Aug 212014

From tonight’s The Rachel Maddow Show… Wayne Slater, senior political writer for the Dallas Morning News, talks with Rachel about why the indictment of Texas governor Rick Perry is a bigger deal than many realize and is not a partisan attack and is about coercion, not vetoes.

Presidential Visit to Dallas

 Posted by at 22:26  Politics
Jul 092014

President Obama visited Dallas today. He met with Governor Perry and several local and religious leaders concerning the current border crisis. He then attended a fundraising dinner before moving on to Austin for more fundraising.

Here is our local CBS affiliate’s report on the President’s visit, including the President’s remarks following the meeting…

Judging strictly from this photo taken during the meeting, it does not appear to be going the way Rick Perry would have liked…

Did anything productive come of the meeting (for which Perry begged) or will the Republicans continue playing politics with the lives of the children currently streaming across our southern border?

I think we all know the answer to that question, don’t we?

Texas women

 Posted by at 20:31  Politics, Republicans
Jul 182013

Republicans across the land have made it their mission this year to restrict the rights of American women in any way they can. Today, in Texas, Rick Perry struck a big blow for them when he signed into law one of the most restrictive anti-women laws in the nation. Here, if you think you can stomach it, is Governor Grecian Formula himself gloating over his victory. Following that is a video that I think you will enjoy much, much more. If the bad governor of Texas is not quite your taste, just scroll down for something that may be.

Perry not done yet

 Posted by at 15:03  Politics, Republicans
Jul 102013

All the good people in Texas got kind of excited the other day when Rick Perry announced he would not seek another term as our governor. Still, though, he has 18 months left in his current term. And, as author James Moore points out, he ain’t done yet…

Cowboy Rick Perry will ride again — in 2016

No one should expect anything new out of Perry. He will keep traveling the country annoying other state leaders while talking about jobs in Texas and acting like he persuaded God to pour dinosaur wine into our soil and then seduced California tech companies into moving where real estate and labor are less expensive. Texas has always been a job engine because of natural resources, weather and people, not politicians.

No mention will be made by Perry of the fact that a large number of jobs lured to Texas using taxpayer money are minimum wage, nor will he talk about how Texas is 50th in the percentage of population with a high school diploma, or how it’s first in the nation with 28.8% uninsured.

The governor will keep arguing against Obamacare regardless of the fact it insures 3 million more Texans and reduces the uninsured overall to 12%. Don’t expect him to detail, either, that his state is 50th in per capita spending on health care, 51st in benefits for the Women, Infants and Children program, and, even though he is pushing abortion restrictions, Perry will certainly not let anyone know he presides over a state ranked 50th in the percentage of women receiving prenatal care in their first trimesters.

And if his leadership has been so inspiring, why is it that Texas is also last in the percentage of the voting age population that actually votes?

The Texas governor has a good life. And he knows it. He’s already drawing his $7,698 a month pension from the state, and his $150,000 salary, living in a beautiful mansion in downtown Austin, and traveling on jets with an entourage of security and sycophants. But that’s nothing compared with being president. So, no, the cowboy isn’t riding away. He’s hanging around the saloon.

And trying to get another drink.

That’s just a bit of James’ article. Click on the title to read the whole thing.

Unfortunately, we have not yet seen the last of King Rick.

Texas gets a break

 Posted by at 21:29  Politics, Republicans
Jul 082013

The state of Texas finally got a break today…

Perry Says He Won’t Seek Governorship Again in Texas

SAN ANTONIO — Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor of Texas and an unsuccessful Republican presidential candidate last year, announced on Monday that he would not seek another term but would instead “pray and reflect and work to determine my own future path.”

“The time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership,” Mr. Perry told a crowd of supporters in a cavernous heavy equipment dealership here. “Today, I am announcing I will not seek re-election as governor of Texas.”

As for what happens after his term is over in 18 months, he said he would “announce any future considerations in due time,” almost certainly an allusion to the possibility of a White House bid in 2016, though he made no direct reference to it. Mr. Perry has indicated regret over entering the presidential race relatively late in the process and has said that back trouble and a lack of sleep contributed to his gaffe-plagued campaign.

