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Rasmussen: 65 Percent Say No To NYC Large-Sugary Drink Ban

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As Baylen Linnekin reports, not only are the usuals mocking NYC Mayor Bloomberg's plan to ban large-size sugary drinks, but also New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, writer and healthy-food advocate Bettina SiegelJon StewartJake TapperMatt Lauer, and The New York Times' editorial page.

Like these public intellectuals, the public also opposes such a ban. Rasmussen found 65 of Americans oppose a law that would ban the sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 ounces; 24 percent favor such a law. When asked about the constitutional authority to enact such a law, 9 percent think Bloomberg does have the authority to prevent people from buying sugary drinks, while 85 percent disagree.

Virtually all major demographic groups Rasmussen identified oppose the sugary-drinks ban in equal proportion. The only divergence appears for party identification. Forty-one percent of Democrats favor a ban and 45 percent oppose, in contrast 11 percent of Republicans favor and 80 percent oppose.

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  1. Like these public intellectuals…

    Intellectuals? “Public figures” might be a better way to phrase that.

    1. Time to send the humorometer in for routine maintenance, BP.

      1. Yeah, I’ve been avoiding it since it’s out of warranty. But this one was pretty bad.

  2. Enviromentalists vs. Feminists: http://jezebel.com/5915392/stu…..pay-for-it

    1. This girl basically wants everyone to take responsibility except for herself, handwaving the fact that women choose to take the pill:

      Well, for one thing there are countless instances of pollution that are rectified by the sewage system already and we don’t make specific parties pay extra for our existing sewage treatment. And more importantly, usually we make the polluting company pay, not the consumer.

      So, even though the company isn’t the doing the polluting, it should pay.

      One is the benefit, economic and otherwise, that the entire society receives from having the birth control pill accessible to women.

      I wonder if she applies this same logic to coal plants. And, so, even though society in general isn’t the one doing the polluting, it should pay.

      If men want us to take the pill so they can sex us up without worrying about polluting the world through overpopulation, then they should also share the burden of paying to protect the environment from our resultant toxic pee.

      So now even though MEN aren’t the ones polluting, they have to pay.

      When people tell me that leftist bimbos aren’t just trying to make others pay for their choices, I am referring them to this article.

      1. “So now even though MEN aren’t the ones polluting, they have to pay.”

        They have to pay to ‘sex up’ the wimmens. I guess basically she is advocating prostitution.

        1. Pipe down there, Rush Limbaugh. đŸ™‚

        2. Heh.

          And of course, no women actually want to have sex without worrying about getting pregnant. Sex is only for men. I thought jezebel was supposed to be sex-positive? And who exactly is asking women to pay to clean up the extra hormones they piss out when taking the pill?

      2. If men want us to take the pill so they can sex us up without worrying about polluting the world through overpopulation, then they should also share the burden of paying to protect the environment from our resultant toxic pee.

        So now even though MEN aren’t the ones polluting, they have to pay.

        If they don’t want their love-hole polluted, shouldn’t they be clamoring for free condoms instead of the pill?

  3. As with most other awesome laws, people just need to be educated on how awesome this law is, then I’m sure public opinion will turn right around.

    1. The Other Kevin, it is customary around here to give appropriate credit when you quote someone like that, especially when it is our very special extra esteemed president. Who has a peace prize.

  4. 24 percent favor the law, and just 9 percent think Bloomburg has the authority to implement it.

    Apparently 15 percent don’t give a fuck.

    1. And 98% will vote for him anyway.

      1. I’m pretty sure his margins of victory weren’t quite that good.

  5. Now that jon stewart has come out in opposition, I wholeheartedly support the ban.

  6. This makes me want to burn that entire city to the fucking ground. Even Bloomberg looks good next to these hipster dickbag motherfuckers.
    [catches breath]
    Motherfuckers!

    1. Huh?

      What’s wrong with mayonnaise?

      1. Nothing is wrong with mayo. What’s wrong here is that it’s artisanal, organic, cruelty-free mayo made in fucking BROOKLYN. By fucking smelly hipsters who act as if they invented fucking mayo.

        We use natural and organic local eggs and flavors whenever possible, but our primary goal is to make the best tasting and most interesting mayonnaise possible so we do source ingredients from all over the world.

        We have a store at 564 Vanderbilt Ave. in Brooklyn, NY and we exhibit at various locations in the five boroughs as well as selling online.

        I wonder if diehipster has featured this yet. Sloopy – you should submit it to them.

        1. Yep, shoulda known they’d be on it.

          1. From the comment section:

            Mayo. Fucking mayo. One of the easiest condiments on the planet to make. It’s essentially water, oil, and a touch of egg yolk. It’s one of the most basic bits of food science you can come across, and they’re making it out as if they’ve just squared the circle.

            This is what’s wrong.

        2. Black garlic? That’s racist!

        3. organic local eggs and flavors whenever possible, but our primary goal is to make the best tasting and most interesting mayonnaise possible

          Isn’t this an admission that organic stuff isn’t always (if ever) the best product available?

        4. I bet it’s damn good mayo. The source of the eggs makes a big difference. Free range chickens really do produce better eggs.

