Petitioning the President

The Atlantic has a roundup of the 12 goofiest petitions submitted so far to the White House’s We the People initiative.  Our two favorites: “Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016” and “authorize the production of a recurring television program featuring Vice President Joe Biden.”  

A petition to “Direct the United States Mint to make a single platinum trillion-dollar coin” has so far garnered only 5,149 signatures (as compared to the Death Star’s 33,836 signatures), even though Paul Krugman recently endorsed the idea. Stephen Colbert has also weighed in on the #Mintthecoin movement.


It's a sad day when the "coin of the realm" is imaginary.

And dangerous.


I love the idea of a show starring Joe Biden (comedy gold!), and heartily agree that the ban on the importation of Kinder Eggs needs to be reversed.


They missed the ones about pardoning Clarence Aaron and Chris Williams. So hilarious!


Here's another: "Require free access over the Internet to scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research." Not only has the Obama White House failed to respond, his Dept. of Justice was targeting Aaron Swartz for hacking JSTOR, but I guess they'll drop the case now that Swartz has committed suicide. See the humor?