Lay off McCain/Palin?

From MSNBC:

McCain’s campaign on Wednesday angrily called for an end to questions about its review of Sarah Palin’s background, deriding a “faux media scandal designed to destroy the first female Republican nominee” for vice president.

Don’t get me wrong here – I agree with what Obama said last week – family is off-limits, and pretty much irrelevant.  However, the way that the McCain campaign is pitching this is just wrong, but in line with what they’ve done in the past.

For those of you keeping track at home:  can’t pick on McCain cause he was a POW (which I admire the man for, but as Fred Thompson said last night, “being a POW doesn’t qualify you to be President”), and you can’t pick on Palin cause she’s the first female Republican nominee for VP.

Goldendale Star Party

This weekend, a few members from the Seattle Astronomical Society held an unofficial star party out near Goldendale, WA.  Since I didn’t get the chance to take on the Table Mountain Star Party a few weeks back, I was determined to make this event.  It was an easy sell on the homefront as well, what with the vineyards in nearby Yakima. 🙂

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Tons of Messiers were knocked out, and now I’m ready to apply for the Messier certificate from the Astronomical League.

That’s 31 new Messier objects, bringing my total up to 98 out of 110.  The remaining 12 will have to wait until the dead of Winter and one or two left until Summer of 2009. 

Finally, some of you (ok… really just Michael) have asked me to post pictures of my observing.  I’ll post a picture here of the telescopes set up for the star party, and I’ll also note that I’m taking donations to buy gear to hook up to my telescope for observation photos. 🙂