Kinky Friedman: “Israel is Texas in the Middle East”

Hi readers.  I’ve been enjoying Kinky Friedman’s songs since the early 1970s.  Back when his band was, Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys.  I don’t agree with him in a lot of ways, but his views are, at least, worth hearing and considering.

The only country-western song ever written about the Holocaust, Ride’em Jewboy, stands up as one of the best CW songs of the 20th Century in my opinion.  Give it a listen.

Heck, he’s the founder of the Utopia Animal Mission rescuing stray dogs.  He can be wrong about a lot without being wrong about a lot else.

In a lot of ways he didn’t intend I think he’s probably right when he says Israel is Texas in the Middle east.  It used to be Ireland in the Middle East until the Northern Irish got tired of blood feuding with the kinfolks over religion.  But Texas never met a war it didn’t like and killing and exploiting the weak and powerless is a song that resonates among them.  A lot more than Ride’em Jewboy ever did.

Old Jules

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6 responses to “Kinky Friedman: “Israel is Texas in the Middle East”

  1. I always liked Kinky and most of his ideas. Kinky for President!!

    • Hi Dizzy. Whatever works for you. I paid money a good many times in my life to see Kinky perform, paid a good bit for his books. But I’ve also seen him show up so drunk he could barely stand up and pick the pockets of those of us who paid. Saw that several times. Seen him sing that song about the old guy with stuff hanging out of his nose, too, insulting anyone who came to see him perform and sing real songs. But if you like him for president he’s no worse than the Bushes, this guy, Bill Clinton, or old Texas Lyndon Baines Johnson. Likely when he left office the country would remember him more for what he didn’t do than for what he did. Which would be a refreshing change. Jack

  2. My DJ husband just blasted me with information about Mr Kinky – he loves his music to bits, and saw him live in Galway, Ireland. He doesn’t agree with your correlation of the Irish Troubles with what’s going on in the middle east, tho. But he’s a lot more political than I so I’m not getting into it as a third party (you are welcome).

  3. You just stretched my world. Never heard of Kinky Friedman until I read this. Blessings, M.

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