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Why Are We 'As American As Apple Pie'?

Menuism | Posted 11.26.2014 | Taste
Menuism

So, apple pie as the quintessential American product may be an apt metaphor after all -- it was brought here from foreign shores, was influenced by other cultures and immigration patterns, and spread throughout the world by global affairs.

Why Do Black Men Die With Their Hands Up?

Katrina Sands | Posted 11.26.2014 | Black Voices
Katrina Sands

How many names do you remember? How many have you even heard of? How many more do you need to read before you believe that a pattern exists?

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Dane Elliott Lewis, Civil War Reinactor

Ian Spanier | Posted 11.26.2014 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Lewis grew up as one of just a handful of African-Americans in a small town along the Hudson River in Westchester County, New York. He really began ...

Life Is Short. Go Places

Bill Marriott | Posted 11.25.2014 | Business
Bill Marriott

This is a story about the Gonce family, who live in Oak Grove, Mississippi. They are discoverers. Daughters, Lauren and Leslie started out on a trip to Chicago to visit The American Girl store. Their mom and dad, Chris and Leslie, took some detours along the way.

US vs. UK: Business Meetings Aren't That Different... Right?

Barry Whyte | Posted 11.23.2014 | Business
Barry Whyte

With the exception of royalty, spelling and humour (humor), most Brits and Americans like to think of their countries as culturally rather similar. You would be forgiven for thinking this is most obvious in the globalized world of business.

For Once a Positive Crisis

Edward Goldberg | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

Competitively the U.S. is now in a unique global position. It is spending significantly less money abroad to import oil giving its balance of payments a huge boost, and the oil it does import is on the whole cheaper than oil other countries import.

How Congress Auctions Off Power

Avram Billig | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Avram Billig

Warren's elevation is the latest instance of fundraising prowess helping to open the gates to party leadership, a trend that cements money's role in politics and could worsen polarization.

Change Is Coming -- It Always Does

Doug Zeigler | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics
Doug Zeigler

Progressiveness is on the right side of history. Our country has shown time and time again that we move forward, not backwards. This country has been built from our birth on progressive and liberal principles, step by step, striving to improve.

A Q&A with C.J. Valleroy of Angelina Jolie's Unbroken

Xaque Gruber | Posted 11.18.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Young C.J. Valleroy was first inspired to become an actor watching Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt battle it out in Mr. & Mrs. Smith's famous kitchen fight scene. How fitting then that his breakthrough role in the upcoming dramatic feature Unbroken would be directed by Jolie, a woman he now considers a friend.

A Lesson from Detroit - America's Heart, and Soul

Ken Ludden | Posted 11.17.2014 | Arts
Ken Ludden

Detroit has been at the heart of America since its founding in 1701. Over the years, Detroit has always been the center of America. Located geographically to connect America with Canada via the natural water systems, it is the way in to America's heart.

Why the USA, Not China, Will Rule the 21st Century

Thaddeus McCarthy | Posted 11.14.2014 | Business
Thaddeus McCarthy

Altogether, Entrepreneurs like Jack Ma certainly have the ability to be today's Chinese versions of Rockefeller, Vanderbilt and Carnegie, but economic and societal headwinds in China will prevent them from doing so.

"Weather or Not"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 11.13.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

I am frequently under the weather, but I seldom know whether I will weather the storm that forecasters have forecast, which is why I can't predict what kind of weather I will be under.

The American InstaDream -- Fame Over Talent?

Mich Cardin | Posted 11.12.2014 | Entertainment
Mich Cardin

Is it better to be void of all talent but be famous, than be full of talent and an unknown? In America, the answer is yes. Or at least that's what society teaches us.

The American Dream Begins With a Belief That All Can Succeed

Eric Cooper | Posted 11.11.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

School district "makeovers" are gaining popularity. Yet these "makeovers" could be as superficial and fleeting as the "befores" and "afters" in the beauty magazines or celebrity tabloids.

Being Busy as a Status Symbol: Why American Culture Values a Lack of Leisure Time and What We Can Do About it

Jon Jachimowicz | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business
Jon Jachimowicz

This 'busy-means-high-status effect' is not just a recent development driven by mounting pressures due to rising individualism, technology and connectivity.

The Perils of Messianism

David Vognar | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
David Vognar

Trouble comes when we expect immaterial values that good faith promotes to manifest into physical embodiment. Messianism is on the rise in the world, and it bodes serious ill.

Veterans Day Deals From Sea to Shining Sea

trivago | Posted 11.06.2014 | Travel
trivago

© Devereaux Shields House B&B This Veterans Day, hotels and B&Bs across the nation are celebrating the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who h...

America: Now What?

Ethan Casey | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Ethan Casey

One of the strongest impressions my 18,000-mile, 3 1/2-month road trip left me with was that not only are we Americans not all on the same page (to put it mildly), and not only do we not even want to be on the same page, but we live in different worlds.

Falling Oil Prices Reveal America's Fracking Trap -- And Saudi Arabia's Continued Energy Dominance

Alexis Crow | Posted 12.18.2014 | World
Alexis Crow

Far from leading America to a future of energy independence, the fracking boom has locked the country into a high-cost game.

Americans Think The Country's Muslim Population Is Much Bigger Than It Really Is

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion

This type of ignorance isn’t bliss. Americans have a tendency to overstate the number of Muslims living in the United States -- and at least 13 ...

Want to Thank Me? Go Vote!

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Freeman

When people hear that I served in the military, they tend to always thank me for my service. Rich or poor, black or white, men or women, Americans in general seem to be fairly universal in their praise for the people who are part of our all-volunteer force.

All That Moola: The History of 'Bucks' and Other Words We Use to Mean Money

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 12.18.2014 | Money
William B. Bradshaw

This covers many words used for money, although there are many more used less often. The exact history of "bucks" used for "money" is uncertain, but the leading theory, which seems likely, is that "bucks" came about as a substitute for money in the 1700s, when deerskins were a common medium of exchange for other items of value.

Ferguson Is Not Gaza

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

We stand together, but we know that our interwoven lives require a recognition of independent dignity. So too must Palestinians claim their own way forward, perhaps gleaning from the current moment in Ferguson (and Hong Kong) alternatives to violence.

Less Lobster, More Misery: The Republican Poverty Fantasy

Duncan Hosie | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Fantasy makes great television and literature. It also makes poor public policy. Poverty denial molds how many conservatives, and even independents, understand economic deprivation.

The Gay Travel Capitals of the World

Dane Steele Green | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Dane Steele Green

When it comes down to brass tacks, travel agents and destination-marketing companies love us LGBTQs -- so much so that they use the term "gay capital" as a lure. Sometimes they are spot-on. Other times it's a little dubious. So here is the question: What makes a "gay capital" just that?