33 Days

In 2004, independent filmmaker, Morgan Spurlock, offered a damning critique of the fast food industry (and corporate America, in general) in his documentary, Super Size Me. For 30 days, Spurlock limited his diet to food purchased at McDonald's and, in the process, gained 24.5 lbs., increased his body mass by 13 percent, and experienced mood swings, sexual dysfunction, and liver damage. The documentary won Spurlock an Academy Award and a spin-off on F/X Networks--a reality show that documents a person's 30-day stint in someone else's shoes.

Apparently, Elizabeth Dole found this methodology pretty compelling, so she decided to try a little experiment of her own. What happens when a Kansan spends 30 33 days trying to become a North Carolinian?

From Political Wire:

Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) -- facing a very tough re-election fight against Kay Hagan (D) -- is now under fire for spending very little time in North Carolina over the last few years.

"To determine how much time Dole spent in the state, Media General News Service reviewed six years of Senate records that document dates of trips paid for by the government, and combed through press releases from her office and reviewed North Carolina newspaper clips." The news service found that Dole spent only 13 days in North Carolina in 2006 and only 20 in 2005.

The results of Dole's 33-day experiment? Voting with George W. Bush nearly 92 percent of the time.

Comments

Perfect, just perfect

I'm still laughing. I hope Elizabeth Dole's voting record has more to do with being a Kansan than her short stint as a North Carolinian.



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Fat Boy in the weight loss business?

In 2004, independent filmmaker, Morgan Spurlock, offered a damning critique of the fast food industry (and corporate America, in general) in his documentary, Super Size Me. For 30 days, Spurlock limited his diet to food purchased at McDonald's and, in the process, gained 24.5 lbs., increased his body mass by 13 percent, and experienced mood swings, sexual dysfunction, and liver damage. The documentary won Spurlock an Academy Award and a spin-off on F/X Networks--a reality show that documents a person's 30-day stint in someone else's shoes.*nctodc

Don't worry! The fat issue is taking care of itself with strange market forces diets at work. It appears that Mr Spurlock had no idea that the federal reserve could start a weight loss program without help from the government.

Barbecue franchisee files for Chapter 11
Greater Atlanta Bar-B-Q operates Sonny’s restaurants

Greater Atlanta Bar-B-Q LLC, a Norcross-based franchisee of Sonny’s barbecue restaurants, filed Thursday for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The initial filing, made in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia, provided few details about the company’s plans or financial position. Chapter 11 bankruptcy is designed for companies that hope to reorganize and remain in business.

In its filing, Greater Atlanta Bar-B-Q estimated it had $1 million to $10 million in assets and $1 million to $10 million in liabilities. The company’s top unsecured creditor was Sysco Food Service, which was listed as being owed $392,000.

Sonny’s, based in Maitland, Fla., has more than 138 restaurants, concentrated in the Southeast. The filing did not say how many restaurants Greater Atlanta Bar-B-Q owns. A Sonny’s company Web site lists 14 outlets in northern Georgia.

Powell Goldstein, an Atlanta law firm, handled the bankruptcy filing.

Greater Atlanta Bar-B-Q and Powell Goldstein did not return messages. Sonny’s did not return a message either.

The restaurant industry has come under pressure in the past year as food costs rise and customer traffic slows. Casual dining, moderately priced sit-down restaurants, has been hit hard as customers trade down to fast-food outlets or dine at home.

Bennigan’s and Steak & Ale, Texas-based chains, went out of business earlier this year after their parent company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which calls for liquidating assets.