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We are pleased to announce our next special guest host and hostess, Mr. Gary Morgenstein and Ms. Noemi de la Puente who will join WHR this Sunday July 22, 2012 5 PM Pacific, 8 PM Eastern time to discuss their great new stage play “Right On Target” opening in New York City on Saturday, August 11 at 7PM; with additional performances on Wednesday, August 15 at 9:15PM; Saturday, August 18 at 12noon; Wednesday, August 22 at 2PM, and Friday, August 24 at 4:15PM. Tickets are a modest $15 in advance or $18 at door.
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Right On Target is a new stage play written by acclaimed author Gary Morgenstein and directed by accomplished Noemi de la Puente, a founding member of the theatre company “Dramatic Question Theatre” or DQT as it is known. Both of these creative genius’ have been involved with theatre and the stage, a combined half century of experience bringing entertainment to viewing audiences!
Many of you also know Gary as a valued member of the dedicated Syfy Public Relations Department where he serves tirelessly bringing quality entertainment to us all!
As mentioned, Right On Target is being presented as a featured stage production this August at the New York Fringe Festival about an always fascinating human interest topic, Political Satire and the need we all share to look at politics in our lives with a humorous perspective despite the troubled world within which we live!
As always, we will do a full post interview follow-up news article featuring both of our exclusive guest hosts, Gary Morgenstein and Noemi de la Puente ncluding our post interview analysis about their chat with their fans as well as their long and distinguished entertainment careers!
Political Satire, Elections and the Northern Proposition!
There is nothing funny about elections. They are very serious business. After all, the person chosen to become the President and leader of the most powerful country on earth should be chosen in a sober, contemplative and careful manner. Elections are very…very serious business. That is why American politicians start campaigning for a new president the moment the old one is elected. It leaves little time for the housekeeping items such as jobs, affordable health care, fair taxes, the environment, keeping the rest of the world in line…
So, Canadian, Brian M Calvert, has a proposition for America. “Hello, America, it’s us, Canada. You know, the country you pretend to be when you’re travelling? Now, I know you think of us as just a fancy hat you’re wearing when you are hiding from a war you probably shouldn’t have started, but we’re more than that. We’re your friends. We’ve noticed you’re hurting, and we’re here to help. That’s why we are officially declaring our candidacy for President of the United States of America. We’ve seen your candidates, and frankly, they scare the sh@t out of us. So, we’re volunteering our country, to lead your country.”
“I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, buck you, you hockey worshiping vowel slurring beaver spawning bunch of syrup guzzlers. And you have a point. But ask yourself, who better to lead America then a country already leading America in so many ways (health care, employment rate, human rights, immigration control, hockey, crime prevention, lumberjack fashion, gun control, global integration, bigfoot sightings, gay rights, income equality, barley production, human kindness, bear attacks)? And that’s just what our hippies have accomplished. Wait until you see our red neck ‘cred.
Our Prime Minister is a muppet version of George Bush. Our oil sands are so dirty, it makes Texas look like a Green Peace retreat. And we have the same problem you do with illiterate foreigners invading our southern borders to steal our jobs. Sure, we have the occasional riot, but in our riots, people get laid. So, instead of slitting your wrist this fall, why not vote for Canada? Canada Party, America, but better.”
Most importantly, I know you will be relieved to hear that Calvert promises not to mess with your American football rules. Canadians know how you enjoy poking fun at ours. We would never be so crass as to return the favour…about football.””
Calvert argues that, “although America has an addiction to creepy, dangerous politicians and you are headed for an overdose, it seemed like a good time for an intervention. Really, this is not an invasion. Really. We are aware that your constitution says that candidates have to be U.S born, but, it is not like anyone has read it lately”; especially your politicians.
”Apparently a large branch of Mitt Romney‘s family lives in Mexico. … His grandfather in the late 1800s moved his whole family to Mexico to avoid being prosecuted for polygamy. … Mitt can use that to show that he’s tough on immigration. His family kicked themselves out of the country.” —Jimmy Kimmel.
