Wednesday, August 24, 2005

They ain't makin' Jews like Jesus anymore

I didn't say this, Kinky did. Kinky fronted The Texas Jewboys and when he did, this was their song.

He's written a series of mystery novels starring a detective named Kinky Friedman. They're good. I've read some.

He's gained the friendship and admiration of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. I haven't. Willie's a friend, so is Dylan.

I've met Kinky, twice. I like him.

In 2006, Kinky Friedman will run for governor of Texas. He says he's for real. I hope he is. He thinks he can put up a good fight. I would agree.

His quotes are good. Here are some:**
  • I grieve that NASCAR people never go to the lesbians' teahouses, and the lesbians never go to NASCAR.
  • You have your life and your work, and you should get the two confused and as mixed up as possible. Make it all one fabric. Vincent van Gogh did that. Hank Williams did it, Allen Ginsberg, Bukowski, those kinds of people did it ... Anne Frank, of necessity, did it.
  • Said to be a common happening--Friedman spots a child in the audience at one of his appearances and he says this: The Kinkster never likes to say 'fuck' in front of a c-h-i-l-d.

**These quotes appear in the current issue of The New Yorker

11 Comments:

At 6:37 PM, Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

my dad loved his old band "kinky friedman and the texas jewboys."

 
At 6:44 PM, Blogger jsbankston said...

He's also created a rescue ranch for dogs and other critters. That puts him much worthier of heaven than those other scumbags who are running.

Oh, and Triple J, you'll be amused to know that semi-homeless, freakish pre-op he/she and perennial candidate for City Council and Mayor Jennifer Gale has now set his/her/it's eyes on the big house at 1010 Colorado.

 
At 7:08 PM, Blogger Scrubby Nub and The Bothered Brigade said...

The world needs Kinky Friedmans.

 
At 7:08 PM, Blogger Scrubby Nub and The Bothered Brigade said...

Sorry...moreKinky Friedmans

 
At 10:53 PM, Anonymous JJones said...

Ok, so if this toga-wearing cowboy named Kinky does become governor, y'all must stop teasing us about Arnold.

 
At 1:02 AM, Blogger Luke said...

On the contrary: If Texas elects the Kinkster to the governor's mansion, it will provide even more reason to ridicule California and its asinine coup d'etat that resulted in Ahnold living in Sacramento. The Kinkster as governor of Texas would also give us hope that perhaps America can be saved. Here endeth the lesson.

(that said...because he's running, kinky had to give up his TxMonthly column...a grievous loss for us all)

 
At 6:53 AM, Blogger jsbankston said...

I don't know the background of that photo, but I'm wondering if the Kinkster was making a reference to Sam Houston, who once had himself painted wearing a toga, posing as the Roman consul Gaius Marius.

 
At 7:17 AM, Blogger TripleJ said...

I believe that photo is from a Texas Monthly cover. Couldn't find info - but I am sure it is out there.

Damn right about the column. I do miss that.

 
At 7:48 AM, Anonymous JJones said...

Actually, I believe it's an unwritten rule that if your governor is named Kinky you lose all right to poke fun at any other state for the duration of his or her term. Much like the Shotgun rule for riding in the front seat, and Dibs for claiming the last slice of pizza. All unwritten rules, and all iron clad.

 
At 10:24 AM, Blogger princessmalin said...

My favorite quote: "May the god of your choice bless you." Seriously. If we could just get 1% of the crazy cooks who run the world to think that way, we'd definitely be living in more sunlight.

 
At 1:31 PM, Blogger jsbankston said...

Princessmalin--did you read where that crazy Rev. Fred Phelps has accused the Swedish Royal Family of all being depraved and horny homosexuals?

As for Kinky, it reminds me of when Jesse Ventura became Governor of Minnesota, beating scions of the Humphrey and Mondale families. He knew everybody was worried what he'd do and he basically said, "Look, there's nothing I can do as Governor that will fuck this state up that can't be easily repaired."

 

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