According to Wikipedia Chtuzpah is: ” the quality of audacity, for good or for bad”.
I think it is best described as after murdering your parents, throwing yourself on the mercy of the court because you are an orphan.
So Michael Brown, former Arabian Horse organization guy and underachieving ex-FEMA director is starting his own consultancy that specializes in DISASTER PREPAREDNESS.
“If I can help people focus on preparedness, how to be better prepared in their homes and better prepared in their businesses — because that goes straight to the bottom line — then I hope I can help the country in some way,” Brown told the Rocky Mountain News for its Thursday editions.
I wouldn’t want this guy consulting on barbecue preparedness, let alone disaster preparedness.
But there is some good news in this story. No, New Orleans hasn’t been cleaned up and repaired. No the refugees are still living far from home, trying to rebuild their lives. But Michale Brown is doing well:
“I’m doing a lot of good work with some great clients,” Brown said. “My wife, children and my grandchild still love me. My parents are still proud of me.”
FOX News is reporting the Mayor of New Orleans has order a security detail to escort a bus to the W hotel across from the Mayor’s command center, have them taken from the hotel, and sent to the staging area where they CUT THE FREAKIN LINE in front of citizens of NOLA who had been waiting for days, to get on buses take off out of the city.
There are still 500 people sitting on an overpass (I think the I-10).
The hurricane was an American Disaster. The aftermath is even worse.
Every Cable News channel is making shitloads of $$$$ off of the Katrina tragedy. They are all taking commercial money from sponsors. All day and night.
How about FOX News and CNN and MSNBC and the major networks give up some of this ad space and give something back?
Every channel has ‘boots on the ground’ – cameras, sound, producers and reporters. Why dont they go through the refugee centers and the crowds in staging areas and give everyone 1 minute to say their name and where they are at so that if family, who are watching for any news or word of a loved one, might see them. Or even put the word out that they are looking for their families. These are the classic definition of Displaced Persons.
Take a break from Greta VanSustren? I would rather watch 120 seconds of people saying their names and where they are from than seeing another commercial for Chevy trucks.
Its a lot like the holiday messages from our troops when the major networks give guys or a unit a chance to say hello to their loved ones.
Instead of “HI MOM”, its “Hi Mom, I am Still Alive and In Houston” or “I am looking for my daughter who was in XXX Parish”.
What are the networks donating to the refugee crisis?
Regardless of the insane problems with Katrina (security, Superdome, Convention Center, Cops abandoning their posts, no food or water or safety, looting) one of the commanders of the Coast Guard in Katrina made the statement that in the last 3 or 4 days, since the winds died down, that they have saved 10,000 lives.
From the Houston Chronicle
The first busload of New Orleans refugees to reach the Reliant Astrodome overnight was a group of people who commandeered a school bus in the city ravaged by Hurricane Katrina and drove to Houston looking for shelter.
Jabbar Gibson, 20, said police in New Orleans told him and others to take the school bus and try to get out of the flooded city.
Gibson drove the bus from the flooded Crescent City, picking up stranded people, some of them infants, along the way. Some of those on board had been in the Superdome, among those who were supposed to be evacuated to Houston on more than 400 buses Wednesday and today. They couldn’t wait.
The group of mostly teenagers and young adults pooled what little money they had to buy diapers for the babies and fuel for the bus.
SALATHEIA BRYANT and CYNTHIA LEONOR GARZA
This kid went to a yard full of school buses, found the keys, started it up and got 70 or 80 other refugees out of there. He didn’t wait for the help that wasn’t coming. He didn’t go looting. He went and helped his fellow Americans, the old, the young, the sick and injured. He did it.