The signs of incurable madness keep appearing, yet his popularity continues to grow. We’re speaking, of course, about Texas Governor Rick Perry — the champion of not one, but two successive chairmen of the Texas State Board of Education (the SBOE) who were rejected by the Texas Senate.
The more recent failure was Perry’s selection of creationist Gail Lowe, whose rejection we wrote about here: Gail Lowe To Be Out as Chairman? That post also reminds you of Perry’s previous choice as chairman of the SBOE — Don McLeroy, the creationist dentist. After McLeroy’s rejection by the Senate and then his defeat in a primary election, Perry honored him at a GOP event with the group’s Patriot Award, about which we wrote Is Texas Governor Rick Perry Insane?
Well, dear reader, having flopped twice before, Perry has just named another new chairman of the SBOE. Fortunately for him there were still plenty of creationists and theocrats on that venerable board from which to choose. They’re conveniently identified for us by WorldNetDaily in an article we wrote about last year (WorldNetDaily: Still Promoting Theocracy) which praised the Texas SBOE and described the “Magnificent Seven” — Terri Leo, David Bradley, Don McLeroy, Ken Mercer, Gail Lowe, Barbara Cargill and Cynthia Dunbar. (McLeroy and Dunbar are no longer on the board.)
Another description of the SBOE members was provided by the Austin Chronicle, about which we wrote Texas SBOE Election: Great Summary. The Chronicle article described the SBOE members as either “Sane” or “Not Sane.” In the “Not Sane” category were Ken Mercer (that’s “cat-dog” Mercer, who defeated Rebecca Bell-Metereau in the 2010 election), Terri Leo, David Bradley, Barbara Cargill, and Gail Lowe (the recently rejected acting chairman). McLeroy had been defeated in an earlier primary, or he would have surely appeared in that illustrious grouping.
Okay, with that lineup of creationists and theocrats from which to make his selection, and with the whole nation wondering whether he’s going to run for the GOP presidential nomination, who is Perry’s choice to succeed Gail Lowe as SBOE chairman?
The answer to that question, dear reader, can be found in this headline, Perry appoints The Woodlands’ Cargill as SBOE chair, which appears in the Conroe Courier located in Conroe, Texas — that’s near Houston. To spare you the effort of checking, Cargill is one of WorldNetDaily‘s “Magnificent Seven” and she’s in the Austin Chronicle‘s “Not Sane” category.
We found another article about this in the Texas Tribune: Perry Appoints Cargill Head Of State Education Board. Here are a few excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Since the governor appointed Cargill during the interim, she will not go through the Senate confirmation process until lawmakers return in 2013. Her term is set to expire in February of that year.
The former science teacher consistently votes with the board’s socially conservative bloc and is a proponent of teaching the “strengths and weaknesses” of evolution.
There’s not much else to be said. The science and theocracy wars will continue in Texas public schools. If we needed any further evidence of Perry’s stand on such issues, now we have it.
We’ve already discussed Michele Bachmann’s creationism (see Michele Bachmann in New Orleans: Insanity), so you understand our post’s title. Perry is the same as Michele Bachmann, but with male genitalia.
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