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Tomasky writes: "Nearly every day has brought forth a new gem. On Thursday, he told a New Hampshire school-age child that he's 'not sure anybody actually knows completely and absolutely' how old the Earth is. He preceded these with a remark about Barack Obama not being respected by the military. And, of course, there was the infamous statement that Ben Bernanke would be committing 'treason' by priming the economy. Not bad - nail the black guy and the Jew in your very first week on the trail."

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former President George W. Bush read to school children. (photo: file)
Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former President George W. Bush read to school children. (photo: file)

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+103 # Dave45 2011-08-19 21:00
Texas stories still remind me of Molly (Ivins). Anyone miss her as much as I do?
+65 # Myrna McCoy 2011-08-19 23:01
Absolutely! Molly Ivina was the best thing Texas ever gave us. When she died, the IQ and likeability factor of Texas as a whole dropped many points.
+2 # fletch1165 2011-08-20 07:44
Texas gace us C Wright Mills. That was the greatest. Molly Ivans was born in CALIFORNIA.
+47 # Mouna Wilson 2011-08-20 00:39
You bet I miss her! She is the only reason I can be proud to have been born in Texas. Molly Ivins and Jim Hightower are my kind of heroes. For the People . . .
+16 # fletch1165 2011-08-20 07:48
Ivans was born in Monterrey, California not Houston, TEXAS where she was brought up. C. Wright Mills was born in Texas. Be proud of him too. he exposed the POWER ELITE in his 1956 groundbreaking work of this same title.

Of course we miss Molly. But we miss C.W. too...
+24 # Carolyn M 2011-08-20 03:20
Yessss!!!!!! I don't think anyone could miss her more than I do.
+49 # midwegian 2011-08-20 03:37
"Next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be president of the United States, please pay attention." -- Molly Ivins. (Molly, we sure do miss you, girl!)
-11 # fletch1165 2011-08-20 07:50
Molly was born in Monterrey, California. She is not from Texas. She moved there in her childhood. I guess this is part of Texas misinformation that everyone does not seem to know?
+16 # terre 2011-08-20 14:16
We get your point. It doesn't matter where she was born, she spent a good part of her life in TX and had a first hand look at what went on there.
0 # karenvista 2011-08-21 02:53
Quoting fletch1165:
Molly was born in Monterrey, California. She is not from Texas. She moved there in her childhood. I guess this is part of Texas misinformation that everyone does not seem to know?

Is she the one who created the quote-"I wasn't born in Texas but I got here as fast as I could."
+54 # NanFan 2011-08-20 04:00
This would be laughable if it weren't so frighteningly possible that this twink could get elected, and if not elected, "selected" by the right-wing Supreme Court.

President Obama needs to use his power and his rhetoric to slash and burn this guy before he even has the possibility to get the Republibagger nomination.

Bring him down before he brings us down to his tawdry and ignorant level.

So much hate, so much fear of the truth drives this man. This is NO Christian and NO patriotic American.

He's a cannibal who will eat his own if given the chance, and he will do it with delusion and lies, and he won't even flinch as he wipes the blood off his mouth.

+7 # ER444 2011-08-21 01:46
Yes NanFan, but he won't. Mr. Obama has turned out to be a "compromiser" who is so interested in getting re-elected he won't really fight for what he knows is right ie. Medicare for all, demanding that the rich pay their fair share, a real jobs program run by our BIG government ( the Taliban Tea Party be damned). The thing that makes me really sad is there is no other choice for 2012 :(( We need to ge people like Alan Grayson and Russ Feingold back in Washington to give Bernie Sanders some help and when Obama cleans up for a second term, make him finally get some balls and fight for what is right.
+28 # Beepath 2011-08-20 04:26
Yes, I will forever miss Molly. She kept the boyz and girlz in line, didn't she? When I get called out with "who does she think she is" attitude from the wing-nuts. I think of Molly, and plow on ahead with even more force. Thank you, Good Golly, Ms Molly, I try to be your voice every chance I get!
+14 # artful 2011-08-20 10:15
Every day, in every way. Molly was spot on and prescient. She nailed Shrub; she nailed Governor Goodhair.
+20 # artful 2011-08-20 10:20
Shouldn't we all begin calling Governor Goodhair, "the right Honorable Governor Murderer". He did after all allow the execution of a man known to be innocent. Isn't that what we call people who cause the killing of an innocent--Murde rers???
+5 # karenvista 2011-08-21 03:00
Quoting artful:
Shouldn't we all begin calling Governor Goodhair, "the right Honorable Governor Murderer". He did after all allow the execution of a man known to be innocent. Isn't that what we call people who cause the killing of an innocent--Murderers???

