His City Underwater, Mayor Bloomberg Donates $1.1 Million … To a Florida Congressional Race

November 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm (Breezy Point, Daniel Webster, Donation, Florida, Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg, New York City, Red Cross, Val Demings)

With gas shortages plaguing consumers, a transportation system in gridlock and underwater, 37 lives lost, and an estimated $20 billion in damages to his city, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg decided it was time to act.

So he pulled out his checkbook and scratched a $1.1 million donation to those in need … an obscure congressional candidate in Florida, Val Demings. 

Demings is a gun-control nut cut from the same cloth as Bloomberg, and is best known for having her own weapon stolen from a police vehicle. She is running against incumbent Daniel Webster.

Sunshine State Sarah reports:

Mayor Mike Bloomberg, whose PAC is spending a whopping $1.1 million to buy TV ads attacking Webster.

Never mind that Hurricane Sandy has left the city he is supposed to be governing with large areas under water, looting problems, gas shortages,and a frightening array of health concerns.

Forget the crippling damage to NYC’s public transit systems. Oh no, forget the actual disaster happening all around, forget the the fact that our nation’s largest city is literally drowning right now, let’s screw with Florida’s elections!

Of course, I guess this shouldn’t be surprising from one of the worst nanny-state meddling politicians in recent American history. Bloomberg is, after all, the same goofball who wants to outlaw large sodas. [Insert mind-numbingly obvious comment that anyone can just buy two sodas to get around this ridiculous rule here.]

A report from Red State adds: 

There must be some cruelly ironic joke being played on New York City’s hurricane-soaked residents. As thousands of New Yorkers still sit in the dark, unarmed, vulnerable, and worried about looters, the Big Apple’s billionaire mayor is sending $1.1 million to Florida to buy ads for union-bought, gun-control advocate and congressional candidate Val Demings.

One political consultant called the donation ‘considerable’ and ‘extremely significant’.  At the same time however, due to the state of the race in Florida, it has been dubbed ‘a waste of money’.

You know who might benefit from that $1.1 million?  The residents of Mayor Bloomberg’s city.  Maybe the Red Cross.  Perhaps the people burned out of their homes in Breezy Point.

It must be nice to have the luxury of throwing money away, while residents of your city struggle to recover from a devastating storm.

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Bloomberg: Soda Ban is Trying to ‘Change the Public’s Taste’

September 13, 2012 at 4:20 pm (Donut Day, Mayor Bloomberg, Nanny Bloomberg, New York, Science, Soda, Soda Ban, Sugary Drinks)

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg once again reiterated his desire to force what he views as healthy choices on the citizens of the city.  Back in May, the mayor explained that his proposed ban on large sodas was a way of “forcing you to understand that you have to make the conscious decision to go from one cup to another cup.”

Now it seems he’s not only trying to force you to understand, he’s trying to force a change in your tastes.

Earlier this afternoon, the New York City Board of Health officially approved its plan to ban larger soda cup sizes at restaurants and concession stands, and, barring a successful lawsuit and a court order, the initiative will take effect in six months. And although a majority of the city’s residents disapprove of the move, at a press conference, Mayor Bloomberg aggressively told reporters time and time again that it won’t be as controversial as it seems.

“I think it’s fair to say there’s no evidence that it will hurt their business,” he said about restaurants arguing the requirement will hurt their bottom line. “Maybe outside of the limelight of newspaper or television camera, they would probably agree that down the road, what’s likely to happen here, what’s very likely to happen, is eventually they will just transition pretty much everything and change the public’s taste. Why? We cannot continue to have our kids come down with diabetes at age 6. If it was one of your children I think you’d be out there with a very different kind of question.”

This statement is the very definition of what makes a nanny politician.  Bloomberg believes that government knows what is best for the people to eat and drink, and he’d like to find government answers in forcing them to consume products he deems healthy.  He believes parents are too uneducated to make the right choices for their children.

That, in a word, is frightening.

The question is – where does it stop?  Doughnuts contain hydrogenated oils, and are essentially one of the worst cancer foods you can possibly eat.  Yet there the Mayor stood a day after the soda ban was announced, proudly celebrating the virtues of National Donut Day.

