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I Am Going To Miss Rick Perry Very Much

As someone on Twitter reminded us today, this is the pre-Alzheimer’s Rick Perry. But I’m really not so sure:

After Perry left, walking by a mannequin wearing a Squat N’ Gobble T-shirt whose hand was raised above her head – a hand Perry tried to call on during a question-and-answer period — a spirited discussion broke out in the restaurant, with some patrons waving Nobama ’12 bumper stickers. It was resolved, it seemed, after they determined that someone had left without paying their bill – and a Perry staffer agreed to pick up the tab.

Yes, Rick Perry tried to call on a mannequin at a Q&A in South Carolina. I ask you: what kind of idiot still supports Rick Perry? Someone just in it for the free lunch, perhaps?


Filed under 2012 presidential election

God Does Not Believe In Rick Perry

Rick Perry’s desperate new campaign ad (“Gays can serve in the military but kids can’t pray in schools?! Wassup with THAT!”) has elicited a hilarious response from Andy Cobb:


Filed under 2012 presidential election, gay equality, religion

A Tale Of Two Vacation Spots

Like most people in this part of the country Mr. Beale and I used to spend a week or so at the beach every year — Florida, to be precise. We’d go to a place near Appalachicola, and rent a house for a week or two, usually in September when we could take advantage of “off-season” rates. It was cheap, we could bring our dogs, and it was a relaxing, quiet way to spend the days. We’d bake ourselves in the sun, eat lots of shrimp, go for long walks on the beach, throw a tennis ball into the water and watch the dogs chase after it.

We haven’t done that in about 10 years. Back in 2002, the last time we were down there, I was shocked to see a green pickup truck on which someone had spray-painted in gigantic letters: “Nuke The Ragheads.” They were proudly driving around town with their bigotry and intolerance on display for all to see, somehow thinking it was “patriotism.” I told Mr. Beale I couldn’t go back to Florida. So we haven’t.

Not once. Not even when we’ve been invited by relatives and friends, even though my mother-in-law goes down there every year for a month and temptingly offers a spare bedroom. I know my in-laws think I’m being nutty, a bit capricious; my friends think it’s stupid, there’s lots of wingnuttia all over the country and for god’s sake, I live in freaking Tennessee. Some of my family thinks it’s because of the stolen election in 2000 and while that may be part of it, really what pushed me over the edge was that “Nuke The Ragheads” pickup truck.

Since 2002, I’ve had lots of reasons to reinforce my Florida boycott: the statewide ban on adoption by gays and lesbians, Hillsborough County’s 2005 ban on gay pride events, the Koran-burning pastor, the Republican Party fundraisers involving shooting at effigies of prominent Democrats, the wackadoodle Governor Rick Scott, who by all rights should be in jail for ripping off the American people when he was head of Columbia-HCA. I’ve not been tempted to rethink my Florida ban, not even once. Sure I may live in Tennessee, but when I’m thinking about where to spend my vacation time and my vacation money, that ain’t it. There’s lots of coastline in the world and I don’t want my money going to support what’s coming out of Florida, even indirectly.

So that’s just me. And then we have Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who for over 30 years has apparently regularly visited a hunting camp with friends, family, donors, and other political allies. And that hunting camp was named “Niggerhead.”

I guess that’s the difference between Rick Perry and me.


Filed under 2012 presidential election, Florida

Rick Perry’s Texas Miracle


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Read My Lips: No New Texans!


Republican primaries are so fun!

“Our goal is keeping conservatives united behind Michele Bachmann by stopping Rick Perry,” Harris said. “The country doesn’t need another career politician, and Perry’s record will stop him if he gets out.”

“Perry is just a Republican version of LBJ who’s made a fortune in office based on connections,” Harris said.

Yes, everyone should unite behind crazy-eyes Bachmann.



Juanita Jean has something to say to Ron Ramsey.


Yeah I stole that from someone else. Sue me.

Seriously, Rick Perry? Really? I’m shocked. I never thought he’d do it. He’s such a buffoon. And Tennessee’s own home-grown buffoon, Shadow Governor Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has wasted no time endorsing him, too. That says it all.

He’ll be toast after the first debate. I just don’t think the country wants Son Of George W. Bush. Even now. You know, it wasn’t so hot the first time, people.


Filed under Housekeeping

No One Cares About Your Religion Anymore


Stock market dropped more than 600 points today. Perhaps now would be a good time for Rick Perry to stop praying.


Sorry, Dude. You Will Never Live Down This Image

Someone joked that Rick Perry’s much-hyped prayer-a-thon yesterday was really about him reminding everyone that he’s not Mormon.


