Dang, you need a geography lesson!! Poughkeepsie is in New York and Boca Raton is in Florida. Neither are even close to being part of the Mid West. Maybe you're thinking of Peoria, Illinois? And comparing all Mid Westerners to IBM employees..... No comment!! :-)
As for the blame game.... As the saying goes, perception is reality, and you are perceived as being [significantly] more inflammatory than your sparring partners. It doesn't matter if that's true or not. And you can start as many discussion threads like this one as you want, but it's not going to have any meaningful impact. Your only practical recourse is to ratchet back on those personal attacks (whether intentional or unintentional) you are so fond of dishing out.
Of course, the other option is to suck it up and just live with all of the blame. Or I suppose you could just continue to complain about the situation.
P.S. These heated debates are part of the PM culture. To avoid reading them is missing out on part of the sub-culture here. And often missing out on some popcorn moments and of course the chance to flex those downvote muscles. ;-)
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