Ben Stein **PING**
History repeats itself.
Ben goes from being warm and fuzzy, to warm, fuzzy and scared. I no longer pay much attention to him. Though I guess his middle-aged inertia is appealing to a lot of people his age, and his temperament.
This is from a long haired redneck. If I'm gonna get my ticket punched by some sheet headed Islamist then I would want it to be when I'm doing something I enjoy. A Chiefs game, a plane to Chicago to visit my family, the College World Series in Omaha. Bring it, but diaperheads we won't go quietly
Why doesn't he take away the kid's car and tell him he won't pay for college if the kid doesn't shape up?
Hmmm. Quite the downer of an article. I don't think I'd take a liberal CBS reporter's version of events in Iraq and Afghanistan as the gospel truth.
And Ben needs to grow a parenting backbone. All this guano about "being friends" with "Tommy" has led to "Tommy's" spoiled brat behavior.
He's 17. I think he can be called "Tom" now.
h. Above all, to have learned to love and worship a God of love and understanding.
I can understand those who don't have faith in God using the term "lucky" but I just cannot understand why people of faith have such a hard time saying "blessed" when it comes to how God has "blessed" them. As an example, here is what Ben says, 3. "I am a supremely lucky person,...". It's almost as if they mean that God rolled the dice and they came out a winner.
Note to Ben,
Here's the thing, YOU SHOULD HAVE MADE YOUR SON CLEAN UP THE MESS!
That'll be $100.00 please,
I thought Stein was smart. How can't he understand that the CBS chick is a simple propagandist and was playing him.
I doubt that his depression concerning the Middle East has continued given the events of the last couple of weeks. His friend Lara need not worry about her kids wearing burqa, courtesy of that dumb cowboy who can never get anything right, George W. Bush. Nor is Tommy likely to have to put his front sight on center mass of an armed jihadist, which is a pity in a way, because a uniform and overcoming cold fear in your gut makes up for many an adolescent shortcoming. For some of us it's about the only cure for affluence.
Thanksgiving was a rough period in Iraq, and if this seems a bit depressed it's probably that and Stein's contemplation of beginning his seventh decade. It's only a number, Ben, just the superstition of an even number. If the good Lord had given us an extra finger on each hand we'd be counting in base 12 and it wouldn't mean diddly.
And after the last 4 years, you are now wondering if GWB is serious about the WOT?
And you take a liberal journo's opinions as gospel?
Give yourself a slap on the head, man!
As for his Tommy. . .maybe Ben should just share his own 'lessons learned as of his 60th Birthday. . .might help. . .
. . .also to Ben. . .as long as you blame yourself; and 'pick up Tommy's respsonsibility' for him. . .he will let you. . .and one more. . .NEVER drag race with your son!
In the meantime, I will both keep and share Ben's 'lesson's' . . .;^)
It's only natural for an adult to worry about the world, but those thoughts are seldom shared.
Not that it will necessarily help, but it might - get him into HS sports, and keep him there even if the coach says - not interested. All kids can learn, can train, etc. Rule of life.
As for the 'new economy', and the 'great economy' which Eleanor Clift touted every week during Gore's run, well . . she's still around, and he's still around. But I don't pay either the attention I used to. Both were frauds, then. Gore's been acting even worse, since. Clift - who cares?
The dot-com crash was really a crash of investment capital. This, people need to be reminded constantly, is what is known as a capitalist system, and economy. Basically, that means large chunks of millions are needed to finance new ventures in the hopes that it will eventually generate millions more in profits (what some term, revenues) for those doing that financing, or buying in as shareholders in some manner. The dot-com bust marked the end, for a while, of active involvement of capitalists in this, a capitalist economy. Guess what? But things are looking up. The thing about those with capital - they want more. Call it the 'Midas' complex. Another rule of life.
Buy one of those stylish "No Fear" hats Ben. Put it on your head. Fear. It's all in your head.
"4. Almost any "problem" I have can be dealt with by rest, reflection, and conversation with someone who cares about me, usually my shrink, the genius Paul Hyman."
Anybody who has a shrink has major problems.
save to savor later
Some of us are not at all surprised about the brat's selfishness and loutishness. Hope he grows out of it before he hits the headlines.
But then, what can we expect when his two buds are named Boris and Vlad, lol.