If Texas stayed a Republic . . . ah well, we can dream.

Maybe if I just didn’t read the paper or maybe if Ed didn’t send me these links, I could spare myself the agony of the ugly. But he did and elvis help me I read it. So . . . let me share the joy.

Texas knows how to do things. How else to explain:

  • Their students rank 47th in the nation in literacy
  • Their students rank 49th in verbal SAT scores
  • And their students rank 46th in math scores
  • They have the highest birth rate in the country
  • They rank third in teen pregnancies and
  • They rank absolutely first in  repeat teen pregnancies.
  • They spend more federal money than any other state for abstinence programs. Because it’s really working for them.

At least they have Governor Good Hair.

23 responses to “If Texas stayed a Republic . . . ah well, we can dream.

  1. Their students rank 47th in the nation in literacy

    I suspect that this has something to do with the amount of non-native residents.

    Their students rank 49th in verbal SAT scores

    I suspect that this has something to do with the amount of non-native residents.

    And their students rank 46th in math scores

    I suspect that this has something to do with the amount of non-native residents.

    They have the highest birth rate in the country

    I suspect that this has something to do with the amount of non-native residents.

    They rank third in teen pregnancies

    I suspect that this has something to do with the amount of non-native residents.

    They rank absolutely first in repeat teen pregnancies.

    I suspect that this has something to do with the amount of non-native residents.

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    • You’re right. Those filthy wetbacks did this. Perhaps we should round them up and move them into camps. I’m sure we will find a way to resolve the Meskin Question. It’s my understanding that Zylkon B is an effective pesticide.

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      • Those filthy wetbacks did this. Perhaps we should round them up and move them into camps.

        You misunderstand me and have no understanding of what I stand for.

        I am for the opening of borders until they are a whisper away from ceasing to exist. I am for the immigration of any man who wants to come here. For work, for prayer or just for a nap.

        Many of my best friends are Latino; in fact, my kids are Latina.

        That doesn’t change the fact that the typical immigrant is poor and under educated. If they were wealthy and educated, they would not have reason to risk life and limb to leave. As such, they most likely can’t read or write, or work out their numbers.

        Further, social ills trend along economic status. It’s not that their Mexican, it’s that they’re poor. Again, this is a typical immigrant pattern.

        I welcome and want every single God fearing [or not] Mexican who wants in to come in. And when they get here, I’ll educate those that want or need it. Just don’t bullshit me into thinking that doctors and lawyers are risking life and limb runnin’ the border only to stop where they are in some shitty border town.

        It’s my understanding that Zylkon B is an effective pesticide.

        Ahh yes, the gentle tolerant Leftist. Speech to be condemned when it’s them, regarded as free when it’s me.

        Pardon me if I don’t buy into your brand of rhetoric.

        Love,
        -p

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        • “You misunderstand me and have no understanding of what I stand for.”

          Then perhaps you need to learn to write clearly and consider the audience you address in any given instance. Your initial response to the post was completely ambiguous and invited the response it got. On a wingnut racist blog you would have been praised as being one of them. Here your comment gets you attacked as being a racist.

          More thought about rhetoric (in the classical sense) and less cleverness might lead to less misunderstanding of your positions.

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        • Beneath The Tin Foil Hat

          You’re thoughts on opening the borders, as well as providing education for Mexicans who cross the border seems to be an incongruity in your conservative mantra. I gleaned from a post on your blog that you support same sex marriage as well, which is another incongruity. I’m not attacking mind you, I think it’s cool for either sides of the political coin to recognize that not everything is black or white.
          There may be hope for you yet 😉

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          • You’re thoughts on opening the borders, as well as providing education for Mexicans who cross the border seems to be an incongruity in your conservative mantra.

            Correct. I think that we need to open the borders to anyone that wants to come in accounting only for:

            1. If you are wanted in your country, you have to go back [political asylum excepted].
            2. You are not on a terror watch list.
            3. You are not carrying a deadly infectious disease [black plague]

            I gleaned from a post on your blog that you support same sex marriage as well, which is another incongruity.

            I do support same sex marriage. The state has no business legislating that aspect of human liberty.

            There may be hope for you yet 😉

            I suspect that we are more alike than not. I’m more Libertarian than Republican. I cringe at my conservative friend’s stances on several issues.

            For example, I am:

            Pro S-CHIP
            Anti-Voucher
            Pro Gay Marriage
            Pro Common sense gun laws [no need for automatic weapons].
            In favor of shrinking the defense department
            For stem cell research

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          • Beneath The Tin Foil Hat

            Well, we certainly do seem to share some common ground. That’s for sure. However, although I am perfectly willing to call out Obama for his convoluted budget, lack of leadership, and backing down on such issues as tax breaks for big business, same sex marriage, and taking charge of environmental issues, I would still rather have Jimmy Carter part two in office as opposed to any Republican or tea party terrorist. I tend to lean very far to the left, almost to the point where I’m standing in Karl Marx’s back yard 😉

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          • I tend to lean very far to the left, almost to the point where I’m standing in Karl Marx’s back yard 😉

            I suspect that much of that is tribalism and not true Socialism.

