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2012-07-05 03:16:19 PM

ManateeGag: probably no science section, a whole shelf of Bibles and weekly writing contests for the kids "Why Jesus is awesome!"


I don't understand why people think liberals are close minded.
 
2012-07-05 03:19:03 PM

mjohnson71: naz-drala: Not a library, book burning warehouse

That was my thought: putting all the books in one place just makes it that much easier when the Tea Party fundies show up soon to torch everything that doesn't follow party dogma.


The only thing to survive was the insurance policy.
 
2012-07-05 03:19:22 PM

LL316: ManateeGag: probably no science section, a whole shelf of Bibles and weekly writing contests for the kids "Why Jesus is awesome!"

I don't understand why people think liberals are close minded.


Some parts of Texas I can see this happening in. But not McAllen...unless they were all in Spanish. But McAllen is fairly liberal because of its majority Latino population (mainly because the GOP keeps doing things to piss them off).
 
2012-07-05 03:21:07 PM
where did they get the book?
 
2012-07-05 03:22:15 PM

Sarsin: randomjsa: When they were having wild fires down there it was just a laugh riot here on Fark, because property being destroyed and lives being threatened is just so hilarious when you're an ignorant hate monger that makes even the worst of the people you disagree with seem wonderful by comparison. I was tempted to post some of the same things some of the good, kind heart liberals said about Texas fires verbatim but just switch the name to Colorado, then watch the screaming rhetoric in response before posting the posting screen shots of some of the things that were said about Texas but it seemed like a way to get hit with a mod hammer.

But mostly? California followed the liberal way, and is going down the drain economically while Texas is booming. You will find that nothing pisses off liberals so much as proof of how wrong they are.

What?


Forget it, he's rolling.
 
2012-07-05 03:23:06 PM

randomjsa: When they were having wild fires down there it was just a laugh riot here on Fark, because property being destroyed and lives being threatened is just so hilarious when you're an ignorant hate monger that makes even the worst of the people you disagree with seem wonderful by comparison.


Go ahead and cry more of your oppressed righteous tears, but stop the partisan exaggerations. If I had a dollar for every time someone said "good riddance!" in a California earthquake/fire/mudslide story, I could hire someone to post what an ass you are.

If once - just once - in your miserable conservative lives, you responded to a story about blue state misfortune with something approaching sympathy rather than uncontrolled glee, maybe - just maybe - your words would be worth more than the rancid bag of pus that uttered them.
 
2012-07-05 03:25:00 PM

Needlessly Complicated: Sarsin: randomjsa: When they were having wild fires down there it was just a laugh riot here on Fark, because property being destroyed and lives being threatened is just so hilarious when you're an ignorant hate monger that makes even the worst of the people you disagree with seem wonderful by comparison. I was tempted to post some of the same things some of the good, kind heart liberals said about Texas fires verbatim but just switch the name to Colorado, then watch the screaming rhetoric in response before posting the posting screen shots of some of the things that were said about Texas but it seemed like a way to get hit with a mod hammer.

But mostly? California followed the liberal way, and is going down the drain economically while Texas is booming. You will find that nothing pisses off liberals so much as proof of how wrong they are.

What?

Forget it, he's rolling.


Because randomlibbynomore2 thought we'd be upset about the liberal utopia that is Colorado Springs burning and him making snide comments about it.

Because Colorado Springs is so liberal and all...

/long story short: He's a dumbass
 
2012-07-05 04:07:04 PM

Mrtraveler01: Go for it. The fire happened in one of the most conservative/libertarian areas of the state.

You think you're going to outrage libs with that? LO farking L.

Sidenote: What happened in CO Springs was terrible and hard to watch on TV. Even if the city is full of Ayn Rand reading, Christian fundamentalist farktards. I know there are others in CO Springs that don't fit this unfortunate stereotype


Yes, it is only terrible because it happened to people that are of your political persuasion. You are a fine, upstanding person.
 
