March 28, 2007, - 11:12 am

Biodegradable Village People: America’s Non-Closeted City Bans Plastic Bags

By Debbie Schlussel
Well, I’m glad to see they’ve set their plastic priorities straight.
The city whose health insurance covers sex change operations (including plastic surgery) is now the city which bans plastic bags for consumers.
Score yet another one for the enviroNazis.
San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 to require the city’s grocery stores and pharmacies to ban conventional plastic bags and use only biodegradable plastic bags or recyclabe paper bags.

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Land of The Village People Bans Plastic Bags

If you live or shop in San Francisco, watch for the price of all of your food essentials and prescription drugs to go up. The fact is that biodegradable bags are not cheap. They cost from six to 10 times the amount of conventional plastic bags and double to more than triple the cost of paper bags. Businesses will pass that on to the consumer.
And it won’t stop waste. It’s not like people who live, frequent, or shop in San Francisco don’t have plastic bags from other cities and suburbs, or get plastic bags from clothing, electronics, and other types of stores, which aren’t covered by the silly measure.
And have fun carrying biodegradable bags made of corn and potato starches in the rain–they’ll melt and your purchases will roll around on the ground. That’ll hardly eliminate waste. It will only increase it. Way to go, San Francisco.
San Francisco is famous for many firsts–most of the contemporary ones are embarrassing firsts. And this is no exception.
Rice-A-Roni, no longer the “San Francisco treat”–now it’s your fragile grocery bag.

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Oh, geez. Okay, here goes. I used to work in a major teaching center’s surgery intensive care unit. Among other types of patients, we got the sex change operation patients, who would spend one night in ICU after their surgery before going to the ward. You would not BELIEVE the plastic waste that goes along with using medical supplies. We would fill three oversized garbage pails PER SHIFT because everything, and I do mean everything, is wrapped, double wrapped, and triple wrapped in non-biodegradable plastic, not to mention that the supplies themselves are made of plastic (IV tubing and bags, syringes, medicine vials, waterproof pads, suction equipment, oxygen masks, and the list goes on and on).
I DO have concerns for the environment though I don’t consider myself an enviroNazi, and I have to tell you, that each day I looked at these giant garbage pails being emptied of non biodegradable refuse, I got mighty depressed. Medical care is a necessity in most cases, but not all. We had drunk drivers, criminals shot and injured while evading police, alcoholics on their third liver transplant cause they’d abused their other two livers, in addition to the one they were born with, and so on and so forth. The sex change operation patients were clearly INSANE in most cases (the exception being those patients who were born with genuinely ambiguous genitalia in need of surgical correction to match their chromosomal makeup).
So if these idiots want to be concerned about plastic refuse, maybe they’d like to start by encouraging their transexual minded buddies to seek mental therapy instead of having their balls whacked off or trying to fashion little peenies from vaginal tissue. Cause surgery and a hospital stay will involve plastic waste equivalent to probably thousands upon thousands of plastic grocery baggies.
Oy vey.

AmericanJewess on March 28, 2007 at 11:37 am

I am surprised they stopped there. I would have expected them to mandate that the replacement bags be made from hemp ;-)

David Svendsen on March 28, 2007 at 12:20 pm

What will they ban next in the San Franfreako? Plastic buttplugs?

FreethinkerNY on March 28, 2007 at 12:32 pm

I live in West Hollywood, THE most PC city on the planet. They used to have the no plastic bags and no styrofoam cup ban here too. (calling someone a faggot is a hate crime, as is creating a hostile envirnonment etc.) BUT we are surrounded by LA where you could buy the bad stuff so the law vanished. Keep in mind that while bad old plastic bags were banned, we had a ton of stores displaying items used only for torture in their store windows, complete with graphic models showing how to use them. And worse. Much worse.

Duke on March 28, 2007 at 12:46 pm

Liberals are so stupid. They have no idea how much coal has to be burned to produce the electricity to make a paper bag. It’s much greater than the energy needed to turn a drop of petroleum product into a plastic bag.

davidlanham on March 28, 2007 at 3:10 pm

Completely asinine.
Speaking of which in San Francisco, are condoms going to be made biodegradable? Think of all those non-biodegradable prophylactics fouling up the environment in San Fran.
Another question: Will the bums clogging San Fran’s streets be required to collect cans in biodegradable plastic bags? Will they be required to carry their worldly possessions, i.e. Thunderbird, Ripple, and Colt45 along with their soiled underwear, in biodegradable plastic bags?
I think the San Francisco Board of Stooooopidvisors may have overlooked a few things.

