the family values guy….

Justin Elliott (Salon): Here’s an interesting tidbit from Rick Perry’s past to keep an eye on. In the mid-1990s, the presidential candidate owned stock in a video rental store chain whose hardcore porn offerings drew the ire of conservative groups, according to a 2006 report on a liberal Texas blog. That item was resurrected by several liberal web sites this week.

Burnt Orange Report, a site founded by a Democratic activist, reported in 2006 that Perry’s 1995 financial disclosure showed he owned between $5,000 and $10,000 in stock in the company Movie Gallery. He was at the time state commissioner of agriculture.

Why is that significant? Because the now-defunct Movie Gallery, once a competitor to Blockbuster, was known for offering XXX porn rentals along with conventional Hollywood fare….

Ironically, it was the social conservative crusaders at the American Family Association – the very group that helped organize Perry’s stadium prayer rally this month – who spent years on an anti-porn campaign targeting Movie Gallery….

…. Perry’s stock holdings were put in a blind trust in 1996, so what he has owned since that year is not publicly known ….1995 was a long time ago, but never underestimate how intensely social conservatives in places like Iowa abhor porn… it’s not beyond the realm of imagination that it could become a real headache…..

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42 Responses to “the family values guy….”

  1. 1 MTmarilyn
    August 19, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I read this on twitter. This will be a big campaign point. How can he run on values and do this kind of stuff. But I guess this is what they do.

  2. 3 MTmarilyn
    August 19, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Chips, just a Gremlin update. On my android I cannot get alot the treads to open. It is frustrating. This is the only blog I have problems with and it is my most important one. Usually it is the latest thread. After you open another one I can get into it. There are some I still can’t open on my droid. Now I have no problem on my desktop. The phone people said it wasn’t in my phone. Thanks for looking into it.

    • August 19, 2011 at 12:17 pm

      Hiya MTmarilyn, so sorry you’re having problems, I’ve noticed a few others are having trouble with their Androids too – I’m guessing it’s yet another WordPress issue, rather than an Android problem. I’ll contact WordPress support and see if they can help me sort it out. Unfortunately I can’t get in touch with the Support guy who was HUGELY helpful recently, when I contacted them a few days ago with a list of problems the guy who replied wasn’t helpful at all. Grr. Sorry again MT, will let you know when I hear back from Support.

      • 5 MTmarilyn
        August 19, 2011 at 12:30 pm

        Thanks for checking into this. I can only imagine how frustrating this is for you. I am know it will work out. I am determined to work thru it. At least I can still read most of the threads. Thanks for all you are doing.

  3. August 19, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Chips, I need a cup or two of your java!!

    • 7 a4alice
      August 19, 2011 at 1:33 pm

      Me too! Holy cow Chipsticks I think I logged out last night around 7pm and I’m just checking in now – there’s scads of stuff here to pour through – w00t 🙂 Thanks for all your hard work I don’t know how you do it, but I’m with Meta – whatever coffee you’re drinking I like some of that 🙂

      Thanks again


      • 8 HZ
        August 19, 2011 at 2:30 pm

        I am grateful each and everyday also my friends and family for our beautiful hardworking Chipsticks. Along with that java, it is also , I believe the beautiful energy of kind, thoughtful, loving meditations and prayers that keeps our beautiful Chipsticks going. We need her so much, and that those are my prayers and thoughts to keep her strong, full of joy, and the strength to keep this beautiful blog up and running daily.. I just feel so peaceful being here. Thanks so much, Chips. Love you back so very much, HZ

  4. 11 Fred
    August 19, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    West’s brother, Arlan West said his brother’s rhetoric was “unproductive.”

    Allen West Calls Rep. Maxine Waters A ‘Plantation Overseer,’ Then Sends His Brother To Her For Help

  5. 12 Fred
    August 19, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Another GOP Rep. Disavows Norquist’s Anti-Tax Pledge: ‘We Have To Have The Flexibility To Do The Right Thing’

    Texas v. White

    • 13 Ladyhawke
      August 19, 2011 at 1:16 pm

      Here’s a excellent op-ed from The New York Times last month that explores the contradiction between taking the oath of office to the Constitution and then adding multiple pledges from special interest groups. I hope the Democrats will keep this Grover Noquist no taxes pledge in the spotlight. Average Americans can see the conflict and they don’t like it. I saw a post where this issue is being brought up at some of the town halls. Democracy in action….

      Signing Away the Right to Govern

      It used to be that a sworn oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution was the only promise required to become president. But that no longer seems to be enough for a growing number of Republican interest groups, who are demanding that presidential candidates sign pledges shackling them to the corners of conservative ideology. Many candidates are going along, and each pledge they sign undermines the basic principle of democratic government built on compromise and negotiation.


      • 14 Sue in Minnesota
        August 19, 2011 at 1:22 pm

        I’ve been on this page since day one, have written to all my Congress people, the DOJ and the WH. This is needs to be addressed. The only valid pledge is their sworn oath taken upon entry into elected office to uphold the Constitution serving and protecting the people it serves.

        Please write/e-mail/twitter/fax regarding this issue. Grover Norquist is not an elected official….and as Alan Simpson suggested on LOD’s The LAst Word, he should be investigated, and his money trail and support lines revealed.

        • 15 HZ
          August 19, 2011 at 2:35 pm

          Sue, I saw that interview on LOD, and Slan Simpson was very adamant about that. So I join you in this effort to call, email and confront our elected officials of the real oath that they took. Thanks Sue.

  6. August 19, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Eh.. Perry will just say he found God.. or some such BS … just like Gingrich has done regarding his cheating/multiple marriages. These folks have values as conveniences only- Bachmann, Perry, Gingrich.. all of them are pushing their ‘morals’ on to the country- but none of them ever live what they preach.. it is the story of Republicans-hypocrisy is their only code.

