Friday, April 28, 2006
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Kinky's Campaign of $elf-Promotion
If there was ever any doubt whether Kinky's campaign was motivated by a sincere desire for public service or Kinky's proclivity for self promotion, it's now abundantly clear that Kinky's in the governor's race for the publicity.
As reported by several news agencies, "entertainer and Texas gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman, complete with cigar, black cowboy hat and Southern drawl, is about to star in his own reality show.
'Go Kinky,' airing on Country Music Television, follows Friedman, an independent candidate, on the campaign trail in the Lone Star State.
'Every crazy redneck in Texas is for Kinky,' Friedman told FOXNews.com from his ranch in Medina, Texas."
Of course, as an added self-promotional bonus, Kinky's official campaign website doesn't fail to remind you that Mr. Friedman has a new book coming out next month!
Monday, April 17, 2006
Kinky Thinks He's Above The Law
I've never made an issue of the fact that, during his campaign, Kinky has violated the Texas open alcohol container law.
Also, I never made an issue of the fact that, during his campaign, Kinky violated the rules against tobacco in public schools (when Kinky was informed that he was breaking the rule, he dared the principal to "call the sheriff" and he went right ahead enjoying his cigar).
But at some point, isn't someone on Kinky's campaign staff going get up the nerve to tell Kinky that maybe he ought not act like he's above the laws of the state of Texas?
Monday, April 10, 2006
Regret Signing Kinky's Petition? Fix It!
If you have signed Kinky's petition and you now regret it, you can fix that mistake simply by voting in the runoff election on April 11.
Here is how the Texas Secretary of State explains the situation:
Q. If I sign an independent candidate’s petition after the primary and then vote in a party primary runoff. What happens to my signature?
A. If the party you voted in had a nominee for the same office sought by the independent candidate at either the primary or primary runoff election, your signature is void.
That means you can vote in the Republican Party runoff where there is an interesting race for Court of Criminal Appeals Judge between Terry Keel and Charles Holcomb, and by voting in this runoff you can erase your signature on Kinky's petition.
Or you can vote in the Democratic Party runoff where there is an interesting race between a serious candidate for US Senator like Barbara Ann Radnofsky versus a vanity candidacy from Gene Kelly (he's not the song and dance man -- that guy's dead) and between two serious candidates for Lieutenant Governor: Ben Grant and Maria Luisa Alvarado. So if you regret signing Kinky's petition, you can fix that error by voting in this runoff election.
If you vote in either runoff election on April 11, that vote will have the effect of retroactively nullifying your ballot petition signature (Which reminds me, has Kinky ever said whether he favors the wider availability of the morning after emergency contraception pill? Nope).
If you have signed Kinky's petition and you don't regret it, "why the hell not"? (catchy phrase!)
Here are ten reasons not to sign Kinky's petition (or to vote in the runoff to nullify your signature if you have signed the petition):
1. Kinky's own website quotes Kinky telling the New York Times, "I'm not pro-choice." Elsewhere on Kinky's website he simultaneously claims to believe in a woman's right to choose (apparently, Kinky's also believes he can have his cake and eat it, too).
2. At a recent death penalty trial, Kinky testified under oath that although "he used to support the death penalty, Friedman told jurors he's now against it." Yet Kinky's website also says "Kinky is not anti-death-penalty."
3. Kinky gave an interview to Susannah McNeely of Ruminator magazine where Kinky said "I voted for Gore" in 2000: "I was conflicted ... but I was not for Bush that time. Since then, though, we’ve become friends. And that’s what’s changed things.... I agree with most of his political positions overseas, his foreign policy.... What he’s been doing in the Near East and in the Middle East, he’s handling that well, I think." Yet that's clearly a lie because according to Kerr County voting records, Friedman voted in the 2004 presidential general election but not in any other contest since 1994.
4. Kinky wants to take money generated from sales tax and other state revenue sources and give that money away only to Texas property owning corporations and people with those owning the most valuable property getting the biggest windfall (Live in an apartment? Tough! Do you live in a modest house? Too bad!).
5. 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."
6. Kinky would address Texas' public education funding crisis by letting "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?)
7. Kinky proposes to deal with immigration issues by building a wall along the Texas-Mexico border and by outsource our border security to five Mexican generals who we'd pay based on how successfully their armed thugs kept immigrants from crossing our border.
8. Kinky supports school prayer and posting the Ten Commandments in Texas classrooms (no word on whether Kinky has decided to post the Hebrew, Catholic, or Protestant version of the "Ten Commandments").
9. Kinky hasn't even gotten on the ballot yet, and he's already made plans to offer top political appointments to his biggest campaign contributors.
10. Kinky's candidacy is aimed a drawing votes from young independant voters who do not know where he stands on many issues, and yet Kinky has run for office before (as a Republican, not an independant), the only time Kinky said he voted for a Democrat in the past decade it turned out that Kinky lied and he actually didn't vote but when Kinky said he voted for Bush/Cheney in 2004 that proved to be the truth, Kinky has numerous Perry-supporting Republicans financially backing his petition drive, and if Kinky can draw off any significant number of independant votes, his candidacy will have the nearly certain effect of guaranteeing the re-election of arch-villain Rick Perry.
Friday, April 07, 2006
Kinky Continues to Flip-Flop on Immigration
Kinky's position on immigration seems to change daily.
