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Good Idea, Bad Idea

Boken Light BulbThomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb has not just been replaced; it has been outlawed.  Rather than think our Government did this, lets consider the politicians who embodied the Government in 2009 did it.  Our form of government as defined in the US Constitution could not have done it, but the perverse eroded interpretation of that constitution has allowed ignorant at best, or possibly unscrupulous, politicians to do something quite stupid at best, or even dastardly.

Congress says it is attempting to save us from our own inanity, but they simply prove that they are the dim whits.  These spiraled little florescent bulbs are a very bad idea for the very reason it is supposed to be a good one, and more, much much more.

The one reason for the CFL is to save electricity, thus reduce the carbon emissions from power productions, (even if your electricity comes form a waterfall, windmill, nuclear power, etc.).  Sounds like a good idea.  After all we’ve used incandescent bulbs for a long time to save electricity and illuminate large offices, industry, shopping centers, etc. for many decades.  However most of these are contained in a fixture high above the area they service and are in little danger of breakage.  The problem with these bulbs whether they are in a familiar long tube or a twisted little bulb is that they contain mercury vapor.  Mercury is a dangerous “heavy metal” element that can be breathed in or absorbed through the skin or enter directly into the blood stream, (i.e being cut by the broken tube).  It persists in the body virtually for life.  The build up of such heavy metals causes bizarre health issues involving balance, sight, more debilitating diseases, and grotesque birth defects.   This is why even very minor amounts of mercury poisoning through seafood is avoided at great costs.

Industrial use of incandescent tubes is controlled through proper handling and disposal.  Even so, all too often the correct protection and or disposal is not adhered to, individuals are exposed and land fills are contaminated.  The effects of these exposures are too slight to detect at first and show up months or years after exposure, so symptoms are seldom related to the cause.  Now introducing these problematic bulbs into every home in the nation potentially exposes everyone to this seemingly minor hazard for which serious problems will not appear until years after it is too late to stop and nearly impossible to reverse.

Think of how many times you have broken a light bulb or been near one when it broke.  Now think of how each of those would have been another exposure to mercury poisoning.  Now consider that you are probably more careful than most Americans who don’t take the time to read an article about CFRs much less heed the warning labels on the package of CFL bulbs describing the OSHA approved method of cleaning up hazardous waste and containing it for proper disposal.  It seems our 111th Congress and our president, who passed a law outlawing incandescent bulbs in 2014, expect us to be exposed to more hazardous waist or properly clean them up.  The latter is not very probable.

Thus the problem of disposal of the bulbs themselves.  Are we going to bring them to a hazardous waste collection center centers and pay to get rid of them?  We’re supposed to do that with old batteries now but mostly we just toss them in the trash.  Let’s be real, until there is a Hazardous Waist truck that comes by once a month to pick up our dead batteries, burnt out CFL bulbs, and old computer items, we’re going to pollute landfills with them.  Think of the amount of mercury getting into the land and waterways.  Even fresh water fish could become mercury hazardous.  Drinking water may be threatened as well.  Soon we’ll pay for clean-up and extra collection processes through taxes.  Although it is a capital idea, why would we create more of a problem than we already have?  Does everyone recycle effectively now?

OK, but what about saving electricity, (the price of which is going to skyrocket if the current administration has it’s way)?  Saving is good for the user and for the environment right?  Yes, yes it is.  HOWEVER, these bulbs brag that they give off 60-watts of light for only 40-watts of power.  Newton’s Law of “Conservation of Matter and Energy” points out that this is a physical impossibility.  What it really means is that the bulb supposedly gives you 60 watts of light for what a 40-watt incandescent bulb consumes.  The problem with that deceptive boast is that a 60-watt incandescent bulb doesn’t use much more electricity than a 40-watt bulb.  On top of that, are they really as bright as an incandescent bulb of the same rating?  Put them side-by-side and you tell me.  Furthermore they need “warm-up” time, during which they give you even less light.  Given this, we’ll all be turning on more of these lights to get the same illumination.  Where is the savings to your pocket or the environment?

Oh yes, let’s not forget our economy?  The CFLs are made almost exclusively in China.  We used to make incandescent bulbs here in the US but since they have been outlawed, we don’t make them anymore.  We can’t make to CFL bulbs here because the handling of hazardous materials is so regulated that we can’t compete with the Chinese who don’t seem to prioritize the protection of their workers.  This is not a complaint against our safety standards.  It is a condemnation of the legislation forcing us to we buy something that harms humans in another nation while assassinating our own jobs here.

