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  • My Convention Story (The nomad who found a home in America)

    09/04/2008 11:28:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 428+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 9/5/2008 | Ben Stein
    Okay, here's my Republican Convention story. After I did my little tiny bit of reporting work from St. Paul's Xcel Center on Wednesday, I got into a taxi to head back to my hotel. Of course we got stuck in traffic. I asked my driver, a rugged looking fellow, where he was from and how he was enjoying the convention. It was as if I had uncorked a bottle of champagne. "Have you ever heard of Ogaden?" he asked me. "Yes, it's part of Ethiopia," I said. "Lots of fighting there." "It is a huge area. Seven million people. Government...
  • Ben Stein Gets 'Expelled' on Blu-ray

    08/07/2008 11:17:53 AM PDT · by Donald Rumsfeld Fan · 36 replies · 76+ views
    HIGH-DEF DIGEST ^ | Wed Aug 06, 2008 | HIGH-DEF DISC NEWS
    Bringing the intelligent design debate to high-def, Vivendi Visual has announced an October Blu-ray release for Ben Stein's controversial documentary 'Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.' Drawing lines in the intelligent design versus evolution debate (with Stein falling squarely on the side of the former), 'Expelled' was praised by religious leaders and condemned by scientists in equal measure. Released through the Vivendi Visual Entertainment label, the company has set a October 21 Blu-ray release for the incendiary doc, day-and-date with the standard DVD.
  • Are There Any Real Conservatives Out There?

    07/22/2008 6:16:58 PM PDT · by AnnGora · 43 replies · 172+ views
    Larry King Show | July 22, 2008
    Just started watching Larry King for a lark. There are no larks on the show, but the harridan, Joy Behar, is hostessing. Her guests are three liberals and one supposed conservative, Ben Stein. First question: How did Obama do on his Tour of Iraq? The question goes to Ben Stein who falls all over himself praising Obama, gushing how wonderful and masterful he is, and ending up drooling over how Obama is the best he has ever seen in his lifetime. Naturally, the panel of libs agreed immediately and offered Stein free membership in the club. With conservatives like these...
  • Attack of the Super-Intelligent Purple Space Squid Creators

    07/16/2008 1:01:17 PM PDT · by steve-b · 26 replies · 157+ views
    Reason ^ | 7/15/08 | Ronald Bailey
    ...Near the end of the silly new anti-evolution film, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed—in which fellow panelist Steve Meyer appeared—host Ben Stein asks Richard Dawkins, who is arguably the best-known living evolutionary biologist on the planet, if he could think of any circumstances under which intelligent design might have occurred. Incautiously, Dawkins brings up the idea that aliens might have seeded life on earth; so-called directed panspermia. This idea was suggested by biologists Francis Crick and Leslie Orgel back in the 1970s. In the film, Stein acts like this is a great "gotcha," like it's the silliest thing he's ever heard....
  • Ben Stein and his war on Hate

    06/23/2008 8:44:37 PM PDT · by Turborules · 12 replies · 215+ views
    Open letter | june 6 2008 | Ben Stein
    Ben Stein: Great article on Jews, Christians and Americans ~~~~~~~~~~~ The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary. My confession: I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees. It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready...
  • Is Ben Stein Drinking Too Much Hollywood Kool-Aid?

    06/18/2008 6:17:28 AM PDT · by kellynla · 59 replies · 173+ views ^ | 06/18/2008 | Mark Skousen
    Let me first say that I’ve been a long-time fan of Ben Stein as an actor, author, and commentator. I admire his entrepreneurial skills in both the academic (he holds a law and economics degree from ivy-league schools) and the entertainment worlds. His credentials as a conservative are strong in his defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But nobody is perfect, and in the case of Ben Stein, he has recently strayed from sound economic thinking in his ill-conceived and unrelenting attack on the rich and his recommendation that the wealthy pay a lot more in taxes....
  • (Ben)Stein: Stop Whining And Blaming Oil Cos.

