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Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: PMITA Prison Blues

“Michael Bolton: If we get caught, we're not going to white-collar resort prison. No, no, no. We're going to federal POUND ME IN THE ASS prison.
Samir: I don't want to go to ANY prison!”
-Office Space

“Former Enron executives Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling have been found guilty of fraud and conspiracy.
Lay, 64, was convicted on all six counts against him, including conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud. He faces a maximum of 45 years in prison. Lay also faces 120 years in prison in a separate case.
Lay posted a $5 million bond secured with family-owned properties at a hearing following the verdict. He was ordered to stay in the Southern District of Texas or Colorado.
‘I firmly believe I'm innocent of the charges against me,’ Lay said following the hearing. ‘We believe that God in fact is in control and indeed he does work all things for good for those who love the lord.’"
-ABC News, May 25, 2006

“Well, it looks like justice is actually served for once. White collar criminals Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling are going to prison. Now we just need to seriously investigate their friends.”

“The criminal indictment of former Enron Corp. Chairman Kenneth L. Lay loomed Thursday as a new political minefield for President Bush, and the White House moved quickly to distance the president from the man he once affectionately called ‘Kenny Boy’ and who donated more than $500,000 to his campaigns over the years.”
-LA Times, July 9, 2004

“No, no, no.. Not Fearless Leader. He is beyond reproach. We need to investigate other people.”

“John Ashcroft, whose Justice Department launched its criminal investigation Thursday into Enron's fall — and the remarkable foresight of its top executives in parachuting out early and rich — recused himself and his chief of staff from the probe, just as designated attack Democrat Henry Waxman was dashing off a letter reminding Ashcroft that he'd received $25,000 from Enronites for a Senate re-election campaign. The exodus may not stop there; Bush SEC chairman Harvey Pitt once did some work for Arthur Andersen, the blind (and document-shredding) accounting watchdog in the drama, and could be next to eagerly recuse himself from ever having to give a press conference on his agency's investigation, either.
Even Dick Cheney is playing ball, sending word Wednesday from his undisclosed ballpark that yes, he'd met with Lay six times during the energy-policy formulations of last spring, but no, the influence-seeking Lay didn't happen to mention to the Vice President or anyone else around that he was chairman of a house of cards.”
-Time Magazine, January 10, 2002

“No, not Vice-Leader ‘Shoot First, Target Later’ Dick either. I mean sure, he met with Ken Lay half a dozen times while formulating his energy-policy, and sure, he still refuses to talk about how that energy policy was determined, and sure, Enron was found guilty of scamming the energy system and ridiculously overcharging for power, but that is just coincidence. Vice-Leader Dick sits at the right hand of Dubya. He is immune to criticism.”

“The only thing that surprises me more than all the Enron henchmen who ended up in your cabinet and administration is how our lazy media just rolled over and didn't report it. The list of Enron people on your payroll is impressive. Lawrence Lindsey, your chief economic advisor? A former advisor at Enron! Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill? Former CEO of Alcoa, whose lobbying firm, Vinson and Elkins, was the #3 contributor to your campaign! Who is Vinson and Elkins? The law firm representing Enron! Who is Alcoa? The top polluter in Texas. Timothy White, the Secretary of the Army? A former vice-chair of Enron Energy! Robert Zoellick, your Federal Trade Representative? A former advisor at Enron! Karl Rove, your main man at the White House? He owned a quarter-million dollars of Enron stock. Then there's the Enron lawyer you have nominated to be a federal judge in Texas, the Enron lobbyist who is your chair of the Republican Party, the two Enron officials who now work for House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, and the wife of Texas Senator Phil Gramm who sits on Enron's board.”
-Michael Moore, February 12, 2002

“Michael Moore! Obviously grasping at straws. To quote Michael Moore is to take all credibility from your argument, no matter how accurate he might be, because he is a crazy liberal. I know because they tell me that on TV all the time. No, this is a case of justice being served, and it has nothing to do with this Administration.”

“Q Tony, the President often mentions corporate crime in his speeches, as recently as yesterday. We've had the Enron convictions now over the noon hour. Any comment from the White House?
MR. SNOW: Well, any comment is that the Justice Department -- you know, we congratulate the Justice Department on successfully concluding a highly complex conviction, a set of legal proceedings that led to the convictions today in the Enron case. I mean, the administration has been pretty clear there is no tolerance for corporate corruption. And furthermore, the Justice Department has been going aggressively after those who are involved in corporate corruption.”
-White House Press Gaggle with Tony Snow, May 25, 2006

“Yep. Nothing to see here. All connections with the Administration are coincidental.”

“Dear Ken:
One of the sad things about old friends is that they seem to be getting older -- just like you!
55 years old. Wow! That is really old.
Thank goodness you have such a young, beautiful wife.
Laura and I value our friendship with you. Best wishes to Linda, your family, and friends.

Your younger friend,
George W. Bush “
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, Letter to Ken Lay, September 8, 1997


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