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Okay, I may have added the tassels



This is the shot Drudge is going with today. Consensus among the commenters at Ace‘s is that it’s a picture from last Summer’s Vineyard vacation.

I think that must be true. Because it’s already all over Google Images, and his daughter (cropped, I forget which one she is) is a good deal older now.

Also, not even President Dorkulus would be caught on camera a second time wearing a dork helmet and riding a girl’s bike.


p.s. I don’t really know anything about this guy yet, but I like the contrast.






Comment from Ric Locke
Time: August 18, 2011, 9:48 pm

There is much you won’t like about Rick Perry. His conservative credentials are *cough* somewhat questionable, and libertarians will have a lot of trouble with him. And if, deep in your heart, your objection to illegal immigration is that the immigrants are dark complected and don’t speak English, neither Perry nor any other politician in Texas statewide office is going to be your cup of tea. Even in the bad old days of “dumb lazy Meskins” the voice of the Hispanic was heard in the land, and nowadays they’re an integral part of the society and politics.

But one thing’s for sure: he will be entertaining, much like Christie but with an altogether different style. The man’s had two decades of dealing with the Austin Press corps and the faculty at UT, and four decades of listening to Aggie jokes; he is not afraid of reporters or academics, and generates outrageous one-liners calculated to raise the blood pressure of moonbats with effortless ease. I’ve voted for him every time I had the chance, and will continue to do so. Whether he wins or loses, the race just got interesting.


Comment from Mike James
Time: August 18, 2011, 9:49 pm

His seat still isn’t adjusted correctly, his leg ought to be fully extended on the downstroke.

Which is enough to make one look like a twink.

Comment from Clifford Skridlow
Time: August 18, 2011, 9:51 pm

Thank you! I told Ms. Skridlow that he was riding a girls bike and she said nobody in their right mind would let him get seen by the press on a girls bike, for heavens sake. Well there you are. . .

Comment from Mono The Elderish
Time: August 18, 2011, 9:53 pm

You know, normally i dont have a problem with the pres taking a vaca every now and again. Although i do start to get peeved when he tells us to cut back and then flys to india. and then takes 4 or 5 vacas on our dime. ugh. The next guys going to be better right?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 18, 2011, 9:58 pm

Heh. Well, my great grandfather was murdered by a Mexican field hand (suspected but never charged) who then married my great grandmother. So there were some hard feelings there; not much to do with skin color.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: August 18, 2011, 10:20 pm

Now SWeas, we know you just Photoshopped back in the tassels that his enablers had Photoshopped out. And he thought they were gonna Photoshop in a top bar on the bike as well…

Comment from dustoffmom
Time: August 18, 2011, 10:29 pm

The contrast between the two photos is hysterical….thanks, I needed that laugh! How goes the chickens these days? You’ve not posted anything about them in a while.

Comment from Deborah
Time: August 18, 2011, 10:34 pm

I loathe, abhor, and despise Obama as much as the next Republican and Englishwoman, but the bicycle he’s riding is not a girl’s bike. It is a mixte frame—a unisex frame. It’s very popular in resort areas, to make life easier on bike vendors, and in families with a lot of kids.

Frankly, I always thought a boys bike was the last thing a boy needed, considering that his dangling boy parts were a lot more vulnerable to getting banged up than a girl’s parts. I cite myself as a personal authority on this subject because I have had all three kinds of bikes, and my family owned a bicycle shop. And I had a son who routinely banged up his boy parts doing those things that boys must needs do.

The tassels however, are spot on.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: August 18, 2011, 10:51 pm

I’m a Herman Cain supporter myself, but hell. We have over a YEAR before any of it matters.

The problem right now is that I think Obama knows he a Debt man walking in the next election, and has turned his attention to casting his “Death Curse”, as it were (sorry, been reading the Dresden Files novels). He and the Dems want to poison as much as possible to pay back the American People for not loving them on demand forever long time no lie GI…….

