Bloomy's ban was blown off by Judge Tingling (more on him later), and all New Yorkers are once again free to imbibe the poison of their choice. But now that the ban has bitten the dust, we are learning that Nanny B specifically worked a loophole into his loony law that would have exempted the soda ban's most fervent supporters: Trendy white liberals.
Starbucks will continue selling sugary coffee drinks under the "half milk" loophole, a special little loophole created by Bloomberg and his minions to make sure that the Crusading Liberal White People who support this ban are actually not affected by this ban. If Starbucks had been included in the ban, the shrieking from Bloomberg's Crusading Liberal White People supporters would have been deafening, and the thing would have been killed.
So they made certain that the ban didn't apply to White People's Big Gulps, even though they contain nearly as much sugar and much more caffeine than Other People's Big Gulps.
For example, Lattes are exempt because they’re more than half milk and it’s OK for customers to fill their own cups of large coffee with all the sugar they want.
Starbucks announced it plans to continue offering 20 ounce venti-sized drinks because of the milk content. Like Dunkin’ Donuts, customers will also be able to add their own sugar to their coffee.
Note to Bloomberg: Milk itself is full of sugar.
No overly-caffeinated, sugary drinks for minorities and the poor, but plenty of overpriced "venits" for the white middle class. No racism there.
Back to Judge Tingling. Turns out that he had a very personal reason that he could have cited to justify the ban, but - as an honest jurist - ruled strictly by legal precedent. How quaint:
Tingling, ironically, is a diabetic who eats healthy and regularly works out, friends said.
“Sugar is poison to the judge,” said attorney Ravi Batra, who noted Tingling inherited diabetes from his judge dad.
Bloomberg probably felt his 20-ounce jihad was a lead-pipe cinch, with a diabetic judge hearing the case. Too bad Tingling - who said, in overturning the ban, "the loopholes in this rule effectively defeat the state purpose of the rule" - realized that punishing one race of people so another race could feel better about themselves is, well, kinda illegal.
And immoral. Which is the side that do-gooder liberals usually find themselves on, while bleating they should be judge by their intentions.
OK, I will.