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Texas may have it all, but they won’t get Santa Anna’s leg - (Illinois vs. Texas)
Illinois Watchdog ^ | June 9, 2014 | Scott Reeder

Posted on 07/18/2014 8:47:55 AM PDT by re_tail20

First those Texans took our jobs.

Then they took our money.

Well, to be precise, Mexican Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna’s leg. A group of Illinois soldiers stole it fair and square – back in 1845.

During the U.S. war with Mexico, Santa Anna skedaddled from the battle on a donkey and left his prosthetic leg behind in a carriage along with a bag of gold and a freshly cooked chicken.

A group of Illinois soldiers ate the chicken, gave the Army the gold and kept the leg.

One of the soldiers traveled about Illinois charging 10 cents for a peek at the appendage.

Ah, those were the days, when entrepreneurship reigned supreme in the Prairie State.

But today we are hobbled by high taxes, crippled by debt and staggered with high unemployment.

Texas, on the other hand, has pulled itself up by the bootstrap.

The Lone Star State has no income tax. Its unemployment rate is among the lowest in the country. And the state is running a surplus.

And they have accomplished much of this at the expense of Illinois.

Between 1995 and 2010, $2 billion in personal income shifted from the Land of Lincoln to Lone Star State according to “How Money Walks” by Travis Brown.

In fact, National Review noted earlier this year that more people people wer moving out of Illinois than any other state but Rhode Island.

By contrast, Texas’ population grew 5.2 percent between 2010 and 2013, a higher percentage than anywhere but tiny North Dakota and Washington, D.C.

But, cheer up, folks. We’ve still got the leg.

And Texas wants it...

(Excerpt) Read more at watchdog.org ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: illinois; mexico; santaana; texas; texasillinois

1 posted on 07/18/2014 8:47:55 AM PDT by re_tail20
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To: re_tail20

I’m stumped as to why they would have wanted it in the first place...


2 posted on 07/18/2014 8:57:15 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: re_tail20

This is pretty funny. I didn’t think Illinois had any writing talent left when Mike Ryoko passed.


3 posted on 07/18/2014 8:57:50 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: re_tail20

Well — that means that Illinois remains one leg up on Texas.


4 posted on 07/18/2014 8:58:47 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: re_tail20

Hey the Mexican govt called and requested that leg be used to kick Obama’s butt. Si se puede!

“Santa Ana’s revenge”


5 posted on 07/18/2014 9:04:23 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: re_tail20

I am a Texan and I don’t want it.


6 posted on 07/18/2014 9:06:13 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: gov_bean_ counter

I’m stumped - he he good one. I think stumpy was Santa Anna’s nickname.


7 posted on 07/18/2014 9:08:16 AM PDT by DManA
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To: gov_bean_ counter

First, nice pun.

Second ... why want it?

It’s a war trophy: bragging rights and a great big FU to Santa Ana. And then there’s ten cents a peek to look at it. In 1845. When ten cents was actually worth something.


8 posted on 07/18/2014 9:08:19 AM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: re_tail20

Texa will never get the leg back. They don’t have a leg to stand on.


9 posted on 07/18/2014 9:09:44 AM PDT by Cry if I Wanna
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To: Cry if I Wanna

Maybe they could trade the leg for LBJ’s hemorrhoids
now that would be worth something. Probably build
a shrine for them in Chicago...charge democrats a buck
a piece just to look at them.


10 posted on 07/18/2014 9:14:55 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68

Or they could send them San Fransicko and charge even more for them to....oh, nevermind!


11 posted on 07/18/2014 9:30:01 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: silverleaf

LOL!


12 posted on 07/18/2014 9:34:26 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: re_tail20

What was that failed raid into Mexico that some Texans did in the 1980s, to recover an artifact or flag?


13 posted on 07/18/2014 9:34:49 AM PDT by ansel12 (LEGAL immigrants, 30 million 1980-2012, continues to remake the nation's electorate for democrats)
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bttt


14 posted on 07/18/2014 9:35:46 AM PDT by deport
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To: Cry if I Wanna

I think you pegged it.


15 posted on 07/18/2014 9:36:27 AM PDT by SolidRedState (I used to think bizarro world was a fiction.)
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To: re_tail20

They can have the leg.

BTW Illinois. We have better roads too!


16 posted on 07/18/2014 9:38:58 AM PDT by The South Texan (The Drive By Media is America's worst enemy and American people don't know it.)
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To: silverleaf

“I ain’t swearin’ allegiance to no son-of-a-bitch dictator!” —”The Alamo” (2004)


17 posted on 07/18/2014 9:39:21 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: re_tail20

Reminds me of a” King of the Hill” episode


18 posted on 07/18/2014 9:42:38 AM PDT by 4everontheRight (And the story began with..."Once there was a great nation......")
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To: Cry if I Wanna
They don’t have a leg to stand on

They got about as much chance in this as a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest!

19 posted on 07/18/2014 9:55:35 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: re_tail20; gov_bean_ counter; Vigilanteman; Uncle Chip; silverleaf; Ditter; DManA; NorthMountain; ..

Great-great grandpa and a cousin were a couple of the scouts who captured Santa Anna. If gramps had had his way the guy would have been shot dead on the spot and history would have never known what happened to him. That leg was lost in Mexico and has absolutely nothing to do with Texas history. Other than maybe 3 liberal ninnies on the board of the museum, who don’t know history from their behinds, no one in Texas wants it. Illinois can have the old moldy thing.

Here’s a great wild and wooly read on the Battle of Bexar and the Battle of San Jacinto with Santa Anna’s capture: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27784906?seq=1


20 posted on 07/18/2014 11:12:08 AM PDT by bgill
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To: bgill

Great family history ya got there bgill! My family was here but I am not sure if they fought.


21 posted on 07/18/2014 11:31:32 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: The South Texan

And Texas does have something better than Illinois.... a government that is business friendly.


22 posted on 07/18/2014 11:42:31 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I ai-pprove this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: re_tail20

We don’t want Santa Anna’s leg, although it made for a good ‘King of the Hill’ episode. We want the battle flag that flew over the Alamo when it fell. It is in some museum in Mexico City (not on display).


23 posted on 07/18/2014 12:07:33 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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