            For example, I am sure you wouldn’t support people coming to your house, robbing you at gun point and handing your property to your neighbor.

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    • I am from Texas, Pino. I actually agree with you that the white people are a lot more stupid than the natives (Mexicans).

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    • That’s also why every science/engineering graduate school in the U.S. is dominated by the master race. The problem couldn’t be, say, the raging anti-science of the Texas Board of Education (Ejookaters fer Jayzus). No. Definitely the spics. We swarthy folks are fine for bleeding our last in miserable hellholes half a world away, but we sure do drag down the metrics.

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  2. I burned off my youth in uniform, as did both my parents and both my grandfathers. I was lucky in that it was my chosen occupation. For previous generations, it was the only escape from the de facto apartheid of the Texas system. When we buried my grandfather (who joined the Army at 16 to fight in the Pacific), I was amazed that nearly the civilian cemetery was comprised of nearly all veterans. My grandmother (gold star X 2) informed me that that was the only escape from the barrio.

    As far as the nation of Mexico, it was doomed to becoming an unlivable hellhole by Bush Sr.’s ridiculous “War on Drugs.” Prohibition worked so well in the 20’s…

    Most importantly, English:

    I suspect that this has something to do with the amount of non-native residents.

    The word you should use here is number. The word amount is used for an item that is not counted. People can certainly be counted.

    It’s not that their Mexican, it’s that they’re poor.

    Here you managed to spell the same word incorrectly then correctly.

    I seem to miss the point about free speech. I have never once condemned your voicing of opinions. Rather, I used the hyperbole of the reference to an extreme case of blaming an ethnic group for a nation’s (or state’s) ills. As far as comparing my statement to something violent, I hope you didn’t read Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” literally.

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    • it was doomed to becoming an unlivable hellhole by Bush Sr.’s ridiculous “War on Drugs.” Prohibition worked so well in the 20′s…

      I agree with you. The War on Drugs has made the border modern day Chicago.

      The word you should use here is number. The word amount is used for an item that is not counted. People can certainly be counted.

      Beg pardon.

      Here you managed to spell the same word incorrectly then correctly.

      Beg pardon.

      I seem to miss the point about free speech.

      It is a reference to the response to the “political rhetoric” after the Arizona shootings. The Left felt the Right was using aggressive language, Don’t Retreat, Reload”. They condemned it.

      I lumped you in with the Left and mocked your reference to a Nazi tactic.

      Rather, I used the hyperbole of the reference to an extreme case of blaming an ethnic group for a nation’s (or state’s) ills.

      I didn’t blame an ethic group. Not once did I mention any ethnic group in response to Moe. Rather, I brought attention to the fact that Texas is home to a massive immigrant population; see reference to the absence of doctors and lawyers in the border towns.

      I have tremendous respect for a people who literally sacrifice everything for a chance to make a better life for themselves.

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  3. Beneath The Tin Foil Hat

    “I suspect that much of that is tribalism and not true Socialism.”
    “For example, I am sure you wouldn’t support people coming to your house, robbing you at gun point and handing your property to your neighbor.”

    You would be correct. I tend to lean more towards social anarchy than anything else.

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  4. Beneath the tin foil hat,

    ” I tend to lean very far to the left, almost to the point where I’m standing in Karl Marx’s back yard 😉 ”
    ” I tend to lean more towards social anarchy than anything else. ”

    I always associated Marxism with social oppression and economic basket cases like the USSR, N. Korea, and Cuba . I’ve always associated anarchists with assassinations and bombings.

    Now I am open to the fact that I could be mistaken. Could you give me examples of places where your philosophies of Marxism and Anarchy are bringing joy and happiness into the world ?

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    • Beneath The Tin Foil Hat

      Hi Alan
      Marxism and Anarchy are tow of the most misunderstood political philosophies. Anarchists believe that nationalist governments do exist to maintain order and liberty. Instead they have a tribal mentality in which small communities exist and everyone has equal footing within the community. While bombings and assassinations are often mistaken for anarchist actions, that would actually be Nihilism.

      Although I’m not Marxist, on paper it’s not a bad thing. Essentially everyone works at what they enjoy doing and make equal contributions. As a result everyone shares equally in what’s produced. Where it goes wrong is when governments take over. However government control of any system is a bad thing in my book: there are too many greedy people in the world who willingly strip us of our liberties in order to fatten their own wallets.

      So no, I can’t really give you any examples. Marxism has been bastardized by power hungry aristocrats just as free market democracy has. And Anarchy? The best examples I could give would be the tribal systems of the Native Americans. They did pretty well for themselves for thousands of years until Europeans came here and proceeded to enslave, assimilate, and annihilate them.

