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.
Two videos of President Obama that emerged from a Thursday San Francisco fundraiser have caused ripples in the media today. Both address the case of Pfc. Bradley Manning.
In the first, Obama is “serenaded” by a group of Democratic National Committee fundraiser attendees (who paid $105,000 altogether to hear his remarks). The hecklers, some holding “Free Bradley Manning” signs, perform a song of their own composition, on the theme of their disappointment in Obama. Chorus: “We paid our dues, where’s our change?”
A significant portion of the song deals specifically with the treatment of Pfc. Manning:
Yes it’s true that Terry Jones is legally free
To burn a people’s holy book in shameful effigy
But at another location in this country
Alone in a 6×12 cell sits Bradley
23 hours a day is night
The 5th and 8th Amendments say this kind of thing ain’t right
We paid our dues, where’s our change?
Obama appears unruffled by the incident, deeming the interruption an “example of creativity”; the protesters, several of whom proceed to voice open admiration for the president, eventually stop singing as their leader, Naomi Pitcairn, is escorted from the room (some using the pause after their performance to tell the president they how much they “love” him).
The second, more contentious video captures an offstage conversation between Obama and several attendees after the fundraiser. In the video, Obama briefly discusses the case against Pfc. Manning.
According to a transcript pieced together by Forbes’ Andy Greenberg (the video’s sound quality is poor), Obama says: “I can’t conduct diplomacy on an open source. That’s not how … the world works … I have to abide by certain classified information. If I was to release stuff, information that I’m not authorized to release, I’m breaking the law … We’re a nation of laws. We don’t individually make our own decisions about how the laws operate … [Manning] broke the law.”
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.