Rick Perry Doubles Down on Stupid Talking About Conversion Therapy

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Danny Fulgencio
So you're telling me there's no scientific evidence. None?

We should probably be used to it by now. Governor Rick Perry went on CNBC earlier this week and said something that, were it to have come from anyone else, would've been stunning for its intellectual dishonesty.

In the midst of an interview, which you can see in full below, Perry told Squawk Box's Joe Kernan that he doesn't know if non-heterosexuals can change their sexual orientation. Then, he commented on conversion therapy, an endorsement of which was added to the Texas GOP's 2014 platform at the party's recent convention in Fort Worth.

"You know, I don't know," he said. "We'll leave that to the psychologists and the doctors."

That statement is totally at odds with everything his party believes, at least in Texas, and tough to reconcile with of his statements comparing homosexuality to alcoholism last week.

Which, in a way, would be a sign of progress for Perry, assuming he knows what the medical establishment thinks of conversion therapy. On the off chance he doesn't, we've put together a short list the governor can print out, clip and save, naming organizations that have denounced conversion therapy as useless or worse:

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The American Psychological Association
The National Association of Social Workers
The American Counseling Association
The Pan American Health Organization
The American Medical Association
The American Psychological Association
The American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists
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Unfair Park is holding its breath for Perry's announcement of a statewide conversion therapy ban.


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WonkotheSane
WonkotheSane

I'm no Rick Perry fan, but it seems to me his statements sound so stupid because he's trying to do the impossible. He knows that the cure-the-gays platform his party just adopted is weapons-grade bullshit. Yet, to avoid offending too many of his party, he's trying to say something sensible without contradicting that platform. Give it up Rick. 

Rooster0620
Rooster0620

Somebody please, please explain to me how this ass-clown kept getting elected governor?

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum

When trying to attract businesses to Texas, is it wise for the gov to present himself and the the state's ruling party as anti-scientific and hateful?

darrylrs
darrylrs

this closeted dude will never be POTUS, move on. he is the male Palin.

lebowski300
lebowski300

I've started a Kickstarter to put Rick Perry into the Phantom Zone.

lecterman
lecterman

The author could have simply left out a few words of the title and it still would have been applicable.


"Rick Perry Doubles Down on Stupid..."

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

I wonder how many gallons of "Just For Men" were consumed for that picture alone?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

A quick check of national media indicates that interest in Perry, or his support for a legal yet controversial procedure is hardly newsworthy.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

I wanna know who's typing whatever it is that appears in Goodhair's Google Glasses. 

You'd think his handlers would get someone that didn't take every opportunity to make a bigger fool of this fool.

casiepierce
casiepierce

Wait, so he kinda takes a step back from what he said last week and that's somehow a double-down in your mind? Huh?

JackJett
JackJett

What about......


The Marcus Bachman Taxpayer's School of Conversion

Larry Craig's Wide Stance Academy

Ted Haggard's Pay for Gay is Okay

or the seminar held by our own local.....Robert Jeffress's  As Sissy As I Wanna Be



chris.mcclung
chris.mcclung

I don't necessarily agree with him but I do admire his humongous balls. 

halldecker
halldecker

Bro. Good Hair is alleged to know far more about the topic than he wants known.

Recall,  in '06 or thereabouts, Perry held a news conference in Ft. Worth to deny he'd been caught in the marital bed upstairs in the Mansion Super Bowl Sunday with a high-level political appointee who,  no secret in Austin was "... one of THOSE people!"

Strong rumor,  those who had invested heavily in Perry had offered Anita millions not to rush for Divorce Court,  but stay with the former A&M Head Cheerleader till his political career was over.  I walked past the Mansion one evening during this,  elderly lesbian lady with us hollered loudly:  "Take him for everything he's got, Anita!" State policeman sitting in his car outside busted out laughing.

Do your own Google,  rumors and more than hints about Perry have circulated for decades.  When he announced his theory that gay people should remain closeted,  lie to the whole world,  get married,  sublimate their whole being; I thought,  maybe he's an expert ...

Now.  Do I REALLY think he was having a hot affair with a Chef he hired for the Mansion?



CitzenKim
CitzenKim

That this clown thinks he has even a PRAYER of being nominated by the GOP for the Presidential election is proof enough that he is either an idiot or insane.


He can't get 5 minutes into the process before offering another "OOPS" moment.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@Rooster0620 Because his backers show up to vote unlike the majority of registered voters who can't be bothered.  


You get the government you deserve.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@Rooster0620

Because we didn't vote against him in sufficient numbers. And the picture of him shooting a revolver.

bippyizod
bippyizod

@Rooster0620  Cuz he is a reel smart feller and he knows how to hate and who to hate which is everyone that ain't like me.  Even though he drinks sissy wine he makes up for it by hatin' them gays who think they should be allowed to do like the rest of us normal folk.   I plan on votin for him again and again.  Ain't gonna vote for that women that's for sure cuz we don't need nobody running our goverments when they have women' problems. 

wcvemail
wcvemail

@TheCredibleHulk

The image shapers and groomers who also put him in scholarly specs assured him that the hair thing would blend right in.

