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Doug Wrenn

Newly Elected House GOP majority May Keep An Old Bulb In The New Spotlight
By Doug Wrenn
Dec 28, 2010 - 12:23:12 AM

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Yes, elections do have consequences. This last one rid us of many (but alas, not yet quite enough) new wave (A.K.A. : "Socialist") Democrats, rewired a few slipping Republicans drinking too much of the Washington water, and maybe, just maybe, it gave us a last vestige of hope of clinging to our remaining and endangered liberties, not the least of which is for American consumers to choose which type of lights they wish to purchase to illuminate their homes and businesses without interference from Uncle Sam's perpetually pesky nephew, "Big Brother."

In a December 13th piece of its national weekly edition ("Beginning To See the Light: Upton Flips A Switch On CFL Bulbs"), Washington Times reporter, Stephen Dinan chronicled how Michigan Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), who previously supported "The 2007 Energy, Independence And Security Act," which calls for the gradual ban of all incandescent light bulbs by 2012, has suddenly switched his position and is now determined to reverse the ban now that he has secured the gavel as the new chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Upton, who claimed he is responding to hearing from the "grassroots, loud and clear," promises an early hearing on the subject in the new upcoming Congress. The casual observer can't help but scratch his head in simultaneous awe and befuddlement as so many Republicans, who previously seemed as zealous and jubilant to embrace pork and earmarks as their Democrat colleagues, have suddenly had an Epiphany and conversion to true fiscal conservatism (as opposed to the ongoing partisan and baseless blathering on about implementing it). Maybe this is all not so coincidental, after the most recent election, which "threw the bums out," and brought in.....well, we'll see with time. As for the true motivation of Mr. Upton, I cannot speak any more intelligently as to what truly exists in his heart and mind as I can about the motivations of his colleagues. All I know is that Big Brother's foot, which was initially in the door of our homes, has now grown to a full fledged and unbearably intrusive leg in the room which many Americans, including yours truly, are about ready to remove from their once "castles" once and for all, and with a chain saw, if necessary! Given your 2009 American Conservative Union (www.conservative.org) overall rating of 72%, I won't question your motives, Rep. Upton, but to paraphrase "Blue Collar Comedian," "Larry The Cable Guy, "Just get 'er done!"

I am so often amused by the warm and fluffy titles proposed bills are given by their authors when in fact, the bills are so often actually predatory, destructive, outlandish and insidious. "The 2007 Energy, Independence and Security Act"? Stay with me here, my friends, as you'll soon learn that at least inasmuch as these CFL's are concerned, about the only verbiage even remotely accurate in that utterly ridiculous title is "2007."

As "greeniacs" and their lemmings continue to defend their one world order based environmental tyranny once dubbed "man-made global warming," and now redefined as "climate change" as more of their so called "facts" become disputed, they also defend the new, curly shaped compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL's), which supposedly last longer and use less electricity (and also cost more and take longer to fully warm up), the bottom line is that even despite the frequent usurpation, if not bastardization of the Constitution's Interstate Commerce Clause, nothing in the Constitution calls for our intended limited federal government to be meddling in how we choose to light our homes and business, and especially by mandate.

Count me in as one of those incandescent light bulb hoarders. They've given us light with little trouble for over a century now, and I don't intend to part company with them any time soon.

I don't care if they do have the title "The Honorable" before their names, an idiot should be ignored at all costs, especially if he or she will cause you harm. Mark Twain put it another away, "Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress, but I repeat myself." This pithy wisdom may account for why (at this writing), Real Clear Politics (www.realclearpolitics.com) gives the current Congress a disapproval rating of 74%. And sadly, the greeniacs have far too many members of Congress in their camp, if not their pocket, which could also not surprisingly help explain those abysmal favorability ratings of our government's grossly out of touch, floundering, and neo-tyrannical legislative branch.

