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Texas

Ugly, stupid state filled with garbage people.

What makes Texans so proud of their shitty state?

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by Anonymousreply 15105/26/2020

Crickets...

by Anonymousreply 105/16/2020

They're not proud. They're defensive.

by Anonymousreply 205/16/2020

I think several parts are very nice. I have family who moved to Austin and they love it

by Anonymousreply 305/16/2020

I think Texas is cool. It is diverse geographically and racially. Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, and Houston are all major US cities that have very different feelings. UT Austin, Baylor, SMU, and Rice are all prestigious colleges. Very very big state too.

Plus a governor in a wheelchair.

by Anonymousreply 405/16/2020

All the smart, good people leave.

You know, like all red states. The question is, why are red states such hypocrites? You just know all of them have had abortions or fuck black people or live in glass closets, but why can’t they just come clean and say “Screw church. There is no heaven or hell, and Jesus was black.”

by Anonymousreply 505/16/2020

They are brainwashed by two years of mandatory “history of Texas” propaganda in middle school.

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by Anonymousreply 605/16/2020

Brainwashing. They do have Tex-Mex, though, so...

by Anonymousreply 705/16/2020
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by Anonymousreply 805/16/2020

Many Californians have moved there for the lower cost of living. Some of my friends learned that you kind of trick yourself when you live in LA, thinking people aren't as racist, sexist, any "ist". It's a cold shower.

by Anonymousreply 905/16/2020

isolation, OP, and fear that they are missing out. missing out on gambling from Louisiana, Culture from the coasts, nature from well, anywhere. and even nice beaches of florida

by Anonymousreply 1005/16/2020

OP, I work with three native Texans (all gay men), all happy that they moved to California and who rarely mention their home state, so not everyone originally from there is prideful or boastful.

by Anonymousreply 1105/16/2020

Is most of the state desert?

by Anonymousreply 1205/16/2020

Texas is a state I could MAYBE live in. It beats Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama at least.

by Anonymousreply 1305/16/2020

Its like saying France is horrible. There are pockets that are very different. Great sections or cities like Houston. All Hispanic sections like the Rio Grande Valley. Scary conservative sections of Texarkana. Texas is HUGE. Lots of different types of people can be very happy there. And can actually afford to live there - unlike the coasts.

by Anonymousreply 1405/16/2020

What's with all the posts about texas? Some troll really has a hard on for the subject.

by Anonymousreply 1505/16/2020

Rice and UT-Austin are well-regarded. SMU and Baylor, not so much.

by Anonymousreply 1605/16/2020

R14 I think France and Texas are similar in size. You’re right in stating how there is a range of different city cultures in the State. I work in one of Texas’ progressive stronghold cities and also own a home in NYC that I use as an office and pied a terre. I work in Texas because I followed the opportunity for a bigger job out West, and I was lucky to have that option. I’ve enjoyed my first three years working here but will retire back East. Still, I appreciate a lot of things about Texas, including many of the people I have met here. It’s also beautiful at night, and you can do well financially, and the food is really good here, too. I can’t be fake or snobby about a community that has treated me well.

by Anonymousreply 1705/16/2020

Agree R17 - Texas is very livable - and has lots of jobs. Rejecting Texas is a first world problem.

by Anonymousreply 1805/16/2020

I drove across Texas twice. The only part worth seeing is the hill country, which is actually quite beautiful, I could stayed right there and been quite happy. I had mixed results with the people, who ranged from very friendly to rude/hostile.

by Anonymousreply 1905/16/2020

The rivalry between UT and A&M is bizarre. My youngest brother went to a weekend Aggie meet and greet to check it out. He said it was almost cultish. He ended up at UT Austin and enjoyed it. A&M churns out conservative Republicans.

by Anonymousreply 2005/16/2020

New York

Ugly, stupid city filled with garbage people.

What makes New Yorkers so proud of their shitty city?

by Anonymousreply 2105/16/2020

R14, you complain about people lumping all of Texas together, and then proceed to lump in "the coasts." There are different levels of affordability out here as well.

by Anonymousreply 2205/16/2020

R21, why do you assume the OP is a NYer?

by Anonymousreply 2305/16/2020

Its impossible to paint Texas with one broad brush. It's vast and has almost every climate in one state and the people are different in each region.

