Rick Perry is wasting no time resorting to violent rhetoric

Rick Perry is wasting no time resorting to violent rhetoric in his campaign for President. While speaking to a crowd in Iowa – Perry weighed in on the Federal Reserve – and Chairman Ben Bernanke’s monetary policy saying, “If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I dunno what y’all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas.” Perry went on to say, “Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treasonous in my opinion.”

Of course – people can be put to death if convicted of treason. So here we have a guy running for President who just hinted at dragging the Federal Reserve Chairman down to Texas to be executed. Economist Nouriel Roubini tweeted about the comment saying, “The Texan thug is making murder threats on the Fed Chairman.” Looks like Rick Perry is really running for America's executioner-in-chief, and he's already there as the Governor who has killed more prisoners - at least one who was innocent - than any other Governor in history.

Rick Perry apparently loves killing people as much as he loves threatening it.


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DRichards 11 years 41 weeks ago

Corporate Media Admit They Censor Candidates Who Challenge the Status Quo

Preface: Liberals shouldn't ignore the media's censoring of Ron Paul's popularity in straw polls because he's "on the right". Many progressive candidates have been shut out of political races by the big corporate media.

Corporate Media Admit They Censor Ron Paul

CNN and Politico admit that the mainstream media is in the business of picking candidates...


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Rick in Canadia 11 years 41 weeks ago

On Texas;

Our province of Alberta is like your Texas. Oil and Gas revenues have allowed balanced budgets and a rainy-day fund, along with low taxes. This province can afford to attract business that doesn't come naturally from the concentration of energy companies.

When unemployment rises across the country, Alberta is always in better shape. That doesn't mean that things have been easy for all. The long-term conservative government has lowered taxes but imposes user fees on many services. They have the money to do things right but take the right wing corporate stance in environmental and social areas.

The point is, the success of Alberta or Texas is not due to the wizardry of their chief executives. These guys can screw up royally and still come out smelling like a rose in many ways. They are bragging about good management when really it is mainly fortunate geography and geology.

Sadly, our present Prime Minister is from Alberta. Otherwise, it is a great province.



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RichardofJeffer... 11 years 41 weeks ago

I hope his first act as President is excuting himself for his treasonous talk of Texas succeeding from the United States.

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SAXMANJ1 11 years 41 weeks ago

Beware - Remember, there are powerful people who love and profit from:




Illegal immigration

Free trade

Election tampering

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leighmf 11 years 41 weeks ago

“almost treasonous" would have to include G.H. Walker & Co., Blackstone, Bechtel, Halliburton and the legion of war profiteers who make billions of defense dollars and federal securities disappear, unaccountable to the Treasury. That's why they have to keep printing more money. Let's give credit where credit is due.

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Yu Ban 11 years 41 weeks ago

Cameron Todd Willingham case: Expert says fire for which father was executed was not arson

CHICAGO TRIBUNE August 25, 2009|By Steve Mills, Tribune Newspapers

In a withering critique, a nationally known fire scientist has told a state commission on forensics that Texas fire investigators had no basis to rule a deadly house fire was an arson -- a finding that led to the murder conviction and execution of Cameron Todd Willingham.

The finding comes in the first state-sanctioned review of an execution in Texas, home to the country's busiest death chamber. If the commission reaches the same conclusion, it could lead to the first-ever declaration by an official state body that an inmate was wrongly execute

Days before Cameron Todd Willingham went to his death proclaiming innocence, fire scientist cast doubt on his guilt

CHICAGO TRIBUNE June 25, 2011|By Steve Mills, Tribune reporter

In the days before Willingham was put to death, his lawyer filed with the courts a report from Gerald Hurst, one of the nation's most renowned fire scientists. His four-page report asserted for the first time in the case that the indicators of arson the investigators cited had been debunked by the scientific advances.

The fire, Hurst concluded, might well have been an accident.

"In death penalty cases, there's always paperwork filed at the last minute," Hurst said in a recent interview at his home in Austin. "Along comes a piece of work from an expert; they probably think experts are for sale. I expected to lose."

Perry reviewed the report and determined it did not present new information, although in fact it did. He also decided it did not merit a stay of execution, according to Lucy Nashed, a Perry spokeswoman.

Perry has declined to release a memo from state lawyers advising him on the evidence in the case. Willingham went to his death proclaiming his innocence.

