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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Balanced and informative BBC Online summary of the response to Katrina

This is the first balanced MSM article which contains all the points highlighted in blogs and scattered through various short media reports. Go Read.

It notes one big fact I hadn't known:
Another sign of slowness was that the Department of Homeland Security did not issue the first ever declaration of an "incident of national significance" until the Wednesday. Such a declaration allows the federal government a greater role in taking decisions.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 9/08/2005 01:40:00 am


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the word for someone who gives his friends jobs even thought they aren't qualified for it?

I understand that the head of FEMA, Michael Brown, came to the job with NO experience in disasters, and his last job was with the International Arabian Horse Association.

Sounds like a Bush guy.

9/08/2005 05:24:00 pm  
Blogger reid said...

That's also my understanding Anonymous, however Brown and the Governor are headed downhill - Bush thinks everyone's stupid, he appointed himself to investigate... himself. Gee, I wonder what he'll find...

Zogby poll results

9/08/2005 11:37:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Instead of acting like a bunch of suckers, why don't you simply visit his bio webpage:

"Previously, Mr. Brown served as FEMA's Deputy Director and the agency's General Counsel. Shortly after the September 11th terrorist attacks, Mr. Brown served on the President's Consequence Management Principal's Committee, which acted as the White House's policy coordination group for the federal domestic response to the attacks. Later, the President asked him to head the Consequence Management Working Group to identify and resolve key issues regarding the federal response plan. In August 2002, President Bush appointed him to the Transition Planning Office for the new Department of Homeland Security, serving as the transition leader for the EP&R Division.

Prior to joining FEMA, Mr. Brown practiced law in Colorado and Oklahoma, where he served as a bar examiner on ethics and professional responsibility for the Oklahoma Supreme Court and as a hearing examiner for the Colorado Supreme Court. He had been appointed as a special prosecutor in police disciplinary matters. While attending law school he was appointed by the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee of the Oklahoma Legislature as the Finance Committee Staff Director, where he oversaw state fiscal issues. His background in state and local government also includes serving as an assistant city manager with emergency services oversight and as a city councilman.

Mr. Brown was also an adjunct professor of law for the Oklahoma City University."

Clowns, both of you.

9/08/2005 11:43:00 pm  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Speaking of disasters ... how much did NZ give to the Saddam, via the UN?

It wasn't WMD that the anti-war crowd were worried about, it was finding all of the receipt books.

Maybe Kofi can be offered a job, given he has presided over one of the biggest disasters of our time.

9/08/2005 11:51:00 pm  
Blogger reid said...

AL, the site I have seen has exactly the same wording as you quote, but continues...

"A native of Oklahoma, Mr. Brown holds a bachelor's degree in Public Administration/Political Science from Central State University, Oklahoma. He received his J.D. from Oklahoma City University’s School of Law.

Brown, has never had any experience with crisis management, other than being removed as an executive of the International Arabian Horse Association for, as the numerous lawsuits filed against him state, “for intentional interference with prospective business advantage; 3) defamation; and 4) violation of the Colorado Consumer Products Act.” This ugly business can be found in public records, viz

David C. Boggs vs. IAHA, Michael Brown, Tom Connelly, and Mary Anne Grimmell

Civil Action No. 99-CV-3430, Division 3,District Court, Arapahoe County, State of Colorado October, 1999

When Brown was elevated to high political office by Bush’s order, the press release read:

“From 1991 to 2001, Brown was the Commissioner of the International Arabian Horse Association, an international subsidiary of the national governing organization of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

IAHA was never connected to the Olympic Committee.

Brown is a Bush loyalist, all that matters to the President. To highlight the FEMA director’s total inability to function, a number of incidents arising from the New Orleans disaster need to be highlighted. These are directly from mainline media coverage such as the New York Times September 5, 2005:

· The hospital ship, USS Bataan “equipped with six operating rooms, hundreds of hospital beds and the ability to produce 100,000 gallons of fresh water a day” was sitting in the Gulf of Mexico, unoccupied by a single person, by specific order of FEMA director Brown.

· Wal-Mart sent “three trailer trucks of water” to the stricken area but these were deliberately turned away by FEMA officials.

· FEMA workers prevented the U.S. Coast Guard, the only federal agency that effectively saved lives, from delivering 1,000 gallons of badly-needed diesel fuel to hospitals needing it to fuel their emergency generators,

· FEMA workers deliberately cut the emergency communications network in New Orleans, causing local police officials to reinstall it and post armed guards to prevent angry FEMA employees from further attempts to disconnect it.

· FEMA workers deliberately blocked badly-needed aid from other states, including offers from Chicago’s mayor Daley, and the Governor of New Mexico, Richardson.

The opportunities to take a profit from disaster lie in this: FEMA is given huge sums of money by Congress to deal with national emergencies. This money is to be spent at the pleasure of the Director of FEMA and is not to be accounted for. A good investigative reporter, wishing to make a name for himself and his paper, ought to dig, as I have done, into the payment of “Disaster Relief” funds in the aftermath of the Florida hurricanes. It would be interesting to note which companies, run by staunch Republicans and Bush supporters, took in enormous sums of money and, even more interesting, how much of this largess was funneled back into the hands of those who gave it out in the first place.

