"I'm nobody. Are you nobody, too?" asked Emily Dickinson rhetorically. Had we been SOMEBODY, we might have said yes to the Manhattan Institute's totally awesome invitation to their seventh annual "Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner" -- Benefactor Table of 10 at $50,000, Single Ticket(s) at $1,000. Invitation lower left. Tiny -- not amused -- upper right.
"I was not surprised but disgusted to hear one of your 'anchors' -- probably an anchorette, but who's counting? -- just say how horrified she was that anyone out here amongst us great unwashed would question Al Gore's Church of Climate Change pronouncements regarding light bulbs, dim or lite," we just commented at one of our fave cable news networks' websites. That would be New England Cable News. How disappointing to see our very best, most professional local media outlet apparently bowing down in dhimmitude without debate before everyday global-warming hysteria. This comes on the tail of the horror we woke up to this morning, with our own Pajamas Media pronouncing -- that's a couple of decibels above announcing -- that they had bought the farm. We were never consulted, but hey. Since we weren't, now we can have our say. Here's what they pronounced:
We are pleased to announce that we have acquired a program and website called One Billion Bulbs. Created by Brian Huyser of Symmetric Technologies in 2006, OBB is focused on educating people [Uh, oh. Educating is uncomfortably close to reeducating, which isn't far removed from propagandizing. Oh, never mind.] on the benefits of changing our old light bulbs to newer more energy efficient ones. In addition, OBB can allow you or your group to register your actions on line. As of April 21, 2007, OBB members have recorded over 45,000 bulbs that have been changed.
Skin crawling happens. When we think of our honorable co-PJM bloggers at Iraq the Model just trying to stay alive day to day, continuing their dentistry practice and dreaming of freedom for themselves and their countrymen, the spectacle of our fellow Americans congratulating themselves for replacing light bulbs is breathtakingly banal. What mortals these fools be. Glenn Reynolds already had the last word on the virtues of compact fluorescent light bulbs months ago when he noted that low-energy bulbs were already making inroads driven by market forces. Whether or not you do this or that to cut down on your energy use, how can an honorable human person wallow in the cheap thrill of bragging about one's CO2 purity? Pride goeth before a fall. Are we ALL politicians now? In our view, it's all too human, a 21st-century, secular version of the venerable human sacrificing of virgins or offering of food you'd rather eat yourself to appease the gods. Akin to the religious indulgences of yore referenced by critics of Sir Albert's own holier-than-thou offering of money for forgiveness a couple of weeks back when it came out that the Gores expended four times more energy than the average citizen per year just to maintain their one-of-many Tennessee homestead.
Beyond feeling good about oneself, has anyone looked into the unintended consequences of the lemming-like rush over the cliff to CFLBs? A few questions come to mind. Has anyone toted up the amount of carbon credits that will cover for all the energy expenditure involved in getting rid of/recycling the old light bulbs and getting the new ones manufactured and delivered to the market and into our politically correct homes? Just asking. PLUS. 99 percent of the light fixtures in our own house -- all custom-specified by Tuck through the years as he lovingly and expertly restored and refashioned the rooms of this 1840s Greek Revival we call home -- aren't adaptable to the lovely new energy-efficient bulbs. Just sayin'.
Update from our latest imail correspondence:
As you allude . . . the "global warming" hysteria is like some weird denial of the real threats going on in the world. Had Cho had a better light bulb, might he have been less troubled? Band-aids on hemorrhages happen. Snowden's secret.
Joseph Heller knew everything, but who's listening?
Update II: Pajamas Media links.