The further adventures of Buck Floomberg

Mike Bloomberg: pushy chestless runt of a man? Well, not just that, says KingShamus:

He’s not just the latest in a long line of secular puritans that are at odds with America’s founding leave-me-alone spirit. He’s also just as closed-minded as any stereotypical Bible-thumping creationist strawman found in a Richard Dawkins atheist pud-wack essay. He’s got it in his head that sodium is a killer — and that his laws are the best way to get people to follow his idea of a ‘proper’ diet — so it’s only natural that he’d pump the food police legislation despite the facts being against him. The only difference between Bloomberg’s lifestyle diktats and any religious teaching is … well, nothing … if you really think about it.

What the world needs now is a photograph of Bloomberg with a bag of pork rinds in one hand — and a pistol in the other.


  1. KingShamus »

    1 August 2011 · 9:53 pm

    I dunno–maybe I’m being too subtle–but I really find Mike Bloomberg repellent. I’m praying for that firearms/transfat pic.

    Thank you for the linkage. I appreciate it, sir.

  2. Francis W. Porretto »

    2 August 2011 · 3:46 am

    Bloomberg is quite a case. He’s rich as Croesus, so his machinations are unlikely to be about material greed. And he appears indifferent to religion, so he doesn’t come across as animated by a doctrinal conviction. Yet, when we match him against C.S. Lewis’s diagnosis:

    Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may 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.

    …the fit is exact. We’re left to conclude that he merely (?) considers himself smarter, more knowledgeable, and more virtuous than the rest of us — by standards he and he alone has formulated.

    I am left to wonder how such a man can survive to a ripe age surrounded by Americans.

  3. Tatyana »

    2 August 2011 · 6:08 am

    what is there to wonder? he IS smarter than majority of fellow Americans – in money matters. since for most of his fellow Americans money talk/ it’s the measure of success/ the man who made most money commands most respect – whatever his thoughts on other issues are granted to be brilliant as well.

    KingShamus somehow makes him “at odds” with American spirit. On the contrary – his zeal to preach is very much American. His collectivism is American, too – look at all those cults, communes and mass movements, from puritans to hippies. Hell, every “community board” will restrain you with ridiculous “rules”, and every neighbor will monitor the height of the grass on your lawn as if somebody made you their charges.

  4. Tatyana »

    2 August 2011 · 6:09 am

    omitted: ” Americans think that money talk”

  5. Tatyana »

    2 August 2011 · 6:21 am

    Ha! Shannon Love just said the same thing (in much better clothing):

    “… People in fields requiring a lot of brainpower fall easily prey to the idea that mastery in one narrow domain makes them globally superior decision makers in all domains. From there, it is an easy step to an elitist political philosophy.”

  6. CGHill »

    2 August 2011 · 6:59 am

    See, for instance, Noam Chomsky, arguably the most important name in linguistics, utterly adrift as a foreign-policy commentator.

  7. Tatyana »

    2 August 2011 · 7:26 am

    Exactly. Or, even more obvious, a certain community organizer – the one playing President on TV

  8. Jeff Brokaw »

    2 August 2011 · 8:12 am

    Bloomberg strikes me as a complete tool. Probably one of the bigger tools in politics, which is saying a lot.

    And the evidence for the “salt is bad for you” mantra is nearly non-existent, as I learned recently by reading “Good Calories, Bad Calories” by Gary Taubes. In fact, he says most of what we “know” about diet is unsupported by evidence. Shocking, eh?

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