Archive for the ‘Kinky Friedman’ Category

Happy Birthday, Kinky Friedman (November 1)

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

 

Friedman said more Texans should run vehicles on biodiesel, like his friends Willie Nelson and Neil Young have done with their tour buses for years. He suggests placing alternative fuel stations on highways every few hundred miles.

Friedman also suggests putting a one-half percent “surcharge” on big oil and gas companies and giving the money to teachers — an idea that many wouldn’t think would go over well in the oil-rich Permian Basin. But Friedman said they might see things differently.

“Not only will it be the best PR that they’ve ever had, but we don’t buy that oil here anyways. It goes up to the Yankees,” he said.

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by Geoff Folsom

Kinky Friedman says that it’s time to stop telling one of his favorite jokes — that he’s too young for Medicare and too old for women too care.

Friedman celebrates his 65th birthday today, and he spent part of the week leading up to the big day in Odessa, where some greeted the musician, author and Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate like a rock star with bigger hits than “Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and your Buns in Bed,” “The Ballad of Charles Whitman” and “(Expletive) from El Paso.”

Hunter Cunningham, 19, was jubilant after meeting Friedman at Wednesday’s Local Heroes Banquet at Odessa Country Club. He even got one of Friedman’s personal brand cigars.

“I was about to ask him what he smoked, and he was like, ‘Would you like a cigar, Hunter?’ “ Cunningham said. “I was like, ‘Yes sir!’ “

Before the banquet, which was put on by the Ector County Democratic Party, Friedman stopped by the Odessa American’s offices, where he discussed the governor’s race, which has so far been defined by sniping between Republicans Gov. Rick Perry, who is seeking a third full term, and U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who has said she will resign in order to face Perry in the March 2 primary.

“I think Rick and Kay are certainly the ‘Battle of the Cheerleaders,’ “ Friedman said. “They were both cheerleaders in college, and before that I believe they were hall monitors. We have the ‘Clash of the Plastic Titans.’ “

Friedman, who is running in the 2010 Democratic primary after finishing fourth out of four major candidates in the 2006 governor’s race with a little more than 12 percent of the vote, said the fight between Perry and Hutchison will benefit the Democrats.

“This is going to deliver a lot of heat and very little light and leave the Republican Party very divided and no time to heal,” Friedman said. “It’s going to offer the Democrats a great opportunity.”

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Why Not Kinky?

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

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“Kinky is willing to listen to all ideas and take the best one and run with them,” …

“Texas needs to do some things, and set some examples like we always do —  for the rest of the world to follow”

— Willie Nelson

www.KinkyFriedman.com

Mickey Raphael, his mother, and Kinky Friedman, in Dallas

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Mickey Raphael took his mother to meet Kinky Friedman last Wednesday, September 16, 2009 in Dallas, when  Kinky launched his run for governor of Texas.  Mickey credits this great photo to his friend and El Paso, Texas photographer, Brian Kanof.

 Willie Nelson appeared at the fundraiser, and fans got autographs and photographs. 

Mickey wrote about the fundraising event, about recording with Willie Nelson and producer TBond Burnett in Nashville, and other ways he spent his time off from the road, at his blog at
www.MickeyRaphael.com (When you get to the website, click on “Blog”).

Kinky Friedman launches his campaign for governor; and Willie Nelson helps get it started

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

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Annie Nelson, Willie Nelson, Kinky Friedman
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by Stephanie Flemmons

Kinky Friedman recently announced he would make a second attempt to run for governor, but this time as a democrat.

The country club was Friedman’s first attempt to raise campaign money in hopes of gathering enough support to win the primary.

Nelson, who claims he’s known Friedman for “20,000 years,” said he sticks behind him for his “great ideas.”

“Kinky is willing to listen to all ideas and take the best one and run with them,” Nelson said. “Texas needs to do some things and set some examples like we always do for the rest of the world to follow.”

Although Nelson said he’s not always involved in politics, he comes around the political scene when someone he trusts is running.

“I like to stay around and voice my opinions — who I think would be best,” he said. “I think Kinky would be a good governor.”

