what's scary is how many people in the US take the message to be something it isn't. I visited some long-time friends and they were angry when I produced a "don't mess with texas" shirt for their daughter, then embarrassed when I explained what it actually meant.
In the years I lived in San Jose I didn't have a single friend that adopted a highway. about half of my friends in texas have (me included). Perhaps folks should be less condescending and start their own "Don't Mess" campaigns.
I realize that Texas and Texans are a joke to many folk... the disdain flows as much towards texas as from texas.
I'm a seventh-generation Texan, liberal for the most part... I don't have thin skin and I love the shirt... i'll probably wind up procuring one. Texans, for the most part, kind of annoy me too