Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The Truth About Kinky Spreads Across the Blogosphere

The Phronesisaical blog has a discussion about a Kinky supporter who has become disenchanted with Kinky:
As someone who signed your petition the very first night it was possible to do so, I am very disappointed that you accepted the invitation to the Bush shindig in College Station.... I was hoping for you to be a true Independent. But I understand that there are several well connected Republican donators from Houston to your campaign.

Several blogs have reposted a great editorial entitled "Which side of his mouth is Kinky talking out of?" from the Houston Chronicle's Clay Robison:
Many people continue to laugh at the jokes, one-liners and other quotable quotes still being delivered by the Clown Prince of the Texas governor's race.... Some of Kinky Friedman's quips are funny (at least the first two or three times you hear them).... Without much of a political program to promote, he simply performs the role of Kinky.
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Calling himself a "compassionate redneck," Friedman also has been outspoken on several other hot-button issues.

"I am going to see nondenominational prayer and the Ten Commandments put back in the schools," he told the Kilgore News Herald several weeks ago. "If you don't love Jesus, go to hell," he added.

He also has called for repeal of the top 10 percent law, which many minorities value because it gives the best students from poor, mostly minority school districts an equal opportunity with more-privileged young people for admission to the best state-supported universities.

And Friedman talks a tougher line than Gov. Rick Perry on border security. He told conservative TV commentator Bill O'Reilly last year that he would "seal the border" against illegal immigrants by bringing in the "National Guard, the Texas Rangers, the entire Polish Army, whatever it takes." "Good fences make good neighbors," he added. More recently, as quoted in the Dallas Morning News, Friedman said, "My immigration policy is 'Remember the Alamo.' "

Off The Kuff explains "Why Not Kinky":
To everyone who has a "K - The Governor" sticker on their car next to a Kerry/Edwards or KPFT sticker: You're not supporting some kind of freethinking progressive who shares your values. You're supporting Larry the Cable Guy. I'd say the joke's on you, but unfortunately the rest of us are collaterally damaged by it.

The Squawkboxnoise blog has a post rejecting Kinky's candidacy:

Kinky Friedman for Gubnor? I think not.... I lived through a president that was a hip slick cool cigar smoking don’t pin me down on the issues character. I cannot nor will I vote Kinky.

Houtopia says:
Kinky Friedman, has never waivered from his politically incorrect wisecracking schtick -- an amusing routine (until you have heard it for the fifth time), but is running nothing more than a joke candidacy.... Kinky will get some votes in November, but it is difficult to imagine that when push comes to shove, he will get the kind of support he has now. Historically, candidates like him get about half of what they poll.

McBlogger reminds his readers why "Kinky is Lame":
I know what the polls say about about Mr. Gimmick candidate, Dick Friedman. Sorry, y'all, not drinking the Kool-Aid on this one. I think his music is a joke and is writing is mediocre at best.... Kinky's going to be worse for Texas than Ventura was for Minnessota .... Sure, Kinky's dressed up in his Independent bullshit but I can assure you, he's not Independent.... Kinky charts WELL TO THE RIGHT of Perry on the issues that matter most to Texas voters.

The Re Collection blog warns against voting for Kinky:
You really shouldn’t vote for the Kinkster no matter how funny you think it would be to have a guitar-playing “Jewish Cowboy” for Gov. Enough with the damn cowboys already. Let’s let someone who believes in government run things for a while. M’kay?

Over at the Burnt Orange Report, peacearena (the genius behind the Re Collection blog reminds us that she figured Kinky out months ago:
his going for W in 2004 indicates a real lack of moral fiber, not to mention decent judgement of people (note the “humorous” quote about how Bush is a good man trapped in a Republican body).... There may be little chance of him winning and becoming governor, but I’d like to know that the person I vote for, if elected, is a member of the “reality-based community” and no one who willfully voted for George Bush, a known quantity, in 2004, can claim to be one.

Killer Alien has his Endorsement for Texas Governor up:
I have decided to endorse Chris Bell for Texas Governor. He stands the best chance at defeating incumbant Rick Perry. Why? Because it is a 4 way race: with Carol Strayhorn steeling votes away from Rick Perry this is the Democrats best chance to take back the Texas Governorship. What about Kinky Friedman you ask? I ask you the same question; what about him? can you tell me one thing he stands for? Can you let me know what his platform is?

Did you know that Kinky is a conservative? Did you know he once ran as a Republican?

Ones and Zeros tells us he's fallen off the Kinky wagon:
A long time ago, I was in favor of Kinky Friedman’s candidacy for governor of Texas. Now I’m not. I’ve been more and more unimpressed by his lack of an actual campaign as the race has continued, but his big “go to hell” to me and people like me was enough to make it clear that he’s not the governor I want for Texas.... We don’t need this guy, and voting for him only helps the marginally more loseriffic Rick Perry, so I recommend against Kinky.

Banjo Jones at The Brazosport News first told us why he is no longer supporting Kinky:
Some time ago I withdrew my support of Kinky Friedman's independent campaign for governor of Texas for the simple reason that his jokes were getting stale.

Later Banjo warned us of Kinky's future:
Kooky politicians don't fade away, they endorse Intenet gambling sites... what if Kinky Friedman is elected governor of Texas, serves one term (like Ventura) and then leaves office with his state holding a deficit (like Ventura). What then? Endorsements [for] Erectile Dysfunction aids? YES, great comic possibilities there. ... Comedy club appearances with Larry the Cable Guy? Sure, with an HBO special.

The Half Empty blog has a great post calling on Kinky to withdraw from the race:
Richard “Kinky” (Big Dick) Friedman seems to be acting to make certain that Richard Perry, will be a minority-elected Republican incumbent, who will be able to maintain his residence in the governor’s mansion in 2007. How will he do that? ... It’s almost as if he were secretly working for Perry’s re-election.
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In Texas, the winner of the governor’s race is the one who gets the most votes, not the one who gets the majority of votes. There is no runoff. If Texans are thinking of casting a protest vote or a vote of fancy, they should remember that.
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Friedman’s issues, like everything else in his campaign, are jokes. Where Chris Bell discusses serious issues, Friedman says he is serious in his plan to bribe 5 generals in the Mexican army to guard the Texas border with Mexico. He says he will establish 5 $1 million trust funds for the 5 generals, saying he will deduct $5000 from it for every Mexican citizen who crosses the border illegally. This is just the stuff of his campaign – a joke - but he says he is serious. Well, OK, if so, isn’t what he is planning to do a promotion of murder of Mexican nationals? A bullet in the back of an illegal immigrant crossing the border is the easiest solution in the preservation of a general’s trust fund. His plan is no longer quite the knee-slapper, is it?

Easter Lemming Liberal News reports:
Since 1994 Kinky has voted in just one election - 2004 in support of Bush. Not 2000 for Bush or Gore, not on the anti-gay marriage amendment, just that once.
"The voting record doesn't look strong, but my voting record is better than Dick Cheney's," he said, referring to reports in 2000 that Cheney skipped 14 of 16 votes in Dallas County - including the presidential primary in which he could have voted for his future running mate,
George W. Bush.

According to Kerr County voting records, Friedman voted in the 2004 presidential general election but not in any other contest since 1994.