In 2005, Friedman announced his candidacy for the 2006 governor’s race, running as an independent. He came out with a 12 percent vote, raising in excess of $5 million.

Friedman said this second attempt at running for governor will be different from four years ago.

“I intend to smile more and play the games by the rules,” he said. “I’m a democrat. I’m going to be myself. Be you or be no one.”

He believes his background as a musician and author will set him aside from his opponents.

“I’m a musician and it’s a real step down to become a politician,” he said. “As a musician I may just blurt out the truth, which is something you’ll never get from Rick [Perry] or Kay [Bailey Hutchinson]. They’ve been in politics too long. It’s time for Texas to separate.”

Friedman said the 2010 campaign platform is rooted in common sense and centered on reform including ethics reform, education reform and insurance reform. If elected, he said he will emphasize a ban on toll roads.

“I don’t consider myself a politician. I do think it will be transformational, and I think I can fix Texas and really help the people of the state,” Friedman said. “It all goes back to the people. Power to the people.”

About 200 supporters and campaign volunteers attended the event. Nelson and Friedman mingled with the crowd, exchanging jokes, chewing on cigars and expressing gratitude for the individuals who came out to support his campaign

Willie Nelson and Kinky Friedman kick off Kinky’s Campaign for Governor

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

www.dallasnews.com
by Theadore Kim

Willie Nelson stumps for Kinky Friedman in Plano
Musician-turned-humorist Kinky Friedman today brought his traveling road show to Plano as he embarks on an odds-stacked-against-him run for governor as a Democrat.

Speaking during a fundraiser before a backdrop of luxury at Gleneagles Country Club, Plano’s toniest golf course, Friedman said he would seek to agitate a political status quo that he thinks has become stale.

“I’m not afraid to stir things up,” he said.

Among his top priorities: Ending toll roads in the state, reforming education and energy independence.

Today’s main attraction, besides Friedman, was country music star Willie Nelson, who took time to sign autographs and take snapshots with Friedman’s supporters.

“I think he has some good idea for the state and, so do, I think, a lot of the rest of us,” Nelson said. “And Kinky’s willing to listen to all the ideas and take the best ones and run with them. Texas needs to do some things.”

An estimated 75 to 100 people attended the event, with most paying $1,000 a plate to mingle with both Friedman and Nelson.

Friedman ran for governor unsuccessfully as an Independent in 2006.

Both then and now, Friedman has positioned himself as a self-described “man of the people.” As such, he admitted today’s fundraiser was not exactly his cup of tea.

“This is the last time I’ll darken the inside of a country club,” he said, chewing on a cigar.

Kinky Friedman is having a Bloody Mary Morning with Willie Nelson (9/16/09)

Monday, September 14th, 2009

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Dear Fellow Texans, friends of Texans, and everyone else who wishes they were:

Texans for Kinky announces one of the most historical, spontaneous, and not-to-be missed events of a lifetime:

A Bloody Mary Morning with Willie Nelson

Where: Gleneagles Country Club, Plano, Texas
When: Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Time: Elevenish (unless Willie wakes up earlier)

What: An intimate chance to meet, hangout with and salute the number one best-loved Texan, Willie Nelson.

Why: To help Kinky Friedman win the Democratic nomination for governor of Texas (It’s time for Texas to secede from Rick Perry).

How Much: $1000 a plate (very limited space available)

Eat with Willie, drink with Willie, listen to Willie, get autographs from Willie, get silly with Willie, argue with Willie, dance with Willie—anything else depends on you and Willie!

Reserve your place at this special event by visiting

www.kinkyfriedman.com

and clicking the Fundraising Events icon in the left-hand column.

Thanks for your support!

The number two best-loved Texan,

PS: Breaking News…this just in!
For those who survive the Bloody Mary Morning and those who can’t make it, Three Dog Night will perform a special show in support of Texans for Kinky on September 18 at Casbeers at the Church in San Antonio, Texas.

Reservations are $250 per person and in addition to the show, guests will have the opportunity to meet Three Dog Night and will receive a CD and photograph for the band to sign. A very limited number of guests will be admitted. Visit

www.kinkyfriedman.com

for more information

Why Not Kinky?

