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Clooney, Obama and Veltroni-The Communist Cupola

I just read an interview with George Clooney in Italy’s La Repubblica, a leading Italian newspaper, and about fell out of my chair. In it, he discusses his new movie and a commercial he filmed for an Italian politician, Veltroni, a former communist and foreword writer to the Italian version of Obama’s Audacity of Hope. When I read it, I was surprised, not because he filmed a commercial for a communist, but that he actually said something in Italian considering the fact that he still doesn’t speak it, despite calling Italy “casa mia,” or my home. I know. Amazing. He doesn’t speak the language, he spends less than half the year there, and yet he finds time to film a commercial advocating a candidate, a communist one at that. It’s funny, he advocates a “hands-off” approach when it comes to minding other countries’ affairs, yet he wastes no time violating his own rule.

I was relieved when I looked up the YouTube video of the commie ad. It simply showed his photo along with a quote that read in Italian, “I’m with Obama, I hope that after the many errors, my country will heal. And Italy, it’s my home, and Veltroni (the communist, sorry, reformed communist), he is a good friend.”

If only McCarthy were alive…He’d have a field day with Penn and his admiration for FARC backing Chavez. Oliver Stone, Spielberg, Danny Glover and all of the other thespians that I have neglected to mention who trip over themselves to praise Castro would merit special scrutiny as well.

Clooney? I’m not sure he’s as sinister as he is naïve. And I’m not sure what is more disturbing. Is it loony Clooney, or the fact that we might have the only U.S. Presidential nominee in history that has had a communist pen his introduction?

Clooney supports communist=Clooney is a communist.

Communist supports Obama=Obama is a communist.

Clooney supports Obama=Both are communists.

In my new book, The Absentee Ballot, I discuss how Hollywood affects Europeans’ opinions of the United States. It certainly doesn’t help enhance our image abroad when the most visible Americans are filming spots for communist politicians, while simultaneously indulging in a good dose of self-flagellation.

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China Bans Mickey in Favor of 中国卡通

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They have really done it this time. China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television has removed Mickey Mouse and all other foreign toons from Chinese TVs, “to create a conducive environment for innovation in Chinese cartoons.” Poor Donald wasn’t spared from China’s axe, either.

The measure extends a Mickey black-out, already in place for the afternoon. Apparently, it wasn’t working, so they needed to try something more drastic, deciding to go after the all important “dinner cartoon hours.” According to Italy’s Corriere della Sera, “the SAFT has also asked the television networks to maintain a ratio of 7 to 3 transmissions between Chinese cartoons and foreign cartoons.

Next thing you know, they’ll be going after knock-off Louis Vuittons, Harry Potter counterfeits, and illegally pirated Hollywood films and music. Oh no, wait. They

profit from those little endeavors.