Comment from Deborah
Time: August 18, 2011, 10:57 pm

As for Rick Perry—the man is S.O.B., but he’s our S.O.B., and most Texans grudgingly like him (including me). He’s made plenty of mistakes, but he’s not afraid to admit it, and apologize as needed. And he’s an Aggie, not one of those prissy tea-sips in orange (no offense intended to my tea-drinking friends in the U.K.).

I like that my governor is licensed to carry a concealed handgun. (I don’t have a CHL myself, but I have a learner’s permit.) There are all kinds of varmits in the world, and Perry’s an Eagle Scout. He’s prepared.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: August 18, 2011, 10:58 pm

What Deborah said. The defining feature of the mixte frame is the strut that runs from the top of the steering column straight to the rear hub. It’s lower than the usual horizontal upper strut of a man’s bike, but higher than the down-slanted upper strut of a “ladies’s” bike – which was designed to accomodate women in long skirts.

I would expect the mixte to be stronger for the same weight than a “ladies” frame.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: August 18, 2011, 11:45 pm

A banana seat with a sissy-bar would have been too much work I suspect, but would have really rounded out the image. Maybe a nice basket on the handlebars too.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: August 18, 2011, 11:56 pm

Um, Deborah – what’s an ‘Aggie’, please?

I’d ask The Weasel but she’s out in the kitchen doing something with leaves ( badgers don’t eat leaves)

Comment from JeffS
Time: August 19, 2011, 12:18 am

Uncle Badger, Aggies are produced by a notorious Texas production facility that calls itself a “university”.

Some of the best politically incorrect jokes that I ever heard came from an Aggie I knew in the Army.

Comment from JeffS
Time: August 19, 2011, 12:22 am

Oh, and it’s important to note that Aggies do have one sterling quality — they can out think just about any Ivy League graduate. Even the West Pointers were timid around Aggies.

Comment from Deborah
Time: August 19, 2011, 12:31 am

Uncle Badger—An Aggie is a student or graduate of Texas A & M University. A & M stands for Agricultural and Mechanical. Perry graduated with a degree in animal science. A & M and the University of Texas (aka “tea-sips”) are historic and intense rivals.

Here’s a link to the Wikipedia page for Perry. I can’t vouch for its accuracy or tone, since Wikipedia notoriously leans left.

No, I can’t see Badgers eating leaves.

Comment from Frit
Time: August 19, 2011, 12:52 am

“(sorry, been reading the Dresden Files novels)”

Totally OT, but I have to ask: Scubafreak, do you, perchance, frequent the BOV? (A forum based around a series of SF books.) I ask only because one of our ‘regulars’ has recently said they were reading Dresden Files books, and I’m a very curious ferret indeed. (I’m definitely a regular there, my sig includes the quote: “Don’t appeal to my better nature. I don’t have one!”.)

P.S. MYOB is always an acceptable answer to any question I ask. 😉

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: August 19, 2011, 12:54 am

Hey, GromulinSWeas also forgot the training wheels. Although it might have been even better if outfitted like an OSHA horse:

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: August 19, 2011, 1:30 am

Thanks you Deborah and all!

I am none the wiser – but I am better informed (as the great F. E Smith once said).

Comment from Ric Locke
Time: August 19, 2011, 1:34 am

Uncle Badger: What JeffS alluded to, and Deborah left out completely, is “Aggie jokes”.

An Aggie joke can be constructed by recycling any ethnic joke you ever saw or heard. Why are grades down in Advanced Math at Texas A&M? — because the professors started making the students wear shoes to class. That sort of thing. And, like ethnic jokes, there are people who take them entirely seriously.

The effect is compounded by the existence of the Corps of Cadets. Texas A&M was founded as a “Land Grant College” under a program that required the schools to provide military education for the students. Most did that as a sideline, but A&M went the whole hog — until the mid-sixties all A&M students were also military students, and everyone wore uniforms and insignia, at least for the first two years. At the end of the second year, the U.S. military either did or did not offer a commission, and the individual either accepted or declined; students without a commission were thus all Junior (3rd year) and up.

