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Nanny Liberals Now Want to Ban Us From Using Balloons

They’ve already secured some big-time victories. They’ve convinced major metropolitan cities to ban Styrofoam cups, plastic grocery bags, and even drinking straws. But in an attempt to make sure that they always have an answer to the opposition question, “what the hell is next?” environmentalist nutjobs on the left are targeting a new icon of modern America: Balloons. Yes, that’s right, according to the Associated Press, liberals are planning to target this staple of birthday parties and political conventions, “even though they’re a very small part of environmental pollution.”

From the AP:

This year, college football powerhouse Clemson University is ending its tradition of releasing 10,000 balloons into the air before games, a move that’s part of its sustainability efforts. In Virginia, a campaign that urges alternatives to balloon releases at weddings is expanding. And a town in Rhode Island outright banned the sale of all balloons earlier this year, citing the harm to marine life.

“There are all kinds of alternatives to balloons, a lot of ways to express yourself,” says Kenneth Lacoste, first warden of New Shoreham, Rhode Island, who cites posters, piñatas and decorated paper.

“The issue of straws has really broadened the marine debris issue,” says Emma Tonge of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. People might not realize balloons are a danger, she says, because of their “light and whimsical” image.

Balloons are not among the top 10 kinds of debris found in coastal cleanups, but Tongue says they’re common and especially hazardous to marine animals, which can also get entangled in balloon strings.

That last sentence quoted above is particularly ominous, because then you have to go find out what ARE the top 10 kinds of debris found in coastal cleanups and assume that all of them will soon be banned. So, according to a recent USA Today article we found, we can soon expect the American landscape to be cleared of not just balloons but also: Cigarettes with plastic filters, food wrappers, plastic beverage bottles, plastic bottle caps, plastic bags, straws, plastic take-out containers, plastic lids, and foam take-out containers.

Now look, we’re all about keeping the beaches free from this kind of crap, but surely there is a better avenue than simply banning the hallmarks of modern life one by one until there’s nothing left. We’re all for public awareness campaigns, fines for littering, and whatever else needs to be done to keep Sammy the Sea Turtle from choking on a Starbucks lid. But we get the feeling that the Tree Hugger Brigade is more interested in flexing their nanny-state muscles than they are in really solving the underlying problems.

What do you think?

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  1. I’m not a nanny liberal, but would love to see people stop releasing balloons. Have found way too many in my pastures. A hazard.

  2. I get it! I also understand that everybody wants to keep air and water and animals healthy! I getr it! But PLASTIC bags replaced paper because they are not made from trees that the libs want to protect! But they do NOT want to cut down dead trees are clean out downed trees or limbs to help limit THE ANNUAL FOREST FIRES in the primarily in the west because the fires HAVE TO BE MAN MADE GLOBAL WARMING!! I just wish the took the co2 problem seriously! IF the libs would THINK before they PANIC they might SHUT THE HELL UP and prevent 90% of co2 emissions!!! Just give us a list of your wants and we can change all at once (diapers that is)!!!

    • Thank you for having some common sense! I think that these women should be required to plant 1000 trees as they will use that much in paper in there lifetime.

  3. I am considered a strong Conservative Republican. I always thought the balloons were a terrible waste of money and a stupid action. The and the goes for plastic bags and straws…forests cannot be culled so plastic bags were substituted……Can I say California? Plastic will not degrade and the oceans are full of plastic bags and straws so are the fish and water fowl. The beaches are a disgrace with trash and people complain about prying a fee to use them…That is because those same people are slobs, and the rest of us pay the price…
    I could go on, but I will now recycle my trash as a good Conservative should.

  4. I am anything but a nanny liberal as you call them. But you have Twisted this story a little bit and that annoys me because then you are being just like the mainstream media and not telling the truth. People, and not just Nanny liberals, one balloon releases stuffed. They do not want the manufacturer of balloons to end or to end balloons at birthday parties Etc. THEY ONLY WANT TO BAN THE MASS RELEASE OF BALLOONS. They have indeed been very detrimental to the environment and of also actually injured and killed Wildlife including Birds. Sorry but I wish you would take this one down. And please… Please be honest. We have enough of dishonest media out there.

    • yes but there not as bad as democrats..you find them trash bags every where you go on the beachs in the mountian in the parks,at churchs..theres nothing worst than them pieces of shit clutering up things

  5. Oh yes, Lacoste, Let us decimate our forests by using more paper products. You idiots are ridiculous. On one hand you say save our trees then on the other hand you say use more paper which, incidentally, is made from trees. What a crock of s–t.

    • And plastics are made from oil… but paper CAN be made from dead trees and brush that is just tinder to cause or enlarge forest fires. Also paper can be and is for a large part, made from recycling paper. But often there is no incentive to do so. We could also go back to glass, and ban plastic bottles and foam dishes.. Paper is still the way to go, as long as there is replanting, depending on species there are a few that can be ready to be turned into paper in 10-15 years, not as economically as larger trees, but they are out there.

  6. We have shrugged and went about our business one time to may with the liberal dem bloodsucking ticks..
    We can no longer coexist with these life forms, it is time to take action. Talking is not the answer

  7. Please let us have a new ruling on freedom of speech from the Supreme Court. We need to have a favorable ruling to include freedom of hearing. I am tired of hearing all the liberal garbage on banning this that and some day it will be everything. Kids are killed by cars, lets ban csrs. Children drowned let ban water, yes not swimming pools lets get down to the real the problem. Actually lets ban sex so we cannot have children and then they will not die. You know, really, we should just ban the whole human race then there would be no fighting, killing, hatred, starvation, actually it would be pretty darn peaceable world here don’t ya think, DAH……………………

    • Be careful about commenting like this. Next thing you know, some leftylooney will introduce a bill in Congress to do just that, ban mankind.

