Michael Bloomberg

Piers Morgan Likens the Nanny State to Dieting

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Ad for Flame, Burger King's meat-scented cologne

CNN talk show host Piers Morgan, who sees eye to eye with Michael Bloomberg on guns, also shares the busybody billionaire's distaste for big sodas:

He wants New Yorkers to be fitter and healthier. What is wrong with that?… 

I think people need the nanny state occasionally, particularly on issues like smoking, drinking, guzzling sodas that are too big for them, you know, eating 16 Big Macs a day, whatever it may be, the reality is we all need a bit of nannying about that. That's why so many people are on diets. That's a form of nanny state.

Really? It seems to me the crucial difference between dieting and government-imposed food restrictions is that the latter involves coercion. When you choose to cut back on your caloric intake, that is self-control, as opposed to state control, a rather important distinction (and not just for libertarians). Something like a fat camp woud be a closer comparison to the nanny state, except that people voluntarily decide to enroll in such programs. If you are a New Yorker who is suddenly prevented from ordering your favorite coffee drink by mayoral decree, you have made no such choice.

It is interesting that Morgan mentions the danger of eating too many Big Macs, rather than Whoppers, since he has touted Burger King's meat-scented cologne in ads like the one above. "In the advert," The Telegraph reports, "Morgan's face has been superimposed onto a younger, more toned model's body." Maybe the government should start supervising Morgan's diet.

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  1. always nice to see that liberal conceit showing, isn’t it. Morgan should drop the tv speak and put in plac terms: he thinks some people are too stupid to function without the aid of a benevolent govt dictating many of their steps.

    He refuses to comprehend that the perniciousness of a nanny state lies in its insatiable nature. Once you start down that road, there is no stopping and there is no turning back. Of course, folks like him always believe themselves immune from the state.

    1. “He refuses to comprehend that the perniciousness of a nanny state lies in its insatiable nature. Once you start down that road, there is no stopping and there is no turning back. Of course, folks like him always believe themselves immune from the state.”

      He is a fucking limey, native to a country that is an all encompassing surveillance state, where people are arrested because of the looks on their faces, where the populace is completely disarmed to the point of having pointy kitchen knives banned….and yet he is here instead of home in his own nanny utopia.

      I wonder how many armed body guards he has?

    2. There will never be a public safety official that gets between him and a cr?pes he has his eyes on at a cocktail party, so why should he care?

      1. between him and a some cr?pes he has his eyes

    3. He also probably thinks it’s a crime against humanity for those same assholes who are too moronic to run their own lives not to have a say in every aspect of other people’s lives at the voting booth.

  2. The lessons of 1776 have been forgotten.

    1. Three if by CNN?

      1. “Ma, they are coming by web and by TV…get my powder horn, would you please.”

  3. red meat

  4. Fuck Piers Morgan sideways with a bicycle tire pump.

    1. That pose really got you stirred up didn’t it

    2. How many times do we have to tell them that 1984 was a warning, and not a cookbook?

  5. Why do people still pay attention to this buffoon?

  6. “Fat camps, huh? Hmmmmm….” /Bloomberg

    1. Public fat camps! Brilliant!

      1. Arrest parents for fat camp truancy!

        1. Nah… just hit them with a penaltax. It’s SCOTUS approved!

          1. A moment on the lips, a lifetime in the camps.

            1. They will undergo forced liposuction, and their fat will be used for bio-fuel. Then, slave labor until they’ve paid in full for the liposuction.

    2. Have the fatties walk on a treadmill to generate green energy.

    3. Doesn’t Joy Camp roll off the tongue a little better?

  7. He wants New Yorkers to be fitter and healthier. What is wrong with that?

    So Nanny Bloomberg can do whatever he wants because he has the best of intentions? If Nanny Bloomberg mandates everyone to exercise for 1 hour a day and keep a log of it or suffer fines and imprisonment, what’s wrong with that? If Nanny Bloomberg decides to ban whole milk and butter within the city of New York, what’s wrong with that? If Nanny Bloomberg organizes Home Health Inspection Squads and sends them house to house to inspect refrigerators and cabinets for “unhealthy” food, what’s wrong with that? What is the limit of Bloomberg’s reach since his intentions are so sanctified and noble that everyone should just shut up and play their part?

    Now I’m actually in favor of sending this fucking idiot back to England with the rest of the subjects and peasants. Piers Morgan is unfit to live in a society of free men and women.

      1. We should trade Piers Morgan for Jeremy Clarkson. I’ve just started watching a lot of Top Gear and it warms my heart that there are still people like him in Britain.

    1. So Nanny Bloomberg can do whatever he wants because he has the best of intentions?

      Of course, Bloomberg has wicked intentions: it’s all about control.

      1. Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
        — C. S. Lewis

  8. When you choose to cut back on your caloric intake, that is self-control, as opposed to state control, a rather important distinction

    Jacob, you just don’t get it.

    People are obviously *unable* to make that choice.

    1. Food is addictive!

      1. Ban food!!

        1. Simply because women have no self control around chocolate does not mean I should be forbidden the occasional rich chocolate fondue.

          1. Watch it:

            “Biden: ‘This Isn’t Your Garden Variety Slap Across the Face'”

            http://freebeacon.com/biden-th…..-the-face/

            1. God love ya, Joe!

              What a fucking buffoon.

            2. Shotgun Joe just gets better and better with each utterance.

            3. So Dr. Jill likes it rough, eh?

          2. Not just chocolate, but all food should be banned. It’s more trouble than it’s worth – just get rid of it and all will be well.

              1. I gave a sigh of relief and lost 5 pounds!

            1. Cathars everywhere applaud KK!

              Endura for all!

              1. Cathars!? Kill them all. The Lord will recognize his own.

                1. Cathar? I just met her!

    2. Always missing from this discussion is that obesity is more prevalent among lower income groups than higher ones. The highest rates of obesity are suffered by those who get free health care from the state and are thus insulated from the costs of their obesity (of course, I recognize that being poor they may not have a sufficiently long time horizon to anticipate significant future costs of current behavior). A central point that I have contended for some time is that the rise in obesity and other preventable conditions is the very fact that our current health care system is structured in such a way that it shelters individuals from the costs of their lifestyle choices. I have a high deductible health plan, and when I got signed onto it, I realized that it makes financial sense for me to be a better steward of my own body.

      1. Needed for a bumper sticker: “Don’t like fat people? Don’t pay for them!”

        1. “What fiscal crisis? Look at all those fat people!”

      2. you didn’t read the Cato Unbound response essay. When you’re poor, you are incapable of choice. duh.

        1. But, what if you become obese off all of the food and water the state provides to you, so that you can make a valid choice?

          That’s what we call a progessnundrum.

  9. It’s a caricature of a leftist that they can’t even tell the difference between choosing to do somethign and being forced to do it.

    Going on a diet is like having a nanny state ?!?! wtf we are doomed.

  10. Who sits around all day and fumes about the existence of fat people?
    I’ve never been fat, but I don’t care if other people are. It’s a bit annoying when you’re walking down a hall or sidewalk and there are 2 or 3 metabolically challenged women walking slowly right in front of you, huge hip to huge hip, but that’s about the only time they affect me and it doesn’t happen often enough for me to think about outlawing their favorite foods.

    1. That’s because you’re an evil libertarian and don’t care about people and worry about the cost to society, like the good progs do.

      1. If, when you look at people, you see “costs to society”, you are an evil person.

        1. People are a burden. Just ask any modern Malthusian, proven disastrously and repeatedly wrong over the past 3 decades.

    2. Who sits around all day and fumes about the existence of fat people?

      Bloomberg and Morgan, to name two.

  11. Nice to see Christine Quinn, the New York City Council member and possible successor to Bloomberg pretty much agree with Bloomy, even though she doesn’t agree with the Soda ban. She is still a fascist prick that believes that SHE KNOW WHAT’S BEST FOR YOU.

    She is one of the front runner to replace Bloomberg, I believe. So get used to this stupidity New Yorkers. It’s not going away anytime soon.

    Also, Piers Morgan has now reached stratospheric levels of obnoxiousness. That’s quite enough England, we get it. We are now fully aware of why you wanted him gone from the Isles.

    1. Piers Morgan: a one man Brighton Boatlift.

      We never sent the Cubans back…I guess we’re stuck with Piers.

  12. Were we so low on home-grown native idiots that we had to import old Blighty’s scrapings for some reason? Or are there some jobs American idiots just won’t do? I’m not seeing any evidence of either proposition, so Piers Morgan kind of baffles me.

    1. You are right, we need to declare Derp Independence!

      Domestic derp over imports!

  13. I think people need the nanny state occasionally, particularly on issues like smoking, drinking, guzzling sodas that are too big for them, you know, eating 16 Big Macs a day, whatever it may be, the reality is we all need a bit of nannying about that.

    Holy fuck, are these people tedious. *You* may need Nazi Poppins to help you tie your shoes in the morning, but *we* are OK with our choices, fuck you very much.

    If you have a problem with those choices, it’s your problem, now is’t it?

    1. Nazi Poppins. A compelling visual. I can picture the Nazi nanny uniform, I suppose, but what’s a Nazi umbrella look like? Just a swastika flag on an umbrella, or something else?

