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 hasn’t been a great few months for Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.).
During the election campaign last fall, the congressman got in trouble for saying his own district is in a “racist area.” All of a sudden, he found himself in a real fight for re-election, and though he eventually pulled out a comfortable victory, he needed to bring in a lot of new funding for his campaign in order to do so. Now, one of the sources he turned to for that money could land him in some hot water.
Federal prosecutors are currently looking at PMA Group, a lobbying shop founded by Paul Magliocchetti, a former top aide of Murtha’s. And, the New York Times reports, they’re investigating the possibility that Magliocchetti may havc directed “bogus” contributions to Murtha and two other Democratic congressmen, Virginia’s Jim Moran and Indiana’s Pete Visclosky.
“In the first half of 2007, the PMA Group and its clients contributed more than $500,000″ to the three men, the Times says. “The lawmakers, meanwhile, earmarked more than $100 million in defense spending for PMA clients in the appropriations bills for 2008.”
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.
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