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Kinky Friedman contemplates a question from the audience at a campaign rally in Bastrop, Texas
Kinky Friedman contemplates a question from the audience at a campaign rally in Bastrop, Texas

Richard S. "Kinky" Friedman (born October 31, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician and former columnist for Texas Monthly. He was one of two independent candidates in the 2006 election for the office of Governor of Texas. Receiving 12.6% of the vote, Friedman placed fourth in the five-party race. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (983x1090, 442 KB) [edit] Summary Using this image for purposes of advertising or trade may violate the publicity rights of the person depicted in the image. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (983x1090, 442 KB) [edit] Summary Using this image for purposes of advertising or trade may violate the publicity rights of the person depicted in the image. ... Historic buildings with quaint shops and restaurants line Main Street in Bastrop. ... October 31 is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 61 days remaining. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... A humorist is an author who specializes in short, humorous articles or essays. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A politician is an individual who is a formally recognized and active member of a government, or a person who influences the way a society is governed through an understanding of political power and group dynamics. ... A columnist is a journalist who produces a specific form of writing for publication called a column. Columns appear in newspapers, magazines and the Internet. ... Texas Monthly is a monthly American magazine published in Austin, Texas. ... The 2006 Texas gubernatorial election will be held on November 7, 2006 to select the next governor of the state of Texas, who will serve a four year term starting on January 20, 2007. ...

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Personal life

Born in Chicago to Jewish parents, Dr. S. Thomas Friedman and Minnie Samet Friedman, Friedman moved with his family to a ranch in central Texas during his childhood. He had a keen interest in both music and chess at an early age. Friedman was chosen when he was 7 to be one of 50 local chess players to challenge U.S. grand master Samuel Reshevsky to simultaneous matches in Houston. While Reshevsky won all 50 matches, Friedman was by far the youngest competitor. Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town, City of the Big Shoulders, The 312, The City that Works, Second City (reference to when Chicago was second in population and prestige to New York). ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination... Central Texas (a part of which is Texas Hill Country), is a region in the U.S. state of Texas. ... Chess is a recreational and competitive game for two players. ... Samuel Herman (Sammy) Reshevsky (born November 26, 1911, Ozorkow, Poland - died April 4, 1992, New York, USA) was a leading American chess Grandmaster. ... Houston redirects here. ...


Friedman graduated from Austin High School in Austin, Texas in 1962 and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology while participating in the Plan II Honors program. He is also a member of the Tau Delta Phi fraternity. It was during his freshman year at the university that Chinga Chavin gave Friedman the nickname "Kinky," in reference to Friedman's curly hair.[1] Stephen F. Austin High School, founded in 1881, is the oldest public high school West of the Mississippi River. ... Nickname: Live Music Capital of the World Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas Counties Travis County, Williamson County Government  - Mayor Will Wynn Area  - City  296. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... The University of Texas at Austin, often called UT or Texas, is a doctoral/research university located in Austin, Texas. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Psychology is an academic or applied discipline involving the scientific study of mental processes such as perception, cognition, emotion, personality, behavior, and interpersonal relationships. ... Plan II Honors is a major at The University of Texas at Austin, offered since 1935. ... Nick Chinga Chavin achieved a bit of notoriety in the mid-1970s with his release of a raunchy album entitled Country Porn. ...


Friedman then served two years with the Peace Corps on the island of Borneo in Malaysia with John Gross.[2][3] He has been featured in the news including 60 Minutes on CBS and made an appearance as one of Jay Leno's guests. Peace Corps volunteers usually serve for two years. ... Borneo (left) and Sulawesi. ... JOhn Gross is the editor of TLS. ... 60 Minutes is an investigative television newsmagazine on United States television, which has run on CBS News since 1968. ... CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... Jay Leno (born James Douglas Muir-Leno April 28, 1950) is an Emmy-winning American comedian who is best known as the current host of NBC televisions long-running variety and talk program The Tonight Show. ...