Whoever said there is no culture is an ignorant troll. HGO, a renowned ballet company and thriving theater district in Houston along with a diverse population of immigrants and some of the best dining in the country. Houston is a culinary hotspot.

by Anonymousreply 2405/16/2020

[quote] Texas is a state I could MAYBE live in. It beats Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama at least.

Just about anywhere beats those states.

by Anonymousreply 2505/16/2020

Can't speak for R21 but in my experience here at DL, its NYers who sneer the most at any state that's not NY. CA is a close second.

Texas isn't the best but it's by no means the worst. Go to OK or some other midwest state and get back to us on shitty deplorables and no culture.

by Anonymousreply 2605/16/2020

All (two) of the nice parts of Texas are obscured by the fact that the majority of the state is a cesspool of ignorance, intolerance, fake bravado, and failed conservative ideology.

by Anonymousreply 2705/16/2020

But it gave the world Janis Joplin.

by Anonymousreply 2805/16/2020

And Janis got the hell out of Port Arthur and never looked back.

by Anonymousreply 2905/16/2020

I thank Texas for Tex-Mex food and BBQ, and Austin. The rest can be blown up.

by Anonymousreply 3005/16/2020

About a decade or so ago, there was not even a mention of her in that town. She's now on their website but when they interviewed the citizens, they said she was a very poor representative of their city.

by Anonymousreply 3105/16/2020

Big Bend looks pretty.

by Anonymousreply 3205/16/2020

Wish I’d had a history teacher like the one in R6

by Anonymousreply 3305/16/2020

Big Bend is amazing and a quirky place where people go to get off the grid. The surrounding towns are full of artists and other eccentrics. The Marfa lights and stargazing are must dos.

by Anonymousreply 3405/16/2020

It's Port Arthur R29. I live in Texas and avoid that place.

by Anonymousreply 3505/16/2020

The Drive Friendly signs always crack me up. We do not drive friendly here, at least not in the cities.

by Anonymousreply 3605/16/2020

I've always had fun in Texas. I quite like most of the people I've met there travelling. The weather is to my liking, and I enjoy those little lizards which seem to be everywhere around Houston and Dallas. I hope to go back soon sometime.

by Anonymousreply 3705/16/2020

Marfa Lights SPOILER. Stop reading if you don't want to know.

A group of scientists did a study and found they are caused by car headlights.

by Anonymousreply 3805/16/2020

Those little lizards are anoles and they are cute little guys. Its spring now so it's a real lizard fuckfest around my house now.

by Anonymousreply 3905/16/2020

Is Tex Mex different from New Mexico food?

by Anonymousreply 4005/16/2020

I believe so R40 but I'm not sure.

by Anonymousreply 4105/16/2020

Too many Mexicans for me.

by Anonymousreply 4205/16/2020

We see you WWing yourself, Trumptard R42

by Anonymousreply 4305/16/2020

I didn't realize it was already time for our weekly "Bash Texas" thread. Time sure flies.

by Anonymousreply 4405/16/2020

What BS, OP. The food alone is reason to love Texas. I dream about my favorite taqueria there and no place on the East coast can come close. There is good and bad EVERYWHERE.

by Anonymousreply 4505/16/2020

Is the dick in Texas good or not?

by Anonymousreply 4605/16/2020

The dick is so so there. Much better in Oklahoma.

by Anonymousreply 4705/16/2020

[quote] SMU and Baylor, not so much.

SMU is not at all in the same category as Baylor. It's a decent school even though it attracts a certain kind of rich asshole.

by Anonymousreply 4805/16/2020

If TX is so diverse, why has the GOP dominated politics there for so long? There must be a lot of compartmentalizing going on in that state.

by Anonymousreply 4905/16/2020

Did a bit of sleuthing and I am pretty sure that OP is the troll running around obsessing that white people are evil and also about MM and Harry. A lot of TikTok threads too.

by Anonymousreply 5005/16/2020

The GOP has dominated only since the 90s due to redistricting. Texas is far less segregated than other parts of the country.

by Anonymousreply 5105/16/2020

Because those " diverse" folks dont get to the polls and the rural areas are still very large and conservative.

by Anonymousreply 5205/16/2020

Those "diverse" folks vote for black and Hispanic candidates to local office, so I am thinking that yes they do vote.

by Anonymousreply 5305/16/2020

Texans sure seem defensive.

by Anonymousreply 5405/16/2020

R6, you know they have to pledge allegiance to the Texas flag every day? I thought my kindergartener was making shit up until he won a math award and I had to go watch the ceremony where they made the kids do the Texas pledge.

