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Rick Perry signs controversial Family Leader pledge

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has become the latest candidate to sign a controversial “marriage vow” created by The Family Leader, an Iowa-based Christian group, according to the Des Moines Register. By signing the pledge, Perry vowed to remain faithful to his wife and support a constitutional amendment banning same sex…

WATCH LIVE: Rick Perry unveils flat tax plan

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry was expected to unveil his plan for a flat tax Tuesday. Watch this live video from Gov. Rick Perry’s 2012 campaign, broadcast Oct. 25, 2011.…

Bill Maher on Rick Perry’s ‘N*ggerhead Ranch’ rock

On Friday night’s episode of Real Time, host Bill Maher –in a segment reminiscent of our own primer on how not to respond to accusations of racism– pulled no punches in discussing the controversy surrounding the painted rock at Rick Perry’s “N*ggerhead Ranch.” “If you find yourself prefacing more than…

Perry skips out on wildfires’ press conference

Republican presidential front runner Rick Perry is possibly facing criticism for his handling of Texas’ wildfires. According to Fox News, Perry skipped out on a scheduled press conference Saturday afternoon. There was no word on Perry’s absence until after the event, when his office explained that the governor didn’t want to make…

Please stop with the giant bellies. Please.

Update: A victory!  The Daily Beast has switched the picture out to this one: I've replaced the picture below with the same stock photo that they were using, which was also used by the BBC.  So you can see what caused me to be annoyed. One of the great fears…

Texas is a really big state with a lot of different people in it, duh

Since Rick Perry seems determined to play the "I'm a Real Texan" card—and a whole lot of the mainstream media is willing to play along—I expect that I'll be spending the next few months, and god forbid year, hopping mad.  Not because I think Perry's an "inauthentic" Texan, but because…

Authentic Texans vs. blood-and-flesh Texans

American politics are dominated by culture war, and one of the most disturbing aspects of the culture war is the quest for authenticity—especially since what is considered most authentic is usually measured in the ugliest possible way.  Take, for instance, Paul Waldman's examination of how Rick Perry plays the "authenticity"…

TX: Creationist nominated by Rick Perry denied chair of State Board of Ed

People in the Lone Star State are tired of the bible beating flat-earth set trying to slip “intelligent design” into the public schools. One big proponent of this kind of misinformation, Republican Don McLeroy, saw his nomination by Rick Perry to head up the Texas State Board of Ed drop-kicked…

Teabagging Gov. Rick Perry says it’s time for the Lone Star State to secede

I’m loving this batsh*t insanity way too much. So Governor Goodhair and Chuck Norris are ready to take their balls home to make a go of it as the great nation of Texas. Rick Perry joined the club as he spoke to reporters after the local teabagging affair in Austin.…

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