Former loathsome nanny-state mayor’s anti-big soda crusade lives on with new, even more loathsome nanny-state mayor

posted at 5:01 pm on May 5, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg first embarked on his infamous (and probably ultimately ineffective) campaign to ban large soda cups/crush freedom on behalf of the general welfare a couple of years ago, only to see the ban struck down by a New York Supreme Court judge just before its official implementation last year. Bloomberg had enacted the ban through the auspices of regulation through the city Health Department without going through the City Council with legislation, and the judge decided that Bloomberg had vastly overstepped his authority and that the ban was “fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences.”

Bloomberg’s successor Bill de Blasio has mentioned before that he’s basically on board with the ban, but that he would rather go through the Council than pursue the entirely top-down route — but, meh. Why go through all that bother, really? Via the NYDN:

The city will appeal to the state’s highest court in a continuation of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s push to ban sodas over 16 ounces, officials said Monday.

City lawyers will argue the case at the Court of Appeals on June 4, the Law Department said.

The mayor previously said he supported the concept of limiting sales of super-sized sodas to combat obesity and diabetes, but hinted he would consider City Council legislation rather than a Health Department edict.

“I think we could do a much better job of working with parents and working with communities to help them understand why this is a good idea and get their buy-in,” de Blasio said in January.

Guess he changed his mind, huh? I might mention that an appeals court last year was also wildly skeptical of the ban, but whatever. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss — except possibly worse.


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Can we not get government officials to spend their time on worthwhile activities? What is with the obsession with nannying us?

Effay5 on May 5, 2014 at 5:06 PM

I think we could do a much better job of working with parents and working with communities to help them understand why this is a good idea and get their buy-in,

But to be safe we’ll make a law.

Gwillie on May 5, 2014 at 5:07 PM

You can have my Super Big Gulp when you pry it from my cold (really icy cold) dead fingers….

dentarthurdent on May 5, 2014 at 5:08 PM

New York State of Mind. Delusional and painfully ignorant.

TinFin on May 5, 2014 at 5:09 PM

At this rate, NYC gets what it deserves (and votes for). NYC is an excellent example of what exists after a lot of irregular and illicit people vote for their favored candidate.

Same applies to most of California, certainly to LA and SFO.

Lourdes on May 5, 2014 at 5:10 PM

I think big sodas should be banned for those on food stamps and welfare or on taxpayer funded medical plans.
If you use your own money to buy soda after paying taxes and have a private health insurance, do whatever the heck you want.

burrata on May 5, 2014 at 5:10 PM

A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.

But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.

He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.

A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague. –Cicero

opunmind on May 5, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Who needs 32oz when they are thirsty? These high-capacity drink cups are nothing more than an automatic diabetes delivery system. The people must be saved from their own behaviors.

Happy Nomad on May 5, 2014 at 5:14 PM

I think big sodas should be banned for those on food stamps and welfare or on taxpayer funded medical plans.
If you use your own money to buy soda after paying taxes and have a private health insurance, do whatever the heck you want.

burrata on May 5, 2014 at 5:10 PM

I think that food stamps should be limited to basic food items like rice and beans. Why should these parasites be eating better than people who work and contribute to society?

Happy Nomad on May 5, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Does this site ever NOT shill for big business? Obesity is one of the most severe problems in this country, and it is all because the ruling elite is so concerned with propping up a dying economic system that it is willing to let working class citizens die by the millions just to preserve the right of giant corporations to poison people.

No sensible government would ever tolerate the sale of these soft-drinks, period. It’s a reflection of the absolute desperation of the capitalist class that they react so viciously to even the most tepid attempt by Deblasio to curb the abuses of the soft drink industry.

Trotsky on May 5, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Banning sodas is code for racism.

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batterup on May 5, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Who needs 32oz when they are thirsty? These high-capacity drink cups are nothing more than an automatic diabetes delivery system. The people must be saved from their own behaviors.

Happy Nomad on May 5, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Heh, with my fast drink re-load time, I’m just as dangerous with a six pack as you 32oz heatcold-packers.

Effay5 on May 5, 2014 at 5:18 PM

the most tepid attempt by Deblasio to curb the abuses of the soft drink industry.

Trotsky on May 5, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Can’t tell if epic troll, or extreme moron…

Effay5 on May 5, 2014 at 5:20 PM

But he drop’s tje appeal’s on behalf of the NYPD and the FDNY. Unreal

Mpcruden on May 5, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Can we not get government officials to spend their time on worthwhile activities? What is with the obsession with nannying us?

Effay5 on May 5, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Controlling peoples’ lives, getting in front of cameras, and stealing citizens’ money is much more interesting to these people than fixing potholes, balancing budgets, tackling crime, or building roads.

Plus it’s really easy to “ban” this or that item or activity and much harder to do any of the listed activities above.

Doomberg on May 5, 2014 at 5:22 PM

It’s a reflection of the absolute desperation of the capitalist class that they react so viciously to even the most tepid attempt by Deblasio to curb the abuses of the soft drink industry.

