where you walk through a couple of hallways with coal sprayed on the walls. Then the “miner” takes out the safety lamp & stages a fake explosion to show how that works.

AngryBlakGuy October 8, 2008 at 2:07 pm

…no one is asking the HARD HITTING questions!!!

“But can you watch porn on it?!”

astroprofeddie October 8, 2008 at 2:08 pm

Space is in the tank for Obama!

Cogito Ergo Bibo October 8, 2008 at 2:09 pm

[re=126489]Unindicted Co-Conspirator[/re]: Awww. You’re killing my childhood memories. Thanks for that. Like the present doesn’t suck enough on its own.

V572625694 October 8, 2008 at 2:11 pm

[re=126449]Cogito Ergo Bibo[/re]: $50 hammers? Come on, that’s so WW II! DoD buys ‘multi-directional, enhanced-momentum impact-generators” now, under NSN 348583088545409, for about, oh, $3,432.50 per each.

Museum of Science and Industry rocks! Much more entertaining than the dusty old dinosaur fakes at the Field Museum.

The Cold Sea October 8, 2008 at 2:14 pm

[re=126453]Political Addict[/re]: Typical white hate. Scapegoating is what it’s historically called, as in the Germans scapegoating of the Jews for the loss of WWI and subsuquent economic disaster.

Cogito Ergo Bibo October 8, 2008 at 2:16 pm

[re=126502]V572625694[/re]: I have pictures from about age 5 through 30 or so of me in that model T where they do the tintype photos in the museum. I love that place. One of the best museum stores around, too. WAY better place than Field. Which is booooring.

NoWireHangers October 8, 2008 at 2:17 pm

[re=126449]Cogito Ergo Bibo[/re]: Science and Industry has dead fetuses in jars. Always a win.

dannygutters October 8, 2008 at 2:18 pm

I’d like to see a kenny loggins laser lights show fundraiser at the Adler in response.

illnoise October 8, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Another good planetarium story from a few weeks ago, when McCain said the same thing in another speech.

nietzscheprojectile October 8, 2008 at 2:21 pm

[re=126506]The Cold Sea[/re]: Which explains Andy Martin on Hannity. Ugh.

Cogito Ergo Bibo October 8, 2008 at 2:22 pm

[re=126515]NoWireHangers[/re]: That’s right! I forgot about that. And they have all day science experiment demonstrations. Frozen ballons in nitrogin! Tornadoes in a tank!

steinman October 8, 2008 at 2:28 pm

I still remember many years ago my first visit to the Adler Planetarium and the incredible experience I had looking at the stars on the ceiling. It led to a life long fascination with all things astronomy and science. Good thing we won’t have to worry about inspiring school kids to be involved in science in a McCain / Palin administration. Let’s have four more years of dumb.

Sussemilch October 8, 2008 at 2:30 pm

I’m sad they didn’t get their fancy startlight projectifier thingy, cause I went to a lot of planetariums as a kid and they were reeeeally cool. And dark. I learned lots about stars and the moon and the sky and I only got motion sickness once, but it was ok, but I had to throw that backpack away.

user-of-owls October 8, 2008 at 2:30 pm

[re=126500]Cogito Ergo Bibo[/re]: [re=126489]Unindicted Co-Conspirator[/re]: Just wait until the Yellow Menace calls in our note and takes over the museum. Visit a real Chinese Coal Mine! But sign this waiver and undertaker deposit form first.

StarkRavingMan October 8, 2008 at 2:34 pm

[re=126444]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Hee hee hee! I just LOVE elitist humor!

Cogito Ergo Bibo October 8, 2008 at 2:35 pm

[re=126552]user-of-owls[/re]: They’d better not take the naked-old-bum-sliced-and-displayed-between-glass-sheets. That was my first look at the real naughty bits on a guy. Ah, nostalgia.

Hamster October 8, 2008 at 2:40 pm

I have been to busy laughing at everyones comments to write my joke about walnurt’s astrolabe collection. Nice job on this one everyone.

