Command Transportation, a freight broker company based out of Skokie, Ill. made headlines last week with a billboard declaring that whichever side lost in the Canada vs. U.S. hockey game in the 2014 Winter Olympics would be forced to "keep Bieber."
Of course, the outcome is old news now — Canada ended up defeating the U.S. 1-0, and it looks as though Beiber is ours.
Though it was merely a prank, the billboard aligned well with a recent petition on Whitehouse.gov asking that the Canadian pop star be returned to his homeland.
Here's a list of 16 more odd or outrageous Whitehouse.gov petitions.
This petition's mission, created Jan. 23, 2014, is to deport pop singer Justin Bieber due to his "reckless" and "destructive" behavior.
"He is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nations youth," the petition states. "We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society."
So far the petition has garnered 263,781 signatures, well over the 100,000 it needs for the president to address it.
According to this petition, opening day is not just the start to a baseball season, but a "symbol of rebirth" and a "state of mind where anything is possible."
Thus far there have been 28,834 individuals sign the petition.
Perhaps "Play Ball" will turn into day off.
When, in January, Utahns heard about a school throwing away children's lunches because their parents were delinquent on payments, there was rightful outrage. Well, some have filed a petition at Whitehouse.gov making it illegal to do so in the future.
Signed by 2,062 people this far, the petition states that "Millions of American children live in poverty through no fault of their own. … Humiliating and starving them for their parents' minor debt should be illegal."
"Football is America’s game, and, no matter what Joe Buck says about baseball, drinking beer is our national pastime," the petition says. "There's nothing more American than being hungover the Monday after the Super Bowl, and nothing less American than working in such a state."
It goes on to say, "Drink up and sign up."
However, the petition only has 1,183 signatures, so it doesn't look like it is going anywhere.
This petition calls into action the production of shadow boxes so that the past and present Navy employees may "live on through those that served aboard her."
So far, only 305 people have signed it.
Proposal reads: Obama please make Miley Cyrus' "Party in the USA" our national anthem. It is what is best for this country.
Date created: July 2, 2013
Signatures on July 12, 2013: 1,020
Proposal reads: British Citizen and CNN television host Piers Morgan is engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment. We demand that Mr. Morgan be deported immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights and for exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens.
In part, the Obama Administration responded by saying, "Let’s not let arguments over the Constitution’s Second Amendment violate the spirit of its First."
Date created: Dec. 21, 2012
Signatures on July 12, 2013: 109,334
Proposal reads: Those who sign here petition the United States government to secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016.
By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense.
The White House responded to this proposal in part saying that "The Administration does not support blowing up planets."
Date created: Nov. 14, 2012
Signatures on July 12, 2013: 34,435
Proposal reads: Nicolas Cage deserves the Declaration of Independence. He is a national treasure. Having stolen the declaration once, he is capable of doing it again, but chooses not to out of the kindness of his heart. He should be rewarded for his work as an actor and a historian by being given the Declaration of Independence.
Date created: March 26, 2013
Signatures on July 12, 2013: 3,526
Proposal reads: We have within our technological reach the ability to build the 1st generation of the USS Enterprise. It ends up that this ship’s inspiring form is quite functional. This will be Earth’s first gigawatt-class interplanetary spaceship with artificial gravity. The ship can serve as a spaceship, space station, and space port all in one. In total, one thousand crew members & visitors can be on board at once. Few things could collectively inspire people on Earth more than seeing the Enterprise being built in space. And the ship could go on amazing missions, like taking the first humans to Mars while taking along a large load of base-building equipment for constructing the first permanent base there.
Date created: Dec. 22, 2012
Signatures on July 12, 2013: 7,200
All told there were some 69 petitions, covering all 50 states, and totaling hundreds of thousands of signatures filed after President Obama won re-election in 2012. The most popular by far was the petition for Texas to secede.
Proposal reads: The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government's neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect it's citizens' standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.
The White House responded in part by saying, "Whether it's figuring out how to strengthen our economy, reduce our deficit in a responsible way, or protect our country, we will need to work together -- and hear from one another -- in order to find the best way to move forward."
Date created: Nov. 9, 2012
Signatures on July 12, 2013: 125,746
Quickly following the stream of petitions to secede came the counter-argument: Deport people who signed the petitions to secede.
Proposal reads: Deport Everyone That Signed A Petition To Withdraw Their State From The United States Of America.
Date created:Nov. 12, 2012
Signatures on July 12, 2013: 29,650
Proposal reads: We the undersigned, hereby request Barack Obama to immediately Nationalize the Twinkie industry and prevent our nation from losing her sweet creamy center.
Date created: November 16, 2012
Signatures on July 12, 2013: 3,998
Proposal reads: This is a petition to dissolve the current legal system and replace it with a single Hall of Justice, run by Judges; motorcycle-riding law officers who act as police, judge, jury, and executioner.
Date created: Nov. 15, 2012
Signatures on July 12, 2013: 2,972
Proposal reads: Since most politicians' campaigns are largely funded by wealthy companies and individuals, it would give voters a better sense of who the candidate they are voting for is actually representing if the company's logo, or individual's name, was prominently displayed upon the candidate's clothing at all public appearances and campaign events. Once elected, the candidate would be required to continue to wear those "sponsor's" [sic] names during all official duties and visits to constituents. The size of a logo or name would vary with the size of a donation. For example, a $1 million dollar contribution would warrant a patch of about 4" by 8" on the chest, while a free meal from a lobbyist would be represented by a quarter-sized button. Individual donations under $1000 are exempt.
Date created: March 19, 2013
Signatures on July 12, 2013: 28,759
Proposal reads: Because of the inability of recent college graduates to find gainful employment in order to repay their college debt, and since this college debt cannot be eliminated in bankruptcy, and most of the recent additions to the job market have been in service related industries, the Obama administration should take up the cause of reducing college debt and hold those accountable responsible.
In the name of Consumer Protection, recent college graduates should have the ability to return the diploma and not make any reference to receiving education from the college in exchange for a 100% refund of college tuition. This may be extended with a graduated (ha, get it?) reduction for the last four years, with a red line at January 20, 2008.
Date created: Nov. 12, 2012
Signatures on July 12, 2013: 1,193
Proposal reads: Mr. President
Please shut down your "petitions.whitehouse.gov" web site that is littering the internet and provides no real value with an apology to the people of the United States and the World.
This is not participation in the political process. This is a way for you to cherry pick a few popular issues and make a statement to get some quick press coverage.
Focus on reforming the policies of a post 9/11 government, the platform you ran on...instead of wasting everybody's time with this nonsense "petitions" web site.
You can dull the minds of the masses with these cheap tricks, but you can't fool the the critical thinkers.
Date created: June 30, 2013
Signatures on July 12, 2013: 1,095