The Corps still exists, although it’s voluntary, and still manages its affairs very like a military academy. You may imagine the reaction of an Ivy Leaguer, whose school doesn’t offer military studies and whose student body and faculty are all anti-military and mostly leftwingers. The University of Texas tends to ape the Ivy League (and get sneered at for it, which doesn’t discourage them); thus “tea-sippers”.

Austin, the capital, is dominated by Government and the University. They therefore look down on “Aggies” (more or less by definition) and are continually surprised when their putdowns don’t work. Aggies are so accustomed to being the butt of jokes that they learn coping skills in simple self-defense, and Perry is exemplary of that breed — not just an Aggie, but a Corps Aggie. It provides a lot of entertainment between football games.


Comment from Ric Locke
Time: August 19, 2011, 1:46 am

–Oh, and it’s also relevant that the University of Texas was founded in the capital, and The Agricultural and Mechanical College (the original name) was established on a “greenfield” site some twenty miles from the nearest town, which was not large (and still isn’t). It was served by a railway stop which never even received a name, just “the college station”.

So: City mouse vs. country mouse, yes?


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: August 19, 2011, 2:53 am

Frit – sorry, never been there that I know of.

I AM kind of wondering why noone has picked up the series for a set of movies….. The TV show was an interesting attempt, but not particularly true to the books…

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: August 19, 2011, 3:34 am

It’s the sissy helmet that gets me or perhaps that combined with the shit-eating “look at me mom, I’m riding!” grin.

Putin is out scuba diving and bending steel pans with his bare hands… and our guy looks like he’s brain-damaged.

Let me be perfectly clear. He does NOT project the image of a Leader Of The Free World.

Bush rode with Lance Armstrong and a pack of wounded veterans. Obama is riding with a little girl.

Sad, sad, sad.

Which one would you rather have negotiating with Iran?

Comment from MIke C.
Time: August 19, 2011, 7:05 am

Texas A&M was a duplicate of the Virginia A&M (now known as VPI/VPI&SU/Va. Tech) model, right down to the Corps of Cadets. IIRC, the VPI Corps of Cadets was mandatory until 66 or 67. I started in 68. Radford College (now Radford Univ.) was the women’s division of VPI. VPI was modeled on the older VMI, of course, which is still an all-military school. I think. The Citadel is another one.

Comment from MIke C.
Time: August 19, 2011, 7:07 am

Oh, and yes – that Drudge photo was from last year’s MV vacation.

Comment from gebrauchshund
Time: August 19, 2011, 7:14 am

The only bikes I ever see with tassels on the handlebars are little girl’s bikes and Harleys.

Just sayin’.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: August 19, 2011, 8:30 am

Cousin Badger, I went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, home of the BADGERS! A very reputable place, I just won’t say what that reputation is.


Comment from Becca
Time: August 19, 2011, 1:08 pm

Clean-up in Aisle 5

Comment from Ed Flinn
Time: August 19, 2011, 2:33 pm

Rick Perry looks like a poseur who doesn’t know enough to bring a pair of gloves to a photo shoot with a bike.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 19, 2011, 2:33 pm

Ugh. Got it.

Oceania, you misspelled “license.” Also, you’re a creep.

Comment from Another Bob
Time: August 19, 2011, 3:17 pm

I don’t care if Perry’s “conservative credentials” are questionable — he makes the liberal’s hair catch on fire.

Anyway, you may or may not be interested in the metal chicken “sculpture” at this story: http://thebloggess.com/2011/06/and-thats-why-you-should-learn-to-pick-your-battles/


Comment from David Gillies
Time: August 19, 2011, 3:34 pm

I heard Rick Perry once bitch-slapped Obama so hard he spontaneously grew an ovary.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 19, 2011, 4:17 pm

Oh, dear, Bob. Must remember — 15th anniversary is the giant metal chicken anniversary.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: August 19, 2011, 5:01 pm

Which one of you bastiches forgot to tell me about The Bloggess? Girl is hilarious.

