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Old 04-29-2012, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by EdwardA View Post
It's so funny that this is the top thread. As I type this I'm watching Mississippi Burning and I really don't have a positive view of the state.

I just finished watching Braveheart. I better cross Scotland off my vacation list.
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:44 AM
Location: NE Mississippi
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Originally Posted by samanthastar22 View Post
I just finished watching Braveheart. I better cross Scotland off my vacation list.
And I watched Red Planet. Sure as heck won't be going to Mars.
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:49 PM
Location: Central Maryland
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Originally Posted by EdwardA View Post
It's so funny that this is the top thread. As I type this I'm watching Mississippi Burning and I really don't have a positive view of the state.
Pay no mind to most people from Maryland. The majority of them have the personality of a constipated weasel with rabies.

I was born in MS and lived there for awhile. Trust me when I say that at least when it comes to this part of the U.S--Maryland and further Northeast--they aren't a shining example of integrity, gracious living and enjoyment, or common sense.

They are often money-grubbing, obnoxious, mean-spirited loudmouths with a chip on their shoulder for no reason at all. I'm surprised they haven't dislodged it though from all the patting themselves on the back for thinking of themselves as progressive. The only genuinely brainy people are in government research and they come from all over the U.S.

I guess what I'm saying is you shouldn't give them too much of your consideration and thought; they aren't worth it and they're far from something special.
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:32 PM
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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Originally Posted by FreePress601 View Post
Then you're not from Jackson. PERIOD.

maybe some snowbird transplant from Michigan or Boston?

Oh dont put Michigan and Boston in the same sentance like they are similar. We are nothing like those socialist out east. But back to the topic of this thread I agree that Hollyweird is responsible for trashing Mississippi unfairly. I have visited your state and found nothing but nice people, interesting history (im a civil war nerd) and generally nice surroundings. California has the power of media and they use it against states or whole regions of the nation they look down on. The south, especially Mississippi has been painted out as backward, impoverished and uneducated by the hollywierd elite for years. The midwest has been portrayed as dull and boring, lacking in anything interesting and filled with unemployment. New Jersey has been battered by tv shows like Jersey Shore, the Sopranoes or those housewives shows. Personally I dont like New Jersey but those TV shows exagerate existing stereotypes of that state. Unfortunately for Mississippi Hollywierd has never grown tired of running down the state. As long as people keep paying to see the movies it is not going to stop, but there is a plus side to it all. Mississippi is not overgrown, not over populated and overrun by rude New Yorkers the way North Carolina is. The bad reputation that Hollywood has put upon you is protecting your state from being turned into another Carolina, or Florida. Mississippi will not have its southern culture diluted anytime in the near future. Most people who do move to Mississippi from other areas move there already accepting of the southern culture that is there, and make no effort to change it. In contrast those moving to NC are looking for a diluted southern culture and they contribute to it.
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:33 AM
Location: Oxford, Mississippi
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Few people are willing to accept the fact that the South is becoming more and more like the rest of the nation each day. When it comes to the South, most Americans' memories still linger in 60s--images of Southern cops clubbing blacks, of Confederate flag-waving, black-bashing, liberal-hating rednecks. To portray America as an enlightened, innocent, tolerant country, it must need an inferior ''other''. The South has always served as an acceptable ground to which the sins of whole nation can be dumped
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Old 05-13-2012, 01:24 PM
Location: Jackson County, MS
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Best thing to do is sit down, shut up, and hope the rest of the country doesn't discover MS like they have Florida.
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:54 PM
Location: NE Mississippi
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Originally Posted by p-squared View Post
Best thing to do is sit down, shut up, and hope the rest of the country doesn't discover MS like they have Florida.
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:05 PM
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sometimes negative stereotypes can work in your favor...

Rich northern retirees who want to move south are probably skeered of MS. but if they werent and everybody was moving there it could end up like NC (God forbid).

pretty soon youd have damn subdivisions everywhere and a bunch of liberals who want to change your culture...let people belive what they want...
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Old 05-18-2012, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Wareagleolemiss View Post
The Movie "The Help" futher damaged our repuation.
WHAT? Those people really were like that, that movie didn't do anything but remind people of it.
Listen, I have lived in MS as long as I have lived anywhere, and even though I am in Memphis now, I am
still basically IN Mississippi. So I know. 17 years in LA, 3-4 in NC, and the rest right here.
I think people who point to The Help as being bad for Mississippi's image still have a little guilt in them somewhere.
But you get a pass from me on one thing. THE ONLY way to get over that part of history is by doing what you are
doing; reminding people of all that is good about MS, and there is a TON.

