Jon Stewart spent some time last night breaking down the latest happenings in the Wall Street versus Occupy battle. To explain, he brought on Samantha Bee from the FVU – Financial Victims Unit.
"Ever since they very innocently crashed our entire economy through purposeful and fraudulent activities, banks and the bankers who bank them have weathered attacks from all quarters" – whether that be from the government or the Occupy Wall St. protesters, Stewart said.
And these "vampires" going after banks finally got a bit of blood, as Stewart put it, with Kareem Serageldin being sentenced to 30 months in prison for conspiracy to falsify books and records. But to even the score, one Occupy protester was convicted of assaulting a police officer earlier this week, facing up to seven years in prison.
Chief FVU Correspondent Samantha Bee explained: "I am down here on Wall Street where everyone is breathing a sigh of relief now that Cecily McMillan, aka The Menace, is finally off the street."
"It must've been a very difficult time for the Wall Streeters to know that she was out there and capable of letting them know from across the street how much she disapproved of them," Stewart said.
Apparently so. "Because of the actions of criminals like Ms. McMillan a lot of honest, high-ranking bank executives lost their homes ... well their pied-a-terres ... and they didn't really lose them, they just couldn't use them for a couple of nights, what with the drumming," Bee said. Those pesky Occupiers!
And then there is the glaring inequality in the jail sentences so far. As Bee explained, if Wall St. is supposed to represent the 1 percent and the Occupy movement the 99 percent, then a 1-to-1 ratio is highly disproportionate. "By my count, that puts us 98 convicted hippies short of true justice," Bee quipped.
Hopefully these bankers can recover from what The Daily Show calls PTID: Post Traumatic Inconvenience Disorder.
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