The Tribune investigated the case in December 2004. As part of that investigation, the newspaper had experts review the evidence. Those experts agreed with Hurst, saying the arson finding was inappropriate. A short time later, the Texas Forensic Science Commission was formed to examine the use of forensic evidence and selected the Willingham case as its first investigation.

The candidate for the Presidency is a RECKLESS EXECUTIONER. The so called fire science used was the equivalent of actually using automobile advice for a 1967 Chevy Camaro on your 2010 Camaro.

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mariamia 11 years 41 weeks ago

another person that uses religion to try to hide his hatreds. I hope more and more people learn who he really is.

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arky12 11 years 41 weeks ago

In the first place, I believe it is in the Constitution that the President can request that the Treasury mint coins. Don't recall the one yet, but I have it written down somewhere. I'm pretty sure Thom Hartmann had it on his show during the debt ceiling debates when it was brought up that the President could request that 3 platinum coins valued at $1T ea be minted and problem solved. I believe that other metals, such as gold or silver can only be certain denominations. Maybe Rick Perry should read the constitution if he wants to seriously run for the office of President of the U.S.

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Berry 11 years 41 weeks ago

Why is everybody still Ignoring Ron Paul ! Jon Stewart Wants to know! http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2011/08/jon-stewart-ron-paul/41311/ Perhaps Rick Pery is trying to be like Ron Paul which will never be! Its A Wolf in Sheep clothing!

Geraldine Rieman 11 years 41 weeks ago

Perry claims to be Christian, but if he is a true Christian, then I'm the Man in the Moon.

He makes a show of his religion.

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JRHJ 11 years 41 weeks ago

Yes, it looks bad to conduct yourself in this manner. Perry started out as a Democrat and was decent. Now, his rhetoric is offensive and is going to hurt him in the campaign. I believe he is overcompsentating to come across as a macho man because he is afraid to reveal his sexual orientation. Just a guess.

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Alan Lunn 11 years 41 weeks ago

I've been nervous about this guy since he began saying he might run. He's down-homey, smooth, and has that Elmer Gantry thing about him. He's got what it takes to sway a lot of people; and he has more charisma than Romney. I don't know any other Republican out there running that seems as dangerous to me as Perry. He is also like watching a composite of Bush2 and Reagan. Texas has tarantulas, but this guy is the biggest. Keep up the good work, Thom. We do not want this guy to make it.

Romney is bad enough, saying publicly that "corporations are people." That's believing in funny stuff, like Beck believing in Mormon prophecies. Here's what we need to demand now: A constitutional amendment to end money in politics.

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MaddiBee 11 years 41 weeks ago

Countering and clarifying what Perry says is a good thing, but I wouldn't waste much time on this lover of killing, Rick Perry. His big mouth will gather many feet. He will do himself in.

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brighton sage 11 years 41 weeks ago

I agree with you. Every time I think, "It will be a cake walk to beat someone so warpped and scary, I remember Bush and the puppetmaster, Cheny, and I tink we better have the "best" Republican we can get because there are a lot of warpped and scary people who ocassionally beat the radical middle who yawn and stay home on election day."

The Apathy Party is the fastest growing one, if they would raise there hands so we could count them.

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rhym 11 years 41 weeks ago

The state of Texas with Perry's blessing fired 16,000 teachers, Perry is an ASS HOLE.

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jstrahan 11 years 41 weeks ago

If what you say is true, then they should all have their licenses pulled. The media certainly is entitled to an opinion if it is in fact reported as an opinion. What they are not entitled to is to created and report their own facts. Should they do so, they should lose their licenses to function as a news organization. A perfect example would be reports by news organizations saying Obama will not be reelected if unemployment does not get below 8% or Obama is criticized for not creating more jobs. I could write a book on why both of these examples are ridiculous. To be brief, Obama did not create the unemployment. Republicans and corporate America did. Obama did not shut down 50,000 manufacturing operations and export 5 million jobs. Corporate America and the REpublicans did. If anyone should know where the jobs are, it is the Republicans. They helped export the jobs with tax subsidies to companies exporting jobs. Obama did not allow Wall Stret and banks to self regulate, The Republicans did. We almost got a Second Great Depression as a result with many losing jobs, homes, etc. Everytime a REpublican asks where are the jobs on television, the reported should ask about the 50,000 manufacturing operations closed and exporting of 5 million jobs. If you are unwilling to fairly report the news, find another profession. When a Republicans lips move you will know they are lying.

