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Damn You, JR! Get Ready For Those Texas Tall Tales

Most people above forty or so probably remember the cultural, indeed cult, phenomenon of the television series Dallas. Every Friday night we gazed at the tube, transfixed by the latest machinations of the oily, ruthless J.R. Ewing and his long-suffering wife Sue Ellen. (She of the rabbity eyes.) I don’t think there is a man alive who didn’t have chivalrous rescue fantasies regarding Mrs. Ewing, and a desire to punch JR right in the jaw while carrying them out.

The series forever defined Dallas and Texas in the imagination of the nation, indeed the world. (The series was a bigger hit in the UK than it was here.) But remember this: IT WAS A TV SHOW, OK?

I moved to Texas from New York the year after Dallas premiered. My mother and grandmother always asked me “is it really like that?”. And, of course, while there is a sliver of truth in any stereotype, of course not.

The MSM treasures Texas for its stereotype value whenever a Texas politician, especially a Republican one, aims at national office. All of a sudden, lurid tales appear of gun crazy yahoos shooting people in the streets, greedy businessmen gleefully pumping poisonous chemicals into the environment, citizens routinely choking to death on said chemicals and nouveau riche ladies clawing their way up the social ladder. (As opposed to, say, the saintly mores of Wall Street and Hollywood).

It’s all nonsense. The state is a good place to live and work, especially work. Which is why people keep moving here. Texas has its problems, because human nature is everywhere. Even Harvard. But it did not rocket to its current position as the nation’s second most populous state because people throng here to be abused.

The chattering classes will chatter a lot about Texas as the nuttiness of the campaign season procedes. Pay them no heed.

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Career financial professional with 30+ years in treasury management. American Airlines retiree. Lifelong Republican with center-right views. Host of Italian Tomatoes radio show on Blog Talk Radio. Managing Editor- www.jetamore.com, a travel and aviation blog.

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  1. It can be said that Dallas brought down the USSR as much as Reagan, Street. The infamous Channel One, a bootleg station that officials never could silence, first hosted that show. I watched it there in 1991. They couldn’t get enough of it…and yes, Russian criminals looked up to J R. They understood his scheming machinations better than the writers did.

      • Yes but there was also a real Texan back then named John Connally. Bumper stickers started appearing for him in 1980 and people were dead serious about it. They knew he would kick butts and take names. Iran was more afraid of him than they were Reagan. Nobody thought of Big John as high on the “likeability” scale, but, that’s how bad of a leadership deficit the LibDems had created for our country with Jimmah, et al.

  2. I am preparing for the onslaught of lies and distortions. The first one is already out: “all those jobs he created were only minimum wage.” It’s a lie, but Perry needs and I trust he has, a quick response team. REmember, the lies they are going to tell about Texas are not to dissuade conservatives. They are aimed at keeping Dems in blue states on the reservation and uninformed so they can continue to be controlled. Therefore, the tool in their ads they are goin to use a lot of, is the false premise. Beware the following tricks:
    1.”Compared to NewYork, Dallas does not have as many museums.” [No, but given three of the US’ 10largest cities are in TX and only 1 in New York State,, TX probably has more than NY]
    2 “Texas executes more convicts than any other state” [Given it is the second most populous state in the Union, why yes it’s going to be either 1 or 2 depending on how CA carries out its capital executions (which it does)]
    3. “Compared to Michigan, welfare and unemployement insurance payments in Texas are very low.” [Pick your own response to this one, it’s rather sad Libs have to be shown why lots of people on welfare is not a good thing for the US]
    4. “Dropout rates are so high in Texas.” [The State has a 1200 mile unsealed border with a foreign country which is pouring in thousands and thousands of undocumented children. The courts have told the state to educate them. Many quit school or go back to Mexico. If you are Rhode Island or Kentucky with all due respect you have no concept of what it is like to have an open 1200 mile long border which has esentially become lawless under Obama. Ask Arizona how it feels.]
    Tutorial over. Watch out for the guys. In the few and precious words of Limbaugh in dealing with questions from Libs which he has taught us: I DO NOT ACCEPT THE HIDDEN PREMISE WITHIN YOUR QUESTION TO BEGIN WITH.
    This, and a 39% Obama approval rating released today,will get us to our goal of a good (R) in the WH in 2012.

  1. It can be said that Dallas brought down the USSR as much as Reagan, Street. The infamous Channel One, a bootleg station that officials never could silence, first hosted that show. I watched it there in 1991. They couldn’t get enough of it…and yes, Russian criminals looked up to J R. They understood his scheming machinations better than the writers did.

      • Yes but there was also a real Texan back then named John Connally. Bumper stickers started appearing for him in 1980 and people were dead serious about it. They knew he would kick butts and take names. Iran was more afraid of him than they were Reagan. Nobody thought of Big John as high on the “likeability” scale, but, that’s how bad of a leadership deficit the LibDems had created for our country with Jimmah, et al.

  2. I am preparing for the onslaught of lies and distortions. The first one is already out: “all those jobs he created were only minimum wage.” It’s a lie, but Perry needs and I trust he has, a quick response team. REmember, the lies they are going to tell about Texas are not to dissuade conservatives. They are aimed at keeping Dems in blue states on the reservation and uninformed so they can continue to be controlled. Therefore, the tool in their ads they are goin to use a lot of, is the false premise. Beware the following tricks:
    1.”Compared to NewYork, Dallas does not have as many museums.” [No, but given three of the US’ 10largest cities are in TX and only 1 in New York State,, TX probably has more than NY]
    2 “Texas executes more convicts than any other state” [Given it is the second most populous state in the Union, why yes it’s going to be either 1 or 2 depending on how CA carries out its capital executions (which it does)]
    3. “Compared to Michigan, welfare and unemployement insurance payments in Texas are very low.” [Pick your own response to this one, it’s rather sad Libs have to be shown why lots of people on welfare is not a good thing for the US]
    4. “Dropout rates are so high in Texas.” [The State has a 1200 mile unsealed border with a foreign country which is pouring in thousands and thousands of undocumented children. The courts have told the state to educate them. Many quit school or go back to Mexico. If you are Rhode Island or Kentucky with all due respect you have no concept of what it is like to have an open 1200 mile long border which has esentially become lawless under Obama. Ask Arizona how it feels.]
    Tutorial over. Watch out for the guys. In the few and precious words of Limbaugh in dealing with questions from Libs which he has taught us: I DO NOT ACCEPT THE HIDDEN PREMISE WITHIN YOUR QUESTION TO BEGIN WITH.
    This, and a 39% Obama approval rating released today,will get us to our goal of a good (R) in the WH in 2012.

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