JackJett
JackJett

@TheRuddSki  You are right on target (looks up for lightening) as there was a great article in the local gay press how so many people are accustomed to idiotic venom spewing out of Ricky Sue that no one really pays any attention.  Maybe it is time he returns to his Whine Closet

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@casiepierce OOPS should step back from the mirror and see how awful he looks in that aubergine chiffon ball gown of his.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@JackJett

Don't forget Ted's "The Lord's Gonna Massage The Crack Right Out Of Ya" prostitute outreach program.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@halldecker I always thought it was Anita that tossed the molotovs that burned down the mansion. That's one way to keep Little Ricky under control. That gated suburban rental they shacked up in thereafter probably had better security, on the bedrooms anyway.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

Funny you should mention Nixon, which brings to mind the 18-minute gap.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@JackJett

Perry is a distraction from the awesome collapse of the Obama administration, for some.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@bvckvs  Two Words: Charlie Rangel     Not as stupid but way more corrput

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@bvckvs @Sotiredofitall

Do you even think about the shit that you write?  Not only was your statement ignorant and bigoted, it was nonsense.

If the GOP had a monopoly as you claim that would imply exclusivity.  Therefore, there would be no Democrat crazies to join.


Jazus!  Liberals sure are stupid.  

JackJett
JackJett

@Montemalone 

A couple of nice comments from my interview with Mike Jones, the boy toy of Rev. Ted Haggard for Radaronline....entitle Confessions of An Angry Hustler....



This is something I have always wondered about: closet cases with wives and children ...
I have no doubt in my mind that they fantasize about men. That's the only way they can get it up.

Is it safe to assume that Haggard's a bottom? Maybe a power bottom, but a bottom nonetheless.
When people see him, the first impression is, Oh my god, he looks gay. When they were having the service at his church and reading his apology letter, all the reporters that were there came back to me and said, "You know what, Mike? It's really strange. All the guys that were up on stage were young, good-looking men."

Bottom, or power bottom? Well, let me just say ... yes, bottom.

What turned Reverend Haggard on the most about you?
I think my body, for sure. Also, it probably didn't hurt thatI'm pretty well-endowed.



http://archive.today/5oVvn

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@Montemalone  OOPS used $11 million of Obama's job stimulus money to pay for the renovation of the torched mansion.  Anita and OOPS were vacationing in the Europe they hate when the Molotov cocktail was thrown.  Convenient.

JackJett
JackJett

@TheRuddSki  I predicted that add-on.  Yet I know you are not distracted at all.  Obama will not be running nor will he be impeached, so what TP or Rep. is going to represent ur values on immigration. 

wcvemail
wcvemail

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @Montemalone

The repair money didn't come from stimulus funding, according to Time-Warner Austin news:
"Texas's first lady, Anita Perry, established a fund to help preserve the mansion, raising $3.5 million from private citizens. That and $21.5 million approved by Texas lawmakers ensured - See more at: http://austin.twcnews.com/content/news/292382/still-no-arrests-5-years-after-governor-s-mansion-fire#sthash.rxAWBRMY.dpuf"


This post is brought to you by Diogenes, not the Perry election campaign.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@halldecker @wcvemail

There's a persistent urban legend/widespread rumor in Austin. Like many of these, there's some truth to it. The truth is that shortly after the Super Bowl non-event in the gov's bedroom, the Perrys took an unscheduled vacation to the Caribbean, as proven by FOI requests for the costs of gubernatorial security personnel (who presumably hated every minute of the trip.) The rumor is that Anita Perry sported some very impressive, new jewelry upon return. 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@TPFK

Perry is nothing.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@JackJett

I knew you'd say that, and no, I'm not distracted, I'm just not paying attention.

Of course Obama won't be impeached, he's the nation's first black president, it would be rude. But, the polls are beginning to reflect TheRuddski's complaints.

He's going to need a bigger speech.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@bvckvs  I refer you to your prior comment "Perhaps he's tired of the Republicans having a monopoly on crazy, and decided to bait the Democrat's crazies to join the conversation"

halldecker
halldecker

@wcvemail @halldecker 

And,  then,  there's the suggestion those who Invested Heavily in Rick met them there, that Mrs. Perry came back with two new toasters for opening off-shore bank accounts with the money.

Tell you grandkids to keep an eye on this.  Confirmation will eventually come out,  one way or another,  but almost certainly too late for us to hear the news.

 

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum

@TheRuddSki It's worth noting that Obama's lowest approval rating was 38% (most recently 42%), while Bush's was 25%.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@CogitoErgoSum

Bush's average 2nd term 37%, Obama now four whole points above that. Take into account the automatic high black (but dropping) approval at 82 vs white at 32 (much of that due to racialism ), and you've got a pretty shitty president.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum

I'm fairly certain some white folks voted for Romney for no better reason than he wasn't black. Would we have discounted those votes because of so-called racialism? No. Therefore your argument that Obama's popularity should be lower is poppycock.

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