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.
George W. Bush didn’t care much for the work produced by the last commission James Baker chaired. He probably won’t like the results from the next one any better. The University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs has just announced that Baker and former Secretary of State Warren Christopher will chair a commission to study “how the Constitution allocates the powers of beginning, conducting, and ending war.”
We don’t want to prejudge the commission’s work, and the Miller Center’s launch announcement declares that the group’s efforts will be “entirely prospective in nature and not applicable to the present presidential Administration or present Congress.” Still, we couldn’t help noticing that the commission is well stocked with Washington worthies whose advice on Iraq the president has all but ignored so far.
There’s Baker and Iraq Study Group co-chairman Lee Hamilton, from whose Iraq recommendations the White House cherry-picked a troop surge while rejecting just about everything else. There’s Christopher, who warned, a year before the war began, that invading Iraq without proof of strong ties to 9/11 would “fragment the existing anti-terrorism coalition.” There’s Strobe Talbott, who, urging more diplomacy and greater cooperation with the U.N., has called the war in Iraq “the high-water mark of Bush unilateralism and the low-water mark of America’s standing in the world’s eyes.” And then there’s the ultimate burr in Bush’s saddle: Brent Scowcroft, who warned against starting the war and has since talked openly of an administration that has lost its way in handling it.
Yes, there’s some balance on the commission. Former GOP Sen. Slade Gorton is there, as is former Attorney General Ed Meese — but even Meese has been critical, as a member of the Iraq Study Group, of the way the White House has handled Iraq. The real consolation for the president: The commission’s work will be unofficial and, of course, nonbinding, and the current Congress seems increasingly incapable of rising to the challenge anyway.
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.