” Flowing Data has made an impressive series of maps documenting Americans’ taste in burgers. The big one, documenting the closest of seven major burger chains for various points across the country, is above . Because there are so many burger chains in America, it’s useful to look at the maps of burger chains individually to sort out regional preferences: “
Click on maps for larger images at source
Read more at Vox
” The top 10 countries that are fans of the U.S., and the top 10 countries that are critics, includes some surprises: France made #10 on the fan list, and Germany made #10 on the critics, based on a new Pew Research Center survey.
What’s not surprising here is that Israel is our #2 fan, and the U.S. gets high unfavorable ratings from Palestinians.
There is little evidence of “profound anti-Americanism” except in a handful of countries, Pew’s research found.”
To us, the most startling revelation in the poll is France making the top ten in ranking America favorably . Surprises never cease . Read the whole thing which reveals strong support for America in Asia , Africa and Latin America and much less positive ratings in Europe and the mideast .
Funny how the two regions most likely to have a negative view of America are also the regions that thrive on antisemitism and Jew-hating .
Another commonality that springs to mind , this one on the positive side of the poll is that the ten countries that think the most highly of the US have been on the receiving end of very little American attention , diplomatic or otherwise , over the past half decade or so … coincidence ?
Barbara Boland – CNS News
” Last Sunday, in his message congratulating Muslims on Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, Barack Obama wrote: “Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.” That’s right: he said “many achievements and contributions.” I could only think of five. Maybe you will be able to think of some more.”
” 5. Getting us here in the first place`
This one predates the United States as a nation, but without it, the United States would not exist. Every schoolchild knows, or used to know, that in 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue and discovered America while searching for a new, westward sea route to Asia. But why was he searching for a new route to Asia? Because the fall of Constantinople to the Muslims in 1453 closed the trade routes to the East. This was devastating for European tradesmen, who had until then traveled to Asia for spices and other goods by land. Columbus’s voyage was trying to ease the plight of these merchants by bypassing the Muslims altogether and making it possible for Europeans to reach India by sea.
So the bellicosity and intransigence of Islam ultimately opened the Americas for Europe – and made the United States possible.”
Read the rest of Robert Spencer’s piece at PJ Media and see if you agree with his assessment of Muslim contributions to the American fabric … We find it hard to argue against him .
The folks at Buzzfeed put forth a challenge to our British brethren across the pond to identify the fifty state of the US on a blank map . Since Americans are constantly being disparaged regarding their knowledge of geography this was an ideal chance for the Brits to demonstrate their superiority on the subject . The resulting answers are truly comical . below you can view a couple examples . The rest are here .
This one is priceless … Lobsters ? Potatoes ? Guns ? Not Canada ? … LOL
This person gets them nearly all correct and includes some illustrations worthy of Frommer’s travel guide …
The reader is invited to view the rest here and while you are at it you can explore a link that provides some proof of the stereotype that American’s are less than experts of Europe . Below is but one example of our contribution to the geographical conversation … Hilarious …
Be sure to check them both out . The resulting answers are certain to start your day with a smile .
America in a whole new light: Rare color photographs of the Great Depression and World War II show the hardships of life
” These vivid photos from the Great Depression and World War II capture an era in America generally seen only in black-and-white and bring it to life in full color.
These rare pictures document the stories of those people in small towns and rural areas who were still poverty-stricken, as well as the lives of workers in inner city factories and workshops.”
” The images were taken by photographers for the United States Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information and the collection of photographs from this time makes up a valuable record of the country and its people during the tough years between 1935 and 1944.”
Lot’s more at the link …
Dodge Ram Trucks Super Bowl Commercial Farmer – God Made A Farmer
And There You Have The Rest Of The Story: Good Day , I’m Paul Harvey
By All Means , Let’s Organize The Liberty Loving Art Community . Enough With Allowing The Typical ” Court Jester ” Type of Statist Artists To Be The Public Face Of Creativity
“Hope and change” sounded so uplifting to so many Americans after years of the mainstream media railing against “Bush” war policies that Obama continued almost to the letter W. When President Obama was elected to office, and enjoyed support even among presumably racist Republicans, the sky was the limit. Yet as one might infer from a Saul Alinsky handbook for radicals, the devil is in the details.
Overconfident Congressional Democrats are now providing those details for a second Obama term, and all voting Americans should be afraid. Be very afraid.”