Kinky Friedman Used a Bad Word When I Was in Diapers

Kinky Friedman has a posseNews Flash: Kinky Friedman said the word “nigger” in a stand-up act in 1980. He used an offensive word, 26 years ago, while poking fun at racists. That’s what passes for news in the Texas gubernatorial circus race.

Dear reader, this is what desperation looks like. College kids in Texas carrying the water for a Democratic candidate who has nothing to recommend him to the Texas voter but inanities about “thinking big,” and is polling neck-and-neck with Kinky. Maybe they should have listened to one of his songs (count the ethnic slurs) before coming up with this attack.

Thankfully, Texas voters are pretty damn smart. As the Houston Chronicle story on the brouhaha notes, Kinky came out swinging.

Gary L. Bledsoe, president of the Texas State Conference of NAACP Branches, asked Friedman to apologize in a Friday letter. Friedman said he would “absolutely never” apologize.

“The NAACP, I don’t even want to talk about them. They’re offended about just about everything,” Friedman said.

Friedman spokeswoman Laura Stromberg said sales of his merchandise skyrocketed Thursday and Friday compared with an average day.

John McCall of Uvalde, Friedman’s campaign treasurer, said, “I’ll vote for him anyway. If everything I did in 1980 was on television, it wouldn’t be a pretty picture. Kinky isn’t a racist. … Kinky didn’t go to PC school. If he knew he was going to run for governor, there’s a lot of things he would have done differently.”

Friedman’s currently touring the state with former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, trying to convince college kids to vote for him. Sounds like it’s working:

“I like his ideas,” James McNiff, 18, of Austin, a freshman at Trinity, said. “I think Kinky is definitely what we need. He’s got my vote.”

“I have issues with him,” Kaitlyn Allen, 21, of Houston, a Trinity junior said, criticizing Friedman’s ever-present cigar and language peppered with occasional curse words. “But I think I will vote for him, if nothing else as a statement against the Republicans and Democrats.”

Gratuitous link to a campaign commercial of Kinky getting licked by a cute rescue dog.

Previous Hammer of Truth coverage of the Kinky Friedman campaign here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Someone should check with James Werner about what he was saying in 1980. Probably nothing offensive.

The current governor and the lady with a million last names are also running.

posted by nsarwark
  • http://freelancify.com Nigel Watt

    What encourages me about this year’s gubernatorial election is that a large number will not be using straight-party tickets, if recent polls are to be believed. That could have good results for Libertarians.

  • Michael H. Wilson

    Let’s see Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jew Boys.
    Now I’m sure somebody, somewhere got their knickers in a twist over the name of the group.
    Their music was fun.
    M.W.

  • http://360.yahoo.com/pong_god Robert Mayer

    If the powers that be really believed in the democratic voting system the way they champion it (they don’t), not only would they make it easier for alternative parties to get on the ballot, but they would eliminate the straight party ticket option altogether. This option actively discourages voters from even considering any candidate who doesn’t belong to their favorite team. And for those that are determined to vote straight ticket anyway, I don’t think it’s too much to ask that they take an extra minute or two to make all their selections individually.

  • disinter

    “The NAACP, I don’t even want to talk about them. They’re offended about just about everything,” Friedman said.

    I love that guy. It is too bad he leans socialist. The LRC would probably like to have him though.

  • Nicholas Sarwark

    I don’t think the LP wants Kinky any more than it wants Jesse Ventura, Howard Stern, or Ross Perot. They’re all larger-than-life iconoclasts who serve a different purpose.

    Prediction: Kinky wins the Texas Governor’s race.

  • disinter

    The LRC is not the LP, yet, thank god.

    Prediction: Ricky stays in office because it will be won on plurality and people are that stupid.

  • http://www.lpalabama.org/blog/14 paulie cannoli

    Why not Howard Stern? I’ve heard from people who know him that he is a real libertarian, in private, and understands the philosophy quite well.

    Texas: Perry will be re-elected barring a major scandal.

