Bloomberg on Soda Ban: We’re "Forcing You to Understand"

May 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm (Ban, Diet, Fertility, Mayor Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg, Nanny State, New York, Obesity, Public Interest, Restaurants, Soda, Spiderman, Steve Martin, Sugary)

Earlier today, we updated you on an upcoming ban in New York City that will eliminate the sale of large sodas in movie theaters, street carts, and restaurants.

The ban will include drinks in excess of 16 fluid ounces, forcing customers who happen to enjoy a large soda to figure out complex math and purchase two.

Perhaps Mayor Bloomberg was hoping the city’s residents were too stupid to do the math.

Steve Martin however, was onto his game…

Now, whether or not Bloomberg thinks you’re too stupid to find ways around this large soda ban is debatable.  What isn’t debatable however, is that Bloomberg definitely thinks you’re too stupid to understand the underlying reason that such a ban is necessary.  You’re too stupid to know what is and isn’t healthy.
Here is a quote from Bloomberg (h/t Weasel Zippers):

“We’re not taking away anybody’s right to do things, we’re simply forcing you to understand that you have to make the conscious decision to go from one cup to another cup.”

The statement, “forcing you to understand” is a step above and beyond a nanny state, it’s downright dictatorial.

Here’s the video:

Conservatives on Twitter are now engaged in a debate over what Mayor Bloomberg’s next ban might be.  Will it involve his war on obesity, or something else?  Here is my contribution:

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Stuck on Stupid: New York City Set to Ban Large Sodas

May 31, 2012 at 11:00 am (Ban, Diet, Mayor Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg, Nanny State, New York, Obesity, Public Interest, Soda, Sugary)

That wasn’t a made up headline.  Many of us, who actually believed we still live in an America where we are free to decide what we eat and drink, may have mistaken that for satire, or a tabloid type of headline.

But ‘lo, it is not.

Mayor Bloomberg, in his personal attempt to fight obesity, appears to have an excess of fat between his ears preventing him from thinking very clearly on the subject.

In what the New York Times calls the administration’s most ambitious effort to curb obesity, New York City is about to enact “a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts.”

The ban effects the sale of any sweetened drink in excess of 16 fluid ounces, or roughly the size of a medium coffee.  It could take effect in less than a year.

This plan is the first of its kind anywhere in the nation, perhaps because others couldn’t concoct a more inane way to fight obesity.  But Bloomerg has an extraordinary knack for finding the most absurd ways to monitor your health, and by extension – take away your freedoms.

This is the nanny state at it’s finest.  Perhaps it is another reason why New York’s residents are fleeing the state in record numbers.

Bloomberg actually has the audacity to claim he’s doing it in the public’s interest.

“I think that’s what the public wants the mayor to do,” he said.

Can we get a poll on that?  What New Yorker, or American for that matter, wants government telling them what they can or can not drink?

What say you readers, are you too stupid to decide on your own what you can put into your bodies, or do you need a government sponsored diet plan forced upon you?

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Flags to be Flown at Half-Staff for Trooper Amanda Anna

May 31, 2012 at 9:02 am (Amanda Anna, Heroes, New York, Oswego, State Trooper)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Friday, June 1, in honor of New York State Trooper Amanda Anna, who died on May 26.

Governor Cuomo said, “On behalf of all New Yorkers, I mourn the loss of Trooper Amanda Anna. Trooper Anna risked her life every day to protect New Yorkers and died while serving the people of our state. We will honor her service and remember her devotion to New York. I send my deepest sympathies to her family, friends, and colleagues at the State Police.”

Trooper Anna died as a result of injuries sustained from a car accident while on duty in Oswego County. Her funeral will take place on Friday.

A report from WSYR:

Along the quiet shores in the lakefront village of Fair Haven is a tight knit community, burdened by sadness and grief after the loss of State Trooper Amanda Anna.

Amanda’s mother Florence Wallace told NewsChannel 9, “If she had any place in the world she wanted to be, it was Fair Haven. She just took great pride in being a part of this community.”

Frank and Florence Wallace describe their daughter as a hometown girl with the spirit of an angel that touched the heart of anyone who crossed her path.

“She was joyous, she knew the Lord, she loved the Lord and she loved everyone she ever met,” Florence said.

A love that would bring people from all over the state to honor her memory, just days after she was killed. The six year veteran was assigned to the Hastings Barracks in Oswego County – an area that will likely never be the same.

“We realize she had a big impact on the community where she worked and truly our eyes have been open. She touched bases we weren’t even aware of,” said Amanda’s dad, Frank.

And even in her tragic death, she’s still giving life to others by donating her organs to people across the nation.

Another New York hero indeed…

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Video – Liberal Loon Pushes, Smacks World War II Vets While Yelling "F*** You"

May 31, 2012 at 6:46 am (Allen West, Boca Raton, Democrats, Florida, Liberals, Protest, Townhall, Veterans, World War II)

Allen West recently held a townhall meeting at the Mae Volen senior center in Boca Raton.  Despite the seemingly peaceful setting, a few overzealous protesters repeatedly attacked the Florida congressman during the audience question period.  And the liberals, as they often do, crossed the line (video below).

Things seemed to be relatively under control.  Some of the protesters were escorted out of the meeting before its completion due to their behavior, while others stuck around to harass the Congressman afterward.

One woman started arguing her point for gay marriage – perfectly fine in and of itself – but her delivery was a might bit crass, prompting security to step in.  Rather than accepting the point that the crowd was approaching uncalled-for obnoxious levels, the progressives began referring to the security team as stormtroopers and accusing them of “Gestapo-like” behavior.

At some point, West is surrounded by what he calls his “liberal groupies”, but vows that “I’m going to stand right here.”   That’s when they begin to press on even further.

As Doug Ross reports, some of the World War II vets in attendance try to stand up for West as the protesters continue pressing and trying to hurl insults his way.

Instead of honoring their service, the liberals go after these heroes, to the point of putting hands on one while dropping the f-bomb on him.

Because that’s the way liberals roll, don’t ya know?

This image (courtesy of Ross) shows a bit of the scuffle…

The woman clearly didn’t like where the conversation was headed, as others were pointing out that she is simply over her head when trying to argue her points.  She then refers to one of the veterans as an obnoxious little man, prompting laughter from others in the crowd who ask, “a guy who fought in World Wars?”
That’s when the woman gives another veteran a swat on the arm and a hearty, “f*** you”.
‘Cause when the argument doesn’t go your way, let it disintegrate into your normal level of 5th-grade discourse.  How progressive.
These people have very little regard for veterans.  They know little in the way of history, and know even less about how they live in the only country in the world that allows them to voice their opinions in the first place. And they rarely know when they’ve crossed the line.
Placing your hands on a World War II vet and telling him f*** you is just another example of this.
Remember when Newsweek and the rest of the mainstream media were making a note about all the heated arguments turning up at townhall meetings over health care, highlighting the vociferous Tea Party protester and their angry faces?  
Let’s see if we get a feature on the angry liberal face…

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