Bag it.

Blame The Thing – not the behavior. …again

S’FranFreakshow, Seattle, LaLaLand have “banned” the eeeevil plastic grocery bag. Yanno, the nice, free, convenient, sanitary bags you get to carry home your groceries, drugs, and other stuff.

The campaign to demonize them is so successful that I get The Sniff of Disapproval from the barely-employable grocery baggers who offer, “You want paper, right?” to which I respond “Oh, no. Plastic. For everything.” Then I get the sarcastic one-item-per-bag grocery-packing job. Which is fine with me — I have a collection at home against the time when those useful little bags are added to The List of Politically Incorrect/Legally Prohibited Products.

There is also an economic consequence:

The plastic-bag industry … says that the making of plastic bags supplies a livelihood to 30,000 hard-working, law-abiding, patriotic Americans, many of whom have adorable children to support.

J. O. B. S.

It cites a 2007 report [PDF linky - pg 29] by San Francisco’s Environment Department that said plastic bags from retail establishments, the target of the ban, accounted for only 0.6 percent of litter.

Also, according to the “Bag Litter Summary,” Plastic bags – retail is only 13.6% of the total “Bag Litter,” Plastic bags – not retail being 42.2%.

Misc. paper, “No brand name” paper towels, napkins etc [meaning napkins without a Burger King or MackyD's logo], newspapers/flyers/etc., and receipts/business forms and bus transfers make up 40.8% of the garbage in the streets.

So, of course, since some celebrity [who hasn't darkened the door of a grocery store in decades] said that one plastic bag may have choked one Adorable Sea Creature™, the PCKlownz are gonna make the plastic grocery bag illegal.

Warning of disease may seem like an over-the-top scare tactic, but research suggests there’s more than anecdote behind this industry talking point. In a 2011 study linky, four researchers examined reusable bags in California and Arizona and found that 51 percent of them contained coliform bacteria. The problem appears to be the habits of the reusers. Seventy-five percent said they keep meat and vegetables in the same bag. When bags were stored in hot car trunks for two hours, the bacteria grew tenfold.

[Also] washing the bags eliminated 99.9 percent of the bacteria. It undercut even that good news, though, by finding that 97 percent of people reported that they never wash their bags.

Especially if those bags are the plastic-over-woven-plastic or the weird-random-fiber bags that stores are selling now. Those would disintegrate and clog your wash machine.

Jonathan Klick and Joshua Wright, who are law professors at the University of Pennsylvania and George Mason University, respectively, have done a more recent study linky on the public-health impact of plastic-bag bans. They find that emergency-room admissions related to E. coli infections increased in San Francisco after the ban. (Nearby counties did not show this increase.) And this effect showed up as soon as the ban was implemented. … The San Francisco ban was also associated with increases in salmonella and other bacterial infections. Similar effects were found in other California towns that adopted such laws.

um, eww.

Butbutbut — Teh Adorable Sea Creatures™ !!!!!!111!!!!!!!…

Klick and Wright estimate that the San Francisco ban results in a 46 percent increase in deaths from foodborne illnesses, or 5.5 more of them each year.

But that’s just Human deaths — not Adorable Sea Creatures™.

They then run through a cost-benefit analysis employing the same estimate of the value of a human life that the Environmental Protection Agency uses when evaluating regulations that are supposed to save lives. They conclude that the anti-plastic-bag policies can’t pass the test — and that’s before counting the higher health-care costs they generate.

And again we are debating the Object – not the Behavior. I believe we already have Laws against Littering. Remember the whole Lady Bird Johnson/crying “Indian” thing? “Enforce those Laws?!? Ridiculous.” Kinda like enforcing the SFranFreakshow “Law” against poopin in the streets. “Ridiculous!” Even tho I suspect the majority of the litter and the poop comes from the same demographic…

It’s the old Nanny “If One Person can’t behave responsibly with The Object, No One can have The Object” thang. Ineffective in reaching the stated goal, effective in creating further problems to be “solved,” and effective in irritating regular citizens.

14 Comments!

  1. SteveHGraham
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 8:02 am |

    Turtles are tasty.

  2. geezerette
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 8:08 am |

    No luggage for the homeless?

  3. Jess
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 8:21 am |

    When asked one time: “Paper or plastic?” I commented: “Kill a tree or choke a fish?”, which prompted a vacant stare from the cashier. I gave her a few moments, then realized she didn’t have a clue. I’m guessing she’s an Obama voter.

    In Texas, we don’t choke our fish. We blow them up with C-4 and remove the ugly old platforms they call home.

  4. mech
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 8:43 am |

    We used to take popcorn to the drive-in contained in the big paper grocery bags. You can’t do that with the plastics.

    Then again we don’t have drive in theaters anymore either.

  5. Marshall
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 8:53 am |

    Want to really make them grind their teeth?

    When they ban the plastic bags, get a 1000-pack from Amazon (about $15), stuff some in your purse/pocket before going to the store, and then pull them out and use them.

  6. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 8:56 am |

    Claire,
    Didn’t you just …
    [flips back through previous posts]
    Didn’t you just substitute the term “plastic bag” for “guns” in a previous post?
    Yes, yes I think you did.

  7. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 9:50 am |

    Bottom line:
    Progs are trying to cure by legislation what they lost in denigrating and destroying our morals and our civil society.

  8. accipiter NW
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 10:00 am |

    Just a few more pairs of shoes hanging from the telephone and power lines and I think we can get everyone going barefoot in my town too.

  9. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 11:29 am |

    Cain’t slip nuttin’ by DougM…

  10. Chris in NC
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 5:51 pm |

    So the resuable bags showed an increase in deaths? Good. Make those bags mandatory in all the libtard cities. Cull the heard.

  11. Melissa In Texas
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 6:32 pm |

    *sigh*
    The plastic bag ban goes into effect March 1st here in Austin.
    The Shitty City of Austin in their infinite wisdom..
    because we LOVE our golden cheeked warblers and our salamanders decided to follow suit

    There are BOTH major grocery stores (HEB and Wal Mart) all of 4 miles down the road in Buda, Texas, where they will STILL bag and GIVE you bags for your purchases for free!
    It will be interesting to see what an economic impact this will have on the local stores down South….

  12. PeggyU
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 11:36 pm |

    They already did that here in holier-than-thou land of the sanctimonious greentardians, Bellingham.

  13. PeggyU
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 10:32 am |

    Steve is right. Turtles ARE tasty. I et some turtle meat once. It tasted like pork chops, IMO.

  14. OTA Mom
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 2:43 pm |

    I would be sad if I actually had to pay for trash can liners/poop scoop bags… aka recycled plastic grocery bags