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.
In his response to President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address, Sen. Rand Paul didn’t say much worthy of note. For the most part, it was the same old pseudo-libertarian pablum we’ve come to expect from Kentucky’s junior senator; he even lacked the self-awareness and taste to refrain from opening up with a paean to Ronaldus Magnus.
There was, however, one moment of Paul’s speech that, innocuous though it may have seemed, provided a window into just how extreme some of his views really are, as well as how limited his conception of “liberty” really is.
In the midst of Paul’s remarks, he told the story of one Star Parker, a former drug addict and welfare cheat who eventually decided to clean up her life, stop committing fraud, and start walking the straight-and-narrow. But Parker isn’t just some ordinary woman whose story of redemption so inspired Paul that he wanted to share it with the world. On the contrary, Parker is a known quantity on the far-right fringe, well-known for her willingness to compare liberals and Democrats to the plantation and slave owners of the antebellum South.
Even more disturbingly, Parker has a long history of making severely bigoted and disdainful comments about members of the LGBT community, like the time she complained that gay rights activists had “hijacked the civil rights movement” and were “destroying black communities”; or the time she described liberals and gay people as “enemies of God” who should keep their identities “private”; or the time she compared marriage equality to chattel slavery itself.
Now, it’s generally believed that Paul is prepping for a run at the White House in 2016, so perhaps a desire to secure the affinity of the most fervently anti-gay members of the GOP base can explain the senator’s willingness to implicitly endorse someone with Parker’s views. Or maybe Paul simply sees no problem with any of Parker’s statements, and his understanding of personal freedom only extends to people who think and look and act as he does. We can’t know for sure, although previous Paul comments may offer something of a hint.
Watch Paul’s response below:
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.