Excellent News Source &
Good Evening. It is a rare event when I can send the same
email message to four absolutely different mailing lists. Plus
some CCs. Will wonders never cease? As some of you know,
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, singer, songwriter and mystery
novelist "Kerrvert" Richard "Kinky" Friedman
(served in Borneo) of Kerrville, Texas, is planning a run for Governor
of Texas. I went Googling for information on how to sign his
petition, since he needs 45,000 signatures of registered voters in
order to be placed on the ballot as an independent. Well, I ran
across a terrific website for Texas news headlines. I am not
exactly sure what this website is all about, but they seem to have
leading stories from newspapers all over Texas, stretching back about
a week. This is a big site. Anyway, I wanted to recommend
it to everybody.
Incidentally, I met Kinky in person at the Peace Corps Convention
in Austin in 1995, and we chatted about some of his more risqué
music. His latest books include GUIDE TO TEXAS ETIQUETTE, OR HOW
TO GO TO HEAVEN OR HELL WITHOUT GOING THROUGH DALLAS-FORT WORTH and
KILL TWO BIRDS AND GET STONED. His books will keep you laughing
for hours. Laura Bush, oddly, is one of his closest friends, and
Kinky has entertained at the Bush White House.
Season's Greetings! Roberto in Mount Misery, Texas
Morning News - December 3, 2003
WATER GROUP GETS HOSTILE RECEPTION AT HEARING
Ranchers, businessmen, retirees and local leaders spent hours warning
state officials not to agree to what they said is an ill-conceived
profit scheme that could dry up a remote and rugged region that
already lacks enough water for its own future needs. The turnout, some
said, was the largest in a decade for a public gathering in the
sparsely populated region.
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American Statesman - December 3, 2003
STATE NEGOTIATING WATER DEAL IN CENTRAL TEXAS
The Texas General Land Office is finalizing a deal that would
ultimately put the state in the business of selling water to
communities along Texas 130, the Interstate 35 bypass that promises to
ignite development along its path.
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2003 / 23 Mar-Cheshvan, 5764
The next celeb governor? Author-humorist Kinky Friedman ponders
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Friedman - novelist, humorist, essayist - thinks he might want to
be the next governor of Texas. He isn't announcing yet. He doesn't
want to peak too soon.
Lance Armstrong and Willie Nelson stay out of the race, you're
probably talking to the next governor of Texas," he said by phone
from his ranch near Medina in southwest Texas.
added, "Don't forget, man's ability to delude himself is
who writes regularly for Texas Monthly, has always hovered around the
edges of Texas politics, mostly as an observer, usually as a critic.
Yet he never dared to enter the arena, except for that time he ran for
justice of the peace in Kerrville on a platform of opposing war with
He was able
to maintain the fragile peace, but he lost the election.
have apparently healed.
not 100 percent sure I do want to do it," he said of the
gubernatorial race. "I have cut off my dreadlocks and made a few
now, I aspire to inspire before I expire," he continued.
"When I think of the last political leader who inspired me, it
was JFK. The current crop of politicians have singularly failed to
inspire people, especially young people."
adopted a number of campaign slogans already. And like any polished
politician - which he says he's not - he can spew them
effortlessly and on cue: "Let's see what happens together,"
"How hard could it be?" and "If you elect me the first
Jewish governor, I'll reduce the speed limit to
says he would redefine the office of governor. He relates the power of
the office to that of a chili cook-off judge.
not a powerful position," he said. "He can commute a death
sentence, or declare a county a disaster area, but all the heavy
lifting is done by others. That's why I ask, 'How hard can it
says he has some Cabinet members in mind. He would like Willie Nelson
to take over a post helping small farmers, and he would like first
lady Laura Bush to handle a statewide literacy program.
really would be a feather in my cap if I could get Willie Nelson to be
a part of the Texas government," he said.
Asked if he
was serious, he shot back, "Some things are too important to be
taken seriously, and this is one of them."
58, went on to point out that Texas perpetually ranks poorly in
education and health care, and that ranking is "crazy for a state
as powerful and independent as Texas."
"That's really the joke," he insisted, "not my
Friedman claims he will be "above and beyond" politics. When
asked if he is pro-life or pro-choice, he always answers that he is
It is a popular stand in Texas.
do away with political correctness," he offered. "It stifles
independent thought and spirit. It is not the Texas
will be the "nonbureaucratic candidate," he said. He invokes
a Ronald Reaganism to explain his mission: "The other guy's got
the experience, that's why I'm running."
Friedman said the best governor Texas ever had was the first one.
"It was Sam Houston, and when he was elected they found him drunk
under a bridge sleeping with Indians."
For a man
who is unsure of his candidacy, Friedman has amassed a trove of sound
bites, one-liners and funny quips. As a humorist, he already has some
of them cataloged, but he is also clearly smitten with the idea of
leading a campaign.
"Serious is not the right word," he said of
his impending candidacy, "but I am committed."
unofficial, he added. He hasn't hired a press secretary just yet, and
he hasn't resigned his post with Texas Monthly, something he'll have
to do when and if he officially announces his candidacy.
thing is," he said, "Texas makes it very difficult to get on
the ballot as an independent. In California, anyone can run, but in
Texas it is very hard."
candidates for governor must declare their candidacy by Jan. 2, 2006.
They must then apply for a place on the ballot within 30 days after
the spring primary runoffs.
To get on the ballot, they must raise signatures from 45,540 voters
who didn't vote in either primary, a number that is 1 percent of the
votes cast for governor in the November 2002 election.
"We'll have some fun with it for a while,"
Friedman said. "I don't know what will happen. We'll see if it
dies a quiet death, or if it's the dog that catches the
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"Well," said Judy, "at least I prefer the kind of
asshole you are on sambuca to the kind of asshole you used to be on
the other stuff. Sometimes, even when we were in bed together,
you acted like you didn't even know who you were with."
"After cave trip, everybody happy -- Burma
Downtown Judy made a little moue of distaste. She took a
rather desultory sip of cappuccino. I lit a cigar and let the
sambuca do the talking.
"Once, many years ago, when I was in the Peace Corps in
Borneo, I spent several months in a place where so-called civilized
life couldn't touch me. I lived among the Punan tribesmen, a
nomadic group of pygmies who roamed the dark heart of the jungle
eating monkey brains and killing wild boar with blowpipes. I
felt at peace within the power of their primitivity.
"Once every twenty years or so a Western concept deflected
upon this tribe like an errant moonbeam looking for a lover.
Their only contact with Western ideas of any sort had come through the
rare interlude with the lost missionary or the rogue mercenary.
The only English words that created even a glint of recognition in
their brown eyes of innocence were Elvis, Jesus, and
"Elvis, Jesus, and Coca-Cola," said Downtown
"Yeah. Sort of a timeless trinity. Like the Old
Man, the Boy, and the Spook. I mean, Michael Jackson, Mickey
Mouse, and Madonna might be nipping at their heels, but Elvis, Jesus,
and Coca-Cola will always be the big three."
ELVIS, JESUS, AND COCA-COLA (mystery novel set in New York
KINKY FRIEDMAN FOR GOVERNOR OF TEXAS!
"He Ain't Kinky! He's My Governor!"