Bill de Blasio Wants to Protect Black People from Large Sodas

Big gulps gulped. Minorities hardest hit.

Bill de Blasio, Jon Stewart

Bill de Blasio doesn't seem to have heard of parenting. But considering that his daughter became a junkie, it's not surprising that he's unfamiliar with the concept.

Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration urged the state's highest court on Wednesday to allow New York City to impose former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on large sugary drinks in restaurants and other venues.

The proposed ban would prohibit restaurants, mobile food carts, delis and concessions at movie theaters, stadiums or arenas from selling sugary drinks in cups or containers larger than 16 ounces.

Mr. de Blasio has supported the ban since before he took office on Jan. 1, and on Wednesday said he hoped the court would respect the city's authority and expertise.

"The city's proposal to cap the size of sugary drinks responds to the alarming obesity and diabetes crisis" affecting the city's minority groups, he said.

Big gulps gulped. Minorities hardest hit.

Several judges suggested the large-drink ban could be a slippery slope. "Couldn't you ban hamburgers altogether from New York City?" Jonthan Lippman, the court's chief judge, asked.

Richard Dearing, chief of the appeals division at the city's Law Department, called the question hypothetical, but when Judge Lippman pressed, he replied that the city could "take an appropriate step" if the scientific evidence existed.

"Where do you draw the line?" Judge Lippman asked.

Mr. Dearing said the proposed regulation doesn't ban sugary drinks altogether but merely restricts portion size. "It's like a warning label," he said. "It's designed to prompt a conscious choice by the consumer."

A warning label is a label. It's not a portion ban.

“We are losing the war on obesity ... It’s unacceptable," Bill de Blasio said. "This is a case where we have to get aggressive.”

Shouldn't Bill start fighting the war on obesity with himself? He's looking kind of chunky lately.