“Judge strikes down NYC sugary-drinks limit”
Guess Bloomberg doesn’t yet own everyone after all. USA Today:
New York City’s soft drink sellers celebrated a sweet victory Monday when Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s controversial ban on large-size sugary beverages was overturned by a New York state judge.
“We’re excited. We’re happy,” said Russell Levinson, general manager of Movieworld in Queens. He is relieved, that for now at least, the theater doesn’t have to ditch the four drink sizes that would have been banned under the new regulations.
On Monday afternoon, New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling overturned the ban.
The limits, which were set to go into affect Tuesday, put a 16-ounce cap on sweetened bottled drinks and fountain beverages sold at city restaurants, delis, movie theaters, sports venues and street carts.
The size limit applied to beverages with more than 25 calories per 8 ounces. It didn’t include 100% juice drinks or beverages with more than 50% milk.
Soft-drink sellers had taken different approaches to the approaching ban. Some bought smaller cups. Some planned to ask patrons to sweeten their own beverages.
At a news conference Monday evening, Bloomberg said he disagreed with the decision and said the city would appeal. With a rising number of overweight and obese people, he said, “it is reasonable and responsible to draw a line.”
Bloomberg has been going full force with his efforts to show the detriments of sugary drinks. On Monday, he released data that showed a correlation between sugary drink consumption and obesity.
And on Sunday, Bloomberg defended the regulation. “We’re not banning anything,” he said on CBS’ Face the Nation. “It’s called portion control.”
Well, no. Actually, it’s called some fucking billionaire busybody presuming to tell free people what they can and can’t do with their bodies.
That Sandra Fluke or some similar feminist harpy hasn’t shown up publicly to decry the outrageousness of some propertied patriarch looking to tell women in New York how to keep the fat off — he likes to date the younger set, you see, and it’d be a shame if all the Mayor had to chose from were portly hipsters in leggings and severe eye wear — tells you all you need to know about what the left is truly about: power.
And the possession thereof for those they accept. All others must be subjugated.