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Skepticrat 11 years 41 weeks ago

From Merriam Webster: Treason: the offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance...

Bernanke aside, could a Fed Chairman by overt acts of monetary manipulation, attempt to overthrow the government to which he owes allegiance? Certainly the Fed Chairman is in a better position to do it than most people. What horrible problems could an inept chairman cause accidentally, or a cold and calculating chairman accomplish by design?

Some time ago while writing about a dream of death inspired by leftists and their policies I wrote:

..."They've" robbed me of spirit, of fortune, and cheer,
the networks still fill me with unfounded fear,
while skewing the news and adjusting the facts,
"they've" massacred all that I've ever held dear.

"They're" printing up laws in two-thousand page stacks,
and Federal Reservists from Goldman and Sachs,
are robbing the rest of us hard working slobs,
"they're" always the first to skip out on THEIR tax.

Such arrogant globalist, socialist snobs,
who've pulled the wrong strings and who've turned the wrong knobs.
asserting their actions were all for the best,
have ended up wiping out thousands of jobs....

I don't think this quantitative easing is for the best, and I don't think Bernanke is a fool. "Treasonous" could apply, but I think to prove it one would need to be able to demonstrate some dubious motive of the accused which a careful man in such a high position would not be likely to expose.

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PhilipHenderson 11 years 41 weeks ago

Rick Perry is digging a hole to place his own casket as a candidate. This man is too extreme to serve as president of the United States. The more often he speaks so imprudently the sooner his campaign will be buried. Only insane people will chose to follow this man. He is a male version of candidate Michelle Bachmann. How can a man who suggests that it would be good for Texas to secede from the United States run for president? People will not forget the imprudent comments he makes to get his name in the news. These terrible statements reveal the way he thinks; most Americans are better than he is and will reject his candidacy. He only succeeded in Texas because he got so much money from Texas billionaires . . . they apparently want to purchase another man in the White House as they did with George W. Bush. This time it will not work.

Philip Henderson, Ethical Magician

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Wee Gordie 11 years 41 weeks ago

Hmmm, Why would anyone be upset with the Federal Reserve for printing money?

I suppose that the Department of the Treasury has outsourced that function to save money. Sure, why not just let the banks print their own currency as they once did.

No wonder our electorate thinks replacing the most effective politician with someone from the other side might improve things. But then.... wasn't it a whole slew of folks from the other side that mishandled an awful lot of stuff. Not everything, but a whole bunch of things got so screwed up that the only way we'll dig out is if we stop throwing dirt on the folks in the hole.

.nuff said


Ellen BLS 11 years 41 weeks ago

Frankly, I don't think we should pay any more attention to Perry that we should to Bachmann, Palin, Paul or Cain. I think they are all off the wall. The Repub establishment lets them yammer away and shoot themselves in the foot which they do every day. And when it gets really stupid, they put a little check on them. Even Rove opened his mouth today about Perry. I guess he can take Bachmann's faux pas about Presley on tomorrow, although that was so brainless it isn't even worth mentioning. They are all just a bunch of clowns.

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Skepticrat 11 years 41 weeks ago

I was hitchhiking through Texas back in the '80's and got picked up by a guy who was a Texan secessionist. He said that if Texas was considered an independent country, they would be the ninth richest country in the world. I don't know where they'd rank today, but Texans would likely stand to gain more than they would lose. You can't blame the fiercly independent freedom-loving constituents of Texas from wanting to get unshackled from the leftist ball-and-chain of Washington DC.

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Idaglia 11 years 41 weeks ago

Gee, it so easy to be a fascist! Remember Franco, Mussolini, and Hitler? These are the heroes of the Right Gone Wrong . . . and, today,

Rick Perry is the Star Fascist of the States of America (sorry folks the mask is off, we are no longer United . . . sad). Watch him climb and watch his following . . . best that you know your enemy . . . as my wise latino grandfather always told me:


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Papachuck111 11 years 41 weeks ago

Perry is Bush on steroids... he's a bigger asshole (if that's possible), a more arrogant Texan, a faux Christian crusader taking advantage of desperate people and a state level killer licking his chops at the chance of becoming an international mass murderer like Bush. But as long as killers like Bush can waltz away from the presidency with no investigation and justice brought upon them, killers like Perry will always be potential threats to confiscating the US Presidency while further establishing the fascist (corporatism) state wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.

