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.
As if Karl Rove didn’t have enough to deal with, along comes Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter to ratchet up the pressure on the embattled White House advisor.
According to a report on Bloomberg.com, this past weekend Specter went on the ABC News program “This Week” and announced he wanted to know more about presidential advisor Karl Rove’s private assurances to Focus on the Family president James Dobson as to how Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers would supposedly decide future cases should she be appointed to the bench.
“The Senate Judiciary Committee is entitled to know whatever the White House knew,” Specter said. “If Dr. Dobson knows something that he shouldn’t know or something that I ought to know, I’m going to find out,” the senator continued.
Dobson has come out more or less in support of Miers, a position he took as a result of confidential discussions with Rove. As to what exactly some of those discussions entailed, Dobson has been tight-lipped, saying only that “some of what I know I am not at liberty to talk about.”
Although Specter stopped short of saying he would subpoena either Rove or Dobson to testify about the matter, that hasn’t stopped Democrats like Sen. Patrick Leahy from speaking out on the subject. “If assurances were given of how any nominee, whether this nominee or anybody else, and somebody gives assurances how they’re going to vote in an upcoming case, I would vote against that person,” he told ABC.
As President Bush used his Saturday morning radio address to try to quell the mutiny from restive conservatives over the court nomination, it is unclear yet whether Miers will survive the gathering political storm — and as Rove faces possible federal indictments for his role in the CIA leak case, the same could be said for him too.
J.J. Helland is Salon's editorial fellow in New York.More J.J. Helland.
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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