    05/25/2008 2:33:30 PM PDT · by kellynla · 60 replies · 63+ views ^ | May 25, 2008 | Ben Stein
    Topic A on everyone's mind these days is the amazing price rise of oil and gasoline by historical standards. Herewith, some good news and some bad news. First, the bad news: Nothing - and I mean nothing - the U.S. government does can stop the rise in the price of oil in the short run. Stopping buys for the emergency stockpile will have no effect at all. These purchases are less than one-tenth of one percent of daily worldwide demand. Cancelling the purchases is precisely the same as not paying life insurance premiums when you're worried about money. It is...
  • Darwin's Dystopia : Darwinism and Hitler's Eugenics Program

    05/24/2008 9:04:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 341 replies · 1,585+ views ^ | May 8, 2008 | Dr. Benjamin Wiker
    The folks at Scientific American are steamed at Ben Stein: (see links): Ben Stein's Expelled: No Integrity Displayed ( Six Things in Expelled That Ben Stein Doesn't Want You to Know...( Stein's controversial movie Expelled links Charles Darwin to Adolf Hitler, the ultimate scientific hero to the ultimate manifestation of human evil. "A shameful antievolution film tries to blame Darwin for the Holocaust," shouts John Rennie's headline. Rennie then declares that its "heavy-handed linkage of modern biology to the Holocaust demands a response for the sake of simple human decency." The problem is, that the link is quite real. In...
  • Why Do You Keep Boring Us with Darwinism?

    05/19/2008 1:50:52 PM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 123 replies · 154+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 5/19/08 | Purple Mountains
    I’ve written several columns about my skepticism regarding Darwinism. Each time I do I receive snooty comments attesting to my stupidity and my ignorance. The Darwinists never seem to want to discuss any of the points I have tried to make, just to ridicule the very thought that there may be some kind of guiding intelligence behind the structures, the amounts of information, the complexities, the fine balance and the mysteries of life and our universe. If anything is subject to ridicule, it is the answer that the world’s leading proponent and defender of Darwinian dogma, Richard Dawkins, gave to...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 11 May 2008

    05/11/2008 5:14:44 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 359 replies · 466+ views
    Various big media television networks ^ | 11 May 2008 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, May 11th, 2008 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): David Axelrod, campaign adviser for Obama; Howard Wolfson, campaign adviser for Clinton; actor Ben Stein. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn.; Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C.; Terry McAuliffe, campaign chairman for Hillary Rodham Clinton. THIS WEEK (ABC): Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Carly Fiorina, adviser to John McCain's campaign. LATE EDITION (CNN) : Reps. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Retired Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez,...
  • R.C. Sproul Interviews Ben Stein

    05/10/2008 7:57:42 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 11 replies · 111+ views
    Ligonier Ministries ^ | March 20, 2008
    You can watch it here: R.C. Sproul interviews Ben Stein
  • Ben Stein's Dangerous Idea (three false assumptions about the movie "Expelled")

    05/07/2008 5:05:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 191 replies · 549+ views
    National Ledger ^ | May 7, 2008 | Bob Meyer
    Ben Stein has a dangerous idea. His idea is that professors and teachers who express skepticism about Darwinism are likely to find themselves not granted tenure, castigated and ridiculed, and disqualified from the opportunity to have research papers published. Stein documents this in his new movie "Expelled, No Intelligence Allowed." As you would expect, it is drawing highly critical reviews from the usual suspects. One agitated reviewer on a blog said the movie was filled with half-truths and outright lies. It would be interesting to see what this same source had to say about the latest documentary movies promoted by...
  • Darwin, Hitler, and the Culture of Death

    05/06/2008 3:49:16 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 102 replies · 309+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/6/08 | Michael Baggot
    May 5, 2008 ( - Ben Stein has suffered extensive media criticism for drawing the connection between Darwin, Hitler, and the modern eugenics movements in a powerful 10-minute section of his film "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed".In an review, Arthur Caplan calls the connection Stein draws between Darwin's theory and the Holocaust "despicable".  Neo-Darwinians on the whole have unleashed a barrage of insults at Stein and his work. They have also, however, completely failed to address the intimidating body of evidence Stein presents to support his claims.  While Stein has explicitly asserted that not every neo-Darwinist is a eugenicist, an examination of the historic...
  • Ben Stein Provokes the Liberal Wrath ( Phyllis Schlafly )

