Perry says Troops don’t respect President

Yesterday, while schmoozing for votes in Iowa, The Gov. told a crowd why he’s running for president saying “One of the reasons that I’m running for president is I want to make sure that every young man and woman who puts on the uniform of the United States respects highly the president of the United States. One Veterans group said “American troops are perfectly capable of disagreeing with the policies of a President and still holding respect for the office of Commander-in-Chief, for Rick Perry to suggest otherwise is nothing more than a below the belt smear against their professionalism.

Perry was asked if he would like to clarify or back down from his comments, he replied “If you polled the military, the active duty and veterans, and said “would you rather have a president of the United States that never served a day in the military or someone who is a veteran? They’ve going to say, I would venture, that they would like to have a veteran.”

When I was in the U.S. Army, it never concerned me and I would have to say I didn’t care whether or not the President was a veteran or not. I swore an oath to that I “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

But then again, The Gov, does not respect the United States of American and has said he thinks Texas should secede. I think his goal is to win the Presidency and dissolve the very Union he will swear to protect. Then knowing him he will not take the oath of office.

Governor Perry calls for Texas Day of Prayer

Governor “Texas can take care of itself” Perry, has asked Texans by Official Proclamation to pray for rain in the midst of a severe drought that has sparked more than 8,000 wildfires.

Perry issued the following proclamation today.

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

WHEREAS, the state of Texas is in the midst of an exceptional drought, with some parts of the state receiving no significant rainfall for almost three months, matching rainfall deficit records dating back to the 1930s; and

WHEREAS, a combination of higher than normal temperatures, low precipitation and low relative humidity has caused an extreme fire danger over most of the State, sparking more than 8,000 wildfires which have cost several lives, engulfed more than 1.8 million acres of land and destroyed almost 400 homes, causing me to issue an ongoing disaster declaration since December of last year; and

WHEREAS, these dire conditions have caused agricultural crops to fail, lake and reservoir levels to fall and cattle and livestock to struggle under intense stress, imposing a tremendous financial and emotional toll on our land and our people; and

WHEREAS, throughout our history, both as a state and as individuals, Texans have been strengthened, assured and lifted up through prayer; it seems right and fitting that the people of Texas should join together in prayer to humbly seek an end to this devastating drought and these dangerous wildfires;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICK PERRY, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby proclaim the three-day period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas. I urge Texans of all faiths and traditions to  offer prayers on that day for the healing of our land, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of our normal way of life.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my Office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 21st day of April, 2011.

RICK PERRY
Governor of Texas

Although pandering to the religious right is always among the first actions of the Texas Governor, this proclamation does however bring up several issues:

  • Should we leave the fires unattended for another day and wait until tomorrow to start praying?
  • What if all our prayer causes a flood? Do we then pray for no rain?
  • Do we tell all the hard working men and women actually fighting the fires to take a break and pray too?
  • Does this cross the boundary of the separation of Church and State?
  • And mainly, does this mean we have to put aside our egg dyeing kits and tell the kiddos the easter bunny isn’t coming?

Although prayer probably wouldn’t hurt, why not direct the resources necessary to get the fires under control to where they are needed, or get the villagers to put down their picket signs and use their pitchforks for something useful.

Then again, weather forecasts for the more eastern areas are calling for thunderstorms, some severe.  So if it foes rain they will call him a prophet.

Why Naps Make You Smarter

An off the subject topic, but as a firm believer that the afternoon siesta is truly beneficial in restoring the body, the researchers have come to the same conclusion.  The folks at LiveScience.com report  that Matthew Walker, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley has co-authored a study showing that volunteers in a study who napped scored higher on memorization tests following the siesta. Now I think I have a good excuse for the wife when she asks what i’m doing on the couch,  I can just tell her go read this.