Enough with new millennium oxymorons like “country noir”. Being from San Antonio, I know exactly where to go if I want to find libertarians (Planet K is what was once called a “head shop”). Texas liberals also exist, though it takes a bit of searching at times to find them.
I’d heard that Rick Perry had written a tribute on the 2007 passing of one of Texas’ iconic liberals, Molly Ivins. I don’t know if I’d qualify this as a tribute, and it’s nowhere as enjoyable as Ms Ivins’ take on the gentleman she dubbed “Governor Goodhair”.
Somewhere in the tribute search I stumbled into “Let’s Get This Party Started” (get that song out of my head please) in the Texas Observer, where six Texas Democrats give their take on the party’s current sad state and possible remedies. Maria Berriozabal and Chris Bell (so that’s what happened to you!) were the only names familiar to me. I had previously never hear of Rachel Farris, now, courtesy of meanrachel.com, I can share her take on what a Perrylicious presidency would be like for women…..
And you can bet your left Fallopian tube that, if elected, he’ll continue to do the same for the unborn children of America. I just hope there’s a Plan B pill for what happens when all these children grow up — because President Perry, just like Governor Perry, certainly doesn’t plan to care for them.
After all, where Rick Perry comes from, that’s women’s work.
In early June of this year, HRH made a Facebook post linking to Peter Boyer’s article, “Rick Perry just might run” which included the following….The Prince made this call back in 2005, after the “adios MoFo” incident which I’ll try to dig up again….SIX years ago I posted a link to the interview on Kitties and Bullies, which led to (daughters) hilarious reply where she had to explain the meaning of MoFo to mom. Unfortunately that has all vanished into the ether- all that’s left is a 4 second clip and some remixes if you google “Rick Perry mofo”
The “explaining MoFo to mom” is almost worthy of its own separate post, the main point having been the impermanence of internet video clips, as I had diligently searched for the longer footage that was readily available in 2005.
Repeat the search today and you can still find the four-second clip, the rapping remix, and Steve Brooks’ hilarious “Adios MoFo” in which Rick probably deserves a lyrics credit However, now you can also find news commentary like “Rick Perry’s Words Back to Haunt Him” that includes not only the original interview but a subsequent news conference where the Governor apologizes to Ted Oberg, the ABC affiliate reporter on the receiving end of the barb. Oberg’s quote from 2005…. “Those last words aren’t exactly part of the seven dirty words, but it isn’t something you want to say to your mother or use in good company.”
Yes, I know I’ve been neglecting the Perrylicious lately, despite our boy surging to the front of the pack.
In 2006 I recall attending a campaign rollout event at Flying Saucer for Kinky Friedman. A Texas original indeed, but, in my opinion, not the most personable character in the flesh. Feeling profoundly dissatisfied with the Democratic party choices, I did pick up a bumper sticker that’s slowly peeling away on my Saturn.
On election day, I held true to the Kinkster (along with 12% of my fellow Texans), while my wife switched her allegiance to Democrat Chris Bell (30%) after mistaking him for our neighbors son. Coming in ahead of Kinky at 18% was the self-styled “one tough grandma” (Carole Keeton etc etc). That was the “governor thirty-nine percent” election and the poorest showing ever for Rick in a statewide contest. Having two Independents on the ballot may have been a once in a lifetime event.
And now the Kinkster has come out for Rick. Much is explained in his Daily Beast article my favorite quote being “…there remains the little matter of God. God talks to televangelists, football coaches, and people in mental hospitals. Why shouldn’t he talk to Rick Perry? In the spirit of Joseph Heller, I have a covenant with God. I leave him alone and he leaves me alone. If, however, I have a big problem, I ask God for the answer. He tells Rick Perry. And Rick tells me.”
I saw that Gene Simmons had tweeted Rick Perry as our next president, and the KISS bassist apparently has a better batting average than the Prince of Pho. He’s not touting if his streak goes back earlier than Clinton. only that he’s “never been wrong”. I can honestly say that I was never a KISS fan (my guess is that you’d have to be in your mid to late forties for that) and can’t think of a song from their catalog that does Rick justice (Love Gun? Lick it up?).
