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Monday, September 05, 2005

Ship of fools

Sean Penn fans and others have taken note of the activist-actor's attempt to be a hero in water-ravaged New Orleans.

Movie star and political activist Penn, 45, was in the collapsing city to aid stranded victims of flooding sparked by Hurricane Katrina, but the small boat he was piloting sprang a leak.

The outspoken actor had planned to rescue children waylaid by the deadly waters, but apparently forgot to plug a hole in the bottom of the vessel, which began taking water within seconds of its launch.

When the boat's motor failed to start, those aboard were forced to paddle 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."

But with the boat loaded with members of the Oscar-winner's entourage, including his personal photographer, one bystander taunted: "How are you going to get any people in that thing?"

Maybe Penn thought his little vessel would remain afloat through pure acting talent. After all, how could it sink if Penn acted his way to dryness?
I think a full-scale investigation should be discover why Penn had not plugged the hole. Maybe he'd meant to cram his Oscar into the breech but was afraid it might rust. I hope Penn's idea was not to drown in the sunken boat, adding to more blame put upon George W. Bush for not having a better plan to prevent ill-prepared fools from engaging in idiotic rescue missions.

There are other fools who are passengers on this sinking ship;

Dion also slammed authorities for arresting looters in the city that became a hellish haven of crime and violence after the storm laid waste to its infrastructure and services, saying rescue should be the only priority.

"How come it's so easy to send planes in another country to kill everyone in a second, to destroy lives?" Dion said in an angry reference to the US-led war in Iraq.

We applaud Celine Dion for donating $1M for relief efforts. That's outstanding. But her question is sadly typical of the air-headed Hollywood and entertainment industry fools. Um, Miss wasn't easy to liberate Iraq. We had to fight for it for months with the United Nations and the Oil For Food collaborators. And then once the liberation was launched, many good American soldiers gave their lives in this "easy" thing. Fear not, Celine. The tyrant goes on trial next month. I'm speaking of Saddam, dear. Not W.

Crooner and actor Harry Connick Junior, who hails from New Orleans and visited the stricken city last week, said he was horrified by the sight of the scores of bodies at the city's convention centre.

Connick criticized the fact that troops and the aid columns only made it into the city on Friday, four days after the storm, saying his friend, singer Charmaine Neville, had commandeered an abandoned city bus to help evacuate refugees, he told King.

"And I'm thinking, if Charmaine Neville can get on a bus and drive a bus out with sick people, you know, well, we can't get a barge to park back up on the Mississippi behind the convention centre and get these people out?"

I'm very glad to learn that Charmaine Neville is driving that bus, not to mention that she is in good health. She sang Happy Birthday to me at Snug's Harbor last November 29th and I've been worried about her since hearing that she'd gone missing last week. What a gal she is! And she plays a hellova a cowbell. Yes, I think the entire relief effort should be turned over to the Neville family. They are a national treasure. But we really would like to see a more positive attitude coming from Harry Connick, Jr.


  • At 11:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey PMB,

    I am glad to see that Charmaine made it. I was also worried. She does play a mean cowbell. lol


  • At 7:09 PM, Blogger pinkmonkeybird said…

    Charmaine is, apparently, indomitable.
    And she plays one hellova mean cowbell.
    If you're marooned in a flood, you want Charmaine Neville at the wheel.
    I do believe she will make all the difference.fnmf


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