2012-07-05 04:11:50 PM
A few years ago here in Las Vegas, the city went ahead and built itself a topnotch, leading edge library. After they finished building it, the purchaser went ahead and filled full of valuable paintings and sculpture and vases. After it's grand opening, the first thing that was noticed was that there were no books.

When asked about that, the purchaser said, "If the public wants books, there are plenty of bookstores here in town."
 
2012-07-05 04:13:05 PM

machoprogrammer: Mrtraveler01: Go for it. The fire happened in one of the most conservative/libertarian areas of the state.

You think you're going to outrage libs with that? LO farking L.

Sidenote: What happened in CO Springs was terrible and hard to watch on TV. Even if the city is full of Ayn Rand reading, Christian fundamentalist farktards. I know there are others in CO Springs that don't fit this unfortunate stereotype

Yes, it is only terrible because it happened to people that are of your political persuasion. You are a fine, upstanding person.


Huh? I'm fairly liberal and not of the same politcal persuasion as most people in CO Springs.

You missed the point though. What I was saying that even though I politically disagree with the majority of them, it still sucks and no one should have to go through that even if I disagree with them.

/should've worded that better
 
2012-07-05 04:18:19 PM
Only two things come from Texas...steers and bibliophiles, and you don't look like no cow!
 
2012-07-05 04:21:36 PM

randomjsa: When they were having wild fires down there it was just a laugh riot here on Fark, because property being destroyed and lives being threatened is just so hilarious when you're an ignorant hate monger that makes even the worst of the people you disagree with seem wonderful by comparison.


And then I remember every time a Texan down here laughs about a deadly snowstorm up north (Heck, why don't they just move where it don't snow?) or a heatwave in a place where AC is unusual and old people were dying (Shoot, it don't get hot there, they oughta try some Texas heat...) or mudslides in California ("That'll teach those tree huggers not to build houses on hillsides").

Cerebral Knievel: wait a second here....

A Walmart went out of business?

In Texas!?


They don't go out of business. They get too big for the building they're in and build another one somewhere else in town. The thing with Walmart is they almost never get rid of the old building so the town is treated with a eyesore of an empty building and empty parking lot. Most small towns gladly accept this because most small towns are more than happy to whore themselves out to Walmart's demands.
 
2012-07-05 04:34:03 PM

theurge14: randomjsa: When they were having wild fires down there it was just a laugh riot here on Fark, because property being destroyed and lives being threatened is just so hilarious when you're an ignorant hate monger that makes even the worst of the people you disagree with seem wonderful by comparison.

And then I remember every time a Texan down here laughs about a deadly snowstorm up north (Heck, why don't they just move where it don't snow?) or a heatwave in a place where AC is unusual and old people were dying (Shoot, it don't get hot there, they oughta try some Texas heat...) or mudslides in California ("That'll teach those tree huggers not to build houses on hillsides").

Cerebral Knievel: wait a second here....

A Walmart went out of business?

In Texas!?

They don't go out of business. They get too big for the building they're in and build another one somewhere else in town. The thing with Walmart is they almost never get rid of the old building so the town is treated with a eyesore of an empty building and empty parking lot. Most small towns gladly accept this because most small towns are more than happy to whore themselves out to Walmart's demands.



Wal-Mart rarely owns the building they are in. More often they are renting it from a third party.
 
2012-07-05 04:43:19 PM
That's all well and good, but I think I see some spanish there in the picture, and I'm sure the taxpayers don't want illegals learning on their dime.
 
2012-07-05 04:44:50 PM
The twist... all bibles.
 
2012-07-05 04:49:45 PM
McAllen? was born there!
Go home town!
 
2012-07-05 04:51:46 PM

Mrtraveler01: Huh? I'm fairly liberal and not of the same politcal persuasion as most people in CO Springs.

You missed the point though. What I was saying that even though I politically disagree with the majority of them, it still sucks and no one should have to go through that even if I disagree with them.

/should've worded that better


Fair enough. My bad for reading that the wrong way. I read it as saying it was terrible because not all of them are Ayn Rand thumpers (not that I lean towards that philosophy either).
 
