Kinky Friedman

Horns Up: OU Still Sucks (But this time we have proof)

The Longhorns sent the No. 10-ranked Oklahoma Sooners back to Norman with their tails between their legs on Saturday, and no one is more surprised than Longhorns fans themselves. We’re not quite ready to buy into the legend of Case McCoy, and Mack Brown still has a ways to go before convincing us that he’s the right man to lead the Longhorn football team, but we’ll give them all the credit in the world for beating our biggest rival this weekend. And best of all, now that we’re over this hump, we can finally start saying the words “Big 12 Championship” without accompanying them with a rueful, that’ll-be-the-day smirk.

Horns Down: Kinky Should do his homework

Singer, writer, comedian and former independent candidate for governor Kinky Friedman is running for Texas agriculture commissioner as a Democrat. While Friedman can always be counted on to provide good quotes and make Texas politics even more ridiculous than usual, his lack of seriousness about the job makes us worry what would happen should he win. Friedman said on Saturday that two of his main campaign issues would be the legalization of marijuana and casino gambling in Texas. That’s fine, but he also said that he wasn’t an expert on water policy and other major issues that should be of great concern to any prospective agriculture commissioner. We suggest he study up.

Horns Up: Bring on the rain

Yes, the last day of ACL was canceled and parts of Central Texas suffered flooding, but the heavy rain that fell this weekend was sorely needed. Only a few weeks ago the Lower Colorado River Authority forecast that the water levels of lakes Travis and Buchanan would drop below all-time lows in November, making this the worst drought in Texas’ recorded history. So yeah, we’ll take a torrential downpour over a sixth day of ACL festivities, especially since many musicians staged impromptu free shows around town last night.

“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.”
Kinky Friedman, musician and former gubernatorial candidate, in a column that ran Wednesday in The Daily Beast endorsing presidential candidate, Gov. Rick Perry.

“Perry is going to be the Republican nominee. His coalition is pretty obvious from these numbers. It’s the South, the evangelicals and the tea party geezers. What’s more, these elements of his constituency appear to be fiercely loyal. ...We might as well skip the primary and go straight to the general election.”
— Paul Burka, senior executive editor at Texas Monthly, in his blog responding to Wednesday’s Gallup Poll results indicating that Perry leads among Republican presidential candidates.

“We know Texas Longhorn fans are among the most loyal and enthusiastic in college sports, so we’re pleased to add the Longhorn Network.”
— Terry Denson, vice president of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon, according to the Dallas Business Journal. Verizon announced Thursday that it will pick up the Longhorn Network, which launches today.

“Texas finds itself at the epicenter of the national debate on the future of higher education. ... No university system is better poised than the University of Texas System to lead the debate and offer solutions to benefit our students, faculty and staff.”
— Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa at the UT System Board of Regents meeting Thursday while introducing his new nine-point plan for improving Texas higher education, according to The Texas Tribune. The board unanimously approved the plan at the meeting.

“The task forces, system leadership and the 15 presidents have worked tirelessly and made significant progress over the past several months on many of the major issues. We must focus and redouble our efforts in the spirit of continuous improvement and advance a culture of innovation and positive change across the University of Texas System and its institutions.”
— Cigarroa in a statement released Thursday detailing his plan.