June 30, 2008

Don’t drop that Bulb!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 8:48 pm

At the end of last year, I wrote about a federal law that outlaws the sale of 100-watt incandescent light bulbs after 2012 and 40-watt incandescent bulbs after 2014. In another post, I speculated (only half jokingly) about where such stupid nanny-state legislation might lead.

Texas Congressman Ted Poe (see above) recently made a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives highlighting the lunacy of the use of those stupid squiggly “energy saving” bulbs. It’s a good speech, even though it appears that he spoke to a largely empty chamber, which doesn’t surprise me. Politicians care about two things and only two things — getting elected and, once elected, staying in office.

As I’ve said before, this crap is just the beginning, and you can damned well laminate that for your wallet.

9 Comments »

  1. The congressman from Texas seems to be the only one in the house that has any common sense. The answer to the salvation of America is to remove all the idiots in congress and start over.

    Comment by Robert Knott — June 30, 2008 @ 9:26 pm

  2. “. . . this crap is just the beginning, and you can damned well laminate that for your wallet.”

    That there’s a great turn of phrase, and SO true.

    Comment by dogette — July 1, 2008 @ 7:35 am

  3. “The answer to the salvation of America is to remove all the idiots in congress and start over”.

    In NJ and Noo Yawk that will NEVER happen. Asscannon ‘Lousenburg’ is already ahead in the polls for re-election. We are farookin’ doomed.

    Comment by Jerry K — July 1, 2008 @ 8:27 am

  4. I tried to be a good boy and use the squiggly things in all my light fixtures in the Aerie when we finished construction. Two over the dining room table burned out in a month despite the promised long life span.

    Those in the ceiling fan (where there is a dimmer switch) had to be removed. They flickered so badly that they produced migranes in some guests and nausea in others.

    As I read more about the amount of energy needed to make thses CFL bulbs and the amount of mercury in each, I have come to the conclusion that the EPA should step in to halt their manufacture and demand that they NOT be substituted for incandescents at all.

    That congress should think these things are the solution to our energy and greenhouse “problem” while drilling off shore is damaging to the environment does not surprise me one iota. Most of them are–and will continue to be–totally clueless about anything except posturing and posing.

    Comment by joated — July 1, 2008 @ 4:38 pm

  5. I see you’re feeling better Hawaiian boy! I was about to recommend Three Olives Triple Shot Espresso Vodka…. but, I see you’re well now. Congrat’s. :)

    Comment by Joyce — July 1, 2008 @ 8:21 pm

  6. Joyce,

    Actually, I’m still sucking wind, but I’ve got grit. Three Olives Triple Shot Espresso is most definitely on my shopping list.

    Jimbo

    Comment by Jim — July 1, 2008 @ 9:06 pm

  7. You are the reason that brand has been discovered in this household. So, thanks much to you.

    Comment by Joyce — July 2, 2008 @ 12:27 am

  8. Jim,

    A sharp lawyer like you can probably figure out a way to have the EPA mandate that CFLs can ONLY be disposed of in used vodka bottles. Big fat capitalist thinking is the only way to counter these idiots!

    Comment by Dan — July 2, 2008 @ 11:30 am

  9. I’ve exhorted my husband and my own happyself to stock up on good old fashioned incandescent lightbulbs. It’s pissing me off. It would be our luck that one of the new weird ones would break, the cat would eat it and become a new energy source himself.

    Comment by Kim — July 5, 2008 @ 7:23 pm

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