National Politics - 2016

Rick Perry Is A Tough Guy

BUT DOES IT MATTER? No prospective 2016 presidential candidate is milking the latest flareup on the immigration issue quite like Rick Perry. Seriously … he’s all over the border drama.  And all over the border itself. “I’ve walked into the facility where these young kids are being held, and the look…


No prospective 2016 presidential candidate is milking the latest flareup on the immigration issue quite like Rick Perry.

Seriously … he’s all over the border drama.  And all over the border itself.

“I’ve walked into the facility where these young kids are being held, and the look in their eyes — the lack of hope, they’re scared,” Perry said recently. “They’ve been lured here by policies put into place that basically said, ‘If you will come here and you cross that river, you can stay here in America.’ That’s a siren song that has to stop.”

The sixty-four year old – who has spent the last thirteen years as governor of Texas – has also posed for media photo ops with state military boats on the Rio Grande River.  He’s even held a machine gun in one of those boats alongside Fox News host Sean Hannity.

“I will tell you this: If the federal government does not do its constitutional duty to secure the southern border of the United States, the state of Texas will do it!” he is fond of bellowing.

Perry has followed up on that tough talk, too, recently dispatching more than 1,000 National Guard troops to Texas’ Southern border (while calling on Obama to send 3,000 new border patrol agents).

“I will not stand idly by,” Perry said. “The price of inaction is too high.”

For those of you with short memories, Perry was the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination in September 2011 … but by January 2012 had dropped out of the race, endorsing the candidacy of Newt Gingrich.

Why did Perry implode?

The short answer is a lack of intellectual curiosity …

“I know I’m not the smartest guy in the room,” Perry told one of his 2012 supporters in early-voting South Carolina (a state he paid a visit to last fall).

That turned out to be a colossal understatement …

We’ve been wrong about politicians before, but our hunch is Perry’s “revival” will be short-lived.  Based on everything we’ve seen so far, he simply lacks the gravitas  to sustain it.  And even if he does, Perry has a long history as a crony capitalist and sanctimonius moralizer – two things we simply cannot abide.

Still, his posturing on the immigration issue has succeeded in getting us to write about him again … which for a second-tier candidate like Perry is a victory unto itself.

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shifty henry July 22, 2014 at 8:40 pm

I suppose that everything will go along fine and be under control until Governor Perry’s boys take out a Boeing 787-8 belonging to Aeroméxico.

GrandTango July 22, 2014 at 8:49 pm

It’s Perry’s state that is hurt the most. Not only by illegal immigration, and the expense, but the drug lords.

You sound like a Dumb@$$ bashing the man for standing up for his state. Remember: FITS serviced a Gov. who hiked the trail, instead of doing his job. Not to mention: Texas is out-performing the Obama states, by leaps and bounds…

Get educated: Read:

President Perry July 22, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Hey Asshat. Remember when you guaranteed I would be elected president? Now you look dumber than I do in these stupid ass glasses.

GrandTango July 23, 2014 at 7:13 am

1) Didn’t you guarantee Obamacare would cost less, and cover more??? DUMB-@$$!!!!

2) Don’t look now, but whoever guaranteed Perry as president may be getting hot. The guy is being aggressive this time. And he sure looks like a BIGTIME hero compared to that total failure in DC you worship as a god.

Jurisdoc July 23, 2014 at 6:05 am

Do you just read fits, then post some lame, half witted reply on your simple template at blogger? I went by, so count me as a “hit” but I quit reading after 2 lines. I am truly dumber for having clicked that link. Fits is stupid, but at least he’s entertaining.

Smirks July 23, 2014 at 6:39 am

Wait, GrandTango actually reads this site?

Wait, GrandTango actually reads?

GrandTango July 23, 2014 at 7:10 am

Evidently, you did not read the time stamp on my post, compared to FITS’. That may be why you’re not interested, I solicit a higher intellect than you seem to possess.

shifty henry July 22, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Tension along the US and Mexican border had reached a new high. The Mexican Captain had grown increasingly anxious over rumors of an impending air strike from neighboring Texas. “Pedro,” he ordered his aide-de-camp, “I want you to climb that mountain and report any signs of American activity.”

