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.
This summer’s biggest political event — hearings on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court — is set to kick off at 10 a.m. EDT Monday. But the real fun will have to wait a couple of days.
The first day of the hearings will consist of the usual formalities — that is, the 19 senators of the Judiciary Committee basking in their camera time and getting to hear themselves talk. At length. Sotomayor herself won’t be speaking until the afternoon, around 1:30 EDT, and questioning isn’t expected to begin until Tuesday morning; other witnesses won’t testify until Thursday.
But the hearings’ biggest drama could come from those witnesses, especially two on the Republicans’ witness list. The minority has called, among others, two firefighters from New Haven, Conn., who were involved in one of the more controversial cases in which Sotomayor has taken part. One of them, Frank Ricci, is the named plaintiff in the case — expect Republicans to use him to make an argument that Sotomayor unfairly favors minorities over whites.
Supporters of Sotomayor have already started to fight back against Ricci, spreading opposition research about his background, and a few outlets have already picked it up. As well they should: Turns out that this isn’t the first discrimination suit Ricci has brought, and the first ended with him getting a job due to his claim — that makes him resemble the other side of the lawsuit he brought that Sotomayor heard.
Sotomayor is widely expected to be easily confirmed, if only because of the Democrats’ overwhelming majority in the Senate. But Americans still aren’t totally convinced about her, a new CBS News poll released Monday showed. She’s got a 23 percent favorable rating — down 10 percentage points from last month — and a 15 percent unfavorable rating. Sixty-two percent of respondents said they’re undecided or haven’t heard enough about her. Thirty percent of respondents say they believe she should be confirmed; 14 percent disagree and 52 percent couldn’t or didn’t say either way.
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.