  • http://360.yahoo.com/pong_god Robert Mayer

    While Kinky’s no libertarian, I’d still prefer him for no other reason than he’s anti-establishment. But, I’m with Mike on the prediction that Perry will win re-election. A co-worker of mine is convinced that the “independent” Strayhorn, a long-time elected Republican, is only in the race to siphon off enough independent votes from Kinky to ensure a Perry win. It’s an interesting and plausible theory.

  • Nicholas Sarwark

    While Kinky’s no libertarian, I’d still prefer him for no other reason than he’s anti-establishment. But, I’m with Mike on the prediction that Perry will win re-election. A co-worker of mine is convinced that the “independent” Strayhorn, a long-time elected Republican, is only in the race to siphon off enough independent votes from Kinky to ensure a Perry win. It’s an interesting and plausible theory.

    A plausible theory, but if she’s in dead last much longer in the polls, all her support is going to dry up. It’ll be pleasant to see a major-party hack’s candidacy get branded with the dreaded “unwinnable” label.

    Once Strayhorn’s out, look for Kinky to overtake Perry. Of course then, we might learn that he used the work “wetback” in 1963.

  • http://www.lpalabama.org/blog/14 paulie cannoli

    From what polls I’ve seen Strayhorn is about even with Friedman. Has something changed recently?

  • Nicholas Sarwark

    Yeah, this 9/19/06 poll from SurveyUSA has Perry at 35%, Bell and Friedman at 23%, Strayhorn at 15%, and Werner even with Undecided at 2% each.

  • http://minnnesotamiddle.blogspot.com/ Mike Grimes

    There are two kinds of polls when it comes to independent candidates who win support from the masses wrong, and wronger. The problem is the likely voter model. These kids cited above are not likely voters but they are going to vote, they don’t show up in polls. If you look at the Survey USA poll, results and give Kinky a little more exposure I tend to think he will win by upwards of 5% of the vote. Jesse Ventura was at 10% at this stage, Kinky on the low end is at 17%, and the key is his opponents are not taking him seriusly, and are trying to play the OK the jokes over game which as we saw in Minnesota only makes the anti establishment vote stronger. As for strayhorn she is going to be the best candidate in many voters minds, but will suffer from can’t win syndrom and finish around 5-8%. The key is she will take away the from the Republican and Kinky about evenly making her a non factor. Just count anyone that votes for her the same as someone that stayed home. Kinky wins by 5%

  • undercover_anarchist

    I’m not offended by his comedy or his music. I’m offended by his brash stupidity, his glorification of ignorance, and his authoritarian platform. These things are all current, not in his past. Of course, the inane media would rather focus on taking his art of the past out of context, but in reality, he doesn’t deserve defense on a libertarian blog.

  • http://www.lpalabama.org/blog/14 paulie cannoli

    Sounds like Friedman has some catching up to do if he wants to overtake Perry. Staryhorn is 8 points behind Friedman – she could just as easily catch up and overtake him as could Friedman overtake Perry, who is 12 points ahead of him.

  • DAP

    I agree undercover_anarchist. He is moving some social policy in a libertarian direction, but I’d say the majority of his policies offer little change. However, public funding of campaigns and his other economic policies makes me glad I don’t live in Texas if he gets elected.

  • Nicholas Sarwark

    Sounds like Friedman has some catching up to do if he wants to overtake Perry. Staryhorn is 8 points behind Friedman – she could just as easily catch up and overtake him as could Friedman overtake Perry, who is 12 points ahead of him.

    I guess, if you ignore the point Mike Grimes made in comment 12. Kinky wins or loses on his ability to get new voters and registered voters who don’t usually vote out ot the polls. If he can bump voter turnout by 10%, he wins.

  • Stuart Richards

    Of course, the inane media would rather focus on taking his art of the past out of context, but in reality, he doesn’t deserve defense on a libertarian blog.

    UA, maybe you need to start your own blog, since nobody can ever please you?

