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The mugshot that launched a presidential campaign?

The mugshot that launched a presidential campaign?

If Rick Perry beats the charges, which he should, he emerges a hero and 2012 is ancient history.

Texas Governor Rick Perry was booked today on charges of abuse of power, but before he went in to pose for the greatest mugshot in the history of mugshots, he took the time to speak at a pickup rally organized in support of the Governor and his fight against Texas democrats.

The Washington Free Beacon has the video:

I’m here today because I did the right thing. I’m going to enter this courthouse with my head held high, and not only were the actions that I took not only lawful and legal, but right. And if I had to do so, I would veto funding for the integrity unit again. You think any governor, Democrat or Republican, would expect this important unit with jurisdiction over state officials, be led by someone who lives up to the high standard of conduct and personal integrity. And this issue is far bigger than me. It is about the rule of law, about the constitution that allows not just a governor but every citizen to speak their mind free of political interference or legal intimidation. [ cheers and applause ] This indictment is nothing but an attack on the constitutional powers of the governor. There are important fundamental issues at stake, and I will not allow this attack on our system of government to stand. I’m going to fight this injustice with every fiber of my being. and we will prevail. and we’ll prevail because we’re standing for the rule of law.

After Perry was booked, he went to Sandy’s ice cream, as is the Texas way.

Although these charges appear to be nothing more than a political power play, Governor Perry is playing a very smart long game by both hiring an excellent legal team, and welcoming the commentary from pundits on both sides of the aisle—almost all of whom believe that the indictment is nothing more than a transparent political play.

Democrats are losing yards at every turn, and it’s unclear whether or not they will be able to turn public opinion of the case against the state’s longest-serving governor. The law is on Governor Perry’s side, both with regards to his use of the veto power, and his attempted removal of town drunk Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg. Dems are banking on a judge and jury deciding that Governor Perry’s public demand that Lehmberg resign somehow trumps Perry’s plenary veto power as guaranteed in the Texas Constitution.

However this plays out, it’s clear that Rick Perry has a message for Texas democrats:

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Dear Texas Democraps: Bend aaalllll the way over…Okay, now pucker your lying lips…Goooood…Now, smooch your asses GOODBYE for the mid-term election and maybe significantly beyond. Buu-Byyyyeeeeeeeee…!!

I don’t think the Democrats thought this all the way through (boy, is that a motto?). Rosemary looks like a drunk power-obsessed lunatic in every video…because she was. Her life as a Youtube anti-role model is complete

    Paul in reply to Frank G. | August 20, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Judging from the OFA troll activity on the handful of other conservative sites I frequent, I’d say this issue has definitely got the prog drone army in a panic. They’re all frothy over it this morning.

It’s really strange how Rosemary hasn’t had much to say lately. The MSM hasn’t been quoting her at all. You gotta wonder if her Dem pals told her to shut up. And told the MSM not to talk to her…

    Nah, she’s just passed out in a ditch somewhere.

    Ragspierre in reply to stevewhitemd. | August 20, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Really, I’m hoping she is getting the help she so desperately needs.

    And not just for the boozing. She has some real BAD issues that’ll keep her busy for the rest of her life. I’m not sure she should be practicing law at all, anywhere. She’s sick.

Humphrey's Executor | August 19, 2014 at 9:31 pm

This is complete BS, but then I didn’t think the case against Delay would go as far as it did.

    If the trial jury is culled from the same herd as the Grand Jury Perry could end up like Delay

      See discussion on the other thread regarding initial procedural motions which will likely destroy this whole farce. In the mean-time, Perry will raise a boatload of money, and becomes a Conservative hero for standing up to a corrupt official who was hypocritically in charge of the unit designated to fight public corruption.

I look at that picture and in my mind I see the juxtaposition with the shot (ok, I know it’s photoshopped but still) of Barry on the back of Vlad’s horse. A better mug shot for Perry.. heh

If Perry makes it all the way to January 20, 2017, this photo should so be his official Presidential photo. And give signed autographs to every elected Democrat featuring said photo.