I read an interesting statistic from the "Lege" as Molly called it-

Texas is number 1 in executions and number 20 in murders and 21 in rapes. If we're #1 in executions shouldn't we be #number 1 in crimes you can get the death penalty for?

Or, #20 in executions if we are #20 in crimes you can get the death penalty for.

Is this another example of the Texas Education Department's notoriously bad outcomes in teaching math skills?
+8 # Glenna Lynch 2011-08-20 15:15
Oh boy do I ever miss Molly Ivins. On she was able to make me laugh instead of cry about this group of insane fanatics the state seems to breed.
+1 # John Talbutt 2011-08-21 09:42
Texas Alexander, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Leadbelly, Lightnin Hopkins, TBone Walker, Jimmy Reed, Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Ornette Coleman...
+1 # Susan Dinwoody 2011-08-22 06:44
I have been thinking about her since this nut got in the race. She is sorely missed! I wonder what she is thinking now...
-93 # brycenuc 2011-08-19 21:44
An overwhelmingly greater number of actual qualified atmospheric scientists agree with Perry and not Gore on the warming issue.
+47 # agronomo 2011-08-20 07:29
you have a math problem.
+37 # pgobrien 2011-08-20 07:34
In which alternate universe?
+32 # Pancho 2011-08-20 08:20
Dear Bry,

It pains me to tell you but let me say that if you read anything that didn't end with "SEND THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW," you might realize you have shit for brains.
+31 # libero-nos 2011-08-20 08:55
show a list. Leave out Fox weather reporters
+10 # Barry 2011-08-21 06:55
I didn't know Fox had meteorologists.
I thought they just had chicken little!
+30 # suzyskier 2011-08-20 09:54
You can't be serious! Where do you get this information?? Glenn Beck, who should be called Glenn Wreck.
+13 # NanFan 2011-08-20 11:04
Name them! Ha...are you friggin nuts?
+11 # angelfish 2011-08-21 00:41
I presume that they ALL graduated from Oral Roberts University...?
+11 # Daniel Stromgren 2011-08-21 07:45
Quoting brycenuc:
An overwhelmingly greater number of actual qualified atmospheric scientists agree with Perry and not Gore on the warming issue.

Can you possibly name even a handful of those 'qualified' scientists, and here is the more difficult part. Do any of those 'scientists' have any research to back those ludicrous remarks?
+4 # humanmancalvin 2011-08-22 11:24
No doubt your source of this ridiculous data was Fox-Non-News or the junkie racist Rush Limbaugh. Please do some research on your own given that you are actually capable of this task & you will find that these "actual qualified atmospheric scientists are all on the payroll of the actual corporate polluters. Wake up & smell the ozone layer burning.
+42 # angelfish 2011-08-19 23:15
I too, loved Mollie Ivins, and know she is looking down on this Three Ring Circus shaking her head and marveling at the current crop of Conservative lunatics running for office! Perry is dumber than DIRT and makes the "shrub" (Thank you, Mollie!) look like a Rhodes Scholar! If these Cretins are the best that the Koch's and Norquist can come up with as Candidates, they MUST know that the Conservative gene pool is in a sad state of decline! WHERE are the sane, thoughtful Republicans who used to stand up for America rather than the corporate "people" invented by the SCOTUS? Republicans and Democrats have always had differences in their approach to solving problems, yet they tried hard to work TOGETHER for the Common Good! NEVER, in my lifetime have I seen such animus as the Fascists in the House have displayed! The blatant obstructionism and FAILURE of the Right to DO THEIR JOBS is dumbfounding! Sitting on their hands, threatening Filibuster of EVERYTHING presented by the opposite side of the aisle, holding us Hostage to ReTHUGlican WILL borders on Treason! Not only Treason, but outright DANGEROUS Policy proposals, such as gutting Governmental Agencies that keep us environmentally , medically and financially SAFE! They have learned NOTHING from the past and are Hell bent on repeating the same mistakes! They glorify ignorance and abhor Intelligence! Remember in 2012!
+16 # pgobrien 2011-08-20 07:37
They are working in service of what they believe is a higher calling -- bringing the United States into line with Godly power and dominion. No calling to public service can trump service to God, and they feel very, VERY virtuous to be reviled for God. That's sad, but that's a lot of these guys. Some others? Just insensitive. But a good many (Perry among them)? Dominionist.
+9 # K1MJS 2011-08-20 11:13
Yes, but we do not have a State Church. Their position on God need to be a personal issue but never, ever can drive public policy in the U.S. Or else you can go back and try to change the U.S. Constitution to make us into a Theocracy.
+17 # K1MJS 2011-08-20 11:09
Mitch McConnell's first priority is not jobs or the economy but rather to ensure that President Obama is a one-term President. I get the feeling that some people just do not like to have an Irishman in the White House
+7 # terre 2011-08-20 14:19
Love your comment. What makes it really great is that it's true and most people would probably not have made the connection. I sure didn't.
+4 # karenvista 2011-08-21 03:07
Quoting K1MJS:
Mitch McConnell's first priority is not jobs or the economy but rather to ensure that President Obama is a one-term President. I get the feeling that some people just do not like to have an Irishman in the White House

