From Michael M. Grynbaum of the NYT (March 11, 2013):
A judge invalidated New York City's limits on large sugary drinks on Monday, one day before they were to go into effect, dealing a significant blow to one of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's signature public health initiatives and a marquee project of his third term.
The decision by Justice Milton A. Tingling Jr. of State Supreme Court in Manhattan blocks the city from putting the rules into effect or enforcing them.
Justice Tingling said the rule banning the drinks was "arbitrary and capricious."Justice is -- apparently -- still available in some circumstances. It arrived promptly at 5 o'clock pm. EDT. Who better to deliver the take-down than the Hon. Justice Tingling Jr. After all, such a welcome contradiction to the edicts of "the Bloomberg" is tingling in its own fashion.
(Let's all send the Hon. Tingling a lovely Hallmark holiday card at year's end.)
And let's all celebrate with a 24-oz. Mountain Dew, Pepsi, RC or whatever.
Truthfully, this correspondent gave up soda-pop after the "New Coke" fiasco, which we believe was concocted to bring the "Old" Coca-Cola back with high-fructose corn syrup substituted for the real highly-refined sugar from back when. Once I craved Coca-Cola but gave it up after the "fix" was in. Pepsi was no comfort ... seltzer with lime became the favorite carbonated beverage chez Keith (always better with a shot of angostura).
So, whether you are "tea party," "coffee party," or "partay-partay" let us give thanks that the man formerly known as a brilliant engineer and media mogul has been defeated, temporarily, in his enduring quest to make us all healthier. Healthier to pay more parking fines and other nuisances.
Some lovely vintage soda-pop advertising from days of yore:
"Sip and Zip." Now with Judge Tingling Zing!
"Refreshes without filling." The first word in empty calories.
"Your throat feels cool, your mouth feels fresh." Real thirst-quencher! Real wrist-squisher! (Watch the bowling ball there, Butch Wax.)
Dolores Haze for Nehi!
"Your parents were hypocrites. Our parents were Beatniks!"