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Gay mayor-elect: Victory shows Houston's diversity
Yahoo News ^ | December 13, 2009 | Associated Press

Posted on 12/13/2009 2:06:24 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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To: Mila
"I would think if the election had been tilted one way or the other by the Katrina refugees that Mr.Locke would have been the winner. "

Good point...I should have picked up on that...

51 posted on 12/13/2009 6:47:29 PM PST by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: trumandogz

>>> But, for some reason on these threads many Freepers are disappointed that the more conservative candidate won an election. The Freeper world is upside down.

You’re just now noticing ? As the transition from politics into Holy War continues, whoever said Jihadists were sensible. Or even coherent.


52 posted on 12/13/2009 7:08:02 PM PST by tlb
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Gay mayor-elect: Victory shows Houston's diversity

Actually, it shows Houston's depravity.
But then, it's just another typical concentrated Democrat parasite nest ("city").
(yawn)

53 posted on 12/13/2009 7:11:05 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: trumandogz

Yeah, but the biggest problem with Houston is having to live there.


54 posted on 12/13/2009 7:22:25 PM PST by GunRunner
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The longer you verk here, diverse it gets.


55 posted on 12/13/2009 7:23:54 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: trumandogz

Talk about choosing between the “lesser of two evils!” Better to write-in or not vote at all!


56 posted on 12/13/2009 8:45:28 PM PST by liberalism is suicide (Communism,fascism-no matter how you slice socialism, its still baloney)
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To: tlb
You’re just now noticing? As the transition from politics into Holy War continues, whoever said Jihadists were sensible. Or even coherent.

Oh, I am quite aware of that trend, and love to see the twisting and turning of their cognitive dissonance as they approach such matters.

And by no means is their thought coherent as they in the very same post attack those who would vote for a candidate due to their sexual orientation and then indicate that they would not support a gay candidate for public office.

As for Ms. Parker, she is not a Margaret Thatcher, but she is not a Rosie O'Donnell but rather a moderate Democrat, which is the best Houston can expect.

57 posted on 12/13/2009 8:52:01 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: Lancey Howard
"Actually, it shows Houston's depravity." "But then, it's just another typical concentrated Democrat parasite nest."

No, it simply shows that the people of Houston voted for the most fiscally responsible of the two candidates.

Annise has been the City Controller for six years and the last time I checked Houston was in better financial shape than any of the largest cities in the country.

While I do not live in Houston, I do own property there and those properties have continued to appreciate in value throughout the current economic depression.

BTW-How are the property values doing in your city?

What is the unemployment rate in your city?

How many Fortune 500 companies are based in your city?

And what is the sexual orientation of the person who controls your cities' finances?

58 posted on 12/13/2009 9:06:57 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: liberalism is suicide
Talk about choosing between the “lesser of two evils!

Not all. This was an easy call for Conservatives in Houston and they voted for Parker.

59 posted on 12/13/2009 9:08:20 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: trumandogz

LOL, Bunky, I don’t live in any concentrated Democrat parasite nest (”city”).
I try to stay clear of them.


60 posted on 12/13/2009 9:12:25 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Oh, I see, you live in Pennsylvania.

So, what is the unemployment rate in Pennsylvania?

How are your property values in Pennsylvania?

What is the foreclosure rate in Pennsylvania?

And do you really want to compare any of those numbers with Houston?


61 posted on 12/13/2009 9:16:23 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: trumandogz

My nephew has a house (and lives in it) in Houston, and he likes the place. I only visited there once and don’t really remember it. But I have nothing against Houston and I’m glad the city is doing well; if the voters stumbled into an arguably better-of-two-choices candidate and elected her, then lucky them.

But I do wonder how much of Houston’s well-being is directly related to the overall well-being of Texas?

Pennsylvania is doing okay, at least in the Philly metropolitan area where I work in a real estate-related line of work. Prices are generally holding steady.


