American Elephants


San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors Strikes Again. by The Elephant's Child


City councils are an interesting phenomenon.  Some are excellent, taking care of potholes and keeping taxes low.  In other cases, they get grandiose ideas of their purview.  For example, the Seattle City Council famously passed a resolution demanding that the dams on the Columbia River be breached so the river could be free flowing once again — or something like that — at any rate they decided it was a good idea.  This ignored the fact that the Columbia was located across a major mountain range, the Cascades, in a completely different county, and quite clearly none of the city council’s business.

Well, of course, resolutions don’t mean much, and it was not only absurd — but supremely embarrassing.  Come summer, and they happened to venture across the mountains to look at the great river and some of the dams, and were astounded at how big they were.  Back at the start of the Iraq War, they debated a resolution condemning the war, but by the time they finished debating, the march-up to Baghdad was over anyway.  Where do they get such overblown ideas of their own importance?

The Berkeley City Council comes out with frequent bloopers, many so preposterous that they make the national news; and across the bay, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors yields to no other in passing resolutions, banning this and that, and passing silly measures.

Their latest is a legislative endorsement of healthy, eco-conscious  living.  They are asking residents to go without meat on Mondays.  They cannot stop citizens from consuming meat, but it is meant, according to the AP, to call attention to the relationship between diet, health and — climate change. Why Monday is unknown.

The measure passed April 6, urges “all restaurants, grocery stores and schools to offer a greater variety of plant-based options to improve the health of San Francisco residents and visitors and to increase the awareness of the impact a green diet would be on our planet. “

The measure was accompanied by a resolution praising businesses that use cage-free eggs.  Sigh.

“It seems the supervisors would have better things to do — like deal with the budget” said resident Buzz Bense, 61, as he enjoyed a pork sandwich at Memphis Minnie’s, a lower Haight barbecue joint.

San Francisco is struggling with a $483 million budget hole, according to a recent report by budget analysts.

These things get laughed off, and they are very soon old news, and nobody pays much attention anyway.  But where do they get the idea that they are entitled to tell everyone else how to live?  Manage your own life successfully, and then resist any impulse to instruct others.

ADDENDUM: A $483 million budget hole?  How can this be?  More than 1 in 3 San Francisco city workers earned $100,000 or more last year; when such extras as overtime are included the number of workers jumped to 9,487.  The average city worker salary is $93,000 before benefits.  Salaries are driven by “inflation, a persistent reliance on overtime and generous contracts in a city known for its politically potent unions.”



Alert! Alert! New Information in the Grocery Bag Wars! by The Elephant's Child
May 28, 2009, 4:02 pm
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Environment, Law | Tags: , ,

We previously thoroughly explained the grocery bag wars here.  The whole supposed reason behind the banning of plastic bags was phony.  Shoppers in many locations are urged to buy cloth bags, and in some cities like Seattle are charged 20¢ for each plastic or paper bag.   Since the studies upon which environmentalists rested their silly demands were misrepresented, it took a really uninformed government or the most dedicated of nannies to pass such regulations.

Now we have a new study.  “The main risk is food poisoning“, Dr. Richard Summerbell, research director at Toronto -based Sporometrics and the former chief of medical mycology for the Ontario Ministry of Health said in evaluating the study results.  Other risks include allergic reactions, triggering of asthma attacks, skin infections such as bacterial boils, and ear infections.

The study found that 64 percent of reusable cloth bags were contaminated, and close to 30 percent had bacterial counts higher than what is considered  safe for drinking water.  40 percent of the bags had yeast or mold, and some had an unacceptable presence of coliforms, faecal intestinal bacteria, when there should have been none at all.

The dark, moist, warm interior of a folded, used reusable bag is an ideal incubator for bacteria when it has been infected with a small amount of water and trace food contamination.

The potential for cross-contamination is high when bags are used for successive trips to the grocery.  Check-out staff may transfer microbes if the contaminates get on their hands.  Leaking meat wrappings, water from moist produce, cracked eggs or leaking dairy containers are the fuel for elevated bacterial counts.

Do not use cloth grocery bags for toting gym clothes or diapers or anything but groceries to prevent  any possible exposure to MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant infectious bacterium.  In cases of food poisoning, researchers will have to test reusable bags as well as food products for the source of contaminates.

In the meantime, another little chore is added after you put the groceries away.  Bleach and launder the cloth bags carefully after each use.

Liberals and environmentalists are uninterested in consequences.  They keep sticking us with regulations that don’t work, are dangerous to our health, destructive, and/or useless  in their continued efforts to remake the world in the image of the fantasy in their minds.




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