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indict a bean burrito
An amusing local twist on the common adage, which virtually every lawyer probably learned in law school, that a prosecutor can get a grand jury to "indict a ham sandwich."
Midnight, pitch dark . . . blind cannonball
That's quite a metaphorical excursion!
Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme
One of Charles Manson's devotees, not charged in the Tate murders, but later jailed for coming at President Gerald Ford with a loaded gun. Coincidentally, she was paroled after 30 years in jail, the very week Inherent Vice was released...
Someone with a better grasp of idiomatic Spanish can correct this, but:
"Huevon" is a vulgar slang insult, implying that that the subject is lazy and stupid. The "cito" is a dimunitive suffix. I suppose an English translation might be "little lazy asshole" or something along those lines.
Jefferson also makes a brief appearance on pg. 395 of Mason & Dixon. The transcription of TJ's language (like "traffick in Enslavement") echoes the faux-vérité 18th-century style of M&D too.
the tree of liberty . . .
This quote is from a 1787 letter Jefferson wrote to W. S. Smith.