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  • McDonald’s Cannot Make Your Kids Eat Anything They Don’t Want To

    05/25/2013 5:12:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | May 25, 2013 | Mark Horne
    Children are impressionable, and McDonald’s has managed, in the majority of cases, to make children prefer McDonald’s over all other fast food choices. Some people have decided that McDonald’s marketing is to blame for the fact that kids eat French fries and not fruits and veggies. Or, at least, the claim to believe McDonald’s possesses such awesome powers. And they even pretend that they think children are somehow wise leaders in society. Thus, from MSNBC and Morning Joe:“Nine-year-old Hannah Robertson doesn’t want a Happy Meal. She wants a healthy meal. And she’s not shy about saying it: Hannah took her...
  • McDonald’s Finds McEasy Way to Evade San Francisco Happy Meal Ban

    12/01/2011 3:07:46 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 17 replies
    New American ^ | 12-1-2011 | Michael Tennant
    Here’s a story that’ll tickle your McRibs. On December 1 a law seemingly banning McDonald’s Happy Meals went into effect in San Francisco. The “Healthy Meal Incentives Ordinance” prohibits restaurants from giving away toys with meals that do not meet with the city’s approval — namely, meals with too many calories, too much salt or fat, or insufficient fruits and vegetables. Just a few days before the ordinance took effect, SF Weekly reports, McDonald’s announced it had found a simple way around the statute: Charge customers extra for the toys. Now in order to obtain a Happy Meal toy, parents...
  • McDonald’s Trims Its Happy Meal ("Would you like apples with that?")

    07/26/2011 6:41:21 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 63 replies
    ny times ^ | 7/26/2011 | Stephanie Strom
    Bowing to pressure from health advocates and parents, McDonald’s is putting the Happy Meal on a diet. The company announced Tuesday that it would more than halve the amount of French fries and add fruit to its popular children’s meal in an effort to reduce the overall calorie count by 20 percent. But McDonald’s appeasement only went so far. A toy will still come with each Happy Meal despite criticism that the trinkets, often with tie-ins to movies like “Toy Story,” foster a powerful connection between children and the often calorie-laden meals. While Happy Meals account for less than 10...
  • McDonald's Under Pressure to Fire Ronald

    05/18/2011 10:40:13 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 87 replies
    McDonald's Under Pressure to Fire Ronald By JULIE JARGON More than 550 health professionals and organizations have signed a letter to McDonald's Corp. asking the maker of Happy Meals to stop marketing junk food to kids and retire Ronald McDonald. The letter, slated to run in the form of full-page ads in six metropolitan newspapers around the country on Wednesday, acknowledges that "the contributors to today's (health) epidemic are manifold and a broad societal response is required. But marketing can no longer be ignored as a significant part of this massive problem." "We are committed to responsible advertising and take...
  • (Vanity)Turned on MSNBC to a discussion of NYC council member who wants to ban toys in happy meals

    04/08/2011 9:44:26 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 24 replies
    This is a picture of him. I guess when they booked the guy, they didn't see the ridiculousness of doing so.
  • Lawsuit targets toys in Happy Meals

    12/17/2010 6:11:53 AM PST · by FredJake · 68 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 12/16/2010 | Joe Newby
    If Monet Parham gets her way, McDonalds will be forced to remove the toys from its popular Happy Meals. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy group based in Washington, filed a complaint in San Francisco Wednesday accused the fast food giant of "deceptive marketing and business practices", according to an article at Business Week. Parham, a California State employee, told Business Week, “I don’t think it’s right to entice children into wanting Happy Meals with the promise of a great toy.” Apparently, Parham's 6 year old daughter, Maya, is a big fan of the toys...
  • Mayor Gavin Newsom vetoes fast-food toy ban

    11/13/2010 11:44:46 AM PST · by ColdOne · 26 replies
    the San Francisco Chronicle/SFgate.com ^ | November 13, 2010 | Rachel Gordon
    San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom wants to keep the happy in Happy Meals.
  • Happy Meals versus the homeless

    11/10/2010 1:21:17 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/10/10 | Debra J. Saunders
    As The Chronicle reported, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 8-3 to ban the inclusion of toys in Happy Meals that don't have reduced sodium, sugar and fat. Once again the supes have proved themselves to be both authoritarian and irrelevant. Let me throw out a favorite word among the left: Choice. Over Mayor Gavin Newsom's objections -- he finally figured out that Ess Eff nanny state laws don't sell if you're running for office statewide -- the board has decided that it has the right to take away the ability of parents to choose to buy a Happy...
  • What is the difference between the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and Al Qaeda?

