The space station is haunted!
The space station is haunted!

Perry's Prayerapalooza Sparks Protests: Gov's gathering proves controversial


Freaky Space Station Man

David Bowie proves existence of creepy face

By Richard Connelly

Recently we posted some great new video from NASA of the shuttle Endeavour docked to the International Space Station, seven minutes of mostly silent footage that screamed out for a soundtrack.

We synched up David Bowie's "Width of a Circle," just because it's about the right length and occasionally has a spacey vibe.

And we got freaked out, man.

Go to our blog, search the "NASA" category, and check out the video at about the one-minute mark. The camera begins a slow pan across the ISS, and a few seconds later, a ghostly face appears.

It's clearly – and really, there is no dispute about this, especially if you're listening to "Width of a Circle" at the time – a man's face. It's like the head on a Roman bust, with that umbrella-like thing making the guy look like he's wearing some sort of gag sunshade.

But this guy would be too serious for such frivolity. This is a stern face that would brook no tomfoolery.

You stare at that thing long enough – again, with Bowie playing and Mick Ronson's guitar caterwauling – and you can tell the thing is just Evil.

Talk to us not about "shadows" and "camera angles" and such. We know what we saw. And heard.

We think something is very, very amiss with the good ship ISS.


Perry's Prayerapalooza Sparks Protests

By Richard Connelly

Rick Perry's courageously craven call for the nation's 50 governors to come to Houston to pray isn't exactly being met with unanimous hosannas.

There's already a Facebook page up organizing protests of the August 6 event at Reliant Stadium, and other groups have chimed in about the controversial organizers of Prayerstock, formally known as "The Response."

The organizer that seems to piss most people off is the American Family Association, whose officials are famous for calling SpongeBob SquarePants gay and, while they're at it, calling for Muslims to be converted or bombed and for gays to be barred from holding political office.

The Houston GLBT Political Caucus has publicly denounced Perry's partnership with AFA.

"AFA is a recognized hate group. Its primary existence is to demonize GLBT Americans and oppose equality," said Caucus president Noel Freeman. "It is abhorrent that Governor Perry would choose to kick off his presidential ambitions in partnership with a hate group that refers to us as Nazis, claims the Holocaust was caused by the GLBT community, and supports the eradication of people living with HIV."

Don't get them wrong, they said, they like the hell out of praying:

While the Caucus is a strong proponent of religious freedom, and encourages its members and others to exercise their constitutional right to exercise that religious freedom, the line must be drawn when the governor of the great State of Texas asks a hate group to serve as his primary partner in an event of this nature. Such a partnership serves as nothing more than an assault on the GLBT community.

"Governor Perry's partnership with AFA is very telling of his opinion of the GLBT community, which is surprising, considering the number of gay and lesbian staff who have worked in his office over the years," Freeman said. "We encourage all members of the GLBT community and those others who support equality and oppose hate to stand by our side in condemning this reprehensible act by Governor Perry and demand he exclude AFA from this event."

Some protesters are urging residents of other states to write to their governors to inform them about AFA's stands. The governor of Georgia(!) has already said he won't be able to make it, without offering any reasons.

Mayor Annise Parker, for her part, says she has no problem with people coming to spend their money in Houston, although she said that does not mean she endorses any group's agenda.


There’s tons of stuff each day on the Houston Press blogs; you’re only getting a taste of it here in the print edition. Head to (or “/rocks” or “/eating” or “/artattack”).

Spaced City

ExxonMobil will be moving all the employees in its downtown Houston skyscraper to a low-rise campus out near the intersection of I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road, which we guess is still technically in Houston. Congrats, all you Montrose and Heights Exxoners!! An Islamic group announced it is putting up what we can only declare the leading nominee for Billboard Most Likely To Be Defaced, one with the heading "Proud Americans, Proud Texans, Proud Muslims." And we had photos of the ongoing demolition of the Downtown Y, which is coming down piece by piece.

Political Animals

Some Houston homeowners headed to City Hall to protest recent changes in the historical-preservation codes by Mayor Annise Parker; City Councilmember Jolanda Jones landed in hot water again when the city's Inspector General said she lied to investigators; and the Texas Tea Party and the Minutemen could only look on in awe as Alabama passed the country's most far-reaching and aggressive illegal immigration bill, while the legislature here merely took action against so-called "sanctuary cities."

Art Attack

Hot off the news that Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black were collaborating on a book, we gave you some politician/comedian pairings we'd like to see. Continuing the hypothetical, we also thought of what you can expect next from the makers of FarmVille and decided on some movie sequels we're dying to see. We also previewed Houston Ballet's The Taming of the Shrew, reviewed Rock of Ages (twice) and talked with some folks who really like Joyce's Ulysses.


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