Idiot of the Week — Rick Perry

Idiot of the Week medalYesterday, I started a post about Rick Perry.  It was to be just a post about a ridiculous claim he had made earlier in the week.  We are used to inanity from everyone in the current administration, so, while his comment did cause my jaw to drop, it wasn’t really that unexpected, and I planned to write the post and then put Mr. Perry out of my mind.  But, as I wrote I thought “y’know … people don’t just get this stupid overnight, and there must have been previous signs of such idiocy”.  And so, I went in search of … and after reading for a bit, I decided that it is high time I write another of my Idiot of the Week posts.  And so, allow me to introduce this week’s idiot, Secretary of the Department of Energy, Mr. Rick Perry.  And I simply must begin with the most recent evidence of his condition, for it is what put him onto my radar …


On Connecting the Dots … One Plus One Equals … Four????

No Shit Sherlock.  Dumber Than A Coal Bucket.  You’ve GOT To Be Kidding Me???  Those are the first thoughts that came to mind when I read last night that Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry said that increased use of fossil fuels will lead to a reduction in sexual assaults.

You still with me here, or are you rolling on the floor laughing?  Yeah, me too.  So, how did he connect the dots to come up with this theory?

Rick Perry.jpg“But also from the standpoint of sexual assault. When the lights are on, when you have light that shines the righteousness, if you will, on those types of acts.”  Is he serious???

So, if you burn fossil fuels in Africa, more people will have electricity, so it will not be so dark, so guys won’t rape girls as much if the lights are on.  Brilliant, don’t you think?  Possibly the most incredible theory I have heard yet out of this administration.  Even better than the Civil War being a result of people not being able to compromise on the issue of slavery.

And the Department of Energy spokespeople, bless their little hearts, attempted to spin Perry’s words with this …

“The secretary was making the important point that while many Americans take electricity for granted there are people in other countries who are impacted by their lack of electricity.”

No, excuse me ma’am, but the “secretary” is an IDIOT!

The nation’s largest environmental group, The Sierra Club, apparently agrees with me.  Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, had this to say …

“It was already clear that Rick Perry is unfit to lead the Department of Energy, but to suggest that fossil fuel development will decrease sexual assault is not only blatantly untrue, it is an inexcusable attempt to minimize a serious and pervasive issue. Women, and particularly women of color, are among some of the most severely impacted by the climate crisis, and it is these same communities that are most at risk of sexual assault. Rick Perry’s attempt to exploit this struggle to justify further dangerous fossil fuel development is unacceptable. He does not deserve to hold office another day with these twisted ideas, and he should resign from his position immediately before he causes any more damage.” 

It is interesting to note that Perry was one of Trump’s first cabinet picks, and was placed in the position of Secretary of U.S. Department of Energy, the very deparment he said he would abolish during his campaign for president in 2012.

And now let’s look at some of the other qualifications Mr. Perry has for receiving this award, for you know my standards are high and one episode of idiocy is rarely sufficient …


His new job …

While he enthusiastically accepted Trump’s nomination last December, it turned out he had absolutely no idea what the job actually entailed.  He thought he would be “a global ambassador for the American oil and gas industry.” Is this man hung up on fossil fuels or what?  Oh yes, I must remember he is a Texan, where oil is king.  But Perry was shocked to discover that two-thirds of the annual departmental budget he would soon oversee is dedicated to maintaining and protecting the United States’ nuclear arsenal.


On climate change …

While not necessarily a climate change denier, he is certainly a skeptic, not convinced that human activities play a significant role.  Read some of his own words on this topic:

  • “We cleaned up our air in the state of Texas, more than any other state in the nation during the decade. Nitrous oxide levels, down by 57 percent. Ozone levels down by 27 percent. That’s the way you need to do it, not by some scientist somewhere saying, ‘Here is what we think is happening out there.'”

  • “The science is not settled on this. The idea that we would put Americans’ economy at jeopardy based on scientific theory that’s not settled yet to me is just nonsense. Just because you have a group of scientists who stood up and said here is the fact. Galileo got outvoted for a spell.”

