Darfur and the Hollywood Left

posted at 9:51 am on May 2, 2006 by Bryan

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Great Vent, Michelle.

I only remember Clooney as the handyman, too. Has he done anything else?

JP_Smith on May 2, 2006 at 9:59 AM

Again a great Vent and spot on. The left is so predictable and the La La Landers have no clue about anything. They jump on the bandwagon with no facts, no history and of coarse, no plan.

Wade on May 2, 2006 at 10:02 AM

cLooney (no, that’s not a typo) and others of his Hollywood ilk are such hypocrites. Wouldn’t that just be more “American Imperialism” if we intervene in Darfur? I wish they’d just shut up and entertain us.

Another great vent, Michelle!

flipflop on May 2, 2006 at 10:11 AM

Another excellent Vent.

whatnext on May 2, 2006 at 10:16 AM

I’m left with only one question….did you catch the popcorn?

World B. Free on May 2, 2006 at 10:24 AM

That was a Malkin Cliffhanger or a Malkin TBC!

allie on May 2, 2006 at 10:32 AM

Hollywood elite gets thumbs down, but Michelle gets two thumbs up…WAY up!

Seriously, those bozos would have us abandon the job in Iraq (which, despite wishful thinking, isn’t finished), and ignore the far-more-immediate threat of Iranian nukes, and instead get ourselves embroiled in an African tar pit? I can’t see that ending well…

Erbo on May 2, 2006 at 10:51 AM

Thanks Michelle for drawing attention to this!

Yes, Sudan is another front in the war against islam (cough, spit), but if the Bush administration really would send troops “the left” would be screaming about “a racist war against poor Africans for oil” (or whatever Sudan has).

But you didn’t catch that popcorn, did you?

modifiedcontent on May 2, 2006 at 11:03 AM

Clooney? I remember him from “Facts of Life” (after my girlfriend Molly Ringwald left the show), and I think he was the guy with the huge pompadour on “Roseanne.”

He seemed awfully well-behaved on Fox News; I guess if the strident leftist act doesn’t play with the crowd, you hit wardrobe and makeup and come back as a concerned humanitarian. If you listen you can hear my one hand clapping.

I’m certain I’d be better able to comprehend the plight of the Sudanese if I were to spend a couple of weeks at Clooney’s Italian villa first; you know, for perspective.

saint kansas on May 2, 2006 at 11:21 AM

In the short amount of time that you actually “vent”, there is more than enough information to point out the root cause, and hypocrisy of the left. Bravo. If I were a public school teacher, we would start the day off taking a few minutes to listen to “Vent”, so the kids could be square on the issues facing our Nation.

NRA4Freedom on May 2, 2006 at 11:31 AM

I remain in constant amazement over these hollywood morons. I guess the idea is to play their particular game, if not, they will cry and whine and go home. Well, if we send money, food and clothing, will that keep him quiet for a while? No? Ok, then, how about we send some troops over there to try to stop the raping and the killing? NO!!, you say..because you feel violence begets violence. Well, then, Georgie..here is my real answer. Who cares about what you want and for your infotmation, we are already fighting a war in order to free people from this very thing. OH, wait a minute…this is not your war. Sorry, I guess your just looking for ‘face time.’

Sandys Beach on May 2, 2006 at 12:35 PM

Actor, Robert Wuhl, on last Friday’s Hardball w/ Norah O’Donnell, said it best when he told Norah that Clooney was shedding more light on the situation than typical journalists.

She had no answer.
The media covers Clooney, while he covers Darfur. A few years too late. Clooney is a moron, but he has drawn some attention to the matter.

The U.N. should have stepped in a long time ago. The world complains about US and yet we again, are supposed to handle the Darfur killings. The rest of the world needs to sack up. It is truly amazing how ineffective the U.N. is.

CmmnSns on May 2, 2006 at 1:11 PM

Good one, Michelle. I think we should handle the genocide in Darfur by using the precedent we set in Rwanda back in 1994. Oops, wait a minute. Clinton and his stooges stood back and let millions die. Maybe precedent isn’t such a good idea. Perhaps if we all join hands and get in touch with our inner selves, the problem will take care of itself. Wouldn’t want to use military force!