This is the height of hypocrisy.

Why is Mayor Bloomberg not actively working to mandate a one-donut policy at all bakeries in the city?  He could just as effectively site the obesity statistics used in his previous response on sugary drinks.

During the press conference today, Bloomberg ridiculed the intellect of a reporter for not understanding the mayor’s wise decisions and the science behind them.

At times, Mr. Bloomberg got a bit testy. For example, one reporter asked how he knows soda, which has been part of Americans’ diet for some time, is responsible for the surge in obesity.

“Miss, I don’t know how to answer your question if you don’t have any understanding of science whatsoever,” the mayor answered. “It’s just thermodynamics, if you put in more calories in than you burn up, you’re going to store it. Storage of calories is called fat and we’d be happy to provide some information for you.”

You know who does understand science?  The two separate sets of researchers who recently determined there is no link between childhood obesity and soda.

We’d be happy to provide some information for you, Mr. Mayor.

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Breaking: Several People Shot Outside Empire State Building, Gunman Dead

August 24, 2012 at 10:51 am (Empire State Building, Gun Control, Mayor Bloomberg, New York, Shooting, Violence)

Several people have been shot outside the Empire State building this morning.  Some reports indicate that as many as 10 people have been injured, while the gunman has been reportedly shot dead by police.

According to the AP:

Law enforcement officials in New York City say at least four people have been shot outside the Empire State Building in violence that stemmed from a workplace dispute, and that the gunman has been killed by police.

Police say as many as 10 people were injured, but it is unclear how many of them were hit by bullets.

The shooting happened at about 9 a.m. Friday at 34th Street and Fifth Avenue.

Fox News has reported that the workplace dispute was a result of the shooter being fired just yesterday.

Sky News video indicates that two people have been confirmed dead, one of them being the shooter.

Before Bloomberg gets on his soapbox in 3… 2… 1… please keep in mind what instruments were used by police to stop the shooter.  Violence doesn’t end in a situation like this until the law-abiding folks with guns show up to stop the killing.

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Bloomberg Claims ‘Nobody has Come Across the US-Mexican Border In a Long Time’

August 21, 2012 at 9:00 am (Border, Border Security, Immigration, Mayor Bloomberg, Mexico, Michael Bloomberg, New York, US, Welfare)

Speaking at a forum on immigration last week, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg had a series of statements that came across as … well … untrue.

Bloomberg answered a question from a Wall Street Journal reporter who also served as moderator of the event, and the response was rather jaw-dropping.

Reporter:  “… My sister lives in Amarillo, Texas, and they’re very worried about waves coming up north over the border there. What are you going to tell them?”

Bloomberg:  “Number one nobody has come across the border in a long time.  I mean we spend a fortune on technology, and if you want to come to America illegally, don’t waste your time going across the border and through the desert. It’s dangerous. Just get on an airplane, fly here, and overstay your visa. We have absolutely no ability to track who you are and get you back.”

That notion only rings true if you consider the concept of time span as arbitrary, and assume that the Mayor was thinking of time in small, hour-long segments.  Then one could say that a ‘long time’ in Bloomberg’s head may simply be the last hour or so.

Or you can just accept that the Mayor is lying.

While illegals crossing the border have been on the decline, the statement that nobody has crossed in a long time is absurd.

Bloomberg added:

“The total number of undocumented in this country has been going down for a long time. How do we solve the problem? We solved the problem by having our economy crater.  People don’t come here to put their feet up and collect welfare. They come here to work, and if there’s no jobs, they don’t come here, and if they’re here and they can’t find a job, they go back home, because America is not a very good place to sit around and think the state is going to support you.”

Actually, a recent report shows that illegal immigrants do indeed come here to put up their feet and collect welfare.  That report indicated that “43 percent of immigrants, both legal and illegal, who have been residing in the U.S. for at least 20 years were on welfare.”

Bloomberg should stick to regulating everybody’s diet as opposed to wading into immigration policy, a platform in which he clearly knows very little.

