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2004-12-02 05:16:39 PM  

The South didn't give us barbecue. Native Caribbeans did.

When Columbus arrived in the Caribbean in 1492, he discovered the Taino Native Americans cooking fish and wild game hung on a wooden structure over coals. The Taino word for the wooden structure sounded to the explorers like barbacoa.

The Spanish explorers returned to Europe with this new word and new cooking method. Because the printing press had come into use, the word of the discoveries - including barbacoa - quickly spread across Europe.
2004-12-02 05:16:44 PM  
My BBQ looks more like a rusted out R2D2.
2004-12-02 05:23:11 PM  
Shiner Bock is a cut above Bud, which I'm sure makes it big in Texas, but here in Portland it couldn't compete with the tap-water at our worst brewery.

Ah, beer snobbery, recognized it right off. No point in listing the thousands of excellent micro brews down here.
I am curious though, have you ever been to Texas or is your opinion formed from years of Dallas re-runs on teevee? I guessing the latter.
2004-12-02 05:38:06 PM  
Gun Shaped lethal injections are just as popular in Texas.
2004-12-02 05:44:55 PM  
The [image from too old to be available] thing about a gun-shaped BBQ pit is, it's the BEANS that are the lethal weapons on a BBQ plate.

Oh, and as a long-time Texas resident I can say,
barbecued pork > BBQed beef. Cows are good for steaks and burgers, not a cooking method that dries the meat to the consistency of boot leather.
2004-12-02 05:50:04 PM  
Does anybody else think that this site really, really needs a "Texas" tag to compliment the "Florida" one? Can anybody here make one? My web skills are pretty weak.
2004-12-02 06:03:06 PM  
"Don't Mess With Texas" sounds a lot better than "Please Refrain From Messing With The Liberal New England States."

/i'm just sayin'.
2004-12-02 06:09:27 PM  
Texas is a grand state. Any attempt to desparage Texas is simply a cry of inferiority. I cherish my status as a Texan.

That is all.
2004-12-02 06:10:25 PM  

If we get a "Texas" tag, then we're going to need a "California" tag too.
2004-12-02 06:11:49 PM  
Oh, and another story from that link kind of amazes me --

If you're planning to send a Christmas care package to a soldier in Iraq, leave out the rum balls.
The popular holiday treat is just one of several items on the restricted list to send to members of the military in Iraq because they're fighting in a alcohol-free Muslim country.

Are there really any Muslims in Iraq who will be pushed over the edge by RUM BALLS? So, napalm incendiaries used on Iraqi troops, torture and murder of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, and executing wounded prisoners are OK, but rum balls are Just Too Much To Bear?
2004-12-02 06:14:02 PM  
I cherish my status as a Texan.

I'm gonna let you in on a little secret --
they let ANYONE live here, monster. And being born a Texan is just an accident of birth, like mental retardation.
2004-12-02 06:14:27 PM  

Good ol' New Hampshire had "Live Free or Die" looong before Texas. Also, I wouldn't be surprised if the person who came up with "Don't mess with Texas" got the idea from "Don't tread on me"
2004-12-02 06:26:24 PM  

They're all grand states. I was born and raised in Massachusetts and now live in Alaska, in my opinion two of the best states in the nation. No offense to you personally, but I have to say that hearing people (including our president) from Texas, who think theirs is the best, and use "Massachusetts" like a dirty word make me want to start a petition to split Alaska into 2 states, so that Texas will become the 3rd largest state in the nation.

Also, I've heard that in the Texas History class taught to Texansin high school, that it's taught that technicallly Texas can seceed if it wants to because it was its own country before or something. So Texans, is this true or was I being BS'd be that Texan at the bar?
2004-12-02 07:04:19 PM  
I'm a transplanted texan, and I have to say, its a mighty fine place to live. Now someone brought up that we were fatasses, well, only partialy true. Most of the overwieght people I see are hispanic. When you give poor mexicans a job and some cash they tend to eat more of their favorite foods and guess what? those foods are damm fattening. If I ate all the lard laced treats at my favorite mexican resturant everyday I would be big as a barn.
2004-12-02 07:10:42 PM  

Texas does not retain the right to seceed, but can be broken up into as many as 5 individual states, with the promise that all would be admitted to the US...