  • [Climate change is] all one contrived phony mess that is falling apart under its own weight,Al Gore is a prophet all right, a false prophet of a secular carbon cult, and now even moderate Democrats aren’t buying it.” – from Perry’s book, Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington, November 2010

  • “There are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects.”

  • “Yes, our climates change. They’ve been changing ever since the earth was formed.”

Perry-climate.jpgLast month, Perry said that climate change is a “threat to our nation” and that it is contributing to the recent spate of extreme weather slamming the country. But … he still wants to burn more fossil fuels because he refuses to accept the basic science that climate change is caused by carbon pollution.

During a budget hearing in June, Perry went head-to-head with Senator Al Franken in a heated exchange.

“I did not think that CO2 was the primary knob that changes it. I don’t. I think that there are some other naturally occurring events — the warming and the cooling of our ocean waters and some other activities that occur. I also said in the next breath that man’s impact does, in fact, have an impact on the climate, and the question is: What is going to be the economic impact for this country?”

I hate to tell you this, Rick, but if the earth becomes uninhabitable, the economic impact won’t matter … at all.


Scratching the pharma’s back …

Shortly after his 2006 re-election as Governor of Texas, Perry issued an executive order mandating that sixth-grade girls in Texas be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus—a decision that seemed unusual for a man widely seen as a social conservative. It later surfaced that Perry was close to a pharmaceutical lobbyist, Mike Toomey, who had pressed the case for the vaccine mandate. (And no doubt pressed some money into Perry’s palm.)


He fell for it …

Perry I dunno

I dunno …

On July 19th, Perry received a phone call which lasted for 22 minutes.  He was convinced he was speaking to the Ukrainian Prime Minister, Volodymyr Groysman, but in fact he was speaking with two Russian pranksters, Vladimir Krasnov and Alexei Stolyarov, who have become known for targeting celebrities and politicians with audacious stunts.  During the course of the conversation, one of the duo told Perry that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had invented a new biofuel made from home-brewed alcohol and pig manure.  Not even fazed, Perry responded, “I look forward to visiting with the president and getting a more in-depth briefing … If that’s the result, then he’s going to be a very, very wealthy and successful man.”


Dancing with the stars …

Last September, having dropped out of the republican primary race, Perry decided to try something new, and signed on for a season on Dancing with the Stars.  This short video xlip speaks for itself … 

So now, folks, I think you see why I decided to give Mr. Rick Perry this most prestigious award, Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week award!  Perry was one of the few hundred (slight exaggeration) republican candidates who threw their hats in the ring for the 2016 presidential election, and on the one hand, I say I’m glad he dropped out of the race, but then again … look what we did get … sigh.

Mr. Perry … please accept this well-deserved award and be sure to hang it somewhere special in your office so that everyone will see it!

33 thoughts on “Idiot of the Week — Rick Perry

  1. Wow! There were no sexual crimes during the prior to the introduction of clean energy. Oh my, the 19th century must have been such a paradise.
    (I’ll send him a coal burning pogo stick- and one of those copter hats kids used to wear back in the 1950s, just to increase his dignity!)
    Which bungo-bin do they find these guys?

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  2. It takes hard work and lots of practice to be a total wazzock, although being as thick as two short planks helps a lot.
    Trivialising rape by linking it to burning fossil fuels to generate electricity has got to be the biggest and stupidest leap of flawed logic I’ve heard in decades.
    You and I differ on the vital issue of catastrophic anthropogenic climate change, but I am with you that it behoves a guy in charge of the U.S. Department of Energy to have an open mind on the problem, and not be in the pocket of big oil, gas, and coal. (Always follow the money trail.) At the very least he should be spending money to investigate properly the impact of greenhouse gasses on the world’s weather.
    As for biofuels, there is an argument to say that they are ‘better’ than fossil fuels because it’s switching existing surface carbon from one form to another, rather than digging aeons of stored carbon out of the ground. But alcohol and pig manure? What a load of old crap!
    Really, Rick Perry is full of shit.
    Thanks for this post Jill.
    Lots of love, kisses, and hugs. ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • I love your first sentence!!! You Brits have such a way with words, and wazzock just seems to fit certain people to a ‘T’. That said, yes, Rick Perry is certainly a wazzock … he took a very complex situation and tried to toss in a simple ‘solution’, which is part of the problem with every issue the current administration attempts to address … they thing there is a panacea, where there is none.

