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Posts in 2/07: Victory Lap
You used him as a prop... (8.03)

Wendy: You said you wanted to spend the day with him.

Chuck: Yeah, I said I wanted to spend time with him, and I did.

Wendy: You used him as a prop. which you swore you'd never do, since that's exactly what your father did to you.

Chuck: We spent the morning at the park. And a reporter happened upon us because, at the moment, I am newsworthy. Finally in a good way.

Wendy: I'm sure it's a wonderful lesson for Kevin on what really matters.

Chuck: Indeed it was. He got to run around a little bit, and he got some exposure as to how you finesse relations with the fourth estate.

Wendy: That is exactly the kind of half-truth that's led to our current situation.

Chuck: As is your failure to tell me you were going back to work for Axelrod.

Wendy: Oh, my God…

Chuck: Oh, I had to Columbo that one for myself…

Columbo or Lieutenant Columbo is the eponymous main character in the successful detective crime drama series Columbo. The character is a shrewd but inelegant blue-collar homicide detective whose trademarks include his shambling manner, rumpled beige raincoat and off-putting, relentless investigative approach.

Columbo is portrayed primarily by Peter Falk, who appeared in the role from 1968 through 2003. Columbo's first name has never officially been identified, although the name "Frank Columbo" has been visible on pieces of identification throughout the show's history.

The character of Columbo was created by William Link, who said that Columbo was partially inspired by the Crime and Punishment character Porfiry Petrovich as well as G. K. Chesterton's humble cleric-detective Father Brown. Other sources claim Columbo's character is also influenced by Inspector Fichet from the French suspense-thriller film Les Diaboliques (1955).

Like Billy Batts in the trunk... (09.45)

Wags: This thing stinks like Billy Batts in the trunk right now.

William "Billy Batts" Bentvena (January 19, 1921 – June 12, 1970) also known as William Devino, was a New York mobster with the Gambino crime family who was a longtime friend of John Gotti in the 1960s. After spending six years in prison, Bentvena was murdered by the mobster Tommy DeSimone, with the help of his associates Jimmy Burke and Henry Hill.

After Bentvena was attacked and presumed killed, DeSimone, Burke, and Hill placed his body in the trunk of Hill's Pontiac Grand Prix and drove away from the bar. While they were driving, the car had a minor collision with a van on the Van Wyck Expressway in Queens. Soon after the collision, the men started hearing thudding sounds from the trunk and realized that Bentvena was still alive. They then stopped at DeSimone's mother's house to collect a knife, some lime, and a shovel. She made them drink coffee, chat and have some breakfast while the critically wounded Bentvena was still clinging to life in the trunk. Upon arriving at a forested plot of land just across the New York/Connecticut border, owned by a friend of Burke's, the three men opened the trunk of the car and Tommy and Jimmy murdered Bentvena, while Hill looked on. Once Bentvena was dead, the men buried him under a dog kennel. Hill later said that Burke and DeSimone "didn't actually shoot him, they just stabbed him, thirty or forty fucking times, it was fucking horrible."

Go ahead, seize their assets... (10.10)

Everready: Well, the note exchange requires that the town pay you first, before any of its other financial obligations, like union contracts with town workers, teachers' salaries, all that. Austerity just means you enforce that.

Dollar Bill: Yes. Go ahead, seize their assets, like Singer did in Argentina.

Paul Elliott Singer (born August 22, 1944) is an American billionaire hedge fund manager, activist, investor, vulture capitalist, and philanthropist. His hedge fund, Elliott Management Corporation (EMC)—specializes in distressed debt acquisitions. Singer is also the founder and CEO of NML Capital Limited, a Cayman Islands-based offshore unit of Elliott Management Corporation. In 2017, Forbes rated Singer's net worth as $2.9 billion.

After Argentina defaulted on its debt in 2002, the Elliott-owned company NML Capital Limited refused to accept the Argentine offer to pay less than 30 cents per dollar of debt. Elliott sued Argentina for the debt's value, and the lower UK courts found that Argentina had state immunity. Elliott successfully appealed the case to the UK Supreme Court, which ruled that Elliott had the right to attempt to seize Argentine property in the United Kingdom, and on October 2, 2012 Singer arranged for a Ghanaian Court order to detain an Argentine naval vessel in a Ghanaian port in an effort to force Argentina to pay the debt, but was rebuffed when the seizure was barred by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. In February 2013, the U.S. appeals court heard Argentina's appeal in the case of its default and debt to NML. In March 2013, Argentina offered a new plan, which was dismissed first by the lower courts and then the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on August 23, 2013, and then again in June 2014 in the U.S. Supreme Court. In March 2014, NML Capital unsuccessfully attempted to satisfy court awards by suing, seeking the rights to two satellite-launch contracts bought by Argentina valued at $113 million. In early 2016, US courts ruled that Argentina must make full payments to holdout bondholders by February 29. In February 2016 Argentina reached an agreement with Singer.

