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: January 11, 2013, 11:23:22 PM

Finally something from the U.S. government that everyone will love!!! Here is the official response to a petition to build a real Death Star.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/response/isnt-petition-response-youre-looking

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

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#1 : January 12, 2013, 12:08:36 AM

hahaha, love it!

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#2 : January 12, 2013, 10:17:54 AM

We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.



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#3 : January 15, 2013, 01:33:16 PM

A petition for the government to build a death star. Classic American's. Spend more time and effort into doing something utterly useless than they put into their jobs, family, houses etc....

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#4 : January 15, 2013, 01:55:20 PM


It may take you longer than forty hours a week to sign a petition, but I wouldn't assume the rest of the country is that inept.

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#5 : January 15, 2013, 03:03:17 PM

So then thats where the money has been going to. Little do we know the "dark side" was originally the USA. I knew Lucas had ins with the future.

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#6 : January 17, 2013, 10:38:06 AM

Was this a prank?


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#7 : January 17, 2013, 11:04:50 AM


Not at all. Look up in the sky around 1:00 AM.

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#8 : January 17, 2013, 11:28:56 AM


I can see the sparks from the welder!


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#9 : January 17, 2013, 11:43:20 AM


It may take you longer than forty hours a week to sign a petition, but I wouldn't assume the rest of the country is that inept.

Signing a petition doesn't take very long, thinking it's funny to waste time on it is the real downfall.

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#10 : January 17, 2013, 11:55:25 AM


1. You've spent more time than that in this thread.

2. My response was to your wild exaggeration about job, home, family, etc.

3. Did you see Blue Falcon's contributions to this thread? You may want to look there for reasons behind "the downfall."

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#11 : January 17, 2013, 12:34:28 PM

I think jumping straight to a full-sized Death Star is not the way to go. We need to start out small at first and work our way up. Instead of a planet sized DS start with much smaller asteroid sized platforms to get the kinks out. We'd still have the advantage since no one else has a fleet of "Death Roids"


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#12 : January 23, 2013, 07:26:55 PM


Recent intelligence reports indicate that Blue Falcon has defected, and that China has begun development of a fleet of triangular space ships to counter the Death Roids threat.



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#13 : January 24, 2013, 03:00:55 PM

Somebody set up us the bomb.

China has announced: "All your base are belong to us. "


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#14 : January 24, 2013, 04:06:02 PM


What is your point? I was wrong? Ok. You win. I was wrong.

           
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