The city is “enjoined and permanently restrained from implementing or enforcing the new regulations,” New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling decided Monday. As the Board of Health exists to protect New York residents by providing regulations to prevent and protect against diseases, the judge states they don’t have the authority to “limit or ban a legal item under the guise of ‘controlling chronic disease.” He also pointed out, correctly, that the city council “…alone has the authority to legislate as the board seeks to do here.”
Chalk another one up for freedom. Small steps…small steps…
UPDATE: Of course the ultimate self-involved, wanna-be aristocrat couldn’t just take his lumps…From the mayor’s Twitter feed:
We plan to appeal the sugary drinks decision as soon as possible, and we are confident the measure will ultimately be upheld.
You know what this nation really needs? No, not more jobs, or less spending by your government officials, or even some adherence to the rule of law…no, what we really need is 160 pages of up your craw food regulations for school lunches.
We all know that parents are incompetent boobs who can’t feed their children properly, so let’s let a bunch of government functionaries and a committee of Congresspeople — definitely the most experienced and expert folks we can find to meddling in your dietary activites — to save us all from the dangers of obesity.
You want to feed your kids well? Take a damned interest in your child and pack their lunch with healthy food. (Although I’m sure it won’t be long before you can do that.) If your a lazy clot that wants to relie on the school cafeteria, go ahead. But I doubt the school food is making your kid fat — we had similarly crappy food when I was a kid — it might be the lack of exercise they get because you park them in front of a game console all day. And even that is none of my (or any one else’s) business.
The Wall Street Journal has an excellent piece on the Hostess-Union debacle. Could be maybe the bakers’ union wasn’t the bad guy in this story, but the allegedly “reasonable” Teamsters.
Union-imposed work rules stopped drivers from helping to load their trucks. A separate worker, arriving at the store in a separate vehicle, had to be employed to shift goods from a storage area to a retailer’s shelf. Wonder Bread and Twinkies couldn’t ride on the same truck.
Hostess has spent eight of the past 11 years in bankruptcy. As the company explained to its latest judge, the Hostess brands “have not been able to profit from many of their existing delivery stops and have been unable to enter potentially profitable markets, such as dollar stores, vending services and movie theaters.
This level of costly stupidity is just the sort of unrecorded expense that kills businesses, as surely as mismanagement or intransigent dough-beaters.
Under pressure on Monday from Judge Robert Drain to back down from their strike aimed at forcing the company to liquidate, the bakers themselves pointed to “what everyone in the baking industry knew: Hostess’s production costs were neither excessive nor out of line with the market but its distribution costs were—to the tune of between $80 million and $130 million annually.
Ah, Progressives…they never tire of finding ways to “adjust” your lifestyle. In this case, the Los Angeles council voted 14-0 to endorse “Meatless Monday” — another international moment of idiocy to promote vegetarianism. The prime meddlesome tit in this “good food” agenda is Councilwoman Jan Perry, who also had the excellent idea to ban fast food restaurants. (So…just how much tax money would you be losing on that, you stupid cow?) Were there any sense of outrage left to the City of Angels, Perry would be pelted with uncooked meat everywhere she went.
More “we know better than you” idiocy from “experts” at the Department of Agriculture have determined that
serfs kids only need 850 calories for lunch. The usual “on size fits all” mentality of bureaucrats doesn’t take into account student athletes, fast-growing kids, kids with high metabolisms, or any other common-sensical criteria for their caloric restrictions on school meals. This has prompted an appropriate backlash by students, parents, and folks that are tired of shrill shrews like the First Lady trying to slim our kids down.
Additionally, the USDA is pushing foods that are unfamiliar or unpopular, then blaming students for their hunger.
“One thing I think we need to keep in mind as kids say they’re still hungry is that many children aren’t used to eating fruits and vegetables at home, much less at school. So it’s a change in what they are eating. If they are still hungry, it’s that they are not eating all the food that’s being offered,” said USDA Deputy Undersecretary Janey Thornton, channeling every busybody in history.
Savvy kids are showing the power of the market and entrepreneurial spirit by creating black markets in illicit foods. It should be interesting to see how these Progressives handle this trade in under-the-table food. My guess is suspensions and police action involving asset forfeitures. Maybe they could call them domestic terrorists, while they’re at it.
I watched this NPR program Sunday (audio at the link) and though it had a good set of arguments from Stossel, Campos, and the former Surgeon General David Satcher (even though I disagreed with his assessment.) However, the strident, angry, and arrogant posturing of Pamela Peeke — a woman with the charisma of an eel and the argumentation style of a Bolshevik commissar was not just unconvincing, but gave a face to the real personality behind many Progressives I’ve known.
