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White House moves petition goalposts

On January 15, 2013 the White House increased the number of signers required for a White House response to petitions from the former value of 25,000:

AS OF JANUARY 15, 2013:

To cross the first threshold and be searchable within WhiteHouse.gov, a petition must reach 150 signatures within 30 days.

To cross the second threshold and require a response, a petition must reach 100,000 signatures within 30 days.

As of this writing, there are 280 searchable petitions. Some of them a pretty mainstream, such as the one to legalize Marijuana with 18,268 signatures and some are a bit odder, such as the petition to recognize Sasquatch as an indigenous species and ban the hunting of them (1,041 signatures), and to recognize International Talk Like a Pirate Day September 19 (2,077 signatures), and to ABOLISH the petitions (896 signatures)!

The petition with the most votes is one to recognize the Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group (328,279), and the second is to investigate their tax-exempt status (82,769). There are several to impeach Obama if he takes away our guns.

And don’t forget (doing a little better than Sasquatch):

Mandate the AG to seek sanctions, costs, and attorneys’ fees to recover taxpayer funds used to defend birther lawsuits.

It’s interesting to see what people are concerned about beyond the headlines.

Taitz tried to start a White House petition, but she violated their privacy policy when she posted Obama’s social-security number. She has since moved from the White House to the Congress with her petition  at Petition2Congress.com.  This unofficial site says that it sends letters and emails to Congress. The best description I found of the site was in its slightly hard to find privacy policy. As of this writing, Taitz had 12,398 emails sent on behalf of her petition’s 4,875 signers. Taitz thinks she has 12,000 signers, but she doesn’t. The White House petition requires one to create an account with a valid email address. It appears that the site Orly uses let’s you just make up a name and use a non-existent email address, so even the 4,875 number is questionable.

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8 Responses to White House moves petition goalposts

  1. avatar
    aesthetocyst January 22, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    “4,813 People Have Sent 12,234 Letters and Emails” … more fodder for the crank files. Birfers don’t seem to understand the volume of lunacy congressional offices entertain everyday. Spamming the crap out of them on a dismissed issue will have no effect whatsoever.

    More false hope for birfers.leads to more predictable disappointment for birfers, leads to more predictable anger, leaves them desperate enough to cling to the next false hope.

  2. avatar
    Saint James January 22, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

    aesthetocyst: More false hope for birfers.leads to more predictable disappointment for birfers, leads to more predictable anger, leaves them desperate enough to cling to the next false hope.

    It’s gonna be a turkey shoot! Luv it!

  3. avatar
    ZixiOfIx January 23, 2013 at 1:58 am #

    I never thought I’d sign one of those, but I signed this one.

    I’m not sure that the White House has jurisdiction over this sort of thing, but if someone who does have jurisdiction notices and decides to seek sanctions where appropriate, all the better.

    As amusing as the birthers can be, they are abusing the system.

  4. avatar
    Bob January 23, 2013 at 4:12 am #

    I signed it “CrackPotBirther.”

  5. avatar
    The Magic M January 23, 2013 at 4:27 am #

    aesthetocyst: Birfers don’t seem to understand the volume of lunacy congressional offices entertain everyday.

    Even if that wasn’t the case, they should’ve taken a clue like “We’ve been sending angry letters to Congress for 5 years now and not one of them has gone birther, what do we do? Oh, I know, send more angry letters to Congress!”.

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    US Citizen January 23, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    The Magic M: Even if that wasn’t the case, they should’ve taken a clue like “We’ve been sending angry letters to Congress for 5 years now and not one of them has gone birther, what do we do? Oh, I know, send more angry letters to Congress!”

    Birthers (and much of the GOP) are like Wile E. Coyote.
    Always trying to do the same thing via some new method and failing yet again.
    For this, they call themselves Super Geniuses.

  7. avatar
    Jim January 23, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    aesthetocyst:
    “4,813 People Have Sent 12,234 Letters and Emails” … more fodder for the crank files. Birfers don’t seem to understand the volume of lunacy congressional offices entertain everyday. Spamming the crap out of them on a dismissed issue will have no effect whatsoever.

    Ditto on SCOTUS.

  8. avatar
    The Magic M January 23, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    Well, the petition business lets them at least count their numbers more accurately. Which kinda begs the question “Why aren’t 150 million Americans signing those petitions if, allegedly, they are all birthers?”. Probaby the evil Soros machine strips the final 3 digits and they have 4.8 million signatures already.

    Well, Poe’s Law, Magic M’s Corollary: You can’t make up a birther claim that won’t be topped by an even sillier actual birther version within weeks.