Not from here, not staying here, just passing through.

by Anonymousreply 5505/16/2020

I dont remember that R55.

by Anonymousreply 5605/16/2020

Nothing about it seems worth visiting.

by Anonymousreply 5705/16/2020

R56 We said the Texas Pledge every morning when I went through school. We also had a school pledge.

by Anonymousreply 5805/16/2020

The Texas pledge was added in 2003.

by Anonymousreply 5905/16/2020

I didn't mind Houston. Fantastic Indian food.

by Anonymousreply 6005/16/2020

The late Anthony Bourdain loved visiting Houston's diverse culinary scene and dispelling Texas myths.

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by Anonymousreply 6105/16/2020

I was born in 1964 so I missed the pledge. Why was it introduced and it had to be a republican that instigated it.

by Anonymousreply 6205/16/2020

Good Indian food because there are a ton of Indians here. Running into an indian- Americans with a texas twang is hilarious.

by Anonymousreply 6305/16/2020

[quote] Why was it introduced and it had to be a republican that instigated it.

I don't know. I grew up pre-pledge but I am a teacher now and the kids all say it and do the Roman (fascist) salute when they say it. Interestingly, the Roman salute was originally used for the Pledge of Allegiance, but was dropped in the 30s due to its adoption by fascists in Europe. I have fond memories of singing Texas songs in school when I was a kid, but I think the Texas pledge is fucking stupid.

by Anonymousreply 6405/16/2020

In Oklahoma you had to sing the Rodgers and Hammerstein song every morning. I liked it, however I am a DLer.

by Anonymousreply 6505/16/2020

Please rise for the National Anthem of Texas.

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by Anonymousreply 6605/16/2020

Lived here most of my life and never even heard the pledge.

by Anonymousreply 6705/16/2020

"Garbage people"? You sound like garbage, OP.

by Anonymousreply 6805/16/2020

The Texas pledge was added to the morning routine amidst all of the patriotic showboating that occurred after 9/11.

by Anonymousreply 6905/16/2020

This bumper sticker I saw there tells you everything you need to know:

"I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!"

by Anonymousreply 7005/16/2020

But that wasn't a Texan R70.

by Anonymousreply 7105/16/2020

I know quite a few people who have moved there, so it must not be bad! They have jobs so even more people will be moving to Texas now.

by Anonymousreply 7205/16/2020

I have new neighbors from Chicago and they love Houston. They have a nice house and as the husband said "never shoveling snow again" is a big bonus.

by Anonymousreply 7305/16/2020

A lot of people really like living in Texas and don’t wish to live anywhere else. That seems to annoy people for some reason.

by Anonymousreply 7405/16/2020

It is odd that some people fixate on one particular state to "hate". Its just a place and like all places it has good and bad. No matter what NYers and Calis say, those places aren't paradise either. I also find people who dislike a place they've never even visited closeminded and pathetic.

by Anonymousreply 7505/16/2020

Wait until it floods R73

by Anonymousreply 7605/16/2020

Already been through them R76. Luckily the neighborhood was built to help prevent our area from flooding. We basically had a huge party.

by Anonymousreply 7705/16/2020

Fuck you, Op.

by Anonymousreply 7805/16/2020

R78 that's exactly what OP wants. Reaction. It's a troll.

by Anonymousreply 7905/16/2020

They have the best Tex-Mex food and you can speed as fast as fuck there. With a few nice livable cities where you can actually afford a great, big place to live without being a hedge funder or a drug dealer. Sounds not so bad to me.