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009


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by Andy Barr
www.politico.com

Richard “Kinky” Friedman is making his second run for governor of Texas, this time as a Democrat. 

Beginning with an Associated Press interview earlier this week, Friedman has been slowly rolling out his announcement in a series of sitdowns with state media outlets. The popular satirist, musician and Texas Monthly columnist told the AP on Monday that it is “really time for Texas to secede from [GOP Gov.] Rick Perry.” 

Friedman won 12 percent of the vote — nearly 550,000 votes — when he ran in 2006 as an Independent, enough to win fourth place in a crowded general election field. He raised $4.8 million for the race and attracted a considerable amount of national media attention, but many Democrats were left with a bitter taste as his candidacy was perceived to have drained votes from Democratic nominee Chris Bell. 

Friedman told the AP that he decided to run because he believes he gives Democrats their best chance to win a contest that is so far being dominated by the contentious Republican primary fight between Perry and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. 

“I look around and I think, I’m the only true man of the people in the race,” Friedman said, insisting that his candidacy would enable the party to “run on ideas, not on demographics.” 

Friedman already has a Sept. 16 fundraiser planned with country singer Willie Nelson and expects to raise much of his money online. He claims that 70,000 individuals contributed online to his 2006 campaign. 

Four other Democrats are seeking the gubernatorial nomination, including former U.S. Ambassador Tom Schieffer; Mark Thompson, a therapist for the blind; school teacher Felix Alvarado; and rancher Hank Gilbert.

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A Bloody Mary Morning with Willie Nelson

Dear Fellow Texans, friends of Texans, and everyone else who wishes they were:

Texans for Kinky announces one of the most historical, spontaneous, and not-to-be missed events of a lifetime:

A Bloody Mary Morning with Willie Nelson

Where: Gleneagles Country Club, Plano, Texas
When: Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Time:  Elevenish (unless Willie wakes up earlier)

What: An intimate chance to meet, hangout with and salute the number one best-loved Texan, Willie Nelson. 

Why: To help Kinky Friedman win the Democratic nomination for governor of Texas (It’s time for Texas to secede from Rick Perry). 

For more info:  www.kinkyfriedman.com

Willie Nelson and Kinky Friedman

Monday, August 31st, 2009

 

www.dallasnews.com
by Kelley Shannon

Humorist and author Kinky Friedman says he’s running for governor again, this time as a Democrat.

Friedman, in an interview with The Associated Press on the eve of his formal announcement, described himself as a “true populist.” He said he’s offering Democrats a new, winning model, noting that the last Democrat to hold the Texas governorship was Ann Richards in the early 1990s.

Friedman planned to make his announcement official in a series of interviews Tuesday, but described his plans to the AP on Monday.

He said he wants to give teachers a $3,000 across-the-board pay raise and get rid of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills standardized testing for public school students. He said there are too many toll roads in Texas and that he would prefer to pay for roads with tax revenue from legalized casinos in certain parts of the state, such as Galveston.

Friedman said he’s planning a fundraiser with Willie Nelson later this month and that he hopes to raise money from thousands of supporters online, like he did when he ran as an independent in 2006. That year Republican Rick Perry won, and Friedman was fourth.

“It’s really time for Texas to secede from Rick Perry,” Friedman said.

Others in the Democratic primary field are former ambassador Tom Schieffer, former agriculture commissioner candidate Hank Gilbert and therapist Mark Thompson.

On the Republican side, heavyweights Perry and U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison are squaring off. Party activist Debra Medina also is in the race.

“I look around and I think, I’m the only true man of the people in the race,” Friedman said. “I’m offering the Democrats a new model and it’s to run on ideas, not on demographics.”

Friedman said the last time he ran for governor he got more than 70,000 individual contributions on his Web site.

Friedman, a musician known for such songs as “Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed,” has concentrated mostly on writing in recent years.

Though he sounded more serious than when he embarked on his candidacy of 2006, Friedman did crack a few one-liners and said he won’t stop himself from using humor this election season.

