New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a press conference this afternoon to defend his soda ban after a New York State Supreme Court justice invalidated it as “arbitrary and capricious.” (The press conference begins around the 23-minute mark on the YouTube video.)

Lives are at stake, after all.

Bloomberg compared the soda ban to a previous ban on lead-containing paint.

Until the appeals process is complete, can restaurants and stores still sell 17 oz. drinks?

The brief press conference is over, but we have a follow-up question for the citizens of New York.

  • Danny Wheeler

    Seriously. How stupid do people have to be to give this douche a 3rd term?

    • butty53

      Wait a minute! Large-sized douches are banned in NYC.

      • Michael Anderson (WB)

        He’s small sized.

        • Eric Brian

          And with a brain to match … . It’s due for it’s once-in-a-lifetime cleaning/douche, made more difficult by the removal from the rear, since his head’s up there. While you’re at it, NYC, drown the pissant in a Big Gulp! Or give him an adult dosage of Ex-Lax…

      • Michael Anderson (WB)

        He’s small sized.

    • sickbritkid

      It’s the same brand of stupidity that’s allowed the Democrats to continue running the state of California despite the party being largely responsible for the state’s bankruptcy.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Just DON’T give him a FOURTH!… Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

    how about if instead of banning food we serve healthy food on public schools (understand healthy as in balanced and not organic crap) and spend on sports equipments. with adults? let them be! they should be old enough to know what to do!

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      (To the tune of Handel’s “Messiah”):”CRAM YOUR OAT BRAN!” XD Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Maxx

    I love the ‘Apple, I love the people but for the love of God New York City, was this some kind of bet you lost, voting for this nitwit?

    • catb55

      The people of NYC always try to act TOUGH .. they are a bunch of wimps being pushed around by a little troll.

    • catb55

      The people of NYC always try to act TOUGH .. they are a bunch of wimps being pushed around by a little troll.

  • grais

    Why isn’t he banning Everything that makes people fat?

    • http://www.facebook.com/ardell.simon Ardell Simon

      Give him time and he will try! Someone please buy this jerk a big gulp!

  • Kevin

    Yes, please, spend more tax dollars appealing this decision.

    • grey_ghost1

      Why isn’t he banning things which causes AIDS to consume victims as wildfire?

  • grey_ghost1

    Note to Doomburg: people are dying from a lot of things, the least of which is sugary drinks, fecal head! Wise up…

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      He’s a Shieskopf… SEIG HEIL BLOOMBERG! Jawamax 8<{D}

  • agroulx

    You want to know what else kills? Michael Bloomberg prohibiting people from donating canned food to the homeless… Compassionate? I don’t think so.

    • kate_middleton

      They also prohibited food that didn’t have nutrition information on it from being donated to shelters (think leftover food from bakeries, etc.).

      Bloomberg is THE WORST.

      • grais

        jeeze…we need a national ban on balding, beady-eyed, rich, Napoleon-complexed mayoral runts.

        • Michael Anderson (WB)

          So glad the “rich, Napoleon-complexed mayoral” part was in there.

        • Michael Anderson (WB)

          So glad the “rich, Napoleon-complexed mayoral” part was in there.

    • unknown

      Along with deaths from gang violence and people pushing one another into subway trains.

    • unknown

      Along with deaths from gang violence and people pushing one another into subway trains.

    • catb55

      Over 80% of NYC kids can’t READ when they graduate HIGH SCHOOL .. and he is worried about soda? I think it is his PERSONAL bigotry regarding those who are what he and M.O. consider overweight. BMI is a lie.

      • Calcat36

        Soda makes you fat, and that is a physical problem. Not being able to read is a disability that scores you SSDI benefits… And assures you keep voting for Domburg.

    • catb55

      Over 80% of NYC kids can’t READ when they graduate HIGH SCHOOL .. and he is worried about soda? I think it is his PERSONAL bigotry regarding those who are what he and M.O. consider overweight. BMI is a lie.

  • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

    Going to Appeal? ==> .@NYCMayorsOffice -Of course you will…. #FASCIST . #AnotherWASTEofTaxpayersDOLLARS #NY #NannyState #CanYouWipeMyASSToo

  • CR

    Let us name some more things that might kill more people than 17 ounce drinks. How about:
    Abortion
    Liberal policies keeping people in a perpetual multi-generational welfare state
    Gun bans and “safe zones”
    Obamacare death panels.
    Drones
    1.6 billion rounds of ammo purchased by the Department of Homeland Security
    Liberals and liberal stupidity

    I think it is time for some sane lawmakers to get our OWN bans going. Forget about any arguments about federal law or “constitutional” freedoms as defined by the warped revisionist reading of the constitution that allows all this stuff. I know it will be hard to eradicate all the things I’ve listed, but you have to start somewhere. To quote: “When we began this process, we knew we’d face lawsuits. That’s America.”

  • Garth Haycock

    “Limiting the size of sugary drinks is consistent with @nycHealthy’s mission: to control the behavior of the people.”

    That’s a more accurate statement, Mayor.

  • waterytart

    The only people dying today in NYC are those splitting a gut laughing over this absolute silliness.

  • trixiewoobeans

    Yes, people are dying…dying of shame.

  • nc

    Stuck on stupid…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KDX6MKQ3V5OZ3RG5FXUQIAJ5DU John

    They should ban feeding arrogant know-it-all leftists who can’t get through the day without trying to control other people.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KDX6MKQ3V5OZ3RG5FXUQIAJ5DU John

    They should ban feeding arrogant know-it-all leftists who can’t get through the day without trying to control other people.

  • TracyJean

    And what about obesity caused by things other than eating too much? Don’t think there’s anything he can ban which will fix my metabolism (due to thyroid problems).

    • Thy_Yeti_Knows

      Careful or it will be illegal for you to make your way out for giant panties soon too

  • TracyJean

    And what about obesity caused by things other than eating too much? Don’t think there’s anything he can ban which will fix my metabolism (due to thyroid problems).

  • http://www.facebook.com/vox.logicae Vox Logicae

    This ban was stupid, but how do you balance the intent of the ban which was to try and limit the health care costs associated with obesity with the fact that people do not take care of themselves and then expect someone to give them medical care:

    http://voxlogicae.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/big-gulps-and-big-responsibility/

    • NRPax

      Then take away the incentives. You want to eat, smoke, drink whatever you want? Then pay higher premiums on your insurance and suck it up when you’re going broke from your hospital bills.

      You cannot legislate your way into a perfect world. I don’t care how many lines of hope and change you snort first.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.white.16 Joseph A White

      Simple. You DO NOT “give” them medical care. It’s called personal responsibility and accountability. Two concepts this nation was founded upon and have been compromised in the name of “progressiveness”.

      • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

        Exactly! It is only a recent development, in the name of getting votes, that people even considered someone else paying for their medical care.

        When I hear the argument that “we’ll have to pay for them in the long run,” I ask them why’d they agree to start paying for other people in the first place?

    • JR48

      Who planted that expectation in their heads?

  • http://www.facebook.com/vox.logicae Vox Logicae

    This ban was stupid, but how do you balance the intent of the ban which was to try and limit the health care costs associated with obesity with the fact that people do not take care of themselves and then expect someone to give them medical care:

    http://voxlogicae.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/big-gulps-and-big-responsibility/

  • APW

    And Christine Quinn will be just as intolerable. It’s not the intent behind it that I object to, it’s the idea that Bloomberg and cronies think they have the right to control our lives! It is gross.

  • NRPax

    Life expectancy in NYC is now 3 years longer than it was in 2001

    But you’re living in NYC for those years. I don’t really see that as a gain.

    • Worship Dancer

      that just means three more years these folks are stuck with this libturd.

  • shelly

    What I don’t understand is that we have the right to kill a baby in utero, but we don’t have the right to choose to drink sugary soda because it MIGHT contribute to obesity and that MIGHT kill us.

  • http://twitter.com/tonyjack63 tonyjack63

    i just supersized a bloomterd

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.jefferies.96 Richard Jefferies

    Hey idiot, people are dying in the areas affected by the storm, why don’t you put half as much effort (and money) into helping them as you are trying to find a, errr, legacy. Seriously, you want to go down in history as the champion of soda bans?

    The only reason the city wants this is revenue collection, don’t believe his benevolent rhetoric.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    So if Bloomhilda is comparing banning large containers of pop to banning lead in paint chips, does that mean that he is now FOR children eating smaller servings of lead-based paint chips?