Republicans and Democrats really do seem more hell bent on keeping each other out of power than in actually fixing the country. Canadians feel America’s pain. We understand the frustration of having to choose the least objectionable millionaire to rule over you for the next four years. Remember, we got stuck with Stephen Harper. As an outsider, I have noticed that the American system resembles a traffic circle, giving the illusion of moving forward, but actually getting nowhere.
As an outsider, I, as well as many of my Canadian neighbors have gotten an idea of the difference between Republicans and Democrats. Jokes and comments making the rounds that Canadians enjoy are:
Trade with Cuba is wrong because Cuba is Communist, but trade with China is good because it fosters international harmony.
A president who lies about having an affair with an intern is worthy of impeachment. A president lying about weapons of mass destruction to start a war is a sound defense policy.
A good way to fight terrorism is to criticise and belittle long time allies, then demand they cooperate with policy and expect funding from them.
Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you are Rush Limbaugh. Then it is an illness that requires our sympathy.
Standing up for and supporting the American way means firing your employees and shipping their jobs off shore to countries whose people will work for pennies.
Sesame Street is questionable television because Bert and Ernie are homosexual.
Rich people are rich because they have worked hard and earned it. Poor people are poor because they are lazy and degenerate.
Most Canadians identify with Democrats. Canada is a democratic country that embraces both socialism and capitalism in our political ideology. Canadians were very amused, therefore, when American Republicans, extremely upset with the final passage of Obamacare, threatened to move to Canada. After all, Canada is not exactly the Republican haven that some Americans seem to think we are.
Reviewing the variety of political satire programming on American television, I quickly became aware that there are more jokes at the expense of the Republicans than the Democrats. There are a couple of possible reasons for that. Either television writers are not that fond of Republicans, or Republicans provide more entertainment value for the writers.
To be fair, some of the jokes making the rounds about the Democrats are:
Democrats are against capital punishment but support abortion on demand.
Obama’s contraception policies prevent unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, catholic votes.
The Tea Party is furious about Obama-care. They say it is a slippery slope to dental care.
President Obama was in Chicago in June to introduce his economic plan at the Just For Laughs Festival.
“Yesterday in New Hampshire, President Obama said Americans need someone who will wake up every single day and fight for their jobs. Then he said, ‘But until we find that guy, I’m still your best choice.'” –Jimmy Fallon
“Vice President Joe Biden made a sex joke during his speech, referring to the house he grew up in. They didn’t have much and Biden said, ‘The walls were very thin and I wondered how my parents ever did it.’ Do you get the feeling every time Joe Biden speaks, President Obama wishes Biden’s parents never really did do it?” –Jay Leno
Canadians do watch America’s political system with great interest. We are neighbors and friends. And, like any close relationship between a country with a small population and one with a huge population, when the American elephant roles over, we get flattened.
Maybe it is our smaller population and home town feel throughout most of our country, our belief in being polite and respecting each other’s differences, but Canadians notice that America seems very adversarial. Americans seem not only afraid of each other, but there seems to be a dog eat dog mentality that confuses many Canadians. Thanks to the American media with the main goal of ratings, Americans also seem more polarized than ever before. We do not get it.
We are also scratching our collective heads about another American practice. I guess what Canadians are wondering is this; why do so many ordinary Americans consistently vote for and support policies that are so unambiguously opposed to their own interests? This illogical support of politicians and leaders who oppose just about everything that is actually in one’s own best self interest is not unique to America of course, but it is certainly nowhere near as prevalent in any other western democracy. Supporting Republicans who launch pointless wars that your kids will have to fight and die in, who lower taxes for the rich meaning your taxes will stay higher and your government services will remain underfunded, who fight against universal healthcare putting you at future risk of being uninsured just does not make sense to us.
Consider a fire department chief telling an American home owner, “Sorry, sir, we’d like to come put out the fire and save your home, but to save money we’ve decided to only fight fires in wealthy neighborhoods where the pay is much better. You could always use your garden hose. Good luck!”
No matter how America got where it is economically and politically, there are no simple solutions to the challenges that America faces these days. Well, maybe one: send all your politicians to Antarctica.
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