I believe that is what is referred to here in Arkansas as a “Opossum eating grin”.

    scooterjay in reply to Gremlin1974. | August 20, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I believe the saying is “grinning like a ‘possum in a ‘simmon tree” which is, of course, indicating that one is as happy as an opossum in a persimmon tree….where said mister opossum can eat his weight in persimmons. If you have ever had persimmon pudding you know how good it is! Just remember, persimmons should only be eaten when ripe, otherwise they are so tart and bitter you just might grin in displeasure!

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Right where I want you


Not gonna happen. Perry probably has an IQ of around 110. Americans are used to candidates with IQs of between 130 and 150 (Bush was probably around 130).

Intelligence matters.

    Lady Penguin in reply to Asher. | August 20, 2014 at 4:20 am

    And Obama’s IQ is? If you say it’s over 110, then show us the evidence of even that generous number.

    William F. Buckley said he’d rather take the 1st 100 names from the Boston phone book for governance than the Harvard faculty. (variant) I’m with Buckley on that, people with common sense are needed for good governance, not people with an elitist state of being.

    The BEST people are the ones who recognize that they don’t know everything but are smart enough to surround themselves with quality experts and advisers.

    Paul in reply to Asher. | August 20, 2014 at 8:03 am

    I’m curious where do you live? I ‘ve found that a lot of people who have never spent real time working around southerners mistake a slow speak pattern for a slow mind. The real smart southerners will use that against you.

    Be careful judging your books by their covers…..look what an absolute flaming fucking idiot failure “the smartest man in the room” has been.

      There’s an actual tactical advantage in deliberately letting people “misunderestimate” you. A lot of canny Southerners are perfectly capable of speaking CNN English, but will drop into the deepest and laziest of deep lazy Southern drawls when they’re negotiating or doing business with people from up North. People, especially those predisposed to being bigoted against Southerners, drop their defenses and don’t try as hard if they think you’re stupid. They think they’re running a race against the slowest clumsiest kid in the class, then you put a sprint on and cross the finish line before they even see where you’ve gone. A real estate agent I know is a real master at that game.

      Of course, there ARE Southerners who are just plain dumb as a bag of hair. But I don’t get the idea either George Bush or Rick Perry are part of that club.

      Observer in reply to Paul. | August 20, 2014 at 11:29 am

      The only time Barry Obama is the smartest man in the room is when he’s in the room alone.

      Or in the room with Nancy Pelosi.

    stevewhitemd in reply to Asher. | August 20, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Ah, you must be a Democrat, since you believe that a person’s entire ability can be summed up in a three digit number.

    But I do appreciate that you, alone amongst your peers, acknowledge Dubya to be smart. Don’t worry comrade, you’ll only spend a short time in the re-education camp.

    Here are a few qualities for president that you clearly have not considered necessary for a president (and who your patron saint, Obama, does not have): temperament. Resilience. Character. Generosity. Fortitude. Insight. Empathy. Determination. Class.

    I can’t say for sure where Governor Perry falls on each of those needed presidential traits, but over the last few years I’ve seen a lot of fortitude, character, resilience and determination in the man.

    More than I’ve ever seen in Barack Obama.

      Ragspierre in reply to stevewhitemd. | August 20, 2014 at 8:54 am

      “Ah’m not a smart my-an, but even I know…”

      If the U.S. had the economic vitality of Texas, there would be a lot of VERY happy Americans.

      Results count.

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to Asher. | August 20, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Remember IQ is a “potential intelligence” the same as a rock sitting on a ledge is “potential energy”. If nobody ever moves that rock, or motivates that person, it remains just that, potential.

    Prisons are full of geniuses and near-geniuses.

    Oh, and let’s not even talk about Øbama, the “smartest man in the room”.

    Valerie in reply to Asher. | August 20, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Democrat, much? We heard all about how dumb George Bush was, and what a f’n genius John F’n Kerry and Barack Obama are. Turns out, of course that George Bush actually did better in college than John Kerry, and Barack Obama had all his academic records sealed, although he did disclose that he mostly did drugs in college. Further, George Bush actually read books, and kept control of his executive branch. Barack Obama does not attend his briefings, and he does not read, and he accepts an excuse from his Attorney General that he did not read his mail.