Friedman lives at Echo Hill Ranch, his family's summer camp near Kerrville, Texas. He also founded Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch, the mission of which is to care for stray, abused and aging animals; more than 1,000 dogs have been saved from animal euthanasia. Echo Hill Ranch is a summer ranch camp of about 400 acres (1. ... Kerrville is a city in Kerr County, Texas, United States. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Music career

Friedman formed his first band, King Arthur & the Carrots while a student at the University of Texas. The band - which poked fun at surf music - recorded only one single in 1966 (Schwinn 24/Beach Party Boo Boo). 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ...


By 1971 Friedman had formed his second band, Kinky Friedman and The Texas Jewboys. In keeping with the band's satirical nature, each member had a comical name: in addition to Kinky there was Little Jewford, Big Nig, Panama Red, Rainbow Colours and Snakebite Jacobs. Friedman's father objected to the name of the band, calling it a "negative, hostile, peculiar thing",[4] which gave Kinky even more reason to choose the name. 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday. ... 1867 edition of the satirical magazine Punch, a British satirical magazine, ground-breaking on popular literature satire. ... Panama Red is a legendary cannabis sativa cultivar of the 1960s and 1970s, popular amongst cannabis afficiandos. ...


Arriving on the wave of country rock following on from Gram Parsons, The Band, and the Eagles, Friedman originally found cult fame as a country and western singer. His break came in 1973 thanks to Commander Cody, who contacted Vanguard Music on his behalf. Country rock is a musical genre formed from the fusion of rock and roll with country music. ... Gram Parsons (November 5, 1946 – September 19, 1973) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist born Ingram Cecil Connor, III. A solo artist as well as a member of both The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, he is best known for a series of recordings which anticipate the... The Band was an influential Canadian-American rock group of the 1960s and 1970s. ... The Eagles redirects here. ... Country music, once known as Country and Western music, is a popular musical form developed in the southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, spirituals, and the blues. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Commander Cody may refer to: The stage name of George Frayne, leader of the rock and roll band Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, and, informally, the band itself A minor character in the Star wars movie universe, see Commander Cody The 1950s science-fiction serial character, who name...


His repertoire mixed social commentary ("We Reserve The Right To Refuse Service To You") and maudlin ballads ("Western Union Wire") with raucous humor (such as "Get Your Biscuits In The Oven and Your Buns In Bed"). His "Ride' em Jewboy" was an extended tribute to the victims of the Holocaust. Social commentary is the act of expressing an opinion on the nature of society. ... This article is becoming very long. ...


He confronted racism and anti-Semitism head-on in the song, "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore," a song in which the fictitious Kinky verbally and physically beats up a drunken white racist who berates African Americans, Jews, Greeks, and Sigma Nu's in a bar. Manifestations Slavery · Racial profiling · Lynching Hate speech · Hate crime · Hate groups Genocide · Holocaust · Pogrom Ethnocide · Ethnic cleansing · Race war Religious persecution · Gay bashing Movements Discriminatory Aryanism · Neo-Nazism · Supremacism Kahanism Anti-discriminatory Abolitionism · Civil rights · Gay rights Womens/Universal suffrage · Mens rights Childrens rights · Youth rights Disability... This article is about Jesus of Nazareth. ... Manifestations Slavery · Racial profiling · Lynching Hate speech · Hate crime · Hate groups Genocide · Holocaust · Pogrom Ethnocide · Ethnic cleansing · Race war Religious persecution · Gay bashing Movements Discriminatory Aryanism · Neo-Nazism · Supremacism Kahanism Anti-discriminatory Abolitionism · Civil rights · Gay rights Womens/Universal suffrage · Mens rights Childrens rights · Youth rights Disability... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... ΣΝ (Sigma Nu) is an undergraduate college fraternity with chapters in the United States and Canada. ...