What’s the solution?  Information.

Why doesn’t everyone know the real story?  Somehow they know a phony story about global warming that hasn’t been happening for the last 11+ years.  The public only knows the stories they are fed through the “Lame Stream Media.”  Until the public demands the truth, we will always be told the lies “they want us to believe.  In this case it is all the trillions that will be made through the CCX (Chicago Climate Exchange), the money making side of the Cap & Trade law.  When we stop watching the media that feeds us such lies they will either change their tune or go out of business.  Networks get money from advertising, and advertisers won’t advertise on shows that are not watched.  Do your homework.  Select the networks that feed you the truth or don’t watch them, don’t hit on them, and don’t buy them.  Good idea?  Did a light bulb come on?  Was it incandescent or some twisted reality?

Then there are function CFLs can’t do such as work on dimmers or with timers or photocell switches, frequent switching, moist environments, near anything that vibrates, in enclosed & recessed fixtures, etc., etc.  They can and do interfere with sensitive electrical equipment, computers, TVs, etc..  Now the real kicker.  CFL bulbs don’t work in the “Easy-Bake-Oven.” How could Congress be so cruel?



Obama’s Zodiac Sign is Cancer! Sucks to be Him!

Obama sucks. We all get that. But then, so does Jerold Nadler – Which is obvious to everyone but Nadler. After all, Nadler got that way by totally sucking – not blowing. See Harry Reid for an example on blowing. Sucks – Nadler. Blows – Reid. Kinda like a 2-cycle engine. But I digress. This story is about Obama and not Jerold the Hut. There’s no question about it – Jerold is not the Droid we are looking for. Move along.  On the other hand, do you know a single person who has ever had to actually “look” for Jerold the Hut? Didn’t think so. He’s right in our grill. It’s not like he blends into the scenery or anything. But enough about GoNadler – Oh, alright, just one little more tidbit about Nadler. In your mind can’t you just see Jerold the Hut wearing full-length red underwear and slopping eats from a can of beans that has a label that says “Beans?” Envision Jerold the Hut scaring children from the local orphanage by removing his teeth and pretending to be the ghost of FDR, his only true love. Eleanor? Eleanor? Come to me, my Eleanor! Oh, sorry, somehow the HildaBeast got fused into this story about Jerold the Hut, uh… Obama. Crap! You ever noticed just how difficult it is to stay on topic? This paragraph sucks! Can’t stay on topic…

So Obama wakes up this morning, looks out of the White House window and sees “The President Sucks” written in the snow in urine. Furious, he calls in the FBI and demands that the perpetrators be found. Later that day the FBI agents return and report. “Well sir,” says the first agent, “the urine has been analyzed and it comes straight from the bladder of Vice President Joe Biden.” Obama goes purple with rage and shouts, “Is that all?” There was a moment of silence from the FBI agent as he was reluctant to respond, but seeing as there was no way out of the situation he relented and continued on with his report. “Well, no sir,” said the agent, “It’s Michelle’s handwriting.” As in “He ain’t heavy. He’s my Hairy Reed.” Which reminds me, what do you call a fake noodle? An impasta!

Which reminds me, again…did you know that sharks have a week dedicated to Chuck Norris? And a month dedicated to Jerold Nadler? I can just envision a shark at the local fast food emporium’s drive-through lane. “I’ll take a Nadler to go, with a side order of Nancy Pelosi and a large Coke.” Now that lunch really sucks. Hey, we just got back on topic! So let’s dissect the reasons for Obama’s extraordinary level of pure suckitude. Humor me here, please. Indulge me in just one little more digression and I promise I’ll get back on topic right after this little intermission. Imagine that Obama is sailing on a pink cruise ship. Also imagine that Michelle is sailing on a purple cruise ship. Everything is fine until the pink cruise ship runs into the port side (that’s “left” for you politically inclined readers) of the purple ship and both Obama and Michelle get marooned! See, it was worth it, wasn’t it!

And now, drum roll please… change we can believe in!

How many Obama Administration staffers does it take to change a light bulb? No one knows, they won’t release the information!

How many of Obama’s thought police does it take to screw in a light bulb? None…. There never *was* any light bulb, don’t you remember?

How many feminists does it take to screw in a light bulb? Hey, that’s not funny!

How many Marxists does it take to screw in a light bulb? None: The light bulb contains the seeds of its own revolution.