Recently, Kinky reaffirmed his plan to entrust our border security to five Mexican generals:
Friedman's border proposal...calls for breaking up the border into five jurisdictions, assigning each one to a Mexican general, and putting millions of dollars into bank accounts for each.
"Each time we catch an illegal crossing through a general's jurisdiction," Friedman has said, "we withdraw $5,000 from that account. That'll solve the problem." His position on immigration has been wobbly. On March 28, his campaign provided a statement describing Friedman as favoring a guest worker program and language classifying illegal immigrants as felons.
Kinky issued a press release supporting "the construction of 700 miles of security fence along the U.S.-Mexico border and which would make illegal immigration a felony," but Kinky withdrew this press release.
Yet Kinky has repeatedly mentioned building a fence and he also told Bill O'Reilly we cannot trust Mexico's President to assist with immigration enforcement:
FRIEDMAN: And I want them to help. I mean, good fences...
O'REILLY: Absolutely. That's what they're there for.
FRIEDMAN: ...Good fences make good neighbors, and, Mr. Fox, help us build that fence.
O'REILLY: Well, don't count on help from Mr. Fox because he's getting so much money from this illegal immigration back there.
FRIEDMAN: That's true.
So Kinky trusts armed Mexican generals on our southern border but he doesn't trust the president of Mexico to assist? Does Kinky favor a fence or not? Does Kinky want to classify illegal immigrants as felons or not, and if not, how would he classify them?
High School Newspaper Reporter Stumps Kinky
Once again, Ken Rodriguez with the San Antonio Express-News offers the most insightful reporting on the Kinky campaign:
When gubernatorial hopeful Kinky Friedman came to town the other day...one reporter...asked a penetrating question...
"You're very critical of the governor and Legislature. What specific plan would you offer to fix public education and the border?"
The questioner, it turns out, was Chelsea Farnam, an 18-year-old on assignment from the Revelation, the San Antonio Christian School newspaper.
Apparently stumped by the question, Kinky rambled. Then he changed subjects. He never gave an answer.
High school kid nails Kinky on the campaign trail. How often does that happen?
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Kinky Talks out of Both Sides of His Mouth
ON WOMEN'S RIGHTS
Kinky's own website quotes Kinky telling the New York Times, "I'm not pro-choice." To the amazement of CNN reporter Bruce Burkhardt, Kinky repeated this in an interview on CNN:
CNN: 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!
CNN: Now that's evasive, man, that's evasive.
Link to the whole CNN transcript.
Now, Kinky's website also simultaneously claims Kinky believes in a woman's right to choose (apparently, Kinky's also believes he can have his cake and eat it, too).
ON THE DEATH PENALTY
At a recent death penalty trial, Kinky testified under oath that although "he used to support the death penalty, Friedman told jurors he's now against it."
Yet Kinky's website says "Kinky is not anti-death-penalty," and this blatant contradiction of Kinky's testimony under oath is exactly what Kinky told CBS News.
ON KINKY's 2000 VOTE
This probably counts more as a lie than a flip-flop, but Kinky gave an interview to Susannah McNeely of Ruminator magazine at the beginning of his campaign for governor where Kinky said that he voted for Al Gore in 2000:
SM: Who did you vote for in 2000?
KF: I voted for Gore then. I was conflicted ... but I was not for Bush that time. Since then, though, we’ve become friends. And that’s what’s changed things.
SM: So it’s your friendship with him that’s changed your mind about having him as president more than his specific political positions?
KF: Well, actually, I agree with most of his political positions overseas, his foreign policy.... What he’s been doing in the Near East and in the Middle East, he’s handling that well, I think.
Yet that's clearly a lie because Kinky's voting records prove that he didn't vote in 2000:
According to Kerr County voting records, Friedman voted in the 2004 presidential general election but not in any other contest since 1994.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Kinky Would Rob the Poor State to Pay the Rich
Kinky wants to give away Texas' temporary budget surplus. Instead of fully funding the state's bankrupt education system, or expanding health care for children, or addressing the problems with the intrastate roads, Kinky wants to give these funds away.
Kinky wants to take Texas' general funds and give them to Texans and Texas corporations -- but not to all Texans! Kinky wants to give Texas' general funds away only to property owners. Plus, Kinky wants to give more of the money to those people and corporations who own more valuable property. Do you live in an apartment? Tough! Do you live in a modest house? Too bad! Kinky wants to take the money generated from your sales tax and other state revenue sources and give that money away only to property owners.
Monday, April 03, 2006
Kinky Last in Wall Street Journal-Zogby Poll
The latest Wall Street Journal-Zogby poll, demonstrates Republican Perry's support is falling, Independent Carole K-M-S-R's support is falling, Democrat Chris Bell's support is rising, and Oddball Kinky's still in the cellar:
Link to Wall Street Journal report.
This WSJ poll confirms, once again, that either Bell or Carole K-M-S-R could beat incompetent incumbent Perry with the votes wasted on Kinky, but a four-way race with Kinky on the ballot all but guarantees a Perry re-election.
Survey USA polling indicates that Kinky is stealing more than three times as many votes from progressive and moderate voters than from conservative voters. With Kinky off the ballot, the race would really tighten up into a three-way brawl.