62 posted on 12/13/2009 9:37:30 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: getarope
Houston, you’ve got a problem (Somebody had to post it!).

Somebody did...last night already!

63 posted on 12/13/2009 9:44:27 PM PST by lonestar (Obama and his czars have turned Bush's "mess" into a national crisis!)
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To: Lancey Howard
But I do wonder how much of Houston’s well-being is directly related to the overall well-being of Texas?

While Texas has a stereotype of being a rural state, it is actually one of the most urbanized states in the Union with three of the nation's top ten biggest cites, of those, Houston is the largest. In addition to Houston there is Dallas, San Antonio and Ft. Worth which each have thriving economies.

So, the economic success of Texas is a product of the success of these cities to attract businesses and and educated workforce.

Now, Texas does have an advantage of not having an income tax, but the state and local governments extract their money from an 8.0% sales tax and very high Property Taxes.

So, once a year, instead of writing that State Income Tax check, Texans are instead writing a giant check to their County for Property Tax.

I live in Austin and know lots of people that pay $7,500 to $12,000 in Property Taxes each year.

Thus, things here are local, the locals get your property tax money and it is the cities in Texas that foster the business environment.

64 posted on 12/13/2009 10:25:12 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: trumandogz
I live in Austin

Yikes! You live in the belly of the beast.

I love Texas. Besides my nephew in Houston, my sister-in-law and the rest of the family split living between their houses in Dallas and (near) Waco. My brother-in-law was born and raised in Silverton (pan handle). We have taken a few road trips and stay with them for several weeks when we do. San Antonio was one of the coolest cities I ever saw. I would definitely consider moving to Texas.

65 posted on 12/13/2009 10:53:40 PM PST by Lancey Howard (fringe right-wing Christian fundamentalist)
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To: trumandogz

If that were true,then if Bill Clinton had been a conservative,his adulterous escpades wouldn’t have mattered at all! Character wouldn’t matter at all. If choosing between a morally degenerate “conservative” on one hand and a liberal on the other hand is an easy call for conservatives, then we’re sunk!


66 posted on 12/13/2009 11:12:44 PM PST by liberalism is suicide (Communism,fascism-no matter how you slice socialism, its still baloney)
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To: Lancey Howard

“Yikes! You live in the belly of the beast.”

Perhaps, but it has an economy that is still rolling with a low unemployment rate, a highly educated population, a great environment, outstanding music scene, very low crime rate, appreciating property values, nice weather, great places to ride my bikes but it is the most liberal city between NYC and SF.

And people are moving here in droves.

You see, while you are in your parka this winter digging your car out of the snow, I will be riding my bike down a clear road wearing bike shorts and sunglasses.

While you are watching a polka band, we are watching Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett or even the b-hole surfers.

While you are smelling the Delaware River, we are swimming in a spring fed pool called Barton Springs which is always 68 degrees and where the college co-eds sunbathe topless.


67 posted on 12/13/2009 11:13:07 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: liberalism is suicide

No, the fact that Parker is a lesbian in a committed relationship with two adopted children does not impact the way she does her job.


68 posted on 12/13/2009 11:16:42 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: liberalism is suicide
Apparently the only thing that matters is.....drum roll please.....money. Just as long as their little worlds are snug as a bug in a rug, then it's ok for a sexual deviant to be in charge.
69 posted on 12/13/2009 11:25:10 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (If the First Amendment is taken away, we will be forced to move on to the next Amendment)
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To: trumandogz
You see, while you are in your parka this winter digging your car out of the snow

LOL, not me! I have a big garage, and a guy who plows every inch of my 1/4 mile driveway, and all my vehicles have 4-wheel drive anyway. As for me, I enjoy four distinct seasons, and I enjoy the snow and white Christmases, and skiing and snowboarding and skating and snowball fights... But have fun biking in your shorts. Each to their own, I guess.

