Archive | August, 2011

Buzz from the TV show

Since we’re already sick and tired of the Presidential race, on last Thursday’s Capital Tonight on YNN-TV in Austin, the subject turned to the U.S. Senate race to replace the retiring Kay Bailey Hutchison. My comments will probably not please either Democrats or whoever is running David Dewhurst’s campaign.

You can see the entirety of last week’s show here, an episode which also features Mean Rachel.

And on the subject of Lt. Governor Dewhurst’s campaign, why take my word for it? He’ll be our guest on this Thursday’s Capital Tonight, when you can see for yourself what he has to say. Tune in live on YNN Austin this Thursday at 6 pm, or watch it Thursday night at 10, Sunday morning at 11, or at any time on the web.

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What’s with all these Rick Perry church signs?

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TPA weekly blog round-up

Here’s the weekly Texas Progressive Alliance blog round-up. Apparently the TPA members have an opinion or two about Rick Perry. Who knew?

Off the Kuff has one piece of advice for President Obama regarding Rick Perry’s Presidential ambitions.

The already-existing field of Republican Presidential candidates, along with former Bush administration officials, and even the current occupants of the White House, reacted to Rick Perry’s entry into the Presidential race, and Letters from Texas reacted to their reaction. The conclusion: they’re all screwing this up.

Bay Area Houston says Fact checking Rick Perry is not for the ignorant.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme is amazed that the always nuts Congressional rep Peter King wants Rick Perry to tone it down. No doubt that today’s republican is looking to nominate the mayor of crazy town.

WCNews at Eye On Williamson posts on the horror that often times is the Williamson County justice and DA John Bradley. A man has spent 24 years in jail for a crime he did not commit, it truly is A tragic story.

From Iowa corn dog porn, to “gaps” in the theory of evolution, to passive-aggressive assaults on Ben Bernanke and from Karl Rove, Rick Perry had a no good, very bad first week on the national stage. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs documents the governor’s gaffes, faux pas and self-administered gunshots to both cowboy-booted feet.

This week on Left of College Station, Teddy continues the Rick Perry ís Texas series by looking at innocent executions, college denied, child poverty, and even a chart showing that despite Perryís belief in the ìfree marketî that Keynes has come to Texas.

Neil at Texas Liberal said this week that while circumstance matters, it is best not to let others construct your reality.

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Attention people of Laredo:

Your “shipment” has been delayed. I hope this doesn’t ruin your weekend plans.

(PS: this post alone should keep any more college professors from making this blog part of the class syllabus)

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The already-existing field of Republican Presidential candidates, along with former Bush administration officials, and even the current occupants of the White House occup, reacted to Rick Perry’s entry into the Presidential race, and Letters from Texas reacted to their reaction. The conclusion: they’re all screwing this up.

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Buzz from the TV show, plus bonus Perry late-night TV punchlines

On Thursday’s Capital Tonight on Austin’s YNN-TV, I was asked to follow up on what I’ve previously discussed in another post (which, incidentally, got play in the U.K as well), and I repeated how I think everybody is handling Rick Perry exactly wrong.

As a bonus to you, the crap-reading public, here’s another example of how much fun you’re missing when you don’t watch Capital Tonight: another segment from Thursday’s show – the late night TV shows’ Perry punchlines.

You can watch this episode of Capital Tonight in its entirety this Sunday morning at 11 on YNN in Austin, or streamed any time on the interwebz. Meanwhile, catch us Thursday evenings live at 6  and rebroadcast at 10. If you don’t, the terrorists win.

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Well this is awkward

The new employment numbers came out today. They show that the unemployment rate in Texas is the highest it’s been in 24 years.

How long ago is 24 years? Ronald Reagan was President. A gallon of gas cost 91 cents. The Soviet army withdrew from Afghanistan. The first known major computer virus attacked computers connected to the internet. INXS, Chicago, and Steve Winwood topped the charts.

That’s how long it’s been since the unemployment rate in Rick Perry’s Texas has been as high as it is today.

But never fear, because Letters From Texas Worldwide Headquarters, Silver Lining Division, has gone the extra mile to bring you the good news associated with our high unemployment: we’re all about to have a lot more sex.

Thanks, Governor!

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Note to Rick Perry’s opponents: you’re screwing this up

Ever since Governor Perry went to Iowa and opened his pie hole, all the Democrats and half the Republicans have been calling his comments “un-Presidential.” The Bushies, led by Karl Rove, have been particularly vocal in their opposition to Perry’s rough rhetoric.