Sample lyrics:

"Oh, they ain't makin' Jews like Jesus anymore,
 They ain't makin' carpenters that know what nails are for"

Other Friedman tunes include "The Ballad of Charles Whitman," in which Friedman lampooned Whitman's sniper attack from the University of Texas tower on August 1, 1966. His cover of Chinga Chavin's "Asshole from El Paso", a parody of Merle Haggard's "Okie from Muskogee" is, perhaps, his most famous song. Carpenters in an Indian village. ... A pile of nails. ... 1963 yearbook photo of Charles Whitman. ... The Main Building Tower in the foreground. ... August 1 is the 213th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (214th in leap years), with 152 days remaining. ... Nick Chinga Chavin achieved a bit of notoriety in the mid-1970s with his release of a raunchy album entitled Country Porn. ... Nickname: Star of the Southwest, The Sun City, and Land of the Sun Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: County El Paso County Government  - Mayor John Cook Area  - City  250. ... Merle Ronald Haggard (nicknamed The Hag; born April 6, 1937 in Bakersfield, CA) is an American country music singer, guitarist and songwriter. ...


In the spring of 1976 he joined Bob Dylan on the second leg of the Rolling Thunder Revue tour. Spring is one of the four seasons of temperate zones, the transition from winter into summer. ... Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941), is an American singer-songwriter, author, musician, and poet who has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. ... Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Eric Anderson in October 1975 The Rolling Thunder Revue was a tour headed by Bob Dylan in the fall of 1975 and the spring of 1976. ...


Friedman was a musical guest on Saturday Night Live in October 1976. Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late night 90-minute American comedy-variety show based in New York City which has been broadcast by NBC on Saturday nights since October 11, 1975. ...


It has been reported by Mr. Friedman himself that he is the only artist known to have taped an unaired episode of Austin City Limits.[5] He has also claimed to have been the first full-blooded Jew to take the stage at the Grand Ole Opry. Stevie Ray Vaughan performing on Austin City Limits. ... The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly Saturday night country music radio program broadcast live on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee, and televised on Great American Country network. ...


Discography

  • Sold American (1973)
  • Kinky Friedman (1974)
  • Lasso From El Paso (1976)
  • Live From The Lone Star Cafe (1982)
  • Under the Double Ego (1983)
  • Old Testaments and New Revelations (1992)
  • From One Good American To Another (1995)
  • Classic Snatches from Europe (2000)
  • Mayhem Aforethought (2005)
  • They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore (2005)

Writing career

After his music career stalled in the 1980s, Friedman found a new lease on life as a detective novelist. His books have similarities to his music, featuring a fictionalized version of himself solving crimes in New York City and dispensing jokes, wisdom, Texan charm and Jameson's whiskey in equal measure. They are written in a straightforward style which owes a debt to Raymond Chandler. To date, he has only written one novel that did not star the Kinky Friedman character, Kill Two Birds and Get Stoned. Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes Detective fiction is a branch of crime fiction that centers upon the investigation of a crime, usually murder, by a detective, either professional or amateur. ... As a literary technique, an author surrogate is a character who expresses the ideas, questions, personality and morality of the author. ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC, City That Never Sleeps, The Concrete Jungle, The City So Nice They Named It Twice Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1676 Government  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area... Irish Whiskeys Irish whiskey is a grain whiskey made in Ireland. ... Raymond Chandler Raymond Thornton Chandler (July 23, 1888 – March 26, 1959) was an author of crime stories and novels. ...


Friedman has also written a regular column for the magazine Texas Monthly since April 2001, although it has been suspended during his run for governor of Texas; his last essay appeared in the March 2005 issue.[6] Texas Monthly is a monthly American magazine published in Austin, Texas. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Two books have been published collecting some of these non-fiction writings, as well as previously unpublished ones: 'Scuse Me While I Whip This Out and Texas Hold'em. He has also published a travelog (The Great Psychedelic Armadillo Picnic) and an etiquette guide.


The recurring character "Rambam", a New York private investigator and friend of the Friedman character in the books, is based on the real-life investigator, Steven Rombom, who acts as a technical advisor for the real Friedman.[7] Steven Rombom (aka Steven Rambam) is a licensed private investigator and the founder of Pallorium Inc. ...