Here’s what will happen in Darfur: nothing. We can hardly expect the world to stand up here when they refuse to recognize the jihadist campaign in other parts of the world.

jaleach on May 2, 2006 at 1:28 PM

Great vent Michelle. I thought he was on ER? No?

Brian on May 2, 2006 at 1:30 PM

Please note that the US involved the UN charter on genocide in 2004, long before the 2005 events noted in today’s Vent.

shirgall on May 2, 2006 at 1:36 PM

Speaking of the U.N. and genocide, be sure to check out Broken Promises: The United Nations at 60.

It’s certain to sweep the Oscars a la Fahrenheit 911. It’s a lock, I tell ya.

saint kansas on May 2, 2006 at 1:52 PM

I kind of like not knowing if the popcorn was caught. Sure, knowing the corn’s fate would be initially satisfying, but NOT knowing gives me something to wonder about for the rest of the day.

Kind of like those French films.

lumberjack on May 2, 2006 at 1:57 PM

Dear Sir,

I am writing to you to register my strong disapproval of your most recent disgraceful capitulation to the Musselman fanatics and their ilk.

I speak from a certain wisdom and authority, which I fear is lacking in today’s youth and newsmen. I have had first hand dealings with these Musselmen and realize the dire threat they pose to our Great Republic and our relations as Gentlemen with our fairer sex.

Many a time in my youth, I would peruse the magazines and newspapers as I lounged about, socializing with the hoi-polloi of my community. Moreover, although certainly we choose to be in mixed company with Gentlemen and Ladies (“Flappers”, to use the parlance of our time), at no time did we ever forget our social etiquette. Even in the underground saloons and speakeasies of Prohibition, certain proprieties were maintained.

However, I was not to be confused with any Little Lord Fauntleroy. As a youth, I grew up hearing my Grandfather telling me tales of the vicious deprivations of the Barbary Pirates and their cruel ways. He was a retired Sailor, and spun most enchanting yarns indeed. Latter, as a man, trouble came upon our peaceful island nation, and we found ourselves thrust into battle against the Afghan tribes men. I will never forget those times as I served with General William Elphinstone in the first Anglo-Afghan war. They will remain for-ever seared into my brainpan. One of the many things I used to dream about, whilst surrounded by bearded Afghanis and their cloaked womenfolk with their fearsome undulating cries, was the thought of my imortal beloved’s fair and radient face. How I yearned to see it again! How crushed I was when I received the postage letter from her mother, informing me of her untimely demise from the dreaded pestilance of Consumption. Are you surprised by my tears, Sir? Strong men also cry. Strong men also cry.

Upon my return to Blessed Civilization’s sweet embrace, I vowed to remain forever vigillant against any sort advances of these treacherous Musslemen into our Great Republic. I take second place to no man in my commitment to this cause.

I have followed this “Hot Air” journal and found it to be a well-written publication. Now all of that has changed, I fear, as you seem to feel the need to submit to the most preposterous demands of any common two bit naer-do-well named Muhammet Ali or Muhammet Said, or whatever name is in their favour. In my time, I never thought I would see the day when these demands would be so meekly submitted to without ever the slightest hint of shame.

I of course am referring to your cladding your Miss Malkin according to the demands of the Musselman dress codes. When this publication was first created last week, your Miss Malkin felt free to cloth herself according to the dress of the youth of this country. She wore a shirt that was short sleeved and felt no fear to do so. Now all of that has changed. Evidently, you and your staff received some sort of ominous correspondence last Friday; whether by the postmaster, or by telegram, I know not; and the demands of the Musselman were plain to deduce. The Musselman was offended by this provocative display of feminine charms and demanded that they be covered. And submit you did, forcing your newsgirl Miss Malkin to wear a much more modest set of attire, namely that sweater.

Sir, have you lost your sense of honour and manly pride? If we are to allow the Musselman to dictate to us how we have our newsgirls attired, what will be next? Will their next demand be that Miss Malkin be wearing that full-length burka? Was this Great Republic of ours really better served by your cringing servile nature? I shudder to think of the risk you have exposed our children and women folk to.

