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May 25, 2007
A Serious Funnyman
Until recently, I'd never heard of Rick Mercer. Mercer is a political satirist in Canada who hosts the "Rick Mercer Report." It's like "The Daily Show" but Mercer manages to do what Jon Stewart cannot (or will not) - use his sharp wit with relative equality on politicians from all of Canada's approximately 237 political parties.
Mercer is a funny guy who gets to do a lot of interesting things - drive a tugboat, run a tank over a car, and go skinny dipping with a former Liberal Premier. In one segment of his show, he convinced the leader of the Canadian Green party to cut down a tree.
He's also a strong supporter of the military, so when Noreen Golfman, a women's studies professor in Newfoundland, wrote a column in which she complained that her holidays were ruined by sad stories about injured soldiers ("poor sods" she called them) in Afghanistan and questioned Canada's mission there, Mercer got angry. Especially since the "poor sod" she wrote about was a friend of his - Master Cpl. Paul Franklin.
As you can read, this is not a guy you want to get angry. His column is a great exercise in smackdown. Sure, it's a few months old, but it's good stuff.
Personally, I would have thought that as a professor of women’s studies you would be somewhat supportive of the notion of a NATO presence in Afghanistan. After all, it is the NATO force that is keeping the Taliban from power. In case you missed it Noreen, the Taliban was a regime that systematically de-peopled women to the point where they had no human rights whatsoever. This was a country where until very recently it was illegal for a child to fly a kite or for a little girl to receive any education.Ouch. Makes me almost (sort of) want to go out and drink a Molson.
It's kind of sad, though, that a Canadian entertainer can speak out more strongly on issues of war and the need for force than most American politicians.
Funny skit from Mercer below the fold:
It's official...everyone hates taxes.
Jean: "They let women who didn't kill their babies at the ..."
Bigby's Ouija Board: "i read that infantry guy's post a few nights ago. ..."
Bruce: "Morning report now available ..."
Jean: " Out of the blue, she said, 'I don't want to go ov ..."
FenelonSpoke: "Typo-decided to have the baby. ..."
FenelonSpoke: "I think it's a mixture of things. Yes, it's about ..."
Jean: "31 Separate boning missions against isis on Sunday ..."
George Soros: "Who is generous enough to cover the bus charter fo ..."
RickZ: "[I]My BIL said she didn't seem so anti-male when t ..."
FenelonSpoke: "The local town rag says about the march-quoting on ..."
Tim in Illinois Red County Rebel: "Well just "duh" to me. Carl Sandburg Kooledge is i ..."
Village Idiot's Apprentice [/i] [/s] [/b]: ""My BIL said she didn't seem so anti-male when the ..."
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