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Lobo
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A survey for the friendliest/unfriendliest cities in America came out.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/06/travel/us-unfriendliest-friendliest-cities/index.html?hpt=hp_c3

I looked up the representative as well as the two senators for each city (and associated state) and found that in the friendliest cities, 21 of the 30 elected officials were republicans (70%). In the unfriendliest cities, 28 of the 30 were democrats (93%).

So my question is are republicans nicer than democrats?

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Pyrtolin
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Perhaps one of the charts here will help you sort it out:
http://tylervigen.com/

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Lobo
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And apparently democrats are kind of snarky too...
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Well, considering you are comparing cities to the Senators for the entire state which contain those cities, it's kinda hard to see the possible correlation. [Smile]
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TomDavidson
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Also: anyone who thinks the South is "friendlier" is full of ****. Southerners pretend to be friendlier; they'll lie pleasantly, right to your face, and talk about "agreeing to disagree," but will work to destroy you when you leave the room.

Yankees, on the other hand, will just tell you to go to hell and find actual friends to hang out with.

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Bless their hearts.
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Wow no blanket stereotypes going on here...

[Roll Eyes]

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TomDavidson
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I thought that was the point of the thread...?
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quote:
Originally posted by TomDavidson:
Yankees, on the other hand, will just tell you to go to hell and find actual friends to hang out with.

Only after they get done using/conning you.
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Using, sure, although that's more "West Coast" than "Yankee." Conning, though? I can't think of a stereotypical Yankee "con," except possibly in some Jersey subcultures.
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Pete at Home
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My point, Tom, is that Northeasterners are perfectly capable of phony warmth when they want something from you, so I dispute your claim that they are more genuine than southerners.
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quote:
My point, Tom, is that Northeasterners are perfectly capable of phony warmth when they want something from you, so I dispute your claim that they are more genuine than southerners.
Unless Southerners can be assumed want something from you all the time, I don't see how that logically follows.
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Pete at Home
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So in Tom's world, it's more "genuine" to act nice to someone you despise because you want something from them, than to act nice just for the sake of acting nice?
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This song seems appropriate to the direction this thread is taking... [Smile]
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I thoroughly reject the premise that those spiteful southern grandmothers out there act nice for the sake of acting nice. They act nice for the sake of looking nice and avoiding direct confrontation; it's self-aggrandizing passive aggression.
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No.

People who live in warmer or ski-friendly cities where tourism is a major industry are friendlier than people in post-industrial depressed cities who don't count on tourist income.

Warmer and mountain happens to be Republican, largely by coincidence. Older industrial areas happen to be Democratic.

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Then why does my wife from New York find people in San Diego so dang unfriendly? [Confused]
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quote:
Originally posted by TomDavidson:
I thoroughly reject the premise that those spiteful southern grandmothers out there act nice for the sake of acting nice. They act nice for the sake of looking nice and avoiding direct confrontation; it's self-aggrandizing passive aggression.

Well, at least you can embarrass them when you catch them being jackasses. I'll take that over neighbors that are entirely shameless.
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