  • undercover_anarchist

    I’m sorry. I was under the impression that I was free to speak.

  • http://freelancify.com Nigel Watt

    You are, but I like Stuart’s idea. You rarely seem to have ideas of what should be done, and only seem to like to criticize. I’d love to see what you actually think in a constructive manner.

  • DAP

    Anti-establishment candidates often appeal to novice libertarians even though the candidates themselves would admit that they would move policy in an anti-libertarian direction. This was my point, and perhaps undercover_anarchist’s as well.

  • DAP

    PS: There is an actual Libertarian in this race as well.

  • Michelle Shinghal

    Yes, there is an actual libertarian in the race. James Werner is, IMHO, the man to vote for. There were plenty of people (that I spoke with) at the Balloon Fest who seemed to agree. It is too bad (though common) that he is being shut out of major media reports. Gotta find some chicken costumes.

  • Nicholas Sarwark

    PS: There is an actual Libertarian in this race as well.

    Duly noted, by name, in the substance of the post. Additionally, Mr. Werner has been the subject of quite a lot of coverage here at HoT.

  • DAP

    Nicholas, I wasn’t contesting either of those facts; my comments were directed towards Stuart and Nigel.

  • http://www.liberatedspace.com Angela Keaton

    Once again you are all too polite to address the real issue which is how Carole Firecrotch Strayhorn can draw husbands like flies to rotten meat. Every time she goes in for an annual, her gyno calls Hazmat. That old bat has seen more action than a copy of Robert’s Rules at an LP California Ex Com meeting.

  • Nicholas Sarwark

    Once again you are all too polite to address the real issue which is how Carole Firecrotch Strayhorn can draw husbands like flies to rotten meat. Every time she goes in for an annual, her gyno calls Hazmat. That old bat has seen more action than a copy of Robert’s Rules at an LP California Ex Com meeting.

    What can I say, I’m a paragon of civility. Besides, there’s no reason to give Carol “3 parties, 4 husbands” McRylaStray the extra attention.

  • Stuart Richards

    LOL I love funny commenters. Angela, you and GregInOz need to do standup.

  • http://360.yahoo.com/pong_god Robert Mayer

    I don’t consider myself to be a novice libertarian and I will most likely cast my vote for James Werner. But, given that he has no chance to win, I’d rather see the anti-establishment, non-libertarian candidate defeat the very-much-establishment, non-libertarian incumbent. It’s doubtful that he would make things any worse than they already are and at it would be enjoyable to see the Republocrats get knocked down a peg. Furthermore, this kind of shakeup should benefit third parties such as the LP by demonstrating that there are viable alternatives to voting R or D.

  • Torfinn

    I know, HoT has some of the funniest commenters around.

    I’m moving to Oz next year, so before you know it there’ll be a GreginOZ and a TorfinninOZ!

    Say TorfinninOZ three times fast.

  • DAP

    “[if Kinky is elected], this kind of shakeup should benefit third parties such as the LP by demonstrating that there are viable alternatives to voting R or D.”

    That true, I never thought about it like that.

  • Michelle Shinghal

    Or Kinky could fuck up enough to make the Ds and Rs say told ya so. I don’t know MN’s gubernatorial history, but there is a republican occupying the mansion now. Vote your preference now. Unless it is done right, it could be a one shot deal.

  • http://www.lpalabama.org/blog/14 paulie cannoli

    What all does Friedman actually stand for? I’ve read conflicting reports. Some say he is a warmonger, Bush supporter. Others claim he is a leftist or a long-time nonvoter. Some make him sound like a quasi-libertarian. This guy’s all over the map.

    I talked to one guy from Austin who seemed to think Staryhorn was quasi-libertarian. From what I’ve read about her she just sounds like a more or less mainstream Republican. But perhaps there’s more to it?

  • Nicholas Sarwark

    I talked to one guy from Austin who seemed to think Staryhorn was quasi-libertarian. From what I’ve read about her she just sounds like a more or less mainstream Republican. But perhaps there’s more to it?