“Si, Capitano,” replied Pedro. He trudged up the mountain and as soon as he
crossed the ridge he saw a squadron of planes heading their way. “There are many planes coming, Capitano,” he promptly radioed back.

“Friends or enemies?” the Captain demanded urgently.

Pedro again lifted his binoculars to the sky. “They’re flying very closely together, Capitano,” he replied. “I think they must be friends.”

The Colonel July 22, 2014 at 9:04 pm

The gun on the gunnel at the stern of the boat is an M-240B, a 7.62mm light machine gun. I’ll guarantee that if he fires a few rounds over the heads of some “border crossers” they’ll head the other way in soiled “pantalones”. Funny thing though, he doesn’t have any ammo. A far better “weapon” in this war would be a water canon, the illegal immigrants would get a free bath while being driven back into Mexico.

Up Your Ass July 22, 2014 at 9:27 pm

What purpose would it serve to fire weapons over the heads of children?…..other than to serve red meat to the kooks?

Do you shit your pantalones at the sight of children? Women?

The Colonel July 22, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Dude – h the whole point of my post is to illustrate the stupidity of carrying a crew served machine gun on this mission. A water canon would be a far better tool to interdict illegal aliens crossing the border.

FED UP July 22, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Forgive these idiots Col., they know not of what they speak.
This illegal immigration insanity has got to stop. The USA cannot be the caretaker, nor Policemen of the world anymore.
our elected idiots have bankrupted us and continues the same path. We will soon be a 3rd world nation ourselves and who, in this world, will help us? I submit NO ONE!

shifty henry July 22, 2014 at 10:42 pm

Get an Air Tractor AT-802-A with an 800 gallon capacity of purple (or your choice of color of the day) hard-to-remove dye/paint and spray them from the air (and manufactured in Texas)

Tom July 23, 2014 at 10:37 am

So you are suggesting we blast children with water cannons and force them back across the Mexican border to starve in the desert? I am just trying to get the image of what the GOP wants in my mind.
I’m not saying this would not slow the flow of children into the country, but I just want to be sure I understand how the plan is designed to work.

CorruptionInColumbia July 23, 2014 at 12:14 pm

To take off into the desert, into a country where they should officially be NOT welcomed, is THEIR decision, not ours. Keeping them out, along with diseases they may be bringing here with them plus the drain they will necessarily place on our economy and other resources, is or should be a core function of our government. If you choose to violate our laws by coming here without official invitation from our government (green card, etc), you have no sympathy from me.

shifty henry July 23, 2014 at 1:25 pm

They won’t starve — the entire situation is a set-up.

CorruptionInColumbia July 23, 2014 at 1:43 pm

You said it, friend!

The Colonel July 23, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Tom, they managed to get here didn’t they? They can probably figure out how to get home – if not, I’m sure the benevolent Mexican Gubamint will sweep them into their loving arms – and throw them in prison for ten years and then summarily deport them. The vast majority of invaders are not children.

Tom July 23, 2014 at 3:20 pm

But the reason Perry is rushing to the border with his best George Patton look is because of the invasion of illegal children. At least that is what he said. So is he lying or wrong?

But in the end, I guess you are correct, as long as they die on the other side of the border what concern is it of ours.especially if more than half of the dead people are not children.

Of course another option to killing women and children would be to attempted to dry up the job market by fining employers who provide jobs to illegal aliens. But that is never part of the plan for the GOP. Those people are donors and job creators, and donors, and men of industry, and donors, and congressmen, and donors..

The Colonel July 23, 2014 at 3:59 pm

I’m in favor of jail time and business ending fines for those found exploiting illegals, coupled with “maybe I better not do that level” fines for those found “just” employing illegals. That alone won’t stop the invasion, there has to be a mechanism in place to deter their crossing the border illegally.

Tom July 23, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Why not business ending fines for those employing illegals?

The Colonel July 23, 2014 at 8:17 pm

On the off chance that they’ll see the error of their ways and go forward employing legal workers.

The Colonel July 23, 2014 at 8:17 pm

On the off chance that they’ll see the error of their ways and go forward employing legal workers.

A question July 23, 2014 at 11:24 am

What says “tough guy” better for Perry than having a machine gun peppering the waters of the Rio Grande around children frantically swimming for the lives?

The Colonel July 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm

I think what “…having a machine gun peppering the waters of the Rio Grande around children frantically swimming for the lives…” would do for Governor Perry is make him look like a psychopath and guarantee the end of whatever political career he has left.

You can “Monday Morning Quarterback” this all you want, the simple truth is we can not support this invasion. Shooting them with a water canon before they enter the river seems like a relatively humane way to tell them to “…go back where they came from…” (if they stay in Mexico, they’ll be thrown in jail)

A majority of the crossers ARE NOT CHILDREN by the way.

William July 22, 2014 at 10:47 pm

Back Up Your Ass, Ass

Grand Tango's Ass July 23, 2014 at 11:25 am

All this ass talk is getting me excited.

shifty henry July 23, 2014 at 2:36 pm

What are you doing with those empty Cheeto bags? WAIT! –don’t tell us!

euwe max July 25, 2014 at 10:40 pm

Cheezits aren’t bad with tobasco sauce.

Manray9 July 22, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Many of these comment reek of the racism that underpins much of the GOP and its rightist allies these days.

The Colonel July 22, 2014 at 11:14 pm

Please identify the racist comments.

Mike at the Beach July 23, 2014 at 3:22 am

That’s easy. You see, if you identify with ANY position generally opposed by modern Democrats / progressives / liberals / leftists (pick a label), you are, by definition, either:

1. Xenophobic
2. Racist
3. Bigoted
4. Uncaring
5. Isolationist
6. War-mongering
7. Intellectually inferior
8. All of the above

See? Simple.

The Colonel July 23, 2014 at 7:13 am

Ah yes, the eight step test…

Mike at the Beach July 23, 2014 at 6:00 pm

My apologies, sir, but we appear to have stirred up the proverbial hornets’ nest.

The Colonel July 23, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Go for it Mike, that’s half the gun of coming here!

USA July 23, 2014 at 8:05 am

10-4 Sir!!

Tom July 23, 2014 at 10:43 am

On the other hand if you oppose anything that the GOP or Teanuts want to do, you are by definition
1. a taker,
2. a welfare queen or king,
3. lazy
4. America hater.
See? Simple

James July 23, 2014 at 11:09 am

Dude, Mike got 8 you only got 4?

Tom July 23, 2014 at 6:35 pm

Oh, I could do more
5. Socialist
6. Communist
7. Stupid
8. All of the above

Tazmaniac July 23, 2014 at 11:20 am

You neglected the most probable, 5. All of the above.

Yep! July 23, 2014 at 11:47 am

You forgot “stupid”. Also, you can really combine number 1,2 & 3, but I digress.

Mike at the Beach July 23, 2014 at 4:13 pm

I would agree if you had limited your reply to Tea Party crowd, famous for their tolerance and open-mindedness on political issues and the compromise necessary in a civilized political system. Republicans? Not so much. They’re clowns, to be sure, but they try to compromise here and there (only to get politically vilified and/or threatened). Some of the common sense issues are on their side, though. Example- the border issue; any politician who believes that we should in any way beef up security on our very open southern border is immediately referred to the list I posted earlier. That’s just ground truth, despite the fact that many mainstream, rational people can admit that most immigration-destination nations secure their borders. See? *Not* that simple…

Tom July 23, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Then 95% of the Republican Party must now be the Tea Party crowd, because all you have to do is listen to Republican Commercials to know that what I said was true of most of that party. Compromise has become a dirty word for the Republican Party.

Hippocritter July 23, 2014 at 11:46 am

You’re used the “Isolationist” label on Ron Paul supporters, so check your hypocrisy a bit before bitching.

Hippocritter July 23, 2014 at 1:19 pm


Mike at the Beach July 23, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Whoa, there little camper! Your exposed (and highly overworked) nerve is showing! I’ll break this down for you. You will note that if you read the entire list of obviously humorous (attempted, anyway) selections, both “isolationaist” and its sorta-kinda political / foreign policy opposite “war mongering” are there. That’s part of the attempt at humor- it can go either way, although I’m not sure why you’re calling me out as a hypocrite when RP folks are SELF-PROFESSED isolationists anyway! Truth hurts, I guess. This actually bore no relation to RP peeps anyway, but we’re all entitled to our own interpretations.

Soft Sigh from Hell July 23, 2014 at 6:31 pm

“These days?” Where have you been the last several decades? And for well before that, change the bugaboo to Jews. And for before then, Catholics.

USA July 23, 2014 at 8:04 am

Give em ammo!
The Drug smugglers and Coyoties have ammo.
Boarder Patrol was fired on using real ammo..7.62×39, 5.56 and 50 cal.

The Colonel July 23, 2014 at 8:23 am

I’m willing to bet there’s a couple of boxes of linked 7.62 on the boat somewhere but “shooting back” could be a disaster. I forsee a “Hamas like” use of non combatants as shields if push comes to shove with a surface craft – however, if the coyote see the boat armed with water canon dealing with invaders and the coyote open fire on the boat, an AC-130 could smoke them after using FLIR/SLIR to determine if civilians were around the bad guys. Racking the slide with coyote and civilians mixed together is a recipe for disaster.

shifty henry July 23, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Thanks for your clear thinking…. 10+

Clarendonian July 22, 2014 at 9:35 pm

Not to mention a effing moron.

idcydm July 23, 2014 at 7:44 am

The effing morons are in D.C. and none of them are “TOUGH GUYS”. If they were tough they would stop playing politics and make the tough decisions.

Fed UP July 23, 2014 at 8:01 am

Amen!!! All of them, both parties.

Tom July 23, 2014 at 10:29 am

Give me an example of a tough decision that needs to be made that is not being made, so that I can understand your point.

Tazmaniac July 23, 2014 at 11:17 am

Start with not paying Mexicans to deliver them at our doorstep? It is easily provable that this is a manufactured event.

William July 23, 2014 at 11:21 am

So prove it.

Tazmaniac July 23, 2014 at 11:28 am

The Government soliciting for vendor services months before they showed up, or is Madam Cleo running Homeland Security? John Kerry in Mexico City making the arrangements for the kid’s safe passage months before? Try watching a film “El Norte” and tell us how they showed up at Mexico’s North Border unassisted.

William July 23, 2014 at 11:46 am

So you are saying you have no proof.

idcydm July 23, 2014 at 1:36 pm

If you need an example you’re not paying attention or you have blinders on.

Reelect Perry '16...oops. July 23, 2014 at 10:54 am

He looks like a fool in this pic…a damn fool.

bogart July 23, 2014 at 1:42 pm

” I’ve looked into these children’s eyes and they’re scared”…….an” effing moron” holding a gun will do that to you every time.

Bible Thumper July 22, 2014 at 9:48 pm

Perry may lack gravitas, but the state has low taxes, no income taxes, low unemployment and one of the fastest growing economies in the county.

aikencounty July 22, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Fastest growing minimum wage economy.

Bible Thumper July 22, 2014 at 10:47 pm

Texas ranks 25th in household income. 2nd in the south behind Virginia as of 2011. The whole nation is growing low wage jobs. Texas is doing well in comparison.

Tom July 23, 2014 at 10:51 am

Also Texas relies heavily on undocumented labor for its agricultural, ranching, and tourist industries. I wonder what impact it will have on their economy when we start calling out those employers and fining them for using undocumented labor. Oh wait. That is not part of the GOP plan to reduce illegal immigration. They prefer the water cannon/wall in the desert method. Never mind.

vicupstate July 23, 2014 at 3:40 pm

It’s only a low tax state is you are in a high income. The poor and middle class, not so much. Nearly all states that have no income taxes have a high level of tourism (FL, NV or Oil revenues, or both).

