February 29, 2008

Matzo endorses Rick Reed; McBlogger spits scotch all over his dinner

Normally, I'd be out to drinks on a Friday night. However, work was pretty evil today and after running errands I came back to finish up some stuff before going out later. While eating dinner I saw this and thus, the post.

I like Rick Reed. I really think he's a nice guy. Now his campaign is crowing about being endorsed by this racist cracker.

Photobucket“Rick Reed is the only candidate for Travis County District Attorney who has had the courage to stand up and candidly tell the voters of Travis County that, if elected, he will uniformly seek imprisonment for life without parole, rather than the death penalty, in all capital murder cases.”

Now If you'll pardon me, I have a show to do and a fifth of Jamisons to choke down.

This is what really angers me...

“I am honored to have the endorsement of Kinky Friedman,” remarked Reed. “Kinky and I have both given considerable thought to this issue, he as a potential 2010 gubernatorial candidate, and I as a candidate for Travis County District Attorney.”

OH REALLY, Rick? You're honored to have the endorsement of a man who made a joke about African-American children AND fucked up the Gubernatorial race last year, guaranteeing (with a little help from Team Bell and C4N3P) the re-election of 39%. If you're HONORED to have the endorsement of this douche then I seriously have to question your judgment.

And I shit in Matzo's hat.

Posted by mcblogger at February 29, 2008 09:15 PM

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In response to the foregoing blog post, I wish to offer the following thoughts.

Reportedly, a famous teacher once counseled a crowd that had gathered to witness the capital punishment of a woman charged with adultery, "He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her."

I believe that story is particularly fitting here for two reasons. First, the issue that brought Mr. Friedman and me together was the same one that confronted that famous teacher approximately two millennia ago: the propriety of capital punishment.

Second, during my fifty-two years of existence, I have never known anyone who was perfect or who had not at one time or another said something that in retrospect he or she regretted. Neither have I known anyone whose life, attitudes, and beliefs could be summed up by a single statement made or joke told. The same is true of Mr. Friedman.

If, perchance, I have overlooked someone who has led an ideal life, never having so much as misspoken, then perhaps that person should step forward and condemn Mr. Friedman. I, however, being fully aware of my own human frailties, am unwilling to judge Mr. Friedman - or, for that matter, anyone else - based upon a single utterance.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to personally observe Mr. Friedman as he interacted with an African-American gentleman, Dr. Le Roy Gillam, a Houston minister and the President of Southeastern Christian Association, Inc. Both men appeared on the front porch of our state capitol to call attention to the deplorable state of our state prison health care system.

If Mr. Friedman has a racist bone in his body, I never saw any indication of it as he interacted with his good friend, Dr. Gillam.

Before anyone condemns Mr. Friedman as a racist, I would suggest that he or she ask Dr. Gillam his opinion on the subject. He can be reached by email at southeastern0@yahoo.com or by telephone at 832-228-3207. I am confident that Dr. Gillam will correct such misconception.

As for me, I am honored to have Mr. Friedman's endorsement because, like that famous teacher of two millennia ago, he, too, has had the wisdom and courage to condemn the archaic and inhumane practice of capital punishment.

Posted by: Rick Reed [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 1, 2008 11:28 AM

Oh, I think Kinky's 'act' speaks for itself. An 'act' which he performed all over the country, if memory serves.

Regardless of his position on the death penalty, which coincidentally is the position of many, his 2006 campaign soured many. This is an example of an endorsement having a deleterious effect. You obvs don't see it that way.

Posted by: mcblogger [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 1, 2008 10:01 PM

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