Patterico's Pontifications

7/30/2013

Soda Ban: Unconstitutional

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:35 pm

Beautiful:

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s controversial plan to keep large sugary drinks out of restaurants and other eateries was rejected by a state appeals court on Tuesday, which said he had overstepped his authority in trying to impose the ban.

I had this great idea for a closing line for the post, where I called Bloomberg a “soda jerk.” Hilarious! Unfortunately, no idea is new any more.

25 Responses to “Soda Ban: Unconstitutional”

  1. I’ll drink to that!

    aunursa (7014a8)

  2. Bloomie the Nannie vows to immediately appeal. He hates not being able to control people.

    JD (b63a52)

  3. If he wants to appeal he’ll have to hurry since his mayoral term is nearly up.

    Kenneth Simmons (6f8eca)

  4. Pop Weasel

    mg (31009b)

  5. It goes to show ya that it doesn’t take a high IQ or a ton of common sense to make a lot of money in this world.

    Colonel Haiku (eb3ee0)

  6. Sugar daddy.

    I am raising a 24 oz, 320 Calorie bottle of Orange Crush. There will be two 250 Calorie Snickers, too, before bedtime.

    nk (875f57)

  7. Mr. Ness! Mr. Ness! What are you going to do now that poprobition has been repealed?

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  8. I am raising a 24 oz, 320 Calorie bottle of Orange Crush. There will be two 250 Calorie Snickers, too, before bedtime.

    Comment by nk (875f57)

    They’ll find you dragging the monkey bars down the middle of the street with chocolate smeared on your face, nk… don’t do it!

    Colonel Haiku (eb3ee0)

  9. 😉

    nk (875f57)

  10. Hey Bloomberg, this ain’t 17th-century Puritan New England! Now take your sorry ass out of office and go picket a McDonald’s or something.

    norcal (2387ad)

  11. It goes to show ya that it doesn’t take a high IQ or a ton of common sense to make a lot of money in this world.

    That’s why it’s a mistake to believe that intelligence (eg, rote intelligence) and logic — which is greatly influenced by innate biases — and good judgment go hand-in-hand. The average person doesn’t necessarily make that connection, and also assumes if an individual is wealthy, he must therefore also be quite discerning about the good and bad in humans and the good and bad in situations.

    Mark (938403)

  12. Take this, Bloomie.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSeVU8UFqrw

    Dave (in MA) (4b4ed9)

  13. Not unconstitutional. It violates the City Charter. He tried to do this through the Board of Health, which is under mayoral authority. It could have been passed by the City Council, but he didn’t have the votes for that. The court said I think (or am lower court did) that this could not be characterized as a health regulation because it was legal to buy soda – he only restricted the sizes.

    What had happened is that the larger size cost just about the same as the smaller size.

    Anybody who thinks this could make a difference in obesity just doesn’t understand anything about obesity.

    Still there are some essential things Michael Bloomberg got right or close to right/

    Sammy Finkelman (da8ac2)

  14. Still there are some essential things Michael Bloomberg got right or close to right/

    Do enlighten us.

    JD (b63a52)

  15. If soda had some type of connection with sexuality, liberals like Bloomberg would suddenly become a libertarian and deem the problem would be best dealt with through education, education, education. If condoms could somehow ameliorate the effects of sugar and obesity, Nanny Bloomberg would want them dished out by the millions, free of cost, of course.

    Mark (938403)

  16. If soda had some type of connection with sexuality

    Sounds like somebody has issues

    JD (b63a52)

  17. nudge this

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  18. Has Bloomberg tackled the foie gras issue yet? Might give him something to do…

    Fabi (1df58a)

  19. Comment by JD (b63a52) — 7/30/2013 @ 7:35 pm

    Still there are some essential things Michael Bloomberg got right or close to right/

    Do enlighten us.

    The importance of reducing crime, and – he probably didn’t really understand things but he appointed Ray Kelly who turned out to be good.

    Also opposing the teacher’s unions regarding public schools.

    Opposing retroactive pay raises for city workers.

    Sammy Finkelman (da8ac2)

  20. Like a bottle of pop left open for a day….the fizz is gone.

    askeptic (2bb434)

  21. This morning on WOR radio 710 AM John Gambling used the word “unconstitutional” but I didn’t see that in any newspaper article.

    Sammy Finkelman (da8ac2)

  22. Bloomberg ought to heed this piece of advice: “Mind your own plate!”

    PCD (1d8b6d)

  23. Actually, IMO, his mistake was in instituting a ban instead of a nice big tax.

    Nothing better than to smack a hefty tax on sodas and let the idiots who want to drink the junk fund public services.

    Alessandra (205de0)

  24. No, Alessandra, that is just as inane. Your belief that New York City should be micromanaging people’s food choices is ridiculous. Not least because government makes bad recommendations historically.

    SPQR (768505)

  25. Sin taxes rock!!!

    JD (b63a52)


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