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ny mayor blasts sugar ban critics: that's a lot of soda
oregonherald. ^ | Friday June 1, 2012 10:46 AM

Posted on 06/02/2012 7:22:16 AM PDT by BenLurkin

NEW YORK - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg offered a full-throated defense of his proposed ban on large-size sugary sodas on Friday, calling criticism of the proposal "ridiculous" and saying his city is again leading the way in taking on critical health issues.

Coca-Cola, the world's largest soft-drink maker, assailed the proposal in a statement on Thursday.

"New Yorkers expect and deserve better than this,' the Coca-Cola statement said. "They can make their own choices about beverages they purchase."

Meanwhile, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat, told The New York Post on Thursday that he was considering state legislation to thwart the measure.

"We may be getting too close to Big Brother," Silver told the newspaper. "I just think we ought to step back and look at the freedoms that we have been given in this country and reflect on them."

"You think this was bad?" Bloomberg asked. With the smoking ban, "everybody was opposed to it. today, virtually every major city in America does it ... whole countries!

"If people are yelling and screaming, there's nothing you can do about that. I mean, this is ridiculous."

"Nobody is taking away any of your rights," Bloomberg said later in the broadcast. "This way, we're just telling you That's a lot of soda.'

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The soda measure will be introduced on June 12 at a New York City Board of Health meeting. The board is expected to pass the mayor's measure, following a three-month public comment period.

"Public comment period" is just a sick farce.

The proponent is already rejecting arguments against it...and the Board is expected to approve no matter what.

1 posted on 06/02/2012 7:22:25 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

If Bloomberg keeps stuff like this up, I think NYC is going to crack....and it won’t be pretty.


2 posted on 06/02/2012 7:25:13 AM PDT by digital-olive
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To: BenLurkin

Unbelievable the gov’t has the balls to tell us what size of drinks we are allowed to consume..pure madness.


3 posted on 06/02/2012 7:28:39 AM PDT by trailhkr1 (All you need to know about Zimmerman, innocent = riots, manslaughter = riots, guilty = riots)
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To: digital-olive

He’s gone off the deep end. Next he will be forcing courtesy flushes in private bathrooms.


4 posted on 06/02/2012 7:29:01 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: BenLurkin

5 posted on 06/02/2012 7:29:38 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: BenLurkin

Hey Bloomberg .... have you noticed that some evil people are selling foot-long hot dogs. A little irresponsible, wouldn’t you say ?


6 posted on 06/02/2012 7:30:06 AM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: BenLurkin

“that’s a lot of soda”

Yes it is, but it’s none of his or government’s business. Individuals have the right to make their own decisions and government should do only what it’s supposed to do.


7 posted on 06/02/2012 7:30:29 AM PDT by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: BenLurkin

“that’s a lot of soda”

Yes it is, but it’s none of his or government’s business. Individuals have the right to make their own decisions and government should do only what it’s supposed to do.


8 posted on 06/02/2012 7:30:29 AM PDT by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: layman

Don’t give him ideas.


9 posted on 06/02/2012 7:32:06 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

It has less to do with sugar than it does with the nanny state. Whether we consume too much sugar or not is not the province of government period.


10 posted on 06/02/2012 7:36:15 AM PDT by kabar
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To: digital-olive

Just let it be a huge crack.


11 posted on 06/02/2012 7:38:12 AM PDT by izzatzo (Just beat Obama.)
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To: BenLurkin

I expect him to ban pre-marital relations in addition to homosexual behavior because it is proven that these “choices” spread disease, increase cancer risks and are mentally unhealthy.


12 posted on 06/02/2012 7:39:18 AM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: BenLurkin

It is none of your ****ing business doomberg!

LLS


13 posted on 06/02/2012 7:42:22 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: kabar

Whether we consume too much sugar or not is not the province of government period.

.........................

It will be if SCOTUS doesn’t overturn bammycare.


14 posted on 06/02/2012 7:43:24 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: BenLurkin
"Nanny Bloomberg": The NYTimes Centerfold

‘Nanny Bloomberg’ wears dress in full-page New York Times ad

"Critics of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will relish opening a copy of Saturday’s New York Times.

The paper will feature a full-page color ad of Hizzoner wearing a dress, under the banner “The Nanny.”

