America unites in contempt for loathsome nanny-state mayor

posted at 4:06 pm on May 31, 2012 by Allahpundit

The “No Labels” crowd that wanted him to run for president as an indie swore that he’d help bring Americans together. And so he has. Is there anyone on either side of the aisle, aside from celebrity buffoons like Alec Baldwin and the social engineers of tomorrow at Ezra Klein’s blog, who thinks this is a swell idea?

The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire menu of popular sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports arenas, from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas. The sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces — about the size of a medium coffee, and smaller than a common soda bottle — would be prohibited under the first-in-the-nation plan, which could take effect as soon as next March.

The measure would not apply to diet sodas, fruit juices, dairy-based drinks like milkshakes, or alcoholic beverages; it would not extend to beverages sold in grocery or convenience stores…

At fast-food chains, where sodas are often dispersed at self-serve fountains, restaurants would be required to hand out cup sizes of 16 ounces or less, regardless of whether a customer opts for a diet drink. But free refills — and additional drink purchases — would be allowed.

Actual quote from Bloomy, summarizing his nanny-state ethos better than anyone else could: “New York City is not about wringing your hands; it’s about doing something.” The punchline here is that the scheme of targeting portion size rather than the beverage itself seems so inept and arbitrary that you’re almost left wishing he was a more effective nanny. At Reason, Jacob Sullum explains:

Even if we accept Farley’s claims about soda’s role in rising obesity rates, it does not follow that Bloomberg’s plan will have a measurable impact on New Yorkers’ waistlines. There are reasons to doubt that it will, starting with the mayor’s observation that extra-thirsty customers can always buy another 16-ounce drink (which might actually result in the consumption of more calories, assuming their usual serving is between 16 and 32 ounces). Nor will undercover health inspectors monitor the city’s fast food restaurants to prevent diners from availing themselves of free refills; the regulations graciously let them drink as much soda as they want, as long as they do it 16 ounces at a time. The size rule does not apply at all to convenience stores, supermarkets, or vending machines, so Big Gulps, giant Slurpees, and large bottles of soda will still be readily available. Bloomberg also plans to exempt fruit juices, which typically have more calories per ounce than sugar-sweetened soda, and milk-based drinks. So while New Yorkers won’t be allowed to order 20 ounces of Coke (240 calories), they will still be able to get a 20-ounce Starbucks whole-milk latte (290 calories) or even a 24-ounce Double Chocolaty Frappuccino (520 calories), not to mention a 20-ounce milkshake (about 800 calories).

In other words, Bloomberg is right when he says there will still be lots of opportunities for New Yorkers to consume large quantities of high-calorie drinks, which means he does not even have a sound paternalistic justification for his meddling. He is screwing with people not to protect them from their own foolish choices but just to create the appearance of doing so. Or maybe just because he can.

Actually, I think the reason he’s taking such a half-assed step now is simply to set a precedent that NYC and other cities can build on later. We may yet see a dip in sugary-drink consumption if portion size is regulated, simply because some people won’t want to pop for a second cup to get their fill. When that happens, Bloomy will point to the decline as evidence that regulation works and the public, meanwhile, will have gotten used to the idea of having its dietary choices restricted. The next step would be to apply the size rule to supermarkets and convenience stores, then after that to impose a calorie rule, and maybe down the road to drop one of those European “fat taxes” on sugary beverages to really drive down demand. It’s the same M.O. as regulating smoking — one of Bloomberg’s points in the clip below, in fact, is how obesity is now a bigger health threat than cigarettes — but minus the “secondary smoke” logic of regulating the individual to protect those around him. What he’s trying to do here is simply get his foot in the prohibitionist door. (And I do mean his foot; according to NY1, Bloomberg won’t even seek a rubber stamp from the City Council to impose this policy.) That’s more important long-term to controlling people’s diets than enacting a policy on soda portions that’s consistent or coherent.

