May 22, 2007
I. (7) (3.14) There shall be a fence stretching 356 miles. The fence shall be three feet high. Paper mache crocodiles shall reside on the other side, arrayed in a threatening manner ($400,000 shall be appropriated to determine the optimum angle of the opened jaw; the final crocodile shall represent a consensus among herpetologists, and reflect a crocodile who is defending his position but showing his teeth to warn off, and not necessarily threaten violence.) Every nine miles, there shall be a sign that reproduces the FBI warning that precedes all DVDs and videotapes and warns of criminal liability for breaking the copyright law. (It has worked so well thus far the language might as well be used intact.) The fence shall be raised to four feet in the event the population of any state becomes 51% undocumented Xenonationals. The fence shall be raised to five feet in the event GOP presence in the Senate drops below 4 seats. The fence shall be raised to ten feet after a nuclear device is smuggled in from Mexico, providing the yield of the bomb is at least 4 (four) kilotons. A bomb with a yield between 3 and 3.99 kilotons will be a sufficient trigger to raise the fence only if the attendant radiation is carried by prevailing winds a distance greater than 20 miles.
Even better, Lileks reivews the season finale of 24:
UPDATE: THERE MAY BE A MOLE IN CTU. There might also be a prize in each of these specially marked boxes of Lucky Charms. I suspect the rotting corpse of Edgar, using neural implants from the graveyard.
UPDATE: Stupidest question of the year, or ever, from Nadia. Jack escaped? How? By using the Power o Bauer, lady. If they were smart theyd spell Power P-A-U-E-R. But they dont, because the covert community is institutionally incapable of public manifestations of gratitude, man.
Update: Dave Barry also reviews the last 2 hours of 24.
UPDATE: Hard to believe such a foolproof, well-thought-out plan could have gone wrong.
UPDATE: "It blew!" Yes, it did.
UPDATE: Just to recap: CTU, the nation's crack counterterrorism unit, which has a huge staff and vast computer capacity as well as helicopters and satellites, and which knew exactly where the bad guys were going to strike, was once again easily defeated, this time by two guys in wetsuits and a motorboat.
UPDATE: I still can't believe Melinda got voted off American Idol.
UPDATE: Another White House scene. Padpadpadpad.
UPDATE: The old Bloomfield Oil Platform! That's IT.
UPDATE: Three Hummers! He's still in the plot!
UPDATE: If anything bad goes down on the oil platform, the actors can just grab chunks of dialog and use them as flotation devices.
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