The ad, paid for by the Center for Consumer Freedom, targets Bloomberg for his health-related proposal to ban the sale of sugared soft drinks in servings larger than 16 ounces."


15 posted on 06/02/2012 7:44:27 AM PDT by Iron Munro (If you want total security go to prison. The only thing lacking is freedom. D. D. Eisenhower)
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To: Iron Munro

I’m glad that Mayor Bloomie recognizes that most New Yorkers aren’t smart enough to make simple health decisions.

Now if we can somehow get him to keep those folks from voting in federal elections...


16 posted on 06/02/2012 7:45:21 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: BenLurkin

17 posted on 06/02/2012 7:47:02 AM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: BenLurkin

Yes...the smoking ban was bad. I still oppose it. It is a violation of property rights. And I’m a non-smoker.

And, now, look at the precedent it set.


18 posted on 06/02/2012 7:48:07 AM PDT by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
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To: BenLurkin
IMHO, the major soda producers should simply stop shipping/selling their products and sponsoring charities and events in NYC.

Yes, it would cause a little dip in their bottom line, initially, but they're going to take a bigger hit when every other mayor in the country follows Bloomberg's lead knowing there are no consequences.

Some might object that move would be "punishing" the people of NYC, but they're the ones who installed this monster in the first place.

19 posted on 06/02/2012 7:48:59 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: BenLurkin
And Bloomie has a lot more money than he needs.

And a lot more dachas.

And a lot more armed guards.

And a lot more Armani suits.

20 posted on 06/02/2012 7:50:11 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: BenLurkin

Unconstitutional pat downs and now soda bans? And for the privilege of this you pay an $8.00 toll to enter the city.

That’s why I don’t go there. Enjoy your city Mayor pompous ass .


21 posted on 06/02/2012 7:50:41 AM PDT by ScottfromNJ
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To: BenLurkin
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22 posted on 06/02/2012 7:51:29 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: BenLurkin

It is none of your ****ing business doomberg!

LLS


23 posted on 06/02/2012 7:58:16 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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Someone needs to put this globalist traitor on the spot and ask him what he thinks should be done about gmo foods and Monsanto.


24 posted on 06/02/2012 8:00:48 AM PDT by Hayride
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To: BenLurkin

When you willingly live on a tiny island with millions of people, this is the kind of crap you get. After 9/11, when Giuliani said something like “We’re all New Yorkers today”, I thought, “I’m not and never will be a New Yorker.” because I would never submit to their lifestyle.

He can pass whatever he wants in NYC, but when they bring that law to the south, I think the south will finally rise again! We like our big drinks down here.


25 posted on 06/02/2012 8:13:43 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: digital-olive

It is about the taxes per bottle- if people buy two instead of one - the city will win.

I hope NYC doesn’t crack - it is a fun place and I have a 20 year old daughter there who adores the place. She lives just above Canal Street.

Real diversity is there - the Dutch set the tone just right- so great to shop in a non Mall setting - it is pure joy - and I hate to shop!!


26 posted on 06/02/2012 8:13:54 AM PDT by stonehouse01 (Equal rights for unborn women)
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To: BenLurkin

What’s next? Will Gov. Rick Perry ban sweet tea in Texas??


27 posted on 06/02/2012 8:16:56 AM PDT by Donkey Odious (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: Bryanw92

“never submit to their lifestyle..”

I thought that too until I experienced Manhattan and did a lot of reading about the history - especially lower Manhattan.

I am an upstater born and bred and had never thought I would see the day I changed my mind.


28 posted on 06/02/2012 8:19:27 AM PDT by stonehouse01 (Equal rights for unborn women)
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To: BenLurkin

whats to prevent any retailer from offering free refills on
the 16 oz. size? Or f’instance paying 1 buck for a 16oz.
drink, and your next drink is 1 cent?
The whole thing is so unenforceable and stupid I cannot
even believe it....
Maybe if the mayor would stop paying the health care costs
for diabetes and cardiac disease people might start “paying”
attention to their diets instead of “paying” inept
gov’mint workers to watch out for them. Win on gov’mint
interference, win on state/city budgets, win on bloated
government workforce, win on health...And you would have
more money to spend on gooooood foooood..How’s that
New Yorkers?


