Now it’s in Texas. Tar balls have turned up on the Bolivar Peninsula, northeast of Galveston. Tests show they’re from the Deepwater Horizon rig but what’s not clear is how they got there. They could have clung to passing ships and later floated toward shore. Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson puts it simply: “any Texas shores impacted by the Deepwater spill will be cleaned up quickly and BP will be picking up the tab”. Greg Pollock, Texas Deputy Commissioner of the Oil Spill Prevention and Response, was tough last month in a Texas Land Office newsletter: “This ain’t our first rodeo with tar balls. We will be ready.” But it's the first oil rodeo for Lake Ponchatrain, Louisiana, which just got its first tar balls.
NETANYAHU COMES TO WASHINGTON (Again)
The Israeli leader returns for a meeting with President Obama, originally set for June 1 but hastily cancelled after Israeli commandos boarded a flotilla of boats headed for Gaza with supplies. Nine people aboard were killed. Politico describes the Israeli Prime Minister as uncertain and preoccupied about Obama: “Above all, Netanyahu is unsure of where he stands with a U.S. president who wants to do big things on Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking but who often seems detached and lifeless when it comes to conveying an understanding of Israeli fears and anxieties”. Haaretz simply says both leaders "are not intimidating", thus:
Neither other countries nor hostile organizations have any fear of them. And from there, the road is short to contempt, and thence to disastrous mistakes.
The Washington Post examines the US/Israeli relationship.
HOTTER THAN THE FOURTH OF JULY
The National Weather Service has issued heat warnings for parts of the East Coast. It's so hot Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Tim Murray was hospitalized last night after marching in 5 parades in temperatures above 90 degrees. He's in good spirits.
RUNNING OF THE BULLS STARTS TODAY
Pamplona welcomes the runners. CAUTION: you may NOT bring a vuvuzela to the event. Here's a simpler way to have both: click this YouTube link and then hit the soccer ball icon.
Overheard: When Chuck Norris participated in the running of the bulls...he walked.
LAST AIRBENDER: GREAT AT BOX OFFICE, REVIEWERS STILL HATE IT
For the weekend July 2-4
#1 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse $69 million
#2 The Last Airbender $40.5 million
From Roger Ebert:
It is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented.