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Time to Stock Up on Incandescent Bulbs Before They Go Out Permanently
Heritage Foundation ^ | December 26, 2013 | Nicholas Loris

Posted on 12/26/2013 4:33:05 AM PST by IbJensen

If your New Year’s resolution is to change your light bulbs, don’t worry—the federal government’s here to help.

Beginning January 1, 2014, the federal government will ban the use of 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs. The light bulb has become a symbol in the fight for consumer freedom and against unnecessary governmental interference into the lives of the American people.

2007, Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law an energy bill that placed stringent efficiency requirements on ordinary incandescent bulbs in an attempt to have them completely eliminated by 2014. The law phased out 100-watt and 75-watt incandescent bulbs last year.

Proponents of government-imposed efficiency standards and regulations will say, “So what? There are still plenty of lighting options on the shelves at Home Depot; we’re saving families money; and we’re reducing harmful climate change emissions.”

The “so what” is that the federal government is taking decisions out of the hands of families and businesses, destroying jobs, and restricting consumer choice in the market. We all have a wide variety of preferences regarding light bulbs. It is not the role of the federal government to override those preferences with what it believes is in our best interest.

Families understand how energy costs impact their lives and make decisions accordingly. Energy efficiency has improved dramatically over the past six decades—long before any national energy efficiency mandates.

If families and firms are not buying the most energy-efficient appliance or technology, it is not that they are acting irrationally; they simply have budget constraints or other preferences such as comfort, convenience, and product quality. A family may know that buying an energy-efficient product will save them money in the long term, but they have to prioritize their short-term expenses. Those families operating from paycheck to paycheck may want to opt for a cheaper light bulb and more food instead of a more expensive light bulb and less food.

Some may read this and think: Chill out—it’s just a light bulb. But it’s not just a light bulb. Take a look at the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program. Basically anything that uses electricity or water in your home or business is subject to an efficiency regulation.

When the market drives energy efficiency, it saves consumers money. The more the federal government takes away decisions that are better left to businesses and families, the worse off we’re going to be.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bedroompolice; bigbother; bigbrother; biggovernment; blindness; centralsocialistgovt; communistgoals; cronyfascism; edisonsinvention; fluorescentlights; globalwarmingscare; junkscience; ledlights; lightbulbs; nannystate; nolonger1stworld; notabetterlightbulb; pseudoscience; standardofliving
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The Central Socialist Government ensures that China will make even more money manufacturing the lousy squiggly light bulbs that illuminate nothing but how dictatorial this government is.

We can thank George W. Bush for this lightbulb fiasco.

1 posted on 12/26/2013 4:33:05 AM PST by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

But the CFLs contain Uptonite.


2 posted on 12/26/2013 4:34:26 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: IbJensen

The EXEMPT, totally hated, treasonous
self-serving, whoring, lying US Congress
must be soooooooooooo much smarter than all other
Americans [/sarcasm]


3 posted on 12/26/2013 4:36:44 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: IbJensen

The squiggly bubs don`t fit the fixtures in my hallway.
The squiggly bubs don`t provide enough light to read the EPA s four page document on how to clean up after one breaks .


4 posted on 12/26/2013 4:38:57 AM PST by Einherjar
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To: Diogenesis

The light on my front porch burned out 2 days ago. It will be at least another 2 or 3 days before the incandescent bulbs I ordered from Canada arrive.


5 posted on 12/26/2013 4:40:48 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Einherjar

How true. And I have a lot of lampshades and glass fixtures made to fit over the regular bulbs, none will fit over those damn cfl’s.


6 posted on 12/26/2013 4:41:41 AM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: Einherjar

Someone work was talking about the cleanup process with these bulbs the other day. He said it’s a six or seven step process. That’s crazy.


7 posted on 12/26/2013 4:42:17 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Diogenesis

I have had two with bases burned from use - one severely burned - , and one got dropped on the floor. Now I am careful to not drop one in the stores. Those Occupy people would have marched right in and dropped a bulb on every aisle, just to show the danger of the chemicals in the bulb.


8 posted on 12/26/2013 4:43:22 AM PST by healy61
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To: Diogenesis

No incumbent. Not one will get my vote.


9 posted on 12/26/2013 4:47:46 AM PST by Rapscallion (Had enough? Let me know.)
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To: cripplecreek

Say...........I kinda like the sound of that.....bootleg Canadian Light Bulbs !


10 posted on 12/26/2013 4:48:54 AM PST by Einherjar
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To: Einherjar

“The squiggly bubs don`t fit the fixtures in my hallway.”

