I'm simply immune to all but the most asinine or evil derogatory remarks about my home state. Been hearing them all my life. I've been all over and lived quite a few places. If it makes someone else feel better to think Mississippi sucks and to say so, who am I to spoil their fun. I like it here, warts and all.
Oh, and IWearShoes.
I've lived lots of places too. MS was my second favorite after my home state of AR. Lived in Jackson and worked the whole state, mostly in the delta. Beautiful place with nice people.