Ben Stein's Funny
He rips into the Democrats to the delight of an audience of Republicans
.Stein dished red meat to the $75-a-plate dinner crowd, calling Democrats the party of "death, defeatism and despair," disparaging the "haters" who "kick the military in the teeth" and unfairly mock President Bush.
Stein ripped into Hollywood, lambasting movie stars and industry executives for failing to mention the sacrifice of soldiers in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts during this month's Academy Awards.
"Not one word of the military, not a single breath of congratulations to our fighting men and women ... not one prayer or moment of silence for those who have given their lives," he said. "And they complain about (falling box office numbers). Stop spitting in the face of Americans and maybe we will go to the movies."
The real stars, he said, aren't his Beverly Hills neighbors (he said he lives in a "tool shed" compared to some of the homes of actors who live near him), but those who are "wearing body armor in 130-degree heat, pulling 24-hour shifts" in the dangerous Sunni Triangle, the apex of armed opposition to the Iraqi Coalition government and Americans.