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Old 07-30-2005, 09:39 PM   #1
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ben stein's last article about being a star

Hmmm. Let's see what's in the news. A huge cover story
about a child actress with a billion dollars who
doesn't eat enough so she's going into a clinic and
her sister is in despair as she goes on vacation.
Then there is a lot of ink about the marriage of
another millionaire actress and whether she's
pregnant. Then there are stories about two good
looking young people who met on a reality dating show
and now are breaking up.
The reason these people are supposedly worthy
of front page covers of giant magazines is that they
are "stars." And we pay a lot of attention to "stars"
whether they are in front of a camera or suffering
from anorexia or having babies or dropping baskets
into a hoop from above the rim. We pay attention to
them if they start a new line of clothes or if they
decide to drive a Chrysler instead of a Cadillac.
That's because they're "stars," and I'm sick of it.

A man or woman is not a "star" if he gets paid
tens of millions of dollars to say lines in front of a
camera. She's not a "star" if she gets paid millions
to simper and look sad because an imaginary boyfriend
did not call. He's not a "star" if he gets paid
thousands of dollars a minute to run up and down a
wooden basketball court. They may be good actors and
super great athletes, but in my mind, they're not
stars. The real stars, the ones who keep this
country free on Independence Day and every day, are
the ones who lead a patrol down an alley in Falluja
with some maniac terrorist aiming an AK-47 at their
heads. The real stars are the ones who leave their
families behind at a dusty Army base and go off and
risk––and lose––their lives to do their duty by their
country and free men and women everywhere.

They're the ones who go off into Godforsaken
valleys in Afghanistan hunting for Al Qaeda, never
knowing if they'll ever come back, and often not
coming back. Think Pat Tillman and you've pretty much
got it.

There are other real stars in this country
like the men and women in Walter Reed Army Hospital
getting fitted with prosthetic limbs because a bomb
took off their leg below the knee in Mosul, Iraq.
Their wives and girlfriends and parents and kids
cheering them on are real stars, too. So are the
doctors and techs who make the limbs.

This country could last forever without the
billionaire movie and TV stars in the magazines. We
could not last a month without the men and women who
fight for us. It's high time we got our priorities
straight. Those guys and gals in Bagram and Ramadi and
Fallujah and everywhere else, alive or dead or
wounded, are the real stars, the ones who light up
the night of tyranny with the light of freedom. We
would not have a July 4th worth having without them.
God bless them today and every day

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As a member fo the armed services I say thank you and thank everyone for their continued support.

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I agree completely! My brother (K9 Tech Sarg. in the AF) just returned to the states from his year tour in Korea. I plan on spending as much time as I can with him before his next tour. If it wasn't for our military, we wouldn't be where we are today.

A question for those that don't support our military....Who's going to protect you when the sh*t hits the fan and you are hiding in the corner like a little school girl? Answer: The US Military! God Bless the USA!!
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I am a proud member of the USAF and enjoyed reading that article. It points out specifically the problem in America today. The "star" athlete or actor crying because $5 million a year is not enough for his talent is the real problem. Let them spend a night in Afganistan with their $5 million and see how long it lasts them. You can disagree with the politicians' policies, but remember the little guy in the field putting his life on the line to make sure you can type whatever you want on this message board EVERY single day.
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houtch, thank you and all the others here for your service! may god bless you all and keep you safe!

My step son just graduated boot camp in South Carolina (US ARMY) he wants to be a Ranger! so we will see where he ends up, but for right now it looks like he will at least be stateside for many more months to come for all the traing he has to do. hes currently in Virginia, next week he goes to Georgia for 3-4 weeks then back to Virginia for 11 weeks, after that he doesnt know...

I think we might forego wheeling this weekend and head upto Crawford to support the lady comming in from Cali that showing support for our troops and not that other lady thats getting all the publicity, sorry cant remember names...its late.
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I totally agree, I think these so-called stars need to donate our money to something that's going to send us back Osama's dead body. Amen and oorah!
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