West Central Michigan
The QDMA REACH Program
REACH is an aggressive national education and outreach program from the Quality Deer Management Association that benefits hunters, landowners and deer managers in several ways. REACH is the acronym for Research, Educate, Advocate, Certify and Hunt.
Dave Bopp, President
Jim Blaszak, Vice President:
Death Star Petition Gets White House Rebuff
Sorry, folks. The Obama administration will not be building a Death Star.
The White House responded Friday night to a petition on its website urging construction of a Death Star for job creation and national defense purposes by 2016.
Here's why, according to Paul Shawcross, chief of the Science and Space Branch of the Office of Management and Budget, who wrote an epic response to the petition and its nearly 35,000 signatories:
Shawcross did take the opportunity to explain what is being done already, instead of the government spending the the estimated $852 quadrillion (in case you were wondering what the above number was) to build the ultimate planet-destroying machine.
There's the International Space Station (which doesn't destroy planets). There's the two rovers on Mars ("one wielding a laser"). Oh yeah, here's the president wielding a light saber! Who knew -- the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is even "supporting research" on building Luke Skywalker's arm.
Shawcross closed by plugging a big initiative of the Obama administration: science, technology, engineering and math education:
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.
Sorry, "Star Wars" fans, it seems the gravitational pull of Washington's budget battles was too much to make a $852 quadrillion investment.