Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Did Martha Get A Bum Deal?

While indulging in a little aps-dinner Bernie Madoff-hating, I came across this: Mukesh Chatter at the MoneyAisle Blog points out that while Martha Stewart got deep-fried for a single stock tip, Madoff got away with it for years. Is it a girl thing, as one commenter suggests? Or was Martha just not spectacularly criminal enough to get away with it?

One is reminded of Sir John Harrington. "Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason? Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason."

In case you were wondering: No, I am not going to comment on this, this or this. Why? Because by the time another single woman deliberately gives birth to a baseball team on top of the six she's already got, the goddamn sun will have burnt out. Call me lazy, but I don't think there's much useful social commentary to extract from an outlier about eight standard deviations to the right of the mean. Unless you're Jeff Jacoby looking for an excuse to whale away on Roe v. Wade some more.

(What is it called when you invoke the Paradox of the Heap facetiously? A Straw Heap? The point of the Heap is not to whine "But making subjective value judgments is haaaaaaard..." and walk away from it, Jeffers.)

I guess I did comment on it, then. Oops.

1 comment:

  1. P.S. I kind of wish the Globe would can Jacoby and hire commenter Oscarbozach to do their token-conservative schtick. Because this is hilarious:

    "When do the arrogant people who do not belong in this country apologize for their bad manners, milking our system, and urinating on our laws?

    The Achilles' heel of liberalism is that it has no door stop. It runs unchecked, out of control, and like a cancer until it goes too far and implodes (or the country dies). Nadya may in fact be the first explosion."

    Milk, urine, heels, doorstops, cancer. BOOM!