Consider this an hors d’oeuvre for the meal we’re going to have in a few weeks when the Supreme Court rules on ObamaCare and we spend a week revisiting the ever-less-hypothetical “broccoli mandate” hypothetical. Incidentally, show of hands: Does anyone reading this not know that sugary drinks can fatten you up and mess with your blood sugar and that soda, in particular, is basically devoid of all nutritional value? The last time we wrote about diets and nanny statism, I noted that it seems like the better informed consumers are about nutrition, paradoxically the more government wants to micro-manage what they eat and drink. In theory, the more information a citizen has, the less government should need to regulate his activity because he’s better equipped to tend to his own welfare. Instead, at least in dietary matters, it seems that the more information legislators have, the more they feel compelled to meddle with citizens to make “the right choices” for them. That’s an ominous undercurrent amid the many advantages to mass media and the information age. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing potentially, at least in the hands of a tool like this.

Update: You’ve got to be kidding.

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GFY Nanny Yutzberg.

Ian on May 31, 2012 at 4:08 PM

A giant leap for mankind. Can we fit Bloomberg next to Lincoln on Mount Rushmore?

stout77 on May 31, 2012 at 4:10 PM

In the end, this is very scary stuff. Combine restricting the amounts we can consume “for our own good” with mandating health insurance “for our own good” and the government has both of ends of the absolute control of our life choices “for our own good.”

mankai on May 31, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Ernesto says that this is libertarianism at its finest.

lorien1973 on May 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM

If this is what NY wants an un-American fascist police state I think they should be expelled from the union.

FloatingRock on May 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM

The measure would not apply to diet sodas…

…the f**k? Why? They’re just as bad for you.

MadisonConservative on May 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Progressive irony……

Pro Choice to kill the unborn………unless you want to make the choice to have a fricking GIANT SLURPEE!!

PappyD61 on May 31, 2012 at 4:13 PM

but minus the “secondary smoke” logic of regulating the individual to protect those around him.

Yeah, but watch out for that “secondary fat”. It’s nasty.

nukemhill on May 31, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Keep voting democrat!

tom daschle concerned on May 31, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Something like this ends up hurting jobs, too. Just another plank to the War on Jobs.

robertlbryant on May 31, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Update: You’ve got to be kidding.

Napoleon is off his meds.

John the Libertarian on May 31, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Previously planned NYC vacation: cancelled (check)…

I’ll take my family somewhere else…

Khun Joe on May 31, 2012 at 4:14 PM

He ought to consider a luxury tax restaurant entries over $10, that would really make him a hit !!

KenInIL on May 31, 2012 at 4:14 PM

But limiting the size, scope, and cost of government is off the table.

antipc on May 31, 2012 at 4:14 PM

11 on the douche meter.

Kataklysmic on May 31, 2012 at 4:15 PM

…the f**k? Why? They’re just as bad for you.

MadisonConservative on May 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Seriously. Numerous studies linking artificial sweeteners to weight gain.

tdpwells on May 31, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Great ! More cups, bottles and whatever else as people buy two.
Only folks making cups and bottles benefit.
Dumb.

Jabberwock on May 31, 2012 at 4:15 PM

And yet if he sought another term he’d be reelected. And the city will elect the next nanny to come along, too.

amerpundit on May 31, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Incidentally, show of hands: Does anyone reading this not know that sugary drinks can fatten you up and mess with your blood sugar and that soda, in particular, is basically devoid of all nutritional value?

You left out the part about teeth staining.

Another fine example of liberal nanny-statism at work.

nobar on May 31, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Actually, I think the reason he’s taking such a half-assed step now is simply to set a precedent that NYC and other cities can build on later.

You know of what you speak. Here in Houston they implimented a “Rain Tax” and cited several other cities that had similar ordinances as one of the reasons to do so. Pretty much a 14% property tax increase is what it is. This mayor will be gone for it too.

DanMan on May 31, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Well if the citizens of nyc keep electing this little ‘dictator’ they get what the deserve? If American’s continue to visit nyc under this little ‘dictator’ you get what you deserve? It does seem that gobs with people/money are getting the he!! outta dodge under this little ‘dictator’?
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letget on May 31, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Next he’ll ban Black Forest cake, then that bubble gum in the Yankee dugout, then salt on pretzels, then…..?

