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(ABC)   Puerto Rico might become a state, but I'll be damned before I recognize Missouri   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 91
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2012-11-12 08:29:41 AM
I'll be deep in the cold, cold ground before I recognize Missourah
 
2012-11-12 08:31:20 AM
Good luck adding a state. People really love round numbers. Maybe if we swap it out for another state?
 
2012-11-12 08:35:54 AM
America welcomes another blue welfare state with open arms


/amidoingitrite
 
2012-11-12 08:36:55 AM

GameSprocket: Good luck adding a state. People really love round numbers. Maybe if we swap it out for another state?


We could divide another state in 2
 
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2012-11-12 08:38:22 AM

GameSprocket: Good luck adding a state. People really love round numbers.


people love round asses, though. puerto rico has lots of those.
 
2012-11-12 08:38:30 AM

GameSprocket: Good luck adding a state. People really love round numbers. Maybe if we swap it out for another state?


Texas
 
2012-11-12 08:40:31 AM

GameSprocket: Good luck adding a state. People really love round numbers. Maybe if we swap it out for another state?


The Republicans in Texas said they want to leave, how about letting Puerto Rico in and letting Texas go elsewhere?
 
2012-11-12 08:40:32 AM

moistD: GameSprocket: Good luck adding a state. People really love round numbers. Maybe if we swap it out for another state?

We could divide another state in 2


Or just combine North and South Dakota again.
 
2012-11-12 08:40:55 AM

ltdanman44: America welcomes another blue welfare state with open arms


/amidoingitrite


I know this is a joke, but it really would be a welfare state for quite a while. They're down toward third-world levels of income, and you can ask the Germans how much fun it is to absorb a way poorer entity into your country.

On the other hand, at least it's small, and anyone who wants to emigrate here already can, so maybe they'd just kinda go on being poor but gradually less so?
 
2012-11-12 08:43:41 AM
Cool. Democracy in action.

:P
 
2012-11-12 08:44:22 AM
that will really drive the teabaggers insane, a whole country full of mezzicans jumping the border all at once.
 
2012-11-12 08:45:09 AM

GameSprocket: Good luck adding a state. People really love round numbers. Maybe if we swap it out for another state?


Or make DC a state?
 
2012-11-12 08:48:13 AM
FTA: Yet, Tuesday's vote may be an illustration of a people who remain divided over the island's status rather than united around one option. Based on the first question of a two-part ballot, just more than half (54 percent) voted to change the island's status.

So Puerto Rico doesn't have a mandate either?
 
2012-11-12 08:52:37 AM
51 stars just don't fit right on the flag. We're going to need the Virgin Islands too.
 
2012-11-12 08:57:52 AM

Thats_right_ALL_the_tea: ltdanman44: America welcomes another blue welfare state with open arms


/amidoingitrite

I know this is a joke, but it really would be a welfare state for quite a while. They're down toward third-world levels of income, and you can ask the Germans how much fun it is to absorb a way poorer entity into your country.

On the other hand, at least it's small, and anyone who wants to emigrate here already can, so maybe they'd just kinda go on being poor but gradually less so?


And Germany had a shiat ton of money saved up when they integrated East Germany back into the fold. We have $16 trillion in debt
 
2012-11-12 08:58:15 AM

Big Punisher: FTA: Yet, Tuesday's vote may be an illustration of a people who remain divided over the island's status rather than united around one option. Based on the first question of a two-part ballot, just more than half (54 percent) voted to change the island's status.

So Puerto Rico doesn't have a mandate either?


They'll fit right in, then. We on the mainland can't decide on anything either.
 
2012-11-12 08:58:54 AM
Why do these articles on PR statehood read like NCAA football conference re-alignment stories?
 
2012-11-12 09:00:36 AM

Deneb81: moistD: GameSprocket: Good luck adding a state. People really love round numbers. Maybe if we swap it out for another state?

We could divide another state in 2

Or just combine North and South Dakota again.


People already think West Virginia is part of Virginia. We could try that.

But I'd be happier with a Texas secession.
 
2012-11-12 09:03:57 AM
It's ridiculous that someplace with 4 million americans is not a state already.
 
2012-11-12 09:06:30 AM

Great_Milenko: Deneb81: moistD: GameSprocket: Good luck adding a state. People really love round numbers. Maybe if we swap it out for another state?

We could divide another state in 2

Or just combine North and South Dakota again.

People already think West Virginia is part of Virginia. We could try that.

But I'd be happier with a Texas secession.