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Horror in NY! City Shuts Down Free Vibrator Giveaway (Video)

August 9, 2012 at 11:23 am (Free Vibrator Giveaway, Mayor Bloomberg, New York, New York City, Pleasure Carts, Sandra Fluke, Trojan, Trojan Man)

The Trojan brand condom company was shaking things up in New York yesterday.  They set up “pleasure carts” in two Manhattan neighborhoods, cocked, loaded, and ready to hand out over 10,000 free vibrating sex toys.  Hundreds of people lined up for their chance to receive a vibrator, but the gathering quickly grew flaccid as city officials stepped in to issue a stiff warning for promoters to shut down due to the big crowds.

A vibrator giveaway that attracted long lines in New York City came to an abrupt end when the city told the promoters to pack it up.

The Trojan condom company set up “Pleasure Carts” on Wednesday in two Manhattan neighborhoods, and were set to give away 10,000 vibrating sex toys. Nearly 300 people had lined up at each of the hot-dog-style carts…

Though officials were clearly giving the crowd a hard time, they did state that the carts could be erected again once the company attains proper permits.

…  One of those on line, Melody Henry, grumbled that Mayor Michael Bloomberg “doesn’t want anyone to have fun. You can’t have a giant soda, You can’t have a vibrator.”

I’m not sure what you’re doing with carbonated beverages that you’re lumping them in the same category of fun as sex toys, but I can guarantee you’re probably using the straw the wrong way.  It’s the Big Gulp, not the Big … well, maybe I won’t go there.

The New York Post delivered yet another classic line with their reporting:

“They must have rubbed Mayor Bloomberg the wrong way.”

No word on whether or not Sandra Fluke was going to speak in the city about the hardships caused by a lack of free vibrators.  Though, perhaps the free sex toys would alleviate the need for such drastic amounts of government-funded contraception.

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Mayor Bloomberg’s Office Caught Trying to Politicize School Shooting Within Hours After 5 Were Shot

August 7, 2012 at 9:00 am (Bret Thompson, Chardon High School Shooting, Columbus, Gun Control, Lance Orchid, MAIG, Mark Glaze, Mayor Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg, Michael Coleman, New York, New York City, Ohio, Second Amendment, T.J. Lane)

We were a little shocked when New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently used the tragic shooting in Aurora Colorado to make a case for more stringent gun control laws.  Rather than allowing a time to mourn the senseless violence, Bloomberg saw political opportunity to expand his Second Amendment infringements.

Suffice it to say, this is even more disturbing.

On February 27th, a student opened fire in a cafeteria at Chardon High School in Ohio, killing three students and injuring two others before being arrested.

Less than two hours after the shooting, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman was conspiring with individuals from Mayor Bloomberg’s office to push an agenda involving limitations to the Second Amendment.

At 9:02 AM on February 27, 2012 – less than two hours after T.J. Lane allegedly shot five of his classmates in the cafeteria of their Chardon, Ohio school – lobbyist Mark Glaze, the national director of MAIG, emailed Coleman staffer R. Lee Roberts and three employees in Mayor Bloomberg’s office to inform them of the news.

At 10:04 AM Bret Thompson, policy director for union-funded liberal group ProgressOhio, forwarded a link to a Huffington Post story about the shooting to Roberts, NYC “Special Counsel for Firearms Policy” Chris Kocher, Fund for a Safer Future director Lance Orchid, the executive director of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, and a fellow ProgressOhio staffer. Orchid replied that the recipients’ previously scheduled 10:30 AM conference call should focus on using the Chardon shooting to advance an anti-gun narrative in Ohio.

“I hope that we can do some rapid response,” Orchid wrote. “Perhaps this is the perfect time to push out the new micro­site petition around guns on campus.”

In a separate email to Thompson, Janey Rountree, Bloomberg’s “Firearms Policy Coordinator,” wrote, “I’m not necessarily opposed to trying to connect the two for messaging purposes – just want to make sure we have our facts straight. In the meantime, I totally agree that today is a good time for condolence page.”

MAIG (Mayors Against Illegal Guns) is a gun-control lobbying group co-founded by Mayor Bloomberg.  Bloomberg’s office and a progressive group in Ohio actually created and used the aforementioned condolences page to harvest e-mail addresses that were then distributed to MAIG and another gun control organization in Ohio.

