Through their petition system “We the People,” 34,435 people requested the White House and President Obama put in an effort to fund and build a Death Star. “We the People” has rules, such as if a petition gets 25,000 signatures, a White House official will respond. In a post entitled “This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For” Paul Shawcross, the Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, got that honor. Here’s the post in full:
Official White House Response to Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.
This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For
By Paul Shawcross
The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:
- The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
- The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
- Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?
However, look carefully (here’s how) and you’ll notice something already floating in the sky — that’s no Moon, it’s a Space Station! Yes, we already have a giant, football field-sized International Space Station in orbit around the Earth that’s helping us learn how humans can live and thrive in space for long durations. The Space Station has six astronauts — American, Russian, and Canadian — living in it right now, conducting research, learning how to live and work in space over long periods of time, routinely welcoming visiting spacecraft and repairing onboard garbage mashers, etc. We’ve also got two robot science labs — one wielding a laser — roving around Mars, looking at whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.
Keep in mind, space is no longer just government-only. Private American companies, through NASA’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office (C3PO), are ferrying cargo — and soon, crew — to space for NASA, and are pursuing human missions to the Moon this decade.
Even though the United States doesn’t have anything that can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, we’ve got two spacecraft leaving the Solar System and we’re building a probe that will fly to the exterior layers of the Sun. We are discovering hundreds of new planets in other star systems and building a much more powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that will see back to the early days of the universe.
We don’t have a Death Star, but we do have floating robot assistants on the Space Station, a President who knows his way around a light saber and advanced (marshmallow) cannon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is supporting research on building Luke’s arm, floating droids, and quadruped walkers.
We are living in the future! Enjoy it. Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field. The President has held the first-ever White House science fairs and Astronomy Night on the South Lawn because he knows these domains are critical to our country’s future, and to ensuring the United States continues leading the world in doing big things.
If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star’s power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.
Paul Shawcross is Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget
On Thursday August 30, former Bain Capital CEO Mitt Romney will be officially anointed as the Republican candidate for President of the United States. That same day, a massive, 15-foot-tall supervillain dubbed “Bain” will be unveiled outside Bain Capital HQ on Madison Avenue. Since Romney headed Bain Capital, organizers of the event wanted to honor the achievements of Bain’s “longtime ‘partner in crime’ Willard Mitt Romney.”
In the press release Bain (the supervillain not the company) “gleefully” stated:
I have slashed incomes, smashed jobs, and torn working families to pieces. If Romney wins the election, it will be Dark Night indeed.
The plan is for a hundred workers to be at the event to challenge Bain, many sharing real life stories about their nightmarish experiences working for Bain Capital-owned businesses. Organizers have invited folks to come and help challenge “this sinister plan to take over our Democracy.”
WHO: The corporate monster known as Bain, confronted by 100 workers, and you!
WHAT: A giant 13″ monster will deliver a speech in front of Bain Capital accompanied by his corporate henchmen.
WHEN: 12:30-1:30pm (Lunch break!)
WHERE: Bain Capital Headquarters 590 Madison (57th and Madison).
The topic of Bain as a comic book villain has been discussed widely this summer as the villain in The Dark Knight Rises was named Bane. This lead to calls of conspiracy by some. The event is supported by United New York.
Comic books have often used elections and Presidents to help boost sales or seem timely, but Spawn #225 takes it a step further by having the plotline directly affected by the election results. I wonder if we’ll ever find out the direction if the other person won (calling trade paperback extras!) Find the solicit text below, definitely interesting….
story TODD MCFARLANE
art SZYMON KUDRANSKI
cover TODD MCFARLANE
32 PAGES / FC / T+
“DE-PROGRAMMED,” Part One
MILESTONE 225th issue! AND…FOR THE FIRST TIME…the results of a Presidential Election will directly affect the events to come.
On November 6th, the citizens of the United States of America will select their Commander In Chief. The winner, and his goals and agendas, will play a role in shaping the next stage in Jim Downing’s evolution.
