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.
Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday, Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., who’s something of a leader among House liberals, said that if Republican Scott Brown wins the special election being held today to replace Sen. Ted Kennedy, “I think you can make a pretty good argument that healthcare might be dead.”
Weiner made this prediction despite the apparent hope of his party’s leaders, including those in the White House, that they’ll be able to get a bill passed by having the House approve the version already passed by the Senate, thus avoiding another round of votes in the upper chamber.
“I think it’s going to be very hard to ask us in the House to take the Senate bill,” Weiner said. “Everyone acknowledges it was a worse bill. Everyone said the only reason we were passing the Senate bill is to move the ball forward.”
Similarly, a Web site run by the congressman says he “will oppose the final bill unless it represents a genuine improvement on the Senate bill.” (Hat-tip to Jake Tapper.) He might not be the only one to do so, and given the narrow margin by which the House passed its version of the legislation, that could spell trouble.
Of course, this all still rests on the outcome of the special election — though most observers believe it unlikely, it’s still possible that Democrat Martha Coakley could pull off a win and preserve her party’s 60 seat Senate majority.
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.
On March 21, 2010, the House voted to approve a healthcare bill intended to overhaul the system and guarantee Americans access to health insurance. The vote was 219 to 213. Problem solved? Hardly.