A few nuggets:
*** Obama’s Chief of Staff got into a tax pickle because he stayed rent free in a house for five years. If you or I did that, we’d have to declare that as in-kind income and we’d have to pay tax on the value received from the provider of the housing. But that’s not the kicker. The kicker is … the owner of the apartment was a BP advisor.
*** The president says he wants answers, “so I know whose ass to kick.” Professor Reynolds draws the most appropriate implication. It’s been more than six weeks since the spill. Yet even after all that time, “we’ve got a President who doesn’t know whose ass to kick“. You’d think with all that brain power in Washington, they could figure that one out.
*** Famous last words on managing a crisis in the Gulf from magnificent leader: “I think that our ability to manage large systems and to execute, I think, has been made clear over the last couple of years. And, certainly, in terms of the legislation that I passed just dealing with this issue post-Katrina of how we handle emergency management, the fact that many of my recommendations were adopted and are being put in place as we speak, I think, indicates the degree to which we can provide the kinds of support and good service that the American people expect.”
*** Progressives and environmentalists rejoice. Obama backs deal to eliminate Reagan-era international agreement. Oh snap, my bad. The celebration has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances … the rubes were lied to.
That’s enough for now.