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Saturday, March 11, 2006

I Got Kinky


So I went and saw Kinky tonight and signed his petition to get him on the ballot for governor. I didn't get my picture taken with him but sat at the bar about four feet away from him while he signed and took pictures and signed and took pictures, etc.

So I bought a lot of stuff, including his CD (recorded in Sausalito in 1973) with such classic Kinky-hits as "Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed," and "Ride 'Em, Jewboy."

Here he is signing my CD:



And in case you're wondering why the hell anybody would take him seriously (from his campaign site):

Kinky's Common-Sense Priorities
Education


Texas has the second-largest population of any state in the country and two of the ten largest cities. That's an awfully big cart to pull with the horsepower we're currently giving our kids in Texas schools. An educated workforce and top-notch schools are essential to keeping our state attractive to new business, but we're failing the test.

Texas has the 8th largest economy in the world, but we're 1st in drop-out rates and 49th in education spending in the country.

Teachers' salaries in Texas are over $6,000 below the national average. This lack of respect for the people who do our state's most important job must stop. As governor, Kinky will work to make sure that teachers are paid what they're worth. Period.
The TAKS test and its predecessor, TAAS, were invented essentially to make legislators look good on education. But studies show that rigid enforcement of standardized test scores doesn't help kids learn or make teachers more effective. Teach to the test and kids will learn the test—but not much else.


Healthcare

Texas ranks rock-bottom in providing for the basic needs of its youngest and poorest residents. More than one fifth of Texas children have no health insurance at all.

In 2003, Texas legislators slashed the Children's Health Insurance Program, pulling the rug out from under 170,000 kids. Not only did this put more of our children at risk, it ended up costing the state tens of thousands of health care jobs and $16 billion in lost productivity. Kinky believes this is reckless and short-sighted—no way to invest in the future of Texas.

We're a state that prides itself on friendliness and responsibility, but the message we're sending our kids is that if you're going to be born poor, you'd better not be born in Texas.


Renewable Energy

It's time for Texas to reclaim bragging rights as an energy icon. As governor, Kinky will accomplish that by encouraging investment and innovation in new methods of electricity generation and new fuels like biodiesel.

Think these are fringe technologies? Think again. Wind power plants, solar power arrays, and landfill gas capture systems are already in operation across Texas in cities from Fort Stockton to Fort Worth. Texas has been called "the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy," and firms from TXU to Kyocera are already clamoring for a piece of the action.

Despite our staggering potential, only 0.7% of Texas' energy needs come from renewable sources. That puts us 51st in the nation, behind even Washington D.C.

Biodiesel—it's good enough for Willie Nelson's tour bus, and the city of Denton is using it to fuel their entire fleet of diesel trucks. Biodiesel is fuel you can grow. That's good for farmers, good for the air, good for the Texas energy industry and good for Texans. With biodiesel, everybody wins but OPEC.




No way is a Democrat going to beat the jerk who is presently governor of Texas. But Kinky has a shot, and not only do I agree with his campaign slogan, "How hard can it be?" (considering who has recently inhabited our governor's mansion), I also agree with his, "Why the hell not?"

Vote Kinky.

Thank God somebody's raising these issues.

Or as Kinky says, "May the God of your choice bless you."

2 Comments:

At 12:33 PM, Blogger Candace said...

Amen!

 
At 8:04 PM, Blogger The Admiral said...

But did you get the action figure? He cuts a nice profile on my mantel.

 

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