But back to my other point, you have to OWN it, to use a modern expression I hate....like Fail. NO, it's failure.
Epic FAILURE. Kids....
You can definitely say that racism in the north is abundant, look at Michigan. I was born there, but MAN, you think
those militias are so popular because people like to be patriotic? Now, they hate people who are not like them.
And they like to buy guns in case someone ever breaks the glass and cuts em all loose.
But as a Mississippian, I don't think you can point at other people and say LOOK AT THEM, they do it to.
Mississippi's racism and hate is as bad as it gets, and went on for SO LONG. It is as disgusting a thing as
you can come up with outside of what Hitler did. SWEET PEOPLE, like honey on a plate. But man, they
had the upper hand, and they played it to a level that seems like it couldn't be possible if you didn't know
it was true. I am no fan of today's black youth culture, or for that matter, interracial marriage and dating.
I am guessing that if those old school racists had had their way, we wouldn't have much of that today.
But in the end, you all just have to LIVE TOGETHER and forget all that stuff if you want to ever move on.

And I don't mean YOU have to do it, the original poster...I mean that we as a state must do it. And
of course, its unlikely that any of us on City-data had anything to do with those times. But it could be that
some of our relatives were RIGHT THERE, possibly.

SO AGAIN, this thread is one sure way to help keep people focused on the good. But never try to blot out
The Help as being some kind of Hollywood exaggeration or propaganda film. That HAPPENED.

After reading all of your points, I am pleased, many of them I didn't know about. Here are a few more,
and some corrections, lol.

Catfish Capitol of the world is Des Allemands, LA, hahah

Jimmie Rodgers, the father of country music was Hank before Hank was Hank.
Medidian, MS, thank you.

The first ever in-flight refueling was accomplished over Meridian, MS by the Key brothers. Can you
imagine a world without in flight refueling NOW? Of course someone would eventually try it anyway, but...

While on the whole Meridian/aviation trip, Meridian boasts a Naval Air Station but is nowhere near an ocean.
How can this be possible?? In large part it's because of the people. They train naval aviators out there,
and that base made it past two base closure rounds, (maybe three) and it was mostly because it was
so fiercely supported by the community that it was never allowed to be closed. That and Sonny Montgomery, haha.

Mississippi is one of the most pristine states left in the union. I guess it helps that much of it was pine
forest anyway, but hunting and fishing and farming and family and camping and boating are still possible
in Mississippi mostly because of the people's values, and maybe even ironically because for decades, no one
wanted to do business in MS because of the decades of apartheid and how ugly it was. It may have had
a preservative function

There are so many more, but those come to mind. Some people say the people are "fake nice"
but the state is chock full of sweet, honest, smart people of high moral fibre. Anyone would be greatly
served by raising a family in Mississippi.

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Old 07-18-2012, 07:08 PM
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Originally Posted by halcamcin View Post
What??? I have encountered some of the friendliest people in MS (so obviously I never ran into you)! Everyone from the Subway in McComb to Gas Station clerk somewhere along Hwy 55 to everyone we've come across in Jackson and the surrounding area. Walked into a Haverty's at closing and apologized and stated we'd return tomorrow as we were only browsing. The nice gentleman not only insisted we come in but spent 30 minutes chatting with us about this, that, and everything in between.

You've bashed so many on this forum, me included. I'm the crazy Texan that's a fool for moving here in your eyes. Must be a retiree cause only they would want to get out of Texas when actually we're a 30 something couple with 2 children. Was I trying to get out of Texas? No, but once we came for a couple of visits and some research, we realized that MS has so much to offer and a place we'd like to call home. You're gonna think we're even move crazy now but we passed up on 4 job offers in TX to take the one in MS.

One of the advantages - you can still live "in the country" but not live too from Jackson. My husband MUST live close to a city with children's hospital due to job. However, many of these cities are so large that even their suburbs are large, traffic is awful, and to get a decent commute, you can't live too far out. However, we enjoy living in an area where you can't see in your neighbors windows by looking out yours. Or where 5 house can't see into your backyard from their upstairs bedrooms. With his job in Jackson, we can have some space and he can still get into Jackson in a reasonable amount of time. Goes along with the following:

Traffic. I've read on here that people can't drive but I haven't noticed it. Anyway, there is basically no traffic! We've been there during rush hour and the rush hour in Jackson is better than our anytime traffic in Houston. We live 12 miles from the Texas Medical Center. It can take my husband an hour or more during traffic to get to/from work. That is absolutely ridiculous! Normal in the evenings in 45 mins. Mornings more like 30 mins if he leaves by 5:30 He'll have a further commute in Jackson but won't take as long. I live less than 5 miles from a mall. On the weekends, it can take 30+ minutes to get there. Needless to say, I don't go on the weekends unless I have to.

And there was just that feeling that MS was right for us. There will be things we will miss about TX (Macy's for me ) but we'll go back and visit our family. And we are looking forward to them coming and visiting us to see why we feel in love with the state. In less than 2 months, MS will be home for us. We are looking forward to starting our lives there!

Oh yeah, and somewhere I have read that auto insurance rates are high. Our rates will DECREASE in Mississippi and we'll have higher coverage!

So, I'm sure you're gonna bash me more. But you should love me. According to you, MS is too fat and not educated. We're educated, not fat, and friendly too
I'm totally jealous. My family lives in Dallas and I want out so bad. My preference is Louisiana but I also love Mississippi. I can I can live vicariously through you for now
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