Ironic that former bed fellow Bush's brain Karl Rove is at odds with Perry.

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Wee Gordie 11 years 41 weeks ago

You are a fair poet Sketicrat. I wonder though why you didn't plant your roots in Texas whilst hitchhiking thru. There must have been something you did not like about those "fiercly independent freedom-loving constituents of Texas".

I believe Perry answered your question - Texas is the world's 13th larget economy - so they's dropped 4 ranks since your hitchhiking days. Outsourcing?

If Texas somehow managed to secede, they would most likely be reclaimed by Mexico. Texas would no longer benefit from the largest economy in the world, hence the US Military would not defend a turn-coat "lone wolf country". Of course when those Texans tried to escape into the United States of America - they would now be illegal aliens. hopefully the states bordering Mexico (Texas) would lock 'em up for a number of years without due process and eventually send 'em packin'.
Better Houston to have taken Mexico - but the gov't said "No - just disgrace them" and set a line at the Rio Grande.

The United States has no specific law on secession, but the federal government and state governments maintain laws that punish Sedition and other forms of insurrection against the government. On the federal level, for example, chapter 115 of title 18 of the U.S. Code Annotated identifies Treason, rebellion, or insurrection, seditious conspiracy, and advocation of the overthrow of the government as criminal offenses punishable by several years of imprisonment and thousands of dollars in fines. These are the types of crimes that can be charged against persons who attempt to secede from the United States.

I am curious though - are you in favor of a second civil war? You know the first one killed more Americans than alll other wars combined.


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David Abbot 11 years 41 weeks ago

Well, it's true that Bernanke, as the head of a consortium of corporate banks that control America's money and credit, isn't exactly a patriot. Problem is, Rick Perry isn't a patriot either, and has no business being in politics. He should be performing autopsies on road kill, it's the only job he's suited for. No, wait- there's another job that Rick Perry is ideally suited for: professional wrestling. He can stand up there under the camera lights that he loves so much and yell and scream threats at other professional wrestlers and pretend to fight with them. Everyone will expect him to act like a psychotic clown, and he wil fulfill that expectation.

But I wouldn't have any problem with Perry being president, as long as when he, in his first five minutes in office, declares war on Syria or New York or whoever, he is a first lieutenant, leading the charge and taking bullets for the cause that he CLAIMS to believe in. But Rick Perry doesn't really believe in anything, and he would never personally fight for any of the causes that he SAYS he supports. He's just another lying monster in human clothing.

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Revising History 11 years 41 weeks ago

This guy and the extremists he represents are not joking, and they WILL try to do what they say!

The good people of Texas (I almost married one, she and her people are real Americans) are helpless because ever since Karl Rover used Dubya's cuteness to rob Ann Richards of the governor's office, the state has been divided and sold to the lowest bidder. The laws are so altered that no citizen's effort seems possible, and the state supreme court is full of activist appointees of the perry.

These people hate and fear everything to do with America while wrapping that steaming pile in the flag. The Dominion Theology they would subsitiute for the Constitution is a mix of Caveman's superstitions and the Wild West/Railroad Baron era of the 1880s. Their "stone the virgin/revenge/holy war" mentality really predates the Old Testament (eg:, "an eye for an eye" replaced "kill his whole family" as a more measured response) and has the strange ideal that if you are born poor God must be punishing you for (whatever reason) so it's your fault. And if you are born of rich parents you must be one of the Elect, and a rightful ruler of the world.

They really want to take us back to an era when a black man could by lynched for "looking at a white woman"; when the black or the woman could not vote, own property, choose his or her lifestyle; when the Mexican, the "heathen Chinee", the Irish, the Italian, the Polish, the Peurto Rican, etc. were easy targets for an employer or a town to push around and use, etc.

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Elioflight 11 years 41 weeks ago

All I can say is America doesn't need another jerk from Texas as president--we're still digging out of the hole the last dude left.

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Ursel Twing 11 years 40 weeks ago

Boy, you guys are bitter. If all the republican candidates are ALL so bad, why worry about them? Stop talking about them and just push all the great things that obama has done in his three years in office. He should be ellected in a heartbeat.

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