2012-07-05 04:53:15 PM

Rev. Skarekroe: McAllen? was born there!
Go home town!


"was born there!"?
Clearly I could use some of that book learnin'.
 
2012-07-05 04:59:11 PM

Cerebral Knievel: wait a second here....

A Walmart went out of business?

In Texas!?


It is not unusual for Walmart to close an older store and open a supercenter in the same area. Costco does the same thing.
 
2012-07-05 05:01:09 PM

Outrageous Muff: That's all well and good, but I think I see some spanish there in the picture, and I'm sure the taxpayers don't want illegals learning on their dime.


It's going to be a hoot when those illegals are the best educated people in Texas.
 
2012-07-05 05:02:11 PM

Mrtraveler01: Needlessly Complicated: Sarsin: randomjsa: When they were having wild fires down there it was just a laugh riot here on Fark, because property being destroyed and lives being threatened is just so hilarious when you're an ignorant hate monger that makes even the worst of the people you disagree with seem wonderful by comparison. I was tempted to post some of the same things some of the good, kind heart liberals said about Texas fires verbatim but just switch the name to Colorado, then watch the screaming rhetoric in response before posting the posting screen shots of some of the things that were said about Texas but it seemed like a way to get hit with a mod hammer.

But mostly? California followed the liberal way, and is going down the drain economically while Texas is booming. You will find that nothing pisses off liberals so much as proof of how wrong they are.

What?

Forget it, he's rolling.

Because randomlibbynomore2 thought we'd be upset about the liberal utopia that is Colorado Springs burning and him making snide comments about it.

Because Colorado Springs is so liberal and all...

/long story short: He's a dumbass


long story short: He's a dumbass

long story short: He's a dumbass


long story short: He's a dumbass


long story short: He's a dumbass


long story short: He's a dumbass
 
2012-07-05 05:03:53 PM

randomjsa: But mostly? California followed the liberal way, and is going down the drain economically while Texas is booming.


Electing 25 years of Republican governors over 30 years is "following the liberal way" how exactly?

Actually California budget is being slashed for the first time in my life time and it's because of a Democrat in office.
 
2012-07-05 05:04:01 PM

theurge14: randomjsa: When they were having wild fires down there it was just a laugh riot here on Fark, because property being destroyed and lives being threatened is just so hilarious when you're an ignorant hate monger that makes even the worst of the people you disagree with seem wonderful by comparison.

And then I remember every time a Texan down here laughs about a deadly snowstorm up north (Heck, why don't they just move where it don't snow?) or a heatwave in a place where AC is unusual and old people were dying (Shoot, it don't get hot there, they oughta try some Texas heat...) or mudslides in California ("That'll teach those tree huggers not to build houses on hillsides").

Cerebral Knievel: wait a second here....

A Walmart went out of business?

In Texas!?

They don't go out of business. They get too big for the building they're in and build another one somewhere else in town. The thing with Walmart is they almost never get rid of the old building so the town is treated with a eyesore of an empty building and empty parking lot. Most small towns gladly accept this because most small towns are more than happy to whore themselves out to Walmart's demands.




Funny, every time I have a conversation with a fellow Texan about a heat wave going on in a Northern state the mood is one of concern. If 105 sucks so bad here and we're equipped and acclimated to it, it must be murder for some old lady in Kansas City. If your only exposure to how Texans feel on topics comes from the 'Net, then you honestly don't really have a sampling.
 
2012-07-05 05:08:51 PM

randomjsa: But mostly? California followed the liberal way, and is going down the drain economically while Texas is booming. You will find that nothing pisses off liberals so much as proof of how wrong they are.


George Deukmejian January 3, 1983 January 7, 1991 Republican
Pete Wilson January 7, 1991 January 4, 1999 Republican
Joseph Graham "Gray" Davis January 4, 1999 November 17, 2003 Democratic
Arnold Schwarzenegger November 17, 2003 January 3, 2011 Republican

23 out of 28 years of Republican leadership = The "liberal way".


Wait who hates reality again?