  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    I’m happy they forced me to stop eating paint chips as a kid. And I used to wash them down with a 32 ounce Grape Nehi. Of course, my head will explode due to the mental illness of the left. I’m not sure how that’s going to play out on my mortality.

  • Bronco

    That is like attacking 1 ant in an anthill. Attack the whole problem of obesity and all its causes, not 1 drop in the bucket as are colas. Almost made me LOL to think that limiting cold drinks will save lives. Maybe a very very very small percentage, but attacking the whole problem of obesity would serve lots more factors in saving lives. . .

  • Thy_Yeti_Knows

    Ya gotta admit, travel the world and the obnoxious 300 pounders at any shop buying smokes or restaurant complaining about the food, or at any beach creating nausea… are most likely Americans….. freedom has created a society of slobs … If rules preventing people from eating themselves to death are necessary, then quietly make it happen, swallow your pride with the onion rings… and never talk about it again.

  • TocksNedlog

    Mayor: “Being the first to do something WRONG is never easy.”
    — Fixed that for ya.

  • TocksNedlog

    Mayor: “Life expectancy in NYC is now 3 years longer than it was in 2001”
    — Gee, that’s significant! In fact, it’s almost as if there were some cataclysmic event in NYC in 2001 that skewed the life expectancy number downward. Can anyone remember what that might have been?
    [Yes folks, he really IS that loathsome.]

    “and more than 2 years longer than the national average.”
    — You have some RELIABLE statistics on this, do ya Mikey?

  • Axelgreaser

    IF GAZILLIONAIRE ‘PREACHY’ MAYOR LOONBERG AND HIS PROGRESSIVE DEM CRONIES REALLY CARED ABOUT ‘OBESITY’ they would face up to the facts. One of the societal deficits (if I may use that unpleasant word, DEFICIT) is that the under and un-employed legions of people Democrats are now creating due to their imbecilic governing tend to have a poorer, higher in calorie, higher in carbohydrates diet. The poor that President Obama has and continues to create, along with the new millions of pothead’s he and his party is cultivating (potheads get the munchies Mr. Prez, remember?) cannot afford the genteel diet of say a, oh, I don’t know, a ‘Let’s Move’ Michelle Obama who is dressed by blued birds in the morning and be-wigged and made up by 28 assistants. The poor that Barack Obama has created andhe and his party foster’s with a steady diet of dependence and food stamps tend to put on pounds, and a good thing too. It’s mother natures most ancient survival mechanism. Adding pounds during ‘starvation episodes.’ There are well documented and empiracle studies that prove that point. Do progressive Democrat’s really think we’re stupid?
    Too bad the judge that put and end to NYC’s insane Soda Prohibition didn’t send Loonberg to the boobyhatch. The voter’s would probably like to, but they can’t outbid him for the job.

    • TexSizzle

      ” Do progressive Democrat’s really think we’re stupid?” Unfortunately, yes. Progressive Democratics are masters at projection.

  • DorothyGrissom

    Nanny Bloomberg’s Liberal mantra continues. Whenever Libs want something, or are losing the argument, they always start screaming, “RACIST” or “WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!” **yawn**

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    Again, SEIG HEIL IN YOUR FACE, HERR BLOOMBERG! Jawamax 8<{D}
    SAFETY NAZI'S, BUZZ(sic) OFF! #DrewCarey

  • fishydude

    Oh the irony. The number one cause if obesity was when the gubmint introduced the food pyramid. They demanded that people eat less meat and fat and eat more carbs.
    When i started eating more meat and fat and eating less carbs i started losing weight.
    Sugar doesn’t kill people. Government does.
    They do the same thing with CAFE car standards. Every time the government increases the CAFE number, highway fatalities increase too. It is no accident (pun intended).

  • fishydude

    Oh the irony. The number one cause if obesity was when the gubmint introduced the food pyramid. They demanded that people eat less meat and fat and eat more carbs.
    When i started eating more meat and fat and eating less carbs i started losing weight.
    Sugar doesn’t kill people. Government does.
    They do the same thing with CAFE car standards. Every time the government increases the CAFE number, highway fatalities increase too. It is no accident (pun intended).

  • Calcat36

    People die from AIDS every day. No ban yet. Every person in America who has died, has eaten carrots at least one in their lives. No carrot ban. US Citizens are being killed and murdered by drunk and brutal illegal aliens, Doomberg offers them sanctuary.

    And the peeps of NY keep voting for that.