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When you think about Rick Perry, The New Yorker would like you to think about squeezed testicles
Althouse ^ | August 23, 2011 | Ann Althouse

Posted on 08/23/2011 11:47:25 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

From "comment" in The New Yorker by Lawrence Wright:

"Perry is the first graduate of Texas A & M to govern Texas. When he was a freshman, in 1968, the student body looked much like him: white, male, determinedly rural.... At A & M, Perry ran the winning campaign of his friend John Sharp for student-body president. In response, Sharp got his friend elected one of the campus’s five “yell leaders”—male cheerleaders. Perry considered being a yeller the higher office. A typical yell is: “Squads left! Squads right! / Farmers, farmers, we’re all right! / Load, ready, aim, fire, boom!” During tense moments in a football game, yellers grab their balls and shout, “Squeeze, Aggies!”

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I was inclined to disbelieve that ball-squeezing thing. But I Googled it. There are some strange American folk traditions, apparently. But... why is this in an article about Rick Perry? Why merge that image with him? There's some psychological manipulation going on here!

Note that there is an ongoing effort among the media elite to create an aversion to Rick Perry by making him seem hyper-masculine in a disgusting or inappropriate way. I'll be keeping an eye on this. If you see evidence of this phenomenon, let me know — in the comments here or by email.


TOPICS: Agriculture; Government; Military/Veterans; Politics
KEYWORDS: balls; cowboys; perry; perry2012; politics
The comments at "Althouse" are great.
1 posted on 08/23/2011 11:47:27 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Best headline of the day.


2 posted on 08/23/2011 11:54:42 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I get that feeling when I think about Pelosi


3 posted on 08/23/2011 12:06:48 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

When you think about Rick Perry, The New Yorker would like you to think about squeezed testicles

When I think about The New Yorker, I think of no testicles...


4 posted on 08/23/2011 12:09:31 PM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Another thing. You know those photo shots of Perry that are evidently entirely too masculine and attractive for the NE liberal/RINO crowd, where he has one boot hiked up on the bale of hay? I wish to start a rumor here. Anybody with back pain tends to do the very same thing. I’ve seen it and know it to be true and just wonder if that could be one reason for the more relaxed pose during part of that stump speech. Not that his pose even matters in that casual setting among like minded farmers enjoying their state fair or wherever it was. The fact that he is recovering from back surgery made me think about the criticism he was getting for “swagger”.


5 posted on 08/23/2011 12:11:46 PM PDT by RitaOK (TEXAS. It's EXHIBIT A for Rick. Perry/Rubio '12)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Without getting to graphic, let me just say that it helps to have brass ones. It just might, could be that we need a leader with brass ones to lead us out of THE VALLEY OF DEBT.

Down here we see New York City to be the armpit of the USA. Also, they make bad choices when eating salsa.


6 posted on 08/23/2011 12:13:05 PM PDT by Graewoulf
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To: Common Sense 101

‘Male’ New Yorkers statisically spend too much time altogether thinking about male genitalia.


7 posted on 08/23/2011 12:15:38 PM PDT by tarotsailor
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To: RitaOK
.....I wish to start a rumor here. Anybody with back pain tends to do the very same thing. ...

I thought of this the other day when I saw that picture of his leg resting on the straw bale. He's recently had back surgery and was wearing a brace (don't know if he still is) so it made sense that it would help to do that.

8 posted on 08/23/2011 12:15:38 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Common Sense 101; bigbob

From the article in The New Yorker -

“When he was a freshman, in 1968, the student body looked much like him: white, male, determinedly rural....”

Not that there’s anything wrong with that...


9 posted on 08/23/2011 12:16:49 PM PDT by ngat
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To: Graewoulf

10 posted on 08/23/2011 12:17:20 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: bigbob

11 posted on 08/23/2011 12:18:36 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
, in 1968, the student body looked much like him: white, male, determinedly rural

This may be a little bit peripheral to the thread, but...

I haven't been everywhere in this country, but I live in Ohio, have been to several southern states, along with Texas and Oklahoma, and we now have property in WV.

Every rural area I've been to, is nearly exclusively white.

I don't believe people in those areas are racist and would create a hostile environment for non-whites (although non-whites may believe that and it would be enough to presumably deter them) - in fact, I think rural people are some of the most accepting there are towards racial and/or ethinic differences.

