> I have no penchant towards or against Texas, but your remarks come off rather bigoted to me. Replace Texas with any other locale and ask yourself if you would feel comfortable making the same generalizations about any other place, even if you felt them to be true, as you have in your statement?
You've never been to Texas, have you?
For people that are native residents being Texan is a often a extreme point in pride. They, quite literally, believe that they are the best people in the world. They will take it as a personal insult if you ask them if they are from Texas or not... and will actually get upset about it. You should know instinctively!
But really, Texas does kick ass in a lot of ways. I would actually be very happy to live there. It really is better then most other states.
The patent issue, however, is a federal issue. Not state. Since USA law is based a lot on case precedent it's often quite a bit by accident what jurisdictions are more patent-friendly or not.
> I am really disgusted how there seems to be more and more of a free for all in blatant anti US bigottism displayed here on LWN. I don't care that it is against the US, I am just annoyed at how ugly the behavior is and how people seem to think ugly behavior is OK for some reason if directed against some US entity.
They are ignorant. That is what makes them bigoted. They don't realize that the USA is a easy scapegoat that their media and governments use to divert attention away from their own shit policies and bad decisions. They don't realize that most of their civilization for the past 60 years has been prompt up by American-style capitalism.
They also don't realize that USA government != USA people. Also states are separate entities from the federal government. Our two-party system is a pile of shit and we are paying the price for it with our failing economy. They don't understand that the people that are resentful and irritated at the USA government are the ones fighting against the badness that USA produces in the world.
One of the these days thy will start to fully realize that the only reason our government's bad decisions are hurting them so much is because their economies and governments have become so utterly dependent on USA.
They know this partially already and it burns. It's natural that this dependencies lead to resentment.