It’s not the heat, it’s the stupidity

And eat your peas!

Nanny Bloomberg bans soda pop. I suppose what’s most upsetting about this ridiculous scheme is that the average New Yorker interviewed for his view either supported it on some vague, ill-defined “health ground” or dismissed it as unworkable “because somebody can just buy two cans”. No one seemed to think it was outrageous that the city is interfering with a citizen’s right to mind his own business and do what he likes. Where are the “our body ourselves” ladies? The legalize marijuana crowd? Oh well, if it just affects fat people, who cares – they’re too dumb to know better, right?

And then, speaking of dumb, how about the flawed science behind this ban? There’s no data supporting the notion that a 16.5 oz. soda pop will cause diabetes while a 16oz drink will not. It’s just a convenient way to begin the process of imposing mandatory tofu diets on the masses.

I overheard a friend of mine the other day, an otherwise intelligent, well educated woman in her fifties, recounting  a tale of woe about being stuck in traffic, dying of thirst, with only bottled water to turn to. But she couldn’t drink that, because a mutual friend of ours “has scared me off drinking water of any kind if it’s in a plastic bottle, let alone from a bottle that’s been in a hot car”.

So she sat there and suffered for two hours rather than risk ingesting a one part per billion molecule of a chemical her friend had said was as deadly as a heated rod of thorium thrust into her nether parts (I expand a bit for color). But here’s the thing: Both my thirsty friend and Madam Curie there smoke cigarettes!!! Can you imagine – I have trouble doing so – the profound  statistical illiteracy, the demonstrated inability to calculate risk probability, inherent in that episode?

As I said, this woman is a real, functioning adult and is one of the nicest people I know, but if she can be so defective in this area of thought, it’s no wonder that Bloomberg and the California Mommies can persuade so many Americans to abandon common sense. Do I need add that my friend is also a Democrat?

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9 responses to “It’s not the heat, it’s the stupidity

  1. Westchesterer

    hmmm: Wow.. just wow.

    The EPA needs to be dismantled. NOW. Before the environmental quacks further destroy this country.

    If Romney held a press conference tomorrow that said he would dismantle the EPA and fire Bernanke on day 1 of his administration he would have my vote in a second.

    Otherwise, no go.

  2. AJ

    If you had been paying attention to Drudge today, you would not be asking silly, what’s up with that questions. The answer is simple: according to Michelle Obama being fat is absolutely the greatest threat to national security. So stick that in your pipe and smoke it.
    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/09/12/FLOTUS-Obesity-Absolutely-Greatest-Threat-To-National-Security

  3. Anonymous

    No, it was pretty obvious.

  4. AJ

    The whole point of your argument is moot, since Obamacare wil soon put all of the places that would serve you a big soda out of business.

    “The International Franchise Association held a convention in Washington this week where most of the Radio Shack, Dunkin Donuts, Curves and other franchisers were grumbling about new federal regulations, especially the impact of Obamacare.

    Most, said Atlanta Taco Bell and Kentucky Fried Chicken franchiser David Barr, presumed that the reports about how hard Obamacare will hit them were overblown. “They had their head in the sand,” he told Secrets.

    That is until he pulled out his powerpoint showing how funding Obamacare will cut his–and likely their–profits in half overnight. With simple math the small business folks understood, he spelled out that their only choice is to slash employee hours so they aren’t eligible for company-paid health care or stop offering insurance and pay the $2,000 per employee fine…”

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/franchisors-warn-obamacare-will-halve-profits/article/2507920#.UFI7YUJibk0

  5. Anonymous2

    A “real functioning adult”? I’d say a sorry victim of the demonic ravings of the eco-nazis.

  6. anonymous

    Don’t drink soda. Drink Vodka.

  7. The Duke of Deception

    From WC Fields — Water? Never touch the stuff. Fish fornicate in it.

  8. Fred2

    “If Romney held a press conference tomorrow that said he would dismantle the EPA and fire Bernanke on day 1 of his administration he would have my vote in a second. ”

    There are actually only two ways to cut a bureaucracy.
    1. The Ghenghis Khan option. You are elected and the next DAY the entire place is sacked and their funds cut to zero. This works well, but you need two things a. A legal regime to implement at the same time to define them out of existence without destroying the few good things they do. B. The brass balls to deal with the whining for a couple of years and nasty articles and name calling. You may not get re-elected.

    2. I call this the Stephen Harper, PM option. aka Death of the 1000 Cuts. You quietly, day by day cut funds and stop staff hiring, fire smallish groups here and there, change one or two laws, Tuesday in the this dept, Wed in that, rarely anything that will spark massive outrage by itself , but continual and organized like army ants or swarm of mosquitoes, so that the opposition is driven nuts because they can’t coalesce around anything but they are being bled dry. This works very well but you have to have a working majority, a plan, and you have to be relentless and patient, this works well when the press hates you. I especially like it because by the time the opposition has organized around Outrage #234,, you are well on the way to creating Outrage # 567 and pulling their resources away. Or they are getting bent of shape about something they care, but no one eles does, and meanwhile you kill of 3 other laws or zero somebodies dumb budget.