Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Don't Underestimate the Force...But Don't Expect a Death Star

We've posted in the past about the White House petition site, where citizens can request a response from the administration on everything from the legalization of marijuana, to food safety, to the White House beer recipe, to...construction of a Death Star.

34,435 people petitioned the government to begin construction of our very own Death Star by 2016.  (Presumably, it would take longer for the battle station to become fully operational.)

Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, and obvious Star Wars fan, authored the response ("This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For"), pointing out the high cost and the fact that it could potentially be destroyed by one cocky kid who used to bull's-eye womp rats in his T-16.

So, no Death Star for us, but everything's under control.  Situation normal.