Spin Cycle

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Former state senator and ex-state Homeland Security secretary Michael Balboni says he's mesmerized by the constant live video feed of the Gulf oil spill.

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At an emergency-management conference in Melville last week, he called it "the Yule Log of incompetence."

He also said that the job of US Homeland Security secretary has been eclipsed in difficulty behind that of the BP public-relations spokesman.