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  •  This Austinite couldn't agree with you more. (21+ / 0-)

    Texas has some really scary parts, but it also has some really cool cities and areas.

    Who cares if some podunk dumbf*&ks in rural northeast or western Texas want to secede?  They should go right on ahead with their attempts.... their extremism will only turn the rest of Texas against them.

    Oh, and did I mention that parts of Texas have a long, progressive tradition?  Take the town of Comfort, for example:

    Comfort was established in 1854 by German immigrants, who were Freethinkers and abolitionists.[3] Ernst Hermann Altgelt, at the age of 22, is credited with surveying and measuring the lots that would later be sold to the incoming German immigrants.[4] He stayed and married Emma (Murck) Altgelt, and they raised their nine children in the township of Comfort. Fritz and Betty Holekamp built the first house in Comfort having started construction before Comfort's official founding on September 3, 1854.[5] The first churches were not established in Comfort until 1900.[6] After some controversy, a cenotaph honoring "the Founding Freethinkers" was dedicated on November 2, 2002.[7]


    Comfort is also known for a tragic event that took place during the Civil War. The Treue der Union Monument ("Loyalty to the Union") was dedicated in honor of 35 men who died at the Battle of the Nueces, which took place because they opposed the state's secession from the Union. The German settlers were killed on their way to Mexico during the Civil War. They were attacked by Confederate forces near Brackettville on August 10, 1862. The bodies were not buried and the bones were retrieved and placed here in 1865. The monument was erected in 1866.

    The spot where that battle took place is the only spot south of the Mason-Dixon line where the U.S. flag is allowed to permanently fly at half mast.  Yep, that's right, in Texas.

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 01:01:06 AM PST

    •  the little jerk who wrote the petition (5+ / 0-)

      is from arlington, right between dallas and fort worth.  home of six flags,, a water park, and cowboys' stadium.  pretty good schools, too.  this particular jerk wasn't a west texas jerk, he was a mid cities jerk.

      probably a wild eyed 25 year old with a bug up his *.

      •  That doesn't surprise me. (0+ / 0-)

        Tarrant County probably is one of the most conservative urban/suburban counties in the nation.

        "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

        by Lawrence on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 09:26:46 AM PST

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      •  He's probably a newbie to Texas ... or (0+ / 0-)

        just a jerk, as you said. Someone who's not very bright.

        "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

        by YucatanMan on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 12:53:09 PM PST

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