Yes, some people didn't like having that Irishman JFK in the White House either. Probably some of the same groups or families.
+13 # duprie 2011-08-20 11:56
You just gave me an idea for a bumper sticker (or sign): Glorify Ignorance and Abhor Intelligence -- Vote Republican!

Trouble is, they'd never get the sarcasm. Conservatives seem to take everything so literally. And that word, abhor, is too "elite"... not in the vocab. of those who follow the likes of Rush, Norquist and Beck (thank heaven he's gone... or will he keep turning up like a bad pali... er, penny?)
+25 # soularddave 2011-08-19 23:18
I suppose he could have finished high school if those were the only questions he got wrong. Well, maybe a high school in Texas.
+38 # stonecutter 2011-08-19 23:27
"...How much more right wing (can) this party get?"

How about some white sheets and hoods maybe popping up at Perry and Bachmann rallies, wearing weapons? Doesn't seem, or feel, as far-fetched as it did just a year ago? The saner GOP candidates--"mo derate" or "centrist" are not adjectives I'd use within a light year of this crew--Romney and Huntsman seem chained behind some media iron curtain, pipsqueaks, impotent to counteract the "religious" extremism of Perry and Bachmann. Cain, Johnson and Roemer are simply, who?

When Reagan swept his 1980 election, he injected the first bone-chilling dose of mainstreamed, radical far-right evangelical grassroots political activism (a mouthful) into the body politic, where it grew like an Ebola virus at Fort Detrick. Building on Nixon's infamous "Southern Strategy", he mutated former Democrats into what eventually, with care and feeding, has become the virulent Tea Party.

The scope of their grassroots atavism, stone-dumb, anti-intellectu al self-righteousn ess, bigotry, and affinity for the symbols of "Crusade"-inspi red armed insurrection, violence against "them"(take your pick) and comic-book nationalism is breathtaking in its chilling power, media manipulation and consequences for regressive policy formulation. Obama as Leader shrinks every day.

When's the last train outta Dodge?
+26 # AngryMan 2011-08-19 23:42
I was going to pose the question as to why don't religious leaders contrast what Perry claims to want versus what the scriptures say Jesus would do, or did. The answer is dead simple: businesses generally do not piss in each others' pools so as to negatively impact the revenue stream. Religion is a not-for-profit business much like Exxon. Therefore, they cannot tarnish the image of Perry lest they raise the ire of Perry's corporate masters.

That is why we no longer have honest discussions in the very places that discussions need to take place. Religion is merely another tool to be used to help achieve goals that the religious claim to abhor. If those who claim to answer to "a higher power" it seems that "business" interests ought to take a back seat to enabling those who deceive with intent to victimize. Then again, when there is a loved one engaged in the act of dying, the appearance of clergy is suddenly increased in frequency, and with suggestions of a monetary remembrance.

