Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – Are they going to have soda police in New York? What is the penalty for violating this act of soda tyranny? They ought to have the New York Soda Party. They ought to find out where Bloomberg is going to be sailing his Bloomberg yacht out on the Hudson and dump 10,000 gallons of soda into the harbor, call it the New York Soda Party. Check out today’s audio and transcript for the rest…
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Mike: Andrew, if this is Bloomberg’s third term, when was he elected mayor of New York City?
AG: Was it ’04?
Mike: There would have been eight years and he’s in his third term. It would have been at least — he may have been there in ’03. Anyway, his stupid ban — he said it’s not a ban on soda; it’s a portion control. What is that? That’s a distinction without a distinction. Portion control? So the soda ban, the city that doesn’t sleep, supposed to be the Empire City of America, New York, and they’re now going to have a soda ban. They even cite Brother Jimmy’s BBQ in the story. Do you remember going to Brother Jimmy’s?
AG: Yep, right next to MSG.
Mike: We have done broadcasts from Brother Jimmy’s. Andrew Wilkow and I did a Tea Party day along with David Webb. He wasn’t even part of the station back then was he, 2010? Webb was a frequent guest and a fill-in host, if memory serves correctly. Anyway, at Brother Jimmy’s in New York, we met a lot of you New Yorkers at that particular location. They cite Brother Jimmy’s in the story at FoxNews.com about the soda ban going into place.
At Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, customers still will be able to order margaritas by the pitcher, cocktails in jumbo Mason jars and heaping plates of ribs. But they’ll no longer get 24-ounce tumblers of soda, since the new rule bars selling non-diet cola in cups, bottles or pitchers bigger than 16 ounces. [Mike: Do you believe this? Of course Bloomberg says it’s no big deal and people are largely behind this. Right.] “Everything we do is big, so serving it in a quaint 16-ounce soda cup is going to look kind of odd,” owner Josh Lebowitz said.
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Mike: What happens if you violate it? Are they going to have soda police in New York? What is the penalty for violating this act of soda tyranny? They ought to have the New York Soda Party. They ought to find out where Bloomberg is going to be sailing his Bloomberg yacht out on the Hudson and dump 10,000 gallons of soda into the harbor, call it the New York Soda Party.
City officials say it’s a pioneering, practical step to staunch an obesity rate that has risen from 18 to 24 percent in a decade among adult New Yorkers.
Mike: I’ve been to New York a lot of times. There aren’t a lot of fat people, not around the places where we work anyway, because you’ve got to walk everywhere. Do you recall seeing lots of obese people in New York on your trips?
AG: Not particularly, no.
Mike: You have to walk. It’s block upon block upon block, just to get from the train sometimes.
The city “has the ability to do this and the obligation to try to help,” the plan’s chief cheerleader, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said last month. Critics say the regulation won’t make a meaningful difference in diets but will unfairly hurt some businesses while sparing others.
Mike: It’ll put a hole in people’s pocketbooks, too. You know what they’re going to do. They’re going to buy two 16-ounce drinks. I wonder if there’s a ban on serving two 16-ounce sodas side by side, so you get the same effect as the 32-ounce. Let me ask you cops out there — we’ve got Marty the cop that listens to this show and other NYPD officers. I suppose this is probably a health ward that has to enforce it. What are you going to do if you go into an eatery and you’re enjoying some type of New York hoagie sandwich or whatever and you witness some restaurateur violating the Bloomberg edict and pouring contraband, illegal 32-ounce soda in a cup? Are you going to arrest them? Are there going to be fat police citizen cops? [mocking] “I’m making a citizen’s arrest. I saw that 24-ounce cup.”
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