August 7, 2005: Headlines: Figures: COS - Malaysia: Writing - Malaysia: Humor: Election2006 - Friedman: My West Texas: Kinky Friedman may just be the next governor of Texas

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Malaysia: Special Report: Author, Humorist and Malaysia RPCV Kinky Friedman: February 9, 2005: Index: PCOL Exclusive: RPCV Kinky Friedman (Malaysia) : August 7, 2005: Headlines: Figures: COS - Malaysia: Writing - Malaysia: Humor: Election2006 - Friedman: My West Texas: Kinky Friedman may just be the next governor of Texas

By Admin1 (admin) ( - on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 - 6:30 am: Edit Post

Kinky Friedman may just be the next governor of Texas

Kinky Friedman may just be the next governor of Texas

There aren't a whole lot of folks like Kinky Friedman. He's, above all else, an independent thinker. A mystery novelist (he'd be the first to hold the governor's mansion, if elected), friend to everyone from Willie to Laura Bush, he is also a self-proclaimed Jewish Cowboy, maybe the only one around these parts. Author, Musician, and candidate for Governor of Texas, Kinky Friedman served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia in the 1960's.

Kinky Friedman may just be the next governor of Texas

Meet Kinky ... (He may just be your next governor)


Meet Kinky (He may just be your next governor)

There aren't a whole lot of folks like Kinky Friedman. He's, above all else, an independent thinker. A mystery novelist (he'd be the first to hold the governor's mansion, if elected), friend to everyone from Willie to Laura Bush, he is also a self-proclaimed Jewish Cowboy, maybe the only one around these parts.

He is serious about his run for Texas governor in 2006. What started out as a wild idea has evolved into an all out effort, even if his name can't even appear on the ballot until he amasses 45,000 signatures and he can't even begin collecting them until after the primaries in May of next year. But Kinky has hired the same machine that helped propel WWF champeen Jesse Ventura into the state house in Minnesota. And when you do that, you're definitely bound for somewhere.

And so now, it's smackdown time in Texas.

