Kinky Friedman in Fort Worth

via: MyWestTexas.com

FORT WORTH — Kinky Friedman has a perfect explanation for what he calls "Guinness-Gate," and he gave newspaper publishers convened in Fort Worth a scoop.

The grand marshal in Dallas’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Friedman was caught on videotape taking a drink of a can of Guinness in the lead car, which was traveling through downtown, Friedman said, at 1 mph. Friedman was not driving, but he was in violation of the state’s open container law.

At Tuesday’s annual meeting of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association, Friedman, who hopes to collect enough signatures to get his name on the ballot as an independent candidate for Texas governor in the November election, did acknowledge he had a beer with him in the car.

"Here’s my explanation," Friedman said. "I was drinking it … but I did not swallow."

I may, just may, have to rethink who to support in the Texas gubernatorial race.  He’s funny, he’s a Guinness drinker (but, from a can?), and he has the right attitude about stupid laws.


Comments

  1. Abram Albizo says:

    Hilarious!!!

  2. TheNewGuy says:

    Actually, Guinness is better from the can.

    “Blasphemy!” you say? Read on, fellow Guinness drinker.

    The bottled Guinness doesn’t have the same head as the canned variety (at least it didn’t a few years ago when I last bought it… it’s been only canned Guinness for me ever since). The Guinness cans have some kind of nitrogen tablet thingy inside that produces that famous thick head. I don’t pretend to understand exactly how that nitrogen widget works, but I do know it renders canned Guinness superior to the bottled variety (and it’s just about the only beer for which that statement can legitimately be made).

    I don’t know if they ever accomplished the same trick for the bottles.

  3. Goatwhacker says:

    Bottled Guinness has a little tablet thingy in there too, but neither cans or bottles compare to Guinness on tap. I have to admit I both drink and swallow Guinness.

  4. For the record, I’m a big Guinness fan. For home consumption I also prefer the cans, but that’s what the tall glasses are for around here.

    Frankly, I hadn’t even considered drinking it straight from the can, if for no other reason than I enjoy the “bubbles going down” show every time.

    Good to know I have readers with taste, though.

  5. Guinness is only good from the tap at room temperature. There’s an Irish pub in my old hometown run by *gasp* and Irishman. That’s where I learned how Guinness is supposed to taste. I can’t drink the stuff cold anymore. If I order a pint now I have to let it sit for a while and warm up before I can drink it.

    As for Kinky… if I lived in Texas I’d vote for him! Anybody who can say:
    “Governor Perry’s stance on immigratiion is ‘Give us your tired, your poor, your drug dealers, your terrorists, your bombers … and by the way welcome to Texas.’ “
    to the press has got my vote!

    But seriously folks, a good sense of humor does not a good governor make. However, who else is up to ditch career politicians for some real people?

  6. Let’s not forget that, can or bottle, Kinky’s parade Guinness was the best kind of Guinness — free.