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  •  The southern plains (6+ / 0-)

    have a way of oscillating back and forth, usually tending to extremes. Kansas was the most radical state in the nation during the Progressive Era, and a pretty big percentage of folks were not too keen on slavery back in the 1850's and 60's.  

    Now, the southern plains area of TX, KS, OK is known far and wide as "Dumfuckistan", and their best and brightest run as far from home as possible to make their careers and lives elsewhere. But perhaps things will change. Maybe there will be a tipping point. They embrace the conservatives now, but of all Americans, they suffer as much or more from the consequences.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 07:10:32 AM PDT

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    •  "Dumbfuckistan" notwithstanding, (1+ / 0-)
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      Texas particularly has had a LOT of in-migration from throughout the US, and from all over the world.  Houston is second only to NYC in ethnic and linguistic diversity, and D-FW has around 44% first-generation immigrants and citizens (http://dfwinternational.org/).

      Public education and any number of public services and safety net features are expected in greater strength by many people here much more than what Gov. Goodhair and his crony-packed state Lege have been offering. These are the people who have come here, not those who you claim have left.  There are 23 million of us here, second only to CA in population (and Congressional seats).

      People are wising up to the consequences, and I agree with you their opinions can change faster than we may think.

      Please, though: "Dumbfuckistan"?  C'mon.

      Peace.

      I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

      by tom 47 on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 10:02:49 AM PDT

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      •  Southern plains area (0+ / 0-)

        Which means Amarillo, Midlands, Abilene. Not talking about Houston or Dallas / Ft Worth - that's not southern plains. Check out the electoral map and voting patterns. There is a distinct area, and the best and brightest do move out.

        As for the rest of Texas, yes it is changing and growing. I think you will have a bigger problem than you think, though, as Texas cannot support the growth it is experiencing in terms of water, other resources, etc.

        “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

        by ivorybill on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 07:25:01 PM PDT

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      •  Also Houston is not second in diversity (0+ / 0-)

        To NYC... Rogers Park in Chicago is. 70 languages in the local high school, second most diverse census tract after Brooklyn.

        Doesn't diminish Houston though. Glad it's more diverse, welcoming if immigrants. I'm not trashing Houston and I love the rio grande valley.  I'm talking about a different biogeographical and cultural part of Texas.

        “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

        by ivorybill on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 07:28:40 PM PDT

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        •  Yes then state is BIG! (1+ / 0-)
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          D-FW is at the eastern edge of the Great Plains.  I take your point.  A far as Houston's diversity, I meant the city or Harris County as a whole.  YMMV, depending where you are.

          I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

          by tom 47 on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 08:22:20 PM PDT

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