Meanwhile…Jim’s long search for answers about his past comes to an end in this two-part story, featuring the return of fan-favorite villain, Jason Wynn.
Wynn, the master puppeteer whose manipulations led to Al Simmons’ original fall from grace, now lays bare the full truth regarding Jim’s role in “The Project.” But what are Wynn’s true intentions? And what ramifications do they have on global events.
RETAILERS: This issue contains two alternate endings – one featuring Barack Obama, the other Mitt Romney. Both are available to order using the unique product codes listed in the order form.
She’s spectacular. I got a chance to see Batman, and she was the best thing in it. That’s just my personal opinion. – President Obama
The President in Geek has weighed in on his favorite part of The Dark Knight Rises at a fundraiser fundraiser hosted by Anne Hathaway, Aaron Sorkin, and Joanne Woodward. We know the President is an admitted fan of Spider-Man and Conan. I want his opinion on those two recent reboots!
President Obama addressed the tragedy that occurred during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises yesterday, both releasing a statement and talking about it briefly. He also talks about the tragedy in his weekly address.
President Obama has released the following statement about the tragedy in Colorado. He has canceled campaign plans today and will be making a live statement later this morning.
Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado. Federal and local law enforcement are still responding, and my Administration will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora in this extraordinarily difficult time. We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded. As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family. All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come.
With all of the talk that Mitt Romney’s Presidential race might be hurt by his involvement with Bain Capital and The Dark Knight Rises villain being named Bane, I decided to look at how popular the two search terms have been in the United States in the last 30 days compared to each other….
You can see only recently Bane has become the hotter topic of the two.
The topic has been trending consistently on Yahoo for some time now.
Rush Limbaugh went on his radio show and rallied against The Dark Knight Rises, claiming conspiracy since the villain in the movie is named Bane and Mitt Romeny used to run Bain Capital. Limbaugh clearly thinks the American people are too dumb to know the difference.
His exact quote:
Do you think that it is accidental that the name of the really vicious fire breathing four eyed whatever it is villain in this movie is named Bain [sic]?
Rush decided to completely ignore the fact that the Batman villain was created in 1993 and chosen as a character in the movie at the latest of 2011. Surely DC Comics and director/writer Christopher Nolan were psychic and knew Mitt Romney would be the Republican nominee for President.
Limbaugh went on to wonder whether this will influence voters:
This movie, the audience is gonna be huge. A lot of people are gonna see the movie, and it’s a lot of brain-dead people, entertainment, the pop culture crowd, and they’re gonna hear Bane in the movie and they’re gonna associate Bain. The thought is that when they start paying attention to the campaign later in the year, and Obama and the Democrats keep talking about Bain, Romney and Bain, that these people will think back to the Batman movie, “Oh, yeah, I know who that is.” (laughing) There are some people who think it’ll work. Others think you’re really underestimating the American people to think that will work.
Here’s the actual audio:
Chuck Dixon, the co-creator of Bane responded to ComicBook.com about the controversy:
The idea that there’s some kind of liberal agenda behind the use of Bane in the new movie is silly. I refuted this within hours of the article in the Washington Examiner suggesting that Bane would be tied to Bain Capital and Mitt Romney appearing. Bane was created by me and Graham Nolan and we are lifelong conservatives and as far from left-wing mouthpieces as you are likely to find in comics.
As for his appearance in The Dark Knight Rises, Bane is a force for evil and the destruction of the status quo. He’s far more akin to an Occupy Wall Street type if you’re looking to cast him politically. And if there ever was a Bruce Wayne running for the White House it would have to be Romney.
Devil’s Due sent out an email yesterday giving the heads up to expect more Barack the Barbarian in time for this year’s Presidential election. This September will see the release of Barack The Barbarian: The Election Collection. The harcover collects all four issues of the miniseries and the one shot special The Fall of Red Sarah into a collectible hardcover format. There will also be an exclusive link inside to a digital epilogue to be released upon the 2012 Presidential election results.
More information should be coming soon, but for now, here’s a look at the cover.