          1. Free Range…in Brooklyn.

            My birds free range and the eggs are sooooo much better than storebought eggs. But that said…Brooklyn ain’t exactly the Ag belt of central California.

            1. A few months ago I got an answer to why the chicken crosses the road, at least here in the Bronx: It’s to get the bread crumbs the guy across the st. tosses into his yard for the chicken that lives across the street from him. Across the other st. from me. Hi, birdie. So we got free range in the Bronx, at least.

      2. It’s fucking mayonnaise. It’s possibly the easiest shit in the whole world to make. And these hipster clowns have opened a store in Brooklyn that makes nothing else.

        “Ooh, look at me! I made a garlic aioli! Come give me $12 for it because you’re soooooo cultured and we’re in Brooklyn!”

        OK, maybe I’m just becoming an asshole, but I’ve run the kitchen at a very high-end restaurant. Wolfgang Puck has shaken my hand and told me I made him a fantastic meal. And I can tell you this: I had my garde manger scrubs make my aioli because it was easier to do than the plate salads.

        1. I’m just becoming an asshole

          I’ve run the kitchen at a very high-end restaurant

          I thought the former (or at least a reasonable facsimile thereof) was pretty much a requirement for the latter.

          1. I’ve heard that more than once, and while my staff loved me, I did threaten to cut a waiter for using my chef’s knife (I can’t remember now if it was my Sabatier K or my Global) to open a beer bottle with.

            The owner thanked me for my restraint and said he wouldn’t have been so forgiving with the bastard.

            1. You threatened? I dont have any knives nearly that fancy, but I have good ones and it is a constant battle to keep them from being misused by others out of ignorance. Using your chef’s knife to open a beer bottle is a deliberate act of vandalism aimed at you.

              1. He used the back of the blade, but I had only one hard and fast rule in my kitchen: If you use my knives, you will be fired on the spot. Ind in fact, that’s what started the brouhaha. I went in my knife case looking for my knife and noticed one was missing. I asked where it was and one of my prep cooks pointed to the wait station, where I saw the dumbass cutting lemons. I confronted him, he got sassy and I told him to leave. That’s when he pulled his little trick with the beer bottle.

                Damn, I miss that place.

            2. Shopkeeper, the lady would like to inspect the Wusthofs!

              1. Meh. I prefer French blades to the German. Too much rocking instead of sliding the blade. Personally (and it may just be me), I think the German knives tend to ruin more delicate foods because as you tire, all of that up and down arm/wrist motion becomes less and less precise. With the French blades, it’s all back and forth. The Japanese blades are another excellent example of this theory.

                1. all of that up and down arm/wrist motion becomes less and less precise

                  Yes. Go on.

    2. You’re vexed over mayonnaise? Maybe it’s time to get some hypertension pills.

      1. The wasabi mayo looks excellent, actually.

        1. Here’s the recipe: Get 6 egg yolks and whip them. Add a tsp of white wine vinegar. Add a few drops of lemon juice. Start adding extra virgin olive oil and keep whipping it until the right consistency. Add a Tbsp of Wasabi paste and whip until even consistency.

          Voila! You’ve just saved yourself $12 and a trip to Hipster Hell.

          You’re fucking welcome.

          1. But are the yolks fresh out of the hen’s urethvaghole?

            1. Have Epi put his hand up there and find out.

              1. He’s already got two strikes for fingerbanging water fowl. I couldn’t bear to lose him forever over some simple chicken cochleaology.

          2. Sloopy, I am with you on the pretentious hipster horseshit. It isnt about mayo.

            1. We’ve got chickens in our backyard. We’ve got 6 laying hens and 4 that’ll be laying in about 2 more months. If any of you ever see me selling mayo at a farmers market or online, I invite you to put a bullet in my brain and spacedock the hole.

              1. Most people buy a jar of Hellman’s and would never consider making their own. For those people, the $12 mayo is probably the best mayo they’ve ever tasted and well worth it if they can afford it.
                All the organic and cruelty free stuff gets a bit grating after a while. What’s wrong with just trying to make the best food possible, regardless of the source?

                1. The placebo effect is powerful. And a key ingredient to advertising. “Our mayonnaise is made exactly like Kraft does it, only in smaller and more inconsistent batches and without the precautions and preservatives that lead to a longer shelf life and near-zero chance of causing food poisoning right out of the jar” might be more honest, but it doesn’t sell a lot of mayo. Also, “Free Range” and “Organic” fit on the label better.

    3. It’s the only mayo approved for use aboard Star Destroyers and Death Stars. Watchagondo?

        1. Look, can you really trust some non-imperial mayo to perform when the Alliance-shit hits the fan?

    4. Frankly sloopyinca, I don’t understand your problem. The mayonnaise looks pretty tasty actually.

  7. I want the 65% taken out and shot at dawn.

    The rest? Let them eat….rice cakes.

    /Bloomberg

  8. 24 percent favor such a law are retarded.

    FIFY

  9. “Rasmussen found 65 of Americans oppose a law that would ban the sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 ounces..”

    Wow, they could only find 65 of them?

    1. well, there is always a lefty base that favors govt expanding its power at any turn. For our benefit, of course.

  10. 41-45 vs. 11-80, another data point that shows Republicans on avg. to be much better than Democrats for liberty.

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