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.
Harriet Miers may have a hard time communicating her views on constitutional law or keeping her Supreme Court justices straight, but she seems pretty darned clear about this: She is — or at least she was — adamantly opposed to abortion rights.
Miers has just submitted her responses to a Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire. With them, she has included her responses to a 1989 questionnaire from the antiabortion group Texans United for Life. In those responses, Miers says that she would support a constitutional amendment outlawing abortion except when “necessary to prevent the death of the mother.”
Miers’ response isn’t necessarily inconsistent with her claim that “no one knows” what she thinks about Roe v. Wade — it’s conceivable, we suppose, that she believes Roe was rightly decided under the Constitution as it exists and that a constitutional amendment would be required to reverse it. But her response does put her at the extreme edge of the antiabortion movement. Reversing Roe v. Wade would merely leave decisions about outlawing abortion up to individual states; the constitutional amendment Miers said she’d support in 1989 would outlaw abortion throughout the country, regardless of the desires of the residents of any given state. And the amendment envisioned by Texans United for Life wouldn’t allow abortions in the case of rape or incest or serious threats to the health of the mother.
Miers’ other responses to the Texans United for Life questionnaire confirm her antiabortion views. As the Associated Press notes, she checked boxes indicating that she agreed with every policy position the group put forward: She promised to appear at “pro-life” rallies and events, to support efforts to outlaw abortion on the state level, to fight the use of public money for abortion and to try to keep “pro-abortion” people off city boards and commissions. With Miers’ nomination, George W. Bush seems to be taking that last vow straight to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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.