The Ungolden Arches' sorry financials certainly helps explain a story that left me scratching my head when I heard it: McDonald's plans to go Italian. The big burger joint has a joint venture deal with Fazoli's, a chain that runs 400 shops.

Contrary to what the fat police say, McDonald's just can't force any junk on the public. You gotta believe McD's would love to find a way to migrate some lighter fare onto their menu, although maybe they are shooting for an alfredo that makes a Big Mac look like a Snackwell.