The Washington Times - June 17, 2013, 09:24AM

Sarah Palin, a former Alaska governor and the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, said Monday she “feels” for New Yorkers while talking about a new initiative from New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to recycle food scraps.

“Do New Yorkers feel like you’re just a bunch of little babies?” she said on “Fox & Friends.” “Thank goodness you got this nanny over you telling you what to do every day and … otherwise, you couldn’t get through your day? How do you guys feel about this stuff?”

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She said a potential silver lining is that issues such as this potentially could keep Mr. Bloomberg away from “bigger issues,” such as Second Amendment rights.

“I just think your mayor, bless his heart, I’m sure well-intended — I feel for New Yorkers who just don’t have that liberty, that freedom to live as you deem most appropriate and safest and best for yourselves and families,” Mrs. Palin said.

Mrs. Palin, a global-warming skeptic, also was presented with news that Alaskans currently are dealing with record-challenging heat, with a recent high of 88 degrees.

“Can you believe that?” Mrs. Palin said. “A month ago, the lake was frozen, the lake that we live on, and here it is, yeah, there’s a heat wave.”