She’s angry. Not just that you’re a fatty fatbutt that won’t exercise because they haven’t gotten enough information out there (Does anyone out there not know that a bit of exercise will help you slim down a bit and stay healthier?) or that we haven’t forced folks — starting with coercing children in schools — to slim down…it’s that Stossel and Campos have the audacity to disagree with her! A medical professional!
She’s dismissive of other opinions. Not just in a “I don’t agree and here’s why” fashion, which Dr. Satcher and Mr. Campos exemplified, but with the insulting, condescending manner that those who “know better than you” use for their intrusions into your life, from banning large sodas and salt, to berating women in hospitals for daring to not breastfeed but choose a bottle, to taking away physical education and competition because it could hurt children’s self-esteem (only to decry this trend, as Peeke does, later.)
These health professionals are right — being fat can adversely affect your health. you should probably get off the couch and go for a walk. (Charles Dickens famously used to walk 20 miles or so a day. A relative of mine regularly strolls the same to Lock Lomond. they were (and are) heavy. But they were healthy.) What they also won’t tell you is that the new weight standards are much more aggressive than they had been 20-30 years ago. At 5’9″ and in the 180 range, depending on the day or what I’ve had to eat, I’m overweight. 20 years ago, I would have been normal. How much of our “obesity epidemic” (a misnomer, as this is not a disease, but the consequences of actions) is due to moving the bar on people? And at what point are we
perfect healthy? Do I really have to be 165 pounds?
The idea that people are not aware that exercise is good for them, and being overweight could be disadvantageous is ludicrous. Aren’t these the same people telling us that the media gives a skewed image of “perfection” to the youth of America? There are very few celebrities that are not (too) skinny. Could it be that the people that internalized this message are “the public”, but professionals like Peeke.
Say we get everyone health and slim eating organic home-grown sustainable rabbit food…what will she have to be angry about? Because reformers do not stop being busybodies; it is what they define themselves by: important, caring folks that are making the world better? Maybe the next “epidemic” could be folks that have dangerous hobbies like mountain climbing (good for getting slim!) or skydiving. These are pretty hazardous to your health — I’d submit more so than carrying an extra 20 pounds. What about motorcyclists like myself that like to push ourselves and our machines harder than we should? Marksmen and -women who play with things that go bang? Or swimming? If you get tired and stop, bad things happen to you. Should we prevent these people from doing these activities? If it is a public health issue, wouldn’t if behoove the public — especially now that we’re on the hook for health care coverage — to either prevent or exclude these daredevils from health care access?
What about astronauts…space is dangerous! There’s no air, there’s loads of radiation, the lack of gravity attacks the muscle and bone of the space traveller.
You’re being ridiculous, Scott! Am I? Salt is necessary for your body’s function, yet because a few studies showed a temporary increase in blood pressure after sodium ingestion I’ve had to listen to multiple lectures from health “professionals” about the dangers of salt since I have high blood pressure. Never mind my sodium levels are perpetually borderline too low. Banning large sodas? Or sugared drinks altogether? You would have been (and should have been) laughed out of the room even 10 years ago. Now Michael “the Duke of New York (He’s A Number-One!)” Bloomberg wants to harass women in hospitals for not breastfeeding…something dear to my heart as “medical professionals” nearly killed my child by not feeding her for almost a day, because my wife — despite her milk not having come in — said she wanted to breastfeed.
Reformers do not stop. They do. not. stop. They will always find something to be outraged about and try to control you through it. They are naturally unhappy people who wish to, as the Bare Naked Ladies sang in Angry People, “drag you down…until you’re just like us.” The only response to these people is to say “NO”, to push back, if need be physically.
Gee…I kinda sounded like Pam there, didn’t I?
The Progressive busybodies are only just getting started with your ability to eat and drink what you want. Following on Mayor Michael “All for Me, None for Thee” Bloomberg’s move to ban sugared drinks over 16 ounces, the American Cancer Society is not lobbying to have the Surgeon General to put health warnings on soda pop — citing the drinks as the source of “obesity” in the United States. (Because that couldn’t also be a sedentary lifestyle [parent’s fault], better access to food [darn that prosperity!], or skewed weight standards that would make a healthy, physically fit man “obese.”)
Seriously, the time for being polite to these people is over.
Cambridge, Massachusetts is the second city to decide they know better than you what to eat and drink. Following the Bloombergian move to ban “oversized” drinks, the Cambridge city council dropped this resolution.
Its time Americans stopped simply taking this nonsense. Tar and feathers, boy and girls…