The new bulbs are extremely heat sensitive. They’re dangerous in enclosed fixtures as they catch fire. I’ve had this happen twice.

So all those less expensive enclosed bathroom fixtures and outside porch globes have to be replaced.


11 posted on 12/26/2013 4:51:45 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: IbJensen; cripplecreek

I saw one of these light bulbs at Meijer just last weekend.
Meijer is a regional store - similar to Wal-Mart, carrying groceries and household items.

Also - check for 29 watt, 53 watt, etc. bulbs at the store.

A Manufacturer Found a Loophole Around That Incandescent Light Bulb Ban

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/12/24/a-manufacturer-found-a-loophole-around-that-incandescent-light-bulb-ban/

Excerpt:
With millions of people still supporting the use of incandescent bulbs, Birnbaum found a loophole in the Energy Independence and Security Act. The ban applies to general service incandescent light bulbs but not rough service incandescents.

While frequently used in automobiles, subway systems and other applications that require a heavy-duty, vibration-resistant bulb, rough service bulbs can still be used in a general application, according to Birnbaum.

The website Bulbs.com breaks it down this way: “Rough service lamps function identically to regular incandescent lamps, but generally have additional wire within the glass enclosure that serves to protect and support the filament.” [emphasis added]

Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VC-ik2jIMMY


12 posted on 12/26/2013 4:51:59 AM PST by Whenifhow
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To: Einherjar

If I’ve gotta buy foreign it might as well be Canadian.

Wonder what my great grandfather would think. He was involved in bootlegging across the Detroit river during prohibition.


13 posted on 12/26/2013 4:52:29 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: IbJensen

You can still buy rough service incandescents including 100 watt bulbs.

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2013/12/16/man-who-saved-lightbulb/


14 posted on 12/26/2013 4:53:47 AM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: IbJensen

More proof Bush was not the brightest light bulb in the room.

This is all total BS based on a hoax. Just why, why should the federal government get down to such small petty itsy bitsy legislation like telling us what kind of light bulbs we can use? And for a reason that has no scientific validation.

I’d like to complain to one of our senators, but one is a Rat the other is a RINO. There’d be less stress if I just complained to one of our fence posts. At least the fence post has a higher IQ, won’t say something stupid and does the job it is intended to do.


15 posted on 12/26/2013 4:54:25 AM PST by redfreedom (All it takes for evil to win is for good people to do nothing - that's how the left took over.)
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Reddy Kilowatt bump


16 posted on 12/26/2013 4:57:36 AM PST by foreverfree
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To: Whenifhow

God Bless .................Loop Holes!


17 posted on 12/26/2013 4:57:51 AM PST by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty and Let the the Stupid AmericanTaxpayer foot the bill !)
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To: IbJensen

Marujuana will be legal, Thanks to the “Choom” president
and incandescent bulbs will be illegal.

And the entire nation is supposed to become Choomed, chuffing drugs in the darkness.

Buahahahahahahaha! Eff the Choom president and his junta. One way or the other we will rid ourselves of the ba$tards.


18 posted on 12/26/2013 5:01:32 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: healy61

Wait till you have some burst into flames. It’s happened twice in my home. The fumes will run you out of the house with your lungs burning.


19 posted on 12/26/2013 5:01:36 AM PST by gitmo (If your theology doesn't become your biography, what good is it?)
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To: cripplecreek

20 posted on 12/26/2013 5:08:21 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: IbJensen
We can thank George W. Bush for this lightbulb fiasco.

Yes, he signed the bill, but it was the newly elected democrat-majority House and Senate that created the legilation.

21 posted on 12/26/2013 5:08:48 AM PST by Go Gordon (Barack McGreevey Obama)
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To: IbJensen

“Beginning January 1, 2014, the federal government will ban the use of 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs.”
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I think you mean “ban the SALE”. There is little way that they can ban the use of your existing bulbs.


22 posted on 12/26/2013 5:09:45 AM PST by AlexW
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To: IbJensen

Anyone else have a lib in your life that is in denial about the incandescent light bulb ban?

I have one that keeps telling me that she can buy them at a local store. I also keep telling her to pick me up some 100’s & 60’s and I’ll pay her back.

Never does it, but never will admit that the government has banned incandescent light bulbs.


23 posted on 12/26/2013 5:10:10 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: cripplecreek
It will be at least another 2 or 3 days before the incandescent bulbs I ordered from Canada arrive.

