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The new geography

December 29, 2011

“Every barrel of oil that comes out of those sands in Canada is a barrel of oil that we don’t have to buy from a foreign source,” [Rick] Perry said in Clarinda, earning a loud round of enthusiastic applause.


6 Comments leave one →
  1. Suzanne McCarthy permalink*
    December 29, 2011 10:32 pm

    Ouch! Who is this guy Perry?

  2. December 29, 2011 10:49 pm

    Governor of Texas, and a Presidential candidate.

    Probably it was just a slip of the tongue, but he has a reputation for being dim-witted …

    (see this post).

    He has also styled himself as an Evangelical leader (partly in opposition to his leading opponents: Mitt Romney, Mormon; and Newt Gingrich, who has been a Lutheran, Southern Baptist, and now a Roman Catholic):

  3. Suzanne McCarthy permalink*
    December 30, 2011 12:26 am

    Ha! It was a rhetorical question but thank you for these clips. I would not have believed it if I had read a transcript of the first one. Low bood sugar? How do you explain that? But then again, Texas, the origin of the Junia hypothesis. Maybe this explains it.

  4. December 30, 2011 8:58 am

    Hey, now. I live in Texas, which is also the origin of the USA National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and birthplace of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and where we’ve also had Governors Miriam A. “Ma” Ferguson and Ann Richards. So I also ask, Who is this guy? Yes, it’s low blood sugar or a Baron-Cohen brain of one sort or another.

  5. Suzanne McCarthy permalink*
    December 30, 2011 10:33 am

    Thanks for the correction there. I have ultimate respect for cowgirls.

  6. December 30, 2011 2:28 pm

    Indeed, I have considerable respect for Texas, which still has some great universities despite Perry’s attempts to eviscerate higher education.

    Besides better funding for higher education, I think Texas would be improved if they printed a good slogan on the license plate — I liked the entries “The Wildflower State” and “The Friendship State.” (See this article, for example.) But my favorite license plate slogan for the state is

    TEXAS: Gateway to Mexico

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