"I was for Bush in 2004," he said. "He's a good man trapped in a Republican's body."
Kinky is a sometimes funny cigar smoking Republican who wants to eliminate no-smoking ordinances.

Making Light drops a quick link to remind everyone "Kinky Friedman: no hero."

Eye on Williamson says:
The jokes were funny, like the article said, the first couple of times but for Democrats to vote for this guy, who has no chance of winning, is almost guaranteeing Rick Perry will be reelected. With ‘ol What’s Her Name now sinking and her, hopefully former, Democratic supporters coming back to Chris Bell, it’s time for the “Kinky Democrats” to come back too.

Finally, we have the double blow against Kinky's vanity campaign from The Burnt Orange Report.

Karl-Thomas Musselman tells us that Kinky is a joke (and a tired one at that) and he shares an email from his mother, a recovering Kinky supporter who has seen the light:
OK, I am done farting around. I am taking the Kinky bumper sticker off my car ... its now near 3 months until zero hour and I must take a stand. As much as I love to rally for the "outsider" with a good one-liner or three, (remember my flirtation with Ross Perot), my heart bleeds blue (ok sometimes burnt orange, too).

Bell's speech at the Demo rally in Bandera this weekend was a darn fine speech, he's making a lot of sense, plus I get his humor. What finally got my rear in gear though, was another Texas Democrat (not local), who was admiring my stickers in the parking lot this afternoon (thought at first it was an R fixing to key my car doors). He asked me was I REALLY going to vote for Kinky. Without another thought, I said, "No, I'm voting for Bell. The KF sticker was just for laughs."

In the most complete and devastatingly well reasoned rejection of Kinky's novelty campaign, Phillip Martin at The Burnt Orange Report begs voters not to thow their vote away on Kinky:
You're doing theater, when you should be doing debate...It's not honest. What you do is not honest. What you do is partisan hackery. --Jon Stewart, in his Oct. 15, 2004 appearance on CNN's "Crossfire"
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Voting for Kinky, in no way, is voting against politics as usual or political theater -- it's voting for a hypocrite who's finally mastered it.

The Class Clown

I honestly believe Kinky Friedman is the class clown of this election cycle. He's funny, he's cool to be seen with, he's hip to be associated with -- but at the end of the day, all he has to offer are jokes and tired one-liners. Not constructive criticisms, not a real alternative voice, not new ideas or even different ideas than what is already offered. Just a series of jokes that sound good in TV soundbites and action figures.

In that sense, Kinky is the ultimate political hack. He's mastered the pieces of theater that are political campaigning. And for some reason, his biggest group of supporters continue to be progressives -- despite his decidedly non-progressive platform.

Kinky has an immigration platform that is more small-minded than Perry's. His education and health care platform is stolen from the headlines of Democratic press releases -- he didn't even bother to look at the substance. He is, by no means, a serious candidate. And he's proud of that. As he said in a recent Dallas Morning News interview:

Just because the other three candidates have had humor bypasses does not mean I have to be a self-important pompous ass. The circus needs clowns as much as donkeys and elephants. Besides, some things are too important to be taken seriously.

Kinky's got it, all right. He's got it completely backwards: some things are too important NOT to be taken seriously, and a lot of those things are the issues facing Texas today.

Why the Hell Not? Because People are More Important than Puns

I've spent the last two years working in the capitol, an experience that has changed my life, one that has shown me how good government can be. I've gotten countless phone calls from people whose electricity was turned off, and from folks who can't get to their homes because the roads are so beat up. One day, a teacher called me because she'd been administering the TAKS test for 9 hours. Why so long? A group of fourth-graders couldn't finish the test because they were afraid that if they didn't pass the test, they'd fail, lose their friends, and live a bad life.
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What's Kinky's take on standardized testing? Well, the third bullet in Kinky's education "platform" gives a commentary on the TAKS test, but offers no solution. Chris Bell, meanwhile, has made standardized tests one of the center-points of his entire campaign. Bell advocates eliminating the highstakes nature of standardized testing by using it only as a measurement, and not a deciding factor, for student advancement. In the past year, since Bell first came out against highstakes standardized testing, countless editorials, articles, letter-campaigns, and teacher groups have made standardized testing important to this campaign.

That's taking leadership on an issue, and not just playing for headlines. Whether or not Bell wins, he's taken leadership on an issue that politicians can no longer ignore. I doubt Kinky can say the same thing.

Do we want someone who will make a difference, or make a joke?

As I said before, voting for Kinky, in no way, is voting against political theater -- it's voting for someone who's finally mastered it. You don't fix an old house by throwing stones at broken windows. You fix a house by rebuilding what is left so it's better for future generations.

In the end, voters will have to ask themselves which is more important: making a difference, or making a joke. Support someone who believes the issues facing Texas are important and serious, or someone that honestly believes that "some things are too important to be taken seriously."

I beg you: please don't vote for Kinky Friedman. You won't be throwing your vote away, but you will be throwing away a chance to make a difference.

15 Comments:

Blogger Paul Tay said...

All PRECISELY the reasons to vote Kinky. When he gits elected, guess who's gonna have the last laugh? Mark my words, people, the Kinkster will look like deer in headlights for four long long years.

How can it be any worse for you people below the border?

9:32 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And lookie at what else the Houston Chronicle has to say:

Bell's campaign, which has been collecting Kinky's quotes, believes the quipster's conservative viewpoints contradict those of his own strongest supporters.

An internal Bell campaign poll indicates Friedman's strongest base — a 51 percent favorable rating to 25 percent unfavorable — is among Anglo liberals, the type of people who normally would be expected to support Bell and who the Democrat desperately needs.


So who's lighting up the blogosphere? Bell's would-be assassins. But what they don't realize is that you can't taint Kinky with typical dirty politics. He is not a politician! That's his appeal and that's plank one in his platform. The people want change, significant change, and Kinky is their man. Climb aboard misguided Dems! There's plenty of room and we despise Rick Perry every bit as much as you.

Kinky's latest standing in the polls

3:32 PM

 
Blogger TheLongHaul said...

KINKY FRIEDMAN AND TEXAS ISSUES

Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and all Texans can agree on one thing. We have all been blessed to be a part of the greatest state, Texas. Texas is an icon. If you just say the word Texas in other parts of the country and many parts of the world, it evokes a certain feeling or thought, good or bad.

The spot light is now on Texas even more as the election for Texas Governor approaches. I am supporting Kinky Friedman for many reasons. I'm not here to convince or beg you to vote for Kinky, like some Democrats beg you to vote for Chris Bell at BurntOrangeReport and StopKinky. I am here to challenge you to let Kinky earn your vote. Look at the issues, and then go look them up for yourself. You'll find that on the most part, all the platforms are fairly similar.

The main reason I am voting for Kinky Friedman besides agreeing with many of his ideas, is that he is just what politics needs, an outsider that is really in it for the people. Now you can argue about failures of Ventura and Schwarzenegger all you want, but honestly, I haven't looked into their accomplishments or how they did in office. But Schwarzenegger ran as a Republican, Ventura was not as intelligent as Kinky, and Texas is not California or Minnesota.

Some people that are trying to portray Kinky Friedman's historic run for governor of Texas as a joke, are doing so for a reason. They complain about Kinky's one-liners, but fail to realize that our whole media/political system is built on sound bites. Their candidates are just not as witty, creative, or in touch with reality as Kinky Friedman. Kinky's response is, "Colonel Travis at the Alamo had one line too...He drew it in the sand."

Most of the Anti-Kinky blogs are Democrats that are upset because Kinky draws a lot of support from Democrats that are tired of all the BULLSHIT and FAILURES of all our politicians, federal and state, Republican and Democrat. We are sick and tired of being sick and tired, as Dave Ramsey would say. We've had enough. We were hanging on the coat tails of the Democrats because they were the lesser of two evils, or rather, the evil of two lessers. Now that we have a competant alternative in Kinky Friedman, we are going to take it. Chris Bell just picked the wrong time to be a hero. He should jump on board instead of continuing to divide Texas. Where these die hard Democrats see Kinky stealing votes from Bell, I see Bell lacking the ability to hold on to his base. In a time like this we need good managers like Bell, but what Texas really needs is intellectual leaders and independent thinkers like Kinky Friedman. He will make Texans demand more from our elected leaders. He will make the rest of Americans demand more from our elected leaders. He will show that it is possible to take back our country one politician at a time.

Now for Kinky Friedman on Texas Issues.

RECONNECT WITH THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS

The first thing Kinky will do is install a listed phone number for his office where people can call between certain hours everyday. "This call won't be monitored for quality control," Kinky says in an interview in San Antonio. Texans can call and speak with Kinky himself to vent, talk about local or state issues, and to be inspired. Anyone can just call and talk to the Governor of Texas, no hiding, no avoiding calls, no secrecy, no barriers. Talk to the man himself. He also wants to start a radio call-in talk show to really "reconnect with the people of Texas." Kinky is truely a genious and he will do this.

EDUCATION

"Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make it wag its tail," as Kinky would say. Money will help fix Texas schools drastically, but only paying attention to the teachers in the classroom will fix education. Funding and infrastructure make addressing the problems of education easier to deal with. Kinky has a detailed plan for permanently funding education.

Texas is surrounded by gambling states. Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and many other states like Nevada, are sucking out BILLIONS of dollars from Texans who gamble. What the heck is the big deal? If these people in charge really wanted to fix any problems, they would pull their heads out of their butts and get with the program.

Allowing counties to vote on legalizing casino gambling in Texas will have a direct effect on education, jobs, and the reduction of property taxes. By creating NEW revenues through casino gambling, the property tax payer in Texas will be relieved from funding education thus lowering property taxes and also creating thousands of jobs. Education in Texas would then have a permanent stream of $8 billion of NEW revenue. In addition to casino gambling, Kinky has proposed his "Slots for Tots" program which would put video poker terminals in bars. "Texas invented Texas Hold 'Em and we can't even play it." Now all this NEW money can make people get weird, so Kinky will constitutionally declare all the money goes to Texas education.

He also mentions how in Georgia, any highschool student with a "B" average can go to college for free due to the Georgia State Lottery. This would be another goal in a Kinky Friedman administration. In addition to casinos and video poker terminals, Kinky would put a 1% tax on all oil produced in Texas for a Trust for Texas Heroes which would raise the salaries of teachers, firefighters, and police. Now all you oil producers don't get all upset. If you produce 100 barrels a day, that's only 60 bucks. Texas legislators proposed taxing water, cigarettes, and strip clubs. I would feel honored to give $60 to help out our real heroes of Texas.

Yet another creative way to help relieve deficiencies of the education system is to allow our talented athletes of Texas to get the equipment and facilities they deserve without having to dip into the NEW money we just created. By allowing local businesses, retailers, and private industry to sponsor high school sports, we can free up 10% of our education budget which currently goes to sports funding. Not only that, Nike and Adidas would love to provide our Texas athletes with top of the line equipment, facilities, and sports training which we Texans have grown to love.

Now that we can "buy a fine dog," let's make him "wag his tail." Let's now love the people responsible for our children's well being and education. Let's respect the people who devote their lives to our children. Let's put people in charge who know the real problems because they have experienced them personally. Then let's get out of their way and let them do their job. Let's give them the pay and resources they deserve and then demand results. Let's stop teaching to the TAKS test which prepares our kids for, well, taking the TAKS test. Let's teach our children about life and our civic responsibilities and fight against apathy. Kinky will appoint qualified leaders and then step aside. Can you imagine a Republican Governor appointing Democrats or a Democratic Governor appointing Republicans to important positions. Kinky will not play that game.

Take a look at all the appointments the Governor of Texas is responsible for regarding education. That is scary to see all red or all blue. We need purple. Both the good Democrats and the good Republicans genuinely want to fix Texas. Let's put the smart people in charge without checking the color of their underwear first. Kinky Friedman will put the best person in charge. "My plan is to find the very best people I can find, simply for the reason that they are the very best people I can find, simply so I can get out of their way and let them" work, Friedman said.

Kinky also wants to allow the Texas Peace Corps to volunteer to educate students in certain areas.

One of Kinky's most important goals is to raise the spirits of Texans. He believes in optional non-denominational prayer in school. "What's wrong with a kid believing in something, even if it's a rock or a tree." My whole life in school was accompanied by prayer in school. What the heck? We first said the pledge of allegiance every day before class with "under god." All the kids after school on wednesdays would run across the street to church to get our communion. Before all our sport events, we would kneel in a circle and pray for everyone to be safe and do our best. Even over the intercom at sport facilities, we would pray. What's the big deal? If you disagree with this and are going to let this one issue dissuade you from voting for Kinky, you have personal issues of your own.

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

"Texas can lead the country," Friedman said. "We won't be slaves to the Middle East."

“Clean Energy, Clean Government”

Kinky Friedman has been an advocate of alternative energy from the beginning. It is only now that he is becoming a force to be noticed, that the other candidates quickly adopt his policies in an attempt to drown out Kinky. Kinky has a plan for 20% of the energy in Texas to be produced by renewable resources by 2020, "20% by 2020." This is compared to the .7% that is currently being produced. This would include wind and solar power, and making Texas the leading exporter of renewable fuels, such as biodiesel. Kinky would put state automobiles and school buses on biodiesel lowering demand for gasoline which would lower gas prices. The wind farms, solar farms, and biodiesel plants would create great jobs for Texans. This would also be without corporate tax breaks. The farmers of Texas would have new alternative crops to grow to produce biodiesel.

Just with gambling and renewable energy, a Kinky Friedman administration would create thousands of high paying jobs and also relieve problems associated with high property taxes, high energy bills, and high gas prices.

According to the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association, which advocates the "20% by 2020" plan, Texans could save as much as $5.5 billion in total electric bills while realizing nearly $10 billion in new capital investments through the expansion of renewable energy initiatives. In addition, 40,000 new jobs could be created bringing about $900 million in new income to Texas families.

Encouraging the use of renewable power is possible through utilization of existing funds, such as the Texas Enterprise Fund and the Emerging Technology Fund, as well as by prioritizing government expenditures in renewable energy and providing economic incentives for the development and expansion of renewable energy programs.