  8. Just another bullshit item. You can not please all the people all the time, it is impossible. There is NO PERFECT answer. Common sense and respect are required to live and those are the 2 things that are lacking in this modern(?) world. No one is using common sense about things and No one is showing RESPECT for other persons or their surroundings, the ATTITUDE is “I MATTER” screw everyone else.

  9. This just shows that IF you give any protesters an inch then they want two inches, which increases slowly until they have a mile. Before any of these demands are acted on IT SHOULD BE VOTED ON BY AMERICAN VOTERS NOT ENACTED ON BY SOMEBODY THAT IS TRYING TO GET THEIR 30 SECONDS OF FAME.

  10. As far as I’m concerned, straws are one of the most unnecessary products ever made. There are very few people who require straws. Maybe some folks in hospitals, but I can’t think of anyone else?…………But, if there must be straws, then make them out of paper, which is exactly what they used to be made of before plastic straws came to be! The one thing that plastic straws do that paper straws sometimes fail at doing is that they don’t usually collapse during hard suction. Also, they don’t absorb liquid like paper straws will, over prolonged usage, so they retain their shape . So there you have it! Go back to manufacturing paper straws. Drink your fluids like a grown up and you won’t need a straw, and if children have to use straws, let them use cups with built in straw features! Now………..how are we going to address the problem of the elimination of plastic swivel sticks for our mixed drinks?

  11. If people disposed of trash they way they should instead of being slobs. I do not go to the beach any more, Cannot stand sand in my wet suit. But I had made it a habit of shifting through the sand around me and adding that trash to mine to remove properly. If everyone did that… we would have a clean shore line. I wonder how much trash cruise line leave in their wakes. they have to bet transporting a few slobs on them.

  12. Please let us have a new ruling on freedom of speech from the Supreme Court. We need to have a favorable ruling to include freedom of hearing. I am tired of hearing all the liberal garbage on banning this, that and then one day it will be everything. Kids are killed by cars, lets ban cars. Children drowned, let ban water, yes not swimming pools lets get down to the real problem. Actually lets ban sex so we cannot have children and then they will not die. You now really we should just ban the whole human race then there would be no fighting, killing, hatred, starvation, actually it would be pretty darn peaceable here don’t ya think, dah…………………… Now liberals with that you can get it all………………..

  13. This is part of Progressive New Left Activists planned attack on everything America and American. See, their plan has seven simple areas that MUST be destroyed in order for their 1963 “Communist Manifesto” (read before US House of Representatives) and almost 90% realized. The seven area of “Americana” are: 1) The INDIVIDUAL and their God. 2) FAMILY (one man + One woman procreating with siblings) and 3) INDIVIDUALS and FAMILIES united in homogenous COMMUNITIES with like customs, and credos. Then PNLA’s must enact their four fold destruction o Our Constitutional Republic by destroying: a. Religion; b. Education; c. Governance and d. Finances. See, with LGBT, PNLA”s destroy Judeo/Christian heritage. With “common core” (one size fits all) they indoctrinate. With “Welfare State,” PNLA”s destroy “market based economy. And lastly, with Finances of “Government knows best taxation” completes PNLA’s plans towards a Marxist/communist state. Pray. Amen. God Bless America. Read A Bible. John 3:16

  14. the liberals will next band us from using paper napkins, shampoo from plastic bottles, milk or juice from plastic bottles, the list could be endless. Again striping our rights, common sense tells us to use them sparingly, I rewash mine unless they break then I toss them. how about zip lock bags these are plastic too. see how stupid this is………

  15. Seems dumb to send A million baloons up to start any event, but pretty heart warming to watch my kids or now grand kids watch A birthday balloon float into space.
    So I say keep the personal balloon fun and stop the over the top stuff.
    May I also say that the trash we all complain about comes from low life’s who throw it down or out the window. I have noticed that after every green type protest the land is pretty much left with every kind of trash there is. So I guess we need to ban humans or pick up after our selves. We could also take A picture of the crud bugs who trash and give it to the lawman to do his thing.

  16. I purchased stainless steel straws that have a spoon on one end for eating ice cream shakes. Wash and use again and they are really nice and not expensive……Solution

  17. yes but there not as bad as democrats..you find them trash bags every where you go on the beachs in the mountian in the parks,at churchs..theres nothing worst than them pieces of shit clutering up things

  18. The don’t want fossil fuel power plants because oil and coal pollute the air, they don’t want nuclear power plants because of the perceived radiation leaks, they don’t want wind turbines because the birds can’t see the blades and fly into them and get killed, they don’t want Solar powered furnaces for the same reason, birds fly into the intense light beam and get fried. So just how are we supposed to power all of their cell phones, my God how would they get on line and Tweet and whatever else they do all day long sitting in the parent’s basement instead of working. Even if we switched to electric cars tomorrow, just how would we recharge the battlers in these cars? At some point in time these cars would need to plug into a charging station, which means electricity needs to be generated, just how would that be done? They have all of these wonderful ideas but they have no idea how to actually make them work.

  19. I rather have whales, seals and other animals in our oceans and celebrate with streamers and banners. Be rational. Humans have existed for thousands of years celebrating and being happy without balloons so we can do without them.
    We should be ashamed of ourselves for our lack of compassion for other living creatures that we share the earth with.

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