Kinky Friedman's "Legalize It" Campaign Hits Mucky Duck

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Kinky Friedman on the stump
The Kinky Friedman Agriculture Commissioner campaign rolled through Houston this weekend, with the candidate playing a sold-out show at Mucky Duck Sunday night and speaking at a NORML luncheon this week.

As reported in a recent Houston Press cover story, Friedman, who previously ran for governor as an independent, is running on the Democratic ticket with legalizing marijuana and the growing of hemp as a cash crop as his main platform planks.

Friedman's evening began with a small snafu when he learned at 5:00 p.m. that his show start time was 6:00 p.m., not the 7:30 p.m. shown on his master schedule. When Hairballs arrived, Friedman and the sound man were doing a double-time sound check.

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Fortunately with only two microphones -- acoustic guitar and vocal -- the check proved to be a minimum hassle. Still, Friedman was sweating profusely and was clearly not in the mode to take the stage and sing when Hairballs first talked with him about 5:45.

By start time, the place was packed with mostly graying, well dressed couples. Duck owner Rusty Andrews noted that "this is a great crowd, but the only time we see most of these folks is when Kinky plays."

In spite of his somewhat rattled entry, by the second song, "Sold American," all seemed right with the candidate and the crowd, who hung on every word as if the song had taken on an even deeper meaning in the current nut job political atmosphere.

Mid-set, Friedman finally got down to politics. While he promised only "three minutes and four seconds," his stump speech stretched out to 14 minutes as he enunciated his positions. The crowd was totally silent and attentive the entire time, interrupting with applause after Friedman's statement about legalizing pot and the state stopping the practice of incarceration for a mostly young population of pot users.

"Putting these young people in jail for smoking pot, sticking them in a cell for six months, a year, two years, is a great way for the state to help ruin a bunch of lives," Friedman appealed. "What with the cost of law enforcement, the cost to our judicial system, and the cost to keep these non-violent guys locked up, it costs the taxpayers of this state hundreds of millions of dollars with zero return.

"We could send every one of these people to Harvard with what this costs," Friedman quipped. "You're the ones paying for this. Which is the right thing to do?"

Friedman also reeled off details of the latest medical research about Israeli scientists announcing recently that they had destroyed cancer cells with marijuana.

"Right here in Houston, Texas, we have arguably the greatest cancer hospital in the world, but there is not one single research project going on there. That's insane, given what researchers elsewhere are learning. And let's face it, there isn't a person in this room who hasn't had a family member with cancer and the problems that come with chemotherapy and its aftermath. This is an issue that affects every last one of us."


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luanneleonard
luanneleonard

Kinky has my vote. At least he's willing to meet and talk with voters. 

Puller58
Puller58

Hard to take the Kinkster seriously.  I'd take Willie Nelson seriously before Kinky.

John Carpenter
John Carpenter

Go see his show, or is he selling another book? Clever merchandizing on his part

WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning

@Puller58 So you think he's just out there wasting his time and money? It's the same old assclowns running for office that you should quit taking seriously. Kinky is offering some serious change. The rest are just running around the same old circle.

WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning

I think you're missing the point, John. I don't know of anyone who would go these lengths (developing positions on a myriad of issues, driving all over the state to get his msg out etc) to sell some books. If you haven't looked at www.kinkyfortexas.com  you might want to. Looks pretty legit to me. Anyway, look at all the other candidates, Dem and Rep, and tell me, which horse do you actually want to ride? Another sense I have is that a vote for Kinky is another "wake up call" for the entrenched right wing mob running the state and to the too careful, too timid people who are in command of the state Democratic Party right now. I don't see any of that as a bad thing.

Puller58
Puller58

@Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Colorado certainly has been a rock ribbed red state, but like in Idaho, you see signs of people geting tired of the game politicians play.

Puller58
Puller58

@WhiteLightning @Puller58 Oh believe me, the war on drugs has been exploited by the politicians, but since you are getting movement around the country, I'd like to hope voters were wising up at last.  My only thing about Kinky is that flakiness is hard to take seriously.  I'd give Jim Hightower an edge simply because he's been pretty much of a consistant voice of protest.  But I will give Kinky the nod over Ron and Rand Paul who frankly are in it for their own benefit.

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah topcommenter

@Puller58 @WhiteLightning  That's what they said about the folks in Colorado….Colorado is now on that gonzo train amigo!

WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning

@Puller58 @WhiteLightning I take your point, I suppose my position on that is: I'm sick of these vanilla pudding Dems not getting anywhere. Throw a bomb or two, shake the tree. And I have to give Friedman's campaign props for a "turn this upside down" view of the financial power of pot/hemp.

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