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Donít Mess with Texas (at Christmas)
Townhall ^ | 12th December 2011 | Nate Kellum

Posted on 12/12/2011 11:58:34 AM PST by shield

Texas is its own place. Known for oil, cowboys, cattle, and distinguished swagger, it is the kind of place to which newcomers adapt rather than one which bends for newcomers. Not surprising for a place that used to be its own country. Thus the oft’ spoken motto, “Don’t mess with Texas.”

Yet Texas is a big place, and phrases like “remember the Alamo” and “Texas proud” resonate from Galveston beaches to Amarillo plains. And that’s a good thing, because right between those beaches and those plains, a fight is brewing that’s winnable, but which requires some backbone.

Case in point: the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to the Athens, Texas city council demanding it remove a nativity scene from the lawn of the county courthouse there. According to FFRF, the nativity scene is unconstitutional and simply must go.

It’s nothing new for FFRF, which enjoys spending its time bullying local governments all across the country. All that has to happen is for a disgruntled citizen to call or e-mail an outfit like FFRF, and its intimidation machine springs into action.

Once a group like FFRF begins to apply pressure, it trusts that the city, township, or county it is targeting will simply fold for fear of bad PR or to avoid the hassle (and expense) of going to court.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: christ; christmas; dontmesswithtexas; texas
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To: txroadkill

EXCELLENT POST!!!


21 posted on 12/12/2011 2:10:41 PM PST by piytar (The Obama Depression. Say it early, say it often. Why? Because it's TRUE.)
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To: txroadkill

“... to get into a State College in Texas they have to, just like the rest of Texas students, graduate in the top 10% of their class.”

That is simply false, as much more than 10% of high school graduates in Texas are able to go to a public university in Texas.

Or perhaps, you can cite a source that states that only 10% of of graduating high school students in Texas are permitted to go to “a State College in Texas?”


22 posted on 12/12/2011 2:13:36 PM PST by trumandogz (If Rick Perry cannot secure his own Internet domain name, how could he be trusted to secure America?)
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To: WKUHilltopper

“they took paying college tuition to illegal aliens and forced vaccinations.”

RE gardasil - No, we didn’t. Do your research - even Perry said, “The legislature disagreed with the way I did it, they stopped it, and they were right”.


23 posted on 12/12/2011 2:29:46 PM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: bwc2221

“Bragging and thinking that you’re special or better than others is what turns non-Texans off about Texans.”

Here in Texas, we have a saying: “No brag, just fact.”


24 posted on 12/12/2011 2:32:01 PM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: trumandogz

The top 10% is not the maximum limit, it is more like a minimum.

The top 10% of a Texas school get automatic admission to the state college of their choice. UT was recently raised to top 8%. It doesn’t matter what the SAT/ACT scores or other criteria, they get in.

Many others qualify and get accepted in addition to the top 10%, but for many students, being in the top 10% is so important they will transfer to a lower performing school in the latter part of their high school to rank in the top 10%.


25 posted on 12/12/2011 2:34:21 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: trumandogz

Actually, it’s the top 10% who are guaranteed admission to a state school - except for UT, where it’s the top 8%.


26 posted on 12/12/2011 2:41:18 PM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: trumandogz

Let’s get another thing straight. The In-State Tuition for “Illegal Aliens” is another misnomer. The In-State Tuition is for children born in Texas of illegal aliens. I don’t have a problem with that. If the children are born here, they are legal. We wouldn’t allow their illegal parents to receive the in-state tuition.


27 posted on 12/12/2011 2:41:18 PM PST by DallasDeb (usafa06mom)
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To: trumandogz

The University of Texas has so many applicants, that it can no longer guarantee that any top 10% can go to UT.


28 posted on 12/12/2011 2:44:05 PM PST by DallasDeb (usafa06mom)
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To: DallasDeb
The In-State Tuition is for children born in Texas of illegal aliens.

If they were born in Texas, they wouldn't be illegal aliens. I know we Texans like to think of Texas as another country, but it really isn't (anymore).

The Texas in-state tution requires to qualify, a student must have lived in the state for three years, graduated from a Texas high school and agree to apply for permanent residency.

http://www.texastribune.org/immigration-in-texas/immigration/undocumented-students-benefit-what-comes-next/

At least a dozen other states have similar laws.

http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=13100

29 posted on 12/12/2011 2:53:33 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: shield; LUV W; mylife; NYTexan; TheMom

Well!
I may be a “Yankee”, but I resent being painted with a broad brush like that.