Kinky and Online News Editor Jimmy Patterson sat down for a chat last week. Kinky's got some interesting ideas. Some of them might just work. Others may be crazy enough to work. Whatever ... we're in for a ride if Kinky, whose campaign slogan is "Why the Hell Not?" enters into the race against the big money politicos. I know you're serious about your run for governor. But how do you get the 45,000 people you'll need to sign a petition for you to be on the ballot to take you seriously?
Kinky: I think most Texans have now come to the conclusion that this campaign is not the joke like the joke that is the govenrnor and the Texas Legislature. They're doing their best work for me right now. Any idea of how to fix the school finance issue?
Kinky: Three basic ideas ... The first is called the Trust For Texas Heroes, which is taking a one-percent charge at wellhead from big corportate oil -- not the little fellers, the Rockefellers -- and all the big corporations in Texas that aren't paying now. We take that one percent, put it in a trust, and not let it go in lobbyists' pockets like the lottery money has; but it would go to Texas heroes: our teachers, cops and firefighers. Secondly, transfer all sports funding out of education, and let corporate funding bid for all high school sports -- ads, stadiums, uniforms, concessions, everything. It's been done in Georgia for the past three eyars and it's apparently working there but our legislature hasn't approached Georgia to see how well it's worked. Third, Slots for Tots, bring in legalized casino gambling. Have video poker in bars, and casino gambling. Let's at least let the taxpayers decide if this would be a solution. Anything else?
Kinky: Get rid of the TAKS test and put the only people in charge of the classroom who have actually ever seen the inside of the classroom: put teachers back in charge. For the first time ever, Texas has finally slipped below Mississippi in classroom performance. What is the Texas Peace Corps?
Kinky: The Texas Peace Corps will create an in-state volunteer agency, modeled after the Peace Corps, to promote the arts and life skills in our schools. Musicians and artists, along with retired teachers, business executives, and police, will join us in teaching our kids how to act, play music, paint, write a check, keep accounts, and stay out of trouble. I would ask some of my friends, like Laura Bush, Willie, Richard 'Racehorse' Haynes, and former UT Coach Darrell Royal, to lead this effort. What other problems do we have that you can fix?
Kinky: One of our biggest problems is that Texas elected officials are so out of touch with the working people in Texas. The border is a problem and the Five Mexican Generals idea is a pretty good one. Mexico is not a poor country it's an OPEC country, (Former President Carlos) Salinas retired to Switzerland with $32 billion. They have a corrupt government so people come over here and we feed them and take care of them all for free. I'm here to tell PEMEX we're a few quarts low and it's time to play hard ball. What is the Five Mexican Generals plan?
Kinky: It was the idea of my friend Joaquin Jackson, a former Texas Ranger. We would divide the border into five jurisdictions, assign each jurisdiction to a Mexican general and then put $2 million into bank accounts that we would control, one account for each general. Then, each time we catch an illegal crossing through a general's jurisdiction we take out $5,000 from that general's account. That'll solve the problem, and the Hispanic activists I've talked to say it's crazy enough that it just might work." What about our criminal justice system?
Kinky: We have more people in Texas living in prisons than live free in either Vermont or Alaska. Sixty percent of those prisoners are non-violent, and many of them could be in treatment centers. Meanwhile, every neighborhood knows of a sexual predator that's out there in their neighborhood, and those are the ones we should put in prison and throw away the key. Drug users are not the threat that predators are. If I find you with a marijuana stash, you're going to prison, but that's not necessarily the case with predators. All of this is just common sense. Is Texas ready for an independent to run the state?
Kinky: Every Texan is an independent, so why are we letting all thes empty suits and empty dresses tell us what to do? The last independent we had serve in Austin was Sam Houston in 1859. You're not a real admirer of the politicians we have doing the state's work in Austin now are you?
Kinky: Their main job is holding on to power. The only time they get off their (butts) is when they attack each other. All I'm doing is giving the people somebody to vote for and not against.

In Part 2 of our conversation Wednesday, Kinky kicks back, takes his boots off, flicks the ashes off the end of his expensive Cubans and has some fun. And he also tells us why he thinks Karl Rove won't try to step in and keep him from the state house.

When this story was posted in August 2005, this was on the front page of PCOL:

Contact PCOLBulletin BoardRegisterSearch PCOLWhat's New?

Peace Corps Online The Independent News Forum serving Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
The Peace Corps Library Date: March 27 2005 No: 536 The Peace Corps Library
Peace Corps Online is proud to announce that the Peace Corps Library is now available online. With over 30,000 index entries in 500 categories, this is the largest collection of Peace Corps related stories in the world. From Acting to Zucchini, you can find hundreds of stories about what RPCVs with your same interests or from your Country of Service are doing today. If you have a web site, support the "Peace Corps Library" and link to it today.

Top Stories and Breaking News PCOL Magazine Peace Corps Library RPCV Directory Sign Up

Military Option sparks concerns Date: August 3 2005 No: 698 Military Option sparks concerns
The U.S. military, struggling to fill its voluntary ranks, is allowing recruits to meet part of their military obligations by serving in the Peace Corps. Read why there is rising opposition to the program among RPCVs. Director Vasquez says the agency has a long history of accepting qualified applicants who are in inactive military status. John Coyne says "Not only no, but hell no!" Latest: RPCV Chris Matthews to discuss the issue on Hardball tonight.

