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Democrats Abroad Austria

“Voter registration’s over here,” a bright voice chimes through Pickwicks on Marc-Aurel-Straße. We were at the voting party for the Democratic Primary, which was not especially exciting with an uncontested Barack Obama. But still, it’s part of the “use it or lose it” U.S. democratic process. Some Americans at the event had not voted in […]

Unchecked Identity

Why are Americans so strange? As a people, they have a very short history. For many, their ancestors went there to escape oppression, build a better life, or leave what they knew for the untold glories of a New World. When they got there, they were met by others who had done the same. The […]

Deconstructing the 99%

As protests erupt all over the world echoing the Occupy Wall Street movement, the democratic sentiment – the desire for more agency – is clear. The arguments and the passions behind them, however, are multi-layered and diverse. When the March on Wall Street began, it seemed like the long-awaited outcry that has been suppressed since […]

Tragedy Between The Ads

I am a retired expat American who continues to consider returning to his family and his roots in the United States. To feel the pulse of events back home, I’ve found it helpful to see the United States through the eyes of the American television journalist, Rachel Maddow. She has a daily one-hour show on […]

Ground Zero Mosque

The United States is currently engaged in a debate that has been transformed from a local deliberation into a fight for the very soul of American values. The proposed construction of an Islamic community center at Park 51 in Manhattan has sparked fierce and impassioned debate, encompassing issues of constitutionalism and religious freedom, as well […]

Habits of Despair

A spicy chicken burger, a small bacon cheese burger, and a large order of fries with a chocolate malt to dip them in… It had been over a year since I had been home, and all I thought I had missed was local food. The deep-fried feast, it’s wax paper place settings, and the apathy […]

Apology Accepted

Apology Accepted

The comedians of Chicago’s Second City wanted to apologize for the past eight years in America. “We’re sorry about George W. Bush. We really are.” In town for a week at Vienna’s English Theater in March, they were intent on dispelling all those pesky stereotypes about Americans that have caused ex-pats across Europe to go […]

From the Heartland

My roots go deep into Missouri soil. My wide Missouri soul misses the huge expanses of farmlands and rolling Ozark hills and beautiful Europe often seems cramped in comparison. The Missouri landscape becomes almost contemplative. Yes, it’s an acquired taste. Missouri is not even a tourist destination, much less a trap. In fact, it’s more […]

Virginia City Bonanza

Virginia City Bonanza

This sleepy little town of about 1,000 inhabitants lies nestled in the “hills” between Carson City and Reno in Nevada, USA. It is set literally on the Comstock Lode, the silver and gold mines that brought in a total of some $400 million in the mid 19th century and helped the North win the Civil […]

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