Smug as a Bug in a 6 by 8 Cell

Smug…having or displaying an excessive pride in oneself. Haughty and conceited, self-important and selfish, strutting like a peacock preening its feathers.

I read that Bernie Madoff, the most famous swindler on the planet, has petitioned our dear President for an early release from jail.

The 81 year-old crook of all crooks is serving a 150 year sentence in a federal prison in Butner, North Carolina on 11 counts of fraud.

In Hebrew, the word chutzpah is used to describe someone who has overstepped the boundaries of accepted behavior. In this case…


The carnage in this man’s wake makes your head spin. Forget all the people who trusted him he so lavishly stole from. Add that both his sons are dead in the aftermath of their father’s blatant greed, yet Mr. Smug personified still feels he deserves a pass.

His eldest son, Mark, killed himself while his baby son slept in the next room, texting friends right before so someone would come get him.

Madoff’s other son, Andrew, had a rare cancer in remission that came back with a fury the doctor’s felt was brought on by all the stress.

Neither of them at that point had been indicted, but clearly they knew, something was rotten in midtown.

Remorse seems to have gone with the wind. Doesn’t Bernie feel bad burning all these people, losing his kids because of it?

His wife, Ruth, now known as Mrs. Pinnochio, still claims she knew zip. Oh yeah, right Ruth. Did it ever occur to you why you lived like the Jewish Marie Antionette?

Let them eat lox rather than cake, was that it?

If that’s politically incorrect, too bad.

Not everyone they ripped off recovered. Not everyone was a Spielberg who could readily reap their losses.

The late Elie Wiesel, a man I so revered, lost 15 million dollars in the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.

Madoff clearly didn’t care about his Jewish heritage either, leaving Wiesel, one of the most humble, openhearted Holocaust survivors for once, lost for words.

Madoff is smug alright. He’s also cocky, vain, boastful and brash. Arrogant, bold, patronizing and proud. To ask to go free after all he’s done, to sum it up in plain parlance…

he’s a crooked schmuck with balls that make Trump’s appear small.

Who would’ve thought?  

Recommended reading.

1) Night, Elie Wiesel…1956. His experience from 1944-1945, with his father in two Nazi Concentration Camps. A 116 page homage to those who suffered is stirring, heart wrenching…an education in one of the cruelest, bewildering times in history.

2) The End of Normal, Stephanie Madoff Mack…2012. The widow of Mark Madoff tells the story of a fairy tale marriage ending with her husband hanging himself unable to deal with his father’s, and perhaps his own, unparalleled crimes.

3) Betrayal; The life and Lies of Bernie Madoff, Andrew Kirtzman…2010. No breakdown required.


About Susannah Bianchi

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79 Responses to Smug as a Bug in a 6 by 8 Cell

  1. It makes my blood boil!


  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    Amoral – Lacking a moral sense; unconcerned with the rightness or wrongness of something. We’ve heard of serial killers who lacked a conscience. Bernie simply used a different path for his killings.
    Your head is so full of knowledge, Susannah. Like all well-read persons.


    • I don’t normally blog on a Bernie, since there’s so much corruption and wrong doing that’s sadly has become the norm, but he really gets under my fair skin. He gives larceny all new meaning. I cannot believe even Trump wouldn’t agree.

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  3. Dale says:

    Smug is such a great word. And one I would apply to my boss now that you’ve reminded me of its existence. I was calling her patronizing and condescending but I think I shall add smug to the lot.

    As for Bernie. Are you really surprised one such as he would try something like this? Especially given the crook leading your country… Chutzpah is another good one. To have giant balls to actually think that your request is reasonable…

    Elie Wiesel’s book “Night” was such a good read. How this man managed to remain such a kind and loving soul with everything he lived through is a testament to his personal fortitude.

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    • He’s a hero alright, Mr. Wiesel. I remember the press conference he gave after Bernie got busted. He looked shell-shocked. He just couldn’t believe someone he befriended and trusted, they used to go out to dinner together, could so blatantly betray him and those he represented. Smug actually might be too weak a word to describe Bernie Madoff.

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  4. Sorryless says:


    What a complete waste of a good suit this asshole was. And it doesn’t surprise me that he feels as if he is the aggrieved party in all this. Seeing as he’s made of nothing good, he has no center to hold to.

    Bilking the foundation out of 15 million dollars ensures Madoff a special place in hell, I would think. My God.

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  5. Eilene Lyon says:

    Gall might be another good word. He does not deserve to be released, for sure.

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  6. Knowing Trump’s affinity for crime and criminal types (being that he’s one himself), Madoff probably thought “What the hell, Trump might just be gullible and stupid enough to do it.” Don’t feel bad about writing this piece, Susannah, it needed to be said. I find that it’s hard to write these days, especially about anything humorous, given that Dump (Trump, whoops, my bad) has done all he can to suck all the humor out of life in America, dare I say—the world. But, seeing as Madoff sucked off people and their life’s savings, I’m glad you vented. ‘O)

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    • Thanks Paul. It is your kinda theme, the ruthless renegades among us. I like your first two lines a lot…Knowing Trump’s affinity for crime and criminal types (being that he’s one himself), Madoff probably thought “What the hell, Trump might just be gullible and stupid enough to do it.” That’s a stellar interpretation if I say so myself. Bernie took a shot, at Dump, I mean Trump…OOPS

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  7. LOL! I love Bernie—and he’s still a class act. 😀

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  8. Patricia says:

    You said it! Just too bad it is a true-crime thing and not fiction.

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  9. I wouldn’t be surprised if the president commuted his sentence. Just a hunch. You’re right though, it’s impossible to tell the devastation he wrecked. You don’t have to be a murderer to ruin people’s lives, and lead to their deaths as well.

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    • So many people were victims. It’s amazing. Kevin Bacon, the actor, was another one though like Spielberg, is at least is in a position to reap, but many are not. It’s a lesson to pay attention to all things, and if you’re blessed enough with resources, to tend to them mindfully. That’s what happens when you don’t step up to your own plate. I remember Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel both suing their managers, money men, whomever, for stealing from them. PAY ATTENTION!!!


  10. You know, they say, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” No one would know that if people like Bernie didn’t exist and monopolize on it, so I seldom see bad fault in the so-called suckers.


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