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 University of Chicago law professor who once invited Barack Obama to teach there believes the president will shy away from selecting a Supreme Court nominee who will provoke a major fight with the right.
Geoffrey Stone told Salon that whomever Obama selects to replace John Paul Stevens, he or she won’t be as far to the left as the court’s conservative wing is to the right. He predicted that Republicans will use the nomination as a “wedge issue” and attempt “to intimidate the White House away from appointing anyone who would be anything like a Roberts or an Alito except on the liberal side.” And he thinks they’ll succeed.
“I don’t see the Obama Administration at the moment wanting to take on quite that much of a fight, which is, I think, unfortunate… I think it matters a lot that there’s no justice on the Supreme Court today who’s a liberal and who represents that voice in the institution. But I’d be surprised if the administration decided to take that on. So… my guess is that they will appoint someone like Kagan, Wood, and Garland who will, like Sotomoyor, will generate some Republican opposition — which is kind of silly — but they’ll get confirmed, in the end, without much difficulty.”
Stone doesn’t have an issue with any of the three big names — Elena Kagan, Diane Wood and Merrick Garland — that are being bandied about. “They’re all moderate progressive lawyers with very distinguished careers that have records that there are impeccable and any of whom I think would be a fine choice.,” he told Salon. Each,he noted, would hold the same ideological place that Justice Stevens and Justice David Souter had on the court — “moderate with a progressive tilt.”
Emily Holleman is the editor of Open Salon.More Emily Holleman.
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.