Friday, December 3, 2010

New Tales of the Texas Rangers

GARLAND, Texas (AP) — There's only one man tough enough to take down "Walker, Texas Ranger." And that's Chuck Norris, Texas Ranger.

The actor and martial-arts expert was named an honorary member of the elite Texas law enforcement force Thursday by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a nod to the television character that enshrined Norris as the ultimate tough guy.

The Republican governor bestowed the rare honor on the 70-year-old action hero and executive director of "Walker, Texas Ranger" in a room packed with family, friends and real Texas Rangers at a state Department of Public Safety office in the Dallas suburb of Garland.

"People may whisper about his super powers, but the greatest power of Chuck Norris is his integrity," the governor said.

The television show, in which Norris played karate-kicking lawman Cordell Walker, ran on CBS from 1993 to 2001. But odes to his indestructible toughness live on thanks to one-liners — "Chuck Norris doesn't do pushups. He pushes the earth down" — splashed across the Internet.

The staunch Republican supporter even made a cameo during the 2008 presidential election, joining a stern-faced GOP candidate Mike Huckabee in espousing such strength in an online campaign video. His plan for border security? "Two words," Huckabee said. "Chuck. Norris."

Maybe it’s just me…but can you really laud someone for their “integrity” after shamelessly shilling for an evangelical nutjob like Mike Huckabee? 

I’ll stick with Joel McCrea.

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1 comment:

Brent McKee said...

He's also an honorary Marine. Why? I don't know.