All of our statues of lady liberty on courthouses and such face south... forever turning their back to the north..

my sentiments exactly....
2004-12-02 07:28:07 PM  

Thanks for the info. Please don't take my Texas-ribbing too seriously. It's a favorite pasttime here in AK*. As for the statues and couthouses all facing south, If I weren't the type of person to take it easy, I'd be rather offended by that. I'm surprised I hadn't heard it before. Why are y'all so angry at us down there? Is this a Civil War thing? or something more complex that gets misinterpreted as a Civil War thing by Northerners? Or some of both?

* - the Alaskan equivalent of "Why'd the chicken cross the road?" goes something like:

What's a sight beloved to all Alaskans?

A Texan heading south with an Okie under each arm.
2004-12-02 07:34:07 PM  
I have a gun shaped like a gun.

/got nothin'
//except a gun shaped like a gun
2004-12-02 07:40:56 PM  
This guy could probably build you one if you wanted it.
2004-12-02 07:51:14 PM  
Forty Three:

No worries, Texas bashing is becoming a pasttime on fark for some reason...

As for the anger thing, can't explain it... inborn i guess...
2004-12-02 07:54:20 PM  
New England (CT) transplant here. 22 years. Lived in PA too. The first thing I noticed and soon grew to love about Texas is their spirit of independence. You can be anything or anyone down here, as long as you are respectful of others. No blue bloods blocking the way. No accepted plateau in life. The amount of Texas pride is fierce - pride I never saw nor felt living in the north. Yes, it ain't that pretty (except for, perhaps, Hill Country....), but during numerous visits back home, in 4 or 5 days I'm itching to get back here.

I doubt many other states have the devouted citizenry like Texas - natural-born, transplants, or expatriates.
2004-12-02 08:01:49 PM  
buying one of these things is probably the best way to tell everyone you know that you have a tiny penis and need to compensate.
2004-12-02 08:04:28 PM  
Hjuk Hjuk. Hey Maaaw, can yi taken a picture flash with me and this ere gun shaped barbeecue construction yall! Hjuk.
2004-12-02 08:21:35 PM  

As one who grew up in rural New England (yes there is such a thing, contrary to popular belief) and lives in arguably one of the most "fiercely independent" state in the nation (ask anybody who in Alaska here in the 90's how close we came to electing a secessionist governor.) I think New Englanders are "fiercely independent". Maybe it's because you were from CT (no offense intended) which I associate more with NYC than New England (the western half at least) I mean, New Hampshire's motto is "Live free or Die" for fark's sake. Saying that New Englanders are not "independent minded" and are all somehow elitist snobs is somewhat disrespectful to those small independant farmers who picked up guns and took on the most powerful army in the world a couple hundred years ago. I never felt "held back by the bluebloods" or whatever when I lived there. That whole "Boston Bhramin" thing is a bit exaggerated. Why of course that rich politician from MA is related to some famous New Englander, why Half the farking state is! These people lived hundreds of years ago and had like 10 kids apiece that mostly stayed in the state. Do the math! If you live in MA chances are you can claim to have some famous colonial ancestor. I do and it never put a red cent in the bank for me, never got me a job and never got me into Hahvahd. Seriously, the stereotypes southerners have about northerners are just as bad as the ones northerners have about southerners.
2004-12-02 09:09:28 PM  
I don't care much for Texas but I wish most of their state laws were Federal!
2004-12-02 11:23:58 PM  
I think Why Texans dislike Northerners is quite obvious. They make fun of us. They make fun of our outgoing attitude in the company of people we don't know. They make fun of our preference for the country. They call us stupid, then wonder why they get punched in the mouth. Then they make fun of us behind our backs. Act without honor, then are curious why we don't like them. Northerners, at least in my opinon, are cowards. They would much rather make a snap judgement about someone, then face the truth about them. I have fought three men from the north, they fight like weasels, then flee. They are stupid, rude, obnoxious, and just all around soft. But we are the assholes for not liking them.

For the John_frink, usless hmmm? Where do you think your gas gets refined, Your food comes from, Your medicines get made, your world class heart research gets done, etc, etc. Idiot.

Oh, and by the way, the guy who said the president uses the word Massachussets like a dirty word? He was born there.

That person with the "Texas survivor" idea. Did your idea go through? I saw that car yesterday.

Why do we like guns? Hey why not. Guys like guns. They explode and break stuff. Its a guy thing, you gals wouldn't understand.

You can't hold one mass opinon about Texas. Texas is possibly the most diverse place in America. But you people wouldn't know that. You sit in a Starbucks somewhere in the Soho district or something, you've heard storys from other people exactly like you, carbon copies almost. But they would know wouldn't they? because they heard from someone else.
2004-12-03 12:07:58 AM  

2004-12-02 11:23:58 PM NinjaPirate

I dont have a problem with any of those things you pointed out about texans.