    Democrats always say their candidates are brilliant, and they have been shown to be spectacularly wrong about this, over and over.

If he comes out swinging with both fists — and never stops — this event will prove to be the best thing that ever happened to him…and our country.

I don’t know. Even I had the impression Tom DeLay was guilty. The media smear machine is very powerful, and an indictment is powerful ammunition.

Can’t anyone involved in these indictments be charged on the same basis? Maybe they could move the capital?

    Paul in reply to mzk. | August 20, 2014 at 9:05 am

    “….and an indictment is powerful ammunition.”

    You’re missing the point.

    Where did I leave that ham sandwich?

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to mzk. | August 20, 2014 at 10:19 am

    I suggested moving the capital to Midland County.

    Midland’s District Attorney would have every Democratic lawmaker in an orange jumpsuit picking up trash (no, the other kind) on Highway 80 between Midland and Odessa inside of a week.

Remember that the Travis County DA’s office has a history.

It was the longtime home of Ronnie Earle, the Democratic hack who pursued Tom DeLay with bogus charges for years. DeLay cleared his name in the end, a purely political persecution, but in the process his had to give up his seat in Congress and spend millions on legal fees. The GOP suffered from the loss of its top fundraiser of the time, which was really what it was all about.

Bunch of crooks. Damn Democrats.

If you play the card game “Hearts”, what you’re witnessing is the Democrat establishment (aided and abetted by some RINOs)trying to run the table, only to find in the end that they were dealt a “25 point” hand.

Thank you Rosemary Lehmberg for those entertaining drunk videos. And that spit mask was a stroke of genius!

Perry was my first choice in 2012. He remains my first choice in 2016.

I want that picture on a T-shirt, mug, bumper sticker, etc….

People, here, seem to be missing my IQ point. It’s not that middling IQ people couldn’t make great presidents it’s that they can’t get elected. Perry’s debate gaffe in failing to name the Department of Energy is evidence enough that his IQ can’t possibly be over 120.

As for Obama’s IQ, several hard-right, HBD, data-mining types have produced analysis place his around 140 (which is nothing spectacular – mine is quite a bit higher and I run a one-man yacht detailing service). The analyses I saw regarding Obama’s IQ were prior to the 2008 election and I’m not going to spend long hours trying to coax them out of google.

Not sure why you think Obama would even make a good President, since being one was never his actual goal. No, Obama is a one-world, citizen of humanity sort whose allegiance is to global liberalism.

    Perry’s debate gaffe in failing to name the Department of Energy is evidence enough that his IQ can’t possibly be over 120.

    And Obama is gaffe-proof? LOL. Bless your heart, child.

    Paul in reply to Asher. | August 20, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I believe his fault in that debate was due to hubris, not lack of intelligence. The hubris to think that he could handle a nationally televised debate while under the influence of strong pain killers.

    Regarding Barry Soetero, how someone determines another person’s IQ when that person refuses to reveal anything related to their educational background is beyond me. At this point we’re well aware that he is a pathological liar and probably a sociopath, so he probably does have a higher-than average IQ, but I’ve seen nothing to suggest he is in the ‘genius’ category.

      Asher in reply to Paul. | August 20, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      pathological liar and probably a sociopath

      There is far more dispositive evidence for Obama’s IQ than there is for his being either of these. You almost certainly don’t understand what these terms mean.

        Paul in reply to Asher. | August 20, 2014 at 1:04 pm

        tell me Dr. Melfi, where have I gone wrong?

        Clearly the guy is a pathological liar, or are you going to argue that his lying is not habitual?

        Regarding the sociopath comment, are you suggesting that Barry Soetero doesn’t exhibit these symptoms:

        1) disregard for the feelings of others
        2) a lack of remorse or shame
        3) manipulative behavior
        4) unchecked egocentricity
        5) the ability to lie in order to achieve one’s goals



    Immolate in reply to Asher. | August 20, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Seems to me that your point is to tell everyone that your IQ is considerably higher than 140. Maybe you should be president.

