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2013-01-12 08:53:10 AM  
Yay, Star Wars nerds, keep voting up every other rejected headline so the voting page is nothing but this link.
 
2013-01-12 08:53:36 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Mid_mo_mad_man: Rather have them start on the NX class of ship. Much better and more usefull

The NX Class?

No one wants to remember Enterprise!

No, better they start on the Daedalus class. It doesn't have the stink of Enterprise on it, and it looks kind of cool...

[drexfiles.files.wordpress.com image 850x538]


Well I liked the show. You got to get your feet wet first with NX class then move to bigger better classes
 
2013-01-12 08:59:06 AM  

randomjism: [derp]


i469.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-12 09:02:46 AM  

pedrop357: VRaptor117: Yeah, forget about the continuation of warrant-less wiretapping, NDAA, the complete lack of control over the financial sector, and the current push to disarm ordinary Americans, one Obama bureaucrat made some Star Wars references!! HAHAHA!

HAHAHA!

HAHA!

HA. The coolest.

This. As long as his administration has a little fun every now and again, a lot of people seem to be willing to give it a nice set of passes.

He only really got energized in any meaningful way to push the health care act and now more gun control.

Where was this Obama last term to push closing Guantanamo, stop warrant less wiretapping, become more transparent, curb the excesses of the Patriot Act, leave medical marijuana clinics alone or any of the other things alluded to or outright promised during his 2008 campaign?

I don't recall him demanding action, setting deadlines, convening blue ribbon panels, shedding any crocodile tears, or putting out any bullshiat staged photos of him being really sad over dozens of people effectively interned at Guantanamo for years without trial.

I doubt he sheds any tears for all the innocent people killed by his administration's use of drones or all the people who die in the drug war related violence that his administration happily continues.

He's a self-centered celebrity and a craven, opportunistic piece of shiat.


True, but he's STILL better than the average Republican. No contest. At all.
 
2013-01-12 09:06:46 AM  

randomjsa: Given Obama's track record a single fatal flaw in the design of any plan would not be nearly enough of a screw up anyway.


Yawn.

Wake me up when he invades the wrong country, troll.
 
BOZ
2013-01-12 09:10:15 AM  
As Ackar of the Farkistan Alliance in CyberNations, I am relieved that this will not be built! ;-)
 
2013-01-12 09:15:25 AM  

VRaptor117: Cubansaltyballs: The Obama admin is officially the coolest ever.

Yeah, forget about the continuation of warrant-less wiretapping, NDAA, the complete lack of control over the financial sector, and the current push to disarm ordinary Americans, one Obama bureaucrat made some Star Wars references!! HAHAHA!

HAHAHA!

HAHA!

HA. The coolest.


i8.photobucket.com

You all right there, sport?
 
2013-01-12 09:19:58 AM  

Fark Me To Tears: FTFA: 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.

Why should we encourage our children to pursue STEM degrees when you haven't been able to stop corporate America from sending the goddamned tech jobs out of the country?


As a programmer, I keep up on this, and it seems that the flow of programming jobs to India has slowed to a trickle. My perspective may be flawed, but it no longer feels like the writing's on the wall.
 
2013-01-12 09:20:58 AM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: FirstNationalBastard: Mid_mo_mad_man: Rather have them start on the NX class of ship. Much better and more usefull

The NX Class?

No one wants to remember Enterprise!

No, better they start on the Daedalus class. It doesn't have the stink of Enterprise on it, and it looks kind of cool...

[drexfiles.files.wordpress.com image 850x538]

Well I liked the show. You got to get your feet wet first with NX class then move to bigger better classes


If Manny Coto and the Reeves-Stevenses had been in charge from the beginning, and the show had been done the way season 4 was from the beginning instead of doing some lame Temporal Cold War stuff or 9/11 in space, Enterprise might have succeeded and ran the full 7 years.

/and many are still disappointed the NX class is just the Akira class ship from First Contact turned upside down.
 
2013-01-12 09:23:12 AM  
I'm not a fan of star wars, but nonetheless, nice response.
 