The fuck's a Remington?... (10.40)

Everready: Town also has an original Remington. It's worth upwards of $900,000.

Dollar Bill: The fuck's a Remington?

Mafee: Frederic. American artist from the 19th century. He specialized in depictions of the Old West. I took Art History for the automatic A. Some of it stuck.

Frederic Sackrider Remington (October 4, 1861 – December 26, 1909) was an American painter, illustrator, sculptor, and writer who specialized in depictions of the American Old West, specifically concentrating on scenes from the last quarter of the 19th century in the Western United States and featuring images of cowboys, American Indians, and the U.S. Cavalry, among other figures from Western culture.

Become antifragile, or die... (22.15)

Taylor: It is unfortunate, offensive actually, to even be talking about this, and that people have to live in near-poverty. But in many ways, a town is like a business. And when a business operates beyond its means, when numbers don't add up, and the people in charge continue on, heedless of that fact, sure that some sugar daddy, usually in the form of the Federal Government, will come along and scoop them up and cover the shortfalls, well, that truly offends me. People might say you hurt this town. But in my opinion, the town put the hurt on itself. Corrections are in order. There's a way to make this work, and that way is hard, but necessary. As Taleb says, become antifragile, or die. Once we do this, the town will face that challenge and come out stronger. Or it will cease being. Either result absolutely natural, as in, of nature itself.

Antifragility is a property of systems that increase in capability, resilience, or robustness as a result of stressors, shocks, volatility, noise, mistakes, faults, attacks, or failures. It is a concept developed by Professor Nassim Nicholas Taleb in his book, Antifragile, and in technical papers. As Taleb explains in his book, antifragility is fundamentally different from the concepts of resiliency (i.e. the ability to recover from failure) and robustness (that is, the ability to resist failure). The concept has been applied in risk analysis, physics, molecular biology, transportation planning, engineering, Aerospace (NASA), and computer science.

Taleb defines it as follows in a letter to Nature responding to an earlier review of his book in that journal: Simply, antifragility is defined as a convex response to a stressor or source of harm (for some range of variation), leading to a positive sensitivity to increase in volatility (or variability, stress, dispersion of outcomes, or uncertainty, what is grouped under the designation "disorder cluster"). Likewise fragility is defined as a concave sensitivity to stressors, leading to a negative sensitivity to increase in volatility. The relation between fragility, convexity, and sensitivity to disorder is mathematical, obtained by theorem, not derived from empirical data mining or some historical narrative. It is a priori.

Maybe he won't get it... (24.02)

Lonnie: Line AUSA's like us, you're only looking at 600K to start.

Sacker: You get Chief of Crim and go private, it's a lot more than 600.

Lonnie: It's double. [sighs] I just don't think I can stick around if Connerty gets it. I'm not gonna have the stomach for that shit.

Sacker: Maybe he won't get it.

Lonnie: After Boyd?

Sacker: Don't count yourself out. You've been crushing it lately.

Lonnie: Chuck took him to Keens for lunch.

Sacker: Oh, shit.

Lonnie: Yeah. Shit.

Keens Steakhouse is a steakhouse restaurant located at 72 West 36th Street (between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue) in the Garment District in Manhattan, New York City. The restaurant houses more than 50,000 smoking pipes, making it one of the largest collections in the world. The restaurant was founded in 1885 by Albert Keen in Herald Square, what was then the Theater District. Keens is the second oldest steakhouse in New York City after the Old Homestead Steakhouse.

Playing Torquemada's never fun... (46.52)

Bobby: Well I'm having problems with that bond I bought upstate.

Lawrence Boyd: I saw. Albany moved the gaming license. You trying to get it back? 

Bobby: It's too late. I have to take action. The only way that I can come out ahead, it's pretty grisly.

Lawrence Boyd: Playing Torquemada's never fun.

Tomás de Torquemada (October 14, 1420 – September 16, 1498) was a Castilian Dominican friar and first Grand Inquisitor in Spain's movement to homogenize religious practices with those of the Catholic Church in the late 15th century, otherwise known as the Spanish Inquisition, which resulted in the expulsion from Spain of thousands of people of Jewish and Muslim faith and heritage and the execution of 3,000 to 5,000 people.

Torquemada is an 1869 play by Victor Hugo about Tomás de Torquemada and the Inquisition in Spain. It criticized religious fanaticism and fanatical catholicism. It was first published in 1882, as a protest against antisemitic pogroms in Russia at the time.