There are more atheists in this country than gays, lesbians, southpaws, and Jews. When do we get some representation? Yeah I know ... fat chance. For all the money donated to religions for "good works" there isn't lot to show for it. Where I live several houses of worship qualify for the moniker "Six Flags Over Jesus". That's where the money goes. Nice.
+18 # pgobrien 2011-08-20 07:40
They believe Satan has entered the church anyway (which church? any church they don't like, I guess, except certainly not THEIR church). They are true believers. Read Frank Schaeffer, a recovered True Believer. Fascinating and scary/
+6 # futhark 2011-08-19 23:58
At least they appear to be reading something a bit more challenging than "The Pet Goat"!
+21 # jwb110 2011-08-20 00:07
There is definitely something in the water in Texas!
+25 # pgobrien 2011-08-20 01:02
Social Security is an insurance policy and works just like any insurance policy is supposed to, collecting from the many who are insured, building an account, and paying an annuity to those who qualify.
+23 # pgobrien 2011-08-20 01:11
Jobs aren't lost in bankruptcies? Is he kidding? Does he live on Planet Earth? Or Planet Perry?
-23 # RY25L 2011-08-20 01:18
Just as Obama said and did anything to gain his party's nomination, so will Perry. Obama is a right wing war monger of the first kind and more anti public sector union than Scott Walker..just ask ANY Federal worker today..Ask them what Biden and Obama have done to Federal Union members. Where was Obama re the front lines in Wisconsin,Michi gan,Indiana,Ohi o, and Florida to fight anti unionism? Obama folded on the public option...Obama whines about the Bush tax cuts BUT IT WAS HE WHO CAVED...How dumb is that to act like he is his own victim? Perry was an Air Force C130 pilot...He was not a reservist ..he was regular Air Force. So just how dumb do you have to be get through the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M. How dumb can you be to get through Air Force flight school. How dumb do you have to be to fly a C-130 Hercules on a variety of missions around the globe? How dumb do you have to be to help run Gore's 1988 primary run in Texas? How dumb do you have to be to get elected to Congress? How dumb do you have to be to become a multi term governor of Texas? Perry can afford to go all over the map on evolution and gay marriage and any other amount of garbage issues. You think Perry isn't smart enough to understand exactly what he is doing that has lit your hair afire? Ask the Congressional Black Caucus and the President of the AFL-CIO what they NOW think of Obama.
+8 # suzyskier 2011-08-20 10:07
Geez being in the Air Force automatically makes one intelligent?? I would seriously like to know where you got all the Obama information?? Obama a right winger? So you don't like Obama, that's okay but you should back up your insinuations with something concrete.
-11 # RY25L 2011-08-20 12:17
Zoom...right over your head, suzyskier. None of what it in my post is insinuation if you bothered to go outside in the last 30 months or so. Wow. Good luck living in a fantasy world. Obama is the perfect GOP candidate so it is kind of "dumb" for the GOP to even contemplate other candidates who come to the front with their most outrageous beliefs making Islamic fundamentalist look enlightened. Rick Perry will say anything to keep in tow the wild eyed idiots of the Tea Party and whatever else amalgamation of brain dead electorate they can. The problem is Obama is trying to appeal to this collection of idiots instead of the base of the Democratic Party that got him elected. Running unopposed, Obama will simply keep up his method of saving himself which if you didn't notice, did not work so well on Nov. 4th, 2010 for the rest of us. Rick Perry is not dumb. He is just as clever as Obama has been at fooling large amounts of Americans. Open your front door and walk outside. It's time you did that.
+3 # terre 2011-08-20 14:22
I scored higher than bush and perry combined on the pilot's aptitude test and I wasn't a college grad.
+4 # karenvista 2011-08-21 03:27
Yeah, and don't pick on Texas A&M. It's the 65th. best University in the country where he acheived a 2.2 GPA.

He studied large animal science but they said he was not qualified to be a Veterinarian, which was his goal.

We're just lucky he was in the flight crew and not a medic or he could have done a lot of damage.
+26 # MainStreetMentor 2011-08-20 04:04
Do You Smell the Smoke ...

RepubTeacans hug a bank book
Democrats a tree
Wall Street won’t hug anything
(Not without a fee)

Tea Party members
(all looking for a brain)
Try to find a candidate
(They believe is sane)

Obama, is the one
We had thought so wise
Looking now everywhere
For another compromise

You and I they relegate
To just sending in our cash
‘Cause someone has to pay
For all their balderdash

Wars just keep on raging
Rhetoric flows like wine
Democrats point fingers …
Wring their hands and whine

RepubTeacans (with CEO’s
Handin’ out more loot)
Buyin’ every vote they can
Their control is absolute

America and Americans
Who placed mistaken votes
Find for RepubTeacans
There’s no known antidotes.