70 posted on 12/13/2009 11:29:45 PM PST by Lancey Howard (fringe right-wing Christian fundamentalist)
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To: trumandogz

The same argument that Clinton’s liberal defenders used in reference to Monicagate.


71 posted on 12/14/2009 12:38:37 AM PST by liberalism is suicide (Communism,fascism-no matter how you slice socialism, its still baloney)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Our sheriff is gay, not the mayor. Keep the facts straight.


72 posted on 12/14/2009 11:07:37 AM PST by Melas
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To: trumandogz
I will put Houston up against any very large city in the U.S. in terms of standard of living, employment, state of the economy, property values and positive corporate climate and I promise you that Houston will come out on top. That was true ten years ago, it is true today and will be true ten years from now.

Bingo. It goes to show how knee jerk reactions result in total misrepresentations. Of the larger cities, Houston is probably the best place to live.

73 posted on 12/14/2009 11:10:33 AM PST by Shade2
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To: Mila

And what makes you think that you can bring logic and common sense into this discussion? :-)


74 posted on 12/14/2009 11:13:00 AM PST by Shade2
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To: ConservaTexan

Why did her sexual lifestyle even have to be a factor here?

That’s the problem in a nutshell.....gays wear their sexuality on their sleeve.

Gonna be interesting times in Houston y’all.


75 posted on 12/14/2009 11:18:00 AM PST by servantboy777
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To: dragnet2; RobbyS

Sheriff Lupe Valdez
76 posted on 12/14/2009 11:22:21 AM PST by deport (79 DAYS UNTIL THE TEXAS PRIMARY....... MARCH 2, 2010)
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To: nmh

I like to pretend I’m Powers Boothe’s wife! *Hee Hee*


77 posted on 12/14/2009 2:01:05 PM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord,For His Name Alone Is Exaulted)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

LOL!!!


78 posted on 12/14/2009 2:06:16 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: deport
Sheriff Lupe Valdez

Oh Gezzz...Is that the Sheriff of Dallas County?

79 posted on 12/14/2009 2:07:14 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: deport
Sheriff Lupe Valdez

Dallas County Sheriff, Ms. Fruity Lupe?

80 posted on 12/14/2009 2:09:15 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: nmh

I’m just playing around.If I really believed I was his wife then I’d need help! (But I’m sure you knew that anyway).


81 posted on 12/14/2009 2:11:59 PM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord,For His Name Alone Is Exaulted)
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To: nmh

I’m just playing around.If I really believed I was his wife then I’d need help! (But I’m sure you knew that anyway).


82 posted on 12/14/2009 2:12:06 PM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord,For His Name Alone Is Exaulted)
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To: dragnet2
Ms. Fruity Lupe

LOL

83 posted on 12/14/2009 3:20:56 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America.)
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To: dfwgator

LOL


84 posted on 12/14/2009 3:28:02 PM PST by MilspecRob (Most people don't act stupid, they really are.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Texas=Massachusetts south.


85 posted on 12/14/2009 3:36:21 PM PST by freedomtrail (To hell and back reliability.....sigarms.)
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To: Shade2
"And what makes you think that you can bring logic and common sense into this discussion?" :-)

LOL!

86 posted on 12/14/2009 3:38:35 PM PST by Mila
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To: tlb; trumandogz
One liberal defeats another liberal. Big friggin' deal, and Houston hasn't elected a conservative in about 50 years. One of the most PC cities in the US when it comes to housing and race, btw.

If you live in Texas, stay out of the cities.

87 posted on 12/14/2009 5:47:23 PM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: trumandogz

Sorry, but NYC beats Houston in terms of property values by a huge margin. Housing is so cheap in Houston that it is no surprise that such ghetto people live in “middle class” neighborhoods.


88 posted on 12/14/2009 5:49:14 PM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: dragnet2
Is this the same kind of cultural diversity that killed all those people at Fort Hood?

Oh, yeah, lots of homosexuals open fire on groups of soldiers on military bases. Meanwhile, Islam is just an innocent, little ol' religion of peace /s.

