As I have related before, I live in DeSoto County, in the Northwest corner of Mississippi. I moved across the state line from Memphis, back in 1997, after the Mayor of Memphis told me that hard-working taxpayers, like myself, were no longer wanted there. But I digress…
My state made me very proud yesterday, as it took a stand for freedom.
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s soda ban may have been struck down yesterday, but lawmakers in Mississippi have taken action to prevent similar initiatives in their state by passing what is being called the “Anti-Bloomberg Bill.” The bill would prevent Mississippi counties, cities, and towns from passing laws that require restaurants to post calorie counts, limit portion sizes, and bar toys from kids’ meals. Republican Governor Phil Bryant is expected to sign the bill later this month, according to National Public Radio.
The bill has attracted bipartisan support, with members of both parties rallying behind the cause. It sailed through Mississippi’s state Senate by a 50 to 1 margin earlier this month. “If you want 1,000 sodas, you can still do that,” said the Democratic congressman who introduced the bill.
The bill has its detractors, though. Critics cite the fact that Mississippi is ranked among the unhealthiest in the country and boasts the nation’s highest obesity rate.
The bill, SENATE BILL NO. 2687, begins
1 AN ACT TO RESERVE TO THE LEGISLATURE ANY REGULATION OF
2 CONSUMER INCENTIVE ITEMS AND NUTRITION LABELING FOR FOOD THAT IS A
3 MENU ITEM IN RESTAURANTS, FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS AND VENDING
4 MACHINES; TO SPECIFY THAT THE ACT WOULD NOT AFFECT THE FEDERAL
5 REGULATION OF NUTRITION LABELING UNDER EXISTING FEDERAL LAW; AND
6 FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
Meanwhile, up in The Big Apple, where Liberalism is out of control, Judge Martin A. Tingling told Nanny Mayor Bloomberg that his decree banning Big Gulps was way out of line.
As the New York Times reports,
In his ruling, Justice Tingling concurred with much of the beverage industry’s legal arguments. He said the Board of Health, which is appointed by the mayor, had overreached in approving the plan, and wrote that the City Council was the only legislative body with the power to approve such a far-reaching initiative.
The administration, Justice Tingling wrote, had interpreted the board’s powers broadly enough to “create an administrative Leviathan,” capable of enacting any rules and “limited only by its own imagination.”
The judge also criticized the rules themselves, noting they would apply only to certain sugared drinks — dairy-based beverages like milkshakes, for instance, would be exempt — and be enforced only in certain establishments, like restaurants and delis, but not others, like convenience stores and bodegas. The rules, the judge wrote, would create “uneven enforcement, even within a particular city block, much less the city as a whole.”
…On Monday, a spokesman for the American Beverage Association said that the court decision “provides a sigh of relief.”
“With this ruling behind us, we look forward to collaborating with city leaders on solutions that will have a meaningful and lasting impact on the people of New York City,” the spokesman, Christopher Gindlesperger, said.
It is unclear if the appeal of the case will be resolved before Mr. Bloomberg leaves office at the end of this year. His would-be successors are mixed in their views of the measure and may not share his zeal on the issue.
The mayor appears increasingly preoccupied with his legacy, and recently hired two public relations advisers — a former Times editor, Arthur Pincus, and a former television reporter, Andrew Kirtzman — to shape the public perception of the Bloomberg era.
Asked on Monday if he was concerned that a drawn-out legal battle over the soda limits could spill into the administration of a successor who does not favor them, Mr. Bloomberg, sounding a bit irked, muttered, “All of our time is running out,” before saying, “I don’t know who is going to be my successor.”
The mayor added: “People are dying every day. This is not a joke. This is about real lives.”
Speaking of “real lives”, I am certain that the majority of New Yorkers are glad that Rudy was their mayor on September 11, 2001, and this idiot, Bloomie, was not. While Rudy showed decsive, prudent leadership in a time of crisis, this babbling fool would have been running around like a chicken with his head cut off, trying to apologize to the murderous Muslims, for putting up the Twin Towers, which obviously offended them.
Thomas Jefferson wrote
Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt wrote
Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry is own weight, this is a frightening prospect.
All I heard from the Liberal Main Stream Media yesterday, when the news about my state’s Anti-Bloomberg Bill was announced, was how Mississippi was “the fattest state in the Union”. Nothing was said about how Bloomberg’s ludicrous ban was a out-of-bounds restriction on New Yorkers’ freedom as Americans.
As we are experiencing during the beginning of the second term of The Lightbringer, with his attacks on our right to bare arms and our country’s Judeo-Christian belief system, upon which our Founding Documents were written, and his fellow Liberals, like his wife, Michelle’s and Mayor Bloomberg’s, desire to control what we eat and feed our children, and even our pets, Mrs. Roosevelt is being proven to have been exactly right.
The Personal Freedom that Americans have enjoyed since the birth of our nation is as abhorrent to Liberals as a crucifix is to a vampire.
Until He Comes,