"Arbitrary and Capricious" - Granite Grok

“Arbitrary and Capricious”

Bloomberg soda ban blocked
“I have to go back for the Burrito”

“We have a responsibility as human beings to do something, to save each other, to save the lives of ourselves, our families, ourfriends, and all of the rest of the people that live on God’s planet. And so while other people will wring their hands over the problem of sugary drinks, in New York City, we’re doing something about it,” Bloomberg declared. “We believe it is reasonable and responsible to draw a line… As a matter of fact, it would be irresponsible not to try to do everything we can to save lives.”

That’s Nanny Bloomberg, in response to a decision by  New York Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling who blocked Bloomberg’s ban on large sugary drinks, calling it “fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences. The simple reading of the rule leads to the earlier acknowledged uneven enforcement even within a particular city block, much less the city as a whole,” Tingling continued. “The loopholes in this rule effectively defeat the stated purpose of the rule.”

Loophole?  Oh, yes.  Restaurants and bars were restricted while the 7-Eleven next door was not–because the rule only applied to establishments regulated by the City Department of Health.

Doomberg’s likely response.  One Law to Rule them All!!  Or something.   The City is committed to implementing some kind of ban so we can continue to make fun of the Nanny State that never sleeps for the indefinite future.