Urbanachiever October 8, 2008 at 2:40 pm

[re=126520]illnoise[/re]: Great link! Especially since it calls out Palin on securing funding for a hockey rink, which is WAY less foolish than science education…..

accidental_tourist October 8, 2008 at 2:41 pm

Is it just me or did McGramps imply that he would do away with Medicare, and basically cut everything besides military related expenses. Because I can hear every person over 62 saying the odds of getting hit by the cancerz or the gallstones are 100,000,000:1 of ever seeing a terrorist.

And did I really hear KO say that McCain voted FOR the multi-million dollar bear DNA study?

Sorry to ask so many questions…so many things…just don’t make…..sense anymore.

Cogito Ergo Bibo October 8, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Grampy just repeated his planitarium thingee in his speechifying in Pennsylvania. You’re UNAMERICAN if you don’t hate the planetarium! Asshat.

Hobo Chef Dinty Moore October 8, 2008 at 2:46 pm

Sausages taste good. Pork chops taste good.

S.Luggo October 8, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Projector was required to arm Richard Daley’s Death Star.

Anyway, it wasn’t funded. Daley thus has been reduced to using a trebouchet to hurl orphan babies at his enemies’ homes.

obfuscator October 8, 2008 at 2:56 pm

[re=126477]Cogito Ergo Bibo[/re]: Well, that’s just a stupid comparison to make. The character Tom Cruise played in Top Gun crashed only 1 jet. Well, both of them were both military brat douchebags with little regard for the rules… let’s call it a draw.

Botswana Meat Commission FC October 8, 2008 at 3:05 pm

[re=126447]Serolf Divad[/re]:
That is like the first goddammned thing I did as soon as I had a friend with a driver’s license and working automobile.

One Yield Regular October 8, 2008 at 3:20 pm

One of my very first elitist jobs was operating my local museum’s planetarium and delivering weekend lectures on astronomy. It’s by far the coolest job I ever had. I have ZERO problem with government funding of planetariums, be they made of bacon or not. In my big lights bright city, most kids who came to the planetarium had never even seen REAL stars, and I’m convinced planetariums have played a not insignificant role in inspiring many careers in science – certainly they’re a better investment than “Leave No Child Behind at the Rapture,” or whatever that program’s called.

Miller October 8, 2008 at 3:23 pm

We are supposed to fear the sun, not learn about it. In McCain’s America the sky fire orb will be worshiped with the reverence it deserves.


agonista October 8, 2008 at 3:35 pm

Aw, but the Field had that room with all the bugs in it that would clean the little last bits of flesh off of animal skeletons before the scientists could study them. My parents used to take us on Members’ Night.

That said, I dig the Adler ‘cuz they (at least used to) have my old astronomy professor’s lab notebook on display.

azw88 October 8, 2008 at 3:46 pm

[re=126591]Hamster[/re]: There is NO WAY John McCain would have an Astrolabe… that is an instrument of the devil invented by a heathen Muslim!!

[re=126691]One Yield Regular[/re]: Innercity kids don’t need to know about the stars. Proles will work, live and do as the party says. If Big Brother says the stars are just pinpricks in a dark clothe in the key, that is what they are.

OzoneTom October 8, 2008 at 4:12 pm

I just finished lunch and now I’m hungry again. If I could only have one kind of meat, it would surely be pork.

And they are as smart as a three year old.

And Freddy the Pig was my childhood favorite fictional character.

I’m totally in the tank for pork.

planet-arium October 8, 2008 at 5:02 pm

[re=126444]SayItWithWookies[/re]: I laughed out loud at that!

I am a planetarium director, which is the best job in the world. Save my job and vote Obama!

S.Luggo October 8, 2008 at 5:26 pm

Porky, we hardly knew ye.

seachel October 8, 2008 at 7:49 pm


Particularly prescient given the topics of television, colored lights, and boredom.

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