tonight’s McWedgie

Remember when San Fran “banned” Happy Meals by requiring fruit and vegetables to be served with any meal that includes a toy? Question: What if the meal doesn’t automatically include the toy? What if the toy’s “optional,” purchasable with a Happy Meal plus a small additional fee…


  1. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 9:54 pm |

    Hah! You can’t fool me. That’s a trick question.

    An “optional” toy implies that the consumer can make a choice. And that implies liberty.

    YOU FASCIST!!! Liberty is forbidden. So there can be no such thing as a “choice”.

    (Except for killing babies – that’s OK.)


  2. Ironic in Denver
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 10:56 pm |

    Law of Unintended Consequences at work.

    But I wonder: shouldn’t someone sue SF to meet its own standards?
    A huge component of child nutrition is school lunches, and SFs school lunches don’t meet the “can come with a toy” standard (or pretty much any other).

    This is a long piece on the subject, and to be fair, I think it says that there have been improvements, and that budget is probably a problem, but still….

    “it warrants mentioning that not one meal served to San Francisco’s schoolchildren in December or January — the 708-calorie beef dippers; the 711-calorie cheese lasagna; or the 712-calorie chicken nuggets — would qualify under the Healthy Meal Incentive Ordinance to be allowed to come with a toy.

    San Francisco is trying to hold McDonald’s to a higher standard than it is willing to hold itself.”

  3. Claire: barbarian, etc
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 4:45 am |

    700+ calorie lunches — for little kidz?!? That’s more than half my daily allottment — and I’m a big ol’ growed up woman!!

  4. Blue Max
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 8:44 am |

    ^^Ironic — interesting article, thanks for the link.

    I thought the mention of “Chicago’s slavery disclosure ordinance,” (since adopted elsewhere) was a sarcastic comment by the author. Nope, I was wrong (and how did I miss this???).

    Chicago makes history as 1st city to pass Slavery-Era Disclosure Ordinance

    Slavery is appalling, but with slavery still a pressing issue in various countries (or in the US in the case of forced prostitution), why the waste of time or resources on this evil remnant of the US past?

    The article informs us that it is, “to get them [companies] to divulge information for a possible reparations lawsuit in the future.” Uh, oh, to find a way to loot companies despite the fact that all of their slaveholding corporate execs or employees have long since gone on to their eternal reward or punishment.

    I wish our family’s home city in Germany had such an ordinance involving depredations by the Turks in 1529 and 1683 which really hurt us. Think what the interest payment on such damages would be! We’d be super-wealthy!!

    At some point people have to move on and make their own way in this world and let the past belong to the historians.

  5. DougM (jackassophobe)
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 9:46 am |

    I think it would be social justice, if they made restaurants give free toys with all meals that include vegetables.

    Re: slavery
    All that gasoline you use?
    Think about the current slavery in Muslim states.

  6. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm |

    700+ calorie lunches — for little kidz?!? That’s more than half my daily allottment….(3) Claire.

    Dearest Claire, that allotment would force this child to choose between food of any description and *glasses/mugs/bottles* of “personality beverages”! (…I do, however, have the discipline engrained fm a career in the USMC; “No drinking within 50 feet of the aircraft!”

  7. ZZMike
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 2:31 pm |

    COL Jerry: “… discipline engrained fm a career in the USMC; “No drinking within 50 feet of the aircraft!”

    Ouch! That’s a hard, Spartan life. (No wonder the Corps does so well in situations involving courage, honor, discipline, duty, …)