2013-01-12 09:29:11 AM  
Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one man starship?

Hubris.
And don't' tell me there is a shortage of that around here.
 
2013-01-12 09:35:54 AM  
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.

Don't be too proud of these technological terrors you've created.
 
2013-01-12 09:40:38 AM  

Halli: You are the most boring person on fark.


I try.

Serious Black: Dude, you need to get laid.


And yet here we both are on Fark, where the pot says "how YOU doin'?" to the kettle.
 
2013-01-12 09:44:34 AM  

dickfreckle: And while you were careful to mention that it was not Obama himself who wrote it, for some reason I can totally see the president pulling a stunt like this. If he's not a Star Wars fan (Jesus, who isn't, seriously?), it would be something else. I've signed several sports-related petitions and, given his famous sports interest, would probably shart myself if he wrote back in similar fashion.


blastr.com

The US Olympic fencing team visited the White House in '09, as part of Chicago's bid for the Olympics in 2020, President Obama pulled out a lightsaber.

Yeah, it's safe to say he's a fan.
 
2013-01-12 09:47:52 AM  

Wyalt Derp: Grand_Moff_Joseph: Since the GOP opposes anything that the WH says, I expect them to demand that a Death Star be built NOW.

Two words: moonbase.


We already had a moonbase back in 1999, it didn't end well.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-01-12 09:51:30 AM  
Haha oh wow!
 
2013-01-12 09:53:29 AM  
Well it's good to see that all the slackers of the world have managed to effectively waste each others' time!
 
2013-01-12 09:53:30 AM  

Cubansaltyballs: The Obama admin is officially the coolest ever.


If only being cool helped you create jobs, reduce the deficit, obey the constitution...
 
2013-01-12 10:29:18 AM  
Harry_Seldon

Dimensio: Once again, President Obama proves himself to be inexcusably weak on intergalactic defense.

The Death Star is not a defensive weapon.


The best defense is a good offense.
 
2013-01-12 10:32:43 AM  

Bisu: Cubansaltyballs: The Obama admin is officially the coolest ever.

If only being cool helped you create jobs, reduce the deficit, obey the constitution...


Good thing for the GOP that it isn't Congress' job to pass budgets and job bills for the President to sign into law, then.
 
2013-01-12 10:34:56 AM  

Yes this is dog: [4.bp.blogspot.com image 550x400]

The House of Representatives. You'll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.


I think with the proper use of photoshop, you could turn that into a successful meme.

/+1
 
2013-01-12 10:36:12 AM  

Serious Black: "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."

Not only does he show off his geek cred, but he trolls the GOP at the same time. Brilliant.


Also in the form of a true politician, they are actively doing the exact opposite. Brilliant!
 
2013-01-12 10:40:04 AM  
Big business isn't going to like being cut out of another profit opportunity by Mr. Anti-Business
 
2013-01-12 10:40:39 AM  

BronyMedic: Harry_Seldon: The Death Star is not a defensive weapon.

That's not exactly true. If you position them at the wormhole points, they can very well be great defensive weapons. They get a first turn bonus to fire upon ships as they warp in through them.

/spent all of my high school years playing Space Empires III and IV.


I've never heard or read about wormholes being used for space travel in the Star Wars universe.
 
2013-01-12 10:46:01 AM  

BronyMedic: Harry_Seldon: The Death Star is not a defensive weapon.

That's not exactly true. If you position them at the wormhole points, they can very well be great defensive weapons. They get a first turn bonus to fire upon ships as they warp in through them.

/spent all of my high school years playing Space Empires III and IV.


Oh wow, someone else on Fark played?

/did you play on the Play by Web site?
 
2013-01-12 10:54:43 AM  
it that dudes job is just to write responses like this he should be fired to reduce the deficit more. and stop encouraging kids to go into science or engineering !!! - - we already have enough baristas.
 
2013-01-12 10:59:24 AM  

Silverstaff: blastr.com


can we please get a nonghey president? maybe one with a 'responsible adult, leader' package?
 
