I don't know how much leeway the Managing Board Editor would give us for this type of discussion now that we are in the T-I-O section, and I don't want to find out the hard way so let me see if I can keep within the boundaries of the playing field.
Only ProgressiveTalk can tell us whether he was tongue-in-cheek or if he was talking about IQ. I am not going to attempt to speak on his behalf.
As I have moved about the country, I have "plagiarized" speech patterns peculiar to the area that appealed to me. Right in the middle of conversations I have had people "break stride" and blurt out this question: "Where in the hell are you from?
" But if you walked into the room where I was participating in informal discussion about maybe the content of seminar we had all been attending that day, you would have little trouble pegging me as having Southern origins based on my speech pattern.
So what do I find "thick and murky"?
First would be the incestuous marriage of conservative politics and the Southern evangelical church. (That trait has now gone nationwide.)
Second would be the lack of respect for the laboring class and the concept that it might be o.k. for labor to be organized.
Third would be the lack of respect for public schools and the obsession with private schools and now charter schools.
Fourth would be the unwillingness to support ethics laws.
Fifth would be the "chip on the shoulder" mentality about Good Ole Boys, Bubba and the Redneck. The Southern politician wants to pretend his background is that of Bubba, and he wants to address the populace as being made up of Rednecks (which he wants you to know is his own background) but then he wants to get really torqued if you suggest that such a conversation might be an indicator that some of the participants might have a slightly lowered IQ.
Sixth would be hatred of mass transit in any form. The topic is not even discussable!
I guess that is a pretty good list for starting a converstion.... a conversation that can take us no where good!