The results of this investigation would, <>without question<., make even more embarrassment for the Bush people than their flippant and unconcerned behavior during recent days. Great embarrassment indeed. Knowing what I do, New York Attorney General Spitzer would have half of FEMA under investigation but in the end, Bush would never replace Brown. To the President, blind loyalty and financial usefulness is far more important to him than peculations, thefts and moral leprosy."

9/09/2005 12:28:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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9/09/2005 09:31:00 am  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Reid, two points:
1) Browns prior work history is clearly not limited to the 'IAHA' as you insinuated initially.
2) Until you post sources for the spam above none of it is credible. From my brief glance you blame FEMA for everything despite the fact the State of Louisiana remains in control of civil affairs and law and order. FEMA does not have some sort of paramilitary role.

Anonymous, I've deleted your insult. Go and act like a 13 yr old elsewhere.

9/09/2005 10:04:00 am  
Blogger Ackers1 said...

LOL "Prior to joining FEMA, Mr. Brown practiced law in Colorado and Oklahoma"

Oh gosh what happened in the time between practising law and FEMA?

From 1991 - 2001 he was commissioner of judges and stewards for the International Arabian Horse Association (iaha).

Don't you think it's a little odd that this doesn't appear on his official resume. Maybe something to do with the fact that he was forced out through incompetence.

He basically gave up the practice of law fifteen years or so before he got the job as General Counsel of FEMA, despite saying on his bio that he'd practiced for twenty years.


Pays to check your facts AL before calling other people clowns. The padding on his official bio was exposed days ago.

9/09/2005 10:06:00 am  
Blogger Ackers1 said...

Just realised you need to register to access the New Republic link I gave above. The article is an analysis of Brown's law career which is very revealing. What's on his official resume bears no relationship to his actual career. It concludes:

"When Brown left the iaha four years ago, he was, among other things, a failed former lawyer--a man with a 20-year-old degree from a semi-accredited law school who hadn't attempted to practice law in a serious way in nearly 15 years and who had just been forced out of his job in the wake of charges of impropriety. At this point in his life, returning to his long-abandoned legal career would have been very difficult in the competitive Colorado legal market. Yet, within months of leaving the iaha, he was handed one of the top legal positions in the entire federal government: general counsel for a major federal agency. A year later, he was made its number-two official, and, a year after that, Bush appointed him director of fema.

It's bad enough when attorneys are named to government jobs for which their careers, no matter how distinguished, don't qualify them. But Brown wasn't a distinguished lawyer: He was hardly a lawyer at all. When he left the iaha, he was a 47-year-old with a very thin resumé and no job. Yet he was also what's known in the Mafia as a "connected guy." That such a person could end up in one of the federal government's most important positions tells you all you need to know about how the Bush administration works--or, rather, doesn't.

Paul Campos is a professor of law at the University of Colorado-Boulder. "

9/09/2005 10:19:00 am  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

I'm sorry Ackers, I must have missed the part where you show Brown's entire work history is limited to marshalling horsies. At least thats what I'd expect to see after your sneering. There are indeed many politicians lacking experience appointed as figureheads, and if Brown is found responsible for screwing up FEMA's response then I'm sure he'll be fired. But not because he used to work with horsies. Or whatever the hell he did for them.

I called them clowns because New Zealand has a national election in one weeks time and they're wasting time on this Brown guy, who at most can only be partly responsible for whatever happened in Louisiana. Because we all know the State is still in control don't we Ackers, and FEMA is not some national paramilitary organisation with the ability to take control of a State's internal affairs.

And now back to the real world.

9/09/2005 10:25:00 am  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Don't worry about it Ackers, I concede the substantial point that he worked for 9 years with horsies, or their owners, or whatever.

9/09/2005 10:28:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this is just one step in a long chain of incompetent people being appointed to positions of authority and responsibility by George W. Bush. It's alarming and inexcusable.

9/09/2005 03:08:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Piss off and don't come back until you have the courtesy to identify yourself.

9/09/2005 03:37:00 pm  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

anonymous, that is a meaningless statement, unless you can prove the Democrat led state, and the city councils have also been filled by George Bush.

You also have to look at some well credentialled people like Rice and the last two recent Supreme Court Judges to realise there are people of calibre in the Bush Administration (even if you don't like their politics).

Perhaps it would be wise to save the broad based salvos until you can produce a definite list with reasons why you have formed that opinion.

Or you could just go to a lefty blog and post that if you prefer the adolation.

9/09/2005 03:48:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Identify myself? Both of you are named after animals. I don't know who you are either.

9/09/2005 05:04:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This just in: Michael Brown's previous position "like an intern".


9/09/2005 05:09:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

use a nick you bloody fool

there you can take that one "bloody fool"

By not using an identifier you are letting people address you.

9/09/2005 05:19:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and he WAS A FUCKING INTERN you dolt!

He was at school at the time!

9/09/2005 05:21:00 pm  
Blogger reid said...

This story is becoming very interesting and about time too that the US media started portraying Bush and his administration for who they really are and all along have been. Not that I have any confidence in them whatsoever - once this settles they'll get back to business as usual.

9/10/2005 01:10:00 pm  

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