2013-01-12 11:01:26 AM  

utah dude: Silverstaff: blastr.com

can we please get a nonghey president? maybe one with a 'responsible adult, leader' package?


What, one who thinks he's on a mission from god?

Howbout a B-Movie actor?
 
2013-01-12 11:02:01 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Mid_mo_mad_man: Rather have them start on the NX class of ship. Much better and more usefull

The NX Class?

No one wants to remember Enterprise!

No, better they start on the Daedalus class. It doesn't have the stink of Enterprise on it, and it looks kind of cool...

[drexfiles.files.wordpress.com image 850x538]


Lame. If your going to go retro...go Naglfar.

i.imgur.com
 
2013-01-12 11:02:23 AM  

pudding7: I've never heard or read about wormholes being used for space travel in the Star Wars universe.


{Star Wars Geek Mode}

There is are a handful of canonical examples of wormholes in Star Wars lore.

One is actually tied to the Death Star, or at least the Death Star II (From RotJ).

When the second Death Star was destroyed, the uncontrolled collapse of the largest hypermatter reactor ever built created a wormhole through hyperspace that sucked in much of the debris of the Death Star and deposited into the Mon Calamari star system.

It was originally from a 1992 young adult novel called "The Glove of Darth Vader", explaining how Vaders severed hand and glove survived the destruction of the Death Star and became a sacred relic for Imperial loyalists in the aftermath of the death of Palpatine.

Later writers have fleshed the entire thing out, since it also provides a nice, canonical reason for why Endor survived the destruction of the Death Star in low orbit, even though some fans (Curtis Saxton most notably) argue it would be physically impossible for a habitable world to survive that much debris.

Also, in the Dark Empire comic series, Reborn Palpatine had progressed so far as a Sith Lord that he had learned how to rip apart space with the dark side, and could actually use the Force to create wormholes, which is how he abducted Luke to bring him to his new throne world of Byss. He also could weaponize this ability, creating unstable rips in space to attack entire fleets.

However, for what BronyMedic was saying about wormhole points, no, in Star Wars wormholes do not work that way. Heck, even hyperdrives don't work that way, you can jump from any place where the gravity isn't too strong (or an interdiction field is disrupting hyperspace access), thats why ships carry nav computers and astromech droids.

{/Star Wars Geek Mode}
 
2013-01-12 11:10:03 AM  

pedrop357: Mouthfoam!1!


**ignore
 
2013-01-12 11:10:42 AM  

pedrop357: I don't recall him demanding action, setting deadlines, convening blue ribbon panels, shedding any crocodile tears, or putting out any bullshiat staged photos of him being really sad over dozens of people effectively interned at Guantanamo for years without trial.


So, you don't remember the executive order he issued to close Guantanamo that Congress immediately moved to block by cutting off the funding?
 
2013-01-12 11:10:52 AM  

utah dude: Silverstaff: blastr.com

can we please get a nonghey president? maybe one with a 'responsible adult, leader' package?


Let's look at our prior choices:

1. Idiot from Texas on a mission from God.
2. Charming lecherous womanizer, elected mainly because he is a great public speaker.
3. Bland guy who was elected mainly because his competition for the job looked like a doofus when he climbed into a tank.
4. B-Movie Actor elected mainly because he gives good speeches and was photogenic.
5. Naive peanut farmer who turned out to be better as a goodwill ambassador than a President.
6. Unelected ineffectual clutz.
7. Slimy, oily crook that was the most corrupt POTUS in the 20th century.
8. Uptight, heartless prick who got the office because the guy before him got shot.
9. Charming womanizer elected mainly because he was a great public speaker and was a war hero.

We don't elect our Presidents for being a "responsible, adult leader". We choose them mainly on if they are a good public speaker, are photogenic on camera and on TV, and if they seem likable to a majority of people.
 
2013-01-12 11:11:57 AM  
The problem with a Deathstar is the lack of support ships. The armaments include one laser and assorted fighters. If you occupy the fighters and dodge the laser it's a easy victor. You would need a fleet of support ships to help defend it. It would be more cost effective to build a fleet of constellation class starships.
 
