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March 11, 2013

How Is the Soda Ban Similar to the "Assault Weapon" Ban?
Update: Nurse Bloomberg Offering Live Diagnosis to His 8 Million Patients Right Damn Now

Interesting point from Allah: They're both designed to fail at their supposed goal, so that additional legislation may be passed.

The game works like this: Start with something minor and niggling that actually won't achieve the stated goal. However, because it's so minor and niggling, only a minority objects and you can ram it down everyone's throats.

A year later, when your law designed to have no appreciable effect towards achieving its stated goal has no appreciable effect towards achieving its stated goal, you can now pass some Supplementary Legislation to put some "teeth" into your original designed-to-fail law. As the Party of Control is encroaching on liberty in baby steps, you don't notice, like the frog that doesn't jump out of the bath of slowly-escalating-temperature water.

As with the Assault Weapon ban, none of this makes any sense, and is just designed to push laws on Disfavored Cohorts while sparing Favored Cohorts of the law's effects.

The exemption for milk-based beverages means that, even though Bloomberg's avowed goal is "combating the obesity epidemic in New York City," Starbucks customers can order, say, a Venti White Hot Chocolate with whole milk and whipped cream (640 calories) but not a venti black coffee with four teaspoons of sugar (60 calories). A 20-ounce Coca-Cola, which is banned outright from food service establishments, has 243 calories. Fruit juice and smoothies, which often contain more calories per ounce than sugar-sweetened soda, can continue to flow freely.

Why are White People Big Gulps permitted whereas Other People's Big Gulps are banned? Well, one's a Favored Cohort. The other one isn't.

Someone on twitter, @tedwayne73, said we Bloomberg should justify the differing treatment of soda and triple mochaccinos with a bit of PR terminology: he can call the sugar in soda (and only the sugar in soda) "Assault Carbohydrates."

Update: Nurse Bloomberg will address his 8 million patients... now.

I can't find any online stream of the presser and it doesn't look like the cable news networks are cutting to it. If you know of a channel or link, please let me know.

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