Texas governor Rick Perry attended a church service just before Election Day presided over by a minister who believes war with Iran is a fulfillment of biblical prophesy, and who said at the service that non-Christians are "going straight to hell with a non-stop ticket"; asked about the sermon afterward, Perry expressed agreement with it.
Now we get more mainstream values from Perry: the featured entertainer at his inaugural ball last night was Ted Nugent, a good friend of the governor's, who wore a Confederate T-shirt and said insulting things about non-English speakers, using machine guns as props.
Hmmmm ... what is it that Dinesh D'Souza says about our global struggles? Oh, yes:
...traditional Muslims ... would feel a lot better about America if they could see the "other" America, which is say, Red America, the America they don't see on television, where people go to work and look after their families and subscribe to traditional values and go to church. Bush should project more of this America to the rest of the world, especially to the traditional cultures of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
Yeah, maybe he can ask Rick Perry to help him out.
UPDATE: Nugent has responded at his Web site:
for the record, all on tape & film, there was no AK47 or anything resembling 1 & my only immigration statement was that WANGO TANGO was the official immigration themesong. These lefties are terminally inebriated on dishonesty. so be it.
The story that said "Machine guns, including an AK-47, were his props" appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, not some paper for latte-swilling coast-dwellers, so I trust the reporter -- and I'm guessing that if something shows up on the inevitable leaked video that looks to the average person like an AK, Nuge, as a gun connoisseur, will say whatever is being brandished doesn't meet his exacting "resemblance" standard. ("Look at that gun sight! It's a 32-P-08! Everyone knows the AK's gunsight is a 32-P-09!")*
The "lefties" who are "terminally inebriated on dishonesty" include, according to the Express-News story, Royal Masset, former political director of the Republican Party of Texas, who says of the decision to feature Nugent, "I think it was a horrible choice. I hope nobody approved it."
And as for "Wango Tango" being "the official immigration themesong" ... hunh? Why -- because it sounds like some furriner's name? Or because it's about hot sex? (You know that's all those furriners ever think about, apart from sneakin' across the border so they can apply for welfare....) Whatever -- here are the lyrics; here's a video of the Nuge performing the song. Maybe you can figure it out.
*This is probably not realistic gun talk at all, but I don't give a rat's ass, Ted. --SM.