Two years ago, I went to Walmart and practically filled a shopping cart with 100, 75 and 60 watt incandescent bulbs - 88 cents for a 4-pack. I think I spent around $40 and got about 160 light bulbs. I'll never have to buy the mercury contaminated curly craps. (ps - at $8 per cfl, I wouldn't have been able to purchase five bulbs)

24 posted on 12/26/2013 5:14:17 AM PST by Go Gordon (Barack McGreevey Obama)
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To: foreverfree

Why do you think they call him "kill"-o-watt

25 posted on 12/26/2013 5:15:16 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: SueRae
They have a mini series.

I'll bet 99% of the complaints are due to the curly configuration. All our lives, we had fluorescent in school, at work and in many public places. No one said boo. All of a sudden, people are throwing up, have headaches....etc etc

26 posted on 12/26/2013 5:17:31 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: IbJensen

I have to admit that I have a CFL in the bathroom, and one in the kitchen, but ambiance is not important with either. I have incandescent in all other lamps and fixtures, and they will always be available here.


27 posted on 12/26/2013 5:20:06 AM PST by AlexW
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To: IbJensen

How are the LED lightbulbs?


28 posted on 12/26/2013 5:21:31 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys-Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat-But they know what's best for you.)
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To: redfreedom

“More proof Bush was not the brightest light bulb in the room.”

More proof that voting Republican is not the answer. A vote for the GOP may be the lesser of two evils but the two choices are still evil. Look at the behavior of McCain, Romney, and both Bush presidents. The country is literally going to hell and they are acquiescent to what is going on or actively supporting it.

A patriot would be speaking out against the tyranny.


29 posted on 12/26/2013 5:26:45 AM PST by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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To: Sacajaweau
FWIW, I suspect that the flourescent lights are a problem for a lot of people. They distort colors and take some of the crispness out of print. Add that to the lack of any natural sunlight in the modern classroom and workspace and the less-than-perfect paper and print quality, and it does impact readablilty. Then consider all of the time spent staring at a computer screen and at things presented on technology, and YIKES ! I even wonder if plastic eyeglass lenses don't cause distortions.

I'm back to reading under 100 watt real light bulbs. Supply won't be a problem for at least a decade. <^..^> I get as much natural light in my house as possible. I'm back to my normal reading speeds and concentration. I can read all of the small print. I don't even try to read under flourescent lights or those silly squiggly things anymore.

30 posted on 12/26/2013 5:36:22 AM PST by grania
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To: IbJensen
I think Bush's idea was that we would have a thriving LED bulb industry in the USA by now.

Oops, socialist economic policies put forth by the Feds made domestic development of such an industry impossible. China says: "Thanks again, Mr. Bush!" :)

31 posted on 12/26/2013 5:40:17 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Soul of the South

But where are the alternatives to the GOP? Nowhere!


32 posted on 12/26/2013 5:40:26 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: N. Theknow

excellent but expensive . CFL’s are bad


33 posted on 12/26/2013 5:44:57 AM PST by hecht (america 9/11, Israel 24/7)
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To: IbJensen

This illustrates an important point about leftism that everyone should be aware of. Control by totalitarian government cannot operate when there is an *abundance* of *anything*.

An essential tenet of Marxism is that government must control “the means of production.” But Marxists later realized that anything that exists in abundance can thwart their control by becoming an alternative form of currency.

Therefore, *everything* must be rationed. By them. And to do so, *everything* must be in shortage, real or imagined.

My first illustration of this was many years ago, in school, when posters were put up about “home water conservation”. On the surface it seemed a very mild thing indeed. But then I found an interesting statistic. In my state, mining, agriculture and industry used about 95% of the available fresh water. Residential use was only 5%. But this made no sense: why ask a tiny minority to shoulder all the burden?

Almost immediately afterward, the mining industry announced that to save money, it was going to recycle its water, instead of using all fresh. Overnight, this increased the available fresh water in the state by ONE THIRD.

I pointed this out to the “adults” running the residential home conservation program, and their response gave me a superb indicator of scoundrels in action.

“We must continue this home conservation program, to RAISE PUBLIC AWARENESS.”

This was a valuable lesson about leftists. The approximate phrase of “raising public awareness” means that convincing people there is a shortage is more important to leftists than that there actually is a shortage.

The epilogue to this is that leftists were able to convince Washington, D.C. that because fresh water was in shortage, the government had to regulate the toilets in people’s homes. People no longer had control over their own toilets.