Comment from Deborah
Time: August 19, 2011, 5:06 pm

That Victor—he should have said (at the door), “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a cluck.”

Comment from Sporadic Small Arms Fire
Time: August 19, 2011, 7:35 pm

Sometimes I wonder how this antipodal pest of a troll types with the plastic funnel clasped by the vet around its neck.

Comment from Dan Patterson
Time: August 19, 2011, 7:38 pm

Disappointed not to see cards in the spokes.

Comment from Sporadic Small Arms Fire
Time: August 19, 2011, 7:41 pm

jazz moozishon”

Grace Jones, in her best days

Comment from Col. Percy Fawcett
Time: August 19, 2011, 7:52 pm

Ricke Locke wrote:

“Whether he wins or loses, the race just got interesting.”

Of course “interesting” is very subjective. For me it will be when the candidate will say “our great friends and allies from Tel Aviv and Ashkelon are not poor, they have hundreds of nucular warheads and recently discovered their own oil. What if we redirect military resources to our own borders and wage wars to defend the Constitution and property rights of Americans?

Perry is conjoined at medulla oblongata with the AIPAC transponder.
Barack Hussein Obaba, mmm mmm mmm may not be. I am sure that BH0 will receive at least 66% of Hebrew Americans. It may not be interesting to you Ric, but admit it is at least partly ironic.

Comment from Statler & Waldorf, LLP
Time: August 19, 2011, 8:30 pm

Apparently the sisterhood of females and chickens is more popular than previously believed.
Chick? check!caaaawk!


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: August 19, 2011, 8:31 pm

Perry’s got problems, but he’s definitely a contrast with Obama.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 19, 2011, 8:35 pm

Look like that site’s largely gone dark. ‘Tis very old.

Comment from john from CA
Time: August 19, 2011, 8:39 pm

hmmmm — doesn’t look at all like — I thought you looked like — I’m seeing a smiling chicken carrying on.

Did you shave your head to avoid the riots or decided a white shirt would make for an easy target?

Truckers routinely run over potential insurance claims over here — they like to ride bikes on the freeway.

Perhaps the UK has taken the concept of road kill to a new level — likely to stop for tea to discuss the remains?

How about a new round of Spotted Dick Pool?

Best to the chickens,

Comment from john from CA
Time: August 19, 2011, 9:16 pm

PS. as the DAX and CAC define a new margin – hat’s off to you for the Ball Jar home canning experience in the UK.

Comment from Ric Locke
Time: August 19, 2011, 9:53 pm

Col. Fawcett,

It’s a matter of playing the odds. If Obama nuked Jerusalem on 1 November 2012, American Jews would go to the polls on the Tuesday following and vote straight Democrat.

That being the case, it’s not worth Perry’s time (or any other Republican’s) to try to make appeals. Zero result for a finite effort is not a favorable tradeoff. He might as well look for support elsewhere.


Comment from Statler & Waldorf, LLP
Time: August 20, 2011, 1:00 am

Your Stoatship,

the site is indeed ancient, first time I noticed it I had a monochromatic laptop with 4 MB of RAM, 40 MB of HDD running Windows 3.1. Believe paid about $2,500 for it too.

But where else can you find the quotes like
“Someone from America asked me, ‘What is it with you Brits and chickens?”‘ he recalls. “And I replied, ‘You have drive-by shootings — we have rogue chickens.”‘
Where else do you hear about chickens insured for GBP1M?

Shanmonster (Shantell Powell) from the extremely rural Canuck boonies above end of the road, Maine will be the Zsa-Zsa Gabor of blogging fimmels. A profoundly odd bird, she is.

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: August 20, 2011, 3:48 am

UC Davis is also the Aggies, FWIW.


Comment from Oceania
Time: August 20, 2011, 4:11 am

That’s nice Sweasel

But how does the rest of the world see you?

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