Alarming News: I like Morgan Freeberg. A lot.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: We were following a trackback and thinking "hmmm... this is a bloody excellent post!", and then we realized that it was just part III of, well, three...Damn. I wish I'd written those.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: ...I just remembered that I found a new blog a short while ago, House of Eratosthenes, that I really like. I like his common sense approach and his curiosity when it comes to why people believe what they believe rather than just what they believe.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is an intriguing guy...[he] asks great questions and answers others with style, flair, reason and wit. On the blogroll he goes. Make him a part of your regular blogospheric reading. I certainly will.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is brilliant.
Common Sense Junction: Misha @ Anti-Idiotarian never ceases to amaze me. He keeps finding other good blogs. I went over to A.I. this morning for my daily Misha fix and he had found this guy named Morgan Freeberg in Fair Oaks, California, that has a blog, House of Eratosthenes. Freeberg says its "The Blog That Nobody Reads" but it may now become the blog that everybody reads.
Jaded Haven: Good God, Morgan, you cover a topic from front to back with a screwy thoroughness I find mind boggling. I'm in awe of your thought proccesses, my friend, you're an exceptional talent. You start by throwing in the kitchen sink, tie in someone's syphilitic uncle, bend around a rip tide of brilliance and bring it all home in a neat, diamond dripping package of an exceptionally readable moment of damn fine wordsmithing. I love reading you.
Mein Blogovault: Make "the Blog that No One Reads" one of your daily reads.
Philmon: When Morgan meanders, stick with him - he's got a point and it'll be worth it in the end. He's not a hit-and-run snarky quip kind of guy. The pieces all fall into place like tumblers in a lock and bang! He's opened a cognative door for you.
Rightlinx: Morgan at House of Eratosthenes is one of the best writers out there. I read him nearly every day because he manages to provide an interesting perspective, even though I don't always agree.
Poetic Justice: Cletus! Ah gots a laiv one fer yew...
No cute headline on this one, not here. You can go just about anywhere else to get one of those. “BULB Act burns out,” “House turns out lights on BULB Act,” etc.
Whatever. The bill failed. But details, details…
The Republican-controlled House voted 233-193 on Tuesday for the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act, which would have repealed higher energy-efficiency standards for bulbs. But the measure needed a two-thirds majority to pass.
House Republicans can still try to adopt the measure under different procedures requiring only a simple majority, but it’s unlikely it would get through the Democratic-controlled Senate.
The original legislation, signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2007, requires all new bulbs to use at least 27 percent less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs. It will go into effect next year and gradually phase out traditional 100-, 75-, 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs by 2014.
There is a silver lining here. Remember Conquest’s Second Rule as it pertains to Congress; 233 representatives, 17 of whom are converts to the cause who previously voted in favor, recognize this was a dumbass idea. So some 54 percent recognizes this is a dumbass idea — that’s Congress — you can safely add fifteen points to that quotient to get an idea of where the electorate is leaning because, hey, it’s Congress voting on how much power Congress should have.
Not everyone is running a small business, wondering how many employees they can afford to hire with ObamaCare kicking in. But everyone’s got light bulbs. My household jumped at the opportunity to buy CFL’s because they’re cheaper — but we resented like the dickens that Congress had anything to do with the decision at all. How many more are like us?
And now the message has gone out, loud and clear, to anyone who wants to light anything up: Liberalism is like any other Faustian deal, you can get in but you can’t get out. A healthy majority of our congressmen see this was a wrong turn, and we still can’t extricate ourselves from the morass. That’s liberalism. Your first chance to reject it is also your last.
It’s good that the effort failed, in a way, because it’s highly visible. And there’s a decent chance we’ll see more examples just like this. Progressives pride themselves on finding these cute clever ways the minority can tell the majority when to jump & how high; they establish their identities this way. So they’ll continue to tell the rest of the country that lefties are in charge, doesn’t matter if the lefties are outvoted, that’s the way it’s gonna be because we’re past the commit point. It’s one of their favorite (snotty) lectures to give. I think the smarter ones understand this hurts their chances when there is, after all, an election coming up…but they just can’t help themselves. One of the defining facets of liberalism is a subjugation of rational thought, a repositioning of it so that primal urges take priority, and they’re very fond of this primal urge. Hey, we got outvoted but we won anyway! That proves we’re better!
I say, good. Keep it up. Keep going with that message that this wise, special, elite minority of sages is dragging the majority, kicking and screaming if necessary, to a better place…and we’ll thank you when it’s all over and we have the maturity to see you were right all along. Go to town on that one, liberals. Put it up in a brightly lit sign.
Oh, I mean a mercury-filled CFL sign, with lots of special pain-in-the-ass cleanup procedures for us to follow if it ever shatters. Whatever. Just make sure that’s your campaign slogan next year. Can’t wait to see how it shakes out.
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