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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Libertas non tyrannis

The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.
-- Thomas Jefferson --

May I add, before He gave us life and liberty, He gave us light.

He knew what He was doing.

So, to celebrate the wonders bestowed upon us by a merciful and benevolent God, hold that incandescent light bulb high.  To light!  To liberty!  To life!
As Incandescent Bulb Ban Looms, Opposition Grows
By David Hogberg, Investor's Business Daily

The incandescent bulb lit up America and came to symbolize a great idea. Now on the cusp of a federal ban, Thomas Edison's invention has become a symbol for personal liberty.

Perhaps no issue better illuminates the transformation of the right from Big Government conservatism to Tea Party activism.

With many consumers griping about the cost and type of light of the substitute bulb, populists have won the ear of some once-staunch ban supporters .

The Energy Bill of 2007 phases out incandescent bulbs, with the 100-watt banned in January 2012. The ban hits the 75-watt bulb in January 2013, and 60- and 40- watt bulbs in January '14.

Compact fluorescent lamp bulbs are more expensive than traditional bulbs, but use less energy and are supposed to last longer. Users should save money in the long term, supporters say.

But many Americans complain that the light from CFLs lacks the yellow warmth of incandescents and natural light. CFLs can take a long time to warm up as well.

Tests have shown that on-off use can reduce CFLs' life span significantly, sometimes even below that of an incandescent. CFLs also contain toxic mercury. [link]
It comes down to this: The United States government was never given the authority to ban our light bulbs.  That, coupled with the fact that it was a hastily drawn, boneheaded move, requires that they ban their ban.

And leave us to our lives.

Fiat lux! Let there be light!

Oh, If I Were A Reporter

I might ask these clueless environmentalists and Hollywood has-beens how they are planning on getting to Washington D.C. to protest ... oil.  By bicycle?

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You might wonder about one of the names of those who will be looking for TV cameras when they get to the White House gate - Bill McKibben.  I looked him up.  He's an author who can't spell (EAARTH?) and a seemingly well-educated guy who still believes in global warming.


With opposition like this, how can we lose?

Let 'Em Whine

My heart bleeds.  Al Gore and his enviro-revivalists are upset with Obama because he's not paying their silly notions about the planet enough attention.  And the ... always-consistent ... loony left in this country - once opposed to "social issues" being discussed when so many more important crises must be addressed - is upset that Obama's not pushing for homosexual marriage.  (The ultimate social issue.)

But, as Obama well knows, these poor schmucks are his.  They ain't goin' nowhere.  What, they're going to vote Republican?  Before or after they sever a limb and gouge out their eyes?

He gave them lip service.  And now they're upset with him.

Ah, the joy and satisfaction it brings.

Why America Is Doomed

It can be made no clearer:

"Democrats in the Senate on Wednesday called on Vice President Joe Biden to include new economic stimulus spending in deficit-reduction talks as a way of lowering the 9.1 percent jobless rate that is hobbling the economic recovery."

New economic stimulus spending in deficit-reduction talks.

For the love of God.

Worth Absorbing

"The fact that the White House feels it must vilify businesses for telling the truth about ObamaCare shows just how destructive the law really is."

We Need To Withdraw

About Afghanistan I have asked a simple question for years now - since George W. Bush left and Obama came along - What's the mission? Why is the latter sacrificing young American lives now that victory has been taken off the table?

Sadly, I keep coming to the same conclusion. We are there for no particular reason other than to halfheartedly fulfill a halfhearted campaign pledge.

And that's hardly reason enough to send our brave troops to die.

So, though the Wall Street Journal is in open opposition to his decision, I think Obama has made the right one. He's removing our best and brightest from harm's way and drawing down troop levels in Afghanistan.

Sure, it may come back to bite him.  And us.  But the commander-in-chief of our armed forces had no mission.  And no compelling interest in winning.

So withdrawal is best.

Maybe now he'll do the same thing with regard to Libya and get us out of that mess he created.

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Speaking of Libya, are we about to declare defeat?

Where Do They Get These People?

Could someone get a memo to NBC News?  Global warming as a movement - and as a faith - died a couple of years ago.

Yet they persist:
NBC Thinks Real-Life Noah's Ark Could Be Needed in Global Warming Apocalypse
By Kyle Drennen, NewsBusters

During a fluffy human interest story on Wednesday's NBC Today about a man in Holland who built a full-size replica of the biblical Noah's Ark, correspondent Janet Shamlian turned serious for a moment, wondering: "But how realistic is this Dutchman's dream of doom? Because of global warming, the concept of a flood happening here is not unheard of."

Shamlian touted how "Al Gore predicted as much in the movie, 'An Inconvenient Truth,'" followed by a clip of Gore lecturing in the film: "If Greenland broke up and melted, this is what would happen to the sea level in the Netherlands, absolutely devastating." [link]
I don't know this Janet Shamlian character but, based on the blurb about her above, she comes across like a fifth-grader.  Working for NBC News. As what, a reporter?

May God have mercy.