Open thread: Man in charge of America’s biggest city to discuss importance of regulating soda-pop portions at 5:30 ET; Update: Video added

posted at 5:06 pm on March 11, 2013 by Allahpundit

The news is slow enough today that I’m guessing one or more of the cable news nets will carry his press conference/tantrum live at 5:30. Here’s your thread for commenting if you’re in front of a TV. He’s already vowed to appeal today’s decision because, incredible though it may sound, the outcome of this clusterfark will represent a key element in the legacy of a guy who became one of richest men in history and got himself elected mayor of New York three times. This is the hill he’s chosen to die on politically. Meditate on that fact while you wait.

I’m embedding a copy of the New York court’s decision below in case you haven’t seen it elsewhere. Skip to pages 27-28 for the key bit. The judge isn’t saying that NYC can’t do something idiotic and arbitrary; he’s saying that, if they want to do it, it has to be done democratically. Bloomberg can’t act unilaterally, through the Board of Health, to take preventive action against “chronic diseases” like obesity. If he wants to crack down on mocha frappuccinos, the City Council needs to pass something. Which, New York being a one-party town that answers to Bloomberg, normally wouldn’t be difficult except for the fact that, ironically, Bloomy’s made himself sufficiently ridiculous on this subject that he may have sparked a popular backlash. In fact, the City Council speaker — who’s a frontrunner to succeed him as mayor — has already expressed skepticism about it. That’s why he’s appealing. Even in a solidly Democratic city, he might not be able to get this thing passed.

Judge Halts Bloomberg Soda Ban by New York Post

Update: You can watch right here.


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Pop goes the Weasel.

portlandon on March 11, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Only in New Yawk.

can_con on March 11, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Napoleon 0ompa-Loompa to enlighten the world.

Huzzah!!!!

hillbillyjim on March 11, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Libs are the intellectuals correct?

tom daschle concerned on March 11, 2013 at 5:19 PM

“We’re not banning anything; It’s called portion control.” – Michael Bloomberg

Pork-Chop on March 11, 2013 at 5:20 PM

There are no words to accurately describe the lunacy of this man. Are there greater battles to be fought in NY? Yeesh!

Deano1952 on March 11, 2013 at 5:22 PM

And these people are supposed to be the sophisticated Americans…

ladyingray on March 11, 2013 at 5:22 PM

That’s why he’s appealing.

COMES NOW the Appellant, and alleges the following, to wit:

VAAL IS VAAL!

WHEREFORE, said Appellant prays that the Court’s ruling be overturned, and that the People continue to be loved by said Appellant.

FURTHER Appellant sayeth not.

/s/ VAAL
[Appellant]

OhEssYouCowboys on March 11, 2013 at 5:23 PM

From the same podium that was graced by Mayor Giuliani expressing heartfelt news updates and prayers for 9/11 victims. Bloomberg, you cheapen the podium and mayorship with your nanny state crap.

can_con on March 11, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Poor Mikey, this was going to be his legacy!

He might also consider another “legacy” – NO MORE THREE TERM MAYORS!

GarandFan on March 11, 2013 at 5:25 PM

I hope he self-translates his pending tantrum in Spanish.

Myron Falwell on March 11, 2013 at 5:27 PM

“We’re not banning anything; It’s called portion control.” – Michael Bloomberg

With emphasis on the word control, right Mikey?

We peasants are just too damned dumb to be able to control what we put into our own mouths, so our elite betters, a/k/a Big Daddy Government, need to do it for us.

AZCoyote on March 11, 2013 at 5:28 PM

“The judge isn’t saying that NYC can’t do something idiotic and arbitrary; he’s saying that, if they want to do it, it has to be done democratically. Bloomberg can’t act unilaterally, through the Board of Health, to take preventive action against “chronic diseases” like obesity.”

But Fascism is so much more fun! /

Resist We Much on March 11, 2013 at 5:28 PM

It really isn’t right to keep calling this guy Napoleon.

Napoleon brought about the formal abolition of serfdom through Western Europe and the German states (it had already ended in France itself). This creep oversteps his bounds in order to make us all slaves.

Gingotts on March 11, 2013 at 5:29 PM

“We’re not banning anything; It’s called portion control.” – Michael Bloomberg

AZCoyote, Bloomie’s mum practised “portion birth control.”

That’s how we got our Little Napoleon.

Resist We Much on March 11, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Wouldn’t it be quite ironic if there was another terrorist attack during his presser…?

Seven Percent Solution on March 11, 2013 at 5:31 PM

At the entrance to every government building in every country should be a giant sign that says:
“We may be the government, but that does not mean we know what we are doing or that what we are doing is the right thing to do.”

albill on March 11, 2013 at 5:33 PM

NYC wanted him, they got him.

Stay the hell out of Texas, NYC refugees.

madmonkphotog on March 11, 2013 at 5:34 PM

“We’re not banning anything; It’s called portion control.” – Michael Bloomberg

Thats not a tax. We call it a revenue enhancement.

The real problem is that people like Bloomberg (and people who like Bloomberg) believe it.