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      • Beneath The Tin Foil Hat

        Oops, made a couple of mistakes here: Marxism and Anarchy are TWO of the most misunderstood systems. And Anarchists believe that nationalist governments do NOT NEED TO exist to maintain order and liberty.

        This is what happens when I talk politics before I have coffee. 🙂

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  5. Beneath the Tin Foil Hat,

    I am a pure capitalist. I have no patience with Marxism, anarchy, and socialism. I try to destroy them in my arguments . In practice they are destructive . However, I have to say your statement is well thought out and I will have to take my time in responding further .

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  6. Beneath The Tin Foil Hat

    I don’t think any of them are bad in theory. It’s the application that lacks. Anytime you get greedy power hungry people who take charge the ideology becomes corrupted. My complaints about capitalism is that economies are trapped in a never ending boom or bust cycle, and the gaps between social classes widen at a maddening pace.
    I think China has it right; they have been using a blend of communism and capitalism since Mao Tse-Dung died, and their economy is now one of the strongest in the world. So much so that the U.S. is constantly willingly taking infusions of chinese investments in our stock market. We keep taking money from them the way an irresponsible child keeps asking the wealthy parents for more money every time their allowance is squandered.

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  7. Beneath The Tin Foil Hat

    I wrote a post about Anarchy a while back on my blog. If you would like to read it here’s the link: https://tinfoilhatman45.wordpress.com/?s=anarchy

    If you do read it, you may be the first one to have looked at it. LOL.

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  8. Beneath The Tin Foil Hat,

    ” The best examples I could give would be the tribal systems of the Native Americans. They did pretty well for themselves for thousands of years until Europeans came here and proceeded to enslave, assimilate, and annihilate them. ”

    I don’t know that Native American tribes were really examples of anarchy. Some of the nations were actually pretty large . The Iroquois nation of tribes being an example . That is of course leaving out the great civilizations of the Aztecs, Mayans, and Incas .

    Those tribes like primitive man anywhere would have been engaged in periodic warfare to conquer and protect hunting grounds and living territory . They formed alliances with related tribes against enemy tribes during war .

    I don’t see where this is morally any better than civilized man’s nation state alliances and wars . The difference is only that the Native American technology kept their numbers and carnage from rising to the scale of our Europeans forebearers .

    Perhaps you can enlighten me as to the difference between Anarchists and Marxists . I tend to lump them together, as enemies of capitalists. The only differences I can see are that after they ally to bring down whatever pre- existing order they both hated, the Marxists generally murder the Anarchists to consolidate their power .

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  9. Beneath The Tin Foil Hat

    Yes, there were forms of government that existed in North America and South America, and you give some great examples. However, you said so yourself, “The Iroquois Nation of Tribes.” meaning a nation built through the cooperation of several smaller tribes, who were in their purest sense anarchical by nature.
    A key difference between Marxism and Anarchy is that there are many different anarchical philosophies, including capitalist anarchy. Anarchists merely want freedom to govern themselves free of a nationalist government. For the most part for many of us, economical practice is wholly separate from political ideology.
    One could even say that Jefferson was somewhat anarchical in theory. He did after all oppose nationalist government and was very supportive of state’s rights to govern themselves as they saw fit, as long as there was order and liberty, two mainstays of anarchical philosophy. And guess what? He was as capitalist as any of our country’s leaders.
    If you want to perceive any other philosophy as enemies to capitalism that’s certainly your right. Like I said before, I don’t necessarily think that any of them are good or evil by nature: It’s nationalism and big government in any country no matter what the philosophy that’s the enemy.
    Take that however you want.

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  10. Beneath The Tin Foil Hat,

    ” A key difference between Marxism and Anarchy is that there are many different anarchical philosophies, including capitalist anarchy. Anarchists merely want freedom to govern themselves free of a nationalist government. ”

    You are just confusing me more because under that argument Libertarians are just another group of Anarchists.

    ” One could even say that Jefferson was somewhat anarchical in theory. He did after all oppose nationalist government and was very supportive of state’s rights to govern themselves as they saw fit, as long as there was order and liberty, two mainstays of anarchical philosophy. And guess what? He was as capitalist as any of our country’s leaders.”

    Jefferson was part of the agrarian capitalists of the slave holding South. He was against the merchant, banking, and manufacturing interests that Alexander Hamilton represented and what really was the future of the Country . The Whigs and Abraham Lincoln later on continued that. They defeated what was essentially Jeffersonian economics during the Civil War .

    The more socialist agrarian South was much less politically united and thus weaker in a Confederation of States, than the Federation of a more capitalist Northern States with a manufacturing and Merchant economy .

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  11. Beneath The Tin Foil Hat

    Sigh, I’m a third year history student in college. I’m well aware of your history lesson. What’s your point? That your daddy capitalism can beat up my little brother Anarchy? Who cares? I mention to another commentor on this blog about my political leanings and views toward nationalist governments and you jumped in with both feet about how great your economic religion is. Bully for you.

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