Friday, September 02, 2005

Meet Mike Brown, the Who Could've Imagined Guy!

If the Fire Chief of your town says "Who could've imagined a fire?" after a fire, it's OK to question their credentials. So Mike Brown, the head of the Agency that has Federal Emergency Management in it's fucking name is all over the teevee making sure people understand that nobody but nobody could have predicted there would be, you know, a disaster when a natural catastrophe that is bound to happen at some point, you know, happens. From DailyKos we find out why:

Yes, that's right... the man responsible for directing federal relief operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, sharpened his emergency management skills as the "Judges and Stewards Commissioner" for the International Arabian Horses Association... a position from which he was forced to resign in the face of mounting litigation and financial disarray.

I watched this guy squirming around like the rat guy in Harry Potter and I thought I sas a thought bubble over his head: "When will people learn to lower lower their expectations of us?"

"When there is no lion on the mountain, the monkey will rule" --Confucious

Mike Brown has a notable history at FEMA!

U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla) has urged President Bush to fire Michael Brown as undersecretary of the Homeland Security Department in charge of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Wexler cited reports in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that FEMA under Brown's management inappropriately gave away $30 million in disaster relief funds to people in the Miami, Florida, area even though they were not affected by Hurricane Frances, which made landfall more than 100 miles away.

Later Update: Looks like what New Orleans is getting is "appropriate"

In a May 15, 2001, appearance before a Senate appropriations subcommittee, Allbaugh [then head of FEMA] signaled that the new, stripped-down approach would be applied at FEMA as well. "Many are concerned that federal disaster assistance may have evolved into both an oversized entitlement program and a disincentive to effective state and local risk management," he said. "Expectations of when the federal government should be involved and the degree of involvement may have ballooned beyond what is an appropriate level."

Jeebus, how many cover stories on gutted FEMA and looming disasters are there? It certainly is beginning to look like the only people who didn't expect a hurricane disaster are in the government.


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