Selected bibliography

  • Greenwich Killing Time (1986, ISBN 0-688-06409-4)
  • A Case Of Lone Star (1987, ISBN 0-517-69427-1)
  • When The Cat's Away (1988, ISBN 0-517-07564-4)
  • Frequent Flyer (1989, ISBN 0-688-08166-5)
  • Musical Chairs (1991, ISBN 0-688-09148-2)
  • Elvis, Jesus and Coca-Cola (1993, ISBN 0-671-86922-1)
  • Armadillos and Old Lace (1994, ISBN 0-671-86923-X)
  • God Bless John Wayne (1995, ISBN 0-684-81051-4)
  • The Love Song of J. Edgar Hoover (1996, ISBN 0-684-80377-1)
  • Roadkill (1997, ISBN 0-684-80378-X)
  • Blast From The Past (1998, ISBN 0-684-80379-8)
  • Spanking Watson (1999, ISBN 0-684-85061-3)
  • The Mile High Club (2000, ISBN 0-684-86486-X)
  • Stepping On A Rainbow (2001, ISBN 0-684-86487-8)
  • Meanwhile, Back At The Ranch (2002, ISBN 0-684-86488-6)
  • Kinky Friedman's Guide to Texas Etiquette (2002, ISBN 0-06-093535-9)
  • Kill Two Birds and Get Stoned (2003, ISBN 0-06-620979-X)
  • Curse of the Missing Puppethead (2003, ISBN 0-9702383-6-3)
  • Prisoner of Vandam Street (2004, ISBN 0-7432-4602-0)
  • 'Scuse Me While I Whip This Out (2004, ISBN 0-06-053975-5)
  • The Great Psychedelic Armadillo Picnic (2004, ISBN 1-4000-5070-7)
  • Ten Little New Yorkers (2005, ISBN 0-7432-4603-9)
  • Texas Hold'em (2005, ISBN 0-312-33155-X)

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Politics

See also: Texas gubernatorial election, 2006

In 1986, Friedman ran for Justice of the Peace in Kerrville, Texas, but lost the election. The 2006 Texas gubernatorial election will be held on November 7, 2006 to select the next governor of the state of Texas, who will serve a four year term starting on January 20, 2007. ... A Justice of the Peace (JP) is a puisne judicial officer appointed by means of a commission to keep the peace. ... Kerrville is a city in Kerr County, Texas, United States. ...


In 2004, Friedman began a serious, though colorful, campaign to become the Governor of Texas in 2006. One of his stated goals is the "dewussification" of Texas[8]. Among his campaign slogans are "How Hard Could It Be?", "Why The Hell Not?", "My Governor is a Jewish Cowboy" and "He ain't Kinky, he's my Governor"[9]. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In politics, Governor of Texas is the title given to the chief executive of the state of Texas. ... The 2006 Texas gubernatorial election will be held on November 7, 2006 to select the next governor of the state of Texas, who will serve a four year term starting on January 20, 2007. ...


Friedman had hoped to follow in the footsteps of other entertainers-turned-governors, including Jimmie Davis, Jesse Ventura, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Ronald Reagan. When the campaign finance reports came out after the second quarter had ended, Friedman had raised more funds than the Democratic nominee, former Congressman Chris Bell. Jimmie Davis James Houston Davis, better known as Jimmie Davis, (September 11, 1899 - November 5, 2000) was a noted singer of both sacred and popular songs who served two nonconsecutive terms as a Democratic governor of Louisiana in the mid-twentieth century. ... Jesse Ventura (born July 15, 1951, as James George Janos), also known as the body, The Star, The Mind, and Governor Body, is an American politician, former professional wrestler, Navy UDT veteran, actor, and former radio and television talk show host. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): ) (born on July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor and an American politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of California. ... Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 - June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975). ... The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States; the other being the Republican Party. ... A Congressman or Congresswoman (generically, Congressperson) is a politician who is a member of a Congress. ... Robert Christopher Chris Bell (born November 23, 1959) is a Democratic Party politician in the United States. ...

