BEWARE THE LIGHT BULB POLICE. “On January 1, 2012, seven months from this week, Washington will effectively ban the sale of conventional 100 watt incandescent light bulbs that Americans have used nearly since the days of Thomas Edison. Instead we will all be required to buy compact fluorescent lights, or CFLs. We’d like to believe that when the government decrees what kind of light bulbs you can screw into the lamp in your own bedroom, even liberals would be nervous about the nanny state.” Especially since the CFLs have not, to put it mildly, lived up to the promises made.

But it’s not too late to stock up!

UPDATE: Reader Dave Tulka writes: “I just had two CFL replacements for the old, reliable 100 watt bulb burn out with less than one hour of service.” Yeah, like I said, they really haven’t lived up to the hype.