Friday, September 19, 2008

Ben Stein: Larry Flynt's A-Hole of the Month!

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It's not every day that I link you to Larry Flynt for a story. But it's not every day that I'm in 100% agreement with Larry Flynt either (though it's frightening how often I am!).

Ben Stein is remembered by everybody who grew up in the 80s from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, as the boring teacher who intoned, "Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?" He's had bit parts in other classics like Soapdish, parlayed his boring monotone into commercials for Clear Eyes, and even turned up on MTV as the host of the game show, Win Ben Stein's Money, which also brought Jimmy Kimmel to national attention.

Through this, I knew that Ben Stein was basically a conservative, but I liked him. His game show was funny, and so were most of his roles. But either I had the wrong impression, or Stein took a hard right turn somewhere along the way into whack-a-doodle land. His most recent jaw-dropping appearance was in a movie called Expelled, which extolled the virtues of teaching intelligent design in biology class. And I used to think this guy was smart?

Anyway, on to Larry Flynt. I don't think you'll find anything at that is particularly Not Safe For Work, but be aware that it is of course possible, considering he's the publisher of Hustler Magazine. On with the story. . .


Ben Stein passes snide pomposity off as witty intelligence. Weekly, Fox’s investment show Bulls & Bears hauls out the whining bore to pontificate, and his opinions are remarkable— remarkably wrong-headed. But since Stein has made a living as a pundit for so long, most people assume he must know something. That’s like assuming Sylvester Stallone is a real commando, or Ann Coulter is a real woman. . .

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