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Originally posted by Autonomous
reply to post by sinister_scarecrow
I hope we have not derailed the thread too far, and if so I apologize.
I am sorry to hear your family situation went south, no pun intended. When inundated with continual rhetoric about how great a place is, I am certain one would slowly develop a disdain for that place. As before, I am not a boastful braggart, nor do I throw my "Texas Pride" in the face of everyone I meet. I do love my state and nation, to that I will not deny.
I understand you probably do not know a lot of Texas History, which is totally normal seeing as you are not from the state. Since you asked, the reason many people speak of the Alamo is because even being heavily outnumbered they successfully defended two attacks from the Mexican Army (led by Mexican President Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna) before succumbing to the third. No Texan defenders were allowed to live. This provided a catalyst for many Texans to join the fight. In the Battle of San Jacinto the Texans, many shouting "Remember the Alamo" captured Santa Anna, forcing him to order his troops out of Texas and ending the war.
As far as scientific breakthroughs from the state, I can't contribute to that, as I am no scholar but instead an ordinary person. We do have some very good universities, but again I can't speak for their achievements as it is not my area of interest.
Seeing as how this is ATS, I suppose I can put forth "Gene Roddenberry" as a noted individual. The creator of Star Trek who has inspired countless others to think beyond our planet.
If you look into some of the more recent threads about current resolutions based on the 10th Amendment, you will see that many non-Texans place a lot of hope in the state. We have a large population and thus several congressional seats, a lot of land mass, and many resources. We are also a well armed people.
Anyhow, again, I understand that you may not like the state, many don't, but I hope that by reading my replies you will see most of us aren't close minded or boastful as you have experienced. Just as the squeaky wheel gets the grease, so do the loudmouths get the negative publicity.
Originally posted by spark00
The mexican cartels have all the stimulas money.
check this out
Mexico's Stimulas Money
Originally posted by delta33
Two of Mexico's deadliest drug cartels have reached a combined force of 100,000 foot soldiers, wreaking havoc across the country and threatening U.S. border states, the U.S. Defense Department told The Washington Times.
The cartels rival the Mexican army in size and have both Mexico and the U.S. in crisis mode as they deal with what they fear is a coming insurgency along the border.
"It's moving to crisis proportions," an unidentified defense official told The Times. The official also said the cartels have reached a size where they are on par with Mexico's army of 130,000.
Originally posted by Nemox42
so basically you want your cake and eat it too. You want to be able to bear arms but yet you want magically criminals not to have them. And your calling me naive? What i was trying to get was that, if you want violent crime to stop, stop giving the criminal the tools to use violent weapons.
Originally posted by jheated7
what we really need to do is go to war with mexico, giving them the ultimatum saying if you dont stop the illegal crossing into our counrty we have no choice but to wage war with yours! there problem solved!