Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Brown: Not now, I'm getting my eat on!

Imagine you are Marty Bahamonde, a FEMA agent placed in New Orleans right after Katrina hit. You are designated as Michael Brown's "Eyes and Ears" on the ground. You are armed with a Blackberry and a first hand account of how out of control things are in the Superdome.

You manage to get out the following message, notifying your boss of the dire situation:

"...the situation is past critical... hotels are kicking people out, thousands gathering in the streets with no food or water... estimates are many will die within hours"

The response you get is from an assistant to your boss, Mr. Brown:

" is very important that time is allowed for Mr. Brown to eat dinner"

How does one overcome such a response from those who are in control and muster a response? How could you possibly respond to that with anything other than an "OH MY GOD!!!!!"?

If you are Marty Bahamonde, You respond with:

"OH MY GOD!!!!! Just tell her that I just ate an MRE and [went to the bathroom] in the hallway of the Superdome along with 30,000 other close friends, so I understand her concern about busy restaurants."(Source: MSNBC)

Does Brown's resignation preclude him from being charged with gross negligence or dereliction of duty? It shouldn't. He should be charged with the two crimes I mentioned above. He took that Crony position at FEMA knowing that he was not qualified. That should be punishible in this citizens' opinion.