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Something for Hillary to Boohoo About

James Hirsen By Tuesday, 04 March 2008 01:41 PM EST Current | Bio | Archive

Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. Oscar's Marion Cotillard Sees 9/11 as a Conspiracy
2. Angelina Jolie Wants Troops to Stay in Iraq
3. Something for Hillary to Boohoo About
4. Jack Nicholson Stars in Hillary Ad
5. Desperate Housewife Endorses Desperate Candidate

1. Oscar's Marion Cotillard Sees 9/11 as a Conspiracy

She may be a good actor, but Marion Cotillard's beliefs about 9/11 are just like Charlie Sheen's and Rosie O'Donnell's—awash in conspiracy.

In an interview with a French television program, the recent Oscar winner expressed her view that the attacks of 9/11 were some kind of a conspiracy orchestrated by the United States government.

"We see other towers of the same kind hit by planes. Are they burned? There was a tower, I believe it was in Spain, that burned for 24 hours. It never collapsed. None of these towers collapsed. And there in New York, in a few minutes, the whole thing collapsed, "Cotillard said.

Intelligence and acting talent don't necessarily to go together. The French actress also thinks that the moon landing by the U.S. was a conspiracy, too.

"I saw plenty of documentaries on it, and I really wondered," said Cotillard. "And in any case, I don't believe all they tell me, that's for sure."

Maybe Cotillard was auditioning for an Oliver Stone flick.

2. Angelina Jolie Wants Troops to Stay in Iraq

Hollywood celebrities are known for supporting candidates who campaign on the promise to bring the troops home from Iraq.

But Angelina Jolie, in her capacity as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, visited Iraq and had the opportunity to meet with the military genius responsible for the success of the "surge," General David Petraeus. And the actress-diplomat is now distinguishing herself from most of the Hollywood Left.

In an op-ed titled, "Staying to Help in Iraq," Jolie writes about speaking to the general and how she is "pleased that he has offered that support."

"General Petraeus also told me he would support new efforts to address the humanitarian crisis ‘to the maximum extent possible' -- which leaves me hopeful that more progress can be made." Jolie adds.

As for the surge, Jolie explains, "I can only state what I witnessed: U.N. staff and those of non-governmental organizations seem to feel they have the right set of circumstances to attempt to scale up their programs. And when I asked the troops if they wanted to go home as soon as possible, they said that they miss home but feel invested in Iraq. They have lost many friends and want to be a part of the humanitarian progress they now feel is possible."

Sounding like Bill Krystol, Jolie asks: "Can the United States afford to gamble that four million or more poor and displaced people, in the heart of the Middle East, won't explode in violent desperation, sending the whole region into further disorder?"

It appears as though Jolie is affirming what military leaders have been saying; that not only will humanitarian progress be halted if the U.S. pulls out, a humanitarian calamity will ensue.

3. Something for Hillary to Boohoo About

Hillary Clinton got a double boost from NBC's "Saturday Night Live."

For two weeks running, the show featured sketches that supported her campaign's contention that the media have given her a raw deal.

In the first "SNL" bit, the press groveled at the feet of Hillary's rival, Barack Obama.

In fact, the real life Hillary actually asked voters to check out the video of the sketch on NBC's Web site.

In the second "SNL" bit, a fanciful farce hit the same theme, with NBC anchors throwing tough questions at Hillary (played by Amy Poehler) while pitching softballs at Obama (played by Fred Armisen). Then the real-life Hillary entered the scene to give an editorial response.

The spoof set the stage for another Clinton campaign tactic, which was put into motion the very next day by a likely surrogate.

While appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Dianne Feinstein flung out the woman card, but she must have grabbed it from the bottom of the deck.

Declaring that there has been gender bias in the campaign, Feinstein claimed that newspapers have spent time covering "really picayune things about Senator Clinton — her hair, her suits."

The reason for this, according to the California senator, is "the insecurity of having a woman running for this office."

"I read a lot of stuff which is really irrelevant to the kind of president she [Hillary] will be, and I think some of it is driven by the fact that it's easy to hit at a woman," Feinstein said.

Hillary's new campaign song is rumored to be "I Am Woman, Hear Me Sniffle."

4. Jack Nicholson Stars in Hillary Ad

Actor and perennial bad-boy Jack Nicholson is trying to help the Hillary Clinton campaign by calling her the "sexy" candidate.

With help from director and Clinton-backer Rob Reiner, a montage of shots from various Nicholson's films was incorporated into a Hillary campaign ad.

In a famous scene from "A Few Good Men," Nicholson, via his character, declares, "There's nothing sexier than saluting a woman."

Another part of the ad features the actor's creepy character from "The Shining," who intones, "Things could be better, Lloyd. Things could be a whole lot better." Simultaneously, the words "Clinton has a plan to deal with the nearly 47 million Americans without health care" flash on the screen.

"Jack and Hill" was unleashed on the Internet just in time for the Super Tuesday sequel.

5. Desperate Housewife Endorses Desperate Candidate

On the eve of Hillary Clinton's Texas shootout, she got a little help from Wisteria Lane.

Eva Longoria Parker, who is a featured star on the ABC television show "Desperate Housewives," rushed to Sen. Clinton's side to rally some last minute support in Austin, Texas.

"As a native of Texas, I know our state and our nation faces big challenges ahead of us," Longoria Parker said. "Hillary has proven she has the strength and experience to deliver the change we need."

Adding more feminine symbolism to the event, a fellow actress joined in the mix.

Melanie Griffith, who starred in the movie "Working Girl," was also on hand to lend some Hollywood assistance to Hillary's campaign.

How did Obama fight back?

Well, his campaign snagged Halle Berry to campaign in the Lone Star State.

It's unusual to have Halle Berry, Melanie Griffith and Eva Longoria Parker in the same locale.

Odds are that Bill is making a beeline to Texas to provide his special kind of help.

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Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):1. Oscar's Marion Cotillard Sees 9/11 as a Conspiracy2. Angelina Jolie Wants Troops to Stay in Iraq3. Something for Hillary to Boohoo About4. Jack Nicholson Stars in Hillary Ad5. Desperate Housewife Endorses Desperate Candidate ...
Tuesday, 04 March 2008 01:41 PM
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