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Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

NOT New Hampshire

Everyone's going to be wrapped around the axle on New Hampshire today. McCain won as I surmised he might. As of this writing, Clinton slightly pulled Obama -- as I didn't predict (however, it's still only the very first primary). Instead of an analysis of N.H., I have a few other things I'd like to write about:

1. CFLs: WORSE Than What They're Replacing
Many state governments (and Candada) have said we must all be incandescent bulb-free in four more years (by 2012) so waiting in the wings stands the CFL, otherwise known as the Compact Fluorescent Light (or Lamp). But what advocates of the CFL don't say is:

- CFLs don't produce immediate light; they must warm up;
- They cost up to TEN TIMES more than incandescents;
- Light produced by the CFL is harsher than incandescents;
- You can't just throw a CFL away, because:
- CFLs contain mercury -- hello? Anyone remember? Mercury is toxic? Dead fish anyone?
- CFLs may cause skin cancer;
- CFLs may set off migraines, dizziness, disorientation for those with epilepsy;
- CFLs cause pain to Lupus sufferers;
- CFLs aren't for bathrooms; humidity shortens their lifespan;
- Improper usage (track lighting, for example) may cause fires.

Remember when Brandy Bridges of Maine broke a CFL in her house? The cleanup cost her $2,000. She couldn't vacuum the carpet. The EPA had to test the air in her home. Recycling experts say solutions to disposal of CFLs is about five years away.

From Canada:

Are there any disadvantages?
- Yes. They cost more to buy.
- They can pose a fire hazard if the wrong bulb is used in the wrong place.
- They don't like power surges, so if your area is prone to electrical anomalies, you may not want to use them.
- And because of their mercury content, they should only be thrown out at a proper waste disposal site, an inconvenient stop for most.

My area is prone to numerous power surges and fluctuations. But Fornicalia isn't going to give me any choice in bulb, by 2012.

Smells to me of more emotive, ill-thought-out, feel-good Leftist Bullshit where the solution is worse than the problem ever could be.

How about this, since we're letting more illegal invaders into the country by fiat, and because more people = a greater demand for infrastructure on all levels:

1. Build more power plants
2. Build more power plants
- and -

3. Build more power plants.

Holy Christ. How you'll soon wish for the days when you could just screw in a new bulb. D'ya think ol' BZ has a few hundred packs of Costco and Sam's Club 60 and 100-watt bulbs stored up?

2. Concealed Carry In Michigan = LESS Violent Crime

When the State of Michigan passed its concealed carry law in 2001 (requiring permits), naysayers predicted mass killings, bloodshed on the streets, horrible gun deaths. The number of Michigan residents who packed heat went up 600%, to a little over 155,000 people, or 1 in 65. Omigawd!

Guess what? The Detroit Free Press says violent crime is down. Despite more people in the state. Despite an increased number of gun permits.
You do the math.


Once again, you see or hear either of these stories covered in the Defeatist Elitist Media? And finally: perhaps I'd best just shut up; I think Republican candidates could more easily defeat Hillary than Obama.


Blogger TexasFred said...

As to the light bulbs, 100% agree, every word...

As to the concealed carry thing, an ARMED society is a polite society, and a lot safer IMO too...

Tue Jan 08, 10:47:00 PM PST  
Blogger Ranando said...

You don't need to switch to CFL's...

Ues Halogen Lamps instead, much better.

Wed Jan 09, 05:33:00 AM PST  
Blogger cary said...

(psst - buddy - wanna buy an incandescent?)

Wed Jan 09, 07:04:00 AM PST  
Anonymous WMD_Maker said...

Can you imagine the start up cost in ten years of retooling to make incandescent bulbs after the tree huggers find out they have been hugging a toxic time bomb in the CFLs and then ban them?

Wed Jan 09, 07:43:00 AM PST  
Blogger TexasFred said...

cary said...
(psst - buddy - wanna buy an incandescent?)

Wed Jan 09, 11:00:00 AM PST  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

01 10 08

Hey there BZ:
Thanks for recommending the book to cope with Marley's loss. As to what you have said here, I concur100%! Far too often, we are brainwashed into believing what the environazis say without really analyzing the consequences. Also there are just as many corporations that have stakes in so called environmentally friendly safe products as with inorganic products. Whenever the life or health of American citizens can be endangered by such products, we have poison whether organic or not.

That light bulb thing is truly ridiculous! Heheheh

As to Michigan, I will agree with TF on that. I feel as though the more people are armed, the safter our society will feel. I know that burglers and criminals will find it more difficult to do dirt in Michigan than they will in pussyfied San Francisco, where guns are not allowed in city limits. Those leftist fools!

Thu Jan 10, 09:33:00 AM PST  
Blogger bigwhitehat said...

The funny thing is, CFLs are already obsolete. LED fixtures are far more efficient, last longer and are cheaper to make.

The other thing is, the market will do this without any intervention anyway. I switched a bunch of fixtures to CFLs for the cost savings. I intend to switch even more to LED. Not only are they more cost effective, they don't have to warm up. I made this decision without any laws being passed.

So if a guy like me that thinks Global Warming is the biggest hoax of all time, changes because of market conditions, why on earth should we enact laws to take away choices from the market? Hysteria, its whats for dinner.

Thu Jan 10, 06:28:00 PM PST  

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