August 20, 2014

Let's talk about Rick Perry's mugshot.



Do you think he had his own lighting people on the scene? It's got that portrait look, with one side of the face in shadow. Don't they normally shine a light right at you?

What advice do you think he was given on how to do a good mugshot? Smile. Seem confident, but not cocky. Try to look like you're posing for a normal photograph, like you're not in a mugshot.

I've seen the mugshot described as "defiant." Do you think he was advised to look "defiant"? Would you describe the expression as "defiant"? I wouldn't. People project. They think he should be defiant or is defiant, so they see defiant. But I don't think defiant is what you want in a mugshot. Randy Travis looks defiant in his DUI mugshot:



That's not what you want.

86 comments:

rhhardin said...

Tom Delay did the same thing. Make the mugshot a campaign poster. Then the opposition doesn't get to use it.

rhhardin said...

Randy Travis was boosting his country song creds.

chickelit said...

It probably helps a lot to not be drunk or hungover.

MayBee said...

Perry gave them a nice picture, but this still wins as the best political mugshot.

MayBee said...

I have friends on Facebook talking about the inequity of Perry not having to go to jail after being arrested.

Nonapod said...

People who hate him will probably read smugness and arrogance into this shot, while people who like him will read charm and avuncularity.

What if he made no expression? Just a blank face? What would people read into it that?

Big Mike said...

Which state has dirtier Democrats? Wisconsin or Texas? So hard to choose!

Wisconsin is doing its best to learn from Chicago.

Hagar said...

He is defying the Travis County Democrats, so he is defiant.

Completely off topic:
When a homicide occurs, is not the legally constituted authority for that purpose - coroner, ME, CSI, or whatever other such named office - the one to take charge of the body and the only one that can conduct an autopsy?

Or autopsy autopsy as Whoopi might say. Other entities might be allowed to view the exhibits and the ME's report, but surely not to further operate on the corpse?

Chef Mojo said...

That's a great picture. It's Perry's "Bring it" look. Pure confidence.

MathMom said...

I agree w/rhhardin. He was intent on ruining the t-shirts.

That was taken in an office with overhead lighting, off to the side. Poorly lit, worse lighting than mugshot lighting. I think he was against an office wall.

By comparison, Tom Delay's mugshot is portrait lighting.

Michael said...

I'd say he looks bemused, like he was being arrested by his six year old nephew playing cops and robbers. Which is perfect.

Howard said...

Randy looks like a man, not a preening, smug metrosexual like Vicodin boy

Chris said...

"I've seen the mugshot described as 'defiant.'"

"Resolute," more like.

garage mahal said...

Which state has dirtier Republicans? Wisconsin or Texas? So hard to choose!

FTFY

MathMom said...

I don't think it's Perry's best ever smile. I wish he would have looked like he'd just been laughing.

Did you see VodkaPundit's tweet on the topic? "I asked my bartender to make me a Rosemary Lehmberg, and she poured me a mug of warm vodka with my car keys in the bottom."

One of his commenters said "It needs to have your business card taped to the bottom, so that people know just who the f#ck you are, dammit!"

kcom said...

"Which state has dirtier Republicans? Wisconsin or Texas? So hard to choose!

FTFY
"

Really? You wasted digital ink on that? Not even an ounce of creativity. So sad.

Chef Mojo said...

Randy looks drunk. Go home, Randy. You're drunk.

Saint Croix said...

That mugshot is lame. James Brown, now that's a mugshot.

Saint Croix said...

You want to see defiance? Snooki defies you.

Saint Croix said...

Steve McQueen cracks me up.

William said...

It's not such a great photo. The NY Daily News labeled it a "smug shot". But, for a first try, it was not such a bad shot. Lindsay Lohan has lots of experience in this line of modeling and has, in addition, a background in acting. It is unfair to compare a pro like her with an amateur like Perry.

Saint Croix said...

Okay, Paris Hilton is beyond cool. And here I thought she had no talent for anything. She is Queen of the Mugshots.

Birches said...

Yeah, DeLay's was better; Perry's kind of looks like a mugshot.

Birches said...

Thanks St. Croix. Steve McQuuen's was the best of the bunch.

Mid-Life Lawyer said...

Another vote for "resolute."

Saint Croix said...

It's funny how some celebrities totally give up. I am an old man, a cranky old man. I am homeless crack addict or crazy uncle perv.

Michael K said...

"Blogger garage mahal said...
Which state has dirtier Republicans? Wisconsin or Texas? So hard to choose!

FTFY"

No, you hallucinated again. Where are those secret routers ? In your head.

Roy Lofquist said...

I'd say more like the cat that ate the canary.

The politics of destruction has been around forever. It seems to be effective for the faction in ascendancy. But when the country is in a tailspin it smacks of desperation.

the wolf said...

Make the mugshot a campaign poster.

"This is what Fascist Democrats do to you when you disagree with them."

I think that would be pretty effective.

EDH said...

