I think I speak for all of us when I say I'd like to see the federal government protect the Earth from a very large asteroid strike. Luckily, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., is on the case. In fact, he wants an entire new federal asteroid-response agency, according to a Wired News report. You might think NASA would be threatened by having another agency in the space-watching business, but apparently they're eager to have some help dealing with the asteroid nightmare scenario. "Right now, NASA has a charter to find and track these objects," Donald Yeomans, manager of the agency's Near Earth Object program, told Wired News. "But if we do find something, who do we call?"
Now that I think about it, I'm all for an Asteroid Response Agency too, as long as it's run by Bruce Willis and uses a really bad Aerosmith tune as its official theme song. (Thanks for the tip on this one, Daniel P.)