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.
It always comes back to choice of words when discussing powerful women, and this point was driven home for me this morning by an Associated Press piece on Elena Kagan’s management style while she was the dean of Harvard. The article is pretty typical stuff, featuring interviews with various former co-workers of Kagan’s — all of whom, surprise surprise, are men. Seriously, Associated Press? Not one woman would talk to you about the “dynamic” and “masterful” Dean?
Women tend to use different descriptors than men when evaluating other women, so we might have been spared the series of painfully stereotypical comments unleashed by law professor Detlev Vagts: “aggressive,” “abrasive,” “dismissive.” There was also the undermining comment: “There was quite a turnover of her top management group when she was named dean.” What I take that to mean is: She’s a mouthy bitch who chased off many of our finest old-white-man-middle-managers and then didn’t listen to me when I, an old white man, complained mightily about some of her decisions.” One more nugget of insightful wisdom from Vagts that AP saw fit to print: Kagan was known, on occasion, to raise her voice. Sweet cripes, Katie bar the door!
The reason Vagts’ comments stick in my craw so profoundly (beyond having the word “abrasive” used to describe me since I was 10 years old) is the simple fact that he went on record with a legitimate news source to slag off his former boss in terms that befit a pissy child who was sent to bed without dessert. I understand, Professor Vagts, that the appointment of Bush-era Assistant A.G. Jack Goldsmith was controversial and unpopular at first. It’s also pretty clear that Kagan was able to persuasively make her case for him, and that her efforts to do so were to balance out a distinctly liberal faculty. So she’s fair, which, last time I checked, was kind of a prerequisite for being a Supreme Court justice. Or it should be.
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.
Elena Kagan is the 45th Solicitor General of the United States, confirmed in March 2009. Prior to her confirmation, she was the 11th Dean of Harvard Law School. Among her previous positions is a stint at the White House, from 1995-99, where she served as a counselor.
Kagan received her
bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from Princeton in 1981. She attended Worcester College, Oxford, and then Harvard Law School, where she was supervising editor of the Harvard Law Review, and graduated magna cum laude in 1986.