BobMbx on March 11, 2013 at 5:35 PM

OT: Ravens trade Anquan Boldin to 49ers for a sixth-round pick

As a niners fan, I’m ecstatic. Boldin is a beast.

El_Terrible on March 11, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Watching the live feed…..check out “Red Coat On Chair”….she has a Big Gulp on the floor.

BobMbx on March 11, 2013 at 5:38 PM

I do love how Nanny Bloomberg takes on this personal crusade, but won’t tackle real problems, for example, 80% of NYC HS grads do need to take remedial classes in English and Math.

Meh.

Lance Murdock on March 11, 2013 at 5:39 PM

[Rhetorical question alert]

I wonder if Bloomberg’s foie gras intake should be restricted, because of all of that high fat content?

Can somebody throw me a what’s good for the goose …?

:OP

OhEssYouCowboys on March 11, 2013 at 5:39 PM

He’s already vowed to appeal today’s decision because, incredible though it may sound, the outcome of this clusterfark will represent a key element in the legacy of a guy

Caesar crossed the Rubicon. Bloomberg… banned soda?

Some legacy.

Stoic Patriot on March 11, 2013 at 5:39 PM

A google search for “soda gut” turns up 32,000 hits.

A google search for “beer gut” turns up 825,000 (25x more) hits.

Why is NYCs vindictive petty fascist in chief going after 7-Up but not Budweiser?

Alberta_Patriot on March 11, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Whilst we all are waiting, I have a new drinking game…

… You know that pop-up with the free HotAir T-shirt?

You got it…!

… Cheers!

*clinky!*

:)

Seven Percent Solution on March 11, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Why is NYCs vindictive petty fascist in chief going after 7-Up but not Budweiser?

Alberta_Patriot on March 11, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Because going after beer would hit malt liquors the hardest. And that would be racist.

BobMbx on March 11, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Alberta_Patriot on March 11, 2013 at 5:39 PM

For the same reason that vodka had to flow in the Soviet Union.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 11, 2013 at 5:42 PM

…his press conference/tantrum

Heh.

Kensington on March 11, 2013 at 5:42 PM

On page 26 it says the 1989 to 2005 Charter calls for the Preservation of Life,
That little bit of text must of slipped by the entire Board of Health.

fourdeucer on March 11, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Rand Paul was right: we’ve fallen through the Looking Glass, in almost all respects.

We’re legislating portions of sodas and limiting the size of magazines in guns while…, well, you know the rest.

rrpjr on March 11, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Libs are the intellectuals correct?

tom daschle concerned on March 11, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Yup! Smarter than the rest of us combined. Better human beings, too, because not evil.

Kensington on March 11, 2013 at 5:43 PM

We’re legislating portions of sodas and limiting the size of magazines in guns while…, well, you know the rest.

rrpjr on March 11, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Yup. They’ll work their fingers to the bone fine-tuning their control of our behavior down to the tiniest details, right up until the whole house of cards collapses.

At that point, though, I like to think they’ll be like the guy who accidentally falls into a lion’s den after taunting the lions all day.

Om nom nom.

Kensington on March 11, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Oh, and here’s some chum for the “portion control” argument.

At least for a brief period in the mid-1990s, some brands of malt liquor, including Olde English 800, Crazy Horse, and Mickey’s, were available in even larger, 64-ounce glass bottles. Forty-ounce bottles are not permitted in some US states, such as Florida, where the largest container that a malt beverage may be sold at retail is 32 US fluid ounces.[8]

BobMbx on March 11, 2013 at 5:46 PM

For once, I actually look forward to watching Morning Joe tomorrow. I can’t wait to watch Mika scream on TV, shaking her head in disbelief and tear rolling down her check when she reads the NYT editorial blasting the judicial decision.

Lance Murdock on March 11, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Furether evidence Bloomberg, AKA Big Brother, has gone full Orwell.

farsighted on March 11, 2013 at 5:48 PM

As a New Yorker, F*CK YOU LORD BLOOMBERG!!

Couldn’t be happier to see this sad sack of horsesh*t take it on the chin.

bfinstock79 on March 11, 2013 at 5:49 PM

If it were just one thing you make a mistake. However recently he is a continuous volley of these things. Dementia comes to mind or Alzheimer’s. He is 71 which is young but not unheard of.

CW20 on March 11, 2013 at 5:50 PM

We’re legislating portions of sodas and limiting the size of magazines in guns while…, well, you know the rest.

rrpjr on March 11, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Heck, you can’t even buy a decent light bulb, take a decent shower or take a decent dump anymore.

fourdeucer on March 11, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Which way should we wipe?

StevC on March 11, 2013 at 5:54 PM

“…we have an obligation to save each other…”

God save us.

Kensington on March 11, 2013 at 5:57 PM

To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be governed is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be placed under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harrassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed, and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.

– Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

Pardon me for bolding this quote – but, I just had to.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 11, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Which way should we wipe?

StevC on March 11, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Better leave it to the experts.

There’s a six month waiting list for a professional wipe.