“I’m going to be Kinky,” he said.

Kinky Friedman invites you to a Bloody Mary Morning with Willie Nelson (9/16/09)

Monday, August 10th, 2009

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www.KinkyFriedman.com

Dear Fellow Texans, friends of Texans, and everyone else who wishes they were:

Texans for Kinky announces one of the most historical, spontaneous, and not-to-be missed events of a lifetime:

A Bloody Mary Morning with Willie Nelson

Where: Gleneagles Country Club, Plano, Texas
When: Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Time:  Elevenish (unless Willie wakes up earlier)

What: An intimate chance to meet, hangout with and salute the number one best-loved Texan, Willie Nelson. 

Why: To help Kinky Friedman win the Democratic nomination for governor of Texas (It’s time for Texas to secede from Rick Perry). 

How Much: $1000 a plate (very limited space available)

Eat with Willie, drink with Willie, listen to Willie, get autographs from Willie, get silly with Willie, argue with Willie, dance with Willie—anything else depends on you and Willie!

Reserve your place at this special event by visiting www.kinkyfriedman.com and clicking the Fundraising Events icon in the left-hand column.

Thanks for your support!

The number two best-loved Texan,

PS: Breaking News…this just in!
For those who survive the Bloody Mary Morning and those who can’t make it, Three Dog Night will perform a special show in support of Texans for Kinky on September 18 at Casbeers at the Church in San Antonio, Texas.

Reservations are $250 per person and in addition to the show, guests will have the opportunity to meet Three Dog Night and will receive a CD and photograph for the band to sign. A very limited number of guests will be admitted. Visit www.kinkyfriedman.com for more information.

How about dinner with Kinky Friedman?

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009


www.kinkycigars.com

Kinky Friedman’s newsletter is full of news:

On June 13, Kinky is hosting Kinky Friedmans Ranch RoundupRound Two. Kinkys first Ranch Roundup, held last October on his private ranch, Echo Hill (the much storied ranch featured in Kinkys mystery novels) was labeled a huge success by all who were lucky enough to attend. 

Like the first Roundup, this one will feature a ranch dinner with Kinky (included in ticket price); guided tours of Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch; Echo Hill Ranch nature walks; mingling; photos and autographs.  Also, this one will include an afternoon performance featuring Kinky with Little Jewford, and special guests, Jerry Jeff Walker and Ramblin Jack Elliot.

Reserve your place on the guest list now. Only guests with reservations will be admitted to Echo Hill or Utopia on the day of the event and no tickets will be sold at the gate. The number of guests is limited and the first event sold out quickly, so make your plans while theres still time. For more details, visit the Kinky Friedman web site at www.kinkyfriedman.com.

The Kinky Friedman Web Store is scheduled to reopen with brand new merchandise on Saturday May 9th.   Make plans to stop by soon and check out the new t-shirts, posters and all the other merchandise you’ve been missing.  

For more information:
www.kinkyfriedman.com.

Run, Kinky, Run

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

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www.TexansForKinky.com

Dear Fellow Texans:

Here’s the way I see it: Democrats + Independents = Victory

I was serious when I ran for governor in 2006 and I’m serious now. I am a humorist, but I know these are not humorous times for a lot of us. Part of the reason is the pathetic lack of leadership at the state level. The last governor, I believe, who was truly on the side of the people of Texas, was Ann Richards. She was a very funny lady – she was also a great governor. I’ll take my cues from Ann Richards

I also draw inspiration from Ann Richards’ mentor, Barbara Jordan. Barbara believed that if one is attacked personally, one should never counterattack personally. During the 2006 campaign I was attacked personally. However, like Barbara Jordan, I have no desire to attack anyone personally. Instead, like Barbara, I will merely relegate them to my “forgive and remember list.”

