The first video demonstrates how Governor Rick Perry views himself, the second shows how most Americans view him (as portrayed by Alec Baldwin on SNL). Both of these clips are pretty funny, for different reasons.
The Boston Herald reports that Rick Perry is making "modest" gains among conservative voters in Iowa. (Maybe that's due to all those Tim Tebow references in his campaign ad?)
Rick Rape-the-Planet Perry Defends Natural Gas "Fracking"
Perry wants Americans to know that he supports the environmentally dangerous process of hydraulic fracturing. Since he is the Lone Star State's chief executive, he's well-versed on all that energy stuff, dontcha know. When a young college student named Carrie Kauffamn attempted to question The Guv about pumping untold tons of carcinogens into the earth, Perry rudely cut her off mid-sentence, scowling: "No ma'am! We can have this conversation, but you cannot show me one place where there is a proven - not one - where there is a proven pollution of groundwater by hydraulic fracturing." (Not according to the EPA - but then Perry plans to dismantle that agency if he ever makes it to the White House.) From CBS News: When the audience began to voice support for the young woman, calling out, "it's false," Perry challenged them to bring him the study in question. A follow up conversation with Kaufmann revealed she was talking about a recent Environmental Protection Agency study out of Wyoming that showed chemical contamination of the area's groundwater was the likely result of fracking. Perry's tone began to betray his frustration. "I am truly offended that the American public would be hoodwinked by stories that do not scientifically hold up," he said, his voice rising... The audience continued to protest, and he ended the exchange by challenging them to bring him evidence once again, and saying he would concede their point if they could do so.
Yeah, right. Perry's tongue is so far up the ass of the energy industry I wouldn't be suprised if they asked him to plug wells for them.
Below is an eight-minute PBS news report about fracking ...