    The previous quote about “3 parties and 4 husbands” isn’t just snark, it’s accurate. She’s a Republican whose party wouldn’t have her and decided to run as an Independent after Kinky did. The funny part is that she’s suggesting putting the Texas Rangers in charge of anti-terrorist operations. How will she pay for it? By eliminating waste. This would be great, except she’s the currently sitting Comptroller and eliminating waste is already her job.

    Kinky said it best: “Carol’s right. It’s a two way race; between her and her ego.”

  • http://freelancify.com Nigel Watt

    DAP, I wasn’t suggesting that people not vote for Werner. I convinced my parents to vote for Werner.

  • Julie Schweitzer

    What all does Friedman actually stand for? I’ve read conflicting reports.

    His big issues include promoting education, securing the border, keeping the government out of our bedroom, fiscal responsibility, making it easier for grassroots candidates to run, and helping Texas become a leader in renewable energy. On social issues, he is quite tolerant. He also gets along with a wide variety of people – for example, both George Bush and Bill Clinton, and the late Ann Richards.

    If elected, I’d say that sort of flexibility will serve him well. God knows, the current morons can’t seem to do anything but leap at each others’ throats.

    He is going to draw voters from both parties, as well as bring new people in who haven’t voted in years, if ever. If the latter group is big enough, he can win, no question.

  • Michelle Shinghal

    Kinky is a blowhard, but in a nice folksy way. Long on ideas and short on solutions. His approach is good for those that wish to abdicate responsibility in life. If you like to call the plays on Monday, vote Kinky. If you want a coach to call the winning play during game time, vote Werner.

  • http://360.yahoo.com/pong_god Robert Mayer

    My impression is that Kinky is hard to fit into any of the neatly defined political categories. Populist might be one of the better terms for describing him. Come to think of it, he’s probably quite similar to Ventura in many respects.

  • JML

    Having met Kinky, I’d say he’s an genuinely thoughtful and personable fellow. His proposed solutions are as good or better than what any of the other candidates have suggested. I think its wise on his part to not over-commit at this point. Without question, the man has a good heart- he donates large sums of money to support the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch (zero-kill facility) and founded a summer camp for kids. He also housed a Katrina evacuee- an American Indian musician by the name of Goat. Shame on those trying to discredit him.

    He has my vote!

  • http://freelancify.com Nigel Watt

    Yay, I ended the italics.

  • http://freelancify.com Nigel Watt

    Shit, it didn’t work this time.

  • http://freelancify.com Nigel Watt

    OK, anyways, I think Kinky means well, but I agree with Michelle Shinghal that if you want real change, you should vote Werner.

  • http://kdtunstall.com K Tunstall

    This is all too funny…..The Governor has no power in Texas. It is the Lt. Governor that wields the reins and controls the agenda. That is why we objected to shrub being a pres. A governor, to us, is nothing but a figure head.

  • JML

    Kinky is doing more than meaning well- he’s getting people to vote, and not in small numbers! I look forward to the debate, but am extremely disappointed that there is only a single, one hour debate- hardly adequate. Perry apparently was the only candidate that refused to agree to a second debate- pathetic.

  • JML

    @ K Tunstall:

    If that is the case, then the best figurehead would be Kinky. Is a cowboy not the ideal figurehead for Texas? :)

  • http://freelancify.com Nigel Watt

    JML – If you haven’t noticed, Rick Perry is virtually incapable of talking.

  • Timothy West

    I’ll vote for anyone over a R or a D. If I think theres a chance to get a person into office not owned by the R’s and the D’s moneyed backers of corruption, and there’s no chance for the Libertarian, I’ll vote to make sure no R or D gets in.

    I’ll vote Green, I’ll vote LP, I’ll vote Boston Tea Party, I’ll vote Ind., but I’ll never vote for a R or a D. They’ve screwed my country up so badly it probably wont be able to put it back together again.

