The Eyes of Texas Are Myopic

Yessir, nobody can say that us Texans aren’t observant, boy howdy.  Here is the absentee ballot that’s been used in Atascosa County for months with no complaints from anyone until an absentee voter living in Japan happened to notice one teensy, tiny thing wrong with it.

The flag pictured on the ballot isn’t from the Lone Star state.

It belongs to the South American country of Chile—now deservedly famous for the amazing rescue of 33 miners trapped underground for 70 days.


“Apparently the insert has been used for some time without anyone (voters and staff) noticing,” Troy Knudson told the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. “I guess it’s funny in some way, but my initial reaction was more disbelief that no one had noticed.”

The Texas flag—

The Chilean flag—

You know what I think?  I think it’s all part of a sinister plot by the Chileans to take over Texas.  Kind of like the one Christine O’Donnell has classified info. about with the Chinese plotting to take over the United States. 

Coincidence?  Hmmmm…..

Or, it could be when the person who created the ballot saw that the flag was from Chile, maybe they thought it was the same as “chili.”  And we all know that Texas has some of the finest chili cook-offs in the country. 

Well, it could have happened that way…

14 thoughts on “The Eyes of Texas Are Myopic

      • When I visited our son in Indianapolis I was amazed at the number of Texas Tech flags I saw, a few of them with Texas flags alongside. I couldn’t figure it out until my son pointed out that many of the folks in Indiana still adore Bobby Knight. Actually, I suspect he makes a pretty good Texan.


  1. This is great! I’m sure they spent hours of management time arguing about what color the form should be and what shape the circle should be and what the relative font sizes of the English and Spanish words should be while sort of overlooking the obvious.

    A few years ago I heard a story about either Birmingham Alabama or Birmingham England putting out a brochure showcasing the wonderfulness of the city. The person doing the brochure Googled ‘Birmingham’ and got some images. Unfortunately, they were for the wrong city and the brochure actually went to print before the error was discovered.

    Too focused on the trees to see the forest again.


  2. We have been watching the baseball playoffs and I was surprised to see Texas fans waving the state flag in the stands. Not little ones… these were large flats on poles sturdy enough to coldcock the folks in front of them.

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen that at any other stadium and it seemed very out of place. Actually, waving the Chilean flag would have made more sense, now that I think about it.

    Good grief.


  3. Not being from Texas and having failed to take the whole state flag terribly seriously (SC has a crescent moon and a palm tree, which sounds and looks vaguely Middle Eastern, after all. And California? The bear looks more like a tiger and the whole thing is in the colors of Iran and when was the last time a bear was spotted in Cali?), I was kinda hung up on how blacking in the oval was going to work for a write-in. Undoubtedly, somebody will get around to explaining that part eventually.


  4. With the purpose of avoiding potential misconceptions, here I share crucial information about both the flag of Texas and the flag of Chile. “The Lone Star Flag” was adopted on January 25, 1839; while the Chilean Flag, known as “La Estrella Solitaria” (The Lone Star), was adopted on October 18, 1817. For further understanding –> Chech this link


    Wüñelfen, The Lone Star (Venus)


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