Ding dong, Ken Lay is dead

But Skilling lives on. Well, it seems that Kenneth Lay, ex-CEO and Chairman of Enron, has kicked the bucket, just in time to avoid jail. What a slippery fucker:

Enron Corp. founder Kenneth Lay, who was convicted of helping perpetuate one of the most sprawling business frauds in U.S. history, died Wednesday of a heart attack in Colorado. He was 64.

I don’t normally piss on the graves of dead people, but for Lay I’ll make an exception. He represented everything that is wrong with America today:

When Lay and Skilling went on trial in U.S. District Court Jan. 30, it had been expected that Lay, who enjoyed great popularity throughout Houston as chairman of the energy company, might be able to charm the jury. But during his testimony, Lay ended up coming across as irritable and combative.

He also sounded arrogant, defending his extravagant lifestyle, including a $200,000 yacht for wife Linda’s birthday party, despite $100 million in personal debt and saying “it was difficult to turn off that lifestyle like a spigot.”

…Riiiiiight. Yeah, I’m sure that the good life is hard indeed to give up. But doesn’t that make it all the more likely that you lied and swindled in order to maintain your fortune?

His defense didn’t help his case with jurors.

“I wanted very badly to believe what they were saying,” juror Wendy Vaughan said after the verdicts were announced. “There were places in the testimony I felt their character was questionable.”

Hmmm…. I wonder if black people living in the inner city get juries who desperately want to believe what they are saying. Probably not many. So you can see how much of advantage Lay and Skilling had, but the jury still found them guilty.

Ding dong, the wicked witch is dead. I hope his creditors take everything; his family doesn’t deserve his ill-gotten gains, especially when there are so many ex-Enron employees with empty 401Ks and imaginary pensions.

100 million in personal debt? Man, his ruby-red slippers are soooo getting repossessed.


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4 Responses to “Ding dong, Ken Lay is dead”

  1. Sickofspin says:

    I find it amazing that you feel the need to kick a corpse. To what end?

  2. Vemrion says:

    Well, like I said earlier, Ken Lay represents all that is wrong with America. He was a wicked man. My only regret is that he did not live out his full jail sentence. That would be justice. Escaping at the last minute into the sweet arms of death? Not so much.It may not be socially acceptable, but I find the “speak no ill of the dead” tradition to be a superstitious notion. Just because somebody’s dead doesn’t mean we owe them any respect. I notice that on your website you celebrate the death of Zarqawi. Hypocrisy in action?

  3. Sickofspin says:

    Wow, you are indeed a typical liberal. Manipulate reality, intentionally omit, re-direct, dodge…..Nobody suggested we owe Lay any respect, I merely questioned the purpose and productivity of kicking Lay’s corpse.Your attempted re-direct with the Zarqawi comment is noted. Pretending that a celebration of Zarqawi’s death is an exercise in hypocrisy rings hollow. Apples, oranges, invalid. Besides, you actually demonstrate my point – you’re not happy about Lay’s death, you’re bitter he won’t be serving any time – bitching about it is truly a pointless endeavor.

  4. Vemrion says:

    Wow, you are indeed a typical fascist. Manipulate reality, intentionally omit, re-direct, dodge…..I’ve told you several times that I’m not a liberal, Sicko, and you’ve never listened. As such, I expect you’ll put up no resistance to my labeling you a fascist.As for kicking Lay’s corpse, perhaps we should make sure he’s really dead first. This whole dying thing seems awfully convenient. I want to see a photo, just like that photo of Zarqawi that all the newspapers ran. Then maybe I’ll believe he’s dead.BTW, you say Lay and Zarqawi are apples and oranges, but you neglected to say why. Please justify.

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