2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
Vice President Dick Cheney’s gay daughter Mary has now come up in two debates. Sen. John Edwards brought her up in his match with Cheney last week, and Wednesday night John Kerry invoked her to respond to a question from Bob Schieffer about whether people “choose” to be gay. This time Republicans are crying foul. Bush campaign spokesman Dan Bartlett told NBC Kerry “stepped outside of the bounds” when he brought up the vice president’s daughter. “A flag should have been thrown.” Lynne Cheney is furious, telling a Pennsylvania campaign rally Kerry “is not a good man” because he brought her daughter’s sexuality into the debate and calling the remark “a cheap and tawdry political trick.”
We had mixed feelings about the Democrats’ use of Mary Cheney. In the moment it looked a little like an effort to shout THE VICE PRESIDENT HAS A GAY DAUGHTER to red-state homophobes. It’s safe to say it wasn’t meant to boost Cheney’s appeal in the blue states. But the GOP’s hypocrisy on the issue makes Mary Cheney an almost irresistible touchstone. And when Bush ducked Schieffer’s question about whether being gay is a “choice” — “I don’t know,” he said twice — it was hard not to want to rub his nose in the fundamental simplicity of the issue by bringing it back to someone Bush knows who happens to be gay.
We’ll give this one to Kerry-Edwards on points, if not on style.
Joan Walsh is Salon's editor at large and the author of "What's the Matter With White People: Finding Our Way in the Next America."More Joan Walsh.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.
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