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Is There No End To Federal Meddling? Some Trivial Matters

WHENEVER THE GOVERNMENT gets the urge to do something it shouldn’t it decides to sneak through something totally irrelevant that is designed to annoy most everybody.
It’s the old we’ll-wipe-your nose-for-you-because-we don’t-think-you’re-smart-enough-to-do-it-yourself routine.
I read a couple of newspaper articles over the weekend and one of them concerned Congress’ efforts to get rid of incandescent light bulbs.
What could that possibly have to do with anything relevant? Well, the smart guys in Washington, DC want to tell you what kind of light bulb you can buy.
Seems they think they can make the whole world more energy efficient by digging around in your hall closet and getting those old style bulbs out and the new-fangled curly-cue fluorescent bulbs put in.
For once the Republicans have it right. Stay the hell out of everybody’s closet. People can decide for themselves if they want to use the more expensive fluorescent bulbs or the cheaper, but less efficient incandescent bulbs.
This is a free country isn’t it? We are still capable of choosing what kind of light bulb we want, aren’t we?
“But its good for you!” Cry the more government control guys. Its bad for all those folks building incandescent bulbs, though.
Fortunately, it looks like its will be lights out on this frivolous proposal, but watch out. Congress has a habit of bringing bad ideas back again.
Let’s hope a light bulb goes on over Congress’ collective head and they start coming up with something better than this.

THE SECOND ARTICLE THAT CAUGHT MY attention on a lazy Sunday morning when it was rapidly getting too hot to go outside:  A Native American was fined for cutting cattails in a pond that was located on Native lands and that he used to show other Native Americans how to shape duck decoys with.
Seems there’s a law against cutting a certain type of cattails that the bureaucrats love to use to harass any of us who get too close to them.
In this case the Indian refused to to pay the fine and the government had to back down.
It’s incident s like this that send people into a dither over government services.
The first thing the Gov. does, in that case, is to threaten our basic services. Of course, losing your social security and Medicare is less important than cutting out light bulbs and cattails.
If people would get some serious thinking going instead of ridiculous, self-serving personal stubbornness, then maybe people would get some respect for government again.
Let’s hope so before they close the whole thing down.

In the 400’s a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb.
Hence we have ‘the rule of thumb’.
Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled ‘Gentlemen Only…Ladies Forbidden’.. .and thus, the word GOLF entered into the English language.
The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV was Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the  U.S. Treasury.
Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.
Coca-Cola was originally green.
It is impossible to lick your elbow.
The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work:  Alaska
The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this…)
The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $16,400
The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour:
Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair..
The first novel ever written on a typewriter,  Tom Sawyer.
The  San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National
Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
Spades – King David
Hearts – Charlemagne
Clubs  -Alexander, the Great
Diamonds – Julius Caesar