Only now that we have Brown a Democrat in office that the budget is actually changing in a way to not have deficits every year.
 
2012-07-05 05:12:24 PM

Smeggy Smurf: Cerebral Knievel: wait a second here....

A Walmart went out of business?

In Texas!?

It is not unusual for Walmart to close an older store and open a supercenter in the same area. Costco does the same thing.


hell, i've seen them open a new store across from the store they're shuttering
 
2012-07-05 05:19:38 PM
The fact that subby thinks texas is simply a town shows his ignorance.
 
2012-07-05 05:20:30 PM
Maybe they can repurpose that rock cell they put the first bad man in, and finally let him out.
 
2012-07-05 05:28:15 PM
fumaga.com
 
2012-07-05 05:41:01 PM
Crazy to think people in Texas would be interested in reading.


...and being this close to the border would she be the librarian by any chance?
i599.photobucket.com
 
2012-07-05 05:44:27 PM

Count_0: Crazy to think people in Texas would be interested in reading.


I wound up reading that in his voice

1/2 price books, it's like crack if you like pulp sci fi
 
2012-07-05 05:45:28 PM

loonatic112358: Smeggy Smurf: Cerebral Knievel: wait a second here....

A Walmart went out of business?

In Texas!?

It is not unusual for Walmart to close an older store and open a supercenter in the same area. Costco does the same thing.

hell, i've seen them open a new store across from the store they're shuttering


When you have a great location but need more space, why change the dynamics of how your customers get there?
 
2012-07-05 05:45:33 PM
Oh shiat, 1/2 price has an online store

baby, i'm sorry i spent the kids college fund......
 
2012-07-05 05:51:05 PM

loonatic112358: Oh shiat, 1/2 price has an online store

baby, i'm sorry i spent the kids college fund......


I am in no way responsible for this.............
 
2012-07-05 06:14:11 PM

loonatic112358: anyway, cool use for a giant big box store, and if I lived ther, I'd try to check out the whole sci fi section

as big as it is, i hope there's a separate section for science fiction and for fantasy


Yeah, right... I don't even see that in most book stores. They are NOT the same!!!! (Yeah, it used to offend me. I got over it.) I don't read as much as I'd like any more, I suspect that's because every time I visit a store the only fantasy they have is the latest Xanth novel and two of the oldest Discworld novels or something similar. *sighs*
 
2012-07-05 06:43:00 PM
When my local library was being expanded, they moved the entire collection into a former supermarket. It's not unheard of. The renovated library is now one of the best in the area.

/that's all I have to bring into the thread...
 
2012-07-05 07:07:48 PM
Hell yeah! got some bites!
 
2012-07-05 07:16:17 PM

theurge14: randomjsa: When they were having wild fires down there it was just a laugh riot here on Fark, because property being destroyed and lives being threatened is just so hilarious when you're an ignorant hate monger that makes even the worst of the people you disagree with seem wonderful by comparison.

And then I remember every time a Texan down here laughs about a deadly snowstorm up north (Heck, why don't they just move where it don't snow?) or a heatwave in a place where AC is unusual and old people were dying (Shoot, it don't get hot there, they oughta try some Texas heat...) or mudslides in California ("That'll teach those tree huggers not to build houses on hillsides").

Cerebral Knievel: wait a second here....

A Walmart went out of business?

In Texas!?

They don't go out of business. They get too big for the building they're in and build another one somewhere else in town. The thing with Walmart is they almost never get rid of the old building so the town is treated with a eyesore of an empty building and empty parking lot. Most small towns gladly accept this because most small towns are more than happy to whore themselves out to Walmart's demands.


The area where I grew up is on it's 3rd WalMart in 20 years: and both of the old stores are sitting empty.
 
2012-07-05 07:50:00 PM

socodog: Funny, every time I have a conversation with a fellow Texan about a heat wave going on in a Northern state the mood is one of concern. If 105 sucks so bad here and we're equipped and acclimated to it, it must be murder for some old lady in Kansas City.


