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.
It’s not cheap to dress like a real, small-town American. And, apparently, those real-American fashions can be best found at places like Saks Fifth Avenue’s New York City and St. Louis branches, Neiman Marcus, Barney’s, Bloomingdale’s and Atelier.
Politico’s Jeanne Cummings did some digging into the details of the Republican National Committee’s financial disclosures, and reports that the RNC “has spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August.”
Included in the list of expenses Cummings discovered:
In a statement, spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt said, “With all of the important issues facing the country right now, it’s remarkable that we’re spending time talking about pantsuits and blouses. It was always the intent that the clothing go to a charitable purpose after the campaign.” (As a colleague asked upon seeing that statement — is it possible that the problem with the McCain campaign is that, collectively, they have absolutely no sense of irony? It put out this statement after weeks of talk about ACORN and Bill Ayers?)
These expenses aren’t necessarily legal, Cummings reported, writing that they “raised questions among campaign finance experts about their legality under the Federal Election Commission’s long-standing advisory opinions on using campaign cash to purchase items for personal use.”
Obviously, the optics of this aren’t great for the McCain campaign or for Palin, especially given the country’s economic woes and the work the campaign has done to portray Palin and her family as salt-of-the-earth middle-class types. The $8,672.55 the McCain camp paid last month to a makeup artist who works on McCain himself but is best known for her work on “American Idol” won’t help much either.
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.