Although it’s important to stay informed on the situation in Japan as the country continues to reel from last week’s catastrophic earthquake and subsequent tsunami, many of you may need a breather from the onslaught of harrowing, heart-wrenching and nightmare-inducing images of destruction and despair. It’s a lot to absorb.

 

On the much lighter side, below is a clip from a recent episode of "The Colbert Report" in which Chuck Noblet Stephen Colbert lampoons one of my favorite topics: energy-efficient light bulbs (aka those dratted, long-lasting "pigtail" light bulbs) and the “watt riot” set off by the impending phase-out of inefficient incandescents.

As you may be aware, many Republicans, most notably possible crazy person/non-IKEA shopper Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN.) and dim BULB Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo), are outraged by the fact that starting in 2012, incandescent bulbs will be banished from store shelves. Both have introduced bills that aim to repeal energy-efficiency standards established in 2007 and keep "traditional" light bulbs in circulation. 

And then there's Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ken.), he of the non-working toilet. At a hearing last week, he lashed out at Kathleen Hogan, the deputy assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, saying: "I find it really appalling and hypocritical that there should be some self-examination from the administration on the idea that you favor a woman’s right to an abortion, but you don’t favor a woman or a man’s right to choose what kind of light bulb, what kind of dishwasher, what kind of washing machine.” Ick.

Anyways, sit back, fire up that Easy Bake Oven, and enjoy.

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