New York judge rules against portion control!

Hear Mayor Bloomberg offer his defense:

"We're not banning anything," he said on CBS' Face the Nation. "It's called portion control."

"All we're doing in New York is reminding you that it's not in your interest to have too many empty calories," he said. "You can have some. If you want to have 32 ounces, just buy two 16-ounce cups. Take them back to your seat. If you want 64 ounces, take four cups back."

That's a great suggestion. Think of the poor guy who just wants to buy a twenty ounce Coke. Now he has to buy thirty-two ounces! What do you think he's going to do with the extra twelve ounces? Pour it down the sink drain, right? Well, he has already paid for it. Does he want to measure out four ounces from the second cup and dispose of the rest? No! He'll slosh down most of the second cup, for sure!

That's good portion control, mayor. Keep it up. We'll lick obesity yet.

I like that middle sentence, where he talks about empty calories: "You can have some." Papa Bloomberg tells his children what they can have. That captures the nanny spirit of the regulation so well.

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