Perry finally makes a valid point

Here’s a helpful hint for you Republicans: you’re only helping Perry. Don’t you imagine that all those wing nuts whose support Perry is after like that there is now a candidate in the race who is “un-Presidential?” They believe that people being “Presidential,” ironically including George W. Bush, is what got us in this mess to begin with. The fact that those who intend to be unflattering to Governor Perry are calling him precisely what best positions him in this whacked-out race for the Republican nomination only helps propel him to the top of this pile of Bad News Bears-esque misfits running for the Republican Presidential nomination.

Perry thinks the Republican nomination will hinge on the jobs message. Perry isn’t wrong. So if you want to ensure that Perry isn’t the nominee, take him up on it. There’s plenty to talk about.

Perry’s narrative about jobs in Texas looks great at first blush, but it has ginormous holes upon closer scrutiny. Yup, Texas has jobs. Texas is a pro-business state. So what – Texas has always been pro-business, and we’ve almost always been near the top of the heap in job growth, and were long before Perry was around to take credit for it. And under his “leadership,” those jobs he brags about are crappy jobs – we have twice as many minimum wage jobs as anybody else in the country.

If you want to avoid getting a whuppin’ by Perry, stop taking Karl Rove and the Bushies’ lead in calling him “un-Presidential.” Instead, use his own jobs blather against him. He’s not un-Presidential – he’s simply unfit for office.

But speaking of Bushes, this is happening. I never thought I’d say this, but she really should keep her Bush.

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Meanwhile, in other Texas news unrelated to Rick Perry…

Things seem to be about normal.

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FUBAR in the news

MSNBC was kind enough to invite me to clown around join the discussion on Rick Perry last night on The Ed Show. Here’s how it all turned out.

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Perry versus Bachmann

It’s Iowa. It’s summer. The election is heating up. That must mean it’s time for Republicans to out-do each other in the corn dog department.

So vote in the comments section – who’s doing it right?

Bachmann’s corndog
Perry’s corndog

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TPA weekly round-up

The Texas Progressive Alliance hopes that the nation remembers Molly Ivins’ words about Texas governors as it brings you this week’s roundup.

Off the Kuff notes that the Voting Rights Act is squarely in the sight of Texas Republicans as they try to get their gerrymandered maps approved.

As Texas Governor Rick Perry (R – idiculous) officially enters the race for President, Letters From Texas presents Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Perry, But Were Afraid To Ask.

WCNews at Eye On Williamson warns that a Rick Perry presidential run should not be taken lightly, because if elected he would be Bush on Steroids.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme thinks that Rick Perry, (r-Dominionist), is just a puppet for the true leaders of the slow moving mob of republican fanatics.

Over at TexasKaos , Libby Shaw gives us a quick summary of Good Hair’s presidential creds in The Success of Rick Perry.

Do the King Street Patriots — via the Texas Secretary of State — intend to turn away veterans at the polls? It looks as if they do, and Open Source Dem at Brains and Eggs has the details.

Neil at Texas Liberal posted on Rick Perry’s conflicted views about gay marriage. If you read pages 26 and 27 of the hardcover edition Rick Perry’s book Fed Up!, you will see that his social conservatism and his extreme states’ rights views are not compatible. Both Rick Perry’s far-right backers and his centrist and liberal opponents should note this dramatic inconsistency.

McBlogger takes a look at S&P and finds them wanting.

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Rick Perry: It sucks to be you

Now that Rick Perry finally admitted today that he wants to be El Presidente, I thought it would be as good a time as any to re-post this video, which made it’s original debut right here on Letters From Texas in May, 2010.

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Buzz from the TV show – what bothered me about “The Response”

On last night’s episode of Capital Tonight on YNN TV in Austin, I was asked about Rick Perry’s prayer session in Houston last Saturday.

You can watch this entire episode online here. Also, there will be a special edition of Capital Tonight on YNN Austin at 11:45 Saturday morning, when we’ll be live, covering Rick Perry’s remarks in South Carolina, where he’s expected to announce his candidacy for President. And finally, an all-new episode of the show will air this Sunday morning at 11 am.

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Everything you ever wanted to know about Rick Perry, but were afraid to ask

Oh, hi there America – I wasn’t expecting you, or I would have cleaned up prettier. I assume you stopped by because you googled around, wanting to find out more about Rick Perry, now that he’s inflicting himself on the other 49 states running for President?

Say no more. We here at Letters From Texas Worldwide Headquarters love company. So come on in (wipe your feet, damn it!), make yourself comfy, grab some popcorn, and watch the show.

Want more? Glad you asked:

The case against Rick Perry for President

The Governor’s emergencies

A response to the response to The Response

Feel free to drop in any time!

[Video h/t: Sandie’sPAC]

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