Trotsky on May 5, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Why do marxists finance the abuses of big pharma by supporting behaviors that spread AIDS ?

burrata on May 5, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Heh, with my fast drink re-load time, I’m just as dangerous with a six pack as you 32oz heatcold-packers.

Effay5 on May 5, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Don’t say that too loud or the loathsome nanny-stater will figure out that you can modify those six packs so they are no longer street legal.

Happy Nomad on May 5, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Can’t tell if epic troll, or extreme moron…

Effay5 on May 5, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Not mutually exclusive states of being. Some of the best trolls are morons.

Happy Nomad on May 5, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Does this site ever NOT shill for big business? Obesity is one of the most severe problems in this country

Trotsky on May 5, 2014 at 5:17 PM

No doubt. And making fat people waddle up for a refill changes that situation how?

Happy Nomad on May 5, 2014 at 5:29 PM

No sensible government would ever tolerate the sale of these soft-drinks, period. It’s a reflection of the absolute desperation of the capitalist class that they react so viciously to even the most tepid attempt by Deblasio to curb the abuses of the soft drink industry.

Dropsky on May 5, 2014 at 5:17 PM

…dropped on his head from the second floor of his parent’s home…^…as an infant…and then again… in kindergarten!

KOOLAID2 on May 5, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Does this site ever NOT shill for big business? Obesity is one of the most severe problems in this country

Trotsky on May 5, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Every ounce of fat enters through the lips. Unless you think it magically appears overnight, or by walking by a Dunkin’ Donuts the fat leaps out of the confections and in mere nanoseconds has permanently attached itself to the thighs of hapless humans.

If you really want to do something, go the route that has already been established in bars. Put the owners on the hook for serving too much to fat people.

“I’m sorry, sir, but you’ve had too much and I’m gonna have to cut off”

BobMbx on May 5, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Not mutually exclusive states of being. Some of the best trolls are morons.

Happy Nomad on May 5, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Aye, that’s true. I was leaning more towards the “Frank Lib” sense of troll than the other lot that rears their heads.

Effay5 on May 5, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Trotsky on May 5, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Lots of butthurt. You are not guaranteed a life free from comfort. Don’t like that, then take up arms and try to achieve your global marxists goals.

nobar on May 5, 2014 at 5:40 PM

*free from suffering.

(Zirt3c messes with my brain).

nobar on May 5, 2014 at 5:41 PM

When this hits city council it will be a tax 5 cents an ounce for the first 12 ounces and 50 cents per ounce for servings larger than 12 ounces.

meci on May 5, 2014 at 5:42 PM

No sensible government would ever tolerate the sale of these soft-drinks, period. It’s a reflection of the absolute desperation of the capitalist class that they react so viciously to even the most tepid attempt by Deblasio to curb the abuses of the soft drink industry.

Trotsky on May 5, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Then why does big govt give food stamp recipients diabetes for free and tax free?

skeeterbite on May 5, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Nobody needs more than 3 ounces to drop a thirst….

dentarthurdent on May 5, 2014 at 5:43 PM

The mayor previously said he supported the concept of limiting sales of super-sized sodas to combat obesity and diabetes

But does he surpport the concept of limiting the election of super-sized morons like himself to combat lunacy in the public square? Is he saying that physical disease is worse than mental disease?

NOMOBO on May 5, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Sir, you are rehydrating!
We will have NONE of that on my watch!!!!

dentarthurdent on May 5, 2014 at 5:49 PM

If someone wants to build a new Big Gulp soda dispenser they can, but it will bankrupt them…

dentarthurdent on May 5, 2014 at 5:52 PM

No sensible government would ever tolerate the sale of these soft-drinks, period. It’s a reflection of the absolute desperation of the capitalist class that they react so viciously to even the most tepid attempt by Deblasio to curb the abuses of the soft drink industry.
Trotsky on May 5, 2014 at 5:17 PM

LOL!
Decadent Americans and their beverages, If they wont fight for their firearms why would they fight for their beverages? Workers of the world, Unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains Super big gulp!
Fight the power Leon, the glorious revolution will work this time !

V7_Sport on May 5, 2014 at 5:54 PM

No sensible government would ever tolerate the sale of these soft-drinks, period.

Trotsky on May 5, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Go to Europe.Almost every drink is sold in half or full liters.1 liter is 33 US ounces.

docflash on May 5, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Hey, did you hear the new recipe for a 3.9-ounce tofu patty on a gluten-free bun, served with unsalted canola fries and a 15.9-ounce diet soda?

It’s called the Bloomburger.

Or you can cross the Hudson (if the bridge is open) and enjoy a big fat Christieburger.

Steve Z on May 5, 2014 at 6:03 PM

NY State Police setting up sting operations to catch New Yorkers driving into neighboring states to gorge on soda.

“Blow…blow……blow…..blow…..bzzzzztt”

BobMbx on May 5, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Bill de Blasio is the absolute worst. (Next to Harry Reid) What he has done to the charter schools in NYC to appease the unions is a crime against the children who have to live there.
There are more New Yorkers than you would imagine who are not the knee-jerk leftist idiots that the city is famous for, they are the ones who actually produce rather than just take. There aren’t however, enough, and they will have to just suffer, get involved or leave.

