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June 16, 2006

Daryl Hannah: Unreachably Insane

When Daryl Hannah's preposterous crusade to prevent Mexican squatters from getting thrown off someone else's property by climbing up a tree and refusing to come down resulted in her arrest, some might have assumed it was just a cheap publicity stunt intended to revive interest in a flagging acting career. But Hannah is a moonbat's moonbat — so flaky that when she recites kooky progressive rhetoric, she actually means it.

Her career in moonbattery began at age 11, when she became a vegan after a prolonged kissing session with a calf. At 12, she argued with her father, who insisted on paying taxes, even though some of the money might be used to defend the United States. As an adult, she has taken green ideology to absurd extremes, reusing bathwater to irrigate her garden and driving a vehicle that runs on recycled grease from fast food restaurants.

Hannah's acting career has been less impressive — leaving plenty of time to make what she calls "sustainable video-logs" about "inspirational and cutting-edge developments in green culture and lifestyle." You can check them out here. For your keyboard's sake, don't be drinking coffee while you watch the videos.

To someone as far out there as Hannah, it must make perfect sense that probable illegal aliens should use someone else's property to grow a farm in the middle of a major city.

Environmental activist John Quigley enabled Hannah's principled stand in the owner's walnut tree by training Hannah and fellow moonbat Joan Baez on the finer points of climbing trees. Quigley recounts what happened when the law finally came around:

On the morning the sheriff showed up, I spotted them and called out. She was on the rope and up the tree in about three minutes. It was an amazing athletic feat.

Hannah was proud to have been "laying my body down on the line" with her misdemeanor arrest. As she blissfully recounts:

I knew what I was doing was taking a principled stand. In fact, there was a very strange and unexpected sense of calm that came to me while I was coming down. It made me more confident that I was doing the right thing. ... If you take a principled stand, the Sheriff's Department will treat you with a lot of respect. They don't treat you like a criminal who just held up a 7-Eleven. They treated us with a lot of respect and courtesy.

Incredibly, Hannah takes the professionalism and courtesy of law officers as an endorsement of her criminal behavior. Her ridiculous "urban farm" is a violation of property rights, just as holding up a 7-Eleven would be. In essence, they are the same crime.

Hannah is extracted from some poor guy's tree.

Posted by Van Helsing at June 16, 2006 7:56 AM


Daryl? Wheres her other brother Daryl???

Im sure Daryl has a nice large mansion with acres of land, why doesnt she and her other Hollyweird friends open up their mult-imillion dollar estates to the Mexican squatters and let them farm their land?

Posted by: General Jack D. Ripper at June 16, 2006 8:09 AM

ATTENTION: ALL MEXICAN SQUATTERS - Head for the Hannah ranch in the Rockies... begin farming NOW!

Posted by: General Jack D. Ripper at June 16, 2006 8:46 AM

Or, she and her Hollywood friends, could simply pony up the money to buy the property from its rightful owners and turn it over to the squatters.

Posted by: V the K at June 16, 2006 9:33 AM not TOO quick to satirize Crisco-powered cars. They work! Generally, they are slightly-modified VW diesels.

Of course, they are MOST useful to folks who own fast-food franchises; rather than paying someone to haul the used cooking-oil to the dump, they can simply attach a tube from the vat to their fuel tank.

There's a good capitalist opportunity here...

Posted by: dad29 at June 16, 2006 10:06 AM

Aye, there is. Unfortunately, over here the Mother of Parliaments is already forcing people who use hydrogenated vegetable oil in their cars to pay fuel duty... the democrats will do the same when anyone other than their "elites" start using it.

Posted by: Archonix at June 16, 2006 6:19 PM

"...driving a vehicle that runs on recycled grease from fast food restaurants."

Wait a minute. Aren't all the Lefty nuts suing all the fast food places for being unhealthy? Yet they have the gall to use the spoils of the industry to power their cars?


Posted by: Steve at June 16, 2006 7:36 PM

Jackson Browne tried to knock some sense into her,guess it did`nt work. They`d be bringing him down too if he was`nt on tour.

Posted by: Bensittin at June 16, 2006 9:48 PM

You cant just pump grease from a vat into a car. Bio-diesel needs to be processed and you need some knowledge of chemistry to avoid destroying the engine. Each batch is slightly different chemically and needs to be processed in a different way. Its not like Back To The Future II where Doc Brown had a Mr. Fusion engine that involved throwing a banana peel and soda can into the fuel tank.

Posted by: General Jack D. Ripper at June 17, 2006 1:38 PM

"As an adult, she has taken green ideology to absurd extremes, reusing bathwater to irrigate her garden and driving a vehicle that runs on recycled grease from fast food restaurants."

No argument from me regarding your diagnosis of moonbattery, Dr. Van Helsing, but I'm not sure either of these activities are symptoms in and of themselves. As one who lives in a particularly arid part of the country, I see nothing wrong with using bathwater to sprinkle the garden. Like the vegetable oil car, it's a creative way to save money, in this case on water which can be too expensive or even forbidden to use in the yard due to scarcity.

On the other hand, if she's sprinkling her food garden with her bathwater, that's kinda gross. I'm sure she uses organic soaps hand-made by Amazon forest-dwellers from sustainable resources, or something else soap-wise that won't affect her backyard food chain, but I can't help imagining tomatoes that taste like Mr. Bubble, cabbage with a distinct Irish Sprign flavor, dandruff-free heads of selenium-enriched broccoli, etc.

Posted by: prince of leaves at June 17, 2006 5:40 PM

since when does caring about the enviroment and people that have no rights make one "unreachably insane" we have all been blinded people. were your grandparents and greatgrandparents who farmed the land and were uprooted throughout the midwestern states "unreachable insane" also? simply because they sought to enjoy the benefits of our bountious land? or perhaps those that worked hard on the underground railroad to free the slaves? i suppose they were insane as well? no! i dont think so. i think it is modern america that is insane. modern america that lives beyond the years of natural human lives, working nine to five in flurescent lit boxes, slaves for dollars that dont exist! Never breathing a breath of fresh air. Waiting for some retirement so we can rot away in peace consuming mass amounts of legal drugs. You may want to reconsider the definition of insanity. May Daryl and others like her continue to help those in need and may more of us wake up to the facts each day, that we are raping and killing this planet and thus ourselves as well!

Posted by: tom bennett at June 19, 2006 3:26 AM

I know I'm wasting my time trying to reason with someone like the capitalization-and-logic-challenged tom, but, tom, what gives Daryl Hannah the right to usurp someone else's property rights? If she is so concerned about the environment, why don't she and her rich Hollywood buddies pony up the money to buy the land from its rightful owner? Or do you just feel that anyone who is passionate about the environment should be above the law? Do you also feel that environmental policy, regardless of how extreme it is or how much hardship it puts on people, beyond criticism?

Posted by: V the K at June 19, 2006 10:53 AM

VtK -- in tom's world, the only 'rights' to be respected are those he believes are owed to the downtrodden. The 'urban farmers' have rights to use someone else's land without permission or compensation, but the guy who owns the property doesn't have any rights to do anything about it.

To a Marxist like our capitalization-challenged friend tom, property 'rights' are only valid if they are held collectively for the common good of the noble proletariat...just like every other right the rest of us recognize as being a natural endowment of the individual.

(And it's gotta just sting tom's delicate sensibilities that the greedy landowning bastard is doing all this to make a buck. How heartless! How cruel! How...capitalistic!!!)

Posted by: prince of leaves at June 19, 2006 11:08 PM