Thee_Bruno on March 28, 2007 at 3:12 pm

They don’t call it San Transexual for nothing lol!

Jew Chick on March 28, 2007 at 6:13 pm

“Liberals are so stupid. They have no idea how much coal has to be burned to produce the electricity to make a paper bag. It’s much greater than the energy needed to turn a drop of petroleum product into a plastic bag.”
Despite their claim that they’re the one’s interested in the earth’s future, they’re the ones with a surprisingly short range of vision. “Let’s recycle everything,” they say, ignoring the energy used to run recycling centers, fuel to run tons of recycling pick-up trucks, inefficiency of breaking down old products and remaking them vs. how much it costs to make new ones, etc. If they can personally feel better because they take paper over plastic and because they put their plastic bottles in a recycling bin, that’s good enough for them. Who cares where happens before and after that?

Dan on March 28, 2007 at 8:02 pm

AmericanJewess-Funny Post!
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Regarding that logo which says, “We all win when we get rid of plastic bags”.
Is that for real?
Those psycho-libs should not concern themselves with “winning” anything! Libs can’t tolerate competition, it’s not FAIR!!! (Can’t build anything but cooperative housing out of legos in Seattle either)

CarpeDiem on March 28, 2007 at 8:56 pm

Well, *all* plastic is bag, because it is petroleum based. Cutting down trees is bad, too, which is where paper bags are made from.
Further, do any of the San Fran supervisors know how long it will take the biodegradable bags (be it plastic or even paper for that matter) to break down when they are buried 50 feet under the surface of a landfill?
My uncle used to produce photodegradable plastic bags, but heck, there is no light buried underground in the landfall. There is also less air, water, etc, under there. Not to say a biodegradable bag won’t break down, but do you think the SF supervisors ever entertained such questions. This is rhetorical. How did I survive living 7 years in that city???

75273 on March 29, 2007 at 5:06 pm

Just how long ago was it that California/SF was pushing plastic bags so as to “save” trees?
Too bad they are also against incinerators, which would moot this. But of course, enough incerators to do the job might release enough CO2 to equal the amount released by the regions goats – though perhaps not equalling the flatulence of cows and horses…

John Anderson on March 29, 2007 at 5:38 pm

“Cutting down trees is bad, too, which is where paper bags are made from.”
Actually, if they weren’t cutting down trees for paper goods, there wouldn’t be a need for all the tree farms (which is where virtually all the trees for paper are coming from these days), so we’d probably have fewer trees.

Dan on March 29, 2007 at 7:07 pm

I work for the city of SF and I’m a conservative. There are actually a few of us here and the only time we feel we can talk freely is when we get together for lunch or in the hall where no one else can hear us. Seems strange, I know, because we are still part of the U.S., I think, but the intimidation from the majority far-left that has a stranglehold on this city is real and frightening. The plastic bag ordinance is just one of many, many rulings that are part of the grand project to make SF into a socialist paradise and a citadel of political correctness. But while the Supervisors fiddle with issues like this and make declarations condemning the President, the streets remain filthy and repairs are so backlogged, they can never be brought up to standard; the numbers of homeless and illegal aliens contnually increase placing huge demands on social services costing hundreds of millions a year; open drug dealing is rampant including in front of the library and City Hall and there is no enforcement by the police who are demoralized and lack effective leadership; the school system, which recently banned ROTC and approved an anti-war textbook for elementary school students, is so mismanaged that infusions of hundreds of millions of new money cannot be accounted for; our handsome, celebrity Mayor, who had an affair with his best friend’s wife who worked in his office, has made his job of pandering to every special interest in SF-and there are many- a full-time one. I can go and on and on. As a city that openly and proudly disparages our nation, our traditions and values, our military forces, and our great entrepreneural history and which shouts down anyone who disagrees, SF (and a lot of the Bay Area-Berkeley, etc.) is paradise for the liberal grievance mongers and haters who populate it. Go to Zombietime.com to see how what real San Franciscans are like. Nothing like a photo to show what words fail to do.

Saxonman on March 30, 2007 at 11:48 am

Saxonman,
The first part of your post is Orwellian, not being able to speak freely, etc.
I’m sorry for you. Can you move?
I checked out zombietime and I have to say I can’t help but notice how unattractive these protesters are. They look like aging hippies and freaky societal rejects. It’s amazing that those women with saggy ones would actually show them in public. Gross!
Seriously, good luck to you!

CarpeDiem on March 30, 2007 at 10:56 pm

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