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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 02:21 PM
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President Newt: "I know how to get the whole country to resemble Texas…"
"I know how to get the whole country to resemble Texas…President Obama knows how to get the whole country to resemble Detroit.

MORE:
http://articles.latimes.com/2011/may/12/news/la-pn-ging...
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tabatha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 02:22 PM
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1. There are many who would not like that.
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 03:26 PM
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20. Like me for one.
And everybody I know.
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panader0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 02:24 PM
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2. I wonder if he's ever been to El Paso.
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RagAss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 02:24 PM
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3. Hey Newtie, You are a fucking national joke among people with IQs above 100.
So bag it and go home ......Nutbag !
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phleshdef Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 02:25 PM
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4. Now THATS racial dog whistling.
I know some people will say that about anything that comes out of a Republican's mouth. But that most certainly is racial dogwhistling at its best (worst).
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Maeve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 03:25 PM
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19. Yeah, it would have been different if he'd said Chicago, not Detroit
But then, a lot of folk would rather live in Chicago than Texas...
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WatsonT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 03:27 PM
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21. Texas is predominately hispanic now
so you're saying he's implying that he wants America to be more mexicany?
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 04:25 PM
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28. Yeah, are you seeing the irony too?
Newtie is so "racist" he wants the whole country to be just like Texas, where the Hispanic population outnumbers whites.

Instead of saying that he can make the US look more like a predominantly white state. Like...Vermont.

Or Ohio.

New Hampshire.

Wisconsin.


:7



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phleshdef Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 04:28 PM
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30. Yea, but thats irrelevant. There is what Texas is and then there is what "Texas" means.
Texas the state is changing into something quite different than what the stereotype of Texas means (in a symbolic sense) to the average American mainstream.

We are talking about the myth of Texas, those "traditional" values, that white cowboy attitude, that Rick Perry/George Bush kind of swagger, that "Don't Mess with Texas boy" way of looking at things, versus, the mythical Detroit, that urban poor, dirty, broken, racially diverse (racially unpure), Mecca of all of "liberalism's failures".

Of course I don't mean either of these places should be subjected to such lowly and prejudicial descriptions. But if you can put yourself, for a moment, in the mind of someone like Newt Gingrich and the kind of mental midgets that follow after people like Newt Gingrich and consider what Texas and Detroit means to someone like that, then you can clearly see the racially charged culture wars bullshit completely in play there.
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 05:17 PM
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35. Can you humor me for just a minute?
Let's pretend that Obama isn't black and Newt makes that same statement.

Is there any other reason for associating a president with Detroit?

Oh....like maybe...the auto industry bailout?

It might surprise people to know that there are STILL Republicans who would insist it was a horrible idea. That it did nothing to help the economy. I know a couple personally who feel that way...

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phleshdef Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 06:34 PM
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39. No.
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WatsonT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 05:45 PM
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37. I think you're reading a great deal in to this
Texas is not a euphemism for white.

Nor is Detroit a euphemism for black.

Likely he just picked two places with radically different policies and successes. Texas is to the right and is doing pretty well (compared to most other states at the moment). Detroit is mostly to the left and is not doing well.
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phleshdef Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 06:34 PM
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38. The hell they aren't euphemisms.
Your premise is just wrong.
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WatsonT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 09:52 PM
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42. Well if you say so
From now on white sales, white knights and white winter wonderland will be called Texas sales, Texan Knights, and Texas winter wonderlands.

Likewise black humor, black swans, and black and tans will be referred to as Detroit humor, Detroit swans, and Detroit and tan, respectively.
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 02:25 PM
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5. That is a pretty pathetic sales job.
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w8liftinglady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 02:26 PM
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6. well,great. 50% uninsured, largest group of minimum wage employees
Yeah...I bet you could.
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d_b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 02:28 PM
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7. blah blah blah
You'll never be President, bud. Deal with it.
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Matariki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 03:32 PM
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22. ha!
perfect response! ;-)
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 02:28 PM
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8. I want the whole country to resemble Minnesota or Vermont.
We *GASP* take care of folks up here.
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 04:27 PM
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29. What a coincidence....
As I noted elsewhere, those are also two VERY "white" states.


;)

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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 05:01 PM
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32. What are you implying?
:eyes:
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 05:11 PM
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33. I think I was pretty plain above...
That if Newtie was actually as racist as people want to believe he is, then he would have wanted the whole country to resemble a WHITE state.

Not a state where whites are in the minority. Like...Texas.

Do you know what the white vs Mexican population is in Texas?

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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 05:16 PM
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34. No clue.
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 05:26 PM
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36. OK, here's what it was in the 2000 census...
Texas 2000 population of Texas: 20,851,820 (2000 census)


Rank Ancestry % of Population
1. Mexican 22.6
2. German 9.9
3. African American 8.7
4. Irish 7.2
5. American 7.2


http://names.mongabay.com/ancestry/Texas.html


Not really complete because it doesn't seem to be including Native Americans, who may or may not be classified under the "American" heading. I'm thinking maybe they are. So non-white people would be about 38%.

But anyway, my point is, if someone wants to imply that he can make the entire nation look like Sweden, he's not going to pick a state with lots of "minorities" living there.

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WatsonT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 09:53 PM
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43. Good point
Edited on Sun May-15-11 09:54 PM by WatsonT
people are leaping to the conclusion that "texas" is some new white power codeword and then substitute states with a minority population that is essentially a rounding error.