TrooperJohnSmith | August 20, 2014 at 10:13 am

Just another case of bitter, Lefty T-Sips hatin’ on an Aggie!

Gig ‘Em Rick!

I think one of the analyses of Obama’s IQ was on a now-defunct blog named Half-Sigma. Half-sigma now runs a blog titled Lion of the Blogosphere. He’s probably far to the right of most of the commenters at Legal Insurrection.

Google “Nick Land”, “HBD”, “Reaction”, “dark enlightenment”, etc., you might learn something.

@ stevewhitemd

Ah, you must be a Democrat, since you believe that a person’s entire ability can be summed up in a three digit number.

And you’re an idiot. I’m a neo-reactionary who makes Michael Savage look like a **********ing hippie.

Also, nice reading comprehension fail. I never said anything remotely akin to three digits summing up a person’s abilities, just noted that IQ is hugely important in how American’s vote. Would I, myself, rather be ruled by Rick Perry than by Barack Obama? Sure, that is if I which believe that America were something admirable and worth saving, which I don’t.

Finally, you must really not get out much since you can get fired from jobs by Democrats, mostly, by even mentioning IQ. Hint, it’s got something to do with the reality that the average black IQ is 85 and the average white is 100. At 140, Obama is probably easily one of the ten smartest black men in the world and probably closer to the top ten. And the implication is …

BTW, there is some non-genetic variance between individuals when it comes to IQ. However, in distinct lineages the differences are 100 percent genetic.

    Shane in reply to Asher. | August 20, 2014 at 10:49 am

    @Asher, the reason people are responding poorly to your IQ comments is because IQ becomes a way for some people to say that they are better than other people and that because they are better then they should make decisions for the little dumb people.

    This is anathema to the right side of the house.

      Asher in reply to Shane. | August 20, 2014 at 11:33 am

      better than

      The phrase “better than” has two distinct connotations: a normative one and a descriptive one. Michael Jordan is a better basketball play than am I, and that is simply a description of reality. I am a much better thinker than Michael Jordan and that is also a description of reality.

      I don’t see why either is offensive to anyone. Look, I was born with my intellect, luck, deserves got nothing to do with it. That I was born with the brain I happen to have is no different from Usain Bolt being born with the legs he happens to have.

      Not sure of the problem.

        The problem is that you’re completely ignoring the training aspect, which applies both to intelligence scores and athletic ability.

        Michael Jordan is a better basketball player than you, not because he’s genetically predisposed to playing basketball, but because he’s trained and developed his ability his entire life. Usain Bolt may have been born with the legs he has, but if he didn’t spend years training, he wouldn’t even be a footnote to a bad running joke.

        Intelligence works the same way. Einstein is famous only partially because of his genetic brain; mostly, he’s famous because he spent years pondering, defining, and refining his theories until all the kinks had been worked out.

        The world abounds with people who have natural abilities – physical and mental – who never make anything of themselves because they won’t put in the work, and with people less naturally-gifted who nonetheless do well because they work their @$$es off.

@Asher….the simple fact that you are “evolving” your position and rabidly defending your statements makes you look less of an intellectual and more of a hack. Truly intelligent people use reason and logic before making statements that must be defended. I, too, love to pour on the “country bumpkin” drawl and the “aw, shucks” act before I knock you down a few notches!

    Is it true that men who resort to bragging about their high IQs to strangers all have teeny little dingalings?

    It must be true – I think I read it on a blog somewhere.

    #thescienceissettled 😉

    the simple fact that you are “evolving” your position and rabidly defending your statements

    Complete reading comprehension fail. My position has stayed exactly the same from the start: Americans are used to Presidential candidates with IQs in the range of 130 to 150 and someone with intelligence significantly below that is almost certainly unelectable. Period. That’s all I said.

    Further, I in what world is simply explicating one’s position defined as “rabid”??

    A) Learn to use basic words properly
    B) Learn to read

      Valerie in reply to Asher. | August 20, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      How odd that nobody here can understand you. You do know that people who hang out here tend to be really good at reading comprehension, don’t you?

