We can now figure out how the Secret Service got into trouble; they had the Justice Department help round up the ladies, led by the Solicitor General;-). Given that he can't seem to argue his way out of a paper bag, one can see how he might have butchered the a-la-Cartagena episode as well.
Serously, the Obama team seem to have taken it in the neck again in oral arguments on the Arizona immigration law, with even Sotomayor being skeptical of the idea that the feds should preclude state help in enforcing federal law; having the first Latina justice come down with the conservatives on this case would be a major coup.
It looks like a playoff might be in the offing for college football; a four-team playoff is being looked at, with the BCS bowls possibly hosting the semifinals. The idea of having the higher-seeded teams host the semi-finals was chucked, since they would be leaving money on the table if a small-stadium team got there.
The idea that a team would not have enough hotelage to manage a playoff game doesn't quite hunt, since they are set up to fill the stadium 6-8 times a year in the regular season; what the smaller stadia lack is seats, so a 60K big-city dome will trump a 30K mid-major stadium.
I think an eight-team setup would work well, but you have to start somewhere, and a 4-team playoff is a good start.
Speaking of college football, we're now seeing million-dollar assistants, as the Honey Badger's handler, defensive coordinator John Chavis, just got a $1.1M deal from LSU. For the money, for the glory and for the fun.... but mostly for the money.
That's as big of a head scratcher as John L Smith leaving a new job at Weber State to be a temp at Arkansas. Calling him a mercenary is an insult to soldiers of fortune, for mercenaries are supposed to stay bought and do their job. However, the temptation of a loaded team that could contend for a national title and have Smith in the shoes of Steve Fisher and get the job full time by winning a title as a temp.
Cute story of a soccer ball that floated from Japan to Alaska post-tsunami; the guy who found the ball has a Japanese wife, who was able to read the writing on the ball and get it back to its owner in Japan.
Wal-Mart's been busted for bribing officials in Mexico and trying to cover the misdeeds up. That's endemic in Mexico, as low salaries and a tradition of palm-greasing make it hard to do business by the book lead a lot of otherwise reputable firms to find their way to the dark side. Of course, Wally World's critics will make more hay out of it than they should, for the outrage over something will be correlated to the political mileage you can get out of the bad news.