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rfrobison
01-15-2010, 10:04 AM
Don't believe me? Check this (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704281204575002880241611498.html?m od=WSJ_newsreel_opinion) out.

bjkeefe
01-15-2010, 01:02 PM
Don't believe me? Check this (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704281204575002880241611498.html?m od=WSJ_newsreel_opinion) out.

Well ... something has become silly. I'm gonna go with the notion that someone thinks "Michael Bloomberg=America" is the winner, though.

rfrobison
01-15-2010, 06:23 PM
Touché. But he's symbolic of a particularly American, paternalistic silliness, I'd argue. And he has the power to impose his silliness on a lot of poor, innocent Reuben-eaters, too.

Myself, I prefer pastrami. Maybe I'll move to Italy, where I doubt anyone's gonna hector me because it's too salty.

bjkeefe
01-15-2010, 06:34 PM
Touché. But he's symbolic of a particularly American, paternalistic silliness, I'd argue.

Many Americans would argue his "nanny-statism" is "typically European." Does that sound like a smart or meaningful statement?

And he has the power to impose his silliness on a lot of poor, innocent Reuben-eaters, too.

We shall see. I don't care, either way, but I doubt people who let him go on the smoking and trans-fat restrictions will be as apathetic about this one.

Myself, I prefer pastrami. Maybe I'll move to Italy, where I doubt anyone's gonna hector me because it's too salty.

Better stay out of the Tuscan region.

;)

(? (http://www.athomeintuscany.org/2009/06/15/tuscany-bread/))

wreaver
01-21-2010, 03:22 AM
Many Americans would argue his "nanny-statism" is "typically European."

(I don't mean this in an inflammatory way but) I think it is more common for people to call that "fascism" (with the people who would be critical of this).

bjkeefe
01-21-2010, 08:00 AM
(I don't mean this in an inflammatory way but) I think it is more common for people to call that "fascism" (with the people who would be critical of this).

In the Jonah Goldberg sense, sure.

osmium
01-21-2010, 09:02 AM
Don't believe me? Check this (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704281204575002880241611498.html?m od=WSJ_newsreel_opinion) out.

Rundown on the other Nanny-statisms of Bloomie:

The smoking ban is actually really popular, now it's been a while and people are used to it.

The trans-fat ban: I seriously haven't noticed, but if trans-fat is really bad for you, then I suppose I'm happy. At the time, people cried to high heaven that all restaurants in New York City would close down due to "the increased cost."

The calorie counts at chain restaurants: I like it a lot. I'll still eat what I want, but I like knowing that a little tiny piece of cake at Starbucks is 750 calories.

Salt: hmmm. I don't know. Salt's pretty good...

watergirl
02-02-2010, 08:40 AM
Absolutely ridiculous. Next thing you know they'll be telling us that we can't use the toilet cause we might fall in.

bjkeefe
03-01-2010, 08:06 PM
Don't believe me? Check this (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704281204575002880241611498.html?m od=WSJ_newsreel_opinion) out.

Just when you thought it couldn't get any stupider: New NYC rule: No more fresh-baked goods at school bake sales (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/23/no-brownies-at-bake-sales-but-doritos-may-be-o-k/).

Clearly, the city council is in the pocket of Big Corn Chip.