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  • Caption Challenge: Michael Bloomberg and Some Hotdogs

    Leave your caption in the comments section of this post.

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    Tags: 4th of July, Caption Challenge, Food, Games and Challenges, Michael Bloomberg, New York City
  • Michael Bloomberg Prefers Mitt Romney But Won't Support Him

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg might like to pretend that he's so above the political fray that he can't even be bothered to make a presidential endorsement. But, as it turns out, he secretly harbors opinions. And not just any opinions, but opinions about things.

    You've just got to get a few drinks in him, and all kinds of conflicting opinions start tumbling out

    [D]uring casual conversations at charity event a few days ago, Mr. Bloomberg was far chattier — and candid — about the subject, according to three people who overheard him.

    Mr. Bloomberg said that he believed Mr. Romney would probably be better at running the country than Mr. Obama, according to two guests.

    But Mr. Bloomberg said he could not support Mr. Romney because he disagreed with him on so many social issues, these two people said. The mayor mentioned two such issues: abortion rights and gun control.

    As a result, Mr. Bloomberg said, he intended to remain neutral, said one guest.

    So, there you have it, people who want to see the country run very efficiently in the wrong direction. Mitt Romney is your man!

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Michael Bloomberg, Mitt Romney, New York City
  • Milkshakes May Bring Mike Bloomberg's Food Police to Your Yard

    Before New York City enacts a ban on large sugary drinks whose containers constitute a drowning hazard for Mayor Mike Bloomberg, the City Board of Health must formally adopt the proposal. Luckily for the mayor, his handpicked Board seems to be supportive of the plan and is even considering additional limits on high calorie foods…

    One member, Bruce Vladeck, thinks limiting the sizes for movie theater popcorn should be considered.

    "The popcorn isn't a whole lot better than the soda," Vladeck said.

    Another board member thinks milk drinks should fall under the size limits.

    "There are certainly milkshakes and milk-coffee beverages that have monstrous amounts of calories," said board member Dr. Joel Forman.

    Since it's true that high calorie diets impose costs on the rest of society in the form of higher health bills, it may be wise to tax unhealthy food, which would discourage consumption even among consumers tricky enough to get around the ban by getting refills. And a tax would provide government with revenue to maintain public health programs or invest in mass transit or invest in more anti-obesity marketing.

    As it stands, an outright ban on large is making our War on Obesity look as asinine as our other ill-defined military operations.

    As with the War on Terror, the target is amorphous. Citizens' rights are limited in the pursuit of a broader goal. And all too many combatants finish the war with purple hearts.

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    Tags: Food, Health, Michael Bloomberg, New York City
  • Mike Bloomberg, Soda Jerk

    First, they came for cigarettes and I did not speak out because I was not a smoker. Then they came for trans-fats and I did not speak out because I don't eat much fast food. Then, they came for sugary sodas larger than 16 ounces and I still barely gave a damn, but was ready to admit it was getting a little ridiculous

    The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire menu of popular sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports arenas, from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas. The sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces — about the size of a medium coffee, and smaller than a common soda bottle — would be prohibited under the first-in-the-nation plan, which could take effect as soon as next March.

    The measure would not apply to diet sodas, fruit juices, dairy-based drinks like milkshakes, or alcoholic beverages; it would not extend to beverages sold in grocery or convenience stores.

    New York City happens to be a municipality where obstetrics and gynecologist residents receive training in abortion services as part of the general curriculum, rather than as an oft-bypassed elective. It's an important program, launched because New York's public health community understands the importance of ensuring that people have sovereignty over their own bodies. Unless, what you choose to do with that body doesn't involve an abortion or downing a liter of gin, but having a McCafe Cherry Berry Chiller.

    Drinking sugary beverages does carry externalities that are ultimately paid for by taxpayer-funded health services, which is why a soda tax, rather than an outright ban, makes sense. As with cigarette taxes, soda drinkers can be asked to defray the social costs of unhealthy decisions without being treated like children.

    In any case, this must be a prelude to a successful Bloomberg-led third-party presidential run — right, Tom Friedman?  If there's anything that voters at Midwestern state fairs want, it's for a billionaire big city mayor to pry the Big Gulp from their cold, insulin-insensitive hands.

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    Tags: Food, Health, Michael Bloomberg, New York City
  • Romney and Bloomberg Probably Plotting to Take Over the World

    When Mitt Romney met with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday, reporters speculated about what the pair might have discussed. Endorsements? Cabinet positions? Vacation homes?

    But not even the intrepid journalists at the New York Times could penetrate their cone of silence

    The candidate was pleasant. He acknowledged that New York was amazing. And, if he walked down the street, the mayor would greet him, and by his first name, no less.

    That’s about all Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg would give up Friday morning, as he talked on his weekly radio show about his half-hour breakfast summit Tuesday with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney…

    He offered no details on whether he would support Mr. Romney over President Obama, who has also been seeking the coveted prize of the mayor’s endorsement.

    With no reliable intel to go on, we'll just go ahead and assume that Romney and Bloomberg were plotting to take over the world. I mean, why else would two of the most powerful and wealthy men in the country meet in a secluded location and not reveal what they talked about?

    Sure, they could have been discussing whether Bloomberg will officially endorse Romney, or who sells the best $200 socks, but it was probably world domination. No big deal.

    While Romney was in the Big Apple, I hope he took time off to get a famous New York City hot dog. Those dogs are a lot easier to tie to a car roof. And they make much less of a mess.

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    Tags: Michael Bloomberg, Mitt Romney, Money, New York, New York City, Republicans