      1. “A teaspoon of anschluss makes the lebensraum go down?”

        1. ?bermenschfragrendisticexpeljudendocious.

          1. Actually, I left out a letter: ?bermenschfragrenadisticexpeljudendocious.

            1. ?bermenschfragrenadisticexpeljudendocious!
              Even though the sound of it is something like psychosis,
              If you scream it loud enough, you’ll always sound ferocious!
              ?bermenschfragrenadisticexpeljudendocious!

              1. *looks around, begins applauding, shortly after – stands and continues applauding*

      2. what’s a Nazi umbrella look like?

        Probably something like this or maybe even this.

        1. Oddly, I was envisioning something more Nazish.

          1. It’s the soft tyranny you should to worry about. The hardcore shit is easy to spot.

            1. True enough. Really successful Nazis will use friendlier symbols to the same result.

      3. I can picture the Nazi nanny uniform,

        Me, too. Mrowr.

        1. Not gonna click. Nuh-uh.

          1. It’s okay. More Nazi nanny in training.

            1. “Hello Kitty meets the Third Reich”

          2. Don’t go weak sister on me now, Deano.

            1. HR will have a bigger fit over the Nazi symbols than the girl, and you know that being a libertarian already has you on double-secret probation.

      4. Traditional N.P. umbrellas will have the full swastika emblazoned on the open fabric of the unbrella. Modern types will just have Morgan’s or Bloomburg’s face on it. Same difference.

        But really, it’s the jackboots that complete the uniform.

        “Nein! Legen Sie die S??igkeit nieder!” Stomp. Stomp. Stomp.

        1. Nazi Poppins: “Practically perfect people never permit sentiment to muddle their thinking.”

          1. “Our first game is called ‘Well Done is Half-Begun.'”

            1. You know, we’re both quoting the movie exactly. Maybe it always was Nazi Poppins?

              1. That was always its working title. It took place in a concentration camp, right? Col. Klink with his unruly children, Sgt. Schultz cleaning out the barrack chimneys. Or am I thinking of something else?

                1. No. Ye gods, you’ve uncovered a deep truth! I always suspected the 60s was all about secret Nazis–Nazi hippies, Nazi science fiction, Nazi music, Nazi everything.

                  1. What do you think “Inagodadahitler” was all about?

                    You know, that Major Nelson fellow always seemed a bit authoritarian, with his slavery and all.

                    1. Yes, what exactly was “iron” about Iron Butterfly? The Iron Cross? Hmmmm?

                    2. Blut und Eisen!

                    3. And the so-called Himmler of Love? Coincidence?

                      And Woodstock? Do you know what that means in the original German? Holzschaft, that’s what, which is a term that refers to the stock of a rifle.

                    4. Die Beatles thought they had everyone fooled with their so-called “White Album”. All good Germans know of what they speak.

                    5. Yes, let’s review a few of the titles from that “unnamed” album:

                      “Back in the U.S.S.R.” – That doesn’t even need explanation.

                      “Happiness Is a Warm Gun” – You’re kidding.

                      “Blackbird” – Clearly a reference to the German eagle.

                      “Helter Skelter” – About killing Jews.

                      “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” – German for obey or die.

    2. Nazi Poppins

      Neologism of the year.

  14. Blame Big Sugar

    and I’m not talkin’ about the Canadian blues-rock band

  15. Certainlybthe Nanny State is plike dieting; it doesn’t work in the long run and is usually counterproductive.

    1. Good observation, even if badly spelled.

  16. We’re talking about a limey, here. For Christ sake, they still need a king and queen, in the 21st century!. They’re primitives, barely more than talking monkeys.

  17. I could do without ever seeing that picture again.

  18. The ban involved a $200 fine according to WaPo. Was that $200 per day, per infraction or what? If it was per day some businesses might have been able to build the fine into the cost of their larger beverages and see no drop in sales. It would be an interesting experiment.

  19. 16 Big Macs a day??? OH NOES!!!!1

    1. comment at this video:

      Steve Smith 21 hours ago

      LOL @ dis ape. roided outta his? mind

      Steve is becoming literate and jaded.

  20. He wants New Yorkers to be fitter and healthier. What is wrong with that?

    Nothing. I want to fuck Malena Morgan. Once you move from “wanting” to “forcing” then plenty is wrong with that.

  21. Maybe the government should start supervising Morgan’s diet.

    No, because, as all good nanny-statists know, other people need the nanny state.

  22. Pierce,

    It’s obvious that you’ve got some extra weight on you, but maybe it’s just you that needs nannying and not the rest of us.

    Signed,

    Not You

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