Ben Stein’s Diary


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Please Pray for My Wife

 

Friday This has been a difficult two days. We brought wifey to St. John’s hospital on Wednesday for her cruel fatigue. She did not want to go but she could barely open her eyes and her breathing was labored. So… into the hospital she went. She’s in a lovely bright room. And she has constant […]

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When It’s Late at Night

 

I’m up at night reading a terrifying book —just really scary — about the life of an amphetamine addict. It is so blood curdling I think I will have to burn it. Malibu was balmy and beautiful tonight. My pal Judah and I ate at the Carbon Beach Cafe. It’s right on the sand or […]

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Surgery Is Awful

 

Tuesday Wait a minute! What am I doing here? I am in the waiting room for the “Cath Lab” — short for catheterization laboratory — at Cedars-Sinai Hospital. The room is jam packed with other poor souls who are about to get wires stuck in their veins to save their lives. I have been having […]

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Strzok and His Rabid-Dog Handlers

 

Thursday Wow. What a day on Capitol Hill. Rogue FBI agent Peter Strzok, married, long-time FBI powerhouse, having long-term affair with other FBI agent named Miss Lisa Page, had sent texts over his official FBI phone calling Trump supporters “pieces of s–t,” had said he could “smell” them at a Walmart in southern Virginia. Had […]

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Missing Andy Rooney

 

As I was motorvating through the horrible heat here in Los Angeles a few days ago, wondering if maybe there was something to this “global warming” stuff, I heard a true jewel on my CBS News Radio station. A man was fondly remembering the great Andy Rooney. He quoted many times from the great grouch, […]

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In Sandpoint for the Fourth

 

Sandpoint, Idaho. A perfect day for an Independence Day Parade. It’s sunny, clear skies, lots of people who wear American flags on their shirts. Beautiful girls on horseback. All going down First Street in Sandpoint. No dope smoking. No scary teenagers. All smiles. This is the America we pledge allegiance to when we pledge allegiance, […]

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Sick to My Stomach

 

Saturday Wow. What a day I had yesterday. Just awful stomach ache. Could it have been from corned beef? Could it have been from watching Maxine Waters on TV? Ms. Waters and I go back to the school busing struggle of 1977-78. I was against it along with great civic leaders like Bobbi Fiedler and […]

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Happy Father’s Day, Pop

 

One day in early 1974 I was a speechwriter for President Richard M. Nixon. I needed data about the economy for my work. I walked up 3 flights of stairs to my father’s office. He was Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. He was reading tables of statistics and smoking Kents. “Pop,” I […]

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Who Made Mueller President?

 

“Mueller? Mueller?” “Anyone? Anyone?” Okay, now that’s out of the way, let’s try this. We are facing a grave Constitutional challenge. It has to do with Special Prosecutor Mueller seeking to question President Donald Trump under oath on anything he damned well wants to, then punish him if, in Mr. Mueller’s opinion, President Trump has […]

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What Drugs Was Samantha Bee Taking?

 

Of course we don’t want Rosanne Barr calling Valerie Jarrett an ape. That’s as clear as can be. It was a horrible comment. But maybe we should listen for just a moment to what Ms. Barr says in her defense: She was taking Ambien all through the day when she spoke. Now, Ambien is a […]

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