      Perry as leader of the Dept. of Energy is a bad joke, just as are most of the rest of the cabinet heads, such as DeVos, a woman who does not support public education in the position as head of the Dept. of Education, or Pruitt, a man who has sued the EPA 14 times, now being head of the EPA. A very bad joke, indeed. Sigh.

      For years, I did not give ‘follow the money’ a whole lot of thought, but in the last year, I have come to realize just how very accurate it is. It seems that everything … every single thing … boils down to money. Human greed. I really think I was born into the wrong universe some days, and that I don’t quite fit in here. Sigh.

      Many hugs and much love, Jack! ❤

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  3. Dear Jill,
    Rick Perry deserves the honor of idiot of the week. Guy politicians can be clueless when talking on female issues but not all of them. My son would never say anything so stupid but me ex would. This is why we need more women in government that are not of the Michele Backmann ilk.

    Mr. Perry is a lousy dancer, and the perfect straight man to play a prank on successfully.

    Isn’t it amazing that whenever these republicans do something that appears reasonable and decent, that one has to check if their are other motivations?
    Hugs, Gronda.

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    • Yes, I thought Perry quite a good candidate, and his name is going in the hat for Idiot of the Year, also. It will be hard to choose just one this year, won’t it? He is a lousy dancer, but I had to almost grin that he was willing to make such a fool of himself so publicly. 😉

      I am in full agreement that we need more women in government. I will always believe that the main reason Hillary Clinton did not win was simply the fact that she is a woman. Not only men have a problem with a woman in office, but I even know some women who don’t like the idea. I don’t get it, but the reality is that it is still very much a “man’s world”. Sigh.

      Hugs, my friend!!!

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  4. Jill, good choice. In no particular order, here are a few thoughts:

    – much of the sexual assaults in Africa are related to terrorist type actions where rival groups will steal the boys and rape the women and girls. Fossil fuel won’t illuminate that away.
    – What Perry is not saying about Texas is the significant increase in wind energy that now produces 16% of the electricity and the efforts in Houston to vastly improve its carbon footprint
    – Perry’s predecessor was a nuclear physicist. He would not be confused as such and is representative of Trump’s team not being skilled in the discipline he manages. The same could be said for Pruitt, DeVos and Carson.

    Keith

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    • Thanks Keith! Yes, Perry tried to address a complex issue of which he knows little, and boil it down with what he considers a simple solution that is really no solution at all. He also has a plan to start rewarding power companies that maintain a 90-day supply of fuel on hand, which can only be coal/oil/gas, since solar and wind cannot be ‘stockpiled’. He is exactly what we did not need to lead the Dept. of Energy, but … as you say … neither are the others. Trump truly picked the antitheses of what was needed in every case.

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      • Jill, fortunately most utilities are leaving his thinking behind. The present value cost of coal is more than that of renewables. I continue to be pleased with the material increases in renewable energy. We have rather quietly passed a tipping point. Ironically, it is the red “plains” states that are leading the way on wind. Ranchers and farmers can add windmills and receive a rent check that supplements their income. One rancher put up eleven windmill and gets $55,000 per annum in rent. Keith

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        • Hmmmm …. I am a renter, but I wonder if I could put up a windmill in my backyard?

          But yes, to your point, most utility companies are on a path to sustainable energy, but I fear this administration with Pruitt, Perry and others will make it harder and harder on those that shun fossil fuels. What’s next? What if they find a way to levy fines for not using coal? I am obviously only speculating here, but I’ve learned to put nothing past this bunch.

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