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  •  thank god (2+ / 0-)
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    jimreyn, TomP

    that no one has thought to create a "made in delaware" brand.  the mere idea of this disturbs me for its arrogance on several levels.  I have lots of personal reasons for my very subjective texas-anomosity, but there are also political and structural/ideological ones too.  And I have no trouble copping to them.  I feel a bit like Louise of Thelma and Louise fame, who insists they stay out of Texas no matter what.

    On the whole, I'm glad most other regions or states see themselves as part of a larger whole rather than creating an economic ego/identity trip. I come from a place that has even more history than Texas and just as much local pride, so it isn't just "pride of home" that I object to here.  It strikes me a different level, and that is precisely what disturbs me so much about it.  

    And I appreciate your giving me the heads up for products to avoid, though I've never heard of either or the ones you listed.  Should I run across them, I'll know not to buy.

    And I mean that genuinely, not as an attempt as belligerence. I appreciate the info.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 10:59:47 AM PST

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    •  Also avoid Dell, NASA and gasoline. (2+ / 0-)
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      And any product made of plastic, since 90% of the country's refined plastic material comes from Texas.

      And cotton.

      This list is gonna get pretty long.

      I am also glad you live in a place that predates the Spanish arriving in the New World. I am all for more native American community pride on Daily Kos.

      •  luckily (5+ / 0-)

        I do avoid all three of those things too, at least as a direct consumer.  No Dell products, NASA and I have no contact and I don't own an automobile, so my gasoline purchases are extremely limited.  I'm not a big fan of the internal combustion engine anyway and seek to find ways to live my life that is not so private-transportation dependent (hence some of the dislike for the suburbs).

        Every "place" in the Western Hemisphere predates the Spanish arrival in the New World, it seems to me, since the land has been here a long, long time.  Some of us are lucky enough to know that we have connections to those places that were inhabited by people living there before the Europeans arrived.  So, I'm not quite sure what kind of snarky point you are trying to make to me, in that classic "Texas" fashion of one-upmanship (lol).  

        And I have been blessed to have been exposed to quite a bit of native American awareness, given both who and where I come from.  I agree it is a valuable perspective that we need more of.

        I don't deny that everyone should appreciate where they come from, and I hope I have been able to benefit from the particularities of my own biographical and geographical standpoint.  That doesn't lead me to want to establish my own economic fiefdom or to proclaim superiority.  It does help me understand particularities and specificities in a way that I wouldn't, had I come from some place else.  I, for one, am grateful for that, but I don't express that appreciation in the form of a home-town chauvinism (except during college basketball season).

        But it is a long way from appreciation of your roots to the establishment of independent economic autonomous regions, it seems to me.  If folks want to establish those, however, as a consumer I have the right to avoid them whenever possible, as a means of protest. Every opportunity presents a equal opportunity for dissent, and all that.  

        Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

        by a gilas girl on Thu Feb 03, 2011 at 11:42:08 AM PST

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