But it is an open question whether an earlier start and better health would make a difference for Mr. Perry, should he try to run again. Mr. Perry faces some daunting challenges. First, he would have to convince Republican primary voters that he is not the lightweight who could not recite the third of three federal agencies he would eliminate and blurted out, “Oops.”

I’m hoping that Rick Perry and Mike Huckabee both decide to throw their hats in the ring in 2016. This country could use some real-life comedy.

Perry quitting now puts Attorney General Greg Abbott in front of the race for the Republican nomination for the next Texas governor. I’ve heard that he already has $18 million banked for the race. Believe it or not, Abbott would actually be worse for Texas than Perry. Perry flirted heavily with the Tea Party. Abbott is married to it.

Rick Perry is dumb

 Posted by at 16:51  Politics
Jun 272013

I think you probably already know this, but in case you don’t let me enlighten you. Texas Governor Rick Perry is a dumb ass. He proved it again today: “Rick Perry: Wendy Davis learned nothing from ‘her own example’ as a teen mom.”

There is video at the link. I’d rather not post it here. I want as little of Rick Perry on my site as possible. I’m telling you, the man makes George Dubya Bush look like a fricking genius.

Perry said:

In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances. She was the daughter of a single woman, she was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas senate. It is just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters.

To which Wendy Davis responded:

Rick Perry’s statement is without dignity and tarnishes the high office he holds. They are small words that reflect a dark and negative point of view.

Our governor should reflect our Texas values. Sadly, Gov. Perry fails that test.

Wendy Davis for governor! (Video: Meet Wendy Davis)

P.S. It is kind of funny to hear Rick Perry say that “every life matters.” Under his rule, Texas now ranks at or near the bottom of all states in the United States in the number of people with health insurance. It also ranks at or near the bottom of students graduating high school. There is one thing in which it excels: Texas has executed the highest number of its prisoners than any other state… 500 since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1982; 261 of those since Rick Perry became governor. Yep… every life matters.

Jun 142013

Texas governor Rick Perry signed the “Merry Christmas” bill recently passed by the Republican-controlled Texas state legislature yesterday. The new law states that students and school officials have the right to use religious greetings like “Merry Christmas” and display various religious holiday symbols on school grounds. In his remarks at the signing ceremony, Perry stated that the First Amendment guarantees Americans freedom of religion. It does not grant them freedom from religion.

Watch and listen for yourself (if you think you can stomach it)…

It’s a shame that a bill like this one I’m signing today is even required, but I’m glad that we’re standing up for religious freedom in this state. Religious freedom does not mean freedom from religion.

In other words, if we want to shove our religion down your throats we are going to do it and there isn’t a dang thing you can do about it.

I’ve often heard the Republican party referred to as “the American Taliban.” I have resisted that label because I felt it was kind of harsh, even for our Republicans. I’m beginning to change my mind.

Apr 282013

Texas’ Rick Perry (R) has demanded an apology for this cartoon by Jack Ohman of the Sacramento Bee. (Which begs the question: Why is Rick Perry reading the Sacramento Bee?)


I guess he missed this one by Nick Anderson of the Houston Chronicle (which is actually in Texas)…


and this one by Pat Bagley of the Salt Lake Tribune…


or any of the dozens of other editorial cartoons published last week depicting the lack of the oversight and regulation that led to the tragic explosion and loss of life in West, Texas.

The truth hurts, doesn’t it Mr. Perry? Instead of spouting off so much about Second Amendment rights, perhaps you should brush up a bit on the First Amendment.

Perry out

 Posted by at 09:03  Election 2012, Politics, Republicans
Jan 192012

The other numbskull from Texas (I can say that because I’m from Texas) is dropping out of the race for the 2012 Republican nod. I’m surprised he actually last this long…

Perry Set To Drop Presidential Bid

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry is abandoning his presidential bid and endorsing Newt Gingrich.

That’s according to Republican officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid pre-empting the Republican presidential candidate’s announcement.

Perry plans a news conference at 11 a.m. in South Carolina, where he will announce his decision.

He has faced calls to drop out of the race in recent days as polls show him languishing while Gingrich gains steam.


Dang it all. Anita doesn’t get to be First Lady after all.