June 14, 2010

Lickety-Split Links (061410, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:26 am

From the “We’re in the Best of Hands” Dept.:

  • June 8, at Pajamas Media: “Miles of Oil Containment Boom Sit in Warehouse, Waiting for BP or U.S. to Use.”
  • June 11, via Jake Tapper’s Political Punch blog at ABC (HT Hot Air, using Hot Air’s title): “Allen: Uh, no one told me about Maine boom company.”
  • Then there’s Tapper’s June 13 follow-up (“Why Isn’t That Maine Boom Being Deployed to the Gulf?”), where the government’s/BP’s goal seems to be to figure out obfuscatory reasons why they shouldn’t buy it.

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In the course of doing other research, I came across this list of Obama’s Czars as of August of last year. Has anyone else noticed how the press has abandoned its use of the term?

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Kyle Ann Shiver, at PJM — “… when a president doesn’t even have the good sense or the backbone to have a face-to-face meeting with the BP CEO he is entrusting to fix a national disaster, then he’s not only in over his head, he is drowning.”

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Brian Wilson at Fox News has a great question (“Jones Act Slowing Oil Spill Cleanup?”), but in my view doesn’t really come up with a satisfactory answer.

There’s no love lost between me and thuggish unions, but I find it hard to take that unions would howl over a short-term Jones Act waiver in the name of cleaning up the Gulf. But if the administration is so intimidated by its union “friends” that it feels like it can’t even ask, that’s another matter.

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Compare/Contrast:

  • From Richard Wolffe, at the Daily Beast (HT Hot Air) — “The president was not only briefed on the real-time events of the spill, but also on just how bad it would be—and how hard it would be to plug the hole.”
  • From Rolling Stone — “Instead of cracking down on MMS, as he had vowed to do even before taking office, Obama left in place many of the top officials who oversaw the agency’s culture of corruption.”
  • From the New Orleans Times-Picayune — “Oil spill command structure ineffective, officials across coastal Louisiana lament.”
  • From Fantasyland, er, Charles Babington of the Associated Press — “Obama stand on oil spill is tough and temperate.”
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