If someone put a gun to my head and said I had to move somewhere not on either coast, I think I would pick Tx fairly easily. I’m certainly not gonna freeze my ass off in Chicago.

by Anonymousreply 8005/16/2020

There's a toll road near Austin that has a speed limit of 85 mph meaning people are doing at least 90. I rarely drive over 80 so I stayed in the right lane. Couldn't wait to get off.

by Anonymousreply 8105/16/2020

Another bumpersticker "America? You mean Texas and its 49 Bitches."

by Anonymousreply 8205/16/2020

Never seen that one R82.

by Anonymousreply 8305/16/2020

The pride is deeply seeded. While I abhor my state’s politics, I am proud to be Texan. Why?

Education. I agree that the curriculum in the eighties and early nineties when I attended public school emphasized local history. I recall learning our motto, bird, flower, song, etc. I also remember having to learn “Texas Our Texas” and perform it with classmates at some sort of recital. In addition to Texas history in 7th, Texas history was also taught in elementary school as well as a whole semester on our city’s history.

Size. As a young person, you learn about geography and size matters. It was a point of pride that our state is the largest in the continental US. Only a handful states carry the size mantle and in the remote, unpopulated vastness of Alaska and Montana disqualified them from significance. I recall feeling a sense of competition with California which was the more populated and influential due to Hollywood.

The Lone Star. Having seceded to establish our own country for ten years is likely responsible for our pride. We did it on our own and we believe we can do it again when the US oversteps. The Texas flag is derivative of the US one. In our history, we plucked our star from the American flag, and set it in a field of blue with one red and one white stripe. If you find the American flag attractive, then you typically find the Texas flag pleasing, too. The singular star is powerful imagery and is superior to random crests and animals.

[Other points of pride follow. These were important to me, but each Texan is different.]

Football. The Dallas Cowboys had five Super Bowl wins and more appearances in the seventies, eighties and nineties. Being America’s team, the Dallas Cowboys became something to be proud of. The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders revolutionized NFL cheerleading and became a sensation during the period. The Houston Astrodome was considered a wonder when it was erected. Excellence in pro football mattered nationally and to us locally.

Five Consecutive Miss USA Wins. Michelle Royer winning an unprecedented third title by a single state in a row was surprising. When Courtney Gibb and Gretchen Polhamus made it four and five, respectively, Texan dominance was undeniable. Seriously, I still remember these names after all these years. Still cannot remember #1 and #2 for the life of me, though. Regardless, this mattered and cemented the notion of Texas Beauty. Farrah Fawcett helped on this front, too.

Dallas TV Show. Wealth, ruggedness, drama. With only three networks, a show set in one of our cities was special when so much was set in California, New York and generic midwestern towns. And it was POPULAR! Who shot JR and Bobby emerging from the shower were plot lines that riveted the nation.

by Anonymousreply 8405/16/2020

I’ve never lived in Texas, but the Texans I’ve known have been kind, funny people, and not racist, sexist, or any other “ist”.

by Anonymousreply 8505/17/2020

I lived in Houston for a short while several years back. Going from my hometown of LA, I was pretty snobby about having to go to Texas and was certain I’d hate it. Not the case at all. Houston has a vibrant food scene with great ethnic restaurants. The homes and lot sizes are quite large and people took pride in their homes. Shopping was fantastic, too. I found Houstonians friendly and polite and there is an abundance of highly educated people there. Can’t speak for the rest of Texas but I actually liked Houston. Look, even in California, we have places like Fontana and Richmond we’d like to forget.

by Anonymousreply 8605/17/2020

I was visiting friends in Las Cruces, NM in February 1986. The brand of canned coffee they drank had "Texas Proud" and some graphic on the can. I sort of guffawed at this, and one of the fraus took exception. "Lee Harvey Oswald was from Texas", was my reply. Shut her right up.

by Anonymousreply 8705/17/2020

"A lot of people really like living in Texas and don’t wish to live anywhere else. That seems to annoy people for some reason."

Only New Yorkers

by Anonymousreply 8805/17/2020

Aren't New Yorkers annoyed at everyone?

by Anonymousreply 8905/17/2020

[quote]What's with all the posts about Texas? Some troll really has a hard on for the subject.

Exactly.

