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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Find Ben Stein’s Marbles…

…because he’s lost them. Quick! Before he starts crying again.

First, this voice-of-profit-cy, or lack thereof, lost his listeners’ money for them last summer, after he expelled a lot of hogwash about financial stocks just before they turned into something you wouldn't wipe your nose with.

(Note that comments at You Tube are closed because THEY [“Darwinists”] are all out to silence this self-styled economist by engaging in free speech about Ben Stein’s revisionism, you know.)

Now, Ben Stein is huffing about the “invisible government” of Goldman Sachs – Goldman Sachs, for pete’s sake – and how it “sells fear,” and how its "highly placed economist" (must be Stein's code word for someone having a job), Dr. Jan Hatzius, presides over a “culture of the KGB,” making it "the closest I have recently seen to such a world-running body [i.e., another conspiracy]." Oh, my dog! My cat! Another conspiracy!

(There's an alternative link for Stein's commentary at

Excuse me, but in light of this and his hyperventilating coming attractions for Expelled (“If you see this film you could lose your job…Is there anyone out there who can stand up for freedom? Anyone? Anyone?” etc.), just who is selling fear here?

Apparently there's something called Ben Stein Watch. ;-)

Ben Bernanke sounds off on Stein’s accusations against Goldman Sachs

Paul Krugman, also of the NY Times, also replies to Stein.

I, too, was puzzled by Ben Stein’s conflation of a bank’s total assets with its capital, and assumed he was moving the goalposts as his intelligent design colleagues do. But, amazingly, it appears that I gave Stein too much credit in this, for apparently he doesn’t know the difference.

Ben Bernanke and Paul Krugman – and now, a "Darwinist" - well, you know what that means. It’s a conspiracy! No, I’m not kidding. Ben Stein digs himself in further, and even Krugman’s detractors are shocked. And as one observer remarked about Stein's assertion that housing prices have never declined over 15% in a very long time, one shouldn't drive while only looking in the rear-view mirror! (LOL! That is a good analogy for creationism as well.)

BTW, if you Google “Ben Stein” and “crying,” Amused Muse’s “Win Ben Stein’s Funneh” reached number 9. Thank you!

Well, anyway, I found all this out because Ben Stein was interviewed on Glenn Beck’s show. Glenn Beck! That Glenn Beck?

Hey, uh, Beck, what happened to the "end of the world on August 22" as prophesied by your favorite Princeton professor? I guess you should get up from your knees and thank "Darwinists" for ruining that, too?

Maybe during the battle of Armaggedon all the conspiracies against Ben Stein battle each other, and the winner gets to be teh Beast.

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Blogger Spirula said...

Glenn Blech.

Can't stomach the little twit. I happened to stumble on his show when Penn Jillette was on it (sad, I know) and MilqueToast boy said to Penn "It's good to meet someone who hates Michael Moore as much as I do".

Don't know the context, but that pretty much summarizes the wingnuts...hate anyone who disagrees. Blech even fantasizes about killing him.

What a puke. Stein deserves him.

Anyway, due to Glenn (The Moron Mormon) Beck, Nancy (The Loathsome and Bitter) Grace, Wolf (the Dullard) Blitzer, and Lou (Kill the Wetbacks!) Dobbs, CNN has be removed from my channel menu. I consider it to be a hate speech channel.

December 06, 2007 2:10 PM  
Blogger Spirula said...

(Oh, just to make it clear, Faux News was never allowed to appear on my TeeVee)

December 06, 2007 2:12 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Oh, I keep an eye on Faux News, being that CNN looks so much like it now. Gotta keep an eye on these people.

These two fancy themselves to be canaries in coal mines/literary giants. Well, Stein + Beck does not equal STEINBECK! But they haven't figured that out. :-D

December 06, 2007 4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watch so little TV these days that Ben Stein and Glenn Beck aren't even blips on my radar. I don't give any part of a rat what they think.

December 07, 2007 9:23 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Yes, but why does Stein merit a column in the New York Times?

December 07, 2007 10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couldn't prove a thing by me. I don't read the Times either.

December 07, 2007 10:44 AM  
Blogger breakerslion said...

Talking heads, all of them, and not a grain of talent in them. No disrespect meant to the band with that name.

Doesn't Ben Stein know that the Bildenbergers and the Trilateral Commission have purchased the franchise to rule the world from the Masons? Where does he come off with that Goldman-Sachs crap? Those guys are only in charge of the North Atlantic resort waterfront, diesel fuel contracts to the Walmart fleet, Assisted Living Communities and Miscellaneous Gated Golf Condos, and the Corn Syrup Subsidy Scam. Strictly small potatoes. :-)

December 07, 2007 2:35 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Yeah, Stein really has no imagination. He needs to worry about bigger things, like the Mossad pulling off another number like they did on September 11, which of course George Bush and Santa both knew about beforehand (thanks to the wine labels on French cabernet bottles).

Right, and does Ben Stein know that when the U.N. takes over the U.S., U.N. tanks will follow directions according to the stickers on the backs of stop and parking signs? (I kid you not.) The black helicopters are coming!

December 07, 2007 3:57 PM  
Blogger Spirula said...


Where'd you get that info on that signs/sticker conspiracy theory?

It's not on this wack-o's list however.

December 10, 2007 4:14 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

I saw it during the 1990s on a program submitted to MTN.

December 10, 2007 6:06 PM  

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