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The last word on MoFo, yo

Sometimes it takes a middle-aged white guy to put things into perspective.

This week, the Texas governor got caught saying “Adios, Mofo.”

This line will follow Perry around like a dog after a ham sandwich. Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty, or give me death.” John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

Rick Perry? Best he could do was, “Adios, Mofo.”


I expect to see Rick in a pair of those big baggy shorts, break-dancing in an alley off Sixth Street.


This was such a startling remark that the day after the story broke, there was a line of clothing for sale online honoring Perry’s gaff. On you can get your Rick Perry “Adios, MoFo” T-shirts.

Although I’m not sure where you’d wear one. Wait. You could wear one to a Carole Keeton Strayhorn gubernatorial rally. One tough grandma might take Perry over her knee and give him a spanking, if she knew what “Mofo” meant.

I can hear it now. “Mo who?” She probably thinks it has something to do with the Three Stooges.


The good news is that Perry says he wasn’t directing his remark at Ted Oberg, the TV reporter who interviewed him. The bad news is that he said he was speaking to Robert Black, his deputy press secretary.

Too bad for Black. For the rest of his life, he’ll be known around these parts as Robert “Mofo” Black. But I suppose it beats being known as Robert “Jive Turkey” Black or Robert “Gettin’ Jiggy Wid It” Black.

I give Kelso a 9.5 – it would have been a 10 if he’d managed to work in a reference to KBH or Tom Craddick. Check it out. Via Carl Whitmarsh’s mailing list.

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  1. William Hughes says:

    I did find one sentence in the article disturbing:

    “The good news is that even if Perry loses in the governor’s race, he can always run for Hoochie Coochie Man.”

    There are only two men that can ever qualify for that title: Willie Dixon, who wrote the song, and Muddy Waters, who perfected it. Of course, Muddy also wrote “Got My Mojo Working”, which can be rewritten for the 2006 Texas Gubernatorial campaign as “Get That Mofo Working” 😉

    Please note, however, that I am now haunted by visions of Cuba Gooding Jr’s kid from “Jerry Maguire” saying “That’s my Mofo!” 😉

    To me, this whole thing reminds me of the MST3K debate over whether or not “dickweed” was acceptable for television.

  2. ttyler5 says:

    “I can hear it now. “Mo who?” She probably thinks it has something to do with the Three Stooges.”

    Charles, you very obviously don’t know Strayhorn. :^D

  3. I’ve got a post in Drafts on the subject of the ethics of wild feeds that’s been sitting for two days.

    I think I’ll let it sit.

  4. PDiddie says:

    “wild feeds”?

    If that’s what he’s been eating that making him so stupid, maybe his handlers should switch him to something like this.