Eh, it would cost a fortune to move all the military bases. It's not like we're going to let them keep them, after all. Though with all the federal welfare Texas sucks up, I don't know what would be cheaper.
 
2012-11-12 09:07:10 AM
The House will block any attempts at statehood until Democrats have a majority again.
 
2012-11-12 09:12:38 AM

BFletch651: It's ridiculous that someplace with 4 million americans is not a state already.


A friend of mine (a Naval Officer) was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and she says they've resisted statehood because they don't want to pay taxes. According to her, that's pretty much it. They get citizenship, military protection, and various grants and aid as they need it.

They'll get more under statehood, and a vote in government, but then they will have to pay in. She says that everyone there against becoming a state basically cites that as their main reasoning.

So if that's true, they'd fit right in with the Teabaggers. You know, if the Teabaggers let brown people with accents march with them.

/obvious anecdotal evidence is just that
 
2012-11-12 09:12:51 AM

Great_Milenko: People already think West Virginia is part of Virginia.


Except in Virginia, where they still throw around "West Virginia" jokes the way the rest of the country makes fun of New Jersey.

/they're still sore about that whole "civil war" thing
 
2012-11-12 09:15:29 AM
Cool , I see a population shift coming.

Thousands if not tens thousand of Detroit's welfare class can relocate to a warm tropical island that will be no different than moving to any other state in the union.

Yes, Puerto Rico it will be a two ways street. Or did you think you get to keep PR all to yourselves ?

Let me see Do I want to be poor and cold in Detroit or poor and warm in San Juan ? And my EBT card will follow me !
Sign me up and Ole'
 
2012-11-12 09:20:31 AM

GameSprocket: Good luck adding a state. People really love round numbers. Maybe if we swap it out for another state?

redmid17: Thats_right_ALL_the_tea: ltdanman44:
And Germany had a shiat ton of money saved up when they integrated East Germany back into the fold. We have $16 trillion in debt


Sell Alaska. Problems solved.
 
2012-11-12 09:24:05 AM

PreMortem: GameSprocket: Good luck adding a state. People really love round numbers. Maybe if we swap it out for another state?
redmid17: Thats_right_ALL_the_tea: ltdanman44:
And Germany had a shiat ton of money saved up when they integrated East Germany back into the fold. We have $16 trillion in debt

Sell Alaska. Problems solved.


We like Alaska.
 
2012-11-12 09:25:15 AM

Dr.Mxyzptlk.: Cool , I see a population shift coming.

Thousands if not tens thousand of Detroit's welfare class can relocate to a warm tropical island that will be no different than moving to any other state in the union.


Since it isn't as if a passport is needed, they could all do that now.
 
2012-11-12 09:25:23 AM

Great_Milenko: Deneb81: moistD: GameSprocket: Good luck adding a state. People really love round numbers. Maybe if we swap it out for another state?

We could divide another state in 2

Or just combine North and South Dakota again.

People already think West Virginia is part of Virginia. We could try that.

But I'd be happier with a Texas secession.


Except a combined state of Dakota would have fewer people than West Virginia alone. It'd still be the 40th smallest state by population. Maybe 41, seeing as how it'd be less than half the size of the new state of PR.
 
2012-11-12 09:25:38 AM

moistD: GameSprocket: Good luck adding a state. People really love round numbers. Maybe if we swap it out for another state?

We could divide another state in 2


North & South FL
 
2012-11-12 09:31:21 AM
"Year-round sun makes this island a vacation paradise."
And very hard to sleep!

... progress!
... gambling!
... a century ago!

/oblig
 
2012-11-12 09:34:06 AM
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2012-11-12 09:35:32 AM
Puerto Rico gets federal money without having to pay federal taxes.

Republicans have no problem with this.
 
2012-11-12 09:38:13 AM
I dont see the problem here.
 
2012-11-12 09:39:13 AM
Yet, Tuesday's vote may be an illustration of a people who remain divided over the island's status rather than united around one option. Based on the first question of a two-part ballot, just more than half (54 percent) voted to change the island's status.

54 percent is a clear majority. There is no "divided" there. If it won 45% to 40%, then that may be a different story
 
2012-11-12 09:41:39 AM

Lost Thought 00: Yet, Tuesday's vote may be an illustration of a people who remain divided over the island's status rather than united around one option. Based on the first question of a two-part ballot, just more than half (54 percent) voted to change the island's status.