  • Rick Day

    That comment on the NAACP prompted me to make my only political donation this cycle.

    $!00 “points” awarded to House Kinky!

    The TX-n in me just could not resist, even way over here in GA.

  • anon
  • JML

    anon,

    Actions speak louder than words: again…

    Kinky donates large sums of money to support the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch (zero-kill facility)

    He founded a summer camp for kids.

    He also housed a Katrina evacuee- an American Indian musician by the name of Goat.

    He supports gay marriage.

    He supports decriminalization of marijuana, which would result in the release of a number of black inmates from Texas prisons that were incarcerates on marijuana charges.

  • JML

    Part 1. from Kinky’s book “Texas Hold ‘Em”: “In my bright college days, we pretty much took for granted that
    Austin was far more progressive than the outlying provinces. Looking
    back, I’m not so sure that was entirely true. In the early sixties
    there was a place called the Plantation Restaurant at the corner of
    the Drag and what was then Nineteenth Street. It was open twenty-four
    hours, many of which were spent by me and my friends drinking endless
    cups of blue coffee and solving the problems of the world as we knew
    it –and I think that, at times, we very possibly knew the world
    better than we know it now. (cont’d…)

  • JML

    Part 2. from Kinky’s book “Texas Hold ‘Em”:

    “…One thing that didn’t really seem to
    register at the ol’Plantation, however, was that, among the bikers,
    fraternity boys, and square dance clubs, there were no black patrons.
    It took me a while, but as a card-carrying member of Students for a
    Democratic Society, I finally lamped upon this inequity. With my
    fellow SDSers, we picketed night after night, at last forcing the
    restaurant to change its policies. Today at the Plantation, which I
    both loved and protested against, is gone, and the street where it
    used to be is no longer known as Nineteenth Street. It is now called
    Martin Luther King Boulevard. In a world of shopping malls and glass
    towers, that, my friends, is real progress.”

  • Nicholas Sarwark

    anon,
    The fact that you read something in the July 27, 2006 edition of High Times does not mean that it was written for that edition. Other sources indicate that this joke came from way back when as well.

    Additionally, that link doesn’t even work for me.

  • Wes P

    It’s mild in the context of the whole piece (read it), which is “out there” offensive to everybody, humorous in a certain frame of mind.

  • http://analytische.blogspot.com/ Analytische

    Kinky Friedman, Marketing Genius

    Kinky Friedman is a amazing marketing genius.

    Kinky Friedman is a marketing genius for, if anything else, one excellent tactic: His marketing slogan, motto (Tag-line).

    “Kinky Friedman for Governor, WHY THE HELL NOT?”

    I’d vote for him just because of this campaign slogan! It matches the concise and direct-hit targeting of Alfred E. Neuman’s “What, Me Worry?”. Yeah, I’m a voter who can be swayed by juvenile humour. The approach is fresh and unique and sets him apart from politics as usual. Imagine Governor Perry using the same campaign motto? Don’t think so either! Kinky’s campaign strategy should be taught in all future university Intro to marketing and public relations classes. This tag-line could be used to sell virtually any product known to mankind. “Try Cheese-whiz, WHY THE HELL NOT?”. “You know you want a Mercedes, WHY THE HELL NOT?” The possibilities are endless.

  • http://www.stateofworldliberty.org Nick Wilson

    “If you want a coach to call the winning play during game time, vote Werner.”

    Well, but if you want a guy who actually has a decent chance of winning and who has 70% libertarian credentials who has set as his primary agenda REFORMING THE ELECTORAL PROCESS which will only help the LP in future races, I am leaning towards believing that Kinky might actually be a better vote than Werner. A Friedman victory (and many of his proposed policies) would only indirectly help the LP in the long run.

    Unfortunately, Werner is destined not to be a “winning play,” but yet another typical LP strikeout – this is the perfect example where compromising some principle/partisanship for the sake of politics may be a good idea. Not that I’m not open for debate.

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