Kinky will work to promote renewable fuels by discouraging construction of antiquated facilities such as coal-fired plants, encouraging construction of cleaner natural gas facilities, and offering tax breaks for companies that either reduce current pollution levels or retrofit their facilities with gasification technology.

"Under previous governors, it paid to break environmental laws. They viewed fines and penalties as a routine cost of doing business," Friedman said. "Under my administration, polluters will pay dearly when they violate the law."
Friedman also vowed to push for additional funding and personnel for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and to encourage and pass legislation that would ensure higher efficiency standards for electricity-using devices.

Friedman would also explore the creation of a Texas Department of Energy to centralize the state's energy policy and regulation.

For more information here is the complete article on Kinky Friedman's Alternative Energy Plan which you can find at KinkyFriedman.com.

Kinky's "Clean Energy, Clean Government" plan would have a dramatic effect on reducing CO2 emission which is what our global environment needs, new, clean, reproducible energy.

POLITICAL REFORM

Fair Ballot Access: Texas is one of the two most difficult states for a statewide independent candidate or new party to get on the ballot. Petition requirements are outdated and impractical. A Friedman administration would abolish the time (and paper) consuming process of petitioning and replace it with a system which would place independent candidates on the primary ballots of each major party, allowing voters to participate in the party nomination process while also supporting an independent candidate's attempt to be placed on the general election ballot. This would increase voter turnout and encourage participation in the democratic process.

Fair & Open Debates: Under a Friedman administration, a non-partisan entity would be established to develop fair and clear criteria for inclusion of all qualified candidates into debates.

Initiative and Referendum: Texas does not currently allow citizens the right to petition and place initiatives and referenda on the statewide ballot. Women's suffrage, labor rights, social security and many more reforms were won through the citizens' initiative process in our country. Real political reforms occur when citizens are able to place their own initiatives on the ballot.

Same Day Voter Registration: Same Day Voter Registration will permit citizens to register and vote on Election Day. States with SDVR enjoy 5%to 25% higher voter turnout rates. SDVR has proven to increase youth participation. It can be a boost to independent candidates who tend to attract younger and newer voters. It will also encourage many voters who do not become interested in campaigns until just weeks before an election, after registration rolls are closed.

Publicly funded campaigns: Special interest money is the lifeblood of most candidates. When those candidates are elected, they use political appointments and legislation that favors those special interests as pay back. Privately financed campaigns have disenfranchised too many Texans for too long, and incumbents spend more time fundraising for re-election than they do working for the citizens who elected them. Publicly financed campaigns, funded through surcharges and registration fees on lobbyists, would eliminate the influence of special interests and would level the playing field for all political candidates. Increased registration fees for lobbyists and 10% surcharges on lobbying expenditures and other independent expenditures would provide more than $30 million in funding for Texas legislative and statewide races. Texas should also join the six other states - Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Vermont - that have adopted Clean Money Campaign Reform laws. The system offers full public financing for candidates who agree to spending limits and reject private contributions.

Lobbying reform: Stop the revolving door between state service and lobbying. Place a ban on any Texas elected official or Texas state employee from becoming a lobbyist in Texas for two years from the time they leave or retire from their state position.

Redistricting reform: The practice of allowing elected officials to draw their own election districts must stop. This type of political extremism lets the party in power take unfair advantage and results in less competition in our elections. We propose using the Iowa model of a non-partisan redistricting commission. In light of the myriad political scandals that have dominated the headlines for the past year, it has become increasingly clear that Texas must end its anything-goes system and restore honesty and integrity to Texas politics.

"Politics is the only field where the more experience you have, the worse you get," Kinky says. "It's time to clean house. How much worse does it have to get?"

HEALTH CARE

Texas ranks rock-bottom in providing for the basic needs of its youngest and poorest residents. More than one fifth of Texas children have no health insurance at all.

In 2003, Texas legislators slashed the Children's Health Insurance Program, pulling the rug out from under 170,000 kids. Not only did this put more of our children at risk, it ended up costing the state tens of thousands of health care jobs and $16 billion in lost productivity. Kinky believes this is reckless and short-sighted—no way to invest in the future of Texas.

We're a state that prides itself on friendliness and responsibility, but the message we're sending our kids is that if you're going to be born poor, you'd better not be born in Texas.

Kinky favors both state and federal funding of stem cell research and will appoint the right people to lead medical reform in a direction that's healthy for all Texans. Look at all the appointments the Texas Governor will make that deal with health care and medicine. It would not be best for Texans to see all red or all blue appointments. Our leaders should appoint the best people qualified for the job, and then let them do that job.

THE BORDER and IMMIGRATION

You can watch for yourself what Kinky wants to do on the border.

As with many of his ideas, Kinky Friedman's ideas for immigration reform are not of the norm. In a plan endorsed by Senator John McCain, Kinky offers incentives to Mexican authorities for assistance with border control. As Kinky calls it, The Five Mexican Generals Plan would divide the Mexican border into five regions each headed by a Mexican General. A fund for each general would be set up with a certain amount of money, he says $1-2 million. For each illegal immigrant the U.S. Border Patrol sees, we would deduct $5000 or however much we decide. Essentially the money is the generals' to keep. Ten million dollars in respect to current border spending budgets is a reasonable expense to encourage Mexico to help out with ITS problem of immigration. This is not going to solve the problem, but it is a creative idea to atleast debate, plus it does address a fundamental issue in controlling immigration problems, get Mexico involved. The plan also will require our existing to actually count the number of illegals streaming across the border.

The immigration problem will never go away. The U.S. is the only first world country to border a third world country besides Israel. The mere proximity and wage differentials will always exist, which means the U.S must consider a better Guest Worker program, or the U.S. must support Mexican economic growth to give Mexicans a reason to stay in their country. I support people trying to better themselves legally, I wish the Mexican government supported these hard workers more than the U.S. supports them.

While this plan is not perfect and probably not going to happen, it does open up for debate a way to get Mexico involved. Kinky also supports the McCain-Kennedy bill with a pathway to citizenship as long as these illegal immigrants pay up for back taxes.

TOLL ROADS and the TRANS-TEXAS CORRIDOR

Kinky is opposed the Trans-Texas Corridor since it relies on toll road construction. He feels that the TTC is a land grab of the ugliest kind, with land being taken from hard-working ranchers and farmers in little towns and villages all over Texas. The people who will ultimately own that land are the same people who own the governor. He says Texas roads should be owned by Texans not outside foreign companies that have money invested in Rick Perry.

Peppering his comments with the humorous one-liners that have characterized his campaign, country-western musician and mystery novelist Kinky Friedman also expressed reservations about the tollway, including its operation by a Spanish firm.

"Folks, this is a bad idea," he said. "It's like having Dubai run the ports of America. I have an idea. Instead of the Trans-Texas Corridor, take four highways across Texas, name them after Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Bob Wills and Buddy Holly, none of them toll roads."

Kinky says we Texans should pay for the network of roads we benefit from. I completely agree and this now becomes an issue of reappropriating funds and budget planning and proper future transportation planning. Once again, Kinky will appoint the right qualified leaders for the job. Take another look at all the appointments the Texas Governor will make regarding transportation in Texas.

STATE PARKS

Texas ranks 49th among the 50 states in per capita spending on parks. "The people here are connected with land," Friedman said, adding that state parks also are good for tourism and the economy, "I would make the parks a very major priority."

