Monday, July 17, 2006

Kinky is Both For and Against The Death Penalty

Kinky's official campaign website says that "Kinky is not anti-death-penalty, but he IS 'anti-the-wrong-guy-getting-executed.'"

No report yet whether Bell, Perry, or Strayhorn has come out in favor of the wrong guy getting executed, but at least we know where Kinky stands on the issue of killing innocent folks.

The more interesting issue is where Kinky's website says that "Kinky is not anti-death-penalty."

Really?

If Kinky is not against the death penalty, what was he doing testifying under oath at Max Soffar's trial that he is against the death penalty? Here is how ABC news in Houston reported the issue:

Independent gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman testified Tuesday on behalf of a man convicted of killing three people during a robbery at a Houston bowling alley....Friedman testified during the punishment phase of Max Soffar's trial that the defendant should not be executed and questioned the evidence used to convict him.... Although he used to support the death penalty, Friedman told jurors he's now against it.

So, is Kinky lying under oath or is his campaign website misrepresenting Kinky's political views?

17 Comments:

Blogger Paul Tay said...

He's a fast learner on playing the Game. Why don't you git some real dirt, like the time he was caught red-handed having sex with a chicken at Hippy Hollow?

12:43 PM

 
Blogger lunaliar said...

I'd like to see you back that up. This blog has got to be run by a Texas Democrat. It's so desperate to discredit an independent. I'm sure that's only because Dem gubernatorial nominee Chris Bell is the rear end wheel of a wagon working it's way through a moist field.

At least this blogger knows that there's some shame coming in last when you can't get support. Here's to the do-nothing Dems!

3:17 PM

 
Blogger TheLongHaul said...

Copied directly from Kinky's Website in context. Obviously you are very selective when choosing your sources. HA HA. Keep trying.

Kinky is serious about our justice system, as well. He wants to reform Death
Row and to beyond-a-doubt ensure only the guilty are executed. He also hopes to
reduce the number of prisoners incarcerated in the state.

More than half of Texas prisoners are non-violent or drug-related offenders,
and Kinky points out that we have more prisoners in Texas than the entire
population of Alaska. He stresses that there should be a major distinction
between sexual predators and non-violent drug offenders. While he thinks
non-violent drug-related prisoners should probably receive treatment or therapy,
he thinks sexual predators should be incarcerated and "throw away the key."

Claiming to not be against the death penalty, but
"anti-the-wrong-guy-getting-executed," Kinky urges providing justice for
death-penalty prisoners and reforming the system that currently exists, stating
that the current government is trying to protect and preserve an unjust system.

"When George W. (Bush) was the governor, we executed a man every two weeks;
and believe me, once you're in that system, on Death Row, nobody cares whether
you are innocent or not, the system doesn't," he argues. "We just kill 'em and
let the Lord sort it out. I always like to say that 2,000 years ago, we executed
an innocent man named Jesus Christ. So what have we learned in 2,000 years? The
people have learned something, but the government hasn't learned a damn thing."

For the complete story visit:
http://www.kinkyfriedman.com/2005/10/texas_according_to_kinky.html

3:25 PM

 
Blogger StopKinky said...

Lunaliar:

When you say "I'd like to see you back that up," I assume that you are not asking me to back up Kinky's testimony in the Soffar case because the original post has a link to that news article.

If you want to see where Kinky's own website contradicts Kinky's sworn testimony, go to Kinky's website (http://kinkyfriedman.com/), then go to his discussion of issues and "answers to frequently asked questions" (http://kinkyfriedman.com/issues/faq.html).

There you will see this:
Q: What's Kinky's position on capital punishment?
A: Kinky is not anti-death-penalty, but he IS "anti-the-wrong-guy-getting-executed."

If you can think of a way to reconcile this position with Kinky's testimony at Max Soffar's trial, I'd be glad to hear it.

4:00 PM

 
Blogger StopKinky said...

thelonghaul:

When you say I am selective when choosing my sources, are you questioning the accuracy of ABC News in Houston or the accuracy of Kinky's own website?

I agree with you that one of these two sources must be lying about Kinky. Which one do you think it is?

4:04 PM

 
Anonymous TexasTom said...

Kinky is useless!

I love people who think Kinky is serious about our justice system!

Hell, Kinky was riding in a parade drinking an open beer in blatant violation of Texas laws, and when he got busted he said "who fucking cares!"

"Kinky is serious about our justice system" What a moron!

7:38 PM

 
Blogger Paul Tay said...

