November 24, 2012

The wingnuts of Burnet County, Texas and nearby areas

The darker the purple, the more secessionist-minded the county.
Per the picture on the map at top, Blanco County, by percentage of population, has about the highest rate of signers of secessionist petitions in all of Texas.

See that dark, purplish-red, vertical-oriented, wedge-shaped county just south of dead center Texas? That's Blanco County, just west of Austin and Travis County.

Just north of it, similarly shaped, and almost as purplish, is Burnet County, home of my previous newspaper job.

That's no surprise, given active tea partier groups both there and in neighboring Llano County to the west.

And, to be honest, I wouldn't be totally surprised if the publisher of my old newspaper back in Marble Falls, the Highlander, were a signer. I wouldn't be even close to surprised if he at least gave moral support. This is the person who once told me he wanted zero advance, or day of event, coverage of a protect-Medicare type rally locally by the AARP and allies.

Oh, and if you're unfamiliar with Texas, the county seat of Blanco County is Johnson City. Guy named LBJ grew up there.

Details of seccessionist numbers here and at links off that page.

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