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.
The father of modern conservatism, William F. Buckley Jr., died Wednesday at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 82. While the exact cause of death is not yet known, the conservative commentator has suffered from diabetes and emphysema, according to his son Christopher, the New York Times reported. Buckley was found at his desk in his study. “He might have been working on a column,” his son said.
Buckley founded the National Review in 1955, the Bible on which modern conservatism rose, and hosted the TV show “Firing Line” for more than 30 years, the longest-running public affairs show with a single host in the history of television. He also wrote more than 45 books, including a spy novel series with 11 volumes in it. Over the course of his life, he wrote 5,600 installments of his biweekly column, “On the Right,” sometimes whipping them out in as little as 20 minutes.
Buckley’s biggest achievement was revitalizing conservatism at a time when it had been marginalized in the United States for decades, since conservatives had opposed Roosevelt’s New Deal and advocated isolationism before the U.S. entry into World War II. Buckley was the intellectual force behind failed U.S. presidential candidate Barry Goldwater in 1964, and later the rise of President Ronald Reagan. His work incorporated the ideas of libertarian Max Eastman, economist Milton Friedman and anti-communist writers like Whittaker Chambers.
In recent years, Buckley had broken with the neocons running the White House, saying in 2005 that President Bush “is conservative but he is not a conservative” and that the war in Iraq was “anything but conservative.”
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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