Even the commies under Stalin weren’t dictator enough to fine tune what they allow you to drink, but then, they’d learn a lot from today’s liberals about controlling the little folks..

Don L on May 31, 2012 at 4:16 PM

How long before Michelle cuts a spot with Nanny Bloom supporting this?

eeyore on May 31, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Ian on May 31, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Motion seconded

dentarthurdent on May 31, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Clearly, the right way to go is to measure everyone’s BMI as they walk into restaurants and offer customized menus based on the result. Something really delicious at Babbo? Not for you, mister hefty. A delectation at Jean Georges? Sorry, Mr. Trump- you’re looking a little, ummmm…big lately. Want to go to Nobu for crab? Sorry!

It’s only right that the City of New York control your weight.

And, oh by the way, you’re all racist, fat-mongering, 1%’ers for objecting.

MTF on May 31, 2012 at 4:16 PM

It’s been about a year since I’ve been to NYC, good to know they’ve managed to solve EVERY OTHER PROBLEM APPARENTLY!

Meric1837 on May 31, 2012 at 4:17 PM

The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire menu of popular sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports arenas, from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas.

When was the last time these drinks had actual sugar in them? Like the 1980′s?

Lost in Jersey on May 31, 2012 at 4:17 PM

A giant leap for mankind. Can we fit Bloomberg next to Lincoln on Mount Rushmore?

stout77 on May 31, 2012 at 4:10 PM

NASA has yet to create a booster chair that tall.

Oil Can on May 31, 2012 at 4:17 PM

The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire menu of popular sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports arenas, from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas. The sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces — about the size of a medium coffee, and smaller than a common soda bottle — would be prohibited under the first-in-the-nation plan, which could take effect as soon as next March.

The measure would not apply to diet sodas, fruit juices, dairy-based drinks like milkshakes, or alcoholic beverages; it would not extend to beverages sold in grocery or convenience stores…

If you go over to Drudge, and check out the NYT’s story, they have a chart showing what is allowed and what is verboten.

It’s noteworthy that cappuccinos, of any size, including those with sugar, are exempt from the ban.

Which actually makes perfect sense. Bloomberg isn’t about to honk off his main constituency, i.e. the OWSers and pseudo-intellectuals who can’t live without their daily cap’ fix from some cute barista at Starbuck’s.

Proving once again that the only thing about “progressives” like Bloomberg that is more predictable than their arrogance is their hypocrisy.

clear ether

eon

eon on May 31, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Why doesn’t Bloomberg accept full responsibility for his dictates and give out his cell phone number so we can call him whenever we have to make a decision?

That’s what he really wants, isn’t it? Obedience.

What a disgusting creature.

Cody1991 on May 31, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Bloomberg seems to suffer from the delusion that people outside his hermetically sealed bubble, aka his interpretation of reality, cannot make reasonable choices for themselves, so he has been chosen from whatever powers-may-be to make those choice for them.

In other words, the expression “free will” does not seem to play a major role in his vocabulary.

To put it in plain terms, the man is nuts.

pilamaye on May 31, 2012 at 4:18 PM

So, Allah…how long before you move out of that hellhole? Seriously, there’s other big cities in America that don’t have psychotic statist f**kbags running them.

MadisonConservative on May 31, 2012 at 4:18 PM

The landfills will be filled with 16-oz plastic bottles. Wait, nevermind. I forgot Bloomberg has a squadron of trash police as well.

stout77 on May 31, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Not only should NY be expelled from the union if they want fascism, once they’ve been expelled, the people who actually stay there, who want the fascism, they should not be allowed back into the 49 united states.

