Foreplay and America are back, baby!
A ringing endorsement of Rick Perry from Kinky Friedman, with as many laughs per square inch as any endorsement I have ever seen (emphasis mine):
I have been quoted as saying that when I die, I am to be cremated, and the ashes are to be thrown in Rick Perry’s hair. Yet, simply put, Rick Perry and I are incapable of resisting each other’s charm. He is not only a good sport, he is a good, kindhearted man, and he once sat in on drums with ZZ Top. A guy like that can’t be all bad….
These days, of course, I would support Charlie Sheen over Obama. Obama has done for the economy what pantyhose did for foreplay. Obama has been perpetually behind the curve. If the issue of the day is jobs and the economy, Rick Perry is certainly the nuts-and-bolts kind of guy you want in there. Even though my pal and fellow Texan Paul Begala has pointed out that no self-respecting Mexican would sneak across the border for one of Rick Perry’s low-level jobs, the stats don’t entirely lie. Compared with the rest of the country, Texas is kicking major ass in terms of jobs and the economy, and Rick should get credit for that, just as Obama should get credit for saying “No comment” to the young people of the Iranian revolution.
More to the point, could Rick Perry fix the economy? Hell, yes! …
As a Jewish cowboy (or “Juusshh,” as we say in Texas), I know Rick Perry to be a true friend of Israel, like Bill Clinton and George W. before him. There exists a visceral John Wayne kinship between Israelis and Texans, and Rick Perry gets it…
So would I support Rick Perry for president? Hell, yes! As the last nail that hasn’t been hammered down in this country, I agree with Rick that there are already too damn many laws, taxes, regulations, panels, committees, and bureaucrats. While Obama is busy putting the hyphen between “anal” and “retentive” Rick will be rolling up his sleeves and getting to work.
A still, small voice within keeps telling me that Rick Perry’s best day may yet be ahead of him, and so too, hopefully, will be America’s.
This could be a turning point. Foreplay and America are back, baby!
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I can see why Kinky is attracted, in every sadomasochistic relationship it is the poker who arouses the poked:
“What did Mr Hjelm ask?
What I asked Governor Perry was “Considering state debt has nearly tripled and spending has increased by two thirds since you were governor”
Kinky must be in hog heaven, his man is poking while appearing rugged masculine!
It is said, sex sells everything. Bring it on, good old boys!
Behind every great man is a great woman and certainly that is true of Rick Perry. Anita Perry is a masters’ degreed nurse with 17 years of nursing experience in multiple areas. Texas Tech Health Science Center Anita Thigpen Perry School of Nursing is a tribute to the governor’s wife. Her involvement in the nursing field as well as her efforts in promoting literacy in Texas are lifelong and speak of the quality of her character.
The evening news actually had a “expose” how many thousands of Texans will be without healthcare since the governor refused to start implementation of Obamacare.(1) Texans don’t want Obamacare.Governor Perry has a fine record of listening to his constitutents and acting on it. (2)Texas legislation requires a balanced budget. (3)Anita Perry is very eloquent on opposition to Obamacare based on her career experience.
Won’t it be great to have this accomplished ethical couple in the White House? Compare Mrs. Perry with the present occupant whose career it was to shift patients from her hospital emergency room to other hospitals as a cost-cutting measure. Compare Mrs. Perry always dresses nicely, doesn’t get her clothes from an upholstery shop nor a dumpster as the present occupant looks like. Mrs. Perry doesn’t require 22 assistants(on the taxpayer dime)including a makeup artist, clothier, stylist, and trainer. My goodness, with 22 assistants the present occupant should be looking good instead of trashy. And Mrs. Perry would get the nonsense “Let’s Move” defunded and the nanny-state nutrition nonsense menus for school children abolished. Mrs. Perry is a very common-sense, hands-on, charming person. There is hope for America if the Perrys are elected.
I would be reluctant to claim the virtues of an endorsement of Kinky Friedman. In the 2006 campaign, Kinky made a series of statements which were regarded as racist. He then suggested they were jokes, which only compounded the problem since the “jokes” weren’t funny.