Friedman speaking at Southern Methodist University in Dallas on October 5, 2006.
Friedman speaking at Southern Methodist University in Dallas on October 5, 2006.

During Friedman's campaign, he appeared on The O'Reilly Factor, Real Time with Bill Maher, 60 Minutes, Glenn Beck on Headline News, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman. On May 11, 2006, Friedman submitted his petition to get on the November ballot, with 169,574 signatures to support his candidacy. In response to a question of how he got the signatures, Friedman replied, "Thank God for bars and dance halls"[10]. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2272x1704, 727 KB) Kinky Friedman speaking at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, October 5, 2006. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2272x1704, 727 KB) Kinky Friedman speaking at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, October 5, 2006. ... Dallas Hall at Dedman College at SMU The Laura Lee Blanton Hall during a rare snow Southern Methodist University (also known as SMU) is a private, coeducational university in University Park, Texas, (an enclave of Dallas). ... Nickname: Big D Location in the state of Texas Country United States State Texas Counties Dallas, Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall Incorporated 2 February 1856  - Mayor Laura Miller Area    - City  385. ... The OReilly Factor is an American talk show on the Fox News Channel hosted by commentator Bill OReilly, who discusses current political and social issues with guests from opposing ends of the political spectrum. ... Real Time with Bill Maher is a talk show that airs weekly on HBO, hosted by comedian and political satirist Bill Maher. ... 60 Minutes is an investigative television newsmagazine on United States television, which has run on CBS News since 1968. ... Glenn Beck (born February 10, 1964) is a conservative American talk-radio and television host. ... May 26, 2006 opening monologue of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is the full name of NBCs The Tonight Show hosted by Jay Leno, debuting on May 25, 1992. ... Late Show with David Letterman is an hour-long weeknight comedy and talk show broadcast by CBS from the Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway in New York City. ... May 11 is the 131st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (132nd in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


On June 22, 2006, Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams announced that both Friedman and independent gubernatorial opponent Carole Keeton Strayhorn, the current State Comptroller, had enough valid signatures to put their names on the ballot. 81% of Friedman's signatures were declared valid, for a total of 137,154. The Strayhorn campaign, by comparison, had only 49% of its signatures certified, dropping her initial 222,514 count to 108,512 -- over 28,000 fewer than Friedman. Both candidates, however, more than doubled the required 45,540 signatures (one percent of the total voters in the 2002 gubernatorial election). [11] [12] June 22 is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 192 days remaining. ... Roger Williams is the Secretary of State for the US State of Texas. ... Carole Stewart Keeton was born September 13, 1939 in Austin. ... Look up comptroller in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...


On July 10, Williams ruled that Friedman would appear on the ballot as "Richard 'Kinky' Friedman", citing Friedman's longstanding use of "Kinky" in public. However, Williams denied Strayhorn's request to appear on the ballot as "Grandma" Strayhorn, suggesting that Strayhorn's "nickname" was merely a slogan used during her campaign for state comptroller. [13] July 10 is the 191st day (192nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 174 days remaining. ... // A nickname is a short, clever, cute, derogatory, or otherwise substitute name for a person or things real name (for example, Bob, Rob, Robby, Robbie, Robi, Robin, Bobby, Rab, Rabbie, Bert, Bertie, Butch, Bobbers, Bobert, Beto, Bobadito, and Robban (in Sweden), are all nicknames for Robert). ...


On October 10, gubernatorial rival Chris Bell called on Kinky to drop out of the race, and join him in defeating Rick Perry. Bell campaign aides said that Friedman had performed poorly in the only debate of the election, and that Friedman supporters have told Bell that they'll support him if he could persuade Kinky to step down. Friedman's camp, however, has said that Bell's camp is "desperate and scrambling." Kinky himself addressed the issue: "No. You're kidding ... for Chris Bell? What do you take me for?" [14] October 10 is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years). ... Robert Christopher Chris Bell (born November 23, 1959) is a Democratic Party politician in the United States. ... James Richard Rick Perry (b. ...