Top Stories: August 1, 2005 Date: July 31 2005 No: 693 Top Stories: August 1, 2005
Paul E. Tsongas Public Service Award unveiled 21 July
Charlie Peters writes book on Wendell Willkie 25 July
Protests against Peace Corps in Bangladesh 30 July
Christopher R. Hill leads talks with North Korea 29 July
Chris Shays blocks senator's plan to reopen bases 29 July
Dr. Joann LaPerla-Morales leads Middlesex College 28 July
Jacob Mundy supports struggle in Western Sahara 28 July
Paul Theroux blames big oil for ‘catastrophe’ in Ecuador 28 July
Bruce Wilkinson has called Africa home for 17 years 25 July
Taylor Hackford producing "E-Ring" for tv 25 July
Robert Haas to retire as head of Levi Strauss 24 July
Brent Lynn turned Janus Overseas Fund around 24 July
James Rupert says Musharraf walks tightrope in Pakistan 23 July
Thomas O. Mann describes Carp Fishing in France 22 July
Rob Quigley receives Maybeck Award in Architecture 22 July
Blackwill says visit by India PM a 'historical breakthrough' 21 July
NPCA studies membership structure 21 July
Mark Lenzi says Poles deserve the West's support 20 July
Mark Gearan weighs in on Bush's Supreme Court pick 20 July
Ofelia Miramontes championed bilingual education 18 July
Hank Stelzer supports school for blind in Lesotho 16 July

Special Events for RPCVs Date: July 31 2005 No: 694 Special Events for RPCVs
RPCV's "Taking the Early Bus" at Cal State until Aug 15
"Artists and Patrons in Traditional African Cultures" in NY thru Sept 30
See RPCV Musical "Doing Good" in CA through Sept
RPCV Film Festival in DC in October

July 17, 2005: This Week's Top Stories Date: July 17 2005 No: 690 July 17, 2005: This Week's Top Stories
C. Payne Lucas writes "Can we win the war on HIV/Aids?" 11 July
Director Vasquez hints at expansion in Bangladesh 17 July
Why didn't I spend my life helping others? 17 July
John Beasley returns to the islands of Micronesia 17 July
Jennifer Field to study glacier melting 17 July
Tucker McCravy works with Serendib in Sri Lanka 17 July
David Vick writes "Waging civilized warfare" 16 July
Tom Petri says Nelson helped to promote civility 16 July
Peace Corps Director Visits Volunteers in Mongolia 15 July
John Bridgeland writes "An example for Boomers" 15 July
Robert Blackwill says India and US have a great future 15 July
Peace Corps debuts new internet recruitment tool 14 July
Eight New Country Directors Appointed 13 July
Shelton Johnson Honored for Buffalo Soldier program 13 July
Bill Lorenz leads trek for Sudanese refugees 12 July
Emilie Pryor says Peace Corps ignores Lariam problems 12 July
DDN is Award Finalist for reporting on PC Safety 11 July
Randy Lewis to hire 200 people with cognitive disabilities 10 July
Maryland needs people like Tom Lewis 10 July
Dan DeWayne puts on music festival 10 July

Friends of the Peace Corps 170,000  strong Date: April 2 2005 No: 543 Friends of the Peace Corps 170,000 strong
170,000 is a very special number for the RPCV community - it's the number of Volunteers who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961. It's also a number that is very special to us because March is the first month since our founding in January, 2001 that our readership has exceeded 170,000. And while we know that not everyone who comes to this site is an RPCV, they are all "Friends of the Peace Corps." Thanks everybody for making PCOL your source of news for the Returned Volunteer community.

Read the stories and leave your comments.

Some postings on Peace Corps Online are provided to the individual members of this group without permission of the copyright owner for the non-profit purposes of criticism, comment, education, scholarship, and research under the "Fair Use" provisions of U.S. Government copyright laws and they may not be distributed further without permission of the copyright owner. Peace Corps Online does not vouch for the accuracy of the content of the postings, which is the sole responsibility of the copyright holder.

Story Source: My West Texas

This story has been posted in the following forums: : Headlines; Figures; COS - Malaysia; Writing - Malaysia; Humor; Election2006 - Friedman


Add a Message

This is a public posting area. Enter your username and password if you have an account. Otherwise, enter your full name as your username and leave the password blank. Your e-mail address is optional.