So Citizens and Democrats
Stand by and watch the blaze:
The Burning of America
By RepubTeacan valets
+7 # in deo veritas 2011-08-20 08:04
BRAVO! Shakespeare wuld be proud-seiously!
+14 # Bill Holcomb 2011-08-20 05:30
First: according to dictionaries, "dumb" means incapable of speech--not exactly the term to apply to Gov. Perry. I wish the wordsmiths of the country would l;earn to use correct definitions. Second: The Gov is technically correct in that no one knows absolutely the age of the earth, although there is substantial agreement among geologists and other fact-based scientists that the earth is 4.5 billion years old; but is it 4.49 b or 5.1 B? Who knows for sure. Third: there are a few gaps in the Theory of Evolution, BUT they are pretty minor--and few and far between. Again, most fact-based scientists acknowledge that the theory is true, and that every new fact bears the theory out. Probably we'll never have enough facts to convince those who see what they wish and believe what they wish.
+16 # in deo veritas 2011-08-20 08:10
The only thing that would refute the theory of evolution is the premise of higher evolving life forms. From what we see in the teabaggers and their supporters the progression has turned into regression of the worst sort. BTW the notion that the Antichrist is an individual is incorrect. The Antichrist is the so-called religious right whose every act or plan is in direct opposition to everything that Christ taught. If it is a movement it smells very much like a bovine BM.
+8 # terre 2011-08-20 14:26
I can't help but wonder when perry will grace us all with his take on the Theory of Gravity. That should be fun.
+5 # karenvista 2011-08-21 03:35
Quoting terre:
I can't help but wonder when perry will grace us all with his take on the Theory of Gravity. That should be fun.

I want to see his illustration. Levitation would be nice, or maybe he could be sucked into a black hole.
+8 # karenvista 2011-08-21 03:34
People who don;t believe in evolution shouldn't take the flu vaccines. It's a new formula every year to keep up with the evolution and mutations that occur during each season.

Besides. Perry has recently had some new experimental adult stem cell therapy for a back ailment so he must believe that cells evolve.
+5 # billy bob 2011-08-21 17:51
Brilliant comment.

I always thought people don't believe in evolution simply because they aren't being included in it.
+23 # Larry 2011-08-20 05:52
Yet another ravenous right-wing shark joins the pack; this one boasting the biggest mouth and sharpest teeth of all. One hopes that Perry's unabashed bigotry and shameless, indeed giddy declarations of ignorance will turn off independent voters and perhaps even some conservatives. However, even if Perry ultimately flames out, the real danger of his proto-fascist rhetoric is that it will make the other GOP extremist candidates seem reasonable by comparison.

Obama cannot hide from this emerging menace; he must quickly confront the bully and vigorously engage him. He must counter Perry's demagoguery by asking the American people whether our problems were solved by trash-talk from the last swaggering Texas cowboy governor-turned -president. He must also remind the electorate that a manifesto of hatred and ignorance did not build this country, nor will it save us today.
+6 # Cliff 2011-08-20 15:54
I agree. The Republicans could have put Perry up there just to make whomever they choose look reasonable by comparison. Well except Bachmann maybe.
-29 # 2011-08-20 06:17
I will not be voting for Perry because of several positions he has taken, but charging him with racism and anti-semitism is contemptible.

This writer is clearly an intolerant and lazy person -- it is much easier to call the opposition names and issue smears than it is to address the issues and make arguments for one's own proposals.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
+21 # fletch1165 2011-08-20 07:56
His statements speak for themselves actually. And if you are defending these extremist's statements, I guess you fit the bill too. No one in the article called him racist. They called him insensitive, dumb and ultra right wing to the point of practically goose stepping. He also in his opening speech targeted a black man and a Jewish one for their mainstream contributions, whil ignoring all the bad things fellow country clubsman speaker of the house Boehner has done. These are the facts. You are the intolerent deception, not the writer of this article..
+10 # grannym 2011-08-20 07:56
Do you know what racism and anti-semitism are? Do you care?
+11 # karenvista 2011-08-21 03:50
Spend a month in Texas where only 39% of us voted for him but he got elected anyway because a Tea Party candidate split the vote. Then you'll find out who he really is.

Perry has named a "Senior Officer" of the largest payday loan chain in Texas to Chair the Texas Financial Commission, responsible for all Banking, Mortgages, Consumer Loans and Services. Google it!

He has also helped "balance the state budget" without raising taxes by defrauding the citizens and robbing the fund to assist indigent Texans with their electric bills (10% discount.) He stole most of the money from that fund which is enumerated on every electric bill in deregulated parts of the state as a "Dedicated Fund" of $1. per month to assist indigent Texans. He has consistently cut back on both the amount of the assistance and the number of people who would be helped but still fraudulently collects the fees. We're sitting on top of oil and gas but pay some of the highest electric bills in the country. My bill this month for a 1790 sq. ft. house was $653.00. What's yours? He sets us up to be robbed by his cronies who then do under-the-table land deals that provide him with massive profits.