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by Anonymousreply 9005/17/2020

I find the texan accent incredibly sexy.Like no other US accent.Hard to explain why as a brit.

by Anonymousreply 9105/17/2020

[R91] It’s very masculine. A man with a Texas accent seems like they know how to work on cars and ride a bucking bronco. Sort of the opposite of a British accent!

by Anonymousreply 9205/17/2020

"Aren't New Yorkers annoyed at everyone?"

Damn right. That's what give us life.

by Anonymousreply 9305/17/2020

In many ways Texas is STILL a flyover state. It's not a MUST SEE destination for foreign visitors.

by Anonymousreply 9405/17/2020

Texas doesn't like foreigners, so it's a win-win.

by Anonymousreply 9505/17/2020

Currently reading "The Son" by Philip Meyer.

I love it.

It is an easy way to grasp all the complexities of Texas.

by Anonymousreply 9605/17/2020

My dears, everyone in political science education (high school and college) knows that there are the regular textbooks and then there is the "Texas edition." And guess which one leans ultra-conservative? Their textbooks are like the Fox News of education.

Increasingly, publishers are using the"Texas edition" as the regular textbook, sans the Texas state politics section. I find that quite disturbing.

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by Anonymousreply 9705/17/2020

NYer here who loves Texas, especially Houston. I had similar stereotypes until I had to work there on assignment for long periods in different cities. I strongly dislike Dallas and think Austin is small and overhyped - but Houston is a surprising city with great food, one of my favorite museums, unpretentious, affordable with a thriving gayborhood. I could totally live there - and have considered it seriously after 30 years in NYC. I also like San Antonio - more history and sense of place if a little more rough around the edges and less diverse and cosmopolitan than Houston. But the Riverwalk and loft area around it has really grown along with the city.

by Anonymousreply 9805/17/2020

It's not all bad. Texas has Navarro College Cheer Squad (and Queen Monica Aldama), featured on Netflix's Cheer.

by Anonymousreply 9905/17/2020

R95 tell that to all the foreigners living and working here.

by Anonymousreply 10005/17/2020

R97 that's controversial even in Texas. A lot of people are not happy that the TSBE has been stacked with religious nuts instead of actual educators. Luckily enough people raised enough of a stink that they didnt get their way in rewriting some history.

by Anonymousreply 10105/17/2020

The reason why Texas patriotism is so annoying (versus say Michigan patriotism which is far more prevalent in that state where people try to "buy Michigan") is that all Texas' moral values are rotten and if the whole country were run by them, Texas would be a third world slum of shantytowns and starving beggars. But of course it wouldn't turn out that way because if the rest of the country WERE run by Texan principles, Texans would change their principles just to be perverse. Essentially Texans are the Greens of the Hippodrome in old Constantinople. Factional subhumans for the sake of conflict. But with real world consequences.

by Anonymousreply 10205/17/2020

[quote]all Texas' moral values are rotten

What values are you talking about? Can you give specific examples of "Texas' rotten moral values"?

by Anonymousreply 10305/17/2020

Considering Texas is full of so many different people I'm kind of curious too. It's like when Republicans spout off about "traditional American values". America is too diverse to identify any particular values. My values may be vastly different than yours and vary between ethnic and religious groups.

by Anonymousreply 10405/17/2020

[quote] Can you give specific examples of "Texas' rotten moral values"?

Gerrymandering, voter repression, intimidation and outright electoral fraud.

Policing.

Texas' laughably poor educational system, run by and for religious hypocrites.

Treatment of immigrants, particularly Mexicans (obviously), women, minorities, and of course, gays.

George W. Bush, Rick Perry, Ted Cruz.

— and that's just for starters.

by Anonymousreply 10505/17/2020

The most common accent I hear in Texas, besides regular American, is not Southern, nor redneck. It's Latino, followed by Middle Eastern.

by Anonymousreply 10605/17/2020

Love the brisket. I like the straighf-orwardness of the people, but the state is nothing but flat, empty space and unsustainable sprawlburgs. Austin is way past its moment and is just and most of it is just another ugly sprawlburg. Hill country has been ruined by tourism development.

by Anonymousreply 10705/17/2020

My mom for years wanted to retire to the hill country but it's gotten too popular. Real estate is outrageous. She should have bought 15-20 years ago. As it is, she ended up buying some land in Trinity and she will definitely be out of the busy city there. You cant even get a pizza delivered in Trinity. It's a podunk little place but she loves the slow pace and friendly small town folks.

by Anonymousreply 10805/17/2020

The only truly great thing Texas has that other states don't is Asian-sryle boiled crawfish. And despite the huge numbers of SE Asians in South Louisiana and coastal Mississippi, you won't find Asian crawfish boil there.