But I do not wish to fight yesterday’s campaign again. Today, I have taken the first step toward running for Governor in 2010 by forming “Texans for Kinky,” a committee to help with research and raising the funds necessary to launch a successful campaign. Now is the time to win. I’m running in the Democratic Primary because my heroes have always been Democrats: Sam Houston, Sam Rayburn, Henry B. Gonzales, Ralph Yarborough, Barbara Jordan, Ann Richards, Liz Carpenter, Jim Hightower and Molly Ivins. Their spirit is part of the reason the Democratic Party is transforming itself into a more progressive, populist mode – like the Democratic Party that dominated the past century. It is a party that, at its best, always stood up for the people against the special interests and big corporations. The men and women I have mentioned as my heroes have done just that. And we can do it, too.

It’s time to end corporate handouts, get rid of the death penalty, get rid of the TAKS Test, and get rid of the Republican stranglehold on this state. Jim Hightower told me he believes the main reason we’ve lost every statewide race since Ann Richards is the inability of our candidates to excite the grassroots. Jim is talking about rural folks, working people, independents, libertarians and even disgruntled Republicans (many of whom used to be Democrats and should be on our side).

I intend to run a serious campaign, one that grows the party. I intend to visit and listen to the voices of neglected communities, small towns, suburbs, and rural areas, often where Democrats have lately feared to tread. This, I feel, is the very definition of being a Democrat. I intend to play by the rules. I will endorse and campaign for whomever wins the Democratic Primary.

Will the independents support me and vote as Democrats? I think they will. I think many Texans appreciate and respect anyone who gets knocked down and gets back up to fight again. Will Democrats take me seriously? I think they will. When Barbara Jordan, who may well be Texas’ only modern-day statesman, was a young girl, she was never very serious in school. The teachers reported to her father (Ben Jordan, a very strict part-time preacher), that though she was the smartest kid in the class, she was a perpetual cut-up, a troublemaker and a class clown. When Ben had finally had enough of Barbara’s antics, instead of reprimanding her with his customary fire and brimstone iron-hand style, he tried a different approach. “Barbara,” he said, “I’ll stick with you just as far as you want to go.” That turned her around, and the rest is truly history.

So I say to Democrats who may not yet take me seriously, I’ll stick with you just as far as you want to go. If we stick together we’ll go very far indeed. All the way to the Governor’s Mansion!

God Bless Texas,

Kinky Friedman

PS: Please show me you’re serious about Texas’ future too by making a campaign contribution now to Texans for Kinky.com.

[Thanks to Janis from Texas for sending me this letter Kinky sent out to his mailing list.]

Willie Nelson and Kinky Friedman

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Happy Birthday, Kinky Friedman

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

Today is Kinky Friedman’s birthday and he’s hoping you’ll help him observe the occasion by remembering and supporting his favorite pet project – Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch. Utopia is a nonprofit “never-kill” shelter that rescues abandoned and/or abused animals, nurtures them and places them with loving families. Utopia relies on the generous support of friends and animal lovers to make it possible for them to continue rescuing and caring for the many animals that find refuge there.

One way to help Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch is to purchase the brand new 2009 Utopia Wall Calendar; commemorating 10 years in operation and over 1000 animals rescued it features 12 beautiful photos taken of the animals around the ranch (and Kinky too of course). It makes an exceptional holiday gift and helps the animals all at the same time.

To purchase the calendar, and learn about other ways to help, and to find out where Kinky will be signing his new book or in concert, visit www.kinkyfriedman.com, www.utopiarescue.comwww.kinkycigars.com.

Filling up on BioWillie, by Kinky Friedman

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

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Filling Up on BioWillie
by Kinky Friedman

“Without a vision, you perish.”
— Carl Cornelius, Carl’s Corner Truck Stop, Carl’s Corner, Texas

Carl’s Corner, Texas, is a truck stop between Dallas and Waco, Texas, where a little revolution has begun. Where truckers fill up on American fuel made from farm crops. BioWillie, they call it, because Willie Nelson is the driving force behind this biodiesel vision. His tour bus runs on it, (so do Bonnie Raitt’s and Neil Young’s) and a brigade of 18-wheelers barreling down the nation’s highways; a growing fleet of semis whose exhaust smells like French fries.

