Saturday, December 27, 2008

Where's the money, Madoff?

Stanley Bing wants to know.

And, to veer from the point, what a name for a gonif--made off with money, did he? Dickens couldn't come up with a better one.

My idea is that the guy had to be a gambler. Trollope's books are full of young, rich aristocrats who have gambled away towering fortunes. There's not enough money printed by all the world's government printing presses for a compulsive gambler.

You can tell a compulsive gambler because all their relatives are going around with their pockets turned inside out, having given their little all so that poor Bernie doesn't get two broken legs.

6 comments:

Mark J. Astarita, Esq. said...

Gambler? I can't picture him at the craps tables in AC with $50 billion in chips.

More likely an egomanic.

http://seclaw.blogspot.com/2008/12/inside-madoff.html

miriam said...

You're probably right. But there are ways to gamble that don't involve the craps tables, or any tables. I don't have any special insight into big tycoons.

So where's the money?

creakypavillion said...

...except that his name is a derivative from a Russian surname and means nothing in original language.
Let those whose money he stole worry about it; I seem to lose the ability to count my own: every time I recount, the sum is smaller than the last time.

dick stanley said...

Some say Madoff might have pulled it off (so to speak) if he'd been a better investor.

miriam said...

Dick: It is mathematically impossible to pull something like that off.

dick stanley said...

Ah, well, I am innumerate.