FloatingRock on May 31, 2012 at 4:18 PM

BREAKING: Edwards found NOT GUILTY on count three.

amerpundit on May 31, 2012 at 4:19 PM

The worst part of this story is that the city administration is just going to do it with no additional laws required. I’m afraid the national government’s bureacreatic powers have reached a similar level. The president really can rule by edict.

Fenris on May 31, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Progressive irony……

Pro Choice to kill the unborn………unless you want to make the choice to have a fricking GIANT SLURPEE!!

PappyD61 on May 31, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Well, if you’re pregnant with a female child you can probably have the giant soda.

NJ Red on May 31, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Liberals are really AWESOME. Epic Fail.

search4truth on May 31, 2012 at 4:20 PM

This must be unconstitional.

What is the rational basis for targeting sodas yet leaving milkshakes and juices exempt? If I recall correctly, a small DQ blizzard has several times more sugar (not to mention fat) than does a Coke. (And for the record, I like them both – in moderation.)

This is an irrational slap at an industry so that it appears that “government” is busy doing something, but in reality is not a real plan to fix anything whatsoever.

EdmundBurke247 on May 31, 2012 at 4:20 PM

He who would be King…..

scgas on May 31, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Bloomberg won’t even seek a rubber stamp from the City Council to impose this policy.

So he just exercises dictatorial powers? Great. What’s next? An order requiring all New Yorkers to submit their daily menu plans to the mayor’s office so that Bloomberg can personally approve or disapprove their food and beverage choices?

Why do New Yorkers put up with this idiot and his nonsense?

AZCoyote on May 31, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Just as long as I can get my 40 oz. Cobra in the brown paper bag, all is well.

NoDonkey on May 31, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Vote these clowns into office and you get what you voted for

Kini on May 31, 2012 at 4:23 PM

“Man, New York is really messed up!”

–California

search4truth on May 31, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Double the number of cups–how environmentally friendly.

/

Christien on May 31, 2012 at 4:23 PM

France just called. They want the Statue of Liberty back.

Vashta.Nerada on May 31, 2012 at 4:24 PM

A couple of years ago we had the phenomena of most of the fast food places only having sugary drinks. Most eliminated unsweetened tea (I’m one of the many in the south that can’t cotton to sweet tea).

They must have heard from their customers because I don’t find that so much now.

DanMan on May 31, 2012 at 4:24 PM

The measure would not apply to diet sodas…

…the f**k? Why? They’re just as bad for you.

MadisonConservative on May 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM

This also struck me as being silly. The fact is that people will still be able to drink as much soda as they like so I’m not sure how the regulation will be effective in improving the health of New Yorkers other than getting the word out once again that sodas are unhealthy.

lexhamfox on May 31, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Form over substance.

LtGenRob on May 31, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Here in Houston they implimented a “Rain Tax” and cited several other cities that had similar ordinances as one of the reasons to do so.

Oh good heavens, please keep this secret. If the brain trust that runs Seattle finds out you can tax rain, we’re all doomed up here.

Fabozz on May 31, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Since breast milk as substantially more fat and carbs than any soda…double D’s are outlawed?

right2bright on May 31, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Gloomy can’t be an effective Nanny because he’s the SNONY: Serial Nanny of New York. He acts like a serial criminal because the only logical explanations for his idiocy are that he’s obsessive and he must crave the attention that his irrational bans bring him–hmmm, maybe craving sugary drinks is less dangerous. There’s no sane or unpretzeled logic to his lack of reasoning here. He’s just putting one more useless ban on the books that’ll have to overturned someday when sanity once again rules.

stukinIL4now on May 31, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Yes, but at least the 500 calorie Starbucks item is served in a culturally nutritious atmosphere. Who could possibly not enjoy the progressive and intellectual vibe given off by a thriving Starbucks? Whereas the 300 calorie sodas are served in fast food restaurants that are so hopelessly declasse and red-state.

/lib-professor

JimLennon on May 31, 2012 at 4:26 PM

The more he talks, the more he undermines every reason he has for doing this law at all.

Says there is no right to take these away from people.
Says people can buy their own pop in stores.
Says people can order a second glass in restaurants.

