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(Gawker)   Town converts abandoned, 124,500 square-foot Walmart into award-winning public library. Fark: Texas   ( divider line
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7157 clicks; posted to Geek » on 05 Jul 2012 at 1:21 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-07-06 12:18:38 AM  

Count_0: 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.

I remember a real long time ago, Ace and Berkeley were selling cartons of paperbacks for pocket change. I think it was 40-50 books for $20.00.
2012-07-06 12:29:57 AM  

Corvus: 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.

What were their house and senate like? Republican or Democratic control?
2012-07-06 12:46:15 AM  
I'm not surprised this was in Texas, but I am surprised that it's not in Austin.
2012-07-06 02:11:00 AM  

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

have you gotten that out of your system yet?

2012-07-06 02:58:24 AM  

vrax: 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.

Actually, the Spanish-speaking Texans were there first and the English speakers are the interlopers. Still, McAllen manages to attract pasty snowboard from points north and middle-class Mexicans who want to go shopping and clubbing without dodging bullets.

Now, if EPN manages to calm the drug wars and the US overcomes its oil addiction, McAllen's economy will go back to border-hopping shoppers, snowbirds and citrus.
2012-07-06 04:59:45 AM  

the.swartz: I don't know why anyone would troll this one. Regardless of politics, States, Towns, etc., this is awesome. Be nice to see more like this.

Because Texas is, for whatever reason, the source of textbooks, which are getting increasingly less educational. It makes it almost.. ironic.
2012-07-06 06:43:31 AM  

IronOcelot: There are tiny spots of Texas that are not complete redneck hellholes.

Shocking, I know.

/tiny spots.. and getting tinier by the day.

Then there's Austin, CA, there rednecks are hipsters too.
2012-07-06 08:59:29 AM  
Look, Texans, we from the blue coasts get it. No really, we do!

We know youre not all about cowboy hats and George bush and are not a single entity of conservatism. There are plenty of blue pockets in hill country and along the coast, and texas is a hugely diverse place, from modern dallas to the tumble weed strewn quiet towns of western texas to the vibrant college town of Austin... we know youre not all one place!

Indeed, California has the same sort of red necks and hyper religious, bigoted, racists and bible thumpers that we mock about TX in the central valley (because they came over from OK and TX during the dust bowl and their grandkids are still there).

Here's the difference tho, and this is why we proud blue staters will continue to shoot at you guys:Texas celebrates as its own everything the Left loves to hate.

We know youre not all cowboys and oilmen anymore than California is all Movie Stars and surfers. But this is the image you put out there. This seems to be your State's best foot forward. Your damn flag, big hats, jeans, big steaks and waist lines, the bible, big trucks, steer horns, and George Mother' Effin' Dubya Bush (and yes we get hes from CT), King of the Hill, the "celebration of the Dumb American White Male" and fossil fuels.

We have all those things too, but we don't celebrate them. You have all of what CA and NY celebrate, but its not what youre collectively known for or seem to actively promote.

So, as long as you brand yourselves as wrangler jeans wearin', bible thumpin', pick-up with Texas A&M steer horns on the hood drivin', liberal and darkie scornin', good ol boys one state removed from the pit of the Deep South, youre gonna get shot at by those of us who come from states which put forward Palm Trees, Beaches, Big tits and bikinis, convertible sports cars, sunny weather, the golden gate bridge, Apple, Google, and the technology film and music industries.
2012-07-06 10:27:35 AM  

Texas, where they no longer throw people in jail for marijuana possession (they've started to realize the 'war on drugs' is costly and just makes more inmates)

So they're just shootin' 'em in the head now? Or lettin' 'em ride the lightning?
2012-07-06 11:35:56 AM  
What does a Walmart and a public library have in common?

They both serve customers that act like they've been kicked in the head a few times.

/Works in a public library
2012-07-06 12:45:26 PM  
Where did they find so many bibles?
2012-07-06 02:14:52 PM  

theurge14: 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:

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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.

You divisive person... At no point did I say "Our weather in Texas is worse." I said that if it's bad here at 105, then that must be really hard for people up North who don't have the infrastructure to deal with it. Who the fark cares? It's Fark. The site is full of thousands of assholes hard wired to argue on the internet so that Drew can generate ad revenue.
2012-07-06 02:27:19 PM  

Is it really that hard to admit that Texas has a lot of assholes with some misinformed opinions, especially about how great they are? Usually most Texans are cool with this and acknowledge it freely.
2012-07-06 02:47:57 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.

Aww, come on guys, I came here full of warm fuzzies about what this town is doing, and now you're harshin' my buzz.

But alas, you're right. This library is wasted on Texas.
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