Yes, Kink maybe a MowRon. But, Texas can't do any worse with anyone else, can ya? Now, where the hell is DeLay???? I WANT MY DELAY, DAMMIT.

6:30 AM

 
Anonymous Left of Texas said...

Did y'all read that interview with Kinky in the Ruminator magazine? He's not a liberal from they way I understand that interview. here's the part that bugs me most --

"Question: So does this idea of the honorable cowboy have anything to do with why you threw your support behind President Bush in this last election? You did, didn’t you?

Kinky: Yes. ...

Question: So it’s your friendship with him that’s changed your mind about having him as president more than his specific political positions?

Kinky: Well, actually, I agree with most of his political positions overseas, his foreign policy. On domestic issues, I’m more in line with the Democrats. I basically think he played a poor hand well after September 11. What he’s been doing in the Near East and in the Middle East, he’s handling that well, I think."

Kinky isn't just a Republican. He's a damn idiot!

12:14 PM

 
Blogger Linda English said...

Of course Kinky does not want innocent people put to death. Who in their right mind does?

The entire penal system needs to undergo tremendous reform. Why, oh, why is it against a prisoner's civil rights to have to work while in prison? If you and I don't work to earn a living, we don't eat. See where I'm going with this?

Non-violent offenders can be used to do public service stints. What's wrong with them picking up trash along our highways or working as support personnel in any number of state or municipal services, etc.? If someone has committed a crime against society, that person should have to serve society in some manner.

Kinky seems to feel free to drink in a moving vehicle, think it's hilarious to be asked to leave a Texas public school because he refused to leave his tobacco product (that awful cigar) outside the building when Texas law is very clear in mandating that no tobacco product may be brought into a public school.

Personally, I think that GuinnessGate was a tempest in a teapot. The incident was, however, a clear indication of Kinky's disregard for laws that don't suit his lifestyle. Refusing to leave the cigar outside a public school, however, was just plain stupid. How can we ask students to follow our laws if a man who is running for governor does not lead through example?

How can Kinky support Bush's war in Iraq and Bush's policies in the Middle East? Bush at the G-8 was an amazing international embarrassment. Neither seem to have an understanding of the need for international diplomacy and leadership.

Bush damaged Texas public school education, our justice system, the budget. Baby Bush Kinky would do the same.

7:39 PM

 
Blogger StopKinky said...

Linda:

Email me if you get a chance at stopkinky@yahoo.com.

7:14 PM

 
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kinky also flip flopped on hunting.

Kinky now says he isn't anti-hunting, but he once wrote the most controversial anti-hunting article in Texas Monthly (it generated more hate mail and cancelled subscriptions than any other piece in Texas Monthly history). Here's an excerpt:

Deer season may have ended, but that does not mean any of us are safe from an errant bullet fired by an errant bullethead. It only means that hunters have turned their cold sights from harmless Bambies and creatures that fly higher than their dreams to other prey....

Today, however, I do not suffer hunters gladly.... As Oscar Wilde once so aptly described fox hunting: "The unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable." And yet it goes on and on. Dressed in camouflage, the great white hunters sit in family restaurants, shiver in deer blinds, and swap stories sometimes proud, sometimes wistful for the one that got away. As blameless as bullfighters and butterfly collectors, these men for all seasons continue to wage a one-sided war against creation. They hunt only, they say, to cull the vast deer population. They hunt only to teach kids how to hunt. These are the good reasons they give, but they are not necessarily the real reasons. The truth is a much more difficult animal to track. As an honest old redneck once told me about deer: "I just like to put the brakes on 'em."

Yet ours is not the only culture lacking enough culture not to practice such practices.... The Punan use blowpipes to kill their game, but these seemingly primitive little people are not without their own values of sportsmanship. They do not shoot an animal until it has seen them coming, which gives their prey a fighting chance to flee. This is a foreign concept to those more-civilized Texans who hunt elk from a helicopter.

Fortunately only about 4 percent of all Texans are licensed hunters. This means that 96 percent of us are relegated to the unhappy status of moving targets. Once the hunters shoot the donkey in the farmer's field, they'll shoot our asses next. A great writer named Anonymous once wrote: "The larger the prey, the more corrupt is the soul of the hunter." This may help explain why so many big-game hunters suffer from erectile dysfunction....

9:30 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop Kinky!?! At least be like other bloggers and put your name and face. Stop being a shill for Bell.

Stop Perry!
Stop Bell!

Jayzuz!

6:03 PM

 
Anonymous Timmy said...

Is it just me or does anyone else think it's funny that someone would make an anonymous post to complain about a blogger's anonymity?

10:47 PM

 

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