He should have worn a t-shirt with a picture of the drunk D.A.

garage mahal said...

"This is what Fascist Democrats do to you when you disagree with them."

I'll ask again: who are these Democrats prosecuting Rick Perry?

SteveR said...

Is "hungover" now "hangedover"?

traditionalguy said...

The before shot to compare to the after shot of his 99 years release date at age 149.

In 99 years Lehmberger will probably look worse, having consumed another 17,000 fifths of vodka

At least Perry doesn't have to be named John Doe in Texas.

tim maguire said...

I assumed he'd go for the Tom Delay, big happy smile like he's on vacation.

I don't like the lighting and am surprised mug shot requirements allow for that kind of half-face obscuring.

Art in LA said...

That's called "Rembrandt lighting" ... for me, I think the left side of his face could use just a little bit more light. But, all in all, a very good celebrity mugshot!

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Art in LA said...

And, BTW, how come the background to Perry's mug shot doesn't have the "height stripes?"

Birkel said...

McCrum is a Democrat.
McCrum donated solely to Democrats.
McCrum was an (attempted) Obama appointee.
McCrum was described by friends as a Democrat.

McCrum is a Democrat.

Seeing Red said...

Rick PAC has a great ad via Insty. She was out of control. They should buy media time during all evening news and run it.

Seeing Red said...

Rick PAC has a great ad via Insty. She was out of control. They should buy media time during all evening news and run it.

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garage mahal said...

McCrum was described by friends as a Democrat

LOL. Sure thing "birkel". You really are a silly little liar.

Dr Weevil said...
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Brando said...

Very Sphinxlike! One's interpetation of this portrait will say a lot more about the viewer than the subject. Perry is now a window into our own souls.

I read it as "I can't believe I have to deal with these bullsh*t charges".

Seeing Red said...

Hohho was the grand jury rigged? Drudge has a headline about a grand jury member who's an active dem party delegate.

Unknown said...

I may be totally wrong, but I don't think you have to "rig" a grand jury, just present one side of the picture as seen by the prosecution who wants to prosecute (or maybe just make headlines).

Seeing Red said...

But peopke can be swayed, did this person say anything behind closed doors?

April Apple said...

Perry Grand Juror Was An Active Democratic Party Delegate During Jury Proceedings

April Apple said...

The drunken democrat spent 45 days in jail. She spit on her arresting officers.

Yeah - she doesn't need to resign. She's a precious and holy democrat! All democrats are above reproach and above the law. They also deserve endless tax payer money, all of it. Get down on your knees and worship your neo fascist regressive betters.

SteveR said...

You really are a silly little liar.

Pot meet kettle

tim maguire said...

garage mahal: I've often wondered, do you see yourself as a disinterested observer, calling balls and strikes as you see them, without fear or favor?

And the only reason everything seems to be the Republicans' fault is that everything really is the Republicans' fault?

Just wondering.

Hagar said...

I read part of a screed that must have been written by a lawyer for the Travis County DA office.

It really was a masterpiece. All about how Perry's use of the veto was blackmail, extortion, and God knows what, and threatening to use his veto was solicitation to corruption, or something, I think.

The bottom line is that an executive veto allowed by the state constitution is an executive veto and the governor is not required to justify it, least of all to those whose actions he has been given the veto to frustrate when needed in his judgment.

And Rosemary Lehmberg is a disgrace to herself, Travis County, and the State of Texas, who should be encouraged to resign her office by any available means.

Big Mike said...

Perry's picture looks good because the police know which side their bread is buttered on and who does the buttering.

And garage, it was right the first time. But you knew that.

Curious George said...

garage, like with Walker, wants to pretend that this Perry deal isn't being driven by Democrats.

Yesterday he was going to the mat defending the action. But as liberals back away from this indictment like it has the herp, garage, having reviewed the liberal talking points, is now "what Democrats?".

No intellectual honesty. No boundries. Zilch.

Sayyid said...

I would say the defining characteristic of that mugshot is what's not there. There's not a trace of guilt or shame. That's what he was going for.

BrianE said...

Not defiant, more toward amused.

garage mahal said...

garage, like with Walker, wants to pretend that this Perry deal isn't being driven by Democrats.

I've asked several times for the names of these Democrats prosecuting Perry. "birkel" is the only commenter who attempted. What do you have?

Birkel said...

Steve R:

That you would call me a liar by inference is unfair.
I think you'll find no evidence of that.

hstad said...

Ha, Ha, Ha! Nice pic - now let's dare Ann to place the drunk DA's mug shot next to Perry's? No let Perry use both pics for his campaign!

RonF said...

I think he should use that picture in every campaign poster his campaign prints.

hstad said...

"Perry Grand Juror Was An Active Democratic Party Delegate During Jury Proceedings". That's interesting, you lawyers posting on here - I thought the Grand Jury met in secret and the jurors cannot talk about this. I believe Texas has a law about talking to the media by a grand juror - throw this liberal hack in jail!

richard mcenroe said...

