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Bloomberg shot down on childhood obesity

Boy measures weight on floor scales

Childhood obesity is a national problem

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg fought a huge problem, childhood obesity. I have no idea how long he thought about the problem, how many meetings he held or how many experts he talked to. Somehow, he decided that one way to combat childhood obesity would be to simply limit the size of sugary soft drinks. Mayor Michael Bloomberg was shot down by State Supreme Court Justice Milton A. Tingling.

From NYT:

In an unusually critical opinion, Justice Milton A. Tingling Jr. of State Supreme Court in Manhattan called the limits “arbitrary and capricious,” echoing the complaints of city business owners and consumers who had deemed the rules unworkable and unenforceable, with confusing loopholes and voluminous exemptions.

The decision comes at a sensitive time for Mr. Bloomberg, who is determined to burnish his legacy as he enters the final months of his career in City Hall, and his administration seemed caught off guard by the decision. Before the judge ruled, the mayor had called for the soda limits to be adopted by cities around the globe; he now faces the possibility that one of his most cherished endeavors will not come to fruition before he leaves office, if ever. (more…)

By |2013-03-12T18:54:12-04:00March 12th, 2013|Healthcare, Legal|1 Comment

How to Lose a National Election: 201

If you’re going to go to Screw Up Your Campaign University you will have to take its curriculum. The first class, required by all freshmen, How to Blow Up Your Campaign in a Spectacular Fashion by Trying to Outsmart Everyone Else is a 101-level class and is taught by Rudy Giuliani. The second class, an easy A, is How to Lose a National Election by Being Too Lazy to Try and Campaign is taught by Fred Thompson. Now comes the much harder second-year classes on how to lose a national campaign. This requires special effort. Gary Hart is teaching one of the classes on how to challenge the media to find your girlfriend while denying that you have a girlfriend. The next class is very special. You must have a candidate who is somewhat witty and is extremely successful in private life. The candidate must never say anything of substance. The candidate should repackage old ideas in order to get national traction. Once the candidate gets national attention and begins to jump ahead in the polls, the candidate should release a tax plan that is really rehashing old ideas which were rejected 20 – 30 years ago, but package it with a cute title. Next, the candidate should have some sort of vague sex scandal. The scandal should instantly remind older voters of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Then, instead of squashing the scandal by giving a clear, crisp and precise answer as soon as the scandal breaks, the candidate and his surrogates should give multiple different answers which only muddy the water. The candidate should put out an ad that features a surrogate smoking a cigarette. The ad should look so odd as to make the viewer completely forget what the message is and simply focus on the man smoking a cigarette (see video below). Finally, you should probably have some sort of campaign finance scandal which appeals to even the casual voter to reek of cronyism and break campaign finance laws. This course can only be taught by Herman Cain.

By |2011-11-02T09:43:20-04:00November 2nd, 2011|Elections, Party Politics|Comments Off on How to Lose a National Election: 201

Grab Bag Wednesday (Updated)

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  • The Daily Show continues to be funny and thoughtful.
  • Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is single-handedly trying to rewrite the 14th amendment. No equal protection for women, according to him.
  • If you have a little bit of money on the side and are a special client of Goldman Sachs you might have a small window of opportunity to invest in Facebook. By the way, how does Facebook make money? It’s only a $2 million buy-in. Let’s sign up. Oh, and where’s MySpace?
  • The gap between rich and poor only grew during our Great Recession.
  • I don’t understand publishing a sanitized version of Huckleberry Finn. I don’t understand. No “n” word. No “injun” Joe. The society that we live in now did not suddenly appear 20 years ago. Instead, the multicultural society that we live in now grew out of a very segregated society. Mass immigration in the late 1800s was not met with open arms. There was a lot of tension and a lot of conflict. There was hatred and love, fellowship and intense misunderstanding. That tension, that conflict and that compassion is evident in Huckleberry Finn. Every school-age kid should have the opportunity to read Huckleberry Finn in its original form. Every seventh-grade classroom should talk about this book in detail. Update: From WaPo: It would be like renaming 1984 2084, “because the current title does not reflect how pleasant life was under the Reagan administration.” This is like changing War and Peace to Peace, because war is unpleasant to remember, or removing World War I from All Quiet on the Western Front. If we keep updating things to reflect our current sensitivities, where do we stop?
  • Glenn Beck has lost a major radio station in New York.
  • On a less serious note, a con man claims that he slept with over 2500 women and stole more than $3 million.
  • Baker Street was one of those tunes that just seem to transcend rock, pop or R&B. Gerry Rafferty is dead at the age of 63. I don’t have any of his albums. All I know is I really enjoyed his music. Here is Baker Street and another song that he wrote. I hope you enjoy them both.

By |2011-01-05T21:40:48-04:00January 5th, 2011|Domestic Issues, Music, Party Politics|Comments Off on Grab Bag Wednesday (Updated)
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