It doesn’t take evidence for this Texas governor to start leaning toward a conclusion.
News reports suggest a white supremacist group called the Aryan Brotherhood may be connected to the murders of Texas District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife Cynthia Woodward and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse.
But when Fox News asked Perry on Wednesday about the murders, he speculated that Mexican drug cartels and border security problems were behind the killings, saying:
We know the drug cartels are very, very active in our country now… I would suggest to you, it is really at the heart of this issue. You secure the border, then it makes it harder for these individuals to have access into this country as well as it addresses this whole issue that’s hanging out on immigration.
Police haven’t named suspects yet.
Under fire for his foundation-less ramblings, Perry walked back the comments the following day at a press conference.
“It is very premature to be making any statements about who may or may not have been involved with this,” Perry said Thursday.
Perry did, however, try to save some face by adding: “There was a report by the Texas Department of Public Safety that said the greatest threat to Texas safety were the drug cartels.”
The Texas governor has offered a 200,000 reward for information for that leads to the arrest of the killers, according to NBC News.
By many measures, the border is more secure than it has been in decades. More than 20,000 Border Patrol agents are stationed on the border now — about twice as many than there were in 2004.
so either way we’re screwed, right?
everyone who speculated that running for president would hurt Rick Perry’s reelection chances is looking like a damn fool
well that should be interesting
But…his IQ was 61 for God’s sake. :| Rick Perry is just trying to bat a thousand with this shit. 245th person executed under him.
fuck you rick perry
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) effectively defunded his state’s Planned Parenthood earlier this year by barring it and any other “abortion affiliates” from receiving funds under the Texas Women’s Health Program (TWHP). The government eventually cut off the program for not complying with the law, but Perry insisted he’d continue it — but on his own terms.
It turns out those terms mean blocking funding for anyone who even talks about abortion.
In a letter explaining the Texas Department of Health and Human Services’s proposed new rules, they have expanded their ban from “affiliates” (abortion providers or clinics attached to abortion providers) to “promoters” and those who affiliate with “promoters.”..
Banning “promotion” effectively means banning any women’s health care provider who mentions the word abortion or has informational material about how a woman might be able to seek out the procedure. Banning those who affiliate with someone who promotes abortion even further broadens the number of facilities that will not be able to recieve state funds.
This is outrageous! Women of Texas, take note.
See this and more on my Pinterest War on Women wall of shame.
so, let’s be clear that this is not banning use of state or federal money for abortion. This is banning doctors from providing any information about abortion (where to get it, health benefits and risks, etc) to a client who is paying for the consultation through TWHP.
But let’s talk about this “war on women” phrase. Statistics showing who uses TWHP by race are difficult to find (if not nonexistent), but this is a Medicaid program and about 62% of medicaid users in Texas identify as Hispanic (source). That should make a massive difference in how we talk about these rules.
Cause from where I sit, looking at that number, it’s disingenuous to say this is part of a war on all women. This is about hispanic women in Texas. This is about keeping them impoverished for generations; it’s about forcing them to have babies they can’t afford and then calling them leeches on society for doing things like using government resources to feed their kids (like all hispanic people are, because they’re all undocumented immigrants who don’t deserve access to our resources, right?); it’s about keeping birth rates among hispanic women high to feed the “anchor baby” myth and manipulate white fears of not being the majority population in Texas anymore for political gain.
Calling this part of a “war on women” erases these racialized effects of the law. And this is HARDLY the only “war on women” law that disproportionately affects non-white women - in fact most of what I’ve seen come out of the “war” ends up disproportionately affecting non-white women.
how long are we going to keep refusing to acknowledge that this “war” has been mainly about implementing gendered forms of structural racism?
SO PUMPED THAT RICK PERRY CAN’T TAKE AWAY COVERAGE FROM TEXAS WOMEN
IMPORTANT NEWS Y’ALL
We needed some more Rick Perry hilarity to ensue. It’s been too long.
omg “RIDING THE COTTON PONY” best and most Texan euphemism for menstruation EVER EVER EVER
Running for re-election as Texas governor “is certainly a strong option as would be maybe doing this again in four years if the president wins,” communications director Ray Sullivan said after Perry’s announcement.
Photo by Luke Sharrett THE NEW YORK TIMES
NO GO AWAY DON’T RUN FOR GOVERNOR AGAIN NONONONONO
In Memory of Rick Perry’s 2012 Presidential Campaign
For the record I thought it was refreshing that Rick Perry didn’t use any coded language in that ad. Let’s not pretend the other candidates are more moderate or less vile because they use code phrases like “family values” and “traditional marriage” and “assault on religion”, k? You’re mad because he was blunt, not because he said something atypically awful.
So I hear my governor forgot that 2 =/= 3