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  •  Isn't it about time to simply let the (2+ / 0-)
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    CParis, ardyess

    really stupid states drown in their stupidity?

    •  In this case, that would be all too literal (1+ / 0-)
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      ardyess

      and living on Long Island, I'm somewhat susceptible to rising sea levels too, so, uh, no.

      I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong. - Bertrand Russell
      -5.38, -6.41

      by sullivanst on Thu Jan 15, 2009 at 10:35:47 AM PST

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      •  You could move to Greenland . . . (1+ / 0-)
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        ardyess

        In what I am sure is hugely ironic, it is projected to be the Worlds Greatest Beneficiary of global climate change.

        I'd advise buying real estate now while it's still reasonably priced.  The downside, of course, is that it is still covered with lots of ice, so you don't really know what it'll look like, but them's the breaks.

    •  "Stupid State"? Thank you (1+ / 0-)
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      ardyess

      for calling me stupid because I live in a state where the legislature and governor passed a bad law.  

      There are a lot of us here who are not stupid.  I am sensitive to this particularly because when I travel, many people I encounter adopt your attitude and assume that, because I'm from Louisiana, I'm stupid.  

      •  Umm, did I say you personally were stupid? (1+ / 0-)
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        ardyess

        No, I said your state was.

        I trust that somebody who is not stupid can easily make such a distinction . . .

        •  The "state" had no mind (1+ / 0-)
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          ardyess

          and cannot be smart or stupid. "Louisiana" cannot be smart or stupid -- only the people in it can be smart or stupid.  Saying "a state" is stupid necessarily means that the people in it are stupid.  

          •  Well, in that case, I suppose (1+ / 0-)
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            you'd have to start factoring in the relative contributions of the animals . . . for example, if LA has a large pig population - what with them being very intelligent and all - that might change everything.

            Who knows.

        •  If it's any consolation (1+ / 0-)
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          I don't try to assume anyone's intellectual capacity or judge people simply on the basis of where they are from.  I've met all sorts of wonderful people from all parts of the nation (and the world as well) and then met all sorts of a**holes from all parts of the nation (and the world as well)  But unfortunately, the legislature and Jindal's idiot actions (as you agree they are) somehow makes your task of somehow appearing rational that much more difficult in light of a world where things are different from your state.  And I guess that I can understand you being sensitive about it.  But hang in there, I'm sure that you know that most good people all over will react to you, not the actions of the State of Louisiana.  All the best.  

          •  As some perspective, I came from absolutely (1+ / 0-)
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            the stupidest town in my state - let's call it Springfield.

            When people get to know learn that I came from Springfield, and combined that with the fact that I actually (eventually) graduated from university - well, let's just say it caused some massive cognitive dissodance . . . .  

            So my perspective is that I learned to relish being from an anomoly - I found that to be a much more effective strategy than immediately taking offense at the many people who'd reflexively launch into Springfield bashing.   Thus, I really just don't understand the mentality of those who seem to go out of their way to be offended when no such offense was intended.

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