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The Terrible California Wildfires

The Terrible California Wildfires

A burned wooden walkway leads to a home destroyed by the Woolsey Fire in the Point Dume area of Malibu in Southern California, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. (Reed Saxon/AP)

By Wednesday, 14 November 2018 01:08 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Wow. This has been some week. I will leave politics to someone else except to note that the shenanigans in Broward County are a disgrace to humanity. Why don’t we just give every Democrat two votes and be done with it. Plus, tonight at Pavilions a scarily dressed man asked me if I were Ben Stein. I said I was. He asked, “Are you really pro-Trump?”

"Yes," I said. "Graham was my first choice but I support Trump now."

"I’d like to eat your brain," he said with a weirdly lit up smile.

"I don’t think it would taste that good," I answered.

"No, because I think you must know the secret of the universe."

"It’s not a secret," I answered. "Treat other people the way you want to be treated."

He actually totally changed his look to ‘normal’ or what passes for normal at Pavilions, and said, "That makes a lot of sense." A moment later, an aging woman in a house coat, that is, a bathrobe, came over to me and shouted, yes. Shouted, "Ben! Did you escape the fires?"

She was referring to the terrible wildfires that have eaten up about 150 homes in West Los Angeles and Malibu and which have been scaring me to death. We have many homes but one of my favorites is in Malibu right in the path of the fire and we have not heard a word about it for four days. The highways are closed so I can’t send anyone out to look for it. We’ve been at our home in Beverly Hills.

"I wasn’t out there for the fires," I told her. She threw her arms around me and cried. "It was so terrible. We had to evacuate with just the clothes on our backs." I patted her on the back and retreated to my car, so writes Ben Stein in The American Spectator.

Ben Stein is a writer, an actor, and a lawyer who served as a speechwriter in the Nixon administration as the Watergate scandal unfolded. He began his unlikely road to stardom when director John Hughes as the numbingly dull economics teacher in the urban comedy, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Read more more reports from Ben Stein — Click Here Now.

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We have many homes but one of my favorites is in Malibu right in the path of the fire and we have not heard a word about it for four days.
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