Political cartoon from the Los Angeles Times, Tuesday, March 9, Opinion Section, Michael Ramirez
Yeah, yeah. I'm the first one to make snide remarks about Martha Stewart and her gracious way of living 'cause my own life is about getting through the day any way that I can. But the woman has made life a whole lot more pleasant for a lot of women--and men in spite of my cynicism. I like Martha's bedding and dishes and what-not in K-Mart and wonder if a little of her sophistication will rub off on us--the working class peons of the U.S--if we buy her stuff? I admit that I watched her TV show once and tried to make a little paper basket to put Easter eggs in she was demonstrating. It looked like crap. Martha's got the touch; I don't. I like when they parody Martha on Saturday Night Live--but I like when they parody anybody there. I've never read her magazine, but I do buy it at Friends of the Library sales to rip up for collage projects 'cause the photos are classy.
And then comes the insider trading charges, the long trial at the tax payer's expense, and the fashion parade of Martha and her lawyers going in and out of the Manhattan courthouse. None of us thought she would be convicted, and the backlash is coming for an unfair verdict. Are we so bored in our mundane lives that we get off on someone else's mistakes? Hey, Martha, I'm no legal eagle, but your defense team screwed you, girl, for not putting you on the stand. You would have said you were sorry, gotten a handslap, and you'd be back on the palatial farm. I never thought I'd say this, but I'm pissed off that she might do jail-time when Ken Lay and the other Enronners, and the guys at Adelphia, Tyco, HealthSouth and World Com get off entirely or are given country club sentences. I do not look forward to seeing Martha do the perp walk. And I hope Martha is out shopping for a new legal team to file the appeal.
Here are a few of this morning's letters to The Times--which say exactly what I would have said if I was clever, insightful and funny enough.
Two words about Martha: Kenneth Lay. Plus, this guy does not even have a decent chicken pot pie recipe. -- Joanne C. Murray, Santa Barbara.
One of the jurors in the Stewart trial is quoted as saying the guilty verdicts were "a victory for the little guys." In my opinion, that statement should be sufficient to have the verdicts thrown out. Sounds like "get evenism" to me. Truth is, it's the little guys who have invested money in Stewart's company who potentially will lose their savings.--Donald Herbert, Lomita.
I wonder how many people would not sell a stock if their broker called and said, "Hey, I just heard from down the pipeline that this security is going to drop like a rock. You' better sell." Let he who would not jump ship cast the first stone--or maybe they need to see Mel Gibson's film "The Passion of the Christ."--Arthur Senzy, Santa Monica
And here's my favorite! Stewart is found guilty of conspiracy and obstruction of justice because she tried to cover up what, in essence, was a misdeameanor. So, when will we see George W. Bush in the dock for his own crony capitalist crime? Harken Energy Corp.'s sham sale in 1989 of its own Aloha Petroleum subsidiary propped up Harken's share value long enough for Bush to cash ou $848,560 (nt disclosing the sale to the SEC until later). The remaining stockholders' shares eventually bottomed out at 22 cents a share. Enron writ small?--Michael Fawcett, Los Osos.
Hey, thanks, Michael, for new info to stash in my Dubya arsenal. Here I thought it was just Dick Chaney and Halliburton. By the way, does anyone know if Martha is a Democrat or Republican?