Basically, the law does nothing to deter soda drinking, according to him, and that it is only to “force you to understand”.

And his analogies are smoking – a practice that directly affects the health of OTHER people through secondhand smoke – and nutritional information, which does nothing to regulate serving size or impede the purchase in any other way.

The Schaef on May 31, 2012 at 4:26 PM

I love it when authoritarians tip their hand. lol
It’s when they come up with these stupid bills that take the salt shakers off tables and the Big Gulp out of our hands that we can really SEE how minutely they’d like to manage our daily lives.

Murf76 on May 31, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Somebody needs stick the nanny-state-dragon’s tail in its mouth…and then kick it in the a$$!!

In this case, one way to do this would be to sue Bloomberg for practicing medicine without a license. Follow up with malpractice lawsuits any time Bloomberg himself gets sick.

And if this silly portion restriction measure becomes law, any person who eats in New York should sue NYC for any symptom of dietary deficiency.

NYC most urgently needs a law forbidding their Mayor from speaking in public unless his speech has first been vetted by a responsible adult.

landlines on May 31, 2012 at 4:27 PM

In honor of this proposed ban I drank 4, 12oz cans of soda today at lunch. I’m a little bloated but d@mn it feels good to be a gansta. :)

StompUDead on May 31, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Nanny stat Bloomberg is a food Nazi….New York pretty much deserves what they are getting for voting him in twice already

sadsushi on May 31, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Since breast milk as substantially more fat and carbs than any soda…double D’s are outlawed?

right2bright on May 31, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Well, by God — they are welcome in Louisiana.

Axe on May 31, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Even the Nazis enjoyed drinking liter beers at Oktoberfest.

Imagine Bloomy trying to lift a stein as tall as he is.

NoDonkey on May 31, 2012 at 4:29 PM

In honor of this proposed ban I drank 4, 12oz cans of soda today at lunch. I’m a little bloated but d@mn it feels good to be a gansta. :)

StompUDead on May 31, 2012 at 4:28 PM

4 12 ounce cans in one sitting? that’s hardcore dude haha most impressive

sadsushi on May 31, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Well, by God — they are welcome in Louisiana.

Axe on May 31, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Home of the 3-liter!

Christien on May 31, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Bloomberg, get Fluked, not in a good way.

Schadenfreude on May 31, 2012 at 4:32 PM

This gas station I go to keeps stocking Mexican Pepsi…with real cane sugar, as opposed to the refined crap they use in the “Throwback”.

F**king delicious. Get some.

MadisonConservative on May 31, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Here in Houston they implimented a “Rain Tax”

Which is why I’m in Porter.

cajun carrot on May 31, 2012 at 4:33 PM

I hope business after business in NYC politely refuse to serve this guy, pointedly telling him he must be made to understand that it is for his own good.

Christien on May 31, 2012 at 4:33 PM

This is a slippery slope to starving people to death.

jake49 on May 31, 2012 at 4:33 PM

“We’re simply forcing you to understand.”

And, I’m simply forcing you to understand this:

(_x_)

Resist We Much on May 31, 2012 at 4:34 PM

4 12 ounce cans in one sitting? that’s hardcore dude haha most impressive

sadsushi on May 31, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Yessir, 24ozs of cold delicious 7Up and another 24ozs of crisp refreshing Yellow 5 having Mountain Dew. How else was I going to wash down the deliciously healthy spaghetti squash and turkey meatball lunch my lovely wife made for me?

StompUDead on May 31, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Big Sissy Nanny Bloomy strikes again.
Can Boston please recall this fool and ask him to be their mayor? Bloomy makes me sick to think that the Yankees contribute to the general welfare and tax revenue of NYC with him at the helm.

smfic on May 31, 2012 at 4:36 PM

In this case, one way to do this would be to sue Bloomberg for practicing medicine without a license.

landlines on May 31, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Or offering diet advice without being a licensed dietitian. Yesterday I read an article about a guy (I think he’s in North Carolina, IIRC) who lost a lot of weight on a low-carb diet. He started a blog to document his weight loss, and readers of his blog would comment and ask questions about portions, recipes, etc, which he would answer. The guy had a disclaimer on his site that he was not a dietitian or nutritionist, and that he was just telling people what had worked for him. He began receiving letters from the state, telling him to stop giving people advice about what to eat because he did not have a license as a dietitian and therefore he was breaking the law. The state took down his blog and is suing him.