Before you decide to vote for Perry you better find out what kind of a crook he is and how he got so rich in office without any other source of regular income!
+22 # Barbara K 2011-08-20 06:20
I have friends in Texas and they can't wait to get rid of Perry next election. He has about destroyed Texas and now he thinks we will allow him to do the same to the country? I don't think so! He is not only lacking in intelligence but is so extreme that we don't want him or need him. We have learned what the Republibaggers are all about and it is not a pretty sight. They have done absolutely NOTHING FOR US; and a LOT TO US. Even at the state levels. As a Michigan resident, I see first hand what these morons are doing.
+24 # Keith Barrand 2011-08-20 06:52
That people like Molly Irvins are dead while jerks like Perry and Dick Cheney keep on is proof that there is no God.
+15 # fletch1165 2011-08-20 07:58
Life is a test. Give in to the vampires in the GOP and you fail and burn for all eternity. It is clear as the sun rising tomorrow. Molly Ivans did her part. She told everyone the truth and we must follow in her legacy.
+5 # in deo veritas 2011-08-20 08:13
Actually it just proves that there is no real judicial system in America to put them where they belong. God will do that in His own good time and the sooner the better. Those who have aided and abetted them in their misdeeds will keep them company.
+3 # angelfish 2011-08-21 21:19
You're Wrong, Keith, People like Molly Ivins are proof that there IS a God. Sadly, it's the Cretins and Self-serving S.O.B.'s like Perry, Cheney, Boehner, De Mint, Graham, Bachmann and Palin that cause us to doubt. They are on the Dark Side, doing the Devil's business. That's why we must be vigilant and thwart them at every opportunity! They are, in truth, Dead Men/women Walking. Molly Ivins lives in the hearts and minds of the people she touched, as does Jesus! Perhaps it's true that only the good die young.
+16 # Ralph Novy 2011-08-20 07:48

Perry isn't just dumber than Bush; he's dumber than a bush.
+16 # grannym 2011-08-20 08:00
The trouble with Tomasky's dismissal of Perry is that it's similar to the dismissals people gave to Bush and that terrible predecessor Reagan. Both were clever connivers who knew how to exploit public sentiment and twist public understanding. Maybe they needed their "handlers," including their wives, to cover up their stupidities, dementias, etc. But they pulled the wool over lots of eyes. It could happen again.
+1 # angelfish 2011-08-21 21:28
Reagan and Bush were HARDLY "clever connivers". They had clever handlers pulling their strings. All THEY had was blind ambition and didn't mind selling their souls to the Devil, aka: Highest Bidder! It was the Evil Bast**ds that BOUGHT them that were and REMAIN the manipulative and "clever connivers". Both of them had difficulty sticking to their "scripts" at times, Reagan because of his Alzheimer's Disease and Bush because of his chronic alcohol and drug abuse in his youth! It's the Machiavellian "Handlers" that should take the blame for seducing the populace then and NOW, as well!
+18 # fredboy 2011-08-20 08:22
This guy is Texas trash and even more dangerous than Bush (if that's possible). He has repeatedly shown that he hates the United States, even urging his fellow Texans to secede -- like the Confederacy. When you think about it, it is the same stream of hatred that almost destroyed our nation 150 years ago.

He also brings the worst of Texas with him. I am reminded of a friend who worked at Dell computer in the Nashville region. A new manager arrived from Texas and kept "adjusting" the start times of work shifts earlier and earlier in the morning--we're talking 5 a.m. and even 4 a.m. Finally my friend approached him and explained all were good workers but also single parents, and the changing start times and early hours were making daycare--and resulting worries--almost impossible for them. "So what?" the manager responded. My friend, amazed, explained "We don't treat people like that in Tennessee." The manager, sharing a touch of that fake Texas macho we are so familiar with, replied "Well, that's how we treat 'em in Texas."
+7 # Rixar13 2011-08-20 09:32
"Perry: King of the Know-Nothings"