God I love Kinky Friedman! What a character!
This is a must read. Robert Avrech, Emmy-Award winning screenwriter and observant Jew, who writes the wonderful “Seraphic Secret” blog, in this post talks about a trip he took to Texas to research a film he was writing and the amazing Texas woman he met there. “I noticed that she was wearing a Christian cross around her neck and a Magen David. I said nothing because you never know what you might get into and I had a job to do. But over the next several days, I got to know my guide pretty well and when she discovered that I was not only Jewish but observant she explained that she she wore the Star of David because of her love of the Jewish people and Israel.”
LukeHandCool (who would just add, Texas hearts Israel … there’s a rugged beauty about that. And Luke is very fond of Robert … he’s a very good man).
P.S. The Perry campaign would do well to put Mr. Friedman’s words in some campaign commercials. Win with humor, as I always say.
PERRY FOR PRESIDENT
“Why The Hell Not?” – Friedman
Good for a bumper sticker.
Just a side note that has been missed – Kinky ran a semi-serious campaign for Texas Governor against Perry, lost and has no hard feelings….. now he’s endorsing Perry.
And for those who don’t know, early Texas history includes a number of prominent Jewish Ranchers, thus the deep kinship between Texas and Israel. Then again, we tend to admire Democracies that believe in the responsibility of it’s citizens to defend it’s borders and it’s ability to persevere when surrounded by enemies.
When my 2nd generation red-diaper baby wife read this morning that her beloved Kinky, the local man she admired for his musical and political sensibilities I think it must have taken an effort of supreme will to keep from turning her Apple laptop into a paperweight courtesy of coffee.
The worst part of dealing with a yellow dog democrat is that they never admit that it’s time to run an old yellow dog against the incumbent Democrat.
Kinky said what EVERYONE knows. Obama’s record is indefensible. Since the Dems won’t challenge him then it’s up to the voters to reject him a1nd choose a Republican successor.
Professor, you left out a very important part of Kinky’s article, that speaks to the character of Perry:
“When I ran for governor of Texas as an independent, the Crips and the Bloods ganged up on me. When I lost, I drove off in a 1937 Snit, refusing to concede to Perry. Three days later Rick called to give me a gracious little pep talk, effectively talking me down from jumping off the bridge of my nose. VERY FEW OTHERS WERE CALLING AT THAT TIME, by the way…….
You might call what Rick did an act of random kindness. Yet in my mind it made him more than a politician, more than a musician, it made him a mensch.”
Kinky was not always kind toward Perry during the campaign season. But I can just hear Rick calling him and saying “Hey, brother, no hard feelings, right? That’s the way it rolls and we lose some and win some. But you hang in there, ya’ hear?”
One of the things that often escape people about George W. Bush is that he is the ultimate gentleman, unlike the bitter Rules For Radicals clinger we now have in the Oval Office. Rick Perry is no different. He’s not a prima donna, has never met a man he didn’t like, even if he disagreed with them politically or philosophically, and often talks about how the Bushes, especially G.H.W. and Barbara, are the finest people you could ever hope to meet, although they supported his opponent.
You may not like what Rick Perry says. You may not agree with him on the issues, but the man is the real deal and if you don’t agree with him, he ain’t gonna try to crucify you because of it. Now, don’t get me wrong; he will play hardball politics, but for Rick, its all part of the game and not personal.
When Rick signed the bill that eliminated ad valorum taxes for veterans with 100% service related disabilities, he could have taken a bow surrounded by adoring Congress critters and loving fans. Instead, he choose those tatooed bikers of the Patriot Guard to be with. You see, even if you don a leather vest, wear your hair down to mid-shoulders with a bandana tied around your head, you are, and always will be, Rick’s bother in arms.
Yep. When I tell lefties Bush is a gentleman, unlike the prickly thin-skinned Obama, they look ready to explode.
Remember when the first exit polls were appearing election day 2004? When Bob Shrum was asking Kerry if it was too early to start referring to him as “Mr. President”?
