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Newt Gingrich & "Face the Nation"

 According to an interview that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich gave on “Face the Nation” recently he was asked if Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, 37, if chosen as vice president for John McCain, would be ready to take over the presidency if he had to replace McCain.

Gingrich said Jindal’s experience in the executive branch and in the legislative branch is greater than that of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Gingrich opined: “It strikes me that it’s going to be very hard for Obama’s campaign to explain that Jindal, as a governor, who has served as an assistant secretary of Health and Human Services, served as a congressional staffer, and served as a congressman, is not qualified but Senator Obama is qualified.” Newt is 100% right, as usual. With that said, let’s get…right to it.

 Barack Obama is all over the place on his opinions on just about everything! Now he wants you to believe that he is pro-second amendment and that he believes you have a constitutional right to own a gun. Sure he does. When asked if he supported the Supreme Court’s latest ruling on gun ownership, he never answered yes or no. He said in not so veiled terms that while he supports the second amendment, the government also has a right to further restrict your right to do so, and restrict it they will, even more so now with the highest court’s latest ruling abolishing the District of Columbia’s ban on gun ownership. Listen people, I am all for sensible regulations that keep children, felons, mentally ill people, and those who have questionable backgrounds from owning a gun but I do not want to see unreasonable shackles put on law abiding citizens that want to utilize their second amendment right to protect themselves and their families and possessions. There’s a reason Obama is the most liberal member of Congress, and his true views on gun ownership will be revealed. Just wait and see.

 You know those new curly light bulbs that are being thrust upon us as the “green” way to light our homes? They are known as CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs). Did you buy any? Did you know that they must be handled with kid gloves and that they must be recycled like batteries? Did you ever break one of these bulbs? If you did and swept it up and threw it away, as you would do with any ordinary light bulb, you have not only endangered your family from the mercury emissions from the bulb you have also ignored the EPA’s requirement that you recycle these bulbs at either Home Depot or other approved locations. Here are the steps you are required to take in order to properly dispose of broken CFLs: Remove all people and pets from the room. Open windows and leave room vacant for at least 15 minutes. Turn off all central heat and air. With gloves on, carefully scoop up broken bulb and put in a jar with a metal lid or in a plastic zippered bag. Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder. Wipe area clean with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes. Place towels in glass jar or plastic bag. Do not use a vacuum or broom to clean up the broken bulb on hard surfaces. If vacuuming is needed after all visible materials are removed, vacuum area where the bulb was broken. Remove vacuum bag (or empty and wipe the canister), and put bag or vacuum debris in a sealed plastic bag. If clothing or bedding materials come in direct contact with broken glass or mercury-containing powder from inside the bulb that may stick to the fabric, the clothing or bedding should be thrown away. Do not wash such clothing or bedding because mercury fragments in the clothing may contaminate the machine and/or pollute sewage. Wash your hands after disposing of the jars or plastic bags containing clean-up materials. Check with your local or state government about disposal requirements in your specific area. Some states do not allow normal trash disposal for CFLs. Instead, they require that broken and unbroken mercury-containing bulbs be taken to a local recycling center. Funny, they don’t tell you that on the packaging! Think twice before you put these bulbs in your homes, especially if you have children or pets. As if these precautions aren’t enough, these bulbs give off such dim light that I’m sorry I bought any of them. When I get rid of them I will do as required and recycle them but I sure won’t buy another one! And I pray I never break one!

 Have you seen the prototypes of the proposed new generation of fuel- efficient cars? Good luck if you are over 5’10” or weigh more than 175 pounds. Of course smaller cars get better gas mileage, but what about larger people and larger families who need the room offered by SUVs and minivans? Most of us don’t want to drive a car that looks like a pregnant roller skate! The Toyota Prius is one of the ugliest cars on the road. By the way, Honda has just announced its first hydrogen cell vehicle. Why can’t the United States, with its abundance of brilliant minds, engineer the same? My guess is because the oil companies don’t want us to get too much efficiency out of our vehicles; if they really did we would have had a 40 mile- per gallon SUV years ago. You can’t tell me anything different.

 Random ramblings: If the United States even simply announced that we would begin advanced oil drilling and exploration at home you would see the price of gas tumble in a matter of days, I’m convinced. OPEC does not want the U.S. to take charge of its energy future, you can bet on that!

See ya next week!

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Wednesday, 20 November 2019