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Old 02-11-2011, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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I was amused to note this morning that according to the AP,Amazon is closing down a Dallas distribution center and scrapping plans for expansion in Texas because of a dispute with that state's government over taxes and what an Amazon exec refers to as the "unfavorable regulatory climate" in Texas.

Whine, whine,where's the cheese?
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Old 02-11-2011, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Reality
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... except in Texas ... where, if I lived there, I would need to spend plenty to keep cool and distract myself from the lack of natural variety and stimulation and activities I crave (start with the color green!). Y'all down there have a culture and plenty of wild spaces fo' sho' ... but man, I don't get it ... just as well, because y'all don't get me neither ...
lack of green? You clearly have never been to Texas I guess.
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Old 02-11-2011, 01:12 PM
 
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lack of green? You clearly have never been to Texas I guess.
Oh, have been ... you clearly have never been to western Washington, coastal northern California, or the windward sides of the Hawaiian islands ... "year around, never brown" ... good thing there's differn't places for differn't folks, no?
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Old 02-11-2011, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Oh, have been ... you clearly have never been to western Washington, coastal northern California, or the windward sides of the Hawaiian islands ... "year around, never brown" ... good thing there's differn't places for differn't folks, no?
Did you try Eastern Texas? Green all year round as well and it's rarely if ever brown.
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Old 02-11-2011, 04:07 PM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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Yep, got that eastern green, but green means it rains, rain means theres bugs. West Texas is a more congenial place. The big problem with Texas is the lack of public land, aside from the two National Parks in the west it is hard to find empty land to wander in.
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Old 02-11-2011, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Reality
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Yep, got that eastern green, but green means it rains, rain means theres bugs. West Texas is a more congenial place. The big problem with Texas is the lack of public land, aside from the two National Parks in the west it is hard to find empty land to wander in.
As a frequent user of public lands all over this country (including a lot of areas in CA) there's no state in the union taking away the public's right to those lands faster than CA. UT is a close second but at least they're fighting back.
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Old 02-11-2011, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
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NeoCons across the country must be in a state of shock that their poster child state is actually a big fat LOSER like everywhere else. LOL
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Old 02-11-2011, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
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Do as I say, not as I do...

No pay cuts for Texas' top govt. executives - Bloomberg
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Old 02-11-2011, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
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This is the height of delusion.

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AUSTIN — How bad is the budget crisis in Texas? Ask the Republicans who run the state, and they'll tell you it's in the eye of the beholder.

The way they see it, the $8 billion drop in state revenue can be offset with some belt-tightening. The $7 billion loss in federal stimulus funding? Well, that was expected. And as for the roughly $12 billion more that state agencies say they need to avoid cutting services — Republicans say they just won't get it.

Voila, the $27 billion shortfall is gone.

"There's no shortage of commentators saying that we're on the verge of budgetary Armageddon," GOP Gov. Rick Perry recently told reporters. "The fact of the matter is that's just not true."

GOP leaders deny Texas budget in real trouble | Politics | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:34 PM
 
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NeoCons across the country must be in a state of shock that their poster child state is actually a big fat LOSER like everywhere else. LOL
Atleast people have jobs (8% unemployment) in Texas. Thats more than California (12% unemployment) can say.

Don't throw stones from a glass house as they say.
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