Most worthless US territorial acquisition

sparky

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Jan 2017
5,374
Sydney
Mississippi is a great state , the people are courteous , old Miss Uni has relent of Faulkner
drivers are quiet and give way , the Sun is HOT , compared to scorching dry Australia , I was stewing
had some braised catfish in Nachez in some black restaurant , pretty cool too , at night it turn into a blues venue
the waitress said catfishes used to be food for the poor but now they are raised in pond , doesn't do much for the fish-bones but the flesh is quite delicate
afterward visited the civil war sites , plenty of Northern units commemorative statues
 
Jun 2017
2,992
Connecticut
Buchanan was the last president faithful to the spirit of the constitution as the founding fathers saw it
a public figure void of any personal power
faced with the rising storm of the emancipation , he did nothing and there was no war
Lincoln broke the old rule and created the new system of an elected constitutional monarch , and there was a war
Jefferson would have been appalled .
Wow. Buchanan was the American version of Neville Chamberlain on steroids. He appeased the South at every turn only for them to leave after losing an election to a moderate they basically lost to on purpose by protesting the nomination of someone(Douglas) who's pro appeasement position "popular sovereignty" wasn't blatantly pro slavery enough. In 1820 the South was satisfied with the Lincoln position of no slavery expansion, by 1854 they were satisfied with Douglas's, by 1860 they wanted slavery to be everywhere or they were gone, unreasonable. Buchanan not only picked a super pro slavery running mate, he put the thumb on SCOTUS(whom the Constitution does not give judicial review to, it was an inferred power at best) to settle the slavery issue for the Southin a way the North couldn't live with, he recognized the Lecompton government, allowed secessionists to seize almost all federal property in the South without a fight over the course of five months and basically was willing to preside over the destruction of his country.

Lincoln was not the first activist President, Washington put down rebellions, Jackson almost put down a rebellion and Zachary Taylor(a southern slave owner) was about to invade the South before he died(they saw he wasn't poisioned but I'll always suspect just because of the timing) because of their nonsense. Nowhere was the obligation to let part of the country leave over a disagreement recognized by previous Presidents. There was more of a case to impeach Buchanan than Andrew Johnson or the post 1991 example but his worst and most obvious crimes were during the lame duck session.

Tbf the Constitution basically makes the President an elected constitutional monarch with the exception being titles that many were open to using at the time.
 
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Jun 2017
2,992
Connecticut
Could someone enlighten me about Mississippi? Every time you read a survey or ranking of anything in the USA, Mississippi comes in last or close to last. It's like a third world country in mainland USA.
This is just something I noticed when you read the news and published reports on the status of our states in reference to a myriad bunch of topics: health, illnesses, per capita income, education, and on and on. I don't understand why.
It's a combination of things other poor southern states have such as trickle down economic policies, the states agricultural history combined with issues that are unique. Most US states have things and places to attract people and Southern agrarian states were founded with a different setup, still even in poorer states you generally have some attractions. For example look at Alabama and Louisiana 46th and 48th on the household median income list(Mississippis 50th all stats per wikipedia). Both states have a wealth of major universities(which are the most stable economic thing ever, new people keep coming in and spending money), either nationally regarded college sports/professional sports and New Orleans is a cultural center. Both also have a long coastline.

Mississippi on the other hand has virtually no coastline is almost entirely landlocked. Mississippi has almost no major universities and it's state university(the best uni in the state) is the least well regarded of all it's neighboring states(Alabama, LSU, Florida, UGeorgia etc). Mississippi only has three cities with over 50,000 people and is comprised of mostly small towns no one has reason to visit if they don't live there. Alabama has 9 of these cities with several larger than Mississippi's largest, Louisiana's got 7.
 

Futurist

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May 2014
22,750
SoCal
It's a combination of things other poor southern states have such as trickle down economic policies, the states agricultural history combined with issues that are unique. Most US states have things and places to attract people and Southern agrarian states were founded with a different setup, still even in poorer states you generally have some attractions. For example look at Alabama and Louisiana 46th and 48th on the household median income list(Mississippis 50th all stats per wikipedia). Both states have a wealth of major universities(which are the most stable economic thing ever, new people keep coming in and spending money), either nationally regarded college sports/professional sports and New Orleans is a cultural center. Both also have a long coastline.

Mississippi on the other hand has virtually no coastline is almost entirely landlocked. Mississippi has almost no major universities and it's state university(the best uni in the state) is the least well regarded of all it's neighboring states(Alabama, LSU, Florida, UGeorgia etc). Mississippi only has three cities with over 50,000 people and is comprised of mostly small towns no one has reason to visit if they don't live there. Alabama has 9 of these cities with several larger than Mississippi's largest, Louisiana's got 7.
You're correct about most of the stuff that you wrote, but Mississippi actually doesn't have that little coastline; rather, it literally has dozens of miles of coastline:

 

stevev

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Apr 2017
3,632
Las Vegas, NV USA
Baker Island, the smallest of several small isolated islands owned by the US. It's in the the northwest Pacific, closer to Asia than the US. It's uninhabited and unorganized (no political status). However if the Russians tried to take it, I suppose the US would have to defend it or lose face.:crying: