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.
On Friday, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney endorsed controversial Rep. Steve King, the far-right Iowa congressman known for his outlandish comments about immigrants and Obama’s birthplace, among other things. The night after, in a debate with Democrat Christie Vilsack, King said that Sarah Palin had “correctly identified” death panels in the Affordable Care Act.
“And now, we’re looking at a socialized medicine system that takes away 17 percent of our economy and takes away your ability to manage your own health and puts it in the hands of the government and a panel of 15 IPAB bureaucrats that Sarah Palin correctly identified,” King said. Palin famously called the group a “death panel.”
King previously warned about government panels that will “make a decision on whether your life is worth saving” as recently as last month, even though IPAB, the Independent Payment Advisory Board, does nothing of the sort. The panel, designed to come up with ways to contain the cost of Medicare spending, is by law not allowed to “ration health care” and has no oversight over individual cases. Video of the comments:
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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.