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A Little Wisdom from Professor Stein at the Stainton's Society
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
May 02, 2011 at 07:31 PM

A Little Wisdom from Professor Stein at the Stainton's Society

Ben Stein was Keynote speaker for the Shore Memorial Stainton's Society Fundraiser held at the Borgata in Atlantic City, NJ. After a fabulous brunch and recognition of the generous donors to the hospital, we were treated to sage advice from Ben Stein.

Stein laughed about the Chinese Proverb: "May you live in interesting times!" N'est ce pas? How true! 911, fear, oil prices, worst recession, decline in education, collapse, inflation, stagflation...

Stein remembers growing up in a world of racism, sexism, segregation and how far we have advanced. Women could never have gotten as far as they have years ago. He remembered forced segregation such as drinking fountains and schools. 

Advice from his book, "How to Ruin Your Life" was very funny. Some thoughts:

"Develop no skills, no self-discipline, do no home work, eat whatever you want, don't exercise, think you are the center of the universe, accept no responsibility, criticize often, never be grateful, envy everyone. Cultivate anger, think you are the source of all wisdom, date someone with intense personal problems and think you can change them, drink all you want, don't save, borrow and don't pay it back, don't live within your means, be a perfectionist, have grandiose plans, don't enjoy the simple things, treat your parents badly."

Stein talked poignantly about his parents and how he took time in their latter years visiting and listening to them. He said his parents were always there for him. Even though his father was a busy man, it was his son who was calling and he would do anything for him.

A renowned economist, Stein seems to like collecting houses. In one of his neighborhoods the Bentleys are the VWs of the neighborhood.  He remembers when he was told one his houses was in foreclosure because of lack of payment. Ben had the cancelled check, but the bank employee insisted that that was his problem, the check was cancelled!

Once a book store employee did not know what fiction was! He also remembers his college age students at UC Santa Cruz who could not figure out how old he was when he told them what year he was born. They did not know the President at the time of his birth and did not know who we were at war with. He gave statistics on how America's student standards are at an all time low.

Stein wrote a book "The Real Stars: In Today's America, the Real Heroes." He said, "The real stars in our country are our military, firemen, policemen, prison guards, teachers, doctors and nurses." He believes in "kindness, hard work, integrity and gratitude." More advice-"You can't win if you are not at the table. Ask for what you want. Honor your father and mother and be a great son or daughter."

Stein's wife has not been well enough to travel, but he was sure to tell a joke she insisted he tell, that at least his mistress was better looking than his partners! He also noted his friends call him Benji!

Stein is an economist, attorney, author, actor, speech writer, commentator on CBS Sunday morning, and on days like today a great comedian too! It was an honor to learn from one of those who is so perceptive to the state of the world and the ways to be a success. He said, "People will not remember what you say, they will remember how you made them feel!" Mr. Stein made me feel proud to be an American and grateful to live in the best nation in the world!

Pictured left - Flora Baker, major donor to the hospital. The new atrium will be named for Flora and Ben Baker.

 Jennifer Palermo with brother Joel Mott and mother Mildred Mott

Last Updated ( May 02, 2011 at 07:48 PM )
Although there is much to rejoice about with the capturing of bin Laden some questions still remain
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
May 05, 2011 at 09:51 PM

The Bottom Line: Although there is much to rejoice about with the capturing of bin Laden some questions still remain.

Why didn't Obama go to Ground Zero on Sept 11, 2010 and why did he call it a National Day of "Service" and Remembrance rather than mourning?

Why did Obama outlaw water boarding 2 days after he was in office?

Why did Obama support the Muslim Cordoba Center close to Ground Zero when it is viewed as offensive to those who lost loved ones?

Why did Obama push to close Gitmo & support Civilian trials & reading Miranda rights?

Why did Obama support releasing 2,000 Abu Ghrab photos yet wont release one of OBL?

Why has Obama bowed before Muslim leaders and shaken hands with our enemies like Chavez?

Why did Obama address Iran during their New Year wanting a renewed exchange, opportunities and commerce meanwhile people disappeared, were tortured & imprisoned under Ahmadinejad?

Why did Obama stop calling it a War on Terror? We must hold our leaders accountable. The War on Radical Islam Continues.

Sen. Inhofe said "over the past 10 years more than 20 times we have stopped well planned efforts by terrorists to do a lot of damage to the United States." The War Continues.

God bless America and God bless our Military.

PHOTO by Jennifer Palermo Atlantic City Air Show

Last Updated ( May 06, 2011 at 08:12 AM )
They said it...
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
May 06, 2011 at 07:40 AM

They said it...

Check out this interview with Lawrence O'Donnell and Condoleezza Rice. Rice replies that "it would be a surprise to the 16 UN security council resolutions and the Kurds and Iranians who were gassed that Saddam was not a threat." She reminds him "Why did we go into Libya?" for less reasons than Iraq? There are many reasons were went to Iraq among them Saddam was paying $25,000 to suicide bombers of Israelis, he had gassed his own people, he had used WMDs, Sadddam's corrupt Oil for Food Scandal was paying off countries in kick backs,he was shooting at our aircraft. We also found KSM in Iraq. I am also reminded of what these democratic leaders thought. 

"Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime...He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is consistently prone to miscalculation...and now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction...so the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real." Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA) Jan.23, 2003


"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability and nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members. It is clear, however that if left unchecked Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons." Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY) Oct. 10, 2002

"I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force, if necessary, to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to security."Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA) Oct. 9, 2002

"We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of WMDs."Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL) Dec. 8, 2002

"One way or the other we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line."... "If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's WMD program." President Bill Clinton, Feb. 4, 17, 1998

"Iraq is a long way from the USA, but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical and biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.""Hussein has...chosen to spend his money on WMDs and palaces." Madeline Albright, Feb. 18, 1998, Nov. 10, 1999

"He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has 10 times since 1983."Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser. Feb. 18, 1998

"...He will likely have the nuclear weapons in the next 5 years...We have underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction." Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV) Oct. 10, 2002

"Iraq's search for WMDs has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power." Al Gore Sept. 23, 2002

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