From the combined staffs of our "Where's Waldo" and "Don't Believe the Hype" departments:  All the major news outlets yesterday were trumpeting the fact that Andrew Fastow, the former CFO of Enron, his wife, and seven other Enron executives were brought into the federal courthouse in Houston on Wednesday in handcuffs.  This was supposed to demonstrate to the American public that our government was hot on the heels of these corporate malfeasants.  That's all well and good, but the real question was:  where was Ken Lay, the former CEO of Enron?  Probably at home watching the whole sorry, sordid affair on television.  Why was he at home?  The facile explanation (which got some press when it first came out, but now seems to be accepted as gospel truth):  Lay had absolutely no knowledge of Enron's finances.  The view of the cynic and realist:  Lay is getting his payoff for being G.

  1. Bush's single largest individual campaign contributor during numerous state and one federal election campaign.  Are we really supposed to believe that Lay had no idea what Fastow was doing, even though Fastow reported directly to Lay and it seems difficult, in the extreme, to believe that one could become CEO of a multi-billion dollar corporation without even a rudimentary grasp of accounting principles or a basic interest in the company's finances?  The longer this charade continues, the more obvious it becomes that Fastow is taking the fall for Lay, willingly or no. Hilarious bit from an [article](http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/05/02/LAZARUS.

TMP) detailing how sales of sexual aids to US soldiers spiked before and during the most recent Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld war: > "...while people on the front lines were most interested in self-gratification, there were occasional purchases of more exotic wares. Several orders were placed for ankle and wrist cuffs, Garcia said, and a few requests were made for what he called 'spankers.' One can assume that either some of our soldiers were getting a little kinky out there in the desert or that Saddam Hussein is in for one heck of a surprise when we finally track him down. "