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The Sin of Excellence
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~Lenore    Posted 03-10-2004 at 08:04:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Martha Stewart is a good example of that sin.
In day care the state mandates "there shall be no games played where anyone is a winner". That is a fact, not an exageration, wimnning may make the child who loses feel bad.

In our schools excellence is not popular. Schools try very hard not to let any one student feel more successful than the others, it might make the others feel inferior. It does not matter if they are lazy and dont try, they must not be made to feel inferior! So personal achievement and hard work and study are not what the public schools are striving for. So you can see Martha's success is a bad example; it could inspire some person to try to rise above the median that socialism wants for us all. She might make someone think they could by their own work rise above the slackers who dont. What a terrible thing that would be!!

Imagine that, folks looking to their own efforts to succeed. Oh my goodness, they might achieve it!! Then think of all the government workers who might have to do the same thing and get a job, because they would not be needed.

Successful people like Martha and Bill Gates are bad examples for the liberals who depend on the mediocre for their existance.

Melanie    Posted 03-10-2004 at 16:06:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just another example of why I think PC is the Devil.....

Ron/PA    Posted 03-10-2004 at 08:41:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
This case is very like the Leona Helmsley case, when it comes down to the court room scene.
While listening on the radio, most of the interviewed jurors mentioned that she was not a nice person and they didn't like her??? DUHHH!!!!!
It isn't about who you like, it's about whats legal and whats not!
What I know about Martha's show and company would fit in a thimble, what I see of the trial coverage, the jurors should be on trial!

Red Dave    Posted 03-10-2004 at 08:34:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I heard a lawyer commenting on the Martha case this morning. His point was that Martha was only found guilty of lying to the investigators, not of insider trading. The judge ruled that the prosecution didn't have enough evidence to comvict her on insider trading. The lawyer said that she would have been OK if she had either admitted it or just shut up. Instead she tried to lie her way out of it and now will spend time in the federal pen for it. How ironic. The lesson there is don't lie, and if the truth hurts, just don't talk.

By prosecuting her, the company she runs is in peril of bankruptcy, putting the people who work there at risk of losing their jobs. And because K-Mart has so much tied up in her brand name, it's another nail in K-Marts coffin, putting who knows how many more jobs at risk.
I don't have any quarrel with going after insider traders, but she will get out of jail and still be a millionaire. Meanwhile, how many regular folks will pay with their jobs?
One juror was interviewed and stated that her conviction was a win for the little guy. Yeah, I'm not so sure. I think Martha was convicted because she is perceived as a snobby, miserable b!tch, which may well be so.

Makes you wonder though, what really is justice in a case like this?

dig    Posted 03-10-2004 at 09:21:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
There is no justice in a case like this. I don't particularly like Martha Stewart either. She caters to people with way too much time on their hands. But it's another smoke-screen to keep from going after the real sleaze from Enron, Worldcom, etc. Why? Because no one likes Martha, so she's sacrificed to keep the money rolling in to the politicians.

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