29 posted on 06/02/2012 8:19:50 AM PDT by Getready (Wisdom is more valuable than gold and diamonds, and harder to find.)
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To: BenLurkin
Hey Bloomberg. F___ you.

No, seriously, ____ you, Bloomberg. No, I mean it. ____ you. _____ no good for nothing ______ ________, _____ you. You piece of ______, ____ing dry up and _____ off. _____ing lousy son of a ______ _____ ________ _____ing ______ _________er.

Oh, and ____ you.

30 posted on 06/02/2012 8:22:08 AM PDT by Lazamataz (People who resort to Godwin's Law are just like Hitler.)
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To: B Knotts
Yes...the smoking ban was bad. I still oppose it. It is a violation of property rights. And I’m a non-smoker. And, now, look at the precedent it set.

A million times this. I also don't smoke, but it didn't take a genius to see that was a trial run to see if people would accept it.

31 posted on 06/02/2012 8:29:05 AM PDT by mykroar (October race riots bring November martial law.)
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To: stonehouse01

Good for you. I’m glad you like it. But, I would submit that there is a helluva lot more difference in lifestyles between NYC and the deep south than there is between NYC and upstate NY.


32 posted on 06/02/2012 8:29:44 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: BenLurkin

what next? the foot long hot dog? That’s a lot of wiener!


33 posted on 06/02/2012 8:34:20 AM PDT by GotMojo
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To: layman; BenLurkin

“selling foot-long hot dogs. “

I think those things turn him on/s;)


34 posted on 06/02/2012 8:48:51 AM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: BenLurkin

“Bloomberg said that the proposal was aimed towards the city’s poorer residents who may not have a sophisticated understanding of nutrition. He insisted that the measure is not targeted towards big soda companies like PepsiCo and Coca-Cola.”

So because they’re poor they’re stupid? Wow.. that’s elitism at it’s most brazen


35 posted on 06/02/2012 8:48:51 AM PDT by SquarePants
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To: New Jersey Realist
Whether we consume too much sugar or not is not the province of government period. ......................... It will be if SCOTUS doesn’t overturn bammycare.

Exactly, that's why Socialized Healthcare is insidious....now EVERYTHING will be the government's business.

36 posted on 06/02/2012 8:53:50 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BenLurkin

Ohhh....it’s election year and the food companies aren’t ponying-up enough Democrat campaign cash.


37 posted on 06/02/2012 8:57:48 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: BenLurkin

The lunatic Bloomberg has more issues with ‘’health and safety’’ in the fact that huge rats infest every corner of his city. Instead of tackling real issues, the moron offers up feelgood crap to appease the radical nyc fringes.


38 posted on 06/02/2012 9:07:52 AM PDT by Thumper1960 (A modern so-called "Conservative" is a shadow of a wisp of a vertebrate human being.)
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To: Bryanw92

“heluva lot more difference in lifestyles..

O so right - although NYC/Manhattan is a draw for the best and curious - just read the latest book on the Brooklyn Bridge - or weep over the destruction of the original Penn Station.

I have come to learn that NYC is a microcosim of this our country.


39 posted on 06/02/2012 9:13:14 AM PDT by stonehouse01 (Equal rights for unborn women)
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To: Bryanw92
There are a hell of a lot of differences between the outer boros and Manhattan as well. The whole of NYC is not some monolithic block. Over in Queens, the Manhattanites think I live in the sticks and are the equivalent of a hillbilly. And as for the deep south, you have good and bad like any other place. The fact is, now no matter where you live, the Pols all think that they are omnipotent and we the voters are just an annoyance.
40 posted on 06/02/2012 9:35:42 AM PDT by JimC214
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To: Bryanw92

I don’t know about that. I live in NYC, but I grew up in Mississippi, so I know redneck pretty well. Lemme tell you, when you get north of Albany, that’s as redneck as anything I ever experienced in the Deep South. The only real differences are the accents, sparseness of churches, and the fact that upstate NY has way worse food than the Deep South.


41 posted on 06/02/2012 10:04:45 AM PDT by SquarePants
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To: BenLurkin
Boy, Bloomers has really paved the way for organized crime to take over the over-sized sugary drink business.

Rival gangs will fight each other for turf rights to sell illegal 20 ounce cokes.

