Matthew's Foray into Blogging

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

I did not vote in the primaries…

But I did sign Kinky Friedman’s petition. Houston Chronicle columnist Rick Casey has referred to Friedman’s efforts as a “tired collection of old one-liners [Friedman] calls a campaign.” I tend to agree, as Kinky seems to spew a series of sound bites. Nonetheless, I much prefer Kinky to the politicians who are running for Texas governor.


  • I've been looking for a yard sign that says "Anyone But Perry." And I mean that.

    By Blogger English Professor, at 10:06 PM, April 12, 2006  

  • You are not alone in signing the petition. It doesn't matter if Kinky is a nutjob or serious, he is still pretty much the only viable alternative to big politics and big money candidates. Until we get rid of the career politicians, our state and our country are headed down the tubes.

    By Blogger Thomas Vickers, at 7:37 AM, April 13, 2006  

  • LOL @ English Professor. I wish I could put one in my yard. I would have to rethink my career if I did.

    By Blogger Ashley, at 3:22 PM, April 13, 2006  

  • Just write my name in. We'll start a grassroots movement. My biggest qualification? I already know I'm not qualified.

    By Blogger Steve, at 5:48 PM, April 13, 2006  

  • Here are ten reasons not to support Kinky:

    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.

    By Anonymous stop kinky, at 11:37 PM, April 15, 2006  

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