Bible Thumper July 23, 2014 at 4:00 pm

The only fair comparison is to compare changes in the economic statistics of Texas with other states and the nation. Texas was poor when Perry took office and still is but it has also experience greater population growth than most of the nation. The whole country has experienced wage and hour reductions, but in comparison Texas has done well.

CNSYD July 22, 2014 at 10:09 pm

“Still, his posturing on the immigration
issue has succeeded in getting us to write about him again … which for a
second-tier candidate like Perry is a victory unto itself.”

So how big a victory is it when Sic Willie continually writes about and touts a bottom tier candidate like T-Rav? Oh, I forgot, money talks.

CorruptionInColumbia July 22, 2014 at 10:10 pm

I would be seriously surprised if this went beyond photo-ops for his wannabe Presidential bid. When Perry totally wimped out on making the groping and grabbing by TSA a felony, when Pelosi or someone of like position threatened to shut down air travel to, over, and from, Texas, Perry’s “worth” took a huge dip, IMHO.

Tazmaniac July 23, 2014 at 10:56 am

I kept waiting for a sex scandal of some sort to come out. You know it is going to happen if it begins to look like he has a chance……Newt….Jeez.

More Black People Hate Obama July 22, 2014 at 10:42 pm

Obama is a fuck up .. Was a rookie when he was elected. Was a fuck up in the Illinois legislature. Was a fuck up in the US Senate … And he is even more fucked up than ever before. Total bullshit artist. This is why he targeted the young voter base. Easier to dupe.
Lindsey Graham, and I will toss this in here, is another two faced lying fuck up. He tries to be sneaky with his crap. But keen minds that follow his bs see he is another ‘fucked up’ douche bag war monger that gets his jollies over killing people with military weapons. He even looks sick in the head.
As to Perry, I don’t care about him much. But one thing is for certain, at least he obvious has a set of real balls. Kind of reminds me of how Ray Gun would take charge of things, like a real man would. Perry makes Obama look like the little lost boy who enjoys pulling wings off of flies or taking cats by their tails and swinging them around. I know a few 14 year old boys that could easily stomp Obama’s ass in a physical fight.

vicupstate July 23, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Pandering and grandstanding do not a set of balls make.

Lock and Load July 22, 2014 at 10:45 pm

Fire rubber bullets at the illegals. It will send a strong message. And word will get out fast and deter the rest of them. Whats Obama going to do about that? Scream racism? hahahaahahah!!

Rocky Pedro July 23, 2014 at 9:54 am

Can we shoot at the Cubans too?

William July 23, 2014 at 11:05 am

The invasion from Canada is much bigger than from Cuba. Lets bag us some Canadians.

CorruptionInColumbia July 23, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Really? They are from an industrialized, civilized, nation, and (mostly) speak English. They might have something to contribute once here, rather than bring that which they purport to be fleeing (violence, disease, corruption, etc) with them as Latin American invaders seem to be doing.

Rocky Molson Drinker July 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm

So yes, we can shoot the Cubans? What about the Indians and Pakastanis and South Americans that come in through Canada – can we shoot them? Can we sent Rita Pearlman there like in the movie Canadian Bacon – where’s the ghost of John Candy when you need him.

shifty henry July 23, 2014 at 1:31 pm

‘Rhea’ — and thanks for the movie title — I’ve been trying to remember it for days

shifty henry July 23, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Q: How do Canadian Environmental groups plan on using Hilary Clinton to stop the spread of Asian carp into the Great Lakes?

A: By having her go Skinny Dipping in Lake Michigan

Q: Why did Bill Clinton choose Canada as the site for his
summit with Yeltsin?

A: So he could look up some college buddies who moved up there during the war.

A Canadian calls the RCMP “Hello is this the RCMP? I’m calling about my neighbor Antoine Smith. He is hiding marijuana in his firewood!”

The next day the RCMP descends on Antoine’s house and search the shed where the firewood is kept. They bust open every piece of firewood, but find no marijuana. They apologize
to Antoine and leave.

The phone rings at Antoine’s.. “Hey Antoine, did the RCMP come to your house?”


“Did they chop all your firewood?”


“Happy Birthday Buddy!”

Tom July 23, 2014 at 10:59 am

Can we shoot the teddy bears the 5 year olds are carrying when we shoot them? Col. suggest we water blast them back into the desert. I think it will be an interested experiment as to which works better. Either way a few thousand dead children will probably reduce the flow.
I think we should let Perry make the decision as to which to use and let him pull the first trigger. He wants to be a General. Go for it. Lead.

Tom July 23, 2014 at 11:00 am

Also a great Photo op. Almost a Teddy Roosevelt moment. A photo with is boot on the neck of a 10 year old Mexican.

Manray9 July 22, 2014 at 10:52 pm

“Milking” is the appropriate term. All most politicians do these days is “milk” events for their PR value. What hard legislative or executive work is Perry doing to solve the problem? Looks like just plenty of posing and posturing to me. Oh, I know — he can’t REALLY do anything because it’s all Obama’s fault. Remind me again, who signed the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 into law? I seem to remember it was a Republican president. I am glad Perry finally recognized what many of us did in 2012 — he’s “not the smartest guy in the room.”

Limbaughsaphatkhunt July 22, 2014 at 11:35 pm

Please run for 2016 Rick Perry…please!!!!!

Smirks July 23, 2014 at 6:40 am

We all need the humor of another Perry run.

Uh, umm… Oops!

GrandTango July 23, 2014 at 8:25 am

Perry just SLAPPED the S#!* out of Obama, and made him look like the incompetent Dumb@$$ he is. And you’re laughing at Perry..

I’ve heard it takes ignorant MoFos to elect Democrats. You D*#n sure support that theory.

Get Educated: Read:

GrandTango July 23, 2014 at 8:05 am

You elected Obama, DUMB-@$$ “You can keep your coverage-and it will cost less.” Remember that!. ..

Surely you’re not implying that you should do anything but STFU, after the F*#king disaster your god has proven to be…

Inciteful July 23, 2014 at 8:14 am

“Why did Rick Perry implode?,….Lack of intelect” So let’s see,…and Sic willi supports T-Roid! Now there’s consistency.

Centrist View July 23, 2014 at 9:18 am Reply
idiotwind July 23, 2014 at 9:37 am

US law dictates that a child coming across the border must be seen by a judge. how does the national guard change that? are they going to shoot the kids? perry hasn’t even attempted to explain what the guard will do. thats a classic texas move. send in soldiers first, then try to think of a mission.

Tazmaniac July 23, 2014 at 10:53 am

Once again, everyone is caught up in chasing and reacting to results instead of closely examining cause. The White House has paid the Mexicans to do this, the Congress, both D’s and R’s want this so they won’t stop this, or reveal and punish who is responsible. Until we have people with the balls and the will to represent the desires and needs of the American People in Washington DC this will continue. This is nothing but using children for human shields for treacherous, traitorous acts against the United States.

Nölff July 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Neanderthals were tough too.

Thomas July 23, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Captain Rick Perry flew C-130’s in the 1970’s. He passed Astro Physics in the Air Force to get his wings. The Democrat morons at Fits could not pass high school Trigonometry. Aside from that, Rick is not Presidential material. I want Gov Walker to run and be on the ticket.

Soft Sigh from Hell July 23, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Dumb as Dub

This is the new “clearing brush” I suppose.

euwe max July 25, 2014 at 10:38 pm

[begging Ron Paul for a hand up]… “Ooops”

dsmith July 27, 2014 at 7:20 am

I’m sick of the Republican “Tough guys” who talk war rather than diplomacy. Perry is already following in GW Bush’s footsteps of kneeling down to the Israeli lobby who would like to use the US military to attack Iran. Perry already seems on board with starting another useless war in the middle east.


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