Putting the 'lone' back in the Lone S...

Putting the 'lone' back in the Lone Star State

There are 52 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from May 9, 2009, titled Putting the 'lone' back in the Lone Star State. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

When I saw the poll last week showing that 48 percent of Texas Republicans wanted to secede from the union, my first thought was, what do you suppose it would take to nudge that up a few percentage points? The GOP pretty much calls the shots in Texas, so if we could get that up to, say, 53 or 54 percent, we may have a chance.

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Get Real

Albuquerque, NM

#1 May 10, 2009
Mr. Rubel, you are a moron calling someone else a moron. Wow! If you really think Lee Pitts was serious about Texas seceding from the Union, you should try to make it clear why that is not a good idea not just for Texas, but for the rest of the Union.

Instead you paint all Texans as boorish, drunken cowboys that should not be part of the union in the first place. I am not even from Texas or live there and can see that that you are a biased bigot (yes, that is redundant).

And don't even try to say that you were being sarcastic. It is obvious that that in your perfect world there would be no room for Republicans (in other words, people whose opinion differs from yours).

If you think that Lee Pitts was wreckless in his statement, I submit that you are just as wreckless in proposing that the Democrats help Texas secede.

While we both know that Texas seceding from the Union is not a likely to happen, you are being divisive and I can't see how this helps strengthen our country.

What a guy.........
Otis

Albuquerque, NM

#2 May 10, 2009
Heh, heh, heh. Those of us who grew up in the four corners area when the Texans came for the oil boom know of what you speak. I loved the article and took it for what it meant.
Border Native-American

Florissant, CO

#3 May 10, 2009
Better Texans in Colorado than Californians and illegal aliens.
TaxMeNot

AOL

#4 May 10, 2009
Nothing is ever quite so black or white.

As to the sucession issue, I do not believe that Texas will succeed. But I would like to see our federation start acting like a federation. Our states' right have been severely eroded and we should look at the original intent of the federation and adjust our laws to comply with our founding principles.

Remember a government that can provide you with everything is a government that can take everything away.
5418abc

United States

#5 May 10, 2009
So what if Texas wants to succeed? Obama is completely changing this country from a United States to the Socialist States of America. I would rather live in a free Texas than what is looming on the horizon.
Get a Clue

Las Cruces, NM

#6 May 10, 2009
Get Real wrote:
Mr. Rubel, you are a moron calling someone else a moron. Wow! If you really think Lee Pitts was serious about Texas seceding from the Union, you should try to make it clear why that is not a good idea not just for Texas, but for the rest of the Union.
Instead you paint all Texans as boorish, drunken cowboys that should not be part of the union in the first place. I am not even from Texas or live there and can see that that you are a biased bigot (yes, that is redundant).
And don't even try to say that you were being sarcastic. It is obvious that that in your perfect world there would be no room for Republicans (in other words, people whose opinion differs from yours).
If you think that Lee Pitts was wreckless in his statement, I submit that you are just as wreckless in proposing that the Democrats help Texas secede.
While we both know that Texas seceding from the Union is not a likely to happen, you are being divisive and I can't see how this helps strengthen our country.
What a guy.........
You obviously missed the point; so, get a clue.
Pen Pal

Las Cruces, NM

#7 May 10, 2009
Wonderfully amusing column. A tax on oversized belt buckles is just a hoot. But the connection between Republicans' trumped-up patriotism and their secessionist impulses is worth pondering.

Also wonderfully amusing comments. Figuring out what is meant--do they want Texas to secede or to succeed?--will keep many of us hooting at the confusion of the two words.
TaxMeNot

AOL

#8 May 10, 2009
My bad. I want Texas to succeed as I want our country to have success. I do not think the current plan of action will result in our country's success.
5418abc

United States

#9 May 10, 2009
Pen Pal wrote:
Wonderfully amusing column. A tax on oversized belt buckles is just a hoot. But the connection between Republicans' trumped-up patriotism and their secessionist impulses is worth pondering.
Also wonderfully amusing comments. Figuring out what is meant--do they want Texas to secede or to succeed?--will keep many of us hooting at the confusion of the two words.
I hope they do both comrade.
Pen Pal

Las Cruces, NM

#10 May 10, 2009
5418abc wrote:
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I hope they do both comrade.
Typical of the illiteracy spawning confusion of far-right-wingers, this writer associates anyone who disagrees his or her advocacy of secession and its success as a communist. As if to prove rather than oppose my position, this probably Republican writer supports the dissolution of the United States. Calling me a communist will distract only other like-minded Republicans from their endorsement of treason.