Oh, yeah, and Texas brisket. And true Mexican AND Tex-Mex food everywhere.

And the family that owns HEB is quite liberal/progressive.

But it is taking entirely too fucking long for that state to turn purple.

by Anonymousreply 10905/17/2020

Asian crawfish boil is readily available in Houston -- when there's not a pandemic going on.

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I've got my smoked brisket ordered for Memorial Day. Can't wait.

by Anonymousreply 11105/17/2020

That crawfish looks delicious.

by Anonymousreply 11205/17/2020

R109, HEB is apparently a great company to work for. I know people who have been trying to get hired and there are simply no openings because people stay and they promote from within so very few jobs open up.

by Anonymousreply 11305/17/2020

I drove across the US in 2014. took the southern route to see my brother in El Paso. took a day and a half to cross Texas. I thought Big Sky Country was absolutely beautiful...for the first two hours. Then I was desperate for signs of civilization. There were random solitary houses every 40 min or so.

by Anonymousreply 11405/17/2020

From what I’m reading a lot of people’ issue with Texas relates to the right wing crazies that are in politics here. I assume most gay Texans on data lounge don’t support those policies. They are likely voting democratic and also living where change is needed. Shouldn’t that be applauded rather than looked down upon?

by Anonymousreply 11505/17/2020

[R115] Thank you!

by Anonymousreply 11605/17/2020

[quote]The pride is deeply seeded.

R84: Oh, dear!

by Anonymousreply 11705/17/2020

Once TX starts voting blue, it'll be a favorite state because that's going to be a huge chunk of electoral votes that moves out of the Republican column.

by Anonymousreply 11805/17/2020

R26: That's nothing compared to the hate directed to California and especially NY.

by Anonymousreply 11905/17/2020

According to the gays on here, the men are hotter in Texas. True? Verification?

by Anonymousreply 12005/17/2020

Until you drive across Texas, you have don’t understand it. You understand the myth of “everyone on their own land”, “bigger is better”, self-reliance. You can live hours from civilization. Truly remote areas where you just don’t see other people,. A completely different view of the world.

by Anonymousreply 12105/17/2020

No, it's a feudal view that came from Latin America. It has nothing to do with wide open spaces and everything to do with the rich being allowed to run everything.

by Anonymousreply 12205/18/2020

Texans believe schools exist to teach lies to the children. How often have Texans asserted false things: like the idea that they can break up into five states any time they want, a power they were never granted even before they rebelled against the nation in treasonous fashion in the Civil War.

by Anonymousreply 12305/18/2020

For a generation if not more, American school books have been dumbed down to satisfy the liars on the Texas who insist on teaching evolution as a "theory' instead of a fact. The plain truth is that every member of the Texas School Board in the last fifty years should have been in jail for corrupting minors. Every one without exception.

by Anonymousreply 12405/18/2020

The state itself is beautiful, the people are often Republican.

by Anonymousreply 12505/18/2020

[r120] Yes. There are a LOT of damn good looking white hung men in Texas; Dallas especially

by Anonymousreply 12605/18/2020

R122 the rich run everything everywhere not just Texas.

Never heard that one R123 and I grew up here.

by Anonymousreply 12705/18/2020

You're wrong, R123. From the "Joint Resolution for Annexing Texas to the United States" passed by Congress on March 1, 1845:

[quote]New States of convenient size not exceeding four in number, in addition to said State of Texas and having sufficient population, may, hereafter by the consent of said State, be formed out of the territory thereof, which shall be entitled to admission under the provisions of the Federal Constitution

Now, whether that's still valid (especially after Texas secession from and readmission to the Union) is another question. But the fact is Texas was given the right to divide into five states.