One minor rock classic does come to mind, Perry Como and Reba McEntire have also titled songs “Somebody up there likes me”, only Bowie’s fits the man like a pair of custom tooled cowboy boots….
….Knowing all that you think about from writing on the wall
He’s so divine, his soul shines
Breaks the night, sleep tight
His ever loving face smiles on the whole human race
He says “I’m somebody”
He’s got his eye on your soul, his hand on your heart
He says “Don’t hurry, baby
Somebody up there (somebody) likes me”
He’s the savage son of the TV tube
Planets wrote the day was due
All the wisest men around
Predicted that a man was found
I rarely find myself able to sit through an entire episode of Rachel Maddow, but am so glad I got far enough into last night’s show to see her and Chris Hayes dissecting the GOP second tier field and their potential motivation to stay in the race long after their expiration dates. Flash forward a few years and tell me you’d be surprised to see “Santorum Speaks” or “Bachmann’s Memo” (is it from Turner?, in Overdrive?) as branded icons of Fox News
So how large is the conservative media pie, and how many slices of Herman Cain or Buddy Roemer does it take to equal a helping of Rush a la mode. I wonder how many in the coveted advertising demographics are likely to feast on Thaddeus McCotter’s crumbs a couple of years from now.
In all fairness, 65 plus can be a perfect demographic for the right product…….
If it’s Sunday, you know you’re watching E!
If it’s an ad for gold, you know you’re watching Fox!
If you google “perrylicious”, you’ll be asked if you mistyped berrylicious (which might be a fro-yo outlet in CA), offered assorted Katy Perry content, and a rich single man in Austin that goes by that handle on datehookup.com.
Add “Rick Perry” to your search and you’ll find this gem from what I presume is Houston’s version of the SA Current. The aforementioned Mr Connelly named the Governor 2009’s “Turkey of the Year” (Tom DeLay and Sheila Jackson Lee get roasted as well) and most likely coined the term in question, even if he employed a hyphen.
My ironic hipster hat is off to you Sir.
Some of you may recognize more in the list than I did. Evil Krusty, Pennywise, the Joker, and John Wayne Gacy (number 13….really?) did it for me.
On a somewhat related, and equally terrifying note….If you scroll through the entire gallery one of Gacy’s neighbors makes an appearance here http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/funnypictures/ig/Republican-Clowns/Rick-Perry–Republican-Clown.htm
Enough to wonder, how large the is the GBTV subscription audience? Nostalgia led me to the following clip that qualifies for the heading “Perrylicious”. People who like to say “Rick Perry was “Tea Party” before “Tea Party” was cool” forget all about Debra Medina and how the Rickster almost got outflanked on the right during the last GOP primary.
As someone recently remarked, it’s time to rip off the band-aid. The following is sourced from dallasvoice.com (Jan 4,2011) which advertises itself as “the premier media source for LGBT Texas”. No hyperlinks since I’d consider the webpage NSFW in that while the term RILF isn’t fully spelled out, the implication is unmistakable.
Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who’s long been the subject of gay rumors, comes in at No. 10 in this video compilation of “RILFs” put together by the hookup site (hyperlink deleted) which describes itself as “the largest free social network, dating, and chat site for Gay Daddies, Silver Daddies, Muscle Daddies, Bears and Daddy-Lovers.”
There have been been gay rumors floating around going back to a time when Rick Perry was…….a DEMOCRAT. The story got a new lease on life during the last gubernatorial GOP primary when the Breck girl’s search engine optimizer managed to commingle the terms “Rick Perry” and “gay“. Following those prompts is sort of like buying salsa at a grocery store, you can chose medium, or spicy.
The only mention in a reputable publication appeared in a story by Michael King in the Austin Chronicle. Keeping in mind Texas’ recently concluded legislative session where education funding was gutted, the gem in that 2004 story is buried toward the bottom,
When public interest groups complained about the unseemliness of the governor vacationing with deep-pocketed donors, spokesman Robert Black described the cruise as a “working trip” paid for by “campaign funds” and devoted to a discussion of “public school finance.” That is, during a luxury retreat in the Bahamas, the governor discussed “public school finance” with a group of wealthy right-wing activists who have done everything in their power to undermine, or even abolish, public education. But we should be reassured by the knowledge that foxes paid for the chicken feed.