American Madness

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Johnny 5 is Alive!… And in Iraq

Who remembers the movie Short Circuit? You know, the one about the robot with a shoulder-mounted laser who gets zapped by lightening and becomes a sentient catch-phrase-spewing robot with a shoulder-mounted laser who moves in with Steve Guttenberg and produced a number of (mostly straight-to-video) sequels.
Well, the army was inspired and produced 3 of their [...]

British deny releasing man-eating badgers in Basra

“British forces have denied rumors that they released a plague of ferocious badgers into the Iraqi city of Basra. UK military spokesman Major Mike Shearer said: “We can categorically state that we have not released man-eating badgers into the area.”
Don’t be coy with us Major Shearer. We at AM have long known about “Project Badger,” [...]

OMG!

You can’t make this up!
The NYTimes reports on the large peaceful uprising in Najaf.
The story includes this photo caption:
Col. Steven Boylan, an American military spokesman and aide to the commander of all American forces in Iraq, praised the peaceful nature of the demonstration, saying Iraqis “could not have done this four years ago,” the [...]

God help and forgive us

Guantánamo Detainees Stage Hunger Strike
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/09/us/09hunger.html?hp
Torture continues. Say what you want about the Khmer Rouge, the Hutu/Tootsie massacres, even the Stalinist purges, at least many of these atrocities were carried out in hot blood. Not so the current U.S. policy for Guantanamo detainees, which reminds me of a line from the movie Payback: “I’ll make this [...]

Alive in Baghdad: raw videos from the frontlines

Take a look at the vlog Alive in Baghdad. It is much more interesting than the standard news coverage. Some videos are hard to take. (iTunes feed, RSS video feed).

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