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 big news from Michael Steele’s sit-down with Fox host Sean Hannity was Steele’s semi-surprising assertion that his party won’t take back the House in 2010 because Republicans aren’t “ready.”
Was it candor, or Steele’s idea of political jujitsu, to fool Democrats into “believing” things are better for the party than they seem? I don’t think it matters; nobody takes Steele seriously as a political thinker, in or out of the Republican party, except Steele himself. His election was a cynical gambit by the GOP to hide its unpopularity with non-white voters, to ignore the message of the 2008 election: That they have become the Grand Old (White Guy) Party.
Of course, Steele has failed miserably, spending most of his time offending African Americans with increasingly goofy faux ghetto-speak – remember his abortive “What up?” blog? Tuesday he told the Today Show’s Meredith Vieira that despite a rocky first year, “brother still here.” But black people who cringe at Steele’s jive-talkin’ may now have some company among American Indians. Asked by Hannity if he believes the Republican Party needs to moderate to win national elections, Steele answered:
“No, no… No, no! But that’s what’s gotten us into trouble, when we walked away from principle. Our platform is one of the best political documents that’s been written in the last 25 years. Honest Injun on that.”
Honest Injun! You can’t make this stuff up. If you want to have more fun with Michael Steele, Salon Editorial Fellow Christopher Rogers found this great site where you can keep it real with the GOP chair. Have fun!
Joan Walsh is Salon's editor at large and the author of "What's the Matter With White People: Finding Our Way in the Next America."More Joan Walsh.
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.