Sunday, February 13, 2011

This is why I love Texas!!

Hi everyone, yes I know it has been awhile since I have posted. I have been super busy. Anyway, I plan to be blogging more after busy season has ended (hopefully in a few weeks). Anyway, my mom sent me this and I thought it was awesome. This is why I love Texas! :)
Texas Translations of California Euphemisms.  
In California
In Texas
Diverse or Lifestyle Choice
Sinful and Perverted
Arsenal of Weapons
Gun Collection
Delicate Wetlands
Swamp
Undocumented Worker
Illegal Alien
Cruelty-Free Materials
Synthetic Fiber
Assault and Battery
Attitude Adjustment
Heavily Armed
Well-protected
Narrow-minded
Righteous
Taxes or Your Fair Share
Coerced Theft
Commonsense Gun Control
Gun Confiscation Plot
Illegal Hazardous Explosives
Fireworks or Stump Removal
Nonviable Tissue Mass
Unborn Baby
Equal Access to Opportunity
Socialism
Multicultural Community
High Crime Area
Fairness or Social Justice
Marxism
Upper Class or "The Rich"
Self-Employed
Progressive, Change
Big Government Scheme
Homeless or Disadvantaged
Bums or Welfare Leeches
Sniper Rifle
Scoped Deer Rifle
Investment For the Future
Higher Taxes
Healthcare Reform
Socialized Medicine
Extremist, Judgmental, or Hater
Conservative
Truants
Homeschoolers
Victim or Oppressed
Criminal or Lazy Good-For-Nothing
High Capacity Magazine
Standard Capacity Magazine
Religious Zealot
Church-going
Reintroduced Wolves
Sheep and Elk Killers
Fair Trade Coffee
Overpriced Yuppie Coffee
Exploiters or "The Rich"
Employed or Land Owner
The Gun Lobby
NRA Members
Assault Weapon
Semi-Auto (Grandpa's M1 Carbine)
Fiscal Stimulus
New Taxes and Higher Taxes
Same Sex Marriage
Legalized Perversion
Mandated Eco-Friendly Lighting
Chinese Mercury-Laden Light Bulbs

8 comments:

  1. Applies to Tennessee also

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  2. Um. Wow. I'll agree with PARTS of this list, but I don't for the life of me see why it's funny. It trivializes some issues (e.g. abortion) by placing them in a tongue-in-cheek list, while simultaneously moralizing regional differences by including serious issues in the list. I definitely laughed at "delicate wetlands" vs. "swamp," but this list crosses the line between gentle teasing and offensive slights. We can't have it both ways.

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  3. I dont think it was supposed to be funny Katherine. I never said it was. But the truth is that too many very imporant things are "trivialized" by the California or liberal euphemisms. The fact that non-viable tissue mass is used to describe and unborn baby is trivializing in my opinion. It allows people to take things like murder and make them seem less important. It isn't funny... I never said it was. I was born in California, lived their for years with my family, moved for FL, live in MD, and now in Texas. I am highly aware of cultural differences. Sadly, this list is very true (not funny) and I am sure my parents who have lived in California for the majority of their lives (the people who sent me this list) would agree that this is VERY true of many Californians. It is a moral issue, not just a regional issue in many cases. But you are entitled to your opinion.

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  4. Maybe I didn't express my point very well. I completely agree with you, using terminology that describes an unborn baby as mere tissue trivializes the issue of life. My point was that some issues (e.g. the swamp vs. wetland) are certainly regional differences, not moral ones. And if we want to focus attention on the really important issues (such as abortion), we need to be careful not to put minor issues (again, wetlands) right next to really huge issues (abortion). When we do, we create a false sense of priority, as it seems we place swamps/wetlands in the same moral category as abortion. Obviously, we both agree they aren't. So my point is simply that we need to be careful not to give that impression and hurt our credibility, both as conservatives (or Texans :)) and Christians.

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  5. I guess for me it is the way you read it. For me I didn't see the "wetland/swamp" as a regional differences because of the word "delicate" they put in front of it. I think it was more getting to the point of the liberal hippie "tree hugger" viewpoint. The majority of the items on the list are serious issues. However, if one says you can't lump serious issues with issues that are not as serious... then it comes down to the opinion of the individual. Though being a Christian, I believe that abortion is definitely one of the highest, i also believe that Christians being deemed as "religious zealots" or "narrow-minded" is also a serious issue (though neither will probably ever change as the world becomes more and more like in the days of Noah). I think the point of the list is to lump some serious issues with some not as serious ones so that people will read it and realize how sad it is... how far our country has fallen. I don't think a specific list needs to be made for those "more important issues" and those that are deemed "less important" (especially since that comes down to individual opinion). The majority of people will read the less important list and skip the more important list because they avoid reality. Anyway, I do see your point... I just don't think I agree with it quite as whole-heartedly.

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  6. I've read all these comments and this is my conclusion, not that my opinion counts in the scheme of things. I think the list has a mix of things that people say "ouch" to, when they read it and some that they do laugh and wholeheartedly agree with. Sometimes it takes a list like this for people to find the one thing that maybe God might be speaking to them about. For instance someone might laugh at the wetland thing and perhaps everything else on the list and then come upon the abortion thing and say, "hey wait a minute, I disagree, that shouldn't be on the list". This may stir something within that person to make them realize that their thoughts on abortion DO belong along side of those other types of thoughts (being liberal) and make them reconsider or at least consider the conservative side. I personally read the list and thought of one person in particular that would have liked everything on the list except the gay marriage issue. It belongs in the list but this particular person would not think so. Sometimes I think everyone reads way too much into this type of thing. It's a list of semantics from one state to another. The person who sent it to me is a Christian Californian who obviously doesn't believe it for a minute. But I look at it as a list of things wrong with the current "thinking" of the world and perhaps a political platform list.

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  7. Hehe, interesting discussion, and agree to disagree. I think my opinion boils down to this: the compare-and-contrast style of the list makes it seem like one side is all wrong, while one side is all right. And since some of the issues are very clear moral issues, it draws lines in the sand on other things that could be taken more jokingly.

    I heartily dislike anything that makes conservative values also Christian values, and this list comes way too close to that in my mind. That's probably the real root of my dislike for it. Thanks for a good discussion.

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