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by Anonymousreply 12805/18/2020

Well, don't divide it. Two U.S. Senators is plenty for those people.

by Anonymousreply 12905/18/2020

I heard they didn't want to teach critical thinking there, so I suspect that's why the state behaves as it does. Good luck Austinites! Though those white liberals can be just as blind as their right wing counterparts lol. They're a self-consuming bubble. Fuck 'em.

by Anonymousreply 13005/18/2020

Be formed by the US, not Texas. And since Texas was claiming New Mexico at the time, that might be considered one.

by Anonymousreply 13105/18/2020

A benefit I haven't seen mentioned is there are no state taxes in Texas. But sales taxes are about 8.25%. Property taxes are not high where I live on the Gulf Coast. My assessment went up $15 this year. Home prices outside of the big cities are a bargain. I spent most of my life in California, was transferred here about 13 years ago. When I retired 10 years ago, I decided to stay here and still believe it was a sound decision.

by Anonymousreply 13205/18/2020

132, where are you on the gulf coast?

by Anonymousreply 13305/18/2020

I'm in Beaumont, the town made famous by Mayor Becky, and her nails.

by Anonymousreply 13405/18/2020

And you think it was a wise decision to spend your life in Beaumont, TX.

Wow.

by Anonymousreply 13505/19/2020

Moved from NYC to the Gulf Coast. Shockingly cheap - and simple - life. When you’re tired of the hassle and expense, Texas let’s you live cheaply with access to everything you need. Fought the battles - including for gay rights - for 30 year. And now I’m ready to relax and just enjoy life. Sold my apartment and can live 25+ years without working now. Very content.

by Anonymousreply 13605/19/2020

[quote]Texas let's

Oh [italic]dear[/italic].

[italic]Oh[/italic] dear.

by Anonymousreply 13705/19/2020

R137, I'm not R136, but I'm curious about where you live exactly. Enlighten us!

by Anonymousreply 13805/19/2020

"What makes Texans so proud of their shitty state?"

The same thing that makes New Yorkers so proud of their shitty city: an insane belief and outsized pride that where one lives makes them special and superior.

by Anonymousreply 13905/19/2020

R135, I'm not "Beaumont" but life is what you make of it, not geography. He may have perfectly sound reasons for choosing to stay put. Family, friends, job....its not our place to judge anyone on where they live but, like I said, if you choose to base life on location and nothing else you are going to be unhappy no matter where you are at.

I make fun of OK and Nebraska but I'm sure I could find joy there if I had to move.

by Anonymousreply 14005/19/2020

"What makes Texans so proud of their shitty state?"

The same thing that makes New Yorkers so proud of their shitty city: an insane belief and outsized pride that where one lives makes them special and superior.

This.

by Anonymousreply 14105/19/2020

Beaumont seems like an odd spot to settle even for someone moving to Texas. My grandparents lived there and the entire town smelled like cabbage from the pollution the refineries put out. Anyway, I am happy you are happy there. I landed in a strange place myself.

by Anonymousreply 14205/19/2020

I thought the cabbage smell was my farts. Seriously, we sometimes find an area where we are happy. I've lived in over 20 places in my life, most in California, a few in other states and one in another country. Where I was, was less important than what I was doing. I've lost ties to friendships over the years. But what I have found here in Beaumont are some great neighbors. The house I live in cost 1/10th of the current price of the house I grew up in, in Los Angeles. And this one is bigger and nicer. It's a quieter life, but something I need at this point in my life.

by Anonymousreply 14305/19/2020

Beaumont, I like you. Next time I visit my fabulous sister in Manvel, I will raise an Asian-boil crawfish in your honor.

by Anonymousreply 14405/19/2020

California.

Let the hate begin.

by Anonymousreply 14505/20/2020

CA is nice to visit but wouldnt want to live there.

by Anonymousreply 14605/20/2020

What about New York, R 145?

by Anonymousreply 14705/20/2020

r92 Perfectly explained and summarised.

by Anonymousreply 14805/24/2020

Texas: Greatest state in the U.S.A.!!

by Anonymousreply 14905/26/2020

Old Joke Texas Anatomy: Dallas = Brain Austin = Heart Houston = Asshole

by Anonymousreply 15005/26/2020

^^ A Dallasite's idea of being clever.

What is San Antonio? The gallbladder?

by Anonymousreply 15105/26/2020
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