I couldn't live through more years of Dumber than Dubya... smile :-)
+16 # reiverpacific 2011-08-20 09:49
Excuse me y'all but this is NOT an article about the late, great Molly Ivins, wherever she was born, it's about Rick Perry's chowder-headed preemptive bully-pulpit tactics to try and buffalo his way to a nomination -and I don't even want to THINK about his possible presidency, in which case, back to Europe for me!
But as "grannym" wisely states, dismiss these people at your peril! I well remember how Reagan didn't seem to have a prayer in mid 1979, especially after one statement at a dinner that "It was wonderful to see all these lovely white folks here!" or words to that general effect.
The nightmare vision of Perry and Barfman's Theocratic state is more possible now than ever and I can hear statements such as his about Obama and anybody else even slightly left of Mussolini, including public executions, in our small Oregon Coastal village bar (Tillamook County) which I don't patronize any more as I'm gettin' too old for fisticuffs in public, which I was too adept at in my younger days (call me a "Bad-Tempered Pacifist" or, like my daughter, a "Sensitive Ruffian"-guilty as charged!).
I'm constantly outraged at just how mean-spirited the "average" American is becoming and these politicos know how to orchestrate it to a tee, rather than putting their energies into the legislative and leadership tasks, which is why they are supposed to be in office, what?
+4 # Pagan Priestess 2011-08-20 21:18
Remember when the fears of a fundamentalist theocracy seemed too extreme even for suspension of disbelief in 'HandMaid's Tale'? It seems more probable now that it could happen here and may soon begin! To paraphrase Neimoller "first they came for the Muslims.... Pity about Tillimooke county.
+9 # shesap 2011-08-20 10:00
...yes even dumber than Bush BUT the people are dumber than either Bush OR Perry cause the Tea Party is rolling!
+7 # D. Paul MIller 2011-08-20 10:00
It's difficult for me to understand how so many ordinary citizens can support their poll standings.
+2 # duprie 2011-08-20 12:18
It is all in how the questions are phrased. The Republicans are especially adept at finding a way to ask that either pretty much guides the answer, or stirs up anger. NO, and UNSURE don't fit if you are being honest, and there is no YES, BUT....
+6 # foxtrottango 2011-08-20 10:31
Only in Texas, folks. Only in Texas.

It all depends on the people of Texas and they have shown us what kind they are.

Perry found out long ago, like GW Bush did, that Texas has the most ignorant people in all of America. It's all for the taking, isn't it? Keeping them ignorant and arrogant is one way of making it happen.
+6 # Isar 2011-08-20 12:58
OH...come one, Shesap....Would n't you like to go with Rick P and share a beer and pretzels? I mean... he's so damn cute...LOVE his HAIR....and I'll bet he has hand-made cowboy boots too. Since Reagan, we don't need "smart guys" in the White House....we need "cute guys" who have simple answers to complex problems. Does Perry have a wife that looks up adoringly at him with doe eyes? If so....he is a shoe-in....This country really hankers for another Ronny and Nancy....Maybe Rick can fill the bill. Ya gotta admit, he's got more Media appeal than Mitt....and that is REALLY what it is all about...generat ing Media...CNN LOVES to hop on somebody like Perry...and Fox News??? Well...he is a gift from GOD. We could all benefit from Rick Baby is he is the nominee....but I don't think Karl Rove is gonna let that him, do you? Aw shucks!!!
+6 # karenvista 2011-08-21 04:03
There's been some bad talk around Austin for years regarding Rick in a rather obverse Bill Clinton fashion. Wonder if the media will pick up on it?

They don't seem to go after the Republican Presidential candidates, even when their misbehaviors are widely suspected.

I wouldn't care but he's another hypocritical "family values" super-Christian guy.
+1 # billy bob 2011-08-21 17:54
It's called "IOKIYAR"

Google that.
+10 # rockieball 2011-08-20 12:59
Consider this about Texas. It was created by Illegal immigrants crossing the Red River from the USA caring weapons with the express intention of over throwing the legal government Mexico. Kinda sounds like today in reverse doesn't it. You know what they say about paybacks.
After 3 Texas Presidents from LBJ--Viet Nam Bush the first Gulf War one, Bush 2 9/11, two costly war economic failure (started in 10/01 with Enron). What this country does not need is another President from Texas.
+5 # Doug600 2011-08-20 13:43
It's very difficult to imagine ANYONE dumber than Bush Jr., but here he is! It's not so much the "dumb" part - we can't help genetics, and the world is FULL of stupid people, but the ones who are stupid ON PURPOSE are the ones I don't understand. Why would any sane person CHOOSE to ignore Darwin, and Marx, and Gandhi, and MLK? Oh, right, the SANE part - well, that explains the Republiscum - totally and deliberately INSANE! Time for another American Revolution, and this time, let's finish what we start.
+4 # David 47 2011-08-20 15:58
To Dave45.... I sure do miss Molly Ivins
Some people, lets call them republicans, are willfully ignorant. Perry has a home with them. The nomination is one thing. It will be scary if Perry's message resonates with anything like a majority of Americans should he be nominated. We have a thoughtful, nuanced, dignified president. I hope we keep it that way.
+2 # Bill Clements 2011-08-20 15:59
RSN: You should warn people when you're going to do that! I'm talking about that close-up of Perry! Gave me the heebie jeebies.
And I didn't have my psychic armor on at the time.
+4 # Pagan Priestess 2011-08-20 21:22
Agreed! M. Scott Peck in his book 'People pf the Lie' says that aware people are 'repulsed' by evil. I felt the same way about Bush and the 'people' around him. Bush definitly had a certain 'lizard' alien look.
0 # RY25L 2011-08-20 18:06
oh one more thing about how dumb Perry is....this idea from another site...wait till Perry puts Rubio on the ticket with him...

