Monthly Archives: May 2012

Dr. Bloomberg Takes Away Your Dr. Pepper

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is hard at work fighting obesity.  He’s fought hard against salt and trans fat. Now, he’s taking aim at sugar, because those stupid New Yorkers aren’t smart enough to make their own decisions.

New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity.

The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire menu of popular sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports arenas, from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas. The sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces — about the size of a medium coffee, and smaller than a common soda bottle — would be prohibited under the first-in-the-nation plan, which could take effect as soon as next March…

“Obesity is a nationwide problem, and all over the United States, public health officials are wringing their hands saying, ‘Oh, this is terrible,’ ” Mr. Bloomberg said in an interview on Wednesday in the Governor’s Room at City Hall.

“New York City is not about wringing your hands; it’s about doing something,” he said. “I think that’s what the public wants the mayor to do.”

No Bloomberg, the public doesn’t want you to lecture them about health.  Then again, they keep reelected you, so maybe they do want to have their lives completely run by the government.

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Time to Dump Trump

Donald Trump endorses Mitt Romney (Photo: Reuters)

Liberals and the media (is there a difference?) are freaking out about Mitt Romney’s political alliance with Donald Trump.  Suddenly they are alarmed that a politician would hang out with a controversial figure.

Not a guy who blew up buildings in the sixties, not a guy who spouted anti-American sermons in a church, but a man who questions the authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate.

I’ve been very clear about my opinion of the so-called “birther” movement.  I hosted an episode of my podcast during which I debunked many of the birther claims.  These people are delusional ingrates.  Some of them are mentally ill (I’m not a doctor, but I play one on my blog).

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Why Texas Matters

Ted Cruz speaks at CPAC. I was there, and I was impressed. (Bill Clark/Getty Images)

The Texas U.S. Senate primary is the latest in a long line of important benchmarks for the Tea Party movement.  Like Indiana and Nebraska before it, Texas is an opportunity for a Tea Party-backed conservative (Ted Cruz) to defeat the establishment choice (Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst).

According to recent polling, Dewhurst is hovering just under the 50% mark.  If Tuesday’s results mirror the polls, there will be a run-off, giving Cruz the chance to challenge the establishment candidate mano-a-mano.

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