Quote of the Day

Smitty, of The Other McCain:

The recovery will be political chemotherapy for us all.

Happy Birthday, Dimples

Via Bernie’s Dawg Blawg.

I bet David Pollack could clean up the Gulf oil spill, with one hand tied behind his back.

If FIFA Can Make a Decision This Quickly, Maybe They Should Be In Charge of the Gulf Spill Clean-up

As a refresher, just in case you didn’t witness the robbery:

This is Outstanding News.

The referee who disallowed a potential game-winning goal for the United States will face an expedited performance review from FIFA and is likely to be excluded from the rest of the World Cup, according to a FIFA source.

[…] Every World Cup match is viewed live by an on-site assessor who monitors the referee’s performance. However, in this case, a deeper assessment will take place at the earliest possible opportunity. That this is happening so quickly suggests FIFA is taking the complaints about Coulibaly seriously and is likely to leave him unassigned to referee further matches, according to the source. He could still appear as a line judge or other supporting role.
(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

“If he is found to have made a serious mistake, especially one that affected the outcome, then he would be highly unlikely to play any further part in the tournament,” said the source, who is close to senior figures on the refereeing panel. “FIFA is determined to keep refereeing standards high and does not want high-profile mistakes.”

Coulibaly came under heavy criticism from the U.S. team and head coach Bob Bradley, but it was not just the Edu no-goal that will come under scrutiny.

[…] Assessors also are likely to be concerned at the highly physical nature of the match. American striker Jozy Altidore was repeatedly involved in tussles with the Slovenian defense, and an ugly incident took place midway through the second half when Slovenia’s Marko Suler appeared to throw Altidore to the ground. Coulibaly issued Suler a yellow card, but the strong infraction was enough for a red card and an ejection.

In other news about executive decisions, Big Government notices Bobby Jindal’s action oriented style and outlines a bit of his history (h/t Instapundit). Hint – it doesn’t include any stints as a “community organizer.” Keith Hennessey gives Obama some detailed instructions on how to waive the Jones Act, something even his “well-educated” advisors can’t seem to figure out.

MMS (Minerals Management Services) knew that the Deepwater Horizon well was having problems as far back as February. BP was advising MMS, on numerous occasions, that they were having trouble controlling the well.

By March, according to these documents, the natural gas surges had gotten so bad that BP warned MMS that it had difficulty controlling them. On March 10th, BP e-mailed the MMS drilling director for New Orleans that they were in the midst of a “well control situation,” which a Berkeley engineer tells Bloomberg that “they damn near blew up the rig.” That was just a day under six weeks before the rig actually blew up in the Gulf.

This revelation shows that the disaster was far from unforeseen. In fact, it appears that it had already come close to a catastrophic blowout just six weeks before eleven people died in the subsequent explosion. BP didn’t exactly keep it a secret, either. They informed MMS of the problem, which apparently did nothing to intervene in a situation serious enough that a similar situation caused Exxon to shut down its well in 2006. [Emphasis admin]

Let’s see…2006. That was under President Bush, the same President who understood how to maneuver the waters of the Jones Act and decisively help those impacted by disaster(s).

UPDATE: Oh look, a Memeorandum thread.

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