Thanks for confirming the stereotype I just mentioned:

i.imgur.com

It's almost always hotter in KC this time of year. And it snows there in the winter. So the typical Texas attitude of "our weather is worse" is quite laughable.

If your only exposure to how Texans feel on topics comes from the 'Net, then you honestly don't really have a sampling.

I guess I could find out by walking outside and talking to anyone since I'm from Texas.
 
2012-07-05 07:51:57 PM

mjohnson71: theurge14:
They don't go out of business. They get too big for the building they're in and build another one somewhere else in town. The thing with Walmart is they almost never get rid of the old building so the town is treated with a eyesore of an empty building and empty parking lot. Most small towns gladly accept this because most small towns are more than happy to whore themselves out to Walmart's demands.

The area where I grew up is on it's 3rd WalMart in 20 years: and both of the old stores are sitting empty.


Took my hometown about 15 years until they managed to turn it into a storage center.
 
2012-07-05 07:58:10 PM
Coelacanth:
A few years ago here in Las Vegas, the city went ahead and built itself a topnotch, leading edge library. After they finished building it, the purchaser went ahead and filled full of valuable paintings and sculpture and vases. After it's grand opening, the first thing that was noticed was that there were no books.

When asked about that, the purchaser said, "If the public wants books, there are plenty of bookstores here in town."


WAT. How does that even work? Wouldn't the "purchaser" for a city library be the city? Who wanted a library?
 
2012-07-05 08:04:14 PM

Count_0: Crazy to think people in Texas would be interested in reading.


Take $20, go to the clearance section, and come home with pure joy. It's not Edward McKay's, where I once brought home 50 books for only $15, but it's still quite nice.
 
2012-07-05 08:26:13 PM

UnspokenVoice: loonatic112358: anyway, cool use for a giant big box store, and if I lived ther, I'd try to check out the whole sci fi section

as big as it is, i hope there's a separate section for science fiction and for fantasy

Yeah, right... I don't even see that in most book stores. They are NOT the same!!!! (Yeah, it used to offend me. I got over it.) I don't read as much as I'd like any more, I suspect that's because every time I visit a store the only fantasy they have is the latest Xanth novel and two of the oldest Discworld novels or something similar. *sighs*


Order from Baen, or go to 1/2 price books

I love baen's free library which for me is like a buffet of books

and that they allowed other people to redistribute the books use 7zip to extract the titles from the iso images

Also, tor is now DRM free on ebooks
 
2012-07-05 09:20:03 PM

No Such Agency: WAT. How does that even work? Wouldn't the "purchaser" for a city library be the city? Who wanted a library?


The city needed a new library. But what I guess happened was the city council gave the job of stocking the library to somebody who was the equivalent of Ortho from the movie Beetlejuice.
 
2012-07-05 09:28:44 PM
In other news, someone in Texas read a book.
 
2012-07-05 09:30:39 PM

studebaker hoch: In other news, someone in Texas read a book.


have you gotten that out of your system yet?
 
2012-07-05 09:41:14 PM
We shall beat our Wal-Marts into libraries, and we shall study the ways of derp no more, forever.
 
2012-07-05 10:34:11 PM

Inquisitive Inquisitor: Count_0: Crazy to think people in Texas would be interested in reading.

Take $20, go to the clearance section, and come home with pure joy. It's not Edward McKay's, where I once brought home 50 books for only $15, but it's still quite nice.


I have the same problem. I'll go in for a couple of books and come out with a dozen or more.
 
2012-07-05 11:13:16 PM

El Freak: Sometimes I wonder if you people get all your ideas about the outside world from TV and message boards.


Nope, just from the quality of governors you elect.
 
2012-07-05 11:17:00 PM

Pincy: El Freak: Sometimes I wonder if you people get all your ideas about the outside world from TV and message boards.

Nope, just from the quality of governors you elect.


for some reason folks just didn't want to get kinky in the governors mansion, i'm not sure why
 
2012-07-05 11:20:43 PM

studebaker hoch: In other news, someone in Texas read a book.


This here person was born in Texas and I has read hunnerts of books, and only one wuz the Bible!
 
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