With its dancing frogs on top of the truck-stop sign, Carl’s is a well-known landmark for motorists who travel Interstate 35 outside of Dallas. Owner Carl Cornelius bought the land in 1979 and incorporated the town in 1986 so he could sell alcohol in an otherwise dry part of Hill County. He’s been mayor ever since.

Willie Nelson, a longtime friend of Carl’s, sparked the idea of converting Carl’s gas pumps to biodiesel. (The singer’s wife, Annie, put a bug in his head after she saw some biodiesel cars in Maui.) Willie — an advocate for reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil, putting the family farmer back to work and cleaning up the environment — partnered with Carl, Earth BioFuels, and Distribution Drive in 2004 and created the Willie Nelson Biodiesel Company. Carl’s Corner became the first truck stop in the nation to sell BioWillie.

Recently the company broke ground for a biodiesel production facility on the land behind the truck stop that will have a capacity to refine 8,000 gallons of fuel a day.

“The idea is for a community-based facility,” Nelson says. “This is important because we’re starting wars over oil. This will help truckers and small-time farmers that we’ve neglected for too long.”

In Hawaii, Pacific Biodiesel has been converting used cooking oil from restaurants and hotels into a fuel, producing 10,000 gallons a month. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, its most recent client, is switching park vehicles to biodiesel as part of a U.S. Department of Energy program.

And in Houston, Chris Powers, founder of Houston Biodiesel, produces fine-grade biodiesel. He advises, educates, assists, and “takes the mystery out of using biodiesel” by offering homebrew biodiesel classes for alternative-energy enthusiasts. You only need to spend a little time on the Web to find a host of like-minded people pursuing their desire to clean up our environment and lessen dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil.

Along the Road

“If the farmers and the truckers get on board in a big way, the soccer moms won’t be far behind.” — Kinky Friedman

Kinky Friedman is a self-described “compassionate redneck,” guitar player, songwriter, mystery writer, entertainer and leader of the band Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jew Boys. He has recorded 10 albums, and written 26 books including The Love Song of J. Edgar Hoover and Kill Two Birds and Get Stoned.

His latest stint: political candidate, running for governor of Texas. “Why the hell not?” and “The last independent governor of Texas was Sam Houston. The next will be Kinky Friedman” are just a few of his ear-catching campaign slogans.

Friedman calls Willie Nelson “the hillbilly Dalai Lama,” and has drawn a lot of inspiration from Nelson about his positions on biodiesel and renewable energy sources such as solar power and wind farms.

Friedman’s newly unveiled energy plan for Texas aims to reverse the state’s position as a net importer of energy by expanding existing development of renewable energies while improving conventional power generation. If elected, he plans to fuel the fleet of 35,000 Texas school buses with biodiesel and to appoint Nelson as “chief energy Texas head.”

Friedman has a lot of big and wild ideas, including using food to raise funds to fuel his visions. He started an olive oil company while stuck in a limo with his friend Farouk Shami, a Palestinian hairdresser who pioneered the Chi Iron. Farouk & Friedman Olive Oil, “Oil from the Holy Land,” is a collaborative effort with proceeds donated to Oasis of Peace, a charity dedicated to creating peace between Arabs and Jews.

Profits from another venture, Kinky Friedman’s Private Stock Salsa, “goes directly to the dogs,” he says. It supports the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch, what Friedman calls a sort of “orphanage, hospice, leprosarium, soup kitchen, halfway house and rescue for stray and abused animals” that he co-founded with his cousin Nancy. It’s located on his ranch outside of Medina, Texas.

“I do it because I like stray dogs a lot better than I like fat cats,” he says.

A Biodiesel Community

The biodiesel community is such an unusual and far-reaching group of people around the country. It brings together truckers, farmers, celebrities, restaurant people, chemical engineers, journalists, musicians, renewable-energy entrepreneurs, and alternative-energy enthusiasts.

Following is a small smattering of the intriguing characters that have fueled this story. Check out your own community and find out who’s digging into grease traps and harvesting algae, willow and grasses to make energy for America.

