Tuesday, September 26, 2006

First you get the money. Then you . . . give back the money.

Miguel and Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela, the brothers who ran the Cali drug cartel in Colombia, pled guilty and were sentenced to 30 years in a federal court in Miami.
They agreed to pay $2.1 billion in forfeiture.
The Miami US Attorney's office is definitely getting a better coffee machine.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Then again, there's these guys.

Ordinarily, I feel envious of other countries' leaders.  They just seem to be more impressive than ours.  The greatest sign of the power of the U.S. is that it can survive so many mediocre presidencies. 
But other countries need sharp, competent leaders.  And often have them, too.
Even the tyrannical ones are generally bright and well-informed-- Uncle Mushu is a badass, and so is Putin.
Then again, there's these guys...
"Guess which hand is hiding the uranium?  Go ahead, guess!"

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Even Educated Fleas Do It

From the 9/27/06 Goats:
Some days the world makes more sense to me when I start from the axiom that we're all really puppets on the hands of a petulant intelligent broccoli god.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Thirty Thousand Feet Under the Sea

NYT reports that Chevron, Devon Energy and Statoil ASA have discovered an oil deposit in the Gulf of Mexico that boosts the U.S. petroleum reserve by about 50 percent.
Thirty thousand feet under the sea.
I just want everyone to know that that's really really deep.  It would take me a long time just to fall that far.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Litvak's Law #1

The world is composed of two kinds of people:  Those who cannot do the simplest things right, and those who can only do the simplest things right.