Notes from across the United States:
Southwest Minnesota is covered with windmills. Ten years ago, there weren't any. Several other states have "wind farms" scattered about. It is important to remember that most, if not all, of these windmills would not exist without government subsidies.
Most Western states have a maximum speed of 75 mph on freeways and speeds up to that on rural roads. Republicans in Congress eliminated the 55 mph speed limit in the mid-90's.
Some overhead freeway signs in Los Angeles are surrounded by coils of barbed wire. Is this to fend off graffiti?
Roughly half the television and radio stations in Los Angeles are in foreign languages. Spanish is the most common, but far from the only such language.
Most houses in the Los Angeles area are surrounded by high walls. There are many 'gated communities' complete with walls, gates, and sometimes guards. This is in the suburbs, not the city itself.
Highway exits in Texas for roads that head to Mexican have 'no guns' signs similar to the ones around the entrances to WMU.
The Border Patrol stops cars heading out of El Paso to check for illegal immigrants.
Carlsbad Caverns is pretty awesome.