Texas State parks incorporate more than 600,000 acres that 10 million people visit every year. The State Parks Advisory Committee says that "state parks generate about $1.25 billion in sales and local income and support about 12,000 jobs."

Use of the enterprise fund was proposed by the Texas Progress Council, which advocates tapping $25 to $50 million from the cache intended to lure businesses to Texas. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, strapped for cash, has been cutting park hours and staff and limiting maintenance for years — creating a backlog of repairs and forcing some parks to eliminate services or close facilities.

Kinky Friedman will make Texas' state parks a priority and allocate resources to keep our land, parks, rivers, and lakes enjoyable for future generations.

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT and DECRIMINALIZATION

Like Kinky has always maintained, "I am not anti-death penalty, but I'm damn sure anti-the-wrong-guy-getting executed." You can watch for yourself what Kinky thinks about the death penalty. Kinky believes, “The system is not perfect,” he said. “Until it’s perfect, let’s do away with the death penalty.” Until we can be sure we are not executing innocent people, we shouldn't continue to believe we're right most of the time.

Texas prisons are full of drug addicts who are sick, not criminals. Let's get them into treatment and out of prison, so there's enough room to lock up sexual predators for the rest of their lives.

HIGHER EDUCATION

Friedman would end the traditional gubernatorial practice of appointing major campaign contributors to boards of regents and install bright young people instead. Once again have a look at all the appointments the Governor of Texas is responsible for regarding higher education. Rather than appoint campaign contributors, Kinky will appoint the brightest young people who are eager to fix education problems.

In a Friedman administration, the top 10 percent law would be history. "I think it's exclusionary," he said. Friedman would would replace the program with an overhaul of financial aid, perhaps adopting something akin to Georgia's Hope scholarship, which pays tuition, fees and some book expenses for students who maintain a "B" average in high school. He'd also spread the wealth a bit by cutting the budgets for UT and A&M and boosting appropriations for other schools.

"I want to see fundamental change, big-time change," Friedman said. "Whatever they're doing now is not working. The institutions are rich as hell, and the kids are broke."

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS

Kinky Friedman's only special interest group is the people of Texas. Without a political party to appease or lobbyists to pay back, Kinky will answer only to the people of Texas. He will reconnect with the people of Texas as a number one priority.

"I don't care much about big corporations, frankly," Friedman told the Dallas Business Journal. "Most politicians never met a special-interest group they didn't like.

"For instance, I'm not going to meet any lobbyists when I'm governor, following Jesse Ventura's lead" in Minnesota, Friedman said. "Because every time a bell rings, another lobbyist gets his wings. And I'm going to stop that."

IN CONCLUSION

Don't believe anything you hear or read without checking the sources in context. Read or watch the entire article and interviews, and then question who wrote it and why would they write it. Again I'm not here to convince or beg you to vote for Kinky. I am here to challenge you to let Kinky earn your vote.

Remember, Kinky Friedman is not even running against Rick Perry, Chris Bell, Carole Keeton Strayhorn, or James Werner. HE IS RUNNING AGAINST VOTER APATHY, lack of emotion. That's a winnable race.

If Texas experiences a high voter turnout, that will mainly benefit Kinky. If Texas experiences a high voter turnout and Kinky for some reason does not win, he still wins. He got people who never or rarely vote to show up and participate in their civic duties. This is his goal.

Watch all these videos for yourself, and then form your own opinion. Not only that, spread this article with whoever you want.

KINKY FRIEDMAN VIDEOS

Kinky Friedman on CBS's Sunday Morning Show.

Kinky Friedman interview with WOAI's Randy Beamer.

Kinky Friedman interview with FOX's Bill O'Reilly.

Kinky Friedman interview with San Antonio Living.

Kinky Friedman's speech to the Blackland Coalition.

Kinky Friedman press conference for Independent Texans.

Kinky Friedman's Interview #1 with Texas Monthly's Evan Smith.

Kinky Friedman's Interview #2 with Texas Monthly's Evan Smith.

Kinky Friedman audio from NPR. There are two audio files on this page, click "listen" at the top, and then under that, click "Web Extra" for a 1988 interview. If you scroll down a bit too, you can find a link to Kinky Friedman's hit song, "Sold American."

Information on Biodiesel from NPR. Audio from Kinky Friedman, Carl Cornelius, and Willie Nelson. Click on "listen" at the top of the page. The other audio file on this page is found under "Speaking of Biodiesel." Click the third one down, "Kinky Friedman on Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels, and Willie Nelson."

More Audio and Video will be posted soon.

5:02 PM

 
Blogger StopKinky said...

thelonghaul:

I posted a response on your blog. Here is a difference between you and me. I don't delete issue-oriented posts from my blog because I disagree with them. You, on the other hand, will likely delete my response because your views on Kinky do not withstand scrutiny and debate.

10:14 PM

 
Blogger Dani said...

Kinky is a redneck racist. Pure and simple. If you are of that ilk, knock yourself out.

3:44 PM

 
Anonymous Chim Chim said...

The Long Haul,

You need to put down the Kool-Aid and step away from the keyboard.

I'll skip your opening blather and go straight to your gross oversimplification of the issues.

RECONNECT WITH THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS

Here's the big idea: Kinky is going to have a phone number that is listed in the phonebook and answer the phone himself. Plus he'll have a call in radio show.

You say "Kinky is truely a genious and he will do this."

So if this is such a "genius" idea, why is Kinky's number unlisted now? Why doesn't he answer his campaign phone himself? Why wait until after the election to start this radio show?

EDUCATION

Kinky's biggest idea is paying for education by legalizing gambling. One problem: the Texas Legislature has already rejected this half-baked idea. So what's Kinky's "plan B" when the Leg refuses to pass his goofy "plan A"? (cue the crickets sound effect).

I read this a while back: "He proposes auctioning Texas sports funding to the highest bidder -- Nike or Coca Cola or Adidas or some other corporation that would like the opportunity to 'get their hooks into the athletes while they’re still young.'" What if we think kids are already exposed to enough advertising already? Why do you suppose "Nike or Coca Cola or Adidas or some other corporation that would like the opportunity to 'get their hooks into the athletes while they’re still young.'" Do you think it's because Nike or Coca Cola or Adidas are just charitable companies? I'm not that naive. You may want to read this:
PBS.
PTA speech

Kinky wants to give the teachers a pay raise. No, shit? Where'd he get that idea? Maybe from Perry who wants to raise teacher salaries $2,000, or Strayhorn who wants to raise salaries $4,000, or Bell who wants $6,000 (which would bring them up to the national average). So how much is Kinky going to raise teacher salaries? (cue the crickets sound effect).

Kinky wasn't to "stop teaching to the test." Great idea. Too bad Bell and Strayhorn came up with it before Kinky. I'm glad Kinky feels that way, but it doesn't make him any different that the other candidates

Next you ask, "Can you imagine a Republican Governor appointing Democrats or a Democratic Governor appointing Republicans to important positions." Here's a suggestion, why don't you google "John Sharp" and then get back to me.

