Category: Only in America

  • Quotable

    In modern America, anyone who attempts to write satirically about the events of the day finds it difficult to concoct a situation so bizarre that it may not actually come to pass while the article is still on the presses. — Calvin Trillin

  • More Iraquis killed under US than under Saddam

    The numbers might vary a little but the basic message is clear. From the Washington Post: A team of American and Iraqi epidemiologists estimates that 655,000 more people have died in Iraq since coalition forces arrived in March 2003 than would have died if the invasion had not occurred. From the New York Times: A…

  • For and against — a Republican scorecard

    We couldn’t resist republishing this list as blogged by Dori Smith at Backup Brain today. Do visit, as we’re sure she’ll find more to add as time goes by: Republicans today, in 2006, believe that the following are: Acceptable: Pedophilia by Members of Congress Conspiracy by Members of Congress to cover up pedophilia by Members…

  • USA gets the media it deserves

    Can it be so easily demonstrated why the American media has completely turned its back on journalism? Here is the current cover of Newsweek across various areas of the world. From the cover blurb: Annie Leibovitz is tired and nursing a cold, and she’s just flown back to New York on the red-eye from Los…

  • California sues carmakers

    ABC News is reporting that California today sued six of the world’s largest automakers over global warming on Wednesday, charging that greenhouse gases from their vehicles have caused billions of dollars in damages. The lawsuit is the first of its kind to seek to hold manufacturers liable for the damages caused by their vehicles’ emissions,…

  • A record year for fire devastation in US

    Between January 1 and September 12, 2006, a total of 8,653,883 acres of land had burned in the United States, exceeding the totals for the same period of any other year since 2000. Thick white smoke seeps through the valleys of the ranges of the Rocky Mountains that run through Idaho, Washington, and Oregon, in…