*either doesn’t see or ignores the irony here*

*loves the new tourism site* ouo

Who said this quote: "There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." —Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002

*feels a little embarrassed for the guy but still struggles not to smile*


how do you feel about being the birthplace of the KKK?


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Insular Areas are defined by the Department of the Interior (DOI) as:

A jurisdiction that is neither a part of one of the several States nor a Federal district. This is the current generic term to refer to any commonwealth, freely associated state, possession or territory or Territory and from July 18, 1947, until October 1, 1994, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. Unmodified, it may refer not only to a jurisdiction which is under United States sovereignty but also to one which is not, i.e., a freely associated state or, 1947-94, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands or one of the districts of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.” [1]

All of the following are types of Insular Areas and explain the terms featured in the map above

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In 2011, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists wrote that these women shouldn’t be exposed to penalties under policies that treat addiction as a “moral failing.” They countered in their committee opinion piece that addiction is a “chronic, relapsing biological and behavioral disorder with genetic components.”

Still, the Tennessee Medical Association supported the law that put Loyola behind bars to an extent.

“Right or wrong, at least we are doing something in Tennessee to try to deal with NAS [neonatal abstinence syndrome],” Tennessee Medical Association President Dr. Douglas Springer wrote in an op-ed about the new law in May.

Springer said Tennessee has an “alarming” problem with narcotics addition and babies, citing 855 newborns who suffered from withdrawal in the state last year alone.

“The Tennessee Medical Association has pushed for solutions because narcotics addiction – in babies or adults – is a disease that cries for medical intervention,” he wrote in the op-ed. “Babies born with NAS require prolonged treatment, usually in a hospital setting, with complicated medical issues and high-risk deliveries.

“Tennessee physicians like me remain concerned, however, that the new law will have unintended consequences,” Springer said. “If misinformed mothers do not seek prenatal care for fear of prosecution or losing their babies, then an already dreadful situation will worsen.”

The law will expire in two years, allowing experts to gather data to determine whether it helped or harmed mothers and their children.

Hey, don't knock it until you've tried it! Being a real commonwealth isn't that different from being a state, either! The main difference is no messy us congress or presidential elections. Getting stuck with more politics isn't as appealing as states think it is. ~love, Puerto Rico

*eyes the divisive mess that is congress and all the hurt feels and drama that happen during presidential elections*

I… I’m pretty sure there’s a good reason why this is better…  Gimme a sec t’ think’a one. Umm… *sweats nervously*


askthevolunteerstate said: I always figured ya were jus’ copyin’ Virginia… Commonwealth don’ mean nothin’ special, anyhow, so I wouldn’ worry on it.

How t’ kill hopes an’ dreams. B|

Aw, don’ be that way, ‘Tucky. It’s fine bein’ a Commonwealth in name only. Why would ya even wanna be a real technical one like Puerto Rico? Ya wouldn’ be able t’ vote or do nothin’ important.

I never did understand th’ appeal’a bein’ a territory with “local autonomy but voluntarily dependent on an’ united with th’ U.S.” myself…