      Henry Hawkins in reply to Asher. | August 20, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      Asher: “My position has stayed exactly the same from the start: Americans are used to Presidential candidates with IQs in the range of 130 to 150 and someone with intelligence significantly below that is almost certainly unelectable. Period.”

      Please tell us what were the IQs of presidents George Washington through Teddy Roosevelt and how it was obtained. That’s more than half the presidents in your cute little assertion above and *might* have an impact on your demonstration that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

      scooterjay in reply to Asher. | August 20, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      “Further, I in what world is simply explicating one’s position defined as “rabid”??”

      Oh, I don’t know…..I’m just a dumb southern rural hick that clings to my guns and religion, bitterly I might add but it appears to me that “rabid” in this sense is the fact that you feel it necessary to reply to each and every negative response to your illogical statement. Tell the truth, now… came here to stir up sentiment and make it “all about you” now, didn’t you?
      Poor, poor asher….none of the other kids would play with you so you throw a temper tantrum. awwwwww, you want a sticker? make you feel all better?

Not even Republicans like Perry much; anyway it’s Jeb.

Henry Hawkins | August 20, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Asher, I’m a Ph.D psychologist, a regular here on LI.

Please explain how you are measuring IQs based on responses to debate questions and such. Do you have any idea what goes into quantifying IQ?

    Ragspierre in reply to Henry Hawkins. | August 20, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I’ve known people who were “scary smart”. I mean off-the-charts math geniuses. Most of them were inarticulate. They were in pain when they tried to speak, and terribly poor at social interaction.

    I’m not good at math, or otherwise… HEH!

    I have a theory that we will expand the definition of “intelligence” as time goes by. I think that knowing where you are in space…a trait that great athletes often show…could be a type of intelligence.

      I totally agree with you. I work daily with many PhD statisticians, computer scientists, machine learning AI experts, etc. They’re all “off the charts” smart in a classic IQ sense, but many of them are probably “on the spectrum” and lack much of what you might consider “common sense.”

      Thomas Sowell has written much about this in his books touching on elitism, intellectualism and their impact on society as a whole. Is a guy who can coax food enough for thousands out of the dirt “dumber” than a PhD whose entire stock in trade is ideas on paper? Says who, and why?

      What you wrote about sense-of-space made me wonder, have you seen this kid?

      Rags: Check out Howard Gardner’s work on “multiple intelligences.”

      I hate using WikiPedia as a source, but it’s actually a pretty good sum-up:

      “Visual-spatial” is one of them. Pair it with the “Body-kinesthetic” aptitude, and imagine the possibilities. 🙂

      In reality, most people have some ability in all of them, but strongly favor two or three. Very few are strong in more than five or so, let alone all of them. One of the major criticisms is something Asher would hate: there’s no reliable way to quantifiably measure anyone’s ability. Still, it’s a good, well-rounded theory, I think.

        Ragspierre in reply to Archer. | August 20, 2014 at 1:57 pm

        See… “Great minds…” and all that…!!!

        And then there’s ME! Proof of the blind pig theorem …???

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Henry Hawkins. | August 20, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Responding to all in this mini-thread, IQ is a dying stat due to its vagueness and practioners’ inability to otherwise articulate exactly what ‘intelligence’ is and further, how best to measure it.

    It has dawned on my lazy, postmodern profession that a single number picked from a single scale is far too reductive for such a broad category as ‘intelligence’.

    IMHO, a famous ping-pong playing war hero marathon runner said it best:

    “Stupid is as stupid does.”

My younger brother is fairly smart, his IQ was tested at over 110 when we were in grade school. My brother is now a drug-addicted guy living in a house without electricity or water. Tell me again how IQ is the “end-all be-all” when it comes to measuring ability?

Robert “Radio” Kennedy has an IQ of much less than 100 I suppose and he had a movie made about him!

Henry Hawkins | August 21, 2014 at 10:23 am

Hmm. As a psychologist I tried to engage self-appointed intelligence expert “Asher” in a discussion on the issue and he seems to have disappeared. Hunh. Hope he’s OK.