Bwahaha! Nanny Bloomberg’s outrageous soda ban has been struck down:
Before the stunning ruling by New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling, restaurants, movie theaters, sports venues, convenience stores and other places regulated by the city’s health department would have been prohibited … from selling sugary drinks of more than 16 ounces.
Tingling permanently stopped the city from enforcing the ban.
Bloomberg’s initial reaction was exactly what you would expect. He sulked like a spoilt child and spewed preposterous rhetoric:
“I got to defend my children and you and everybody else and do what’s right to save lives,” he angrily said.
Defend his children. From soda pop. Who the hell voted for this clown?
The judge understands this is about power, not “sugary drinks”:
Judge Tingling said Bloomberg and the Board of Health overstepped their bounds, to enforce rules that should be established by the legislative bodies.
“The rule would not only violate the separation of powers doctrine, it would eviscerate it,” Tingling wrote. “Such an evisceration has the potential to be more troubling than sugar sweetened drinks.” …
The regulations are “fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences,” the judge wrote.
Now if only the rest of Bloomberg’s arbitrary and capricious dictates would be trashed, allowing New Yorkers to enjoy the same rights as other Americans regarding trans fats, firearms, salt, smoking, baby formula, Styrofoam, et cetera, ad nauseam.
Bloomberg of course will appeal the ruling until he gets to a court that shares his authoritarian statist ideology.
On tips from Ummah Gummah, Robert B, Muddypaw, Wiggins, IslandLifer, Flu-Bird, and Varla.