The issue of illegal aliens is a major one facing our nation. But one man in Denver thinks illegal space aliens should be our real focus. He's so serious about it, he has collected enough signatures to get the issue on the ballot. But we ask the question -- is this just a waste of time and money?
When Denver voters go to the polls in 2010, they'll vote on an initiative that would create an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission. The panel would promote "harmonious, peaceful, mutually respectful and beneficial coexistence" between earthlings and extraterrestrials, in part by developing protocols for "diplomatic contact."
"It's like saying you're going to have a ballot initiative about the existence of Bigfoot," Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine, told the Los Angeles Times.
This is the brainchild of a 55-year-old man named Jeff Peckman, who is extremely concerned that if/when aliens touch down in the Mile High City, there is no official set of rules for greeting and living alongside them. Um, just send John Elway out to meet 'em.
So he went out and collected signatures to get the issue on the ballot. He needed 3,974 voters to sign -- he got 10,274, proving this issue is for real. While Peckman is undoubtedly pleased with himself, some city lawmakers are just plain embarrassed.
"If someone was looking to locate a business here, they'd think, 'What kind of city is this?' " Councilman Charlie Brown said.
Brown joked that if approved, it could result in a costly boondoggle for the city. "What would a commission demand of us as a city? Do they want to go to a conference on Mars? We'll pay for a one-way trip."
But Peckman is undaunted. He was hoping that when President Obama came into office, he would release information on UFO landings. He has not, so Peckman came up with this scheme to try to set-up an official panel that could look into extraterrestrials.
For his part, Peckman claims to have seen a spaceship, but only once. It was on the day Michael Jackson died. Coincidence? Peckman was standing in downtown Denver, chatting on a cell phone, when a green ball of light flashed by.
"It didn't fizzle out like a meteorite. I just stood there awe-struck," he said. "The next morning, I read someone had seen a green ball of light over Neverland."
What do you think of all of this? Is the government holding back information about UFOs and space aliens, and is the only way to learn the truth is to do something like this? Or is this just a waste of valuable time and resources that could go to addressing real issues in the world?