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metroretro
Flaming liberal in Texas
06:24 PM on 05/10/2010
Part One
Based on my profile page, since I have been on this thread 8 people have unfanned me, seemingly because of their dislike of where I live. Although I am frequently embarrassed by our politicians, I am not ashamed of where I live - Houston, Texas. There are many good people here and because I live where I do, I may have a distorted view of the rest of the state.

Houston, especially inside the loop is very normal, educated, progressive and overwhelmingly democratic. I realize there is allot of Texas outside of Houston however the state is nearing a tipping point where there will be more registered democrats than republicans. The demographics are changing and all of the larger cities vote democratic.
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metroretro
Flaming liberal in Texas
06:25 PM on 05/10/2010
Part 2
We hope to begin to see that this fall. As of now, Bill White is polling within the margin of error in a RASMUSSEN poll and people outside of Houston are just beginning to get to know him.

When I first read this article I was surprised because it doesn't sound like the UT I knew when I was at A&M. Then I remembered that Rick Perry has stacked the Board of Regents.

I see the changes here on the ground and am proud I live in a city where race and sexual orientation are a non-issue in elections. I am also proud that those who see growing ethnic diversity as “a source of great strength for the city,” increased from 60 percent in 2006 to 69 percent in 2010. Support for gays and lesbians being legally permitted to adopt children has jumped from 19 percent in 1991 to 52 percent today.

http://www.texastribune.org/blogs/post/2010/apr/21/tribblog-houstonians-have-feelings/

Texas still has quite a way to go but we are moving forward due to hard work by many of us. Getting rid of Rick Perry and retaking the legislature will hopefully be achieved this fall. Soon the votes of the urban areas and south Texas will surpass the small to midsized cities and rural areas.

That' how I feel. Anyone else who wants to unfan me for that is welcome to do so.
11:03 PM on 05/10/2010
I'm already a fan so I can't fan you. So I favorited you instead. I can't believe people unfanned you for where you live and defending your turf.
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HoustonReality
12:24 AM on 05/11/2010
Thanks, great post!
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melonman
06:33 PM on 05/10/2010
As a fellow Texan, I'm with you metroretro.

People would love to believe the right wingnuts reside only in Texas. Truth is, they are all over this country, from Maine to Florida to California.

I admit, though, they do seem to be a little louder here.

But there days are numbered. Hope I"m alive to see them become a blip on the radar.
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MalloMel
07:05 PM on 05/10/2010
"I admit, though, they do seem to be a little louder here."

Well, maybe that is the problem, or it could be that they are louder, because they are just more hateful and/or bigoted.
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06:24 PM on 05/10/2010
The KKK was ubiquitous by the 20's all over the South, including Texas.
It was a mainstream southern organization for about 10 years. By the 40's the KKK that had changed drastically and the Klan would never again hold that place of prominence.
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melonman
06:40 PM on 05/10/2010
Historically the KKK has also been ubiquitous in not-so-southern places, such as Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.

Problem is racists are everywhere.
06:57 PM on 05/10/2010
Thanks for the truth, areas of the north still have active KKK organizations with thriving memberships..
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06:21 PM on 05/10/2010
Any idea how many buildings all over Texas and the South would have to be re-named?
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MalloMel
06:38 PM on 05/10/2010
Well, maybe we should get started.
06:38 PM on 05/10/2010
.....and the north.
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MalloMel
07:07 PM on 05/10/2010
OK, let's get started on those also. Point them out, so that we can get going.
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ChiBloger
And the truth shall set us ALL free
05:59 PM on 05/10/2010
The state of Texas is Hugh, just like the ego of many Texans. Given the size of the state one would expect more intelligence to emerge from its bosom. I would not be too shocked for the reasons this post was created but I must say I am rather disappointed that Austin and UT is the subject of the post. There are probably not a lot of better (public) College towns than Austin, TX.
For the Yahoos who think they are defending something worth defending by lifting up some spineless, soulless terrorist like Simpkins, I say you all demonstrate why the UT fails as a place of higher learning. Let me send along my personal Hookem Horns to you. You’re probably not smart enough to realize what the hookem horns symbol really means in the rest of the world.
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06:43 PM on 05/10/2010
Lack of spelling and grammer classes, I'm guessing.
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07:45 PM on 05/10/2010
I am a native Texan who lived in Chicago for college. I have lived all over central and east Texas.
Chicago is the most racist city I have ever lived in. I lived there for a year in 1989. I love that city, But the racism was stunning to me having only been familiar with Houston, Austin, and San Antonio.
I am amazed, by the way that you have amassed 4 fans. Kudos.
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Smirk
Cake or death.
09:09 PM on 05/10/2010
Fellow Texan and new fan, Halfwit!
05:52 PM on 05/10/2010
Ah....Senator Robert Byrd is a former klansmen and he is held in high esteem by quite a number of people up there on Capitol Hill and in the U.S.. They haven't asked him to change anything. I guess they have selective amnesia.
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06:21 PM on 05/10/2010
See my reply above.
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614banker
Please proceed Governor...
05:26 PM on 05/10/2010
Come on folks! What else would you expect from Texas? That place is still philosophically backward notwithstanding it's recent andavces in infrastucture and other metrics.
tqcobb
Free your mind and the rest will follow
05:51 PM on 05/10/2010
agree...this is an example of not choosing your battles wisely... I'm sure there are a lot of other places in the UT system that are named after unscrupulous people
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SirSlappy
My micro-bio is still empty.
06:00 PM on 05/10/2010
blah blah blah.
ever been there, narrow-minded lefty?
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TexasDem0
USMC Vietnam vet,Veteran for Peace
06:10 PM on 05/10/2010
I bet that I know more Texans than you do, and without a doubt, you're making a biased statement based on ignorance. Otherwise known as bigotry.
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06:35 PM on 05/10/2010
Nope. Poster is speaking to their educational philosophy, and he or she is right:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/12/texas-education-board-app_n_497440.html

