I'm So Embarrassed

Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Why, you might ask? Because I live in the greater Denver area, and the City and County of Denver has lost their damn mind.

Don't believe me? Check this out - this summer's regularly scheduled citywide election will contain a measure that would create a seven member commission to collect evidence that extraterrestrials and their "UFO vehicles" have been visiting Earth.

The initiative is spearheaded by freeze-dried whackaloon Jeff Peckman, who at least has enough sense not to try and force Denver taxpayers to pay for this piece of lunacy. Instead the commission will be funded through donations, grants and gifts.

I'm pretty sure there are already institutions who are eminently better qualified than Denver's proposed commission to search for and collect evidence of Extra Terrestrial Intelligence. Institutions who have the science, the funding and the equipment to do a professional job of it. Why do those who signed the petition to get this on the ballot think that some dude with a set of binoculars in his backyard is going to do a better job of it than SETI and NASA?

I won't be able to vote on this measure because I'm not a resident of the City and County of Denver, more's the pity. Hopefully my neighbors won't embarrass me further.

16 comments:

Warner (aka ntsc) said...

Sounds like something my ex would be for and she lives in the area.

Alex said...

**put on his tinfoil hat**

What? It seems like a perfectly sensible idea. Those people at SETI and NASA are just fronts for the government conspiracy to hide such information from the public after all.

Janiece said...

Alex, I bet you look very handsome in your tin-foil hat. Which does in fact focus the mind altering rays from the government rather than deflect them.

Alex said...

Vicious rumors by those trying to ban tin foil hats.

The Mechanicky Gal said...

I for one am waiting for Jesse Ventura to weigh in on this exact topic. Because he is in the know and has information that will blow your mind as he so eloquently puts it in the ad for his new conspiracy teevee show. Used to be The History Channel was The Hitler Channel. I miss those days.

Fathergoose said...

Beautiful, just beautiful!

Juan Federico said...

Finally a reason to bring my Armadillo Helmet to Denver.

Eric said...

I cannot believe they want to waste taxpayers' money to prove something that's common knowledge like this!

What?

Eric said...

**ALTERNATE GAG REPLY**

Seeing as how I'm reading Going Rogue right now, I'm thinking maybe somebody should establish a commission to prove the existence of terrestrial intelligence.

[Whichever of these two responses was funnier is the one I wrote. The other was posted by Evan when I stepped away from the laptop for a bit]

Janiece said...

The 2nd response is Eric's, as it did in fact make me laugh out loud.

Vagabond said...

Just think of all the blog material this will provide in the future. That wack job just made your year!

John the Scientist said...

Do you live in Colorado or West Virginia? Or is there not much difference except the height of the hills? :D

jr said...

Unfortunately, it is out of the hands of the City. The referendum received the required number of petition signatures to place the issue on the ballot. Some have argued the petition threashold is too low - based on voter turnout for the last mayoral election. Turns out we have only ourselves to blame.

Janiece said...

John, don't make me come over there.

JR, you are (of course) correct. The fact that this piece of crap is on the ballot is no reflection on the city, but I think it does point to the fact that getting measures on the ballot should be harder, as you note.

catheee said...

I am interested in forming a committee to campaign against this craziness. And I do live in Denver!

Janiece said...

Welcome, Catheee.

You have my support, for what it's worth.