This painfully slanted, factually challenged Politico article about the event tells us a lot:

The setting here said everything: More than 33,000 people packed into Reliant Stadium, a 71,000-seat arena that also hosts rock bands.

Yes, packed, I tell you! That’s one person for every 2.15 seats! However did they cram them all in?

Indeed, that does say absolutely everything.


Writer Kasie Hunt tells us Perry gave a “smooth, emotional 12-minute speech,” and that he “preached an anti-politics message that, paradoxically, is a central force driving conservative voters.”

Um, no. Anyone who follows religion and politics closely knows that the new breed of evangelicals are plenty sick of politics warping their religion and religion warping their politics. The days of the Moral Majority and Focus On The Family are over. Too many fundie preachers have made headlines doing very un-Christ-like things like burning Korans and hating on gays and contrary to what you might think, most churchgoing people don’t like being lumped in with these crazies.

Not only that, but religion is dying across America, everyone knows it except clueless media types desperate for a tidy box in which to place their narrative. So Kasie Hunt unthinkingly prints this quote from Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention:

Land, the former Southern Baptist Convention president, insists that’s a trend that most are overlooking. “The country is getting more religious, not less religious, and the nature of that religion is conservative,” he said. “The talking heads and the pundits are way behind the curve — they need to spend more time out there in the real country, and they would understand. This is not exotic behavior for most Americans. And they consider it odd that anyone would consider it exotic.”

First of all, honey, Richard Land is not a past president of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is the current president of the denomination’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, which is the convention’s public policy arm. He’s held this post for well over 20 years. But I digress.

Richard Land’s “we’re a Christian nation and we’re getting Christianer” quote is simply not true, as plummeting numbers at his own denomination attest. From June 2011:

NASHVILLE — Baptisms fell to their lowest number in 60 years among Southern Baptists, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.

The new numbers are a sign that the denomination is in trouble, Baptist leaders say.

“This is not a blip,” said Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay. “This is a trend. And the trend is one of decline.”

In 2010, Southern Baptists baptized 332,321 people, or 17,416 fewer than in 2009, according to a report released by Nashville-based LifeWay Research. This marks the eighth time in 10 years that baptisms have declined and the lowest number of baptisms since the 1950s.

Land, of course, knows this, but he also knows that gullible “reporters” who eagerly gobble up every bit of spin they’re handed won’t bother to check anything they’re told — least of all the title of the person they’re quoting.

The idea that we can somehow bring back the glorious Bush years (for political journalists, at least), where the players were easily cast and the narrative was pre-scripted is ludicrous. Casting Rick Perry in the role of George W. Bush may make the media’s job easier, but it doesn’t reflect reality in any way. For one thing, people still hate George W. Bush, in case you haven’t noticed.

I just fail to see any national hunger for a Rick Perry to take the national stage, outside our lazy punditry desperate for a familiar narrative in these uncertain times. Of course, it wouldn’t be the first time the media forced an unwanted entity on the American people — there’s the Original George W. Bush, the Iraq War, the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, Donald Trump … oh I could go on — but I’ll be shocked if Rick Perry actually a) runs for president, and b) actually wins the nomination.

Addendum: I don’t know why this post got labeled “Housekeeping.” In fact, I don’t understand WordPress “tags” and “categories” at all. Another thing I think Blogger does a thousand gazillion times better.


Filed under Christian Right, Media, religion

The Reincarnation Of George W. Bush

I’m not sure that fashioning yourself after the still-despised last president from Texas is a winning strategy, but then I don’t pretend to understand the conservative mind. Who knows, maybe all those conservative phonies who in the waning days of the Bush Administration suddenly claimed they had never, ever liked the Cowboy-in-Chief will have a new jingoistic figurehead to rally behind.

But seriously, has anyone heard Rick Perry speak this week? All of a sudden he’s channeling John Morgan. He’s droppin’ those g’s and callin’ for prayin’ and doin’ that tough-guy swagger. I don’t remember Perry being this way, do you? He’s just one mangled sentence away from being the reincarnation of George W. Bush.

And this is how I know he’s not running. Because Rick Perry isn’t the reincarnation of George W. Bush, he’s W’s evil twin. Bush came on the scene as a virtual unknown; Perry is a known entity, and he’s got a lot of dirty laundry. But he’s taking a page out of Sarah Palin’s playbook, doing the coy “will-he-or-won’t-he” dance with the political press. He’ll probably come out of this with a nice book deal and a bank account filled with Koch money.

But run for president? Nah, I don’t see it happening.


Filed under 2012 presidential election, George W. Bush