Rick Perry, the Secretary of Energy who is also in charge of the US nuclear arsenal, has never been accused of being an intelligent person. But he was taken down even further this week by the internet community after he fell for an online hoax where he copied and pasted a “you do not have permission to use my images” schemes. It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad, as Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced