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KINKY FRIEDMAN RANCH ROUND-UP ~ Echo Hill Ranch ~ Medina Texas

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  • Kinky’s first Ranch Roundup, held on his private ranch last October, was labeled a huge success by all who were lucky enough to attend. Since then everyone has begged him to do it “one more time”. Well, the wait is over….Kinky has agreed to host another ranch roundup on June 13th, and this time his old friends Jerry Jeff Walker and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot will be performing too!  Just like last time, there will be only one late afternoon performance at Kinky Friedman’s private home, Echo Hill Ranch– the much storied ranch featured in his mystery novels. 

The event will feature:

  •  Dinner with Kinky – Echo Hill Ranch dinner served (included in ticket price)
  •  Guided tours of Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch  
  • Self-guided nature walks at Echo Hill Ranch                 
  • Music by Jerry Jeff Walker, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Kinky Friedman with Little Jewford 

For more information – Link  http://kinkyfriedman.com/node/799

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Kinky Politics…? Kinky Friedman announces his 2009 run for Texas Governor

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For all the details – http://www.kinkyfriedman.com/

AN OPEN LETTER FROM KINKY FRIEDMAN:

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.

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.

 

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Hummingbird Man

A welcome visitor at my window each day

 

I read somewhere that the red dye used to color the (boiled) sugar water might be harmful to hummingbirds (although I doubt it as it’s widely used with no apparent ill effects…).  As shown in the pic, I use plain uncolored sugar water – just in case, and the hummers still flock to it like crazy.     

This post is dedicated to the Texas Hill Country’s “Hummingbird Man“ (RSF).

 

Native American Legends and Mythology

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A Mayan legend says the hummingbird is actually the sun in disguise, and he is trying to court a beautiful woman, who is the moon.

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To many of the Pueblo the hummingbird is a tobacco bird. In one myth Hummingbird gets smoke from Caterpillar, the guardian of the tobacco plant. Hummingbird brings smoke to the shamans so they can purify the earth.

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There is another Aztec legend which says the god of music and poetry took the form of a hummingbird and descended into the underworld to make love with a goddess, who then gave birth to the first flower.

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The Pueblo Indians have hummingbird dances and use hummingbird feathers in rituals to bring rain. Pueblo shamans use hummingbirds as couriers to send gifts to the Great Mother who lives beneath the earth.

 

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What’s that falling from the sky???

Finally, it looks like it’s going to rain this morning.  Rain here in the Las Vegas Valley is a rare occurence – I love it!  I’m hittin’ the couch with Kinky’s new book….”What Would Kinky Do? How to Unscrew a Screwed-up World”.  And what a fantastic book it is; I’m about half way through it so far.  Thanks Kinky, for a great read on a rainy Sunday!

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Quote of the Day ~ Kinky Friedman

The main health hazard in the world today is people who don’t love themselves.
Friedman, Kinky (1993), When the Cat’s Away. New York (Wings Books)

 

Don’t miss more about Kinky on my other blog pages….just enter Kinky Friedman in the search box!

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Kinky Friedman ~ Las Vegas Book Signing “How to Unscrew a Screwed-up World”

A Las Vegas Evening with Kinky Friedman: What Would Kinky Do?
Kinky Friedman – infamous country music legend, New York Times bestselling author, politician and man-about-Texas.

My daughter and I went to see Kinky Friedman at the Clark County Library Theater tonight where he was promoting his new book ‘How to Unscrew a Screwed-up World”.  The lecture/talk/narration was great as always and it was a thrill to meet Kinky in person.  Luckily Stacie was able to get a photo for me with her iPhone (click image to enlarge).

Kinky’s a superb speaker who can get his point across with a straight-forward common sense approach – not to mention his wonderful notorious sense of humor that I love.  There’s talk that he may consider performing in Las Vegas in the not too distant future.  He’ll no doubt be a hit here in Las Vegas as the library was packed to the hilt tonight with not one seat left.  The theater holds over 500 and it was a full house.  (If you do play Vegas, Sunset Station Hotel and Casino (which is just down the road from me in Henderson) would be good, Kinky!)

The Gov’s got MY vote!  Looking forward to reading the book…

This book and MORE can be found at http://www.kinkyfriedmanstore.com/

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