The following afternoon, Chris Kocher sent an email from Bloomberg’s office outlining the response to the Chardon shootings. Kocher noted that ProgressOhio had “Created rememberingchardon.com webpage; will send email directing list to that page and ask them to offer condolences.” Kocher added, “New email acquisitions will be shared with Mayors Against Illegal Guns and a small subset of these names will be shared with OCSGV [Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence].

“This is great, Chris,” Orchid replied.

This is far from ‘great’.  It is a deplorable extension of the concept of ‘never letting a crisis go to waste’.

There is no event, no matter how tragic, that Bloomberg will not try to exploit for political gain.

Read the rest of the report here… 

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Mayor Bloomberg Responds to Our Criticism of New York City’s Soda Ban

August 4, 2012 at 11:00 am (Big Gulp, Freedom, Healthy Choices, Mayor Bloomberg, Nanny Bloomberg, Nanny State, New York, New York City, Obesity, Personal Liberty, Soda, Sugary Drinks)

A couple of months ago, the Mental Recession reported on a ban on large sodas being enacted in New York City.  The plan was the first of its kind anywhere in the nation – perhaps because others couldn’t concoct a more inane way to fight obesity.  Bloomberg however, has an extraordinary knack for finding the most absurd ways to monitor your health, and by extension – take away your freedoms.

It is the nanny state at it’s finest, and perhaps another reason why New York’s residents are fleeing the state in record numbers.

The concept really took a turn for the worse when Bloomberg actually said that the city had to “forc(e) you to understand that you have to make the conscious decision to go from one cup to another cup.”

We reached out to the Mayor’s Office for comment on the soda ban, and the following is a response from Mr. Bloomberg himself:

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and concerns about our plan to limit the size of sugary drinks at some food establishments. 

Like the rest of America, our City is facing an obesity epidemic. Nearly 60% of adult New Yorkers and close to 40% of public school students are overweight or obese, putting them at greater risk of developing a host of diseases and conditions, including Type 2 Diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Obesity is now the second-leading cause, just after smoking, of preventable death in New York City. 

Our success in cutting smoking deaths to record lows shows that we can tackle the toughest public health problems head-on—and make a huge difference—but only if we are willing to act boldly, and target the problem comprehensively. We are confronting the obesity epidemic on several fronts, including our most recent proposal to curb consumption of sugary beverages. We are also offering healthier options through programs that allow more New Yorkers to buy fresh and affordable produce.  In addition, an expanded public education campaign will build on the work we have already done to give New Yorkers more information—just as calorie counts in restaurants do—so they can make better choices about the food and drinks they and their families consume. 

Although we may disagree on this issue, I appreciate your input as we work to reduce the number of preventable, obesity-related deaths throughout New York City. Thank you again for writing. 

 

Sincerely,

Michael R. Bloomberg

Mayor

This answer is the very definition of what makes a nanny politician.  Bloomberg believes that government knows what is best for the people to eat and drink, and he’d like to find government answers in forcing them to consume products he deems healthy.

That, in a word, is frightening.

The question is – where does it stop?  Doughnuts contain hydrogenated oils, and are essentially one of the worst cancer foods you can possibly eat.  Yet there the Mayor stood a day after the soda ban was announced, proudly celebrating the virtues of National Donut Day.

This is the height of hypocrisy.

Why is Mayor Bloomberg not actively working to mandate a one-donut policy at all bakeries in the city?  He could just as effectively site the obesity statistics used in his previous response on sugary drinks.

Furthermore, the link between sugary drinks and obesity has been debated, with a recent Canadian study suggesting there is little evidence that sodas cause childhood obesity.

Bottom line, the government is well within their rights to educate people on the dangers of certain foods and drinks, but they’ve crossed a boundary when they enforce bans on those same items.

It is an affront to personal choice and liberty.  As is the mayor himself.

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Bloomberg Wants Hospitals to Lock Up Baby Formula So More Women Will Breast Feed

July 30, 2012 at 9:00 am (Babies, Breastfeeding, Breasts, Health Department, Hospitals, Mayor Bloomberg, Nanny Bloomberg, Nanny State, New York, New York City)

Good Lord.  First it was salty foods for the homeless, then the big gulp, and the big beer, now the big … baby bottle?