No lighting people. His sheer strength of manly character just been the light.

Unlike pictures of Christie, which seem to just bend the gravity well...

The Godfather said...

I wish the headline writers would stop calling Perry "defiant". To me, that word suggests the cocky kid who says, "You ain't the boss of me", or "You can't prove I broke your window."

richard mcenroe said...

Nick Nolte. THERE was a mug shot...
http://tinyurl.com/n3yhnkj

Curious George said...

"garage mahal said...


I've asked several times for the names of these Democrats prosecuting Perry. "birkel" is the only commenter who attempted. What do you have?"

Well, lets see. It started as a complaint from Texans for Public Justice, a liberal group funded in part by George Soros. Ever hear of him?

The

garage mahal said...

Texans for Public Justice can't prosecute anybody.

Revenant said...

When a homicide occurs, is not the legally constituted authority for that purpose - coroner, ME, CSI, or whatever other such named office - the one to take charge of the body and the only one that can conduct an autopsy?

No, but they get first crack at the body. Once they've examined it, it is usually released to the family.

Left Bank of the Charles said...

He looks like Sheriff Walt Longmire.

Humperdink said...

I am surprised anyone responds to the Mahalfellatroll. Waste of keystrokes.


The Mahalfellatroll stills thinks the "phony" IRS scandal is a "couple of rogue agents in Cincinnati".


AustinRoth said...

So, one of the grand jury members is a Democratic Party delegate - while the grand jury was in session!

http://mediatrackers.org/national/2014/08/20/perry-grand-juror-active-democratic-party-delegate-jury-proceedings

Anyone surprised?

Lydia said...

Apparently the special prosecutor, Michael McCrum, the guy behind this pretty much universally reviled indictment, won't say whether he's a Democrat or Republican.

But it's interesting that he earlier this year got out of a contempt charge (judge ruled the DA had missed a deadline) that was brought by the Bexar County DA's office, which is headed up by a Republican. (The charge said he’d instructed a subpoenaed witness to “get lost for awhile” to avoid testifying in his client's intoxication manslaughter trial.)

Also that one of his high-profile clients included lawyer Mikal Watts, "Democratic Party stalwart who has hosted President Barack Obama at his home.”

Alex said...

why should be garage be dis-interested observer? He's an activist for holy cause of socialism.

garage mahal said...

"The Travis County district attorney is not prosecuting Perry. The state district judge in the case is a Republican appointed by George W. Bush when he was governor. The judge selected San Antonio lawyer Mike McCrum as the special prosecutor in the case. McCrum served as a federal prosecutor in the administration of President George H.W. Bush and was supported by Republican Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison as a potential U.S. attorney candidate."

bbkingfish said...

Not "defiant." Rather, I would say "smug." Smug in the assumption that he his above the law.

Either that, or he had washed down a fistful of prescription painkillers with a few tumblers of scotch.

Fandor said...

Keep smiling.
Liberal democrats must be destroyed!

The Godfather said...

@bbkingfish: I hope you never have to face being charged with felonies as nasty as these because you got on the wrong side of some prosecutor. I'm sure you won't look "smug".

damikesc said...

McCrum served as a federal prosecutor in the administration of President George H.W. Bush and was supported by Republican Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison as a potential U.S. attorney candidate."

...and donates exclusively to Democrats.

Who you give money to > who you work for.

Smug in the assumption that he his above the law.

Can you cite the law he is "above"?

Here's hoping no prosecutor ever charged you for no reason whatsoever.

Drago said...

bbkingfish: "Smug in the assumption that he his above the law."

LOL

That would be the "law" that the left is making up on the fly.

SteveR said...

That you would call me a liar by inference is unfair.
I think you'll find no evidence of that.


My apologies for throwing you into the mix, merely wanted to point out the irony of garage calling anyone a liar.

garage mahal said...

Lies = debunking your bullshit

holdfast said...

I'd say he looks a little defiant - not cocky, but not ready to roll over either.

Drago said...

garage mahal said...
Lies = debunking your bullshit

LOL

"If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, period."

Period.

If it's one thing garage hates, it lies baby!

Anonymous said...

"McCrum served as a federal prosecutor in the administration of President George H.W. Bush and was supported by Republican Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison as a potential U.S. attorney candidate."

This says absolutely nothing about McCrum. It says a lot about the Republicans who are willing to hire a Democrat though.

To think this says something about McCrum says a lot about you. It says you'd never hire a Republican unless they converted to Democrat. It says you're so partisan, you can't see beyond that lense.

Eric said...

I'd be smiling too. This is another "let's indict someone for something that isn't illegal" indictments like Delay's.

Eric said...

Hell, outside Travis county I doubt you could get even a ham sandwich on this one.

damikesc said...

Should a Republican President have his AG investigate Travis County for persistent violations of the civil rights of conservative Americans?

Does a pattern of very partisan abuses of power indicate that federal oversight of their DA office might be needed?