While federal prosecutors sought to throw the book at a 26-year-old hacker who tried to distribute information for free, federal regulators are sitting on their thumbs when it comes to community drinking water supplies.
With the help of three ghosts, Scrooge finally reached redemption by learning to give to others. As events of the past two weeks have shown, modern bankers have their own ghosts to face: federal prosecutors.
It was just an unfortunate coincidence that the reports were almost juxtaposed -- the reports of the punishment given Stephanie George and that given HSBC and UBS. Stephanie, of course, was not the first.
Where is Phil Gramm hiding? The former Republican senator from Texas has not been heard from since his bank got nailed by the G-men. Or, as the Times put it, UBS now has the distinction of being "the first big global bank in more than two decades to have a subsidiary plead guilty to fraud."