Consider how agriculture and industry have been so often and so significantly impacted and thwarted because of some miniscule owl, insect, bird or fish, or creepy, crawling, bug-eyed reptile. I'm all for protection of the environment, as I am for all creations of God, but like it or not, human beings are on the top rung of the food chain ladder, and God made us, too.

Common sense just isn't so common any more. Grocery stores were banned from using paper bags for shoppers because we were allegedly killing too many trees (which the forestry service also replaces, by the way). So now we have a plethora of plastic bags, but wait, now the landfills are filling with these less than easily bio-degradable receptacles and birds are choking in and on them, so now it's "Paper or plastic?" because greeniacs, in their infinite quest to fix that which is not broken, only break more.

Dinan's article cited an item of which all but slipped from my ever failing memory: "low flush toilets," because we flush too much water with the old bigger ones that used an additional four more gallons, so now, we just have to flush four more times to efficiently dispose of disease-ridden human waste.

And with all due respect to the good folks of Canada, I would be more than willing to smuggle down one of those five gallon jobs down here, if I could go up there and equally trade back you with five of the filthy and annoying geese that bear your country's name. These critters (which, as far as I'm concerned, are "illegal immigrants") now deposit fecal matter all over public parks, playgrounds, athletic fields and beaches, destroy private property, and cause highway wrecks, but our ingenious federal government, which protects the wanton murder of human beings in what should be the safest place on earth: the womb, strictly, and under penalty forbids the disruption of these filthy creatures that have invaded and conquered at least my part of the country in recent years. Apparently public health and public safety seem to be applicable to every living creature except people, you know, those walking, talking, breathing, thinking, working, voting and tax paying nuisances to all that is cute, cuddly and deemed politically correct. Granted, we may now be in "the 12 days of Christmas," but nobody ever really explained just what exactly those , "six geese" would be laying, or for that matter, where, how frequently, and why.

Ethanol sounded like a great bet, except for it's exorbitant cost to manufacture, and its damage to internal combustion engines, not to mention the fact that we are now burning up our food sources to get back and forth to work, at least while our cars are still running, so as to be able to afford whatever remaining food is left so that it can be put on our tables for our families, instead of our cars to hopefully consume.

Recent news reports have called our attention to the hazards now facing folks in their kitchens, as glass bake ware now shatters at certain high temperatures which strangely seemed safe for these products not too long ago. So what's changed? The glassware is now made with a new "environmentally safe formula" which makes them safe for the environment, but dangerous to the unknowing consumer as the dish shatters and hundreds of suddenly flying and piping hot glass shards envelop him or her.

And now back to our little friends, the CFL's. These darling little specimens are loaded with mercury. Some folks my age and older may recall a time when canned tuna fish was temporarily removed from grocery store shelves because of concerns of mercury in the contents. Now, all of a sudden, it's OK to have easily breakable glass light bulbs full of this stuff? Break one of these moronic contraptions in your home and you literally should call the fire department and temporarily evacuate your home (what used to be your "castle") because you know literally have a "hazardous materials event" on your hands. And what then happens when the landfills, already so overburdened, supposedly with plastic grocery bags, are now filled even more with all these breakable glass ornaments filled with mercury? And by the way, if mercury is suddenly now so safe to be in our landfills, just what was previously in that glass bake ware that was so dangerous and prompted a new "environmentally safe" formula, that now only endangers people and not the environment?

And the other dirty little secret that the loopy, loony left and their lemming minions don't want you to know about is that the last plant from General Electric that manufactured incandescent bulbs has recently and permanently closed it's doors in Winchester, Virginia. Undoubtedly, the 200 workers who lost their jobs there are now struggling to light their homes by candle. Given how the greeniacs are so obsessed with environmental.. impact statements, I can't help but wonder if they've ever considered an economic impact statement of the unintended (or perhaps, not so unintended) consequences of their less than stellar brainstorms. One only need gaze across the big pond called The Atlantic to Spain, where government subsidization of so called "green jobs" meant the loss of roughly 2 non-green jobs for every one green job created. That "green" translates to less "green" money in the pockets of consumers and more "green" envy in the ever increasing unemployment lines, and now the socialism adoring whiz bangs in our government, who so fondly view their like-minded peers in Europe, now want to import this far-reaching failure here to us. (Hey, misery loves company!)