I'm glad you raise this issue: "Take a look at all the appointments the Governor of Texas is responsible for..." Who is this John McCall guy who Kinky says he wants to appoint to the highest appointed office in Texas? Please tell me it's not the SAME John McCall who is Kinky's number one top financial patron! Please tell me it's not the SAME John McCall who has already given Kinky almost a million dollars!

Next you say "One of Kinky's most important goals is to raise the spirits of Texans" with "prayer in school." My spirits are lifted already. Guess what? I'm happy with the church teaching my kids prayers and the school teaching them math. By the way, one thing that's wrong with this idea is it against the Constitution. Read the Engel v. Vitale decision and get back to me. Also, what's up with Kinky posting the Ten Commandments in public school classrooms? Is he going to post the Jewish version or the Protestant version or the Catholic version of the Islamic Ten Commandments. Please get back to me after you and Kinky have read this: Wikipedia on the different versions of the Ten Commandments.

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

You say that "It is only now that he is becoming a force to be noticed, that the other candidates quickly adopt his policies in an attempt to drown out Kinky" and his "plan for 20% of the energy in Texas to be produced by renewable resources by 2020, '20% by 2020.'"

I hate to bust your bubble, but Chris Bell came out with his energy plan MONTHS before Kinky's, and Bell's plan is far more comprehensive. You can read it here if you want:

http://www.chrisbell.com/releases/042406_renew
http://www.chrisbell.com/releases/072606_CO2
http://www.chrisbell.com/releases/083006_tlcv
http://www.chrisbell.com/newsroom/071806

Also, Strayhorn was talking about here energy plan while Kinky was still grinding his stale one-liners into the dirt.

POLITICAL REFORM

Again, Kinky stole half his schtick off Chris Bell, who addressed this issue months ago. Read these:

http://www.chrisbell.com/ethics_plan#7
http://www.chrisbell.com/releases/062806_redistricting
http://www.chrisbell.com/releases/041206_donations

HEALTH CARE

One more example of where Kinky is just recycling Chris Bell's ideas:

http://www.chrisbell.com/releases/080306_houston
http://www.chrisbell.com/releases/060606_paloalto

THE BORDER and IMMIGRATION

Kinky's "Five Mexican Generals Plan" is the best evidence that Kinky wasn't joking when he said he's done a lot of drugs in his lifetime and only quit snorting cocaine when a charming negro fell out of his nose. This plan will eventuallt be used as evidence at a trial to establish that Kinky is not of sound mind.

By the way, you recognize that a state doesn't have the authority to negotiate with a foreign country to protect the US border because that's the federal government's job, right? You know that even if this wasn't stupid -- which it is -- it would still be illegal.

At least we agree on this: Kinky's "plan is not perfect and probably not going to happen."

TOLL ROADS and the TRANS-TEXAS CORRIDOR

Again both Bell and Strayhorn were against the TTC before Kinky.

STATE PARKS

Kinky is late to the party again. Here's where Chris Bell addressed this issue months before Kinky and where Bell's proposals are much more detailed:

http://www.chrisbell.com/releases/073106_bonds
http://www.chrisbell.com/releases/082106_parks

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT and DECRIMINALIZATION

You say, "Like Kinky has always maintained, 'I am not anti-death penalty, but I'm damn sure anti-the-wrong-guy-getting executed.'"

Except Kinky said the exact opposite UNDER OATH at Max Soffar's trial. This is an issue where Kinky tells his audience whichever version he thinks they want to hear.

HIGHER EDUCATION

Bell beat Kinky to this issue, too:

http://www.chrisbell.com/issues/higher_ed
http://www.chrisbell.com/releases/041006_tuition

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS

In case you missed this above, I'm glad you raise this issue: "Take a look at all the appointments the Governor of Texas is responsible for..." Who is this John McCall guy who Kinky says he wants to appoint to the highest appointed office in Texas? Please tell me it's not the SAME John McCall who is Kinky's number one top financial patron! Please tell me it's not the SAME John McCall who has already given Kinky almost a million dollars!

11:32 PM

 
Blogger TheLongHaul said...

Dearest Chim Chim. First of all, I really respect that you even have an opinion. Not only that, but it means enough to you to post a comment on a Pro-Kinky Friedman blog at 2:00 am on a saturday night. We need more people like you to step up and ask questions. That's all I'm saying here about that. BUT, if you want a debate you got one. I will try to not be a smart ass, but it's really hard. I'll just start this off with, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU THINKING?

RECONNECT WITH THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS

Are you really asking why Kinky Friedman does not list his personal cell phone number in the phonebook, if he even has one? How old are you? Listen son. The reason famous people don't have listed phone numbers is because their phone would never stop ringing. I seriously doubt many public policy makers would want their personal cell phone numbers or home numbers listed in the phonebook. Really, how old are you? Seriously.

Why doesn't he answer the campaign phone himself? Hmmmmm. This is a tough one, I'll have to get back to you on that one. Let me call the campaign office.

Why wait until after the election to start this radio show? Hmmmm. Maybe because it would be easier after he was governor. Maybe because people like you would say, I told you he was in it to sell books. You're really reaching.

You are really missing the point here and I don't know if you bothered to watch any of the videos or have done any research besides looking at StopKinky. You are not realizing what Kinky's campaign is all about. I don't know if you are looking and just seeing something different, if you just hate Kinky, if you just love Bell, if you're just an angry Democrat, or if you're just choosing to neglect the real point here.

Let me be very clear and slow with you. When Kinky Friedman gets elected in November, one of the first things he wants to do is, have a listed number to the governor's office. This hotline would be open 24 hrs but son, it would not make sense for him to sit at a desk and answer every single phone call 24 hrs a day. During certain established hours of the weekday, Kinky would be available to take phone calls. Now of course not everyone would get through. The point is you and me would have the opportunity to talk to the governor to voice our opinions and ideas, to RECONNECT WITH THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS.

EDUCATION

Before we look at Kinky's 4 specific ideas for raising NEW revenue for education let's look at what Chris Bell proposes to fund education. Well that's a good question. What does Chris Bell propose to fund education?

My quest led me to ChrisBell.com, the first obvious choice. Oh, look the number one issue, Public Education. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. You get my point. Oh wait here's something:

We need to create a Bipartisan Commission on Public Education that will bring all sides to the table to seek real solutions and common ground, free from the political hackery that passes for business-as-usual in Austin these days.

The rebuilding of our public education system needs to go beyond the question of financing to address the equally important questions of what and how we are teaching our children. We need to stop wasting money on textbooks...


Okay he didn't mean stop wasting money on textbooks. I was just doing what StopKinky does. Here's the rest:

We need to stop wasting money on textbooks that are selected not for their educational value but for their ability to please partisan censors and state bureaucrats. We need to reject the hypocrisy that demands accountability in one breath and calls for massive budget cuts in the next breath. And we need to work harder to recruit and retain committed, talented educators.

I think Kinky said it better, "Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wags its tail."

Look were on the same side of the issue at this point according to Chris Bell's own website. Why are you even arguing? I guess where I have a slight problem is that I aspire to be a small business owner, medium size business owner, and then a big business owner. I'd like to have a lot of small businesses and would like to encourage others to start their own. When I hear Chris Bell's main, and only proposal to fund education by taxing businesses, I makes me a little nervous.

