David Kirkpatrick

March 31, 2009

This is why the left scares me …

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:23 am

… and ought to concern any freedom-loving American.

This link is a post from Michelle Cottle at the New Republic’s Plank blog. I like the Plank. I have it in my blogroll, but sometimes it reminds why the mindset of the political left really frightens me. (Not unlike how say, the Corner, does the same thing for me from the right.)

Cottle’s post is about the concept of banning fast-food restaurants within 500 feet of public schools, well more specifically on a study that hopes to achieve something along those lines. Cottle doesn’t totally agree with the idea but then this graf appears in the blog post:

I can, of course, already hear the logical response from objectors: Sure this move isn’t The Answer, but where is the harm in trying to make it An Answer. Like all political quests, tackling childhood obesity must be looked at in terms of strategic prioritizing. From a purely legalistic perspective, I can’t imagine that there wouldn’t be complicated, costly, time-consuming law suits (not to mention potential PR problems) if the government moved from controlling what takes place on public school grounds to dictating where private companies who products are in no way proscribed for use by minors can peddle their wares. I’m not saying it couldn’t be done. But whenever we’re talking about imposing new nanny-state limitations on private individuals and/or institutions, there should be serious cost-benefit anlyses conducted beforehand. I have to think there are more obvious, more useful, and less intrusive avenues to be attempted.
(boldemphasis mine)

I reiterate, Cottle isn’t going along with the left-wing groupthink here, but it’s just second nature for her to think (rightly I might add) the political left sees no problem with throwing government action — nanny-state bans in this case — at a “problem” regardless whether the cure might work, or if it’s even curing an actual problem facing our society. And any of the above is nothing more than very, very bad policy and ridiculous government overreach.

Hypothetical clowns like Cottle tacitly describes here were the only reservation I had in voting for Obama. The idea this mindset might feel some sense of entitlement to actual policy decision making was stomach churning. That churning was easily forgotten by simply thinking about “President Palin” and all the fail that reality would entail. (Also.)

March 9, 2009

McDonald’s sales up

Filed under: Business — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 10:44 am

Similar to the strong numbers posted by Wal-Mart last week, McDonald’s is seeing an uptick in its sales. Discounters always do well in tough economic conditions.

From the second link:

McDonald’s Corp <MCD.N> posted a 1.4 percent rise in February sales at restaurants open at least 13 months, as strength in the United States helped offset the impact of the stronger dollar.

Shares in the company — one of the restaurant industry’s top performers — were up 1.2 percent in morning trade.

The company booked higher sales despite having one fewer day in February, since 2008 was a Leap Year. The loss of that one day cut about 4 percentage points from same-store sales, the company said on Monday.

Still, McDonald’s cautioned that at current currency exchange rates the stronger dollar would cut first-quarter earnings by 7 to 9 cents a share. Analysts, on average, expect the company to post a first-quarter profit of 83 cents per share excluding stock-based compensation, according to Reuters Estimates.

RBC Capital Markets analyst Larry Miller said same-store sales were “better than fine,” noting that the company repeated an earlier warning about the impact of the stronger dollar and said commodity costs could weigh on results.

November 26, 2008

Czechs rejoice you now have the Whopper

Filed under: Business, et.al. — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:07 am

The press release from moments ago:

First Burger King(R) Restaurant Opens in the Czech Republic

PRAGUE, November 26/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —     Burger King Europe GmbH, a subsidiary of Burger King
Corporation announced today the opening of the first BURGER KING(R)
restaurant in the Czech Republic. This new market entry is an important step
to accomplish the European expansion strategy. BURGER KING(R) now operates
restaurants in Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and Czech Republic.

    Commenting on the market entry, Peter Robinson, president of
Burger King Europe GmbH, said: “We are very pleased to announce our further
expansion in Central Europe. It is part of our overall growth plan to
increase our presence in both, the existing European BURGER KING(R) markets
and in strategic new ones. The expertise of our franchise partners in Central
and Eastern Europe is crucial for the successful development of the BURGER
KING(R) brand. We look forward to continued collaboration with these
franchisees and to the entry into further new markets in the region.”

    The first BURGER KING(R) restaurant in the Eastern part of
Europe opened in 1991 in Hungary. Our entry into Poland in 2007 was also an
important step towards the expansion in the region. In accordance with the
brand’s development plans we have opened 826 BURGER KING(R) restaurants in
Central and Eastern Europe. Most of these restaurants are located in central
business districts or large shopping centres, which strengthens the presence
of the BURGER KING(R) brand in this region.

    Referring to these new business opportunities Peter Robinson
stated: “We are excited about introducing the great flame-grilled taste of
BURGER KING(R) products such as the WHOPPER(R) to even more customers in
Central Europe. Our customers appreciate the affordable prices for high
quality food and exceptional service at BURGER KING(R).”

    About Burger King Corporation

    The BURGER KING(R) system operates more than 11,600
restaurants in all 50 states and in 73 countries and U.S. territories
worldwide. Approximately 90 percent of BURGER KING(R) restaurants are owned
and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations
that have been in business for decades. In 2008, Fortune magazine ranked
Burger King Corp. among America’s 1,000 largest corporations. To learn more
about Burger King Corp., please visit the company’s Web site at
http://www.bk.com.

Source: Burger King Europe GmbH