On election day, November 7, Friedman was defeated by a wide margin having received less than 13% of the state's votes in the five candidate match up. November 7 is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 54 days remaining. ...


On the WFAA-TV ad for the election debate, WFAA said "Rick Perry, Chris Bell, Carole Keeton Strayhorn, and 'Kinky' Friedman (Kinky instead of Richard) on YOUR issues." Not very many major news sources used his given first name, Richard. WFAA is the ABC affiliate serving the Dallas/Fort Worth DMA with its transmitter located in the Cedar Hill. ... James Richard Rick Perry (b. ... Chris Bell can refer to: Chris Bell (musician) Chris Bell (politician) Chris Bell (rugby player) Chris Bell (author The Bumper Book of Lies, Liquidambar contributor The New Zealand Blogging Corporation) This human name article is a disambiguation page — a list of pages that might otherwise share the same title, which... Carole Stewart Keeton was born September 13, 1939 in Austin. ...


Issues and positions

  • On education, he supports higher pay for teachers and working to lower Texas' dropout rate, which is the highest in the nation[15].
  • Kinky is opposed to 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.[16]
  • On the death penalty, he previously summed up his position, "I am not anti-death penalty, but I'm damn sure anti-the-wrong-guy-getting-executed"[17]. More recently, he has clarified his position: "The system is not perfect. Until it's perfect, let's do away with the death penalty"[18].
  • On illegal immigration, Kinky wants to increase the number of Texas National Guard troops on the border (from the current 1,500 to 10,000), impose $25,000 and $50,000 fines on companies that hire illegal immigrants and require foreign nationals seeking employment to purchase a foreign taxpayer ID card once they have passed a criminal background check. "Texas can no longer wait for our federal government to solve our illegal immigration problem," Friedman said. "These are steps that Texas can immediately take to help stem the tide of illegal immigrants penetrating our border." Had he been elected, he had promised to meet regularly with Governors Bill Richardson (New Mexico) and Janet Napolitano (Arizona) to develop a coordinated border state plan to supplement federal efforts to curb illegal immigration. [19] Previously, Kinky put forth the "Five Mexican Generals" Plan, to pay Mexican officials to halt immigration on their side of the border. Although he originally stated "When I talk about the five Mexican generals, people think I’m joking but I’m dead serious," [20] Friedman later told the Dallas Morning News that the plan, never meant to be carried out, was a joke with an element of seriousness. [21]
  • According to his official Web site [22], Friedman's answer to the question "How does Kinky feel about abortion?" is "Kinky believes in a woman's right to choose." In person, however, he hedges his bet, saying "I'm not pro-life, and I'm not pro-choice. I'm pro-football." [23]
  • On social issues he has supported gay marriage, answering an Associated Press reporter's question on the subject on Feb. 3, 2005, "I support gay marriage. I believe they have a right to be as miserable as the rest of us"[17] (Friedman himself is not married).
  • According to Cigar Aficionado magazine, Friedman plans to roll back "any and all smoking bans" if elected. One of his favorite quotes comes from Mark Twain: "If smoking is not allowed in heaven, I shall not go." [24]
  • Friedman supports the decriminalization of marijuana, though he doesn't advocate making its sale legal. "I'm not talking about like Amsterdam," he's noted, "We've got to clear some of the room out of the prisons so we can put the bad guys in there, like the pedophiles and the politicians". [25]

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Support for the campaign

Don Imus, the host of Imus in the Morning on radio and on MSNBC TV, publicly (and frequently) announced his endorsement of Friedman for the governorship of Texas. Imus also made a prediction that Kinky Friedman would win the election. John Donald Imus, Jr. ... Imus in the Morning is a daily comedy, news, and political program that revolves around the personality of Don Imus. ... MSNBC, a combination of MSN and NBC, is a 24-hour cable news channel in the United States and Canada, and a news website. ...