"Overhauling the state’s business tax is the key to the school finance reform package I would fight for." Chris Bell said in a July interview by the Dallas Morning News. I put it side by side Kinky Friedman's answers to the same questions.

The main differences are how they plan on funding education and the toll roads issue.

Read the interview, on education funding, Kinky wants gambling, Bell wants to tax more businesses. On toll roads Kinky is against, and Bell is "...open to considering tolls to finance new highway construction..."

Kinky's 4 Plans are to fund education are, let me talk really slow here.

A. Propose voting on legalizing casino gambling to all the voters of Texas, not the legislature. If Galveston wants to have gambling to fund its schools, the people of Galvaston should be able to vote on the issue. If a local governments vote no. That's okay too. This would be possible through Kinky Friedman's political reform plan. Chris Bell even supports legalizing casino gambling. Look on his own site.

Mr. Friedman touted the legalization of casino gambling in Texas as a way to raise at least $6 billion a year for public education.

"There's only a small group of people that's against it. And those are Rick Perry's base, the far religious right," he said. "Those people and the far left, the politically correct left who are ashamed to say Merry Christmas, are the people who are holding back Texas."

Mr. Bell also said he supports casino gambling. Mrs. Strayhorn supports legalizing video lottery terminals at horse and dog racetracks.

In 2004, Mr. Perry called for authorizing video lottery terminals at racetracks, but he has abandoned that position this election.


If gambling is such a "goofy plan, why do most Texans, Americans, and all 4 main candidates believe it's okay.

B. "Slots for Tots"

C. About taking sports funding out of education and allowing the private sector, local businesses, retailers, and industries to sponsor our Texas athletes, that's a great idea for NEW revenues that should atleast be debated.

D. Trust for Texas Heroes. Did you not even read my post.

Gees. Now this could be bad. Referring to my initial thought about you, having a person that takes interest in politics but doesn't know how to look things up.

From my stand point it's Bell who sits with only one plan "A" in a state where we love our businesses. So what's Bell's "plan B" when the Leg refuses to pass his goofy "plan A"? (cue the crickets sound effect).

You then for some reason try to make a point like, "Well...Bell is going to pay teachers more than Kinky will pay them. Chris Bell is going to pay them $6000. Not $2000, or $4000, but $6000. Whahooo." If you new how to look up facts you might have found the answers to your questions. Instead you recycle material from StopKinky. Take a look at the same interview from The Dallas Morning News. When asked about supporting a tax-reform package that provides significantly more funding for education...Kinky said,"Yes. Enough to bring Texas teachers salary up to the national average. Currently teachers in Texas are paid $6,000 less than the national average."

What was that? Did you hear that? It sounded like air coming out of someone's balloon.

Gees. What's next on the list?

"Kinky wasn't to 'stop teaching to the test.' Great idea. Too bad Bell and Strayhorn came up with it before Kinky. I'm glad Kinky feels that way, but it doesn't make him any different that the other candidates," you said.

Whatever that means. But what I think you meant was. No I said it first. No I said it first. No I said it first. I made the same mistake when I said, "It is only now that he(Kinky) is becoming a force to be noticed, that the other candidates quickly adopt his policies in an attempt to drown out Kinky," and I apologize for starting that.

But seriously, is there any other option but to "stop teaching to the test." Yeah, let's use it as a tool to gauge students like when I was a kid in the eighties. Again, were on the same page here, so why are we arguing? I said from the beginning of my post, "Look at the issues, and then go look them up for yourself. You'll find that on the most part, all the platforms are fairly similar." But you obviously have an adgenda here. Mine adgenda is public, read my profile and my posts.

I took your suggestion and googled "John Sharp appointed" without the quotes. This article came up "Hight: By tackling taxes, this Democrat hopes to make a difference." I'll show you a secret if you don't want to sign up to read this article. After you search for John Sharp appointed, under this article "Hight: By tackling taxes, this Democrat hopes to make a difference" click the Cached link, and you can read the article without having to sign up. Or you can just sign up for free at The Statesman and read the article.

Here's a long boring excerpt from the article:

If Sharp and the 24-member commission pull together a tax reform plan that most business interests can support, or at least not actively oppose, it might have a chance in the Legislature. But there's no guarantee, although Sharp and the commission were appointed by Gov. Rick Perry. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who presides over the Senate, and House Speaker Tom Craddick have their own ideas — and egos — at stake.

Sharp was a surprise choice for this post. No one questioned his mastery of state tax and budget issues, acquired over two terms as state comptroller. And as a former state representative, former state senator and former member of the Texas Railroad Commission, he also has extensive political expertise.

But in an ocean of Republican officeholders, Sharp is a Democrat — one who ran twice for lieutenant governor and lost, including a 1998 race against Perry and a 2002 race against Dewhurst. The 1998 campaign against Perry was bitter, and the two men, friends since their college days at Texas A&M, were estranged until a recent reconciliation.

Perry's appointment of Sharp was shrewd in several respects. Though a Democrat, Sharp's a rather conservative one who has the confidence of the business community. And unlike Perry, he is a true-blue policy wonk.

Sharp's appointment also was a political poke in the eye to his successor as comptroller, Carole Keeton Strayhorn, a Republican now running for governor as an independent against Perry.

Some question whether Sharp, a partner at Ryan & Co., might be helping his firm by serving as chairman of the tax panel. The firm specializes in helping companies minimize their tax bills from state and local governments. But for this year, at least, Sharp didn't do his partners any favor by publicly aligning himself with the political enemy of the state's chief tax collector — Strayhorn.

At 55, Sharp is the last Democrat of his generation and experience with anything approaching statewide recognition and still in a position to affect the state's future. Not a single Democrat occupies a statewide office.


It seems more like a political move appointing Sharp to lead the effort on Texas' biggest issue, funding education through tax reform.

While I'm sure that not every single one of Republican and Democrat appointments are appointments to their respective parties, I am willing to bet that a vast majority of them are. You are purposely missing the point here. It is a little scary to see that many people who have the ability to make changes in Texas and in America, are mostly on one side of an issue. We should have the best of all sides. Kinky Friedman is more likely than the other candidates to put the best person in charge in positions that have influence over policy and public opinion.

Next you try to make some accussations about John McCall. While it is perfectly okay to question who is giving Kinky Friedman a lot of money, it's not okay to imply that there is something fishy going on without doing any research what so ever. Let's take a look at who John McCall is. I'm posting a lot of the article from The Statesman because it shows what kind of person John McCall is.

He's lately taken the largely ceremonial job of campaign treasurer while giving more than $600,000 of his own to the cause, one-third of $1.8 million raised through December.

Not bad, especially for a guy who's been in and out of a Houston cancer hospital. McCall, 58, underwent a stem-cell transplant last month.

It evidently took, putting him on the mend from lymphoma for the third time; his father succumbed to the cancer when McCall was shy of 30.

"You have to really want to live to go through that," McCall said of the treatment, which was preceded by chemotherapy. "With cancer, if you don't have a lot to live for when you walk through that door, the chances of your making it aren't very good. You have to have something at the end of that tunnel."

McCall focused on his 9,000-acre ranch along the Nueces River near Uvalde.

But why bother with Friedman, the cigar-chewing quipster who's never won a race for anything?

