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.
Carl Paladino, the tea partier running for New York governor on the anti-mosque line, declared today on MSNBC: ”I have a lot of friends who are Muslims.”
This was amidst a conversation in which Paladino was explaining his vehement opposition to the construction of the Islamic center near Ground Zero, which is increasingly the single animating issue of his campaign.
The logic of Paladino’s statement on MSNBC seemed to be that it is OK if he explicitly calls the progressive Muslim Americans behind the Cordoba House project “Islamists wanting to illustrate that they have conquered America by taking down the World Trade Center” — because, after all, Paladino personally hangs with his many Muslim friends.
So Salon asked Paladino’s spokesman, Michael Caputo, to identify the candidate’s Muslim friends.
Said Caputo: “Buffalo has a vibrant and growing Muslim community. Carl has friends who are Muslim and, as one of the area’s largest employers, he employs many Muslims. I think it’s untoward for us to release their names, nor are we willing to ask them to put themselves out there on this issue.
Carl respects moderate Muslims. So does the Anti-Defamation League. So does Rudy Giuliani. You’ll have to take all that on faith – or claim it isn’t true, whatever you wish. “
Justin Elliott is a reporter for ProPublica. You can follow him on Twitter @ElliottJustinMore Justin Elliott.
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.