Bombshell: Famously handsome man arrested at political rally

posted at 4:15 pm on March 16, 2012 by Allahpundit

Horrifying fact number one: This has been the top story on Drudge for hours. Horrifying fact number two: I think maybe it deserves to be. We’re staring at a Friday so slow news-wise that this really might be the biggest thing going. And I’ve got six more hours to blog.

Thanks for doing your part to keep the HA content mill churning, George.

Max Milien, a spokesman for the Secret Service, said the protesters would be charged with the disorderly crossing of a police line, a misdemeanor. He could not confirm how many people had been arrested.

For Mr. Clooney, the arrest caps a week in Washington spent trying to draw attention to the Sudanese conflict that included testifying before a Senate Committee and attending a state dinner at the White House in honor of Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain. Mr. Clooney warned Friday that the situation was deteriorating into “a real humanitarian disaster,” and praised President Obama’s personal engagement on it, the Associated Press reported.

American officials estimate that some 500,000 civilians in the region are being deprived of food, medicine and other necessities provided by international aid organizations. In January, Susan E. Rice, the American ambassador to the United Nations, warned that if no new aid reached the region by March, the situation would be “one step short of full-scale famine.”

It’s a noble cause and I don’t question the sincerity of Clooney’s commitment to it but the crowd hooting in the second clip makes it feel like the red carpet. Maybe it raises awareness of Sudan marginally but most people, I think, come away with the vague impression that Clooney’s doing “something political” and, hey, good for him, without delving too deeply into the specifics. Read this short take at the Telegraph by an expert on Darfur about the futility of western agitation against Omar al-Bashir and how celebrity awareness-raising, however pure in intent, ends up sucking up media oxygen from more substantive proposals on ending the crisis. Quote: “Real solutions will come from the ground up. They will come from addressing long-standing issues over land, water and grazing rights. Borders need to be demarcated through dialogue. These are complex issues that don’t easily reduce to soundbites.”

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President Obama is personally engaged in ending the Sudanese genocide? Really?? I hadn’t noticed.

I remember when Rev. Al went over to Darfur to raise US consciousness. He was having a fine old time until something happened at home (I can’t remember what, the Duke lacrosse team maybe) that had the three-ring professional race baiting circus in high dudgeon with ringmaster Rev. Jesse under the big spot in center ring. Al dropped Darfur like a hot potato and lickity-split it home. Priorities.

SukieTawdry on March 16, 2012 at 7:10 PM

But some third world country engages in religious and ethnic genocide and they do… what? *crickets*

gravityman on March 16, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Besides why should be surprised? Sudan isn’t that different than Somalia, except there’s *still* some semblance of a central authority.

BlaxPac on March 16, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Might have been able to do something about the slaughter but the commies made it politically impossible since they prefer tyrannical systems

Sonosam on March 16, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Hmm, so they’ve followed the assault on 1st amendment freedom of religion by an assault on 1st amendment freedom of crappy acting?

If it was someone other than cLooney, I’d be worried.

Siddhartha Vicious on March 16, 2012 at 7:59 PM

I don’t think he’s that handsome, and I used to like his father when he was a host on AMC (when it was a decent channel). I didn’t know he was as crazy as his son.

theaddora on March 16, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Topic Photo: Daddy, why is Anderson Cooper arresting Mr. Clooney?

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on March 16, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Let the clueless United Nations deal with the Sudan situation. Clooney needs to stick with making his lousy movies and stay out of politics. Democrats Green and Moran need to go before a\ House ethics trial for their mis-behavior, and most hope they get voted out in November.

Amazingoly on March 16, 2012 at 8:41 PM

And I’ve got six more hours to blog.

O/T,AP found this tidbit!!

former top government officials who have publicly advocated removing an Iranian dissident group from the State Department list of terrorist groups

Ex-US officials investigated over speeches to Iranian dissident group on terror list
15 hours ago

National investigative correspondent

Speaking firms representing ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Hugh Shelton have received federal subpoenas as part of an expanding investigation into the source of payments to former top government officials who have publicly advocated removing an Iranian dissident group from the State Department list of terrorist groups, three sources familiar with the investigation told NBC News.

