Sorry, But This Ain't Funny

3:30 PM -- From the Boston Herald:
    The federal official in charge of the bungled New Orleans rescue was fired from his last private-sector job overseeing horse shows.

    And before joining the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a deputy director in 2001, GOP activist Mike Brown had no significant experience that would have qualified him for the position.

    The Oklahoman got the job through an old college friend who at the time was heading up FEMA...

    Before joining the Bush administration in 2001, Brown spent 11 years as the commissioner of judges and stewards for the International Arabian Horse Association, a breeders' and horse-show organization based in Colorado.

    ``We do disciplinary actions, certification of (show trial) judges. We hold classes to train people to become judges and stewards. And we keep records,'' explained a spokeswoman for the IAHA commissioner's office. ``This was his full-time job . . . for 11 years,'' she added.

    Brown was forced out of the position after a spate of lawsuits over alleged supervision failures.

    "He was asked to resign," Bill Pennington, president of the IAHA at the time, confirmed last night...
And the Mail & Guardian of South Africa admires American preparedness from afar:
    After the authorities in Baton Rouge had prepared a field hospital for victims of the storm, FEMA sent its first batch of supplies, all of which were designed for use against chemical attack -- including drugs such as Cipro, which is designed for use against anthrax.

    "We called them up and asked them, 'Why did you send that?', and they said that's what it says in the book," said a Baton Rouge official.
— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading

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