“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into”

Jonathan Swift
"The Democrats have moved to the right, and the right has moved into a mental hospital." - Bill Maher
"The city is crowded my friends are away and I'm on my own
It's too hot to handle so I gotta get up and go

It's a cruel ... cruel summer"

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Lay down and enjoy it

Ken Lay, Jeffrey Skilling and their merry band of corporate robber barons, lived like sultans while robbing many Texans of their jobs, savings, and benefits.

And, of course, the retirement pensions.

Now Lay and Skilling will live out their own retirements on the federal government's dime. They will age into decrepitude in a concrete cell surrounded by mother-stabbers and father-rapers.

Or, at any rate, they'll be deprived of some freedom in a federal pen where they are only allowed to play tennis with the other white-collar criminals for a limited number of hours.

You take justice where you can get it

[i]n the corrupted currents of this world
[where] Offence's gilded hand may shove by justice
And oft 'tis seen the wicked prize itself
Buys out the law.
But if there is any sense of justice in the depths of the Emperor W's fallen and frozen soul, he will not even consider pardoning his old friend. If the hallowed title he has held for five long years has come to mean anything to him, if he has acquired any sense of responsibility for the ordinary human beings he serves, he will not privilege a corporation and its earthly representive over his "fellow" Texans. I'll go on record here: I can't believe that even George W. Bush would be able to summon the blatant evil that would be necessary to sign a pardon order for Kenneth Lee Lay.

But I could be speaking too soon.