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  •  I read that too == (none)
    apparently Brown was previously a trusts and estates lawyer.  Makes me want to puke.

    No Republican will ever use the word "accountability" in connection with the GOP in my presence ever again, without fear of psychotic rant.  And I can rant...

    Loyalty comes from love of good government, not fear of a bad one. Hugo Black.

    by Pondite on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 07:09:26 PM PDT

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    •  You forgot college friend too (4.00)
      don't misunderestimate cronyism

      Michael Brown, a college friend of Allbaugh's who had served as FEMA's general counsel, was recruited to head the agency, which would now be part of the DHS's Emergency and Response Directorate. When the reorganization took effect on March 1, 2003, Brown assured skeptics that under the new arrangement, the country would be served by "FEMA on steroids"--a faster, more effective disaster agency.


      But the tension between Brown's competing duties has proven unavoidable. In May 2003, for example, the DHS staged TOPOFF 2--officially billed as "the largest homeland security exercise in the history of the United States"--to test the government's ability to deal with a terrorist attack with weapons of mass destruction. The same week of the exercise, hundreds of real-life tornadoes ripped through the Midwest, causing some FEMA staffers to find themselves torn between practicing for terrorism and handling an actual natural disaster. And while resources for the DHS exercise were readily available, according to Mann, FEMA's headquarters staff was forced, that same summer, to cancel disaster training drills due to budget shortfalls.

      Impeach Gary Bettman

      by Edanger6 on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 08:24:06 PM PDT

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