November 26, 2007

And now for something totally different...

*I went back and checked links/clips and found some were not working. I fixed most of the bad links, but had to delete a few clips that weren't available anymore or changed the clip's subject. Sorry if you had been having problems with those earlier. All should be working ok for now!

No clips or strips today. Just a comedian, who has been known to do some stand up (hmmm, gotta check that out for this blog) but mostly a humor writer. Probably some clips of Leon's exploits will be forthcoming.

I wrote in an earlier post that I had read a book called Republican Like Me by Harmon Leon. The book, a screw-ball take on the the John Howard Griffin book, Black Like Me, was an expose of Leon's infiltration of various right wing groups-like John Birch Society, abortion protesters, Evangelical Christians and even white supremacists. That's what Leon does I guess, www.misterpants.com/library/harmonleon/infiltrate various groups and then write about them and the interactions he has with them. I thought Republican Like Me was very funny. Looking at the reviews on both the Barnes and Noble site and Amazon, it interesting to see that there are some who really, really hate this book. They often give it one star. Some claim to be liberal. I doubt it. If you call yourself a liberal or a progressive or you just believe in the tenets, doctrines and principles that happen to be "progressive" "liberal," then you will love this book. (I think!)
I found an article from Leon about his infiltration of the right-wing counter-protest group The Protest Warriors hq.protestwarrior.com/ ("fighting the left...doing it right") on the Cracked www.cracked.com/ site. (like The Onion,www.theonion.com/ Cracked has seemed to have successfully made the modifications to continue to be humorous as hell in the online version of the magazine.) I had a huge stack of Cracked and Mad magazines when I was teen!
I have often wondered what would happen if someone could infiltrate a group like the Protest Warriors. I think this might explain what would happen. Here is the link to the Harmon Leon article. www.cracked.com/article_14960_i-infiltrate-right-wing-protest-group.html Hope you enjoy it.

Catch you later,
M


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2 comments:

T&A said...

Interesting. I'd like to read that.

Micgar said...

t&a: Yeah Rep Like Me is great-at least I thought it was funny. You should check it out. This guy is/was nuts to go "undercover" like that-some of those people probably wouldn't have had a problem shooting him!