89 posted on 12/14/2009 6:10:14 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Don't eat your dog; eat obnoxious, liberal humans to save the planet!)
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To: trumandogz

Just relax. Heteronormative fundamentalism brooks no lesbians in public office. :-)


90 posted on 12/14/2009 6:13:29 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Don't eat your dog; eat obnoxious, liberal humans to save the planet!)
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To: trumandogz

Well, they’re Texan Democrats, which is sort of like Republicans everywhere else, I presume. :-)


91 posted on 12/14/2009 6:15:09 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Don't eat your dog; eat obnoxious, liberal humans to save the planet!)
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To: dragnet2

Well, I dunno about “Christian Conservative,” but if I lived in Houston, judging by some of the comments on Locke, I would have voted for her too.


92 posted on 12/14/2009 6:18:36 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Don't eat your dog; eat obnoxious, liberal humans to save the planet!)
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To: freedomtrail

Oh, please. I doubt that Texan schools are teaching teenage boys how to “fist” each other, and while Hutchison and Cornyn aren’t exactly outstanding, they’re a far sight better than Jean Cherie and the Late Swimmah.


93 posted on 12/14/2009 6:35:24 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Don't eat your dog; eat obnoxious, liberal humans to save the planet!)
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To: Clemenza

“If you live in Texas, stay out of the cities.”

If it were not for the MSA’s of Houston, DFW, Austin and San Antonio, the Texas economy would simply be a very large Alabama.


94 posted on 12/14/2009 6:37:10 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: Clemenza
I did not say that property values were higher in NYC than they are in Houston, but simply that since we entered this economic Depression two years ago, Houston property values have increased while they have decreased in the other large cities.
95 posted on 12/14/2009 6:41:09 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: trumandogz
I did not say that property values were higher in NYC than they are in Houston, but simply that since we entered this economic Depression two years ago, Houston property values have increased while they have decreased in the other large cities.

True. Houston has no zoning laws, however, so that keeps appreciation moderate during housing bubbles (the 1980s Danny Faulkner-era in Houston and Dallas bubble nothwithstanding) . Low unemployment, conversely, keeps demand relatively high, and housing is affordable to folks who would rent otherwise. This is why you don't see the boom and bust in real estate in Houston that you see in Florida and Nevada.

96 posted on 12/14/2009 6:47:43 PM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: trumandogz

Austin is actually one of the nicest cities in the United States. Great climate (especially for Texas) lots of young people (and jobs). A damn shame it also has UT, which attracts the lefties. I can take or leave Dallas, but Fort Worth seemed like a nice place when I visited six years ago. Of course, evil is alive in well in Arlington.


97 posted on 12/14/2009 6:52:46 PM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
HOUSTON – The first openly gay person elected mayor of Houston

Is this the same kind of cultural diversity that killed all those people at Fort Hood?

Oh, yeah, lots of homosexuals open fire on groups of soldiers on military bases. Meanwhile, Islam is just an innocent, little ol' religion of peace

It's all coming from the same place...The mass murderer down in Fort Hood did everything but stand at the main gate with a sign, saying, "Death to all American infidels"...He told his female Captain, "To burn in hell" because she too was an infidel....

Nobody said a word...During wartime...Ya think this is normal?

Or ya think everyone has swallowed the cultural diversity, political correct pudding?

Ya got kinky homosexual teachers and political leaders, and everyone thinks it's just peachy, not a problem....It's just and alternative life style right?....Don't say a word, or you'll be labeled a homophobe or worse.

Blap!

98 posted on 12/14/2009 7:20:53 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: Clemenza

I live in Austin and considering that the place is run by a bunch of envio-Liberal Dems, the city operates rather effectively.

The weather is usually good, and the city can be a lot of fun.

And now, in Austin you can hardly tell the country is in a Depression.


99 posted on 12/14/2009 7:26:31 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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