In March 2006, entertainer Mojo Nixon announced his "un-retirement" as a performing musician to support the candidacy of Kinky Friedman. Previously, Nixon had retired as singer-songwriter to focus on his new career as a disc jockey for Sirius Satellite radio. To celebrate Kinky's campaign, Mojo re-wrote his hit single "Elvis is Everywhere" as "Kinky is Everywhere," which can currently be downloaded at the MojoNixon.com website. Mojo Nixon (born August 2, 1957) is a satirical psychobilly musician. ...


Country singer Willie Nelson recorded a campaign radio spot to assist in the petition drive to get Friedman on the ballot. Kinky had also promised Willie a job in the State Capitol as the head of Kinky's proposed "Texas Energy Commission" due to Willie's promotion of biofuels. Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American entertainer and songwriter, born and raised in Abbott, Texas. ...


Penn Jillette had Friedman as a guest on his radio program, Penn Radio, and often spoke of his support for his campaign, saying that if Friedman were to win it would "destroy all the cynicism I have toward American politics." Penn Fraser Jillette (born March 5, 1955 in Greenfield, Massachusetts) is an American illusionist, juggler and comedian known for his work with fellow illusionist Teller in the team known as Penn & Teller. ... Penn Radio is a one hour long talk radio show hosted by Penn Jillette and Michael Goudeau and produced by Happy Jack and Patrick. The show is broadcast on the Free FM brand radio stations (usually) live with theme music by Mike Jones. ...


Singer Jimmy Buffett performed a benefit concert in Austin, TX on September 19 to benefit Friedman's campaign. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Skyline from Town Lake Austin is the capital of the state of Texas, within the United States of America. ... September 19 is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years). ...


Jack Cafferty mentioned on CNN that he supported Kinky. Jack Cafferty (born 1942) is a CNN commentator and a host of the weekend financial show In The Money. ...


Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC-TV's Scarborough Country, predicted that Joseph Lieberman would win the Connecticut elections as an independent and that Kinky Friedman would win the Texas Governor's election. Joe Scarborough Charles Joseph Scarborough (born April 9, 1963) is the host of the program Scarborough Country on MSNBC and served in the United States House of Representatives, from 1995 to 2001, as a Republican from Florida. ... Scarborough Country is an opinion/analysis show broadcasted on MSNBC Monday - Thursday at 9 P.M. ET. It is hosted by former congressman (R - Fla. ... Joseph Isadore Lieberman (born February 24, 1942) is a Jewish-American Democratic politician and a current U.S. senator from Connecticut. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ...


Friedman also received overseas support by radio show in Melbourne, Australia "The Sunday Roast", on 94.1fm.


Former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura, who made a successful run as a non-traditional independent candidate in 1998, campaigned with Friedman during September 2006. [26] Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... Jesse Ventura (born July 15, 1951, as James George Janos), also known as the body, The Star, The Mind, and Governor Body, is an American politician, former professional wrestler, Navy UDT veteran, actor, and former radio and television talk show host. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ...


Syndicated gossip columnist Liz Smith wrote in a September 26 article [27] that Ann Richards, Governor of Texas from 1991 to 1995, supported Kinky's bid for the office. After protests from Richards' family, as well as from Democratic candidate Chris Bell, Smith retracted her assertion -- but not before Friedman trumpeted the endorsement on his web site [28]. Responding to this incident, as well as to accusations of racism in the preceding days, Friedman said, "The unforeseen event is it is shoring up the support of every redneck in Texas. That's a lot of votes." [29] Liz Smith (born February 2, 1923 in Fort Worth, Texas) is a popular gossip columnist. ... Dorothy Ann Willis Richards (September 1, 1933 – September 13, 2006) was an American politician and teacher from Texas. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Chris Bell can refer to: Chris Bell (musician) Chris Bell (politician) Chris Bell (rugby player) Chris Bell (author The Bumper Book of Lies, Liquidambar contributor The New Zealand Blogging Corporation) This human name article is a disambiguation page — a list of pages that might otherwise share the same title, which... Manifestations Slavery · Racial profiling · Lynching Hate speech · Hate crime · Hate groups Genocide · Holocaust · Pogrom Ethnocide · Ethnic cleansing · Race war Religious persecution · Gay bashing Movements Discriminatory Aryanism · Neo-Nazism · Supremacism Kahanism Anti-discriminatory Abolitionism · Civil rights · Gay rights Womens/Universal suffrage · Mens rights Childrens rights · Youth rights Disability... The cast of The Dukes of Hazzard, representing an assortment of redneck stereotypes. ...