    And yet it is the truly ‘family values’ guy- the one who never preaches it.. President Obama- that is attacked and undermined at every turn .. while the media pushes these sick/dysfunctional ‘leaders’ onto America.

    • 17 Sue in Minnesota
      August 19, 2011 at 1:42 pm

      But God should not be an acceptable excuse for ignorance. God gave us brains so that we could use them, and hearts that we wouldn’t become unfeeling, uncaring machines.

  7. 18 utaustinliberal
    August 19, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Whenever you peel back the very superficial layer of holier than thou conservatives you see ugly hypocritical underlayers. Nothing against porn; pretty much everyone at one point in their life has watched porn and still watches porn. It’s all good. The only problem with conservatives is that they rail against such “immoral” leanings. They rail against gay people; then you find out that they’re secretly gay. They rail against prostitution; then you find out that they get their rocks off with prostitutes. They rail against sex education and preach abstinence only; then you find out their children are mini whores. They rail against people with no military background; then you find out their military records are forged. They rail against big government take over and demand their country back; then you find out they know nothing about history or how government works. They rail against illegal immigrants; then you find out that they are the huge exploiters of poor immigrants. They rail against lack of sanctity of marriage; then you find out that they are the greatest violators of the marriage vow. Hypocrisy, thy name is GOP.

    • 19 jacquelineoboomer
      August 19, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      As my granddaughter would say, stretching it out, OhhhhhhMyyyyyyyyGoddddd. May I borrow that to share with some folks? (Sorry, Noonan, for using the word “folks.”)

    • 23 S. Holland
      August 19, 2011 at 7:14 pm

      amen, perfectly stated! Truthfully, how many of you are surprised by this latest revelation? Hypocrites, liars, all of them!!

  8. 24 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    August 19, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Folks………….With what is available in the GOP camp I would say we better go to any lengths to re-elect President Obama. These FANATICS are scary. I just can not picture that type of corruption and LUNACY in the Whitehouse!! 😯

  9. 25 57andFemale
    August 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Unfortunately, methinks they don’t hate porn as much as they hate Obama. NOTHING keeps these people from the polls. It hasn’t made a damned bit of difference in TX.

    I hope this has some legs but I doubt it: unless he continued to own stock, unless he knew what the company did it’s going to be a non-starter. Like mutual funds — does everybody know what their mutual funds are invested in? They tried this on Barbara Boxer a few years ago.

    We’ll see.

    • 26 57andFemale
      August 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      You know, I’m going to answer my own question: for awhile we had a mutual fund, pushed on us when the market was happy by a stockbroker friend of my husband. When things began to tank I said to my husband, “I’m owning a part of Halliburton and I’m LOSING money?” I couldn’t stand the market. It makes absolutely no sense. After the IPO, nothing goes to the company and you’re just gambling with fake money. I got out of the market I didn’t know or trust. If I’m going to do that kind of investing I want a mutual fund that invests in socially and environmentally conscious companies. Because of the kind of business my husband and I are in, I’m better off investing in our own extremely small, small business than playing roulette on the stock market.

      • 27 Sue in Minnesota
        August 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm

        I have a family member that suffered severe losses playing with the giant casino that is Wall Street. Sadly he lost most of what he had worked hard for over 25 years running a small business with another brother.

    • 29 utaustinliberal
      August 19, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      Thanks Meta. I saw a little snippet of video on the news. So hoping that donna our resident video queen will locate the video for us.

    • 34 Sue in Minnesota
      August 19, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      I always notice the happy faces in the crowds that surround him. God Bless America!

    • 35 PoliticalJunkessa
      August 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      I just checked in, hoping there would be some pics. Thanks for the link, meta!

      Look how tall and gorgeous Malia is getting! Sasha is adorable and the Prez looks great. I hope they get to REST and ENJOY!

    • 36 hopefruit2
      August 19, 2011 at 2:05 pm

      Thanks meta!

      An article from the same link:

      /// President Barack Obama began the first full day of his Martha’s Vineyard vacation on Friday by dropping into a bookstore with daughters Malia and Sasha, emerging to shouts of “2012!” and “Four More Years.” ///

  10. 37 Fred
    August 19, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Greta Van Susteren Challenges Sarah Palin Over Tea Party: ‘There Is A Disregard For The Facts’ 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯

  11. 39 carolyn
    August 19, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Love the pictures of POTUS and the girls! These are the first pictures of the girls in several years. I think they hae been having a nice private summer! Good for them.
    This article on Perry and porn just made me laugh. We travel from OKC to Dallas at least 6 times a year to see our children and grandchildren. Traveling down I-35, the first thing to be seen after crossing the Texas line is DW Adult Video Store. We laugh every time. One reason is because my husband’s initials are DW, but also because Texas claims to be so religious, and the greeting to the state is an adult video store. Texans have a stomach for contradictions and hypocrisy that is very big! Maybe others do too…..but everything, as they say, is bigger in Texas.

  12. 40 Doris
    August 19, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Joe Walsh’s unlikely road to D.C.

    Walsh recently found himself on the defensive amid claims by his ex-wife that he owes more than $117,000 in unpaid child support and interest. And now the Tribune, looking more deeply into his troubled driving record, has learned that he lost his driving privileges from mid-April to mid-July of this year because he let his high-risk car insurance lapse — the second time in three years his license was suspended.


    What a hypocrite.

  13. 42 Anonymous
    August 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I worked for Movie Gallery in the 80’s in Gainesville, FL but I don’t remember us ever renting porn. Maybe that was just our franchise.

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