The investigation, being conducted by the Treasury Department, is focused on whether the former officials may have received funding, directly or indirectly, from the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, or MEK, thereby violating longstanding federal law barring financial dealings with terrorist groups. The sources, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity, said that speaking fees given to the former officials total hundreds of thousands of dollars.

canopfor on March 16, 2012 at 8:52 PM

So Clooney wants the government to do something about the Sudan problem? The same George Clooney who said this-

You can’t beat your enemy anymore through wars; instead you create an entire generation of people revenge-seeking. These days it only matters who’s in charge. Right now that’s us – for a while, at least. Our opponents are going to resort to car bombs and suicide attacks because they have no other way to win. [. . .] I believe [Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld] thinks this is a war that can be won, but there is no such thing anymore. We can’t beat anyone anymore.

The only way a situation like the Sudan is resolved is through force. Plain and simple- talking to people committing mass murder won’t make them stop. If, for example, the next Republican President decides that the genocide there has gone on long enough and he sends the troops in, will George Clooney suddenly become pro-war? Will he steadfastly support the American men and women sent into harm’s way to protect people from slaughter? The guy who said this about the Iraq war-

“And we’re going to go into a war and we’re going to kill a lot of innocent people…First and foremost is the idea that we’re going to kill a lot innocent people, that’s what we’re going to do. That’s what we did before and it’s what we’re going to do again.”

Here’s a piece examining the similarities between the Sudan and Iraq-

So tell us, George, why were you so opposed to Iraq but so in favour of a Sudanese intervention?

Jay Mac on March 16, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Bombshell: Famously handsome man arrested at political rally

What is taking place in Sudan is atrocious.

George Clowny being arrested has not changed that or stopped it.

rukiddingme on March 16, 2012 at 9:18 PM

If I were president:

All right, George. Here are your options.

I send a strongly worded letter to Sudan – Dear sirs, stop it!

Option two. I drop ten thousand Marines in Sudan with orders to shoot any SOB who looks at them cross-eyed.

Pick one.

BDavis on March 16, 2012 at 10:35 PM

He should be arrested, for all those corn-ball movies he made

Dollayo on March 17, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Yawn…. Why does Clooney not use his fortune to help them?

TX-96 on March 17, 2012 at 12:10 AM

I don’t know a lot about Clooney, and I’m not saying I agree with or approve of anything and everything Pat Robertson has done, but…

I do give Clooney some credit for giving credit to Christians on this issue.

In an interview, Clooney praised the efforts of “people of faith” for the humanitarian aid they’ve brought to the Sudan. He mentioned Pat Robertson by name in that context, which seemed to be his way of pointing to Christians in particular.

I was surprised, because I rarely see liberals praise any Christian for anything. It was nice to see a liberal at least acknowledge the help of Christians, or to say something positive about them. Christians are usually trashed in the media by liberals.

TigerPaw on March 17, 2012 at 12:57 AM

The only way a situation like the Sudan is resolved is through force. Plain and simple- talking to people committing mass murder won’t make them stop. …
Jay Mac on March 16, 2012 at 9:11 PM

I’m not a peace hippie person. I do realize that sometimes aggression on a national scale is warranted.

I do wonder in some situations (smaller scale ones), though, if what he said is true, like this, for instance:
Learning to Forgive
(discussed the Waodani tribe)

TigerPaw on March 17, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Wasn’t there a story on HA earlier this week about Clooney’s potential involvement in some Hollywood pedophile group?

Allegedly Robert Downey Jr. was dishing on a group of insiders who have a ring famous for pedophilia. Clooney got linked through some book, Room 23, I think.

Call me a cynic. This would be a good way to distract from other damaging revelations.

kpguru on March 16, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Are you talking about this (on the Daily Beast):
Rep.: Downey Jr. Isn’t Online Commenter

TigerPaw on March 17, 2012 at 1:29 AM

Well at least George Clooney put Sudan back in the headlines. I can’t even remember the last time I thought about Sudan. So I guess George Clooney did a good thing.

SoulGlo on March 17, 2012 at 3:33 AM

If you think it’s slow news, you could’ve front paged the Finkelstein Report from Australia that I sent a tip about, found via WUWT guest post.

On a side note, Clooney is Naruto, bringing peace to the world of shinobi celebrities and politicians

John Kettlewell on March 17, 2012 at 5:56 AM

Clooney is a high school dropout. Why does anyone pay any attention to what he says?

woodNfish on March 17, 2012 at 3:46 PM