Not all Texans are as backward as the ones that run its government, but they must have been elected by someone.
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614banker
Please proceed Governor...
08:46 PM on 05/10/2010
Wrong, my friend! I am speaking of what I see as "The Texan Mindset"; that is narrow at best. I am not trivialiazing the struggles of progressive Texans in their quest to bring their state into the 21st century; infact, I admire their braveness and dedication. My point is who nominated Dumbo for Governor over Sen. Hutchinson? Not some foreigners in TX. It was done by Texans and they did so true to form. So please save me the self righteousness and let's start calling a spade a freaking spade!
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momcat54
05:15 PM on 05/10/2010
Look do what I'm doing . Write people like Michael Delll , Rene Zelweger, Roger Clemmons and Matthew McConaughey tell them what their alma mater is doing. I know Michale Dell gives them tons of money Money talks and when money starts leaving I'm willing to bet that there willl be a new dorm name. I love Texas and Austin is a very progresive city I'm thinking 99.99 % of the students at UT and the citizens of Austin have no idea who the dorm was named after and what he stood for start making a noise and things might just change, It's worked before
05:20 PM on 05/10/2010
This is really the least of UT's problems, they have statutes and plaques and whatnot honoring Confederates all over campus, and refuse to take them down.
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SirSlappy
My micro-bio is still empty.
06:02 PM on 05/10/2010
First you'd have to make ret@rd=d Millenials aware of who those people were... so they could even get offended. History has a way of neutering everyone.
05:12 PM on 05/10/2010
Why am I not surprised.
05:07 PM on 05/10/2010
I named my donkey Nathan Bedford Forrest, but I just call him Nate.

People may not like, admire, want to remember NBF, but he was a brilliant tactician. Erwin Rommel even came to Ramer Tennessee to study his tactics. Now, no one should like or admire Rommel, but he does have to be remembered. I agree with the previous poster, you can't ignore history, re-write it, or look at it through rose colored glasses. It happened. To say there is nothing of Forrest to admire, ie his tactical brilliance, is ridiculous to a war historian. He was brilliant. However, his revereance for a dead way of life and the institution of slavery is to be abhored. It's like if your Dad was an alcoholic. You can have a love/hate relationship with anyone.
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MalloMel
05:12 PM on 05/10/2010
What do you think about a university displaying a swastika on one of their dorms. Hey, you can't ignore history, no?
05:19 PM on 05/10/2010
What? That makes NO sense.
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bta clevenger
05:07 PM on 05/10/2010
There seems to be an unchecked malice toward Texans among those commenting on this article. Some of which is in jest, but a great deal seems motivated by a near hatred. Please consider your stereotypes before commenting (i.e. put another group of people in place of what you write and read how negative it sounds).
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MalloMel
05:16 PM on 05/10/2010
It's just that Texans tend to be so backward and so hateful. If it wasn't for the northerners, you guys wouldn't have anything. We'll sorry we took your slaves away from you. Seriously, you guys need to get over that.
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bta clevenger
05:20 PM on 05/10/2010
No friend, It is you who needs to get over it, slavery was abolished by a enlightened SOUTHERNER in the 1800's. Did you even consider that I might be African American when you made this comment?
05:23 PM on 05/10/2010
There are millions of progressive Texans, Texans of color, queer Texans, etc. etc. etc. Not to mention regular old white people who manage to be Texans and not be hideous, racist caricatures like you say. You're acting as bigoted as the people you claim to be against.
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Bonaboman
05:02 PM on 05/10/2010
All references to Roman cities throughout the United States should also be changed because the Roman's owned slaves.
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MalloMel
05:55 PM on 05/10/2010
Only if you insist.
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healthanalyst
Banned from commenting, so?
11:39 AM on 06/02/2010
Oh jeez, now the Italians are going to be upset, this post may exceed the Palin ones (and some are over 100 pages........)
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Veneita
If trolls had minds, they wouldn't be trolls
05:01 PM on 05/10/2010
a little more information on simkins--a native south carolinian

http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/2000-2001/memorials/AMR/Simkins/simkins.pdf
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Nutcase
From Nashville, Tennistan.
04:58 PM on 05/10/2010
I would suggest naming it after General Santa Anna.
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06:19 PM on 05/10/2010
good one
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luvobama
Hospice volunteer...
04:54 PM on 05/10/2010
Thank gawd we would never even consider sending our children to Texas for anything, let alone higher education.

If our kids never see the south, I am ok with it.

Too many people there have the same mindset they did not so long ago.

California has an awesome university system. The air is better too!!
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Bonaboman
05:04 PM on 05/10/2010
I guess that means your kids will never see the birthplace of William Jefferson Clinton, Al Gore, and many others. BTW - California's university system is going broke.
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luvobama
Hospice volunteer...
05:08 PM on 05/10/2010
Please tell me how seeing where someone was born will benefit my children.

If they feel the need, I will pull up pictures on the internet.

I see no reason for them to see bigotry up close and personal.

There are plenty of good states to visit.
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MalloMel
05:09 PM on 05/10/2010
It's a good idea to keep your kids out of the south during their formative years and that includes college. It's probably OK for them to go there afterward, just to see how those people are.
04:42 PM on 05/10/2010
I work a few blocks from the UT campus in a building named after Heman Marion Sweatt. Naming public places is about remembering our past. I am proud to be working in this building...the courthouse where Sweatt lost his lawsuit for equality at the UT School of Law before winning on appeal in the U.S. Supreme Court.