Rick Perry,  the American Family Association, International House of Prayer, John Hagee, and other evangelicals declared August 6 a Day of Prayer and Fasting. The internets, doing what we do best, are rallying back, proclaiming today as a Day of Debauchery & Gluttony.

Perry’s purportedly unpolitical un-party will be at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Yours can be anywhere!

And as you celebrate with cake, sex, and beverages of you choice, moan

Oh god! Oh my god!

a few times–with some thoughtful fasting between bites–just so Perry can feel the burn, since only 8,000 people have RSVP’ed to the stadium which holds 71, 500. Even though it’s free. Because staying home and watching  Scarface and The Godfather on AMC or A Serbian Film on DVD, feasting and fornicating, once in while occasionally thinking

Golly, I hope our country’s problems get solved fast, so everyone can have this much fun all the time. Heck, I wish that for the whole world! I am just so darn grateful!

makes much more sense for America. Plus then there’s no need to shell out $15 for parking at Reliant Stadium. Here’s Perry’s proclamation:

Given the trials that have beset our country and world – from the global economic downturn to natural disasters, the lingering danger of terrorism and wars that endanger our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and theaters of conflict around the globe, and the decline of our culture in the context of the demise of families – it seems imperative that the people of our nation should once again join together for a solemn day of prayer and fasting on behalf of our troubled nation.

Oh come, come, Rick! What this country needs is more can-do spirit! And there’s no better way to express that fundamental desire than the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. Which is what the Day of Debauchery and Glutton is really all about.

Painting: José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros Torch Song Trilogy, from Disenchanted exhibition at La Luz de Jesus Gallery.

Photo 1: Screen shot from Electric Daisy Carnival Experience, dir. Kevin Kerslake

Photo 2: Lisa Derrick (wedding of Beth Moriarty & Ted Barrial)

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.