It can’t really be the water but what is it that eventually, inevitably turns Californian’s brains into scungille salad? Oh, not the bimbettes and bimbinos who just parrot what they hear other people saying because they think that’ll make them sound just as smart as all those intellekchools they hang out with, like their hair stylists. No, they don’t count. The ones that surprise are the ones that you might expect just once to have half a brain. Admittedly, Sean Penn is a moron; he always was a moron and always will be. And Matt Damon was stuck in Harvard for a little while and that is generally always the kiss of death for rational thought. Which might explain his latest Bush-is-a-criminal film which did the usual Hollywood anti-American gross — namely zero. But how do you explain Tom Hanks who, up until now, has seemed reasonably sane? Yet now he has a TV series on the Pacific War and he shows up on the tube and says things like the Japanese “wanted to kill us because our way of living was different. We, in turn, wanted to annihilate them because they were different.” And then later, he says, “Does that sound familiar, by any chance, to what’s going on today?” Here you have a guy making movies and miniseries who clearly has never heard of Pearl Harbor — (clue, Tom: that’s what started World War 2) — and who apparently didn’t know that we were on the side of the Chinese who were also “different” from us. But logic doesn’t matter; just any cheap excuse to attack America and its motives. God, it makes your teeth hurt. To further ruin my day, I’m indebted to my partner Jim Mullaney who forwarded me a quote from “actor” Matthew Modine who said: “Imagine if somebody were to really sit down with Osama Bin Ladin and say, ‘Listen, man, what is it that you’re so angry at me about that you’re willing to have people strap bombs to themelves…?’ That would be the miracle if we can get, sit down and talk to our enemies and find a way for them to hear us.” Yes, indeed. As someone pointed out, there is a Matt dumber than Damon.