Meanwhile, the hypocritical greeniacs like Al Gore, et al., continue to venture out of their huge mansions and fly around in their private jets, preaching to the rest of us how big our "carbon footprint is." The real problem, however, too often lies in the carbon-filled mouth from which the big foot that made that carbon footprint rightfully belongs. Remember too, that as more data continues to not only refute all this man-made hype, but also reveal its agenda and deceit, bear in mind that this was the same ilk that predicted 30 or 40 years ago that by today we'd all be dead from a deep freeze instead of global warming. (When at first you don't succeed, try, try again!)

And where are our little CFL friends born? Yup, you guessed it, China, which means more of our jobs and money for her people instead of ours. And the trade deficit we currently have with that nation possesses immense potential for ultimate catastrophe for our nation on many fronts, including, but not limited to those of the economy and national defense as the dollar continues to plummet in worth, and our unbacked debt drastically rises with no end in sight, and few nations wishing to any longer shore up either ongoing and needless disaster. (Blame neither the Democrats nor the Republicans for that man-made Doomsday scenario, but rather, the globalists overall, entrenched deeply into both camps, thanks to shadowy organizations like the Bilderbergs, Trilateral Commission, The Council on Foreign Relations, etc...)

Last but certainly not least, a big kudos needs to go out to President Obama, and his Marxist, Alinskyite, fifth column band of radical socialist marauders and the usual gaggle of the drooling, mouth-breathing, clueless sycophants who supported that whole gaggle, chiefly because nothing they ever said was ever regaled on ESPN or on the local sports page. Sorry, folks, but you just got it all wrong. Patrick Henry never said, "Give me liberty, or give me debt!" This whole group deserves a big thanks because their call for "Hope and Change" has now given birth to a harsh awakening to a once too blissfully slumbering nation that suddenly and desperately now realizes that there is "Hope For Change," but only if we act soon, and aggressively. To the allegedly "new and improved" Republicans and the few remaining logically thinking Democrats whose priority really is country over party, and who not only keep that nifty looking little copy of the Constitution in the jacket breast pocket to pull out for show once in a while, but also to occasionally peruse, and more importantly, understand it, I say, Godspeed to you all.

Let's just hope it's not too late. As the sage old adage reminds us, to eat an elephant, you must do so one bite at a time. If the government can now legally dictate to you what type of light bulbs to use in your home, what's next?

And to Rep. Upton, and all his congressional colleagues, we all know that many big fish remain on your plate yet to fry. But to quote a book title from the former Congressman and now political pundit, Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-FL), "Rome wasn't burnt in a day." And to quote the ancient Chinese proverb, "Every long journey begins with the first step," so by all means, start small and work up from there. For starters, let we, the American people, decide what kind of lights we want in our homes and businesses. Speaking for myself, get that accomplished, anyway, and I'll be impressed.

While we ponder that thought, let us also reflect upon the simple, yet sage, and sadly, almost forgotten common sense of the late President Reagan:

- "Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives."

- "Man is not free unless government is limited."

- "Government does not solve problems, it subsidizes them."

- "Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them."

- "The most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government, and I'm here to help.'"

- "Today, if you build a better mouse trap, the government comes along with a better mouse."

- "If the federal government had been around when the Creator was putting his hand to this state, Indiana wouldn't be here. It'd still be waiting for an environmental impact statement.

-"Approximately 80% of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation, so let's not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards from man-made sources."

To all my fellow beleaguered and overtaxed, over regulated American patriots, may we all enjoy a happy, healthy, and free new year!

Doug Wrenn


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