"It's just a little way I can pay back," McCall said.

McCall said he last cast a ballot in 1992, for Dallas billionaire Ross Perot in his run for president. Like others in Friedman's circle, he sees the Republican and Democratic parties as monopolizing power, depriving third parties of opportunity.

It's no accident, he suggested, that state law requires independents to collect more than 45,000 voter signatures after spring party primaries just to reach the November ballot.

Much like his candidate, McCall believes that being governor doesn't require much more than cutting ribbons and greeting Boy Scouts. With Friedman, "at least we'll have somebody colorful to represent Texas. We wouldn't be ashamed."

McCall, unmarried with no children, said: "The worst thing you can do is leave a great deal of money to your children. Their lives sometimes turn out totally worthless. So what do you do with it? I'm just trying to have a good time."

If Friedman prevails — surprising GOP Gov. Rick Perry, the Dem nominee and independent hopeful Carole Keeton Strayhorn — he wants McCall as his secretary of state, overseeing state elections.

McCall sounded doubtful.

"That a full-time job? Would I have to show up every day in a suit and sit at a desk? That's a better job for somebody else."


We need more people like John McCall appointed to powerful positions.

You then want to make it seem like Kinky is some religious nut who wants to post The Ten Commandments in public classrooms. This spiritual lifting and inspiring Texans is important. He's not trying to ram religion down peoples throats nor is he saying that schools should teach kids prayers. You are absolutely wrong. If you are so concerned with this issue, you should boycott money for saying God on it. Let's have a look at your proof, Engel v. Vitale. "By providing the prayer, New York officially approved religion." Texas public schools will not provide prayer, it is optional non-denominational prayer for those who want to believe in something. It's Kinky's plan to de-wussify Texas. Let's take a look at what the traditional christian ten commandments that I learned are basically saying.

1. I am the LORD your God...Thou shalt have no other gods before Me
2. Do not make a sculpted image or any likeness of what is in the heavens above
3. Don't swear falsely by the name of the LORD
4. Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy
5. Honor your father and your mother
6. Don't murder
7. Don't commit adultery
8. Don't steal
9. Don't bear false witness against your neighbor
10. Don't covet your neighbor's house

1, 2, 3, and 4, I'll agree are a problem if schools are promoting. But what's wrong with really sitting down with children and teens and really talk to them about why you should honor your parents, why you shouldn't kill people, have discussions with teens why you shouldn't commit adultery, why you shouldn't steal, why you shouldn't lie in court, why you shouldn't desire to own other people's properties? What's wrong with having a standard? Please tell me. I agree also the parents should step up too. But what's wrong with basic issues behind commandments 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10?

This whole spiritual lifting thing is being misunderstood. Have a listen to Kinky Friedman being interviewed on San Antonio's 550 AM Chris Duel Show. It takes a little while to download, but basically Chris Duel says it well:

Whether you're a red voter or a blue voter, whether you consider yourself a Republican, if you lean liberal, or if you're an independent...If you look at the mess that's going on in the Texas state legislature right now...it's a mess, I really believe that a new governor needs to come in there and be the spiritual leader of this state, to rally the will of the people, and to deliver that message to the legilators in Austin. And I really believe Kinky Friedman is the kind of guy to do that.

Watch the Bill O'Reilly Interview's Kinky Friedman video. While we all dislike Bill O'Reilly, he is tough and critical. Kinky's spritual campaign is to bring back the glory of Texas by traveling around and inspiring Texans. Speaking all over the state, the bully pulpit. That's the way to motivate Texans to care again. This is a serious issue and probably one of the biggest issues. Americans need to pay more attention and participate more.

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Look I already apologized for starting that, I said it first, No I said it first, No I said it first, nonsense. But it's true. Kinky has been running on renewable fuels from the beginning. Listen to Willie Nelson's Add for Kinky posted on March 15, 2006. His website since it first came out in 2005 addressed renewable fuel. Were again on the same page here. Bell can talk a lot, almost as much as me, and he has some great ideas for clean energy. Who cares who came up with it first? We agree again on the need for energy reform.

POLITICAL REFORM

Do you even know what the main thing Independents want? It's exactly this, political reform. Go to Independent Texans and read for yourself. This is Kinky's whole reason for running, so smart Texans can have the opportunity to help fix Texas. Not just Democrats and Republicans. Chris Bell makes no mention of third party candidates on his ethics rant.

I'm actually giving up on you at this point and will sum up now. If you really want to know where Kinky Friedman stands on certain issues, make an honest attempt at finding out. Ask questions. Read articles. Dig and don't just believe what you hear. In my search for more information on Kinky Friedman and Chris Bell to make you, Juan Gomez, realize you are completely wrong, I came across this interview that says Chris bell is for taxing more businesses to fund education and building toll roads for new highway construction. I also came across this great recent Kinky Friedman interview by The Lynn Woolley Show on August 18, 2006. There are five segments that you can listen to here. segment 1, segment 2, segment 3, segment 4, segment 5, segment 6

My whole point was that Bell and Kinky have very similar campaigns and that's a part of the reason why many Democrats are voting for Kinky Friedman. But so are a vast amount of Republicans. So are countless new and first time voters. Bell lacks the ability and the desire to really unite all these people. He would make a great wing man. And I would encourage Kinky Friedman to consider appointing Chris Bell and Grandma to some position. Texans need ALL sides of an issue on the table, and most Democrats and Republicans have let us down by dividing Americans into either A or B. What about C and D and E? There are other options and ways to get things done. Let's find them together.

My other point was that you can find any information that you want but only if you look for it. Kinky doesn't lay out all this information on his website, nor does Bell, but the information is out there. Look it up for yourself and don't automatically believe it. Use your ability to reason. Look at all sides and then form your opinion.

6:57 PM

 
Blogger Jonny.utsa said...

The New Skeptical Review blog is not a Kinky blog, please dont post about him on it. We only mentioned him as it related to an immigration debate held at UTSA, and as a campaign issue. We really dont care about Kinky.

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And most casinos give you an alternative to this. They offer you the chance to practice for free at first, and they also give you money to do that, so, it's practically free and you have nothing to lose. When you find the right casino you'll know it from the first time you play there. From then on, they will remind you how important you are to them by giving you special bonuses every month. These bonuses are somewhere around $100 and even higher and they reward you for being a loyal customer. These casinos also offer the so called comp points that accumulate throughout the course of the games you play and at certain points they turn into real money and, depending how long you have been playing at that casino, you may win lots of money.

The most important bonuses casinos offer are the jackpots and prizes you can win at their games. Casinos reward players with millions of dollars each day for their gaming skills. Tournaments and regular casino games are most profitable for gamblers. Only one progressive jackpot, for one single game of slots, for instance, can be of over $ 2 million. And it's only a matter of seconds and a bit of luck to win it.

Most casinos don't need a special occasion to give bonuses. They offer bonuses for the players third and fourth deposits, for being loyal to the casino, or just for being at a table at a certain time. So, it’s only a matter of finding the right casino and from there on, bonuses will keep coming to you. The only problem is that if you don't have a proper money management you won't treasure what you win, it will go away as easily as it came. We may all want those bonuses, but do we know what to do with them and how much of it we should risk in our next bet?


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