Surprisingly, Texas Ain't Gawker's "Worst State"

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Been watching Gawker's mini-series The Worst 50 States in America solely to see where The Great State of Texas landed up -- figured surely it would rate Top 10, if only because of a certain presidential candidate who's now the GOP's front-runner. But, no. Texas comes in today at No. 13, sandwiched between Arkansas and Florida. So, let's see ... what's good about our state? Well ... the food, the music and Dazed and Confused. All right, all right, all right. And the bad?
Welp, let's see here: Rick Perry, George W. Bush, the board of education, Cameron Todd Willingham, the culture of capital punishment as a whole, guns, religious zealotry both inane and dangerous, smog-filled Houston, airless Dallas, scorched wasteland El Paso, and the way they treat their immigrants, their blacks, their gays, and their women. But mostly Texas is awful because despite all the miseries it inflicts upon the rest of the country (and its own citizenry), Texans rarely stop loudly and aggressively stating what a great, awesome, perfect place Texas is. The Texan ego is as big as the state, and no matter how much you point out to them that, uh, hey what about all this extremely terrible stuff, they will not listen. If you guys would just shut up about if for a while, the rest of us might like you a little more.

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Citizen Kim
Citizen Kim

"Texans rarely stop loudly and aggressively stating what a great, awesome, perfect place Texas is."

As opposed to NYC residents who NEVER take pride in their city.

Mjblazin
Mjblazin

Nobody says Texas is perfect.  It's just so big and has so many great things, why not be proud of the good.  Especially someone from New York.  Mr. Gawker likes to focus on the negative for Texas.  If you want to buy one plane ticket and see the most comprehensive collection of disgusting things humans can do to each other, New York would have to be high on your list of potential destinations.

Coleman
Coleman

the constant blowjob party for Austin by out-of-staters is getting a little stale.

Kevin Kirby
Kevin Kirby

RoboCop was shot here. That counts for a lot.

cbs
cbs

so then why do they all move here?! 

NewsDog
NewsDog

You all are yankees, you can go to hell. (I can't believe I'm saying this but thank you JWP)

brian
brian

texas education system makes this state terrible. these are some of the dumbest public school kids i have ever met. just plain stupid. 

Bill Holston
Bill Holston

"If you guys would just shut up about if for a while, the rest of us might like you a little more."Uhh, we don't care if you like us. So, what's great about this state?1. Big Bend National Park, 1500 foot sheer cliffs, stands of Aspens, maple filled canyons. Skies bigger than other states.2. Texas Hill Country, a cold soak in a blue hole. Sitting in a waterfall. 3. Food: Chile Rilleno. Enchiladas, and Hill Country Brisket.4. Music. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Earl Keene, the Flatlanders!5. Humor: the home of John Henry Faulk and Molly Ivins, for starters.

What don't I like: our current education cuts, how we treat our mentally ill, lack of environmental protection. Those are big negatives. If we bothered to vote, we might change that.

G_David
G_David

It hurts because it's true.

Rangers100
Rangers100

Sounds about right.

Alabama should be #1 on the list. Rick Perry, as embarrassing as he is, has a long way to go to get to George Wallace, Bull Connor, Nick Saban, etc, etc.

dallasmay
dallasmay

Off Topic a bit, but...

What ever happened to that Train Museum? Didn't they say that if they weren't out by the first of this month, then the City could just keep the trains? 

http://blogs.dallasobserver.co...

MattL1
MattL1

Massachusetts, and the rest of New England, will not be happy falling to New York, I know that much.  

Andy Nold
Andy Nold

Bad etiquette. You never ask a man where he's from. If he's from Texas, he'll tell you. If he's not, don't embarrass him. WHOOOP WHOOOP!! (Fires six-shooter in the air).

Fred fringle
Fred fringle

I quit reading when NY was #50. I knew it was worthless.

LaceyB
LaceyB

"Dazed and Confused" is hardly the best thing about Texas, Wooderson.

"Bonnie and Clyde"? "Office Space"? The products which make us "Dazed and Confused", maybe. (Whilst waving the flag in the crazy wind and singing "Texas, Our Texas.")

heismanbound
heismanbound

Exactly you don't take pride in your city or your state, just because you dont have the right mind to do something doesn't we cant. The way i see it is you guys are haters you cant take pride in your shit whole of a state but we can and u guys want to drag everyone else down with you that's why you all ranked yourself #1 you needed some type of self satisfaction.

NewsDog
NewsDog

A popular bumper sticher in the '80s and a song by Ray Wylie Hubbard:

Welcome to Texas... Now go back home. 

scottindallas
scottindallas

you sound like a Yankee News Dog

"Y'all are Yankees..." is the correct vernacular

plfarmer
plfarmer

Come on over to Marsh or White. I can show you the brite future.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Gagreed. That ranking thing was shit when they started out like that. I'm shocked with that write up that we didn't make #1 :(

dallasmay
dallasmay

Yeah, I like how they knock on Texas for our state pride, and then rank themselves the best. 

scottindallas
scottindallas

Giant, the Hill Country, Beef BBQ, Mexicans and their food, Germans and their food, their conjoined music.  Texas Swing, Willie, Waylon, O Henry, Rednecks, Longhairs and manly footwear.

jharris214
jharris214

In defense of New York, where I originally come from, the contrast between New York City and New York State couldn't be anymore extreme.  Upstate New York is a truly beautiful place that most of Texas can't hold a stick to.

LaceyB
LaceyB

*Manly men (and their footwear)!*Elotes (at the gas station)*White Dog (watching people drink it for the first time)*Vinyl Preservation Society Meetups

UNFAIR PARK!!

scottindallas
scottindallas

spelling w/out spell check too.  "Shit whole?"

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I'm not saying Texas is the most beautiful, not at all. I'm just wondering what the criteria is and Texas took a bashing for a #13 ranking. Texas can't hold a stick to much due to the topography.

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