Monday, March 27, 2006

Kinky The Politician

As mentioned below, the San Antonio Express-News's Ken Rodriguez began his insightful piece on the Kinky campaign by noting the hypocrisy of Kinky's "I'm Not a Politician" political campaign:
“In a small auditorium at UTSA, Kinky 'I'm Not A Politician' Friedman is stumping for political support.”

Who's buying this peculiar idea that Kinky's not a politician? Generally, you can differentiate the politicians from the rest of us because we non-politicians have never run for political office, and we'll tell you exactly what we think about any topic without first weighing how it will affect our political future, and we're not prone to cronyism. Against these standards, Kinky is MOST DEFINITELY A POLITICIAN.

First, he's previously run for office (unsuccessfully) as a Republican. Truly, is the difference between a politician and a non-politician success at the election box or is it seeking political office? I think repeated efforts to win elected political offices is the hallmark of a politician. Clearly, Kinky’s a politician. He’s just not a successful politician.

Kinky running for political office as an independent, instead of running as a Republican (the last party he voted with and the last party he ran for office under) seems to be the COMSUMATE ACT OF A POLITICIAN. How is Kinky's move from the Republican party to an independent candidacy any less "political" that Carole KMRS's similar move? It’s not. Kinky is just as much a political opportunist as Carole KMRS.

Next, take the important issue of abortion. Kinky wouldn't give a straight answer on this issue for some time:
CNN: As for other issue, his positions are a little hazier. Take abortion.
KINKY: And I'm not pro-life, and I'm not pro choice. I'm pro football!
CNN: Now that's evasive, man, that's evasive.
Now he claims to be pro-choice. That initial waffling followed by a nicely executed flip-flop is nothing if not political.

Finally, Kinky pretends to be a different kind of candidate, but already he's said that he wants to appoint his biggest campaign contributor to the office of Secretary of State. How much more blatantly political cronyism does it take to brand this clown a politician?

Friday, March 24, 2006

Rodriguez Spots the Holes in Kinky's Platform

At the San Antonio Express-News, Ken Rodriguez spots the holes in Kinky’s cotton candy wisp of a platform.

Rodriguez begins with a sharp observation of the hypocrisy at the core of Kinky’s campaign: “In a small auditorium at UTSA, Kinky 'I'm Not A Politician' Friedman is stumping for political support.”

Then Rodriguez gets to the heart of the problem:

one student after another asks a question. They want specifics.
What, for example, does Kinky propose to do about illegal immigrants in Texas?
"First, we need to focus on the problem," Kinky says.
And then?
Then Kinky rambles and changes the subject....
Next question?
Kinky's campaign quips beg lots of questions. He provides few answers.
To wit: He says he favors returning prayer to schools. He says he wants to restore the Ten Commandments in classrooms. "It's not right for one atheist to throw prayer out," Kinky says.
But when a student asks how he plans to bring back prayer, Kinky, for a moment, turns silent and pale. Like maybe he swallowed a red-hot chili pepper and doesn't know where to find a beer to douse the fire.
"I'm running for governor, not God," Kinky finally says. "I'm not going to shove prayer down anyone's throat."
Applause. Only Kinky can get a liberal audience to cheer a conservative idea that lacks a plan.…
A young lady wants to know how Kinky would address the health care crisis in small cities.
Kinky rattles off lots of words, but offers no plan.
"I'm being very general here," he says.
Translation: He has no idea….

Ken Rodriguez: Kinky's platform: Ideas and answers as meaty as cotton candy.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Kinky and Punishment by "Negro" - See the Video

On a November 8, 2005, Kinky appeared on a nationally televised CNBC news program, where he was asked about his views on criminal punishment. Kinky replied, "Throw 'em in prison and throw away the key, and make 'em listen to a Negro talking to himself." When asked whether his use of the word "Negro" was racist, Kinky replied "no ... it's a charming word."

PLEASE see the video and judge for yourself by clicking on this link.

