Wednesday, May 18, 2011

"Anyone? Anyone?"

Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that Ben Stein is getting more and more difficult to understand and to take?
His latest offense is in l'affaire de Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid.  Stein writes:
People accuse other people of crimes all of the time. What do we know about the complainant besides that she is a hotel maid? I love and admire hotel maids. They have incredibly hard jobs and they do them uncomplainingly. I am sure she is a fine woman. On the other hand, I have had hotel maids that were complete lunatics, stealing airline tickets from me, stealing money from me, throwing away important papers, stealing medications from me. How do we know that this woman's word was good enough to put Mr. Strauss-Kahn straight into a horrific jail? Putting a man in Riker's is serious business. Maybe more than a few minutes of investigation is merited before it's done.
Well, Ben, there are more than a few show people who are complete lunatics, who lie, who steal, etc.  Would you be as quick to dismiss their testimony?

And what's with this?:
In what possible way is the price of the hotel room relevant except in every way: this is a case about the hatred of the have-nots for the haves, and that's what it's all about. A man pays $3,000 a night for a hotel room? He's got to be guilty of something. Bring out the guillotine.
I always thought liberals and socialists like Strauss-Kahn relied chiefly on charging their accusers with racism.  Can we now expect them, hypocritically, to use class envy as well, not as a weapon, but, like a conservative, as a defense?

I hate it, but something's just not right with Ben Stein lately.  Ya think he's off his meds?

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