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Getting Kinky


Getting Kinky

“Don’t let Bill O’Reilly or Nancy Grace tell you [marijuana] is a gateway drug. Everybody knows the gateway drug of Texas is beer!”

You know him as an American country singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician, and former columnist for Texas Monthly who fits the bill of a Will Rogers or a Mark Twain. He’s Richard Samet “Kinky” Friedman and he’s running for the office of Texas Agricultural Commissioner in an attempt to “sew the seeds of change” by ending the prohibition on pot and hemp in the great state of Texas.

It seems like most people aren’t taking his candidacy seriously, but his response?

“I’m dead serious about this run and about pushing for legalization. Marijuana is at the heart of a crucial matrix that, if we can get it straightened out and in motion, will become a great economic engine we can use to solve some of the biggest problems we face as a state. It’s time Texans asked themselves: Are we going to secede or are we going to lead?”

In the March 4th Democratic Primary, Kinky Friedman is one name you’ll see on the ballot. And whether you consider yourself Republican, Democrat, Moderate, Libertarian, Socialist, or Anarchist…or whether you think he’s a joke or a serious political animal, we bet you can still find a few reasons to like Kinky Friedman. You know, just as a man.

Top 7 Non-Political Things to Like About Kinky Friedman in No Particular Order:

1. His nickname is Kinky. Let’s look that up on Urban Dictionary. The #1 definition: “Foot-sucking, rubber wearing, pee on me, fruit-fuckin’, candlewax drippin’, long fingernail scrapin’, tossed salad eatin’, multiple partner havin’, she-male, oil-drenched, chocolate sauce, whipped cream covered, vibrator usin’, dress-up, banned in 30 states type of sex.” Urban Dictionary never lets us down.

2. He has a Facebook page called “Where in the World is Kinky Friedman?” This throwback to Carmen Sandiego makes us happy, and the reason for the page is pretty exciting as well. The man is releasing his own “Man in Black” tequila. He’ll be doing tastings and making appearances all over Texas. Cheers, y’all.

3.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malaysia from 1967-1969 building compost heaps. Adorable.

4. He’s the guy who said that he supports gay marriage because “they have a right to be as miserable as the rest of us.” We’ve got YOUR number, Kinky.

5. He loves Jesus. “I just said that Jesus and I were both Jewish and that neither of us ever had a job, we never had a home, we never married and we traveled around the countryside irritating people.” See?

6. He’s written 23 novels. We’ve never read any of them, but they do exist. Most of them are detective novels featuring a fictionalized version of him solving crimes in New York City, which is pretty hilarious, but 23 novels really is a lot of books to complete from start to finish.

7. Willie Nelson likes him as a man, and Willie Nelson is a badass. Kinky doesn’t smoke much pot, but when he does, it’s with Willie Nelson. Because it’s Texas etiquette.

Other sources…

http://www.celebstoner.com/news/celebstoner-news/2014/02/18/kinky-friedman-running-on-pro-pot-platform/

http://www.houstonpress.com/2013-11-21/news/kinky-friedman/5/

And of course Wikipedia.


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