yeah...Rick Perry...REAL DUMB.
+4 # BishopAndrew 2011-08-20 19:53
Poor Obama, the man just seems incapable to understand the difference between being firm and uncompromising and rude and extremist. His response to "Jeff Davis" Perry is a classic example and if someone in that White House cannot get him to exhibit at least the appearance of backbone he will lose his re-election and it will take him a month to realize that the Old Confederacy has at last occupied Washington and no one is interested in his "country over party" supposed approach to politics!
+9 # CenTexDem 2011-08-20 20:00
Perry is a skilled self centered self aggrandizing political opportunist who is NOT dumber than Bush and who is certainly more dangerous in terms of the destruction he can do to our country. In Texas, he tried to privatize prisons and tollroads at taxpayer expense for the private profiteering of his political and business supporters. He protected his political contributors with huge economic grants to their corporations. He drove up our debt by relying on highway construction bonds instead of pay as you go funding with gasoline taxes. With his dirty coal plants supplied by his political supporters he has polluted Texas air and water with impunity and cost Texans billions in health care costs and the jobs a clean natural gas energy policy could have created. He has set back the future of Texas for generations with his deregulation of state college tuition and his defunding of public schools so that Texas is dead last in high school graduation rates. The list goes on. Why the press has failed to expose him on this long list of sins is incredible.
+1 # markhalfmoon 2011-08-21 11:05
What a disappointment that the author ends up going off message and uses an otherwise well written, informative piece as yet another opportunity to take a cheap shot at President Obama with the same old tiresome "backbone" complaint.

Regardless of how it looks to the author from his seat high up in the peanut gallery, The President knows what he's doing. He's the one out there having to deal with the loonies. Why should he listen to the advice of this armchair quarterback?

The author comes off as some sports talk radio show commentator blabbering about how Drew Brees should have passed for the first down instead of attempting to run on third and eight when he knows he'd pee his pants if his own punk ass was on the field.
+2 # Miles Perry 2011-08-21 18:19
Hope Rick Perry picks Jan Brewer from Arizona as his running mate....Take about a couple of Nimrods.
0 # Hypocrisy 2011-08-22 06:27
...according to "The Daily Goodship",
1] no politics before Roman Republic
2] obama = 'black'
3] bernank = 'jew'
4] perry = redneck
5] "dog whistle politic" is any and everything but his employer and himself.

Rome didn't invent politics, but they certainly perfected the art (prob. now a science) of 'dividing & conquering' the opposition...

Who out there does not now see that the opposition is now us- the 3rd Estate, We The People?
-7 # tonywicher 2011-08-22 10:05
My reaction is a bit different. I seem to recall that Rick Perry was Al Gore's campaign manager back in 1988. He's a globalist imperialist banker stooge just like Gore. Not an inflated nickel's worth of difference between them. Vote for a real American in 2012. Vote for Ron Paul.
+4 # billy bob 2011-08-22 13:00
Sorry Archie, Gore's not on the ticket in 2012. If you can't tell the difference between perry and Gore, you're deserve a special place in the koolaid hall of fame.

By the way, do "real Americans" believe in getting rid of Social Security, like ron paul does? I hope you have a lot of cash to cover the gap.
0 # minggnim 2011-08-23 14:39
Goofy Bush Jr was born in New Haven, Connecticut.
+1 # Anise 2011-08-24 11:50
The one thing that makes me angriest about Rick Perry is that he's happy to reap the benefits of stem cell therapy (the experimental treatment for his back), but I'm sure he won't allow it for others because it would make the crazy right-wing supporters all upset. Until THEY suddenly need it for THEIR medical conditions! Then we'll all be able to hear their tune suddenly change.

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