Sir, I warn you in advance. Do not try any sort of editorial trickery on me. I will not be fooled by any sort of protestation that the air was chilled that morn, or that your stove has gone cold due to the lack of heating coal. The warming rays of the sun and the wisdom of the Old Farmers Almanac reveal this to be untrue.

Sir, I am sure that I speak for both myself and the majority of your readers when I say the following to you. I demand that you cease to order Miss Malkin to wear that sweater, or any sort of such similar clothing against her will. Our noble suffragists, controversial as they may be to some, have come too far to allow one of their sisters to be so oppressed and poorly treated.

I fear the direction our Great Republic is going Sir. I fear it greatly.

Yours truly,

Colonel Hiram Horatio Cushenberry, 4th Dragoons Battalion, 127th Regiment, Retired

EFG on May 2, 2006 at 2:18 PM

Great vent! Two things that have seriously bothered me: why the leftists ignore over 100 million KILLED people in the last century alone by fascists, communists, despots and totalitarian regimes throughout the world. It facinates me that so many on the left act so ignorant about the people murdered. Their hatred of the USA is the only logical answer to me; and why columnists, talking heads, actors, politicians and professors don’t put an email address at the end of their tirades for instant feedback. I dislike having to waste my time looking some fool up. Geez, is this not a new century awash with technology?

Thanks for your site, love it!!!

sharinlite on May 2, 2006 at 2:42 PM

This is the same ilk that would have “Free Tibet” bumperstickers. How do they expect Darfur or Tibet are to be liberated? You can’t expect the corrupt, incompetent, and under equipped peacekeepers from the African Union, who are their now, to do anything worthwhile. If the French go, they’ll be too busy making oil deals with the government there.
It would fall on the USA and UK, again, to do the heavy lifting. How long do you think it would be before Clooney calls the troops baby-killers or yells out “no blood for oil”. This is another humanitarian tragedy, as usual though, the ROP is involved…

mark on May 2, 2006 at 2:44 PM

It’s time that Hollyweird put their money where their mouths are. Since it is unacceptable (in their minds), that we correctly identify islamofascists as our enemy, and that we hamstring ourselves, our military and our President in countering this same enemy who would very much like to behead all of us, ala Nicolaus Berg, it’s time for a movie to be produced to show up exactly how their “approach” looks.

I want to see a movie where the good guys roll over and put all four feet in the air, allowing the bad guys to run over them and win. I want to see what it looks like to see evil win out over good. Then let’s see how well that does at the box office.

What, no balls for this Mr. MovieMan Clooney??

notpcsinger on May 3, 2006 at 8:17 AM

Great Vent, yet again. I was up until 2am trying to get my *&@#$ internet connection working just so I could see it.

Speaking of the useless UN, did anyone see on Fox yesterday about Bolton speaking against the nomination to a high-level environmental post of a guy who was on a panel that voted to award Annan a $500K prize? How many instances of corruption does it take for us to say “enough” and pull the plug on all the money we send to them?

Oh, but if we did that, the Dems wouldn’t be able to complain about the deficit anymore.

Jezla on May 3, 2006 at 9:49 AM

Looks like Clooney is about to release another cloud of smug.

On a side note, Michelle, did you catch the piece of popcorn or not? Enquiring minds want to know ….

thirteen28 on May 3, 2006 at 11:00 AM

I don’t get it.

How is it “hypocritical” to call for intervention in the Sudan to stop genocide? The US didn’t intervene in Iraq when Saddam was gassing the Kurds, and that wasn’t because of “the left.”

“The left” has been on top of this issue for years. Even the dreaded liberalmedia, led by Kristof from the NY Times has been reporting regularly since 2004. Student protests over our lack of involvement in the matter started over a year ago.

So what if George Clooney, an ACTOR, was “late” on this issue? Shouldn’t we be more concerned that Bush, the PRESIDENT, and the UN are still behind? Maybe instead of making lame jokes at Clooney’s expense, maybe include some links on how your viewers can be a constructive part of the solution.

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john on May 3, 2006 at 9:19 PM