The parts i dont like is the redneckedness of some of the population there, bible thumpers and bush voters.

We are just having fun with a sterotype..... nothing harsh meant by it.

I realise Texans deserve the respect anyone else in the world does.
2004-12-03 12:09:33 AM  
What the fark is wrong with Texass? We should circulate a petition to give texas back to mexico and revoke the citizenship of every texan. there must be something wrong with the drinking water down there. Bunh of cow-poke wannabe's.
2004-12-03 12:42:04 AM  

it must suck to be a troll when no one takes the bait....
2004-12-03 12:51:41 AM  
"'It's incredible how anti-south alot of you are.'

That's because we're smart, and we know the south is totally useless.

I actually took my time to read all of these posts up to when this page loaded for me so I could respectively and honestly reply. I even read that website "".

I'm born in Houston and spent half my life there. I live in San Antonio and I've spent the other half here. I'm about to move to Austin and hopefully spend many years there. Maybe I'll be lucky enough to reside in every major city in Texas throughout my life. I say lucky because I'm proud that I'm a Texan born and raised in Texas. I have many things to be proud of about Texas, from the fact that we produce over 10% of this nation's technology and harbor many other great industries to the fact that we have barbeque pits shaped like revolvers. I've been to many places in Texas as well, and I'm very familiar with my state history and my state government along with my national history and my national government (and I know what our 2nd amendment says, you don't think us gun-toting Texans wouldn't unite in a militia if we needed one? Then you don't know Texas). I'm living my life, and I'm happy with it and I'm happy with the people I've met all throughout Texas, both from Texas and from around America and the world.

My point is that I know where I live, and who I am, and I don't have a problem with it at all. You can call me whatever you want to call me, and throw out as many insults as you want about the south and Texas in particular. I said I read all these posts, and I'm glad I did, so I could point out the simple fact that I haven't seen any Texan say anything offensive to anyone else. What have we done? Nothing more than try to disprove your tongue-lashing and name-calling. I feel sorry for you that you seem to find solice in trying to belittle a great population. I'm proud for the Texans and southerners who refute your allegations by providing actual reasons and proofs as to why they believe in where they live, rather than start up any more conflict. As I remember this is simply about an article about how we have a farkin' barbeque pit shaped like a gun. Suddenly so many people decide to use our pride for a material object as an excuse as to why they dislike Texas.

I love my state and I love my nation. I know that it's not perfect, and there's a lot wrong with it. However I'd rather gladly try to make it better any way one human can than shun half the country and take it as an oppurtunity to produce hatred and conflict among my fellow people.

You can tell me where this country was founded and where, and that's all well and good, too. But it seems to me that you can't tell where the principles of this nation were founded on, because it's not a place, it's an ideal that can exist anywhere in the world, and I'm saddened to say it's becoming harder to find among people like ya'll.
2004-12-03 12:59:00 AM  
Dan of 76:

Spoken like a true Texas gentleman..
You know what it's all about...
2004-12-03 05:37:26 AM  
Dan of 76 said "...You can call me whatever you want to call me, and throw out as many insults as you want about the south and Texas..."

In that case, you're a total 'tard in a state full of mongs.
2004-12-03 05:16:17 PM  
I've lived in Texas for almost 15 years now, and its no different than any other state. I read all your blathering about how it has a 'spirit of independence' and how people here don't judge each other and laugh my butt off. That's complete crap. Just go around and tell people you don't believe in Jesus and see if they don't judge you in Texas. Sheesh.

There is every flavor of humanity here, and in every other state in which I've lived. RI, MA, NH, AZ - you name it. I've seen racists, morons, snobs, etc. in all of 'em. And all of them have plenty of nice, regular people, too.

Most of Texas is a hellhole. Dry, flat, ugly and freakin hot 8 months a year. Austin and the hill country are beautiful, as are large parts of northest Texas. Winters are nice here, summers suck out loud.

But people are the same all over, and the sooner we all get behind that, the sooner we can maybe work together to stop this steady decline into self immolation we seem to be determined to follow.
2004-12-03 05:51:25 PM  

George W. Bush was born in New Haven, CT not in MA. New Haven is in Western CT and is really not a part of New England in my book because that part of the state is just one big suburb of NYC (too many Jets fans and Yankees fans there.)
2004-12-04 12:23:57 PM  
Here's one in Atlanta...
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