AZCoyote on May 31, 2012 at 4:37 PM

This last straw is likely to remove him from consideration on that big list of Presidential contenders.

Ukiah on May 31, 2012 at 4:37 PM

First they came for my 17 oz pop. Then they came for my land.

LetsBfrank on May 31, 2012 at 4:37 PM

This gas station I go to keeps stocking Mexican Pepsi…with real cane sugar, as opposed to the refined crap they use in the “Throwback”.

F**king delicious. Get some.

MadisonConservative on May 31, 2012 at 4:33 PM

They did that with Dr Pepper (the cane sugar thing) I pee a little everytime I run across it, I’m so happy.

StompUDead on May 31, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Seriously. Numerous studies linking artificial sweeteners to weight gain.

tdpwells on May 31, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Link?

Gladtobehere on May 31, 2012 at 4:38 PM

At first I thought about the engineering and competition issues, where do you draw the line, would >16.91 oz (half liter) make more sense than >16.00 oz? And what about Starbucks losing Venti sales when a 7-Eleven next door can sell any size coffee, and 44 oz Mountain Dew fountain sodas?

Then I realized this is like complaining about the color options for my pain collar.

raybury on May 31, 2012 at 4:38 PM

France just called. They want the Statue of Liberty back.

Vashta.Nerada on May 31, 2012 at 4:24

I doubt it. Their new socialist Pres just announced he wanted to implement a cap on slaries.

dentarthurdent on May 31, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Oh good heavens, please keep this secret. If the brain trust that runs Seattle finds out you can tax rain, we’re all doomed up here.

Fabozz on May 31, 2012 at 4:25 PM

I can’t believe you don’t already have it. Here we are in the tropics, 40 miles from the coast located in a flood plain with 50″ annual rain fall. Our storm system is basically our improved roads cut below natural grade with conduits designed to handle 2 year events. In other words, we intentionally flood as a storage mechanism and they came up with a scheme to charge us for this reality.

They sold it by lying to us and wrote the ordinance AFTER it passed by vote. Even better than having to wait to see whats in it until we pass it.

DanMan on May 31, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Update: You’ve got to be kidding.

___________________________________

W? T? F?

Big cups of soda – bad? Donuts – good?

Do me a favor, Bloomturd, stay out of my effing life. Another one with a Messiah complex.

When is this sh!tstain gone again? Unfortunately, only to be replaced by another ***coughCristineQuinncough**** bigger clown.

NY you get what you deserve.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on May 31, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I give. Beyond parody.

Mason on May 31, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Allah, get out before they ban Domino’s and the New York style pizza! (You know they’ll try it eventually.)

pookysgirl on May 31, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Several years ago I stopped using Bloomberg News as a feed for my work. All of his reporters were gasping, giggling, orgasmic cheerleaders for BO. He cheapened his brand and left one with a feeling of disgust.

If I still lived in NYC, I’d rent a swimming pool, set in Times Square, fill it with Coca Cola, and swim it it naked.

The he// with the little dictator.

Cody1991 on May 31, 2012 at 4:43 PM

______ abortions every day in NYC

______ homicides every day in NYC

______ violent felonies every day in NYC

______ acts of depravity every day in NYC

______ instances of human suffering every day in NYC

Mayor Bloomberg knows where to intervene for the public good.

spiritof61 on May 31, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Personally, IO think it’s wonderful that New York City is such an idyllic place to live that their most pressing concern is making sure that restaurants cannot legally serve a half liter of non-diet soda.

malclave on May 31, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Seriously. Numerous studies linking artificial sweeteners to weight gain.

tdpwells on May 31, 2012 at 4:15 PM

The problem with all “diet’ labeled stuff is it doesn’t do a d@mned thing for you if you’re not getting your fat @ss off the couch and exercising.