Controversy

One allegation was brought to the public by the newspapers, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Houston Chronicle. They reported on an interview with Friedman that aired on the cable television network CNBC in 2005, which he was asked what to do with sexual predators. Friedman replied, "Throw them in prison and throw away the key and make them listen to a Negro talking to himself." In response to the criticism, Friedman's spokeswoman, Laura Stromberg said, "Texans who know anything about Kinky know that he's not a racist, and they're going to see through all of this political correctness very soon. This is what they've got? Bring it on. Texans can see right through."[30] The Fort Worth Star-Telegram is a major U.S. daily newspaper serving Fort Worth and the western half of the North Texas area known as the Metroplex. ... The Houston Chronicle is a daily newspaper in Houston, Texas, United States. ... CNBC (an abbrevation for the Consumer News and Business Channel, its official name until 1991) is a group of cable and satellite television Business news channels from the U.S., owned and operated by NBC Universal. ...


Campaign quips

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  • On Carole Keeton Strayhorn's assertion that her fundraising lead makes it a "two person race" between her and incumbent Rick Perry: "I agree with her; it's between Carole and her ego." [31]
  • "Musicians can run this state better than politicians. We won't get a lot done in the mornings, but we'll work late and be honest." [32]
  • "I just want Texas to be number one in something other than executions, toll roads and property taxes." [32]
  • On the possibility of losing: "If I lose this race I will retire in a petulant snit," he said. "I'm not going to go out gracefully, I promise you." [32] Friedman later clarified his statement, saying "If Perry wins, I retire a petulant snit on a goat farm. If Bell wins, I move to France with Barbra Streisand. If Strayhorn wins, I blow my (expletive) head off." [33]
  • On his personal faith, he notes that he's a Jew, "but not a practicing Jew. There are those who say, 'If Kinky was a practicing Jew, he needs to practice a little more.'" [34]
  • On pandering to ethnic minorities: "I don't eat tamales on the barrio and then go to a black church and eat fried chicken and then go have a bagel with a Jew. I treat all people the same. If you ain't Texan, I ain't got time for you." [35]
  • Regarding education in Texas: "This system is really broken. No Child Left Behind has really failed and the only way to solve education is to leave one governor behind." [37]
  • Kinky's explanation about drinking a Guinness beer in a moving vehicle in Dallas, Texas on St. Patrick's day was "I admit to drinking it, but I did not swallow." Drinking an alcoholic beverage in a moving vehicle is illegal under Texas' open container law though Friedman was not cited by authorities. [38]

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Trivia

  • Kinky Friedman appeared in the 2004 documentary film Barbecue: A Texas Love Story" by Austin-based director Chris Elley. In the film, narrated by Governor Ann Richards, Kinky exclaims that "Jesus loved Barbecue" and analyzes the speech patterns of Texans versus New Yorkers. Raw footage from Friedman's interview appears in the 2005 DVD release of the film.
  • Kinky Friedman is given brief praise in Joseph Heller's 1976 novel, Good as Gold, in which a governor (meant to satirize Lyndon B. Johnson), tells the main character, Bruce Gold: "Gold, I like you. You remind me a lot of this famous country singer from Texas I'm crazy about, a fellow calls himself Kinky Friedman, the Original Texas Jewboy. Kinky's smarter, but I like you more."

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  3. ^ Notable Former Volunteers / Arts and Literature
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  39. ^ http://www.joebobbriggs.com/drivein/1991/dialingfordingbats.htm Correspondence with fellow raconteur 'Joe Bob' Briggs

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