    11/04/2010 8:44:16 PM PDT · by guyshomenet · 21 replies
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 11/4/2010 | Guy Smith
    This is a serious inquiry as I am beginning to see little daylight between the attitudes of either organization – merely a different set of priorities. One group is a fanatical tribe of overzealous control freaks who insist on subjugating everyone in their corner of the globe to their pious belief systems through any torturous means necessary. The other group is hiding in Pakistan. .... Much of this is reflected in Sharia law and San Francisco city ordinances, both of which are writs of self-professed divine directives. .... The chief unifying factor between these two terrorist groups is that their...
  • Happy Meals immune to decay?

    09/29/2010 12:22:52 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 47 replies
    upi ^ | Sept. 29, 2010
    SACRAMENTO, - An art experiment suggesting McDonald's food doesn't decay has raised eyebrows -- and raised questions about just what's in those Happy Meals, observers say. A New York photographer left a McDonald's hamburger Happy Meal, complete with a small side order of french fries, sitting on a shelf in her home for more than 18 weeks. Every three days, Sally Davies took a photo of the food. By day 137, the food looked pretty much the same, KTXL-TV, Sacramento, reported. Some were quick to assume McDonald's is using preservatives to create the appearance of "fresh" food. But scientists say...
  • S.F. proposal: Healthier kids meals or no toys

    08/11/2010 7:55:01 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/11/10 | Rachel Gordon, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Toys that have been synonymous with kids' meals at fast-food restaurants could soon be banned in San Francisco under a new law proposed Tuesday if the food contains too much fat, sugar or salt. Earlier this year, Santa Clara County became the first local government in the nation to adopt such a law, but it only applies to unincorporated areas and affects a handful of restaurants. San Francisco's proposal could have a far greater impact. The restrictions would pertain to all restaurants but effectively would target the dozens of fast-food establishments in the city, among them McDonald's, Jack in the...
  • ‘Food Police’ Become America’s Most Wanted Criminals

    06/28/2010 9:42:05 PM PDT · by HandsOffMyFreedom · 10 replies · 2+ views
    Nanny State Liberation Front ^ | 06/29/2010 | NSLF
    The 'food police' just became 'America's Most Wanted' criminals for their recent attempt to rob children across America of their beloved McDonald's Happy Meals. A quick look at the Center for Science in the Public Interest's (CSPI) Facebook page reveals that scores of angry parents have plastered the organization's 'Wall' with angry messages demanding CSPI back-off from suing McDonald's and infringing on their parental rights. On Monday, June 28, the consumer advocacy group Creative Consumer Concepts (C3) launched a new online resource to help parents fight back against the CSPI publicity stunt targeting Happy Meals and parents' rights to choose...
  • McDonald's Threatened With Lawsuit for Pairing Toys With Happy Meals

    06/22/2010 3:00:44 PM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 48 replies
    ABC News Website ^ | 6/22/10 | Lauren Cox/ABC News
    A food industry watchdog group is threatening to take McDonald's to court over its practice of including toys with Happy Meals. The Center for Science in the Public Interest announced Tuesday that it will file a lawsuit against McDonald's, calling the practice of marketing toys with junk food "illegal" under consumer protection laws in Massachusetts, Texas, the District of Columbia, New Jersey and California. "Dangling a toy in front of a kid to try to get them into your restaurant is unfair and deceptive, because it's targeted at kids who are what? Four years old? Six years old? Who don't...
  • Santa Clara County: Supervisors ban toys with fast-food meals

