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Idiot of the day, part 1

Well, that didn't take long. Only 6:45 a.m. and, via Pejman Pundit, I found my first Idiot of the Day: Mr. Sean Penn, who has embarked on a three day trip to Baghdad.

"By the invitation of the Institute for Public Accuracy, I have the privileged opportunity to pursue a deeper understanding of this frightening conflict," Penn said in a statement released in Washington and Baghdad on Friday. "I would hope that all Americans will embrace information available to them outside conventional channels. As a father, an actor, a filmmaker, and a patriot, my visit to Iraq is for me a natural extension of my obligation (at least attempt) to find my own voice on matters of conscience."

Dear Mr. Penn. As a father, you should not be in a place that is in danger of being bombed soon. You have to go to Baghdad to find your voice of conscience? Most people do that right in the very own homes. As for embracing information available outside conventional channels, I sure hope you do not think that when you arrive home, we are going to beg you for your newly found inside information regarding Iraq, which will probably be the standard The Iraqi regime is misunderstood, the people love Saddam, and the real bad guy is Bush. Heard it, ignored it, don't want to hear the drivel again, thanks.

You want a deeper understanding? Hang around Iraq awhile. The U.S. armed forces will give you real deep understanding.

Congrats on being today's first Idiot of the Day, Sean Penn!

To nominate more idiots, go here or email me.

Comments

Er, I think its a damn good idea to form your own opinions. Do you approve of all people being sheep? Its a sign that we can think for ourselves - having brains, not just spinal columns...

Are you sure you're not clutching at straws trying to find an idiot?

Clutching at straws? Hardly. There are enough useful idiots out there to top off a landfill.

As for forming our own opinions, that's just what I did. I formed my own opinion that Sean Penn is a Class-A idiot for going to a country that is in danger of being fired upon and claiming he is doing it in part because it is his duty as a parent.

No. It's his duty as a parent to not die in Darwinian fashion.

Sorry, but I'm left with that nasty aftertaste that this is also just another way for Mr. Penn to get his name out there so that everybody won't forget about him. Sorry, but I still think of him as the Ex Mr. Madonna....and a totally forgetful actor. And to be honest, I just don't give a shit about what he thinks abut the war in Iraq. But hey...that's just the opinion of an average almost middle-aged female middle-American. (i.e. his key demographic)

Did I say forgetful? I meant forgetable. Guess I forgot to use the right word.

dammit.

"Hear that sound?That's my head,Dude!"......nuf said.

I meant "skull" sorry(I'm goin' Spiccoli here.help me Rhonda!)

Unless Sean plans to slip away from his keepers and do a Mission Improbable-type romp around the country, he will never see the true Iraq. This is a stupidly blatant publicity stunt, nothing more. If he truly felt like he needed to do something, how about buying (with his own money) and distributing food and medicines to these people instead of schmoozing high-muckety-mucks?

what i want to know is, when he gets killed over yonder, is his ditz of a wife going to tell their kids, "daddy was just trying to find his own voice on matters of conscience?"

if i needed to go find my own "voice on matters of conscience," i'd never be home, and i'd surely be dead.

you can learn a lot from a dummy, people.

Armchair critics are a dime-a-dozen in the "home of the brave" and there's nothing easier than taking pot-shots at those who dare question the motives of our nation's collective alarm over the perceived Iraqi threat. Mr. Penn's choices at the very least reveal a man of courage to subject himself to the ridicule and abuse of a nation that typically assasinates those whose views become too challenging. You, his critics on the other hand, risk nothing. As far as his being a "forgettable actor"... Ronald Reagan was a forgettable actor, Sean Penn has always been extraordinary.

Isn't it interesting that this man Sean Penn returned from the so called "malignant area of Iraq under siege"? Well, I think he was courageous to go and would like to hear what he has to say. I like independence and especially at a time when war may be eminent. Sorry, I don't agree with your criticism. His role in "I AM SAM" was brillant and courageous. What have all of you done to compare. Give him a chance to speak and hold your judgements.

Isn't it interesting that this man Sean Penn returned from the so called "malignant area of Iraq under siege"? Well, I think he was courageous to go and would like to hear what he has to say. I like independence and especially at a time when war may be eminent. Sorry, I don't agree with your criticism. His role in "I AM SAM" was brillant and courageous. What have all of you done to compare. Give him a chance to speak and hold your judgements.

Isn't it interesting that this man Sean Penn returned from the so called "malignant area of Iraq under siege"? Well, I think he was courageous to go and would like to hear what he has to say. I like independence and especially at a time when war may be eminent. Sorry, I don't agree with your criticism. His role in "I AM SAM" was brillant and courageous. What have all of you done to compare. Give him a chance to speak and hold your judgements.

Isn't it interesting that this man Sean Penn returned from the so called "malignant area of Iraq under siege"? Well, I think he was courageous to go and would like to hear what he has to say. I like independence and especially at a time when war may be eminent. Sorry, I don't agree with your criticism. His role in "I AM SAM" was brillant and courageous. What have all of you done to compare. Give him a chance to speak and hold your judgements.

Isn't it interesting that this man Sean Penn returned from the so called "malignant area of Iraq under siege"? Well, I think he was courageous to go and would like to hear what he has to say. I like independence and especially at a time when war may be eminent. Sorry, I don't agree with your criticism. His role in "I AM SAM" was brillant and courageous. What have all of you done to compare. Give him a chance to speak and hold your judgements.

Isn't it interesting that this man Sean Penn returned from the so called "malignant area of Iraq under siege"? Well, I think he was courageous to go and would like to hear what he has to say. I like independence and especially at a time when war may be eminent. Sorry, I don't agree with your criticism. His role in "I AM SAM" was brillant and courageous. What have all of you done to compare. Give him a chance to speak and hold your judgements.

Isn't it interesting that this man Sean Penn returned from the so called "malignant area of Iraq under siege"? Well, I think he was courageous to go and would like to hear what he has to say. I like independence and especially at a time when war may be eminent. Sorry, I don't agree with your criticism. His role in "I AM SAM" was brillant and courageous. What have all of you done to compare. Give him a chance to speak and hold your judgements.

I agree with John..4pm 12/16/02. I believe in heros and courageous people. "I AM SAM'S" star was Sean Penn. A brillant performanence and courageous. I expect nothing less from him. I would like to hear his story about his experience in Iraq. The sad thing is that you don't.

Uh, oh. Im not the mary above - guess Im mary 2.

John is right, it is easy to take pot shots at Sean Penn - a violent guy preaching nonviolence an actor who thinks his political opinions are so very important it's too easy to make fun.

But the statement: - Mr. Penn's choices at the very least reveal man of courage to subject himself to the ridicule and abuse of a nation that typically assasinates those whose views become too challenging. is bizarre. First of all, is Sean Penn is no JFK or Martin Luther King - and those assassinations were in no way typical. Actors who think that their political opinions are more important than everyone elses are usually teased or ignored (Jane Fonda, Alec Baldwin, etc.) Thats typical.

Sean is a decent actor, though.