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Mecca-Benghazi
Mar 31, 2012



I remember the day after the presidential election when not everything had been fully counted and KPRC had a graphic on the news that said Obama had beaten Romney in Harris county by 2 votes and just going at the screen for a good minute.

Also how many ring roads does San Antonio have? Drove through it relatively recently from Houston to El Paso (so I really shouldn't be talking about ring roads ), but drat it seemed like a lot at the time.

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Mecca-Benghazi
Mar 31, 2012



zoux posted:

I went to an exceedingly expensive private liberal arts school and I wish I would've gone to UT instead
I was salutatorian at my high school (public, semi-suburban, mostly Hispanic) and between merit and need-based aid it actually ended up much cheaper for me to go to a higher-ranked (although I suppose you really shouldn't put much weight on rankings ) private university in Massachusetts than UT-Austin. I didn't apply to Rice though, like everyone else I knew. Good god, the amount of behind-her-back complaining among my Asian peers when the black girl who was born in Saudi Arabia and ranked third got in and none of them didn't. Besides, they all wanted to be doctors anyway, so does it really matter which undergrad you go to?

Mecca-Benghazi
Mar 31, 2012



I'm not actually a real Texan since I was born in southern California and don't say "y'all" so you'll have to tell me, what's wrong with Southwestern/Williamson county?

My high school had over 4000 people and it took me a while to realize this is considered huge

Edit: ^ they're all at UT-Austin, St. Edwards, and St. Thomas (at least the people I'm thinking of) and their Facebook posts look happy. I just think they really wanted to go to Rice at the time; I'm Asian and my parents were bugging me to apply to Rice so idk, maybe it's a prestige thing

Mecca-Benghazi fucked around with this message at Jul 16, 2014 around 21:56

Mecca-Benghazi
Mar 31, 2012



Lote posted:

Was it the Princeton of New England?
I dunno what that means (is new jersey not new England??), but Rice is definitely up there in terms of prestige. Apparently they used to take more in state students compared to now

Mecca-Benghazi
Mar 31, 2012



Badger of Basra posted:

How can the federal government enforce a ban if the tribes are sovereign?
Nation-to-nation relationship only exists on paper.


Jiro posted:

No you see brown < white so............. Also I get Paxton and Quaid confused so my reaction to that "trailer" was AGAIN??? Also I counted one Mexican villain, and Seguin as token hero that will be eventually be betrayed, and someone named Francisco. Yep that's what I learned in history one Mexican dictator, and one Native Hispanic Texan EVER.
Maybe it's because I transplanted here in the middle of 7th grade, but I don't think I learned even that.

Mecca-Benghazi
Mar 31, 2012



As a Vietnamese American who went to high school in Houston, I'm gonna say that the best Viet food in America is actually in Westminster, CA.

Mecca-Benghazi
Mar 31, 2012



I'm curious - does anyone here know how bilingual ballots in Texas are mailed out to select people? Is it purely by last name or are there some algorithms behind it too? I have a Vietnamese last name and while I've never indicated on any material anywhere that I have limited proficiency in English, I got a bilingual English-Vietnamese mail-in ballot for the primary. I don't think I got a bilingual one in 2012 and during the 2014 midterms I voted in person. My district is 2/3rds Hispanic.

Mecca-Benghazi
Mar 31, 2012



Harris county, Texas 29th. It was weird to me because I hadn't gotten a bilingual ballot in 2012.

Mecca-Benghazi
Mar 31, 2012



Badger of Basra posted:

Seeing some unexamined assumptions in this tweet.

https://twitter.com/BacktoDeezy/sta...181976456921088
I am under the hope/impression this is a parody tweet.

Mecca-Benghazi
Mar 31, 2012



how many of y'all are white

Mecca-Benghazi
Mar 31, 2012



MariusLecter posted:

Probably just you.

Sorry for your lots.
I'm actually Vietnamese and this entire conversation just reminds me of white people from Southern California (where I lived until age 10) and Houston (parts of middle and high school until college) that love their thinly-veiled bragging about all the Vietnamese food they've tried and which region of the country has better pho

Mecca-Benghazi
Mar 31, 2012



You totally can and I'm not stopping you, just stop it with the "authenticity" talk. Good food is good food whether it's "authentic" or not

Mecca-Benghazi
Mar 31, 2012



I mean if you'd rather I'd post more than once a month in this thread with even less to say per post.

Actually, here's a question: since Texas didn't take the Medicaid expansion, my little brother's insurance is going to run out in October. He'll be 19 and thus ineligible for CHIP then. I know that losing your insurance is an event that qualifies you to enroll on the federal exchanges but is the onus on him (since he's over the age of majority, but I don't know how this interacts with the age 26 rule) or on my parents to get insurance (they've been insurance-free since my dad lost his job ) and who will be penalized and have to pay the fee come tax time? My suspicion is my parents on both counts but I don't know if there's some additional fuckery going on at the state level. He can't get on my insurance since I'm in Massachusetts, I don't think.

Wikkheiser posted:

Someone I know did this in a Mexican restaurant in East Austin last time I was there. When the Mexican-American waitress asked him (he's white) if he wanted corn or flour tortillas he made a point of saying he only ate corn because flour is what white people eat! The waitress smiled and kinda laughed and said that was funny because she liked flour.

My friend is kinda insufferable sometimes.
Did you tell him to order in Spanish next time?

Mecca-Benghazi
Mar 31, 2012



The lack of comprehensive public transportation outside the loop is annoying

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Mecca-Benghazi
Mar 31, 2012



Hmm my little brother is unemployed...

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