Finally, after years of gradually increasing their control over America’s fresh water, the EPA has made the “grand power grab” of taking control over all open water in our entire country. No matter who “technically” owns that water, the EPA controls it.

This shows how even their simple efforts at “raising public awareness” have some truly hideous ends. Always, *always* ending with vast government control over our lives.

And these efforts are happening in a broad front. Light bulbs, automobiles, appliances, the Internet, food, literally *everything*, they want under their control.

An example of how this ends up is to look at old East Germany. So obsessed was their government with totalitarian control, that even color and music was rationed, reserved “to honor the state”. So their people lived with horrible pollution, decaying infrastructure, and perpetual near starvation and deprivation, with only black, white and gray paint available, and the only color and music permitted was for the elites to honor themselves.

That, to leftists, is “paradise”. That is their goal.

Today, in the United States of America, they no longer want Americans to have bright, warm lights. With truly vast energy resources, why is that?


34 posted on 12/26/2013 5:46:17 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Last Obamacare Promise: "If You Like Your Eternal Soul, You Can Keep It.")
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To: IbJensen

The article is wrong.

It does not make the bulb illegal, it makes the manufacture of the bulb illegal.

It is a really stupid law. Really really really stupid law.


35 posted on 12/26/2013 5:52:02 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: N. Theknow

Fantastic. Get the Cree 60w 2700k color for a few bucks at HD


36 posted on 12/26/2013 5:55:09 AM PST by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: IbJensen

Where’s the enviro weenies on these mercury filled pollutants?


37 posted on 12/26/2013 6:26:53 AM PST by Old Yeller
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To: Old Yeller

Their heads are in their usual positions.

Have no clue as to how much this pisses us off?


38 posted on 12/26/2013 6:28:44 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Well said!


39 posted on 12/26/2013 6:30:00 AM PST by Flick Lives (Got a problem with the government? Have a complaint. Get a free IRS audit!)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

The only winners are the Chinese.

They make other items of importance: sexual drugs that cause a person to run around with an eight hour woodie.


40 posted on 12/26/2013 6:31:22 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: AlexW

Has anyone else noticed that these pieces of crap last but a short time. Further, their illumination leaves much to be desired and they’re costly too. Like our Christmas ornaments they are made in Godless China.


41 posted on 12/26/2013 6:34:17 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: Go Gordon

Then his bully pulpit was hidden from him.


42 posted on 12/26/2013 6:37:27 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: Go Gordon

No.. It was Fred Upton (Rino) that created the bill if memory serves me right.


43 posted on 12/26/2013 6:49:57 AM PST by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: IbJensen

I expect every single congressional office, every single room in the wh, and every single room in all federal buildings to comply.

If its good enough for us Plebes, its good enough for gubmint.

I bought 60 bulbs last week...a few year’s supply, but nowhere near a lifetime. My biggest problem is I have ‘can lights’ in my house. These suckers are expensive...I splurged for a dozen. Oh...the base of the CFL does get hot, which is particularly a problem for can lights...screw the political class, and give me back my light bulbs.


44 posted on 12/26/2013 6:52:41 AM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: DCBryan1

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Cree-60W-Equivalent-Soft-White-2700K-A19-Dimmable-LED-Light-Bulb-BA19-08027OMF-12DE26-2U100/204592770#

umm they are 13 bucks according to HD’s site.


45 posted on 12/26/2013 6:53:55 AM PST by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: lacrew

Congress, like cockroaches, do their best work in the dark.


46 posted on 12/26/2013 6:55:47 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: cripplecreek

That’s just how I think this thing will end up because it is just another unpopular “Prohibition” and should be repealed before somebody gets hurt!


47 posted on 12/26/2013 6:56:34 AM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: IbJensen

What kills me is that even with electing more TEA party people, we cannot get this repealed. And if we can’t do this, why should we expect us to be able to do anything?!?


48 posted on 12/26/2013 6:58:45 AM PST by Patriotic1 (Dic mihi solum facta, domina - Just the facts, ma'am)
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To: DCBryan1

Do you know if they work well in enclosed track lighting fixtures? I have heard they build up heat, especially in a downward facing attitude.


49 posted on 12/26/2013 7:06:13 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys-Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat-But they know what's best for you.)
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To: SueRae

I can see it now; the libs I argue with regularly will ask why I would be against anything that will stimulate the economy. It will be a boon to the lampshade industry. They are so predictable.


50 posted on 12/26/2013 7:09:44 AM PST by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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