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  •  *New York* state plates, too. Who'da thunk? (5+ / 0-)

    Obviously, from a political and sociological standpoint, New York state is more than just the greater NYC metropolitan area.

    The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war. ♥ ♥ ♥ Forget Neo — The One is Minori Urakawa

    by lotlizard on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 12:26:38 PM PST

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    •  OMG NYS (2+ / 0-)
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      I'm originally from deepest red Upstate New York.  It's beautiful, but it's a soul-sucking existential wasteland.

      "Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom." -- G.W.Carver

      by northbronx on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 01:59:19 PM PST

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      •  Kicked around Ulster County for a couple of years (0+ / 0-)

        … before coming to Europe.

        Culturally Ulster County seemed to be trying to span the contradictions between idyllic (if somewhat impoverished) country closeness to nature on the one hand, and economically still being an extension of the metropolis on the other.

        Was treated very hospitably by musicians, artists, Vassarites, IBMers, Episcopalians from St. Gregory's in Woodstock, and city folk who had cabins in the woods as second homes and spent weekends there "decompressing" whenever they could get away.

        All I knew has probably changed beyond recognition since then. Cue Beatles: "There are places I remember …"

        The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war. ♥ ♥ ♥ Forget Neo — The One is Minori Urakawa

        by lotlizard on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 02:41:21 PM PST

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    •  I've seen far worse in Maryland. (2+ / 0-)
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      People think of Maryland as an indigo blue state, but I tell folks that it's the only state in the Union where you go North to get to the Confederacy.

      Went to an arts festival in Northern Maryland once, during the 2008 election season.  Not only were vehicles like this very common all over town, there wasn't a McCain 3008 sticker to be found.  EVERY SINGLE ONE either listed Palin exclusively, or Palin with McCain as a footnote somewhere on the sign.

      Those folks were voting Palin for President, full stop.

      •  Ai yai yai. (1+ / 0-)
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        Allein unter lauter Palin-Anhängern! Stellt Euch das vor! (= "Alone with nothing but Palin fans around! Just imagine!")

        Hard to believe there are still Republicans who pin their hopes on that woman.

        The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war. ♥ ♥ ♥ Forget Neo — The One is Minori Urakawa

        by lotlizard on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 02:53:25 PM PST

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        •  Thank heavens, not. (1+ / 0-)
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          The people attending the Rainbow Arts Festival, thank goodness, were from the "civilized" part of Maryland, and there were a ton of people of all nationalities and ethnicities.  The festival crowd was actually quite lively and fun.  Was the locals that were the bigoted rednecks.

          So why would bigoted rednecks allow a multicultural arts festival in their town?  My mixed-race friend said it came down to one thing: $$$.  Tourism trumps all.

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