We tip our hat in thanks to: Willie Nelson, Kinky Friedman, Carl Cornelius and the truck drivers fueling up at Carl’s Corner on I-35, Peter Bell & Rob Reed of Earth Biofuels, Bill Mack, The Satellite Cowboy, The Open Road: America’s Trucking Channel on XM 171, David Anderson, Elaine Schock, Michael Pollan, Joe Nick Patoski, Bill Kisinger (The Biodiesel Rebel), Chris Powers and Houston Biodiesel, Chris Saladino at Champ Burgers in Houston, Shannon Davis (Grease Collector), Jason Hardison, WNYC and Neil Golub, Wayne Shulmister and Rex Doane, KERA and Jeff Wittington, David Alvarez, Hawk Mendenhall, Stewart Vanderwilt, and Will Leon, Cal Zecca-Ferris, Laura Stromberg, Gigi Brestle, Bob “Daddy-O” Wade, Roy Garrett & Linda Elaine, The Sons of the Pioneers, Los Straitjackets, and Stephanie Loleng.

 

Willie Nelson Hosts Fundraiser for Kinky Friedman (10/29/05)

Saturday, October 18th, 2008


(Willie Nelson, Kinky Friedman – but not taken at golf fundraiser)

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Willie Nelson opened up his Central Texas ranch and private golf course on Sunday, raising an estimated $170,000 for his friend Kinky Friedman, an independent candidate for Texas governor.

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, also an independent, joined supporters for lunch and golf.

Friedman needs as much as $5 million just to get his name on the ballot next year, managers say. But Friedman cited Ventura’s success in Minnesota as proof that he can defy conventional wisdom and become the first independent governor in Texas since Sam Houston.

“Jesse is a virtual gold mine of information,” Friedman said. “He’s been through the fire. He knows what works and doesn’t work.”

The two seemed mismatched seated next to each other — Friedman in a black felt cowboy hat and work boots, Ventura with beads at the end of his braided goatee and stringy shoulder-length brown hair. Both puffed on cigars.

Ventura had plenty of tips and observations for Friedman.

“To me honesty is what the country’s striving for today — someone who will get up and speak honestly to them,” he said. “You have to remember truth-tellers get hammered today. If you go tell the truth, you’ve got to be prepared to get knocked around.”

He also hurled insults at Democrats and Republicans, saying their primary objective is keeping independent-thinkers out of office.

“I don’t want a Democrat in the board room and I don’t want a Republican in the bedroom,” Ventura said. “Democrats can’t do business … and all Republicans want to do is get in your bedroom and tell you what you should do in the privacy of your own home.”

After a morning round of golf, Friedman dished out his signature one-liners along with $1,000 buffet-style lunches of brisket, sausage, barbecued chicken, beans and rice. Another table offered vegan and kosher selections.

Longtime Nelson buddies Jerry Jeff Walker and Billy Joe Shaver entertained the crowd of about 250 people.

Austin-based Tito’s Handmade Vodka provided the drinks, including the raspberry-tinged Pinky Friedman and a Texas Bloody Mary. Cigars, a Friedman trademark, also were available.

Nine contributors, including Texas country crooner Bruce Robison and attorney Dick DeGuerin, paid $5,000 for a round of golf with Nelson, Friedman and Ventura on Nelson’s nine-hole golf course.

DeGuerin represents U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, who stepped down as U.S. House majority leader after he was charged with money laundering and conspiracy.

“I’m a yellow dog Democrat, I represent Tom DeLay and I’m for Kinky — I see no contradiction there,” said DeGuerin, an unpaid adviser to Friedman.

Lunch was served in the middle of Luck, a fictitious old West town on Nelson’s ranch. Picnic tables were set up, covered with red gingham table cloths, on a caliche-covered road between a saloon, hotel, opera house and church.

Jim Cravotta, a supporter from Center Point, called Friedman a “breath of fresh air” compared to incumbent Gov. Rick Perry or any candidate the Democrats might field.

“The Democratic party in Texas just really isn’t there anymore … nobody likes Rick Perry, Kinky’s the alternative that people seem to respond to,” Cravotta said. “He’s not going to lie to you. He’s not going to play politics. He genuinely cares about the people of Texas and that comes across.”