New York City is asking an appeals court judge to reinstate a ban on the sale of “large sugary drinks.” Attorneys are making the argument that the law is crucial to prevent a “serious health crisis.”
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks Coca-Cola venders should be treated like cocaine dealers.
Fortunately, on March 11, the day before the new law was set to take effect, State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling declared that the new regulation could not pass — not because it was an infringement on a basic freedoms, but because the new law was beset with loopholes. According to Tingling, the soda ban would have still allowed, God forbid, State-regulated convenience stores to sell “large” sodas.
Tingling deserves a modicum of credit: He said Bloomberg and the city’s Board of Health had overstepped their authority by not putting the ban to a vote in the New York City Council.
Attorneys who want to stop Bloomberg and his bureaucrats believe that the City has exceeded its authority.
“It was never about obesity; it was never about soda,” said Matthew Greller last week. He represents plaintiff National Association of Theatre Owners of New York State. “It was always about power. The question, fundamentally, is what is the power of a city agency.”
Gabriel Taussig, the head of the city’s administrative law division, agreed with the plaintiff lawyers, admitting: “There’s a lot at stake in this case beyond the sugary drinks issue.”
Sermons From The Mount
How large a soda people in New York can legally buy is just the tip of the iceberg. The real behemoth below the waterline has been built by President Barack Obama and the first lady.
The President has more power, but one can’t help but believe that he takes his cues from his wife, whose pet peeve is how Americans eat and exercise.
Parents in California are opposed to public schools giving yoga lessons to their children. That didn’t bother Michelle Obama, who announced that the White House determined to keep up the practice of its “Yoga Garden” as a part of its traditional Easter Egg Roll festivities.
More than 30,000 people visited the South Lawn of the White House for the 135th annual Easter Egg Roll celebrations.
Part of the first lady’s efforts to promote health and wellness, “Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!” was the theme of the Easter Egg Roll. “Come enjoy a session of yoga from professional instructors,” read the announcement regarding the “Yoga Garden.”
This may generate some ill will because yoga is the rage today. I tried yoga when I was young and fit. It certainly wasn’t “me.” And, frankly, it is not an effective exercise.
As some have pointed out, my photo reflects that I am 30 years and 60 pounds past my prime. However, I was once a competitive athlete (albeit not a very good one). But I was coached by and coached with people who were at the top of their profession. My eyes still work fine, and I frequently read about exercise and human physiology.
Healthy Living sums up yoga: “(N)o studies have yet proved that it provides a cardio workout that raises heart rate into your target zone and keeps it there long enough to provide an aerobic conditioning effect.”
There is something else my eyes tell me, and that is that the first lady is borderline obese and ill qualified with her background and education to be providing advice to Americans on what exercises they should do or what they should eat. Not that these facts will slow down the self-appointed “czar of childhood obesity.”
The Fat Lady Sings
Last August, Obama openly criticized Gabby Douglas, who had just won an Olympic Gold Medal in London in one of the most grueling sports in existence: gymnastics.
Douglas appeared on NBC’s “Tonight Show,” hosted by Jay Leno, along with the first lady.
Leno asked Douglas: “You trained your whole life, you win. How did you celebrate?”
Douglas responded: “We didn’t have time to celebrate. It was team finals and had to turn the page all-around finals and event finals after that. But, after the competition, I splurged on an Egg McMuffin at McDonald’s.”
Leno said: “Egg McMuffin”
Obama then interrupted the conversation. “Yeah, Gabby, we don’t, don’t encourage him. I’m sure it was on…”
Douglas said: “A salad.”
Obama said: “A whole wheat McMuffin.”
Leno said: “It was on a whole wheat bun.”
Obama said: “Yeah.”
Leno said: “So an Egg McMuffin. Very good.”
Obama added: “You’re setting me back, Gabby.”
Douglas said: “Sorry.”
Sorry for eating at McDonald’s? I have a pretty good eye for body weight percentages, and I bet Douglas has less than 8 percent body fat and Obama has well more than 35 percent. Sorry, Michelle, but all those yoga classes and fresh vegetables grown at the White House garden simply aren’t cutting it; and your body size bellies your self-proclaimed health expertise.
The President is just as bad. Leading up to this year’s Super Bowl, Barack Obama did an interview with The New Republic. He said he would struggle with the decision to allow his child to play the sport.
“I’m a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football…I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence.”
Let me see if I can get this straight: The President wonders if he would let his make-believe son play a sport that he himself has never played or coached, and his full understanding of the game comes down to watching it on his big-screen TV.
I played football for two years, and I coached it for several more. If through some miracle of science my wife and I had more children, I would not direct my sons into football. Yet I would never presume to tell other parents whether their sons should avoid the game. I wouldn’t, as Obama said, “wrestle” with that (which begs the question, when can we expect a presidential pronouncement on wrestling?).
In 2010, POLITICO wrote:
For a president who ran on uplifting themes like change and hope, Barack Obama spends an awful lot of time scolding Americans about how he hopes they’ll change.
He has advised parents to “replace that video game with a book and make sure that homework gets done.” He has urged members of Congress not to read blogs or watch 24-hour cable news. And he’s challenged lobbyists, lawmakers, bankers, journalists, insurance companies and other heads of state to do a better job.
At times, having Obama in the Oval Office is like having a really powerful Dr. Phil around.
The difference is that people can take or leave Dr. Phil. Americans have to live with what the President and first lady proclaim whether they know what they are talking about and whether we want to hear it.
Of greater import is that tens of millions of Americans don’t want to live in a nanny state. Many are looking forward to a time where there is growing liberty for all.
Yet Obama has political blinders on — and not just because he is a Democrat. Former President Jimmy Carter recently said something that I would have expected from a libertarian like the late William F. Buckley Jr.
Last December, Carter was talking about his support for marijuana. It is an old theme for Carter, who said to Congress in August 1977: “I support legislation amending Federal law to eliminate all Federal criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana.”
Think how far American freedoms have slipped. Thirty-five years ago, we had a President who wanted to decriminalize small amounts of pot. Today, the mayor of America’s largest city wants to ban large quantities of pop.
Yours in good times and bad,
Editor, Myers’ Energy & Gold Report