"But the bigger issue is that it's an absolutely stupid notion that you should take the title of someone's profession and attach it to what they should not do. It has nothing to do with citizenry. I think they should shove it with their hypocritical Ronald Reagan standard right up their ass."
I may be growing forgetful in my old age, but will someone please remind me whether or not Sean Penn has ever been elected to any public office in his life, even something as trivial as the Presidency of the United States? If Sean Penn has served as President then I certainly think we should pay attention to his pronouncements on foreign affairs -- after all, even ruinous terrorist-enablers like Jimmy Carter catch our attention when they pontificate, solely because of their previous tenure in the Oval Office. On the other hand, if Sean Penn has not been elected President (or governor, or even Senion Class Treasurer) then pretty much all we have to go on is his profession as an actor. How about if we agree that Sean Penn is a better actor than Ronald Reagan was, and that Ronald Reagan was a better everything else than Sean Penn is or ever will be? There -- no more double standard.
I've quietly arranged (the less my whereabouts are known, the better) to switch cars at the Hunting Club, a private social club that traditionally hosted a who's-who of Iraqi society. Saddam Hussein's son Oday was known to pick up girls there.
By "pick up girls" he of course means that Oday (who? Uday?) kidnapped them, raped them, and often murdered them. Pshaw, minor details -- to Sean Penn anyway.
This guy is an idiot. He's a rich actor who can afford to travel to Iraq, wander around with a hefty security detail and write in a stupid journal, and because he's famous it gets published. That doesn't mean his opinions have any merit or value or substance, it just means that people will pay money to read them. Wooptie doo.
Actually, I feel bad for Penn and his ilk. I can see how it would be easy for someone to grow confused over time and to begin to think that they're actually important just because people pay attention to them. In reality, the only reason they're listened to is because they make money for the surrounding head-nodders.
(HT: The Daily Spork.)