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  •  Its a "cowboy" attitude. A swagger, if you will. (4+ / 0-)

    As a resident during the mid- 90s and again over the past six years, I don't see the attitude going away anytime soon. Its passed on from generation to generation. Jesus in a "cowboy cadillac" sure as hell won't stop it. The way I see it, its going to take good old Sam Houston to come back from the dead and say, "alright, enough of that shit already." Even then I'm not sure.

    Can I get a Grey Goose on the rocks over here?!

    by G Contractor on Sun May 05, 2013 at 09:11:00 AM PDT

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    •  I'm originally from Israel (6+ / 0-)

      which also has a "cowboy" mentality, which has resulted in both good and bad outcomes for its people and neighbors, as you can probably guess. You simply DO NOT tell a typical Israeli what to do, unless you're looking for a fight.

      And yet, Israel happens to be one of the most technologically and economically advanced countries in the world that is pretty good, from what I can tell, at regulating these sorts of things, and keeping its citizens safe.

      Not sure if this is a useful comparison but I believe that it's possible to have good regulation and enforcement in a "macho" culture.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Sun May 05, 2013 at 09:18:46 AM PDT

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