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Friday, October 01, 2004
Dragon Lady sent up the river. I don't get it — Martha Stewart makes an insider trade that nets her about $220,000, hurts no one, and she gets six months in prison. Darleen Druyun, former Air Force procurement officer turned Boeing spy, gets only
nine months for "helping Boeing in raising the price for the Air Force on the multibillion dollar deal [borne by US taxpayers] while secretly negotiating a job for herself."

Martha got a month of prison for roughly each $37,000 of her financial nastiness. Druyun, on the other hand, was sentenced for her conflicts of interest in a Boeing contract worth $23.5 billion of public money. If $37,000 worth of financial misbehavior gets Martha a month of prison, by this formula Darleen Druyun should get 635,000 months of prison, or 53,000 years.

Shouldn't victimless crimes, like drug possession and certain less pernicious forms of insider trading, get smaller sentences or fines, while those white-collar crimes that significantly erode the public trust, like Druyun's, get the book thrown at them? What's the matter with the judicial system? Can't judges do simple calculator-level math?

Our reverse chronology of the Dragon Lady Drama (also starring her daughter and former Boeing CFO and author Michael Sears) starts here.

Greatest Hits · Alternatives to First Command Financial Planning · First Command, last resort, Part 3 · Part 2 · Part 1 · Stealing $50K from a widow: Wells Real Estate · Leo Wells, REITs and divine wealth · Sex-crazed Red State teenagers · What I hate: a manifesto · Spawn of Darleen Druyun · All-American high school sex party · Why is Ken Lay smiling? · Poppy's Enron birthday party · The Saudi money laundry and the president's uncle · The sentence of Enron's John Forney · The holiness of Neil Bush's marriage · The Silence of Cheney: a poem · South Park Christians · Capitalist against Bush: Warren Buffett · Fastow childen vs. Enron children · Give your prescription money to your old boss · Neil Bush, hard-working matchmaker · Republicans against fetuses and pregnant women · Emboldened Ken Lay · Faith-based jails · Please die for me so I can skip your funeral · A brief illustrated history of the Republican Party · Nancy Victory · Soldiers become accountants · Beware the Merrill Lynch mob · Darleen Druyun's $5.7 billion surprise · First responder funding · Hoovering the country · First Command fifty percent load · Ken Lay and the Atkins diet · Halliburton WMD · Leave no CEO behind · August in Crawford · Elaine Pagels · Profitable slave labor at Halliburton · Tom Hanks + Mujahideen · Sharon & Neilsie Bush · One weekend a month, or eternity · Is the US pumping Iraqi oil to Kuwait? · Cheney's war · Seth Glickenhaus: Capitalist against Bush · Martha's blow job · Mark Belnick: Tyco Catholic nut · Cheney's deferred Halliburton compensation · Jeb sucks sugar cane · Poindexter & LifeLog · American Family Association panic · Riley Bechtel and the crony economy · The Book of Sharon (Bush) · The Art of Enron · Plunder convention · Waiting in Kuwait: Jay Garner · What's an Army private worth? · Barbara Bodine, Queen of Baghdad · Sneaky bastards at Halliburton · Golf course and barbecue military strategy · Enron at large · Recent astroturf · Cracker Chic 2 · No business like war business · Big Brother · Martha Stewart vs. Thomas White · Roger Kimball, disappointed Republican poetry fan · Cheney, Lay, Afghanistan · Terry Lynn Barton, crimes of burning · Feasting at the Cheney trough · Who would Jesus indict? · Return of the Carlyle Group · Duct tape is for little people · GOP and bad medicine · Sears Tower vs Mt Rushmore · Scared Christians · Crooked playing field · John O'Neill: The man who knew · Back to the top

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