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cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 25th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
There are good people there, too. I've written for The Oxford American which, though it moved to Arkansas for financial reasons, still has its heart bound to those good people. That said, the majority of the state is pretty alarming. It was interesting to pass from Alabama to Mississippi twice in the past few months. Both states are very conservative, politically. But Alabama seems to have more of a foothold in the present and future.
flw From: flw Date: December 25th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I remember an article on the myth of the red state/blue state dichotomy. I recall looking at a map that showed enclaves of "blueness" in "red" states. I always wondered how horrible it must be to be the lonely "minority" surrounded by... psychopaths. I am not even going to pretend that it is possible to vote Republican and be fully human anymore.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 26th, 2010 06:46 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Wait. You live in Arizona. You do know how horrible it is.

Seriously, even Mississippi seemed to have more to offer than Arizona, government-wise.
flw From: flw Date: December 26th, 2010 11:07 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I don't know about where you live, but down here, we are surrounded by crazy hippies exfoliating each other, wearing paper masks to avoid exposure to "chemtrails". So, I feel right at home.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 26th, 2010 11:56 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I meant, Tucson is as much a blue island in a red state as Oxford, Mississippi is.
flw From: flw Date: December 26th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Isn't Oxford Mississippi where all the Nazi Rocket Scientists were sent?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 26th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
No, Oxford is William Faulkner's stomping ground. The Nazi rocket scientists were at Huntsville, Alabama. So was my father, for a time, when he was a rocket scientist.
flw From: flw Date: December 26th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Wow.

It is in thinking about your trip through Mississippi and Alabama (The Nazis Germans were somewhere in Mississippi at the very beginning, I know it.) and your point that there are pockets of civilization there that got me thinking and rethinking about wars, how they are won and lost, and how some people are able to move seamlessly across what are defined for the rest of us as "enemy lines". I was thinking about Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds. I wrote an incredibly long post about it.

I was just thinking how it is that I can be sharing the same space with someone who is my enemy, how war is constant, how we are losing the war, how we could win it, and why we are choosing to "lose" the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. We are choosing to lose because the purpose of the war is to redefine and resecure artificial cultural barriers. That's what I think. Oh... read my post...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 26th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's a great post! Ultimately, I think we are losing those wars so that middle-of-the-road Americans get comfortable with Middle Eastern food and the people who come along with it. I don't mean that flippantly. Taste is the most conservative sense and the one that affects politics most deeply. If we develop a taste for another culture, our relation to it will be forever altered. Yes, we have a taste for Mexican food and still have all the border nonsense. But most people below, say, age 40 are completely comfortable with the existence of Mexicanness in their midst, whatever they might say for Fox News.
flw From: flw Date: December 26th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
An excellent example of how the Definer class is capable of moving from culture to culture without touching down and Producers view cultural distinctions as inherent and fixed.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 26th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I agree.
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