    05/06/2008 5:52:13 AM PDT · by kellynla · 200 replies · 213+ views ^ | May 5, 2008 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Ben Stein is known to many as an actor on Comedy Central. But the funniest part about his recent movie "Expelled" is not any clever lines spoken by Stein but the hysterical way liberals are trying to discourage people from seeing it. Stein's critics fail to effectively refute anything in "Expelled"; they just use epithets to ridicule it and hope they can make it go away. However, it won't go away; even Scientific American, which labeled the movie "shameful," concedes that it cannot be ignored.
  • The Wrong Target (On Ben Stein's Expelled)

    05/05/2008 2:32:33 PM PDT · by curiosity · 307 replies · 394+ views
    National Review ^ | 5/5/2008 | John Derbyshire
    A reader: John, I think you and other conservative critics of Ben Stein's movie are overlooking a significant part of the damage this film is doing: it diverts attention away from the areas of the academy, such as English, Poli Sci, Sociology, gender studies, black studies, etc. that really have become real cesspools of leftist dogma and actually are dire need of reform. Conservatives who care about higher education ought to be scrutinizing the pseudo-scholars in these disciplines and leaving the real scholars in the natural sciences alone. Ben Stein is diverting resources away from where they could actually be...
  • Why is "Expelled" unavailable on Netflix?

    05/04/2008 8:10:53 PM PDT · by weeder · 38 replies · 511+ views
    5/4/08 | Weeder
    I'm puzzled. I just looked up the movie, "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed", on Netflix. It was classified as "Availability unknown", but it also has a rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars, based on opinions of 383 people who viewed the film. Has this been pulled by Netflix? Did someone get an injunction against it or something? How can over 300 people have viewed it and rated it, yet the movie is not currently available? Seems fishy to me. Anyone know what the deal is here?
  • Show me the Science (On Ben Stein's "Expelled")

    05/04/2008 1:46:20 PM PDT · by curiosity · 176 replies · 346+ views
    National Review ^ | May 2, 2008 | Jim Manzi
    Expelled seems to me to be the right-wing analog of Fahrenheit 9/11...An effort to take a preexisting belief about the illegitimate use of power, find some facts to fit to it, and do the rest of the work with insinuation and innuendo... ...But the obvious question for ID proponents is never asked: OK, this great science is being suppressed, so please show me the data, lab notebooks, scientific work papers, unpublished manuscripts, and so on that contain all of these amazing discoveries that nobody will confront. But we never see it... ...One argument the movie makes, without any support that...
  • A Blood Libel on Our Civilization

    05/04/2008 5:49:05 AM PDT · by Salman · 63 replies · 186+ views
    National Review ^ | April 28, 2008 | John Derbyshire
    ... When talking about the creationists to people who don’t follow these controversies closely, I have found that the hardest thing to get across is the shifty, low-cunning aspect of the whole modern creationist enterprise. Individual creationists can be very nice people, though they get nicer the further away they are from the full-time core enterprise of modern creationism at the Discovery Institute. The enterprise as a whole, however, really doesn’t smell good. You notice this when you’re around it a lot. I shall give some more examples in a minute; but what accounts for all this dishonesty and misrepresentation?...

    05/03/2008 4:48:48 PM PDT · by LJayne · 114 replies · 159+ views
    There is a movement on the horizon that has the potential to change the educational system in America and influence your kids, you and the youth you serve. For decades now, Neo-Darwinism has maintained a stranglehold within public education, suppressing all other theories on the origins of life—especially those that hint of a "designer".
  • "Don't Blame Darwinism for Hitler! Blame Christianity!"

    05/01/2008 3:09:53 PM PDT · by sitetest · 327 replies · 1,029+ views
    Jewcy - What Matters Now ^ | April 30, 2008? | David Klinghoffer
    It was from an obsessive Darwin-defender that I learned of the Anti-Defamation League's attack on the theatrical documentary Expelled, for "misappropriat[ing] the Holocaust." This guy is constantly emailing me. He warned that the ADL had just "issued a terse press release today condemning the equation of ‘Darwinism' with Nazism in Expelled. How can you call yourself a religious Jew and still believe in such Fundamentalist Protestant Christian nonsense like Intelligent Design?" I thanked my email correspondent for a good laugh. The idea that, having defended Expelled's thesis concerning Hitler's intellectual debt to Charles Darwin, I would now feel chastised and...