How many Socialist Workers Party members does it take to change a light bulb? Four – One to change the bulb, one to write about it for “the paper”, one to sell you “the paper” and another to follow you home and ask why you weren’t at the bulb changing, if you plan to make the next one and if you are still as committed.

How many liberal revisionist historians does it take to change a light bulb? In actual fact, against popular consensus, the light bulb was never actually changed.

How many of Obama’s senior aides does it take to screw in a light bulb? None: They’re supposed to keep the President in the dark.

How many Palistinian terrorists does it take to screw in a light bulb? Two: One to negotiate with the old bulb and one to shoot at it at the same time.

How many Al Gores does it take to screw in a light bulb? One: but he has to have candles and soft music to do it.

How many Liberal Democrats does it take to change a light bulb ? None. “Well it’s not really a question of should we change it or should we not change the light bulb, but more a question of… (blah blah waffle.)”

How many liberals does it take to screw in a light bulb? One liberal and 28 delegates representing all the social, economic, and ethnic communities.

How many socialists does it take to change a light bulb? One to petition the Ministry of Light for a bulb, fifty to establish the state production quota, two hundred militia to force the factory unions to allow production of the bulb, and one to surreptitiously dial an ‘800’ number to order a conservative light bulb.

How many Democratic presidential candidates from 1988 did it take to screw in a light bulb?

  • (Mike Dukakis) In Massachusetts, my enlightened government has made it unnecessary for people to screw in their own light bulbs, as we have put thousands of former welfare recipients to work for the Dept. of Light Bulb Installation. These employees will come to your home or business and install any incandescent bulb, on only a few months notice.
  • (Bruce Babbitt) It’s foolish to talk about screwing in light bulbs when we haven’t even taken the first step, and that is to remove the old bulb. I challenge my fellow candidates to stand up with me and help me remove this old light bulb [stands, but nobody else does] Hah! What wimps. You guys make Bush look like Rambo.
  • (Richard Gephart) It doesn’t matter whether the bulb is changed or not; it only matters that the new bulb was made in the US of A. Taiwan and South Korea have put up massive barriers to importing US light bulbs; we’ll see how they like it when their bulbs cost $10,000 to screw in here.
  • (Gary Hart) This oblique reference to screwing is an obvious attempt to drag my personal life into this campaign. Frankly, I resent it, and the American people resent it.
  • (Al Gore) As usual, the other left-wing wacko candidates are putting forth solutions that moderate Southerners won’t cotton to on  Super Tuesday. At  least I hope not.
  • (Paul Simon) My media experts tell me I’m foolish for wearing my hair the same way I did in the 50’s. But that’s what Paul Simon’s all about. And I suppose my media experts are gonna say I’m foolish for this, but in all candor, I change my light bulbs the same way I did in the 50’s: my wife gets on a ladder and I turn it.
  • (Jesse Jackson) Changing the light bulb is a partial solution at best. I’m more of a Lone Ranger than a light bulb changer. But even the Lone Ranger had Tonto and Silver, and the shameful fact is that the American Indians of today don’t have enough silver, or gold, or even paper money to allow them to buy into the American Dream or some extra light bulbs. We must ensure that all Americans can light their homes, from the lighthouse to the White House.

How many Kennedys does it take to screw in a light bulb? None: At least until we get some corroborating witnesses.

How many ACORN election canvassers does it take to change a light bulb? None. They’d just go round telling everyone that it’s time for a change but the only way this can come about is if everyone votes for “New Obama light bulb.”

How many Maoists does it take to change a light bulb? One to screw in the bulb and a thousand to chant “Fight Darkness!”

Now this is just too funny to make up. What I am about to tell you is real. Truth really is stranger than fiction. Obama, wait for it, was born on August 4th. That means Obama’s Zodiac sign is Cancer! I kid you not! That’s the truth! Obama is Cancer! Now that’s something I Hope will never Change! Obama Cancered Us! He grows on himself! Hey, there’s 1 Obama, 2 Obama, 4 Obama, 8 Obama, 16 Obama, 32 Obama…yada, yada, yada. So the question is:

How many Cancerians does it take to change a light bulb? None: Cancerians would worry themselves to death with the problem – or perhaps with the Libya problem.

How many Obama voters does it take to change a light bulb? None. Hoping that it would change is quite enough.

Like I said up front, Obama sucks. Changing a light bulb is so easy that a caveman could do it –if he had one. Kinda like us in a few months. Obama is getting rid of incandescent light bulbs. He figures to screw us all. Now THAT sucks!