2013-01-12 11:24:34 AM  

Silverstaff: 5. Naive peanut farmer who turned out to be better as a goodwill ambassador than a President.


anybody that watches nachos and drinks football with homer while watching beer is fine with me.
 
2013-01-12 11:29:55 AM  

Silverstaff: 7. Slimy, oily crook that was the most corrupt POTUS in the 20th century.


Actually, his sins seem kind of quaint now.
 
2013-01-12 11:32:36 AM  
cl.jroo.me
 
2013-01-12 11:44:09 AM  

Silverstaff: We don't elect our Presidents for being a "responsible, adult leader". We choose them mainly on if they are a good public speaker, are photogenic on camera and on TV, and if they seem likable to a majority of people.


And because they represent our values, have common sense, and promise to fix what's broke in Washington.
 
2013-01-12 11:47:10 AM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: The problem with a Deathstar is the lack of support ships. The armaments include one laser and assorted fighters. If you occupy the fighters and dodge the laser it's a easy victor. You would need a fleet of support ships to help defend it. It would be more cost effective to build a fleet of constellation class starships.


Ooh...

Constellation class ships?

www.neutralzone.de

drexfiles.files.wordpress.com

I've always liked the look of those.
 
2013-01-12 11:48:20 AM  
There are not enough Lighten Up Francis jpegs to handle this thread without crashing the servers.
 
2013-01-12 11:49:30 AM  
From TFA: 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.

I am outraged!!! This sad devotion to an ancient religion is clearly a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America.
 
2013-01-12 11:52:00 AM  

Cubansaltyballs: The Obama admin is officially the coolest ever.


I enjoyed the citing of the dimwit Lucasism of the Kessel Run.

I also enjoyed a touch of levity in a governmental press release. Pretty rare in my experience.
 
2013-01-12 11:53:08 AM  

Bisu: Cubansaltyballs: The Obama admin is officially the coolest ever.

If only being cool helped you create jobs, reduce the deficit, obey the constitution...


If only being a troll helped you get a job, move out of your mom's basement, get laid...
 
2013-01-12 11:54:26 AM  

ThisIsntMe: fusillade762: dethmagnetic: I love that we live in a world where not only does the office of the most powerful man on earth issue a formal response to a request to build an orbital death station, but actually manages to be cool about it.

I like Obama plenty, but he didn't write that.

By Paul Shawcross

Paul Shawcross is Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget


you don't get it do you? sure Obama didn;t personally write that but it is obvious in his administration, that sort of culture permeates which in a way is cool. they for the most part hire cool people.

Can you imagine someone working in a Romney or Bush admin even responds to something like that nevermind being cool about it?
 
2013-01-12 11:54:48 AM  

tillerman35: From TFA: 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.

I am outraged!!! This sad devotion to an ancient religion is clearly a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America.


Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster gun at your side
 
2013-01-12 11:58:13 AM  

VRaptor117: Yeah, forget about the continuation of warrant-less wiretapping, NDAA, the complete lack of control over the financial sector, and the current push to disarm ordinary Americans, one Obama bureaucrat made some Star Wars references!! HAHAHA!


A) the NDAA gets passed every year so you sound like an idiot making it sound like Obama passed it once.
B) The NDAA you are talking about specifically says it gives no additional powers to the president/executive branch.

You are an idiot.
 
2013-01-12 11:59:52 AM  
With the way this government has been spending, this comes as a shock to me.

Either way, wait until Obama calls for Order 66 and the military attacks law-abiding gun owners. Then, once Obama declares himself dictator, he will call for work on the battle station.

Might take a page from Call of Duty and call it the USS Obama.
 
2013-01-12 11:59:58 AM  
i595.photobucket.com
Fart Five, standing by.
 
2013-01-12 12:01:34 PM  
An intelligent and humorous reply to a frivolous petition?

+1 government science replier dude
 
2013-01-12 12:02:14 PM  
"Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?"


cause the CONgressional Military Industrial Complex wants lots of free tax money?
 
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