Friday, October 21, 2005

The Equivalent of Marie Antoinette's Most Famous Line...

Just as Marie Antoinette's most famous line, "Let them eat cake," resulted in the overthrow of her husband's throne and their subsequent beheading by French revolutionaries , so too should Michael Brown (a.k.a. "Brownie"), formerly of FEMA, be beheaded.

This excerpt is from today's Washington Post:

At 11:20 a.m. Aug. 31, Bahamonde e-mailed Brown, "Sir, I know that you know the situation is past critical . . . thousands gathering in the streets with no food or water . . . estimates are many will die within hours."

At 2:27 p.m., however, Brown press secretary Sharon Worthy wrote colleagues to schedule an interview for Brown on MSNBC's "Scarborough Country" and to give him more time to eat dinner because Baton Rouge restaurants were getting busy: "He needs much more that 20 or 30 minutes."

Bahamonde e-mailed a friend to "just tell [Worthy] that I just ate an MRE . . . along with 30,000 other close friends so I understand her concern."


To read the entire article, go here.

While Michael Brown's handler was worried about Brownie having enough time for his dinner, his "boots on the ground" in New Orleans were desperately pleading for help in the aftermath of the levee breaches caused by Hurricane Katrina. (May I just say, I think Marty Bahamonde was extremely restrained in his response to Worthy's reply about Brownie needing more time to eat his brownies.)

If the tumbrils were rolling today, Brown, his press secretary (Worthy) and Bush should be called up to be in the lead cart. It would be the first, and probably the only, time where their "leadership" would be applauded and appreciated.

Finally, a note about Hurricane Wilma. Wilma is the 23rd named hurricane of the season and will be the third Category 4 storm to hit the United States this year. Since Bush refuses to even consider global warming as a factor in generating these increasingly devastating storms, perhaps it's time for the insurance companies to stand up and say, "Enough." Perhaps if they did and if they demanded that the government look a very long and very hard look at its environmental policies, perhaps then we'd start to think and live a little greener and in a bit more harmony with Mother Earth and her sister, Mother Nature.

1 comment:

Ontario Emperor said...

Cindy Taylor and Marty Bahamonde were engaging in a little dark humor in their e-mail exchange, although they had the presence of mind to know that Worthy was stressed in her own way.

If the proposed study takes, say, thirty years, then the issue may solve itself.