Black market factories will spring up in abandoned warehouses producing the product. Workers will be forced a gunpoint to put duct tape over their mouth to prevent them from drinking the product.

Welfare moms will abandon their babies to drink the product in seedy apartment buildings taken over by the criminal element.

New Coke City, baby.

42 posted on 06/02/2012 10:09:30 AM PDT by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the White House)
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To: BenLurkin

Disgusting. That’s what these freakazoids always do: have a “board” that gives legitimacy to their actions and makes the public believe the fiction of “public input.”

The only thing good about the idiot Bloomberg is that so far he has stood behind the stop and frisk policy. But this stupid stuff is making NYC feel like a police state.

I grew up on the Upper West Side, lived in NYC most of my life (with some periods on the West Coast) and moved to Florida a few years ago, not for retirement but for personal reasons. I go back to New York a few times a year, and when I was there last week, for some reason it really struck me that Bloomberg has made people doing perfectly innocent things (smoking on a park bench, for example) feel like criminals and feel that the entire government apparatus is focused on them. It was very creepy and I didn’t feel free or comfortable at all.


43 posted on 06/02/2012 10:09:44 AM PDT by livius
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To: BenLurkin

I dislike looking at obese people. I try not to be rude but in all honesty, it grosses me out. I rarely drink any soda and I never buy those huge drinks. But if there is one thing I hate above all else, it’s nazis. I hate this mayor and the precedent these nazis are setting. This is not “Nanny State”. It is a police state. With enough crying your dad will eventually fire the nanny. The nanny has limited powers. The nanny cannot lock you up. It’s only a matter of time now.


44 posted on 06/02/2012 10:13:22 AM PDT by douginthearmy (Obamagebra: 1 job + 1 hope + 1 change = 0 jobs + 0 hope)
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To: trailhkr1

First they ban the big sodas then it will be all soda—Its a slippery slope—Stop it now before they will be regulating how much TP you use in the bathroom.


45 posted on 06/02/2012 10:27:56 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Lazamataz

Well said, sir.

Your’s is the Post of the Day!


46 posted on 06/02/2012 10:34:06 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: livius
a “board” that gives legitimacy to their actions and makes the public believe the fiction of “public input."

Exactly. Basically what they are saying is: "We'll listen to you say 'No' for three months and then we'll go ahead and do it anyway."

47 posted on 06/02/2012 10:43:26 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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saying his city is again leading the way in taking on critical health issues.<<<

No!..you're leading the way directly to communism and bypassing socialism!......Jeez..the size of a soda..what's next the size of a pork-chop?

48 posted on 06/02/2012 10:46:42 AM PDT by M-cubed
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To: Getready

Free refills will be illegal, and these are a great goodwill item in a lot of places. The self-serve refill machines will have to go, making it more expensive for the businesses and more awkward for the tray-balancing customers.

There is a problem with Type 2 diabetes in the young. Wouldn’t it be better to tackle this problem through the schools, with an education campaign, instead of going after businesses? They could even “target” the overweight kids by giving them a letter or literature to take home, or send it to the home, without coercion or legislation.

It is not just large sugary drinks that make people fat. Give it the comprehensive treatment.


49 posted on 06/02/2012 11:14:19 AM PDT by firebrand
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To: SquarePants

>>I don’t know about that. I live in NYC, but I grew up in Mississippi, so I know redneck pretty well. Lemme tell you, when you get north of Albany, that’s as redneck as anything I ever experienced in the Deep South. The only real differences are the accents, sparseness of churches, and the fact that upstate NY has way worse food than the Deep South.

Believe it or not, the South is more than rednecks. The fact that you go straight from NYC to Redneck is proof that you are more NYC than you are Mississippi.

I lived in Binghamptom for a few years and I’ve visited NYC a couple times, including spending a week there once. I know this doesn’t make me an expert on NYC or NY, but I lived in Binghampton for as long as I lived in Pocatello, ID and I know that I loved Pocatello and did not love Binghamptom. I’ve spent as much time in Chicago as I’ve spent in NYC and I prefer Chicago in every way over NYC.

But, this is just my preference and I’m glad you love it there, so when your elected officials in NYC decide that you can’t be trusted with a 32 oz drink (even though it may be a diet drink—but who cares about that distinction), I just laugh.


50 posted on 06/02/2012 11:23:05 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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