Not to mention when the chubbies get a double 1/4pounder meal (extra cheese please) with a diet cola, they think that justifies the supersizing of it.

If you want a monster meal, I’m a freedom loving omnivore, I say go for it. But for the love of Pete do us all a favor and OWN that fat person inside you, don’t faux skinny us with a diet cola purchase when you’ve otherwise ordered the equivalent of a Haitian child’s yearly caloric intake.

StompUDead on May 31, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Homer Simpson approves – cutting calories on soft drinks allows for having more foot-wide donuts.

Did someone say “DONUTS“??

Mmmmm … donuts!!!

fred5678 on May 31, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Why hasn’t the little shrimp banned bacon?

Cody1991 on May 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

I guarantee you this putz envisioned people begging him to run 3rd party. And Moaning Joe Scarborough does every interview. It’s hilarious.

Marcus on May 31, 2012 at 4:48 PM

The “Big Gulp” Mayor…

d1carter on May 31, 2012 at 4:51 PM

If I still lived in NYC, I’d rent a swimming pool, set in Times Square, fill it with Coca Cola, and swim it it naked.

The he// with the little dictator.

Cody1991 on May 31, 2012 at 4:43 PM

I’m thinking of a PETAesqu style protest. We should call Scarlett J, Natalie Portman, Halle Berry, and Jessica Alba to stand(swim) with us against this injustice….

StompUDead on May 31, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I hope the environmentalists go ballistic over the number of extra cups, lids, and straws this will require.

Christien on May 31, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Nanny stat Bloomberg is a food Nazi….New York pretty much deserves what they are getting for voting him in twice already

sadsushi on May 31, 2012 at 4:28 PM

And consider this: NannyB was the best option in the last election there! Talk about no-win situations…

bofh on May 31, 2012 at 4:53 PM

This gas station I go to keeps stocking Mexican Pepsi…with real cane sugar, as opposed to the refined crap they use in the “Throwback”.

F**king delicious. Get some.

MadisonConservative on May 31, 2012 at 4:33 PM

I’ve seen this in our Walmart.
I am a little apprehensive to try it. You know, they say in Mexico never to drink the water…?! ;)

That, and I don’t drink Pepsi.

Sterling Holobyte on May 31, 2012 at 4:53 PM

The people of NYC deserve everything they get. It’s gonna hit them AS they’re climbing onto the cattle cars for the new camps, and they’ll say “Hmmm..this seems familiar..OH! Wait! We didn’t want THIS MUCH government!” And I would spit on them as they roll away wailing, and take much joy in their lamentations.

a5minmajor on May 31, 2012 at 4:54 PM

This is just a back door method to increase the unclaimed deposits on soda bottles/cans. Istead of one 20 oz soda, you now need to by two 12 oz cans, doubling the deposit charge.

AverageJoe on May 31, 2012 at 4:54 PM

You can have my sugary drink when you pry it from my chubby, fat, bloated, grease-stained, sausage-like fingers.

Bishop on May 31, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Bloomberg wants to be a dictator and he is behaving like one.

After all, if his idol, Emperor Obama, can wave his hand and declare that henceforth all health insurance companies shall cover birth control in all policies offered, why can’t he wave his hand and limit the size of soft drinks the unwashed masses are allowed to purchase?

farsighted on May 31, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Illegals and OWS = good
Salt, Trans fats & Sugar = evil

Got it.

samazf on May 31, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Allahpundit, this has to be the most hysterical post you’ve ever written, and I’ve been reading you since your old blog days.

You don’t have to agree with the proposal, but to trash it in such a hysterical fashion is over the top.

IMO this is an AWESOME idea that is not draconian at all. I hope it passes all the hurdles and is implemented as quickly as possible.

AlexB on May 31, 2012 at 4:55 PM

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