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  •  "Don't Mess With Texas" (4+ / 0-)

    started out as an anti littering message and morphed.

    Other versions of the "Show-Me" legend place the slogan's origin in the mining town of Leadville, Colorado. There, the phrase was first employed as a term of ridicule and reproach. A miner's strike had been in progress for some time in the mid-1890s, and a number of miners from the lead districts of southwest Missouri had been imported to take the places of the strikers. The Joplin miners were unfamiliar with Colorado mining methods and required frequent instructions. Pit bosses began saying, "That man is from Missouri. You'll have to show him."
    •  you left out the first part of the story from the (1+ / 0-)
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      The most widely known legend attributes the phrase to Missouri's U.S. Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver, who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1897 to 1903. While a member of the U.S. House Committee on Naval Affairs, Vandiver attended an 1899 naval banquet in Philadelphia. In a speech there, he declared, "I come from a state that raises corn and cotton and cockleburs and Democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me." Regardless of whether Vandiver coined the phrase, it is certain that his speech helped to popularize the saying.
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      While Democrats work to get more people to vote, Republicans work to ensure those votes won't count.

      by Tamar on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 04:23:33 PM PST

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    •  Don't Mess With Texas is an anti-littering slogan (2+ / 0-)
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      although over the years it's led to some damned fine commercials (and not a few hilarious bumper-sticker-intellectual references).

      Of course, by the end of the Southwest Conference, anybody who beat the 'Horns in any sport immediately adopted some variant of the "We Messed With Texas!" T-shirt....

      LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

      by BlackSheep1 on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:05:32 AM PST

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