The first exit polls made it seem Bush was headed for a decisive defeat. I can’t remember the exact quote, but the person(s) informing Bush of the bad news said he just kind of shrugged and said something like, “That’s the way it goes. That’s what the people want.”
Thankfully, it turned out to be a good night for Bush. But as those who know him personally said, if he had lost, he would have retired to his ranch and lived a happy life with his family, unlike so many politicians to whom the power of being a politician is what they live for.
I want to like President Obama as a person, but find it quite difficult to do so. Kudos to him for being, as far as I can tell, a good, devoted father to his children. But to me, he displays too many negative personality characteristics–arrogance, aloofness, self-righteousness, lack of ability to laugh at himself (which is characteristic of most lefties … which is especially irritating because they think they are capable of laughing at themselvess … they really can’t) …
He is not the kind of guy I’d like to share a beer with (and not just because I have social phobia and go to great lengths to avoid social situations as much as I can).
I could see myself having a beer with Bush. We’d probably get along well in a contest to poke fun at ourselves.
All this is not important as long as a leader is competent … but when he is incompetent while being arrogant and blaming others for his failures … I might feel an urge to have a beer with him … so I could pour it over his head.
LukeHandCool (who, obsessive-compulsive cleanliness freak that he is, would then proceed to clean up the spilled beer).
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“In the 2006 campaign, Kinky made a series of statements which were regarded as racist. He then suggested they were jokes, which only compounded the problem since the “jokes” weren’t funny.”
In 2006 Friedman commented that many of the Hurricane Katrina evacuees remaining in Houston were “crackheads and thugs.” Since many of these evacuees were black, the hew and cry was that Kinky made a racist remark. You be the judge, but I will bet that many were crackheads and thugs.
Then came the three second audio from a 1980 performance by Kinky and the Jewboys at Rockefeller’s in Houston which referred to bowling balls as n-word balls. Bad taste, yes — but this comment came from the same performer who stood in a picket line at the Plantation Restaurant in Austin in the 1960’s to oppose racial segregation there.
“Then came the three second audio from a 1980 performance by Kinky and the Jewboys at Rockefeller’s in Houston which referred to bowling balls as n-word balls. Bad taste, yes — but this comment came from the same performer who stood in a picket line at the Plantation Restaurant in Austin in the 1960′s to oppose racial segregation there.”
That’s just it. If a man’s words and deeds are at odds … I say judge him by his deeds. Watch Media Matters and their ilk now dig up Kinky’s unfortunate quip and assasinate his character now … never mind he walked the walk in a way that wouldn’t fit their narrative.
I hate to admit this, but my dad had a tremendous temper and would occasionally go off on ugly, terrifying rants about this or that group of people … my mom was mainly of Czech descent … the Czechs of Chicago were, to him, “those god-damned Bohunks!” in his words. Did he love her? Of course. He’d go on an occasional rant about blacks but would always insist on hiring blacks in any of his stores which were in areas that were mostly black, because of the historical injustice they’d suffered.
One of the very few stories he told me about his youth was when he was a high school teenager working at a gas station … the owner fired him for getting a glass of water for an elderly black man walking by on a hot day. “I should’ve punched that sob redneck in the nose!”
He’d rail against Jews, but his favorite employee, a man he loved and would do anything for, was a Holocaust survivor. Most of my friends were Jewish, and my older sister’s boyfriends were always Jewish … that didn’t bother him a bit. He was German, but the Germans were “those bloodthirsty a$$holes” to him. Whatever or whoever was in his mind at the time of an eruption of his temper, his venting focused on them and had to be ugly to let off steam. He always felt badly about it afterwards … that’s the good news. Ha! What a minefield my childhood was.
Whether it’s because of a horrible temper or a lame attempt at being funny … if ugly words by a person are contradicted by that person’s good deeds … go with the deeds.
“early Texas history includes a number of prominent Jewish Ranchers,”
Also, Galveston was a major port of entry into the USA. The “Ellis Island” of the South.