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.
Back in March, the wisdom in many liberal circles was that we needed to pass healthcare and then repeal the Hyde Amendment. Well, healthcare reform passed and now the Center for Reproductive Rights has released a report that exhaustively details why we need to finally kick Hyde to the curb. The short of it is that restrictions against federal coverage of abortion disproportionately hurts poor women:
Low-income women scramble to obtain funding, often delaying their procedures by days or weeks, or carry their pregnancies to term after failing to raise the needed funds. Beyond the stigma and shame that women may face when deciding to have an abortion, the financial toll and medical complexity of the procedure increase practically daily as women make the necessary logistical arrangements to locate a provider and procure funding. As each day passes, the costs become increasingly unaffordable and the procedure more unattainable. Women struggling to put together the money for an abortion find that, in a matter of weeks, they are forced to undergo a more involved, more expensive, and less widely available second-trimester abortion.
For those who prefer a dramatic visual presentation of cold hard facts, the center has put together a snazzy video featuring depressing statistics about Hyde’s impact. Enjoy?
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.