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 Iowa Democratic Party announced Tuesday that former Vice President Al Gore will be the keynote speaker at the party’s annual Jefferson Jackson dinner this year.
Now, certainly there’s good reason for Gore to be in Iowa in October, when the dinner will be held. The state’s a potential battleground, one Barack Obama really hopes to win, and Gore’s obviously the kind of big name who energizes Democrats.
But a more cynical-minded observer might wonder if perhaps Gore has something more long-term in mind. Perhaps, assuming John McCain wins the White House this year, a run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2012?
The dinner is a ritual for presidential hopefuls in the key caucus state. “The JJ is a place to deliver a message,” Tommy Vietor, then Obama’s Iowa spokesman, said after the 2007 dinner, “but it is also a place to show organizing muscle. It shows you can get people to show up at the same place at the same time.”
In 2004, Al Franken — now a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Minnesota — headlined the dinner. Meanwhile, the same night, the Iowa Republican Party held its own dinner. Mitt Romney was at that event, giving a speech regarded as an audition for the presidential campaign he ran this year.
Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.More Alex Koppelman.
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.