Monday, September 12, 2005

Brown Resigns FEMA Post. Roberts Nomination Softball Spectacle Begins. Blackout Hits Los Angeles.

Brown Resigns FEMA Post For Dubya

FEMA director Michael Brown has finally fallen on his own sword for Clueless Leader with the announcement of his resignation from the post he was embarrassingly ill-equipped to run. AOL News excerpt:

WASHINGTON (Sept. 12) - Federal Emergency Management Agency director Mike Brown said Monday he has resigned "in the best interest of the agency and best interest of the president," three days after losing his onsite command of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.

Brown, under fire for FEMA's performance in the Gulf Coast, said he feared he had become a distraction. "The focus has got to be on FEMA, what the people are trying to do down there," Brown told The Associated Press.

It's too bad this troll didn't understand that before he dragged his feet and allowed thousands to suffer for no good reason other than the fact that he was in way over his head with this catastrophe. But you've also got to love the quote in the first paragraph, that bullshit about doing what was "in the best interest of the agency and best interest of the president". That is the Bush administration in a nutshell. Nothing can be allowed to distract from Bush's self-perceived greatness.

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I wonder what the BFEE payoff to this empty suit was for "taking one for the team"? Whatever it is I hope it gives him little comfort as it will be a constant reminder of all those people he let down due to his complete and utter incompetence.

Roberts Nomination Softball Spectacle Begins

No intro needed. AOL News excerpt:

WASHINGTON (Sept. 12) - Supreme Court nominee John Roberts said Monday that justices are servants of the law, playing a limited government role, as the Senate opened confirmation hearings on President Bush's choice to be the nation's 17th chief justice.

"A certain humility should characterize the judicial role,'' the 50-year-old Roberts told the Judiciary Committee. "Judges and justices are servants of the law, not the other way around.''

The appellate judge likened jurists to baseball umpires, saying that "they make sure everybody plays by the rules, but it is a limited role. Nobody ever went to a ballgame to see the umpire.''

True, but that doesn't stop some umpires from taking games over. Remember the Jeffrey Maier home run in the 1996 ALCS that helped propel a rookie shortstop to demigodhood? Veteran umpire Richie Garcia (one of the most insufferably arrogant jerks in the game) ruled that Derek Jeter's long fly that would have been caught by right fielder Tony Tarasco was a homer, even though he theoretically had the best view of the ball. So it is with Roberts. He theoretically has a better view of Constitutional matters than you or I, but that won't necessarily stop him from doing what he feels best, even if his decisions, like the Jeter-Garcia homer, are not in everyone's best interests.

The drama of Roberts' swearing-in and his short statement capped a half day in which Democrats and Republicans sparred over the legitimacy of questioning him about divisive issues. Arguments about ideology and judicial activism also marked the hours devoted to opening statements from the 18-member panel.

Speaking without notes, Roberts addressed the committee for about six minutes - barely half the time each of the senators had been allotted for opening statements before he took the oath and made his remarks. He will answer questions from senators at much greater length on Tuesday.

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Six minutes?!? That's all the material this dummy could come up with? No wonder Bush wants Roberts so badly, he's got less on his mind than anyone could have possibly anticipated. Can't wait to see how day two unfolds...

Blackout Hits Los Angeles

Los Angeles was hit with a power outage this afternoon. AOL News excerpt:

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 12) - A large portion of Los Angeles was hit with a blackout Monday afternoon. The city was investigating the cause and extent of the outage. But Sgt. Catherine Plows, a police spokeswoman, said terrorism was not suspected.

Electrical power was knocked out shortly before 1 p.m. after two power surges. Fire officials said they received reports of people stuck in elevators, and traffic was snarled at intersections throughout the city when stop lights went dark. Some neighboring cities also were affected.

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The agents of chaos are having quite a time for themselves lately. First it was Hurricane Katrina, now this blackout hits LA, and we still have Tropical Storm/Hurricane Ophelia churning away off the Carolina coast. It's a good thing we have a strong leader in charge to guide us through such uncertainty.

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