But I am too severe. No doubt, this comment is a joke after all. Other jokes will follow and provide laughs for the rest of us. Indeed, the only reason which can be generously attributed to other Republicans for not reproaching Texas Governor Perry and his followers is that they think the idea is too amusingly nutty to be acknowledged on its face as seditious.
5418abc

United States

#11 May 10, 2009
Pen Pal wrote:
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Typical of the illiteracy spawning confusion of far-right-wingers, this writer associates anyone who disagrees his or her advocacy of secession and its success as a communist. As if to prove rather than oppose my position, this probably Republican writer supports the dissolution of the United States. Calling me a communist will distract only other like-minded Republicans from their endorsement of treason.
But I am too severe. No doubt, this comment is a joke after all. Other jokes will follow and provide laughs for the rest of us. Indeed, the only reason which can be generously attributed to other Republicans for not reproaching Texas Governor Perry and his followers is that they think the idea is too amusingly nutty to be acknowledged on its face as seditious.
Yea, all two of you will think it is funny.
Get Real

Albuquerque, NM

#12 May 10, 2009
Get a Clue wrote:
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You obviously missed the point; so, get a clue.
Maybe I am clueless, but if you replace the words republican with democrat and Texas with California, you could argue the same point about the democrats.

I am merely stating that painting people (Texans, New Mexicans, republicans, democrats, foreigners, etc.) with such broad strokes just shows that the comments must come from an admittedly biased and arrogant person.
getayob

Gallup, NM

#13 May 10, 2009
Walter...i've met very few conservative journalist. The reason why is because most of us Texan conservatives living here in Las Cruces actually passed a darn math class. I can see you back in your college days....liberal arts to the left and money makers/major tax payers to the right. Say what you may about Texans....your wimpy butt couldn't hold a post hole digger to any of us Texans. Punk.
Pen Pal

Las Cruces, NM

#14 May 10, 2009
5418abc wrote:
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Yea, all two of you will think it is funny.
5418abc wrote:
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Yea, all two of you will think it is funny.
Well, the two of us will be a lot smarter than you can hope to be. But I either give you too much credit or wrongly accuse you. You do not want to be smart. Good thing; not possible.
Pen Pal

Las Cruces, NM

#15 May 10, 2009
Get Real wrote:
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Maybe I am clueless, but if you replace the words republican with democrat and Texas with California, you could argue the same point about the democrats.
I am merely stating that painting people (Texans, New Mexicans, republicans, democrats, foreigners, etc.) with such broad strokes just shows that the comments must come from an admittedly biased and arrogant person.
And switching terms replicates the same painting people broad strokes--by a biased and arrogant person--right?
Get a Clue

Las Cruces, NM

#16 May 10, 2009
Get Real wrote:
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Maybe I am clueless, but if you replace the words republican with democrat and Texas with California, you could argue the same point about the democrats.
I am merely stating that painting people (Texans, New Mexicans, republicans, democrats, foreigners, etc.) with such broad strokes just shows that the comments must come from an admittedly biased and arrogant person.
Reason I told you to get a clue is that the man was being very sarcastic. You seem to be the only one other than Pen Pal that doesn't see it. Pen Pal always makes matters serious even when written in humor. Maybe he lacks a sense of humor. As for broad strokes, that's the problem. People from both sides of the fence are busy doing that, as well as the notorious fence straddlers. Damn bunch of hypocrites.
Get a Clue

Las Cruces, NM

#17 May 10, 2009
Pen Pal wrote:
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And switching terms replicates the same painting people broad strokes--by a biased and arrogant person--right?
Do me a favor before people start accusing me of being you. Quit responding to my comments. I don't need your critics targeting me because they assume you are me because you chose to respond to someone who was speaking to me. Thanks.
Get a Clue

Las Cruces, NM

#18 May 10, 2009
getayob wrote:
Walter...i've met very few conservative journalist. The reason why is because most of us Texan conservatives living here in Las Cruces actually passed a darn math class. I can see you back in your college days....liberal arts to the left and money makers/major tax payers to the right. Say what you may about Texans....your wimpy butt couldn't hold a post hole digger to any of us Texans. Punk.
Was this comment really meant for Walt Rubel or for both he and "Walter Mitty"?
Whaz up

Las Cruces, NM

#19 May 10, 2009
Get Real wrote:
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...I am merely stating that painting people (Texans, New Mexicans, republicans, democrats, foreigners, etc.) with such broad strokes just shows that the comments must come from an admittedly biased and arrogant person.
Nope, while all groups contains morons, the percentage of Texans that are boorish and ignorant is much higher than the national average.
Pen Pal

Las Cruces, NM

#20 May 10, 2009
Get a Clue wrote:
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Do me a favor before people start accusing me of being you. Quit responding to my comments. I don't need your critics targeting me because they assume you are me because you chose to respond to someone who was speaking to me. Thanks.
WTF are you talking about? I have not addressed "Get a Clue." Perhaps, in replying to "Get Real," I was responding to "Get a Clue." Beware: the Professor, Mr. Spell-Checker, Grammar Nazi, and Split Personality Identifier, who splits his personality whenever he finds it convenient--aka jimbob--will get on your case. I hope so; I have too much fun watching him on my case and am happy to share it. I do a yet unappreciated social service of keeping such drunk and demented souls off the streets and at their computers where they can do no harm.

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