Klan rallies have more ethnic diversity than Vermont.
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liberalmuse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 02:28 PM
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9. I still can't believe...
this racist, classist piece of shit is seriously running for president. I just don't know about this country anymore...
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Bigmack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 02:32 PM
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10. That's where we differ....
I, on the other hand, DO know about this country anymore. We're a National Clusterfuck.... complete with Goat Option.
I weep openly...
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DBoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 02:36 PM
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11. You mean with the highest rate of medically uninsured in the country?
The 6th highest poverty rate (highest rate of any non-rural state)?

The lowest percent of residents who have a high school diploma?

With a state budget problem of the magnitude of California's?

Some more facts about Texas:

from http://www.window.state.tx.us/comptrol/wwstand/wws0512e... /
•Texas is #49 in verbal SAT scores in the nation (493) and #46 in average math SAT scores (502).
•California has nine nationally recognized research institutions; New York has seven; Pennsylvania has four; while Texas, the second most populous state in the nation, has only three.
•Out of Texas’ 145 public and private higher education institutions, only one private institution, Rice University, ranked among the nation’s top 50.

from http://www3.dbu.edu/jeanhumphreys/juvenile/texasprisonr... :
"If the state were a country, it would have the world's highest incarceration rate"

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/execution...
"Texas executes far more people than any other state and is doing so at a pace that has no parallel in the modern era of the death penalty in the U.S. "

So this is what Newt's utopian society is like?
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blue neen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 02:37 PM
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12. Governor Gashole and Marcellus Shale Industry have already turned Pennsylvania into Texas.
Newtie is late to the party, as usual.
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Arkana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 02:38 PM
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13. I'd rather resemble fucking war-torn Serbia
than Texas.

No offense, Texas DUers, but your state's politics suck ass. Big time.
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 02:39 PM
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14. Newt's America would look like the 1860's,
Edited on Sun May-15-11 02:40 PM by TheCowsCameHome
war torn and in pieces,......if not the dark ages.
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izquierdista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 02:40 PM
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15. What? Burnt?
:shrug:
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 03:02 PM
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16. $27 billion dollar budget deficit?
Do go on, Newtie.
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blue neen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 03:03 PM
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17. The movie version would be called "The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas"
Theme song for Newtie's campaign:

"Sneakin' Around" by Dolly Parton

I like fancy, frilly things
High heeled shoes and diamond rings
Rag time bands and western swingin'
Sneakin' around with you
Well I like beer and rodeos
Detective books and dominos
Football games and Cheerios
And sneakin' around with you


Sneakin' around with you
Goin' around or two
Doin' what lovers do
Whenever they're sneakin' around

I like lots of cash on hand
And dirty jokes about the fuller-brush man
I like stuff I understand
Like sneakin' around with you

You know, I like a thrill that has no strings
Friendship that don't ever change
And laughter from the joy of things
And sneakin' around with you



I like drive-in picture shows
Kissin' long and lovin' slow
Secret places lovers go
Whenever they're sneakin' around

Ooh I like the crazy things we try
And the sexy things we fantasise
Just makin' out in the broad day light
And sneakin' around with you

<2nd Chorus:>
Sneakin' around with you
Keepin' it all brand new
Gettin' the best of you
Whenever we're sneakin' around
Sneakin' around, that's all
I'm gonna lay down the law
Watchin' her rise and fall
An' lovin' our sneakin' around
We're just sneakin' around
Aw, we're just sneakin'
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 03:20 PM
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18. Dear Newt
No thanks, you can keep the Cowboy hat.
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 03:35 PM
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23. lol, he can't redistrict the whole country.
Silly Newt.
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 03:36 PM
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24. "Life in Lubbock, Texas, taught me two things:
"Life in Lubbock, Texas, taught me two things: One is that God loves you and you're going to burn in hell. The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you should save it for someone you love." - Butch Hancock
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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 03:49 PM
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25. Get the whole country to resemble Texas? Global warming should take care of that on its own.
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Ernesto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 03:49 PM
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26. Texas= the LAST place I would ever live..... nt
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saras Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 03:51 PM
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27. uh... so what? I know how to get the whole country to resemble Yucca Flats.
Surely he's not stupid enough to be suggesting that that would be a good thing.
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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 04:46 PM
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31. He has no IDEA how effed we are down here. The epicenter of the global oil economy
and we don't have the $ for shit.
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 07:02 PM
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40. Fuck off, serial adulter.
No one cares what you think.
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roamer65 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 07:05 PM
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41. ..."until Texas gets cancer...then I'll dump it like my two ex-wives".
Edited on Sun May-15-11 07:05 PM by roamer65
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DemoTex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-15-11 10:22 PM
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44. Newt, Texas is The Last Picture Show, buddyroll.
I just crossed Texas from just west of Shreveport to just west of Amarillo. I entered Texas on I-20, then cut up through Greenville, Sherman, Gainsville, and Wichita Falls (where I spent last night). Today I did Wichita Falls to Amarillo on US-287, and Amarillo to the New Mexico State line on I-40.

I saw a bleak Texas of closed strip shopping centers and impromptu flea markets on the roadsides. My NUVI GPS, recently updated, sent me to restaurants that are now boarded up and for sale.

Newt's friends live in River Oaks and Highland Park, so he has no clue. But that's ole Newt. Dumb as a damn newt.

However, I did find a diamond in the Texas rough today. I got off I-40 near Vega, Texas, looking for a bite to eat. At the intersection of the old Route 66 and US-385 I found a most wonderful restaurant: Boot Hill Saloon & Grill. There I had the best burger and fries I have ever tasted. Period.

http://www.boothillvega.com/
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