Email Kinky and tell him what you think about his comments:

Kinky Would Offer Our Schools to Corporate Bidders

Kinky would address our public education funding crisis by privatizing public school physical education programs to the highest corporate bidders. As Kinky explained this plan to The Daily Sentinel, "As to funding the education system, Friedman's answer is to put all the money in the education system and let the corporate sector bid on funding athletics."

What exactly does Kinky think the corporations will be getting from our children in exchange for their high bids? Texans ought to reject this corporate intrusion into our public schools.

Kinky Would Outsource Our Border Security

Kinky proposes to outsource our border security to five Mexican generals who we'd pay based on how successfully they kept immigrants from crossing the border into Texas. We ought not bring in even our own military to address immigration problems much less invite a foreign country to encamp an armed militia on our southern border.

Kinky recently explained this plan to the Texas Daily Newspaper Association:

"Friedman again outlined his Mexican generals policy, whereby he would divide the Texas-Mexico border into precincts, stationing a Mexican general in each precinct. Each general would be given $1 million and the account would be drawn against every time an illegal immigrant is captured and returned to Mexico."

Link to the whole story.

Kinky Wants Religion in Public School Classrooms

Kinky supports school prayer and posting the Ten Commandments in Texas classrooms. Neither the government nor the government's school system are the best source for teaching our children what, if anything, they ought to know about prayer and the Ten Commandments. Does Kinky even know that the Jews, the Catholics, and the Protestants have different "Ten Commandments," and if so which version is he proposing we post in all Texas classrooms?

Here is an excerpt from the Kinky interview with CBS Pittsburgh affiliate, KDKA:

"The Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments being taken out of the public schools. I want them back," says Friedman.


"I want them back, they belong there," says Friedman....

"I'll tell you right now. I'm for prayer in school," he says.

Link to the whole story.

Click here for a comparison of the differences among the Hebrew, Catholic, and Protestant versions of the Ten Commandments.

To Kinky, Women's Rights Are A Joke

When asked about women's rights, Kinky says "I'm not pro-life, and I'm not pro-choice. I'm pro-football!" That's not funny to the many Texans who consider this a serious issue. Texas imposes some of the nation's harshest restrictions on women's reproductive rights, and this freedom of choice is the right of the people, and not the business of the government.

Here is an excerpt from the Kinky interview on CNN:

BURKHARDT: As for other issue, his positions are a little hazier. Take abortion.

FRIEDMAN: And I'm not pro-life, and I'm not pro choice. I'm pro football!

BURKHARDT: Now that's evasive, man, that's evasive.

Link to the whole transcript.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Kinky's Vote for Bush/Cheney '04

Kinky Friedman has voted just once in the last 12 years, and that was when he voted for Bush/Cheney in 2004. Kinky explained, "I was for Bush in 2004 ... he's a good man." Kinky has also run (unsuccessfully) for public office as a Republican in the past. How is he an "independent" candidate?


NOW Named Kinky "Male Chauvinist Pig of the Year"

As a result of sexist lyrics in Kinky's songs like "Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed," the National Organization of Women named Kinky "Male Chauvinist Pig of the Year." Here is a sample of his lyrics:

"You uppity women I don’t understand
Why you gotta go and try to act like a man,
But before you make your weekly visit to the shrink
You’d better occupy the kitchen, liberate the sink....
Mean-hearted harpies are breaking all the laws
Tearing up their girdles and a-burning up their bras...
If you can’t love a male chauvinist
You’d better cross me off your shopping list....
Women’s liberation is a-going to your head,
Get your biscuits in the oven and your buns in the bed."

Kinky and Cronyism

Kinky hasn't even gotten on the ballot yet, and he's already offered the top political appointment to make his biggest campaign contributor Secretary of State for Texas. This know-nothing campaign contributer should not even be considered for any political appointment, let alone a top appointment, when his only qualification is giving the Kinky campaign almost a million dollars. Here's the story about Kinky's plan to appoint the Secretary of State and here's a partial record of money from the appointee to Kinky's campaign.