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Pop Culture Update-9/9/05

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Recent pop culture events that hit the headlines or just plain intrigue
The Good Ship Penn

Of all the celebrities involved in the Katrina disaster, the story of Sean Penn has to be the funniest, silliest, stupidest and most dishonest of them all.

This loser, known mostly as a former husband of Madonna and not for any great acting or wisdom of his own, takes a boat the size of a dinghy out, ostensibly to “rescue” people.

Not that Penn is a stranger to publicity stunts, below is a pic of him with an Iranian Ayatollah, bad-mouthing America and sucking up to these bunch of sons of camels as if he were some grand diplomat.

Sell out your country for a photo op. That’s the ticket.

But it gets better.

From the HeraldSun:

Sean Penn’s rescue bid sinks
Herald Sun (AU) ^ | 05sep05

EFFORTS by Hollywood actor Sean Penn to aid New Orleans victims stranded by Hurricane Katrina foundered badly overnight, when the boat he was piloting to launch a rescue attempt sprang a leak.

Penn had planned to rescue children waylaid by Katrina’s flood waters, but apparently forgot to plug a hole in the bottom of the vessel, which began taking water within seconds of its launch.

The actor, known for his political activism, was seen wearing what appeared to be a white flak jacket and frantically bailing water out of the sinking vessel with a red plastic cup.

When the boat’s motor failed to start, those aboard were forced to use paddles to propel themselves down the flooded New Orleans street.

Asked what he had hoped to achieve in the waterlogged city, the actor replied: “Whatever I can do to help.”

With the boat loaded with members of Penn’s entourage, including a personal photographer, one bystander taunted the actor: “How are you going to get any people in that thing?”

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After Penn goes out with his great rescue boat that had to be bailed out with a Dixie cup, the man actually invents some big lies about the “negligence of the Bush administration” and on and on and on.

The man even had a photographer on his dinghy!

From Fox News (Greta’s show)-heard with mine own ears:

Oscar-winning Hollywood actor Sean Penn, who has been assisting rescue efforts in New Orleans, said the US government did not “seem to be inclined to help”.

“We were pulling drowning people out of the water, it’s the ultimate distress and human suffering … dead bodies,” he told GMTV.

Penn said he had spent nine hours on Monday searching the water for people and during all that time he saw just three boats carrying US officials.

“There are people that are dying right now and I mean babies and old people and everybody in between – they’re dying. There are people dying and (the US government are) not putting the boats in the water, I think that’s criminal negligence. I don’t think anybody ever anticipated the criminal negligence of the Bush administration in this situation.”

Michael Jackson Rises from the Ashes of Katrina
Indeed the gloved-one-who-sleeps-with-little-boys is going to sing a song about the hurricane. It will be called “From the Bottom of My Heart”


Guess who’s financing the thing? The Bahraini Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who owns the record label “2 seas”, the proposed distributor of the single.

What? Jackson had to go get an Arab to back him?

We hear they approve of Jackson’s bedroom behavior over in Camel land.

Celebrities Caught in Katrina

New Orleans Queen of Soul Irma Thomas evacuated to her aunt’s house in Baton Rouge and is safe.

In addition, Fats Domino, beloved recording artist, was thought to be missing but has been found safe and alive.
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The Wisdom of the Celebrities as Regards Katrina
Because goodness knows that being able to act or sing automatically makes one and expert on all things social, political and weather related.

Kanye West– “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”

He further suggested that Bush granted national guardsmen permission to randomly shoot African-Americans. Not to be overlooked in the ensuing controversy, Matt Damon gave props to West for his groundless tirade, telling Access Hollywood, “I’m not a fan of [President Bush], so I let out a big cheer.”

Angelina Jolie– “It is wonderful to hear of the relief efforts that are finally coming into New Orleans…but as we all know, it is simply not enough.”

Colin Farrell-who has only resided in the U.S. since 1999 “”If this had been a bunch of white people on the roofs of their houses I don’t have any f***ing doubt there would have been every single helicopter, plane and means that the government has trying to help.”

Pierce Brosnan “This man called President Bush has a lot to answer for.”
You Didn’t Think It Was a Talking Point?

Back during the 2004 presidential race, while Florida was getting pounded by hurricane after hurricane, the NAACP was already blaming Bush for hurricanes.

Below is a billboard displayed along Florida roads in 2004. Sponsored by the NAACP.

Is this really the kind of thing they should be spending their tax-exempt money on?

It was their talking point before, be looking for more after Hurricane Katrina.

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Florida Billboards Blame Bush for Hurricanes
By Susan Jones
CNSNews.com Morning Editor
October 26, 2004

(CNSNews.com) – Because President George W. Bush has “ignored the threat of global warming,” Floridians can expect to be hit by increasingly destructive hurricanes, a new billboard campaign says.

The billboards, going up along Interstate 4 between Tampa and Orlando — a week before the presidential election — read, “Global warming equals worse hurricanes. George Bush just doesn’t get it.” The billboards show a photo of a hurricane swirling toward Florida.

The campaign is co-sponsored by Scientists and Engineers for Change and Environment2004. The NAACP National Voter Fund is also involved in the effort to blame Bush for ignoring global warming.


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