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  • Friday, November 04, 2005

    Brownie was doing a heck of a job, you say?

    From USA Today:

    WASHINGTON — E-mails sent as Hurricane Katrina raged reveal that FEMA's then-director, Michael Brown, discussed his clothing and his need for a dog sitter but left unanswered urgent messages.

    A House committee investigating the response to Katrina released about 1,000 e-mails as members complained that the Bush administration had failed to provide copies of communications among high-level officials, including White House chief of staff Andy Card and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.


    The newly released e-mails depict an official who "made few decisions and seemed out of touch," said Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-La.

    Last month at a Senate hearing, Marty Bahamonde, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's only employee in New Orleans when Katrina struck Aug. 29, said he e-mailed Brown on Aug. 31, "Sir, I know that you know the situation is past critical ... many will die." Brown replied, "Thanks for the update. Anything specific I need to do or tweak?"

    An e-mail offering critical medical equipment got no response for four days.

    Brown resigned two weeks after Katrina hit. E-mail excerpts:

    • Aug. 29, 7:19 a.m., Cindy Taylor, FEMA deputy director of public affairs to Brown, about his shirt as he appeared on NBC's Today: "My eyes must certainly be deceiving me. You look fabulous — and I'm not talking the makeup." Brown, 7:52 a.m.: "I got it at Nordsstroms ... Are you proud of me? Can I quit now? Can I go home?"
    • Aug. 30, 10:52 p.m. Brown to assistant Tillie James: "Do you know of anyone who dog-sits?"
    • Sept. 2, 8:37 a.m. Brown to acquaintance Betty Guhman, on his pre-Katrina plans to leave FEMA: "Last hurrah was supposed to have been Labor Day. I'm trapped now, please rescue me."
    I'm having trouble here understanding how Brown's incompetence is the fault of the mayor of New Orleans or the governor of Louisiana, but I have faith that either Karl Rove or Faux News will explain it to us.


    At 11/04/2005 07:11:00 am, Blogger enigma4ever said...

    So he was planning to quit ? before the Hurricanes even hit? is that right?emails about his meals, his wardrobe, and his looks, and his needs...excuse me I need to go vomit...

    At 11/06/2005 02:29:00 pm, Blogger Jez said...

    hey, life goes on as they say...

    At 11/06/2005 10:50:00 pm, Blogger Jez said...

    You know I reckon this kinda thing happens all the time-we just hear about on the rare occasion of an investigation. It's like I heard today on the radio about victims of violent crime whose compensation cases aren't speeded up by Mr Blair, you know, the sort which doesn't involve Islamic fundamentalism. Well, the lawyer of one woman, whose brother left her disfigured and semi-paralysed in 1996(still not compensated), told how she tried to contact an official, but was told he was too important too answer her calls personally...As long as they get away with it...

    At 11/07/2005 02:38:00 am, Blogger DJEB said...

    A big problem is that they don't risk losing their job if they behave this way. Good ol' Brownie is still with FEMA and still making over a 100k a year as a public servant.

    At 11/10/2005 08:02:00 am, Blogger Dennis said...

    How do we get a progressive agenda done today?

    The answer appears in your wallet. I imagine each of you have studied the union movement. The union movement has brought us the 40 hour work week and the minimum wage. The union movement had focused on the individual employers to get these benefits.

    Today corporations have taken over the Republican party and even write the legislation that hurts ordinary people.

    We need to form our own ad hoc union and instead of going on a work strike we need to go on a purchasing strike. We need to target some of the major contributors of money to the Republican party as they pull the levers of power and they have the most to lose and they can get the pressure every day instead of the officeholders that only run every 2, 4 and 6 years.

    We need to go on strike against Walmart, Wendy's, Outback Steak House, Dominos Pizza, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Eckerd, CVS and Walgreens, GE and Exxon/Mobil.

    We need to call these companies and thell them we have gone on strike against them until they get the RNC to hold a press conference announcing that they will accede to our demands of a TEN dollar an hour minimum wage, an unemployment insurance benefit that will last 1 year instead of 6 months, a real prescription drug benefit under Medicare of 80 percent coverage and no privatization of social security and increasing the social security payroll tax,removing the 88,000 dollar a year FICA taxable income limit, and vote by mail throughout the US with paper ballots and an independent civil service that registers people to vote and counts votes. We need this and more. You make the demands, you go on strike. You have the money and the Republican contributors either do as we want or they go broke under our purchasing strike.

    To learn how to force the Republican congress to pass progressive legislation, send email to webmaster@boycott-republicans.com with the subject PROGRESSIVE

    At 11/11/2005 01:04:00 am, Blogger DJEB said...

    Thanks for your great comment, Dennis.

    I'd say we need to boycott those industries anyway for a variety of reasons - one of them being that they are not sustainable. In that sense, they will take care of themselves in time; but why allow them to continue to hurt people and the environment in the mean time.

    Additionally, they just sell either luxuries or gadgets. Is this what we work 2 or 3000 hours a year for? Gadgets? Basically, yes. That seems an odd thing to trade one's life away for.


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