Tuesday, September 27, 2005

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.

14 comments:

Karen Zipdrive said...

Word to Bush:
I know you know very little of the function of the National Guard, having been AWOL most of the time you "served" in it, but we want our Guardsmen and their gear back in the USA where they belong.

And Michael 'Brownie' Brown may have done a heckuva job as you perceived it, but America deserves better than one of your dimwitted cronies to not only fail us dismally, but to stay on the payroll.

It's our money, you idiot.

Mike said...

yeah - that sucks...

also what sucks is his admission of errors, which essentially wasn't an admission of error - said his main mistake was to not recognize louisiana's leadership was "dysfunctional" - he also said something like FEMA can't be expected to handle every disaster - perhaps not - but every catastrophe of biblical proportions would be nice...

finally, what p*sses me off is the usage of "download" - i have when folks use technical terms in a non-technical context...i don't mean you - i mean the dhs people you are quoting - to us, it's like white surbuban kids talking like snoop dog...

Karen Zipdrive said...

Brownie's playing the blame game right out of the Rove/Bush Blame Game Handbook.
Can you imagine firing an incompetent CEO, then continuing to pay him $160,000 a year to gain insight as to how he fucked everything up?
That 'download' term irked me, too.
All they need to download off that moron is the admonition not to hire unqualified buddies to do the job of an experienced expert...like the guy who ran FEMA under President Clinton's watch.

larkohio said...

Me, too! I cannot believe that someone gets fired, and they continue to pay him! What is up with that? Or, maybe it is just the same corrupt bs they have been handing to us for years. I keep thinking they cannot do anything more outrageous, but they always do.

dusty said...

i caught the download term as well and i was like: WTF? they are just not familiar with words over one syllable and how to use it in context..its pathetic that Brownie will once again get paid for doing NOTHING..course don't all rich white boys get paid like that as adults when they cant find their ass w/both hands? That way they dont have to lower themselves to asking big daddy for spending money.

in.dog.neato said...

"it's like white surbuban kids talking like snoop dog... " I concur, but laugh even harder when white men in suits try to sound like snoop dog.

proper download? I heard about this today on Air America...WHAT experience?!? That's a B.S. (and that's B as in B, and S as in S) answer...resign means resign. If I were to walk into work tommorow and quit, I no longer would get paid for work I'm not doing.

A large majority of the poorer class that voted for this administration solely on the basis of their Moral or Ethical standing are starting to realize that they've been screwed.
Chimp's lucky he was able to stave off news like this til after his 'reelection.'

Karen Zipdrive said...

I love how cocky Brownie has been to the Congressional panel. What an arrogant prick.

in.dog.neato said...

snotty little shit.

umm, sir, you're addressing the leaders and lawmakers of this country. your life could get a whole lot worse if they wish it. i don't care who your friends are, show some decorum.

Karen Zipdrive said...

Decorum?
Bush calls him Brownie, for chrissakes.
Decorum went out the window on Inaguration night 2000, when Bush wore cowboy boots with his tuxedo.

in.dog.neato said...

The thought of Chimp wearing a fine pair of Tony Lamas pisses me off.

Karen Zipdrive said...

I'm sure Bush wasn't wearing Tony Lamas.
He probably had on custom made Lucchese boots. That's the brand the mega millionaire drugstore cowboys and faux ranchers prefer.

CLD said...

The download thing made my hackles go up. Also, Bush's continual use of the word "interface"...

Karen Zipdrive said...

...not to mention his overuse of the word "fabulous."
How elitist can he get, using faggy, blueblood words like that?

in.dog.neato said...

no self-respecting, dyed in the wool Texan would wear anything but Tonys...I never did.