Makes Me Want to Upchuck:
WE'RE STILL PAYING MIKE BROWN'S SALARY: Mike Brown may have resigned earlier this month as FEMA director amid intense public criticism, but taxpayers are still paying his salary.
Brown remains on the FEMA payroll as a consultant so that the agency can receive a "proper download of his experience."
The Department of Homeland Security is already spinning the story; spokesman Russ Knocke says that "Brown is continuing to work at the Federal Emergency Management Agency at full pay, with his Sept. 12 resignation not taking effect for two more weeks." Whatever happened to Brown's promise on the day he resigned? "It is important that I leave now to avoid further distraction from the ongoing mission of FEMA"
But wait! There's MORE!
HOMELAND SECURITY -- STATESIDE NATIONAL GUARD FACE CRITICAL EQUIPMENT SHORTAGE: The Christian Science Monitor reports that the National Guard's work in the Gulf Coast exposed the shortage of equipment Guard troops face here at home. With much of their military equipment overseas in Iraq, the Monitor reports that the Guard has "only 34 percent of its equipment available in the United States." The war in Iraq has forced Gulf Coast Guard units to look for equipment from other units across the country. "I don't have all the equipment I need for 300,000 soldiers," said Lt. Gen. Steven Blum. "Equipment is my challenge now." Sens. Christopher Bond (R-MO) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) have asked the president for $1.3 billion to buy new equipment for the National Guard.