Are there rural areas of non-white farmers, ranchers, etc. that I just haven't seen, or is there something about either the area or the type of work/mindset that is not compatible with the average non-white?
12 posted on 08/23/2011 12:19:09 PM PDT by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: ngat
“When he was a freshman, in 1968, the student body looked much like him: white, male, determinedly rural....”

Everything that the Left has labored to reverse.

13 posted on 08/23/2011 12:21:07 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

OMG he did crazy things in college, outrageous! LOL!


14 posted on 08/23/2011 12:21:31 PM PDT by HerrBlucher ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged." G.K. Chesterton)
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To: chrisser

Texas is just about the friendliest state you’ll ever visit — all of it (well there are those inner city pocket you might avoid).


15 posted on 08/23/2011 12:22:57 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: ngat

“When he was a freshman, in 1968, the student body looked much like him: white, male, determinedly rural....”

Well DUH! The A in A$M does stand for Agriculture after all.


16 posted on 08/23/2011 12:23:01 PM PDT by SwatTeam
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To: ClearCase_guy; Common Sense 101; tarotsailor; HerrBlucher; SwatTeam
“Squeeze, Aggies!”

Somehow this needs to be adapted to a good campaign sign slogan.

17 posted on 08/23/2011 12:31:40 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: HerrBlucher

Well, at least we know he actually went to college and actually participated in events unlike the POtuS.


18 posted on 08/23/2011 12:37:15 PM PDT by eaglesiniowa ((Hope is not a course of action))
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To: eaglesiniowa; All

Here are 10 recent tweets from @RickPerryFacts about govenor’s machismo:

• Each night before they go to sleep, Barack Obama makes
Michelle check under the bed for Rick Perry. #RickPerryFacts

• Popeye opens a can of Rick Perry before a fight. #RickPerryFacts

• Atheists believe in rick perry #RickPerryFacts

• Obama lists him as his emergency contact. #RickPerryFacts

• Rick Perry once played in Texas without having a fiddle in his band. #RickPerryFacts

• Remember how bad Y2K was supposed to be? Remember how nothing bad happened at midnight? Yeah, thank Rick Perry for that one. #RickPerryFacts

• Rick Perry checked up on Annie, and yes, she is okay. #smoothcriminal

• Rick Perry once won the Indianapolis 500 in a rickshaw pulled by a small gerbil. #rickperryfacts #rickperry

• If Rick Perry had starred in the movie “300”, the film would have been called “1”.

• As President, Rick Perry will protect the Secret Service.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/bthesite/the-ridiculous-report-blog/bal-rick-perry-macho-macho-man-20110822,0,5021868.story


19 posted on 08/23/2011 12:47:59 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
When I think about the "New Yorker", I don't think of squeezed balls.

I think of lack of balls.

20 posted on 08/23/2011 12:50:15 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“Vote for Perry! He’ll put the “squeeze” on government!”


21 posted on 08/23/2011 12:56:29 PM PDT by pingman (Durn tootin'; I like Glock shootin'!)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Lack, or lick?


22 posted on 08/23/2011 12:57:15 PM PDT by pingman (Durn tootin'; I like Glock shootin'!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Those Aggies do have some bizarre rituals.

23 posted on 08/23/2011 1:24:29 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: OrangeHoof

"The Hide"

24 posted on 08/23/2011 1:32:47 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: OrangeHoof
Those Aggies do have some bizarre rituals.

As a University of Texas alumnus (a Texas-Ex, but I graduated), I'll point out that those rival Aggies have some outstanding rituals like Aggie Muster and Silver Taps.

The school produced more line officers in WWII than West Point and Annapolis combined. It has some world-class academic programs, particularly in engineering.

The Aggies have more 'traditions' than any other university I can think of, by a multiple of four or five.

Some are glorious and inspirational, like Silver Taps and Aggie Muster. Some strike people who aren't Aggies as a little odd.

Let's just hope the New Yorker doesn't get into Corp's "J--- Jar" tradition before the UT game. That makes "Squeeze 'em, Ags" quite tame.

25 posted on 08/23/2011 2:36:47 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

All this info about the college days of a guy who entered the race days ago and no info about the sitting president.


26 posted on 08/23/2011 2:39:22 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Straight Vermonter

Great observation.


27 posted on 08/23/2011 3:13:43 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Aggies are weirdos. No doubt about that.


28 posted on 08/23/2011 5:13:52 PM PDT by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions by the ATF***)
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To: Scoutmaster

Bump!!


29 posted on 08/24/2011 1:49:39 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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