V7_Sport on May 5, 2014 at 6:04 PM

NY State Police raid Fort Drum chowhall, confiscate salt shakers and soda fountains.

“We can’t have our soldiers dying, now can we?”

BobMbx on May 5, 2014 at 6:06 PM

I think that food stamps should be limited to basic food items like rice and beans. Why should these parasites be eating better than people who work and contribute to society?

Happy Nomad on May 5, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Has anyone ever studied the average body weight of food-stamp recipients? Probably north of 250 pounds, for the females.

Steve Z on May 5, 2014 at 6:09 PM

But but but… this will SAVE MONEY.

Look at the results:
http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.0050029

“lifetime health expenditure was highest among healthy-living people and lowest for smokers. Obese individuals held an intermediate position. ”

See if we can get everyone out of the smoker and obese categories and into the healthy category they’ll cost… more… over their lifetime in health care costs.

So if we make everyone cost more, we’ll save money by spending more.

I’m not sure this works out mathematically when I spell it out like this… If we raise t5he average, do we lower the total?

Man it’s been years since I’ve been in college, but that just seems questionable. We’ll save money if we make something cost more.

Anyone got a reason that could possibly be true?

gekkobear on May 5, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Trotsky on May 5, 2014 at 5:17 PM

You commies are a real laugh riot. Hands off my body!!! when you want an abortion but telling people what they can put into their bodies is A OK. Or, Stay out of my bedroom!!! but want your lifestyle plastered all over tv and in our faces.

BeachBum on May 5, 2014 at 6:21 PM

All big cities get the representation they deserve.

southsideironworks on May 5, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Anyone got a reason that could possibly be true?

gekkobear on May 5, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Volume. Thats it.

BobMbx on May 5, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Has anyone ever studied the average body weight of food-stamp recipients? Probably north of 250 pounds, for the females.

Steve Z on May 5, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Yeah, by and large the food stamp parasites are not starving. And they aren’t struggling to get by on a heel of bread and a crumb of cheese.

Happy Nomad on May 5, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Does this site ever NOT shill for big business? Obesity is one of the most severe problems in this country, and it is all because the ruling elite is so concerned with propping up a dying economic system that it is willing to let working class citizens die by the millions just to preserve the right of giant corporations to poison people.

No sensible government would ever tolerate the sale of these soft-drinks, period. It’s a reflection of the absolute desperation of the capitalist class that they react so viciously to even the most tepid attempt by Deblasio to curb the abuses of the soft drink industry.

Trotsky on May 5, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Freedom means giving the people the right to make their own decisions, including bad ones.

lorien1973 on May 5, 2014 at 6:41 PM

These thugs don’t believe in freedom. NYC got the government it deserves

Iblis on May 5, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Trotsky on May 5, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Yes and you liberal “progressives” caused it by pushing a high carbohydrate diet.

Eat meat and seal fat!!!!!

WryTrvllr on May 5, 2014 at 6:49 PM

So, there are no normal residents of NYC left?
Nobody is get PISSED OFF and demand that Actual Adults be elected?

Tough Shit, kids, you deserve it.

Tard on May 5, 2014 at 6:50 PM

While de Blasio continues fighting that court battle, he’s folding on another one, urging a huge payout to the five predators convicted (entirely correctly) in the 1989 Central Park wilding spree that left a female jogger raped and in a coma while other cyclists and joggers were beaten and robbed.

Alex_SF on May 5, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Does this site ever NOT shill for big business? Obesity is one of the most severe problems in this country, and it is all because the ruling elite is so concerned with propping up a dying economic system that it is willing to let working class citizens die by the millions just to preserve the right of giant corporations to poison people.

No sensible government would ever tolerate the sale of these soft-drinks, period. It’s a reflection of the absolute desperation of the capitalist class that they react so viciously to even the most tepid attempt by Deblasio to curb the abuses of the soft drink industry.

Trotsky on May 5, 2014 at 5:17 PM

OK Ice Pick:

1. Name me a country of more than 100 million people that does NOT have it’s populace die by the millions.

2. Where do these corporations get that corn syrup?

3. Can we ban Alcohol again? I’ve got tons of copper tubing lying around.

WryTrvllr on May 5, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Yes and you liberal “progressives” caused it by pushing a high carbohydrate diet.

Eat meat and seal fat!!!!!

WryTrvllr on May 5, 2014 at 6:49 PM

This.

wifarmboy on May 5, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Nuuuu Yaawk….. you idiot libs are getting what you deserve. I love it! What could possibly be next on your plate??????

ultracon on May 5, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Land of the Free…

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 5, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss — except possibly worse.

FIFY

GWB on May 6, 2014 at 9:06 AM

KOOLAID2 on May 5, 2014 at 5:38 PM

And, he will probably have it happen again before he turns 15.

GWB on May 6, 2014 at 9:19 AM