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.
As detailed in this space Monday, there’s a reason that the Transportation Security Administration is without a permanent head, and that reason’s name is Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C. DeMint has a hold on the nomination of Erroll Southers, one he put on because he’s concerned that the administration will allow security screeners to use collective bargaining procedures.
These kinds of holds are often the sort of thing that senators like kept quiet — hence the anonymous nature of many of them. DeMint’s not one to do anything quietly, and he’d gotten coverage for this hold previously. But in the wake of the attempted bombing of Northwest Flight 253, he’s getting some attention for the hold, and it’s not a good kind of press for him or his fellow Senate Republicans.
Many major outlets have stories on DeMint’s hold Tuesday — the Washington Post has one, as does the Los Angeles Times. McClatchy has one, too, headlined, “Who’s running the TSA? No one, thanks to Sen. Jim DeMint.” Not the kind of headline anyone wants about themselves.
For now, DeMint’s office says the senator won’t drop the hold. But don’t be surprised if you see some pressure from other Senate Republicans leading to Southers’ confirmation soon enough.
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.