54 percent is a clear majority. There is no "divided" there. If it won 45% to 40%, then that may be a different story


Yes, but only 2/3 of that 54% voted for statehood. 66% of 54% of a whole is less than a majority seeking statehood (I was told there would be no math and thus am not trying to figure it out exactly).
 
2012-11-12 09:42:36 AM

The Dreaded Rear Admiral: Lost Thought 00: Yet, Tuesday's vote may be an illustration of a people who remain divided over the island's status rather than united around one option. Based on the first question of a two-part ballot, just more than half (54 percent) voted to change the island's status.

54 percent is a clear majority. There is no "divided" there. If it won 45% to 40%, then that may be a different story

Yes, but only 2/3 of that 54% voted for statehood. 66% of 54% of a whole is less than a majority seeking statehood (I was told there would be no math and thus am not trying to figure it out exactly).


No, 2/3 of ALL voters voted for statehood. Even if you voted No on the first part, you vote on the second question just in case you lost
 
2012-11-12 09:43:17 AM

Lost Thought 00: The Dreaded Rear Admiral: Lost Thought 00: Yet, Tuesday's vote may be an illustration of a people who remain divided over the island's status rather than united around one option. Based on the first question of a two-part ballot, just more than half (54 percent) voted to change the island's status.

54 percent is a clear majority. There is no "divided" there. If it won 45% to 40%, then that may be a different story

Yes, but only 2/3 of that 54% voted for statehood. 66% of 54% of a whole is less than a majority seeking statehood (I was told there would be no math and thus am not trying to figure it out exactly).

No, 2/3 of ALL voters voted for statehood. Even if you voted No on the first part, you vote on the second question just in case you lost


Oh. That's dumb.
 
2012-11-12 09:43:45 AM

badhatharry: 51 stars just don't fit right on the flag. We're going to need the Virgin Islands too.


Actually, there's a really nice looking round pattern that someone came up with - it would harken back to the original design of the flag too. I'd link a pic of it, but photobucket is giving me grief at the moment.
 
2012-11-12 09:44:08 AM

Britney Spear's Speculum: I dont see the problem here.


That's because Rush hasn't aired yet today. He'll tell us all the REAL truth.
 
2012-11-12 09:44:31 AM
What incentive do we have to give them statehood?
 
2012-11-12 09:47:51 AM

GoldSpider: What incentive do we have to give them statehood?


Personally I think any new state should be required to bring DC statehood along for the ride, however they decide to figure it out constitutionally.
 
2012-11-12 09:50:09 AM

GoldSpider: What incentive do we have to give them statehood?


It doesn't work that way! The question is, "What incentive do they have to want to be a state?"
 
2012-11-12 09:50:13 AM
Hmm...More Democrat voters and more income tax payers? Sounds win/win to me.
 
2012-11-12 09:55:14 AM

The Dreaded Rear Admiral: GoldSpider: What incentive do we have to give them statehood?

Personally I think any new state should be required to bring DC statehood along for the ride, however they decide to figure it out constitutionally.


Why not devolve those residents back to Maryland where they belong?
 
2012-11-12 09:59:27 AM

GameSprocket: Good luck adding a state. People really love round numbers. Maybe if we swap it out for another state?


Change it from Canadia to North Montana. Ta-da! 52.
 
2012-11-12 10:02:35 AM
114 years of association with America and PR has managed to achieve half the per capita income of Alabama. It would basically be making a third world country a state. Not in the sense of Alabama kind of feels like a third world country, but an honest to god third world state. I'd prefer accept the error of our imperialist ways and let PR become its own country.
 
2012-11-12 10:05:47 AM

ha-ha-guy: 114 years of association with America and PR has managed to achieve half the per capita income of Alabama. It would basically be making a third world country a state. Not in the sense of Alabama kind of feels like a third world country, but an honest to god third world state.


It will be good practice for when we annex Mexico.
 
2012-11-12 10:07:08 AM
BTW, generally, round means ending in "0", not just evenly divisible by 2.
 
2012-11-12 10:11:33 AM

pciszek: This site came up with the sidebar "You might also like...Porn Before Puberty".


mine too. I'm afraid to click it...
 
2012-11-12 10:12:08 AM

GoldSpider: What incentive do we have to give them statehood?


well based on some quick google searches, so I could be wrong, we pay out about 3 billion a year to puerto rican government agencies and another 10 billion to people living in puerto rico but we don't get federal income taxes on people making money off that 13 billion in spending. But then you'd have a bunch more people that would qualify for medical coverage and food stamps and what not. It'd probably be like adding another Alabama to the country.
 
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