Monday, September 12, 2005

Who's YOUR regional FEMA chief?
After our national trauma down in the gulf I got curious to see just who the regional FEMA director was for my region. Mine is region X according to the official site - http://www.fema.gov/regions/x/regx.shtmRegion X is Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska, about a third of the American landmass.

A little digging on the director, John Pennington, brought up some interesting stuff. He was a 4 term state rep in Washington, then resigned for health reasons.Then, according to the Seattle Times: Just before his appointment, Pennington received a bachelor's degree in business administration from California Coast University in Santa Ana, Calif., which at the time was an unaccredited correspondence school. In testimony before Congress last year, investigators for the General Accounting Office identified California Coast as a diploma mill. [...] GAO special agent Paul DeSaulniers told The Seattle Times this week that his investigation showed that California Coast University sold degrees for a flat fee.

Shit!

So we are supposed to put our trust in a man with zero crisis management who got a "degree" by mail order. And his boss, Michael Brown, who was effectively removed from hurricane relief for you know what, was fired from his position as a horse fluffer for a now defunct organization. After padding his resume.

And we're surrounded by volcanos.

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I've come across a truckload of articles, essays and screeds that deal with the catastrophe that was New Orleans. Up until this advanced stage of my life I could count on a mix of political viewpoints that went over the top trying to salvage a position here, gain some advantage there. Until now with the thousands dead in the gulf. There is no spin that will work to minimize what happened and who's responsible. All the levels of government share some onus but the buck stops at the top.

Two of the best essays I've found:
http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=25956
http://www.globalnewsmatrix.com/modules.php?name=News&file=print&sid=2542

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