Kensington on March 11, 2013 at 5:57 PM

“…I can’t tell you what I said on David Letterman. You’ll have to watch. Everybody watches David Letterman…”

What a putz.

Kensington on March 11, 2013 at 5:58 PM

I hope Mayor Koch is looking down and laughing at Bloomberg’s idiocy.

Fallon on March 11, 2013 at 5:58 PM

It’s all the Board of Health’s fault…

Seven Percent Solution on March 11, 2013 at 5:59 PM

There is a phrase called “jump the shark” loosely defined as the point when a politician passes their relevance expiration date. Bloomberg has jumped so many sharks now that he is the laughing stock of the entire US, and what does NYC have to look forward to post Bloomberg, Christine Quinn, who makes Bloomberg look perfectly reasonable.

Tripwhipper on March 11, 2013 at 5:59 PM

I hope Mayor Koch is looking down and laughing at Bloomberg’s idiocy.

Fallon on March 11, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Down, huh? :)

Kensington on March 11, 2013 at 6:00 PM

“Nanny Bloomberg’s Gulpstapo is defeated.” – @SooperMexican

Resist We Much on March 11, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Which way should we wipe?

StevC on March 11, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Proles don’t wipe.

You filthy, unwashed cad.

Leave that bit of hygiene to your betters.

S/

OhEssYouCowboys on March 11, 2013 at 6:01 PM

– Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

Pardon me for bolding this quote – but, I just had to.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 11, 2013 at 5:57 PM

And that is what was voted into office on November 6, 2012…

Seven Percent Solution on March 11, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Miguel Bloombito ‏@ElBloombito:

El Judge que says that yo no can puede bañ los grande drinkos? Soy bañning los Judgadors!

peski on March 11, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Captain Queeg had more composure than Bloomberg is displaying.

Kensington on March 11, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Why doesn’t someone stand up and say:

“I don’t want your help”

BobMbx on March 11, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Amazing to see The Press take him seriously.

If they did they’re job, with a few choice questions, he’d erupt, they could end his career today.

aquaviva on March 11, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Seven Percent Solution on March 11, 2013 at 6:02 PM

And I’ve never read a more succinct/descriptive analysis of our future.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 11, 2013 at 6:04 PM

News conference take-away:

“You folks are too dumb to care for yourselves”

BobMbx on March 11, 2013 at 6:05 PM

I wish tragedy on few people but I’d love nothing more than to read about Mayor Bloomberg choking to death on a celery stick. Please oh please oh please.

SoRight on March 11, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Darn. Just when anyone who wanted more than 16 oz of a sugary drink was preparing to buy two 8 oz ones instead.

scalleywag on March 11, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
C. S. Lewis

dont taze me bro on March 11, 2013 at 6:07 PM

His idiocy is stunning. He acutally used the phrase “Each one of us has to do what they think is right” in justifying his EDICT FROM ON HIGH telling people what to do.

The stupid . . . it hurts so much . . .

SoRight on March 11, 2013 at 6:07 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on March 11, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Perfect. I’m filing it for future use.

farsighted on March 11, 2013 at 6:09 PM

“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.”

- Frederick Douglass

“In questions of power . . . let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”

- Thomas Jefferson

“Republicans are going to put y’all back in chains.’

- Vice-President Joe Biden

No, Joe, the American people are gonna put y’all (politicians like you and Bloomie) back in chains…the chains of the Constitution!

Resist We Much on March 11, 2013 at 6:09 PM

If you have an erection that lasts four or more hours, call Nanny Bloomberk. He’ll save you from yourself, and be happy to do it.

hillbillyjim on March 11, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Amazing to see The Press take him seriously.

aquaviva on March 11, 2013 at 6:03 PM

That’s because they agree with him and are just like him. They are all busy-body fascist authoritarians who want to tell everyone how to live, what to do and not to do, and what to think and not think.

farsighted on March 11, 2013 at 6:12 PM

So adults should be treated like kids and the libs cheer them on… if you.

CW on March 11, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Its truly shocking to see how much authority this man (and others) think they have over our lives.

Speakup on March 11, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Someone should have put a little Stonehenge up on stage so Bloomers could dance around it.

Bishop on March 11, 2013 at 6:38 PM

“First they came for our soda’s, then they came for our ear buds…”

Odie1941 on March 11, 2013 at 6:42 PM

If they really cared they’d ban it altogether.

CW on March 11, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
C. S. Lewis

dont taze me bro on March 11, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Of course, Bloomberg is the worst of both worlds, a “robber baron” who wants to be one of the “omnipotent moral busybodies.”

ebrown2 on March 11, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Bloomberg has great reasons for all his arbitrary bans.

I have another idea for him and NYC. It’s widely known that money is the root of evil. Let’s help Bloomberg and take away all his money above the national average wage. He might complain and it will be a bit controversial, but it will be for his own good even if he doesn’t know it yet.

RJL on March 11, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Bloomberg can’t act unilaterally, through the Board of Health, to take preventive action against “chronic diseases” like obesity. If he wants to crack down on mocha frappuccinos, the City Council needs to pass something.

BacaDog on March 11, 2013 at 11:32 PM