It’s glaringly apparent that the biggest nanny in the country, Mayor Bloomberg, will not rest until he is controlling every aspect of your life – from the cradle to the grave.

Now he’s targeting the cradle

The nanny state is going after moms.

Mayor Bloomberg is pushing hospitals to hide their baby formula behind locked doors so more new mothers will breast-feed.

Starting Sept. 3, the city will keep tabs on the number of bottles that participating hospitals stock and use — the most restrictive pro-breast-milk program in the nation.

Under the city Health Department’s voluntary Latch On NYC initiative, 27 of the city’s 40 hospitals have also agreed to give up swag bags sporting formula-company logos, toss out formula-branded tchotchkes like lanyards and mugs, and document a medical reason for every bottle that a newborn receives.

While breast-feeding activists applaud the move, bottle-feeding moms are bristling at the latest lactation lecture.

“If they put pressure on me, I would get annoyed,” said Lynn Sidnam, a Staten Island mother of two formula-fed girls, ages 4 months and 9 years. “It’s for me to choose.”

Not if the Nanny has any say.

Sister Toldjah writes:

Lovely. So not only will Mike Bloomberg and his merry band of statists play hide-the-bottle to force one to breastfeed, but those who don’t get with the program will be nagged until they do — “We know what’s best for your baby. You don’t. Why do you insist on a bottle? WHY DO YOU HATE YOUR BABY??”

That’s the essence of liberal fascism, of the nanny-state, of arrogant would-be Czars like Mike Bloomberg: there is no limit, no point at which they say they control enough. Every minute aspect of your life –how much salt you use, how much soda you drink, how you feed your baby– is subject to the state’s direction.

Every. Single. Bit.

Hands off our women’s breasts, Mr. Mayor.

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Bloomberg: First We Came For Your Soda, Now Your Beer

July 26, 2012 at 9:00 am (Alcohol, Beer, Beer Crackdown, Bloomberg Beer, Mayor Bloomberg, Nanny Bloomberg, New York, New York City)

The nation’s most famous nanny is at it again.

Via the New York Post:

Having attacked smoking, trans fats and sugary drinks, the Bloomberg administration is ramping up its campaign against alcohol abuse, The Post has learned.

The city Health Department will be conducting a massive, 50-question telephone survey of New Yorkers to get a better handle on the level of alcohol abuse in the city.

“We routinely conduct surveys about important health issues to learn more about them, and underage and excessive drinking are serious health issues,” said Health Department spokesman Sam Miller.

Rumor has it, f you can’t make it through the 50-question survey without slurring your answers, you can expect Nanny Bloomberg to raid your refrigerator for the Pabst Blue Ribbons.

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Mayor Bloomberg Already Using Colorado Shooting to Promote Gun Control

July 20, 2012 at 9:43 am (Aurora, Colorado, Gun Control, Mayor Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg, Nanny Bloomberg, Nanny State, New York, Second Amendment, Shooting, Theater Shooting, Tragedy)

Never let a tragedy go to waste, eh Mr. Bloomberg?  Not even 12 hours out and this…
From Politico (h/t Right Scoop):

Asked about the Colorado mass shootings at a movie theater showing “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo., that killed at least 12 people, Bloomberg said politicians needed to offer policy proposals in addition to prayers and sympathy.

“Soothing words are nice,” Bloomberg said during an interview on WOR News Talk Radio 710 in New York City. “But maybe it’s time the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they’re going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country. And everybody always says, ‘Isn’t it tragic?’”

“I mean, there’s so many murders with guns every day,” he continued. “It’s just gotta stop. And instead of these two people, President [Barack] Obama and governor [Mitt] Romney talking in broad things about, they want to make the world a better place. OK. Tell us how. And this is a problem. No matter where you stand on the Second Amendment, no matter where you stand on guns, we have a right to hear from both of them, concretely, not just in generalities, specifically, what are they going to do about guns?”

I would counter that with this:

Too bad there wasn’t someone at that theatre with a concealed carry permit. How many lives could have been saved? — Neal Boortz (@Talkmaster)

No time like the present to start spouting off more nanny state garbage I guess…

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