    04/27/2010 3:39:38 PM PDT · by freespirited · 42 replies · 931+ views
    By a 3-2 vote, Santa Clara County supervisors today approved the nation's first childhood obesity ordinance targeting toy giveaways with fast-food meals. The ordinance would prohibit restaurants from giving away toys with kids' meals that are high in fat, sugar and calories. The ban's reach will be very limited. It will only affect restaurants in the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County such as San Martin. Supervisors Ken Yeager, Liz Kniss and Dave Cortese voted for the ordinance. Supervisors Don Gage and George Shirakawa opposed it. The ordinance will return to the board May 11 for a final vote. It...
  • Happy Meal toys could be banned in Santa Clara County

    04/27/2010 9:29:31 AM PDT · by BigEdLB · 33 replies · 808+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 4/27/10 | LA Times
    The latest target in the battle over fast food is something you shouldn't even put in your mouth. Convinced that Happy Meals and other food promotions aimed at children could make kids fat as well as happy, county officials in Silicon Valley are poised to outlaw the little toys that often come with high-calorie offerings. The proposed ban is the latest in a growing string of efforts to change the types of foods aimed at youngsters and the way they are cooked and sold. Across the nation, cities, states and school boards have taken aim at excessive sugar, salt and...
  • Proposal to ban toys in unhealthy kid's meals

    03/24/2010 4:25:05 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 25 replies · 689+ views
    abclocal ^ | 03/24/10 | Teresa Garcia
    SANTA CLARA COUNTY (KGO) -- A Santa Clara County lawmaker will introduce legislation to stop restaurants from handing out toys with fast food menu items geared toward children. The proposed legislation would ban toy giveaways at restaurants only in Santa Clara County. Some say toys are what puts the happy in a Happy Meal, like at McDonalds. "I'm sorry but when you go for a Happy Meal for a child -- we go for the prize, because that's what makes the Happy Meal a happy meal," said San Jose resident Barbara Park. But Santa Clara County Board of Supervisor Ken...
  • Michael Medved Live- 08 May

    05/08/2006 11:59:41 AM PDT · by mnehring · 34 replies · 469+ views
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  • Narnia Happy Meal Details (with pictures)

    12/15/2005 10:03:25 AM PST · by far sider · 57 replies · 1,854+ views
    narnia web ^ | Dec 15, 2005 12:06 AM | glumPuddle
    Narnia characters will appear in McDonalds happy meals from December 16 to January 12. Each McDonald’s Happy Meal includes an articulated action figure and interactive pop-up book that provides a richly detailed play environment to bring the film to life. 1. Lucy Pevensie and the Wardrobe features a charming Lucy action figure. The door of Lucy’s wardrobe diorama opens so she can enter the mystical world of Narnia on the reverse side. 2. Mr. Tumnus and his Home includes Tumnus, who sports a scarf that doubles as a whistle, and a detailed pop-up book depicting his wintry home. 3. Edmund...
  • Tuesday Trivia

    10/18/2005 7:01:40 AM PDT · by genefromjersey · 6 replies · 338+ views
    The Morning Paper | 10/18/05 | vanity
    Tuesday Trivia Wasau,Wisconsin: A hungry 78 year old man drove his car into the glass entryway of a Burger King restaurant,causing extensive damage. The man backed up, parked his car,and ordered a meal. He was sitting at a table,rather nonchalantly, eating his meal, when police arrived. No summons was issued, because the incident occurred on private property. (The restaurant manager declined to say what kind of food the gentleman ordered , but it definitely sounds like a “Happy Meal”.) Brussels: European “sex workers” ( that’s the new PC term for prostitutes ) are demanding their unique profession be recognized as...
  • From Iron Curtain to Golden Arches (Fifteen years of Russian happy meals)

    02/21/2005 1:46:11 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 22 replies · 1,357+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 28, 2004 | Arnold Beichman
    MCDONALD'S IS CELEBRATING ITS 15TH anniversary in Russia. Its sales have risen steadily, reaching $310 million in 2004. The company reports that it is serving more than 200,000 customers daily in more than a hundred Russian locations. Well, three cheers for McDonald's, but what's the big deal?Why is McDonald's such a success when all they're selling is a Russian staple, a kotlety as they call it? It was once a puzzle to me, but there's a story behind this McDonald's success story.Some years ago I was staying at one of Moscow's most luxurious hotels, just built by private German investors,...