I have never disparaged anyone for where they live, and neither should you.
I have been to Texas (just this last October), and I have many dear friends there.
I have never heard any of them say things like that.

I am surrounded by Libs, but I fight the good fight up here and always have.


30 posted on 12/12/2011 2:55:56 PM PST by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: DallasDeb

Yes, I understand that as I have a son at UT who had to bust his butt at a top Austin high school to get into The University.

I


31 posted on 12/12/2011 3:14:26 PM PST by trumandogz (If Rick Perry cannot secure his own Internet domain name, how could he be trusted to secure America?)
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To: MS.BEHAVIN

You go Gal!


32 posted on 12/12/2011 3:14:29 PM PST by NYTexan
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To: shield

I wish I could tell you where I work. Suffice it to say, it’s a place where the Constitution and Amendments RULE.
Last week, I set up a Nativity set. For anyone who asks, it’s a Christmas antique from my childhood. I’m not telling anyone how to feel about Christ or Christmas (luckily, I work with Christians), I’m just decorating our office in the manner to which I’ve been accustomed. First Amendment Rules!


33 posted on 12/12/2011 3:36:41 PM PST by blu
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To: trumandogz
That is simply false, as much more than 10% of high school graduates in Texas are able to go to a public university in Texas.

http://www.cga.ct.gov/2008/rpt/2008-R-0116.htm

there you go!

it's called the top 10 Law

the only way to get into a Texas State College as a freshman is to be in the top 10%

You can transfer in from a Jr. College relatively easy. but the Top 10 Law makes it next to impossible to get in as a freshman.

34 posted on 12/12/2011 3:48:52 PM PST by txroadkill (FreeRepublic.com- "A Wretched Hive of Scum and Villany" - Zotted Romney Troll)
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To: MS.BEHAVIN; shield; NYTexan; Colonel_Flagg; mylife

You tell ‘em, Ms. B! Maybe those idiots in Wisconsin ARE trying to do away with Christmas, but it’s NOT every “Yankee” and I have many northern friends...you included, Sis....who love Christmas and want to keep all the images and lovely things for it and not be told by “outsiders” what they can have on their courthouse lawns and other local places!

It’s generally a libtard bunch who want to ruin things for everyone else.


35 posted on 12/12/2011 3:57:04 PM PST by LUV W (This tagline reserved for a hero.......)
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To: DallasDeb

No, Perry’s In State Tuition for Illegal Aliens is just that, In State Tuition for non-citizens who entered the US illegally.


36 posted on 12/12/2011 4:07:49 PM PST by trumandogz (If Rick Perry cannot secure his own Internet domain name, how could he be trusted to secure America?)
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To: DallasDeb

No, Perry’s In State Tuition for Illegal Aliens is just that, In State Tuition for non-citizens who entered the US illegally.


37 posted on 12/12/2011 4:08:29 PM PST by trumandogz (If Rick Perry cannot secure his own Internet domain name, how could he be trusted to secure America?)
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To: txroadkill

Thanks for the link and the lesson on reading comprehension.

You stated, “the only way to get into a Texas State College as a freshman is to be in the top 10%.”

However, your link states:

“The law requires each public college and university to admit automatically any student who has graduated in either of the two preceding academic years with a grade-point average in the top 10% of the student’s graduating class.”

Now, can you see the difference between, “the law requires each public college and university to admit automatically any student who has graduated in either of the two preceding academic years with a grade-point average in the top 10%” and “the only way to get into a Texas State College as a freshman is to be in the top 10%?”

And yes, you must have good reading comprehension to be in the top 10% of most high school graduating classes.


38 posted on 12/12/2011 4:28:12 PM PST by trumandogz (If Rick Perry cannot secure his own Internet domain name, how could he be trusted to secure America?)
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To: MS.BEHAVIN; shield; LUV W; mylife; NYTexan

We all know there is a difference between a Yankee and a Damn Yankee.

Ms. B is a Yankee, and a great on at that. She would make a mighty fine Texan.

That being said ~ I wish the stupid anti-religious idiots would actually read and understand the First Amendment (this goes for the same idiot judges who “interpret” it).


39 posted on 12/12/2011 6:03:45 PM PST by TheMom (I wish mosquitoes sucked fat instead of blood.)
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To: TheMom

Amen! Well said! :)


40 posted on 12/12/2011 6:18:53 PM PST by LUV W (This tagline reserved for a hero.......)
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